The details of the Juiced HyperScorpion have been unveiled by Juiced’ CEO Tora Harris and the moped style bike is seeking to set itself apart from the competition. It looks like it has in many ways.
Moped style ebikes are very popular in 2020 and look to be so in the coming years due to their performance and comfortable riding style. While there are other moped ebikes out there none quite check all the boxes like the HyperScorpion has.
Borrowing from the form and function of 1970s mopeds the Scorpion and HyperScorpion offer a well balanced step-thru frame, dual suspension, a moped style seat and wide 20″ x 4 1/4″ tires. This should make for a very comfortable ride even on the bumpiest of roads.
According to Tora Harris, CEO of Juiced’ Bikes, “…original concept was to be a retro style moped that you’d see in the 70’s and just make it electric and I think we definitely hit that target.”
But to achieve that requires more than just putting an electric motor on a moped frame. It also needs to achieve the speed of a moped that’s worthy of the road and that’s not as easy as it sounds.
It took a year to develop a hub drive electric motor that could reach 30 mph with throttle only. It remains to be seen what the range will be between charging the 52 volt 19.2 aH battery but we’ll be testing that out soon.
The HyperScorpion ships as a class 2 ebike which means it can reach 20 mph with the throttle only or pedal assist. It can be set up as a class 3 bike by the owner which means it can still achieve 20 mph using the throttle but up to 28 mph using pedal assist.
It also has the option to unleash its’ full power on racing mode which puts it into the moped category legally. In racing mode it can get up to 30 mph using just the throttle and a little above that using pedal assist.
An important feature of an electric bike if speed is important to you is the gearing and chain ring size. If the chain ring is undersized you can experience the “hamster wheel effect” in which you’re basically out-pedaling the capabilities of the bike’s gears.
The HyperScorpion has 8 gears with the lowest being an eleven tooth cog which is useful for climbing hills on a regular bike. Pair that with a 56 tooth chainring and it’s much more difficult to out-pedal the bike. This will help reach higher speeds when using pedal assist.
Other notable features are turn signals, a USB charging port on the handlebars, a daytime running light, a 2000 lumen headlight, illuminated license plate holder, integrated motorcycle style horn, puncture resistant tires and rearview mirrors.
Check out JuicedBikes website and the video below of the HyperScorpion. We can’t wait to get our hands on it! The first production batch was shipped during the last week of May. The Covid-19 virus delayed production significantly earlier this spring but production is going strong now. Prices will likely increase once the HyperScorpion is no longer a preorder.