Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Review

Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Review
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Hub Drive
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Bottle Battery
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Cockpit View
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Display Controls
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Suspension Fork
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Kickstand
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Pattery Pack
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Shimano Tourney Derailleur
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Stock High Step Black
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Review
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Hub Drive
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Bottle Battery
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Cockpit View
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Display Controls
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Suspension Fork
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Kickstand
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Pattery Pack
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Shimano Tourney Derailleur
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike Stock High Step Black

Summary

  • An extremely low cost value ebike with surprising features like Shimano 7 speed system, front suspension, gets you outside and having fun again, and is one of few brands available with speedy Amazon Prime shipping
  • A lot of cool details here like battery integrated headlight, rear mounted kickstand to eliminate annoying pedal lock, the electric horn, rear rack provisions, and a comfy gel saddle
  • 250 watt hub motor, 36v 8ah metal enclosed battery pack, 7 speed Shimano Tourney with derailleur guard, and 160mm mechanic disc brakes
  • Some quality compromises, doesn’t match performance for real mountain biking, can look like more of a conversion, and our bike failed during testing

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

Ancheer

Model:

Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike

Price:

$799

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1), Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

Unknown

Availability:

United States, Europe

Model Year:

2019

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

47.5 lbs (21.54 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.5 lbs (2.49 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17.5 in (44.45 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

17.25" Seat Tube, 20.5" Reach, 29.5" Stand Over Height, 31.25" Minimum Saddle Height, 25.75" Width, 68" Length

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Gloss Black with White and Red Accents

Frame Fork Details:

Generic Spring Suspension, 55mm Travel, 30mm Steel Stanchion Diameter, Steel Lowers, 100mm Hub Spacing, 9mm Axle with Quick Release Skewer

Frame Rear Details:

135mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Keyed Threaded Axle with 18mm Nuts

Attachment Points:

Rear Fender Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses

Gearing Details:

21 Speed 3x7 Shimano Tourney Front and Shimano Tourney Rear Derailleur, 14-28 Tooth Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano Thumb Shifters on Left and Right

Cranks:

Forged Aluminum Alloy Arms, 170mm Length, Square Taper Bottom Bracket Spindle, 44-34-24 Tooth Steel Chainrings with Plastic Guard

Pedals:

Wellgo LU-C25 Plastic Center, Aluminum Alloy Platform with Fixed Pins, Black

Headset:

Threaded, Caged Bearings, Straight 1-1/8"

Stem:

Aluminum Alloy, Adjustable Angle 80° Range, 90mm Length, 31.8mm Clamp Diameter

Handlebar:

Low-Rise, Aluminum Alloy, 35mm Rise, 650mm Width

Brake Details:

Filel Mechanic Disc with 160mm Rotors, Three-Finger Levers with Motor Inhibitors

Grips:

Flat Rubber

Saddle:

Generic, Active

Seat Post:

Steel, Single Bolt Laprade Clamp, Quick Release Collar

Seat Post Length:

400 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

Aluminum Alloy, Double Walled, 25mm Outer Width, 36 Hole, Black

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge Front 13 Gauge Rear, Silver with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Generic Unbranded, 26" x 1.95" (50-599)

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

40 to 65 PSI, 2.8 to 4.5 BAR

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Electronic Horn, BLAZE-LITE Integrated LED Headlight, Steel Derailleur Guard, Rear Mount Kickstand (40mm Mount)

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube Mounted Battery Pack, MDA 1.4lb 2 Amp Charger, Basic Assembly Toolkit, 330lb Max Load (According to Amazon Listing)

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Generic Unbranded

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Battery Brand:

Generic Unbranded

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

8 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

288 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

8 miles (13 km)

Estimated Max Range:

18 miles (29 km)

Display Type:

Key-Disp KD26E, Fixed, LED Display, Buttons: -, M, +, Walk Assist: Hold -

Readouts:

Mode (Low, Mid, High), Power (5 Bars)

Display Accessories:

Half-Grip Twist Throttle on Right, Rocker Switch for Headlight, Push Button for Horn

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle (Sealed Sensor)

Top Speed:

15 mph (24 kph)

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Written Review

Today, we are finally dipping our toes into the water and checking out an Ancheer electric bicycle. So what has taken so long? Well, Ancheer is a bit of a complicated brand. Some sing praises for the fast shipping, its truly affordable price, and getting people outside again. Meanwhile, others in the community have blasted it for being unreliable, low quality, and un-supported. So which is it? Or maybe it is perhaps a little of both? If you are unfamiliar with Ancheer, they are an ebike brand sold online only and have gained much notoriety due to being one of the few brands shipped via Amazon Prime, as well has having a very low price point. Getting on Amazon Prime is not easy for a manufacturer of ebikes, mostly due to lithium-ion battery shipping regulations as well as box sizes and weight. Selling ebikes from $500-$800 is also not an easy feat, but Ancheer manages to do both. Most of the bikes save money by going with generic systems (both mechanical and electrical), and are brought over direct from China to Amazons warehouse with no real middle man, dealer, branding or marketing to get in the way.

So to get a closer look at Ancheer, we chose the Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike. At the time of this review, it is listed on Amazon for $625 while the Ancheer website has it listed for $799 normally. First off, it would seem on paper you get what you pay for; there are definitely a lot of compromises here. You might notice the water-bottle style battery, large separate controller mounted on the seat post, and a bunch of external wiring…. In all honesty, this looks like a conversion ebike. And that may be the best way to describe it, a mass produced bike converted to electric. But it may not be as bad as it seems. The tires here are 26” x 1.9” and have some good knobby tread to them. These are the foundation for the front suspension fork with 55mm of travel and it works great on casual rides or on the road. I know there are not many ebikes under $1,000 that have a suspension fork, so this is pretty neat. However, I would not really take this thing on the mountain trail despite the name. The tires don’t specifically excel on off-road terrain, and the fork felt like it kept bottoming out time and time again while testing on some technical trails. I was happy to see some nice details on this bike, like the rear mounted kickstand to eliminate annoying pedal lock, the electric horn, rear rack provisions, and my favorite, the comfy gel saddle. If you can believe it, it even has a battery integrated headlight! A nice addition for safety, just make sure to turn the rocker switch on the handle off when you are doing using it. I have seen other integrated lights with switches and if you forget to toggle it, it can leave you with a dead battery.

Driving the bike is a 250 watt rear hub motor. Many manufacturers say 250 watts for legal purposes when the bike in reality has a 350 or 500 watt peak rating. Electrically, the bike did not preform very well so I wouldn’t be surprised if that 250 watts was actually a peak rating. But you do have options to propel the bike. I like that it has a twist throttle and a sealed cadence sensor for pedal assist. I don’t know the exact magnet count, but I am pretty confident it is 6 or less. The top speed is limited to 15mph, which will still get you there faster than your average regular bike. Just be aware that competing brands have average systems for 20mph, 25mph, and 28mph. The mechanical aspects of this bike is where it really shines. It uses a Shimano Tourney 7 speed system with a 14-28 tooth cassette and a front gearing system with a 24,34, and 44 tooth chain ring. A 14-28 tooth cassette may not be the best for mountain biking (as I said before, this works best on roads), but the Shimano Tourney component level has come a long way. It was the entry level (and still is) line for Shimano, but in recent years, Shimano has made the setup more efficient and reliable. Ancheer has also added a derailleur guard to keep that Shimano system protected during shipping or if the bike takes a spill. Stopping the bike is a set of 160mm mechanical disc brakes from a generic company. These get the job done and even have motor inhibitors built in to cut power to the motor when braking. Mechanical brakes are easier to adjust and maintain which is a bonus too. My only gripes with the brakes are that the handles feel a little cheap and the brake position is switched…. Meaning to stop the rear wheel, you use the left handle while the right stops the front wheel. Not a big deal at all when you get used to it, but it

Powering the electrical motor system, display, and headlight is a 36v 8ah battery. As mentioned before, this is a water-bottle style battery as it is shaped as such and sits where some bikes place their bottle cage bosses. Some of the benefits of this battery are that it sits in a place that keeps the weight centered and also has a metal casing to keep it protected. The battery is secured via lock and key, and even has an on/off switch. It may not be the highest capacity battery, but it fits the price well. What I do worry about is the battery mounting hardware. After just one day of light riding, there was gunk and water built up into the plate-cup the battery sits on. This is not stuff you want around your battery connections, so really try to keep an eye on it and keep it clean. To really care for this and other lithium-ion packs, I have heard that storing in a cool dry location vs. extreme heat or cold will extend the life, and try to keep it about 50% full when not using for long periods so you won’t stress the cells. Try not to let it run down to zero, because that’s really hard on the cell chemistry.

Operating the bike is very simple and straight forward. Once the battery is charged, locked into position, and turned on, you can begin to turn on the display. The display is basic and uses a series of a few labeled LED lights to communicate information. Hold the M button to turn on the display. You will then see an LED indicator for battery level in 5 ticks (20% increments) below while the top will indicate what level (1-3) of pedal assist you are in. Press the + or – buttons to raise or decrease the level of pedal assist. Decreasing levels by pressing – in level 1 will turn off the light indicating you are in level 0, or to put it simply, the assist is off. When it is off (or in level 0, whichever you like to call it) you can then engage the throttle. The bike does not allow you to have throttle and pedal assist active, it is really just an either or scenario.

In closing, many of our followers know that EBR has advertising and service fees so it is easy to see us as part of the industry. With that, comes perhaps a bias you might perceive on us as negative towards a low cost disrupting bike. We do not feel this is the case. Rather than part of an industry, we sincerely feel we are part of a community. We review expensive brand name bikes as well as low cost no-name bikes and the Ancheer is just one of many of those. We strive to be fair, transparent, and honest. In that honesty, we must report that the Ancheer died during testing. Once our video review was done, we sent the bike to Ebike Test Lab for some in-depth testing that we typically post to the forums. Unfortunately, during this testing the controller failed in the middle of examination, with the motor going out shortly after. We have reached out to Ancheer to get replacement parts, we still have not confirmed yet if this is a possibility. It would be easy to dismiss the bike after this, but there are some positives to gain here. In 2015 or so, the average ebike price was over $3,500. Sure, there are still plenty like that today, but currently in 2019, there are so many value offerings at $1,500 and below. Thanks to value brands like Ancheer, these offerings brought prices down across the industry which in turn helped put more ebike riders on the road. I think the bike is fine if you have the right expectations and use it as such. But when comparing ebikes every day, imperfections are bound to show. Imagine if you will a nice home-cooked meal with all the trimmings and fixings. Everything made from scratch. After the desert course, you are stuffed and even looking forward to leftovers at work the next day. Now instead, imagine you are staring into the freezer at a frozen microwave meal. You know it is not the best food you ever had. The food at that moment may be more fuel than experience. But to your surprise, there is a savory moment or two during the meal and you saved a ton of money. You feel perplexed as to why some people look at this with shame when it gets the job done for less. We are correct in feeling those ways, and like that, the Ancheer is just one of the many options on the spectrum when choosing what is right for you at this time.

As always, I welcome questions and feedback in the comment section below. Whether you own a previous version of the bike, have taken a test ride, or are brand new to the space, my goal is to provide an objective and honest resource. You can also join the Ancheer ebike forums and share your own photos, videos, and review updates to help others! Have fun out there, and ride safe :)

Pros:

  • An extremely low cost ebike with surprising features like Shimano 7 speed system, front suspension, gets you outside and having fun again, and is one of few brands available with speedy Amazon Prime shipping
  • The price is by far one of the greatest strengths of this bike, the bike we tested is $799 on their website and $625 on Amazon, at this cost, you could easily buy 2 or more for the price of other ebikes on the market
  • The tires are 26” x 1.9” and have some good knobby tread to them, I love the machined sidewall look
  • Most sub $1,000 ebikes wouldn’t dream of adding a suspension fork, surprisingly, Ancheer gives you one, it works great on casual rides or on the road and has 55mm of travel
  • This low cost bike has great little details here and there like the rear mounted kickstand to eliminate annoying pedal lock, the electric horn, rear rack provisions, and my favorite, the comfy gel saddle
  • A big win here (especially for the price) is that it even has a battery integrated headlight! A nice addition for safety, I really appreciate more and more bikes are adding these in
  • 250 watt hub-motor that can be engaged either via a twist throttle, or this cadence based pedal assist, the cadence sensor is sealed which helps keep debris out, something I think is great
  • Shimano Tourney 7 speed system with a 14-28 tooth cassette and a front gearing system with a 24,34, and 44 tooth chain ring, the Shimano Tourney component level has come a long way in recent years, Shimano has made the setup more efficient and reliable
  • Ancheer has also added a derailleur guard to keep that Shimano system protected during shipping or if the bike takes a spill, another great feature that you don’t always see on competing bikes
  • 36v 8ah battery is cased in protective metal and is mounted in a central position on the bike, helping to keep weight balanced
  • The display may be more minimalist, but this makes the bike easy to hop on, understand, and teach others to ride too
  • Ancheer has been around for years now and has helped curve the industry towards more competitive offerings, they have helped show just how much bike you can fit in a low cost package, inspiring many other brands over the years

Cons:

  • Some generic parts, for example, the brakes had handles that were switched and the handles them selves felt low quality and made noises
  • I think the bike works fine on the street, and basic trails, but I wouldn’t advise doing any technical mountain biking with it, the electric system is not strong enough and will drag you down, literally, because of the added weight and low power
  • I appreciated the front suspension, however, it felt like it kept bottoming out time and time again while testing on some decent bumps
  • The top speed is limited to 15mph, which will still get you there faster than your average regular bike, just be aware that typical ebikes have average systems for 20mph, 25mph, and 28mph
  • Due to the design of the battery mounting hardware, gunk and water can build up into the plate-cup the battery sits on, this is not stuff you want around your battery connections, so really try to keep an eye on it and keep it clean
  • Minor gripe here, but a lot of bikes out there will try their best to ‘blend in’ and not look electric, due to the water-bottle style battery, large separate controller mounted on the seat post, and a bunch of external wiring, the Ancheer looks more like a conversion which may put off some
  • The 250 watt motor again is fine around town, but the lower top speed, peak watt output, and minimal levels of pedal assist can make this a poor performer when you compare with other systems
  • The rear motor does not have a direct disconnect, so if you take it in for service, the shop will either have it for a longer time than usual, or may charge you more money to have it serviced since they cannot remove the motor without cutting foundational wires
  • Our bike sadly failed during testing, first the controller went out, then the motor fell shortly after, you can read more on the testing here, we are talking with Ancheer to see if it is possible to get a new motor and controller

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Comments (7) YouTube Comments

Mikey Geurts
2 months ago

Hey guys! since this is one of the more requested reviews, I’ll be checking the comment section here for about a week to answer questions on the bike/review. If there’s anything specific you’d like to know not covered there, lemme know! 8^)

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Court
2 months ago

Thanks Mikey! I’ll ping you if/when I see comments coming up here. Great job with the review, I really enjoyed it!

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Dan Howard
2 months ago

They have a new model with 26″ wheels, 500W motor and 36V 12 Ah battery. The warranty on the motor and electronics is only 90 days. Other , more expensive bikes also have a 90 day warranty on those components. I’d be more confident in the purchase with a longer warranty, especially with the rainy season coming up and less bike riding. In any case, thanks for reviewing an Ancheer product. Still a possible purchase.

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Talbertc
2 months ago

Thank you, Mikey, for the great review. Thank you Court for including this review on your site. I’ve been watching a ton of reviews and appreciate how you’re educating the public about ebikes.

I bought the 250 watt version of the Ancheer as my first ebike several months ago. I wanted to buy something to ride and determine what I really want in an ebike. I have been surprised at the quality. It seems to be a very good value. I live where it’s fairly flat so not a lot of hills. I’m a bigger guy at 6’2″ 250 lbs and the Ancheer feels too small in the frame size and definitely in the motor. It struggles taking off and on smaller hills when I do encounter them. I have learned that I like the throttle for getting started. The pedal assist is not very smooth and I don’t use it when I’m riding through a park or off trail since It makes me feel a little out of control.

I’m not a commuter but a city biker that would enjoy going on some trails to get outside and enjoy myself. I’m looking for a replacement now since I know more what I want. I would like my next ebike to not look so much like an ebike.

The biggest concern I have is service after the sale. I love to tinker so I have considered building my own bike, that way I’m more likely to be able to fix or replace parts if something fails. That may or may not be true. If I could find the right ebike, I would buy it. I’m 65 years old, I’ve had a stroke almost 2 years ago but seem to be fully recovered. My balance isn’t what it use to be.

Some I have considered:

  • Specialized Como – I rode one of these and liked it. No throttle
  • Pedago City Commuter Black Edition and Interceptor Platinum Edition – Rode these and liked them. I felt like the price was so much higher than comparable ebikes and I was concerned about the battery being mounted on the back would make the bike a little unstable.
  • Radpower
  • Juiced

Here are the specs I’ve determined I want in my next ebike.

  • Mid drive or hub drive – I like the idea of a mid drive and the torque sensing but a hub may be just as good for what I need.
  • Power to handle my 250 lbs. Also to climb hills when I’m in a hilly area.
  • Large or XL frame size
  • Sit upright more than bent over like a mountain bike
  • Torque sensing pedal assist
  • Comfort – not really liking the look of fat tire bikes even though I know those tires add to comfort
  • Hydraulic brakesThrottle – would really like to be able to remove the throttle to make the bike a class 3 vs a class 2 when needed.
  • Considering a step through to make it easier to get on and off.

I live near the east coast and have a vacation home there. I would like to ride on the beach a little but I’m concerned with how that would work with an ebike. I’ve ridden my older mountain bike and the strong winds make it possible to only ride 1 way and then push the other way. The only option I have found for local service is Pedago and Specialized. The Ancheer is still running and looks nice so it has served it’s purpose to help me get out and ride a little to determine if I like ebikes and what I would want. I welcome input from anyone that has ideas for me to consider.

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Court
2 months ago

Hi Talbertc, great overview! thanks for the quick testimonial about how your Ancheer is still going strong and has worked well to get you into the ebike space. One electric bike came to mind when reading your list. But first, I should share that I have had kits and purpose built ebikes and much prefer purpose built. Unless you really enjoy the project side of converting a bicycle you already own and love, I have found that they make more noise, have more wires exposed, and aren’t as well balanced. Here’s a recent example where I tested some bikes with a really solid kit from Magnum. Anyway, the ebike that has a throttle, step-thru, and pretty good pedal assist and lots of power (because of mid-drive motor) is the eProdigy Magic Pro. I hope this helps get you started and you can always chime in with your feedback and more questions in the “help me choose” section of the EBR forums.

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Hal Campbell
2 months ago

Court, the eProdigy Magic Pro looks like a really nice bike. The model you reviewed is out of stock right now. Do you recommend the carbon belt version? I really like the idea of no chain or derailleur. In your opinion, what kind of service would I expect on the East Coast?

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