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July 25, 2023

Heyo, e-bike-lovers!

Another hot summer day, another hot topic – Dual Battery Off-road Electric Bike Rhino Review!

Here’s a fun fact to kick off this review, this e-machine is nicknamed the Rhino – suggesting that it’s your rugged companion for off road trips, right? Well, we’ll test if that theory is true in a minute.

Himiway’s no stranger to the biking industry. This brand is famous worldwide for producing high-quality e-bikes with an extended range since its birth in 2017.

Sit tight to see whether their Rhino is a bop or flop, sit tight, and read on!

Design

Himiway Rhino side view

Before we roll over this bad boy’s specs and techs, let’s glance at its design and try to reflect on what a buyer’s immediate thought would be after seeing this model.

We gotta hand it to ‘em – the color looks sleek and nice. Our personal favorite is this Midnight forest shade that really emphasizes the bike’s features. 

It’s not the only one, though – you can get it in Himi grey also, which is probably their favorite.

Either way, darker colors work better for e-bikes and exude a cleaner look. 

It might look a bit sturdy at first glance, but you gotta understand that it’s not your regular bike – it’s got more gears and a battery to charge. 


Frame

The frame is up for debate.

For reference, the height recommendation for this model is from 5.3 to 6.4 feet. 

Okay, if you pass 5.7 (let’s say), we reckon you won’t have problems hopping on this e-bike.

 For a shorter rider, the frame might be a problem – and not just in terms of climbing on the bike.

Once you hop on it and start pedaling, you might find it difficult to achieve balance and navigate your route. It’s definitely a hiccup.

Out of everything on this model – the frame looks the sturdiest. 

Again, this is mainly height-dependent, so a strong recommendation would be to try it before you take it home or order it online. 

Motor

When e-bikes, like our current candidate, are up for review, one thing's for sure – all eyes are on the power of the motor. Within this bike-delicate category, the metric you need is Watts, that is, the power that the motor can produce.

The higher the number, the better for the reviews.

Interestingly enough, there are all kinds of e-bikes, from 250W to powerful 1,000W, like today’s candidate, the Big Dog. Although former choices are generally best for flat terrains, our 1000 W Rhino can be your loyal adventure companion.

You can check hilly areas off your list. 

1,000W in e-bikes gives them a huge advantage over other models because they’re basically equipped to conquer off-roads. Also, a stronger motor means more relief for your legs.

That's right -- this motor's power keeps you from hopelessly pedaling until you run out of breath. 

You get to enjoy the ride and the view you’re passing a little more than with weaker models.

And speaking of the engine's strength and weakness, keep in mind that some regions have restrictions on such strong engines and thus prohibit rides. 

So, check twice before you take out this bad boy.

It's already a pricey model, you don't want an extra unnecessary bill on your hands.

That's not all we wanted to say. This model offers you a choice between a hub and a mid-drive motor.

Which should be your ultimate choice?

Mid-drive is a shade better than its hub-drive cousin.

Hub-drive motors are generally less efficient when it comes to climbing hills, and this 1,000W Rhino is basically a representation of a model made for hilly areas.

Why is this a problem? Because the motor is located in the wheels, which automatically hinders the gears.Overall, the motor is strong – there’s no doubt about that. 

Battery

Next up, probably one of the strongest reasons why e-bikes are so popular at the moment. 

If your aim is a long and stress-free ride, then a dual battery on your e-bike is an absolute must. Models that feature only one battery pack or a weaker voltage might not be your best friend for outdoor adventures.

Luckily, Rhino’s equipped with a 48V 15Ah dual battery. 

And just like with the motor, a battery with more amp hours will ensure that your e-bike doesn’t let you down mid-adventure. 

If you’ve got two of those – you’re in luck. You don’t have to worry about stopping in the middle of the road and exhausting yourself until the next stop. 

There’s more than one benefit to a dual battery on your bike. It doesn’t just give you peace of mind – it’ll also make climbing hills and improving your speed easier. 

These batteries are usually placed parallel, helping you enjoy a more relaxed ride. Although they’re generally meant to work in sync, you can choose to use one at a time – depending on the adventure you plan.

If it’s a longer trip you’re planning, keeping the second one as a spare would be a good idea. 

Brakes

Making a step up in the bike industry, hydraulic brakes have become a default among e-bikes, and for a good reason – with these brakes, you don't have to think twice about power and reliability while cruising through a busy city or going downhill.

Hydraulic disc brakes are designed specifically for trail riding and conquering hilly areas. 

Even if you hit a pothole or stumble, God forbid, you won't destroy the brakes of harm your bike.

Luckily, Himiway’s Rhino is equipped with 1,800 hydraulic disc brakes specially designed to ensure a safe, stress-free ride.

Remember that just because these brakes are made for extreme conditions, this doesn't mean you can put maintenance aside. 

For example, when removing the brake lever, do not squeeze it too much.

Pros and Cons After Testing

Finally, test-o’clock!

After neat picking the techs and specs of this now famous e-bike model, it’s time to put all these words into action and take out this bad boy for a ride around the block.

So far, so good.

It’s comfy, it’s fast, and it’s easy to maneuver. The only thing that might be a potential flag for you is the frame – it’s definitely going to be a hiccup for short kings and queens out there.

Gotta hand it to the engine, though – it’s terrific. It’s got a lot of power, but it doesn’t give the feeling that you’re driving a formula race car. For reference, the top speed on this e-bike is 17 mph, which is more than enough to get you through the day and get you from point A to point B in the nick of time.

The Final Verdict

We said yes – the Rhino Electric bike has passed the review with flying colors. There’s really not that much to say about this model – it’s got a nice, powerful motor, quality brakes, and a long-lasting battery, and it’s currently on a discount that you shouldn’t miss.

For more info, jump over to the best terrain off-road e-bikes.

About the author

Ruaan is an electrical engineer born in South Africa and currently working in Oslo, Norway. He loves tech and gadgets and owns an electric car (Tesla) as well a front-wheel-drive electric bike. He rides his bike all year, even through snow and ice covered roads in the cold winter.

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