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Electric bikes are fast becoming the new favourite way to traverse across town. Proving to be very popular in Europe, their rapid upsurge in use has found a unique marketplace that contains a variety of niches. There are electric bikes (or e-bikes as they are sometimes called) that are used for having fun, some for all-purpose terrain riding and others for the commuting as mentioned above.
Your question now is probably going to be "what is an e-bike?" Quite simply, they are a regular bicycle with an addition of a motor and battery. Pedaling is still very much a manual process, however, should things get too difficult, that's where the electric motor kicks in and takes some of the burden off of you.
Generally, an e-bike will have various settings that adjust how much assistance is given to you via the electric boost, so it can be configured as your journey progresses. Furthermore, there is a cutoff point once you reach a certain speed, whereby the motor will disengage, and the power will once again fall back to your pedaling ability.
Today, we will be assessing a variety of electric bikes to assist you with your decision. Before we jump into our list, however, let's clarify the criteria that need to be considered before making any purchase.
The fact that an electric bike has a motor and battery doesn't mean it's a motorbike or scooter in camouflage. There are some differences between them. Firstly, an e-bike's main requirement is to assist the user with forward momentum, as opposed to a scooter or motorbike, which has the power provided independently. Furthermore, as established above, an e-bike is limited to 25kmh (or 15mph). What's more, the motor found on an e-bike is not operated via a throttle as you would find on a scooter. Once again, this points to manual pedalling being your source of power.
The average cost of an e-bike can be anywhere from 1000 to 3000 dollars. On the surface, this may seem expensive, but you can save lots of money in the long term. If we look again to the use of an e-bike for commuting, on average, your electric bike would cost 0.4 cents per mile to run. By comparison, an average sized diesel car would cost 34 cents per mile, so the difference is obvious.
There are a few additional variations to consider for your e-bike. For starters, examine if it can fold up, so you can take it with you on public transport. Also, if you're going to be riding around the park, then you'll want to have an e-bike with good suspension forks. This will alleviate the impact of bumps and potholes, letting you ride with confidence.
Now that we have a better idea of what to examine when purchasing an electric bike let's take a look at some of the various makes and models that are available right now on the market.
This fat tire electric bike from EGO BIKE comes in at under $1000 and for that price, you are within reason to question just how good it is.
The bike itself is centred around outdoor performance, with speeds of up to 20mph claimed. Charging time is a reasonable 6 hours with the battery itself housed in a sealed pack, which is removable. Let's take a look at the specifications to get a better idea of how this e-bike stacks up.
• Max Speed：20 Mph -Exclusive
• Shimano 7 Gears Shifting System for Fat Tire
• 500W Rear Hub Motor Battery
• Removable 36V Lithium Cell with smart lithium battery charger
• 26 X 4.0 Fat Tire in All Road Fat Tire-Durable All Condition Road
• Bicycle Weight: 58 LBS Load Capacity: 260LBS
• Ergonomic Design
While on the surface, a seemingly okay model, it is with regret that this e-bike does not make the cut. One of the main issues is around the charge of the bike, which has also been echoed by other users.
Take this excerpt which details, " Just bought and the battery does not hold charge, and I have trouble making it charge." That is simply not good enough and will hamper any enjoyment that might be gained from this e-bike. It's not an isolated view either, another customer had similar complaints and stated, " The overall experience so far has the bike not quite reaching the speed advertised, and the distance per charge is not anywhere near close." The speed claim was always one that would be scrutinized, and it's not surprising that it hasn't help up to the promises.
Overall we can determine that this e-bike is not good enough for consideration. With false assertions around the maximum speed, coupled with a disappointing charge, there aren't many redeeming qualities that can rescue this product. Put simply; this is not worth your time, so let's move on and see if there is a better model in store.
Addmotor has come up with a design that is a little quirky and escapes the norm. Another electric fat tire bike, this one expects to be a solution to all your riding needs.
From the park to the countryside and even the beach, the fat tires make all-terrain easily negotiable. A speed of 20mph is noted, and we'll find out soon enough if this is backed up.
The frame is relatively lightweight, and with a low down design, it could be possible to perform some extreme maneuvers and stunts, should you want to get the adrenalin pumping.
The battery is designed to be long-lasting and see you through a whole day of riding without any trouble, so before we find out if that rings true, let's detail the specifications and see how it looks on the surface.
• Can carry adults weighing close to 300 lbs
• The max speed can go to 23MPH
• Distance up to 40-55 miles per charge (can still pedal if charge is lost)
• Night Mode LCD ensures visibility at night and shows mileage and speed
• USB Charging Port on the display
• Mechanical Front and Rear Disc-brake design
• Shimano 7 Speeds TX55 Gears Professional Transmission System.
• Collapsible Top-Tube, Frame and pedals make it portableA solid list of specifics that make up
This electric fat bike, but the proof is always in the pudding and how have other users found it?
Unlike our previous entry, the overall consensus is rather positive.
The first such comment heaps praise on the bike, saying:
" It is built very well as I weigh over the recommended pay load and have had no problems in over 450 miles of riding so far. Battery lasts well and has performed excellently to over 20 miles on one charge and still power left."
A very encouraging start that is further developed with another customer who reviewed:
" I am a 65 yr. old female and I bought this bike because of the fat tires, off-road riding and easy to no pedalling. I was able to unpackage it, lift it and assemble it myself."
This is important as it shows the diversity that can be reached across any demographic. However, a design flaw was pointed out by a buyer, who explained
"There are two relatively large crude holes drilled into this to allow wires to feed into the box. There is no plug or any other type of weather sealing around these. The front tire will spray water/salt/road debris into this whole. It happened to me, and because of this, the throttle got stuck on after my 2nd ride. This was caused by all the moisture on the exposed wires."
To review then, there is a lot to like about this bike. An alternative design that may not be for everyone's tastes, it has plenty to offer as a legitimate e-bike that serves a purpose.
A design flaw is present as noted, and perhaps this could discourage buyers from looking into it, but it's certainly worthy of consideration, especially if you like to stand out from the crowd and for under $1300, you get a quality piece of kit that doesn't stretch the funds too much.
An electric fat tire mountain bike from EGO BIKE that comes with a nice matte black finish, this all-terrain and all-purpose e-bike certainly looks the part. Speeds of up to 20mph are stated which is achieved thanks to Shimano 7 speed gearing system and twist throttle.
EGO BIKE has made some big improvements with this bike, and it is recommended above its outdated sibling reviewed earlier.
What's more, there's a solid amount of charging time, meaning you should be able to easily take the e-bike out for a full day without issue (25 mile max range on electric only.)
The frame itself is comprised of sturdy aluminium, giving a robust yet lightweight feel to the product. Big 26" wheels mean this is also suitable for the taller person and should be able to accommodate someone who reaches 6'8 in height.
A bike that is aiming to be the best "bang for your buck", let's see how the specifics line up.
• - 500 Watt Motor
• Speeds up to 20 MPH
• Aluminum Frame
• Rear Disc Brakes
• Shimano 7 Speed, ½ Twist Throttle
• Shimano External 7 Speed gear
• Charging time: 6 hours
• Throttle Type: Variable Speed Control - 1/2 Twist Throttle
• Battery: 36V 11AH Lithium Battery
• Bicycle Weight: 58 LBS Load Capacity: 260LBS
• 26'' X 4.0'' Fat Tire For All Terrain
• Tire: 26'' X 4.0'' Fat Tire
• Appropriate Height: 5'6"-6'8"
A solid line up of detail that set this electric bike up to be a good purchase. Let's see how other users found this bike and compare with our findings. "It's surprisingly well made. I've only used it for two weeks but I've put over 200 miles on it already, and it seems good as new. Long story short, this bike should cost twice as much as it does. If it looks like fun to you, buy it." An encouraging user review gives an insight into how we feel about this product, that it is one of the best you can buy on a budget. With that caveat, however, there are drawbacks.
It's not an all singing and dancing product, and there are a few things to note, such as the control not being on par with some other, more expensive e-bikes. This was again noted with other customers, one such review examined, " The controls are basic, incredibly so. Basically three buttons and some LEDs. No way to change the top speed and no way to see what kind of power you're drawing from the motor. It works well enough though, and I haven't had any real issues."
It's important to note that this isn't a deal-breaking feature, rather just a footnote against the product. A positive final review simply states,
" I love this bike. I live on gravel roads that are hard to ride a regular bike on. This has enough power to cruise nicely on these roads, even up hill."
To conclude, the assertion when viewing this electric bike was that it could be a solution to your e-bike needs without costing too much. That's exactly what you get. It really feels like it should be priced higher, as the quality, comfort and ride are outstanding.
Again as we noted, there are of course boxes that remain un-ticked, including the control not being as developed as a more expensive model. However, this is a nitpick blemish on a product that does what it sets out to do, while looking great and excelling in its remit.
The verdict? Buy this if you're on a budget or just entering the world of e-bikes and want a solid first one.
A fat-tire electric bike from Onway that is striking in its presentation and has a certain "wow" factor about it that immediately sets it above the rest of the products we've seen thus far.
An aluminium frame, similar to the product before it ensures a light weight of 60 pounds. Coming with an adjustable seat helps fit any rider, which is great for hitting as many potential customers as possible.
The familiar seven-speed gearing system from Shimano is in play once more and again a top speed of 20mph is achievable. What catches the eye here is the maximum distance on a charge. A whopping 46 miles is the claim, which is almost double of what we've seen previously. The big difference here though is the LCD, which contains such information as the power being on or off, along with a 9 level assist mode.
Rounding out the product are its 26" tires, giving this fat tire e-bike a familiar aspect of all purpose, all terrain. An exciting prospect, let's get into the detail and see how it lines up.
• Disc brakes
• Aluminum frame
• 60 lbs weight
• 26" wheels
• Strong driving force: 48V 750W Bafang motor
• 11.6AH SONY lithium battery, quality is up to 3 years guaranteed
• Fantastic driving experience: Shimano 7 speed gear
• 20 mile/h top speed
• 46 miles max distance.
• 4-6H charging time
• Easy to use: Adjustable seat suits for any rider. 9-level assist LCD mode display will bring you a fun riding experienceAs you can tell, this is a product that we're really high on, but do other customers have as much appreciation for it?
What do the users say?
In the main, reviews are highly positive and contain lots of praise for how well it performs. One such review gushed, "This bike is a screamer...way way beyond my expectations. Solid build, efficient functions. And powerful Out of the box: 35 mph on flat paved streets with the throttle wide open and 200lb ride. A wonderful beast!"
An outstanding remark that goes well with a great bike, but one that is not without its flaws. Due to the lack of full suspension, it's been discovered that this e-bike may not be suitable for city riding. While it's all-purpose terrain does mean it can perform well in other environments, it is worth considering this drawback before purchasing.
This was also examined by another user, who explained,
"If you want this for the beach or a suburban area with smooth roads, then get this bike. If you need a bike for city riding, consider one of these with some shocks on it."
This is unfortunate and not the only piece of evidence we have for this lack of handling in an urban setting, as another comment added,
"This is a bike for the beach, or snow, or suburban areas. This bike cannot handle city potholes and speed bumps very well because there is zero shock absorption on it whatsoever. It's all dependent on the tires and the seat."
To wrap things up then, we have here the best electric bike so far. Well priced at $1,699, you get everything you would expect and more for a fat tire e-bike. The striking aesthetic does a great job at selling you instantly on this product's ability, and it almost has a tangible aura around it once assembled.
Completely justified however are the negative remarks surrounding urban performance. An all-terrain bike should be expected to deal with potholes and the like. However, the lack of full suspension means this doesn't happen and poses somewhat of a problem.
A full tire suspension e-bike that is available in a myriad of colours, this is a special piece of equipment from the reputable Cyrusher that can do it all.
Dual disk brakes are affixed to an aluminium frame that weighs in at just 56lbs this all-terrain all-purpose e-bike has huge 28" fat tires to assist with any routes. A very high speed of 25mph is stated, which blows away the rest of the competition and the battery distance is good for a solid 30-33 miles.
What helps set this apart from the rest on our list is the suspension aspect, making it the one true all-rounder for any environment. Let's keep going and analyse the specifications before seeing how other buyers rated the product.
• Battery: 48V 10.4 Ah Water Bottle Battery
• Motor: 500W 48V High Power Specialized for snow bike
• Controller: 48V Controller
• Charger: 48V 2.5A Charger
• Front Fork: Aluminum alloy Lockout Suspension specialised for snow bike
• Rim: 26in snow bike specialised rim
• Chain: 7 Speed Specialized Chain
• Max weight support 360 LBS
• Max speed 25 mph
• Cruising distance 30-35miles under electric powerThe details point to an exciting e-bike that ticks a lot, if not all, of the boxes you have when purchasing your electric bike. Unlike the previous bike, which was great in its own right, this one puts to bed the issue of commuting, which is largely down to the suspension present.
One customer was forthcoming with this information, proclaiming,
* This is a great e-fat bike. I purchased this bike as a commuter bike and it was working out great for me. My commute is 6 miles one way so 12 miles round trip. I recharge the battery every 12 miles, not because I have to but I just do it for the convenience. After 12 miles, right now I have 75% left in the battery on level 3 support, so I am pretty sure that the battery lasts more than 30 miles. "
What's key here is that the battery is lasting longer than expected, which is a great added bonus to be discovered.
To expand, this e-bike can do it in other environments too, with a user commenting,
"It is especially handy for riding along the beach beside the surf and can even negotiate through soft, lumpy beach sand." The final piece of evidence comes in the form of great praise from one buyer who said, "
It's a super fun bike, does everything it's supposed too and looks good too. Everyone who rides it has a smile on their face."
The only real downside are that the instructions are unclear and this could present a challenge for assembly. However, the company themselves recommend a professional should put this together for you anyway.
All terrain, including city commutes, are easily handled by the fat tires, suspension, pace and battery life you get in this well thought out and fantastically handled creation. There's hardly any drawbacks, and the ones that exist are insignificant when compared to the huge amounts of positivity and dexterity found with this item.
To surmise, we have a clear favourite and top choice for your e-bike. One that does everything and more, at a low price of $1,639 it's an absolute bargain when you look at the marketplace.
To recap, here's what we determined in this review
Boasting amazing high-end specs the Cyrusher 500W 48V full suspension E-bike absolutely crushes (ha!) the market competiton!
EGO BIKE updated for 2017-26" Fat Bike Tire Electric bike with 500W motor
Worth every penny, it's highly detailed and comes with everything you need to enter the world of e-bikes. Purchase if you're on a budget
Addmotor MOTAN M-150
A unique design that adds a different flavour to proceedings, worth considering if you wish to stand out and fancy something out of the ordinary.
The EGOBIKE 500W from 2015
Poor charge and unrealistic max speeds put this item out of consideration, avoid as it's not worth your money.
Electric bikes are becoming more and more popular these days, and the demand is increasing for ones that can do it all, whether it's getting to work and back, or for traversing your favourite beach.
There are also plenty of models on the market now, an increase from a few years ago, leaving you with plenty of choices that can cater to all needs. Usually, with these products, you get exactly what you pay for.
Aim cheap, and you'll end up with something that won't make the cut and ultimately disappoint you and even cause you to buy something else, rendering the initial purchase pointless. Instead, open up the purse strings a little and glide to the bike we highly recommend, the Cyrusher Fat Tire Bike we reviewed last, but not least.
Something that ticks all the boxes is the ideal scenario, and this is no exception. Fast, long charge, a suspension that can take all terrain (truly) and a great look, there's honestly no better way to get yourself into e-biking or upgrade your current model.
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