EVELO Aurora Hub-Drive Review

Aurora Hub Drive Electric Bike Review
Aurora Hub Drive
Aurora Hub Drive Bafang 750 1000 Watt Hub Motor
Aurora Hub Drive 48v 11 6ah Battery Pack
Aurora Hub Drive Cockpit View
Aurora Hub Drive Display Controls
Aurora Hub Drive Front Suspension Fork
Aurora Hub Drive Frame Weleded Rear Rack
Aurora Hub Drive Crank Arm
Aurora Hub Drive Shimano 7 Speed System
Aurora Hub Drive Portable Battery Charger
Aurora Hub Drive Battery Charger
Aurora Hub Drive Stock Step Through Blue
Aurora Hub Drive Electric Bike Review
Aurora Hub Drive
Aurora Hub Drive Bafang 750 1000 Watt Hub Motor
Aurora Hub Drive 48v 11 6ah Battery Pack
Aurora Hub Drive Cockpit View
Aurora Hub Drive Display Controls
Aurora Hub Drive Front Suspension Fork
Aurora Hub Drive Frame Weleded Rear Rack
Aurora Hub Drive Crank Arm
Aurora Hub Drive Shimano 7 Speed System
Aurora Hub Drive Portable Battery Charger
Aurora Hub Drive Battery Charger
Aurora Hub Drive Stock Step Through Blue

Summary

  • A value priced ebike with a focus on comfort with wider tires, hub-motor, gel saddle, approachable low stand over height, and front suspension
  • Along with the suspension and tires, there is even more comfort here like locking grips, swept back handlebars, and special stem design that has a lighter, more robust, and comfortable rise to it compared to most
  • Powerful motor and battery, Shimano Tourney 7 speed system with a grip shifting system, mechanical disc brakes for easy adjustability and maintenance
  • Rack does not use standard gage tubing, front light can bounce since it is mounted on the suspension fork, and charging the battery can take a bit of time due to the larger size

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

EVELO

Model:

Aurora Hub-Drive

Price:

$2,199

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Commuting, Cruising, Neighborhood

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1), Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

4 Years (Battery Warranty 2 Years Full, 2 More Prorated)

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2019

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

65.2 lbs (29.57 kg)

Battery Weight:

7.2 lbs (3.26 kg)

Motor Weight:

9.2 lbs (4.17 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17.5 in (44.45 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

17.5" Seat Tube, 23.75" Reach, 23" Stand Over Height, 34.5" Minimum Saddle Height, 25.5" Width, 70.5" Length

Frame Types:

Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Gloss Gray with Teal Accents

Frame Fork Details:

Suntour XCM, 100mm Travel, 32.3mm Steel Stanchion Diameter, Steel Lowers, Preload and Lockout Adjustments, 100mm Hub Spacing, 9mm Axle with Quick Release Skewer

Frame Rear Details:

175mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Keyed Threaded Axle with 18mm Nuts

Attachment Points:

Rear Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1 x 7 Shimano Tourney Rear Derailleur, 11-36 Tooth Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano RevoShift Grip Shifter on Right

Cranks:

Forged Aluminum Alloy Arms, 170mm Length, Square Taper Bottom Bracket Spindle, 48 Tooth Steel Chainrings with Plastic Guard

Pedals:

Aluminum Alloy Platform with Fixed Pins, Silver

Headset:

Threadless, Sealed Cartridge Bearings, Non-Tapered 1-1/8"

Stem:

EVELO Stargazer, Aluminum Alloy, 65° Angle from Level, 110mm Length, 31.8mm Clamp Diameter

Handlebar:

Aluminum Alloy, 1000mm Tube, 55º Backsweep, 40mm Rise

Brake Details:

Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc with 160mm Rotors, Four-Finger Levers with Motor Inhibitors

Grips:

Flat Rubber, Locking

Saddle:

6" Wide with Gel Material and Athletic Footprint

Seat Post:

Steel, Single Bolt Laprade Clamp, Quick Release Collar

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

Aluminum Alloy, Double Walled, 44mm Outer Width, 36 Hole, Black

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge Front 12 Gauge Rear, Black with Nipples

Tire Brand:

INNOVA, 26" x 3" (68-559)

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

15 to 20 PSI, 1.03 to 1.37 BAR, Kevlar Inner Belt

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Integrated LED Rear and Headlight, Rear Mount Kickstand (40mm Mount), Comfort Package Upgrade (Wide Saddle, Suspension Seat-post, Ergonomic Grips $199)

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube Mounted Battery Pack, 1.9lb 2 Amp Charger, 20amp Controller, Waterproof Connectors, Ambient Light Sensor on Display

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bafang

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

750 watts

Motor Peak Output:

1000 watts

Motor Torque:

80 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

11.6 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

500 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5.8 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

40 miles (64 km)

Display Type:

Fixed LCD, Backlit, Adjustable Brightness (Double Tap Info Button, + and - and Info Buttons to Navigate, Hold + to Toggle Between Sport Mode and Eco Mode, Hold - to Enter Walk Mode, Hold Light Icon to Toggle Headlight and Backlight)

Readouts:

Battery Indicator (Percentage), Clock, Speed, Max Speed, Average Speed, Odometer, Tripometer, Range, Calories, Trip Timer, Pedal Assist (0-5) (Advanced Settings: Unit of Measurement, Brightness, Auto Off, Default Mode, Power View, SOC View, Trip Reset, Wheel Size, Speed Limit, AL Sensitivity, Set Max Speed

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad on Left, USB Charge Port Underneath Display

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle (Sealed Sensor)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

To run the forums, host the website, and travel, I charge a universal service fee for my reviews. This review was sponsored by EVELO. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased, this video and written review are not meant to be an endorsement of EVELO products.

EVELO makes a number of bikes and has been around for a while. I was excited to check out the lineup recently and had a lot of fun with their bikes. Today, we are looking at the Aurora Hub Drive, a value priced commuter that is full featured and has a big focus on comfort. It is somewhat similar to the other EVELO bikes we recently reviewed, so if you read one of those you may see some parallel information. There are some differences though, so I will try to call those out as we go along. Being a more entry level bike in their lineup at $2,199, means it may have some scaled down parts, but you would be surprised what they put in. First off, let’s talk about this frame a little bit… It is a very approachable step-through frame and has a low stand over height at just 24” from the ground. Adding to that all comfort are these high-volume tires. These are 26” x 3”, so with that greater width, you get more stability and comfort. There is not knobby tread, instead, they went with a more efficient and comfortable tread which makes this almost an upright cruiser. The tires have puncture protection, and they do a great job getting the bike up to speed. Speaking of comfort, the bike has a lot to go around, like the locking grips, comfy gel saddle, swept back handlebars, and special stem design called the ‘Stargazer’ that has a lighter, more robust, and comfortable rise to it compared to most. This bike seems to float on air thanks to the suspension.. the front is an SR SunTour XCM fork with 100mm of travel, lockout, and preload adjust. I love the battery integrated lights here, they have them both in the front and the rear. Safety has always been a priority for myself and other cyclists, so it’s nice to see that more and more companies are including these on ebikes. I should also mention that the back light is an active brake light when you press the brake levers…very cool! The bike also includes a kickstand in the rear. It is nice to have it back there since having it near the crank arm can produce ‘pedal lock’; an annoying occurrence that locks the pedals when you reverse a bike with the kickstand down. Luckily, this bike eliminates that by having it positioned further back. You also get a rear frame welded rack. This makes it pretty solid and it can hold about 50lbs max weight. The bike overall is rated for 350lbs max weight total.

Driving the bike is a Bafang 750 watt – 1000 watt peak hub motor, just as the name implies. This has about 80nm of torque and is a pretty strong and reliable setup. The bike has both cadence based pedal assist as well as a thumb throttle mounted on the left side of the handlebar. Mechanically, the bike is operated by a Shimano Tourney 7 speed system. It has 11-36 tooth cassette in the rear and a 48 tooth chain ring in the front. Shifting is done with this twist style grip shifter on the right. I will say that grip shifts are not my favorite, but it feels solid on this setup, so I can’t complain. Stopping the EVELO Aurora Hub Drive is a set of Tektro Aries mechanical disc brake rotors. The rotors are 160mm and I love that both of them have motor inhibitors built in to cut power to the motor when braking. Mechanical disc brakes are easy to maintain as well as adjust, however, they lack the immediate stopping power that hydraulic brakes offer. Mechanical brakes are still quite capable, but they take a little bit more hand actuation compared to hydraulic brakes.

Powering this bike is a large 48v 11.6ah lithium ion battery. This makes for a total of about 500 watt hours, so the bike is both powerful and able to hit decent ranges. It is located on the downtube and can be charged both on and off the bike. Removal is done via lock and key, and overall is pretty easy as you take it out from the side. Charging the battery is done via the included 2amp charger. Not the fastest, but I am told charging it at lower amps can reduce wear on the charging cycles over time. To really care for this and other lithium-ion packs, I have heard that storing in a cool dry location vs. extreme heat or cold will extend the life and try to keep it about 50% full when not using for long periods so you won’t stress the cells. Try not to let it run down to zero, because that’s really hard on the cell chemistry.

Operating the bike is simple enough. I’m kind of a control center geek and I always love to see comprehensive stats while riding. The control center on the Aurora does just that. It displays pretty much everything, including current speed, top speed, average speed, range, battery level, pedal assist mode, wattage output and more. More importantly, I could read it in direct sunlight! I love that it is color and uses an automotive motif. A big win here is that the battery power is listed in percentages. Some ebikes use just 4 or 5 ticks on the display to portray battery life. This can leave you guessing at the last tick. Do you have 25% battery life left? Do you have 2% left? You simply will have to guess. Not with this display… since it is written in percentages, you know exactly how much battery you have at all times. The only downside to this display was that it’s not removable, so I might worry about it getting dinged up when the bike is being parked or transported and just taking more sun and rain damage over time. It does however angle, and I love that the controls can be pressed easily by your left hand since they are positioned well as to keep your eyes on the road. I am told by double tapping the ‘i’ button, it will allow you to access a deeper menu where you can change electrical settings and such.

The Aurora Hub Drive is a extremely comfortable and powerful ride. I really found it to feel like an upright cruiser that works great as a commuter too. It is a more value priced ebike, so there are some tradeoffs to go over here. Other EVELO bikes like the Aries Mid Drive use a smoother CVT for mechanical gearing, so this Tourney seems a little on the basic side, plus it doesn’t have a large climbing range. However, the Tourney level of components have been improving over the years so it is not that bad. The front headlight is a great feature, but it is mounted on the fork, so you could get some bounce in visibility if you are going over bumps. Also, mechanical brakes lack the immediate stopping power of hydraulic, it would have been nice to see them on here, but, they do have to cut cost somewhere, so I am glad they added motor inhibitors to help with the mechanical braking. All in all, a good bike and I want to thank EVELO for letting me check it out!

As always, I welcome questions and feedback in the comment section below. Whether you own a previous version of the bike, have taken a test ride, or are brand new to the space, my goal is to provide an objective and honest resource. You can also join the EVELO ebike forums and share your own photos, videos, and review updates to help others! Have fun out there, and ride safe :)

Pros:

  • A value priced ebike with a focus on comfort with wider tires, hub-motor, gel saddle, approachable low stand over height, and front suspension
  • Features high-volume 26” x 3” tires with more stability and comfort, very efficient and comfortable tread, they include puncture protection, and they do a great job getting the bike up to speed
  • Front suspension via an SR SunTour XCM spring fork with 100mm of travel, lockout, and preload adjust, very comfortable and works well with the efficient high volume tires
  • Besides the suspension and tires, there is even more comfort here like locking grips, swept back handlebars, and special engineered stem design called the ’Stargazer’ that has a lighter, more robust, and comfortable rise to it compared to most
  • I love the battery integrated lights here, they have them both in the front and the rear, I should also mention that the back light is an active brake light when you press the brake levers, super cool!
  • This bike has a rear frame welded rack, this makes it pretty solid and it can hold about 50lbs max weight
  • Features a powerful Bafang 750 watt – 1000 watt peak hub motor, about 80nm of torque and is a pretty strong and reliable setup, both cadence based pedal assist as well as a thumb throttle
  • A large 48v 11.6ah lithium ion battery, this makes for a total of about 500 watt hours, so the bike is both powerful and able to hit decent ranges
  • Easy to read as well as control color display with multiple readouts and settings, and I love that the battery level is shown in percentages! I wish all bikes did this because it takes out the guess work of how much battery you have left versus infographics with a few bars
  • Shimano Tourney 7 speed system with a grip shifting system, mechanical disc brakes for easy adjustability and maintenance

Cons:

  • After riding the Aries Mid Drive, another bike from EVELO with a CVT for mechanical gearing, this Tourney setup seems a little on the basic side, plus it doesn’t have a large climbing range, but it still works well
  • The front headlight is a great feature, but it is mounted on the fork, so you could get some bounce in visibility if you are going over bumps, something to be aware of
  • Mechanical brakes lack the immediate stopping power of hydraulic, it would have been nice to see them on here, but, they do have to cut cost somewhere, so I am glad they added motor inhibitors to help with the mechanical braking
  • Minor gripe here, but the rear rack does not employ standard gaging tubing, so make sure that if you are getting panniers that you test fit them to make sure they work out for you on this setup
  • Charging the battery is done via the included 2amp charger, not the fastest, but I am told charging it at lower amps can reduce wear on the charging cycles over time, I wish larger 48v batteries like this all came with more than 2amps though, like a 2.5amp, 3amp, or even a 4amp

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Comments (2) YouTube Comments

Karl Schuman
3 months ago

This looks like an awesome Ebike and want to get it for my wife as I bought and customized a Delta last year and it’s a truly sublime machine. Evelo support has been great when I just have a question and I can tell they really care about the customers more than anything else. I can’t recommend your bikes enough!

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Court
3 months ago

Wow, that’s an awesome recommendation! Thank you so much Karl, it’s nice to hear about positive experiences and it’s kind of you to give them props so others can consider them as a good option. I like EVELO too :)

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