e-Joe Epik SE Review

2017 E Joe Epik Se Electric Bike Review
2017 E Joe Epik Se
2017 E Joe Epik Se Rear Rack With Spanninga Lineo Backlight
2017 E Joe Epik Se Removable 48 Volt Ebike Battery
2017 E Joe Epik Se Grip Shifter Relaxed Handlebar Telescoping Stem
2017 E Joe Epik Se Side Lcd Display Soft Trigger Throttle
2017 E Joe Epik Se Tempo Parafit Spring Suspension Color Matched
2017 E Joe Epik Se Independent Spanninga Led Headlight
2017 E Joe Epik Se 500 Watt Internally Geared Motorj 7 Speed Drivetrain
2017 E Joe Epik Se Kickstand Magnetic Folding Clip
2017 E Joe Epik Se Volded Ebike Side View
2017 E Joe Epik Se Folded Battery Compartment
2017 E Joe Epik Se On Off Switch Usb Port Charging Port
2017 E Joe Epik Se 2 Amp Electric Bike Charger
2017 E Joe Epik Se Electric Bike Review
2017 E Joe Epik Se
2017 E Joe Epik Se Rear Rack With Spanninga Lineo Backlight
2017 E Joe Epik Se Removable 48 Volt Ebike Battery
2017 E Joe Epik Se Grip Shifter Relaxed Handlebar Telescoping Stem
2017 E Joe Epik Se Side Lcd Display Soft Trigger Throttle
2017 E Joe Epik Se Tempo Parafit Spring Suspension Color Matched
2017 E Joe Epik Se Independent Spanninga Led Headlight
2017 E Joe Epik Se 500 Watt Internally Geared Motorj 7 Speed Drivetrain
2017 E Joe Epik Se Kickstand Magnetic Folding Clip
2017 E Joe Epik Se Volded Ebike Side View
2017 E Joe Epik Se Folded Battery Compartment
2017 E Joe Epik Se On Off Switch Usb Port Charging Port
2017 E Joe Epik Se 2 Amp Electric Bike Charger


  • A comfortable, highly adjustable, value-priced folding electric bike that's a third generation build with lots of little improvements and refinements like a more durable battery connection point
  • Color-matched suspension fork and swept-back handlebar with adjustable height improves comfort, integrated plastic fenders, a built in rack, and front and rear independent lights improve utility and safety
  • Removable battery pack with on/off switch and integrated USB charging port for portable electronics, magnetic clasp system keeps it folded but might not be super solid, four fun color options
  • Powerful 500 watt motor and 48 volt battery combination with more capacity than ever before and smooth power delivery, updated compact display with comfortable trigger throttle built-in, larger chainring for natural pedaling

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Epik SE


$1,599 USD

Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting, Travel

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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1 Year Comprehensive


United States

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

51.5 lbs (23.35 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.1 lbs (2.31 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

14.5 in (36.83 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Unfolded Dimensions: 14.5" Seat Tube, 26" Reach, 23" Stand Over Height, 25.5" Width, 65.5" Length, Folded Dimensions: 39.5" Length, 22.5" Width, 27" Height

Frame Types:

Mid-Step, Folding

Frame Colors:

Metallic Orange, Bright Blue, Matte Black, White

Frame Fork Details:

Tempo Parafit Spring Suspension, No Adjustments, 70 mm Travel, 100 mm Hub Length, 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

142 mm Hub Length, 11 mm Threaded Axle with Nuts

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Tourney Derailleur, Shimano MF-TZ21 Cassette 13-28T

Shifter Details:

Shimano Revo Grip Twist on Right Bar


Prowheel, Aluminum Alloy, 170 mm Length, 52T Chainring with Plastic Guide


VP Folding Plastic Platform


Threadless Internal Cups


Alloy, Telescoping Height 14" to 17.5", Quick Release Fold


Alloy Low Rise, Swept-Back, 650 mm Length

Brake Details:

Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Generic Levers with Rubberized Edge, Integrated Bell, and Motor Inhibitor


Rubber, Semi Ergonomic, Black


Selle Royal

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

510 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.2 mm


Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 36 Hole


Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge, Black with Adjustable Nipples

Tire Brand:

Kenda Kwest, 20" x 1.75" (47-406)

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)

Tire Details:

40 to 65 PSI, 2.8 to 4.5 BAR, Nylon

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve


Plastic Fenders with Mud Flaps, Elevated Aluminum Alloy Rear Rack with Spring Latch (25 kg / 55 lb Max Weight), Independent Spanninga Daryo LED Headlight, Independent Spanninga Lineo LED Backlight, Adjustable Length Mid-Mount Kickstand, Magnetic Clasp for Secure Fold, Metal Bottom Bracket Protection Bar


Locking Removable Internally Downtube-Mounted Battery Pack, Maximum Load 300 lbs, Model: Sport Edition (SE), Quick Release on Seat Tube and Front Wheel, 1.5 lb 2 Amp Charger

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:


Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

480 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

6 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

50 miles (80 km)

Display Type:

Fixed, Backlit, Greyscale LCD, (Hold - for Two Seconds for Backlighting, Hold - for Three Seconds to Switch Trip to Odomete, Hold + and - for Two Seconds to Switch Unitsr)


Battery Level (5 Bars), Speed, Assist Level (0-5), Trip, Odometer

Display Accessories:

USB Charging Port on Battery Pack

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

I have reviewed the e-Joe Epik SE a couple of times before, I believe the one that I looked at in this review is a third or forth generation. In the early days, there weren’t as many folding electric bikes to choose from and this one struck me as a great value because it had fenders, a rear rack, and lights. That is still the case, it even has a suspension fork to help smooth out the ride and the cadence sensor, chainring size, and different levels of assist have really been dialed in. In the years since those first reviews I conducted, e-Joe has refined the product with a nicer LCD display panel and gentle throttle design, a neat integrated motor inhibitor to kill power whenever you pull the brakes, battery connector that is less vulnerable when folding, and new color choices that are both professional (black or white) but also include bright fun options like the metallic sparkly orange shown here or a bright blue. In all this time and with all of these improvements and upgrades, they have still maintained a reasonable $1,600 price point and continue to offer a year long warranty. I have heard from some visitors, in the comments, that they felt that the fenders on earlier versions rattled, or that some of the components were cheap… and that is certainly the case with the drivetrain here. You get a seven speed Shimano Tourney which is the entry level hardware in the Shimano line. However, in my experience, what you get is pretty reasonable and still a step up from the cheapest online offerings. This is an electric bike that is great for zipping around town, either in pedal assist or throttle mode, and I love that it is sold through shops so you can take a test ride and make sure it fits because the frame is highly adjustable. Between the telescoping stem, long adjustable seat post, and the mid-step frame, I find it to be approachable and comfortable. Also, the shop will deal with anything that might have been bent or messed up in shipping and they can act as a go-between for you when dealing with the company. Anyway, I love how hidden and protected the battery pack is and that the geared motor has been upgraded to something a little stronger now. You get a mechanical advantage from the smaller wheel diameter, and that makes the motor more efficient. There are now cheaper electric bikes being sold on Amazon and even Walmart, but you usually have to do some assembly and the warranty may be very limited. e-Joe offers a one year comprehensive warranty and should be able to provide parts and battery replacements to keep this thing going.

A few hardware highlights worth pointing out include the magnetic clasp mechanism that keeps the bike in a folded position. I don’t have a lot of experience traveling with this particular electric bike, but many others have no magnets or rubber bands so I usually recommend purchasing an adjustable bungee cable like these. Apparently, the magnets can rattle a bit more and maybe come loose, so the bungees are a great backup to reduce noise and scratching. I like the aluminum bar below the chainring that the bike rests on when folded (and that also protects the chainring). And, I also like the new swept-back handlebar. This provides a more comfortable upright body position for me and handles in a way that feels steady vs. a short twitchy bar. The only drawback is that the bike is wider when unfolded (in case you have to fit through a tight entrance or between cars) and even in the folded position it adds to the dimension of the bike so it’s just not as compact. Keep in mind, this electric bike may look small, but it still weighs about 51.5 lbs. That’s because the motor and battery add to the weight and the frame has to be reinforced to handle the folding design and increased forces of use under power. Sure, it can fit into a closet more easily, maybe the trunk of a car or RV, perhaps a boat or even private plane. For me, the added comfort of the suspension and many ways to use the bike, not even having to pedal, make it enjoyable compared to some cheaper offerings. And I especially like being able to test ride it and buy in person knowing that it was built by a trained mechanic who I can go back to for help. Also, I like that the lights they chose are from a well known company, Spanninga, and are probably more reliable, larger, and more reflective than cheaper alternatives. Finally, I love the 180 mm mechanical disc brakes in use here! Stopping is important, and while hydraulic brakes with adjustable levers would be even better… these provide great power and should stay cleaner than rim brakes and work better in wet riding conditions.

I want to elaborate on a discussion we had in the video review above. Sam made an interesting point about being able to lower the seat a lot, for petite riders who want to put their feet on the ground while seated, but the longer 170 mm crank arms that are directly below the seat tube end up putting their feet up high near where they are sitting (and their keens in their chest) vs. 165 or shorter crank arms or a feet-forward position where the bottom bracket is mounted forward, the trade-off is that for larger riders the 170 mm cranks will feel more natural and this bike is trying to be compact so moving the pedals forward would increase the frame weight and completely change the design, it’s just a side point about being able to test ride and fit yourself to an ebike like this and maybe raising that saddle even if you are a bit shorter. Big thanks to e-Joe for partnering with me on this review and to Sam at the Electric Bicycle Center in Fullerton California for inviting me to his shop and going on camera to film this review and provide broader feedback.

I wanted to share a couple of quick tips about the display. It only has two buttons which makes it pretty easy to use (press the + button to power it on). I like that the throttle overrides assist 1-5 and that it is disabled in level zero for safety. Because the trigger throttle is so large and so easy to press, just be careful that you have either clicked the – button to go to level zero or completely turned off the bike before mounting/dismounting and folding. You can hold the minus key to switch from an odometer to a trip meter and it might also turn on backlighting. The display isn’t quite as large and fancy as some of the full sized bikes, but it does have a disconnect point for easy repair/replacement and is going to stay out of the way more when the bike is folded. It’s just a monochrome design and the readouts could be small for some people with vision issues, but I’d call it above average for folding products. I love that the stem can be raised and lowered but on the point of cables, just don’t raise it so high that the cables get pulled apart or stretched when turning. I mention this in the video around 23:54 timestamp.


  • The 500 watt internally geared hub motor offers increased power and torque compared to older e-Joe Epic electric bike models, it should climb better and gets a mechanical advantage from the smaller wheel size here, 20″ diameter
  • e-Joe has improved the drivetrain by using a larger 52 tooth chainring that offsets the smaller wheels, which spin faster, in short, it pedals more naturally at higher speeds up to the supported 20 mph
  • The display panel is compact but simple to use and easy to read, I like the new trigger throttle because it’s so easy to press and is built into the display so the cockpit isn’t as cluttered, this seems like a throttle that would be easy to use even if you have short fingers or sensitive arthritis pain types of situations
  • The bike comes with all of the accessories you really need, and the work pretty well, from the fenders to the rack and even the lights, it’s ready to go and “feature complete” without you having to install anything extra
  • It’s neat to see full sized, almost overkill, 180 mm disc brakes on a folding electric bike, these will help you stop at higher speeds and with added weight
  • I think it’s neat that the battery pack has a USB type A charging port built in because you could run some accessories while riding or use it for backup power with the batter off the bike… the on/off switch on the battery keeps this from phantom power draw which makes sense, if you do try to plug something into the battery while it’s on the bike, I recommend considering a right angle USB adapter like this to keep the cord out of your way when pedaling
  • This is the first time I have seen an inline motor inhibitor system, so when you pull the brakes it sends a signal to stop power for safety and faster response, the inline system is much less cluttered than the extra wires of traditional inhibitors I have seen and probably also less prone to damage and confusion that people have had with the older style at times
  • I appreciate the plastic chain guide that keeps the chain on track (when riding or when folding), it’s not as tough as an alloy guide but probably less expensive and definitely lighter weight
  • e-Joe has adopted the new sealed cadence sensor design which is much smaller and probably more durable than the older ones (which were plastic discs with visible magnets), this seems less wasteful in terms of materials used and it worked great during my test rides, once the sensor is activated by your pedaling, you don’t have to push hard for it to keep going because it’s based only on motion, it can however feel more abrupt than a torque sensor
  • A really big upgrade for the 2017/2018 model seems to be that the battery pack makes an electrical connection at the end of the tube vs. the part that folds open, this keeps the pins more protected from getting bent
  • Even though most folding electric bikes do not route the cables internally like their full sized companions, this one does a great job of retaining those cables with metal clasps and a plastic channel below the main tube, they really stay out of the way
  • I’m not always a huge fan of the plastic folding pedals because they can flex more and just seem cheap sometimes… and they can also be difficult to fold, but these ones had a nice folding mechanism where you pull with your fingers on a little release lever inside the pedal and they were just easy to work with
  • Power deliver feels smooth and the lower levels of assist aren’t so overwhelming even though the motor is very capable if you press the throttle or arrow up to higher levels of assist
  • I love the integrated bell on the left brake lever, I see this bell design frequently with the Tektro levers but it’s just a nice highlight, very friendly but also loud to signal to other riders or pedestrians
  • I like the grip shifter mechanism because it has a window to easily show which gear you are in and can be used intuitively vs. the alternative cheap SIS Index thumb shifter that Shimano offers, this just looks clean and works well
  • Both folding points (on the stem and the middle of the frame) have a plastic locking mechanism for safety, so you don’t have to worry so much about it when riding


  • Priced at $1,599 this is no longer one of the most affordable folding e-bikes around, but that’s due in part to the high powered motor and battery upgrade to 48 volts
  • Even though this thing looks compact, it still weighs over 51 lbs, most folding electric bikes are heavier than they look so at least the battery is removable for ~5 lb weight savings if you want and the front wheel has quick release so that could reduce another couple of pounds
  • Minor gripe here but the charger isn’t especially compact, lightweight, or fast, I would call it very average… and now with the larger battery capacity it can take longer to completely charge the bike if it is completely used
  • As much as I like the Spanninga lights, I do wish they were integrated and could take power from that main rechargeable battery pack because as it stands, you have to turn them on independently which takes time and they could be left on accidentally vs. all being on the same system
  • The suspension fork doesn’t have lockout so it could bob up and down as you pedal and dive forward if you stop hard, I’d rather have this than a rigid fork, it’s just not all that fancy or versatile and adjustable… at least they color matched it to the frame though!
  • As much as I love having a kickstand, it can be a little annoying at times because it’s mounted at the bottom bracket and will get in the way of the left crank arm if you back the bike up without stowing it first, at least it’s adjustable length
  • As cool as it is to have the throttle and display all combined (for reduced clutter on the handlebar) there is the drawback of having to replace the entire thing if say, just the throttle gets damaged, it sounds like the replacement cost is ~$65
  • As with most internally geared hub motors, you can hear this thing a bit as you accelerate in the higher assist levels or use the trigger throttle at full power


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5 months ago


What a great site and another great review. You have really helped me (and countless others) navigate the world of electric bikes. This 2018 version of the e-Joe Epik SE is checking a lot of boxes on my wish list. I read another review of this bike and there was a complaint about how awkward and heavy it felt while towing it by hand on its two wheels when folded. But I noticed on your video at time stamp 4:54 that the bottom of the seat post is very close to the ground while the bike is resting on the orange support handle below the pedals. Assuming that the post is hollow, it would seem to be easy enough to find a small castoring wheel with the right sized stem to fit inside the seat post. That would allow the bike to simply be pushed with zero lifting force required. The saddle could easily steer this “tricycle” arrangement.

Is there anyway to move the bike stand aft and out of the way of the pedals? Keep up the great work and the reminders to “ride safe!”

5 months ago

Hmm, that’s a really creative idea! I have seen some folding ebike cases with caster wheels on the bottom that roll like big pieces of luggage like this and there are some kick scooters like the Glion with an extendable handle and wheel on the back. I think there is even a folding ebike that already does have a wheel on the bottom just like you’re describing, it’s from eProdigy and called the Fairweather. With a little bit of handywork, I think you might be able to solve the challenge of porting the e-Joe Epik SE around, I’d invite you to post pictures and links to parts in the e-Joe forums here if you do get something like that setup because I’d love to see it :D


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3 weeks ago

Thank you for your thorough post. I have seen the video review and that's how i was able to find this great site. I will definitely do more reading on my bike. Thank you again.

Bruce Arnold
3 weeks ago

[*]1. If your battery has enough watt-hours to handle the round trip, leave the charger at home. Some E-Joe vendors claim 40 miles per charge, some claim 30. Whichever it is, it should be plenty for a 16 mile round trip. For any ebike, charging it after every single ride does nothing to "optimize the battery cells." Full charges are not necessarily better than partial charges, and can be worse as far as battery life is concerned. The battery pack will benefit from at least an occasional full charge, to balance (not optimize) the charge across all the cells, as there are variations in how fast the individual cells re-charge themselves. By occasional, I mean once a month. Me personally, I charge mine when it gets down to a half-charge, as the performance of the bike starts to drop off at that point, and I do charge it up to full, because I'm more concerned about optimizing performance than I am about getting the longest possible battery life. Batteries are expensive, and I don't want to have to replace it any time soon, but this will give me many years and thousands of miles of enjoyable riding before needing to replace the battery. There are different opinions on this, BTW, all based on good solid information about battery chemistry. Some read the data one way, some read it another. My view is not the "right one." It works for me. YMMV.
[*] Your 2.0A charger is fine. Stick with it. I looked your bike up and it has a 48 volt system. That Ebay charger is a 42 volt charger. It won't charge your battery. It could even damage the battery if it is not well-made. Don't mess around with this. If you really needed a charger both at home and at work, you still wouldn't want this one.
[*]Using throttle and pedaling at the same time? The http://www.electricstar.org/2018-ejoe-epik-se.html says "With an independent throttle and 5 levels of pedal assist, I can pedal it like a regular bike, power it like a motorcycle, do any combination of both -- or just let it add assistance to my pedaling." So yeah, you can pedal and use the throttle at the same time, assuming that their website is accurate. Whether there's any benefit in that depends on how the system is configured. My bike gives a boost of power when using pedals and throttle at the same time, but that power comes with a cost: the battery drains faster. So I only use it when I need to cross a busy street, get started from a stop light, moments like that.
[*]There is a review of your bike on Electric Bike Reviews. Court does a very good job of getting down to the details. If you've already read the materials and watched the videos, great! If not, it's highly recommended. You will learn so much about your bike. Don't let your eyes glaze over the part where Court gives detailed information about the specs. There is very useful information there. Do a Google search on any terms you don't recognize -- if you're willing to pay this kind of money for an ebike, then you ought to be willing to spend some time doing some homework. You will be so glad you did. It will pay off in getting the most out of your purchase.

And have fun! Looks like a great little bike!

Alex M
3 weeks ago

There must be more of these batteries on other under 2K ebikes.
Rather common form-factor. E-joe Gadis comes to mind, Biktrix Jaggernaut and others. Ask them to tell you exact dimensions and compare to those others.

1 month ago

I bought a Pedego Interceptor with the larger, 48v 13 ah battery three weeks ago and love it. Great power, great fit and finish and quality parts. Put over 100 miles on it. Only issue is I accidentally twisted the throttle once, so I bought the Crampbuster, which lessens that possibility. Very I,pressed with Pedego’s customer service; the shop owner drove the bike to my home in his cargo van. Also, Pedego mailed me a nice goodie bag with reflective wear, water bottle, rain poncho and a license plate holder that says, ”My other ride is a Pedego Electric Bike.”

2 months ago

Last August my wife had a very serious accident on her 2015 E-JOE EPIK SE, on a downhill at 29mph, common in the Boulder area. Her steering started to wobble uncontrollably and caused her to fall. She had originally bought it on 6/30/15 in Denver. “Originally” because we had returned the first E-JOE EPIK SE because of the flimsy and inadequate brakes and a very rough headset, both of which we considered serious safety problems. The owner offered us an identical brand-new bike in exchange. We should have rejected this second bike, especially after we found that it, too, had the same flaws as the first bike, but having always put safety first, we wanted to make sure that the bike would be safe to ride and had an experienced local Boulder mechanic replace both brakes and headset on 1/20/16. No motor vehicle was involved; the weather was fine. The day before we had ridden to Erie over similar hills. The luggage rack carried a wire basket, a 5-lb Oxygen tank, and panniers. She received the 2nd bike on 9/15/15 and logged 925 miles by 8/31/17. We had our mechanic check the bike: he, like another shop later, found no “smoking gun” but did note that the stem quick-release folding mechanism was not quite tight, among other things (see his findings at
https://electricbikereview.com/forum/threads/known-issues-problems-with-evelo-products-help-solutions-fixes.13136/ , which he posted on the EVELO forum under https://electricbikereview.com/forum/members/freedombikes.1909/, https://electricbikereview.com/forum/threads/known-issues-problems-with-evelo-products-help-solutions-fixes.13136/#post-122497 instead of the E-JOE forum).
After FreedomBikes’ findings, the other shop also commented that perhaps this bike should not be ridden at over 20 mph, and that the bike’s configuration, with very high handle bars, may impair the bike’s balance and stability. Additional research suggests that incorrect weight distribution could be a factor, i.e. that this bike, with most of the weight in back (see above), was perhaps back-heavy, with insufficient weight in front which would make the bike harder to control.
In all, there is also evidence of poor manufacturing and assembly of bike components
(see https://electricbikereview.com/forum/threads/epik-se-steering-stem-keeps-coming-loose.12950/;
Quick Release Latch Issue;
My biggest gripe with the bike is the brakes (Gurt: My 2015 Epik SE)),
and possibly poor design:
very high handlebars and upright position, affecting balance, stability, turning.
Both are folding bikes; both have 20-inch wheels; they have a
similar, but not identical geometry. The steering on the two
bikes is totally different and likely contributes to the different
weight distribution on the bikes. The BF’s frame is somewhat
closer to the ground, with a lower center of gravity.
I have ridden BFs many years and miles, without a problem.

This 2015 E-JOE EPIK SE is not a safe bike for all speeds and conditions—buyer beware!

Mark Peralta
4 months ago

-Bulls Outlaw
-The new generation Easy Motion hub drives
-Juicebikes CCS - Torah names his power assist as "dynamic assist", no jerky on-off propulsion.
-Magnum- some riders report jerky on-off feel at low speeds.

4 months ago

I recently test rode some hub drives .
I ride for transport on paved roads , and can see their advantage .
But the ones I rode were surgey and laggy .
One was an 8fun on an e-Joe , the other was an Easy Motion City Pro .
I tried some Stromer in the past and no hub issue for me there .
So , what are some other top brands , or major brands to try ?

4 months ago

My wife is 5 foot and I am 6 ft tall, so we need a bike that will accommodate our different sizes. We currently have Benelli classicas which I really like other than it can't go off road at all and it doesn't fold. So far I've considered the G-bike, the vello Rocky Mountain and the e-joe spik. We would like all features fenders, carrier, lights, Bells, disc brakes, kick stand, travel suitcase, everything we need to be able to ride and fly. I would appreciate your best recommendation?

5 months ago

Wow, you picked some real interesting choices! Are you even aware that GenZ is Manhindra (sp) one of the largest manufacturers of heavy equipment and automobiles in the world. Don't think they are going anywhere.
Bulls is one of the real success stories of Ebikes, Specialized(!), Scott (HUGE in Europe), Stromer!!, Haibike!!!!!!!!!!! LOL, you're killing me here. You do realize you've listed all of the biggest, most successful Ebike companies out there as going to be gone............... Trek?? If it doens't go well? ALL the "New" big boys have been selling Ebikes in other countries for YEARS, including Trek. Scott and others have said they may be Ebike ONLY in the future. Sales are PROPPING UP REGULAR BIKE COMPANIES....
Flip your idea 180 degrees and You've made a pretty good list of the companies that will be kicking ass with Ebikes in the next 10 years.

86 and still kicking
5 months ago

Serious disagreement with the assumptions and the list. Direct to consumer, online, and mobile delivery are the future of the market. Pedego is a tiny little brand that just happens to be the largest seller of eBikes in the United States. Companies like Stromer, Reise and Muller, KTM and others have very marginal operations in North America. Genze is a tiny little international company that happens to be larger than just about all the vendors combined.

Mike's E-Bikes
5 months ago

Hard to predict what brands will stick around, but the brands that survive will have the best business model, and not necessarily the best product.

What will surprise people the most, is that many brands that SEEM to have popularity now, are most likely NOT the ones that will survive. Precisely because their business models don't allow dealers to make enough to even live on, or are just poor, or they are naively going direct to market on-line.

These brands in no particular order that will most likely struggle:
Van Moof

There's at least 50 more, than aren't worth even mentioning.

Survivors could be, IF they even decide to keep doing e-bikes:
Reise & Muller
Trek (though the name may stay, they may dump ebikes if it doesn't go well)

Some names may survive and get bought out, if they have some sort of unique niche they've captured.

None of the above matters anyway, as I predict hundreds more new names will be forthcoming, until the market gets this right. Its WAY too early to speculate on any of this, but it might be interesting to look back in 5 years to see if any of this was right, or wrong.

5 months ago

Looks good, but should one wear white after Labor Day?;)

3 weeks ago


I am new to this forum and hope you can assist. I just bought a new electric bike, the ejoe epik se 2018 model. The dealer told me to charge the battery every time i finish riding it optimize the battery cells. I am using it to commute to work, 16 miles round trip. After my morning commute, I still have enough charge (a little more than half way) and can make it home without recharging.

1) I've been carrying the charger with me and recharging it at work and home. Can i just charge at home so i dont have to lug it back and forth? How much does it affect the battery? The 16 miles will be the same every day, 5 days a week. I will probably not use it for anything else if that matters.
2) If i should charge it every time i finish using the bike, i found a charger on craigslist for the same model bike but older version. The amp and voltage are lower than my current charger.
Input Amp - 1.8A versus 2.0A
Output 42V - 2.0 A versus 54.6V-2.0A
Will this affect the battery if i use this at?

3) Does using throttle and pedaling affect the motor?

Thank you!

1 month ago

Would massively appreciate some advice as I just can't choose a bike.

I'm trying to find a new commuter bike. Roughly 4 miles each way. No need for long distances. Had an EJoe 2015 epik SE which I hated. It fell apart and stopped working pretty early on and customer support sucked. It also wasn't very sturdy. It's just sitting dead in my garage now so I'm pretty burned by that experience.

Looking for something sturdy, fairly fast and with good support. I was looking at the Evelo Aurora which I can get for 3k with the 500w motor or the Stromer ST 1 platinum which I can get for 2.8k. Anyone got experience with these or have other suggestions?

3 months ago

I hit a huge puddle and my bike stopped working... I normally put plastic wrap around the middle to keep it water tight... I didn’t this one time and I think I shorted out the whole Bike. Taking it home now hoping it dries out and works or I’m going to have to do some repairs... FYI I have ejoe parts... 2015 model...

6 months ago

Im certain you can have a great time on any of them. Congrats!

6 months ago

Those mag wheels are indeed amazing. I got a great deal on the Epik SE 500 watt 2017 model, so I ordered one of those for $1,300. And I actually liked the curved handlebars that the new Epik SE has more than I realized. The eBike that I rented from Pedegogo has those curved handlebars and it makes cruising ever more comfortable.

6 months ago

That's so wonderful! I was debating between the the Urban, e-Joe Epik SE 2017 500 watt 48v, and the Magnum Premium. As much as I love the mag wheels, I'm thinking of getting those LED lights on the wheels and they usually only fit normal spokes. And I got a decent deal on the Epik SE for ~$1,300 free shipping and I thought that was close enough to choose it over the Urban @ $1,129 for US shipping. And way cheaper than the $1,899 that the Magnum Premium was going for. I was hoping Magnum was going to update the Premium at Interbike this year (since they released it at Interbike 2016 with no updates since then) and was very disappointed that they did not update anything on the Premium.

6 months ago

Yes, I did. Same day in fact. It was a fine bike, but the cast wheels and larger battery capacity of the Magnum were attractive features the e-Joe doesnt have, and I'm not crazy about the more proprietary in-frame battery of the e-Joe (although that might be an unfounded worry....I've never let that stop me from worrying before!)

Also I find the styling and color scheme of the high-step premium more "masculine"! I know...it's hard to look macho on a 20" folder but the matte black and mag wheels help!

6 months ago

Those are wonderful photos!!

Also a question: Did you test drive any new 500 watt e-Joe Epik SE's when you were taking a look at bikes, Gogogordy?

6 months ago

Hey there, Dripdry!

I'm curious; how are you liking the Epic SE now that's it's almost been a year out?

6 months ago

I'm debating (a ton) over the Premium vs the Epik SE and maybe even the VoltBike Urban. Court obvious has done a wonderful job reviewing all of them, but sometimes full appreciation or a quirk doesn't arise until after you've lived with it long enough. I'd just like to hear your thoughts on being a new owner of a Premium. :)

6 months ago

Thanks for the pic SuperGoop. The frame looks nice, it's similar to that of the E-Joe Epik SE. I like how it has the added bar on the bottom of the frame which will help to stand it up while in the folded position. Does anybody know if it includes a magnet to help secure it together while folded? I just looked at Voltbikes website and they did include one upgrade regarding the battery. The battery will now be a 36volt 11.6 ah using LG 1860 cells.

Marcus Gonzalez
2 months ago

What's the best basket to buy for this bike?

Fay Champoux
2 months ago

Great review! I am sold on this little folder. Lots of great features at a good price point.

Isaiah Yhomas
3 months ago

Suspension fork is very low end. Deal killer. Would have been better without a suspension fork.

Marcus Gonzalez
3 months ago

What's the best water bottle holder for this bike??

Mark Perez
3 months ago

question? When are you going to do a review on a Monday Motor bike m1? That would be nice to see for your next video.

3 months ago

Serious question, I’m really considering this bike or the Enzo. I’d be doing an 8 mile commute round trip almost daily. I’m just not sure which one would be better. I like the rack on the Ejoe and the way you guys said the motor was pretty smooth at level 1 but the Enzo seems like it might have a few more perks. I’m totally new to ebikes and as far as I know there are not any local places that sell ebikes. I like the idea of a folding bike because I’ve got to store it in my house and I’ve got limited space. What would be your recommendation?

Life Yang
4 months ago

I just got mine, which I ordered from Amazon. When the battery is more than 50% charged, throttle only mode takes me 23 mph. POWERFUL. I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT!

Kalvin One
4 months ago

Wonderful ! Where can we buy it internationally ? From Switzerland or Germany ?

Srikant Mishra
5 months ago

When are you guys planning to review the sondors fold and fold x

Glenn Watson
5 months ago

Man, nice bike. Digging the price point. Overall, well balanced review.

5 months ago

Thanks Glenn! I really appreciated Sam's help for this one, he knows what to point out and highlight (even though he's a bit more promotional sometimes) it was great improvement over the older Epik SE

5 months ago

Very in-depth detailed review as usual , Sam was in good mood today 😀, just a quick question if you remember , was the speedo set to km/h? Because it was showing 26 when you mentioned 20? That was quite fast acceleration to it's too speed in 6 to 7 sec 😋

4 months ago

it was set to km but its set to miles now. I can easily get 22-23 mph on a full charge sometimes up to 24 on the flats before motor cut off. It accelerated faster than some other ebikes I raced during the open house at Sam's in Fullerton.

5 months ago

Great review and great bike!.. Would opt for a rigid fork and 2.1 tire though :)

4 months ago

i generally like rigid, having rode bmx all my life but at 23 -25 mph the forks help, a back fork or seat with shocks would help too, velo seat is a nice upgrade tho, but hard bumps still impact my back a bit. Love this bike.

Chip Meyer
5 months ago

Hey could you do a review of the new luna cycle apex bike? carbon full suspension fat bike with a mid drive looks amazing but I'm waiting to see what you say about it first.

Honky Tonk
5 months ago

watch your fingers. 12:41

5 months ago

Fun little e-bike with a good price. The small size and folding capability would complement my other regular sized e-bikes very well.

6 months ago

Thank you so much for reviewing this bike!! I just purchased one and am waiting for it to ship by freight. It was a leap of faith since I bought it before this video came out. But your wonderful video just made me even MORE excited!! I would've thought it was going to be a technical Class 3 speed-pedelec like the Magnum Premium since it was 500 watt / 48 volt.

6 months ago

hey bro, you will love it!!! thats MY butterfinger!

Rich C.
6 months ago

That's a lot of features for the money. Thanks for the review.

6 months ago

Sam so truthful and honest this is why you wait for 3rd 4th gen models, patience is a virtue.

Carpenter Family
6 months ago

Another great review & I'm very impressed with the improvements on this bike.
Sam is it okay to stop by the bike shop & charge my phone ?😎

Johannes Nilsen
6 months ago

I don't think I would like how this bike will ride, the steep head angle, the super short wheelbase, the low saddle height, using so low saddle height will give major knee pain, very quickly.
He uses wrong pedal technique, which can cause a crash or other issues, like loss of controll.

but thats how a 20 inch biek is like.
Yes I have ridden a 20inch folding bike.
this guy talks halftruth, if you are a dwarf or jsut a low person, you jsut need to pget the right frame size, and right saddle size, right crank arm length, not raice the saddle.

4 months ago

I always rode 20" bmx bikes, so this is what I'm comfortable with. I actually like the handlebars now, and my bmx handlebars seem too low now.

6 months ago

Yeah, there's this trade-off between comfort, stability, and compact design so it can be folded and stored easily. I feel like some of Sam's comments were confusing, I agree that you want to find something comfortable but with a folder sometimes it's okay to compromise for space savings.