THE MINI-BIKE CRAZE

Retro looks with modern technology

Mini-bikes are a hot, current trend, with the more popular models bringing back the look of the old-style bikes from the 1970s that were often powered by noisy lawnmower motors. As we would all hope, the modern electric incarnations are quieter, accelerate faster, and don’t put out any exhaust or leak fluids on your driveway.

SUPER73-ZX

The Super73-ZX is Super73’s most basic bike, but it still has a really cool look. The battery is slung under the seat to help maintain a very clean look. The fat tires not only grip the street well, but they also provide the only damping of the bumps in the road. There’s an app that allows for turn-by-turn directions and over-the-air updates to the bike.

Price: $1995

Frame: Aluminum

Motor: 750W brushless geared rear hub motor

Battery: Super73 615Wh

Range: 30–50 miles

www.super73.com

JUICED SCRAMBLER

The Juiced Scrambler comes in two versions, the Camp and the City. The City has aluminum wheels with spokes and puncture-resistant 20×4.25-inch tires, whereas the Camp has cast-mag wheels and 20×4-inch knobby tires. Both have a 7-speed rear derailleur, integrated head- and taillights, and optional mirrors and fenders.

Price: $1699

Frame: Aluminum

Motor: 750W Bafang rear hub motor

Battery: 676Wh or 998Wh option

Range: 45 miles 

www.juicedbikes.com

ZUGO RHINO

Zugo’s Rhino comes in a regular diamond-shaped frame or a low step-through version. While the base model is pretty complete, you can still accessorize it by adding a longer-range battery, a supercharger that charges it 250 percent faster, an alarm/horn, and a rear rack. As of this writing, they’re also offering $700 in free add-ons, including aluminum fenders, inverted suspension fork, a 1200-lumen headlight, hydraulic brakes and double-wall punch-out rims. 

Price: $2199

Frame: 6061 aluminum

Motor: 750W geared rear hub motor

Battery: 750Wh (1kWh option +$400) 

Range: 30-60 miles

www.zugobike.com