Independent electric bike reviewer Brent McCluskey prepared a detailed review of the Snapcycle R1, saying that "this versatile fat tire electric bike checks off pretty much all the important boxes" and that I'm a huge fan of the R1's frame style." You can read his complete review and watch the video review below.
Brent says "Overall, the R1 is a great choice for anyone who needs a highly versatile electric bike at a reasonable price. Remember, the R1 starts at just $1,699, but it’s specs and refined design make it feel like it should cost quite a bit more. The R1 is going to work well as a commuter and trail rider, and pretty much everything in-between."
Snapcycle R1 Fat Tire Ebike Description
This R1 from Snapcycle can definitely handle its own. It's stylish, durable and is built with top-of-the-line parts. The R1 comes in this mountain bike frame as well as a step-thru.
750W Brushless Geared Hub Motor
With 750W sustained, 1200W peak power and 85Nm of torque at your disposal, the high-speed brushless geared hub motor can help you conquer the most rugged terrains easily.
48V 14Ah Samsung Lithium-Ion Battery
Our batteries are rated 48V-14Ah and are made of premium Samsung INR18650-35E cells, which are renowned for their long lifespans and excellent performance. The battery management system (BMS) complies with EN ISO 13849-1:2015 standards and comes with temperature protection features to enhance its durability and safety. With each charge, you'll get to enjoy up to 45 miles of range on pedal-assist mode, and around 30 miles on pure electric power mode.
Mechanical 180mm Disc Brake
The sensitive Tektro brake system comes with low-noise resin pads, and 180mm front and rear disc rotors. It also has automatic caliper centering features and can provide smooth and effective braking even in the harshest conditions.
Half Twist Throttle
The half-twist throttle prevents accidental activation of the electrical motor, protecting you from injuries.
Quick & Smart 48V 3 Amp Charger
It only takes less than 5 hours to fully charge the battery, which greatly shortens the time between rides to keep up with the rapid pace of your commuting demands. This fast charger is certified to UL standards and its safety and reliability are guaranteed.
Backlit LCD Display
The intuitive display provides real-time information about your ride, including mileage, battery level, speed and power. It also provides diagnostic information to its users.
Front Suspension Fork
The spring suspension fork has 80mm of travel, with preload adjustment and lockout. It is able to dampen the roughness of the terrain, providing a smoother, more enjoyable ride.
Wide Foam Saddle
This foam saddle on the bike is ergonomically designed to ensure a comfortable and fun ride. You can adjust it upward, downward, forward and backward- find a comfortable position that suits your riding style.
4” Fat Tire
CST BFT 26" x 4” Fat Tires provide excellent grip and traction on all terrains. Whether it’s mud, sand, gravel, grass, or snow, our fat tires will ensure a smooth and safe riding experience.
It’s getting dark. Turn on your headlight to illuminate the road ahead. It also helps with your visibility at night.
The control pad has push buttons that allow you to easily control the bike with your left hand while riding. Our bikes also come with a built-in horn.
Fully Integrated Battery
The sleek-looking frame holds an integrated battery that provides you with all the fuel you will need to power your bike through the toughest terrains.
High-quality Shimano 6-speed gears and derailleurs enable you to maintain a comfortable pedaling speed, regardless of the road conditions.
Solid Rear Rack
The sturdy rear rack with a vertical pillar is capable of carrying loads up to 110 lbs. You could bring a child or a pet along for a ride in the morning.
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R1 Ebike Geometry
A. Total Length: 74.8"
B. Handlebar Height: 45.3"
C. Wheelbase: 45.3"
D. Minimum Seat Height: 28.7"
E. Maximum Extension: 9.1"
F. Chain Stay Length: 19.3"
G. Standover Height: 28"
H. Top Tube Length: 23.2"
I. Wheel Diameter: 28"
J. Head Tube Length: 6.3"
K. Handlebar Length: 26.8"
Snapcycle R1 Owner Manual
Snapcycle R1 Assembly Video
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You could defintely add a cushion to the rear rack. There are several univeral buddy seats on Amazon that would fit. Not sure about pegs however, since you might need to get an extended rear axle to accommodate the pegs. Hope this helps.
Love this bike. It has really been a life changing experience since I sold my car. I was a bit worried that there would be days where I wouldn't be able to ride due to rain or that I might be too tired after work etc. Much to my surprise that hasn't happened, I look forward to riding regardless of the weather. This bike is designed and built to maintain a comfortable ride no matter the terrain. I only wished I had checked the recommended rider height before buying, it was a little too short than what I was accustomed to, but this was easily fixed with a seat extender.
I am very impressed with the build quality and specifications of the R1 from Snapcycle. I have ridden this fat tire electric mountain bike on smooth pavement and rough trails, and the performance was excellent. It has a lot of power, the brakes stop with authority, shifting is smooth, and the electronic operations are highly intuitive. My experience shopping for this bike was also impressive. Steve was super informative and helped me find this bike. I should mention that after I got the R1 for myself, I ordered the R1 Step-thru for my wife, and she just loves it.
This is my 1st ebike and I love it. Sturdy and good quality. It makes long rides so much fun. I actually bought this to share with my wife but I use it so much that we’ll likely buy the step-thru model for her.