Top 5 electric mopeds I’ve tested (and you need to see!) for summer 2020

The moped or minibike form factor for e-bikes has become a breakout success this year. A wave of new models has poured out from every corner of the e-bike industry, giving us exciting new options to choose from. I’ve been fortunate enough to test a pile of these types of e-bikes, and now I’m compiling my list of the Top 5 that you need to see!

This is part of a Top 5 E-Bikes for Sumer 2020 series that we’re currently running to help introduce our readers to some great e-bikes to hit the road or trail on this summer.

Stick around over the next few days to see our choices for the following categories of electric bikes:

  • Top 5 full suspension e-bikes
  • Top 5 hybrid mountain/city e-bikes
  • Top 5 fat tire e-bikes
  • Top 5 cruiser e-bikes
  • Top 5 folding e-bikes

And be sure to check out our video below that showcases all of the electric mopeds in this list in action.

ONYX RCR electric moped

First up we have the ONYX RCR, which is definitely the leader of the pack right now when it comes to high power and high speed electric mopeds.

The RCR is somehow perpetually on backorder since the company can’t seem to produce them as fast as they can sell them, despite having two California factories and being in business for two years now.

onyx rcr

But the bike is worth the wait, as it can hit nearly 60 mph or 100 km/h thanks to its 3 kW continuous rear hub motor that puts out around 5.5 kW of peak power. I got it up to 59 mph myself and the bike felt rock solid and stable.

A big part of that is the design. The frame was created by leading modern-day moped designer Tim Seward and is based on the classic Puch frames. I even took the RCR off-roading for a bit and found the ride to be quite good for such a simple little bike.

onyx rcr

Range is super variable and will depend on whether you’re scooting around town at 20 mph (32 km/h), or zipping up those canyon roads at 60 mph (100 km/h). In the city at 20 mph, Onyx says you’ll get a maximum of 75 miles (120 km) of range. But expect that to drop off steeply once you lay heavily on the throttle.

When it comes to the RCR’s pedals, they’re mostly vestigial and there to keep the bike quasi-legal. Sure, you can pedal it, but it’s not a comfortable or fun bike to pedal. Those pedals are basically footrests for all intents and purposes. Plus at the speeds this thing can hit, you won’t be able to keep up with the pedals most of the time.

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