Ruff Cycles just released a new electric bike called the Biggie that features a mini bike design paired with a mid-drive motor setup. That’s a rarely seen combination on this popular electric bike.
But Germany-based Ruff Cycles might have wanted to get a motor from their own backyard and opted for a German Bosch e-bike drive system.
The Ruff Cycles Biggie comes with two motor options: a Bosch Active Line or Bosch Performance CX Line motor.
Both are listed at 250W, which keeps them legal in the EU. Both definitely bring more than 250W power.
Since European motor manufacturers are paralyzed by the regulations on low power e-bikes limiting them to 250W, they all report a rated power of 250W while posting actual torque values. The torque values are not regulated and therefore enable manufacturers to convey the real “pump” of their engines more precisely. The smaller Bosch Active Line motor delivers a decent 40 Nm of torque, while the powerful Bosch Performance CX Line motor more than doubles this torque with 85 Nm.
Both are limited to a somewhat disappointing top speed of 25 km / h (15.5 mph) – again due to EU electric bike regulations.
Customers can choose between two Bosch battery packs, a 300Wh or 500Wh pack. Both are on the small side for a bike of this type, but the low top speed and the lack of a hand throttle make the packs more or less sufficient, as the motors can’t take as much power as American electric minibikes like those from Super73, Juiced Bikes, Ariel Rider and others known for making high performance electric bikes.
The Ruff Cycles Biggie’s powder-coated steel frame does the weight of the bike a disservice, and in fact the company has chosen not to publish the weight of the bike. So far it is listed as “TBA”.
But don’t expect this e-bike to be lightweight. Moped and minibike electric bicycles are notoriously heavy, with their weight usually being counterbalanced by a throttle. Without gas on the Ruff Cycles Biggie, the riders rely entirely on the Bosch mid-drive motor to get the pedal assistance rolling.
The Biggie won’t be available until next year when it comes in at an estimated price of € 3,399 (about $ 3,990). That’s a pretty penny, but the bike also has a number of high-end parts to justify its high-end price point.
The drivers receive a continuously variable Enviolo transmission paired with the Bosch mid-engine, hydraulic disc brakes from Magura, high-end tires from Tyron and European manufacture. The company not only assembles e-bikes locally on Chinese frames; You actually build the bikes from scratch starting with the bare frame tubes. So despite the high price, there is real added value here.
This is absolutely one of those e-bikes that I would have to try before buying. With other models of e-bikes, such as city or mountain bike e-bikes, you have a pretty good idea of what you’re getting into. But mini-bikes are notoriously bad to pedal. Because of this, they are rare in Europe – they generally run best on gas as you cannot adjust the seat to get a good pedal arc.
One thing that this e-bike has in the pedaling department over most other mini-bike-style electric bikes is that it offers 24-inch and 26-inch wheels. Most of the other models use 20-inch wheels that let you sit lower. The Biggie’s larger wheels bring the rider into a more comfortable pedaling position, but also raise the center of gravity far up – especially with the high-mounted battery.
And while I’m not contradicting that there are some nice components on this bike and that it is worth making in Europe, that’s still a high sticker price. I’ll likely stick with an ebike that goes over twice as fast for less than half the price, but that’s just me.
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