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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Snapcycle R1. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
19 reasons to buy
- The R1 comes across as an affordable option for a 750W fatbike with accessories.
- Maximum range on the R1 is 45 miles with pedal-assist or 30 miles via throttle only.
- The R1 boasts a claimed 1200 watts of peak power.
- With resin pads and automatic caliper centering, the R1’s Tektro mechanical brakes offer smooth action. The 2022 version has hydraulic brakes.
- The R1 handles broken pavement and dirt, using an 80mm Mozo shock with preload adjustment and lockout.
- Owners and experts admire the R1’s elegant, low-key appearance.
- The R1 is available in both standard and step-thru models.
- R1 owners can choose between riding with 5 or 9 levels of pedal assist.
- The R1’s 4” CST tires and 80mm of suspension travel make for a comfortable ride.
- Reviewers describe the Snapcycle R1 as a ‘solid’ bike.
- The R1 can carry a total payload of up to 275lb.
- The Snapcycle R1 is designed to fit riders from 5’3” to 6’4” in height.
- The R1’s 672 Wh battery charges in 5 hours.
- One expert says the Snapcycle R1 is a powerful climber.
- The Snapcycle R1 comes with fenders and a rack included.
- A thermal protection system prolongs the overall life of the R1’s Samsung battery.
- The R1 comes with an integrated headlight that’s operable from the bike’s display controls.
- A non-integrated, battery-operated tail-light is supplied with the R1.
- The R1’s battery cover and cable port use sturdy rubber covers.
7 reasons not to buy
- More than one reviewer felt that the R1 is slow to climb hills.
- A tester says the R1 is slow to accelerate.
- R1 reviewers cited a noticeable delay in engagement and disengagement of pedal assist.
- The 2021 R1 is a heavy e-bike but is only fitted with mechanical disc brakes.
- Two reviewers received their R1 with a bent derailleur guard.
- The R1’s CST tires are not particularly knobby and lack cornering tread.
- The Snapcycle R1 is only fitted with a 6-speed cassette.
Expert Reviews88/100 based on 1 rated expert review
Snapcycle R1 Review – Fast, Powerful Ebike
It’s a very powerful motor and it performed really well, even when we were putting it through some extreme circumstances… This bike is probably best suited to somebody who does a medium-sized commute and they’ve got some nice bike trails…
Powerful Fat Tire Ebike! (Snapcycle R1 $█.█k)
Very few e-bikes use thermal management of any kind so you should expect more battery service life from the R1 than from most e-bikes in this price category… This ride is glorious. For a hardtail, this is a very nice ride… I think this is a great option in its price category.
I just felt it was very comfortable to ride and very stable… What I would like to see would be better brakes, if possible, a little more power, if possible. Maybe a 7 or 8-speed shifter but I also know it’s not going to be [this price] if they do those things.