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QuietKat Jeep Rubicon Review

Richard Shrubb
By
Richard Shrubb,
Contributing Author
Kristy Snyder
By
Kristy Snyder,
Professional Editor
Images from manufacturer's website

63 mi

RANGE

28 mph

TOP SPEED

6 hrs

CHARGE TIME

75 lbs

WEIGHT

Mid-drive

MOTOR TYPE

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QuietKat Jeep Rubicon Review: Takeaway

By far QuietKat’s longest range premium electric bike, the QuietKat Jeep Rubicon is packed with great features to make a blast in the wilderness trouble free and fun. It comes with a 1 kWh battery and the 160 Nm Bafang Ultra motor to give you all the power you need for your adventures.

Ideal for...

Overlanding
Wilderness Camping
Hunting
Fishing
Riding With Friends

E-Bike Overview

The QuietKat Jeep Rubicon has a big motor, sturdy frame, and a huge battery to get you deep into the backwoods, with a range of quality components for optimum comfort and safety.

Its predecessor — the QuietKat Jeep — has a smaller battery and slightly less quality suspension fork and brakes. The Rubicon, however, has an upgraded, 140mm travel rear shock and a 150mm travel fork, which classifies this as a “long travel” e-bike, capable of taking on big jumps and drops. If you want to ride it like an eMTB, you can retrofit 29er MTB wheels for better agility.

Most people will want the QuietKat Jeep Rubicon for overlanding and outdoor sports. For this, it comes with a 1,008 Wh battery that offers a claimed 63 miles of range. In reality, this could mean an 18-20 mile trek out to have just enough juice in the battery to get home.

Thanks to the power of the motor and large battery, you can carry a fair payload on your adventures. The 300 lbs maximum payload rating could mean you have room for hunting or camping gear. Just keep in mind — the greater the load, the shorter the range.

Though not light, this electric bike is nimble under power thanks to the weight distribution low down on the frame. With the integrated torque sensor, it offers a very natural riding feel.

Reasons to Buy

This is a great e-bike for hunters, anglers, and those planning longer rides involving an overnight camp. For these purposes, we suggest the optional solar charging kit that you can hook up during daylight hours on your adventure. You’ll also want to add on a rear rack so you can carry all of your gear.

Another feature great for exploring the outdoors is the CST 26″x 4.8″ fat tires. These can tackle tons of off-road terrains, especially when paired with the 150mm inverted front suspension fork.

Things to Consider

At $6,499, the QuietKat Jeep Rubicon sits comfortably at the premium end of overlanding e-bikes, meaning it’s really only for those serious about getting deep into the wilderness.

Also, it’s quite heavy at 75 lbs. Given its intended use — being ridden hard out in the sticks — if you drop it after a big mileage ride when tired, it could be quite a load to get on its wheels.

Specs & Components

Brand
QuietKat
Motor
Bafang Ultra 1,000W mid-drive
Battery
1,008 Wh in-tube
Controller
Customizable LED
Power Delivery
Thumb throttle/PAS
Front/Rear Suspension
150mm travel QK inverted air fork/ 140mm travel RockShox Monarch shock
Transmission
7-speed Sram
Brakes
Tektro 4-piston hydraulic discs
Wheels
CST 26” x 4.8” fat tires
Options
Light, rack, pannier bag, solar charger

The specs above come from the manufacturer and may vary from what you’ve experienced. Notice something that needs correcting? Let us know.

Ratings

Power
5/5
5

The 1,000W Bafang Ultra motor is too powerful for legal road use. Off-road, however, it can unleash up to 160 Nm of torque — the most power on a commercially available electric bike motor. Grip comes from the CST 26 x 4.8” fat tires that’ll offer a slower acceleration than road tires but will get you over and through the loose and wet stuff.

Range
4.5/5
4.5

A relatively lightweight e-bike for its range and power, its claimed range of 63 miles is still a little optimistic. On a flatter route, plan no more than 20 miles for your outward journey. That’s still the equivalent of a seven hour hike that you may cover in a few hours by e-bike.

Range is impacted by payload weight, terrain, and weather. A heavier rider with bigger hills will see fewer miles than a lighter rider on a flatter route.

Comfort
5/5
5

With a 140mm travel shock and a 150mm travel fork, this is a very comfortable overlanding electric bike to ride. You’ll be sat in a forward leaning trekking position for maneuverability, and this’ll impact your arms and upper body after big miles but this is part of the overlanding experience. The 4.8” fat tires also add nice cushioning over bumps.

Durability
4.5/5
4.5

A heck of a lot of strain goes through the chain to the rear wheel thanks to the powerful mid-drive motor. Check it for stretch at least every 200-300 miles, and expect to replace it in the first thousand miles.

QuietKat frames come with a lifetime warranty, and its components have a one-year/1,000-mile manufacturing warranty.

Style
5/5
5

In honor of the great off-road automotive brand, the Jeep Rubicon looks every bit the tough off-roader. The big-assed tires and military green color scheme round this off, making the e-bike a monster that looks like it’ll be serious fun in the sticks.

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About Our Editorial Team

Richard Shrubb
Written by Richard Shrubb
Contributing Author
Richard is a well-established journalist and copywriter with years of experience in the EV and e-bike world. He has worked with international sailing magazines, e-bike publications, and national newspapers.
Kristy Snyder
Edited by Kristy Snyder
Professional Editor
Kristy Snyder is a professional writer and editor living in Pittsburgh with over 10 years of content creation experience. When she's not contributing to eBikes.org, Kristy enjoys reading, practicing yoga, drinking beer, and hitting up rail trails.

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