More power, more battery, even super electric bike
The Juiced Scorpion X recently replaced the original Scorpion moped-style electric bike and features further upgrades to enhance an already strong market entry.
The main among the improvements is the inclusion of a more powerful motor and a larger battery.
The Scorpion X inherits the RetroBlade engine co-developed by Juiced and Bafang. This motor is designed to produce nearly 2,000 watts of peak power when installed in the even more extreme HyperScorpion electric bike.
The Scorpion X is the little brother of the HyperScorpion, so it doesn’t take advantage of the full 2000 watts of power, but it still gets a nice (and quite noticeable) power boost over last year’s original Scorpion. .
Juiced will tell you that it delivers 750W of continuous power, but the peak power really hits the bottom four digits.
Between the added horsepower and other upgrades, the Scorpion X is sure to help Juiced maintain its place near the top of the pack when it comes to moped-type e-bikes.
To see the bike in action, check out my video review below. So read on for even more perspective on Scorpio X.
Juiced Scorpion X video review
Technical specifications of the Juiced Scorpion X
- Motor: ‘Nominal’ 750W RetroBlade rear hub motor (1.8kW peak claimed)
- Top speed: 28 mph (45 km / h)
- Vary: Up to 55 miles (88 km) with pedal assist or nearly half that with accelerator
- Drums: 52V 15Ah 780Wh (removable and lockable)
- Weight: 100 lbs (45 kg)
- Maximum charge : 275 pounds (125 kg)
- wheels: 20 inch with large 4.25 inch tires, mag-style cast wheels
- Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes (180mm rotors)
- Front suspension: Hydraulic fork with adjustable preload, compression and lockout
- Rear suspension: Swingarm with double adjustable spring shocks
- Supplements: Moped seat, rear rack included, mudguard included, large LED headlight and tail / brake light, advanced matrix LCD battery indicator, kickstand, USB charging, Shimano 8-speed drivetrain
More than just “more power”
The extra power is nice, don’t get me wrong. When I reviewed the original Scorpion last year, my main takeaway was “It’s a great bike, but I feel like the power doesn’t live up to its badass design. . ”
Juiced must have taken those comments to heart, but the business didn’t stop there. The Scorpion X also benefits from a number of other upgrades.
Juiced has standardized batteries around 52V, but recently increased its minimum size from 13Ah to 15Ah, increasing the capacity from 676Wh to 780Wh. That’s 15% more battery, or about 15% more battery life.
The company claims a maximum range of 55 miles (88 km). This is theoretically possible in the lowest pedal assist setting, but I find real world driving with a variety of throttle and pedal assist action puts me somewhere around. half of this range. I can easily get into 30+ mile territory if I add a little bit of pedaling, which is easy on the Scorpion X.
Of all the electric mopeds available, the Juiced design is one of the best models for pedaling comfort. It still doesn’t look like a typical bike, but it’s pretty darn good by moped standards. You don’t have your knees under your armpits like other mopeds give you, that’s for sure.
You also get a torque sensor and cadence sensor that work together to provide the most realistic and natural pedaling assistance possible. This torque sensor is a big part of what makes the Scorpion X truly comfortable to pedal. And since the bike weighs 100 lbs (45 kg), it pays to be comfortable to pedal in case you run out of battery power.
The dual suspension design and plush seat also add to the comfort of the bike, even when you step on the accelerator. And let’s be honest you’re gonna use the throttle a lot.
The rear suspension is actually usable and can even have the preload adjusted, unlike some cheaper dual coilover shocks.
The front suspension prevents the bars from sending shock waves directly to your wrists, contributing to a smoother ride. These street tires also help, finding a good balance between slick tires and off-road tires, having enough tread for rainy days.
On the bars are a pair of hydraulic disc brake levers and a new Microshift shifter (which is no longer upside down like the original Scorpion!).
Hydraulic disc brakes are very grippy and give you the confidence you need to reduce the speed of a heavy e-bike. For an electric bike that can reach up to 45 km / h (28 mph) in its highest power mode, powerful hydraulic disc brakes are a must.
Other upgrades include a new 100dB horn that grabs the attention of cars and even a new style of packaging that offers some of the best e-bike protection I’ve ever seen.
Juiced has always been serious about packing their bikes properly. Despite the uncomfortable amount of foam, I will say that you are almost guaranteed to have your bike in good condition even after the delivery company takes the box out of the back of the truck.
One of the most common areas for e-bike damage during shipping is the rear rack, which is why many companies ship them in a separate box. To make it easier for you, Juiced ships the bike as assembled as possible.
And with the new RelayRack on the Scorpion X, you can add all kinds of accessories directly to the rear rack. The Passenger Kit will likely be a favorite of many as it adds a rear seat and footrests to allow riders to carry a passenger behind them.
There is a lot to like here. A nice big headlight, comfortable pedaling, a motorcycle-level frame that is way more rugged than anyone really should need, dual suspension – everything is designed to give you more of a true motorcycle experience than just the feel of an e-bike . And at a price of $ 2,199, it’s definitely priced higher than a simple electric bike. But compared to other electric mopeds, the price is right on target (or even a lot better than some) and seems commensurate with what you get here.
You can easily spend twice as much on full suspension moped-type e-bikes, so the Scorpion X feels like it is more than reasonably priced for its components and performance.
Just be prepared for some weird looks on the bike path when they see your old-fashioned motorcycle headlight arriving. A quick turn of the pedals usually brings a smile, or at least another confused, fun look.
And for anyone who loves the idea of ââthe Scorpion X but wants to go all out with more power, more battery and more, the HyperScorpion may be what you need.
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