Ariel Rider X-Class Review: Unleashing the Speed Demon in Moped-Style Ebikes

In the dynamic realm of moped-style e-bikes, the Ariel Rider X-Class boldly takes center stage. We’ve reviewed the original 48V X-Class in the past (check out our original review here), but now it is updated with a more powerful motor and battery! This Ariel Rider X-Class review delves into the features and performance of the current ebike. Its moto styling, powerful motor, and high top speed stand out in the market.

Ariel Rider continues to provide updates on ebikes rather than making official “new model” releases, so always look at current specs before making a decision. You will also want to check for updated pricing. At the time of writing of this article, it is on sale for $1,699, the lowest price we’ve ever seen. Full list price is $2,399 though it’s usually around $2,199.

Ariel Rider X-Class Video Review

Accessibility and Riding Experience

Setting itself apart, the X-Class boasts a step-through frame option. While common in ebikes, the step-through is rare for a moped-style ebike. This thoughtful design enhances on/off access, particularly beneficial for riders with shorter stature or mobility challenges. We love the step-through option, but a regular step-over option is also available. Unfortunately, there is only a single frame size. Our test rider, with a 29-inch inseam, felt the step-through was comfortable.

Both frame styles come in two colors: bold blue and bright red with matching rims. The standover height of the step-through is 22.5 inches. In comparison, the standover height for the step-over is 31 inches. Keep in mind, like most moped-style ebikes, the seat height is not adjustable. This helps it in form – the X-Class looks amazing but hurts in function, as moped-style ebikes are generally not optimized for pedaling. Both X-Class models weigh around 78 lbs with the battery installed, or 69 lbs without. The weight capacity for either frame is 300 lbs.

The X-Class promises a smooth riding experience thanks to its CST 20×4.0 inch tires. Up front is a dual crown moto-inspired front suspension fork and in the rear, an adjustable rear suspension.

Power and Performance

Previously, the X-Class had a 48v battery, but now it is sporting a 52v 20Ah battery and a powerful 1000-watt nominal Bafang motor paired with a 33 amp controller. It’s one of the most powerful ebikes for your money – period.

The substantial 20Ah battery ensures extended throttle usage, catering to riders seeking those extra miles. The company estimates the range to be anywhere from 40 miles to 75 miles per charge. The lower end is going to be doable but if you’re cranking on the throttle, especially at high speeds you should expect a fair bit less than the 75 mile quoted range.

For those who plan to pedal, the Ariel X-Class features a basic 7-speed Shimano Altus derailleur with a 14-28 tooth freewheel and a 48 tooth front chainring. There is a Shimano SIS index thumb shifter in the cockpit. Riders should expect “ghost pedaling” at speeds over 20mph (see review video above).

Safety Features and Display

Moto-styling extends beyond aesthetics to include functional features like headlights, taillights, and blinkers. Despite dimness, the blinkers still contribute to road safety. The automatically activating brake lights also increase safety on the road.

The controls for the lights are separate from the main display, which makes it easier to operate them. The LCD, black and white display is basic but includes all the essential features. This includes a walk mode, making pushing your bike much easier.

The name-brand Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with 180 mm rotors effectively bring the X-Class to a quick halt, even at relatively high speeds of 32mph.

Unrestricted Throttle and Responsibility

Positioning itself in a gray zone, the Ariel Rider X-Class boasts an unrestricted throttle, deviating from the standard ebike classification. Class 3 ebikes, the fastest class, provide power up to 28 miles per hour while pedaling, but not higher. Additionally, the motor is advertised over the 750 watts that would be required for it to be a Class 2 or Class 3 ebike.

Even at PAS level 1, the X-Class goes up to 18mph! The cadence sensory provides increased power up to PAS level 5. It entices those who like speed but can be a challenge to new riders. The old adage “with great power comes great responsibility” resonates. Cautious riding is especially important on shared paths and so is following your local laws and regulations.


Perhaps you simply want to cruise around on your X-class feeling free and unencumbered. Perhaps, though, you need some carrying capacity. This isn’t a cargo ebike, but you do have options. You can get a two-piece saddle with foot pegs to carry a passenger, a rear rack, or a basket direct from Ariel Rider. Need fenders? No worries, the base model already includes front and rear fenders. Plus, pegs are included for a passenger.

For more information, check out our list of the best X-Class accessories.

In Conclusion, Ariel Rider X-Class Review

In conclusion, our review shows Ariel Rider’s reputation as a performance ebike brand stands strong with the X-Class. This moped-style ebike distinguishes itself not just for speed but also for exceptional value. The Ariel Rider X-Class deserves serious consideration for those craving a thrilling ride with a well-known brand.

If you want something even faster, consider the Ariel Rider Grizzly or check out our reviews of other Ariel Rider ebikes.

For comparison shopping for other moped-style ebikes, check out the Ride1Up Revv 1, Engwe M20, Juiced Scorpion, or Rad Power Bikes RadRunner models.

Ariel Rider X-Class review
Electronics (Battery, Motor, Display)
Components (Shifter, Derailleur, Fork, Brakes)
Moto-styling with two frame options
Powerful 1000-watt motor
Higher than average top speed
Lights and blinkers included
Tektro Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Large battery capacity
Great value
Nice options for accessories
The seat is not adjustable/Not optimized for pedaling
Single frame size
Blinkers are dim
Seat is not comfortable for long rides
Does not fit into the classification of an ebike
No horn