E-Lux Newport Review

E Lux Newport Electric Bike Review
E Lux Newport
E Lux Newport Seven Speed Shimano Tourney Tx Samsung Battery 48v 10ah
E Lux Newport Removable Lithium Ion Battery Integrated Spanninga Led Light
E Lux Newport Cruiser Bars Light Switch Bell Ergonomic Grips
E Lux Newport Lcd Control Panel With Usb Charger
E Lux Newport 180 Mm Tektro Disc Brakes
E Lux Newport Integrated Four Led Headlight
E Lux Newport Rear Carry Rack With Bungee Cords
E Lux Newport Six Magnet Cadence Sensor
E Lux Newport Electric Bike Review
E Lux Newport
E Lux Newport Seven Speed Shimano Tourney Tx Samsung Battery 48v 10ah
E Lux Newport Removable Lithium Ion Battery Integrated Spanninga Led Light
E Lux Newport Cruiser Bars Light Switch Bell Ergonomic Grips
E Lux Newport Lcd Control Panel With Usb Charger
E Lux Newport 180 Mm Tektro Disc Brakes
E Lux Newport Integrated Four Led Headlight
E Lux Newport Rear Carry Rack With Bungee Cords
E Lux Newport Six Magnet Cadence Sensor

Summary

  • Feature-complete cruiser style electric bike with a custom frame that brings the pedals forward and keeps the stand-over height low
  • Great looking paint... you get frame-matched steel fenders and chain guard, I like that the hub motor, spokes, rims and rack all match in black
  • Lots of drive modes including throttle only in assist level 0, you can override any level of assist 1-5 and adjust how quickly the motor accelerates with Eco, Normal and Power
  • Impressive 500 watt planetary geared hub motor from 8Fun, 48 volt battery with Samsung cells, rear-heavy design and smaller dealer network but they sell online globally

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Introduction

Make:

E-Lux

Model:

Newport

Price:

$1,895

Body Position:

Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Cruising

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive Plus 2 Pro Rated

Availability:

United States, Worldwide

Model Year:

2016

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

57.5 lbs (26.08 kg)

Battery Weight:

8 lbs (3.62 kg)

Frame Types:

High-Step, Step-Thru

Frame Sizes:

19 in (48.26 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

16" Seat Tube, 26" Reach, 27" High-Step Stand Over, 76" Length

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Colors:

Glossy Black, Gunmetal, Powder Blue, Glossy White, Sea Foam Green

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Steel

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Front Rack Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses, Deflopilator Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Tourney TX

Shifter Details:

Shimano SIS Index

Cranks:

Prowheel, 42T Chainring

Pedals:

Plastic and Aluminum Platform

Stem:

Quill

Handlebar:

Medium Cruiser, Swept Back, Steel

Brake Details:

Tektro Novella Mechanical Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Tektro Levers with Motor Inhibitors

Grips:

Rubber Ergonomic with Lockers

Saddle:

Oversized Comfort with Elastomer Bumpers

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy, Tapered

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

Double Walled, Alloy, Gloss Black

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge, Black

Tire Brand:

Kenda Cruiser, 26" x 1.125"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Matching Steel Fenders, Matching Steel Chain Guard, Integrated 4 LED Headlight, Integrated LED Rear Light, Aluminum Carry Rack with Pannier Blockers and Triple Bungee, Oversized Adjustable Length Kickstand

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

8Fun

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Motor Peak Output:

750 watts

Motor Torque:

48 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

480 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium Manganese Oxide

Charge Time:

5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

40 miles (64 km)

Display Type:

Fixed, Monochrome, Backlit LCD

Readouts:

Battery Level (5 Bars), Voltage, Speed, Odometer, Trip Meter, Assist Level (0-5), Power Level (Eco, Normal, Power), Ride Time, Power Use Meter

Display Accessories:

USB Charging Port, Headlight Button

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle (6 Magnet Pedelec)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Newport is a cruiser style electric bike designed for casual, comfortable riding… but offers a heck of a lot of power! It does not offer any kind of sprung suspension but the tires are large, the handlebar is swept back and the saddle is wide and soft so it feels pretty comfortable. Even the grips are designed for comfort with an ergonomic style to rest your wrists. One thing that differentiates the grip touch-point on this and the Tahoe model from E-Lux is that they use trigger throttles instead of half-grip twist designs. It’s still a variable-speed throttle device that’s easy to reach and intuitive to use but the trade off is that your grip isn’t compromised here and perhaps they were able to save some money with more generic grips vs. ebike specific half-grips like the ones used on most Pedego and Motiv models.

Price point is one of the huge strengths for E-Lux electric bicycles. All of their models are priced at or below competing products and offer just as many if not more accessories including full length paint-matched fenders and chain guard (both steel) along with integrated LED lights and a standard gauge rear rack (perfect for use with clip-on panniers or a trunk bag). For those of us who want to go crazy with panniers or experiment with baskets, there are even bosses about mid way down the sides of the front fork (something I’ve never seen on a cruiser before). The demo model I reviewed here did not have bottle cage bosses but I’m told the next batch will have those mounting points. I was also unable to view and test ride the step-thru model but it’s great that they offer one and I love the fun color choices.

This ebike is powerful, the motor offers excellent torque and can zip up to ~20 mph with ease. It’s a name-brand hub from 8Fun/Bafang that’s painted black to match the black spokes and rims. It does make a whirring noise when operating at full power and at higher RPM’s but this isn’t any different than comparable products. Being geared, it’s light weight and compact vs. gearless and I noticed a quick-disconnect power plug to make changing flats, truing spokes or adjusting the cassette and derailleur easier. powering the pack is a high-quality Samsung powered 48 volt 10 amp hour battery pack that slides into the rear rack. It’s protected here and looks great (with an integrated rear LED light) but has to be switched on independently and does position more weight towards the back and up high. This isn’t great for balance but does allow the seat to drop lower as mentioned by JP in the video review. I love the 180 mm mechanical disc brakes and the quick release front wheel. If you needed to transport this e-bike by car you could remove the battery and wheel to bring down weight by ~10 lbs and that’s great because at ~57 lbs this isn’t a light build. That’s what happens when you add fenders, chain guard, the longer bars etc. etc.

All in all, I was very impressed with the Newport electric bike. Some of the parts are generic (like the Shimano Tourney derailleur, SIS Index shifters and plastic/aluminum platform pedals but the price is right on… especially considering the year long comprehensive warranty and $150 shipping price within the continental USA. I was told that E-Lux has even shipped internationally to different parts of Europe and it only costs $300. Very cool… My favorite things about this bike are the ability to adjust power output by holding Set and going from Eco to Normal or High. This will let you slow the bike down, extend range and save energy if you’re not in a rush, carrying a heavy load or climbing. I could see the step-thru Newport being a great fit for shorter riders who truly do want to relax and with seven gears to choose from and a more responsive six magnet cadence sensor it works very well for actually pedaling and getting some exercise.

Pros:

  • More mounting points than any other cruiser I’ve reviewed to date! You get fender bosses, bottle cage bosses and rack bosses including the fork so you could add a basket or pannier racks
  • The Newport comes feature-complete with matching fenders, chain guard, a quality rear rack with pannier guards and integrated LED lights (though the rear light has to be activated separately with a rubber button on the battery pack)
  • E-Lux is a relatively new company but the team members have been working on or using ebikes for over a decade (since 2006) and they offer a solid year long warranty with pro-rated battery replacement for the first three years
  • Lots of fun color choices and the fenders and chain guard are painted to match the frame, I also appreciate the black hub motor, black spokes and matching rims
  • Available in high-step and step-thru frame styles for easier handling and mounting or stiffer frame and easier transport
  • Slightly larger 180 mm disc brake rotor help you stop easier given the mechanical wire operation vs. hydraulic, I like the oversized kickstand for stability and the handlebar is medium width (for a cruiser bar) so it fits in between doors and tight spaces easier but still offers relaxed upright seating
  • Very powerful 500 watt geared hub motor from 8Fun paired with a 48 volt 10 amp hour battery pack using Samsung cells, great choices all around
  • The bike offers throttle-only operation as well as five levels of assist and the throttle overrides at any time, you also get three power output modes (Eco for slower, steadier acceleration up to Power for zippy fast operation)
  • Integrated USB charging port on the display panel could be useful for portable speakers, charging your phone or operating a GPS unit and there’s plenty of room on the bars to mount this kind of stuff
  • The frame is a custom design I haven’t seen before with bottom bracket further forward, the top tube lower (on the high-step model) and includes a nice wire management clip at the head tube as well as integrated cables
  • The slightly wider 2.125″ tires, oversized comfort saddle, ergonomic grips and wider handlebar offer good comfort but you could add a basic suspension seat post to get even more cushion (E-Lux includes one like this on their Tahoe model)
  • E-Lux will ship their bikes anywhere in the continental USA for $150 which isn’t bad at all for something so large and heavy, they will also ship internationally for $300

Cons:

  • The rear-rack battery design positions weight higher up which impacts balance and increases frame flex but this also allows the seat tube to be mounted at a steeper angle for more relaxed seating and the seat post and saddle can drop lower so it’s a decent trade-off
  • This is a heavier bike due to the included fenders, rack and sweeping bars, it’s actually not too bad for a cruiser and I love that the battery and front wheel can be easily removed for easier transport and storage
  • Limited dealer network at the time of this review (mostly West Coast shops) but apparently E-Lux will ship worldwide so that’s cool
  • The drivetrain is a bit more basic, Shimano Tourney TX are entry level components but you get 7 speeds which is great for relaxed riding around town or at the beach
  • The cadence sensor used on this model has six magnets vs. 10 or 12 on some other models I’ve tried but in practice it was pretty responsive (starts and stops quickly) and the power adjustment can help smooth it out if you feel like it starts too hard at higher levels of assist, go to Eco or Standard by holding Set and entering the display menu
  • The battery pack has to be activated with a toggle switch (underneath towards the back edge) before you can activate the display panel and get riding, this is a two step process that just takes more time and potentially effort if you forget and sit down because it would be difficult to turn around and reach that far while seated

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Monica R.
10 months ago

Hi Court,

Curious of your thought of this bike compared to the Townie Go! 8i. I tried both bikes and like them both. The price of the ELux is more appealing, of course. But other than that, I go back and forth which one I like better. Do you have any thoughts to help me make a decision?

Many thanks,
Monica

Court Rye
10 months ago

Hi Monica! I really like the E-Lux bikes, they aren't as well balanced or fancy as the new Bosch powered Electra Townie Go! but they cost less and you get a twist throttle. For me the E-Lux line is somewhat comparable to Pedego which is another very popular and proven brand. Go with the bike that feels right but know that E-Lux provides good customer service and has a decent network of dealers which might let you try one in person. Sorry for the late response here, I hope this helps and wish you luck!

Monica R.
10 months ago

Hi Court, Curious if you can help me better decide between the ELux Newport cruiser and Electra's Townie Go 8i. I am torn between the two. Other than the price difference being in the ELux's favor, I'm torn as both are comfortable rides, both have great warranties, both have solid components. I like the more detailed display on the Townie more than the one on the ELux ... but beyond that I go back and forth. Can you help me decide by giving your input? Thanks!

Court Rye
10 months ago

Hi Monica! Sorry for the delayed response, have you chosen a bike yet? I like them both but if price were no issue I'd be hard pressed to skip the Townie Go! because I like the integrated lights, optional low-step frame, great availability through Trek dealers (and solid warranty) along with the Bosch system, it's one of my favorite electric bike systems and is lower and more balanced than the E-Lux style rear-battery system. Both are solid electric bikes and you wouldn't be going wrong with the E-Lux, it's just not as refined - as you sort of pointed out regarding the display... which is removable and awesome XD the only downside is no throttle but in my experience that's not a big deal if you're open to pedaling, the highest level of assist with Bosch almost feels like a throttle.

Kristie
10 months ago

Hi! I'm 5'3" and was wondering if this bike would be too big as far as height, handlebar spread, and overall length? I am considering the step-through model. Also, do you think this bike can climb a 6-8% grade? Thanks, in advance, Court! I think I've watched almost all of your reviews :)

Court Rye
10 months ago

Hi Kristie! The step-thru model is going to be your best bet (glad you found that!) but I can't say for sure whether it will fit perfectly. the best cruiser style ebike I've tested for small people is the Pedego Miniceptor (their 24" Interceptor model) because it keeps you even closer to the ground. I really like the E-Lux but theirs only comes in one size for step-thru with the larger 26" wheels.

George
10 months ago

Court, after watching and reading many of your reviews I know that you don't like the Shimano Tourney derailleur, but referring to it as generic is a bit much after all Shimano is a name brand.

Court Rye
10 months ago

Fair enough George, it's not so much about me liking the part as relating the quality level, weight and relation to the rest of the line which goes from Tourney to Altus, Acera, Alivio, Deore, SLX, ZEE, Deore XT, Saint, XTR and XTR Di2. Maybe generic isn't the appropriate term as it's branded as you suggest but it is the lowest level and perhaps comparable to unbranded parts in the starter range?

George J
2 weeks ago

I'm thinking of purchasing a new bike for the season. It's down to the Elux Newport and the Surface 604 Rook. Any thoughts? Almost same price and same features. What do you think is the better value? Also, the bikes’ website states the Newport Elux is 13 amps but EBR states 10 amps. I’m assuming it’s 10 amps? Thanks.

Court Rye
1 week ago

Hi George, it's possible they increased the amperage since I did my review. Many companies introduce minor iterative changes throughout the season and some even respond to the reviews here by improving or adjusting their product. I would go with what they list but if you're in contact, definitely let them know about the discrepancy and perhaps they will comment here to explain. I'd love to know too :)

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JRA
8 hours ago

I would have to say this is a very unusual event, LiPo is famous for this type of activity but not what you would expect from a rack mount LiIon with BMS.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/bike-747209-beach-vondran.html

Chuck Casey
23 hours ago

The wife and I have two trips planned for the LA area in April. Debating about taking our ebikes or renting bikes if we wanted to do a beach run. What are the best beaches to cruise with a ebike?

In Orange County you have the coastal bike path that runs from Newport Beach in the South North through Huntington Beach - can go through Sunset, Seal and into Long Beach on the streets shared with Cars and from Newport south into Laguna and San Clemente.

I like Bike paths as there are no signals or car traffic. In LA the stretch is starts in Torrance and runs North through Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan. The order of cities might be off. Can continue all the way up the coast using roads shared with cars and mixed in bike paths in Venice and Santa Monica.

Here is the HB bike path---

Robie
24 hours ago

Newport Beach through Huntington Beach and on to Venice Beach. About 10 miles. Sure miss it. When I lived in H.B. I rode this route frequently. Just watch close because the path wanders. Truly beach cruisers paradise. Would love to ride it with my St2. Probably go alot farther ha.

Chuck Casey
1 day ago

Howdy folks, I've been on two wheels my whole life. Love motorcycles and bicycles and I live in coastal Orange County and our beaches combined with the LA beaches represent the 'Beach Cruiser' capital of the world.

With that said I've never owned a beach cruiser as I've always had performance bikes as a kid and when older wanted fast light bikes with gears and good brakes. Only recently have beach cruisers been available light weight with gears and good brakes, I never had interest in a heavy, slow single speed bike.

But now they're available as E-Bikes and my wife and I bought a matching pair of E-Lux Newport's.

We rented ebikes in Whistler, Canada earlier and loved them but wanted a comfortable up right riding position. We've spent years wanting e-bikes but did not want to spend the money needed to buy two. The E-Lux are near perfect, The long wheel base and open riding position feel like what early motorized bicycles felt like. This is not just an electric bicycle (I've ridden those) but a motorized full size 'Bike'. And it's not too heavy at around 58lbs. 3 power modes, 5 level of Pedal Assist, Thumb Throttle, 500 watt hub drive motor disk brakes with sensors in the levers to to interrupt power when braking. Well set up machines for what we wanted with a good price.

I got a flat from a rim burr within a few weeks of riding and when I disassembled the wheel realized how poor of quality the tires and tubes were.

For both bikes I purchase HD tubes and Maxxis Gypsy's. Do yourself a tire and get a quality ebike tire, one of the most important items and the only one that makes contact with the ground. The bike came with Kenda beach cruiser tires and light duty tubes, I installed them on my old Mountain Bike as it needed tires.

Pics in the Park with the OE Kenda tires--

Here is a picture of with mine with the Gypsy's.

Here my old Mountain Bike with the Kenda's better suited to it..

I bought that bike new in 1984, I've always owned bikes and now find my wife and I are e-ebike owners and enthusiast's.

UncleHarry
3 days ago

Okay, the electric bike company has a cruiser Newport?? why are companies copying names??? it can't help cause all it does is confuse the public as to what is what?, thoughts?

UncleHarry
1 week ago

Cort when are you going to review the Newport from the Electric Bike Company that Sam had in his store? Need some tech info, but they don't have a working website!!....Don't know how they plan on selling bikes with no web site, but.oh well

Young Target
8 months ago

Dose the battery charge itself when you petal or use the brakes.

Wayne Howarth
11 months ago

Wow 135lbs, that doesn't really relate to the average person these days. I wonder how these bikes perform with a and average size guy?

Also with all the riding reviews you are doing have you ever considered using multiple cameras. One mounted on your helmet would allow a riders POV while riding with both hands. Also there are ways to mount cameras on the bikes for better views of the running gear while riding. Just saying the production value of your reviews could stand an upgrade.

BTW The E-Lux brand seems to be doing it right with thoughtful engineering and good build quality. All at affordable prices.

Tyson
1 year ago

Dude, I hope you are also making a video about the Flux E-Bike ! ^^

MotorheadRedo
1 year ago

Seems like more companies are focusing on lower priced ebiikes.