Easy Motion Evo 29 Review

Easy Motion Evo 29 Electric Bike Review 1
Easy Motion Evo 29
Easy Motion Evo 29 350 Watt Dapu Geared Hub Motor
Easy Motion Evo 29 Removable 36v Lithium Ion Battery Pack
Easy Motion Evo 29 Removable Lcd Display Panel
Easy Motion Evo 29 Battery Lock Shimano Cranks
Easy Motion Evo 29 Emotion Performance Saddle
Easy Motion Evo 29 Front View
Easy Motion Evo 29 Velo Locking Grips Trigger Shifters Display
Easy Motion Evo 29 Rockshox Xc30 Air Suspension Fork
Easy Motion Evo 29 Schwalbe Rapid Rob 29 Tires
Easy Motion Evo 29 Shimano Deore Xt 30 Speed Drivetrain
Easy Motion Evo 29 Tektro E Comp Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Easy Motion Evo 29 Electric Bike Review 1
Easy Motion Evo 29
Easy Motion Evo 29 350 Watt Dapu Geared Hub Motor
Easy Motion Evo 29 Removable 36v Lithium Ion Battery Pack
Easy Motion Evo 29 Removable Lcd Display Panel
Easy Motion Evo 29 Battery Lock Shimano Cranks
Easy Motion Evo 29 Emotion Performance Saddle
Easy Motion Evo 29 Front View
Easy Motion Evo 29 Velo Locking Grips Trigger Shifters Display
Easy Motion Evo 29 Rockshox Xc30 Air Suspension Fork
Easy Motion Evo 29 Schwalbe Rapid Rob 29 Tires
Easy Motion Evo 29 Shimano Deore Xt 30 Speed Drivetrain
Easy Motion Evo 29 Tektro E Comp Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Summary

  • A 29er style electric mountain bike with beautifully integrated downtube battery and efficient, light weight internally geared rear hub motor by dapu
  • With 30 gears to choose from on a Shimano Deore XT drivetrain this ebike climbs well and is a capable trail bike
  • The TMM4 torque sensor can be sensitive to chain bouncing and is often delayed in cutting power in pedal assist mode, no bottle cage mount, no throttle override

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

Easy Motion

Model:

Evo 29

Price:

$2,999 USD

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban, Trail, Mountain

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive, Optional 5 Year Upgrade When Registered (Does Not Include Battery)

Availability:

United States, Canada

Model Year:

2015

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

51.2 lbs (23.22 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.5 lbs (2.49 kg)

Motor Weight:

8 lbs (3.62 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

19.5 in (49.53 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

(Top Tube Horizontal 635 mm, Head Tube Length 150 mm, Seat Tube Center to Top 500 mm, Chain Stay 445 mm, Wheelbase 1175 mm)

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Matte Black with Metallic Purple and Flat Red Accents

Frame Fork Details:

RockShox XC30 Air Suspension with Remote Lockout

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses

Gearing Details:

30 Speed 3x10 Shimano XT Rear Derailleur, Shimano Deore Front Derailleur, 11-36T Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano Deore Rapidfire

Cranks:

Shimano Deore

Pedals:

Aluminum Alloy Platform

Headset:

FSA, Tapered Head Tube

Handlebar:

Aluminum Alloy, Emotion Cross Low Rise

Brake Details:

Tektro E-Comp Hydraulic Disc with 180mm Front Rotor and 160 mm Rear Rotor, E-Comp Levers with Motor Inhibitor

Grips:

Velo, Flat Rubber with Lockers

Saddle:

EMotion Performance

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall

Spokes:

Stainless Steel

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Rapid Rob, 29" x 2.25"

Wheel Sizes:

29 in (73.66cm)

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

LED Battery Level Indicator on Battery Pack, Neoprene Wire Organizer on Left Chain Stay, Integrated Torque Arm on Rear Dropout

Other:

Model EV765, Locking Removable Battery Pack, Quick Release Front and Rear Wheels with Quick Disconnect Cable on Motor, Tapered Headtube

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Dapu

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Motor Peak Output:

548 watts

Motor Torque:

37 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

11.6 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

417.6 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

20 miles (32 km)

Estimated Max Range:

45 miles (72 km)

Display Type:

Removable Backlit LCD

Readouts:

Speed, Odometer, Elapsed Time, Battery Capacity, Assist Level (Eco 1:0.7 Ratio 70% Assist, Standard 1:1.4 Ratio 140% Assist, Sport 1:2 Ratio 200% Assist, Boost 1:3 Ratio 300% Assist)

Drive Mode:

Torque Sensing Pedal Assist, Twist Throttle (TMM4 Torque Sensor)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)(May Reach ~24 mph in Pedal Assist Mode)

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Written Review

The Evo 29 is one of the largest trail bikes that Easy Motion offers in part due to the 19.5″ frame but also because the wheels are 29 inches in diameter. The benefits are a smoother ride over cracks, rocks or bumps and increased rolling momentum once you’ve gotten up to speed. It’s a beautifully made ebike with purpose built frame that keeps battery weight low, center and nearly hidden thanks to a custom paint job. The color is a bit unique and there’s only one choice (as with the size) but I love the addition of hydraulic disc brakes and quick release systems on both wheels. With this electric bike you get 30 speeds to pedal with which makes climbing or hitting higher speeds easy and you also get a decent RockShox fork with lockout so it performs well on trails or streets. That’s actually my favorite part about this and other Easy Motion off-road models like the slightly smaller Evo 27.5, they both have rack mounting points at the back so you can carry cargo and use this for more than just weekend fun. For ~$3k this is a solid bike from a reputable company with an excellent two year comprehensive warranty.

Driving the Evo 29er is a quality geared hub motor offering 350 watts of power. It’s painted black to match the spokes and wheelset which is a nice touch and it’s relatively small and light weight. For some ebike riders 350 watts may sound a bit weak but the system tops out around 550 watts and is stronger feeling than many equivalently rated systems I’ve tested. It’s made by Dapu which is good brand and it functions smoothly. Compared with a gearless alternative, this motor is a bit louder (as shown in the video review) but definitely not the loudest I’ve tested and a heck of a lot lighter weight. Getting the bike up to speed is one thing but slowing down is also important and the hydraulic disc brakes on the Evo 29 are solid. They’re not top of the line and may squeak a bit when wet but they are easy to actuate with just a finger or two which is great for bumpy terrain where you need a solid grip on the bars.

Powering the bike is a wonderfully designed 36 volt 11.6 amp hour battery pack that mounts directly into the the top of the downtube. This pack contains highly rated Samsung cells and features an LED power gauge so you can easily tell if it’s full or empty even if it’s not mounted to the bike! By keeping weight low and center on the frame Easy Motion has improved the balance and maneuverability of their bikes and that’s especially useful when navigating unstable terrain. Apart from the design itself, the mounting interface is solid and secure (featuring a locking core) and you’re able to charge the pack on the bike which is a big upgrade from older Easy Motion lines like the Neo. My one gripe here is that the charging interface is different on the pack than it is on the bike… which means you need an extra little wire adapter which could get lost. Also, the way the power port is positioned near the bottom bracket exposes it to contact with the left crank arm which could actually break the plug off if you moved the bike while charging. Just be careful :)

Operating the Evo 29 is very simple. Once the battery is charged and mounted you simply hold the center button on the display for a few seconds and it comes to life. Some other ebikes make you switch the battery on independently from the display system and that takes extra time. The console on the Evo series is thin but sturdy feeling and can be reached with your left thumb even without taking your hand off the grip. This is a great physical setup because it means you can maintain a grip but also interact with the controls, using the up and down buttons to navigate from no-assist (throttle mode) up through four increasingly powerful levels of torque sensing assistance. The higher you go, the more boost you get but you also drain the battery quicker. One of my biggest grips about this and other Easy Motion electric bikes is that the throttle does not override assist. My favorite level to cruise in is Eco but when I encounter a hill I’m forced to either arrow down on the display, momentarily disabling assist so I can use the throttle to help a bit extra… or arrow up and get more assist but not be able to use the throttle. I guess it’s a personal preference and by separating the two modes riders may be less likely to accidentally activate the throttle while bearing down on the right grip… If I could change the system I’d use a trigger throttle and let it override assist. This would maintain a sturdy grip but give you more control as a rider.

To summarize this bike I’d say it can be an excellent choice for a less hard core mountain biker and perfect for someone who takes dirt paths on occasion but prefers a mountain bike setup for urban riding. It’s a hardtail with narrow bars, a mid-level suspension and geared motor vs. mid-drive. For the price you get a really elegant look and a great warranty but lack on the finer controls and balance. The battery weight is low which is nice but the hub motor just isn’t going to perform the way a mid-drive could (in terms of efficiency and handling). I’ve also noticed that the pedal assist surges for a second or two after I stop pedaling and can even be activated by the chain bouncing which isn’t what you want if you’re on truly gnarly terrain. Surprisingly, many trail bikes don’t have those rack bosses and even though this one doesn’t have bottle cage mounts, it’s fixable with a seat adapter or CamelBack. This is a solid mid-level trail bike and a great option for someone who wants a 29er with lockout to use around town.

Pros:

  • The battery can be charged on or off the frame, this is convenient for people who store their bikes inside, it also means you can make the bike lighter for transport
  • Nice peppy motor even though it’s rated at a more average 350 watts, it’s a higher quality build from Dapu and it’s small and light weight which is good for trail riding
  • Four levels of pedal assist with the lowest being very efficient (much less powerful than the Neo line from Easy Motion in 2013/2014)
  • Beautiful frame with excellent weight distribution of electronic systems (motor and battery), tapered head tube is sturdy and the suspension fork is solid
  • Just like the battery, the display panel is also removable which reduces exposure to weather or theft when parking outside
  • Built in motor inhibitor on both brake levers, this is especially useful in pedal assist mode because the motor cutoff isn’t as instant as motor start
  • Larger 29″ wheelset elevates the bike and works great with the large 19.5″ frame (this is one of Easy Motion’s largest ebikes), the wheels take more energy to start but roll over bumps and cracks efficiently
  • Threaded eyelets on the rear seat stays and dropout area are perfect for adding a rack, the Evo 29 makes an excellent urban bike or commuter with a rack as well as a trail bike
  • Excellent gear range with 30 speeds to choose from and higher end Shimano Deore components that should endure
  • Handy quick release on the front wheel and a unique “tool free” release system on the rear wheel, these systems make trail maintenance easier
  • Updated motor power cable position (comes out on the left side and is tucked in near the axle for reduced exposure if the bike tips)
  • Good quality on the batteries (made by Samsung) and a solid two year comprehensive warranty, easier to find and test ride this e-bike since it’s from a major brand

Cons:

  • Maybe due in part to the downtube style battery pack and the angled top-tube this electric bike doesn’t offer bottle cage mounts, consider a saddle rail adapter, wear a CamelBak or setup a rear rack and use a bag
  • While this bike does offer pedal assist as well as throttle mode you cannot override assist with the throttle
  • Given the potential for trail or mountain use of an off-road ebike like this I would prefer a trigger throttle vs. a half-grip twist because the grip would feel more secure for handling rough terrain
  • The TMM4 torque sensor is great for starting and feels relatively smooth getting up to speed but seems to delay a bit after you stop pedaling, it can also get triggered if the chain is bouncing around a lot which could be destabilizing on a trail bike like this
  • Only one frame size and color scheme to choose from here, this is one of the largest frames from Easy Motion and it’s elevated higher due to the larger wheelset

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Comments (6) YouTube Comments

Earl
4 years ago

You do a great job with this website and reviews. In your opinion what do yo think the differences between the Evo 27.5 and the Evo 29 are? I am 6’2 210 lbs. should I pick the 29 based on frame size alone. Keep up the great work! Tomas Hooper

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Court
4 years ago

Great question, I think you’re on the right track looking at the larger 29 given your height. This bike has a longer frame and the larger wheels lift the frame higher off the ground. It might make your seating position feel less cramped and allow for better leg extension while pedaling. I’m 5’9″ and was able to ride both models fairly easily but preferred the 27.5 because it felt more comfortable for my body type, in your case I think the 29 would feel the most comfortable. Another benefit of the 29 is the remote lockout for the front suspension fork, the 27.5 doesn’t offer this :)

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Michael Fenerin
4 years ago

Love your website! Very complete, informative and balanced. My question is probably a dumb one, but when you’re going downhill on a fairly rutty and steep-in-parts fire road, with the throttle and pedal assist both off, will that chain bounce you were describing still trigger the motor? Thanks!

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Court
4 years ago

Hi Michael! If you’re in either throttle mode or the bike is powered off then the torque sensor won’t be activated and chain bounce won’t be an issue. Even in the lower levels of assist, it shouldn’t cause much jump… especially if you’re using the brakes. The worst case scenario would be pedaling in a low gear while using the higher levels of assist, then coasting to navigate some rocks or sticks. I usually coast to maintain focus and balance across obstacles in this kind of situation but depending on how jerky they are it could trigger the motor and propel the bike forward unexpectedly which could upset balance momentarily. Hope this helps!

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Michael Fenerin
4 years ago

Thanks, Court! Perfect answer. I really appreciate the help.

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Michael T.
2 months ago

There is a Easy Motion EVO City Wave used bike for sale in my area. I was wondering if you’d be so kind and tell me the things I should ask about? I’m an Senior dude looking for an easier way to get around town, but money of course is tight.

Thank you

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