If you are looking for a budget bike with flashy bits and bobs, furiously trying to compensate for poor quality like so many do, then this bike is not for you. The CrossCurrent air is not a show pony but rather a bare bones, quality approach from Juiced Bikes which covers all the bases a commuter needs, and it covers them well!
The CrossCurrent is affordable and easy to customize with up to 2 frame types, multiple frame color options, and an upgradable battery size.
Fatter tires along with a suspension fork allow for better comfort while coming with a powerful 48volt battery. While the torque sensor, for the pedal assist activation, might require a little more effort to get going, the extended range or optional throttle is a nice angle on the design.The CrossCurrent also comes with a simple but user-friendly LED display panel, lacking a speed or odometer but does provide a battery meter, assist mode and a nifty sports button, for instant power.
Highly anticipated and reasonably priced, the speed pedelec from Juiced Bikes has arrived. The CrossCurrent is in the $1,500 electric bike bracket and can reach up to ~28 miles, if you're up to pedaling with some enthusiasm that is. You might get the optional trigger throttle , however, you'll struggle to hit higher speeds while draining the battery faster to boot.
The engine on all models is 350 watts, with average range 20 mph ebikes, made by one of China's largest and most reputable manufacturers Bafang / 8Fun. In a nutshell, this bike is amazing because it provides you options. Upgrade the battery and get a well-customized bike, with the right frame size and color of choice. Nothing on the bike is mind-blowing, but the combination of thoughtful design, solid mid-level components, and an all-around great price make it a wonderful deal.
We would suggest the CrossCurrent as a commuting bike. It goes fast, is nicely balanced, is not too heavy and has a detachable battery pack to top it all off. Being easy to lift and carry upstairs if necessary (due to the huge open triangle frame)is really cool, which makes it good to take into buildings or work-spaces with little effort. You also won't feel terrible if it gets a little dinged up at the rack because it did not cost an arm and a leg. Notice that the display panel is simple, but also compact and less flashy. It's not removable, but as stated, not a piece of eye-candy as large fancy LCD might be so not that much of an issue. So many good design choices are made with this bike.We find it to be, like a standard affordable e-bike had just unlocked a higher speed option. You're not getting higher power, just a motor that is not governed. With the mid-level Shimano Alivio drivetrain offering 9 rates you can move the bike with or without electricity efficiently at a wide array of speeds on varied terrain.
More than decently outfitted for it’s price, lets take a look at some of the nitty-gritty features of the CrossCurrent and then expand on them a little.
Removable 48 volts lithium battery
Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
17.5 in (44.45 cm)19 in (48.26 cm)21 in (53.34 cm)
Tektro Dorado Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Tektro Dorado HD-E715 Levers with Motor Inhibitors
Wellgo Aluminum Alloy Platform
The list of great features that deserve highlighting and appreciation is a long list, but we will try and expand on a few.
The integrated downtube battery is well concealed, especially on the rear frame, also feels rigid and sturdy. For responsive stopping large hydraulic disc brakes are provided, and we felt were more than enough.
Wellgo platform pedals offer stability and power, along with a solidly built, comfortable saddle, fully locking grips with a nifty kickstand is fundamental for a solid bike, and the CrossCurrent provides.
The bike comes with sturdier tires, but still suites the 700c large wheels for greater efficiency on the road.The suspension fork is great, not only adding comfort, but it blends in and gives you some adjustability with the lockout options.
Bikes on the cheaper scale of things often attempt the game of smoke and mirrors with overly flashy colors and graphics, making it far too obvious in all honesty. In the case of the CrossCurrent, Juiced Riders kept things low-key, with limited decals and zero pointless eye candy their design philosophy paid off.
The control pad is more than user-friendly, being on the very minimal side, but the design and placement of the panel are great. The boost button cycles your assist levels wonderfully, making hills and times when you need to add some gas very convenient without hindering your basic exercise. The battery is a real plus allowing for standing starts as well, no need to start with a push and that is nifty!
So, in the end, why should you buy this bike? We found the CrossCurrent a great budget range bike with the added plus of having a great top-end speed of 28mph, thus the 4/5 stars and an easy stamp of approval!
It doesn’t try to fool you with glitchy addons to disguise poor quality. Apart from a USB charging port being disabled (intentionally due to a conflict) you get what you see, and more importantly, you get what you pay for – a great value ebike!It’s a perfect commuter companion who wants clean exercise and a good top end assistance for their daily travels, which wont break the bank! Definitely worth the investment.
We hope this review has helped engage a better understanding of this product, should you be interested in a different type of E-bike check out our review page on Fat Tire E-Bikes and see if anything takes your fancy!
If you're still on the fence in regards to converting to an E-bike life, read our guide on the Pro's and cons of an E-bike and make a more informed choice.