Electric Bike Technologies Electric Eco-Delta Trike Review

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Electric Bike Technologies Electric Eco Delta Trike
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Electric Bike Technologies Electric Eco Delta Trike Telescoping Frame
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Electric Bike Technologies Electric Eco Delta Trike
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Summary

  • A value priced recumbent style electric delta trike with a lot of adjustability, possible configurations, and thoughtful considerations
  • Comfortable recumbent style seating, adjustable telescoping main tube, adjustable handle bar, and the seat is adjustable as well, it can be slid forward and backward just like a seat would in a car
  • Versatile 500 watt motor can work with both 36v for 48v applications, battery can be upgraded, has a parking brake and motor inhibitors
  • A lot of plastic parts like the derailleur and pedals, like most trikes, can be dangerous turning at high speeds

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

Electric Bike Technologies

Model:

Electric Eco Delta Trike

Price:

$2,108 (With 48v 10Ah Metal Case Battery, $250 Shipping, Fully Assembled Ready to Ride)

Body Position:

Recumbent

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2019

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

72 lbs (32.65 kg)

Battery Weight:

7.7 lbs (3.49 kg)

Motor Weight:

9.4 lbs (4.26 kg)

Frame Material:

High Tensile Tig Welded Steel

Geometry Measurements:

42 1/2 – 63″ (126-160 cm) Wheel Base, 68 3/4″-82 1/4″ (125-209 cm) Overall Length, 30 1/2″ (77.5 cm) Width, 20 1/2″ -22 3/4″ (52-58 cm) Seat Height, 20″ (51 cm) Bottom Bracket Height

Frame Types:

Trike

Frame Colors:

Gloss Red, Gloss Blue, Gloss Black, Gloss Grey

Frame Fork Details:

High Tensile Steel, Rigid

Attachment Points:

Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 SunRACE M30, 13-32 Tooth

Shifter Details:

SunRACE Grip Shift on Right

Cranks:

170mm Cranks, 38 Tooth Chainring, with Chain Guide

Pedals:

Wellgo LU-207 Plastic Platform

Headset:

1 1/8" Threaded, Sealed Mechanism Steel

Handlebar:

Chromoly Steel, Long Back Style

Brake Details:

Promax Mechanical Disc with 160 mm Rotor in Rear, Promax Linear Pull in Front, Wuxing Levers with Motor Inhibitor and Parking Latch

Grips:

Flat Foam, Locking

Saddle:

Alloy Frame, Padded Mesh

Seat Post:

Rans Style Seat Slide

Rims:

Alloy, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Front Stainless 12 Gauge Silver, Rear Stainless 14 Gauge Black

Tire Brand:

Kenda Kwest, 20" x 1.5"

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)

Tire Details:

40 to 65 PSI

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

48v 9Ah Battery in Soft Bag (-$286), 48v 20Ah Battery in Soft Bag (+$366) Adjustable Angle Seat with Removable Cover, Adjustable Length Boom, Plastic Chain Guide, Heavy-Duty Dual Torque Arms for Motor Mount

Other:

Locking Removable Battery, 1.5 lb 3 Amp Charger, KMC Z Chain, Hold Up Arrow for Backlighting, Max Weight ~300 lbs

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Electric Bike Technologies

Motor Type:

Front-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Motor Peak Output:

750 watts

Motor Torque:

75 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Electric Bike Technologies

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

360 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

15 miles (24 km)

Estimated Max Range:

35 miles (56 km)

Display Type:

King Meter, Fixed, Backlit, Monochrome LCD

Readouts:

Battery Level (5 Bars), Speed, Avg. Speed, Max Speed, Power Level (0-5), Odometer, Trip A, Trip B

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad

Drive Mode:

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

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)(User Adjustable Speed, PAS Sensitivity, Current)

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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 Electric Bike Technologies. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased, this video and written review are not meant to be an endorsement of Electric Bike Technologies products.

After covering so many bikes at Electric Bike Review, over time, they can start to blend tougher somewhat…So it is always fun and refreshing for us to see our 3 wheeled friends, the trike. Today we are checking out the Electric Eco Delta trike from Electric Bike Technologies. The Eco Delta is named so for its economical price and 2 wheels in the back, 1 wheel in front delta trike design. I say economical, because the MSRP for this electric trike is $2,108 as tested but can get as low as $1,898 which is not bad for a recumbent electric trike. Now of course, there are some cost saving measures to get it at that price, but that is not at the expense of comfort or adjustability. Seating is done in a recumbent style position and that is thanks to this full chair style seat (rather than a bicycle seat) and long curved sweeping handlebars to come meet you in the seating position. Because the handle bar is so long and curved to meet you, you don’t so much turn them as you ’sway’ them from side to side to turn the trike. Normal turning works out just fine, but if you attempt to make a sharp turn, you would likely have to let go with one hand as it would rotate the handlebars so far with one in the air and one near your lap. I tried to show this in the review video, but truth be told, it is not a big deal. Most people don’t make tight turns on a trike since trikes can tip over at high speeds while turning. In the front, there is a small rigid fork and they house the 20” x 1.5” Kenda Kwest tire. In the rear there are 2 more of the same 20” Kenda Kwest tires brought together by a solid axle. I love that the rear part of the frame has a lot of added strength, this you can see from that axle as well as additional strength tubing throughout. There are even seat brace mounts in the back of the frame. While the trike may only come in 1 size, it does come with a lot of adjustability as mentioned before. The frame itself is telescoping on the main tube, so you can adjust your pedal extension range. Additionally, those long handlebars are adjustable and so is the seat. It has a quick release and can be slid forward and backward just like a seat would in a car. I love that I was able to dial this all in for my ride and it made the experience feel tailored to me. Most people will be using the throttle, but I do enjoy the recumbent pedaling here. The chain is extra long since the system is in the rear of the trike, but they do protect your clothing and legs by putting tubing around the chain on both the top and the bottom. You also get a chain ring guard too, which I appreciate. The pedals here are plastic, which is a shame as I do enjoy metal pedals, but this was probably done to keep cost down. That cost savings keeps the trike simple, which is not necessarily a bad thing as it can make maintenance and service easy.

Driving the trike is a front hub-drive motor rated at 500 watts. This is a versatile motor as the guys at Electric Bike Technologies tell me it can work with and be upgraded to either 36v or 48v battery setup. It uses cadence based pedal assist via this 8 magnet sensor at the pedal crank that counts rotations of the pedals. I love that there is a throttle here, and that is what I used for the majority of my ride. It also makes use of an air cooled controller which keeps battery replacement costs down and maintenance easy. Mechanically, the trike is driven by a SunRace 7 speed system. It has a 13-32 tooth freewheel in the back with a 38 tooth chain ring in the front. Shifting is done through grip shift on the right. I did notice the derailleur is plastic… this is new to me, and I do worry about the longevity of that, so I guess time will tell. Stopping the Eco Delta is a Promax cantilever brake in the front, somewhat simple, but that is normal for the front of the trike. The rear however has a single Promax 300 160mm rotor mechanical disc brake. At first I was a little worried by having just a single rotor to stop both wheels in the back, but it seemed to work just fine, thanks to the motor inhibitor built into the brakes cutting power to the motor when you squeeze the brake lever. The brake levers are long and easy to reach, they even have a parking brake on the right side. This is a nice touch, trikes don’t need kickstands so I like that they still put something on there to keep it grounded and centered.

Powering the trike is a 36v 10ah lithium ion battery pack. I love that this one has a metal enclosure to keep it protected. I am told that they do offer a 9ah version if you want to save money, but it comes in a bag rather than the metal case here. They also tell me they have a 20ah version you can upgrade to that is just amazing if you want to kick up the range of the trike. As mentioned earlier, the trike has the ability to be upgraded to a more powerful 48v system. In my opinion, tries are more for a slow, easy going ride, so I found the 36v here was just perfect. Anyway, the battery here has a handle and mounts securely on a sturdy metal plate. The battery is pretty lightweight so having it mounted in the rear makes turning easy. It is secured by lock and key and the key is also what turns the trike on in an ignition style. 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.

Operating the trike is simple. Once the battery is mounted, start by turning the key in the on position. From there, the display will come to life and give you the read outs. The battery is shown across the top in 16 ticks. These ticks are in an infographic that somewhat resembles a ruler. Shown below that is you speed in MPH and the various levels of pedal assist you might be in, 0-5. To change the pedal assist, simply hit up or down on the arrow controls mounted on the left handle bar. Keep in mind, the pedal assist level controls the throttle too. This is great so if you are in a parking lot, or need to take it slow, you can have it… let’s say at level 2, and the throttle will go nice and easy without fast acceleration and keeps the top speed limited. Similarly, if you want to go full out, you can put it in level 5 and the throttle will act accordingly. Anyways, there is an odometer readout below that and pressing the mode button will change that to display max speed, average speed, and trip set. Hold the up and down arrows together for a moment and that will unlock the deep drive menu. Here you can mess with top speed as well as other electrical power configurations to really get the setup how you want it.

Overall I found the Electric Eco Delta a lot of fun. I enjoyed the slow and easy going ride but also had fun at higher speeds as shown in the video. The trike may not be for everyone however, so let’s go over the tradeoffs here to see if it is a good fit for you. I noticed there was a lot of plastic on the trike to keep cost down, but I was more worried about the derailleur than anything. I have never seen a plastic derailleur before, and this many be a non-issue, but I do wonder about the longevity of such a part. Also, as with any trike, high speeds can be dangerous, so I would not recommend a 48v version. Similarly, I would not recommend taking any sharp turns at higher speeds simply because it can possibly tip the trike. Even with those tradeoffs considered, there is a lot of adjustability and it is hard to argue with a great price point. At $2,108, this recumbent trike will likely appeal to many of the right people. A big thanks to Electric Bike Technologies for letting me try out the Delta!

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 Electric Bike Technologies Ebike forums and share your own photos, videos, and review updates to help others! Have fun out there, and ride safe :)

Pros:

  • A value priced recumbent style electric delta trike with a lot of adjustability, possible configurations, and thoughtful considerations
  • Economical because the MSRP for this electric trike is $2,108 as tested but can get as low as $1,898 which is not bad for a recumbent electric trike, now there are some cost saving measures to get it at that price, but that is not at the expense of comfort or adjustability
  • Seating is in a comfortable recumbent style position and that is thanks to this full chair style seat (rather than a bicycle seat) and long curved sweeping handlebars to come meet you
  • I love that the rear part of the frame has a lot of added strength, this you can see from the solid axle as well as additional strength tubing throughout, there are even seat brace mounts in the back of the frame
  • The frame itself is telescoping on the main tube, so you can adjust your pedal extension range, also, those long handlebars are adjustable and so is the seat since it has a quick release and can be slid forward and backward just like a seat would in a car
  • I love that the extra long chain has tubing around the chain on both the top and the bottom to protect your legs and clothes, you also get a chain ring guard too, which I appreciate
  • The front hub-drive motor rated at 500 watts, this is a versatile motor as the guys at Electric Bike Technologies tell me it can work with and be upgraded to either 36v or 48v battery setup
  • Stopping the Eco Delta is done through a front cantilever brake, rear mechanical disc brake, and motor inhibitors, it even has a parking brake for loading or mounting!
  • Electric Bike Technologies offers a number of configurations electrically, the battery can be upgraded or downgraded to get more range or save more money
  • The display has a deep dive menu for configuring settings even more like max speed or pedal cadence output, really a lot of choices
  • I love that the battery is metal yet light weight, this keeps it protected and also keeps weight low for turning the trike
  • It’s nice that the throttle is controlled by pedal assist level, meaning you could dial down the throttle for riding around a parking lot or places with children or animals around and you won’t pose a danger to them

Cons:

  • The derailleur is made of plastic, this is new to me so I cannot attest to the longevity of such a product, hopefully, it does not make much of a difference
  • A lot of plastic throughout the trike like the chain tube or the pedals, I know this is to keep cost down, but I do appreciate aluminum alloy pedals as opposed to plastic pedals
  • Other cost saving measures include the brake system as it has only 1 disc brake in the rear for the axle of 2 wheels, however, on my test ride it seemed to work fine, likely due to the combined motor inhibitors
  • As with any trike, high speeds can be dangerous, so I would not recommend a 48v version, the 36v version seemed to do just fine
  • I would also not recommend taking any sharp turns at higher speeds simply because it can possibly tip the trike

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Comments (6) YouTube Comments

Eric Koster
5 months ago

I see on your specs on the review that the motor only has 21 nm of torque but on the electric trike website they have the spec as 84 nm. Do you know which is the actual correct spec? I would need to climb some hills with the trike and would need to know if it would be capable of doing that. Thanks.

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Court
5 months ago

Hi Eric, thanks for the heads up! I followed up with Mikey, who conducted this review, and it sounds like there was a mistake and the torque is 84nm not 21nm. Thanks for noticing this and calling it out. Sorry for the slow reply, wanted to make sure before chiming in ;)

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Ken
5 months ago

I think these would be in high demand for a traveling circus.

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Court
5 months ago

Oh man, I’m working on another review right now for a super tiny folding ebike that reminds me of those circus bikes :D

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Julius Hjulian
4 months ago

I am 83 years old & weigh 250 lbs. I take my dog on a 2 mile ride every day & am very tired when done. Will the Electric Bike Technologies Electric Eco-Delta Trike start up with out my peddling to start? I presently own a similar non electric trike.

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Court
4 months ago

Hi Julius! Yes, I believe it will. Not only does this trike have pedal assist (which does require some pedal motion to activate the motor), it also has a trigger throttle. This allows you to activate the bike motor without pedaling at all… you just have to have it switched on and the battery charged enough to move you and your dog :) sounds like great fun, I hope whatever bike you choose works out well and I invite you to share your experiences back here with a comment or in the Electric Bike Technologies ebike forum.

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