2014 e-Joe Epik SE Review

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Summary

  • Affordable, durable, well balanced and smooth with built in front suspension fork
  • Sporty fenders keep the mud off and stay out of the way but don't offer the best splash coverage
  • Three levels of pedal assist and a thumb throttle that can be used simultaneously

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

e-Joe

Model:

Epik SE

Price:

$1,549 USD

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Commuting, Travel, Urban

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive, 30 Day Refundable

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

20132014

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

37 lbs (16.78 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Types:

Step-Thru, Folding

Frame Colors:

Black, Light Blue, Bright Red, Racing Green

Frame Fork Details:

Basic Suspension

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Tourney TX

Shifter Details:

Twist Grip on Right Bar

Pedals:

Plastic Platform

Stem:

Folding with Quick Release

Handlebar:

Low Rise

Brake Details:

Tektro Novella Mechanical Disc on Rear, V-Brake on Front

Grips:

Semi Ergonomic

Tire Brand:

Kenda

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)

Tire Details:

Thorn Resistant

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Plastic Front and Rear Sport Fenders, Plastic Bash Guard, Bell, Kickstand

Other:

300 lb Max Load

Electronic Details

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

430 watts

Battery Brand:

Samsung

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

7 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

252 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

3 hours

Estimated Min Range:

15 miles (24 km)

Estimated Max Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Display Type:

Fixed LED

Readouts:

Power, Battery Level, Pedal Assist Level (3 Levels), Throttle to Pedal Assist Mode Switch

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

This review is for the 2013 and 2014 e-Joe Epik SE which had a weaker motor, smaller battery pack and in some cases only one speed. This is still a great ebike and might be sold at a discount through some retailers or used at garage sales. Visit the 2015 e-Joe Epik SE review for the latest information on this electric bike.

The e-Joe Epik is one of my favorite folding electric bikes because it’s affordable but still offers a great feature set. The SE (which I imagine stands for Sport Edition) removes some of the city-centric accessories like full sized fenders, rear rack and lights and replaces them with a shock absorber on the front, a seven speed cassette for climbing and sportier short fenders. It keeps the same capable drive system, offering both pedal assist and throttle mode, and keeps the overall weight the same. At just 37lbs this folding electric bike is perfect for RV trips, stowing on your boat or using in conjunction with a train or bus commute. Well, it’s almost perfect, there’s no magnetic or rubber clasp included to keep it from unfolding so be sure to carry your own velcro strap or bungee cord.

Most folding electric bikes use smaller sized motors, it keeps them light weight and easier to stow. That’s also the case for the Epik SE but the motor is fairly capable because it’s geared and located in the rear hub which is ideal for gaining traction. The motor size is 350 watts but peak output is 520 watts and during my ride tests it felt pretty strong and peppy (you can see the bike lurch forward in the video review above). Top speed is limited at 15.5 miles per hour which is low compared with the 20mph legal limit for ebikes in the USA but that’s probably because the 20″ wheels and folding bits of the frame feel less stable at higher speeds. Keep in mind, the maximum recommended weight for the SE is 300 pounds and unlike the standard Epik there’s no built in rack for hauling cargo.

The battery powering the Epik SE is a 36 volt 9 amp hour Lithium polymer pack. It comes with a one year warranty and I estimate that based on the chemistry you’ll get ~800 charge cycles (given you keep it topped off and out of extreme temperatures). Keep this in mind if you are a traveler who plans to leave your ebike stowed or in a closet for long periods of time. You should really top it off once a month to maximize its life. This is easily done however because the battery pack is removable and can be charged off of the bike! I can’t stress how awesome this is, it makes the bike lighter weight to lift if you take the pack out. It also means you could leave your bike somewhere but bring the battery home with you. And since the battery is just below 300 watt hours in capacity you can actually carry it on to flights according to SafeTravel.gov. The Epik and Epik SE have packs that are 252 watt hours which is just under the limit but still large enough for good range when riding. Also, the way the battery is mounted on the ebike is great because it keeps the center of gravity low, distributes the weight towards the center and doesn’t require a rack (that will eventually rattle and take up storage space).

The control system on the Epik SE is easy to access when riding and includes all of the critical info you’ll need to enjoy the bike. There’s a battery capacity indicator and a button to select from three levels of pedal assist as well as an on off switch for activating the throttle. It’s basically the same as is used on the Epik except the throttle is on the left handle bar instead of the right. For pedal assist mode, the bike uses a basic pedelec sensor which isn’t as smooth or responsive as a torque sensor but is less expensive and doesn’t require as much effort to activate. I love that you can use the trigger throttle in conjunction with pedal assist mode on these bikes because that makes starting from rest easier (which is the hardest part for people with hurt knees).

As with most folding ebikes, the pedals fold flat for storage and don’t offer the best traction or rigidity when pedaling… they are simple and light. Since there’s no built in rack you can either try to add one (and change the fender design) or wear a backpack. You might also want to carry a bungee cord as mentioned above to keep it from coming unfolded when parked or stowed. The Epik SE only comes in one size but is pretty adjustable in terms of handle bar and seat height. I really just love the front suspension fork as it adds so much comfort and fun. This combined with the gears make the bike very capable and enjoyable over longer distances (which is impressive for a folding bike).

Pros:

  • Great configuration as a folding ebike for bumpier rides because of the front shock
  • Seven speed cassette provides lots of options for climbing and riding on varied terrain
  • Easy and fast to fold for storage, rides well when unfolded – doesn’t feel loose
  • Simple control box shows battery capacity and provides easy access to three levels of pedal assist
  • Trigger throttle is easy to reach, responsive and can be used in conjunction with pedal assist – perfect for getting started after a stop or extra help climbing a hill
  • Avalable in four colors including racing green, bright red, light blue and black
  • Battery pack is removable and can be charged on or off the bike
  • Sport-fenders keep the mud and rocks from flicking up and making a mess
  • 20″ wheels use medium sized tires that offer a bit of cushion, seat is also medium soft
  • Great value in terms of features, performance and low price

Cons:

  • Maximum top speed of 15.5 mph vs. 20 mph on full sized ebikes
  • Lithium polymer battery may not last as long as some other chemistries but does include one year warranty and is removable/replaceable
  • Fenders aren’t close or long enough to really keep water from splashing up onto ankles
  • Only includes a front light which is pretty basic and not powered from the main battery
  • Uses a pedelec system vs. torque sensing for pedal assist making it less responsive
  • No magnets or clasps to keep the bike in folded position
  • Wires are not routed internally but stay out of the way pretty well

Resources:

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Comments (2) YouTube Comments

George Sears
6 years ago

Court,

I’ve been riding a folding bike for a couple of weeks, a low end Downtube from the early days. Folding bikes are awfully handy. The Epik on the website seems to have a different fender plus a rear rack. That would be handy. Have to agree that 15 mph on a folder is less stable with 20 inch wheels.

I’m wondering about these peak power ratings, and what you can really do with that high level. If you need to climb a hill it would be there for a while, but it would kill the battery. I guess you figure out what you can get from any motor.

Be interesting to see if Flykly gets their 20 inch hub powered wheel to market late Spring. They definitely met that money goal on Kickstarter. Camping World sells these really cheap 20 inch folders. Not sure how they would work with a power wheel. The powered wheels are out there, a ways, in time.

NyceWheels sells a powered Brompton. It’s amazing, just for the design, and the price is similar to the Epik.

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Damon Victor
5 years ago

We’ve been selling electric bikes for about 4 years, specializing folding ebikes. The E-Joe Epik SE is, dollar for dollar, the best folding bike we sell! The motor pulls as if it has more power. The battery last as long a life as any 9ah battery we have. The folding system is as strong as bikes costing hundreds of dollars more. There customer service is dynamite, We are located in Brooklyn, NY and have people from miles around coming down to test drive this bike and other folders but most people prefer the E-Joe Epik SE because of the hidden battery in the frame, it’s power and it’s price point. If you live in the area swing by and check us out http://www.greenpathelectricbikes.com/

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