Hunting has come a long way from the days when you had to track down wild animals on foot! Nowadays, hunters are employing the latest technology to pinpoint their targets, and the emergence of the electric hunting bike particularly changed the fortune of the modern huntsman.
These powerful beasts make it easier for hunters to stalk animals to the remotest parts of the wild without falling off the pace. In a nutshell, they come with all it takes to guarantee that you’ll leave the hunting area with your prize.
One of the biggest brands currently out there is e-cells, and their Super Monarch Crown electric hunting bike has got tongues wagging in the industry. So, what’s so special about the Monarch Crown?
The Monarch Crown is not your average electric bike! It looks like a cross between a dirt bike and a motorcycle. With a dual motor and dual-battery design, this backcountry behemoth combines incredible pulling power with an unparalleled hauling capacity to make your day in the office almost effortless.
But this is just the tip of the iceberg. On paper, the Monarch Crown electric hunting bike is a dream come true for a determined hunter. But you can’t help but wonder if what you see on the package is replicated when the rubber meets the road.
That is why we want to put it on the spot in this Monarch Crown review. We will scrutinize its features individually and weigh its overall performance based on the test rides we carried out and what others say about it to see if it lives up to the hype!
Frame and Tires
A hunting bike’s frame should be super sturdy to survive the rigors of the hunting ground. This is exactly what you get from the Monarch Crown, if not more. The bike comes equipped with an aircraft aluminum alloy frame, which is more durable than your average aluminum frame.
The full suspension e-bike also features a front RST Air Suspension with 96mm of travel to go with a lockout feature. With the extra-strong dropouts, you’ll have an easier time handling the increased power of the bike.
Meanwhile, the rear suspension is a RockShox Monarch EL Shock, designed to be lightweight to deliver super-smooth travel. Additionally, a redesigned Solo Air Spring provides you with an impressive spring rate capable of making light work of the most hostile trails.
I liked the natural feel of the leather grips in my hands. They are not only ergonomic but also allow you to firmly clutch the handlebar for extra support and better handling while reducing numbness.
An interesting feature on the frame is the pre-drilled holes with hex bolts. These let you install a drink cup when you want to rehydrate as you take a much-needed breather. The seat post is 19” high while the 30.5” standover height shouldn’t trouble you when mounting the Crown.
A high-quality Shimano Deore 10-speed suspension is paired with the frame alongside a KMC 10XE stretch-proof chain. With three different frame sizes available, you can rest assured that there is a perfect fit for you, especially considering that the stem is adjustable.
When it comes to the wheels, E-cells chose to go with double-wall aluminum painted wheels to hold the sheer weight of the frame. In case of high impact during riding, the 12-gauge spokes won’t puncture the inner tire tube.
I must also commend the manufacturer for choosing higher-quality Vee Bulldozer tires instead of settling for the more mainstream and cheaper Kenda’s. Just like their name suggests, these 26” x 4.25” beasts are engineered to bulldoze the riding trail into submission. It doesn’t matter how soft or loose the terrain is; nothing is keeping them from rolling on.
A rigorous tread pattern with deep lugs around the Bulldozer tires offers excellent traction by digging deep into the surface. This results in a stable ride on all kinds of terrains and enhanced rider confidence.
Between the fat tires and the formidable frame, big guys will have a ball taking the Monarch Crown for a ride. It boasts a maximum hauling capacity of 400lbs, which leaves you with extra room to carry the prey you’ve landed without struggling.
But with so much invested into the strength of the bike, the flipside is that you’re left with a hefty package. At 95lbs, the Crown Monarch feels like a motorcycle. You’ll have no chance trying to manage it without the electric support!
Lastly, you can find the bike in a range of adventurous colors to match your hunting fatigues. My personal favorite is the full hunting camo, which makes it hard for the prey to spot you. Other than that, the bike also comes in Gloss Black. Candy Apple Red, Matte Black, Monarch Orange, etc.
Motor and Brakes
For a bike carrying so much weight, you expect a lot of power to move it the way you want it to. Well, you won’t be disappointed by the absurd 2200 watts of power output between the two motors fitted on the Crown Monarch.
This not only leaves you with unparalleled pulling power but also the propulsion to take you up just about any hill without batting an eye. To be sincere, the dual motors seemed ridiculous to me when I first went through the bike specs, but then you have to consider that the bike is supposed to be the ultimate hunting tool.
The power of the bike comes from two 750W Bafang geared hub motors specially designed for E-cells and capable of delivering 170nm of torque. With this kind of power, the Monarch moves like a raging bull, clearing every obstacle in its way.
It can take you places that your standard mountain e-bike won’t even dream of going. Not to mention that you can get to a top speed of 32mph, which is just scary considering the weight of the bike and the rough hunting trails you’re riding on.
A 54V Sine Wave 45-amp controller is included to help you manage the electric components of the bike. This comes with a display dashboard that shows a range of useful telemetry data to help you monitor the ride.
From the display, you’ll be able to see the smart battery indicator, odometer, mileage indicator, power indicator, current speed, etc. There are also 9 pedal assist levels to choose from and customize the ride to your preferences.
But while I talk about the pedal assist, I can’t help but take a dig at E-cells for using a cadence-based PA sensor as opposed to a torque sensor. Considering the hefty price you pay for this monster, I expected a torque sensor as the standard choice to deliver smoother pedal assist.
I’ve already mentioned that at top speed, the Monarch is like a freight train on the rails. So, you must be wondering what it takes to stop it in its tracks. For this, E-cells fitted a pair of Tektro Dorado hydraulic disk brakes on both the front and rear tires to provide you with that necessary braking performance.
I must say the brakes did a decent job of bringing the fast and heavy bike to a stop on a dime, even though I didn’t test the speed limit. The rotors are also reassuring with a massive 203mm diameter and 2.3mm thickness, which allows them to soak in more heat without warping.
Battery and Range
The Monarch Crown is a hunting e-bike of “duals'', and this also applies to the batteries. You get a total of 1639Wh from the two batteries, which might look overkill, but the heavy-duty motors and 45A controller need the extra capacity.
A 52V 14Ah (728Wh) battery is fitted on the downtube and the other 52V 17.5Ah (910Wh) pack sits on the rear rack, helping to balance the weight of the bike. These can deliver a range of between 30 and 60 miles depending on the assist level you’re using.
But you always want to keep a close eye on the battery indicator; the worst thing that can happen to you is to have the battery running out while still in the hunting arena. Elsewhere, the package comes with a single charger with a Y-splitter.
I also like that you can either charge the batteries on or off the bike. While charging on the bike, you’ll appreciate the E-cell exclusive integrated charge port on the frame that charges the two batteries simultaneously.
This saves you the trouble of having to use two chargers. On the downside, you won’t like the wait before regaining their full capacity. When fully exhausted, the charger takes around 7 hours to recharge the batteries, but the fact that you’re charging two at the same time is a good consolation.
Post-test Summary: Super Monarch Crown Pros and Cons
Overall, the Monarch Crown is the ultimate hunting bike and there is so much to love about what it can do.
Going through the specs, the first thing that jumps off the page is the aircraft aluminum alloy used to create the frame. Add this to the dual suspension on the bike and you get a durable hunting device that can offer a stable ride in the roughest of terrains.
The 32mph this bike can reach is not something you wouldn't expect on an e-bike this heavy. If you’re a speed demon, this is the kind of machine to get your adrenaline pumping as you track down prey.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the dual motor and battery design was too much for this bike. But this is what makes the Monarch Crown such a well-oiled machine that guarantees your luck during a hunt.
The patent-pending integrated charge port on the e-bike’s frame is another useful feature that needs mentioning. This makes it easy for you when charging the battery on the bike and makes the process more seamless.
As stellar as the specs on the Monarch are, I’d hate to burst your bubble with the few not-so-great attributes I noticed on the bike.
For instance, the 95lbs weight of the bike is just too much for an e-bike. But this is what you get when you fit two batteries, two motors, and two fat tires on a bicycle. I also think it’s a high time we started seeing more titanium bike frames to try and manage the weight issue.
Another thing that slightly disappointed me is the 7 hours of charging needed to get the batteries back to full capacity. While it’s impressive that you can charge them concurrently on the bike, the wait still seems like an eternity.
Finally, the Monarch doesn’t come cheap! You’ll have to part with at least $4000 to get your hands on this baby. But then again what do you expect from a hunting bike that offers almost all its features in twos?
What Do We Like about Super Monarch Crown
What Don’t We Like about Super Monarch Crown
So, there you have it! The Super Monarch Crown is one ridiculously designed e-bike that will offer you more than you asked for without protesting. It is strong, powerful, fast, comfortable, and reliable; precisely everything you’d expect from a high-quality electric bike.
This bike can conquer the toughest trails you can think of on the most unforgiving terrains there are. Overall, the Monarch is the absolute hunting bike for those with a knack for bringing down big game.
Although you wouldn’t want to lift it into the truck on your own!
Our Rating - 75/100
The Monarch Crown is a solid and efficient hunting bike boasting features that come in twos. From dual motors and dual batteries to dual suspension, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what this off-road monster can do on the hunting trail.