Ride1Up Revv1 DRT unveiled as powerful 37 MPH off-road e-bike

Ride1Up announced the launch of its original Revv1 electric moped-style bike back in early 2023, spearheading the brand’s expansion into a wider range of e-bike models. The powerful bike was a shot across the bow of major brands like SUPER73, offering high-performance riding and moto-inspired styling for a more affordable price. Now the company is back with the first major redesign to the bike, offering the Revv1 DRT for off-road adventures.

Moped-style electric bikes are incredibly popular with younger and more adventurous riders, and so it should come as no surprise that one of the most popular modifications made by Revv1 owners was to optimize it for off-road riding.

The bike was already most of the way there, offering high power, fast speeds, and a full-suspension design. But now Ride1Up has embraced those desires among much of its ridership, offering a factory-ready scrambler based on the Revv1’s bones.

The new Revv1 DRT features several modifications designed for the trails, including updated suspension, tires, spoke wheels, off-road fenders, modified lighting, and updated frame geometry.

The most visually obvious update appears to be the chunkier off-road tires and the new longer travel DNM coilover shock in the rear, complete with piggyback reservoir. A Molle panel is also available to fill the front triangle (trapezoid?) of the frame, offering riders the utility of standard Molle attaching accessories that can be sourced from just about anywhere.

The Revv1 features a 1,000-watt continuous-rated rear hub motor offering 95 Nm of torque, making it one of the most powerful stock e-bike motors on the market today.

The bike ships with a 20 mph (32 km/h) speed limit, but can be opened up to Class 3 operation with pedal assist taking the bike up to 28 mph (45 km/h).

Further unlocking of the bike is possible, though requires jumping through several hoops including contacting the company directly. Once unlocked fully, even more speed is possible on throttle-only. In my original test of the street version of the Ride1Up Revv1 last year, I topped out at around 37 mph (59.5 km/h).

As an important reminder to readers: such speeds are not legal for electric bicycles on public roads in most areas, and would push the vehicle into motorcycle designation for public road use in some jurisdictions. Electric bike makers usually describe fully-unlocked power and speeds as intended only for off-road and private property use.

Since the Ride1Up Revv1 DRT is explicitly designed for off-road use though, it makes sense to be able to take advantage of all that the powerful motor has to offer.

Many of the bike’s other components remain the same as the original Ride1Up Revv1. Riders will find the same large 52V 20Ah (1,040 Wh) battery pack with Samsung 50E 21700 battery cells, the same 3.5″ center mount display, and the same 4-piston 203mm hydraulic disc brakes.

The DRT does manage to shave a couple pounds off of the full-suspension street-version of the Revv1, dropping to a mere 91 lb (41 kg). That’s still a portly e-bike, but it likely won’t stop the kind of riders who gravitate to these types of bikes from bunnyhopping it all over the place.

Just launched today, the Ride1Up Revv1 DRT carries a promotional pre-order price of US $2,495. Deliveries are expected to begin in early June, and there’s no guarantee the promotional price will stick around.

However, Ride1Up is known for offering great pricing compared to much of the industry and recently announced that sale prices on other models would remain throughout the year instead of rollercoasting prices up and down during seasonal sales like many other companies.

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