Biria Easy Boarding Electric Review

Biria Easy Boarding Electric Bike Review
Biria Easy Boarding Electric
Biria Easy Boarding Electric Bionx 350 Watt Gearless Motor
Biria Easy Boarding Electric 48 Volt Panasonic Battery With Light
Biria Easy Boarding Electric Relaxed Cruiser Bars Bright Display
Biria Easy Boarding Electric Paint Matched Fenders
Biria Easy Boarding Electric Super Low Step Kickstand
Biria Easy Boarding Electric 7 Speed Shimano Tourney Chain Guide
Biria Easy Boarding Electric Bike Review
Biria Easy Boarding Electric
Biria Easy Boarding Electric Bionx 350 Watt Gearless Motor
Biria Easy Boarding Electric 48 Volt Panasonic Battery With Light
Biria Easy Boarding Electric Relaxed Cruiser Bars Bright Display
Biria Easy Boarding Electric Paint Matched Fenders
Biria Easy Boarding Electric Super Low Step Kickstand
Biria Easy Boarding Electric 7 Speed Shimano Tourney Chain Guide

Summary

  • Unique deep-step frame allows riders to mount with less than a five inch leg lift and stand over the bike comfortably, the seat can be dropped very low as well
  • Utilizes a very high quality motor, battery and display from BionX, a well established company with a great warranty, it operates at near silence and offers pedal assist, regen and throttle modes
  • Beautiful matching fenders, high quality rack with standard gauge tubing, integrated rear light, adjustable stem and swept back bars for maximum comfort
  • The battery and rack may block the seat from going all the way down unless you slide the saddle forward or get a smaller one, the mechanical linear pull brakes are kind of basic, no headlight

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Introduction

Make:

Biria

Model:

Easy Boarding Electric

Price:

$2,750

Body Position:

Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Cruising

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

30 Day Return Policy, 2 Years Comprehensive, 3 Years on BionX Drive System With Registration

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2016

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

50.5 lbs (22.9 kg)

Battery Weight:

8 lbs (3.62 kg)

Motor Weight:

9 lbs (4.08 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

18 in (45.72 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

18" Seat Tube Length, 24" Reach, 4.5" Ground Clearance, 6.5" Standover Height, 72" Length

Frame Types:

Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Matte Black, Gloss Silver

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Steel Fork, 11 mm Axle with Bolts

Frame Rear Details:

Hardened Steel 3/8" Axle

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Tourney, 14-34T

Shifter Details:

Shimano RevoShift Grip Shifter on Right

Cranks:

Prowheel Forged Alloy, 40T

Pedals:

Wellgo Aluminum Alloy Platform with Rubber Tread

Stem:

Adjustable Angle, Quill

Handlebar:

Aluminum Alloy, Swept Back, 24" Length

Brake Details:

Promax Linear Pull, Promax Levers with Motor Inhibitor on Right

Grips:

Faux Leather Stitched, Black

Saddle:

Velo Comfort Saddle, 10" Wide, Black

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

30 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.9 mm

Rims:

Aluminum Alloy, Stainless Eyelets, 36H

Spokes:

Stainless 12G Rear, 14G Front

Tire Brand:

Kenda, 26" x 1.75"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tube Details:

Schrader

Accessories:

Aluminum Alloy Fenders, Aluminum Alloy Rear Carry Rack (25 kg Max Load), Prowheel Plastic Chain Guide, Nuvo Adjustable Length Kickstand

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack, 1 lb 3.45 Amp Charger, Deep Sleep Battery Protection

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

BionX

Motor Type:

Front-Mounted Gearless Direct Drive Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Motor Torque:

40 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Panasonic

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

8.8 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

422.4 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium Manganese Cobalt

Charge Time:

4.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

35 miles (56 km)

Estimated Max Range:

55 miles (89 km)

Display Type:

Backlit LCD (Removable, Symmetrical Integrated Buttons for Right or Left Handed Users)

Readouts:

4 Proportional Assist and Generate Modes, Lighting Controls, Battery Voltage, Trip Distance, Odometer, Chronometer, Average Speed, Clock

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad with Variable Speed Trigger Throttle

Drive Mode:

Torque Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph) (Unless Otherwise Specified in Specific Jurisdictions)

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Written Review

Biria produces some beautiful, mostly city oriented, bicycles with classic styling and fun colors. One of the most unique frames I’ve seen from them is the Easy Boarding deep step-thru. It’s pretty clear just looking at this bike that it’s easy to board… very comfortable to mount, stand over and control at stop signs or traffic signals because there isn’t a top tube, just a long sloping downtube that curves all the way down to about 3.5 inches from the ground. Despite the unique single-tube design, the bike feels sturdy. It has two gussets on the angle points near the bottom bracket for enhanced strength and handling. And so with this frame, riders only have to lift one foot about 4.5 inches off the ground to mount the bike! Furthermore, the seat tube is extra short so you can lower the saddle height and possibly even sit down without having to balance on the pedals before you take off.

The Easy Boarding model model has been produced primarily as non-electric bicycle for several years. It comes with a basic seven speed Shimano drivetrain, cantilever breaks, a pair of Steel fenders, a rack, a nice set of cruiser bars and an adjustable stem. With the upgraded electric conversion model, that uses the trusted BionX drive system, you get even more versatility and assistance riding. Whereas before, riders were empowered to simply mount the bike, now they are further empowered to climb hills and fight the wind easier… or simply ride further and keep up with friends and family. Most anyone who can balance should be able to ride comfortably on this bike without even pedaling for at least 20 miles per charge… and probably many more if they do pedal. I mentioned comfort a moment ago and I want to stress that the bike feels great on smooth paved surfaces. You get a nice sloped back cruiser bar with an adjustable angle stem and a large padded seat. This positions your body more upright vs. forward, keeping your neck and back straight vs. curved and allowing you to look around, chat with friends and spot traffic more easily.

In my opinion, the Biria Easy Boarding Electric is a wonderful option for people who want to cruise around the neighborhood and maybe even run to the store for supplies. The rear rack is very well built and can accommodate trunk bags or panniers up to 15 lbs. While it doesn’t have a suspension fork and is rear-heavy due to the hub motor and rack mounted battery, the bike weighs significantly less than the very similar looking Pedego Boomerang. The Boomerang costs slightly less and has a headlight which is nice but you do get a tail light on the Biria Easy Boarding as well as regenerative braking, four levels of regen mode (to slow you coasting down larger hills or provide a fun challenge on flat ground) and a beautiful, backlit removable display panel. I love that that the BionX system offers so many options for riding and comes with a solid two year comprehensive warranty. There’s a lot more to say and I’ve included some pro’s and con’s below but overall, this is a unique electric bike, one that delivers comfort and accessibility to an audience that can really benefit from it. Whether you need a low-step bike like this or not, the drive system is a blast and very capable.

Pros:

  • Super low-step design makes it extremely easy to mount, dismount and control at stop signs… The saddle can also go very low thanks to a shorter seat tube
  • Comfortable grips, a swept back cruiser style handlebar with adjustable angle stem and oversized plush saddle make for a comfortable upright ride
  • I like the color-matched fenders and plastic chain guide, these help to keep you clean and snag-free when riding, the rack is also useful and is compatible with most clip-on panniers like these
  • While the bike comes in at least two colors (black and silver), I appreciate the silver because it’s more reflective at night, it’s great that the battery has a built-in LED light as well for safety
  • BionX produces excellent electric bike systems and I love their display because it’s large enough to read but doesn’t take up a lot of space… it’s removable, backlit for night riding and comes with an independent button pad that’s easy to reach without taking your hand of the grip
  • I was surprised that this bike only weighs ~50 lbs because the frame is extra thick, even so, you get a little trigger throttle to help you get started which becomes active at ~2 mph for safety
  • It’s really thoughtful that they included bottle cage bosses on the downtube! I think many people will skip using them because it could crowd the standing space but for some, it will be nice to add a mini-pump or other accessory like a folding lock here that doesn’t stick out as much, I see people add these cup holder racks to bars sometimes and that could be an alternative way to store a coffee cup or other drink
  • Given the weight and size of the bike, including the ~9 lb motor, it’s nice that the battery pack can be removed easily, either to lighten the bike for transport or to store and charge separately
  • BionX uses high quality battery cells, in this case Panasonic, that will last longer than competing brands, BionX also has a “deep sleep” mode built into their controller which protects the battery over long periods of disuse
  • Even though the drivetrain is simple, using a more basic derailleur with 7 speeds, I like that they have a derailleur cage protect it it from tips and that there’s a solid kickstand included with the bike

Cons:

  • The motor and battery are both mounted towards the rear of this bike vs. low and center, it’s less balanced as a result but this is the trade-off for a deep step-thru design
  • I appreciate the safety of having a throttle that only starts once the bike is moving but it sure would be nice if it could help you get the bike moving from zero… it’s a trade off
  • Due to the unique frame design and rear-weight of the rack and battery, I found the frame to flex a bit (like if I jerked the handle bars back and forth), this thing is meant for neighborhood and limited urban riding… not off-road or trail
  • The brakes on this bike are a little bit more basic and old fashioned, it uses mechanical linear pull style “v-brakes” which can require more effort than a fancy hydraulic disc brake, they work fine for slower riding and I like that the levers have motor inhibitors to cut power
  • Even though the seat post can drop down really far into the short seat tube here, with an extra large comfort saddle (as shown in the video) you might end up with some collision where the back of the seat hits the battery rack so keep that in mind, might have to get a smaller saddle or slide it forward on the saddle rails all the way for clearance
  • The bike offers four levels of assist and four regen AND the regen kicks in full power if you squeeze the right brake lever… but only the right one, there isn’t a motor inhibitor sensor in the left lever
  • Because this electric bike is a combination of a pre-existing bicycle from Biria and the BionX drive system and wasn’t created from the ground up to only be electric, some of the wires aren’t fully integrated, you can see them near the seat tube tacked on with zip ties but at least most of them do run through the downtube so the front and mid sections of the bike are clean

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M man
5 months ago

These could be built with same quality, and better spec'd components, and sold for $1700 price point. In fact, you'd be better off buying a regular Biria, and retro-fitting a decent quality ebike kit on it.

M man
5 months ago

Should have put the motor on the front hub, to at least try to address the rear heavy weight. Also, add add least front disc brake. Double leg kickstand would be far better for such a top heavy ebike. They should make the front adjustable stem a Promax, hand adjustable, that doesn't require tools. Good luck changing the rear tire. Should put puncture proof tires, or at least slimed tires on these.

M man
5 months ago

Nicer and better made than the Pedego Boomerang. Clearly Pedego copied Biria's design pretty much to the T. Pedego and their Chinese knock offs. Tsk, Tsk. They are buying their versions for Less than $650 from Chinese contract manufacturer, and then selling at $2500 to $2600. Leaving a decent cut for the dealers. Plus Pedego's are their usual tank heavy designs.

velocity8181
8 months ago

could you do a review on the bafang bbshd 1000w?

wjf213
8 months ago

Great review. I really enjoy your videos, and I had a thought that I wanted to share with you, have you ever thought of maybe like starting in the front and working your way to the rear while doing the review and talk about each item you wanted to point out, instead of kind of jumping back and forth?

Don't get me wrong, it's not a knock on your reviews, just a suggestion for maybe a format to follow so you don't miss anything or bounce back and forth. Maybe start with a basic over view of the bike and what it is good for like basic riding to work, hauling, mountain and trail riding and so on, and then starting at the front and moving towards the back, and finishing with the electronic display and then the ride.

Again, what the heck do I know, you're the pro not me, but it's just a thought I wanted to throw out there and see if it's something that can make a great channel even better. Keep up the great work.

ElectricBikeReview.com
8 months ago

I appreciate your feedback, good ideas there! I do tend to just jump in and freestyle it. Maybe I'll get more organized in the future... I like to pretend I'm having a conversation with someone when I look at the bikes and sometimes it takes me in different directions (depending on the model) but maybe that's still possible with a more standardized stepped process too :)

Thought Criminal
8 months ago

Hey Cort, what would you think of an Electric BMX bike??? This indiegogo says it's the first ever. You quick input would be awesome.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/first-usa-built-affordable-electric-bmx-bike-bicycle#/

Thought Criminal
8 months ago

Wow, thanks for responding! It'd be almost $800 after shipping... Is that a good deal in your opinion?

ElectricBikeReview.com
8 months ago

Looks awesome! I recognize the manufacturer "ProdecoTech" and their throttle plus 350 watt motor looks almost completely hidden... which is good because throttle powered ebikes aren't allowed in NYC where it appears the video was shot ;)

Kenneth King
8 months ago

any recommendations for a low budget e bike

ElectricBikeReview.com
8 months ago

Hi Kenneth, I've categorized all of the more "affordable" electric bikes I've reviewed here: https://electricbikereview.com/category/affordable/

Joe Blogs
8 months ago

the weight of the battery above the wheel would contribute to the flexing, this could be reduced with a frame intergrated battery which is what we will probably see when the bikes are designed from scratch rather than retrofit

ElectricBikeReview.com
8 months ago

Yeah, you're right on... I've only ever seen one other deep step-thru like this (from Pedego here: https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/boomerang/) and the thing is, it's such a niche design right now I can understand that they did more of a retrofit because it's less expensive. If these bikes hit volume and the price stayed reasonably high maybe they could justify the integrated battery?

Yulian Baskoro
8 months ago

its perfect for skirt :)

ElectricBikeReview.com
8 months ago

Exactly right XD

em gai
8 months ago

I'm not a fan of rack batteries

ElectricBikeReview.com
8 months ago

Me neither usually but in cases like this where the step-thru design won't work with a downtube battery I think it makes sense :)

Carlospicywiener
8 months ago

Hi Cort did you notice any vertical flex from the frame over small bumps etc?

oz davidov
8 months ago

HI

ElectricBikeReview.com
8 months ago

Howdy!