E-Lux Malibu GT Review

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Summary

  • A new powerful and comfortable cruiser bike from E-Lux, can be used as a cruiser or commuter since it has many features and comforts from both genres
  • Comfort from head to toe with swept back bars, relaxed riding position, locking ergonomic grips, an adjustable angle quill stem, suspension fork, suspension seat post, rack, fenders, lights, and a full chain cover
  • Powerful 750-1500 watt Dapu hub-drive motor with cadence pedal assist and throttle override, coupled with great hydraulic disc brakes with motor inhibitors for stoping power, and a massive 48v 21ah battery
  • Steel fenders could scratch and rust, on demand throttle could get bumped when live, suspension fork is a little more basic with only preload adjust

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

E-Lux

Model:

Malibu GT

Price:

$2,995

Body Position:

Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Cruising

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2), Moped or Motorcycle (Class 4)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive, 3 Year Battery Pro-Rated

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2019

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

67.2 lbs (30.48 kg)

Battery Weight:

10.6 lbs (4.8 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

19.25 in (48.89 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

High-Step: 19.25" Seat Tube, 27" Reach, 28" Stand Over Height, 35" Minimum Saddle Height, 30.5" Width, 77" Length, Step-Thru: 19.25" Seat Tube, 27" Reach, 18" Stand Over Height, 31" Minimum Saddle Height, 30.5" Width, 77" Length

Frame Types:

High-Step, Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Matt Black, Gunmetal, Denim, Gloss Red, Gloss White, Powder Blue

Frame Fork Details:

Zoom Aria Spring Suspension, Preload Adjust, 63mm Travel, 30mm Steel Stanchions, 100mm Hub Spacing, 9mm Threaded Axle with 15mm Nut

Frame Rear Details:

135mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Threaded Keyed Axle with 18mm Nut

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

9 Speed 1x9 Shimano Altus Derailleur, 11-32 Tooth Cassette

Shifter Details:

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

Cranks:

Prowheel Forged Alloy Arms, 48 Tooth Steeel Chainring

Pedals:

Plastic Platform with Rubber Tread

Headset:

Internal Cups, Straight 1-1/8"

Stem:

Quill, Adjustable Height, Adjustable Angle (-10 to 50), 90mm Length, 25.4mm Clamp Diameter

Handlebar:

Aluminum Alloy, Cruiser, Swept Back, 670mm Width

Brake Details:

Tektro Auriga e-COMP Hydraulic Disc with 203mm Front Rotor and 180mm Back Rotor, Quad-Piston Calipers, Tektro Auriga e-COMP Levers with Motor Inhibitors, Brake-Light Activation, Adjustable Reach

Grips:

Rubber Ergonomic, Locking

Saddle:

Serfas Hybrid Suspension System (HSS), Oversized Gel Comfort with Springs

Seat Post:

SR Suntour NCX, Aluminum Alloy, Suspension Seatpost, Preload Adjust

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

Double Walled, Aluminum Alloy, 40mm Outer Width, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 12 Gauge, Black with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Big Apple, 26" x 2.15" (55-559)

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

30 to 55 PSI, 2.0 to 4.0 BAR, Performance Line RaceGuard, LiteSkin, Reflective Sidewall Stripes

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Paint-Matched Steel Fenders (68mm Width), Paint-Matched Steel Chain Guard, BLAZE-LITE Integrated LED Headlight (Alloy Casing), BLAZE-LITE RL1900 Integrated LED Rear Light (Single LED), Aluminum Alloy Rear Rack with Pannier Hanger Bar and Blockers and Triple Bungee (25kg 55lb Max Load), Rear-Mount Adjustable Length Kickstand (40mm Bolt Spacing)

Other:

Locking Removable Semi-Integrated Downtube Battery Pack, D-Power 1.5lb 3 Amp Charger, Standard USB A Port on Right Side of Battery

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

E-LUX Branded Dapu

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

750 watts

Motor Peak Output:

1500 watts

Battery Brand:

Samsung 3500E 18650

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

21 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

1008 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

7 hours

Estimated Min Range:

45 miles (72 km)

Estimated Max Range:

70 miles (113 km)

Display Type:

BIGSTONE C600E, Fixed, Adjustable-Angle, Monochrome, Backlit, LCD

Readouts:

Battery Voltage, Battery Charge Level (5 Bars), Power Meter, Power Mode (Power, Normal, Eco), Light Indicator, Current Speed, Pedal Assist Level (0-5), Odometer, Trip 1, Trip 2, Timer

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad on Left, Buttons: + Power, Set, -, Settings: Hold Set, Lights: Tap Power, Walk Mode: Hold -, Standard USB A Port Below Control Pad 5 Volt

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle (Sealed 12 Magnet Sensor)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

To run the forums, host the website, and travel, I charge a universal service fee for my reviews. This review was sponsored by E-Lux. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased, this video and written review are not meant to be an endorsement of E-Lux products.

E-Lux has been around for quite a few years now, so it is nice to see their lineup growing and expanding. The bike I am reviewing today is all new from them, named the Malibu GT. The GT is based on the Malibu Sport, but is a true Grand Touring setup. GT, Gran Turismo, or Grand Touring is a phrase from the car world that boiled down typically means a powerful sports car with luxury features for longer trips. Basically put, the Malibu GT is a faster and more comfortable version than the Malibu Sport. Because of this, you may see some parallel information in this review if you read the Malibu Sport review, but I will try to call out the differences as we go along. The bike comes in both a high-step and a step-through… as usual, E-Lux offers a wide variety of colors on these too. Today I am checking out the high-step in denim, and I have to say, it looks quite nice. I am also told that these are prototype models, so there may or may not be some changes in the final version, like the addition of bottle cage bosses for example. There seems to be a lot of comfort and power here which is really great considering it has a price of just $2,995. You get these nice swept back bars, relaxed riding position, locking ergonomic grips, and an adjustable angle quill stem. Continuing in the comfort department is this nice front suspension fork and suspension seat post. The seat post is a high-end SR SunTour NCX seat post and really is complimented well by the comfortable gel padded saddle with rubber bumpers. The front fork is a little more of a basic Zoom Aria fork, but still quite cozy with about 63mm of travel and 30mm stanchions. This fork features preload adjust, but because it is more basic, it is a spring fork and does not have a full lockout adjustment. The soft ride keeps going thanks to these high volume 26” x 2.15” Schwalbe Big Apple ballon tires. The tires here have both puncture protection and reflective sidewalls. As a big fan of safety and convince, having both means visibility for riding at dusk or dawn as well as peace of mind against potential threats to your tires. Speaking of safety, there is also battery integrated lights here, both in the front and the rear. Safety has always been a priority for myself and other cyclists, so it’s nice to see that more and more companies are including these on ebikes. Both the front and rear lights are from Blaze, and it should be noted the rear light is a functioning brake light! Very cool and that takes the riding experience to another protected level. This bike really could be used for cruising or commuting… There are also 69mm wide steel fenders. I love that they are paint matched to the frame, just like the full chain cover and suspension fork. Really great attention to detail, however, do be careful of scratching the fenders. I have seen them get scratched and rust a bit on the scratch, nothing a little touchup paint wouldn’t fix however. The rack here is rated for 25kg, so about 55lbs of weight. It has standard gage tubing to fit most panniers and even has a bungie cord included. I am even told the final version will likely have bottle cage bosses, so as I said, you really could commute or cruise with this. The total weight is 67.2lbs, and that includes the high capacity battery. Other features include platform pedals, and adjustable length kickstand mounted in the rear to eliminate annoying pedal lock when reversing, and a flick bell.

Driving the bike is a massively powerful 750watt nominal, 1500watt peak rated Dapu planetary geared hub-motor. I found this to be very zippy and features both a throttle and cadence based pedal assist from the sealed 12 magnet cadence sensor. The throttle here is ‘on demand’, meaning, if you were going slower by pedaling along and needed suddenly to get out of harms way, or catch up to someone, you could simply push the throttle down with your thumb and zoom away. This is a bit of a double edge sword however, since the throttle is always live, even at pedal assist level 0, so do be aware not to bump or jostle it when the bike is turned on. The controller for the motor is external here too, which helps make maintenance easier and keeps battery replacement cost low. Mechanically, you have a 9 speed Shimano Altus system (so 1 step up from entry level) along with a 11-32 tooth cassette. Stopping the bike is a massive set of hydraulic disc brakes. The feature 203mm rotors in the front and 180mm rotors in the rear, and motor inhibitors to cut power to the motor during breaking. Oh, and of course, they also activate that live brake light.

Powering the bike is a massive lithium ion battery at 48v 21ah. With the combination of the voltage and amp hours, I would consider a very high capacity pack. The battery is easy to get in and out of the housing and is protected by lock and key. I love that it has a USB port so you can power devices off of it or even use it as a portable power bank as it is rated for 5v charging. It also has an LED light on it that shows respective power levels if you are wondering how much juice is left without needing to turn on the bike. The charger here is upgraded from a 2amp to a 3amp, so charging should happen a little bit faster. To really care for this and other lithium-ion packs, I have heard that storing in a cool dry location vs. extreme heat or cold will extend the life and try to keep it about 50% full when not using for long periods so you won’t stress the cells. Try not to let it run down to zero, because that’s really hard on the cell chemistry.

The control pad is fairly easy to reach, mounted right next to the trigger throttle near the left grip. When you’re ready to go, the display comes to life quickly by pressing the power button. You turn on the backlight by by tapping the power button once, which also activates the headlight and taillight. The top left of the display shows the BMS, or battery management system, with voltage and a five tick battery life info-graphic. The five ticks represent 20% increments, try not to let the battery get below one tick as it can start to stress the cells and also be difficult to tell how close you are to running completely out. It’s no fun to pedal home with a heavy ebike, even if it does have the efficient tires and freewheeling hub motor. The upper right of the display shows the power ramp meter. The large, middle section of the display shows the light icon and your speed, in either MPH or KPH. The bottom left is your PAS, or pedal assist mode display. Arrow up and down to change assist levels. The bottom right of the display shows the time, and has two trip odometers. This is unusual for an ebike, but could come in handy if you want to measure your distance to work, minus a stop off at the post office or some other out of the way place. Holding set for a few seconds pulls up the settings menu, where you can reset the trip meters, change top speed, wheel size, MPH to KPH, etc. Hold set again to exit the menus. I love that there is a USB port built in for charging portable electronics under the controls on the left too. I should also mention that this setup features a ‘walk’ mode so you can push the bike along side you up a hill, on a ramp, or with a flat tire, by electrically having the bike powered along side you so you aren’t lugging it around.

I think for $2,995, you get quite a lot of features like fenders, rack, lights, suspension, style, etc. It really works great for both cruising and commuting. However, no bike is perfect, so I would like to mention some of the tradeoffs I found really quickly. For example, the always live throttle can be intimidating for some people, if you bump it or nudge it, it could engage, so make sure the bike is powered off when you don’t want to ride it. I noticed the front light is mounted on the fork, so you could potentially get some bouncing in visibility if you are going up and down some bumpy terrain. Also, the fenders here are steel, which is great durability, however, I have seen similar fenders get scratched and then rust where the scratch was. Make sure to take care of the bike outside or get some touch up paint if this is a worry for you. All in all, I really like the Malibu GT. E-Lux has a dealer network and also sells direct, so you can get a complete buying experience. I am also told they have a year long comprehensive warranty and even prorate the warranty on the battery. Pretty cool! I would like to thank E-Lux for inviting me out and showing me their new products.

As always, I welcome questions and feedback in the comment section below. Whether you own a previous version of the bike, have taken a test ride, or are brand new to the space, my goal is to provide an objective and honest resource. You can also join the E-Lux ebike bike forums and share your own photos, videos, and review updates to help others! Have fun out there, and ride safe :)

Pros:

  • A new powerful cruiser bike from E-Lux, can be used as a cruiser or commuter since it has many features and comforts from both genres
  • An upgraded version of the Malibu Sport with much higher end brakes, motor, suspension seat post, and battery
  • Available in either a high-step or step-through frame, as well as a wide variety of fun colors
  • A lot of comfort from these nice swept back bars, relaxed riding position, locking ergonomic grips, and an adjustable angle quill stem
  • Included front suspension fork and suspension seat post, the seat post is an SR SunTour NCX post and really is complimented well by the comfortable gel padded saddle with rubber bumpers, while the front fork has about 63mm of travel and 30mm stanchions
  • Cushy high volume 26” x 2.15” Schwalbe Big Apple ballon tires, with both puncture protection and reflective sidewalls for safety and protection from flats
  • Battery integrated lights in both front and rear, the front points where you steer, the rear light is kind of protected by the rack and also functions as an active brake light
  • 69mm wide steel fenders, these are paint matched to the frame, just like the full chain cover and suspension fork
  • I love the rear rack, it is rated for 25kg, so about 55lbs of weight, also has standard gage tubing to fit most panniers and even has a bungie cord included
  • A big win here is the hydraulic brakes, these provide immediate stopping power with massive 203mm rotor in the front and 180mm rotor in the rear and even include motor inhibitors
  • Proven Dapu hub-drive with 750-1500 watts, 12 magnet cadence sensor and throttle for zippy performance, fun, and power
  • Extra high capacity 48v 21ah battery with lock and key, handle, LED charge readout, and a USB port to charge devices on the bike, or even use the battery as a portable power bank to charge other items

Cons:

  • This fork features preload adjust, but because it is more basic, it is a spring fork and does not have a full lockout adjustment
  • I love the paint matched steel fenders, but do be careful of scratching them, I have seen similar fenders get scratched and rust a bit, nothing a little touchup paint wouldn’t fix however
  • The on demand throttle is a bit of a double edge sword, since the throttle is always live, even at pedal assist level 0, so do be aware not to bump or jostle it when the bike is turned on
  • The display is still great, but it is not like some of the fancy new ones out there, notably, no battery percentage level, so you have to guess in 20% increments how much battery you have left, could be bad on the last tick since it could be 1%-20% left to get you home
  • I noticed the front light is mounted on the fork, so you could potentially get some bouncing in visibility if you are going up and down some bumpy terrain

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Comments (4) YouTube Comments

AJ
3 weeks ago

whats the torque rating?

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Court
3 weeks ago

Hey AJ, I asked but they didn’t have an answer. My guess is at least 40 Nm, maybe you can draw some conclusions based on the video sections :)

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Mark P Chandler
3 weeks ago

Hey Court: I was told this Malibu Sport GT version of the bike has a pure sine wave controller, verses the square wave controller on the Malibu Sport. If this is true, that is a huge selling point you should highlight. Can you verify this? The larger hydraulic brakes you talked about also have dual pistons vs single pistons?

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Court
3 weeks ago

Hmm, that’s a good point Mark! I would be going off of what E-Lux says about their controllers, it isn’t something I can really verify, other than filming and listening for a smoother and quieter operation. Perhaps you can tell from watching the video? Also, in the industry I hear people saying “dual piston” or “quad piston” brake calipers. I’ve zoomed into the pictures but cannot tell from that alone. Again, I’d go off of what E-Lux says because many times a company will do an upgrade mid-season to little things so the bikes won’t perfectly match what I saw and filmed ;) you could also ask around in the E-Lux ebike forums.

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