Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h Review

Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h Electric Bike Review
Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h
Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h 350 Watt Planetary Geared Taiwan Hodaka Hub Motor
Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h 36 Volt 8 7 Amp Hour Battery Tube
Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h Compact Lcd From King Meter
Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h Sr Suntour Xcr Coil Suspension Fork 100 Mm Travel
Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h Tektro Hydraulic Disc Brakes 180 Mm Rotors
Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h Nine Speed Shimano Acera Slap Guard Plastic Bash Guard
Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h 2 Amp Charger With Adapter Cup
Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h Electric Bike Review
Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h
Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h 350 Watt Planetary Geared Taiwan Hodaka Hub Motor
Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h 36 Volt 8 7 Amp Hour Battery Tube
Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h Compact Lcd From King Meter
Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h Sr Suntour Xcr Coil Suspension Fork 100 Mm Travel
Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h Tektro Hydraulic Disc Brakes 180 Mm Rotors
Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h Nine Speed Shimano Acera Slap Guard Plastic Bash Guard
Emazing Bike Apollo 93h3h 2 Amp Charger With Adapter Cup

Summary

  • A lightweight, hardtail, 29er trail style electric bike with efficient motor and battery pack, it offers smooth, dynamic pedal assist and twist throttle
  • Nice 100 mm suspension fork with lots of adjustability (compression, preload, rebound, and lockout), durable nine-speed Shimano Acera drivetrain
  • Available in three frame sizes, priced reasonably at $2k, purpose-built frame hides wires and protects the controller unit in the downtube, powerful hydraulic disc brakes
  • The battery isn't as nicely integrated into the frame, the throttle won't activate until you turn the cranks, the display leaves a lot to be desired

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Introduction

Make:

Emazing Bike

Model:

Apollo 93h3h

Price:

$2,000 USD

Body Position:

Forward, Upright

Suggested Use:

Urban, Trail

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

5 Year Frame, 2 Year Motor, 1 Year Battery

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2017

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

43.1 lbs (19.54 kg)

Battery Weight:

4.5 lbs (2.04 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17 in (43.18 cm)19 in (48.26 cm)21 in (53.34 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Medium 19" Stats: 19.75" Seat Tube, 21.75" Reach, 30.5" Stand Over Height, 27.5" Width, 73" Length

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Black, White

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour XCR Coil Suspension, 100 mm Travel, Preload Adjust, Speed Lockout, Rebound Adjust, 100 mm / 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

142 mm / 10 mm Axle with Nuts

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses

Gearing Details:

9 Speed 1x9 Shimano Acera Derailleur, CS-HG200-9 Cassette 11-32T

Shifter Details:

Shimano Triggers on Right

Cranks:

Truvativ Blaze, Alloy, 175 mm Length, Truvativ Plastic Bash Guard, 36T Chainring

Pedals:

Generic Alloy Platform, Cage Style

Headset:

FSA 1-1/8" Threadless, Internal Cups

Stem:

Alloy, 70 mm Length, 7° Rise, One 5 mm Riser Stack and One 2 mm Riser Stack

Handlebar:

Low Rise, Alloy, 700 mm Length

Brake Details:

Tektro Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Tektro Three-Finger Levers with Adjustable Reach

Grips:

Rubber, Flat

Saddle:

Velo

Seat Post:

Alloy

Seat Post Length:

275 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

Alloy, Double Wall, Reinforcement Eyelets, 32 Hole Front and 36 Hole Rear

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge Front 13 Gauge Rear, Black with Adjustable Nipples

Tire Brand:

Kenda Kozmik Lite Pro, 29" x 2.0"

Wheel Sizes:

29 in (73.66cm)

Tire Details:

120 TPI Casing, Folding Bead, 30 to 50 PSI

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Neoprene Slap Guard, Adjustable Kickstand (Rear Mounted)

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack, 1.5 lb 2 Amp Charger

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Taiwan Hodaka

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Battery Brand:

Panasonic

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

8.7 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

313.2 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

15 miles (24 km)

Estimated Max Range:

50 miles (80 km)

Display Type:

King Meter, Fixed, Monochrome, Backlit, LCD

Readouts:

Battery Level (4 Bars), Clock, Assist Level (1-5), Speed, Odometer, Trip Meter

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad (Up, Down, Mode), Hold Up and Mode for Backlight, Hold Down for Walk Mode, Hold Up and Down for Settings

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist, Twist Throttle (TMM4 Torque Sensor, 12 Magnet Cadence Sensor)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Apollo is Emazing Bike’s 29er hardtail electric trail model. The 93h3h name stands for 9 speed, 350 watt motor, hybrid, 36 volt battery, Hi-Tec battery build and this is really their only off-road oriented design. Most of the other electric bikes come with fenders and hybrid tires… so the hybrid naming convention threw me at first, I would have expected 93m3h for mountain or maybe 93t3h for trail, but no matter. It’s easy to criticize this product for being weak and having a small battery pack but for someone like me, who doesn’t weigh a lot and prefers to pedal and feel active, it’s a special and very satisfying e-bike. Emazing Bike has been around since 2011, based in Northern California, and has a special relationship with frame manufacturers in Asia from what I understand. It’s unique to see a value priced electric bike being sold through dealers that’s available in three frame sizes. All three can feel a little large because of the wide-diameter 29″ wheels and high-step diamond frame, but you get strength and stiffness from the frame and a smoother ride thanks to the lower attack angle and higher air volume. These 29″ tires are perfect for cross country riding and can go over small and medium sized obstacles vs. maneuvering around them like 26″ wheels. They weigh slightly more and aren’t as quick but the frame still feels nimble because the wheels aren’t spaced far apart, if this were a mid-drive powered electric bike, the rear wheel might have to be extended further back to fit properly and this can make it feel less snappy.

Driving the bike is an efficient, relatively quiet, Taiwan Hodaka planetary geared hub motor. It’s lightweight and compact, spoked into the rear wheel with black spokes that match the black rims and other black paint of the frame and accessories. It nearly disappears between the nine-speed cassette and large 180 mm disc brake rotor. As demonstrated on camera, this hub motor is smooth and satisfying in pedal assist mode because the bike utilizes two sensors, a torque and cadence sensor. It responds naturally and feels great to ride with five levels of assist… but it’s not so satisfying in throttle mode. to use the throttle, arrow up to level five and then pedal for a moment while twisting the half-grip throttle on the right. You have to pedal in order for it to become active which is disappointing to me, compared with other throttle operated electric bikes that can be activated at anytime, even standstill. The scenario I’m thinking of is when you’ve come to a stop (at a traffic signal or stop sign) and want to get going again without shifting through gears. It would be nice if the throttle just worked, but instead you have to pedal a bit. Even when the bike is coasting at speed, the throttle won’t activate until you’ve moved the cranks a half turn or so. The fact that this trail bike is using a twist throttle vs. a trigger is also a point of consideration, if you’re actually riding on bumpy terrain, twist throttles are more likely to be accidentally activated vs. triggers that won’t compromise your grip.

Powering the bike is small canister style battery that mounts on top of the downtube. I was told that it’s packed by Hi-Tec and contains premium Panasonic Lithium-ion cells. The capacity is below average at 36 volt 8.7 amp hours vs. 10+ amp hours on many other 36 volt systems. Today, you can choose from many 48 volt systems, so the technology feels a bit dated and begs the question of price. If this ebike were priced closer to $1,500 it might sell better but wouldn’t leave room for sales or dealer margin. In practice, I have seen it marked a bit under the $2k MSRP and I think that makes sense. Remember, they have to make three frame sizes which justifies the higher price point as well. Anyway, the battery pack doesn’t look as streamlined as some of the newer angled or semi-integrated designs from bigger companies, but at least it matches the black color scheme of the bike. It positions weight low and center on the frame and can be charged on or off the bike, but unfortunately that requires a special dongle adapter which could be set down and misplaced easily. There’s room for improvement here, but it definitely gets the job done and if you take the 4.5 lb battery off of the frame, there’s plenty of room for lifting and hanging it on a car or bus rack. There was not however, room to squeeze a bottle cage mount onto the seat tube, so consider adding a rear rack and trunk bag or panniers. You could also get a saddle adapter like this to mount a water bottle behind your seat.

Operating the bike is straightforward, the display panel and button pad are mounted near the left grip and are easy enough to reach and view while riding. Hold the Mode button for a couple of seconds and use the up and down arrows to change assist power. Press Mode again, once on, to cycle through some different readouts and hold up and mode to turn on backlighting. The display panel is a monochrome plastic design from King Meter that is not removable and that can lead to increased wear and scratching (especially at bike racks). It gets the job done but isn’t as precise or accurate as many higher-end systems. Case in point, it only shows four battery capacity ticks vs. five, ten or a percentage readout. This means you have to guess whether one tick means 0% or 25% full which is a huge difference. Also, when you use the twist throttle, the battery indicator drops from four ticks to just one because it’s measuring voltage and voltage sags when output is high. Even the speedometer readout felt a little slow and off at times. These are systems that are good enough, they offer a lot more than just a three-LED power indicator like the early-day ebikes, but they aren’t nearly as precise or accurate as the latest and greatest.

At the end of the day, there are meany ways in which this electric bicycle could be improved, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable. To me, the quirky throttle, basic display, and smaller battery pack are worth trading for light weight, nimble handling (for a 29er), and smooth quiet pedal assist. There just aren’t that many products that compete in this space. I met with the founders of Emazing Bike and they were excited to share how efficient the product is, how smart pedal assist is, and yet they also knew it was less powerful than the competition. If you want power, there are plenty of companies doing that, and maybe Emazing will move in that direction someday? But if you appreciate a more bicycle-like feel, then this is one of the few that exist right now. I appreciate the powerful hydraulic disc brakes but noticed that they did not have motor inhibitors to cut power quickly (probably fine given how responsive the torque sensor is and how weak the motor is), I love the rear-mounted kickstand (but heard it jittering when I rode through grass and a section of trail), I like that they chose a thicker 31.6 mm seat post vs. 27.2 mm and would probably swap it out with a suspension post for even more comfort. I would add a disc-compatible rack and maybe some lights for weekday use and then cut across trails and do a bit of mountain biking on the weekend. There’s a lot here to appreciate and it was neat to see this model back to back with some of the other Emazing Bikes at ELV Motors in Santa Clara, CA. Big thanks to Emazing Bike for partnering with me on this post and providing some background on their systems in person.

Pros:

  • One of the lightest full-sized electric bikes I have reviewed, at just 43 lbs for the medium sized frame, you can lift it and handle it much easier
  • Emazing Bike has been around since 2011 and they work closely with a frame manufacturer so their bikes really stand alone in the space as being unique, the Apollo comes in three frame sizes for improved fit
  • The Apollo has a neoprene slap guard, plastic bash guard and chain guide on the chainring (I’m used to seeing thick guards like this on BMX bikes, it protects the chainring teeth if you hit a log or large rock), a rear-mount kickstand that stays out of the way, and matching black spokes
  • I really like the way most Emazing Bikes respond in pedal assist mode, they use a torque sensor and a cadence sensor so it’s smooth and predictable but still not as expensive as the fancier mid-drive systems which measure torque, cadence, and wheel speed
  • At first glance, the Apollo and other Emazing Bikes almost look like they were created with aftermarket kits (a tube battery and hub motor) but when you look closer, you can see internally routed cables and a custom controller at the base of the downtube
  • You get a nine-speed Shimano Acera drivetrain with a wider range for easier climbing and trail riding, many of the other Emazing bikes have a seven speed derailleur with lower-end component group
  • The suspension fork offers several adjustments (compression/lockout, rebound, and preload), it should perform well on actual trails vs. some cheaper forks that cannot be dialed in, I like that it matches the black frame and that the front wheel has quick release for easier maintenance and storage of the frame if you’ve got limited space, like in the trunk of a car
  • The high-volume 29er tires and 100 mm suspension fork offer a lot of comfort, but you could replace the seat post with a suspension post like this to reduce back, neck, and shoulder fatigue even further, the 31.6 mm diameter is stronger and more trail-worthy so that was a good call by Emazing Bike in my opinion
  • Large, 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes provide excellent stopping power and are easier to actuate than mechanical brakes in my experience, the Tektro levers offer adjustable reach so you can fit your hand size or accommodate gloved hands
  • The 29″ wheels create a smooth ride where you can go over cracks and small objects vs. going around them, because the frame isn’t built around a mid-motor, the wheels are closer together and the handling is more nimble, the larger wheel diameter elevates the frame so this would be a good one for tall riders (especially with the large frame size option)
  • some of the closeup shots in the video make the motor sound loud but in practice, when you’re sitting way up high, it seemed pretty quiet which is nice

Cons:

  • The battery blends in with the black paint job nicely but it isn’t especially well integrated or hidden, it also doesn’t offer a high capacity at just 36 volts 8.7 amp hours vs. most others I see offering 36 volts 10 amp hours
  • Because of how the battery is connected to the bike, mounted on top of the downtube, they didn’t have room to place bottle cage bosses on the seat tube, consider adding a disc brake compatible rack like this and using a trunk bag with a bottle holster like this
  • Because this e-bike uses a rear-mounted hub motor, there’s a power cable sticking out from the left side that could get bent or snagged in the event of a tip or crash, just be careful with this cable, at least it’s pretty well protected by the kickstand which is positioned just in front of it… just don’t kick the cable as you deploy or stow the stand
  • It’s great that you can charge the battery on or off the bike but I wish you didn’t need a special dongle adapter to do so, the charging port is a small circle when the battery is mounted but requires this adapter cup thing that fits into the base of the pack when it’s off the bike, there’s no leash on the adapter so maybe zip tie it to your charger so that you don’t accidentally misplace it
  • The display panel isn’t as sophisticated, you only get a four bar battery charge level indicator and it can surge as you ride the bike (like if you activate the throttle at full power, the battery readout dips even though there is still a lot of capacity being stored)
  • The display panel is not removable which means it can take more abuse at the bike rack and more weather wear (sun, rain, etc.), the Apollo I tested had a scratched display probably just from being parked next to other bikes with metal brake levers
  • On the one hand, I love that this bike has a twist throttle (though a trigger might be easier to use off-road, not compromising your grip) but I dislike that you have to pedal a a half-turn to activate it, you can’t just throttle from standstill and it won’t even work if the bike is moving like most other systems, you actually have to turn the pedals for a moment
  • This isn’t really a con, but I wanted to explain that with a larger wheel diameter and efficient smaller 350 watt hub motor, you shouldn’t expect to climb big hills without pedaling, this setup is lightweight but less powerful

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Tung Nguyen
4 months ago

hey can you tell me the best looking e bike with a throttle

Kalsonic
4 months ago

I don't think the motor would last too long if you were to actually get it to a proper XC, or any 2+ day offroad adventure.

mrmcghee1176
4 months ago

Do you have a review for the Tailgator Pickup Truck Bike rack?

Martian Megafauna
4 months ago

Your comment says a lot about this ebike, and ebikes in general:
"... a bike that you are better off to pedal..."

The implication is that some ebikes feel like a regular bicycle, and are not intended to pound down city streets at 28+ mph. Other ebikes are made for ebikers who want plenty of power, speed, and who may not have extensive cycling experiences, and for whom the "e-" part of e-bikes is what draws them to this type of riding.
That is also what I have seen in my brief time in the ebiking.

You did try to make a point about this being an "active" ebike, and I hope people do not take that as a negative.
This is a bicycle with something extra, not a battle e-scooter like many of the 28+ mph/55lbs+ rigs that you often test (and that I own one of). I often wish that my OHM was not so heavily built and massive, as I use it as a bicycle, not an e-scooter, and I never go above 25 mph.

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 months ago

I'm glad this video connected with you, my first ebike was a bit off from what I eventually came to appreciate (lightweight, more nimble, stiff but comfortable). It's easy to get caught up on power and range because more seems better on paper but there is a trade off with price, weight, and handling. I like how the Apollo balances these aspects and leans more towards the low power low range but lightweight end of the spectrum :)

James Mason
4 months ago

did you every think about doing a live stream review that would be cool

James Mason
4 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com a live stream where question could be ask would be cool

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 months ago

Yeah, I've been thinking about live streaming at Interbike this year but I don't want to make people sick if the camera is bouncing around. Looking for a way to livestream from my phone maybe while using a gimbal? What are your thoughts, maybe a review where people can ask questions, what would a great livestream be like to you?

David Shultz
4 months ago

It's certainly not worth two grand in my book. I'd much rather have a surface 604 if I have the name right $1,800 that I remember much more capable bike I'm seriously considering buying one good honest review as always thanks for bringing it to us.

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 months ago

Sure thing, glad you enjoyed it, I agree that Surface 604 and some other value companies are doing a great job. If you don't need the size options or just want more accessories, the value of the Apollo isn't there. I like it for what it is, but it might be a little niche in the space right now.

Finn Green
4 months ago

like the intergration

perfer more battery capacity

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 months ago

Thanks for the feedback Finn!

The Bionic Cyclist
4 months ago

This is almost a carbon copy of my UK bike, the Carrera Crossfire-E from Halfords, and what a bike it is for the money too.
https://the-bionic-cyclist.co.uk/2017/03/19/carrera-crossfire-e-electric-bike-review/

Sorry for the plug Court, that said, you did help me get interested in E-bikes.

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 months ago

Interesting, thanks for sharing!

rccrashburn
4 months ago

You guys, please chime in and recommend better choices in this price range.

Corn Dog
4 months ago

E-Glide ST. My bro bought one based off Court's review of it (thanks Court!) Outstanding e-bike for the price ($1700). 500W Dapu geared hub motor + 48v battery. Comes with front and rear lights, sturdy rack, mud guards front and rear, and even a suspension seat post attached to a really comfy seat. Oh! It has a twist throttle too! So hard to find when paired with a 500w motor.

Dave the owner is awesome too. We drove from Oregon all the way down to his shop to pick it up. I have not till this day found another e-bike that comes this well equipped for how much you pay. My $3700 e-bike even came with less in some areas. It is believed he doesn't make much off each bike, and passes the savings on to us. Please do yourself a favor and check them out. You'll be glad you did.

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 months ago

Yeah, the CrossCurrent (regular, with suspension) weighs ~52 lbs and doesn't have off-road tires or as nice of suspension fork. It's just different, not bad, depends on what you want. I prefer the style of bike and response of pedal assist on the Emazing Apollo for the type of trail riding/around town riding that I do, but Juiced is better in their own ways :) https://electricbikereview.com/juiced-bikes/crosscurrent/

Paintbrush 1962
4 months ago

Not even juiced bikes?

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 months ago

You can short all of the reviews on EBR by price and keep it under 2K. This bike is great for some things but obviously has some room for improvement on others. I like how light it is, and how it handles. There aren't many products out there which are "better" at those aspects for the price, but if you want power, fenders, lights, etc. then there are many to choose from :)

CLOTHED IN SHADOWS.
4 months ago

Great review Court 👌👌👌👌👌.
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CLOTHED IN SHADOWS.
4 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com Exactly.

"CLOTHED IN SHADOWS"👤

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 months ago

Thanks man! I really enjoy connecting the dots and being thorough on this stuff. I like the Emazing Apollo for many reasons but clearly there are some trade-offs and it feels good to show and express those, even for the company so they can maybe refine future iterations :D

Daniel S.
4 months ago

It seems balanced. But not that amazing right? Also guys I starte to make mtb related videos. If you want stop by and give some support by sibscribing and sharing. Thanks

Daniel S.
4 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com hi. I am liking it a lot. Althought it is new to me it seems so robust. For sure was a good adition to my gear. Thanks for the follow and keep up your amazing vids... since I found your channel I became a loyal fan XD

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 months ago

Hey Daniel, yeah! You've got a bunch of good looking videos, how are you liking the Feiyu-Tech gimbal? That's what I use sometimes for ebike reviews. Subbed ;)