Tenways is a Dutch e-bike manufacturer known for producing high-quality and sleek electric bicycles. In this blog post, we will explore Tenways' CGO600 Pro, one of their most impressive e-bikes. With a premium price tag of $1,899 and top-of-the-line features, I'll aim to uncover the design, performance, and overall riding experience of this electric bike.
Design and Components
The CGO600 Pro offers a sleek design that is sure to turn heads. Combine the lightweight construction of 37 lbs with its single-speed gearing system, and you'll find that you won't be needing any more power than what's on offer with the 350 W rear hub motor and 36 V, 10 Ah Li-ion battery.
The carbon belt-drive system also offers longevity and a quieter operation than traditional chains, providing a smooth and efficient ride.
I was pleasantly surprised by the power of the CGO600 Pro, considering its size and style. The 350W motor, larger than what I typically see on city e-bikes, made a significant impact. Additionally, the inclusion of a torque sensor provided a responsive ride, eliminating the need for frequent gear changes.
The increase in motor assistance in PAS 2 and 3 was expected and appropriate, although not as pronounced as the jump from no assistance to PAS 1.
Packaging and Assembly
Packaging was efficient and Tenways covered their bases to make sure that the bike doesn't get damaged during transportation. However, it is worth noting that some difficulties were faced during assembly, particularly with mounting the front wheel and the handlebar. I found it incredibly difficult to spin the handlebar into the front mount in the frame, it just wouldn't turn until I applied exuberant force.
Utility and Riding Experience
The OLED screen mounted on the left side of the handlebar allows for control of the e-bike's assistance level up to 20 mph. Using OLED technology over a traditional LCD makes reading the screen much easier when exposed to direct sunlight.
This is yet another example of where Tenways goes the extra mile and it separates the CGO600 Pro from other budget e-bikes.
The built-in headlight is also controlled via the display, and the battery level can be checked without turning on the bike.
The removable battery feature allows for convenient charging and transportation. However, the ride experience is not perfect, especially on rough terrain. The stiff suspension and small, spongy brakes may not appeal to all riders.
I found this to be acceptable though CONSIDERING that this bike does not have full front or rear suspension.
You might feel a few more bumps without shocks, but nothing that makes it unenjoyable. The seat is very comfortable. Changing the bike resistance level and checking mileage is super simple.
Range and Performance
The CGO's engine and pedal assistance system (PAS) enable you to have whatever type of ride you want. If you want a little more leg work, level 1 gives you that.
If you want to just cruise level 3 keeps you at a steady 17-20 MPH with no problem. The bike has a max speed of 20 mph, and I found Tenways to be true to their word here, even facing a small incline, the CG0600 Pro had no problems maintaining the stated 20 mph.
Range - To give an example, I rode a perfectly flat road to my local grocery store and back, just a tad over 7 miles, and had 77% battery left. This was with full PAS (pedal assist level 3) which would give over 32 miles of total range at PAS 3. At PAS 1 I ran a test where I drained the battery from a full charge until it cut out and reached a very respectable 45 miles.
I weigh 188 lbs so I guess the 62 miles claimed max range would have to be with a very light rider practicing for the Tour de France 🙂
Comparison with Similar Models
Although the price of the CGO600 Pro is higher than some other models (the Aventon Sinch or Ride1Up 700 Series immediately comes to mind) it includes better components and features, making it worth the investment for those who prioritize premium construction and top-tier features.
Take the OLED screen as a small example, other manufacturers choose to use LCD to save a few dollars, but Tenways prioritizes quality, and it’s visible in many otdesign choice made with the CGO600 Pro.
Those who do not need such premium features may opt for cheaper models.