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First Impressions…The Magicycle Ocelot Pro Fat Tire Cruiser

I am the happy owner of two 26″ X 4″ Magicycle Fat Tire Cruisers, and have been riding them almost daily since November of 2021. I am very pleased with both styles, but my short-in-stature wife is not comfortable riding any bike with 26″ wheels. I was excited when magicyclebike posted an announcement that the they was working on a fat tire e-bike with 20″ wheels, the Ocelot Pro Step-Thru .  I was delighted to purchase an Ocelot Pro, and I’m very glad I did–my wife loves it!

Shipping, Unboxing, and Assembly

Shipping

Immediately when the shipment arrived, I inspected the shipping box. It was in good condition, and fast delivery.

Unboxing

The box is thoroughly sealed to enhance the odds of safe shipping. A strong adhesive is used in addition to the usual heavy-duty staples. Just pry the staples loose with a flathead screwdriver and pull firmly on the box flap to overcome the adhesive.

Assembly

Full assembly is a simple matter of attaching the handlebars, front wheel (rear wheel is already assembled), and seat post. Just follow the instructions in the User Manual and it all happens easily within 30- minutes. I selected the new Space Gray color, and this e-bike is also available in Pearl White or Army Green. Here you see my fully-assembled Space Gray Ocelot Pro surrounded by its “big brothers” — the 26″ Fat Tire ebikes.

Beauty is More than Skin Deep

Once you get past the great looks of this new machine, there’s even more to admire. Let’s do a little digging and see what’s different about this MAGiCYCLE beyond the new 20″ fat tire size e-bike.

·         Power to Spare

          This beautiful new MAGiCYCLE Cruiser is definitely smaller in size, but not in power! The 1100 watt (peak) motor is a bit different than its predecessor. It is still the same reliable brand name motor, but it has been tweaked just enough to increase the torque by about 12 percent. Now rated at 96 nm (Neuton Meters), its torque is equal to that of an average 800 cc motorcycle. You’ll never have to worry about moving quickly across a crowded intersection. With this kind of torque, you’ll conquer even the steep hills.

·         Convenient Comfort

          Most riders will find this e-bike very comfortable to mount and ride. The Ocelot Pro accommodates riders from 4’10” to 6’2″ easily. The frame is based on the Comfort Triangle design from the MAGiCycle Design Team. Best of all for ease and convenience, the step-thru point is only 15″ above the ground. Also, the 20″ fat tires and adjustable front fork will absorb the bumps to add to your riding comfort.

·         Upgraded Long-Range Battery

          You might think the MAGiCYCLE Design Team would simply carry over the fabulous 52 volt battery from the original cruisers. No–they have opted for a freshly designed battery to give riders even more range. Even after upping the amp hours from 15 to 20, the new battery is beautifully integrated into the frame. The 25% boost in amps means you can look forward to a range of 75-80 miles. Of course, if you tip the scales at 275 pounds and ride mostly in hilly terrain, that will reduce your range. Range will also vary according to wind speed, tire pressure, and your pedaling habits.

·         E -bike Components

          Magicycle gets to very carefully select the components. Only well-known brand names are invited to supply motors, batteries, LCD displays, brakes, etc. For example, an unusually powerful 52 volt battery comes on every Magicycle. Of course, the motor is a major component on any e-bike. Again, Magicycle selects a name brand manufacturer with a reputation for quality motors…long-lasting powerful motors with CE, ISO9000, ROHS and 3C certification. In fact, the Ocelot Pro’s motor yields more torque than any other e-bike brand competing with Magicycle.

Another important component is the LCD display, providing all the information you need to safely enjoy your ride. Many brands like to “go cheap” with their display, but not Magicycle. The Magicycle display is in easy-to-read full color (not grayscale), has a very bright screen, and many features that are customizable to the individual rider. That same quality is consistent throughout the entire list of e-bike components. 

The Ocelot Pro Ride

The first thing you notice when riding the Ocelot Pro is the ease and convenience of mounting the bike. This is a true step-thru design! With a step-thru clearance of only 15 inches from the ground, this is a very easy on and off e-bike. Another bonus of this closer-to-the-ground ride is the confidence that comes from easily placing both feet on the ground at any time. I like that a lot, and shorter riders will definitely love it.

The next thing you notice is the fast getaway. The hi-torque 1100 peak watt motor moves the bike very quickly. First-time ebike riders might want to take advantage of the fully customizable pedal assist (PAS) settings. Each of the seven levels —  yes, I said seven — can be adjusted to your preference. For example, as a beginner, you could set Level 1 at 10% so that the bike begins your ride more slowly. You can also adjust how quickly the motor responds as you begin pedaling, and allow yourself a few seconds of unassisted pedaling.

You’ll also notice the superb handling characteristics of the Ocelot Pro. This is a very nimble e-bike, responding quickly to your steering, and yet you feel stable and very much in control. The 4″ wide fat tires really hug the road, and also provide a lot of cushioning for the bumps. Add to that the responsive suspension built into the front forks, and you have a very comfortable ride.

Then, as you come to your first hill, you’ll again admire the ample power and torque of the Magicycle motor. I found that I could very easily climb hills, whether long or steep…or both! Indeed, this bike is very powerful and fast, but it also stops very quickly. I found the hydraulic brakes on the Ocelot Pro to be absolutely outstanding. Just a very small amount of squeeze from a couple of fingers brings the bike to a quick controlled stop.

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