Magicycle CRUISER Review: All-Terrain Fat Tire Electric Bike
A fun fat tire electric bike that's designed with versatility and all-terrain riding in mind, the Magicycle CRUISER is a reasonably-priced model that delivers what you'd expect for a bike in this category...
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What is the Magicycle CRUISER?
A Class 3 e-bike that’s affordably priced and capable of delivering impressive all-terrain performance, the popular Magicycle CRUISER takes aim at the sub-$2,000 electric fat tire market with its versatile, feature-rich platform.
In this review of Magicycle’s 52V CRUISER model, we’ll take a look at the bike’s features and specs, performance, and the reasons why we feel it represents good value and is worth considering if you’re shopping around for an e-bike of this type.
Founded in 2020 by Wade Wei, Magicycle is a relatively new electric bike startup that is currently selling a range of 5 affordable e-bikes. With a focus on delivering good value and solid performance, China-based Magicycle’s expanding lineup continues to grow in popularity.
Magicycle has gained a loyal following since its founding and the brand has continued to expand, recently adding an urban commuter e-bike, the folding Jaguarundi, and the step-through Ocelot Pro to its lineup of rugged, all-terrain fat tire e-bikes. Additionally, Magicycle provides an above-average warranty, providing customers with a full two years of coverage against manufacturer defects and a 15-day money-back return window.
- 6061 aluminum alloy frame
- Adjustable front fork suspension with lockout
- Shimano 7-speed thumb shifter
- Shimano 14-28T BROWN/BK derailleur
- MA-400 SSABK stem
- KMC Chain
- 30.8mm length/300mm seat post
- 13 gauge front spokes, 12 gauge rear spokes
- 26″ x 4″ Kenda fat tires
- Half-twist throttle
- 180mm Tektro Aries MD-M300 mechanical disc brakes
- Heavy-duty aluminum kickstand
- 750W brushless gear hub motor
- 52V 15Ah lithium-ion battery
- 3.0 A fast smart charger
- 6V LED headlight for excellent nighttime visibility
- Integrated rear taillight
- LCD display with USB charging port
- 52V 750W FOC smart controller
- 7-levels of pedal assistance
- 12-magnet cadence sensor
Magicycle CRUISER Review: E-Bike Overview
The Magicycle CRUISER is an exciting addition to the range of affordable fat tire e-bikes currently on the market. It’s a bike that, while certainly not revolutionary, is smartly designed and crafted to deliver solid value.
The CRUISER has a 750W rear hub motor putting out 86Nm of torque, 52V 15Ah lithium-ion battery that recharges in 3-5 hours, and the bike delivers a 55-mile range (if you’re looking for even longer range, check out the new Magicycle Ocelot Pro which features a larger battery and 80-mile range).
It’s also got front suspension, 26″ x 4″ Kenda puncture-resistant fat tires, Tektro Aries MD-M300 disc brakes, and a 7-speed Shimano transmission. Previously, braking performance suffered on this e-bike due to its low-quality stock braking componentry, but in December 2021 Magicycle upgraded the bike to include higher-quality Tektro Aries brakes.
The all-terrain fat tire e-bike market continues to grow more crowded by the day, and the CRUISER package provides riders with the type of bike you’d expect in this price range. It’s competitive with many of the models offered by other electric bicycle companies, but it doesn’t rise to the top of its category when it comes to overall performance and features.
The Magicycle CRUISER is recommended for riders from 5’5″ to 6’5″ in size. The bike weighs in at 76 pounds and measures 74.8″ long with a 45.67″ wheelbase. To compare it to another popular model in this electric bike category, size-wise it is very close to Himiway’s Cruiser, but Magicycle’s CRUISER weighs 4 pounds more (76 lbs vs. 72 lbs).
2-year warranty and 15-day money-back return policy1 of 14
52V 15Ah lithium-ion battery2 of 14
Rear rack for hauling cargo, shopping bags, and more3 of 14
Front and rear fenders4 of 14
26″ x 4″ Kenda fat tires5 of 14
750W brushless geared hub motor (86Nm of torque)6 of 14
LCD display with USB charging port7 of 14
Half-twist throttle8 of 14
Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes9 of 14
6V LED headlight10 of 14
Ultrabright taillight for nighttime safety11 of 14
KMC chain12 of 14
Shimano 14-28T BROWN/BK derailleur13 of 14
6061 aluminum alloy frame14 of 14
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Like other fat tire e-bikes, Magicycle’s CRUISER is fun to ride on a wide variety of surfaces. Capable of performing well on everything from city streets to trails, the CRUISER offers confidence-inspiring stability, and the beefy tires and front suspension do a nice job of smoothing out bumps and delivering excellent ride comfort when taken off-road. The durability of the included Kenda puncture-resistant tires is top-shelf and they deliver outstanding grip and traction.
The powerful battery and 750W rear hub motor provide plenty of speed and range, and the CRUISER is capable of tackling hilly terrain without a struggle.
The build quality on the CRUISER is decent and Magicycle does a good job of packing the bike well for shipping. It’s important to keep in mind that this bike is competing in the affordable fat tire e-bike category, so the fit and finish naturally won’t match what you’ll find on a much higher-priced model.
The CRUISER arrives mostly assembled, and set up time is minimal thanks to the excellent assembly video provided by Magicycle (see below).
As far as looks go, the CRUISER is pretty standard in our book. We’d love to see the addition of a few color options and to be completely honest, we aren’t fans of some of the bikes’ branding (particularly “52V High Energy” which appears on the bike’s downtube).
Magicycle includes a nice bundle of bonuses with the CRUISER, including a cap, toolkit, front pannier, lock, fenders, rear rack, and front/rear lights. Additionally, the company sells a wide range of optional add-on accessories that make it incredibly easy to upgrade your bike and customize it to your liking.
As far as warranties go, Magicycle is quite generous with its 2-year warranty coverage. The brand also provides a 15-day money-back guarantee for its customers to ensure that they’re pleased with their bike (you only need to cover the return shipping costs). Many other brands advertise a return policy but when you read the fine print, you’ll often discover that hefty restocking fees are charged on all returns. We’re happy to report that’s not the case here.
In terms of customer service, Magicycle provides several contact options, including live chat, email, and phone support. Whenever we are rating e-bikes, we always test the responsiveness of the manufacturer’s customer support department, and Magicycle left us impressed with a reply to our emailed inquiry in only a few hours…
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How to Assemble Magicycle CRUISER (VIDEO)
Price, Where to Buy it, & Coupon Code
At the time of our review, the Magicycle CRUISER has an MSRP of $1,799 but is being offered at a discounted price due to a current promotion the brand is running. Additionally, you can stack the following coupon codes on top of the sale price for more savings:
- RECHARGE1: $100 off any e-bike
- RECHARGE3: $300 off any purchase of 2 electric bikes
To take advantage of these deals, simply add a bike to your shopping cart and enter the promo code during the checkout process. The additional discount will be automatically applied to your order.
Magicycle's CRUISER fat tire e-bike is manufactured in China.
The Magicycle CRUISER is a Class 3 electric bike.
Magicycle's CRUISER STEP-THRU model features a step-through frame that makes it easier to mount and dismount. The CRUISER STEP-THRU model is a better choice for riders who have reduced mobility or who simply want a bike that's easier to get on and off of.
Pros and Cons
- Solid performance and decent value
- 750W rear hub motor provides plenty of power
- Long battery life
- Front fork suspension and 26" x 4" Kenda fat tires deliver a comfortable, stable ride
- Extremely versatile bike that is fun on trails, gravel, sand, and streets
- Handy rear rack is convenient for grocery runs and hauling gear
- Front and rear fenders keep the rider clean and dry
- Upgraded Tektro mechanical disc brakes deliver better performance than original unbranded, generic ones
- Comfortable handlebar design
- Integrated front and rear lighting for increased safety and low-light visibility
- 7 pedal assist levels
- Great hill climbing ability
- Better-than-overage 2-year warranty
- 15-day money-back return policy
- Free shipping
- Would be great to have added color options (currently only available in Midnight Blue)
- Stock saddle isn't the most comfortable and you'll probably end up replacing it
Overall, Magicycle’s CRUISER is a decent option to consider in the sub-$2,000 fat tire e-bike category. While it doesn’t come out on top in terms of features and performance, it’s competitive with other models and has been improved as of late with the addition of upgraded Tektro brakes (we highly recommend checking out Magicycle’s Cruiser Pro if you’re looking for more power, range, and better braking performance).
These fat tire e-bikes are a ton of fun to ride, and Magicycle’s CRUISER is no exception. Capable of handling whatever you throw at it, the CRUISER delivers the extreme versatility that so many riders are searching for these days. If you’re looking for a bike that can get you from point A to point B but is more versatile than a standard commuter bike, the CRUISER is worth checking out.
As mentioned, we are also impressed with Magicycle’s warranty coverage. Whereas most e-bikes include 12 months of warranty coverage, Magicycle provides its customers with a full 2 years of coverage which is a nice plus when it comes to added peace of mind. Also, Magicycle has a generous 15-day return policy and the company doesn’t charge exorbitant restocking fees like many of its competitors.
While not perfect and not the leader of the fat tire e-bike class, this is a versatile and affordable electric bike that you can have a lot of fun cruising around on.