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QuietKat Pioneer 7.5 Review

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By
Robb Dorr,
Co-founder
Kristy Snyder
By
Kristy Snyder,
Professional Editor
Images from manufacturer's website

29 mi

RANGE

20 mph

TOP SPEED

7 hrs

CHARGE TIME

61 lbs

WEIGHT

Rear Hub

MOTOR TYPE

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QuietKat Pioneer 7.5 Review: Takeaway

If you’re looking for an entry-level e-bike designed for hunting, camping, and other off-road use, you can’t go wrong with the QuietKat Pioneer. It’s comfortable to ride as an urban e-bike, yet has ample power for exploration off the beaten track. Plus, with a huge load capacity of 325 lbs, it’s got enough power to haul your snowboard, hunting gear, or fishing equipment with ease.

The Pioneer is also the most affordable offering from QuietKat’s e-bike range, with a price of just $1,999 for the 500-watt motor or $2,599 for the 750-watt motor version.

While the model is the latest release from the brand, it’s quickly becoming a go-to among those looking for the perfect hunting e-bike. Not only do the Pioneer’s two camouflage styles appeal to this need, but its quiet motor also allows maximum stealth.

 

Ideal for...

Off-road biking
Hunting
Camping
Fishing trips
Back-country exploration

E-Bike Overview

The QuietKat Pioneer’s high-torque 750W rear hub Bafang motor delivers direct power to the rear wheel without relying on the chain. This enables you to achieve consistent power in all gears, with little maintenance needed.

This model also features an optimized set of Tektro two-piston mechanical disc brakes to ensure greater control when braking across a wide variety of surfaces. Puncture-resistant tire casings also enable optimal safety when hitting the road or trails.

The brand also does a great job of styling this e-bike to appeal to a wider range of buyers — not just those who require an e-bike for hunting purposes. While the camouflage patterns help the e-bike fit into a wilderness setting, color options such as sandstone and charcoal are catered toward those looking for a versatile product that just as easily looks at home in an urban setting as it does while camping, fishing, or exploring the trails.

Reasons to Buy

The two biggest advantages of the QuietKat Pioneer are its price range and rugged outdoor durability. QuietKat has long been a pioneer in legendary e-bikes built for adventurers, and its top-of-the-range models (like the Rubicon e-bike at $7,499) don’t come cheap. However, with the latest product offering, the Pioneer allows outdoor enthusiasts who are new to e-biking an affordable entryway into the lifestyle.

The brand is also known for producing low-maintenance, highly durable, and tough outdoor e-bikes made to last. With features such as a heavy-duty and rust-resistant frame, as well as all-terrain fat tires and an optimized set of Tektro two-piston mechanical disc brakes, the Pioneer is no exception.

The brand’s lifetime frame warranty also gives even the most daring of adventurers the ultimate peace of mind.

Things to Consider

While the QuietKat Pioneer’s rear hub motor supports the brand’s desire for a low-maintenance product, a rear hub motor does come with some general drawbacks. It can add a lot more weight to an e-bike, especially at the rear. Furthermore, it can make changing the back tire slightly more challenging in the event of a rear puncture.

Specs & Components

Colors
Charcoal, QK camo, sandstone, true timber camo
Motor
High-torque 750W rear hub Bafang motor
Battery
500w-9.6AH/48V 750w-12.8ah/48V Pathfinder
Frame
18" aluminum alloy frame
Load capacity
325 lbs
Tires
Kenda Juggernaut 26”x 4” fat tires with 30 TPI puncture-resistant casings
Brakes
Tektro mechanical disc brakes
Display
LCD display
Accessories/Extras
Kickstand
Suspension
No suspension

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
4.5/5
4.5

In the case of the more powerful, 750W rear-hub motor version, this is a high-torque electric bike that will handle steep climbs even with a considerable load. That said, you won’t hit high speeds on this machine thanks to the fat tires that are more designed for off-road use than on.

The purpose of this electric bike is to carry loads quietly into the wilderness with its 26”, fat knobbly tires. Used for this, the power is ample.

 

Range
4.5/5
4.5

Equipped with the larger, 614 Wh battery, you can expect relatively good range on this electric bike — up to 29 miles. A lot of things make it less efficient where flat-out distance is concerned. The fat tires have a huge amount of friction that will take more power to overcome. The weight of the battery adds to the bigger riderless weight, and this again means more power is used to push the bike and less the rider and their payload. At higher speeds and on rougher terrain, the range drops to an estimated 14 miles.

 

Comfort
4.5/5
4.5

Designed for mid-distance rides with a lot of gear, perhaps to go hunting in the woods, the QuietKat Pioneer 7.5 is a comfortable ride thanks to the trekking position the rider sits in. The 26” wheels and 4” fat tires will take on even thick mud and go over rough terrain without leaving you the rider tired. Unfortunately, the lack of suspension means you won’t get much cushioning over bumps, but the rigid alloy fork will keep you stable even on monster rides.

 

Durability
4/5
4

Using components like China’s biggest e-bike motor brand Bafang and European makers Tektro and Shimano, the QuietKat Pioneer 7.5 is quite reliable. A good maintenance routine with the QuietKat Pioneer will ensure that you can use it for many, many thousands of miles of riding. Do be aware though, that cassette-based gears can get clogged up in mud, and rear punctures can be a problem with rear-hub motors.

 

Style
4/5
4

Headed into the backwoods with a gun or bow, you don’t want something pink and shiny. The muted, camouflage color schemes are very appropriate for the purpose of this electric bike, allowing you to ride quietly and invisibly into position. The girder-like appearance of the frame assures you of a quality build, too.

 

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Written by Robb Dorr
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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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