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When is a bike a bike? Pedal-less JackRabit micro “e-bike” “unfolds” with minuscule range

When is a bike a bike? Pedal-less JackRabit micro “e-bike” “unfolds” with minuscule range

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of the word “bicycle” is a vehicle composed of two wheels held in a frame one behind the…

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According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of the word “bicycle” is a vehicle composed of two wheels held in a frame one behind the other, propelled by pedals and steered with handlebars attached to the front wheel .

Then there’s this: the JackRabbit which claims to be a portable “ultralight, micro ebike”.

So when is a bike, a bike? Is simply having a seat suspended between two wheels with a handlebar enough? Or is calling the JackRabbit a bicycle a bit of a stretch? Is this more of a seated-scooter? We’re not sure, so I’ll just call this thing Jack for the rest of this story. Photo c. JackRabbit The JackRabbit has no pedals, no front brakes, no gears, or even a traditional drivetrain for that matter. There’s a weird “no pedals and proud” kinda vibe on the website. Calling the “feature” of not having pedals “sweat-free” operation. You know, like “hey, we don’t have pedals so your commute and errand running will be sweat free.”

That may be the case but you’re errands better be within a 6-mile radius because the JackRabbit has a very small range of only 12 miles .

And none of that tiny 12-mile range better be up a hill… it won’t go up anything steeper a than 12% grade. At least not without using your feet, ala Strider or Fred Flinstone style. I don’t think we’ve ever seen “human-powered kick-stride assist” called out before as a feature.

This weird little Jack weighs in at 24 lbs and […]

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