JackRabbit

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Facts

Gender
Release Year
Brand
Charge Time
2 Hours
Maximum Range
10 Miles
Top Speed
20 Mph
Watts
300 W
Volts and Amp Hours
36 V 4.2 Ah
Class
Drive
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
Weight
24.0 lbs
Suspension
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the JackRabbit. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

17 reasons to buy

  • Owners and reviewers all say that riding the JackRabbit is big fun.
  • Battery capacity is small enough that FAA regulations allow the JackRabbit to be taken on an airplane as carry-on luggage.
  • Riders can hit 20 mph via the JackRabbit’s thumb-operated throttle.
  • In 3 steps, it folds down to 45” x 7” x 30”, to fit in a standard car trunk.
  • It’s superlight and easy to lift, at only 24 lb.
  • Testers as tall as 6’0” felt comfortable aboard the JackRabbit.
    It's specced to fit riders 4’10” to 6’2”.
  • It takes only 2 hours to fully charge the JackRabbit’s battery.
  • The JackRabbit can turn 180° within a 33” radius!
  • A 2.5” knobby rear tire will handle off-road surfaces in a grippy fashion.
    A 1.95” mixed-tread front tire corners well on roads.
  • A rear mechanical disc brake, with 180mm rotor, capably handles braking duties. The JackRabbit has no front brake, to avoid unplanned trips over the handlebars.
  • The JackRabbit maxes out on cuteness. A reviewer deems it “so adorable”.
  • Being drivetrain-free, the JackRabbit is delightfully low-maintenance.
  • The JackRabbit is available in yellow, blue, black or white.
  • JackRabbit buyers receive a 1-year limited warranty.
  • The JackRabbit can carry up to 240 pounds of person and cargo.
  • Your JackRabbit arrives fully assembled.
  • The JackRabbit’s battery can be locked or removed, for charging.

8 reasons not to buy

  • The JackRabbit is limited to approximately 10 miles of range.
  • A tester said friends taller than 5’10” felt cramped on the JackRabbit.
  • A reviewer reported that it was difficult to avoid contacting the front tire with their size 12 shoes.
  • Speed can be limited on hills and against headwinds. On steeper hills, riders need to push the JackRabbit along with their feet.
  • With no front brake and only one rear brake, some testers say the JackRabbit is limited to flatter terrain.
  • Some testers feel that the 3-LED battery indicator isn’t very accurate or detailed.
  • The JackRabbit’s eccentric handling and steering may feel unstable.
  • Without pedals or a drivetrain, it’s a long walk home on a flat battery.

Bottom line

The JackRabbit is ‘different’ and, by all reports, immensely fun. Strictly, it isn’t a bike, as it has no pedals or drivetrain. Instead, it’s intended as a quick and easy option for short rides or those last few miles of a commute. Many reviewers describe it as the perfect campus ride. The JackRabbit also suits riders whose multimodal commute includes public transport. Because the bike has no pedals and operates on pure throttle, its small battery is quickly depleted after around 10 miles of riding. It’s very nimble and easily reaches 20 mph but does slow down on hills, as you can’t boost the ride by pedaling. In most areas of the United States, it is legally categorized as an electric scooter. It's semi-foldable and fits in a regular car trunk. The JackRabbit is an innovative choice that best satisfies the requirements of a niche sector of e-bike enthusiasts.

Expert Reviews

82/100 based on 6 rated expert reviews
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BikeRide – Scott C.C

JackRabbit Portable and Ultralight Micro E-Bike | BikeRide.com

Intro

The JackRabbit e-bike is truly unique. If you saw any full-grown adult riding it down the street, you would probably think they were taking a child’s bike for a joy ride. But as they ride away at up to 20 mph without a single pedal stroke, it makes you wonder, “Is it even a bike at all?”

Bike Front Angle Shot

Shaped like a BMX and rolling on 20” wheels, the bike has one of the shortest wheelbases we have seen, with a total overall length of only 48”. It doesn’t take much to notice there’s clearly something missing from this small package. You won’t find any pedals on this bike, only a set of pegs to plant your feet on. Instead, it’s equipped with a thumb throttle and a 300 W motor. The JackRabbit is akin to a bike/scooter hybrid you can lift with one hand, while boasting a claimed 240 lb rider weight limit.

Bike Side Shot Left

The JackRabbit e-bike is described by the creator as a super-portable micro e-bike. They showcase a study from the U.S. Government Office of Energy which shows 64% of daily trips taken in the US are less than 5 miles. The JackRabbit was designed to make those small urban commutes sweat-free, allowing anyone to rid themselves of car trips and public transit.

This is a big claim for such a small bike… So let’s put the JackRabbit to the test and find out, once and for all, if size really does matter.

Bike Side Shot Left

Pros

Fun Factor

This bike is fun. Seriously, it has a quality that would bring a smile to anyone. It’s zippy, fast and maneuverable, light and easy to pick up. Its fun and inspiring vibe is similar to that of a go-kart. You simply want to hop on and

Intro

The JackRabbit e-bike is truly unique. If you saw any full-grown adult riding it down the street, you would probably think they were taking a child’s bike for a joy ride. But as they ride away at up to 20 mph without a single pedal stroke, it makes you wonder, “Is it even a bike at all?”

Bike Front Angle Shot

Shaped like a BMX and rolling on 20” wheels, the bike has one of the shortest wheelbases we have seen, with a total overall length of only 48”. It doesn’t take much to notice there’s clearly something missing from this small package. You won’t find any pedals on this bike, only a set of pegs to plant your feet on. Instead, it’s equipped with a thumb throttle and a 300 W motor. The JackRabbit is akin to a bike/scooter hybrid you can lift with one hand, while boasting a claimed 240 lb rider weight limit.

Bike Side Shot Left

The JackRabbit e-bike is described by the creator as a super-portable micro e-bike. They showcase a study from the U.S. Government Office of Energy which shows 64% of daily trips taken in the US are less than 5 miles. The JackRabbit was designed to make those small urban commutes sweat-free, allowing anyone to rid themselves of car trips and public transit.

This is a big claim for such a small bike… So let’s put the JackRabbit to the test and find out, once and for all, if size really does matter.

Bike Side Shot Left

Pros

Fun Factor

This bike is fun. Seriously, it has a quality that would bring a smile to anyone. It’s zippy, fast and maneuverable, light and easy to pick up. Its fun and inspiring vibe is similar to that of a go-kart. You simply want to hop on and take it for a spin!

Riding Bike

Portability

It is very light and portable, and easily lifted with one hand. You can toss it in most car trunks or even the backseat of a car. The folding feature changes the overall dimensions, allowing you to fit it in many places for storage.

  • Ride Mode: 48” long x 21” wide x 39” high
  • Folded: 45” long x 7” wide x 30” high.

You can also fold the handlebars parallel to the bike for walking in tight areas. In general, the portability of this small bike is quite impressive, allowing you to take it with you to places most e-bikes can’t go; up staircases, on the beach, in the car or even up a tree! (10/10 don’t recommend)

Walking With bike in Hand

Suprising Zip for Its Size

The 300 W motor is surprisingly zippy and capable of tackling hills you wouldn’t think were possible (albeit at a slow speed). It feels at times like the ‘little bike that could’! That being said, hills drain the battery quickly. In a test ride with a few mild-to-moderate hills, it had a range of only 6 miles (compared to a claimed 10+). On relatively flat terrain, however, the bike makes short work of trips around town, speeding you to the local lunch spot on your break without a sweat (pun intended).

Hill Climb 1

Cons

Handlebar Stem Wiggle

The handlebar on our test model wiggled at the stem connection. Regardless of tweaks and tightening, there was a 1/16th of a turn play in the headset. This produced a noticeable wobble in the handlebars. While it did not affect the operation of the bike, it did create hesitation to let it loose heading downhill. JackRabbit has offered a replacement handlebar clamp, which is the fix for this stem wiggle.

Handlebar Left Side

Tight Fit

For those with large shoe sizes, you may need to be aware of foot placement to avoid contacting the tires on turns.

Foot Position

Battery Indicator Beware

The 3-light battery level indicator does not offer enough detail and you could easily be left powerless. The bottom red light indicates a dead battery, not one bar of battery remaining.

Controller

Points of Note Regarding the JackRabbit

Our testers believe that potential buyers of the JackRabbit should take these considerations into account. These factors result from purposeful design choices and compromises based on bike type, style, and category. For this reason, they are not viewed as ‘Cons’ against the bike.

  • The “folding” feature is helpful, but not what you may expect. Rather than folding at the frame (like you’d typically see with other folding bike models), the JackRabbit’s handlebars are separated from the headset, the front wheel is turned, locked and the handlebars attach to the front fork. This effectively changes the overall dimensions of the bike from Ride Mode: 48” long x 21” wide x 39” high – Folded: 45” long x 7” wide x 30” high. This folded shape allows the bike to fit in a small space and makes storage simple.

Folding

  • The JackRabbit only features a single mechanical disc brake on the rear wheel. This is a purposeful choice, made to prevent the risk of crashing with such a small wheelbase and a front brake. It’s a wise choice, and the bike does not experience any issue braking without a front brake.

Rear Brake

  • The “bike” features no drivetrain. This means no sweating and less maintenance, which is a big bonus. You should note this could cause issues depending on your state or region’s laws regarding e-bikes with no human-powered element. This also means you will be walking or kicking along with one foot if you run out of battery (assuming you didn’t shell out to purchase a second battery).

Rear Brake

What Is the JackRabbit E-Bike?

The JackRabbit is a “super-portable micro e-bike”. The JackRabbit company claim this is the “original tiny-ass e-bike”. It definitely delivers on the “tiny”. It weighs only 24 lbs, measures 48” in length and “folds” to 7” wide, allowing it to fit a lot of places. JackRabbit also claims the battery is FAA compliant and cleared for travel on a plane. It has 20” all-terrain tires and is powered by a 300 W motor. Juice is provided by a 36 V 4.2Ah (151 Wh) battery.

Side Sunset

The JackRabbit is an interesting take on mobility for urban users. Since there is no drivetrain, your commute is truly sweat-free (no blame taken for the summer heat). It has a top speed of 20 mph. However, you will need level riding ground to hit those top speeds due to the size of the motor. This bike offers limited hill climbing ability. Primarily, mild and small hills are all it’s capable of, without offering some assistance by kicking with one foot.

Riding Bike

The JackRabbit is zippy on level ground. Short commutes are a lot of fun and it is easy to weave through crowded urban spaces. When paired with the right commute, this bike could be very useful. It makes short work of distances around town, saving time and energy (plus adding a bit more fun into your daily routine).

What Does It Do Best?

As the term “micro commuter” suggests, the bike is meant for short commutes. Its founder came up with the concept for the bike while watching university students walk long distances on campus. Its small size and weight make portability a huge selling point. The JackRabbit has the ability to fit in elevators, apartments, offices, and on the subway or a bus (without using the bike rack). By itself, the battery is also very small and you can easily carry a backup on hand.

Bike side view

It’s a pleasant companion that eliminates distances you would normally walk. Long walks from a car park to the office, or between classes, could be cut significantly. Being so easy to store is a big plus too. It’s relatively easy to find a spot when it’s only 48” long.

It’s also just a lot of fun to ride. Functionality aside, the JackRabbit is a great ‘toy’, alongside its primary purpose as a commuter. Taking the JackRabbit out on pleasure rides is really as much of an enjoyable experience as taking it out on short commutes. You’ll find yourself wishing you had one as a kid!

Bike side view

Who Should Buy This Bike?

The JackRabbit is well suited to individuals with short daily commutes who are tight on space and want to avoid public transit. Not to mention students traveling on campus, those with commutes involving a bus or subway, apartment dwellers and office workers who are seeking an easy way to get to a local spot without sweating. It combines the convenience of a scooter with the sit-down comfort of a bike. Recreational users would also benefit from the easy mobility and storage, especially those travelling in RVs, campervans, boats and small planes.

Bike side view

Reasons to Look Elsewhere?

The bike has a specific use and is limited. Long journeys will not be possible without a second battery or a charge stop. Hills should definitely be avoided and will significantly impact battery life. The bike also offers little opportunity for exercise. Its use is limited to all-electric transportation, whether for fun or utility. Those looking for an opportunity to squeeze in some cardio should look elsewhere.

Conclusion

The JackRabbit is tiny, a ton of fun, and surprisingly functional. It takes a new perspective on urban transportation and opens up the market to an audience that may not have been realized before. Whether that audience will be ‘micro’ like the bike itself, or turn into a ‘transit phenomenon’, is yet to be determined. But the JackRabbit e-bike appears to do exactly what it claims.

As a micro e-bike commuter, it is light and maneuverable while packing some zip. Beware of running out of battery as the range falls short of expectation. But be ready to smile as you ride! If you have the right commute, a JackRabbit e-bike might make it much shorter.

So I guess we have the answer:

It’s not the size of the e-bike that matters, it’s how you are going to use it.

Bike side view

Specs

Electric Bike Class: Class 2
Warranty: 1-Year warranty
Battery Weight: 1 lb 13 oz
Model Year: 2021
Total Weight: 24 lb
Motor Brand: Unbranded
Motor Type: Rear hub. Brushless electric motor
Motor Nominal Output: 300 watts
Battery: Li-Ion 36 V 4.2 Ah 151.2 Wh
Range: Claimed: 10+ miles | Tested: 6 miles (mixed terrain with hills)
Lights: N/A
Speed: Up to 20 mph
Pedal Assist: N/A
Display: 3-light charge indicator
Charge Time: 3 hours
Throttle: Thumb activated lever throttle
Charger: 71 W 10-120 V, US Plug, 1.7 A 41 V output
Brake Calipers: 1x mechanical rear disc caliper. No front brake
Brake Rotors: 180 mm Rear rotor
Frame: 6061 Aluminum
Fenders: Fenders available as an added cost accessory – not supplied on the test model
Fork: 6061 Aluminum
Tires: 20” x 1.95” all-terrain front tire, 20” x 2.5” all-terrain rear tire
Grips: Rubber BMX style
Handlebar: Aluminum
Kickstand: Single-sided included
Pedals: Dual folding pegs
Rims: 36-spoke. Double-walled
Max Rider capacity: 240 lb

Bike Frame

Frame and Geometry

Featuring an aluminum frame, the JackRabbit resembles a BMX with an aggressive MTB-style tread on the tires. It is lightweight, at just 24 lb. The frame feels solid when seated and has a claimed maximum rider weight of 240 lb.

The ride is unlike any other bike and takes some getting used to. With a very short 48” wheelbase, the bike is very fast to turn and can feel unstable until you find your center of gravity. The frame claims to fit riders 4’10” to 6’2”. As a 6’0” individual, I could ride the bike with no problem. The adjustable seat allowed me to find a good position. I did find my size 13 feet could make contact with the front tire and had to ensure I kept the pegs under the balls of my feet.

The frame was surprisingly comfortable to ride over a longer distance. On a 6+ mile ride, I experienced no discomfort. This could be primarily because it doesn’t require pedaling while riding.

Motor

Motor

The 300-watt motor was surprisingly zippy, a good reminder of what these small motors are capable of when paired with a light bike. That being said, the bike is only capable of so much torque with a 300-watt motor and a small battery. On level ground, the bike will reach its top speed of 20 mph. However, I did find this was not attainable on any type of incline.

The motor offers a surprising climbing ability for its size. It is capable of climbing moderate hills (very slowly) but at a great cost to the battery. While giving it a good go, we cannot recommend the bike for any kind of hill riding.

The 300-watt motor suits the bike well. A larger motor would be a scary prospect on such a small frame. I would not want the bike to be capable of faster acceleration than it already offers. On such a small frame it would be easy to lose control.

Overall the JackRabbit does not appear to be destined to climb hills and users with hilly commutes would experience range anxiety.

Motor

Cockpit and Control

The cockpit and controller are minimal. A single brake lever, bell and 3-light LED battery level indicator are all that occupy the handlebars. The bike is turned on and off with a simple push-button located on the controller. Acceleration is controlled by a thumb-switch style throttle.

Battery

Battery

The motor is powered by a Li-ion 36 V 4.2 Ah 151.2 Wh battery. It’s small and lightweight, so much so that it is FAA certified for air travel. This is definitely not something most e-bikes can claim. The battery is small enough to fit in a backpack or bag easily, so you could bring one with you to extend the range. A single charge is supposed to supply 10+ miles of range, but I did find it closer to 6-7 miles over varied terrain in testing situations. But after all, it is a small battery that’s reasonably sized for such a small bike.

Battery

Charger, Battery Removal, Keys

The bike comes with a standard 71 W 10-240 V US-plug, 1.7 A 41 V output charger. The battery can be fully removed for charging or can be charged on the bike. Key access and charger input are located under the top tube of the bike. I found this to be a frustrating placement. It’s difficult to reach, with a lot of key-fumbling required to remove the battery.

Battery

After unlocking, the battery slides out easily. It is a simple and efficient design. The battery charges quickly in 3 hours. This makes it possible to charge at your destination before your return journey.

  • It’s worth noting that this bike is IPX4 resistant to light rain and splashes.

Brakes

Brakes

The JackRabbit features a single rear mechanical disc brake with a 180 mm rotor. At first, you may wonder if that’s enough. In this situation, it is the right call. A front brake with such a short frame would make the possibility of a nasty crash pretty high. The bike shows no trouble braking and is capable of stopping on hills (as big as you would ever want to ride on such a small bike). I actually found the performance better than some budget dual-brake mechanical setups.

Rear Tire

Wheels,Tires

The bike features 20” tires with an aggressive tread. The tire widths vary from front to back with a 2.5” all-terrain rear tire and a less aggressive 1.95” all-terrain tire in the front. The rear rim features 36 spokes and the front has 28.

Front Tire

The small tires offer a good grip and can maneuver around rocks and obstacles. The bike’s performance is reasonable off the pavement and you can definitely add some alternate routes into your commute. It offers a playfulness that makes you want to see where it can go!

Safety

The bike features reflectors on the front and rear wheels, a rear-facing reflector on the seat post, and a front-facing reflector on the handlebar post.

Reflectors and pegs

Kickstand

A simple, single-sided kickstand is included with the bike. It’s super-basic, but I have no complaints.

Kicker Stand

Contact Points

  • The JackRabbit has BMX-style grips that are comfortable and suit the bike.
  • Foldable pegs feature rubber grip and offer a fine platform for the bike.
  • The seat is also comfortable and adjustable.

Seat

Accessories

JackRabbit offers a range of accessories for the bike. These include:

  • Rear basket
  • Travel bag
  • Cargo box
  • Front and rear fender
  • LED front and rear light
  • Extra battery
  • Cupholder
  • Fast charger
  • Phone holder
  • Shoulder carry sling

Jackrabbit Sunset

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Electric Revolution

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It’s unlike anything else I’ve tried. Just being on something this small going 20 mph, you just feel very involved in the trail. You can just feel the trail and it’s more like an immersed riding experience.

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You still get good performance at a seriously reduced size and weight. Whenever I ran out for quick trips around the city, I kept finding myself choosing the JackRabbit because it’s just such a hoot to ride. The battery is small. Like, really small.

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Electric Bike Report

JackRabbit Review, 2022

It’s nimble as a cat. Mobility is where the JackRabbit has the opportunity to shine. One brake is the right call given the wheelbase, but it might require a little foot drag to help on quicker stops. I’d avoid taking it down any long/steep grades.

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Extreme cuteness is a hugely underrated aspect of riding a micro vehicle. If you’re a college student who needs to get around campus, a city commuter who frequently brings a bike on buses or light rail, or me, who just needs to pop over quickly to the store, the JackRabbit is pretty much perfect. I don’t think I could recommend the JackRabbit if you were a bigger person or if you needed to travel more than a mile or two to your destination.

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