Aerobic Cruiser Review

Aerobic Cruiser Electric Bike Review 1
Aerobic Cruiser
Aerobic Cruiser Geared Hub Motor
Aerobic Cruiser Lifepo4 Battery Pack
Aerobic Cruiser Throttle Cycle Analyst Panel
Aerobic Cruiser Cycle Analyst 2 5
Aerobic Cruiser 750 Watt Hub Motor
Aerobic Cruiser Alexrims Dx32
Aerobic Cruiser Custom Front Sprocket
Aerobic Cruiser Front V Brake
Aerobic Cruiser Mid Mounted Battery Pack
Aerobic Cruiser Rear Suspension Swing Arm
Aerobic Cruiser Rear Basket
Aerobic Cruiser Nexus Three Speed Hub
Aerobic Cruiser Suspension Fork
Aerobic Cruiser With Passenger
Aerobic Cruiser Electric Bike Review 1
Aerobic Cruiser
Aerobic Cruiser Geared Hub Motor
Aerobic Cruiser Lifepo4 Battery Pack
Aerobic Cruiser Throttle Cycle Analyst Panel
Aerobic Cruiser Cycle Analyst 2 5
Aerobic Cruiser 750 Watt Hub Motor
Aerobic Cruiser Alexrims Dx32
Aerobic Cruiser Custom Front Sprocket
Aerobic Cruiser Front V Brake
Aerobic Cruiser Mid Mounted Battery Pack
Aerobic Cruiser Rear Suspension Swing Arm
Aerobic Cruiser Rear Basket
Aerobic Cruiser Nexus Three Speed Hub
Aerobic Cruiser Suspension Fork
Aerobic Cruiser With Passenger

Summary

  • A full suspension recumbent style electric bike with a focus on comfort and ergonomics
  • Strong 750 watt geared rear hub motor is quiet but capable moving this 100+ pound bike
  • Trigger throttle mode only (no pedal assist) battery is not easily removed, limited availability

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

Aerobic Cruiser

Model:

Innovation

Price:

$5,000 USD

Body Position:

Recumbent

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Availability:

United States

Model Year:

20132013

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

100 lbs (45.35 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Types:

Mid-Step

Frame Colors:

Gray

Frame Fork Details:

Basic Suspension

Frame Rear Details:

Swing Arm with Coil Over Suspension

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Water Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

3 Speed 1x3 Shimano Nexus Internally Geared Hub

Shifter Details:

Grip Twist on Left Bar

Cranks:

Sugino

Pedals:

Wellgo Aluminum Alloy Platform

Handlebar:

Extra High Rise

Brake Details:

V-Brake in Front, Mechanical Disc with 200 mm Rotor in Rear

Saddle:

Padded Recumbent with Adjustable Back Rest

Rims:

Alexrims DX32

Tire Brand:

Maxxis, 20" Front and 26" Rear

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)26 in (66.04cm)

Accessories:

Bar-End Mirrors, Single Side Kickstand

Other:

Custom Oversized Front Sprocket Chain Ring

Electronic Details

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

750 watts

Battery Voltage:

49.8 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

25 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

1245 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium Phosphate

Charge Time:

8 hours

Estimated Min Range:

45 miles (72 km)

Estimated Max Range:

65 miles (105 km)

Display Type:

Backlit Monochrome LCD by Cycle Analyst, Version 2.5

Readouts:

Speed, Odometer, Voltage, Watts

Drive Mode:

Trigger Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Aerobic Cruiser is a powerful recumbent electric bike that offers a comfortable ride through adjustable seat, back rest and full suspension design elements. It’s not the lightest bike around at 100+lbs but the 1,000 watt hour battery and near silent 750 watt hub motor ensure you’ll never struggle with medium to large sized hills, large loads or windy conditions. It’s capable of 50+ miles of riding per charge which is great because transporting this thing is not easy. The battery isn’t designed to be taken off and the frame is long and unique so you basically need a truck and at least two people to load it up.

Powering this thing is a 750 watt geared rear hub motor. That’s as powerful as you can legally get on a fully assembled ebike in the USA while still qualifying as a bicycle; avoiding licensing and insurance. It operates very quietly and offers a lot of torque for acceleration and climbing. Considering its size, the motor is small and unobtrusive. It does add some unsprung weight on the rear swing arm but is lighter than a direct drive motor would have been and less complex than a mid-drive system.

The battery pack offers 49.8 volts of power and about 25 amp hours of capacity. It’s a 1,000 watt hour pack (that’s one kilowatt hour) which is enough to cruise for about two hours and around 50 miles depending on the terrain, rider and weather factors like wind. It uses Lithium Iron Phosphate LiFePO4 cells that are designed to last through more cycles and deal with heat better than some other chemistries. I love that they positioned the battery pack at the center of this bike down as low as it could go. This keeps the Aerobic Cruiser balanced and stable when mounting and riding. Somehow they were also able to fit a water bottle cage inside the top tube and down tube area which is awesome (you need water during rides and this is very convenient). The one downside to this battery is that it’s basically permanently fixed to the bike, you’d have to unscrew the plastic shields on both sides to get the cells out and that’s not recommended. This means you need a garage or large room in which to charge the bike and can’t make it lighter for transporting by taking the bike off. Keep in mind, Lithium batteries are sensitive to extreme cold and heat. If your garage gets really hot in the summer and that’s where the bike is parked you might shorten its life and getting a new one on there is going to take some work.

The seating position and control dashboard on this bike are superb. The saddle is oversized and very comfortable. The back rest angle is adjustable and the vented fabric keeps you cool. I mentioned the bottle cage earlier for transporting water and this becomes even more important with a bike that basically prohibits backpack wearing. You could always put a camelback on the front of your torso or use a hip pack. The handlebars are long and adjustable so they come to you vs. reaching and straining your back. All of your body weight is positioned over your hips and spread out through the back rest so my neck, back and shoulders all felt great when riding (especially with the full suspension design). Since the control panel is also front and center, it’s not difficult to read or adjust when riding. This ebike uses Cycle Analyst Pro 2.5 which lets you flip through different readouts to determine how far you’ve gone, what your voltage is at and how fast you’re traveling. It’s a great setup.

This bike is clearly not for everyone but for the right person it’s quiet extraordinary. Building an electric recumbent bike with full suspension that also feels balanced and unobtrusive is no small feat. Sure, the battery isn’t removable but at least it’s low, center and out of the way. Yeah, it’s heavy but the thing is quiet, powerful and capable of riding for miles and miles before running low. The Aerobic Cruiser is available in limited quantities and one shop that I know carries and services it is Certified Electric Bikes Specialists in Chattanooga, TN.

Pros:

  • Powerful 750 watt geared motor is surprisingly quiet
  • Trigger throttle is very responsive, provides a nice gradient of speeds vs. all or none
  • Front and rear suspension really soften bumps and cracks, oversized Maxxis tires also help
  • Cycle Analyst Pro 2.5 display tells you lots of interesting stats about the bike and your rides (power, distance, energy use etc.)
  • Soft oversized saddle, adjustable back rest, extended handlebars create a relaxed body position
  • Wellgo pedals provide excellent stiffness and traction for power transfer when pedaling
  • Shimano Nexus Internally geared three speed hub stays clean, can be shifted at rest
  • This bike has a water bottle cage! Easy low-step frame design is approachable
  • Rear 200mm disc brake provides extra stopping power, front v-brake works well
  • Frame is extended in back for mounting a bag or basket to haul groceries etc.

Cons:

  • Battery pack is not easily removable for charging off the bike
  • Elongated frame with low-step design is hard to transport, does not fit on traditional car racks etc.
  • Limited availability for support and replacement parts, more custom ebike
  • Heavier electric bike at 100+ pounds (I was not able to weigh it and the website does not say)
  • No pedal assist option, trigger throttle only (but it’s very responsive)

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Comments (4) YouTube Comments

Mark Weedman
4 years ago

I was apart of this team years ago . I can tell you the dedication and hard work has paid off…..What a product this Bike has turned out to be. WOW.. Congratulations to Charlie McVean and crew for making the most remarkable transportation and exercise bike on the face of this earth. Sincerely

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Court
4 years ago

Wow! Thanks for sharing your involvement here Mark. Do you feel that anything was missed with this review? I’d love to hear your expert insider perspective. I agree that it was a well built machine and that it offered something truly special :)

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Walter Brown
6 months ago

Are there any successors being developed that might take the place of the Aerobic Cruiser which has been out of production for some time? I have seen a few “proto-types” from their Tennessee plant that were about 2/3 the size and weight of the original. Any news on possible production run? Anything on this development would be welcome news.

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Court
6 months ago

Hi Walter, I haven’t seen anything in this category but will keep an eye out. Maybe someone else will chime in here. You could post the same question in the EBR forums and link to this review, maybe someone there will be able to help you identify alternatives.

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