BMEBIKES BM-Shadow Review

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  • An affordable mid-level electric bike that's comfortable on trails or commuting, offers a clean tidy look
  • Offers pedal assist and throttle mode, middrive motor is a capable hill climber if you choose an easy gear
  • Battery uses high quality Panasonic cells, is secured well to the frame with extra mounting points, locks to the frame but can also be charged off and is positioned low and center on the bike for great balance
  • Decent six month warranty, comfortable ergonomic grips and basic suspension fork, capable eight speed cassette with Shimano Acera derailleur

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$2,175 USD

Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Urban, Trail

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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6 Month Comprehensive, 1 Year Frame


United States

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

46 lbs (20.86 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.6 lbs (2.54 kg)

Motor Weight:

9 lbs (4.08 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17 in (43.18 cm)19 in (48.26 cm)21 in (53.34 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Small 17" (535 mm Top Tube, 430 mm Seat Tube, 1033.5 mm Wheelbase, 775.5 mm Stand Over Height), Medium 19" (543.8 mm Top Tube, 483 mm Seat Tube, 1047 mm Wheelbase, 806.4 mm Stand Over Height), Large 21" (565 mm Top Tube, 534 Seat Tube, 1079.9 mm Wheelbase, 834.7 mm Stand Over Height)

Frame Types:


Frame Colors:


Frame Fork Details:

Basic Zoom Suspension with Rebound Adjustability

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 Shimano Acera

Shifter Details:

Shimano SL M310 Triggers on Right Bar


1 Piece Resin Body with Steel Axle


FPD Plastic Platform


Neco, 1 1/8" Semi-Integrated with Caged Bearings


Steel, 25.4 mm, +/- 20 Degrees


Steel, 30 mm Rise, 6 Degree Sweep, 25.4 mm Clamp

Brake Details:

Zoom Mechanical Disc with 160 mm Rotors, Levers with Motor Inhibitor


Kraton, Rubber, Semi-Ergonomic

Seat Post:


Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm


Weinmann ZAC 19 32H Double Wall, Brass Nipples, Alloy Formula Hubs, Steel Quick Releases


ED Black

Tire Brand:

Evolution, 27 TPI, 26" x 2.1"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve


Locking Removable Battery Pack, Quick Release on Front and Rear Wheel

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:


Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Motor Peak Output:

680 watts

Motor Torque:

40 Newton meters

Battery Brand:


Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

8.8 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

316.8 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

3.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

20 miles (32 km)

Estimated Max Range:

40 miles (64 km)

Display Type:

Bafang C965 Fixed Monochrome Backlit LCD


Speed, Battery Level, Assist Level (1-3), Watt Output, Trip Distance

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad Near Left Grip

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The BM-Shadow is the most affordable offering from BMEBIKES, an electric bike company based in North Los Angeles that’s dedicated to off-road electric bikes. Their slogan is “electric mountain bike specialists” but to me, the Shadow is more of a trail bike because it uses the standard (larger) size front chainring that comes stock with the BBS01 mid-drive motor from Bafang (8Fun). That’s not a bad thing, in fact this model performs well on street, trail and even light mountain terrain but may struggle with prolonged climbs and ultimately overheat. That’s why all of the other BMEBIKES models come with an aftermarket Raceface NW sprocket in the front that’s a smaller diameter with fewer teeth. The Shadow 1.5 is an exciting model to me because it looks great, is well balanced, has a premium battery and comes in multiple sizes (17″, 19″ and 21″). You get a lot for your money here and there’s no reason you couldn’t pay a bit more for the smaller chain ring if you intend to climb a lot (these guys do custom orders) and upgrade the fork independently at a later date for improved performance, weight savings and lockout.

Driving this bike is a BBS01 middrive motor that’s mounted to the bottom bracket. It’s a compact, versatile drive system that keeps weight low and centered on the frame while leveraging your rear cassette for efficiency and strength. Even though it’s not as sophisticated as a Bosch or Impulse centerdrive, it’s a big step up from the older EVELO and iGo mid-drives I’ve tested. While it offers throttle on demand and pedal assist modes (using a built in cadence sensor) it does not include shift detection and may strain the rear derailleur, chain and cassette if you don’t shift gears carefully. To minimize this I found myself letting up a bit on the pedals while shifting and occasionally tapping the brakes (which have a built in motor inhibitor switch). The motor itself is compact, quiet and surprisingly strong for a 350 watt design… in practice I regularly topped out at over 600 watts when climbing so perhaps the rating is a bit misleading. I was told the amp output is slightly higher than average at 18 amps which might account for the increased power. For the money, the BBS01 is a solid aftermarket motor and the stock black casing matches the flat black color scheme that BMEBIKES is known for.

The battery powering the BM Shadow electric bike uses premium Panasonic cells that deliver a higher discharge rate (higher C Rating), offer higher energy density (lighter for the same amount of stored energy) and extended life (should age well). To really take care of the pack, store it in a cool dry place when not in use and try to keep it between 20% and 80% charged when not in use. The cells are all 18650 sized and are packed into one of the sleekest aftermarket packs I’ve seen. It slides easily onto a metal rail that’s mounted to the downtube and includes a keyed lock for security. Unlike some other packs, this one does not require you to press an on/off button before activating the display panel and that saves time and avoids confusion when troubleshooting. I really came to appreciate this battery for the price, weight, aesthetic balance it offers and even though it’s about average with 36 volts and an 8.8 amp hour capacity, you actually get a pretty decent range depending on how you ride. For a 170 pound rider on flat pavement I’d estimate 20 miles using throttle only… but if you switch to pedal assist and just tap the throttle occasionally to start or get up a small hill, you could easily double that.

The drive system on this bike offers a lot of modes but really isn’t that complicated to use and the cockpit is clean and intuitive. Once the battery is secured to the frame you press a rubberized power button on the button pad (mounted near the left grip). This activates the backlit Bafang display panel (front and center) and shows your speed, battery level, assist level (preset 1-3 but configurable to 5 or 9 levels), watt output and trip distance. Unfortunately, the display doesn’t swivel easily and is not removable but otherwise it’s sleek and easy to read. When you first turn the system on, assist is actually set to zero and unfortunately you cannot activate the throttle in this mode… that’s one of my gripes because sometimes you don’t want assist to accidentally kick in while navigating difficult terrain. Once you click up to 1, 2 or 3 then pedal assist becomes active and anytime you turn the cranks the motor begins to spin. In any of the assist levels you can also use the trigger throttle for an extra boost as an override but power is somewhat limited by the mode you’re in. This is another area where I feel like the system could be improved, I’d prefer the throttle just go to full power in any assist mode because it’s a variable speed design and I might need the extra power in a pinch. I do like that they chose a trigger throttle here instead of a half-twist design because this keeps the grips more secure feeling. As mentioned earlier, the mid-drive motor helps you pull the chain and therefore benefits from the rear cassette just like you do. If you’re climbing a hill, just switch to a lower gear to help the motor (and you) make it up. With eight gears to choose from the system is very capable and offers a smooth cadence from zero to ~25 mph when pedaling (the motor cuts out around 20).

While the BM-Shadow probably wouldn’t be my first choice for true mountain biking given the basic suspension fork and speed-geared sprocket, it’s no slouch on the trail and performed quite well for the video review. I love that the battery mount was designed with extra rivet nuts for strength and that the brake levers offer a motor cutoff switch because the BBSO1 is known for a slight lag in cutoff (the motor keeps going for a moment even after you’ve stopped pedaling). Some of the components here are basic but they get the job done and were chosen carefully to match the look and perform well. These include the rubber semi-ergonomic grips and entry level Zoom mechanical disc brakes. With this electric bike you’re basically getting a solid drive system mated to a traditional mountain bike frame and that means the wires aren’t integrated as nicely as something like an Easy Motion EVO Cross. I love that you get a six month warranty on the batter and motor here (the frame is warrantied for a year). And I love that the frame is available in three standard sizes for those shorter or taller riders. This could be an excellent first electric bike that doesn’t cost so much and is capable of double-duty as a commuter given the mounting points at the rear (for adding a rack).


  • Excellent weight distribution with the motor and battery low and centered on the frame, also relatively light weight at ~46 pounds
  • High quality battery made with Panasonic Lithium-ion cells, they should last longer and have a higher discharge rate than cheaper packs, I also like the the pack doesn’t require its own on/off switch
  • Sturdy reinforced battery bracket, in addition to using the standard braze-ons BMEBIKES also adds rivnuts which create more mounting points on the downtube for strength
  • Fairly affordable given the solid performance and true off-road capabilities, it also looks nice in all-black and isn’t busy or cheap looking
  • Available in three frame sizes including 17 inch, 19 inch and 21 inch for improved rider fit
  • Decent components ranging from an 8 speed cassette with Shimano Acera derailleur, 160 millimeter mechanical disc brakes and a backlit lCD display panel
  • Independent button pad is mounted close enough to reach without taking your hand off the grip, the trigger throttle is also nearby and doesn’t compromise the grip the way a twist throttle might which is a good solution for off-road use
  • Quick release wheels, front and rear, thanks to the mid-drive motor… this makes servicing and trail maintenance easier as well as transporting the bike if you have to stuff it in your car
  • Battery is locking and removable for convenient charging and reduced weight during transport
  • Mounting points for fenders at the front and rear as well as seat stay braze ons at the back for adding a carry rack if you want to use it for commuting
  • Six month warranty is better than nothing and the company has been around since 2010 and has a retail shop where you can see the bikes or pick up locally


  • Standard BBS01 chainring is a bit large for off-road riding and the motor may overheat and shut down if you aren’t pedaling while ascending large hills
  • Bottle cage bosses are not accessible on the seat tube and the battery pack takes the space where they might otherwise mount, get a Camelbak
  • Because this isn’t a purpose-built (specifically to be used for an electric bike) the wires aren’t integrated and create a bit more clutter… the black frame helps them to blend in
  • Many of the extras are basic including plastic FPD pedals, non-locking rubber ergonomic grips and Zoom suspension fork
  • The BBS01 mid-drive motor does not offer shift sensing and may mash gears as a result, ease off the pedals or tap the brake to cut power while shifting to reduce wear on the chain and sprockets
  • Display panel can be adjusted to swivel but may require a tool and the LCD screen is not removable for safe storage


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2 years ago

Hi, I’m shopping for an ebike and need to buy online without ever riding one. I am going with a mountain bike, but will mostly be using it for a mountain road commute. I am curious about power because there’s a long hill on the way home. Elevation gain for ride is 1,106 feet. I’m looking at the Freway VR-01 or BME Shadow. Would these have enough power to help me up the hill? Any thoughts appreciated.

Court Rye
2 years ago

Hi Annie! I’d definitely go with the BME Shadow in this case because its mid-drive motor will perform better when climbing. BME is a smallish company but one that has been around for several years now and seems to be doing well. The advantage with them vs. Freway is that they are small enough to answer the phone and help you out (and they speak English well). You might pay a bit more but the bike will have better range, more power and probably better support. One downside is that it’s a bit heavier than the Freway but that weight is in the motor and battery… it’s a decent bike in my opinion and I hope it works out great for you :)

1 year ago

Hi, would you recommend this bike or the md5 as a casual all around bike? It seem to be a hard choice for me!

Court Rye
1 year ago

Hi Steven! They’re very similar and the Leisger MD5 would probably work fine but costs more, doesn’t use a mid-drive motor which is going to improve balance and be nice for doing wheel maintenance or going off-road and might be trickier to find vs. BMEBIKES which are now sold online… It’s a smaller company that has a sort of DELL “pick your parts” model now with their website. You can customize it, call them, have it shipped and be involved with the process. I think they do a good job so if this is the one you’re leaning towards already I’d say go for it :)


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1 day ago

Just a quick update. I stopped in a local ebike dealer over the weekend and was thoroughly disappointed. Thanks to the dozens of hours I've put into watching bike review videos on EBR and other online research, it didn't take long for me to figure out that I knew more than the bike shop's owner. I'm not talking about getting into the nitty gritty about specific components or discussing Newton meters, but rather knowing the names of the models he had on his sales floor and how to work the LCD display. This guy should have been able to point at the bike and sound off, "That's a Motiv Shadow, that's an IZIP E3 Zuma, etc.", but he didn't know without taking a closer look at the bike and then he didn't know the hub and battery specs or how to access the pedal assist modes on the dislays. Keep in mind that this was an extremely small shop. My bedroom was larger than his sales floor. The only good that came out of my visit was that I now know I hate twist throttles and I won't be returning to this dealer. After this experience, I've decided I don't need the middleman (LBS) after all and am completely fine with dealing direct with Voltbike.

1 week ago

If there is one lesson after 2,500 km, I’d consider a less flashy bike. The fat tires draw too much attention. I am now looking at the Surface 604 Colt.
Thanks for all the feedback. I don't want to have to start changing things straight out of the box, which is only going to add to the cost of the bike and defeat the purpose of going with the lower priced Yukon.

I am concerned about the Yukon drawing unnecessary attention since Honolulu hasn't decided how to treat ebikes. Currently, you can't register them as a bike, but they don't consider them a moped either. Certain key players in the Hawaii Bicycling League have made it known on camera that they don't want ebikes in the bike lanes, but everyone wants to find a solution to Honolulu's traffic congestion. The bike lanes along my route are either being removed due to construction or nearly void of riders. There is one multi-use path where I might get some stares, but I may switch to the roadway anyway so I don't have to deal with crosswalks. I have yet to hear of any ebike riders being hassled by HPD for using established bike lanes. Like anything else, be responsible and don't be an a**hole on the bike.

I was interested in the new Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent S, but I've read they've been having some quality control issues, which is probably due to the company trying to keep up with consumer demand. Their bikes are well-equipped at a price that's under $2k making them very attractive. One of the ebike shops that was carrying Juiced Bikes has stopped, so I can't check one out for myself. Another ebike dealer here carries Prodecotech bikes, and I really like the look of the Phantom XR. It could easily blend right in as any other bike, but the price tag is over $2k. Finally, I've got another ebike dealer with a used Motiv Shadow that includes a new battery for $999. I'm just nervous about buying a used ebike when I don't know how it was treated. Decisions, decisions.

1 week ago

Visited a lbs yesterday, where I test rode the Cube Cross Hybrid Pro Allroad. First ride on a Bosch system, I liked it and was surprised by how quiet it was after hearing from numerous sources that noise was an issue with Bosch. Anyway, they also had the Giant Quick-e, which I'd ridden previously, liked, and is still maybe my first choice (I'm putting off my purchase till spring and better Seattle weather.)

In talking with the salesperson, I found out that the brakes on the 2018 are ebike specific and will be hooked to the rack-mounted taillight to indicate when the rider is braking- cool! Also, the new derailleur is the Shimano Shadow model that lets the user flip a lever to tighten the chain. These two features are worth the $50 increase imho.

John from Connecticut
1 month ago

I decided to upgrade the Deore components to XT. I think the only additional change will be to add a 40 or 42 Sprocket in the rear.

Here is the list of my current upgrades.


Front suspension Rock Shox - Paragon Gold


Skewers Delta Cycle KnoxNut Skewer Set


Shimano XT 10-Speed SL-M780 Shift Levers
Shimano XT Shifter Mount SL78 I-Spec Integration Unit
Shimano XTR CS-M980 10-Speed Dyna-Sys Cassette 11-36
Shimano XT 10-Speed RD-M786 GS Shadow Plus Rear Derailleur


Shimano XT BR-M785 Disc Brakes Front
Shimano XT BR-M785 Disc Brakes Rear
Shimano XT RT81 160mm Ice-Tech Disc Brake Rotor
Shimano XT RT81 180mm Ice-Tech Disc Brake Rotor
Bontrager Commuter Gel Saddle
Bontrager backrack delux Large
Body Float 2.0 seatpost with 2-bolt head
Answer Products, The ProTAPER® 720 AM handlebar
Ergon GP1 Handlebar Grips
Novara Toe Clips with Straps


Bosch Nyon 8Gig Controller
Planet Bike Blinky Super Flash 1/2-Watt Blaze LED Plus 2 eXtreme LED Rear
Planet Bike Tail Light Rack Bracket
Kryptonite New York Standard U-Lock
Jandd Mini Mountain Pannier, Black
CycleAware Reflex Mirror Safety

I just love upgrading! What have you upgraded on your bike?

Hi Jeff,
This is a bit old. I noticed on your Trek XM700+ you installed a Rock Shok Paragon Gold . I'm very interested in your thoughts
and opinion about the change from the Trek factory 'front suspension' . I have a an XM700+ that I ride on paved trails exclusively and would seriously
consider Paragon Gold if it will help with typical paved trail joint bumps and ripples from poor paving done years ago. Some of the 'joint bumps' are brutal.
By the way, like you I have a Body Float seat post...Wow, is it great. the best.


1 month ago


As I posted before when I upgraded the chainring and the bottom bracket, I was gonna do a post about my upgrade of the rear derailleur and the change of my old cassette and chain.

For the upgrades I selected the following components:

- For the rear derailleur, I chose a Shimano XT M786 Shadow+ 10, mainly due to the fact it has a chain tension lever which it comes very handy, specially when you pedal at high speeds downhill and you hit a bump on the road and the chain simply flies away. I try to minimize the chain jump as much as possible. But even after this upgrade, I sometimes drop the chain anyway (I have to say, when I hit something really bad or pedalling fast and changing gears at the same time). Frankly I do not notice a huge difference. My Turbo FLR came a Deore XT without that lever, but for the money the new one cost (around 50 dollars), I decided to take the risk, and in fact the new one work pretty well too.

- For the casette I chose a Shimano XT M771 10sp, which it came in a bundle with a Shimano chain. I think is always good to have a spare chain at home.

Say no more, let's get hands on: the bike ready for the upgrade

The rear wheel with the old casette dismounted (that was pretty easy to do with a small casette lockring like this one)

The new casette in place

The new rear derailleur mounted (mounting the derailleur was pretty easy too, just read Shimano manual to avoid rookie mistakes):

And finally the whole upgrade done

I don't think that doing all this took more than 45 minutes, was pretty easy and a rewarding thing to do (and I saved some money too =). And as a bonus, I learned how to do a better maintenance to the rear wheel myself (for example, if deep clean is needed).

The part that took me most time was setting the chain back. I hate chains. But who doesn't. If you buy a new chain, make sure that has the proper amount of links. 116 I think is the correct number for my bike. I bought a chain with 136 links and I had to cut the chain with a chain tool and size it back. Check in ParkTool about sizing a chain if you need more info.

I followed this video to adjust the rear derailleur, which I think is the best guide in the whole internet you could find if you ever have trouble.

bob armani
2 months ago

The shadow of the moon on the earth has a diameter of less than 300 km. The center of this shadow is shown as red line in the map above. So, Chicago is too far from the line. No shadow has fallen on lake Michigan. It might have been as dark as on a rainy day.

The other thing is: The human eye does adapt on darkness - until a certain value. The remaining sunlight of a 99% covering is still enough to see. But the change to 100% is fast, no time to adapt on it.

Thanks for your reply bluecat. Now I totally get it. Sounds like you are either a scientist or perhaps an astronomer. Very impressive explanation!

2 months ago

The shadow of the moon on the earth has a diameter of less than 300 km. The center of this shadow is shown as red line in the map above. So, Chicago is too far from the line. No shadow has fallen on lake Michigan. It might have been as dark as on a rainy day.

The other thing is: The human eye does adapt on darkness - until a certain value. The remaining sunlight of a 99% covering is still enough to see. But the change to 100% is fast, no time to adapt on it.

3 months ago

$8 and free shipping too. For $8, you can't send an empty small box across Canada.

How do they do it, it boggles the mind.
...and likely the best 8$ I ever spent! The results are in: something else is mind boggling! It is so powerful, I don't think I would ever dare riding in the city with such a light, unless aiming it very low + the beam is not focused. Therefore, it makes it stronger than a car or motorcycle headlight because of that. I am certain that pedestrians would curse at me and incoming cars would flash their lights at me as well. Hard to tell in the pictures, but here it is.

First, the stock light, focused and barely any lighting on the sides:

Then, the new one, same position - much stronger, with lots of side lighting:

Tried the new one with the garage door open... check out the headrests in my car:

I was literally playing shadow animals on the houses all across the street with extremely high definition - no exaggeration !

Went to sit in the car and it is worse than any car or motorcycle I ever crossed path with. Already have a headache!

So I aimed it very low and it is much better for others that way. But I lose long distance lighting as most of the beam is focused on the floor right in front of me.

I guess the only way to decide for sure is to install it and go ride for a while and see if I get yelled at and/or see better than with the original. Since the original is not as strong, I can aim it higher.

I need a good light because the bike paths at night in my area are 100% pitch black with lots of curves in some areas (plus lots of rabbits and other stinky animals). The stock light is fine, but I feel eye strain after a while because it could be stronger.

If I could swivel it like the stock light, that might actually work out (high for paths alone and low in public).

4 months ago

Over 500 miles of singletracks in less than 4 months on my Powerfly 8 FS. Replaced cranks and Bosch control unit (took a hard knock off trail endo avoiding downed tree). What are the general upgrades? Shadow XT derailer? where to go up from there? Any suggestions? Differences in chains? Cassettes? Are there limitations on types of replacements for Trek? Any help for a newbie to bike parts would be helpful.

4 months ago

The shadow says wear your helmet

4 months ago

I rented the Giant Quick E for 2 days. Yamaha motor.

20 Speed 2x10 Shimano Deore Shadow Rear Derailleur 11-36T, Shimano Deore Front Derailleur 36/48T

Power Settings:>

I struggle to find the right combo of the perfect gear + assist level for a smooth/easy ride.

On the slower chain, the harder the gear, the faster the bike went on 'Power' level but my knees started hurting after a while. Couldn't get past 19mph on easier gears.

On the faster chain, I can go 20mph relatively easy with a medium hard gear but my cadence is high and I'm pedaling like a maniac. I just can't dial in the smooth factor where the pedaling and the acceleration is seamlessly merging together to provide a feeling of speed-gliding on the pavement :D I guess what I'm looking for is a relaxed cadence pace but at the same time I would love to have speed!

I guess my question how often do you guys change gears? Do you struggle like I do?

Ron Short
4 months ago

Love the bike just don't ride it enough.

Has 33 miles on it, never been dropped and have all the original equipment.

For sale face to face only and located in Santa Monica, CA


Specification Description
Frame SDURO Aluminum 6061, 4-Link System, 12 x 142mm thru-axle, 100mm-travel
Fork RockShox Recon Silver Poploc 100mm-travel, 15mm thru-axle
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch RT
Motor Specs Yamaha PW-System, 36V, 500 Watt
Battery Type/Weight Lithium ion 36V, 400 Wh
Recharge Time 3.5 hours
Max. Assisted Speed 20mph
Rims/Wheels Ryde Taurus 21
Hubs XLC EVO Disc
Tires Schwalbe Racing Ralph Performance, 29 x 2.25
Crankset SDURO aluminum
Front Derailleur Shimano SLX
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX M675 Shadow Plus
Rear Cogs Shimano CS HG50, 10-speed: 11-36
Shifters Shimano SLX
Brakes Tektro Gemini hydraulic disc, 180/180mm rotors
Pedals Wellgo, M224G
Handlebars SDURO Lowriser aluminum
Tape/Grips XLC Ergo Sport lock on
Stem SDURO aluminum
Saddle Selle Royal Sirio
Seatpost SDURO aluminum
Accessories & Extras Yamaha multifunctional display with operation unit

4 months ago

I use a Shimano Shadow Plus derailleur on my CC. It has a clutch to prevent chain slap. Chain slap can cause the chain to jump off the front chain ring if you hit a big enough bump. A chain guide might also fix it. You can try changing the bottom bracket to fix the noise from that area.

I'll have to look into this Shadow Plus. Sound like the solution for slack in the CC's 1x drivetrain. I thought it might be the BB after tightening my cranks, but it seems it was the chainring bolts that were not tight enough.

4 months ago

All that's left is to find out what's causing the snapping noise from the crank area & install some sort of plate or guide so the chain doesn't occasionally jump to the inside.

I use a Shimano Shadow Plus derailleur on my CC. It has a clutch to prevent chain slap. Chain slap can cause the chain to jump off the front chain ring if you hit a big enough bump. A chain guide might also fix it. You can try changing the bottom bracket to fix the noise from that area.

Ann M.
5 months ago

Actually if everyone looks closely at the shadow behind the ending 'S' of S-Works, you see a T, that matches that of the nice Giant E-bike which is a good product built with an aluminum alloy frame, not carbon fiber and not a Specialized product. This post by @Goodair is totally bogus. Just like several members have commented about the flaws of the bike I reflect on those of the poster.

Chuck Casey
7 months ago

Lighting makes a difference in getting a good shot, even with the shadow, you can
Interesting, they look like the two that burned up on the beach last week.... true story, but those are nice! I like the forward cranks! I'm guessing this couple overstressed the bikes riding through sand.

The Electric Bike company is the name of the manufacturer of the bikes that burned, The model is called a Newporter. Our bikes are E-Lux and the model is The Newport. One easy way to tell the difference is the fixed basket for the Electric Bike Company models, and no gears in the back as they are a single speed bike.

Similar but not the same. And the riders were on the paved trail not riding them in the sand.

7 months ago

Hopefully, you meant AMD makes as good or better chips than intel, but intel is riding on name and customers ignorance.
But, I think you mean Bosch is superior, and shimano is scrambling to stay in the game.
I don't know what flame war or VGB means,
But I think emco5 was being overly generous with Bosch making good washing machines.
If you're old enough, Bosch means overpriced European car parts maker that gave euro cars a bad name because of expense to repair them. If you're not, but are shopping expensive household appliances- you recognize the name. Otherwise, the end caps at Walmart, oreilys, etc..... proudly display their windshield wipers.
And of course they are the most recognizable ebike- because they forgot to hide their battery in downtube, even though the mfg has already retooled t0 except their motor. Why the mfg's would go along with having the battery look like an afterthought can likely be explained by.......... nobody.
E-mountain bike magazine is already calling shimano the best motor/drive leaving all others to catch up.
I watched Shimano decimate PENN fishing reels(in the last 20 years)with technology and quality that left PENN a shadow of themselves and only remaining in business by copying Shimano stuff, but in a inferior way.
SHIMANO(fishing) is not in the parts business- any noise or troubles with their reels- you mail them to Shimano in Irvine, they completely r&r it.... bearings, drags, anything reel needs- charge you $20.00 labor, n/c for parts. Period!
They don't question if you've been running heavier line than reel is rated(dongles) or squirm about how you used your reel. Their quality does the talking.
The only thing scarier than Shimano entering your market is YAMAHA. Especially if it has to do with 2 wheel powered fun.
Personally, I own an st1, st2, and just bought a brose 45kph. Don't regret buying any of them. 2 years from now, I'm pretty sure I'll be deciding between Yamaha and Shimano.

7 months ago

The Shadow Plus derailleurs have a clutch to help prevent this too. If your chain length is way off it may be an easy fix.

6 months ago

That guy is nuts riding with one hand at the edge of that CLIFF!

David Olandersson
1 year ago

9:27 A bit to close for my taste.

3 years ago

chemtrails in the sky
3 years ago

+ilvelocipede Can you please explain this a bit more for me? What are chemtrails, what do they mean, where in the video did you see them? This was shot in Northridge, CA on February 21st.

3 years ago

3 years ago

+ilvelocipede Can you please explain this a bit more for me? What are chemtrails, what do they mean, where in the video did you see them? This was shot in Northridge, CA on February 21st.

3 years ago

@11:54 pls make a shot of how long the motor stay after you brake. If you could hear when the motor stops on camera, that'd be great for showing motor response times.
3 years ago

+ForbinColossus Great input, I tried to get shots of the motor turning after I stopped pedaling but did not brake. Will review other BMEBIKES soon which might show more closely.

3 years ago

Yes those 8fun bbs motors are great especially the bbs02 750w, with 48V battery :-)

3 years ago

Great review!

Do you expect e bikes becoming even more powerful in like 5 years? Or did they reach their climax already? How much more power is possible?
3 years ago

I would guess that ebikes will get lighter and slightly more powerful but there are legal limits capping low speed electric bikes. If you want more power, check out these:

Terry Brightwater
3 years ago

Nice bike, nice review ;0)
3 years ago

Thanks Terry! More of these on the way, I try to stagger reviews so that they aren't just al the same brand over and over ;)

Trevor Lee
3 years ago

And I love the look of the bike
3 years ago

It's pretty great looking considering it's basically a professional conversion and not purpose built. I think all-black look is nice.

Trevor Lee
3 years ago

hi again please keep the great bicycle videos coming thank you for replying to my video comment

Whiskey Leaks
2 years ago looking at the 2016 offerings from yamaha mid drives what would be your take on these and the 8fun bbs02 for longevity and power assuming you could almost get two of these at those price points?
3 years ago

Sure thing, about to publish a new review this afternoon. So many ebikes coming out this year... very busy :P

duwaine blake
3 years ago

this is just a freaking regular bike with a middrive kit on it, you can now purchase a 1000w hub on ebay for $140, a decent battery for $200...SERIOULY!! why are the factory prices still so high??? I mean they import 80% of the material from china anyway for little of nothing. do there profit margins need to be so much???? 

duwaine blake
3 years ago

I built my bike 1000w hub for around 600$ and it's pretty damn good to me!!
3 years ago

+Kyle Niedermeier Thanks, I'm not trying to be hurtful at all here. I studied business at the University of Colorado and Stanford and I think a lot of people who haven't tried to sell and really be professional don't have an understanding for what it takes. It may feel like a company is trying to rip you off because you see cheaper alternatives but there's usually a reason for price variability, you get what you pay for either in terms of quality, performance, price or other factors like style.

Kyle Niedermeier
3 years ago the perfect reply!! You really know how to review an electric bike! I'm so glad that you use proper grammar!... That is becoming less and less common!!
3 years ago

I don't think they're making as much as we think... Renting a shop space, hiring employees, servicing warranties, paying import duties, dealing with taxes and creating a website (I'm sure there's more as well). To run a business sustainably there has to be profit, reward for your risk vs. working on something else (opportunity cost). It's not easy, but you're correct about building your own and saving some money. Just depends on what you want and whether you have the time, skills and interest vs. buying something that's setup like this :)

Chino Maiden
3 years ago

I have a very important question!  if you dont know , pleas ask one of your contacts who is an specialist!   I have a rather heavy ebike!  (very powerfull too)   So it uses A LOT of energy to start from deadstop!  I wanna know wich is more eficient A)  To push hard the throtle?  this uses a lot of energy but for a very short amount of time .   B)  Push softly the throtle, this uses a little bit less of energy but for a longer time it struggles to reach cruising speed.    So wich one will save me more energy?
3 years ago

+Trabber Shir Awesome answer. You win the Internets for today :D to be a little more crude and direct, I believe that accelerating slowly is usually the most efficient way to go +Chino Maiden. In addition to producing less friction and spending less time at higher speeds you also produce less heat in the battery because it is draining more slowly. Heat is hard on batteries and wears them out more quickly. To really maximize your range, I'd suggest pedaling and accelerating slowly.

Trabber Shir
3 years ago

That depends on a variety of factors. Is this a hub motor or a mid drive? Is the motor geared? What is the optimal RPM for the Motor?

If you ignore motor inefficiencies and friction, the answer is that they are equivalent. All that matters is the mass, velocity, and altitude before and after.

When you add in ground and air friction then the slow acceleration is more energy efficient simply because you generate less friction and drag at lower speeds and lower acceleration means a lower average speed.

However, some motors generate a lot of extra waste heat at low RPM but are very efficient at high RPMs. If you use a gearless hub motor then the rotational speed of the motor is directly proportional to the speed of your bike and your most efficient riding style will be whatever style reduces the average deviation between your speed and your motor's most efficient speed, so generally accelerating as fast as possible. For geared motors or mid drives that take advantage of external gearing, the math gets harder.

Your best bet to answer this question is to just run some fairly simple tests with your bike. If your motor controller provides a power meter like the one in this video, just pick a stretch of road and use a video camera to record the display as you go down that stretch of road a few times in different styles. then sit down with your spreadsheet program of choice and calculate the approximate power use for each run.

3 years ago

Oh man... It hurts to look when you put the bike down on the derailleur side.
3 years ago

Ahhh, thanks for noticing that. I was distracted trying not to fall off the cliff and memorizing the specs for these bikes. I'll try to lay her down the other way next time ;)

Mister Evergreen
3 years ago

Your Reviews are very on Point ! no Hate 4 that.. but all those batterys look so outdated big..wish they would release tiny batterys with the same power like these giant ones
3 years ago

+Ian Mangham Thanks Ian!
3 years ago

I'm excited for smaller batteries as well... energy density is increasing and that lets companies offer more power and range without increasing weight. We saw that with the Easy Motion Evo vs. last year's Neo. I like the pack they used on the Shadow here, it's sleek and mounts really well... but it is rather large on the frame. Have you seen the Faraday Porteur? The batteries are actually inside the bicycle frame tubing:

3 years ago

great review !
3 years ago

Thank you so much! Lots of random comments on this one, negativity about price and battery pack size. I really liked the bike, decent price and a nice look for a professional conversion :)

3 years ago

Another happy result for mid drive!
3 years ago

Yeah, these things work pretty well. I'm starting to really like the 8Fun/Bafang BBS0 systems :D

Edd Dee
3 years ago

Get a go pro.
3 years ago

+Edd Dee Interesting, I saw a lot of interest for the Specialized Turbo from Australians last year and heard that it would be introduced before 2015 at select shops. Ebikes are still relatively new in America and I think Australia is in a similar place.

I like your idea bout learning to program. Have you heard of WordPress? That can be a good platform for developing websites and adding ecommerce functionality. If you just want a simple online store, Squarespace offers $8/mo websites with shopping carts. Do you want the site for yourself or do you want to become a programmer and earn money that way?

Here's a video about how I got started with EBR:

Edd Dee
3 years ago

I live in Australia. I'm trying to fix my pc so I can teach myself to develop ecommerce sites. I want to save up for an e bike as an primary transport. Here I visited couple of bike shops and to them the concept of e bikes doesn't exist.

That's my life right now. How are things for you. And how did you get introduced to e bikes and ended with
3 years ago

+Edd Dee Yes! I am so sorry my response took a week. I clearly need to spend more time with friends because I'm working nonstop right now. What did you today and what's going on this weekend for you that's fun?

Edd Dee
3 years ago

Haha. Okay I agree with you and find new friends. Would you like to be my friend.
3 years ago

+Edd Dee Well, I used three GoPro cameras for this review as well as a motorized gimbal to reduce shake along with a frame mount and mouth mount. Specific models were two GoPro 4 Silver cams and one GoPro 3+ Black. If you wish others harm... maybe people in your own life aren't treating you very well, get some new friends who are nice :)

Trevor Lee
3 years ago

3 years ago

Hello Trevor, what's up?!