JupiterBike Discovery Review

Jupiterbike Discovery Electric Bike Review
Jupiterbike Discovery
Jupiterbike Discovery Hub Motor Cast Rims
Jupiterbike Discovery Main Folding Tube
Jupiterbike Discovery Cockpit View
Jupiterbike Discovery Display Controls
Jupiterbike Discovery Front Angle View
Jupiterbike Discovery Rear Suspension Fender
Jupiterbike Discovery Single Speed System
Jupiterbike Discovery 36v Battery Pack
Jupiterbike Discovery 2amp Battery Charger
Jupiterbike Discovery Portable Battery Charger
Jupiterbike Discovery Stock Folding White
Jupiterbike Discovery Electric Bike Review
Jupiterbike Discovery
Jupiterbike Discovery Hub Motor Cast Rims
Jupiterbike Discovery Main Folding Tube
Jupiterbike Discovery Cockpit View
Jupiterbike Discovery Display Controls
Jupiterbike Discovery Front Angle View
Jupiterbike Discovery Rear Suspension Fender
Jupiterbike Discovery Single Speed System
Jupiterbike Discovery 36v Battery Pack
Jupiterbike Discovery 2amp Battery Charger
Jupiterbike Discovery Portable Battery Charger
Jupiterbike Discovery Stock Folding White

Summary

  • A futuristic, small, compact, and lightweight folding ebike with rear suspension, fenders, cast rims, and is said to be approved by the FAA to travel by plane
  • A lot of comfort and features like comfort gel saddle, rear suspension, ergonomic grips, electric horn, battery integrated lights in the front and rear, and a magnet and roller wheel to keep the bike folded and easily transported
  • 250 watt hub drive, great power and mechanical advantage for a bike this size, reliable single speed drivetrain, 160mm mechanical disc brakes with motor inhibitors
  • Single speed with a cadence sensor means more pedal actuation to get going, small battery, wheel base, and top speed may not be for everyone, and the rear light is easily blocked

Video Review

Introduction

Make:

JupiterBike

Model:

Discovery

Price:

$1,295

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Commuting, Travel, Urban

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1), Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

90 Days

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2019

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

42 lbs (19.05 kg)

Battery Weight:

2.9 lbs (1.31 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

13 in (33.02 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Un-folded: 13" Seat Tube, 21.25" Reach, 20" Stand Over Height, 32.5" Minimum Saddle Height, 22.75" Width, 51.5" Length (Folded: 30.5" Width, 17" Length, 21" Height)

Frame Types:

Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Gloss White with Black Accents (All Black, Orange Available)

Frame Fork Details:

Aluminium Alloy 100mm Hub spacing, 14mm Bolts

Frame Rear Details:

135mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Keyed Threaded Axle with 18mm Nuts

Attachment Points:

Front and Rear Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

1 Single Speed 11 Tooth Sprocket

Shifter Details:

Shimano Thumb Shifters on Left and Righ

Cranks:

Forged Aluminum Alloy Arms, 170mm Length, Square Taper Bottom Bracket Spindle, 48 Tooth Steel Chainring with Guard

Pedals:

Folding, Plastic Pedals

Headset:

Threadless, Sealed Cartridge Bearings, Straight 1-1/8"

Stem:

Folding, 420mm Rise with 6mm Alignment Hex Bolt

Handlebar:

Aluminum Alloy, 580mm Width, 5º Backsweep

Brake Details:

Core Ride Mechanic Disc with 160mm Rotors, Four-Finger Levers with Motor Inhibitors

Grips:

Friction Mounted Rubber, Ergonomic Edge

Saddle:

Fabric Covered, Comfort Saddle with Center Cut-out, Rear Springs and Built-in Rear Light

Seat Post:

Aluminum, with Retention Nut and Quick Release Collar

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

Cast Magnesium, 35.5mm Outer Width, Black

Spokes:

6 Cast Supports

Tire Brand:

Cheng Shin, 16" x 1.95" (54-305)

Wheel Sizes:

16 in (40.64cm)

Tire Details:

40 to 65 PSI, 2.8 to 4.5 BAR with Reflective Sidewalls

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Front and Rear Plastic Fenders, Integrated LED Headlight, Rear Mount Kickstand (40mm Mount), Water Resistant Carrying Case, Chain Guard Roller Wheel

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube Mounted Battery Pack, 1.4lb 2 Amp Charger, 265lb Max Load

Electronic Details

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
Learn more about Ebike motors

Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Battery Brand:

Generic Unbranded

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

5.2 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

187 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

2.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

8 miles (13 km)

Estimated Max Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Display Type:

Fixed, LED Display, Buttons: -, M, +, Front Light Hold +

Readouts:

Power Level (Percentage) Pedal Assist Level (1-3), Trip, Odometer, Ride Timer,

Display Accessories:

Half-Grip Twist Throttle on Right

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Twist Throttle (Sealed Sensor)

Top Speed:

16 mph (26 kph)


Written Review

To run the forums, host the website, and travel, I charge a universal service fee for my reviews. This review was sponsored by JupiterBike. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased, this video and written review are not meant to be an endorsement of JupiterBike products.

Compact is the first thing that comes to mind when looking at the small JupiterBike Discovery. This bike is purpose built, an almost perfect last mile companion to cart around or even just to have fun with on the weekend. The Discovery is a mini folding ebike that comes in 3 colors, 1 small frame size, and a cool aesthetic to emphasis the slim and lightweight 42lb design. You may notice the shorter wheel base and 16” wheels. This, without a doubt, is to keep the bike trim for folding and carrying around. Those tires are a 16” x 1.9” and offer reflective sidewalls and feature a cast magnesium wheel. The wheels are accented nicely with these stylish plastic fenders… these help keep you dry and it looks like they are not full length, but that is a convenience for folding. Speaking of folding convenience, there are 2 magnetic plates on the front and back to keep the bike more securely folded when moving it around, and there is a little roller on the bottom of the frame to better maneuver it when walking it around if you would rather not carry it. Surprisingly, there is quite a bit of comfort in this small package. You get ergonomic grips, a comfort gel saddle (one of my favorite parts), and even a rear suspension. This rear suspension has a really unique design to it… not a ton of travel, but then again this isn’t meant for mountain biking. It is still pretty comfortable and serves its purpose well running around on paved environments. I love the battery integrated lights here. The front headlight points where you steer, and the rear is designed under the seat. That seat light has an independent button to turn it on and off, so don’t forget to turn it off like I did or you will drain the battery. I should also mention it is near the seat enough that if you were wearing a jacket or backpack, it could potentially cover that rear light. Other features include a kickstand mounted in the rear to eliminate annoying pedal lock, plastic folding pedals, and a loud electric horn.

Driving the bike is a 250 watt rear hub motor. This motor is cast into the rims and while it may seem small, it has great power for a bike of this size. It offers 1-3 levels of pedal assist via the sealed cadence sensor and it moves pretty well given the mechanical advantage you have with the smaller wheel size. You won’t be flying by at Mach 1 however, the top speed is limited to 16mph, which is understandable as any faster would feel unstable on such a small machine. Still, you are plugging away much faster than a regular bicycle. There is a throttle here too, this is tied to the pedal assist, so the top speed will be dictated by which level you are in, 1-3. Mechanically, you have normal sized 170mm crank arms, so the pedaling rotation feels nice and natural compared to other small bikes or trikes that feel more like tip-toe-ing when you pedal. It is a single speed 11 tooth sprocket with a 48 tooth front chain ring. Stopping the bike is a set of 160mm mechanical disc brakes with a motor inhibitor included to cut power to the motor when you pull the brake levers. Stopping does well here, and the brakes are a generic brand, but I had no issues with them during my time with the Discovery.

Powering the bike is a 36v 5.2ah lithium-ion battery pack. The pack is mounted in the frame near the main folding tube. Simply remove the main latch and being to fold the frame in half to access the battery for taking it in and out. 5.2ah may not be the largest range… I suspect a charge would take you somewhere around 14 miles or so, but the small amp hour rating was done for a reason. The 5.2ah rating meets federal regulations with the FAA so you can take the battery with you when you fly! This is nice since as a last mile vehicle, it stows away nicely, so it really makes the ultimate travel companion. To really care for this and other lithium-ion packs, I have heard that storing in a cool dry location vs. extreme heat or cold will extend the life, and try to keep it about 50% full when not using for long periods so you won’t stress the cells. Try not to let it run down to zero, because that’s really hard on the cell chemistry.

The display here is a compact little grayscale display. While the display may not be removable, it does have a backlight to make it easier to read. To power it on, press and hold the M button. Once the display is on, you will see a battery infographic at the top along with a battery percentage. I love that it shows this since it takes the guess work out of how much battery you have exactly left when there is only 1 bar on an infographic. Pressing the M button will scroll through trip-set, odometer, and a timer. The speed is shown in MPH and the + and – buttons will raise or lower that pedal assist level.

Wrapping up, I found that the JupiterBike Discovery was a great little ride and I love that it meets FAA regulations to make it a perfect travel companion. There are some tradeoffs though. I found that the single speed mixed with the cadence based pedal assist means you have to pump it a little more for the electric system to kick in and get going. Luckily, there is a throttle here, so you can use that to get you going if pedaling is difficult. Also, the bike is small in a lot of ways which can be a bit of a negative. Small battery, small drivetrain, small wheel base… but at least all of this somewhat serves a purpose to keep it compact and portable. As mentioned before, the bike has a purpose, and if it fits your needs, this could be a great setup. Thrown in the smaller price too of $1,295 and you have your self a value bike that could check off your boxes. I want to thank JupiterBikes for sending me the Discovery to review and I look forward to future offerings.

As always, I welcome questions and feedback in the comment section below. Whether you own a previous version of the bike, have taken a test ride, or are brand new to the space, my goal is to provide an objective and honest resource. You can also join the JupiterBike ebike forums and share your own photos, videos, and review updates to help others! Have fun out there, and ride safe :)

Pros:

  • A stylish, small, compact, and lightweight folding ebike with rear suspension, fenders, cast rims, and is approved by the FAA to travel by plane
  • Quite a bit of comfort in this small package, you get ergonomic grips, a comfort gel saddle (one of my favorite parts), and even a rear suspension
  • This rear suspension has a really unique design to it, pretty comfortable and serves its purpose well running around on paved environments
  • The tires are 16” x 1.9” and offer reflective sidewalls, feature a cast magnesium wheel, and have a great mechanical advantage to get the motor going, pedals, and brakes as well
  • Stylish plastic fenders that help keep you dry and while like they are not full length, the shorter length makes it a convenience for folding
  • I love the battery integrated lights here. The front headlight points where you steer, and the rear is designed under the seat
  • A 250 watt rear hub motor, this motor is cast into the rims and while it may seem small, it has great power for a bike of this size, it offers 1-3 levels of pedal assist via the sealed cadence sensor and it moves pretty well given the mechanical advantage you have with the smaller wheel size, there is a throttle here too, perfect if you don’t want to pedal
  • Normal sized 170mm crank arms, so the pedaling rotation feels nice and natural compared to other small bikes or trikes that feel more like tip-toe-ing when you pedal
  • 160mm mechanical disc brakes with a motor inhibitor included to cut power to the motor when you pull the brake levers, the brakes are a generic brand, but I had no issues with them
  • 36v 5.2ah battery charges quickly and that small amp hour rating was done for a reason, the 5.2ah rating meets federal regulations with the FAA so you can take the battery with you when you fly! This is nice since as a last mile vehicle, it stows away nicely, so it really makes the ultimate travel companion
  • For folding convenience, there are 2 magnetic plates on the front and back to keep the bike more securely folded when moving it around, and there is a little roller on the bottom of the frame to better maneuver it when walking it around if you would rather not carry it

Cons:

  • I found that the single speed mixed with the cadence based pedal assist means you have to pump it a little more for the electric system to kick in and get going, luckily, there is a throttle here, so you can use that to get you going if pedaling is difficult
  • The bike is small in a lot of ways which can be a bit of a negative, small battery, small drivetrain, small wheel base… but at least all of this somewhat serves a purpose to keep it compact and portable
  • The battery integrated rear light has an independent button to turn it on and off, so don’t forget to turn it off like I did or you will drain the battery, also it is positioned under the seat enough that if you were wearing a jacket or backpack, it could potentially cover that rear light
  • The top speed is 16mph which is not fast for ebikes, but I understand why it was chosen here, any faster could be dangerous on the smaller wheel base, it still is faster than a regular bicycle and works well

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Comments (23) YouTube Comments

Doug
1 year ago

Something close to this would be ideal for boaters. Folding bikes for boats have been around for years. But it is uphill usually from where you park your boat to anywhere, so they don’t get used like they might if they were ebike.

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Court
1 year ago

Hi Doug! I agree, this little folder is pretty unique and would be great for boaters and RV travelers :)

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Tay
1 year ago

This is the same bike as Swagtron EB7 and Jetson’s Metro folding bike.
They are all based on the same manufacturer from Onebot’s S6 in China.

Jetson has it fist in the state so I bought one from them around $800 USD. but then after a year, I ran into some problem with the bike; however, Jetson has since discontinued the product. so I contacted Swagtron for a replacement part and fixed my issue. To be honest, since they are all the same bike. I would purchase it from Swagtron at a cheaper price point and purchase the fenders kit from Jupiter bike as an accessories.

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Court
1 year ago

Hi Tay! Great tips… thank you so much for sharing this with us. I’m glad you were able to find parts that worked from these other manufacturers and your knowledge and insights are right on ;) I hope it continues working well for you!

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Edward
4 months ago

I was thinking they are the same exact bike. Do you know for sure if the batteries on the EB7 plus and Discovery X5 are the same? I would rather buy something other than from Swagtron.

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Matt Miller
4 months ago

These are not the same bikes as the EB7. Not at all. Most of the parts are different. The frame is different (notice where the seat post meets the top of the frame). Many things about them are different. Jupiter has posted a comparative summary here, noting the many differences between this and the EB7.

I am not as certain about the other two bikes mentioned, but given how obvious the differences are between the Jupiter and the EB7, I would be skeptical about this claim that they are all the same. I would like to know the basis for this claim. Also, you can purchase the Jupiter Discovery online for $700.

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Court
4 months ago

Thanks Matt! Great link, pretty cool how it highlighted the text on the page. Appreciate your insights ;)

Dewey
1 year ago

No, the battery is not approved for airline travel, needs to be <100wh

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Court
1 year ago

Thanks for the feedback on this, Dewey! I was wondering about the battery situation here but was not the one who covered this bike. The rules have changed over the years and perhaps there are even some differences between regions of the world or airlines. I appreciate your feedback, and welcome you to share further if you know more details.

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Dewey
1 year ago

difficult to justify the price when the Swagtron Eb7 is the same bike with a more powerful 350w motor and larger 6.4ah battery for $300 less. Here’s an article about it on Electrek.

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Court
1 year ago

Thanks for highlighting an alternative here, Dewey :)

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HellyK
1 year ago

I purchased this bike directly from the vendor. It was very easy to assemble. It looks sleek and seems sturdy. I like that it includes led lights and one on the seating. I’m 5’2 and I had to remove the stopper on the seating because even at the lowest adjustment, my feet just barely touched the ground when at a complete stop. I will have to probably saw off a couple inches.

I’ve had this bike for less than a week and ridden it 3 times. My rear brake stopped working and the bike started squeaking! When I’m spending almost a thousand dollars on something, I expect it to work seamlessly. I contacted the vendor and no response. Unacceptable! Do yourself a favor and buy a different bike for 400 – 500 dollars less. My previous bike was 300 dollars and I had no issues with it!

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Court
1 year ago

Aww, man! That’s a bummer about the brake. Sorry to hear it… Thanks for sharing your feedback about how easy it was to assemble and how you liked the lights. I agree that cutting the seat post just a bit to get it lower could be a great solution for you to feel comfortable and ride safer. I hope you’re able to find some help or parts to get the rear brake fixed. So sorry that JupiterBike hasn’t responded to you yet. If you really struggle after a week and nobody has replied, I can try to connect you with them directly, just comment here again and I’ll email you.

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Trey
6 months ago

I got one of these sold on Costco.com before they sold out in less than a day. Agreed, the customer service is really awful. My bike was making clicky noises and I sent videos to sales@jupiterbike.com, the email where a person named Jacqueline responded to a pre-sales question. I sent two emails, with links to videos showing the problem on Youtube and over two months now and no responses. Luckily I was able to figure out how to fix the problem myself, it is the crank that requires an 8mm hex wrench to tighten it. as this came loose in shipping. You would think they can answer a simple question, but NO. So as long as the bike is working you are fine. Glad to read the Jetson bike is the same one in case I need to buy parts from them, not Jupiterbike. Their website is very scattered with all kinds of outdated information, there’s reference to apps, and preorder information for new bikes. So I guess they just care about making sales no customer service.

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Court
6 months ago

Hi Trey, thanks for taking some time to help HellyK (and anyone else who reads the comments). Sorry to hear that they were lacking support, but glad you found some solutions and chose to pass them along. Great work ;)

Bluelightsavings
8 months ago

In your video (starting at the ~19:00 mark) I see that you’re able to hit 19 mph all the way up to 22 mph actually. Were you going downhill or was this just you pedaling naturally on flat terrain? The reason I ask is because it looks like you didn’t have to pedal like a hampster to get to this top speed. On Jupiter’s website, they upgraded the motor to 350 w but it says that on full throttle you can only go 16 mph but pedaling you can achieve 22 mph so I wanted to see if you noticed something similar during your review of the bike.

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Court
8 months ago

Great question, I didn’t cover this particular ebike and the person who did, Mikey, is no longer with EBR. I cannot say for sure what the settings were but I hope the video helps to give some idea of what he saw at the time. It’s cool that the company has upgraded the motor! I’d love to hear back if you end up getting the JupiterBike Discovery and can clarify things for us :)

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Ali charara
6 months ago

Terrible bike. Breaks give out in the first 30 days. My significant other fell off and injured himself badly. Buyers beware.

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Court
6 months ago

Oh, I am so sorry to hear that Ali! Thanks for letting us know about the brake issue. I hope your SO heals quickly, that’s too bad :(

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Henry
5 months ago

I just took my x5 out for the second time and the handle keeps making some loose, cranky and unpleasant noises whenever I hit little uneven ground. Does anyone know if there is a solution for it? I am thinking about returning it.

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Court
5 months ago

Hmm, are there any bolts that could be checked and tightened? Sounds a little sketchy, do be careful when riding! Maybe it is worth calling the company or taking it to a shop to ask for some help?

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4 months ago

How fast does the upgraded 350w bike go? is there a way to unlock?

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Mark
2 months ago

Mine has the 350w motor. On throttle alone, top speed at level 3 is around 16mph. Pedaling along with it, I was easily able to get to around 20mph. The best way to get more top end on this will be to upgrade the crankset with a bigger chainring. Stock the gear ratio is 48 X 11. I’m planning on switching it to a 58 tooth to get closer to “big bike” gear inches. Going over 20mph at that point will be a breeze!

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