OHM Sport Review

Ohm Sport Electric Bike Review
Ohm Sport
Ohm Sport Powerful Bionx D Series Gearless Hub Motor Alloy Fenders
Ohm Sport Semi Integrated Downtube Electric Bike Battery From Bionx
Ohm Sport Color Removable Display Panel Ergonomic Grips
Ohm Sport Supernova M99 Pure 500 Lumen Headlight
Ohm Sport Supernova M99 Led Tail Light On Racktime Rear Rack
Ohm Sport Suntour Raidon Air Suspension 100 Mm Travel
Ohm Sport Hollow Spindle Bottom Bracket And Chain Guide
Ohm Sport 3 45 Amp Bionx Ebike Charger
Ohm Sport Electric Bike Review
Ohm Sport
Ohm Sport Powerful Bionx D Series Gearless Hub Motor Alloy Fenders
Ohm Sport Semi Integrated Downtube Electric Bike Battery From Bionx
Ohm Sport Color Removable Display Panel Ergonomic Grips
Ohm Sport Supernova M99 Pure 500 Lumen Headlight
Ohm Sport Supernova M99 Led Tail Light On Racktime Rear Rack
Ohm Sport Suntour Raidon Air Suspension 100 Mm Travel
Ohm Sport Hollow Spindle Bottom Bracket And Chain Guide
Ohm Sport 3 45 Amp Bionx Ebike Charger


  • A trail-worthy speed pedelec with premium accessories like aluminum fenders, integrated Supernova lights, a removable color LCD display, and regenerative braking
  • Very well balanced, especially for a hub-motor electric bike, the air fork, hollow-spindle bottom bracket, and upgraded alloy frame keep weight down, it rides super quiet
  • Only available in black, but the motor, wires, and semi-integrated battery pack match beautifully and blend in, larger Super Moto-X tires improve traction and look cool
  • Powerful hydraulic disc brakes offer great stopping power and the right brake lever initiates regenerative braking, the BionX system offers four regen ride modes

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Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting, Trail

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2), Speed Pedalec (Class 3)
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3 Year Electronics, 5 Year Frame


United States, Canada

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

56.5 lbs (25.62 kg)

Battery Weight:

7.4 lbs (3.35 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

ADVANCE™ Hydroformed Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

16.5 in (41.91 cm)18.5 in (46.99 cm)20.5 in (52.07 cm)22.5 in (57.15 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Medium 18.5" Measurements: 18.5" Seat Tube Length, 21.5" Reach, 29” Stand Over Height, 26.75" Width, 74” Length

Frame Types:


Frame Colors:

Matte Black

Frame Fork Details:

Suntour RAIDON XC-LO-R Air Suspension, 100 mm Travel, Compression Clicker with Lockout, Rebound Adjust, Boost 110 mm Hub, 15QLC 15 mm Thru-Axle with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

BionX Proprietary, 142 mm Hub, 12 mm Axle with M6 End Cap Bolts

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

10 Speed 1x10 Shimano Deore XT with Shadow Plus Derailleur, 11-36T Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano Dyna-Sys Two-Way Triggers on Right


OHM Branded Chainway Custom Specced Crank Arms, Aluminum Alloy, 170 mm Length, 48T Chainring with Plastic Chain Guide, SAMOX Sealed Cartridge Bottom Bracket, Splined, Hollow Spindle


Wellgo MG6 Magnesium Platform with Adjustable Pins


Ritchey Pro Logic Press Fit, Tapered 1 1/ 8"- 1 1/ 2", Three 10 mm Spacers, One 5 mm Spacer


Promax Alloy, 70 mm, 6° Rise, 31.8 mm Clamp Diameter with Custom Light Mount


Ritchie Comp, Aluminum Low-Rise, 670 mm Length, 25 mm Rise, 31.8 mm Diameter

Brake Details:

TRP Zurich Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Quad Piston Calipers, TRP Levers with Tool-Free Adjust Reach, BionX Motor Inhibitor for Regen Activation on Right


Ergon GP1, Ergonomic Rubber, Locking, 150 mm Length


OHM Branded Ergon Sport Gel SMC4, Chromoly Rails, Nylon Composite Shell, Orthopedic Comfort Foam with Gel Pads

Seat Post:

Ritchey Comp, Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.9 mm


Alexrims FR30, Alloy, Double Wall, 32 Hole, Aluminum Eyelets


Sapim Strong, Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge, Black, Brass Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Super Moto-Z, 27.5" x 2.4"

Wheel Sizes:

27.5 in (69.85cm)

Tire Details:

30 to 55 PSI, Performance GreenGuard

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve


Pletscher ESGE Adjustable Center-Mount Kickstand, Signal Bell, Racktime Alloy Rack (25 kg 55 lb Max Weight), Racktime Aluminum Alloy Fenders (70 mm Width), Integrated Supernova M99 Pure Headlight (500 Lumens), Integrated Supernova M99 Tail Light, Optional BodyFloat Suspension Seatpost ($249), ABUS Bordo Combo Lite 6150 ($129)


Locking Removable Semi-Integrated Downtube Battery Pack, 0.9 lb 3.45 Amp BionX Compact Charger, KMC X10 EPT for MTB Chain, (Size Specific Handlebar 680 / 720 mm, Stem 70 / 80 / 90 mm, Crank Arms 170 / 175 mm, Grips Small 130 mm / 150 mm)

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

BionX, D-Series

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Gearless Direct Drive Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Motor Peak Output:

1000 watts

Motor Torque:

50 Newton meters (Nominal 25 Nm)

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

11.6 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

556.8 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

70 miles (113 km)

Display Type:

BionX DS3, Removable, Backlit, Color LCD


Three Display Layouts (Basic, Enhanced, Data View), Assist Level (1-4 Support, 1-4 Regeneration), Power Graph (Output, Regeneration), Speed (mph / kph), Battery Level (10 Bars), Setup, Odometer, Trip Timer, Trip Distance, Average Speed, Clock

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad (On/Off, Lights, +, -, Left Clicker, Battery Level (5 Bars), Assist Level (4 Dots for Power and Regeneration), Right Clicker), Optional Standard Sized USB Port

Drive Mode:

Torque Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle

Top Speed:

28 mph (45 kph) (20 mph Throttle Only)

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Written Review

OHM has narrowed down their electric bike offering starting in 2017 to just three models, the Urban, Sport, and Mountain. But the bikes come in multiple frame sizes for improved fit, and all share the same drive system for easier maintenance and parts availability. The Sport model featured in this review is a blend of Urban and Mountain. It’s a hardtail electric bike with premium fenders, a solid but streamlined cargo rack, top of the line integrated lights, and fatter 2.4″ tires that can handle pavement and light trails alike. For the video review, I took this bike out onto the Trans Canada Trail in North Vancouver, Canada. It felt smooth and comfortable on the packed Earth and was even capable of riding over some large stumps and rocky sections. The responsive torque sensing pedal assist made me feel connected to the bike but I also enjoyed the variable speed throttle option. This is one of the few e-bikes out there with both pedelec and throttle modes and you can convert it from a 20 mph top speed Class 2 to 28 mph to speed Class 3 when you order. That decision may limit which trails you can legally ride on, but empower you to commute to work faster. And to be clear, the main differences between this model and the Urban, aside from price, are the wider fenders, different color scheme, fancier brighter lights, wider tires, and a one pound weight difference. You still get a tapered head tube, hollow spindle bottom bracket, sealed BB and headset, a premium air suspension fork with lockout, boost width hub, thru-axle, and a special chain guide to reduce chain drops. What I’m trying to get at here is that these electric bicycles are much more trail-capable than a lot of low-end hardtail trail bikes from the competition. They use better hardware and even match the stem, handlebar, and crank arm widths to the larger frame sizes vs. recycling the same parts. OHM products do cost more, but they operate very quietly and because they leverage the BionX D-Series motor system, are one of the few electric bikes to offer regenerative braking as well as four levels of controllable regen for simulated climbing and workouts.

Powering all three of the 2017 OHM models is a BionX D-Series gearless hub motor. It’s smooth, extremely quiet, produces a lot of torque for such a compact design, and dissipates heat well. Most hub motors I see these days are gearless and built into Aluminum alloy casing. BionX took a completely different approach with the D-Series by using a composite plastic casing that doesn’t connect to the spokes on the wheel, it actually sits in between them. This allows the wheels to flex a bit and means that the motor casing doesn’t have to be as heavy or thick which reduces weight. It’s interesting to note that despite appearing large, the motor does not tip the bike backward, making it rear-heavy, as almost all other gearless designs do. It offers many of the strengths of a geared design but will be more durable over time because there are no rubbing parts inside. When this motor operates, it does not interfere with the drivetrain the way that mid-drive motors do and that means your chain, sprockets, and derailleur won’t need as much maintenance. It also means you get throttle-on-demand vs. just pedal assist. Yes, there are a few mid-drive motors that offer throttle operation, but they are much less prevalent. The one limitation I noticed is that the motor is not powerful enough to climb medium sized hills with throttle-only power. You have to either come at the hill with a bit of momentum or help out by pedaling. This is not much different than geared hubs or mid-drives, I just want to be clear that having a throttle is different than being able to sit back and ascend trails without pedaling at all. And, since the bike comes with a high-end 10-speed Shimano drivetrain, pedaling and shifting is a breeze. I noticed that the chainring is a bit larger on this ebike than many other trail models I see, but that was done in part to accommodate high-speed 28 mph operation (for those who request it). I guess you can’t have everything, I was still able to climb effectively by shifting to the lowest gear and it made a big difference having a plastic chain guide on the chainring to reduce drops. Depending on your outfit, the chainring is a bit exposed and you could get some grease and snags, but the chain guide might help a bit.

Powering the bike, backlit display, both lights, and optional USB power port, is a high capacity Lithium-ion battery. It offers efficient 48 volt energy transfer with 11.6 amp hours for a total of 556.8 watt hours. That’s over half a kilowatt hour, definitely above average, but it spends quickly if you opt for the Class 3 speed pedelec setup or use the throttle constantly. I estimated range between 25 and 70 miles but that greatly depends on how you ride and whether the terrain is soft or hard packed. Higher speed riding takes a big toll on efficiency because of air resistance and throttle mode, while fun, is a battery hog because the D-Series motor accelerates so quickly. The trigger throttle is ramped so you can press gently for less power, but the movement is relatively small (to keep it compact) so precise throttling takes some practice. Unlike many competing throttles, this one is easy to reach and not so fatiguing to use constantly. It is perhaps one of my favorite throttle designs because it’s a trigger vs. twist and that means you can really grip and handle the bike well. There have been times when I was steering and gripping and accidentally twisted the throttle or lost that feeling of precise control with competing throttle designs. Anyway, you can use the throttle at full power to override assist! No need for clicking up and down through different menus to get the throttle going the way you do on some bikes like Easy Motion’s Evo line. The throttle is always active as long as the bike is moving ~1.5 mph. Yes, throttle from standstill would be nice, but this one activates super fast. Sometimes ebike manufactures are limited by what their motor supplier offers but kudos to BionX for their good work here. They offer something unique, put a lot of thought into the design, and support it well. Anyway, the battery can be charged on or off the bike frame and uses a quick 3.45 Amp charger vs. the standard 2 Amp so you can fill the battery quickly and get back out onto the road. The removability of the display, battery, quick release front wheel, and seat post, make the bike easy to transport, protect, and store. Note that the rear wheel does not use quick release because of the hub motor design which has a power cable quick-disconnect and stronger 12 mm custom hardware to handle the torque. I usually bring my battery into the office to fill up during the day before my ride home. Note that the battery does not have an obvious handle and would definitely get scratched and even damaged if dropped… at 7.4 lbs, it’s not the lightest thing, so be careful or use a bag to carry it.

I apologize for not going into the Bluetooth smartphone app, but there was a lot to cover with the included LCD display and control ring. BionX struck a balance of features and usability with their display menu system and came out with a good result in my opinion. You can choose from three default layouts (basic, advanced, and data view) but I feel that two might have been enough. The basic and advanced views are mostly the same except for some charts and icons that appear as motor power increase or regenerative braking activation. Only the right brake lever activates regen, but this reduces clutter and possibly saves money? Perhaps the flicker and movement of colors on the advanced display could be distracting for some in the advanced view and that’s why a basic readout was also offered? For those who really like to dig into the stats and know exactly what’s happening at all times, there is also a data view. This is almost like an instrument panel in an airplane, just a lot of labels and numbers in a grid. It might be optimal for night use because the background is mostly black and there aren’t colors like the other views. You can select from these three menus by clicking left or right on the button ring and you can arrow up or down through four levels of assist and regen by using the plus and minus keys. There is also a power button and lights button above the plus key. I love how easy the buttons are to reach and that if the display was removed or lost, you can still use the control ring by itself to operate the bike. It even has an integrated LED readout for battery level (five bars) and four more bars to let you know what assist level is in use. It’s like night and day to see this control ring and then look at a basic throttle on most other electric bikes that’s oversized and cheap feeling… this is part of what you’re paying for with the OHM Sport and it’s easy to appreciate in person. I also want to call out and compliment the headlight from Supernova, the M99 is cool looking with a daytime mode and very effective with a large bright beam in night-mode and it switches automatically based on a built-in sensor that we show in the video.

The me, the OHM Sport strikes a perfect balance of trailworthiness and efficiency. It’s the model I would probably purchase for commuting because of the nicer lights and included rack. OHM does offer a seat post suspension upgrade from BodyFloat and I would probably get one of those too, especially if the bike was setup as a speed pedelec. Is the Sport model worth $400 more than the Urban? Well, the larger tires do a lot to improve comfort and traction and I personally love how nice the black color scheme looks. It might not be as visible or reflective as the grey, but it does hide wires, brake lines, and shifter cables well. Sometimes, bicycles look cluttered or ugly with so many graphics and designs going on but I have to hand it to OHM for going easy and placing their designs in cool places, like below the downtube. The light grey logos perfectly match the motor casing and battery. And the battery design is sleek and integrated, you can pull the battery out from the side vs. clicking it down and that makes it easier to get at and less likely to scratch (the pack or frame). The OHM Sport is a feature-complete electric bike that was purpose built and I highly recommend test riding it if you’re near the factory store in North Vancouver. After riding and reviewing so many other electric bikes, this is still one of the quietest I have seen but it doesn’t sacrifice a sense of power and torque. Big thanks to BionX for partnering with me on this review and inviting me to their HQ for some back to back test rides.


  • The OHM Sport comes with a high quality rack and 70 mm wide Aluminum alloy fenders which offer great utility for commuting or light trail riding through dirt and mud, I was impressed with how quiet they were and that they even fit bottle cage bosses onto the seat tube (for fluids, a folding lock, or mini pump accessory)
  • Only the highest-end electric bikes seem to offer integrated lights from Supernova and this one uses the premium M99 model headlight with day/night sensor for automatic switching between running and bright mode, the backlight has five led’s and is protected by the rack
  • There are so many ways to control this e-bike including the mini button ring near the right grip, the compact transflective color LCD panel, or the smart phone app, being able to remove the display for parking (to reduce wear and tampering) is fantastic
  • Four frame sizes mean you can get an appropriate fit for your body type, the stem, handlebar, and crank arms vary between the four sizes! The top tube is angled down to make the bike easier to mount and stand over
  • Considering how sturdy and well accessorized this ebike is, I was impressed with the 56.5 lb weight (only one pound heavier than the OHM Urban), it has sturdy metal lights, large tires, a high-capacity battery, and a powerful gearless motor but things like magnesium pedals, a minimalist kickstand, hollow spindle bottom bracket, and air fork all make a difference
  • OHM has been around since 2005 and offers a unique 3+ year warranty on their products, they use high-end parts and are a premiere BionX partner so their bikes tend to last, since they have three models that all use the same battery design, it’s easier to get replacements
  • The all-black and grey color scheme looks great with the battery casing, motor hub, and wires all blending in, the decals match are minimalist in design and cool (especially under the downtube) vs. flashy, and OHM includes some touchup paint to keep it looking nice
  • Upon first seeing the bike, and knowing that the BionX D-Series motor weighs ~8.8 lbs, I was expecting it to be rear-heavy… but I lifted it just in front of the saddle nose and it tipped forward vs. back, I feel that it’s very well balanced and the weight is all kept low for improved handling vs. a rack battery, note the heavy-duty tapered head tube and thru-axle on the front wheel
  • Comfortable touch points including locking ergonomic grips, finger-adjustable brake levers, a sporty Ergon gel saddle, and wider Schwalbe tires with a medium-range pressure recommendation
  • For me, safety is a big deal, and since this bike is black, I appreciate the reflective graphics on the tires and and bright integrated lights, I also like the sturdy thru-axle on the fork with Boost and large tapered head tube for stable riding
  • OHM offers a Body Float suspension seat post upgrade, folding lock accessories, and does a trade-in program on their older bikes so you could possibly get a discount to buy their latest stuff
  • Riding this bike just feels good, it’s more polished, quiet and balanced than a lot of others… it’s also one of the few that even offer a throttle mode which is fun to use (at least for me!)
  • Even though regenerative braking doesn’t put much power back into the battery, it does reduce wear on brake pads and can be used to simulate climbing with the four minus levels on the BionX system, overall it’s pretty neat
  • The unique design of the hub motor casing, being relatively slim but tall, allows for the spokes to connect at the hub vs. the outside of the hub motor and this allows them to flex naturally providing a level of comfort and performance that most other hub motor ebikes lack, the greater air volume inside the hub allows it to cool more efficiently
  • The battery pack clicks in from the left side vs. down from the top which means it won’t bump into the frame as easily when mounting/dismounting and the top tube can be lower, I like that the battery is rated against dust and water, uses a fast charger, can be filled on or off the bike, has several rubber pads to reduce vibration, and even has a touch-activated capacity indicator (where the charger plugs in) it lights up green at 70%+, orange between 20% and 70%, and red when below 20%
  • After a few minutes of inactivity, the display panel automatically powers off… it has lots of settings where you can change brightness, units, etc. to make it fit your preferences and style
  • Larger 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes provide the kind of stopping power that mountain bikers need, so it’s cool to have them on more of a sporty trail bike here, specifically because it weighs more and can be switched to 28 mph Class 3 if you want (I think you need OHM to do this and change the Class sticker before it’s shipped to you)
  • Shimano Deore XT is a mid to high-level drivetrain and ten speeds is enough to let you climb and reach higher speeds comfortably… though the larger 48 tooth chainring is setup more for speed, there were a couple of times where I was riding in the absolute lowest gear because of the hilly terrain in Vancouver, I like that the derailleur has a one way clutch to reduce chain bounce (the little grey lever, point it up to tighten the chain)
  • The chainring has a plastic inner guide to reduce drops, it’s not going to keep your pants or a skirt as clean as a chain guide or chain cover but it reduces weight and is practical
  • The cockpit is relatively clean because of how the display and light are mounted, the handlebar clamp positions the large Supernova light below the display and they are both at the center for optimal use


  • I appreciate how the kickstand is adjustable length but it still gets in the way where it’s mounted, just below and behind the crank arms, if you back the bike up or pedal with the stand down it will collide
  • OHM has moved away from dealers, they only sell direct now which means it could be difficult to go for a test ride unless you live near their factory store in North Vancouver, BC Canada
  • The large black hub motor casing definitely stands out visually, the design provides great torque for acceleration and climbing but may also catch a bit of side wind and attract attention compared to smaller gearless hubs, especially on off-road trails
  • The display panel and battery pack don’t have an integrated Micro-USB port by default but apparently for $20 OHM can wire one in and stick it to the right side of the frame near the top of the downtube
  • It would be nice if both brake levers had the regeneration switch vs. just the right one, but I guess that reduces clutter up front, a bit of weight, and expense
  • The display panel takes longer to boot up than Bosch and some of the other high-end products, not much longer, but enough to be a little annoying every time you turn the bike on and are eager to get going
  • As much as I appreciate the large platform and grippy adjustable pins on the lightweight Magnesium pedals… I felt like the spindle at the center was too high (or the outer portions too low), I could feel the spindle at the ball of my foot, they left me mixed vs. fully impressed
  • It’s no fun to change inner tubes if you get a flat so the upgraded Performance GreenGuard tires are a welcome hardware choice, I love that the front axle uses quick release to make it easier to service, but have to acknowledge that most hub motor setups can be a pain to work with on the rear wheel because of the additional motor wire and bolts or nuts, the BionX motor has a quick disconnect point and mounts fairly easily with the correct 6M hex wrench, but it still takes more time and tools than a mid-drive
  • Some of the other high-end ebike displays offer a range estimation stat which can help you plan trips, that isn’t available with the BionX setup used here but at least it does show a high precision 10-bar battery infographic and battery percentage! Their battery packs are also smart and go into a deep-sleep mode when not used for long periods


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7 months ago

I wish bionx would use a smaller rear hub. I would totally buy this bike but I just cant get over how big it is – doesnt blend in at all!

7 months ago

Hi Jaimie, I agree that the large “pizza sized” hub motor does stand out. I asked about the design and they explained that it provides higher torque, better cooling, and lighter weight than the alternative designs. BionX does sell smaller hub motors which you can see reviewed here, but they use metal casing and aren’t as powerful as the D-Series :/


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86 and still kicking
4 days ago

We only have one frame of reference on TRP Zurich hydraulic brakes from Ohm eBikes. On a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high) in comparison to the other hydraulic disk brakes we see we would only give them a rating of 12 or 13.

86 and still kicking
2 weeks ago

Will do, we sell both Ohm and Elby and would just hate to see this tech disappear. Not sure how many folks have ridden the D500 system but the smoothness, power, diagnostic and configuration capability, and durability of the system is top tier tech.

My feeling is that someone will step in to purchase certain assets and maintain production of these motors.

86 and still kicking
2 weeks ago

Bionx Europe is still up and running and we expect the Bionx tech to be purchased and continue. My contacts at Elby (another Bionx bike) seem to know something we do not as they are business as usual.

2 weeks ago

Uh-Ohm ; BionX filed for bankruptcy !

86 and still kicking
2 weeks ago

The Ohm Urban is a fantastic eBike. Take a look. Can probably get for $3K. Has everything you need.

3 weeks ago

Yep, so is Elby which was founded by Frank Stronach who just pulled the plug on Bionx. Yuba and Public dropped Bionx for 2018, Evo's HB1 model uses their D500 motor but most of their other ebikes use Shimano Steps so I expect they'll just go all Shimano. My local bike shop has an Evo HB1 in their window and just sprang for the Bionx diagnostic software so they'll be pissed.

3 weeks ago

Ohm was all Bionix...

3 weeks ago

Wow kind of surprised this thread is still active, I thought you all were done with me. :). Yes this was very helpful and I have decided on a quality bike and will wait for one to go on sale. And that $1,700 Haibike was a great deal, I just wish I knew for absolute certainty that it has enough to get a big guy like me up the steepest hill. Just hard for me to pull the trigger without knowing this for sure.

On a totally different topic my wife has a cheapo bike shop bike (a step or two above a Walmart bike). She expressed interest but I don't want to drop 2 grand on something she may not use. Would a conversion kit work on a cheapo bike? She weighs half of what I do so won't require the same power/torque.

Jeff Williams
3 weeks ago

I researched ebikes heavily from October thru late December, then bought an Ohm Urban on 12/31 when the $4K bike went on sale for 5 days for $3K. (TOP quality components, suspension, best rear drive, etc.)

Up to that point my top-rated bike for the money was the Trek Verve+ low step for $2300 MSRP. I still believe it is the best for the money at that price point. I am 5'10" but both knees replaced and 71 so the step-thru model in size 16.5 was my target bike. Yours would be size 13.5 probably. The Verve+ is very light for an ebike, 45 lbs, and comes with integrated lights and mounting points for their proprietary rack for your tennis gear. Very approachable, nice hydraulic brakes, comfortable seat and pedals. The new for 2018 Bosch Active Line motor is very smooth and quiet and powerful enough for my 175 lbs to climb steep hills where I live. This may be the bike my wife gets when she decides to get one. I rode the Specialized Turbo Levo - the only ebike our local Specialized dealer had in stock. I liked the Brose motor in the bike and the Vado 6.0 low step was on my short list but Specialized never fixed the controller issues many of the Specialized bikes were having last fall. May be fine now but too late for me, and something I have never heard about with the Trek bikes and Bosch systems they use. So my vote goes to the very approachable and easy to ride 2018 Trek Verve+ with the proven Bosch system!

(My Ohm Urban is excellent but I have some difficulty with the mount dismount cycle I would not have with Verve+)

Jeff Williams
3 weeks ago

Thomas, you are of course correct about the pricey ($1300 est) battery with controller hardware inside it. If I didn't have the example of Ken S who has literally racked up thousands of miles on his Ohm BionX bikes and batteries (on his 2nd bike now) I may have passed this bike up. But Court's reviews of the various Ohm bikes gave me the courage to take the plunge, and now I am glad I did. The strong but near silent push of the Bion-X D motor is very very nice, and the smooth shifting of the Deore XT+ is great without the jerkiness and concern about the added wear and tear of a mid-motor on my derailleur and chain. Quad-piston brakes are smooth and confidence-inspiring on our steep hills. Will I be happy to fork up $1300 down the road for a new battery - no, but with my limited pleasure riding (projected 100+ rides for 2000+ miles a year) it will be many years before I need a new battery. If I was 20 years younger and using this bike as a daily commuter I would indeed be concerned!

Jeff Williams
3 weeks ago

Dave, I am now retired and spent many months last fall researching and test riding ebikes here in northwest Arkansas (hilly). I wanted a complete (lights, rack,etc) commuter and paved trail bike that could also do some gravel if needed. My conclusions: (1) best low-priced ebikes were from Rad, in my case the RadCity at $1500 complete with front suspension, lights, rack, etc. Only problems were disc brakes are manual, not hydraulic (requires more hand strength on these steep hills) and bikes are heavy due to heavy hub motor (15 lbs). Strong hub motor and battery, would climb steep hills with strong pedaling assist from me (I weigh 175lbs). (2) Next price level up is $2300 MSRP and bike is 2018 Trek Verve, with Bosch Active line mid-motor, hydraulic disc brakes, lights, and strong dealer network. Has no front suspension, but I would add seat suspension for comfort. Very nice ebike for the money from one of the "big 3" manufacturers, and hills no problem. Unlikely to get much of a price break for awhile this year. (3) Ohm Urban made in Vancouver with very strong BionX-D hub motor made in Canada (8.8 lbs). All top quality bike components and custom ebike frame but pricey ($4K list). Went on sale for $3K last week of December for 2017 models, I bought one and am very happy with it.......... My points are, go for quality components if possible, and be ready to buy on sale or last years model if that happens. The Haibike Sduro on sale that Will recommended is a great buy at that price - because you can wait to buy you can shop, then snap up a particularly good buy when you find it. That is the way I would go, because except on sale or last years model quality bike components never come cheap. Hope this is useful info.

4 weeks ago

You could look at Ohm Bikes; https://ohmcycles.com
Good build quality with a solid BionX D500 DV system being ideal for long distant commuting as the DD rear hub does not put strain or wear and tear on the chain or gearing
A few reviews here; https://electricbikereview.com/brand/ohm/

8 hours ago

Been doing some research and looking around for E-Bikes similar to the Stealth Electric Bikes street-legal model Stealth P-7 and came across the Edge Sport E-Bike by labike.com.

Does anyone have experience or know more about this brand. There doesn't seem to be many results from my google search and the website appears to be tight lipped about the specifications. They do have a great price point compared to Stealth but just wondering about the quality of their products. Stealth quoted their new Stealth P-7 Bike for $10,000 including shipping and taxes to where I live in Canada... so I've been trying to find something similar in quality with lower price (I know there are some China brands out there but I don't trust their quality).

bob armani
24 hours ago

Thanks Franklo-
Yeah I hear ya! Every time we get above 50 degrees, I drop everything and go for a ride on the trails and whip around curves at +20mph in sport(75%) mode. I was told that the 2015 bikes were tuned a little higher so I get up to 23-24mph before I hear the motor start to decrease in assistance. I get about 30 miles on a single charge staying in that mode on most of my rides. Yes-'2 higher boost modes are quite addictive'. I rarely use other modes and I do not use too many gears either. Largest chainring in front most of the time. Love the 46t size for great cadence with speed... Ride safe!

Bruce Arnold
1 day ago

Agreed. Let me say that I really, truly appreciate all that Court does. His video and written reviews on hundreds of bikes are an invaluable resource. Helped me pick bikes for my wife and I. We made informed decisions and are happy with our choices. This forum is also a treasure, and as the recent bot attack shows, it takes work to manage.

That being said, the RipCurrent S review was not Court's finest moment. Maybe he was rushed, or just having an off day. Happens to all of us. If you read the written review, it's even more apparent.

My main disagreement with his review is that he focused so much on off-roading during the hands-on portion. If you look at the Juiced website, it advertises the RCS as a fat tire commuter bike, not as an off-road machine. Sure, it can be ridden in the dirt. I ride my CCS on grass and dirt some, but I don't expect it to perform like a mountain bike. Just because the RCS has fat tires doesn't mean that it should be an off-road beast.

Maybe it rides better on gravel paths than the CCS, or sandy conditions, or mud, or snow. One of my favorite ebike YouTubers, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyY8Ol-BBtdkpDmncXaDMSQ in Finland, might love this bike, alongside his Surly fat tire bike. Lots of snow up there. Maybe it's the additional comfort that fat tires can afford. Maybe it's just for the hell of it.

Regardless, what do we know about Juiced Bikes? They emphasize speed and sporty handling, not low-end torque.

"It doesn't do the job that it wasn't designed or promoted to do." Meh.

2 days ago

Wow! A that is a sport not for the faint of heart! How much do you have to trust your buddy to pull that one off? Thanks for sharing.

bob armani
2 days ago

Franklo-There are default power settings preset at the factory within each power assist level (the levels are low, medium and high) I myself have a similar issue. I do not notice any difference in power from sport mode to boost @100%. I also notice when I am in standard or eco mode, the output is the same (very little). I just ride in sport mode most of the time. If my battery gets below 18%, the system defaults to standard which makes it very hard to pedal the last few miles. Perhaps a diagnostic check at the dealer would reveal the preset settings??
Did you find out what your solution is to your power output? Thanks!

Bruce Arnold
2 days ago

If you're interested in a cargo bike/people mover, you might also consider the Pedego Stretch. Here's Court's review:


There have been upgrades since this review was published. For instance, I saw one recently at a local dealer and it had pads on the seat and back rest, making it more comfortable for a passenger. Built pretty strong and lots of ways to haul stuff on it.

So on the commuting question: My wife and I both use ebikes for commuting and errands. It has been only 2 months but so far so good. We have committed to selling our 2nd car to our daughter when she graduates from nursing school in May, so we are only using one car now to get used to it. We don't have dreadful winters here but have had to contend with freezing temps and precipitation during this time. Not that different from Livermore; I was a bicycle messenger in San Francisco in the 1970s and winter weather in that part of CA was much like it is here in eastern NC. Our summers are a lot hotter and more humid, so we'll have to contend with that. "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing" as they say in Finland.

Her commute is 8 miles round trip, mine is 14. She rides a Pedego City Commuter and I ride a Juiced Bikes Crosscurrent S. You might like the CCS if you like that road bike, it's pretty sporty. You could easily knock out that 6 mile commute in 15 minutes, which is not too shabby.

Happy to share more if you have specific questions.

2 days ago

Hollywood Racks Sportrider Se Hitch Rack, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0076IHB2Y/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_O1rSAbX6W1MBT

Reese Towpower 7022900 1-1/4" to 2" Receiver Adapter - 10" Long https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001IH6WHE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_o2rSAbPJQ3RVP

Hitch Tightener for 1.25" and 2"Hitches RETECK 304 Stainless Steel Hitch Tightener Anti-Rattle Stabilizer Rust-Free Heavy Duty Lock Down Easy Installation Quiet https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KZ25Y26/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_d3rSAbX216EBE

Draw-Tite 24847 Class I Hitch for Toyota Prius '10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002NZWGWK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_X3rSAbBW2XMT3

I have a Prius and I need to make sure I'm not about to see a bike go flying down the highway. I originally started off with a swagman xc2 but the rack itself is rated at 35lb per bike. Well that won't work bc each bike I have is 45-46 lb without battery. I couldn't find very many racks that support it. So here is a Hollywood rack(problem is it's class 2). So naturally I looked for 1-1/4 to 2" adapter. Problem, class 1 200lb tongue weight. Ok.. so put one bike inside car. Problem.. tongue weight is cut in half with use of adapter. So 100 lb tongue weight.. if you take one bike 46lb, the rack(I think it's 49) and the actual weight of the adapter.. I think it's pushing it. I don't plan on driving rough with it. I just want to make sure I'll be ok. I really like the rack and it supports 50lb per bike. I thought I would have it when I changed vehicles one day.

4 days ago

I'm looking for advice on selecting the correct chainring for my ebike build.

The base bike will be a Specialized Roll Sport comfort bike. I'm 64 and ride mostly on paved bike trails and secondary streets. Lots of moderate hills around my home. Not a commuter. I also will not be installing the throttle. I want to pedal and want some assistance from the motor, not an electric motorcycle. Battery I'm leaning towards is a dolphin 48v.

Buying a BBS02 kit from Luna and I have a few options regarding the chainring. They are 46/48/52 tooth. Any thoughts and advice would be much appreciated.
I have other questions, but will post those separately.

Furor Bikes
4 days ago

Hello to all lovers of electric transport!
My name is Bogdan Rudenko.
I am a design engineer from the city of Kiev, Ukraine

I want to talk about my new draft frame for a bike with a BLDC motor.

My job is to make a universal frame.

Already, a lot of motors can be installed on the frame.

The battery compartment has three boot options and large dimensions.

Different types of shock absorber suspension.

And there are other modifications.

The frame will be the basis for enduro, street, or sports motorcycle.

Modification is possible due to replaceable plastic panels. The fixing points are the same for the three types.
Material: steel (st3,st20).
Weight: 13.5 kg.
Now the final test stage of the first sample is in progress.

Three individual frame variants will be produced soon under three different engines.
We are already doing frames. Ready e-cycles for sale will be in early summer.
I would be glad to answer your questions. I can be found on facebook, telegram, instargam, or https://furorbikes.jimdo.com/

5 days ago

I had to vote “Other”. My bike is a Merida E-Spresso Sport410 DX with Bosch Performance Line and Novu display. https://www.merida-bikes.com/en_int/bikes/e-bikes/sport/2015/e-spresso-sport-410-dx-2707.html
The standard battery was only 400Wh, but I have bought a 500Wh for the really long trips.

elliot friedman
6 days ago

My write-in vote is for my 2017 Felt SportE 85 HP. My quest was for an ebike that didn't look like an ebike. I test drove most manufacturers available in stores around NYC that offered many to choose from and I kept coming came back to the very first one I drove. I think because it was a simple, unobtrusive, a bosch mid-drive and light weight which was important for me as I am carrying up my front stairs into my home. Up to now, I've been keeping it in my formal living room which I'm amazed that I've been able to get away with so far. Easy to put on my trunk car rack along with a companion without worrying about the weight. I still smile every time I put my helmet on in preparation for a ride. For myself at 67, it's a new lease on life.

1 week ago

Hi Keoni, I actually went to Sports Rents to rent a Rad Rover before I decided to buy mine last week. I spent a lot of time talking to Liam and he told me that he puts them together for $50. After watching the video, I decided to put mine together myself and it was real easy. The coolest thing about that place is you can rent the bike for an hour for $25 and he will give you a $50 voucher code towards your purchase at Rad so it's a no brainer

siu c
1 day ago

Anyone know what will happen with their product line and support with the news about BionX entering receivership? I've been looking into my first ebike and OHM was one of the options but now I am unsure.

Armando Aleman
3 weeks ago

The only thing good from CANADA is Trump trade tax!

4 weeks ago

A couple Bionx questions.
1. Do you know if you buy a separate Bionx kit and do a separate install, can you do the unlock to make it a speed pedelec?
2. Can you install a Bionx kit on a carbon fiber frame? Was thinking about putting it on a carbon fiber Specialized frame.

4 months ago

Court, i want to help simplify your explanation of the efficiency of regen.
Its simply a matter of energy. The motor puts out lets say 750 watts. In order to meaningfully charge the battery, you would have to put out more than that consistently. There's a video of man vs toaster. An Olympic speed cyclist tried to toast bread in a toaster hooked up to a bicycle powering a generator and he wore himself out while lightly toasting the bread. The toaster was lets say drawing 1.5kw. That's a little more than most ebikes, but he is quite a bit more capable than 98% of people. He was only able to keep up that pace for a little while. Very short period of time. You said the battery was 500ish wh, so in order to charge the battery, you would have to pedal hard enough to put out 500w after inefficiencies for one hour.
.5kwh. There's not a human on earth thats doing that.
What regen does is helps extend your range a little bit. Just like pedaling any energy you dont take out of the battery is more energy you can take out later.
So its simply a matter of human performance, you cant do it. You could put the bike on a stand and put it in regen mode and pedal and over a long period of time, charge the battery. Assuming you could continue pedalling for the entire charge. So looking at it like that you could say that if you could ride the bike with the motor and pedalling for the period of time that it takes you to pedal charge the bike, you could theoretically charge the bike. That's where you get into human fuel efficiency calculations. But since you either cant get the battery to last that long at a performance level that is usable, its a moot point. Humans cant charge ebikes.

4 months ago

Why is that Supernova light 400$!??! That is more than a headlight for my car! It's crazy!

E Straka
6 months ago

Looks like a great bike. Would like to have one like this too. I"m going to have a garage full of bikes if I keep watching your videos. You are having a great time traveling around and seeing wonderful places. Great job you're doing. Enjoy life, like you are.

joes joey
6 months ago

freaking love these bikes great reviews court!

Neil Glezer-Jones
7 months ago

Love your videos and have been watching a lot of them. I am looking at buying either a Levo Comp or a Giant E+. I want to use it for mountain days were i just want to have fun and other days to get a family member on it in front of me for tempo training days while riding my 2018 Spark 910. So I am not looking to be lazy. I am concerned about the future of the electric bike I may have in my garage with regards to the battery. I am looking at spending about US$5500 for the bike and then with lets assume 3 charges a week and 700 recharge cycles in about 4 years I will have to buy a new battery at current rate US$1000. I have bikes in my garage that I can go ride now that are over 10 years old. How does one justify an electric bike when it would seem we are paying a premium now and you are only renting the engine so to speak because every 4 years you need to spend more money to keep it working. More to the point I was told that Specialized will keep parts for obsolete bikes for 5 years. What happens to my electric bike after my second battery? I would imagine this is going to be a factor got electric everything in the future. Do you think the norm will become battery hacking once out of warranty? Thanks for the great videos.

7 months ago

Nice bike and great review Court! I was a little shocked that it was labeled a class 2 e bike. Is the Software upgrade (Class 3) only available in specific areas? Last I heard in NYC we're out of luck! lol Wish I could upgrade my D Series to class 3. Because of the class limits, i've been thinking about the Super 73 and selling my D-series

7 months ago

OHM is a logical ebike name. Rear hub motors are nice as long as they have puncture protection, they're more hassle to service.

Juan Alfonso Noval
7 months ago

Awesome review, Court. Bike is very cool as well. Love all the details and the design of the bike. I can see how the asking price reflects the well thought-out design and components. I'm very impressed with Ohm.

7 months ago

Court, another great video. Your reviews are very helpful. For the money, would you recommend the Ohm Sport or the Specialized Turbo Vado 6.0? Thanks!

7 months ago

Good review sir , and a very cool bike , i wish we had more lenient laws regarding bike power in my neck of the woods , 250 watt is maximum here (Victoria/Australia ) .
250 watt is pretty weak , especially on a heavy bike with a fairly big 110 kg dude .
Keep up the good work .

7 months ago

Overall a nice looking bike but don't like that large rear motor casing it just looks so ugly. I'm looking forward to you going too inter-bike, should be interesting.

7 months ago

can you hook up a solar panel to it? b/c I would hook up solar panels to it, ammo can panniers, bikepacking bags, and then travel the country on it.

Manan M. Patel - M POWER
7 months ago

Hello! I have bafang style hub motor 250 w so which Size of spokes are suitable for 26 inch rim.

Aayush Parmar
7 months ago

Lol $4k hahaha

7 months ago

What's the bionx system's country of origin ? .


Seb K
7 months ago

I think in the intro you should replace the bell with 'Reeeeeeee' .

7 months ago

Oh man... like when I make that dorky sound in the video :P

Ron OBlack
7 months ago

This bike looks to be similar to my Pedego Ridgeline.

7 months ago

They are both hub motor driven but the systems used here are more advanced in my opinion. You get regenerative braking, four levels of regen, a more compact throttle and a removable color display panel. I haven't seen Pedego's most recent Ridge Rider but I did like the one I saw a while back: https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/ridge-rider/