Electric-assist bicycles are growing and growing in popularity. In 2019, our crew spent a lot of time on a Rambo bike and a Bakcou bike (pronounced backoo, formerly called Backcountry eBikes) on our spring hunts and fall hunts. My son and I put on 40 miles on each of these in one day of antelope hunting alone while exploring some new country in my hunting unit. They are a very handy and quiet piece of equipment to get into tough places where pickups & SUVs are a challenge to drive.
Below is a rundown on the standout features on both the Rambo R1000XPS Carbon and the Bakcou Mule 750w. This isn’t meant to be an overly technical review. This is based off of real field use and user feedback, not a press release. Both bikes use top-quality Bafang motors and high-end front fork suspension systems, Tektro brakes, chains, pedals and tires.
An important note in field use is not to overinflate the fat tires! The PSI on both brands is listed on the tires, and I suggest dropping the pressure 3-5 PSI per tire … unless you don’t want to sit or walk much the next day. After proper adjustment on the tire PSI, the ride was much more comfortable and sustainable. I would also suggest upgrading to a softer and wider seat for all-day comfort when cruising open trails and roads.
Both brands have a ton of upgrade and accessory options so make sure you check out www.badassoutdoorgear.com to complete your setup for e-bike hunting. Everything from additional battery options, saddle bags, trailers, lights, and more are available and Badass Outdoor Gear happens to carry both brands. Their staff are extremely knowledgeable to answer any e-bike questions.
Rambo R1000XPS CARBON | $4,699.99 at rambobikes.com
Power, torque and battery | Very low battery usage while managing torque and speeds to get you where you need to go for long durations (Panasonic 48V 14.5AH battery); right handlebar throttle with left e-controls
Tires | Larger and a little harder to steer (Maxxis Minion FBF, FBR 26″ x 4.8″)
Electric safety & display | Electric power auto adjusts back to “0” when the bike is inactive for 10 seconds to prevent accidental electric throttle use when preparing to leave or stopping to glass (DP C10.UART)
Gear shifter | Grip shift control on left handlebar
Mud flaps | Easy-to-adjust rear mud flap with seat height adjustment, and intuitive placement of front mud flap
Bakcou Mule 750w | $4,897 at bakcou.com
Power, torque and battery | More instant torque with higher speeds per gear and per electric power level, but this comes with more battery usage, too (Extended Distance 48v 14.5ah lithium-ion battery); left handlebar throttle with left handlebar e-controls
Tires | Smaller and easier to maneuver (Maxxis Minion 26” x 4.0)
Electric display | Bafang DPC18.UART Full Color LCD
Gear shifter | RapidFire Plus control showing gear number on right handlebar
Pedals | Skid-proof wide stance
Headlight | Front fork mounted for low light visibility