Easy Motion Evo Race Review

Easy Motion Evo Race Electric Bike Review 1
Easy Motion Evo Race
Easy Motion Evo Race 350 Watt Dapu Motor
Easy Motion Evo Race Removable Battery Samsung Cells
Easy Motion Evo Race Removable Lcd Display Ergo Grips
Easy Motion Evo Race 180 Mm Rotor
Easy Motion Evo Race Mid Dish Wheelset
Easy Motion Evo Race Rear Quick Release
Easy Motion Evo Race Seat Post And Saddle
Easy Motion Evo Race Shimano 105 Derailleur
Easy Motion Evo Race Three Speed Tiagra Derailleur
Easy Motion Evo Race Tmm4 Torque Sensor Plate
Easy Motion Evo Race Electric Bike Review 1
Easy Motion Evo Race
Easy Motion Evo Race 350 Watt Dapu Motor
Easy Motion Evo Race Removable Battery Samsung Cells
Easy Motion Evo Race Removable Lcd Display Ergo Grips
Easy Motion Evo Race 180 Mm Rotor
Easy Motion Evo Race Mid Dish Wheelset
Easy Motion Evo Race Rear Quick Release
Easy Motion Evo Race Seat Post And Saddle
Easy Motion Evo Race Shimano 105 Derailleur
Easy Motion Evo Race Three Speed Tiagra Derailleur
Easy Motion Evo Race Tmm4 Torque Sensor Plate

Summary

  • The lightest weight, most efficient electric bike in the Easy Motion Evo series, designed for road cycling on smooth tarmac
  • Drawing on the 100+ year bicycling heritage of BH, the Race offers 30 speeds on a well balanced frame that looks beautiful
  • Aerodynamic mid-dish rims, efficient 700x25c road bike tires, hydraulic disc brakes and carbon fork offer high performance riding with a top speed above 20 mph in pedal assist mode, my one big gripe is lack of a water bottle cage mounting point

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

Easy Motion

Model:

Evo Race

Price:

$2,999 USD

Body Position:

Forward Aggressive

Suggested Use:

Urban, Road

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:

45 lbs (20.41 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.5 lbs (2.49 kg)

Motor Weight:

8 lbs (3.62 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

20 in (50.8 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

(Top Tube Horizontal 617 mm, Head Tube Length 150 mm, Seat Tube Center to Top 500 mm, Chain Stay 430 mm, Wheelbase 1120 mm)

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Black with Red and White Accents

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid, Carbon Fiber

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses

Gearing Details:

30 Speed 3x10 Shimano Tiagra Front Derailleur, Shimano 105 Rear Derailleur

Shifter Details:

Shimano 105 Triggers on Left and Right Bar

Cranks:

FSA Vero, 11-25T

Pedals:

Marwi Aluminum Alloy Platform

Headset:

Threadless 1.125"

Handlebar:

Emotion Lite, No Rise

Brake Details:

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

Grips:

Emotion Lite Ergonomic

Saddle:

EMotion Performance

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

Mid Dish Double Wall, Light Race

Spokes:

Stainless Steel

Tire Brand:

Kenda, 700 x 25c

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

LED Battery Level Indicator on Battery Pack, Neoprene Wire Organizer on Left Chain Stay

Other:

Model EV805, Locking Removable Battery Pack, Quick Release Front and Rear Wheels with Quick Motor Disconnect

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:

35 miles (56 km)

Estimated Max Range:

60 miles (97 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 ~25 mph in Pedal Assist Mode)

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Written Review

The EVO Race is an “evolved” version of the older NEO Race and part of the new line of electric bikes from Easy Motion for 2015 in North America. The earlier Neo series launched in 2013 and during its time was one of the most popular series of ebikes that I got to test and review. What’s amazing to me is that the price has actually decreased slightly (especially if you factor in inflation) but the new Evo systems and battery size have been significantly improved. You can now charge the battery while it’s mounted to the bike and easily remove both wheels with integrated quick release levers for easier maintenance! The Evo Race is the lightest weight electric bike in the Evo line at ~45 pounds and delivers the most efficient ride with its aerodynamic mid-dish wheelset, narrow 700x25c road bike tires and more aggressive forward body position. In my experience, even though it’s advertised as a 20 mph bike you can actually reach closer to 25 mph in pedal assist mode. Easy Motion is part of BH which has been producing traditional bicycles since 1909 and that really shows in the frame design here. There is an emphasis on balance and usability as a bicycle that some other ebikes lack. The Race has a larger gear range (30 speeds vs. just 10 on many ebikes) and a nice set of hydraulic disc brakes for easy but powerful stopping. It’s an extremely versatile electric bike with rear rack mounts and a nice open triangle frame which works well on car and bus racks. Everything just blends in so well and the smooth, relatively quiet motor operation improves the stealth nature of this bike. There are four levels of assist to help you climb steadily or reserve energy while riding over long distances and although the throttle cannot override these modes, it can be used independently if you get tired of pedaling.

The motor driving the Evo Race is beautifully integrated and has been painted black to blend in with the cabling, spokes, wheelset and other components. It basically disappears behind the 10 Speed Shimano Cassette and 160 mm disc brake rotor. It offers a fairly average 350 watts of power output but actually feels as though it were a 500 watt design. I attribute the zippy feel in part to the quality motor from Dapu, larger battery capacity and responsive torque sensor. Even compared to other 350 watt geared motors on similar bikes, this one just feels more powerful. As shown in the video review above, the motor is fairly quiet during operation but being geared does produce more of a whir than some gearless options. Still, it’s relatively light weight and for an active bike like this with so many gears, should deliver a real sense of speed and power effectively doubling rider output up to ~20 mph. One interesting change for 2015 with this motor is that the cable connecting it with the controller is now located on the left side of the frame and closer in towards the hub. This has two benefits: it reduces clutter on the drivetrain side of the bike where the Shimano 105 ten speed cassette and derailleur are mounted and it also keeps the power cable out of harms way if the bike tips over. Some of the older Easy Motion Neo motor cables could break or become loose based on their more exposed position so this is a welcome change that dealers will certainly appreciate.

The battery pack on the Evo Race is quite impressive as well because it builds on the older Neo designs and addresses one big complaint that customers had… Many people wanted to charge the pack on the bike but were forced to take it off every time because there was no charging outlet built into the frame. This made dropping and scratching the battery easier but that was somewhat overlooked because the design was of such high quality and beauty compared with competitors. It’s still beautiful and it still keeps weight low and center on the frame while matching the paint job for a perfectly integrated look but now you don’t have to take it off if you store the bike inside, you can simply “plug the bike in”. Also worth calling out is the 30% increase in size (which means you can go further with each charge) and the integrated LED panel that shows how full the pack is even when it’s not connected to the bike. With all of these improvements, I’m very impressed that they kept the price the same (actually slightly lower) and that the weight of the pack didn’t increase much (due to advances in Lithium chemistry offering higher energy density than before). So the pack offers 36 volts of power and 11.6 amp hours vs. the old 8.8 for a total of 417.6 watt hours of capacity. It uses quality Lithium Manganese Samsung cells and comes with a two year warranty for peace of mind.

Connecting the rider to the battery and motor is a beautiful, low profile backlit LCD display panel that I go over in detail with this video tutorial. It’s the same design they’ve been using on the Neo line since 2013 and it’s still intuitive, easy to reach and removable! To get things going, just charge the battery then hold the middle button for a few seconds. Once it’s on, you can press the up or down buttons to explore throttle mode or four levels of assist. You get more power with the higher assist levels but you also burn through the battery more quickly. The one complaint I have about the control system here is that you can’t use the throttle to override pedal assist and this would be nice for adding power when riding in the lowest level of assist to simply overcome a short hill climb. As it stands, you either have to arrow up to a higher assist level or arrow down to throttle mode briefly and then back up to a low, efficient level of assist. In any case, the twist throttle is located on the right bar and the display lists your speed, battery capacity, time, max speed and distance traveled. The cockpit on the Evo Race is clean and I like the trigger shifters on the left and right bar. The ergonomic grips feel decent but don’t offer the same versatility and variety of grip positions as a drop bar setup would, though I’ve only seen one ebike to date that does offer drops and it costs quite a bit more.

The Easy Motion Evo Race is a solid electric bike in so many ways. While it wouldn’t be my first choice from the Evo line because I prefer softer tires and suspension (especially over long distances at higher speeds… which ebikes tend to elicit) it’s still a great value. This is the lightest weight, most efficient Evo model in the series and while it doesn’t have drop bars and only comes in one frame size, it’s sure to satisfy those who enjoy the road bike feel (and aren’t too short or tall). The fact that it has braze ons for mounting a rear rack means you could easily use it for commuting and the carbon fork should help a little with bumpy terrain (consider a seat post shock if you want more cushion). The one area I would really fault this bike is in water bottle storage. It seems like there was plenty of room on the seat tube to add bosses but as it stands, you’ll either have to wear a Camelbak or use aftermarket brackets to add your own… and that adds additional weight and hassle while also being easier to bump out of position. Consider a saddle mounted bottle cage adapter like this or a double seat tube rack that would go right behind the saddle like this. Feel free to comment below if you have other great suggestions for transporting water, I’m sure with thirty gears to pedal in, some riders are going to get thirsty along the way :)

Pros:

  • With the EVO line of electric bikes from Easy Motion you can charge the battery pack while it is still mounted to the bike frame, no need to take it off every single time (very handy if you store your bike inside or near a power outlet)
  • Offers both throttle mode and pedal assist with four levels to emphasize range or speed, zippy powerful feel from the efficient 350 watt geared motor
  • Purpose-built frame with beautifully integrated downtube mounted battery pack, this keeps weight low and center for improved balance and handling
  • The display panel, battery pack, suspension fork and hub motor are all painted to match the bike and blend in to make it look more like a normal bicycle, the drive systems are relatively stealth and won’t stand out
  • The LCD display is removable, easy to reach and activate from the left grip, backlit for use in low lighting conditions (just hold the down arrow for two seconds)
  • Tektro E-Comp levers have motor cutoff switches built in, the large 180 mm front rotor and standard 160 mm rear rotor offer good stopping power
  • Large 700c wheelset with efficient road tires reduce drag and friction, mid-dish rims provide aerodynamic benefits but may catch cross winds a bit
  • Carbon fiber fork helps to reduce frame weight and absorb vibration when riding at higher speeds
  • Seat stay bosses could be useful for adding a rear rack if you wanted to use this as a commuter bike
  • With 30 gear combinations to choose from, this bike is easy to pedal at low speed when climbing or at higher speeds when traveling long distances, it easily reaches 20+ mph in pedal assist mode… I’ve taken it up to ~25 mph
  • New tool-free rear quick release system makes changing flats and doing service much easier, the motor power cable also has a quick disconnect built in
  • The motor power cable location has been updated, now entering the hub on the left side of the bike vs. the right where the derailleur and cassette are, this helps to reduce complexity, clutter and damage if the bike tips
  • TMM4 torque sensor activates the motor smoothly and the control system reduces surge when pedaling but the motor does run a bit longer when you stop pedaling
  • The Eco (lowest level) of pedal assist is now gentler and smoother which provides better range, this was a request from many customers of the older Easy Motion Neo line
  • The battery uses high end 18650 Lithium Manganese cells from Samsung that are light weight and long lasting, excellent energy density here (lower weight, more power)

Cons:

  • Basic rubber ergonomic grips without lockers to keep them from spinning, no kickstand, no slap guard on right chainstay (there is a wire organizer on the left chainstay)
  • No bottle cage mounting points on the downtube or seat tube (even though it really seems like they was room!), this means you’ll need to add one to the seat post or saddle rails, carry a bag or setup a rear rack
  • Throttle cannot be used at all when riding in pedal assist mode, you have to arrow down to “No Assist” and then activate using the half grip twist
  • Hydraulic disc brakes provide decent stopping power but aren’t as smooth as Avid and may rattle or squeak more with use
  • The controller on this bike lets the motor run a second or two long after you’ve stopped pedaling, this reduces “surge” (the jerky feeling of power going up and down with each pedal stroke) but makes the bike feel unresponsive at times
  • Just one frame size, style and color to choose from here (medium, high step, black) which may limit use for short or tall riders

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Squiddly Bikeman
5 years ago

Hi, I’m curious about the motor cutoff on the brake levers. I like this bike but if I were to buy one, I’d want to swap out the handlebars with drop-bars. Would this bike still function ok without the motor cutoff? I currently have an Emazing pedelec ebike that has a cadence sensor on the crank but no brake motor-cutoff. I put drop bars on it and it works well, but is a little underpowered for the hills where I live and I think the Easy Motion Evo Race would do the trick. Thanks for the reviews!

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Court
5 years ago

Sounds like a cool project! If you do get the Evo Race and go for some drop bars I’d love to see pics in the Easy Motion forum. This is something that crossed my mind the day I learned about the Haibike Race (the only stock ebike with drops that I’ve seen). Before that bike was available in the US I was asking Currie how difficult it would be to just add drops yourself and they seemed convinced that it wouldn’t workout very well. I think the most difficult part is mounting the twist throttle which would be near impossible to slide on given the bet (and sometimes oval) tubing of drops. If you’re just going for pedal assist and plan to only attach the display maybe that would be easier? To answer your question, it seems like there are lots of ebikes that don’t have motor inhibitors in the brake levers (including the Haibike Race). These ebikes are either fancy enough that the motor cuts out quickly without a secondary signal or the company is going for cheapness and skips it for cost reasons. I think this is the case for most ProdecoTech ebikes which lacked motor cutoff switches for their 2013/2014 lineup. Anyway, I can legally advise you here and some states specify motor inhibitors in their law outlines for ebikes but if you’re a decent rider and understand that the Easy Motion system does have some delay (as shown in the video review) then I think you could operate it relatively safely. Just be careful, maybe test riding it and really think through how you’ll mount the display and whether you want to drop the throttle. Sounds like a lot of work and I bet it will end up similar to your Emazing Bike at the end of the day… but yeah, it should deliver a bit more power. Maybe you’d be better off just getting an ebike kit and installing it on a road bike with drops? Have you seen the Keyde kits?

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Josh
4 years ago

Hmm, so only one size? I ride a 58cm currently, so 50cm seems a little small, yes?

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Court
4 years ago

Difficult to say… seat post length is one measurement but it depends on other geometry to really create the stride length and reach (for example, how angled the tubing is and whether the stem is long and angled up or more straight. I’m about 5’9″ and the Evo Race felt good to me. If you’re under 6′ it would probably work but you could also explore some of the other Evo models that come in large size like the Evo Cross that comes in ~56 cm. If you want a much larger frame I suggest exploring a brand like Haibike that offers four sizes in many of their bikes… but note that they don’t offer throttle, only pedal assist and they tend to be more expensive.

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