If you had told me ten years ago that hunting e-bikes would be all the rage, I would’ve probably told you you were completely off your rockers.
But here we are today. The e-bike industry is booming, and it seems like every day a new, innovative e-bike hits the market.
But what does that have to do with hunters, I hear you say?
Well, over the past decade, e-bikes have come a long way. Today you can find a bike that’s rugged and comes with a powerful enough engine to go over just about any type of terrain while pulling a game trailer behind it.
Enter QuietKat Apex Sport - a high-end hunting e-bike that’s specced out the wazoo.
Apex Sport comes with a beefy Bafang mid-drive motor, superb suspension, chunky brakes, and a special 9-Gear SRAM drivetrain.
All these features make for one great hunting e-bike.
Let’s start with the obvious. Apex Sport is a hardtail bike. If you’re new to this term, this is a great time to learn something new.
Hardtail bikes are just fancier versions of all-terrain bikes. The hardtail refers to the lack of any rear suspension.
There’s a good reason for this design choice. You see if you added the rear suspension, that would significantly reduce the maximum carry weight.
Adding a rear suspension would also raise the bike's already hefty weight. Apex Sport already weighs 70 lbs.
You can’t go out hunting without your gear, which is why Apex Sport sports a max carry weight of 325 lbs. And if that’s not enough, you can also get an all-terrain game trailer that can carry an additional 100 lbs of cargo.
Another cool feature of Apex Sport’s frame is the front suspension. It’s basically an inverted dirt-bike suspension fork with 100 millimeters of travel.
I have to admit; the front suspension really puts in the work. I’ve tried this bike on some of the most challenging off-road trails in my area, and the ride was as smooth as butter.
Another thing avid hunters will find useful about Apex Sport is the low and swept-back upper tube. This means you won't have much trouble getting on or off the bike with your hunting getup on.
The only thing that irks me the wrong way is the battery placement. I really don’t like it when manufacturers decide to put the battery in the lower part of the downtube. Not only is it getting splashed with water and mud, but it’s also kind of annoying to remove since you have to fiddle with the front wheel.
Unlike most e-bikes, Apex Sport features a mid-drive motor. This is something you don’t see very often, and I’m very happy wherever I see one - even on a bike that’s out of reach for most.
The biggest advantage of mid-drive motors is that they’re much more power efficient and produce more torque.
Apex Sport comes with one of the best and most reliable motors on the market - the Bafang Ultra.
The motor is able to churn out a whopping 750 Watts of continuous power with a 1000 watts peak. This means you’ll have no trouble going over just about any type of terrain under full load capacity.
On top of that, it’s capable of producing a generous 120 Nm of torque. That’s just insane. With this much torque, you’ll be able to climb up steep hills and go over rough terrain without breaking a sweat.
If you want even more power, you can go for the Apex Pro. This slightly more expensive version of the Apex Sport comes with a 1000-watt motor that can churn out an additional 500 watts. On top of that, it can produce a whopping 160 Nm of torque.
For added security and robustness, this bike comes with a special SRAM 9-gear drivetrain. This is one of the most durable drivetrain systems in existence, and you’ll have no trouble finding the right gear for any situation.
When it comes to controls, they’re as simple as they can get. There’s a control cluster on the left-hand side of the handlebars for turning the engine on/off and changing pedal assist levels.
There’s also a large LCD screen in the middle of the handlebars with all the info you need about your ride, including the speedometer, odometer, battery change, and more.
Since Apex Sport comes with such a beefy motor, it’s only natural it comes with just as a beefy battery. And that’s exactly the case.
This bike features a 48V 12.8 Ah battery that can power the Bafang motor for around 38 miles on a full charge. However, your mileage can vary.
If you decide to run this bike on the highest level of PAS, you’ll be lucky if you squeeze out more than 20 miles. After all, you need a lot of power to push 325 pounds over less-than-pleasant terrain.
If you want more range, you can go for the Apex Pro since it comes with a 48V 16Ah battery. On a full charge, it will get you around for about 48 miles, which is quite an improvement.
The battery time is pretty long, between 6 and 8 hours. This is why I would highly recommend you get a spare if you’re planning on covering more than 30 miles on your hunting trip.
You can get a solar panel charger, but that’ll just add more things you’ll need to take with you.
Like everything on Apex Sport, you get a pretty reliable set of brakes. To be more precise, the bike features a pair of Tektro Dorado 4-piston hydraulic disk brakes.
These babies will get you to a full stop in no time and are incredibly responsive.
Of course, they come with an automatic shut-off system that turns off the motor the second you press on the brake lever.
Wheels And Tires
Apex Sport features enormous Kenda Juggernaut tires. Measuring 26” x 4.5”, they can easily find a grip on just about any terrain, no matter how rough.
Combined with the front suspension, these Kenda monster tires absorb most of the road shock, ensuring a pretty smooth ride.
Honestly, these are some of the best tires I’ve ever seen. It’s good to see the guys and gals at QuietCat didn’t cut any corners when putting this bike together.
Pros And Cons After Testing
Apex Sport is every hunter’s and outdoor enthusiast's wet dream. It comes with everything you need for a comfy off-road ride and some more.
The mid-drive Bafang Ultra motor produces more than enough power to get you over even the toughest of terrains, and it can pull a lot of weight too. I'm pretty sure it’s got more than enough power to get you up a greased-up pole without breaking a sweat.
And let’s not forget the suspension. It works perfectly in unison with oversized Kenda tires to provide you with one of the smoothers off-road experiences ever.
Of course, the frame and every other component on the Apex Sport are built to last. Although its price tag is pretty spicy, it’s worth it. The bike will last you for years, even with minimal maintenance.
The only thing that I don’t like about Apex Sport is the battery placement. Since it’s located inside the lower part of the down tube, it will get all gunked up with mud and dirt - and I really don’t like dealing with gunked-up batteries.
Advice To Consumers
As you’d expect from a high-end hunting e-bike, it comes with everything you want and some more.
If money is not an issue and you have a burning passion for hunting, I highly recommend you get yourself an Apex Sport.
You get a pretty decent range for a heavy-duty bike, and it can pull a lot of weight at a pretty decent speed. On top of that, it’s miles more comfortable than a mountain bike.
Our Rating - 95/100
Experience the ultimate outdoor adventure with the Apex Sport! This hybrid electric bike is designed for commuting comfort, recreational cruises, and daily outings. Packed with rider-friendly features, it delivers an exceptional riding experience.