Juiced Bikes has been pushing the limits of what’s possible with e-bikes for years, but we’ve never seen anything like it just sent to us. The new HyperScrambler 2 takes the extremely powerful HyperScrambler and turns everything to 11.
The first thing you’ll notice right away is that it has two batteries in its motorcycle-like frame. These aren’t your average 14 Ah batteries, but pack an insane 19.2 Ah into each battery to achieve a combined battery capacity of 38.4 Ah on the bike. This corresponds to an estimated range of more than 100 miles per charge. On a bike.
After writing the first announcement, I was thrilled when the bikes were finally back in stock after a rush of customers and we could get our hands on one for review.
Disclaimer: Juiced Bikes made the HyperScrambler 2 available to the author free of charge for the purposes of this review.
The first thing we noticed when the HyperScrambler 2 arrived was its weight. This thing is heavy and weighs 119 pounds, or 96 pounds if you remove the batteries. Call it big-boned, call it chunky. It does not matter. The HyperScrambler 2 was designed from the ground up to be a high-performance vehicle that takes whatever you can counter it and more.
Its heavy weight leads to a somewhat cumbersome assembly process. I’m a big guy myself so I tackled the assembly myself and had no issues, but I also have more experience assembling e-bikes than the average bear. I would recommend scheduling a friend to help you out as you tackle the installation yourself. As for assembly difficulty, it was one of the easiest to assemble bikes we tackled, from boxing to assembly in 30 minutes.
After we had charged both batteries with the supplied chargers, we set out on our first trip. From the start, the HyperScrambler 2 doesn’t feel like a bike. Everything is built with strong components that are designed for durability and durability. The adjustable triple tree fork feels like it might as well be found on a motorcycle and works well with the integrated rear suspension.
The posture is comfortable and offers a nice balance between the weight of a motorcycle and the drivability of a bicycle. When I first got on the bike, I expected the saddle to be designed for a motorcycle-style ride and was pleasantly surprised to find that its tapered profile is equally comfortable when pedaling. It was comfortable on both short city trips and longer carving trips through our local mountains, making it a far more capable vehicle than I expected.
Riding most bikes requires some mental preparation as most of the effort to move the bike comes from the rider. The HyperScrambler 2 turns all of that on its head, and I wanted to use it for shorter 5-10 mile errands around town as well as longer trips. It is a lot of fun to drive and its absolutely enormous battery capacity means there is no need to worry about range. You can just sit down and accelerate wherever you go without pedaling for 70 miles or more, depending on your weight, terrain, speed, etc. if that’s your traffic jam.
Its 275-pound weight capacity is a bit low for what I would expect from a bike built like a tank, but it’s more than adequate for most solo riders. At just over 200 lbs, I appreciated the extra capacity and the ability to attach a luggage rack. It’s a lucrative combination for transporting a family’s worth of groceries home or even loading equipment for a longer road trip. Juiced Bikes describes the HyperScrambler 2 as a “fast, fun adventure e-bike” and the HyperScrambler 2 delivers everything in every respect.
Juiced Bikes was never about adapting, so the HyperScrambler 2 is a bit of an odd duck when it comes to its technical rating. Right out of the box, the HyperScrambler 2 is software that is limited to operation as a class 2 electric bike. That is 750 watts of continuous output, 32 km / h maximum speed when accelerating and 30 km / h maximum speed for pedal assistance.
That’s all well and good, but the HyperScrambler 2 has a lot more to offer with its pure off-road race mode. Juiced Bikes offers instructions for the 30 second software activation of this special mode, which opens up a whole new world of power. You can see that 750 watts was a purely software-related limitation. This beast actually rocks a Bafang RetroBlade rear hub motor with 1,000 watts of continuous output, which delivers a peak output of up to 2,000 watts.
If we unlock this mode in the safe haven of private property, we can go up to 32 miles per hour with that rear hub motor producing just over 1,900 watts. It’s a jump up from its relatively tame factory condition. Acceleration is much faster and performance just keeps going as the twin batteries let the wort flow to the clandestine Bafang motor.
After experiencing Race Mode, it’s no surprise that the Juiced Bikes HyperScrambler 2 is often used as a legitimate moped in licensed states. Here in California, registering a qualified vehicle as a moped seems easy, although a California M1 or M2 motorcycle license is required to operate.
The possibility of using the HyperScrambler 2 either as an electric bike or as a moped opens up a lot of new possibilities for the driver. With a peak output of just over 2,000 watts, it doesn’t deliver so much power that you’ll be out on the road too often, but it’s enough to make the HyperScrambler 2 a cost-effective, fully electric transport solution.
As a special plus, it is equipped ex works with indicators, a license plate holder and a set of mirrors, which, however, leave a little to be desired in terms of real functionality. If I made this a primary vehicle, upgrading the mirrors to a set that extends beyond my arms would be high on my list.
At the other end of the spectrum, however, is the horn on the bike. In e-bike mode, I hesitated to draw the attention of others to my presence with his loud nagging. If you want to use the HyperScrambler 2 primarily as an e-bike, I also recommend a standard bicycle bell.
Overall, the Juiced Bikes HyperScrambler 2 is an extremely powerful e-bike that blurs the lines between an electric bike and a moped. It’s a brilliant boost from Juiced Bikes that allows customers to get into a vehicle that can be used in either world depending on the application. The dual batteries have enough capacity to support more miles than I could imagine a human could get through in a single day, unless you’re planning an extended road trip on this thing.
This is actually a very real possibility for the HyperScrambler 2 as it pushes the boundaries of what is possible for electrically assisted two-wheelers. It certainly preoccupied me with the possibilities.
Scroll down to take a look at the specs and head to the Juiced Bikes HyperScrambler 2 page on JuicedBikes.com to get one yourself.
All picture credits: Kyle Field, CleanTechnica
Juiced HyperScrambler 2 E-Bike Specifications
- area: 100+ miles of range per charge
- Support modes: 5 levels of pedal assistance (Eco, 1, 2, 3, Sport) and throttle grip
- engine: 1,000 watts continuous output, 2,000 watts peak output Bafang RetroBlade rear hub motor
- speed: 30+ MPH in race mode (requires software unlock)
- weight: 119 lb (96 lb without batteries)
- suspension: Fork with hydraulic lockout triple clamp at the front and steel spring at the rear
- Weight capacity: 275 pounds
- Sensors: Cadence and torque sensors
- frame: Custom-made heat-treated aluminum tubular frame
- Seat: Individually upholstered double seat
- Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes from Tektro
- tires: 20 ″ x 4.25 ″ puncture proof tires
- transmission: Microshift 8-speed rear derailleur & cassette
- mirrors: Including rearview mirror
- lighting: 2,000 lumens headlights with halo daytime running lights, LED brake lights and indicators
- horn: Integrated motorcycle horn
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