We’re out there on forested biking trails and paved pathways with the all-new Ride1Up Rift, putting this fat tire all-terrain ebike to the test.
Highlights of the Ride1Up Rift E-bike
- 48V 750W Motor powered by a 48v 20ah Samsung Battery
- 26×4″ chunky Kenda Tires
- 4-Piston Disc Brakes
- 8-Speed Shimano shifter
- Frame Options: XR – Step-Over Frame, ST Step-Through Frame
- Out of the box as a Class 2 – Unlockable Class 3
- Integrated Fenders
- Built-in Front and Rear lights
- Included Connect+ Rack for easy accessorizing
Initial Thoughts on the Ride1Up Rift E-bike
The Ride1Up Rift is a robust e-bike built for adventure. Visually, the Rift looks like an off-pavement beast and performs like one, too. The stout frame, super-thick Kenda tires, and adjustable 120mm front suspension inspire confidence over uneven terrain.
I tested the Rift on valley and foothill trails, pushing it to its limits straight out the gate, and it didn’t disappoint. With 8 speeds to choose from and a 750w electric motor at my whim, the hills didn’t stand a chance. And those knobby tires provide excellent grip.
Notable Features of the Ride1Up Rift E-bike
While the Rift is meant for adventure, it has plenty of perks that make it fun on pavement. With 5 speeds of pedal assist and an electric throttle at the ready, this burly e-bike can move. It’s rated as a Class II e-bike out of the box, but Class III can be unlocked, reaching tested speed on flat ground up to 28 miles per hour.
Plus, the Rift borrows the passenger-hauling ability of the Cafe Cruiser. A 150-pound companion can ride on the Connect+ Rack with the right accessories. Just make sure you only invite your lightweight friends to join in on the ride.
Some e-bikes come to barebones upon arrival, but the Rift comes stacked with all sorts of extras like an integrated headlight and taillight, front and rear fenders, and the customizable Connect+ Rack. These are quality-of-life inclusions that simply make the ride better.
First Ride Review of the Rift E-Bike
The Rift gives a good first impression. It is a hefty e-bike (we weighed it at 85 pounds), but it can do a lot and do it well. This is an e-bike for adventure enthusiasts who want to tear down forest trails or race across stretches of desert during their weekend excursions. Its heft is a side effect of its sturdy construction and off-pavement abilities.
That said, it’ll do well as a cruiser or commuter, too. It is an e-bike, after all, just one that’s as ready to tackle any terrain you put in its way.
What do you think of the Ride1Up Rift E-bike? Have you tested it yourself? Share your thoughts in a comment below.