EG Bali 500 EX Review

Eg Bali 500 Ex Electric Bike Review
Eg Bali 500 Ex
Eg Bali 500 Ex 500 Watt Geared Hub Motor
Eg Bali 500 Ex 48 Volt Downtube Battery Pack
Eg Bali 500 Ex Handlebars Trigger Shifters
Eg Bali 500 Ex Landian Monochrome Display Panel
Eg Bali 500 Ex Short Ergonomic Grip Trigger Throttle
Eg Bali 500 Ex Sr Suntour Nex Suspension With Lockout
Eg Bali 500 Ex Overbuilt Frame Suspension Shock
Eg Bali 500 Ex Kspeed St Storm Rear Suspension
Eg Bali 500 Ex 27 Speed Shimano Alivio Drivetrain
Eg Bali 500 Ex 2 Amp Battery Charger
Eg Bali 500 Ex Electric Bicycle
Eg Bali 500 Ex Electric Bike Review
Eg Bali 500 Ex
Eg Bali 500 Ex 500 Watt Geared Hub Motor
Eg Bali 500 Ex 48 Volt Downtube Battery Pack
Eg Bali 500 Ex Handlebars Trigger Shifters
Eg Bali 500 Ex Landian Monochrome Display Panel
Eg Bali 500 Ex Short Ergonomic Grip Trigger Throttle
Eg Bali 500 Ex Sr Suntour Nex Suspension With Lockout
Eg Bali 500 Ex Overbuilt Frame Suspension Shock
Eg Bali 500 Ex Kspeed St Storm Rear Suspension
Eg Bali 500 Ex 27 Speed Shimano Alivio Drivetrain
Eg Bali 500 Ex 2 Amp Battery Charger
Eg Bali 500 Ex Electric Bicycle

Summary

  • Impressively outfitted and priced with a powerfu 500 watt motor, full suspension and speed-pedelec performance for $2,200 but the bike is heavy, the motor starts slow (geared for speed) and many accessories are basic and have issues
  • Available in two colors (black and silver) but only one frame size that's fairly large and tricky to get over with the rack loaded up, full length fenders and lights improve safety but only the front light is wired in
  • Throttle override for instant power, torque sensing pedal assist for a fluid active feel and improved efficiency vs. cadence, easy to read LCD display is backlit but not removable
  • The rack is extra wide and a bit awkward, the grips don't lock and the right one is super-short to fit the shifters, throttle and brakes, the battery can be difficult to get out and requires the key be left in while riding to work

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

EG

Model:

Bali 500 EX

Price:

$2,199 USD

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Speed Pedelec (Class 3)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2016

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

65 lbs (29.48 kg)

Battery Weight:

7.4 lbs (3.35 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

19 in (48.26 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

25.5" Reach, 33.5" Stand Over Height, 72" Length

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Matte Super Black, Polished Titanium Gray

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour NEX E25 Suspension with Lockout and 50 mm Travel, 10 mm Quick Release Skewer

Frame Rear Details:

KSPEED ST-Storm Suspension, 10 mm Skewer

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

27 Speed 3x9 Shimano Alivio, 11-32T

Shifter Details:

Shimano SIS Microshift Triggers on Left and Right

Cranks:

Prowheel Forged

Pedals:

Wellgo Aluminum Alloy Platform

Headset:

Neco

Stem:

Promax Adjustable Angle

Handlebar:

Low-Rise, Aluminum Alloy, 27" Length

Brake Details:

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

Grips:

Rubber Ergonomic

Saddle:

KNUS Comfort

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

280 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.4 mm

Rims:

Aluminum Alloy Double Walled

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 13G Front, 12G Rear

Tire Brand:

Kenda Hybrid, 700 x 45c

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

Reflective Sidewall Stripe

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Plastic Fenders with Mud Flaps, Rear Carry Rack 25 kg (55 lb) Max Carry Weight, Smoked Plastic Chain Guard, Spanninga Kendo Integrated LED Headlight, Spanninga Lineo Independent LED Back Light (2 AA Batteries), Adjustable Length Side Kickstand

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack, 1.5 lb 2 Amp Charger

Electronic Details

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Battery Brand:

Samsung

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

480 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

20 miles (32 km)

Estimated Max Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Display Type:

Landian, Fixed, Backlit, Monochrome LCD

Readouts:

Battery Level (4 Bars), Assist Level (0-5), Speed, Odometer, Trip Distance

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad on Right

Drive Mode:

Torque Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle

Top Speed:

28 mph (45 kph)(Up to ~20 mph with Throttle Only)

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Written Review

The EG Bali 500 EX is an electric bike that I want to love based on its low price and high specs on paper but have some real hangups with in practice. Yes, you get 28 mph capable speed pedelec with smooth torque sensing operation and a trigger throttle for instant power (up to 20 mph) and yes it offers full suspension for comfort over long distances and at those higher speeds. It looks pretty nice, is available in two colors and even comes with fenders, a rack and LED lights. The drawbacks become apparent as you zoom in and realize that the bike is very heavy at ~65 lbs, the battery pack fits very tightly and can be difficult to take off, there are two key slots (one to lock the battery and one to start the bike) and you have to leave your key in the second one the entire time the bike is being powered. The frame only comes in one size and could be difficult to mount for shorter riders and frustrating for taller people who swing their leg over the rack and clip their shins like I did. In order to offer a nice display panel, remote button pad (for going up or down in pedal assist) and a trigger throttle along with two sets of shifters the cockpit has become overcrowded, making it difficult to use all of the systems and even hold on to the grips (especially on the right side where the grip has been cut short). The shifters required more force to use and even the disc brakes, which are mechanical vs. hydraulic, felt slower and weaker than I’d want on such a heavy and fast electric bike.

Yes, this thing still offers a lot of value and for the right size person it could be a perfect fit… Just be careful in how you use it and what you expect. The frame, being heavy and somewhat altered with the downtube battery, feels a bit flexy and the suspension is springy and heavy. It’s a lower end ebike delivering higher end performance but even that aspect is conditional. Starting out and at lower speeds through grass or climbing the 500 watt electric motor stutters and struggles to get going. It really shines in the higher speeds and that’s a conscious decision on EG’s part which is okay as long as that’s what you expect. I think there’s a lot of room for improvement on this electric bike but that’s usually the case when bikes are priced low with respect to their competitors. EG is a brand I’ve reviewed for a couple of years ongoing now and I like products they offer and support they provide to shops. This is step up from most online bikes but a step down from most in-store bikes and it offers a combination of drive modes that I don’t think I’ve seen anywhere else which is coo :)

Pros:

  • I love that they offer two frame colors (matte black and silver), you also get front and rear lights by Spanninga though the back is stand-alone and requires AA battery cells, it’s nice that the tires have reflective sidewall stripes painted on them for even greater visible footprint since this is an urban oriented bike
  • The EG Bali 500 EX is one of the most affordable full suspension speed pedelecs I’ve ever reviewed… You get a lot of nice accessories as well (fenders, rear carry rack and lights)
  • I like that the rear rack is not being used to support the battery pack as with some of the older EG models like the Maui and Athens, this means it can be used to carry more weight in a trunk bag or with panniers, perfect for commuting
  • Being full suspension, this bike is more comfortable to ride at higher speeds and for longer trips, the saddle is relatively soft but still active in design (not too fat at the nose where it can chaff your thighs)
  • The battery is removable which makes storing it inside easier and charging it separately more convenient, the battery is also fairly heavy at ~7.4 lbs since it’s a large 48 volt 10 amp hour pack (vs. 36 volt 10 amp hour on most average bikes), quick release front wheel also makes transporting easier and lighter (rear wheel is bolted on)
  • Plenty of gears here, with three chainrings up front and nine sprockets in the rear, this bike is easy to pedal at low speeds or climbing and when reaching higher speeds, the Shimano Alivo component groupset is mid-level and should perform well
  • Four large spacers on the headset with an adjustable angle stem so you can raise the bars and bring them back if you’re someone with shorter arms, you could also put the spacers on top and straighten the stem if you want an more aggressive aerodynamic body position
  • For legal reasons the throttle cuts out at ~20 mph and it does so very smoothly, in order to reach the ~28 mph top speed you need to pedal using the highest level of assist

Cons:

  • Key must remain in the ignition slot while riding, it’s mostly out of the way up on the top tube near the head tube but it can still jingle or get bumped vs. being able to take it out
  • This is one of the heavier electric city style ebikes I’ve tested at 65 lbs, it does have a higher capacity battery and the fenders, rack and lights but it’s still heavy compared to something with similar features like this
  • The battery pack is more visible than some (considering it’s frame-integrated) the color is the same on both models so it stick out a bit on the white… the battery is also tight and can be tricky to get off
  • The motor is geared for speed so it can feel a bit sluggish at start but is capable of 28+ mph when you contribute (it uses a torque sensor)
  • The right grip is super short… it looks like they used a half-twist grip in order to accommodate the trigger shifters, trigger throttle and brake lever which means your hand doesn’t have as much space to hold on, since the grip isn’t locking it might twist more easily which could be a safety issue
  • I don’t like that the battery sticks out further on the left side of the downtube than on the right, it’s not symmetrical and may impact handling, like if you tried to ride with no hands it might lean to the left slightly and change your balance
  • The added weight of the large battery pack, oil spring suspension fork and rear suspension swing arm causes some frame flex, it’s not as tight and responsive as some competing models
  • This ebike is only available in one frame size and it’s high-step and fairly large, given the extra-wide rack and possible cargo there it could be difficult to stand over and mount for some people
  • Given the heavier weight of this ebike combined with the higher top assisted speed, the mechanical disc brakes just barely get the job done, I like that they used larger 180 mm rotors but I think hydraulic brakes would be a better choice
  • The cockpit is crowded but also difficult to use in some cases, shifting felt hard and required more effort than I’m used to and reaching the button pad on the left was difficult
  • Keep an eye on the adjustable angle stem when riding for long periods over bumpy terrain because I’ve found that they can come loose over time, you’ll need two hex wrenches to tighten it ongoing
  • There are two locking cores on this bike… one for removing the battery and another for turning the bike on, this adds weight and complexity and might reduce the structural integrity of the frame (more holes going through) and it just seems cheap
  • There’s an on/off switch on the battery pack itself that seems to cut power to the LED readout… I think I was able to use the bike with this switch off so in some ways it seems to add a lot of complexity and vulnerability with limited value

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Comments (4) YouTube Comments

Jared
3 years ago

Thank you for writing this review… I had been looking at this one for a while… I may keep looking ;-)

Thank you.

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Court
3 years ago

Sure thing Jared! There’s always trade-offs, glad the review helped you out :)

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Aggiej
3 years ago

I can get this bike also in Netherlands, if not true or ?

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Court
3 years ago

Unfortunately I don’t think EG is being sold in the Netherlands right now, would be good to contact them and ask, here is their official contact page. I’d love to hear back from you whether they are there or not and if you get one, how you like it :)

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