Electric “micro-bikes” are growing in popularity, offering comfort and convenience

Have you ever heard of an electric micro-bike? It doesn’t matter, few have done it. This is a fairly new (and largely undefined) class of micromobility vehicles, but growing thanks to several exciting new additions to the market.

Although technically not really “bicycles” in the traditional sense due to a lack of functioning pedals, micro e-bikes offer a seated riding style similar to a conventional e-bike, but are generally more smaller and lighter for convenience.

This convenience is critical, as the most common use case for micro e-bikes is as a short-range commuter vehicle.

It’s a similar type of use to folding e-bikes, but without the added complexities of pedal drivetrains.

Take for example the JackRabbit 2.0. This humorous mix of an e-bike and an e-scooter rolls on 20-inch wheels that look like they could have rolled off a folding bike or BMX. But the size and minimalist design bring the weight down to just 23 lbs (10.5 kg).

Despite its small size, it can still reach a top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h), making it as fast as any other Class 2 e-bike in the United States. There are no pedals so you’ll only use the accelerator to get around, but that’s part of the charm of this quirky little electric vehicle. And given that the price recently dropped to just $999, it’s a much cheaper EV than anything you’ll find on a car lot!

We had a chance to test the JackRabbit earlier this year and found it to be a great little commuter, as long as your commute is less than 10 miles (16 km). Spoiler alert: most purely urban journeys are well under 10 miles.

While the JackRabbit offers a bolt-on rear rack to add to its utility, some electric microbikes have engineered utility directly into the frame.

Take the Fiido seated scooter, for example. The design uses a double wishbone frame rarely seen on e-bikes or e-scooters, creating a hollow section in the middle of the frame.

Since the battery is housed under the seat, the entire midsection of the frame becomes one large basket. The company even provides a cloth bag that fills the space and ensures that you don’t lose any small items along the way. As if that weren’t enough, there’s even a seat cushion that can also turn the scooter into a child carrier, although there is no footrest for the little one’s feet, so he will have to exercise of creativity.

Top speed is rather limited to 15 mph (25 km/h), but at least the range is quite good at 32 km (20 miles)!

This model also offers front and rear suspension, which you don’t normally find on these minimalist micro e-bikes, especially not for the low price of $899.

It’s another one we’ve had a chance to test, and it’s a hoot to drive. It doesn’t really look like an e-bike or an e-scooter, but more like something in between.

Established low-cost brands like Jetson have also been getting into the micro e-bike space for quite some time now.

The Jetson Bolt is the epitome of a simple, easy-to-use electric micro bike. It’s all hidden inside a plastic shroud in the center of the frame, giving the little scooter a clean appearance.

Small footpegs don’t take up much room when parked, but still provide plenty of room for the rider’s feet.

A lower top speed matches the Fiido model above at just 15mph (25kph), but the small wheels don’t lend themselves to super fast speeds anyway. After testing this one myself, I can confirm that 15 mph feels pretty quick for such a small model like this.

At just $398, it’s a bargain for someone looking for a super simple, small, and foldable seated electric micro bike or electric scooter.

If the Jetson Bolt represents the most entry-level offering in the micro e-bike market, then the Emove RoadRunner might balance it out as the most extreme offering in the market.

With two motors offering all-wheel drive and a fast top speed of around 35 mph (56 km/h), the EMove RoadRunner is one of the most extreme electric micro bikes on the market.

It’s built around a massive 48V, 26Ah battery offering a capacity of 1,250Wh, or around 80km of range if used in a more modest power mode. But with so much power and speed, most riders will be tempted to keep going faster.

There’s front suspension to help handle minor bumps, but the lack of rear suspension means you won’t want to hit major obstacles at full speed. This padded seat will always throw you uphill if you hit a big enough bump at full throttle.

Priced at $1,795, it’s one of the most expensive electric micro bikes on the market, but also one of the most capable. Considering you get what you pay for, you are definitely getting a lot with this crazy ride.

As this style of minimalist electric vehicle continues to grow in popularity, more offerings are sure to hit the market.

Do you see yourself on an electric micro-bike? Or do you need the confidence of knowing you have spare pedals? Or maybe you just prefer to stand on your feet like on a scooter? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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