Ride1UP Cafe Cruiser

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Release Year
Charge Time
3, 6 Hours
Maximum Range
30, 50 Miles
Top Speed
28 Mph
750 W
60 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
48V 15Ah
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
65 lbs
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Ride1UP Cafe Cruiser. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

17 reasons to buy

  • The Cafe Cruiser’s retro look has been deemed “timeless”.
  • Swept-back handlebars provide a comfortable and upright ride position.
  • The Cafe Cruiser’s sturdy, integrated rear rack can be fitted with a passenger kit, to carry a second person weighing up to 130 lb.
  • An 8-speed Shimano Acera drivetrain combines with pedal-assist to offer ample gear range.
  • The Cafe Cruiser can reach 28 mph via pedal assist and 20 mph by throttle alone.
  • Testers were able to eke up to 45.56 mi of range out of the 48V 15Ah battery.
  • The Cafe Cruiser’s battery can be removed for security and off-bike charging.
  • An 80mm Mozo suspension fork irons out road imperfections.
  • Testers say the Cafe Cruiser’s 750W Bafang motor is plenty fast on flat stretches.
  • 3” wide Chaoyang SandStorm tires are comfortable and absorb jounce.
  • The Cafe Cruiser is equipped with entry-level hydraulic disc brakes from Zoom.
  • The Cafe Cruiser is available with a mid-step (ST) or high-step (XR) frame.
  • The ST frame fits riders 5’0” to 6’4”. The XR suits e-bikers from 5’5” to 6’4”.
  • Alloy fenders and integrated lights are included with the Cafe Cruiser.
  • The Cafe Cruiser has a 350 lb carrying capacity.
  • Experts see the Cruiser’s pricing as affordable and competitive.
  • It’s available in 3 colors; ‘Indigo, Matte’, ‘Carbon, Matte’ and ‘Latte, Gloss’.

6 reasons not to buy

  • At 65 lb, it’s fairly heavy.
  • Rear passenger weight is limited to 130 lb.
  • Under hill-climbing tests, the Cafe Cruiser struggles on steeper inclines.
  • Some owners are not impressed by the Cruiser’s minimal display.
  • A tester found the Cruiser’s geometry and tires unsuitable for soft-sand cycling.
  • Reviewers find the Cafe Cruiser’s stretched geometry to be “cumbersome” in certain situations.

Bottom line

The Cafe Cruiser is Ride1UP’s Class 3 cruiser. It rocks-up ‘road-ready’, with front and rear integrated lights, a frame-integrated rear rack, and alloy fenders. Swept-back handlebars and relaxed geometry place the rider in a comfortable, upright position. With nigh-fat 3” tires and an 80mm suspension fork, the on-road ride is plush. An aftermarket passenger kit equips the Cafe Cruiser to carry passengers up to 130 lb. A generous 48V 15Ah battery hauls this hefty 65 lb bike across 30 to 50 miles on one charge. Good luck hauling it upstairs to your apartment or office. A simple monochrome display and cadence sensor keep the price down.

Expert Reviews

88/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
Electric Bike Report

Ride1UP Cafe Cruiser Review 2022

Low and long geometry makes the bike stable and comfortable – though a little cumbersome and large in tight spaces. Some componentry is notably nicer than many other similarly priced e-bikes. The 750W motor struggled on some of the steeper hills.

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Ebike Escape

Ride1UP’s Cafe Cruiser Blends Cargo and Comfort

A well-thought-out, comfortable cruiser. Besides the integrated rear rack, the Cafe Cruiser comes with metal fenders and a front and rear light.

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Ride1UP Cafe Cruiser Review: Affordable & Stylish 28 MPH Electric Bike for One or Two Riders

In an inflation-riddled economy the only thing steady appears to be the price of Arizona Ice Tea and Ride1UP’s bikes. With a true 750W of power, the bike is quite sporty. You’ll want to opt for a true fat-tire bike if sand is your thing.

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E-Bike Review: Ride1UP Cafe Cruiser is Great, But Make Sure to Get This Accessory

My favorite thing about this e-bike is the option to add a passenger seat that is well designed, comfortable, and easy to use. The B&W display reminds me of a Casio watch from the 1990s. The light is meh.

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Cafe Cruiser From Ride1UP Unfiltered Review

We did get it up to 30 miles an hour. This is really a nice bike. It’s put together well. It’s a heavy bike.

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User Ratings

87/100 based on 6 ratings
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