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QuietKat Ranger Review

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

38 mi

RANGE

20 mph

TOP SPEED

8 hrs

CHARGE TIME

65 lbs

WEIGHT

Rear Hub

MOTOR TYPE

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QuietKat Ranger Review: Takeaway

A great mid-priced overlanding, hunting, or angling electric bike, the QuietKat Ranger offers a sensible range and a powerful motor that can carry a payload of up to 325 lbs.

It even comes with a rack and accessories for towing a trailer should such be required for taking catches home with you after a day in the wilderness.

Ideal for...

Angling
Overlanding
Camping
Family Rides
RV Road Trips

E-Bike Overview

Made by the company that first introduced e-bikes to the hunting/angling community, the QuietKat Ranger offers a great cargo capacity and range. It’s made to take almost anything thrown at it, with elegant design elements like a rear hub motor that’ll power you home if your chain breaks mid-trip.

Unlike efforts made by latecomers to the world of serious overlanding, QuietKat has included a rack and the option to tow a trailer into the backwoods. Even if you choose the smaller 750W motor version, it offers a huge 120 Nm of torque that’ll get you and your catch up even the steepest of mountainsides.

Built like a tank, right down to the mottled color scheme, this electric bike is very much at home in the wilderness and will take quite some abuse.

There are better e-bikes that can go further with bigger batteries, but you’ll have to pay considerably more. That said, a reasonable trip of 7.5 miles out and back (two hours of riding) is feasible with the 614 Wh battery.

Reasons to Buy

Designed by experts in overlanding electric bikes, the QuietKat Ranger is an excellent mid-priced e-bike that’s very much at home in the sticks. You’ll want this to access hunting or fishing grounds that may previously have been half a day’s hike away, cutting that down to just a couple of hours.

Durable and with high-quality components, the Ranger will get you there — and more importantly, home — after you’ve been wherever “there” may be.

Things to Consider

Common to many overlanding e-bikes in this price class, the Ranger’s range isn’t amazing. You should bank on 7.5 to 10 miles of radius for a trip in most terrain with a heavier rider. If you have another $1,000, this will get you a better QuietKat e-bike in terms of range and payload capacity.

Specs & Components

Brand
QuietKat
Motor
Bafang rear hub, options for 750W or 1,000W
Battery
12.5 Ah 48V (614 Wh) in-tube
Display
LCD
Power Delivery
Throttle/PAS
Fork
Monzo coil suspension, 100 mm travel
Pedal Drivetrain
7-speed Sram
Brakes
Tektro 2-piston hydraulic
Wheels
26 x 4” — Small version. 26” x 4.5” M and L versions
Accessories
Rack (100lb capacity)
Options
Hunter’s kit, Angler’s kit, Overlander’s kit and Comfort kit

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
4

The cheaper 750W motor version offers a still considerable 120 Nm of torque, while the 1,000W version offers 160 Nm of torque. With both, expect extremely quick acceleration on the road and the ability to get up steep, muddy inclines as required.

The 750W version is road legal and will top out at 20 mph, whereas the 1,000W version will reach 30 mph. Be wary of law enforcement if choosing the 1,000W version for road use.

Range
3.5/5
3.5

For many hunters and hikers used to sweating for many hours to get into position, a 7-10-mile radius could be an epiphany. Those who have come from ATVs or motorized vehicles may wish to spend a little more on an e-bike with a bigger battery.

Factors that can affect the range are payload weight, the difficulty of terrain, and weather conditions. The advertised 38 miles is really only possible on flat roads with a lighter rider.

Comfort
4/5
4

Sat in a forward-leaning, trekking position, you’ll be using your upper body to help maneuver this machine. That’s essential in overlanding but may tire your upper body out after several hours in the saddle. A quality suspension fork with 100 mm of travel adds to comfort, and the 4” tires (small version) or 4.5” tires (M, L versions) will soak up the bumps on the trek. You can choose the optional upgrade of an extra comfortable saddle if you plan to use the e-bike for longer treks.

Durability
4/5
4

With the rear hub motor, if the chain breaks, it’ll get you home on throttle alone. That adds to the durability of this tough e-bike. Regular maintenance of the chain and gear system, and replacing the brake pads every 750-1,000 miles will keep this e-bike on the road (or off!) for many years to come.

QuietKat offers a limited warranty on the frame for the life of the owner and a one-year warranty on all other components.

Style
4.5/5
4.5

Thanks to the in-tube battery and clean lines of this e-bike, it looks like it’ll be at home out where it belongs in the boonies. A quality machine with its fat tires and sturdy proportions, there’s something reassuring and tough about the QuietKat Ranger.

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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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