As e-bikes continue to skyrocket in popularity, manufacturers are advancing their development and adding innovative designs. The moped-style e-bike, one of the latest trends across the market, is attractive to city commuters that prioritize comfort.
One great example of an e-bike in this category is Himiway Escape Pro. Priced at $1.800, the Himiway Escape Pro offers a lot of value - get ready for a powerful electric bike that will increase the comfort level in your daily commuting.
So, If you’re looking for an affordable yet powerful moped-style e-bike that can handle some light off-roading, then the Escape Pro is a great option.
In this e-bike review, I will discuss Himiway’s budget-friendly moped-style electric bike in hopes of helping you make your purchase.
It takes only one look at the Himiway Escape Pro to know that you aren’t dealing with your standard e-bike. Between the dual-coil suspension on the rear end and bench-style seating, it doesn’t take a professional to tell that the Escape Pro has a truly distinctive full suspension design.
The bike’s frame is made of 6061 aluminum alloy and features an integrated battery pack design. The internal cable routing within the Escape Pro makes for a clean-looking electric bike overall.
The seat is wide and very comfortable. However, it’s fixed to the bike, so you can’t adjust the height, meaning it puts you in a riding position where pedaling can be uncomfortable.
Weighing in at 92 lbs, this is a pretty heavy e-bike. And since it’s a moped-style e-bike, there’s not really a good spot to grab to lift it either.
The finishing accessories include a sleek-looking, wooden-feel rear rack, a heavy-duty aluminum kickstand, as well as integrated lights. The bright headlight matches with a rear brake light activated automatically when you slow down.
Moving to the motor, the Himiway Escape Pro features a 750W geared hub unit that’s pretty strong.
Despite being on the heavier side, the motor gives you the ability to ride the bike at high average speeds and conquer steep hills.
With that being said, I believe this motor is the perfect one for the Escape Pro since it’s able to deal with the bike’s overall weight.
The Escape Pro definitely lets you feel its power when accelerating, but not in an unsafe way. When you pedal in maximum assist, you won’t have any problems hovering around the Escape Pro’s max speed of 22 mph.
Although it feels like the Escape Pro is capable of much higher speeds, the company had to cap it out at a safe level.
Nevertheless, the 22 mph cruising speed is still pretty fast for what the Escape Pro is made to do. Due to this e-bike’s low center of gravity, you will always be stable and in control of it at higher speeds, resulting in a predictable and enjoyable ride experience.
The 7-speed Shimano Altus drivetrain provides the Escape Pro with a good range for hill climbs and achieving its top speed on straightaways.
The lower end of the gear range is extremely useful for hill climbs, even when pedaling the Escape Pro while it’s turned completely off.
All the shifts are smooth and crisp and I think this drivetrain should be more than enough for everybody considering a moped-style e-bike.
Lots of e-bike manufacturers show a “claimed range” on their website, but that usually doesn’t provide the most accurate real-world range.
The 48V, 14Ah battery pack included in the Escape Pro does a rather good job when you consider the bike’s weight.
And while Himiway advertises a range of 45 miles per full charge, this isn’t possible in reality unless you’re on the lowest pedal assist level and are pedaling on smooth, flat asphalt.
For the most part, based on your weight and the speed you’re going, you’ll likely find your range closer to 25-30 miles of battery life at the very least.
On the other hand, the Escape Pro definitely gained some points in the appearance category because nicely the battery pack fits into the bike’s frame.
When it comes to the brakes, the Escape Pro features the Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes with front and rear 180mm rotors. These brakes will provide you with a respectable stopping distance.
But personally, I would like to see a bit more “bite” from this braking system. In my opinion, these brakes feel rather soft, as you will never be able to lock up either wheel completely.
I understand the Escape Pro isn’t the lightest e-bike out there, which is why I think some higher-powered brakes would suit this bike better.
On the other hand, Tektro brakes are one of the most common ones on an electric bike. This is a good thing because replacements are easier to find when the time comes to service them.
The Escape Pro uses 20 x 4.0-inch Kenda fat tires that add a lot of control and comfort. The sheer volume of these tires adds extra suspension to the e-bike and they are easy to corner and even take for an off-road ride.
With the huge air volume these tires hold, you can select tire pressure in relation to the type of terrain you decide to ride.
With tires like these, you can definitely take the Escape Pro for off-roading but be aware that the flat inner tubes aren’t the easiest thing to repair. Therefore the puncture resistance would definitely be appreciated.
Post-Test Summary: Himiway Escape Pro Pros And Cons
The Himiway Escape Pro meets the price and style criteria one’s expecting to get from an affordable moped-style e-bike. The bike’s motor size is right, the drivetrain choice is right and it’s very comfortable, making it a great option for a daily commuter.
What I Like About The Himiway Escape Pro
The Escape Pro is simply fun to ride. Whether you are riding around the town on a flat surface or if you like to take off-road shortcuts, this is a great e-bike.
The Escape Pros 750W motor has a lot of power to maintain speeds of up to 22mph and conquer steep hills without any issues.
In addition, the low center of gravity and fat tires make for really good handling and all-terrain capabilities.
What I Don’t Like About The Himiway Escape Pro
The Escape Pro sadly comes with a fixed seat, and the downside of it is that you can’t adjust the seat. So, if you’re a person of average height, you’ll most likely find that pedaling is rather uncomfortable.
At 92 lbs, Escape Pro is pretty heavy. Picking it up can also be an issue since the bike’s design makes it, so there isn’t a good spot to lift the e-bike with. If you have to carry the bike up the steps, think again about whether the Escape Pro makes sense for you.
Lastly, while 180mm mechanical disc brakes offer decent stopping power, I would personally love to see some upgrades in the braking department as this is a rather heavy e-bike.
Advice To Buyers
The Himiway Escape Pro is an interesting choice for anyone looking for a moped-style e-bike - it’s fun to ride, has a powerful motor and features a low center of gravity combined with fat tires. Although, I would personally make some adjustments to the braking system.
Our Rating - 87/100
The Himiway Escape Pro is a Class 3 moped-style e-bike that thrives in cities. Due to its 750W geared hub motor, fat tires, and overall design, the Escape Pro has a wide range of capabilities and utility.
The Himiway Escape Pro makes for a good choice for those who want to cut down on driving time around the town and those looking for an electric bike with a big “fun factor”.
This bike is just as great of a commuter e-bike as it is a recreational e-bike. Its distinct design and capable engine offer a wide range of possibilities regarding how you decide to ride.
Ultimately, the Escape Pro comes at a price of $1,800, making it an affordable option for anyone looking for an alternative to the car.