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Juiced RipRacer Review, 2023
Sep 11, 2023
A whole lot of fun in a pint-sized package.
Like a tiny, spicy, and exotic-fruit-flavored candy bar in your trick-or-treat bag, the Juiced Bikes RipRacer is a “fun-size” e-bike that’s likely to surprise you! With its unique hybrid Fat Tire/BMX influence, it packs a ton of power into a small package. The reviewers at Electric Bike Report explain its performance and feel in this Juiced Bikes RipRacer Review!
Considering the bike’s diminutive size, we were blown away by the power and capability of its 52V, 750W rear-hub motor. As a Class 2 and 3 e-bike, the RipRacer can reach a maximum pedal-assisted speed of 28 miles per hour, and comes equipped with a throttle limited to 20. In addition to cranking out blood-pumping speed, this bike eats hills for breakfast!
While it rides a bit differently than a full-size e-bike, the RipRacer’s size has some added benefits. First, with a short wheelbase and small 20” wheels, the bike is awesomely maneuverable! Second, at 66 lbs (including the removable battery), it’s relatively lightweight and much more portable than many of its 85-lb Fat Tire cousins!
In addition to being blazing fast and a blast to ride, the RipRacer is simply a really unique e-bike! There aren’t many bikes on the market with a similar style, design, and combination of features. To top it off, the RipRacer comes in 4 uncommon, eye-catching colors including the Hi-viz Yellow of our test bike.
We’ve only just scratched the surface, so be sure to dive into our full Juiced Bikes RipRacer review below!
Bike Category: Fat Tire
Class 2 / 3 E-Bike:Throttle up to 20 mph, Pedal assist up to 28 mph
Juiced Bikes RipRacer Video Review
Tons of speed and uphill power! The 52V, 750W rear-hub motor delivers thrills with great acceleration up to 28 miles per hour and can climb hills like a boss!
Portability and great handling! The RipRacer’s “fun size” frame, short wheelbase, and 20” wheels make it easy to carry, transport, and zip around on!
A unique look and style! In our experience, there aren’t too many e-bikes out there with the RipRacer’s combined BMX/Fat Tire design. It’s a cool-looking bike made better with 4 unique color options!
Unique ride features! The bike can be unlocked to Race Mode for unrestricted speed when off-road, it has a Cruise Control function, and when pedaling AND using the throttle, the motor doles out its peak power through Throttle-Assist Boost!
Easy operation! With a functional, single-speed drivetrain, the rider needs only to adjust between the standard 5 PAS settings.
Off-road capability! With 4” wide knobby fat tires, the RipRacer can tear up smoother dirt roads or tracks.
A surprisingly comfortable ride with a shockingly broad fit! Despite its small frame, the bike can accommodate riders between 5’-0” and 6’-3”. Its saddle, handlebars, and grips were comfortable over long distances too.
Accessories! The RipRacer might not appear to be versatile, but it can be equipped with an impressive number of accessories like racks, baskets, fenders, and more!
The bike’s throttle helps to balance its huge chainring, but we’d like to see a more responsive cadence sensor to make starting up with the pedals easier.
Not actually a downside, but something to be aware of – the RipRacer rides a little differently with its small frame and single-speed drivetrain. We had a blast, but riders expecting the feel of a full-size bike may be disappointed.
Brakes: Logan HD-E500 Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors
Fork: BMX Style Aluminum Fork
Frame: 6061 Aluminum Heat Treated Frame
Drivetrain: Single Speed 12T-52T High Ratio Gearing
Grips: Standard Ergonomic Grip
Saddle: Custom Designed Seat
Handlebar: Custom Designed BMX Style Handlebar
Pedals: 9/16” Platform Pedals
Tires: 20” x 4.0” CST Off Road Tires
Even in demanding off-road environments, the 52V, 750W motor was capable of powering up steep hills with ease.
The 750W rear-hub motor packs 1,300 watts of peak output and 80 Nm of torque.
The 52V, 811 Wh battery has an Apple AirTag compartment and is compatible with ALL 52V Juiced bikes.
Juiced Bikes RipRacer Review: Speed Test
Judging simply by the RipRacer’s size, looks, and powerful 750W rear-hub motor, we assumed that speed was going to be bike’s main draw. To validate that assumption – and trust me, it was validated! – we performed a Speed Test to determine how fast it could go at each of its pedal assist system (PAS) settings. During this test, I pedaled the bike along a predetermined course on our local multi-use paths, and maintained a casual level of effort throughout.
With no motor assistance, the RipRacer proved difficult to pedal and slow to get up to speed; I measured 10.4 miles per hour. The bike has 5 PAS settings, which are somewhat oddly named/numbered (Eco mode, PAS 1, PAS 2, PAS 3, and “S” or Sport mode). Eco mode provided a minimal but still helpful boost, allowing me to reach 14.2 mph. I was able to enjoy a brisk and fun ride as I continued through PAS 1, 2, and 3 with 17.5 mph, 21.2 mph, and 23.6 mph respectively. I measured a top speed of 25.1 mph in Sport mode, though there is one caveat to explain.
The RipRacer uses a single-speed drivetrain with a 52T chainring and a 12T cog on the freewheel. It also makes use of a cadence sensor to engage and maintain motor output. I found the bike could speeds rapidly and seemed to be more easily affected by small changes in elevation (slight downhill sections increased speed significantly).
I burned through about half of the battery charge before adapting to these challenges, and as with all e-bike batteries (and all batteries in general), voltage output drops as battery charge is depleted. For this reason, the speeds I measured were slightly below the bike’s capabilities when its battery is full; to use the most extreme case as an example, my top speed in Sport mode with a full charge was closer to 26.5 or 27 mph.
Note that Sport Mode is the bike’s Class 3 setting, with a limit of 28 miles per hour through pedal assist. The RipRacer can be unlocked to add a sixth unrestricted PAS setting called Race Mode (just “R” in the display), though I did not personally notice any real difference in top speed capability. Weight may be a factor here, however – I weigh around 200 lbs, and the bike may be able to carry a lighter rider up to a faster speed.
Overall, I was extremely happy with the RipRacer’s results; its power output seemed very well distributed throughout its five standard PAS settings, and while it never quite reached 28 miles per hour in my experience, I didn’t feel like I was missing out. With a 52-volt electrical system and a motor with 750 watts of nominal output (1,300 watts peak!!!) the bike felt like rocket! Even that amount of nominal output is substantial for a bike of this size, and the 52-volt system allows the motor to draw juice from the battery extremely quickly. This gave the RipRacer thrilling speed and forceful acceleration, making it a thoroughly fun bike to ride.
The RipRacer makes a great e-bike for cruising around town, or riding to work or school.
Single-speed drivetrains are often limiting, but the RipRacer has found a fantastic balance!
The Logan E-500 hydraulic disc brakes with 180 mm rotors gave the bike great stopping power.
Juiced Bikes RipRacer Review: Range Test
In our Range Test (explained in the graphic above), our goal in this Juiced RipRacer review was to find out how far the Juiced RipRacer could travel on a single charge of its 52V, 811 watt-hour (Wh) battery. We achieved distances of 27.4 miles and 49.7 miles when we tested the bike with its maximum and minimum level of pedal assistance; most riders should fall somewhere between these figures when adapting their level of pedal assistance to their environment.
Juiced Bikes advertises a range of 55+ miles for the bike, and we consider our results to be close enough for validation purposes. Our test rider traveled for roughly 3.5 hours in the Eco mode test and also accumulated about 1700 feet of elevation gain throughout the test, so with that in mind, I feel comfortable stating that the bike could likely travel at least 55 miles on flatter terrain.
It’s worth mentioning that even the range of 27.4 miles in Sport mode is a solid result considering how much power the 750W rear-hub motor can eat through – and how quickly it can do it! But we learned that there wasn’t much of a sacrifice even in Eco mode; our test rider managed an average speed of about 16 miles per hour while performing this test.
As explained in our guide to e-bike batteries, there is a unique and important relationship between battery watt-hours and a motor’s nominal watt output. Going by the numbers, we expected our test in Sport Mode to be over in roughly an hour, but we achieved about 20% more time than expected and pedaled for an hour and 20 minutes. That may not seem like much of a difference, but it shows that the motor was using less energy than expected, allowing us to get more distance out of the battery’s charge.
Keep in mind that riding off-road will be more demanding than traveling on paved surfaces, and will thus deplete the battery faster – but the roughly 27-50 mile range we established leaves plenty of room for having fun in a variety of environments.
Juiced Bikes RipRacer Review: Hill Test
With its powerful motor and Fat Tire influence, we expected good results from the Juiced RipRacer in our Hill Test (explained in the graphic above). Even with high expectations, we were floored by the bike’s performance!
With just its throttle, the RipRacer gave a solid effort and made the climb in 1 minute and 19 seconds. Its average speed on the sprint was 13.7 miles per hour. This specific result wasn’t groundbreaking, but when compared to similar bikes we’ve tested (leaning heavily into the Fat Tire category, since we haven’t reviewed many BMX-influenced e-bikes), the RipRacer kept pace with other heavyweights of that style.
Its results with maximum pedal assistance were spectacular! We measured a time of just 61 seconds, and we maintained an average speed of 17.8 miles per hour up the trail. This result is one of the shortest/fastest we’ve ever measured at Hell Hole, and while it didn’t dethrone the fastest e-bike we’ve tested, that specific model came equipped with the advantage of dual motors.
The smile on my face sets the expectation accordingly; you’ll have a lot of fun on the RipRacer
20”x4” CST fat tires can tear up the dirt, and can be aired down to provide more cushion.
The RipRacer includes wide and comfortable BMX-style riser bars to add to the cool look.
With the bike’s 52V motor and battery, we expected nothing less; once again, this allows for much faster energy transfer between the two components than more common 48V or 36V systems. The RipRacer’s peak of 1300 watts was a contributing factor to its success as well – not only was the motor able to pump out a huge amount of power, it was also able to keep doing that by replacing the required energy right away.
Speed isn’t the main focus of this test, despite the RipRacer’s impressive results. Our test rider, Justin, experienced a nearly effortless climb even when applying his own leg power. Ultimately, the RipRacer proved itself incredibly capable even in extreme cases such as our test hill, giving riders the ability to conquer intimidating slopes with ease.
Juiced Bikes RipRacer Review: Brake Test
The goal of our Brake Test in this Juiced RipRacer review was to evaluate and judge whether the Juiced RipRacer’s brake system had safe and effective stopping power in relation to its size and speed. We measured the performance of its brakes using the process described above.
The RipRacer is equipped with Logan E500 hydraulic disc brakes with 2-piston calipers and 180mm rotors. Our previous experiences with Logan brake systems have been entirely positive, so we anticipated a similar result and were not disappointed. The average stopping distance we calculated with three sets of data was an impressive 20’-7”.
For comparison purposes, I included data from the Fat Tire, Moped, and Utility e-bike categories, the combined current average of which was 19’-5”. While the RipRacer’s result was 14” beyond the average for these combined categories, it was an excellent performance in the larger picture. It’s not uncommon for the results in our Brake Test to approach 23 feet or beyond, so we are more than satisfied with the result we measured.
Good performance is naturally expected from hydraulic disc brakes; they are responsive and able to disperse heat effectively, especially when paired with 180mm (or larger) rotors. It may seem strange to include the results of Moped or Utility e-bikes in the comparison data, but these are often much closer in weight to the RipRacer’s 66.2 lbs. Weight is likely a factor in the bike’s excellent performance in this test; brake systems have less momentum to overcome with smaller/lighter bikes.
In my testing outside of the official Brake Test, the RipRacer’s brakes felt just as effective as they were by the numbers. With the short wheelbase, I noticed that it had a tendency to fishtail, but not to an unsafe degree. Otherwise, the bike’s 4”-wide tires kept it feeling stable and upright, and the brakes themselves had a significant amount of bite.
Juiced Bikes RipRacer Review: Ride Quality
As we’ve established, the Juiced RipRacer is a relatively unique e-bike with its blend of Fat Tire and BMX features. This means that it does things a little differently in terms of fit and ride feel – but it works!
The RipRacer has just a single frame size, yet Juiced advertises that the bike can fit riders from 5’-0” to 6’-3”. With its tiny frame, we had no doubt about its ability to accommodate short riders, but we couldn’t help but find the high-end claims a smidge dubious. Some of our test riders are in the neighborhood of 6’-5” and – to our great surprise – they felt comfortable!
Getting “proper” leg extension is typically less of a concern on BMX bikes where riders often stand, and this will likely hold true with tall riders on the RipRacer, but even at my 5’-11”, the bike felt quite comfortable to ride seated. The saddle, handlebars, and ergonomic rubber grips provided a surprisingly excellent blend of comfort and control throughout my testing.
I was able to maintain a relatively upright riding position with the saddle set at its max height, but taller riders may experience a more forward-leaning position to reach the characteristically low handlebars. A benefit of the BMX-style riser bars is their adjustability; while the rest of the fit is mostly non-adjustable, the handlebars can be rotated to adapt the bike’s reach to a relatively large degree.
The bike’s tiny headlight is super bright with an impressive 1,050 lumens!
The half-twist throttle on the right bar feels appropriate and is easy to use.
The RipRacer’s display is tiny but effective – it gets the job done without showing an overwhelming amount of info.
A helpful carry handle on the underside of the comfy saddle makes moving the bike around a little easier.
Like a BMX bike, the RipRacer includes no suspension of any kind, so its ride can feel somewhat stiff when seated. The bike is capable of riding off-road, but users may want to release some of the air in the tires for a softer ride. I want to be clear: even with a small frame, this bike weighs substantially more than a traditional BMX. As such, I’m not sure it’s well-suited for handling dirt jumps, performing tricks, etc. Still, it’s a decidedly fun bike that can tear up some dirt track just as well as the pavement
In terms of the bike’s ride feel, its motor engages smoothly, though perhaps not as quickly as I’d like considering the single-speed drivetrain. To make pedaling at high speeds more effective, the RipRacer has a massive chainring that is fairly difficult to get moving from a dead stop without the throttle. The motor requires a quarter-turn of the cranks to engage the motor, which can feel like a lot. I’d prefer to see a more sensitive cadence sensor with activation of an eighth-turn to make this easier. In the grand scheme, this isn’t a big deal though. Just a few years ago we were trying to get cadence sensors to engage consistently under a pedal stroke on e-bikes, so I’m largely just advocating for continued refinement here.
I appreciated many of the bike’s unique features and riding modes; in addition to its unrestricted Race/off-road mode, there is an Active Cruise Control function that maintains speed until the brakes are tapped. There is also a unique feature called Throttle-Assist Boost that allows for lightning-fast acceleration up to 20 mph with the max motor output (1300 watts) when riders apply the throttle and pedal simultaneously. These are unique features that set the RipRacer (and other Juiced e-bikes with the same features) apart, and lend greater functionality.
Juiced Bikes RipRacer Review: Summary / Where to Buy
I tend to like the oddballs, the outliers, and the underdogs more than most because they dare to be different. In these cases, minor flaws are easy to overlook because of the bold leaps made in an attempt to stand out. With the Juiced Bikes RipRacer – a playful, uncommon, and unexpected style of e-bike – I think it’s clear why Juiced has established themselves as giants in the industry.
The RipRacer is clearly meant for a younger audience with a penchant for adrenaline. It’s all about riding fast and hard, having fun, and living life to the fullest. It had spectacular performance across the board in our testing, and ultimately, there’s not much to critique!
My wish list for the bike boils down to a single item: I’d prefer the bike’s cadence sensors to be a hair more responsive to make getting started easier without the throttle. Otherwise, I think it’s important to reiterate that the RipRacer fits, rides, and feels differently than a full-size Fat Tire e-bike – but in no way do I think that should be a deterrent.
The RipRacer is a seriously impressive bike with a lighthearted flair, and aside from its different feel and fit, it does not require any compromises. It’s powerful, it’s portable, it’s affordable – and it’s sure to turn heads when you’re riding!
Happy Riding! Make sure to let us know if you have any questions down in our comments section or if you think we left anything out in this review of the Juiced Bikes RipRacer.