Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Review

Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Electric Bike Review
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Taiwan Hodaka 350 Watt Planetary Hub Motor
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Folding Top Tube Access Battery
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Display Panel Ergonomic Grips Handlebar
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Paint Matched Fenders Head Shock
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Alloy Rear Rack With Spring Latch
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Shimano Tourney 7 Speed Derailleur Reflective Tires
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Fsa Alloy Chainring Guard
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Mechanical Disc Brakes 180 Mm Quick Release
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Bottom Of Canister Battery Plugin
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h 2 Amp Ebike Battery Charger With Adapter
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Electric Bike Review
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Taiwan Hodaka 350 Watt Planetary Hub Motor
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Folding Top Tube Access Battery
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Display Panel Ergonomic Grips Handlebar
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Paint Matched Fenders Head Shock
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Alloy Rear Rack With Spring Latch
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Shimano Tourney 7 Speed Derailleur Reflective Tires
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Fsa Alloy Chainring Guard
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Mechanical Disc Brakes 180 Mm Quick Release
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h Bottom Of Canister Battery Plugin
Emazing Bike Selene 73h3h 2 Amp Ebike Battery Charger With Adapter


  • An approachable city style electric bike with sturdy paint-matched fenders, a nice chain guide and retention system, and adjustable handlebars with ergonomic grips
  • Upgraded tires provide puncture protection and reflectivity, the rear rack increases utility for commuting or errand-running use, great kickstand choice with good placement
  • Available in three frame colors to provide some style, the black accents are carried throughout the spokes, rims, saddle, bars, and rack, mechanical disc brakes vs. hydraulic
  • Entry-level derailleur might require more tuneups, interesting but unnecessarily complex hinged top-tube allows access to the mid-frame battery, charging on or off the bike requires a different plug

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Emazing Bike


Selene 73h3h


$2,000 USD

Body Position:

Upright, Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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5 Year Frame, 2 Year Motor, 1 Year Battery


United States

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

48.5 lbs (21.99 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:

Small 17" Stats: 17" Seat Tube, 21.5" Reach, 20" Stand Over Height, 25" Width, 71" Length

Frame Types:


Frame Colors:

Red, Blue, Black

Frame Fork Details:

Aluminum Alloy with Head Shock, 20 mm Travel, 100 mm / 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

10 mm Axle with Nuts

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Tourney TX Derailleur, MegaRange MF-TZ31 Cassette 13-34T

Shifter Details:

Shimano Triggers on Right


FSA Tempo, Alloy, 170 mm Length, FSA Alloy Guard, 44T Chainring


VP-856, Plastic Platform with Rubber Tread


FSA 1-1/8" Threadless, Internal Cups


Adjustable Angle (10° to 60°), 75 mm Length, Two 10 mm Riser Stacks and One 5 mm Riser Stack


Low Rise, Alloy, 630 mm Length

Brake Details:

Tektro Novela Mechanical Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Tektro Levers


Rubber, Ergonomic


Velo Plush

Seat Post:


Seat Post Length:

320 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm


Alloy, Double Wall, Reinforcement Eyelets, 36 Hole


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

Tire Brand:

Maxxis Gypsy, 700 x 38c

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

Silk Shield Puncture Protection, 50 to 85 PSI, Reflective Stripe

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve


Tubular Paint-Matched Fenders (45 mm Width), Alloy Rack with Spring Latch, Neoprene Slap Guard, Adjustable Kickstand (Rear Mounted)


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:


Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

8.7 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

313.2 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

18 miles (29 km)

Estimated Max Range:

55 miles (89 km)

Display Type:

King Meter, Fixed, Monochrome, Backlit, LCD


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

Emazing Bike produces a line of electric bicycles that deliver efficiency, style, and frame size options at a mid-level price point. Their Selene 73h3h model is offered in three sizes and three color choices. I love how the paint matches throughout, including the frame, fenders, and unique mono-suspension fork. The fenders are especially interesting and pleasing to me because they are made from sturdy Aluminum alloy with two layers (what I call tubular) to reduce rattling. At the rear, a standard rack offers trunk bag or pannier storage options, so you could use this for commuting or school, and the adjustable stem, handlebar, ergonomic grips, and Velo Plush saddle make it comfortable to ride. The Selene can be setup to position your body upright or more forward, depending on your preference for back posture and efficiency. I appreciate that they went above and beyond with component choices like flat-resistant tires that have reflective sidewall stripes, an alloy chainring protector and plastic guide to reduce the potential for chain drops, and a slap guard and kickstand that keep the bike itself protected. Part of what makes this ebike unique is the hinged top tube that opens upward, allowing access to the mid-frame battery pack. No other electric bike I have ever seen has gone to such extreme lengths to lower the stand over height… but many others achieve similar results without the compromises made here, and most work better. The mid-frame battery can be difficult to charge when mounted to the bike and requires a special dongle adapter to charge when off. In my opinion, the Selene 73h3h is priced a bit high for some of the compromises it makes, including the entry-level seven speed drivetrain, and while I absolutely love the cadence + torque sensing pedal assist, throttle operation is inconvenient and the lack of hydraulic disc brakes makes it feel cheap and limited in some ways. If it were priced lower, I would have excitement to share, but probably still be frustrated with a few of the design choices.

Driving the bike is a modest 350 watt planetary geared hub motor. What it lacks in power, it makes up for with efficiency and reduced weight. Apparently, the motor is produced by a company called Taiwan Hodaka, which is new to me, but it performed well enough. You can hear it zip when pedaling along at the higher assist levels or when using the twist throttle at full blast. As a 135 lb rider myself, I found that I could nearly reach 20 mph after about one block of riding with the throttle… so I’m not sure this would be satisfying for heavier riders or when used on steeper hills, you would probably have to pedal to make it up. And again, that’s alright for a more active rider like myself. I appreciate that the rear end of this bike is not so heavy and that the motor hides behind the cassette and disc brake rotor fairly well. I also like that the black motor casing is matched by black spokes and black rims. One point of vulnerability with this system however, is the power cable that feeds into the right rear axle. If this wire gets snagged or if the bike tips over and it gets bent too far, it might eventually break, and that’s not easy to replace or repair from my understanding. Most hub motor powered e-bikes do have a cable like this positioned one one side of the frame or the other, but they are often fitted with derailleur guards or sometimes the wire is tucked in more neatly. In this case, the wire seemed to but up against the derailleur. Not the biggest issue, just something to be aware of and careful with. I do appreciate the protective slap guard on the right chain stay and chainring guard, but noticed that pants or a skirt could still touch the chain and get dirty or snagged because there is not a full chain cover present. But again, this reduces complexity, weight, and rattling noise.

Powering the bike is a lower than average capacity 36 volt 8.7 amp hour battery pack that sort of looks like a water bottle. The pack itself is very lightweight at ~4.5 lbs, and I feel that the position on the frame is excellent. Back to the efficient motor, it’s more of a power sipper, and this is great considering the lower capacity battery. This pack is painted black, which helps it blend into the plastic mount and other hardware parts… but it does stand out a bit. And my big point in the first paragraph is that the frame design really had to be customized to make this pack work. A threaded quick-release skewer must be removed every time you want to charge or remove the battery which takes time, and then if you’re charging the pack on the bike frame and the top tube accidentally comes down, it could bend the charger cable or worse. And let’s say you want to park the bike at a public rack and bring the battery inside for safe keeping and charging at your office, you have to then put the quick-release bolt back through the frame and risk someone stealing it, or leave the top tube angled down but not completely secure… and then take the battery in one hand and your charger and a special charger adapter with you. It frustrates me that the charging interface on the battery pack is not the same as the charging interface on the bike mount. If that dongle adapter piece ever gets lost, you will no longer be able to charge the pack off the bike without finding a replacement adapter. All of this trouble and design gymnastics, when there are other electric bike batteries that simply click in from the side of the frame vs. down, allowing the same low-step frame designs without the structural sacrifices and charging challenges. To be fair, the charging challenges are a separate issue but are further complicated by the frame design. From a glass half-full perspective, I love what they accomplished here and am guessing that it benefits them financially to use all of the same battery packs across their entire line of bikes… but if it saved them money, why isn’t the bike priced lower? Some people might ask why the battery doesn’t offer higher capacity or why the plug ports aren’t the same. All good questions and hopefully future iterations address this or they simply lower the price in exchange for the inconvenience it causes.

Operating the bike is equally frustrating at times. The small, fixed, LCD display pad is squished right up next to the button pad used to operate it. This could have been a chance to combine both parts into one simpler part with fewer wires. The reality is, this display and button pad are just a cheap part that many other ebikes used to use years ago, but that can accommodate center-mounting of the display when your handlebars are not swept-back as they are here. And so, the display shows your battery level with 4 bars (25% increments) and your assist level 1-5 and speed as you ride. It’s activated by holding the mode button and comes on relatively quickly, the mode button also cycles through trip stats including odometer and trip meter. What I found was that the battery indicator dropped significantly as I sent power to the motor by pedaling hard or using the throttle. It appears to be a simple volt meter vs. amp tracker, and that makes it highly inaccurate during use. Not a huge deal… but also not ideal or competitive in a marketplace with 10-bar battery infographics, battery percentage readouts, and even range estimators. For me, again, it’s difficult to justify the high price of the bike when such cheap hardware is being used and I am made to adapt. Perhaps the biggest compromise is that throttle operation is only active with assist level five, and that you have to pedal for a bit in order to make it fully active. As someone with knee sensitivity, I find this design both frustrating and defeating of the purpose. If I need to pedal to use the throttle, why do I even have it? To be fair, once you begin pedaling, the throttle can be used constantly and you can stop pedaling. Overall, the cockpit on this bike is clean, I like the ergonomic grips even though they aren’t locking or very fancy, and the button pad and display are easy to reach and read. A few other quick tips about the display are that you can hold the up button to activate backlighting, hold the down button to activate walk mode (but it kind of zips vs. smooth steady help), and you can hold bot the up and down button to enter the settings menu.

Unique doesn’t always mean better. As much as I love the combination of cadence sensing and torque sensing that delivers a smooth responsive ride. And as much as I like the paint job and clean shock design (even though it doesn’t provide much cushion or any adjustability). I just have some real frustration with a few of the inconveniences of the design. Perhaps I am spoiled? Yes, I’d probably do just fine with this electric bike and enjoy the nimble feel of lightweight cruising with comfortable geometry and efficient 700c tires, but dealing with the battery and not being able to use the throttle the way I’d like leaves me a little bummed out. This company still offers a solid warranty and works through a network of dealers, mostly in California. I got to speak with the founders and felt a genuine drive towards sustainability and building products that help people connect with the planet and each other, but I feel the design is ready for an update. I hope they continue to keep it lightweight, efficient, and responsive in the future vs. going towards super powerful and heavy. This is one of the few active type electric bike lines out there and it really is more akin to riding a bicycle than being on a scooter. I’d like to thank the Emazing Bike team for partnering with me on this post, speaking with me prior to the review to answer questions, and for allowing me to see and test ride several other models for the 2017 model year.


  • Available in three frame sizes and three color options, I was impressed that the frame color is carried throughout the unique solo-suspension fork and alloy fenders
  • The fenders are stiffer and less noisy than most plastic or single-sheet alloy fenders I have tested on other bikes, these are tubular fenders with a double layer for improved strength and durability
  • Comfort is a big deal to me, especially when I’m commuting to work and have to cross bumpy sections of roads or ride on bike trails with a lot of cracks, so the head shock, adjustable angle stem, swept back bars, and ergonomic grips are great, but I might swap the seat post with a cheap 27.2 mm suspension post like this
  • Safety and utility are addressed by the good reflector placement (the rear reflector below the rack), reflective sidewall stripes on the tires, and puncture resistant Silk Shield lining on the tires, I might consider some USB rechargeable lights like these for more night riding, this e-bike doesn’t have integrated lights like some others but the battery doesn’t offer as much capacity so that’s okay, it’s lighter weight
  • Aiding the fenders in keeping you dry and clean is an Aluminum alloy chainring guard that reduces grease and snags on long pant legs, there is also a small plastic chain guide to reduce dropped chains when riding on bumpy terrain, it’s not as complete as a full chain cover but also won’t rattle or get bent
  • Very nice adjustable-length kickstand that’s mounted out of the way of the crank arms, I also like the velcro slap guard to keep paint from chipping if the chain bounces
  • The Selene 73h3h uses a purpose built frame with internally routed wires and cables, notice the squared design of the lower downtube, this is where the controller is mounted and it seems well protected, the lift-up top tube design is super unique and allowed them to mount the battery lower on the frame and reduce stand over height
  • You get a higher resolution 12-magnet cadence sensor and strain sensor for fluid pedal assist as well as twist throttle operation at level 5, it’s not a perfect setup for my own preferences however because you need to pedal for a moment to get the throttle to activate, ultimately I just rely on pedal assist but it’s still smoother than a lot of bikes
  • The bike frame feels stiff even though it has that unique break section, weight is distributed well, the hub motor doesn’t weigh a lot and the battery is positioned low and center on the frame which improves stability and handling
  • Nice wheelset, the black rim matches the black spokes and there are reinforcement eyelets to spread weight out and reduce any potential for cracking… the rims should hold up better over time and just look good
  • Emazing Bike opted for thicker 13 gauge spokes on the rear wheel which improves strength, considering that there’s a rack above and that the hub motor is built into the rear wheel, this makes sense to me, the front wheel uses more traditional 14 gauge spokes
  • The rear rack is setup with extra long support arms (to the seat stays) which provides plenty of space to lower the saddle and makes the bike more approachable for riders who have a shorter inseam


  • I love that the battery pack can be charged on or off the bike frame, but it’s a bummer that you need an adapter dongle to do so, be careful not to lose this cable or you will only be able to charge on the bike
  • The battery capacity is on the small side in my opinion, rated at 36 volts and 8.7 amp hours, I’m used to seeing at least 10 amp hours, but at least the pack is relatively lightweight at 4.5 lbs
  • This is a minor consideration but the motor cable protrudes from the right side of the rear axle and that’s where the derailleur cable is also mounted, avoid bumping this side of the bike or getting snags because it’s more sensitive and the power cable isn’t as tucked in as some other designs I have seen, some e-bikes put a derailleur guard here to improve protection
  • The disc brakes are large and powerful but use mechanical actuation vs. hydraulic (which is easier and often has adjustable reach levers), there are no motor inhibitors built in to cut power when braking, for a bike that might be geared towards petite riders with smaller hands, adjustable brake levers that are easier to pull would have been a nice upgrade
  • Throttle power is a bit limited because of the moderate motor power, it cannot be activated from standstill which is a bummer because it’s nice to help after stopping sometimes, the throttle operation feels compromised in a lot of ways
  • There are no bottle cage bosses for adding things like folding locks, mini pumps, or a water bottle mount but the rear rack is handy and could be used for a trunk bag with a bottle holster like this
  • Seven speeds is enough for urban riding and I like the trigger shifter mechanism, but the Tourney derailleur is base model from Shimano and might require a bit more maintenance and not shift as crisply as Altus, Acera, Alivio, Deore or SLX
  • The display panel seemed more basic, you can’t remove it when parking which means that it could take more sun, rain, and scratching wear over time if you commute and I saw the battery readout drop as I rode and then rise again so it wasn’t as consistent as some other high-end products I have seen and tested
  • Even though you can charge the bike without removing the battery pack, you still have to unscrew the pin and fold up the top tube section to reach the charging port, it’s somewhat inconvenient
  • The pin that holds the folding top tube portion in place does stick out a bit and I hit it with my knee when pedaling… which did not feel great :/


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Ann M.
11 months ago

No ebike is perfect, this is a thread dedicated to sharing known issues or problems with electric bikes from Emazing Bike as well as any help and solutions you know of. Sometimes that means a DIY fix and other times it can mean a recall, software update or part replacement by a dealer.

Please be respectful and constructive with feedback, this is not a space for hate speech. In many cases, representatives from the company will see feedback and use it to improve their product. In the end, the goal is to enjoy riding and help each other go further and be safer.

Ann M.
1 year ago

@Fdiblasi, what is the brand and model of your tricycle and the type of battery and its voltage and amp rating, please. This way we can better help you. There are some generic brushless controllers that might work; however, need to see all of the connector ends on what you currently have. I looked at the link above and there doesn't seem to be an image of the connectors.

If you want to reach Emazing Bikes, here's some contact info:

[*]Email: sales@emazingbike.com
[*]Phone: (408)899-4037

Tara D.
3 years ago

2:59 PM (57 minutes ago)

to me

Hi, Tara
We will have new models designed in different way in three months, the step through will also be available in future.
You can have updated information on our website, we would like to let you know when new models come.

Thanks and regards,
Emazing Bike

3 years ago

Court has done a tremendous job setting up this EBR resource. Kudos Court! I particularly like the comparison feature! Even as I am happy owning one e-bike, a second e-bike surely is in my future.

Last April after much research here and elswhere I made my e bike purchase. I have been completely pleased with all factors regarding acquiring the bike. After 2000 miles, I am equally impressed with the performance of the bike. So I know I've got a decent commuter e bike, which I attribute to having gained some knowledge through Court, EBR and this blog.

After evaluating the reviews of similar commuter e-bikes, I question the rating bias accuracy. The EG ZURICH 350 was rated an 8.5 out of 10. How can 3 bikes, specifically the iGo Metro, the IZIP E3 Path, and Emazing Bike Daedalus 72pd be rated higher? The e-bikes mentioned have an assortment of features which fall short of the EG Zurich 350 when comparing them side by side. All factors considered, I feel the lower rating on the EG ZURICH 350 is inaccurate when compared to the other bikes mentioned, and a disservice to people who consider these reviews in making a purchase.

Dan Mulholland
3 years ago

Emazing Artemis Bicycle

These comments are based on one month of ownership of this bicycle.

In the search for an electric bicycle I wanted one that would be primarily a bike, with some assist. I didn’t want an “electric bike that can be pedaled” . So, it should have a weight that is acceptable for bicycling without power assist. Also, at my height of 6’ 2”, availability of a large frame is important.

The Emazing bikes had good reviews, and were relatively light weight, so that’s where I concentrated. They also had more frame sizes than other options out there, increasing the odds that the large frame would be big enough.

The choice between the Artemis and Daedalus, what to do. They look the same, the specifications are similar. I decided with my size the larger motor might be needed. The weight was only a pound more, the twist grip power idea appealed, and the improved brakes were a positive. There was a little confusion over the features of the bike.

I elected to buy through a dealer, though the closest one is 260 miles away. I thought this would increase the odds of continued support.

The dealer, at additional cost, added an extension to the front post to raise the handlebars; and the pedals were replaced with ones with “cages”. Locally fenders and a rack were added.

As a bike:

- The design is very clever. Of note is the 1st gear, a “granny gear”. They added a large gear to the six “normal looking” gears in the rear. It works really well. The bike’s 7 gear ratios compare well to the 21 on the road bike I have, except on the Artemis they are easier to use. No more pant clips!
- Going up hills in low gear, using muscle power only, works really well.
- The disk brakes are wonderful.
- The large frame size fits me well.
- It is a pleasure to use the bike as a bike.

As an electric bike:

- The power assist works really well on hills. It is still work, but I’m on the bike and not walking. This is why I wanted an electric bike.
- The power assist system, which is described as a system that adds power corresponding to the rider’s effort, with the power level setting directing the machine to apply more power, does not work quite that way. The application of power is such that minimal pedal effort at low speeds produces a burst of power, while heavy pedal effort at higher speeds does not result in much apparent power application.
- The PAS system also controls the maximum speed that power will be applied. Here are the results of my “testing”:

Power level 1- Assist ends at 8 MPH
Power level 2- Assist ends at 9-10 MPH
Power level 3- Assist ends at about 11 MPH
Power level 4- Assist ends at about 14-15 MPH
Twist grip- Assist ends at 14-15 MPH

Typical cruising speed for me, riding without power assist, on flat ground is 15-18 MPH. Therefore, power assist at cruising speed is not available. Emazing explains that the current bike is built to European speed standards instead of the higher US standard. This is a disappointment.

-You are not to switch into electric mode while the bike is moving.
-The twist throttle only works when the pedals are not moving.
-The removable battery unit mount is clever and well executed. Removing and reinstalling the battery is convenient.
-I’m learning how long to charge the batteries, as maximum battery life requires that batteries be charged to a “not quite full” level. Yet, the charger is not smart enough to be told to turn off at anything other than full charge. The charge indicator lights on the battery do not correspond directly to percentage of full charge.


-Get and read the bike “paperwork” associated with the model you are considering. The documentation should be placed on Emazing’s web site.
-Bike racks have really improved. I wound up with a Topeak rack, which is designed to move side bags or baskets to the rear so heels do not hit them. The Axiom bags I bought were completely compatible with the rack without adjustment.


Emazing Bike stopped by today, and updated the controller software. The bike now has less of a jackrabbit start; top speed is a couple of MPH higher, and the system seems smoother.

The pictures show the Topeak rack, with fenders; making the front post higher, etc.

4 years ago

Hey Sergey! Great summary there. You've nailed the major points about each bike and I like that you called out suspension. That's one thing I really appreciate on electric bikes because you tend to go faster and further. The bumps make my back and neck sore so I've pretty much only bought large-tire cruisers with big seats and oversized handlebars (those help to absorb the bumps) or mountain bikes that have big knobby tires and shocks (my last ebike was the http://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/neo-jumper/ which has full suspension).

If price is a big factor for you then these two bikes are a good choice but I actually have one more idea to toss out there. Have you considered the http://electricbikereview.com/ezip/skyline/? I like this bike more than the Vibe because the battery is mounted just behind the seat post tube. This gives the bike a lower center of gravity and spreads the weight out more evenly across the frame. While your point about the Vibe allowing for a second battery pack is valid, all of these bikes have removable battery packs so you could easily top them off at the office or wherever you're riding. I'd rather bring my charger than an extra pack that will significantly increase the weight of the bike and strain the rear rack (especially if you're also carrying cargo with the rear rack on top of the battery). My commute was only five miles to work one way but I never had a problem making it (with any of my ebikes) and I don't think the extra weight would be worth it. That's just my opinion though...

The reason I gave a higher score to the http://electricbikereview.com/izip/e3-path/ is that it weighs 10 pounds less (that's a big deal), uses a Lithium-ion battery that will get better range, it's more balanced because of that reduced weight in the battery, it comes with fenders and goes five miles per hour faster. Both of these ebikes offer pedal assist and throttle which is awesome but if you're going to do more pedaling, the path is setup better for a comfortable stride. The frame is also larger and probably a better fit than the Vibe or Skyline if you're a guy in the

'10"+ size range.

That's pretty much it. Given those price constraints and your interest in pedaling along, I'd recommend the Path, then the Skyline and then the Vibe. One other brand you could look at (and my review for it should be out soon) is the Daedalus by http://www.emazingbike.com/ which costs ~$1,

00 and rides very well with a smooth lightweight motor and mid-mounted battery pack. I actually really like these bikes and wish their website was better. I'm not sure if they will ship direct but you could email, they are pretty responsive and trying to grow. This bike wouldn't have the same network of support and you'd probably have to buy online but it's just food for thought :)

Also, their naming convention can be a little tricky at first. An example: Daedalus 73pd = Daedalus + 7 gears + 3

0 W DC motor + PAS + Disc brake.

4 years ago

Hi Dan! Great question, I can relate as far as wanting a bike that doesn't cost so much but also wanting something that will last a couple of years and be higher quality. Mountain bikes also happen to be my preference in terms of frame style because the larger tires and shocks (most have at least a front shock these days) help to smooth out the ride at higher speeds.

The http://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/neo-jumper/ is an awesome bike but also pretty expensive. Even the other Neo bikes like the http://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/neo-cross/ cost upwards of $2,700 but sometimes you can find them on sale in the ~$2,400 range if it's last years model. So it sounds like that's a bit out of your price range as well. I must say however, these bikes are pretty awesome because the battery is well integrated, creating balance and low center of gravity, and all of the drive systems (LCD, motor, battery) are used across the entire line of Neo bikes. This means they are easy to get replaced and I think BH put a lot of extra time into testing the systems and optimizing them. Considering they use a 350 watt geared motor, they offer a lot of power! BH also makes great frames (been around since 1909).

You may have seen this but I've actually created a section of the site dedicated to more http://electricbikereview.com/tag/affordable/ but most are still in the ~$1,800 range. A couple of my favorites from the list are the http://electricbikereview.com/motiv/spark/ for $1,749 and the http://electricbikereview.com/ezip/skyline/ for $899. Neither of these two bikes fits your description perfectly (the first is a cruiser and the second isn't quite as durable as a true mountain bike) but they are decent rides made by good companies.

One of my favorite less-expensive mountain bike style ebikes is the Volton Alation which comes with several motor options. I reviewed the highest end http://electricbikereview.com/volton/alation-500/ and loved it. They are mainly sold online but pretty easy to assemble and pretty well made with great customer service and support. These bikes are at the higher end of your ask in terms of price at $2,199 but I really like how they perform. Keep in mind I think they only offer a Medium frame size (which was good for me at 5'9")

This past month I drove out to California and visited a bunch of ebike companies to check out 2014 models. Along the way I got to try a few new brands I had never heard of and one really stood out. One was the http://electricbikereview.com/falcon/falcon-350/ which is actually made in Canada and has some really high end components. Again, it's a little high at $2,300 but a sweet bike.

Another bike I recommend checking out (which I haven't completed a review for yet) is the http://www.emazingbike.com/ Appollo. They have two models called the 93td (for twist throttle only) and the 93pd (pedal assist only). Both have 350 watt motors and a nice frame that's balanced, light and tough. These bikes retail for ~$2,100 and I could help you get in touch with them if you'd like to order as their website is currently under construction.

I hope that helps! I think a good general piece of advice is to keep your eyes on Craigslist because sometimes you can get a good deal on a higher end ebike that is only a year old... but keep in mind most batteries cost upwards of $500 and will only last a couple years if they are Lithium-ion and it depends on whether the prior owner kept it charged and away from extreme temperatures. Let me know your thoughts after exploring these bikes and if you have any more questions I'd be happy to expand ;)

Flo Mo
3 months ago

An incredibly unusual design. Wonderful how colorful the world of eBikes is today. You find so many great bikes. That's the quality of your YouTube channel. Again a very interesting video.

John Durkin
4 months ago

Can't get excited about this ebike. The anonymous hub motor (guessing Bafang) combined with what looks like low spec and suspicious build quality makes it a likely throw away after a couple years use. Good option for a first time ebike or value shopper.

Chauncey Smith
4 months ago

Happy thanksgiving cort. You know I love that bike. But well it is me. The battery siping is something I'd find fun.

4 months ago

'Emazing' is one of those brand anmes that made me laugh! Kind of cheesy, but it's just a name. This is one of those ebike companies that stopped developing new products - like my previous favorite *Optibike* They seem to have given up development and hawk the same tech of several years ago. No iteration means no sale in this glutted market

4 months ago

Yeah, it's a little sad to see them falling behind but the founders are still excited about sustainability and I do really like their cadence+torque solution. I think Juiced Bikes has a similar offering, I hope this approach to pedal assist can be carried forward in one form or another :)

4 months ago

Agreed, compared to rad powebikes, this is too expensive. Its very bespoke though. Good luck getting service on this thing if you dont live near a dealer.
Too small a battery for the price.
Its a neat bike but too much in cost.

4 months ago

Nice word choice "bespoke" made to order yeah? like custom?

Ian Mangham
4 months ago

It sure is fugly

4 months ago

A frame that only a mother could love! lol, I don't think it's terrible but it is unique and I was in pain after hitting my knee on the skewer thing

David Macdonald
4 months ago

A good test as usual quite a nice looking bike actually shame about the small battery size and for people with poor legs it's a shame about the torque sensor if you have to push and you have poor legs, well sometimes you just can't keep pushing, this is where your cadence sensor is a bonus over the torque sensor .

4 months ago

Or if the throttle let you start from zero... that would be nice

4 months ago

Haha! ELV motors! I’m going to be going there soon to get my Magnum Metro! (Speaking of thanks for the review... That’s how I decided on this bike!)

4 months ago

Sweet! It's a neat shop, say hi to Pongo for me! He's the little white dog with lots of energy :P

Fay Champoux
4 months ago

As usual.....great videos!

4 months ago

Thank you so much Fay! Doing my best, lots of exciting videos in the works to share soon ;)

4 months ago

If i where to own this bike i would probably forget or misplace the quick release on the top tube in about a week

4 months ago

Yeah... or someone might take it at the bike rack or something :/

Lynn Recker
4 months ago

A Thanksgivings Day vid from Court! Nice gift! It is an interesting bike (yes, in a strange way!). BTW.... left this vid of yours to watch a 'Top 10 Hub' produced video on ebikes at: https://youtu.be/mw9cJ3bPcXM - I think I recognized your work on at least three of the bikes (your lower leg cadence and hand work during a vid are almost a trademark!). Probably fair use, but I thought I would let you know someone reused some of your work, should you not know.

4 months ago

Thanks Lynn... years ago I saw some of my images showing up on ElectricBike.com and in some other videos and wasn't sure how I felt. My goal has always been to limit the number of ads, share my biased as openly as possible (and limit it) and I don't use watermarks or anything because I like art and feel that it's okay for other people to build on what I have contributed. I guess I'm okay with it in a way because I'm not sure if there's much I could do to stop it or if that's how I'd want to spend my time vs. producing more original content for you guys :)

4 months ago

You're right - I flagged that trash vid. The other video is just promoting ebikes sold on amazon they can link to. Nothing '10 best' about them.

4 months ago

A "Battery Sipper" ? 😰😰. I like it 😆😆 (Terminology).

As far as the bike goes, I don't really like it. However I will be waiting on your next review court, keep 'em coming 👌👌👌📹📹📹📷📷📷💻💻💻.


4 months ago

In the works, thanks! Love your comments :D

Joey Love
4 months ago

Happy thanksgiving Cort! #first

Joey Love
4 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com I think I saw several other people spell it that way.

4 months ago

It's okay Joey, my name is kind of... different?

Joey Love
4 months ago

ForbinColossus you’re right. I’ve been spelling it wrong for a while. I apologize Court.

4 months ago

You spelled his name wrong so 5 yard penalty. You're now #5

4 months ago

Rock on Joey! Thank you, Happy Thanksgiving to you too, and happy holidays :D