Of course, these additions make it a bit heavier: it weighs 32 pounds compared to the OG’s 24 pounds. But it’s still light and compact enough that I can take it out of the box without problem.
Everything about the Jackrabbit is incredibly simple. Most electric bikes require a lot of assembly. I took the XG’s box out to my driveway, took it out, removed the styrofoam, hooked up the handlebars and…that was it. No need to bolt on a front tire, plug in a wonky battery, or fiddle with squealing brakes. It even comes fully charged. I was able to leave within 15 minutes of opening the box!
Compared to other electric vehicles, it’s very affordable for the ride quality you get. I appreciate the upgrades to the Jackrabbit XG, but it comes with an $1,800 price increase. However, the OG still only costs $1,000.
Most importantly, it’s so much fun. Yes, you could get a reliable Aventon for that price, but I feel grumpy every time I have to push a 65-pound e-bike now. There’s nothing that makes me feel more like Pee-wee Herman (in a good way, RIP) rather than jumping on a little electric bike, bouncing on the sidewalk and dragging your butt away from the library giggling the whole time.
Even big men like to ride around looking stupid on my little electric motorcycle. I can chase my children on the asphalt and pop up on the sidewalks around my children’s school. It fits on my porch and takes up a tiny corner of my garage. It’s perfect for my lifestyle and is way more fun than any small bike has any right to be. If you have somewhere you need to get to quickly, I highly recommend it.