Revi Cheetah Ebike: What Customers Are Saying About The OG Cheetah
July 03, 2022
Revi Cheetah OG Fat Tire Electric Cruiser
Hey, it's Steve, the founder of Really Good Ebikes. I’ve tried a wide range of ebikes in the last 5 years, but I've only bought a few bikes for my own personal use.
I’m often asked which electric bikes are my favorite, and which model I personally use for most of my riding.
I understand why people ask these questions, because they often need some assurance that they are not making a huge purchasing mistake. Well, let me assure you that what's right for me may not be good for you, so I always just guide people, showing them what the different styles are.
My brother rides a fat tire beach cruiser, his wife (my sister-in-law) rides a lightweight folder, and her dad has a fat tire trike. Each has their own particular needs when it comes to ebikes, and I tried to find them their perfect ebike.
In my case, since I do a mix of urban street riding and off-road trail riding, I love the freedom and stability offered by fat tire bikes. I currently own two: the Fat-HD from Eunorau, and the Cheetah from Revi.
So what’s so special about the Cheetah? What makes it my favorite ride over all the other models on the market today?
First, I have to admit that the retro stylings of the Cheetah are simply stunning. If you are a fan of the1960s British Café Racer motorcycles, you will love how the Cheetah looks. It has an elongated frame design, with a teardrop ‘gas tank’, double stanchion forks, sweptback handlebars with stitched grips and a twist throttle, an outsized headlamp, and matching saddle bags. It’s a real head turner, and people stop me all the time to find out where I got my ebike.
Beyond its vintage design, however, the Cheetah offers some very impressive technical specifications. It features a rear hub motor from Bafang with a nominal output of 750 watts (1200W peak output), 80 Newton meters (Nm) of torque, and a top assist speed of 28 mph. This kind of power will allow you to climb steep hills with easy, and push through headwinds without breaking a sweat.
The motor is paired with a 48 volt long-range battery that is hidden within the teardrop gas tank. There are 13 amp hour (Ah) and 17Ah options, which will give you up to 50 miles of range per charge. The battery is packed with Samsung lithium-ion cells for reliable performance.
You can ride the Cheetah like a conventional bicycle, using the 7-speed Shimano Altus gears, but when you need a boost, you can turn on the 3-level pedal assist system (PAS) which will help rotate the rear wheel while you pedal; or you can give the right-side throttle a twist, and off you go, no pedaling required.
For me the Cheetah is a super comfortable ride, and even after a few hours, I don’t have any shoulder or neck strain as sometimes happens with other ebikes I’ve ridden. I especially like the sprung gel saddle, which provides a lot of comfort. I’m also a big fan of hydraulic disc brakes, which are important for a heavier ebike. I am never worried about stopping short when on the Cheetah, and I love the automatic motor cutoff sensor in the brakes. I also like some of the little details, like the USB port which I use to keep my cell phone charged, and the super bright headlamp.
What are some of our customers saying about the Cheetah?
What a Great Bike! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This bike is totally awesome. From the first time I saw the Cheetah on Really Good Ebikes website, it was love at first sight. I then fell in love with it all over again on our first trail ride. Fantastic job Revi. - Patrick S.
Crazy Fun & Powerful ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I live in the Hollywood Hill and needed a powerful ebike to ride around with. The Cheetah has tons of power for the hills, and it's a total chick magnet. Everyone thinks I'm a rock star. Awesome. - Tony G.
Rock Star Bike ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This Cheetah in black/brown is absolutely stunning. It quite honestly sets you back when you first see it in person as pictures do not do it justice. The sheer size and weight of it was intimidating until riding it less than 1/2 a block. It turns smoothly and leans with confidence. It has plenty of power and the new torque based pedal assist is definitely an improvement over my previous bike which was a Magnum cruiser. I truly thought that not having front suspension was going to be a problem, but the fat tires soak up the road with ease. Now mind you i'm 283 lbs and my previous bike struggled as expected, but this one, not in the slightest. I have already recommended people to Really Good Ebikes and will continue to do so as they have earned one happy customer. Thank you very much! - Doug H.
Best Looking Bike on the Market ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I wanted the cheetah ebikes. Being a former Harley Davidson motorcyclist for over 20+ years this bike looks like the old Bobber H.D and is so much fun to ride and has the power needed that it reminds me of the days when I used to ride the Harley on a regular basis! And is easy on my old knees with PAS system! I Purchased this bike after talking with Steve and I then felt very comfortable placing my pre-order with him. I will admit there were a few glitches when the bike arrived but working with Steve the minor issues were resolved in a timely manner I would recommend the Cheetah E Bike to anybody that is interested in a well-made E Bike. - Rick K.
Well, I think you can see by these customer reviews that the Cheetah is a real winner. That’s why it’s my go-to ebike these days. But what do the experts have to say? Well, Court Rye and his team at Electric Bike Review (EBR) gave the Cheetah a strongly positive review. Here are some of their remarks:
The twist throttle is active at zero and overrides each of the five pedal assist levels, considering the heavy build of this product and less efficient knobby tires, it’s nice to have help getting started
The 750 watt geared motor and 48 volt battery system really kicks, the bike was able to move Sam with ease, and he weighs 200+ lbs, it’s neat that the frame is rated up to 33lbs while most other ebikes are just rated for 200lbs or 250lbs but do keep an eye on the spokes if you’re a heavier rider, so they don’t loosen up
Very cool styling, everything from the gas tank inspired battery casing to the large steel headlight and elongated fork resemble a motorcycle and the big tires feel proportional, consider swapping to slick fat tires to make the bike smoother and more efficient (the size is 26″ x 4″)
It’s great that they upgraded to hydraulic disc brakes vs. mechanical because they are more consistent and won’t stretch out over time, you need the extra stopping power with such a heavy and powerful e-bike
Even though this frame only comes in high-step, the minimum saddle height is fairly low and approachable because the seat tube is angled way back, I love longer handlebars that sweep back to meet you, so you can sit upright and comfortable
Padded grips, an oversized saddle with springs, high-volume fat tires, and the longer handlebar all contribute to reduced vibration and make this a comfy ride… even without suspension, consider a 30.4mm seat post suspension for even more comfort
The kickstand is mounted near the center of the bike, which is probably good considering the length and weight of the frame, but far back enough that the pedal won’t lock if you back it up or pedal backwards (to work on the drivetrain), I like that it offers adjustable length
Great choice of pedals here, these things are oversized, extra stiff, provide great traction, and look nice
The display panel is large, bright, and easy to read and interpret in color vs. many others which are black and white grayscale, I like that it has a day/night mode if you hold the + button for a few seconds
In low-beam mode, the headlight has this cool blue circle that is really attention grabbing, it’s cool that the light is wired-in to run off of the main battery, can be aimed a bit, and has low and high beam
The lower crown of the fork has this big metal pin built into it that stops the handlebars and fork from turning all the way to the right or left, which would scratch or ding the frame… great attention to detail with that
If you have any questions about the Cheetah, or any other ebike for that matter, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d love to hear from you.