Brushed Aluminum HyperScorpion- Setup and First Ride Impressions

Xtasee

New Member
I was recently introduced to this forum (trying to get help on the proper bleed kit for my StarUnion 150PYD hydraulic brake line on my RipCurrent, but that's another story) - but first time poster, so hello everyone!
I just got my BA Hyperscorpion delivered on 7/18/20 and spent the good part of the day not only putting things together, but correcting what really bothered me- namely that the Shimano shifter, meant to go on the
right hand side, was placed on the left hand side, upside down. Also, I couldn't get used to the motorcycle mirrors, so I took both of them off (anyone who has a Scorpion and is interested in buying an unused set of mirrors or
a stock 2A Juiced charger, let me know) and spent a good part of a couple of hours figuring out what setup on my handle bars made the most sense, plus cable management, to achieve my final riding configuration (see picture).
I also bought the tall seat kit but decided to take the bike for a quick spin first without it installed. I'm 5'10", with a 30" inseam and found the riding position too uncomfortable without installing the 2.5" tall seat attachment. Once
that got installed (see picture), the pedaling felt more comfortable, although it still took some getting used to compared to my RipCurrent. Needless to say, the HyperScorpion rides much differently than my RipCurrent, from the seating position of the bike to the gearing of the crankset. I found the twist throttle and the grip shifters on the HyperScorpion to be more difficult to use when compared to the push button throttle and trigger shifters on the RipCurrent. That being said, the power of that 1000W Bafang motor on the HyperScorpion is impressive- in R mode and pedaling from a standstill, I could almost feel the front wheel want to pop a wheelie, which is a sensation I've never experienced with my RipCurrent in the same R mode. Even though shifting felt more like a PITA on the HyperScorpion, I didn't find myself needing to do much shifting as I rode around San Francisco, into Daly City and then back. Granted, I didn't hit the really steep hills in areas like Presidio Heights or Telegraph Hill but seldom did I find myself needing to downshift from 8th gear and on certain stretches of relatively straight road, when I was on R mode, I felt like I was hamster-wheeling the crank with minimal resistance (at least relative to when I'm riding the RipCurrent). It was also pretty easy to hit 32 or 33 mph for a sustained period of time on the HyperScorpion, whereas on the RipCurrent, I could hit 30+ mph but I really had to work hard at it. I really appreciated the dual suspension; initially, I would instinctively lift up my handlebars when I approached a speed bump or pothole (like I would do on my RipCurrent) but found that the HyperScorpion really handled poor road conditions even at 30mph. I went for a nice ride today and logged about 22 miles- when I came home, I had hardly broken a sweat, whereas the same route on the RipCurrent would be a pretty decent work out for me. As for the energy usage, I had started off at about 57.4 V (which is around 90% charged) and riding mostly in R mode, I ended my trip with about 50.4 V (which is around 50% charged, although the indicator looked like only about 1/3 of the battery remained). Definitely not a very efficient ride (computer calculated 28Wh/mi) but boy was it fun! ;-)
 

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TMH

Well-Known Member
Welcome and congrats on your new Hyper. It looks great!

We ordered a BA Hyper for my wife in early Feb, so looks like it is estimated to ship Thu or Fri. Hope it is Thu as we're close enough that bikes get delivered in 1 day from Juiced.

Can't wait. :p
 

CityExplorer

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Nice!, I like the brushed Aluminum on that bike. Does make it look more like a motorbike/minibike/moped vs a bicycle. Any feedback on the front suspension fork?
 

Bruce Arnold

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Your experience is similar to mine on the (non-Hyper) Scorpion, allowing for differences in motor, controller, and gearing. I rarely go below 6th gear (7 total, instead of 9 on the Hyper.) It's easy to go pretty fast without a lot of effort, and the lower gears just aren't needed. I wish I had 9 gears to lessen the "hamster-wheeling."

I've got a couple of threads going about the Scorpion in case you're interested.
 

martinctv

Active Member
I was recently introduced to this forum (trying to get help on the proper bleed kit for my StarUnion 150PYD hydraulic brake line on my RipCurrent, but that's another story) - but first time poster, so hello everyone!
I just got my BA Hyperscorpion delivered on 7/18/20 and spent the good part of the day not only putting things together, but correcting what really bothered me- namely that the Shimano shifter, meant to go on the
right hand side, was placed on the left hand side, upside down. Also, I couldn't get used to the motorcycle mirrors, so I took both of them off (anyone who has a Scorpion and is interested in buying an unused set of mirrors or
a stock 2A Juiced charger, let me know) and spent a good part of a couple of hours figuring out what setup on my handle bars made the most sense, plus cable management, to achieve my final riding configuration (see picture).
I also bought the tall seat kit but decided to take the bike for a quick spin first without it installed. I'm 5'10", with a 30" inseam and found the riding position too uncomfortable without installing the 2.5" tall seat attachment. Once
that got installed (see picture), the pedaling felt more comfortable, although it still took some getting used to compared to my RipCurrent. Needless to say, the HyperScorpion rides much differently than my RipCurrent, from the seating position of the bike to the gearing of the crankset. I found the twist throttle and the grip shifters on the HyperScorpion to be more difficult to use when compared to the push button throttle and trigger shifters on the RipCurrent. That being said, the power of that 1000W Bafang motor on the HyperScorpion is impressive- in R mode and pedaling from a standstill, I could almost feel the front wheel want to pop a wheelie, which is a sensation I've never experienced with my RipCurrent in the same R mode. Even though shifting felt more like a PITA on the HyperScorpion, I didn't find myself needing to do much shifting as I rode around San Francisco, into Daly City and then back. Granted, I didn't hit the really steep hills in areas like Presidio Heights or Telegraph Hill but seldom did I find myself needing to downshift from 8th gear and on certain stretches of relatively straight road, when I was on R mode, I felt like I was hamster-wheeling the crank with minimal resistance (at least relative to when I'm riding the RipCurrent). It was also pretty easy to hit 32 or 33 mph for a sustained period of time on the HyperScorpion, whereas on the RipCurrent, I could hit 30+ mph but I really had to work hard at it. I really appreciated the dual suspension; initially, I would instinctively lift up my handlebars when I approached a speed bump or pothole (like I would do on my RipCurrent) but found that the HyperScorpion really handled poor road conditions even at 30mph. I went for a nice ride today and logged about 22 miles- when I came home, I had hardly broken a sweat, whereas the same route on the RipCurrent would be a pretty decent work out for me. As for the energy usage, I had started off at about 57.4 V (which is around 90% charged) and riding mostly in R mode, I ended my trip with about 50.4 V (which is around 50% charged, although the indicator looked like only about 1/3 of the battery remained). Definitely not a very efficient ride (computer calculated 28Wh/mi) but boy was it fun! ;-)
Did you put the shifter on the right and throttle on the left? If so, was it easy to do?
 

xerxez

Active Member
Be safe. But, what's the fastest you've gotten it up to?

I know JB says 30mph, but it must go faster than that!
 

JOHNCAZ

New Member
I was recently introduced to this forum (trying to get help on the proper bleed kit for my StarUnion 150PYD hydraulic brake line on my RipCurrent, but that's another story) - but first time poster, so hello everyone!
I just got my BA Hyperscorpion delivered on 7/18/20 and spent the good part of the day not only putting things together, but correcting what really bothered me- namely that the Shimano shifter, meant to go on the
right hand side, was placed on the left hand side, upside down. Also, I couldn't get used to the motorcycle mirrors, so I took both of them off (anyone who has a Scorpion and is interested in buying an unused set of mirrors or
a stock 2A Juiced charger, let me know) and spent a good part of a couple of hours figuring out what setup on my handle bars made the most sense, plus cable management, to achieve my final riding configuration (see picture).
I also bought the tall seat kit but decided to take the bike for a quick spin first without it installed. I'm 5'10", with a 30" inseam and found the riding position too uncomfortable without installing the 2.5" tall seat attachment. Once
that got installed (see picture), the pedaling felt more comfortable, although it still took some getting used to compared to my RipCurrent. Needless to say, the HyperScorpion rides much differently than my RipCurrent, from the seating position of the bike to the gearing of the crankset. I found the twist throttle and the grip shifters on the HyperScorpion to be more difficult to use when compared to the push button throttle and trigger shifters on the RipCurrent. That being said, the power of that 1000W Bafang motor on the HyperScorpion is impressive- in R mode and pedaling from a standstill, I could almost feel the front wheel want to pop a wheelie, which is a sensation I've never experienced with my RipCurrent in the same R mode. Even though shifting felt more like a PITA on the HyperScorpion, I didn't find myself needing to do much shifting as I rode around San Francisco, into Daly City and then back. Granted, I didn't hit the really steep hills in areas like Presidio Heights or Telegraph Hill but seldom did I find myself needing to downshift from 8th gear and on certain stretches of relatively straight road, when I was on R mode, I felt like I was hamster-wheeling the crank with minimal resistance (at least relative to when I'm riding the RipCurrent). It was also pretty easy to hit 32 or 33 mph for a sustained period of time on the HyperScorpion, whereas on the RipCurrent, I could hit 30+ mph but I really had to work hard at it. I really appreciated the dual suspension; initially, I would instinctively lift up my handlebars when I approached a speed bump or pothole (like I would do on my RipCurrent) but found that the HyperScorpion really handled poor road conditions even at 30mph. I went for a nice ride today and logged about 22 miles- when I came home, I had hardly broken a sweat, whereas the same route on the RipCurrent would be a pretty decent work out for me. As for the energy usage, I had started off at about 57.4 V (which is around 90% charged) and riding mostly in R mode, I ended my trip with about 50.4 V (which is around 50% charged, although the indicator looked like only about 1/3 of the battery remained). Definitely not a very efficient ride (computer calculated 28Wh/mi) but boy was it fun! ;-)
Hi would you recommend buying one? Thanks
 

TMH

Well-Known Member
Hi would you recommend buying one? Thanks
The answer to this is related to what you want out of this 'e-bike'? Truly it is more of an electric moped as compared to an e-bike. @Bruce Arnold feels that the pedaling is O.K. in his posts on his Scorpion. I think that this is really dependent on one's inseam length. Mine is about 33" and even with the taller seat option, this will never be an efficient e-bike for me to pedal well.

But if you are looking for a clean, agile and functional (@Armchair and others may disagree with the last point, as they are still trying to get their brand new bikes running) commuting or errand running tool, and want to mainly use throttle when riding it, I think that it is pretty good. You can look at my thoughts on our new Hyper on this post:

https://electricbikereview.com/forums/threads/juiced-hyperscorpion-in-da-house.36275/

I will admit that it would be pretty hard to buy the Hyper at its current selling price, for our use profile (which is mainly recreational riding for exercise, as well as some light errand running. I'm retired so we don't have a commute). I was very fortunate to get in on it on a low pre-order price in February, combined with the extra discount from Juiced's Valentine's Day Sale, so out the door with sales tax I am into ours for less than $2,150. If I bought one tomorrow it would cost me over $3,400 OTD, and a lot of great bikes can be had for that or less money.

I will say that the Hyper can be pretty addicting as you are headed up a little incline, pedaling casually, using the throttle, and seeing over 32 mph on the odometer. ;)

Very stable at speed too. But watch your pedal position as you are cornering as pedal strikes are definitely an issue (at least to me).

PS: We left the shifter upside-down on the left handlebar as it comes stock from Juiced. I just don't see the need to be shifting this bike very often.
 

martinctv

Active Member
Hi would you recommend buying one? Thanks
I just made this video of my HC. I do love it. I have the tall seat, I have not opened it yet, Maybe I will install just to see if I like it. I ordered the tall seat option back in April when I thought it would contain a compartment to store things but they changed that option long after my purchase. I guess that is why Juiced gave a refund $30. I wish it came with the underseat compartment.