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Ride1Up Revv 1 – Best Motorcycle-Inspired E-bike?

by Nathan Schaumann

The Ride1Up Revv 1 e-bike has certainly made a splash in the e-bike community, scoring an independent review from just about everybody, including CNN. Many have lauded its sporty feel and relatively low price tag, but just as many have complained about its lack of practicality. We’ll look at both sides in this review.

Here are the basic specs:

Price: $2395 (or $1895 for the lower-powered, hardtail modell)

Speed: 33 mph (one reviewer hit 37 mph)

Range: 30-60 miles depending on level of assist (Reviewers got 36 miles at 20 mph, 26-miles at faster speeds)

Motor: 52V 750W (1456W Peak)

Controller: 52V 28A 18 Mosfets

Battery: 52V 20Ah (1040 Wh), Samsung 50E 21700 cells

Torque: 95 Nm

Tires: 20” x 4”

Suspension: Adjustable double-crown 120mm (front), 50mm (rear)

Brakes: 4-piston Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Water Rating: IP65

Max Rider Load plus Cargo: 400 lbs

Weight: 89.6 lbs

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Features

Integrated moto-style headlight (120 lux) & taillight

Handlebar-mounted, two-tone 3.5” LCD display

Mode switch between Class-2, Class-3 and ‘Off Road’

Cadence Sensor

Twist Throttle

4A charger

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Things We Love

Although this bike is pretty hefty at 90 lbs, the removable battery is light enough by comparison, and easy to tote indoors to charge. We wouldn’t recommend trying to muscle this bike up a flight of stairs, though.

This bike is very well suited to motor-assisted cruising. The seat is comfortable, the motor provides plenty of power, and the suspension handles bumps well.

The bike is very reasonably priced – the Super73-R Brooklyn, a similarly spec’d moto-style e-bike costs $3,495, a full $1,100 more than the Revv 1. Additional batteries aren’t too bad either, costing $550 per 1040 Wh pack, compared to $995 for the Super73.

The Revv 1 supports up to 400 lbs of rider weight + cargo, meaning that even the average heavy rider (250 lbs) can comfortably load up to 150 lbs of additional cargo, and the rest of us can fit much more.

Room for Improvement

No torque sensor

Batteries not UL-certified

Front wheel hard to install

Some reviewers had chain issues

Odometer gives wrong reading

Though 400lbs of rider + cargo weight is certainly impressive, there isn’t a good way to attach or mount a standard rack or pannier to the bike.

Many reviewers complained about the difficulty in assembling the Revv 1, especially installing and aligning the front wheel/brake assembly. 

Sadly there is no torque sensor, which is a feature we’d like to see in ALL $2000+ e-bikes.

The pedals are in an awkward position for standing, and their design and placement makes it hard to compensate for bigger jolts on rough terrain. The pedals don’t do much good anyway, as they are rather uncomfortable to use accompanied by motor power, and without motor power it’s hard to pedal the bike past 5 or 6 mph.

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The Freshly Charged Take

Overall, the Revv 1 is a very impressive E-bike, and we’d recommend it to anyone looking for something with plenty of power, who has the ability to park it at ground level, and doesn’t intend to use the pedals very much. It’s competitively priced and is a stand-out contender in the moped-inspired E-bike category of PEV’s.

Watch our full review video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh__fAI_cSE

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