Sponsored by JackRabbit eBike
JackRabbit Micro eBike – Strong, Compact, & Pedal Free
RVers love eBikes. Not only are they great for getting around the campground and rallies, they can be a handy alternative to a tow vehicle for hitting those local markets, eateries, and scenic hot spots. It’s also a fun way to spend time outside the RV when hiking or other options are either not available, or not attractive.
The JackRabbit pedal-free micro eBike overcomes many of the standard objections RVers have against buying an eBike. Light, strong, attractive, and compact, the JackRabbit micro eBike averages twelve miles on a single charge while only weighing twenty-four pounds. A spare battery weighing only two pounds can be tossed in your backpack to double that range.
The Problem With Many eBikes
As great as most eBikes are, they have a few knocks against them that should be looked at carefully when making a decision.
An eBike can be heavy. Most eBikes weigh between 38 and 70 pounds. This can make it challenging to load and unload from a bike rack mounted on the RV or tow vehicle.
The JackRabbit eBike weighs in at just 24 pounds, made possible with no sacrifice in strength by using a 6061-T6 alloy. This popular material is used in high-end bicycle frames, and often used to make fire department rescue ladders.
“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the fact that this bike is super lightweight. It makes everything I do with both riding and storing the bike ideal. In my opinion and for everyone I have shown it to they love how lightweight the bike is.“Scott Fox – FoxRVTravel.com
The most popular eBikes seen by RVers are priced from $1200 to $2500. Some of this cost comes from the added, and often unnecessary complexity engineered into many of these units.
The JackRabbit micro eBike sells for $999.99. That savings is possible in part to the engineering simplicity and compact size built into the JackRabbit.
If you look at the design of most eBikes, they don’t appear to possess the strength you are accustomed to seeing. Often, in an attempt to make the bike more compact, a folding option is engineered, adding undue stress to a critical part of the frame. Similarly, in an attempt to allow riders to board the eBike, a huge gap often exists between the seat and handlebars, essentially eliminating the top tube and relying solely on the down tube for the strength that would naturally come from a more traditional shape.
The JackRabbit eBike sacrifices none of the core frame strength needed to ensure stability and safety. The rock-solid frame is properly canted to provide easy ingress and egress for all riders up to 240lbs. It also maintains the more traditional strength profile we’ve come to expect on a bicycle.
eBike Size & Storage
For those eBikes that do not fold in any way, storage is a concern. Even if you can rotate the handle bars to some degree, you still have the crank and pedal assembly to contend with when attempting to stow your heavy, traditional eBike. Let’s be clear here, a full-size non-folding eBike is big. Take the full size of a large mountain bike and add 30-40 more pounds.
For folding bikes, there is the added hassle of folding and unfolding each time for storage. There is also the chance that you don’t get that critical folding hinge-lock assembly tight or correctly seated, putting you and your eBike at risk of failure or collapse. Bear in mind that that folded bike is still just as heavy.
“An eBike that is folded in half ends up being a heavy, unwieldy cube of cable and chain that is difficult to store, move, and unfold.”
The JackRabbit micro eBike only needs to lower the seat, fold up the pedal stands, and twist the handle bars 90 degrees to achieve its smallest footprint, one that is only 7” thick! There is no risky or unsightly folding mechanism to contend with. JackRabbit is perfect for small spaces without compromising on power, speed, or stability.
Being able to pedal most eBikes seems to be a given, and may be desired by some riders, initially. Along with that given, however, is the additional weight and complexity of a crank and pedal assembly, as well as a greasy chain flopping around your storage bay, tow vehicle, or bike rack and getting tangled in anything that comes near it.
“If I wanted to pedal I would have bought a bicycle, not an eBike. We often choose eBikes over mopeds or scooters because they are more familiar, and cheaper, but we really have no desire to pedal.”
The JackRabbit eBike is completely pedal free, with no crank assembly to weigh you down and no greasy chain to get all over everything. Foldable footrests provide a pedal-like feel, and fold up when the eBike is stored. Sometimes you just want to get from point A to point B easily, quickly, and sweat-free.
The Problem With Most Folding eBikes
Imagine your car folding in half between the front and back seats, at its most critical structural point. That’s what many folding eBikes are essentially doing, introducing a break and fold at arguably one of the most critical places on the bicycle…the frame. Those brands that have engineered a successful folding mechanism that adheres to their claims of strength do so at the cost of weight and appearance.
The JackRabbit Alternative
The JackRabbit micro eBike achieves a small footprint via the folding footrests and handlebar rotation already mentioned. The seat post slides down into the strong, compact frame and the resulting compact size ready for storage is 45” x 30” x 7” . This is about the same size as a foldable rocking camp chair. That 7-inch thickness is the real surprise, and achieved quickly and completely with no loss of frame integrity.
No Bike Rack Needed – Secure Weather-free Storage
Being able to store your JackRabbit eBikes inside your tow car or in your RVs storage bay eliminates weather and theft concerns, and is one less thing to have rattling around on the back of your RV or tow vehicle.
JackRabbit Micro eBike Quick Specs
MOTOR – 300 Watt rear hub brushless electric motor
BATTERY – Li-Ion 36V 4.2Ah 151.2Wh
THROTTLE – Thumb-activated variable speed control
BATTERY LEVEL – 3 LED power level on throttle
BATTERY ACCESS – Removable, secured via barrel-key lock under frame
CHARGER – 71W 10-240V, US plug, 1.7 A 41V output
CHARGE TIME – ~2 hours
CHARGING – Charge through frame or remove battery to charge
DIMENSIONS – Ride Mode: 48” long x 21” wide x 39” high | Folded: 45” x 7” x 30”
WATER RESISTANCE – IPX4 resistant to rain and water splashes. Non submersible
FRAME – Monocoque 6061-T6 aluminum alloy
SEATPOST – 7” adjustable range, replaceable
REAR TIRE – 20” x 2.5” all-terrain tire
FRONT TIRE – 20” x 1.95” all-terrain tire
TIRE TUBE – Standard 20” x 1.5-2.5” inner tube
MIN TURN RADIUS – 33” (84 cm) – capable of 180 degree turns in narrow hallways
MAX INCLINE – 12% grade – or steeper with human-powered kick-stride assist with throttle
BRAKE – Mechanical rear disc caliper with 180 mm rotor
HEIGHTS SUPPORTED – 4’10” to 6’2”
WEIGHT SUPPORTED – Up to 240 pounds (109 kg)
The JackRabbit eBike is a lightweight, strong, compact, pedal-free, micro eBike that is perfect for RVers. It has a cleaner, more traditional appearance with no sacrifice of strength or power. A rear disk brake offers superior braking, and by eliminating the front brake, JackRabbit ensures that you have fewer wires, less clutter, and no risk of heading over the handlebars because you pulled the wrong brake during an emergency stop.
JackRabbit eBikes are perfect for RVers who need quick two-wheeled transportation to get around the campground, tour the local town, or hit nearby bike trails. Order your JackRabbit micro eBike today.