Bike Reviews

Lectric XP Step-Over

Electron Surfer Straight Take:  About the cheapest ebike on the market with many out of this world reviews.  If you need an ebike and price is your limiting factor this could be a good option.  Performance is on par with 500 watt fat bikes and the display gives you access to settings many other bikes do not (amount and delay of pedal assist.   The electronics are basic and not refined (not surprising at this price) and the gearing had me spinning out at around 22 mph making assist levels 4 and 5 not that useful for me. The 20″ fat tires do great on gravel but other surfaces were not its strong point, in sand larger fat tires are much more forgiving. Odd geometry is an obstacle to bike fit but if you ride throttle only often it has cruise control!!

Testing Summary (175 lb rider unless noted): 
Acceleration 0 to 100 feet:  7.21 seconds.
Braking from 20 mph: 20.4 feet.
Range @ 15-20 mph: 29.2 miles @ 19.2 wh/mile.
Range Throttle Only: 19.09 miles @ 21.5 wh/mile.
Recharge time ~ 6 hours.

Lectric XP

Big Cat Bikes, Fat Cat 500XL

Electron Surfer Straight Take:  A budget fat tire ebike that looks mean and turns heads. Very budget components on this bike that was packaged better than any other I’ve seen! I enjoy the feeling of the 500-watt geared Bafang motor, it is quite capable but the resistance of the fat tires could leave you wanting more power in some circumstances.

Testing Summary (175 lb rider): 
Acceleration 0 to 100 feet:  7.20 seconds.
Braking from 20 mph: 27.9 feet.
Range @ 15-20 mph: 29.7 miles @ 16.2 wh/mile.
Range @ 20+ mph: 25.2 miles @ 21.8 wh/mile.
Recharge time ~ 5 to 6 hours

FatCat 500 xl photo

Aventon Pace 500

Electron Surfer Straight Take:  A budget ebike that is high on power and great on looks. Multiple frame sizes and colors are unusual and welcome in the budget ebike market.  Hydraulic disc brakes are a bonus, unfortunately the bike suffers from unrefined acceleration, odd throttle design, no integrated lighting and other features you may want or need.

Testing Summary (175 lb rider unless noted): 
Acceleration 0 to 100 feet:  7.68 seconds.
Braking from 20 mph: 19.3 feet.
Range: 36.3 miles @ 12.4 wh/mile, projected to 20% = 35.9 miles.
Range (*115 lb rider): 36.3 miles @ 11.6 wh/mile, projected to 20% = 38.5 miles.
Recharge time ~ 4 to 5 hours.

aventon pace 500

Ride1up City/500 Series

Electron Surfer Straight Take: A budget bike that looks very sharp.  A good set of features with upgrades available when ordering.  Fast shipping, I  mean I think I got the bike before I even finished ordering it….chinese-food-fast delivery!  The drive-train and cadence sensor lack some refinement but the overall package rides nicely.  The wide bars felt like driving an ice-cream truck, which depending on how far your ride, is good or bad.

Testing Summary (175 lb rider):  
Acceleration 0 to 100 feet:  6.95 seconds.
Braking from 20 mph: 18.5 feet.
Range: 28.3 mile average @ 17.5 wh/mile, projected to 20% = 22.8 miles.

ride1up 500

2019 RadPower Bikes RadCity:

Electron Surfer Straight Take: A budget electric bike that was majorly upgraded from 2018. Upgrades include a quieter motor and battery pack operated lights with brake function.  The bike is very rider friendly, smooth, and quiet.  672-watt hours gave this 175 lb rider plenty of range for my nearly 30-mile round-trip commute.  The geometry and relatively high stand-over will be challenging for shorter riders.  The throttle is very tame and the lower torque motor isn’t going to win any hill-climb contests.

Testing Summary (175 lb rider):  
Acceleration 0 to 100 feet:  7.53 seconds.
Braking from 20 mph: 32.0 feet.
Range: 33.6 miles average (6 tests) @ 20.9 wh/mile.

RadCity Bike

2019 RadPower Bikes RadWagon:

Electron Surfer Straight Take: A fairly capable cargo bike that garners a lot of attention.  The bike rides smaller than its hefty weight would suggest, feeling more agile to me than the RadCity.  The same gearless motor used in the RadCity is not really enough torque if you are using as a true cargo bike.  Tricky geometry makes the bike feel cramped when getting on and off.

Testing Summary (175 lb rider):  
Acceleration 0 to 100 feet:  7.90 seconds.
Braking from 20 mph: 24.9 feet.
Range @ 18-20 mph: 26.0 miles using 530 watt hours =  20.4 wh/mile. 

Radwagon

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