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Facts

Gender
Release Year
Brand
Charge Time
3, 6 Hours
Maximum Range
30, 50 Miles
Top Speed
28 mph
Watts
750 W
Torque
60 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
48V 15Ah
Class
Drive
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
Gearing Type
Weight
65 lb
Suspension
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.

18 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’.
  • One tester is a big fan of Ride1Up’s ‘Plush Comfort Cruiser’ saddle.

7 reasons not to buy

  • The Cafe Cruiser is long and weighs 65 lb. A petite tester strongly believes that the Cafe Cruiser is too “big and heavy” to suit novice or smaller riders.
  • Some owners are disappointed by the bike’s 130 lb passenger payload limit.
  • One reviewer says the Café Cruiser can be “unwieldy” on tight turns and “sluggish” at slower speeds.
  • 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 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. It may be challenging for smaller users to maneuver, lift or carry up stairs. A simple monochrome display and cadence sensor keep the price down.

Expert Reviews

84/100 based on 4 rated expert reviews
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BikeRide – Scott C.C

Ride1UP Café Cruiser – Casual Cruiser E-Bike Review | BikeRide.com

Today we are looking at the Café Cruiser from Ride1Up – and man, is this one sleek e-bike with some retro cruising style. The sweeping handlebars and flowing frame make for a comfy, straight-backed riding position. This cruise is all about comfort, with an 80mm suspension fork and a big, comfy seat. The Café Cruiser is more than just chill though, with enough pep to swerve you into the fast lane. This cruiser is a Class 3 e-bike, packing a Bafang 500W rear hub motor capable of over 750W sustained. That’s enough to get you up to 28 mph with pedal assist, no problem (on gentle terrain).

When the sun is shining it’s time to hit the boardwalk with the Café Cruiser, whether commuting or getting down to the local beach. Let’s put it to the test and see what this great-looking bike is capable of.

Cafe Cruiser Side Angle

What Is the Café Cruiser from Ride1Up?

Starting things off, Ride1Up is the producer of a great range of e-bikes. They have a nice lineup of commuting and recreational e-bikes. Ride1Up makes its name by offering bikes that are very affordable, offer better-than-average components and grin-inspiring performance. They do it all while looking amazing too. The brand really has a visual style to the entire lineup of bikes that I love, with a build quality to back it up. So you know that when you see the Ride1Up badge, you are getting a brand that knows how to make an award-winning bike that really wins with the riders.

The Café Cruiser holds up this tradition. It’s a looker. With some old-school motorcycle-style, mixed with a beach cruising bike, it’s sure to turn some heads. Plus, its packed with features: an 8-speed Shimano drivetrain, 500W Bafang motor and hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors, just to name some big winners. They’re the kind of components you would find on bikes almost twice the price of the Café Cruiser.

Cafe Cruiser Side Angle 2

The first ride is comfortable and fun. With a straight-backed upright riding style and swept-back bars, the vibes are very relaxed. Plus, the motor provides good power on flats to keep you chilling and cruising, not pumping and pedaling. The motor is powerful on mellow hills and flat ground. You can really feel the power. The bike is comfortable to ride with no hands and stable at speed. All-in, it’s truly a relaxing and pleasant bike to ride around town, plus it eats up the miles in maximum pedal assist.

The bike has a ton of great features and you can’t beat the price. It really lives up to the name ‘Cruiser’ and its look is timeless, making it easy to love. If cruising is the game, this bike is the right one for you!

Front Wheel and Frame

Pros

Laid-Back Cruising Vibes

The bike has a great laid-back vibe. It’s just easy to ride and very comfortable. Stable at speed and easy to ride with no hands, it really is the quintessential summertime ride. You could zip to the beach with a surfboard in your arms, no problem. The motor has enough pep to keep you from working hard on the road. The bike speeds you along level or lightly-sloping terrain, whether it be pavement, gravel, or sand. Ripping along the high-tide line on the beach was a lot of fun!

Riding on Beach

Great Affordability

I really appreciate Ride1Up because they offer bikes at an amazing price and they do not skimp on the build. They really bring value at a price that makes you wonder how they do it! The Café Cruiser is no different. It has all the features riders will be looking for, so its ready-to-ride right out of the box. The great price, looks and performance really make it a triple threat. If someone is looking for value and performance, Ride1Up is a great choice and a brand with a lot of happy riders. So for those looking for retro beach cruising style at the best price, this is the bike for you.

Side Straight

Great Looks

Ride1Up has a look – and I love it. I love the standard greyish color they use and how it layers with the black and nicely-applied branding. This bike definitely looks like a café cruiser and, if a bike can sell by looks alone, then this bike is going to go fast! Those sloped bars and the cool frame style give it a retro cruiser vibe. Features like the hydraulic brake levers, with that flash of red, really catch the eye. Overall, the bike is a looker and it turn

Today we are looking at the Café Cruiser from Ride1Up – and man, is this one sleek e-bike with some retro cruising style. The sweeping handlebars and flowing frame make for a comfy, straight-backed riding position. This cruise is all about comfort, with an 80mm suspension fork and a big, comfy seat. The Café Cruiser is more than just chill though, with enough pep to swerve you into the fast lane. This cruiser is a Class 3 e-bike, packing a Bafang 500W rear hub motor capable of over 750W sustained. That’s enough to get you up to 28 mph with pedal assist, no problem (on gentle terrain).

When the sun is shining it’s time to hit the boardwalk with the Café Cruiser, whether commuting or getting down to the local beach. Let’s put it to the test and see what this great-looking bike is capable of.

Cafe Cruiser Side Angle

What Is the Café Cruiser from Ride1Up?

Starting things off, Ride1Up is the producer of a great range of e-bikes. They have a nice lineup of commuting and recreational e-bikes. Ride1Up makes its name by offering bikes that are very affordable, offer better-than-average components and grin-inspiring performance. They do it all while looking amazing too. The brand really has a visual style to the entire lineup of bikes that I love, with a build quality to back it up. So you know that when you see the Ride1Up badge, you are getting a brand that knows how to make an award-winning bike that really wins with the riders.

The Café Cruiser holds up this tradition. It’s a looker. With some old-school motorcycle-style, mixed with a beach cruising bike, it’s sure to turn some heads. Plus, its packed with features: an 8-speed Shimano drivetrain, 500W Bafang motor and hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors, just to name some big winners. They’re the kind of components you would find on bikes almost twice the price of the Café Cruiser.

Cafe Cruiser Side Angle 2

The first ride is comfortable and fun. With a straight-backed upright riding style and swept-back bars, the vibes are very relaxed. Plus, the motor provides good power on flats to keep you chilling and cruising, not pumping and pedaling. The motor is powerful on mellow hills and flat ground. You can really feel the power. The bike is comfortable to ride with no hands and stable at speed. All-in, it’s truly a relaxing and pleasant bike to ride around town, plus it eats up the miles in maximum pedal assist.

The bike has a ton of great features and you can’t beat the price. It really lives up to the name ‘Cruiser’ and its look is timeless, making it easy to love. If cruising is the game, this bike is the right one for you!

Front Wheel and Frame

Pros

Laid-Back Cruising Vibes

The bike has a great laid-back vibe. It’s just easy to ride and very comfortable. Stable at speed and easy to ride with no hands, it really is the quintessential summertime ride. You could zip to the beach with a surfboard in your arms, no problem. The motor has enough pep to keep you from working hard on the road. The bike speeds you along level or lightly-sloping terrain, whether it be pavement, gravel, or sand. Ripping along the high-tide line on the beach was a lot of fun!

Riding on Beach

Great Affordability

I really appreciate Ride1Up because they offer bikes at an amazing price and they do not skimp on the build. They really bring value at a price that makes you wonder how they do it! The Café Cruiser is no different. It has all the features riders will be looking for, so its ready-to-ride right out of the box. The great price, looks and performance really make it a triple threat. If someone is looking for value and performance, Ride1Up is a great choice and a brand with a lot of happy riders. So for those looking for retro beach cruising style at the best price, this is the bike for you.

Side Straight

Great Looks

Ride1Up has a look – and I love it. I love the standard greyish color they use and how it layers with the black and nicely-applied branding. This bike definitely looks like a café cruiser and, if a bike can sell by looks alone, then this bike is going to go fast! Those sloped bars and the cool frame style give it a retro cruiser vibe. Features like the hydraulic brake levers, with that flash of red, really catch the eye. Overall, the bike is a looker and it turns heads on the road.

Rear Angle

Cons

Struggles on Steep Hills

Powering the unit, we have a 500W Bafang geared rear-hub motor capable of 750W sustained and 60Nm torque. The motor was, at times, wonderfully powered, zipping along flat ground and offering nice power at the top end, zipping you between 25-28 mph. But then, when you hit a steep hill, the power is gone. It’s a strange mix of being surprised by the pep and power of the motor, but also noting that the bike struggles on steep hills. And by steep, I mean anything over a 12-13% grade.

Our small-hill test result was fairly slow but it’s good to note that this is an 18% maximum grade. With a motor only making 60Nm of torque, it’s a serious challenge. But hey, a cruiser is meant to cruise right? Those with a laid-back mindset probably wouldn’t want to pedal up a hill like this anyway. I’ve heard it’s all downhill to the beach.

Riding Uphill

What Does It Do Best?

This bike is a wonderfully fun cruiser, with a great price point and performance that will leave you grinning when riding level ground and mellow inclines. I loved the ride cruising around town and riding with no hands. Enjoying the breeze at 20 mph was super comfortable. Honestly, this bike is just a blast to ride and for recreational users, I don’t see anyone being disappointed. It’s got really great components, a comfortable easy-to-love ride, and some killer looks. The motor was not as powerful on the steep hills as you would like but it did an amazing job powering you to 28 mph on flat ground and it could handle your average hill fine. So overall, for users in areas without many steep hills, this bike is going to do just fine.

Who Should Buy This Bike?

Do you want to cruise down your main street at up to 28 mph in perfect comfort without stressing your legs? Then this is the bike for you! Any recreational user who is looking for that straight-backed riding style, classic look, and sweeping handlebars is going to love the bike. And when it comes time to pay the bill, your wallet will be happy too! This bike makes me want to tour the local boardwalk or grab a surfboard and go hit the beach. Any time is summertime when you’re riding the Café Cruiser!

Riding Cafe Cruiser

Reasons to Look Elsewhere?

The key fault with this bike is its hill-climbing ability on steep grades. So, if you are about the grind and plan to climb some elevation, this might not be the bike for you. It’s not an extreme-minded bike (other than its extreme speed of 28 mph on flat ground, that is). So, adventure seekers and performance freaks might not find what they are looking for. But again, it’s in the name ‘Café Cruiser’. It’s a definite vibe. For the price and style, this bike is hard to beat.

Conclusion

The Café Cruiser turns heads with its retro style and looks. This ride is super comfy and it’s a blast to zip around town on. With a throttle capable of 20mph and pedal assist zipping up to 28 mph, the 500W motor on this bike is some serious fun. So when it’s time to hit the beach, skip the car and beat the parking lot jam with the Café Cruiser. It’s so affordable you can get two and bring a friend! Ride1Up has done it again with another great bike, so make sure you check out the Café Cruiser. As always, I’m Scott with BikeRide.com and I hope you enjoy the ride!

Specs

Electric Bike Class: Class 3
Warranty: 1 year for manufacturer’s defects
Model Year: 2022
Total Weight: 65 lb
Motor Brand:Bafang RM G040.350/500.DC
Motor Type: Geared rear hub | 48V
Motor Nominal Output: 500W
Max Torque: Rated: 60Nm | Max: 60Nm
Battery: 48V 15Ah Reention Rhino | Samsung cells
Range [Claimed]: 30-50 miles
Range [Tested]: 23.12 miles
Speed: 28 mph
Throttle: Thumb switch
Pedal Assist: 5 assist levels
Controller: 48V 18A | DMHC | Sine-wave
Charger: 48V 2A
Charge Time: 8+ hours
Display: KD21C | Adjustable speed
Frame: Aluminum with internal cable routing
Fork: Mozo hydraulic lockout | 80mm suspension travel
Brake Levers: Zoom hydraulic with electric cut-off sensor
Brake Calipers: Zoom
Brake Rotors: 180mm
Chain: KMC Professional | 8-speed
Crankset: 46t | 170mm
Derailleur: Shimano Acera M360 | 8-speed
Shifter: Shimano Acera | 8-speed trigger
Cassette: 11-32t Shimano
Rims: 26” | Aluminum
Spokes: Stainless steel | 12G rear | 13G front
Tires: Chaoyang SandStorm | 26″ × 3.0″
Fenders: Hardened alloy
Lights: Front: Buchel Shiny 80 (80 lux) | Rear: Velo Edge 48V
Grips: Velo faux-leather
Handlebar: Zoom | 25.4mm | 50mm rise | 40° sweep
Kickstand: Standard | Single-sided
Saddle: Plush Comfort Cruiser
Pedals: Wellgo | Alloy
Maximum Payload (cargo and rider): 350 lb
Rear Rack Payload: 150 lb rated loading weight with pannier side mount

Frame and Geometry

It’s a classic but also a modern take on a cruiser, with styling that brings to mind old Harley motorcycles. Either way, it’s a looker, and the frame is well-built with nice welds and a ton of functionality. The rear rack is welded and able to carry 150 lb of cargo or a passenger weighing 130 lb. At 65 lb, it’s not the lightest e-bike, but it sits firmly in the middleweight range. You can lift it unassisted to place it on a rack, but you won’t want to do it very often.

The bike is well designed and built, with care taken for small details like the welded rack, well-attached metal fenders, and a nicely placed charging point with easy battery access. It really checks all the boxes for function and style. The 80mm front suspension fork is also bringing some much-needed cushioning. When combined with the springy, plush seat and large tires, it does a good job soaking up bumps in the road.

Motor

The motor was a bit confusing at first. In initial tests, we were surprised by its ability on flat ground. It’s a fast bike! Zooming up to 28 mph you feel that Class 3 designation. It lives up to the “750W sustained” specification. But when we hit a steep hill (that other bikes have made it up), we struggled on the Café Cruiser – and we needed to find out why.

The answer is that this is a 500W, 60Nm, geared rear hub motor from Bafang. It’s a reliable and fun motor that’s easily capable of pushing you to 28 mph on flat ground and zipping up small hills. However, with only 60Nm of rated torque, this bike will never be a steep hill climber. Combined with its weight and the fact that these cruisers are not designed for maximum pedal efficiency, it’s really best to stick with the bike’s name… and just cruise.

When cruising, the motor has more than enough power and is a ton of fun to zip around town on. So, avoid those steep hills and take it easy. This bike is for the summertime state of mind.

Acceleration:

  • Assist Level: Level 5
  • 0-20mph: 8.0 seconds
  • 0-25mph: 14.5 seconds

Short Hill Climb:

  • Time: 1 minute 18 seconds
  • Distance: 0.15 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 85 feet
  • Maximum Grade: 18%
  • Average Speed:  7 mph

Cockpit POV

Cockpit and Control

‘Laid back’ is the best way to describe the Café Cruiser cockpit. It’s got some swooping handlebars, giving you a straight-back riding stance that almost makes it feel like you are running down the street. It’s a really comfy bike to ride and you can easily zip along on it with no hands.

The aluminum brake levers have a pleasant feel but do not feature a reach adjustment for those with small hands. On the other side of the bars, we have our throttle and control pad/display. It is a thumb-style throttle and will power you to 20 mph. Sitting beside the throttle, we have our three-button interface. The controls are very simple, but give you some customization and all the info you need. With only three buttons to control, it is intuitive until you get to the advanced settings. Power is a push-and-hold to activate and to turn off the display. Info is cycled with a single click of the power button. The up and down buttons control the power assist level and a long push of the + button powers on the lights.

Advanced settings are accessed by holding the + and – buttons at the same time. Ride1Up has good information about the unit. Here is an article that details how to access the bike’s advanced settings.

You can adjust some really helpful settings, including how many assist levels are shown, (5, 7, or 9 with 0) and the amount of assist provided at each level.

It’s really nice to see this simplicity and function from a display on such a well-priced e-bike. There are some great features here, from Ride1Up.

Battery

Battery

The Café Cruiser has a fairly large 48V 15ah battery. It’s just another way Ride1Up brings quality builds for a great price. In use, the battery provided a reliable range test. We did take a route that required the bike to handle several larger hills, and it put down a reasonable total range despite this. On flatter ground, that 30-mile claimed range would be possible at maximum pedal assist.

It’s great to see that the bike is living up to expectations. 23 miles at assist level 5 (96% power assist in settings) is a great result for a bike in this price range.

Range Test:

  • Distance: 23.12 miles
  • Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
  • Elevation: 1,417 feet

Range Test

Charger, Battery Removal, Keys

The 48V 2A charger is pretty standard and well-matched to the bike. The battery is nicely integrated into the downtube and locks in place. Removing it requires unlocking with the key, followed by turning the knob located on the top of the battery which allows it to slide out of the frame. Inserting it is easy. You just slide it into place and push it to lock with a click. The charging port is located on the top of the downtube and has a rubber plug.

Drivetrain

The Shimano Acera 8-speed drivetrain, with a 46t crank and 11-32t rear cassette, is giving us a nice upgrade from the typical 7-speed setup we see on lots of builds. Again, that’s how Ride1Up builds bikes. They like to add these little upgrades all around, and it really adds value. It’s nice to have the extra gear but the gearing still leaves you feeling like you are just along for the ride at 28 mph. Steep hills are also a challenge, so even with the upgrade the range feels a little limiting. This gearing is more fitting for the cruising nature of the bike. You don’t work hard when riding this thing at speed on flat ground, and avoiding steep hills is best.

Brakes

Braking is taken care of by a set of Zoom 180mm hydraulic disc brakes with an electric cut-off switch. These brakes are a well-priced but reliable set. It’s really nice to see hydraulic brakes at this price point. A lot of other brands are going to be giving you mechanical brakes so these hydraulic brakes are a wonderful upgrade, both for performance and reduced maintenance.

Braking Distance Results

20mph test

20 mph:  12.5 feet

28mph test

28 mph:  26 feet

Wheels, Tires

The Café Cruiser rides on ChaoYang SandStorm 3.0″ tires on 26” rims. They are large but smoother than off-road tires. So they are a comfy pavement tire that’s also capable on hardpack sand, gravel, or firm beach surfaces. I had a lot of fun riding this bike on the boardwalk and beach paths. Then I noticed the tide was out and that the rocky beach looked like a great test spot! The Café Cruiser zipped along the beach and did a great job in everything but deeper sand. Those large tires help soak up the bumps and help complete a fun setup for zipping around town.

Safety

The Café Cruiser features an 80 lux front headlight and a rear light for awareness and brake signaling. The bike also has your standard reflectors. The brake levers feature an integrated brake cut-off switch that disconnects the motor quickly and brings you to a fast stop.

Kickstand

As with most e-bikes, we have the standard single-sided kickstand. It’s perfectly functional and operates as it should.

Contact Points

Contact points are comfortable and styled as you would expect for this type of bike.

We have faux leather grips with stitching. Personally, I don’t like these types of grips. I would prefer lock-on grips as I find these ones can slide around a bit. However, they match the bike, look good and are functional, so no points are taken away from them.

The Plush Comfort Cruiser saddle is large, cushioned, and features some springs for extra comfort. It’s all in the name. It’s comfortable and offers a large stable seating platform. I found the large seat could get in the way when doing some really hard pedaling. But hey, it’s a cruiser right? Who wants to be pedaling hard?

And finally, we have Wellgo alloy flat pedals. They’re standard items that work just fine and will get you out and about on the road right away.

Accessories

Ride1Up offers a passenger kit to convert that rack to a second seat, along with some protectors for the rear wheel to keep passenger clothing from getting caught.

They also have nice pannier bags for those looking to take items along for the ride.


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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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Momentum Mag

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The Café Cruiser is worth every penny — assuming it suits your lifestyle. The riding experience is fluid and fun, and you can cross almost any metropolitan area at a satisfying (and just legal) velocity. With 30 to 50 miles at your disposal, you’re free to roam almost any paved road.

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The Cruiser from Ride1Up here is pretty fun, I’m not gonna lie, it was one of the nicer, more aesthetic looking cruisers we ever tested. Having some locking grips would be nice but really other than that there’s not much to complain about, especially with the price that this thing is.

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E-Bike Range Test | Ride1Up Cafe Cruiser Throttle Only

Rider weight: 200 lb
Temperature: 71°F
Wind speed: 8-10 mph
Route ascent: 75 ft
Route descent: 71 ft
Terrain: city and rural
Ride time: 1 hr 11 mins
Total distance: 21.81 miles.
Average speed: 18.47 mph.

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TailHappyTV

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The things that stand out about this bike are the comfortable riding position, the upright riding geometry, the seat, and the front suspension – making for a really cushy ride. Riding off-road is not this bike’s forte really, but it can definitely do it… It’s not the greatest hill climber but it does have a gentle cadence sensor – it doesn’t jerk you around a lot…

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I’m really happy with the bike. Super comfortable and I can highly recommend getting one. Thank you.

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The combination of high performance and laid-back cruiser design makes it so versatile. The swept back handlebars allow for you to have the grips directly at your fingertips and keep you upright in the saddle… The Ride1Up Café Cruiser is not a sand bike. You’ll be the king on the bike path with this bike – I know I am.

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A fantastic electric bike for a surprisingly low price. A powerful 750-watt motor we could feel when blasting across busy streets or accelerating from a stop. Range is also excellent. We clocked around 40 miles.

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Ars Technica

High Class: A Strong Electric Assist Transforms a Classic Cruiser

Overall, the Café Cruiser was probably the best biking experience I’ve had on an e-bike. Most of the components are pretty standard… The display is also pretty standard… Overall, in terms of assembly and components, the Café Cruiser was pretty typical of what you’d see in bikes in its price range. The real standout is its cruiser design.

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Active Gear Review

Ride1Up Café Cruiser Review

Everything about the Ride1Up Cafe Cruiser is designed for a comfortable, smooth and enjoyable riding experience and it delivers. Ride fatigue is practically non existent with this ebike, which allows for longer ride times and great distances. The Cafe Cruiser is great on paved roads, bike paths, boardwalks, gravel roads and even handles non technical trails just fine…

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User Ratings

96/100 based on 19 ratings
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Bike Comparison

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