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The Revi Bikes Cheetah Plus is an absolute rock star of an electric bike that rides like a Harley. Seriously, this e-bike is a blast to take out, and it is a head turner.
The Cheetah Plus has a starting price of $2,899 USD, and if you opt for the fender, rack and pannier bundle, that’ll set you back another $550. You can also swap out the black tank covers, grips and saddle for tan ones if that’s more your speed, and that package runs for $480.
Thankfully there’s free shipping on this ride, which does help offset that cost a little bit, and Revi Bikes is offering a 1 year comprehensive warranty.
So, let’s talk about what sets this Harley style electric bike from the crowd.
The Revi Bikes Cheetah Plus has a powerful Bafang 750 nominal watt motor that gets this e-bike up to its top speed of 28 mph in a hurry. And you can reach that top speed using the half-grip twist throttle or the cadence sensing pedal assist.
The Cheetah Plus really is a remarkably fast e-bike and I think that’s one of the qualities that makes it feel like you’re riding a motorcycle instead of an electric bicycle. And the fact that the motor is powerful enough to get you up some fairly steep hills help with this too.
There is some delay with motor activation with the throttle, but I think that can be fine tuned in the advanced settings in the display. There’s also some latency with motor activation when using the cadence sensing pedal assist, which is just the name of the game when it comes to cadence sensors. Not really a big deal though to be honest because the Cheetah Plus is a road warrior, not a trail blazer. In other words, you don’t need a highly responsive torque sensor for the pavement, even though, sure, it would be nice.
The 48 volt, 17.5 amp hour battery on the Cheetah Plus is a monster. And Revi Bikes’ max estimated range of 45 miles is surprisingly reasonable. But, like we always say at Electrified Reviews, actual mileage may vary.
The battery on the Cheetah Plus is hidden inside the tank covers and can be accessed directly if you want to take off the plastic pieces. The batteries’ location on the top tube does raise the Cheetah Plus’s center of gravity, but from an aesthetic standpoint it’s hard to deny that it does indeed look awesome.
The Cheetah Plus’s cafe racer frame looks pretty groovy too, and can support up to 300 pounds. This is great for anyone wanting to add some cargo to the rear rack and panniers.
Something that surprised me about the Cheetah Plus was the curb weight. It’s only about 75 pounds including the battery. If you plan to load this bike into the back of a truck, you’ll probably appreciate this stat.
So, the Cheetah Plus looks like a cafe racer, and because of the extra long wheelbase, it rides like one too. Taking corners with this e-bike is a blast. You really have to lean into them.
And with the adjustable-angle, swept-back handlebars you can change your riding position to be more upright and relaxed, or more forward and aggressive. Whatever suits your fancy.
Despite the solid front forks, the Cheetah Plus is a fairly smooth ride as long as you’re on well-maintained roads. But try hopping off a curb or hitting a big pot hole and it’ll rattle your teeth out. The spring saddle and huge air volume from the 26 inch by 4 inch fat tires does help soften things up a bit though.
In the back of the Cheetah Plus we’ve got a Shimano Altus derailleur with a 7-speed cassette paired with a Shimano SIS Index thumb shifter.
The front chainring doesn’t have a bash guard to help keep that chain locked into place, which can lead to more frequent derailments if you plan on riding the Cheetah Plus aggressively, like we did at some parts during this review. And in fact we did get one derailment during filming, which took about 15 seconds to fix. But hey, I’ve got to find something to nitpick on this ride, right?
With an e-bike that can hit speeds up to 28 mph and can carry up to 300 pounds, stopping power becomes pretty important. Thankfully, the Cheetah Plus is equipped with tried and true Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with 180 mm rotors in the front and rear wheels.
The brake levers on the Cheetah Plus also have motor inhibitors built in, which automatically cuts power to the motor whenever you hit the brakes. This is an excellent safety feature that helps to ensure you always have the shortest possible stopping distance. Nice.
The headlight on the Cheetah Plus is fantastic. It looks rad, but more than that, it’s bright. And you can also keep the headlight on even when the electronics are off. This is great if you want to use the Cheetah Plus’s headlight as a source of illumination when you’re not riding it.
Wire management on the Cheetah Plus is good, with everything being internally routed, which we love to see.
In the middle of the handlebars we’ve got a Bafang greyscale LCD display, and this is perfectly visible in direct sunlight. The screen is not polarized, so feel free to wear polarized sunglasses if you’ve got them. You won’t get any interference.
On the left we’ve got the independent button pad and the toggle for the lights. And on the right we’ve got the SIS Index Thumb shifter and the half-grip twist throttle.
More than anything, the Revi Bikes Cheetah Plus is a true joy to ride. Does that make it a joy ride? Maybe. I don’t know. But what I do know, is that the Cheetah Plus is a great choice for anyone who wants a head-turner of an e-bike and doesn’t mind spending extra for it. It also will work well as a commuter, although you might have a hard time finding a spot to park this behemoth, and with the optional rear rack and pannier bags, the Cheetah Plus is a highly functional e-bike.