Late last year, KBO introduced the Ranger, an electric cargo bike with a lot going for it for a great price. I’ll soon be reviewing it, but I wanted to give the heads-up that it is now in stock. Like most ebikes, there was a delay in production and shipping, but it looks like it was worth the wait. I’ll soon find out for myself!
Update: See the first pics of the Ranger here.
Just for a quick reminder, here’s a rundown of the Ranger’s specs:
- 750 Watt Rear Hub Motor (Sustained)
- 48 V 17.5 Ah Battery
- 3.0 Amp Charger
- 3.0″ x 20″ CST Tires
- 400 lbs Payload Capacity
- 4’11” – 6’3″ Recommended Rider Height
- 77 lbs Bike Weight
- Half-Twist Throttle
- 180 mm Mechanical Disc Brakes
- Shimano Altus 7-Speed Derailleur
- 0-5 Pedal Assist Levels
- Large Center Display
- 33.8″ x 350 mm Seat Post
- 47″ Wheelbase
- 15.7″ Standover Height
- 69″ Total Length
- Comes with Running Boards
- Integrated front and rear lights, with brake light function
- $1699 w/Free Shipping to Most Places
There are a few specs that make it stand apart from the most popular electric cargo bike, the RadWagon, and that is a shorter wheelbase, higher capacity battery, and included accessories in the price. The Ranger is currently priced at $1699, while the RadWagon goes for $1999. Plus, with the RadWagon you’ll have to spend another $170 for running boards and a front rack.
The shorter wheelbase is the feature that stands out most to me. At 47″, it’s much closer to the standard bicycle wheelbase of 45″, so it shouldn’t behave much differently than a similarly powered fat tire ebike. The wheelbase of the RadWagon is 53.76″, and as an owner of the RadWagon 4, I know it requires a larger turning radius. I about wrecked it when I didn’t keep this in mind!
The total length of the Ranger is 69″, compared to the 78.7″ length of the RadWagon. Both bikes weigh about the same at about 77 lbs, but the shorter wheelbase of the Ranger will make it easier to fit into small spaces, and fit on many car racks.
Something else to consider is range. The Ranger is equipped with a 48 volt 17.5 Ah battery, compared to the 48 volt 14 Ah battery of the RadWagon. The Ranger comes with a 3.0 Amp charger, while the RadWagon comes with a 2.0 Amp charger. So, on paper anyway, the Ranger should go farther and charge faster.
As the owner of a RadWagon, I know the overall riding experience is very good, despite its size and weight. It takes off smoothly and when I’m riding it, I don’t notice the length. It’s an enjoyable bike to cruise around on. Well, except when I take a corner too sharp. The reach to the handlebars is ideal and adjustable. Braking is good. My only complaints are that it is difficult to use the center stand, and the ride is harsh when on bumpy terrain.
To be fair, there is no front suspension on either bike, but that is typical of cargo bikes, since stability is the most important thing, especially when hauling a passenger.
I expect to receive the Ranger soon, and will be comparing the performance of both bikes. There is only so much comparing that can be done by specs alone. The proof is in the riding, but I’m expecting a fun ride from the Ranger, with the added benefit of bringing a grandson along. Stay tuned!
You can check out or buy the Ranger here.
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