and the handlebar stem folds as well.
Despite all the convenient folding, the
Trail Viper is not a small bicycle. With a
wheelbase of just over 48 inches, it is
longer than a downhill mountain bike,
and we found it barely ;t comfortably
on our Saris fat bike rack.
LIFE ON THE ROAD
No doubt thanks to that wheelbase,
the Trail Viper is plenty stable for the
performance it offers. At the same time
it is nimble enough for crowded bike
and pedestrian paths. When mixing
with walkers, runners and other riders,
the tires are an advantage. They make
some tread noise. Not enough to be a
bother to the rider, but enough to alert
other trail users that you are coming.
Who needs a bell?
When riding the bike alone we simply
used the pedal assist and rode comfortably along at a reasonable cadence.
After all, a steady 15 mph is nothing to
whine about. On our 15-mile ride we
used a little more than half the battery
since we were running on throttle most
of the time. Staying on pedal assist and
limiting the speed to 15 would aid the
range a great deal.
For a folding bike the Trail Viper
offers exceptional room and comfort.
And while we probably shouldn’t care,
the bike has a tough, rough-and-ready
look that most folding bikes don’t have.
No one complained about riding it. It
was a more common reaction for people to say the Trail Viper looked cool.
We did ride the Trail Viper on some
groomed dirt paths, and it handled
those situations just ;ne. The bike
itself seems plenty robust for casual
off-pavement riding. We’d want a handlebar that wasn’t so straight and narrow and some standard pedals before
heading for rough dirt. While on a bike
path at the beach, sand had drifted over
the cement in places. Normal bike riders panicked, hit the brakes and aimed
for the areas with the thinnest coverage.
We aimed for the deepest sand and
rode through easily.
That made us cocky, so we attempted to shortcut a corner across dry
beach sand and promptly sunk the bike.
You would need to drop the air pressure
to 4 or 5 psi, and even then packed
sand would be better than soft beach
We did get one ;at, and you need
a very well-stocked bike shop to ;nd
the 20x4.0 tube. We added 8 ounces of
slime to the ;at tire and added air. We
never had another problem with that
We can see that the Trail Viper could
easily be your only bike. It may be a
folding bike, and by de;nition folding
Motor: Bafang 350W geared hub
Battery: Lithium-ion 36V10.0-amp-
Battery life: 1000 charge cycles
Charge time: 6–8 hours
Top speed: 20 mph (rider weight,
rider input and terrain contingent)
Range: 15 to 30 miles with normal
Drive: Shimano 6-speed Tourney TX
Brakes: Tektro cable-operated disc,
Controls: LCD multi-function display
with power adjustment features
and battery gauge, twist throttle
Weight: 53 pounds
Sizes: 18 inches
bikes are for temporary or emergency
use, but the SSR Trail Viper is an able
hand on pavement, and it can handle
mild off-road or snow use as well. Add
in a price of just $1399 and you start to
see what we mean in extolling its ride/
value quotient. The components proved
to be capable of handling general to
mild all-terrain use. The cable-pull disc
brakes provide good stopping power. In
short, yes, the Viper is a bike that works
for us. ■
The high-volume tires already add to the ride comfort, but a suspension seatpost and Velo seat help even more.