A2B Galvani Review

A2b Galvani Electric Bike Review 1
A2b Galvani
A2b Galvani Gearless Ultra Motor Hub
A2b Galvani Removable Battery Pack
A2b Galvani Lcd Monochrome Display Panel
A2b Galvani Headlight Suspension Fork
A2b Galvani Hydraulic Disc Brake Rotor
A2b Galvani Pedals Kickstand
A2b Galvani Rear Fender Led Light
A2b Galvani Electric Bike Review 1
A2b Galvani
A2b Galvani Gearless Ultra Motor Hub
A2b Galvani Removable Battery Pack
A2b Galvani Lcd Monochrome Display Panel
A2b Galvani Headlight Suspension Fork
A2b Galvani Hydraulic Disc Brake Rotor
A2b Galvani Pedals Kickstand
A2b Galvani Rear Fender Led Light

Summary

  • High-step urban cruiser with quiet resposive motor, removable battery pack and excellent warranty
  • Premium upgrades including ergonomic grips from Ergon, fenders with double supports, alloy chain guard and guide, suspension fork with lockout, rack and integrated LED lights front and rear
  • Rear heavy design, display not removable, no quick releas on the back wheel but the battery is removable

Video Review

Introduction

Make:

A2B

Model:

Galvani

Price:

$2,299 USD

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

5 Year Frame, 2 Year Electronics and Battery

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2015

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

50.2 lbs (22.77 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.2 lbs (2.35 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum

Frame Sizes:

17 in (43.18 cm)20 in (50.8 cm)

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

White, Silver, Black

Frame Fork Details:

Suntour SF11-NCX Suspension with 63 mm Travel and Lockout

Attachment Points:

Fenders, Rear Rack

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 Shimano Alivio

Shifter Details:

Trigger Shifter on Right Handle Bar

Pedals:

Aluminum Alloy Platform with Rubber Grips

Stem:

Adjustable Angle

Handlebar:

Low Rise

Brake Details:

Tektro Aurigia E-Comp Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotor on the Front and 160 mm Rotor on the Rear

Grips:

Ergon GP1 with Lockers

Saddle:

D2 Comfort

Rims:

Double Walled, Aluminum Alloy

Tire Brand:

Kenda, 700 x 45c

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

Reflective Sidewall Stripe

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Full Length Fenders with Mud Flaps, Aluminum Chain Guard and Chain Guide, Rear Carry Rack, Front and Rear LED Lights, Bell on Left Handle Bar, Kickstand on Left Side, Electronic Motor Cutoff in Brake Levers

Other:

Quick Release Front Wheel, Removable Battery Pack Charges on or off Bike and Includes Lock, Brake Levers Cut Power to the Motor, Named after Luigi Aloisio Galvani, inventor of galvanic battery cells with extended, impressive performance.

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Ultra Motor

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Gearless Direct Drive Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Motor Torque:

35 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Sony

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

8.8 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

316.8 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5 hours (Reach 80% in Two Hours)

Estimated Min Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Estimated Max Range:

55 miles (89 km)

Display Type:

Backlit LCD

Readouts:

Speed, Odometer, 3 Levels of Assist, Battery Voltage

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad (On Left Handle Bar) (On Left Handle Bar)

Drive Mode:

Torque Sensing Pedal Assist Three Levels: Economy, Standard, High, Uses a TMM4 Torque Sensor

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)


Written Review

The A2B Galvani is a high-step only commuter style electric bike that delivers premium accessories at a mid-level price point. If you’re a shorter rider or someone who prefers the low-step design then consider the A2B Ferber which is basically the same build. Both of these ebikes deliver efficient motor systems and chic design features that the company is known for. A2B has been a pioneer in the American electric bike space since 2008 when it launched the iconic A2B Metro (Jay Leno and Leonardo DiCaprio even bought them). By comparison, the Ferber is less powerful but much lighter and more traditional with its standard sized 26″ wheels and bolt-on rear rack. The Galvani is available in two sizes including 17″ and 20″ to suit a wide range of users. At first glance, the bike looks very ordinary but upon further inspection the Ergon ergonomic grips, slim display panel with break-out button console, hydraulic disc brakes, suspension fork with lockout, removable battery, LED lights (which run off the battery), adjustable stem and stylized chain guard leave an satisfying impression.

The motor driving the A2B Galvani is a 350 watt gearless direct drive hub located in the rear wheel. Its aluminum casing is wider than equivalent sized geared hub motors which diminishes the stealthy look that the rest of the bike maintains, but the benefit is quiet operation. It’s made by Ultra Motor, produces 35 Newton meters of torque and feels quite good when riding. During the video review shoot I was suprised just how good it does feel despite the average size watt rating of 350. I think the TMM4 torque sensor adds to the powerful, zippy feel because it’s a higher-end more responsive sensor. A downside to this whole setup is that if you get a flat tire or need to work on the rear wheel there’s no quick release system in place and the torque sensor makes re-installing the wheel a bit more delicate than a standard hub.

Also located at the rear of the bike is a removable Lithium-ion battery pack that’s sandwiched between a lower set of rack rails and an upper rack platform. it offers 36 volts of power and 8.8 amp hours of capacity which is about average in the world of ebikes. I love that the battery pack is removable, can be charged on or off the frame for convenience (or to lighten the frame during transport) and includes a keyed locking core for security. The other neat thing about the battery setup is that it powers the front and rear LED lights. That means you won’t need to waste individual AA cells or worry about charging multiple items on the bike… Just the main pack.

Operating the Ferber and navigating through its three levels of pedal assist is intuitive and physically easy thanks to an independent button pad located near the left grip. This pad has three buttons that let you turn the bike on, change display modes and navigate assist levels all the way down to zero which keeps the display active (like a cycle computer) but turns the motor off. The brake levers also turn the motor off whenever you pull them and this is a nice safety feature. The display panel that shows your speed, distance, battery level and assist settings is located front and center just above the adjustable stem. The display itself is also adjustable and swivels forward and back to help you reduce glare on sunny days. It’s also backlit for evening and nighttime use. The one downside to this display is that it’s not easily removable which means increased wear and tear.

The A2B Galvani comes from a reputable brand and delivers great utility. It’s not the most affordable bike out there but the ~$300 difference between this and a value model at $1,999 really goes towards some solid upgrades. The five year warranty (two year on battery and motor systems) and all of the nice features, colors and sizes convinced me that the Galvani could be an excellent “around town” ride. There are ebikes out there that offer better climbing ability and wheel accessibility with mid-drive systems but most are significantly more expensive. The real benefit of this rear-hub design is just how quiet it is and how zippy it feels no matter which gear you’re riding in. It’s just a smooth ride… I also enjoyed the comfort saddle, hybrid tires and suspension fork with lockout for improved efficiency on flats.

Pros:

  • Solid warranty with five years on the frame and two years on everything else including the battery pack
  • Available in three colors including black, white and silver as well as two frame sizes including 17″ and 20″
  • Uses standard sized 26″ tires (replacements and tubes are more plentiful and affordable) and comes with upgraded Kendas that feature reflective sidewalls
  • Front and rear LED lights are positioned well, the headlight is aimable, and are powered off of the main battery pack for convenience
  • Full length plastic fenders include mud flaps, chain guard is of higher quality, rear rack uses near-standard gauge tubing for widest compatibility and has little metal loops welded to the bottom bars for latching down panniers (great attention to detail)
  • Battery pack is fully removable and includes a keyed lock, the pack can be charged on or off the frame for convenience
  • The display panel is large, backlit, easy to read and convenient to interact with thanks to the button pad
  • Overall satisfying ride, the eight speed Shimano Alivio cassette isn’t the highest end component group but it climbs well enough and provides good cadence at 20 mph
  • Motor feels powerful and responsive thanks to the TMM4 torque sensor, it operates very quietly and is durable due to the gearless direct drive configuration

Cons:

  • The gearless direct drive motor is larger and heavier than an equally rated geared offering and this weight adds to the rear-mounted battery for an overall rear-heavy design
  • The rear wheel requires wrenches and tools to remove for servicing wheels and tires, the TMM4 torque sensor is also located at the rear dropout so re-installing the wheel can be more sensitive and possibly require a shops help
  • The display panel is not removable which means it is may take more damage from natural elements or vandalism depending on where you park

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Comments (4) YouTube Comments

R Roy
3 years ago

I bought this bike a year ago. Only has 300 miles on it now. It is a lemon or just bad engineering. Abrupt shut off as you approach 20 mph. They admit its a problem and a common one at that. I am on second battery after 100 miles due to over heat. They will not refund me or respond to same. Poor customer support. Avoid this bike. Terrible .

  Reply
Court Rye
3 years ago

I’m so sorry to hear that R Roy, I heard that A2B might be going out of business… they were one of the first manufacturers in the US with purpose-built products and neat features, it’s too bad this product has an issue and that the company wasn’t able to make it. Thank you for sharing and I hope that your next experience is much better. Bosch does a great job, I can wholeheartedly recommend them, Yamaha, or Shimano drive systems.

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Alex
3 years ago

Hi Court,

This is the second reference I found regarding bad experiences with A2B. Could you expand a little bit more on your bad experience? I am from Colombia, and the problem here is one of the few electric bikes around (the other option being chinese manufacturers…) and I am considering one of the A2B models, but I don’t want to be out of luck if I need warranty or further parts.

BTW I love your videos, and your excitement for all thing e-bike it’s contagious!

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