DŌST KOPE Review

Dost Kope Electric Bike Review
Dost Kope
Dost Kope 46 Tooth Steel Chainring With Alloy Guard
Dost Kope Downtube Integrated Removable 48 Volt Battery Pack With Plastic Cover
Dost Kope Handlebar With Display Usb Charging Port Grips Brake Levers
Dost Kope Bafang Dcp 18 Color Lcd Display Unit With Light Sensor
Dost Kope Trigger Throttle On Left Bafang Control Pad For Lcd
Dost Kope Shimano Altus Trigger Shifters With Window Velo Locking Rubber Grips
Dost Kope Sr Suntour Xct Atv Spring Suspension With Lockout 100mm Travel
Dost Kope Mounting Point For Two Bottle Cage Bosses Or Optional Second Battery Pack
Dost Kope Integrated Spanninga Axendo Dual Led Headlight
Dost Kope Adjustable Angle Stem High Step Model
Dost Kope Tool Free Adjustable Length Kickstand Rear Rack 100lb Max Weight Rating
Dost Kope Bafang Bbs02 Bottom Bracket Covered Motor Design
Dost Kope Bottom Bracket Wires 170mm Crank Arms Wellgo Pedals With Reflectors
Dost Kope Spanninga Lineo Rear Light With 2 Leds Runs Off Ebike Battery
Dost Kope Upgraded Shimano Altus Derailleur 9 Speed Drivetrain 11 36 Tooth Freewheel
Dost Kope Electric Bike
Dost Kope Internal And External Battery Packs Top
Dost Kope Internal And External Battery Packs Bottom
Dost Kope Internal And External Battery Packs Bottom Interface
Dost Kope Lightweight 2 Amp Ebike Charger
Dost Kope Electric Bike Charger Bottom 2 Amps 1lb
Dost Kope Left Side
Dost Kope White
Dost Kope Velo Saddle With Lift Handle Sloped Top Tube
Dost Kope White Frame With Accessories
Dost Kope Stock High Step Black
Dost Kope Stock High Step White
Dost Kope Electric Bike Review
Dost Kope
Dost Kope 46 Tooth Steel Chainring With Alloy Guard
Dost Kope Downtube Integrated Removable 48 Volt Battery Pack With Plastic Cover
Dost Kope Handlebar With Display Usb Charging Port Grips Brake Levers
Dost Kope Bafang Dcp 18 Color Lcd Display Unit With Light Sensor
Dost Kope Trigger Throttle On Left Bafang Control Pad For Lcd
Dost Kope Shimano Altus Trigger Shifters With Window Velo Locking Rubber Grips
Dost Kope Sr Suntour Xct Atv Spring Suspension With Lockout 100mm Travel
Dost Kope Mounting Point For Two Bottle Cage Bosses Or Optional Second Battery Pack
Dost Kope Integrated Spanninga Axendo Dual Led Headlight
Dost Kope Adjustable Angle Stem High Step Model
Dost Kope Tool Free Adjustable Length Kickstand Rear Rack 100lb Max Weight Rating
Dost Kope Bafang Bbs02 Bottom Bracket Covered Motor Design
Dost Kope Bottom Bracket Wires 170mm Crank Arms Wellgo Pedals With Reflectors
Dost Kope Spanninga Lineo Rear Light With 2 Leds Runs Off Ebike Battery
Dost Kope Upgraded Shimano Altus Derailleur 9 Speed Drivetrain 11 36 Tooth Freewheel
Dost Kope Electric Bike
Dost Kope Internal And External Battery Packs Top
Dost Kope Internal And External Battery Packs Bottom
Dost Kope Internal And External Battery Packs Bottom Interface
Dost Kope Lightweight 2 Amp Ebike Charger
Dost Kope Electric Bike Charger Bottom 2 Amps 1lb
Dost Kope Left Side
Dost Kope White
Dost Kope Velo Saddle With Lift Handle Sloped Top Tube
Dost Kope White Frame With Accessories
Dost Kope Stock High Step Black
Dost Kope Stock High Step White

Summary

  • A sturdy, highly-functional, high-step hybrid electric bike with upgraded components and optional second battery pack. Adjustable angle stem improves fit, 100mm spring suspension fork offers compression lockout and preload, high quality 2.4" wide Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires offer stability, visible reflective sidewalls, and puncture protection lining built-in. Lots of great accessory options including bags, cup holders, suspension seat post, mirrors, and child seat
  • Powerful 750 watt Bafang BBS02 mid-drive motor blends into the purpose-built frame, alloy housing keeps it protected while reducing noise. With up to 120 newton meters of torque, it's a very capable climber! A physical shift-sensor cuts motor power to protect the 9-speed Shimano Altus 11-36 tooth drivetrain whether you're in pedal assist or throttle mode
  • Premium European feel with extreme attention to detail, despite the mid-tier pricing. Two color options with matching fork, subtle accent colors, and decals. Almost all support hardware is black and bolts are hidden under the fenders vs. wrapping outside. Clean minimalist chain cover, smooth hydraulic disc brakes with motor inhibitors, premium integrated lights (bright dual-beam headlight, dual-LED rear light)
  • Main battery pack is removable, optional second pack can be added and installed anytime in the future. USB charging port built into the color LCD display panel for smartphones and other accessories. Tool-free adjustable kickstand is a nice touch. The high-step KOPE model isn't as approachable as the step-thru DROP, but is larger and stiffer . Motor uses cadence sensing vs. fancier combined cadence+torque. Fairly heavy build at ~65lbs before additional battery or accessories

Video Review

Introduction

Make:

DŌST

Model:

KOPE

Price:

$2,799 (Free Shipping in Contiguous US and Canada)

Body Position:

Forward, Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Commuting, Trail

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1), Throttle on Demand (Class 2), Speed Pedelec (Class 3)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States, Canada

Model Year:

2020

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

65.2 lbs (29.57 kg)

Battery Weight:

8.2 lbs (3.71 kg) (5.7lb Optional Dual Battery)

Motor Weight:

9.47 lbs (4.29 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

19 in (48.26 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

19" Seat Tube, 23.5" Reach, 28.75" Stand Over Height, 34" Minimum Saddle Height, 43.25" Maximum Saddle Height, 27.25" Width, 74" Length, 45.25" Wheelbase

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Gloss Black with Space Grey Accents, Glacier White Gloss with Silver Accents

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour XCT ATV Spring Suspension, 100mm Travel, Compression Adjust with Lockout, Preload Adjust, 28mm Stanchions, 100mm Hub Spacing, 9mm Axle with Quick Release Skewer

Frame Rear Details:

142mm Hub Spacing, 10mm Axle with Quick Release Skewer

Attachment Points:

Fender Mounts, Rear Rack Mounts, Bottle Mounts

Gearing Details:

9 Speed 1x9 Shimano Altus Derailleur, Shimano 11-36 Tooth Freewheel

Shifter Details:

Shimano Altus Trigger Shifters on Right (One-Way High, Three-Shift Low)

Cranks:

Lasco Aluminum Alloy, 170mm Length, 46 Tooth Steel Chainring with Aluminum Alloy Guard

Pedals:

Wellgo Aluminum Alloy Platform with Reflectors, CrMo Axle, Black

Headset:

Semi-Integrated, Sealed Cartridge, 1-1/8" Straight

Stem:

Ergotec Octopus (Security 5, 300lb Rated), Adjustable Angle 0º to 60º, 100mm Length, 5mm Headset Cap, Four 5mm Spacers, 31.8mm Clamp Diameter

Handlebar:

MJ, Aluminum Alloy, Low-Rise, 680mm Width

Brake Details:

Tektro Auriga Hydraulic Disc with 180mm Rotors, Three-Finger Tektro Levers with Adjustable Reach and Motor Inhibitors

Grips:

Velo, Ergonomic, Rubber, Locking, Removable End-Cap

Saddle:

DŌST Branded Velo with Lifting Handle

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy, Single Bolt Clamp

Seat Post Length:

340 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

HJC, Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 38mm Outer Width, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge, Silver with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Super Moto-X, 27.5" x 2.4" (62-584)

Wheel Sizes:

27.5 in (69.85cm)

Tire Details:

30 to 55 PSI, 2.2 to 4.0 BAR, Reflective Sidewall Stripe, Performance Line GreenGuard Puncture Protection

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Rear-Mount Tool-Free Adjustable Kickstand, Spanninga Axendo 80 Integrated Dual LED Front Light (80 LUX), Integrated Spanninga Lineo LED Rear Light (2 LED), Clear Sticker Slap Guard, Plastic Fenders with Alloy Core (65mm Width), Integrated Rear Rack with Pannier Hangers and Top Support Bars (100lb Max Load), Optional Dual Battery with Mounting Hardware ($699), Optional SR Suntour NCX Seat Post Suspension, Optional Yepp! Maxi Next Child Seat, Optional DŌST Branded Handlebar Mount Cup Holder (Silver), Optional Sunnywheel Side Mirror, Optional DŌST Branded Water Resistant Trunk Bag, Optional DŌST Branded Waterproof Pannier Bags

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube-Integrated Battery Pack, 1.1lb 2 Amp Charger, 300lb Maximum Weight Rating, Adjustable Top Speed (12km/h - 45km/h), Adjustable LCD Brightness, Adjustable Wheel Size, All Electronics IP65 Rated Water Resistant (Dust Tight, Protects Against Water Jets from Any Angle, Do Not Submerge)

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bafang BBS02, 750 Watt Version

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

750 watts

Motor Peak Output:

1000 watts

Motor Torque:

120 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung 18650 35E 3500mAh 13S4P Configuration

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

14 ah (Optional 25Ah with Optional Dual Battery)

Battery Watt Hours:

672 wh (Optional 1200Wh with Optional Dual Battery)

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

6 hours

Estimated Min Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Estimated Max Range:

120 miles (193 km)

Display Type:

DŌST Branded Bafang DCP-18, Fixed, Adjustable-Angle, Backlit, Color 3.5" LCD, Built-In Light Sensor, Integrated 5 Volt 1 Amp USB Type-A Port Below Display

Readouts:

Clock, Lighs Icon, Battery Percentage, Current Speed (MPH or KMH), Motor Output (Watts), Odometer, Max Speed, Avg Speed, Range, Calories, Trip Time, Trip Distance, Assist Level (0-5)

Display Accessories:

Independent Control Pad on Left, Buttons: +, -, Lights, Power, i, (Cycle Readouts: Single Press i, Settings: Double Tap i Button, Walk Mode: Hold - Button)

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle (Sealed Internal 24-Magnet Cadence Sensor, Inline Shift-Detector)

Top Speed:

28 mph (45 kph)(Adjustable, 20mph Maximum with Throttle)


Written Review

This in-depth review was facilitated by DŌST and they are an advertiser on EBR. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased with you, this video and writeup are not meant to be an endorsement of DŌST products. I welcome your corrections, additions, and feedback in the comments below and the DŌST electric bike forums.

Observations:

  • This is one of the only electric bikes I’m aware of that features a mid-drive motor with shift detection and a throttle, dual battery options for long range riding, and Class 3 speed pedelec performance! The drive system is highly configurable, so you can adjust the top speed or remove the throttle to qualify as Class 1 to use on mountain bike trails
  • DŌST means friend in several European languages. It’s a relatively new brand, but the founding members have over a decade of experience working in the downhill mountain bike space and the traditional electric bicycle space (making fat bikes, a trail bikes, and two city models)
  • Given the very high 750 watt motor rating, with 120 newton meters of peak torque output, this ebike would be a great choice for heavier riders. The bike can handle up to 300lbs of weight including the rear rack, which can handle 100lbs. Most ebikes I see are rated up to 275lbs with racks that can handle ~55lbs of weight
  • The DROP and KOPE models use the same motor, battery, and drivetrain components… but they are slightly different sizes with the step-thru DROP being 17.5″ and the high-step KOPE being 19″ for taller riders or those who want extra frame stiffness. Both have high-quality adjustable angle stems to further refine fit

Pros:

  • The bike is feature complete, and the hardware they chose is in the mid to high-end vs. basic “check the box” level of quality. You can see this in the wide plastic fenders that use hidden bolts and support struts, the plastic wire wraps and large rubberized gussets where they feed into the frame, the sturdy ergotec adjustable stem (less likely to come loose than cheaper options), the tool-free adjustable length kickstand, and the brighter lights that use two LEDs vs. just one
  • Both lights are integrated, meaning that they run off of the main battery pack or packs (if you buy the optional second one to extend range). They’re made by Spanninga and both have two LED to be brighter, the headlight offers 80 LUX and the rear has light pipes to create a wider bright surface
  • The wires from the lights, motor inhibitors, power, shifters, and brakes are all bound together and routed internally through the bike frame. This looks nice and reduces the potential for snags. Where wires are exposed, DŌST uses plastic mesh to surround and protect
  • I found the plastic battery shield, rubber charge port cover, and rubber dual-battery plug cover to be durable and easy to use compared to some of the tiny flimsy covers on other ebikes. The rubber covers also have leashes connecting them to the port area to keep the caps from getting lost
  • The high-step frame is larger than the step-thru DŌST DROP model, but it’s not much heavier! This frame is stiffer because of the top tube, and might hang on some bike racks easier. I appreciate that they designed the rear cargo rack on the bike far enough back to allow the saddle to get low without colliding with the optional trunk bag or panniers… so you still get a decent minimum saddle height of 34″
  • While the KOPE only comes in one frame size, the adjustable saddle height and longer adjustable angle stem provide great fit options. The stem is designed to be more durable than competing products, so it won’t rattle loose as easily. It’s rated for high speed applications, which is perfect for this Class 3 ebike
  • More electric bikes are coming out that allow users to adjust the top speed and remove the throttle. That’s the case here, and it means you can setup the bike to be Class 1, 2, or 3, which makes it versatile. Slower 20mph Class 1 will be allowed on more mountain bike style trails. Class 2 with the throttle up to 20mph is great for people who need help starting or want to take a break from pedaling, and Class 3 is perfect for commuting or just having fun with pedal assist up to 28mph
  • Safety is a big focus for me when cycling, especially at higher speeds or if the frame is dark colored, so it’s cool that DŌST has opted for reflective tires and integrated lights. I consider the puncture protected tire upgrade to also be a safety win, and Schwalbe is known for making high quality tires in general
  • The KOPE provides great comfort with higher volume 25.7″ x 2.4″ tires and a 100mm trael suspension fork. I like that the fork can be adjusted with compression, lockout, and preload… but it’s not as lightweight, tough, or adjustable as an air fork with a thru-axle. The 1-1/8″ headset isn’t as upgradable as a tapered one would be, so in that sense, this ebike is decidedly hybrid/city vs. trail/mountain
  • It’s a small thing, but notice the color-matched decal on the suspension fork! DŌST really went over this bike with a fine-toothed comb, and their past design/industry experience shows in details like this. Also, notice how the front fender mounts directly to the suspension fork lowers vs. using plastic cuffs that can slide around and crack over time
  • I really like the drivetrain setup here because it keeps the chain protected and your pants or dress ends clean. DŌST us using a powder coated aluminum alloy chainring guard and minimalist allow chain cover that look great and work well together, almost acting as a chain guide. The 9-speed 11-36 tooth freewheel is good for a range of speeds, and the Shimano Altus derailleur is a couple of steps up from base level.
  • In order to protect the drivetrain from wear, given the powerful mid-drive motor, DŌST is using a physical shift detection sensor. I tested it with the throttle and pedal assist, and it would not allow me to mash the gears. This is awesome, because it will significantly extend the life of the drivetrain and reduce broken chains
  • I really like that the variable speed trigger throttle overrides pedal assist levels 1-5. It allows you to zip up to speed or add support for climbing hills without pressing extra buttons, but it only assists up to 20mph… so you’ll need to pedal and click up to higher levels of assist to reach the maximum 28mph top speed
  • There really aren’t that many dual-battery ebikes on the market, and many require you to choose the second pack at time of purchase and buy extra mounting hardware. DŌST keeps things simple by always including the mounting points (which double as bottle cage mounts) and adding the plug port to every frame. I think this is cool, and really honors the customer
  • If you purchase a second battery, you can choose to drain it and the main pack simultaneously or start with the main pack and then switch the second pack on. There’s a little on/off toggle switch on the range extender pack that lets you decide. In fact, I think you can completely remove the integrated battery and run solely off of the optional external pack if you wish! However, the downtube cover appears to be attached to the integrated battery, so you’d have a big opening below the downtube vs. an empty covered space. Maybe there’s a way to remove the black cover from the battery pack… but it doesn’t seem very convenient or intentionally built with this sort of riding in mind
  • I really appreciate that both batteries are removable, so you can charge and store them off the bike. To maximize life, lithium-ion battery packs should be kept cool, dry, and at least half full. Avoid going below 20% and avoid extreme heat because it degrades the cells. Extreme cold may stunt your range temporarily, but isn’t as hard on the cells as heat
  • The saddle is comfortable, has a handle, and is co-branded to match the bike. I like the ergonomic grips and appreciate the removable end cap so you can use a side mirror (which DŌST sells as an option). The bright color LCD display is intuitive and offers adjustable-angle to reduce glare
  • The display panel has a full sized USB A charging port on the bottom, so you can maintain a smartphone for GPS, music, or phone calls on the go. It’s conveniently located up high on the bike… Along these lines, I appreciate that the main battery charging port is up high on the right side of the frame vs. low or on the left
  • Some ebike displays use five or ten blocks to communicate battery charge level, but the Bafang DCP-18 that DŌST chose actually shows a percentage readout… and there’s a dynamic range estimator tool! Just press the i button to cycle to “range” and then use + or – to select any assist level to see range update in realtime
  • This electric bicycle has a higher than average weight rating at 300lbs, and the rear rack is rated for up to 100lbs! That’s great for people who want to mount a child seat, and maybe add panniers on both sides too. I feel like this ebike is a capable SUV type of setup that can handle more varied terrain and heavy-duty applications than most other city/hybrid models… especially with the powerful mid-drive. If you decided to swap the tires for knobby off-road use, the bike would probably do fairly well
  • The internal battery pack is higher capacity and heavier than the internal. It weighs 8.2lbs while the external is 5.7lbs. By keeping the heavier battery lower, they made the bike slightly easier to handle and lift. Most of the weight on this ebike is centered and low, which is what you want, and I appreciate that the optional second battery tilts out from the side vs. up and down because this allows the frame top tube to be lower, making the bike more approachable
  • I personally think that $2,799 with a two year warranty and free shipping is a reasonable price for such a feature-rich ebike, and I love that the additional battery is only $699 while some competing products are in the $1k range for additional batteries plus mounting hardware that is often required at time of initial purchase
  • It’s a small detail, but both wheels use quick release skewers, making it much easier to change flats or pack this bike up into a smaller space. This is possible, in part, because of the mid-drive motor choice vs. a hub motor

Cons:

  • The KOPE is slightly heavier than the step-thru DROP model at 65.2lbs vs. 64.9lbs. While these weight ratings might sound like a lot compared to a non-electric bike. The addition of fenders, integrated rack, lights, adjustable stem, motor cover, and heavy-duty frame all add up, and are worth the weight trade-off in my opinion… especially if you were going to add these features aftermarket anyway
  • I noticed that the Shimano Altus derailleur that DŌST selected for the KOPE is slightly upgraded from the ones I see on some other ebikes. The exterior looks great and I suspect it’s the high-end Altus option… though it doesn’t have a clutch lever and the shifters only offer one-way action on the high trigger vs. two-way
  • The Bafang BBS02 is known for being reliable, fairly quiet, and very powerful, but it only utilizes pedal cadence signals vs. cadence and torque. This means that motor power output isn’t as fluid or dynamic, based on how hard you push on the pedals. You get more power by either clicking + on the button pad or pressing the throttle. Still, the cadence sensor uses 24 magnets vs. 12 and felt very responsive during my ride tests
  • If you hold + on the button panel, you’ll notice that the coloring changes from green to red and the label goes from eco to sport mode. This doesn’t actually do anything different to the motor operation… and is only meant for torque-sensing ebikes. For those who want to change colors, it’s a neat trick, but it could confuse others and is a reminder of the more basic controller design here
  • It seems that most ebike displays are not removable, and that’s the case here as well. As a result, you may get some fading or scratches if left outside and at public racks. I sometimes put my helmet over the display to keep it clean and dry, but DŌST said that all of their electronics are IP65 rated meaning “dust tight, protects against water jets from any angle, but do not submerge”
  • As nice as the internal cable routing is, you’ll notice the large bundle of cables up front (due in part to the addition motor inhibitors on both brake levers), and near the bottom bracket. Normally, the BBS02 motor is external to a bikes bottom bracket… you can actually buy this Bafang/8FUN motor as a kit, so the wires point forward vs. up. DŌST custom engineered their frame to house the BBS02 to make it look good and add protection, but the wires do still protrude a bit here, which I think looks a bit ugly and could be slightly more vulnerable
  • If you opt for a second battery pack, note that it and the main pack have to be charged independently (or you can buy an extra charger). There’s no system for charging simultaneously, and the basic 2 amp charger is fairly slow compared to some newer 3 amp and 4 amp chargers I’ve seen. They probably chose it based on how small, lightweight, and affordable it was
  • If you opt for the second battery pack, it will crowd the downtube area and take up the space for mounting a water bottle cage or other accessory. The second battery interface mates to the frame with three bolts for extra strength
  • While the motor offers lots of power and torque, it is heavier than many other mid-drives from Bosch, Brose, Shimano, Yamaha, and even Bafang/8FUN. It weighs roughly 9.47lbs not including the outer covers that DŌST designed. That, compared to 7 to 8lbs for other mid-drives of this generation
  • A couple of minor considerations here: the throttle is on the left and some people might prefer it to be on the right… but then it would be pushed further in, towards the display, because of the trigger shifters on the right. The throttle does not work in assist level zero, you must be in 1-5, and this means that any pedal movement will activate pedal assist as well as the throttle… especially since this ebike uses a cadence sensor
  • Although the headlight is bright, it doesn’t have side cutouts to keep you visible from more angles. The rear light would be visible from the sides, but the frame tubing around it blocks much of this potential… but at least the tubing protects the light from getting bumped and broken during parking and transport
  • The KOPE and DROP each only come in one frame size. The KOPE is larger at 19″ and the step-thru DROP is 17.5″ which would suit shorter riders or those who can’t lift their legs as high due to knee or hip issues
  • I would have liked to see a derailleur guard here, it would protect the shifter cables, shift detection splitter, and the derailleur from tips and snags. There’s just more going on with the drivetrain on this ebike, and since it’s rugged enough to go off-road and gets shipped to customers in many situations since they sell direct as well as dealers, that could have been a good little extra
  • Please use caution when powering this electric bike on, because it starts in assist level 1 and the throttle is active with full power (up to 750 watts, 120nm). If you bumped it while mounting, dismounting, doing repair work, or loading/unloading the bike, you could get scraped or pinched fingers or the bike could tip. This is a more advanced setup and I recommend keeping it off at all times, unless you’re mounted and ready to ride

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Comments (21) YouTube Comments

Shane
3 months ago

You sure you mean Altus and not Acera or Alivio? Altus is only one step up from Tourney… Not exactly high end.

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Court
3 months ago

Hi Shane, you’re correct. Altus as a family of derailleurs is just one step up from Tourney, but it appears that there are a couple of options within this group and a couple of options for Tourney. I’m used to seeing the cheaper Altus but the one DOST chose looked a lot nicer. I was surprised. In any case, I wrote “Shimano Altus derailleur is a couple of steps up from base level” in one of the pros and then “the Shimano Altus derailleur that DŌST selected for the KOPE is slightly upgraded from the ones I see on some other ebikes. The exterior looks great and I suspect it’s the high-end Altus option” so I feel like those words are still accurate. I hope the review helped you and that this clarifies the reasoning why I said it that way ;)

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Doug Johnson
3 months ago

A top notch review, Court. Concise and fast-moving, which was really appreciated for such a feature-rich bike. I have been awaiting this review since you did the teaser interview last fall with Sam that indicated how appropriate this bike was going to be for me. This bike checks ALL the boxes for me (6’2″, 225 lbs, 64yo), except for no brake light, enough so that I ordered one directly from Sam after your review and the Dost launch video. I have been reading your site’s reviews and doing A LOT of internet research for a year now, and this is the first bike that has moved me to make a purchase. I cannot wait to get it!

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Court
3 months ago

Hey, that’s awesome Doug! Thanks for the positive feedback on this review and details about your height, weight, and age. I think this will be a great platform for you and I’d love to hear about your rides once it arrives and you have some saddle time. Your comment made my day :D

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Brad
3 months ago

This looks like a great replacement for my Rad City that’s quickly falling apart (at over 300 miles, lots of components are breaking, and the battery is nearly dead). Compared to the anemic acceleration of my RAD, the 120 nM of torque of this bike is something I could definitely use on my commutes (to get out of the way of the cars that seem to want to run me over).

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Court
3 months ago

Hey Brad! Sounds like a good fit. Even the best products have a lifespan, I’m glad your RadCity held up for 300 miles, and it sounds like moving to the more powerful motor and upgraded components of the KOPE could be a solid move. I’d love to hear how it works out for you if you do buy one, after you’ve ridden for some time!

Cheers,
Court

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Jerry
3 months ago

You mentioned water bottle cage. Where and how would you attach one. I see no mounts for one anywhere. Thanks.

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Court
3 months ago

Hi Jerry, there are three threaded bosses on the downtube of both the KOPE and DROP which can be used to position a bottle cage or folding lock (or any accessory that fits this bolt spacing) in either a high or low position. The thing is, if you add the optional downtube battery pack, all three mounting points are used. In that case, DŌST sells an optional handlebar mounted drink holder. I hope this helps, good question ;)

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Mike K
3 months ago

Always great reviews Court. Your thoroughness and objectivity is really appreciated. I’ve been very interested in this bike since I first saw your teaser video. I have some very steep mountains in my commute… a gain of 2000 feet in 6 miles. That makes me wonder if the Bafang BBS02 is the right choice, or if I should opt for a bike that has the Bafang M620, (like the soon to be released Rize XS). Do you have any thoughts on motor selection for my situation?

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Court
3 months ago

Great question, Mike! That’s a tough one… I think DŌST chose the BBS02 here because it has been so reliable, and is affordable. This allowed them to upgrade other parts of the bike. The frame is custom, designed for strength and improved handling, so that costs a lot. I haven’t spent enough time on the Bafang M620 motor yet to feel comfortable making a call. However, I’ll keep an eye out for the RIZE XS and be sure to comment more then. I did cover the Spark RX last year (which I think used the same motor) and I remember thinking that it was loud sometimes. Here’s the video review for that, check it out and hopefully it will help you get closer to a decision ;)

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Mike K
3 months ago

Thank you Court, for the reply. Looks like the old Spark RX was close to the same bike as the newer Rize XS, except that the Spark you reviewed (thanks for the link) had the older Bafang M600 which was only rated at 500w where the new RIZE has unleashed all 1000w in the M620 motor. But, both motors are rated at 120nm of torque which is what will help me get up my local mountains. I really like the specs of the Dost, and lean in that direction. As you point out, it looks like they did a great job with the quality of the components. I just want to know that the smaller motor with a cadence sensor will be up to the task of my mountain riding. Thanks again, good sir.

Billy M
1 month ago

As a complete novice to ebikes I started youtubing to see what I could find out. Was amazed at how many youtube videos for ebikes were done by people from the UK…. That being said when I stumbled on EBR I started working through some of your reviews and it was a bit daunting; then watched your “whats the best ebike” video where you mention several different brands and models based on what one was looking for. You mentioned Dost somewhere in there so watched your video, contacted Dost and a nice person named Sam actually answered the phone, fielded a lot of questions from an ebike neanderthal so I made the purchase yesterday. The only thing in your video and written review of the Kope that i don’t get is the shifter offering only one way action. With my Santa Cruz mountain bike the shifter on either side has a large and small shifter. One for moving to lower gearing and one to move back to higher gearing either on the front or back derailer. So not sure what the issue is with the shifter offering only one way action? Anyway your video and written review was instrumental in my decision making. Thank you

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Court
1 month ago

Sweet! Thanks for the feedback, Billy. I realize it can be information overload here… I purposefully go deep, because there’s so much short marketing fluff out there, and I wanted to make a resource for people who had narrowed down and needed the exact details. Plus, if you get one of these ebikes and need info about tire size or seat post diameter later, we’ve got you covered :D

I think you chose well with the KOPE, and Sam is an awesome guy! To clarify on one-way action, I’m talking about the smaller high gear trigger paddle. In this case, the DŌST KOPE is a 1x (one-by) setup, so there’s only a rear derailleur and only a trigger shifter mechanism on the right portion of the handlebar. Okay, so the smaller paddle that moves to higher gears, that lever only pulls back towards the bar. Shimano also makes a trigger shifter that has a high trigger that can be pushed away from the bar (forward) or pulled back… and that allows for index or thumb use. The lower paddle is situated very close to your right thumb and only goes forward, with three-shift steps. You can shift one, or two, or three gears at a time with it. So, my preference is that three or four shifter for low gears (the large paddle) and a two-way high shifter (which only ever offers one gear at a time). DŌST chose a slightly cheaper trigger shifter that requires you to use your index finger vs. thumb to shift to higher gears, so I mentioned it as a trade-off in my review ;)

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Jamie
1 month ago

Thanks for your review, I preordered a Kope yesterday! This will be my first ebike. Although i was looking for the Cube Kathmandu which they are not bringing to North America this year, I was very happy to get the extra battery range, higher power, and more of a dirt road orientation while giving up on the more refined Bosch CX of the Cube. The Dost will replace my commute bike, a steel frame dutch Workcycle, as well as a 27 year old Cannondale hardtail. This Kope looks like the one bike to do it all. Thanks again, for not just this review but all the great reviews that helped me with this choice.

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Court
1 month ago

Wonderful, thanks for the feedback on why you chose the KOPE! I think you’ll be very happy with it, Jamie. This bike brings a lot of value and unique traits that you just can’t get anywhere else. It’s nice to hear that EBR helped you in the decision making process. Be sure to post some comments after you actually get the bike and ride it for a bit :D

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Nick
1 month ago

Hi Court,

I just wanted to thank you as well for a great review and video. I’ve been researching ebikes for a few months and your detailed review helped me choose the Dost Kope which I ordered just now. They have a special on the second battery for only $399 which I snatched up! Also I was super impressed as 10 seconds after I placed my order, I was called by Sam thanking me for my purchase. Wow! that’s a really nice touch! I thanked Sam for the call back and asked him a couple of questions. I can’t wait until they ship in early June!

Thanks again!
Nick

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Court
4 weeks ago

Nice! I’m so glad the reviews helped you, Nick. Thanks for sharing the feedback about customer support from DŌST, it may help others who are on the fence. I hope the bikes come soon and that you enjoy riding them as much as I did. It’s cool to see a company offering something so unique and well thought out. I hope the extra battery takes you on lots of wonderful ride adventures. Please do report back someday when you’ve gone on some :D

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Bobby
4 weeks ago

I do not own an eBike, but I am in the market for two. I have watched many of your reviews, and the only thing I can’t find in any of your videos is whether any of these bikes can have a child’s trailer hooked up to them. I really like the KOPE! I know the strong motor and the torque are perfect for pulling a child trailer. What I don’t know is whether a trailer can be hooked up the the KOPE. What are your thoughts, and what other eBikes can you recommend that have the power and torque to pull a trailer? I have a budget of about $3000 per bike.

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Court
3 weeks ago

Hi Bobby! Great question there. The founder of DŌST actually has a daughter that goes riding a lot. I think they might be using a child seat at the moment, but he has probably explored trailers and would have some insights for you. I’m saying all of this, because you can easily reach him directly via email or phone through their official website… he’s super responsive. I’m almost 100% sure that you can find or construct some sort of adapter for a trailer, but each trailer is slightly different and it might come down to how the axle is setup on the KOPE, as well as the disc brake calipers, and rack supports. Some trailers connect to the chainstay an seatstay triangle at the rear, others connect at the axle, there are special extended axles that some trailers need… Whatever you figure out, I’m sure that the KOPE would be a perfect bike for use with a trailer because not only does it use the mid-drive AND have awesome shift-detection, but it also has that second battery option for if you’re really working the motor. Great find man, I’d love to hear how it all works out and humbly request that you post about your solution, including some pictures and feedback, in the DŌST electric bike forums, because it could really help some other customers and the company. Good luck! And hit me up if you can’t reach Sam, because I can get you his cell phone number if needed.

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Asa Weinstein
3 weeks ago

Hey Court,

Great review of the Dōst bikes. You hit all the relevant spots, which is why I went to their site and bought 2 of them right after I watched your review! I’m a 55 year old man who switched to an electric a few years ago due mainly to some health issues. I’ve been riding in the city using my bike as my principal means of commuting for 40 years. Since I went pedelec I’ve never looked back!

I’ve been riding the Stromer ST 1 Class 3 for about a year and also before that, the original Stromer ST 1 which were both great bikes. The principal issue with the Stromers are that when you inevitably get a rear wheel flat, it’s very difficult, potentially expensive, and time consuming to fix because of the powered rear hub setup. So, until we have flat proof bike tires this will continually be an issue. I had no problems with the engineering of the bikes as they are fantastic riding bikes; smooth power with the powerful 500W rear hub motor and a very well engineered torque sensor, and electronic setup. They are a little pricey, but they do hit all the sweet spots for a city commuter, coming well equipped with a rack, powered lights and fenders. The components are pretty good too, having Tektro hydraulic brakes and a better than base level drive-train setup. So, when my Stromer got stolen last week; Two guys carried my locked bike down the street in broad daylight! I decided to have a further look around for a mid-drive pedelec.

I’ve been to your site a number of times to see what’s new and have been very impressed with the breadth of bikes that you have reviewed and the thoroughness of the reviews, so thank-you very much for that! The reviews were very helpful in evaluating potential replacements for my current bike and also interesting to see what’s new in this fast growing market.

I started with looking through the best Class 3 bikes for 2020 and immediately saw the Dōst and noticed that it was assembled and engineered in Canada. Since I’m in Toronto, this seemed like a bonus, as I’m always on the lookout for Canadian companies who are doing interesting things. The Dōst has everything that I was looking for in a city commuter bike. As you put it in your review, it has all the components plus some additional useful optional accessories for anyone looking for a sturdy, daily commuter, with the option to go touring with the extra battery setup. I have a good friend in Waterloo who I have been trying to get out of his car and on to an electric bike for his daily 60km commute. The bonus for his is that he can travel on a paved trail almost the entire way! Not too many people would be able to do that, so in my view it’s an ideal situation for him. The Dōst Kope will be another lure! I think he will even be able to deal with the price, since it’s a great bike for the price.

So, that’s my story. Keep up the good work, it is much appreciated!

Best,
Asa

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Court
2 weeks ago

Hey Asa! I enjoyed reading your comment. So happy that EBR has been useful and thanks for contributing some knowledge and tips about the Stromer. I can totally see how the rear wheel setup with the hub motor and torque sensor could be difficult to work with when changing flats. I’m sorry yours was stolen :(

DOST is doing some amazing stuff, and I admire their team members. They are good people, and the product is very special in my opinion. I love Toronto, and visit occasionally for reviews, so perhaps we will cross paths! Until then, ride safe and thanks for the update, you made my day :D

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