Electric ‘micro-bikes’ are growing in popularity, offering comfort and convenience

Ever heard of an electric micro-bike? That’s good, not having many. It’s a fairly new (and for the most part undefined) class of micromobility cars, but one that grows through several interesting new additions to the market.

While technically not really “cycling” at all in the traditional sense due to a lack of functional pedals, electric micro-bikes offer a similar style of sitting ride to a conventional e-bike, yet are usually smaller and lighter for added convenience.

That convenience is the key, as the most common use for electric micro-bikes is a short-range city rental.

It is a similar type of use as folding electric bikes, but without the added complexity of pedal drives.

Take JackRabbit 2.0, for example. This humorous looking mashup of an e-bike and an e-scooter rolls on 20 ″ wheels that look like they could come from a folding bike or a BMX. But the large and minimalist design bring the weight to only 23 lbs. (10.5 kg).

Despite its small size, it can still reach a top speed of 20 mph (32 km / h), making it just as fast as any other Class 2 e-bike in the US. There are no pedals and so you will use pure gas to get around, but that’s part of the charm of this quirky little electric car. And seeing the price drop recently to just $ 999, it’s a much cheaper electric car than anything you’ll find on a car lot!

We had a chance to test the JackRabbit earlier this year and found it to be an amazingly small shuttle car, as long as your shuttle is under 10 miles (16 km). Spoiler alert: Most pure urban commuters are well under 10 miles.

While the JackRabbit offers a bolt-on rear rack to add to its utility, some electric microbikes have designed the utility directly into the frame.

Take, for example, the Fiido seated scooter. The design uses a dual wishbone-style frame that is rarely seen on e-bikes or e-scooters, creating a hollow section in the center of the frame.

Since the battery is housed under the seat, the entire middle part of the frame becomes one large basket. The company even supplies a fabric bag that fills the space and ensures that you do not lose any small items along the way. If that were not enough, there is even a seat cushion that can also make the scooter a child carrier, although there are no foot pegs for the little one’s feet, so he or she will need to get creative.

The top speed is a fairly limited 15 mph (25 km / h), but at least the range is pretty good at 32 km (20 miles)!

This model also offers front and rear suspension, which you would not normally find on these minimalist micro e-bikes – especially not for the low price of $ 899.

This is another one we had the chance to test, and it’s a hair to ride. It does not feel quite like an e-bike or an e-scooter, but wants something in between.

Established cheap brands like Jetson have also been dipping their foot into the electric microbike field for a while now.

The Jetson Bolt is the image of a simple, easy-to-use electric microphone. Everything is hidden inside a plastic shroud in the center of the frame, giving the little scooter a clean appearance.

The small footpegs do not take up much space when parked, but still provide enough space for the rider’s feet.

A lower top speed corresponds to the Fiido model above at only 15 mph (25 km / h), but the small wheels do not lend themselves to super-fast speeds. After testing these myself, I can confirm that 15 mph feels fast enough for such a small model like this.

At just $ 398, this is a steal for someone looking for a super simple, small and foldable electric micro-bike or seated electric scooter.

While the Jetson Bolt offers the most entry level in the electric microbike market, the Emove RoadRunner can strike the balance as the most extreme offering in the market.

With two engines offering all-wheel drive and a top speed of around 35 mph (56 km / h), the EMove RoadRunner is one of the most extreme electric micro-bikes on the market.

It is built around an enormous 48V and 26Ah battery that offers 1,250 Wh of capacity, or about 50 miles (80 km) range when driven in a more modest power mode. But with this much power and speed, most riders will be inclined to keep up the pace.

There is front suspension to help manage small bumps, but the lack of rear suspension means you do not want to hit big obstacles at full speed. That refurbished chair will still launch you upwards if you hit a big enough bump at wide open gas.

Priced at $ 1,795, this is one of the most expensive electric micro-bikes on the market, but also one of the most affordable. Considering that you get what you pay for, you are sure to get a lot with this wild ride.

As this style of minimalist electric car continues to grow in popularity, more deals will surely come on the market.

Can you see yourself on an electric micro-bike? Or do you need the confidence to know you have pedals as a backup? Or maybe you just prefer to stand than on a scooter? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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