e-Joe Gadis Review

E Joe Gadis Electric Bike Review
E Joe Gadis
E Joe Gadis 350 Watt Geared Hub Motor
E Joe Gadis 48 Volt Samsung Ebike Battery
E Joe Gadis Fixed Backlit Lcd
E Joe Gadis Padded Faux Leather Grips
E Joe Gadis 7 Speed Shimano Tourney Pedal System
E Joe Gadis Aluminum Fenders And Cargo Rack
E Joe Gadis Top Gun Suspension Fork
E Joe Gadis Electric Bike Review
E Joe Gadis
E Joe Gadis 350 Watt Geared Hub Motor
E Joe Gadis 48 Volt Samsung Ebike Battery
E Joe Gadis Fixed Backlit Lcd
E Joe Gadis Padded Faux Leather Grips
E Joe Gadis 7 Speed Shimano Tourney Pedal System
E Joe Gadis Aluminum Fenders And Cargo Rack
E Joe Gadis Top Gun Suspension Fork

Summary

  • An active step-thru electric bike with a stiffer frame, excellent weight distribution and decent price point, great for commuters given the rack integration and fenders
  • Available in two color choices (black and vanilla) with matching suspension, clean integrated wires and battery design that's quick to remove, quick release front wheel as well
  • Emphasis on safety with integrated name brand LED Lights, the lights aren’t integrated (running off the main battery) but they work pretty well and the front is adjustable
  • Charging port on battery is near the left crank arm which can be vulnerable, Battery can rattle a bit over bumpy terrain, mechanical disk brakes are good but not great

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Introduction

Make:

e-Joe

Model:

Gadis

Price:

$1,699

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive, 30 Day Full Replacement

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2016

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

55 lbs (24.94 kg)

Battery Weight:

8.5 lbs (3.85 kg)

Frame Material:

7020 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

18 in (45.72 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

18" Seat Tube, 21" Reach,

Frame Types:

Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Midnight Matte Black, Vanilla Beige

Frame Fork Details:

Top Gun TGS 046SA Suspension with Rebound Adjust

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Tourney, MF-TZ21 Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano SIS Index

Cranks:

Aluminum Alloy Crank Arms, 52T Chain Ring

Pedals:

Aluminum Alloy

Stem:

Quill, Adjustable Angle

Handlebar:

Low-Rise, Aluminum Alloy, 25.5" Length

Brake Details:

Tektro Mechanical Disc with 160 mm Rotors, Tektro Dia-Compe Levers with Rubberized Edge and Motor Inhibitors

Grips:

Padded Faux Leather, Stitched

Saddle:

Selle Royal Royalgel with Accessory Connector

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

Power Circle, Double Wall, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 13G

Tire Brand:

Kenda, 26" x 1.95"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

40-65 PSI

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Aluminum Fenders, Carry Rack with Spring Latch

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack, 300 lb Max Load

Electronic Details

Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Motor Peak Output:

700 watts

Battery Brand:

Samsung

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

11 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

528 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

45 miles (72 km)

Display Type:

XT-LCD W108, Fixed Backlit LCD

Readouts:

Speed (mph/kph), Assist Level (0-4), Battery Level (4 Bars), 24 Hour Clock, Trip Meter (Hold + and - For Settings)

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle (12 Magnet Pedelec)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Gadis is a value priced active step-thru from E-Joe, a company that has been selling folding electric bikes and some other city models for the past several years. The first thing that jumped out and caught my attention when I saw it in my friend Sam’s shop in Fullerton, CA was the unique triple-tube frame design. The idea behind this frame is that it’s low-step, meaning it’s easier to step over when mounting and to stabilize when stopped, but that it doesn’t compromise stiffness. By using three tubes (two small ones on top and one half-tube on the bottom) they were able to mount the battery without overbuilding the frame or encountering frame flex. To me, that’s actually a big deal because some other step-thru models put the battery way up high on the rear rack (taking up some of the carrying capacity and creating a crack-the-whip feel). In order to make this work, the battery has been designed to slide out from the side instead of clicking directly down. It’s not the only ebike that offers this design, or even this specific battery pack casing, but it does so for a really good price of ~$1,700. Especially when you consider the custom painted fenders, chain guard, front and rear lights and the upgraded saddle and grips.

Operating the bike is fairly straightforward, you can charge the battery on or off the frame… but be careful if you charge on because the port is very close to the left crank arm which could snag or bend your charger connector. Thankfully. Next you hold the power button on the control ring near the left grip and voila! It comes to life showing your speed, assist level, battery capacity and some other tidbits of information. This display is large and easy to read, it swivels to reduce glare, but it isn’t removable so sunlight could take a tole on the plastic over time or it could get scratched at public racks. The button pad mentioned earlier lets you control the bike and you can use the plus and minus buttons here to navigate between three standard levels of pedal assist. Once you’re up at 3, if you press the power button it will go one level higher and hit four which delivers even more power and zip. You can adjust the units on the display (mph to km/h) and some other settings like top speed, screen brightness and clock by holding plus and minus simultaneously for a few seconds. You can hold the plus button to turn on backlighting and hold down to initiate walk mode (so the bike will slowly move itself forward while you walk next to it). It’s an average display as far as these things go, but it’s nice that it’s included at this price because some other ebikes just offer a limited LED readout showing battery and assist only…

This e-bike isn’t especially light but it’s also not heavy or awkward (again thanks to the battery position and compact hub motor). The drivetrain is very basic with Shimano Tourney components but you do get seven speeds which is great for neighborhood and basic urban commuting. I actually think the bike is setup very well to be a commuter because of the rack (which includes pannier blockers and can accommodate 50+ lbs). Having a suspension fork up front really takes the edge off of cracks in the street and potholes and the name brand gel saddle completes the feel. This is the kind of bike that rides well and has some nice creature comforts but isn’t so expensive and nice that I’d be afraid to actually use it. And given the massive battery size which offers 48 volts of power and 11 amp hours of capacity you should have no problem getting 25+ miles, even if you only use the throttle. In my opinion, just having a throttle is a hug win, and this one works in level zero as “throttle only” or as an override for more power during any of the assist levels. One area the bike might be too good is with power and zip. If you don’t want to go so fast you can turn down the top speed in the display settings described earlier and shown on video.

At the end of the day, even with the adjustable angle stem and comfort touch points, this is still meant to be capable of active riding and that’s where the stiffer frame and flatter bar really shine. You get mid-grade mechanical disc brakes that will stop well even in wet conditions and narrower hybrid tires for efficient rolling performance. It’s great that the bike comes in two color schemes (kind of his and hers design) and the black color really hides the battery and cables but might not be as visible from the side if it’s dark. In any case, having lights that come preinstalled is such a great upgrade, even if they aren’t running off the main pack… just remember to turn them off after your rides is over. With the rack loaded, it’s so nice to not have to swing your leg around and accidentally bonk your leg, being able to step-thru is convenient but you don’t lose the performance with this bike. It’s a solid choice at a decent price. Big thanks to Bulls for partnering with me for this review.

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Gerry Lamb
8 months ago

Just a question. How do you think this will do on steeper hills, at level 4 assistance? In general?

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Court Rye
8 months ago

Hi Gerry! It depends on your weight and willingness to pedal along. Hub motors aren’t as capable as mid-motors where you can shift gears down to help. The key for any system is to generate some momentum going into a hill and then maintain it. The e-Joe Gadis is going to be easier to pedal up a hill with assist than an unpowered bicycle but I wouldn’t expect the bike to do all of the work… just a good portion or some depending on how steep the hill is ;)

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Elizabeth Peltz
3 months ago

Hello,

I purchased an E-Joe 2016 GADIS electric bike at the beginning of July 2017, and this review is a summary of my experience with it.

It seemed like a lovely bike, and when it was working well, it was. For the first two weeks it went all as advertised. Then the noises started.

If you want a bike people can hear two blocks away, the clunks and creaks every time you pedal, then this is the bike for you. It has a lovely manufacturer defect that makes the pedal assembly grind against itself, creating every noise you didn’t ever want to hear coming from your brand new bike. And I guarantee you will make friends with your dealer as you go see them every two weeks in a vain attempt to fix an unfixable issue. Thank goodness for that warranty. It ensures you will have free service for a whole year before you are left on your own with a bike that is louder then a thirty year old rocking chair.

Just to make this clear, very unimpressed with this brand. I do not recommend. Buyer beware.

Beth

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Court Rye
3 months ago

Hi Beth! That’s such a bummer, thanks for sharing your experience and I am sorry that my reviews of brand new ebikes don’t highlight or address this sort of issue. I’m thankful that you took the time to share and hope that your dealer can continue to help you… and that you can still enjoy the bike, even with the extra noise :(

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WMW
8 months ago

Hi. I'm very interested in this bike but the nearest dealer is 36 miles from my home in the suburbs of Los Angeles. If you own an e-Joe Gadis and live somewhat near the 818 and are willing to let me take the bike for a test ride I would gratefully appreciate it.

Thanks!!!

Wilton M
8 months ago

your friend Sam is a big guy like myself he said in another video he's over 6 foot 5 like me does this bike fit him? I'm thinking of buying one ?

Sue Moore
10 months ago

Nice. On my wish list! Would a basket on the front mess up the wires? Does this fold?

Aaron ___
1 year ago

With the year wrapping up, can you do a video of what you would and wouldn't buy for 2016? You've done so many reviews, and that's great but I can't watch them all.

Aaron ___
1 year ago

I see you have top rated bikes on your site, here: https://electricbikereview.com/best-electric-bikes/
Thanks

George Sears
1 year ago

Like that frame. That's the way to do a step through. Sam is great. Not sure why it isn't easier to swap a throttle on a bike, like a twist for a thumb. Not sure why it would be necessary to replace the bike. The adjustable stem is good, but a lot of people find that the grips that are angled back relieve stress. I can't ride the straight across bar any more. I always wonder on a production bike if replacing the bars would be simple. I'm surprised that things like type of throttle and type of bar aren't options.

The debate about throttles has gotten a little silly, but most people would probably want a pedal assist for cruising and a throttle for starting or climbing, special circumstances. They could make better throttles, more programmable throttles, and more programmable pedal assist systems.

Anyway, nice bike.

joes joey
1 year ago

great bike!~!

cresshead
1 year ago

nice commuter bike and a good price too

cresshead
1 year ago

That's POLY, she's an ace little cat, quite a character too :)
( I'm a 3d artist so name is from "polygons" what we make models with- hence - poly :)

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

Not bad right?! The black one looks nice because the cables and battery blend in perfectly but I still like the lighter color personally. By the way, what's your cat's name!

Thereal Traumatize
1 year ago

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Qunyi Ma
1 year ago

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ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

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snaht1
1 year ago

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ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

I'm hoping to, recently reviewed the 2016 Urban (I think?) and it was awesome... will post it soon hopefully :)

Gordon Woodroffe
1 year ago

solid rubber tires for my mounting bike need 😈😈😈😈😨😨😨😢

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1 year ago

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ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

Hey Gordon! I've seen a few companies going for solid tires in recent months including Specialized! I think we'll see more of this type of technology in the future. Not sure about fat tires unless they design some kind of light weight foam but the ones I've seen are medium width hybrid for road or commuter bikes at 26" and 28" 700c

Amanda Comeau
1 year ago

I like it! I always look forward to reviews of step through bikes for potentially shorter commuters. the bulls sturmvogel was gorgeous but I felt like for the price it could have been feature rich like this bike which is a steal

ElectricBikeReview.com
1 year ago

Hey Amanda! Good points, it's neat to get your feedback from following along with recent reviews :D The Sturmvogel and I like the Brose drive system but depending on your needs, it's overkill. Sometimes a value priced bike is actually more useful to me because it doesn't make me stress out as much locking it at rack or seeing that it got a scratch... like having a Honda Civic vs. a Ferrari ;)