Evelo Galaxy TT Review

Evelo Galaxy Tt Electric Bike Review
Evelo Galaxy Tt
Evelo Galaxy Tt Bafang Max Drive 350 Mid Motor
Evelo Galaxy Tt Stand Alone Infini Backlight Rear Rack Pannier Blockers
Evelo Galaxy Tt King Meter Lcd Display Panel
Evelo Galaxy Tt Plastic Fenders Led Headlight
Evelo Galaxy Tt Rigid Alloy Fork 180 Mm Mechanical Disc
Evelo Galaxy Tt 36 Volt 13 Ah Rack Battery
Evelo Galaxy Tt Nuvinci N380 Continuously Variable Transmission
Evelo Galaxy Tt 2 Amp Ebike Charger
Evelo Galaxy Tt Electric Bike Review
Evelo Galaxy Tt
Evelo Galaxy Tt Bafang Max Drive 350 Mid Motor
Evelo Galaxy Tt Stand Alone Infini Backlight Rear Rack Pannier Blockers
Evelo Galaxy Tt King Meter Lcd Display Panel
Evelo Galaxy Tt Plastic Fenders Led Headlight
Evelo Galaxy Tt Rigid Alloy Fork 180 Mm Mechanical Disc
Evelo Galaxy Tt 36 Volt 13 Ah Rack Battery
Evelo Galaxy Tt Nuvinci N380 Continuously Variable Transmission
Evelo Galaxy Tt 2 Amp Ebike Charger


  • A comfortable but sturdy cruiser style electric bike with premium aesthetic, the mid-drive motor is powerful but quiet and offers responsive pedal assist plus throttle
  • EVELO has always offered great customer service and even has a trade-in program, the Galaxy line is more refined and satisfying than earlier products in my opinion
  • Long plastic fenders with mud flaps keep you clean and dry, large mechanical disc brakes with motor-inhibiting levers help you stop quickly, you can upgrade to hydraulic brakes
  • The sprung saddle, padded grips, swept-back handlebar, and larger tires improve comfort but there is no suspension fork, the belt drive and CVT hub are quiet and durable, you can upgrade to electronic auto-shifting

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Galaxy ST


$3,499 ($3,899 Fully Loaded)

Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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2 Year Comprehensive, 4 Year (20,000 mile) Frame, Battery, Motor, Controller


United States, Canada

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

58.8 lbs (26.67 kg)

Battery Weight:

7.4 lbs (3.35 kg) (Larger Pack 9 lbs)

Motor Weight:

7.5 lbs (3.4 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

19 in (48.26 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

20.25" Seat Tube, 23.75" Reach, 28" Stand Over Height, 27.25" Width, 72.5" Length

Frame Types:


Frame Colors:

Deep Space Blue

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Aluminum Alloy, 100 mm Hub, 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm Hub, 10 mm Axle with Nuts

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

1 Speed 1x∞ NuVinci N380 Mechanical Continuously Variable Transmission, Optional NuVinci N380 Harmony HI8 (Fully Automatic Electronic Shifting System), 22T Rear Sprocket

Shifter Details:

C8s or H8 Grip Twist on Right Bar (Optional NuVinci Grip Twist on Right Bar)


8Fun AC08-2 Alloy Crank Arms, 170 mm Length, 50T Chainring


Wellgo C235 Aluminum Alloy Platform with Rubber Tread


1-1/8" Threadless Internal Cups, One 10 mm Headset Spacer, One 5 mm Headset Spacer


Tonaro TDS-C215, Adjustable Angle, 90 mm Length, 15° Angle


Swept Back, Aluminum Alloy, 50 mm Rise, 35° Back Sweep, 680 mm Length

Brake Details:

Shimano BR-M375 Mechanical Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Tektro Levers with Motor Inhibitor, Optional Tektro Auriga E-Comp Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Tektro 3-Finger Levers with Motor Inhibitors


Padded, Stitched, Faux Leather, Brown


Selle Royale Ondina, Sprung, Faux Leather, Brown (Optional Upgrade Program)

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm


Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 36 Hole, Reinforcement Eyelets


Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge, Silver with Adjustable Brass Nipples

Tire Brand:

CST Caldera, 27.5" x 2.0"

Wheel Sizes:

27.5 in (69.85cm)

Tire Details:

40 to 65 PSI

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve


Double Leg Kickstand, Aluminum Alloy Rear Rack with Spring (25 kg 55 lb Max Weight), Stand Alone Dosun SF300 USB-Rechargeable Front Light, Stand Alone Infini Back Light, Plastic Fenders with Mud Flaps, Optional Comfort Package (Ergon GP2-L Ergonomic Locking Grips, Suspension Seat Post, Extra Large Saddle for $200), Optional Safety Package (High Powered Lights, Bar-End Mirror, Bell, Reflective Light Band for Pants $99), Optional Commuter Package (Teflon Lubricant, Tire Levers, Patch Kit, Mini-Pump, Hex Key Wrench Set $99), Optional Security Package (Heavy Duty Chain Lock, Pinhead Security Hardware System $199)


Locking Removable Rear Rack Mounted Battery, 1.1 lb 2 Amp Battery Charger, 300 lb Max Weight Rating, Gates Carbon Belt Drive with CDX:EXP

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bafang Max Drive

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Motor Peak Output:

750 watts

Motor Torque:

80 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung (A, B Rated Cells) (Optional Panasonic)

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

13 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

468 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

6 hours (Up to 6 With Larger Pack)

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

55 miles (89 km)

Display Type:

Evelo Branded King Meter, Fixed, Monochrome, Backlit LCD


Battery Level (5 Bars), Odometer, Trip Meter, Speed, Average Speed, Max Speed, Mode (None, Eco, Standard, Power, Speed), Watt Output

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad on Left, Backlight (Hold Up Arrow), Walk Mode (Hold Down Arrow), Trip to Odometer (Press M Button), Speed to Avg Speed to Max Speed (Hold Up and M Button), Settings Menu (Hold Up and Down)

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle (8 Pole Cadence Sensor, Torque Sensor)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The EVELO Galaxy line offers something very unique, a mid-drive motor combined with a carbon belt and continuously variable transmission. This is a combination of parts that offer efficiency, shifting at anytime (even standstill), and durability. The belt is clean, won’t fall off as easily as a chain, and will last longer. The NuVinci continuously variable transmission hub is completely sealed and doesn’t rely on a vulnerable external derailleur to change gears. The Bafang Max Drive motor is not only responsive, because it relies on a torque sensor, but also exceedingly quiet and efficient. The Galaxy TT is the “top tube” high-step model which is slightly larger than the ST “step-thru” frame and only comes in one size and color. It’s the best choice for taller riders, those who want a more masculine look, and those who value stiffness and performance. The frame doesn’t flex as much as the ST and it may be easier to lift and hang on some car and bus racks. The bike isn’t perfect however, it’s pretty heavy at ~58.5 lbs and kind of expensive starting at $3,499, but that custom drivetrain is not cheap. Rather than using a stock frame, this one has a cutaway section in the right chainstay to accommodate the belt. In order to still hit their 300 lb max weight rating, the frame has to be reinforced… but they also managed to route most of the cables internally through the frame tubing, add bottle cage bosses onto the seat tube, and implement a precision horizontal dropout system to tighten the belt. In short, I feel that they did a good job and that the end result justifies the higher price. This is about the furthest you can come from a do-it-yourself electric bike or a basic hub motor design, it’s the kind of thing that only a company with buying power and engineering expertise could pull off. And Evelo has been around for many years doing just that. They offer renowned customer service and now have a physical outlet in Seattle (where I filmed the video review) so you can drop by and test one out yourself. Before digging in too much deeper, the other trade-offs I discovered were the basic tires, limited throttle functionality, and mechanical disc brakes. For an additional $400, you can get upgraded hydraulic disc brakes with adjustable reach levers and an electronic auto-shifting NuVinci harmony drivetrain vs. the stock mechanical one. It’s pretty amazing to ride a bike and have it automatically adjust the gearing so you can pedal comfortably at a set cadence without even thinking, and that’s what the Harmony offers…

Propelling this electric bike is a Bafang Max Drive internally geared mid-motor. It’s relatively compact, impressively powerful (producing up to 80 Newton meters of torque), and ranges from 350 to 750 watts of power output. It’s a beast, but a quiet one, very quiet. Seriously, I have tested all of the mainstream mid-drive motors that are out right now in the USA (mid 2017) and the Max drive strikes a balance between responsiveness, affordability, and quiet-smooth operation. I like it a lot, even though it doesn’t have shift detection like Bosch… and with the single-sprocket belt system here and the internally geared CVT drivetrain, you really don’t need shift detection. As you pedal, the motor controller measures rear wheel speed and pedal torque. The more torque you apply, and the higher level of assist that you select, the more power and speed produced by the motor. It’s up to you to shift thoughtfully in order to reach higher speeds or climb more effectively, but as you do, the motor benefits and becomes more efficient. It’s a fancier design than a hub motor and this is part of what makes the bike cost more. The NuVinci N380 continuously variable transmission hub in the rear wheel uses orbs to pivot and translate sprocket spinning speed into wheel movement speed. It’s smooth and durable (because there’s no derailleur sticking out the side) but it weighs and costs more too. If you get the upgraded Harmony electronic NuVinci, the system looks to you for guidance on pedal speed and then automatically shifts to keep your input constant. The speed of the bike will change but you won’t have to change how hard you’re working or think about shifting with the right grip as you ride. Both systems look similar but the electronic Harmony hub has a plastic box on the right side to house electronics.

Powering the bike is a 36 volt 13 amp hour Lithium-ion battery pack that slides into the rear rack. I was told that the cells inside are made by Samsung and are of A and B quality so they should age well and maintain a higher average capacity. And Evelo backs this up with a solid two-year comprehensive warranty. In fact, they offer up to four years for everything except the battery pack which is an industry leading plan. I visited their shop and saw several returned products and those which were undergoing service, and I came away very impressed. It is not cheap or trivial to offer this level of service but they pull it off and instill a level of trust that most other brands just don’t reach. Evelo is a mid-sized company, they answer the phone when you call and jump on issues as they come up… even going so far as to service competing products that use similar systems like older iGO models. So anyway, the battery design and size isn’t the world’s most impressive setup, but it’s still above average and should work well for most customers. The position of the battery isn’t ideal, up high and towards the back of the bike, but I understand that they used the same battery and rack for both the TT and ST models which makes it cheaper and easier to service. It wouldn’t have made sense to use a mid-mount battery on the ST because that would have gotten in the way of the wave step-thru frame. The rear rack design felt solid and had pannier side blockers and a nice bungee attachment hole near the bottom which made it seem very useful and versatile. It’s a capable rack, and only a portion of the 53 lb max capacity is used by the 7.4 lb battery pack, so you could use it for books, groceries, or riding gear like a lock and the battery charger. Range will vary depending on whether you use pedal assist or rely on the throttle, how much weight is being moved, what the terrain is like, and what level of assist you choose. But, you can bring the compact 1.1 lb charger along for a fill-up very easily. It’s a standard 2 Amp design and should offer 50% in just a couple of hours if the pack is near empty.

Operating the Galaxy TT electric bike is pretty simple. You charge and mount the battery (the pack can be charged on or off the frame for convenience) and there’s no on/off switch or key that has to be left in here, you just seat it into the rack until it clicks and then press and hold the M button on the control ring, located near the left grip. The King Meter display comes to life pretty quickly and shows many stats. It’s large, backlit, and easy to read, and even pivots to reduce glare. This display is not removable, but it is well sealed against rain and light water contact. The basic interaction is to press the up or down arrow on the control ring to add or remove assist power. Level zero allows you to ride along like a normal, albeit heavy, bicycle. Levels 1 through 5 provide increasing power and this setting applies to both pedal assist and throttle operation. And this is where I have a big gripe, the throttle only becomes active after you’ve reached six miles per hour! At that speed, it kind of feels like why even have a throttle? I mostly use electric bike throttles to accelerate from stops so I don’t have to work as much and stress my knee. Thankfully, the Bafang motor torque sensor is responsive enough that I wasn’t straining too much, but it just meant that I rarely used the throttle once the bike was moving. A few times, when climbing a hill, I tried using the throttle to see how powerful the motor was on its own, but in order to climb I had set the gearing to low… and this has the consequence of reducing the speed of the bike… So guess what, the motor cut out in throttle mode and I had to pedal again. I believe this is a factory setting that Bafang configures and it is not my favorite. I would prefer a throttle that did not cutout at all or if it had to (for safety concerns about bumping the throttle while the bike is parked) at least make it 2 miles per hour vs. 6 mph and then let the throttle offer full speed vs. limiting it! This is a variable speed trigger throttle with a range of motion that can be used to control speed, so why cap it electronically by the assist level. Bafang!!! Okay, anyway, there are still times that it’s nice to sit back and give your feet a rest when you aren’t climbing a steep hill and are able to maintain 6+ mph, and for those moments, this throttle works okay. It does however, push the control ring further in towards the center of the bars, making changing assist levels less comfortable with your thumb. There are other settings you can control with the button ring as well, such as walk mode (hold the down arrow) or cycling through trip stats (press up and M simultaneously). I did not see a USB charging port anywhere, which is another minor opportunity for adding utility that Evelo could consider in the future.

In conclusion, the Galaxy TT is one of my favorite new Evelo electric bicycles… even though it feels like there is a missed opportunity with how the throttle functions. I like that they offer two versions of the bike to keep the base level affordable and understand why it costs as much as it does. This is a special e-bike and it’s a pleasure to ride. Despite not having a suspension fork, it felt comfortable and possibly stiffer and more stable than it would have otherwise. The aesthetics are a big win and even the mechanical disc brakes get the job done. Safety is addressed very well with the motor-inhibiting brake levers and the throttle activation design. The bike is quiet, offers lots of utility with the rack and fenders, and is below average in terms of lighting and reflectiveness, but at least it comes with lights. The rechargeable flashing headlight is a good and somewhat rare choice, just make sure to take it with you so nobody steals it at the bike rack. This happened to my Mom once when we were out for a ride and it really upset me… stealing someone’s cheap light could result in them being killed by a car or accidental collision with another pedestrian during the dark ride home, is it really worth it people? Tire and inner tube upgrades might be a good idea if you live somewhere with thorns or sharp objects on the road because the stock tires don’t have puncture protection lining and I doubt the inner tubes are slimed or extra thick. A suspension seat post is an interesting upgrade option for those with back and neck sensitivity like me, but it will raise the minimum saddle height by a few inches so keep that in mind. I love how Evelo offers a full range of accessories that are guaranteed to work with their bikes like trunk bags, chain locks, and security hardware for the front wheel and seat tube collar. To me, this has always been one of the nicer companies to work with, they are polite and hard working. Big thanks to the Evelo team for partnering with me on this review and providing the TT and ST back to back for comparison in such a beautiful location. I personally like the ST better for how easy it is to mount and love that it comes in two colors (a slightly more feminine light blue and more masculine brown).


  • I like the motor that Evelo is using for their Galaxy series of electric bikes, the Bafang Max Drive is powerful, smooth, and incredibly quiet (even compared with Bosch, Yamaha, and Brose)
  • The combination of a mid-drive motor pulling a belt drive and shifting a continuously variable transmission hub is the cleanest, quietest, and most reliable you can get
  • Considering that the Evelo Galaxy ST has such a nice rear rack (with pannier blockers and bungee connector hole), I’m glad that they opted for a heavy-duty double-leg kickstand so you can load it up without tipping the bike
  • I like having fenders for those wet days and the hardware chosen for the Galaxy electric bicycles is a bit longer and has mud flaps at the bottom, I noticed that there are extra support struts for strength but there was still some rattling when riding over bumps
  • The NuVinci CVT hub allows you to shift gears at standstill which is handy if you stop on a hill, it should hold up well even if you shift while the motor is working (though it requires more effort)
  • Gates is a leading producer of carbon belt drive systems and the CDX uses a center track to stay on track, the belt should hold up longer than a chain and won’t make as much noise or be as messy in most cases, note that the frame had to be custom built to work with a belt drive… it has horizontal rear dropouts to keep the belt tight and a cutaway on the right seat stay to get the belt on and off for replacement
  • The saddle and grips match beautifully, overall, the paint job and silver accents blend together nicely to make this look like a more premium product
  • Most geared hub systems are well protected against side tips and banging up against other bikes at the rack because there is no derailleur sticking out of the right side, that’s the case here for sure, it’s just ore durable
  • Evelo was able to fit bottle cage bosses onto the seat tube and I love this, you can reach your bottle easier here than if it’s in a rear bag and if you don’t care about fluids, you can use this spot for mounting a folding lock or mini-pump accessory
  • Evelo has a bunch of accessories on their website including a nice trunk bag that works well with the rear rack on this bike, I like that the bag has reflective accents for safety and some zip-out panniers for increased capacity
  • The bike seemed really sturdy, the diamond frame is stiff and solid, the double walled rims have reinforcement nipples, and the spokes are 13 gauge which is thicker than average
  • There seem to be very few mid-drive electric bikes that have throttle on demand, it’s a neat option for when you want to take a break from pedaling, but I noticed the throttle wasn’t active at zero and is also limited by the level of assist you choose… so, you have to be going 6+ mph to use it and then you can’t go faster than you already were which is useful to catch up or climb a hill, I think Bafang should offer more options for how their throttle operates to make it more useful, or maybe they did this limitation to protect the motor or something? Most other bikes allow you to use the throttle from standstill at full power or limit the the throttle to 2+ mph but 6+ mph is a bit silly to me
  • Minor pro here, it’s great that the bike comes with lights and I like that the headlight is rechargeable, but it’s even nicer to have integrated lights that just run off of the battery and don’t have to be turned on/off every time you use the bike, these independent lights are also easier to get stolen (especially the headlight)… but it’s great that the headlight has a blinking mode (very few integrated lights do that)
  • If you hold the down arrow, walk mode will activate and help you push the bike forward which is really useful for steep inclines, or just hanging out with a friend and navigating a crowded area off the bike


  • This e-bike is a bit expensive but I understand why it costs more… the mechanical NuVinci CVT hub, belt drive, and mid-motor are not cheap, I like that they have a $400 upgrade option for nicer hydraulic disc brakes and the electronic NuVinci Harmony drivetrain with automatic shifting
  • The stock mechanical disc brakes are decent, you get 180 mm rotors to handle the heavier weight and motor inhibitors to stop the powerful motor in an instant, but the levers aren’t adjustable for reach unless you pay for the upgrade
  • Weighing in at nearly 59 lbs, this is not a lightweight electric bike, the battery alone is ~7.4 lbs but at least it’s removable for easier transport or charging independently
  • There’s only one frame size and color option for the high-step TT model, but you could always opt for the slightly smaller, slightly lighter step-thru ST model which comes in two colors, the TT frame looks more masculine and is a bit stiffer but I really liked the ST and appreciate the brown color scheme option there
  • The cockpit is a bit crowded with the large display and trigger throttle and there’s some wire clutter up front because of the extra motor inhibitor cables coming out of the brake levers… but this is such a minor thing, the wires route through the frame just after the head tube which looks nice and reduces snags
  • This is a slightly more rear-heavy electric bike because of where the battery is positioned in the rear rack, thankfully, the mid-drive motor brings a lot of weight down and low, but the NuVinci hub also adds weight at the back so overall there’s just more weight there which can cause frame flex and slow the turning speed and handling
  • There’s no suspension fork or seat post suspension present which could smooth out large bumps, but the sprung saddle, padded grips, 2″ high volume tires, and swept-back handlebar all work together to reduce vibration
  • The stock tires are pretty basic, they don’t have reflective sidewall stripes or puncture protection lining and it’s no fun to get a flat tire… so I might use some Slime tubes or just upgrade the tires with a 27.5″ x 2″ model from Schwalbe like the Big Ben with Race Guard or skinnier Marathon Plus
  • Minor grip here but the electronic wires up front use press fit connectors vs. threaded better-sealed connectors that I see sometimes on other expensive ebikes
  • I noticed a bit of speed wobble (where the front wheel jitters side to side as you go faster) in part because of the heavier frame with the rear weight, but it wasn’t a big issue when my hands were on the bars
  • The display is not removable, which means it can take more weather wear if parked outside or get scratched up at a bike rack… but it does angle forward and back and won’t get lost as easily or get loose


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TN Commuter
7 months ago

Great review, Court. The quality of the customer service at Evelo covers a multitude of small difficulties. The bike is everything a reasonable person could want: mid-mounted motor, no hulking battery between your pumping legs, quiet, long-lasting carbon belt instead of a chain, 350 Watt motor and good torque for the hills, nice swept back handlebars with a not-elaborate display, cushy saddle, and the intriguing NuVinci dial-it-in shifter, nice fenders for the unexpected mud puddle. I’d rather not have the throttle; class one bikes for me all the way. And the front light is not as build-in as I’d like. But this bike is dope, the bomb, great. And a 4-year warranty. Thanks for your perspective. EBR is just what the shopper needs.

7 months ago

Awesome, thanks for the feedback! I’m glad you enjoy this resource and I appreciate hearing your own perspective :)

7 months ago

Thanks for the review, I had been waiting for it :)

Regarding your experience with the throttle cutting off when going uphill, I get the feeling that you were in a low gear ratio because of the uphill pedaling start, I suspect/hope that if you had shifted to a higher gear ratio there would have been no cutoff.

That makes me wonder if the Bafang was cutting off because of reaching the max rpm (being in a low gear ratio). But even if that was the case, the motor should have been maxing out but not cutting off. It should only cutoff when you reach the max speed (which was not the case).

It would be interesting to hear from Bafang/Evelo on this as it does not sound right. On that subject, I understand they have an Off Road mode that has a higher limitation, and I was wondering if you tried that and saw a difference.

Last, did you try the Harmony equipped version, and did you experiment with the throttle in automatic mode. In that mode, the bike should shift automatically, and that should alleviate the issue you encountered.

If you tried, it would also be interesting to hear about the difference between manually shifting the NuVinci on the base model, and electronic shifting of the Harmony equipped model in manual mode.

Thanks again for the review.

7 months ago

Hi Scrambler! Yeah, the throttle cutout issue was a concern and source of confusion for me. At first, I thought it was cutting out as a prevention against heat or damage but then found that it had to do with dropping below the ~6 mph speed. If I shifted down to a lower climbing type of gear, the speed would drop, and if I used a higher and faster gear, the motor would struggle and the speed would drop again. The hill I was testing on was very steep, so this might not be an issue for most everyday use. Perhaps there is a perfect gear that works great with the throttle to stay above 6 mph but also not struggle climbing? I did try the Harmony automatic shifting on the other Galaxy ST and will have a review out shortly ;)

7 months ago

Thank you for the follow up Court. I had not though about the scenario where the speed would fall down below 6 mph and that would cut off the throttle again. This would definitely mean that on steep hill, the throttle could be unusable given the limited power of the motor.

I do agree with you that 6 mph seems rather high as a minimum speed threshold, and I wonder if it could be reprogrammed in the Bafang. Bafang normally has a programming interface, and that could be a question for Evelo to check.

Looking forward to your Harmony review of the ST. Thank you for your great work and site!

David Dye
7 months ago

Hi Scrambler

The throttle does not function below about 6 mph. We are aware of this limitation and working to remove it. For the record, no, you cannot just change it with the normal Bafang programming software. This limit is imposed by Bafang to protect the motor from the stress of dead stop at full power. We believe there is way to have both and are working toward it but do not have concrete solution yet.

At the of end the day very few of these systems have throttle at all but we felt It was important. Even if the throttle does stop working, the torque sensor is incredibly sensitive and requires only a tiny bit of force to set the motor turning. If this is a deal breaker for you, take a look at the Delta instead.

David Dye
EVELO Customer Service

7 months ago

Thanks for chiming in on this David! I prefer the advanced torque + cadence sensing that the Max Drive offers but love how the throttle works on the Delta. It’s nice that you offer some choices and I really appreciate the feedback to help Scrambler and others here. Nice to know that you’re exploring options with how the throttle works :)

7 months ago

One more question if I may :) The Bafang Max is supposed to have a bit more torque and power than the Bosch. During the review and hill testing, did you have a way to validate if that is noticeable? Thanks

7 months ago

Hi Scrambler, I haven’t compared the two motors back to back but I would tend to agree that with the Bafang motors you get a higher brute force because they rely on cadence and have that throttle option. Bosch is still very capable, but they are rated from 250 watts to 600+ watts where Bafang has a BBS01 offering 350+ watts and then the BBS02 in 500 watts, 750 watts, and even 1,000 watts now. I realize this is a sort of vague answer, my qualitative feedback would be that Bosch motors are smarter right now and smoother but don’t offer as much power because I think they are designed primarily for a European market where the power and top speeds can be more limited.

John ODonnell @ EVELO
7 months ago

Hi Scrambler and Court,

The throttle cutoff is something on which we have been working with Bafang for the last several months. To their credit, they have actually been very responsive in working with us to provide a throttle that starts at 0, but they are also pretty rigorous in their standards (which is a good thing, IMO). They insist on 10,000 KM’s of field testing before releasing the programming. While there are ways to accelerate testing, it’s still a manual process and takes quite a bit of time.

We don’t yet have a time line on it, but when the 0 mph throttle is introduced, it should be backwards-compatible and will be able to be downloaded to existing bikes.

7 months ago

Wow, that’s a cool update John! So, if someone purchased a Galaxy model now and there was a software update from Bafang in the future, maybe the dealer could help them get an upgrade for enhanced throttle operation? Is this something that individual owners could maybe do too if they ordered direct from you?

7 months ago

Thank you for the information John, that sounds good indeed. In case they decide a zero start causes too much stress on the motor, you should at least suggest allowing a lower value than the 6 miles per hour.

John ODonnell @ EVELO
7 months ago

Hi Court, Yes, if and when (I’m relatively confident that it will be “when”) it’s available, we’re also looking at potential solutions to update in the field. The Bafang Max uses a bit different communication protocol than BBS02 and it’s a bit more “closed loop”, but we’re pretty confident we’ll be able to have a solution for those existing customers who want to update the throttle.


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Nova Haibike
14 hours ago

No, because bicycles are not considered (motor) vehicles.

Yeah, without documentation it's just a tall tale. Maybe if you get it you can take it onto Antiques Roadshow and let them tell you about it? :p

14 hours ago

Yes....the VIN# i found interesting....do ebikes normally have vins.....i was told that the bike may have been in development with input from US Army but did not put much into that.....i temped power into controller(12v) and dashboard came alive...lights and accessories worked....odometer showed 300miles

23 hours ago

"...still some models"
XM700 is listed on Trek website as 2018 ; has it been discontinued ?
I think new model line up is announced late summer ?
I'd like to see the XM700 develop into something similar to the Bulls Urban EVO ; 500 Wh battery , 700c x50 tires , Suntour fork .

Tora Harris
2 days ago

Here is what I wrote over on the youtube comments:

From the video, this particular demo bike does not appear to be running quite correctly. I did notice the cables are twisted in the images and I would check the barrel connectors on the throttle side. These things are transported around rather roughly and may have some damage from getting bumped around, hard to tell. We have been testing it for several months now with 48V and 52V with GPS and its an absolute rocket.

It is running the exact same assist algorithms and torque and cadence sensors as the CrossCurrent S so we are confident in the product. On the road it matches the performance of the CCS at 48V. With the 52V pack the RCS runs away from the CCS. Sometimes when new things are getting demoed they might not work optimally. On top of this we are working on a extremely limited time schedule with lots of orders to get out and production to ramp up here in China.

I think Court is very fair and we have to do a better job on the time schedule and not rush things out. But to be honest, we are working flat-out and this is a extremely aggressive product in terms of development done on it.

It is the only class 3 geared hub fat bike available on the market, one of the few torque sensing pedal assist in this category, the only bike to properly leap to the 52V platform, the fastest recharging battery, while simultaneously having the capability to carry the most battery range of just about any e-bike available. This is capped off by being totally redesigned to be very serviceable and very affordable. It’s a lot to process and there are loads of similar looking products out on the market. It will take a little bit of time before it becomes clear what we have achieved with the RCS.

2 days ago

My V2 bike has a hub motor that is thru axle compatible and developed by Grin @ ebikes.ca so no fork swapping necessary. Although I haven't gotten a fork yet to take advantage of this feature the integral torque arm of the AnyAxle motor works really well and there has been no movement in the dropouts at all which can happen without a proper torque arm system. The thru axle feature pretty much negates that happening however.

It really depends on how much you want to be involved in the spec of your bike. There are plenty of off the shelf models out that will service the needs of most but as always in the bike world if you want custom, custom it is. Doesn't have to be any more expensive and is a great way to learn about the actual nuts and volts of e bike systems.

Here is a pic of my V2 bike.

Schlumpf High Speed drive provides a 150" plus gear thru an Alfine Di2 11spd IGH, you spend a good amount of time in the higher ratios so it is important to have them aboard. It is not that important to me to have an integrated and stealthy looking bike obviously because I don't really care if someone notices I'm riding an e bike.

3 days ago

The most important aspect to me as a a long time cyclist is to replicate my relationship to the bikes drivetrain as much as possible under e assist. To me this precludes any type of PAS because at the higher cadence I use on the road and wanting to vary it some without gaining or losing speed necessarily is not possible with even the most sensitive Torque Assist System. You apply more pressure and you go faster and vice versa unless you are constantly adjusting the ratio via a controller of course. The whole "magic legs" thing is lost on me I guess and I like to feel the road via the drivetrain in other words which also transfers well when I ride an analog bike again. It is important to have the gearing necessary to be able to pedal effectively at your projected average speed and more for dh thrills too if possible.

In order to make this happen I use a front hub motor with a throttle and Cycle Analyst III that I can set so that when I reach my desired speed I can let go of the throttle and pedal away in whatever gear/cadence I desire and the assist function fluctuates accordingly but not my speed. I also use the regen function generously as it helps to get the slowing down thing going and most times is all I need. Doesn't add much to the charge but sure saves on brake pads.

My mileage with a 52v/10.5ah/25A controller varies according to all the factors mentioned but as a general rule of thumb I find that my average speed and wh/mi are usually pretty much the same in varied terrain/speeds due to stops starts etc.. Although it is easier to average in the low 20's at a lower wh/mi rate than above that speed due to as mentioned factors above. While my current battery has never made 50 miles it has done 45 and my plan for my next battery is to go up another 1/3 in Ah so that I can do 50 easily.

Where I live I would wager that over 95% of the road/commuter biking communities use a drop bar bike of some sort. I have also found that a drop bar bike works well with assist although it is not as popular as those that use riser bars, big saddles and suspension bits in the e market place. I get plenty of comfort from using 40c tires on >i25 rims set up tubeless at 35psi btw. This also allows me to do gravé as well and even mild trail riding. Just now there are some drop bar models becoming available but are unfortunately not going to work for me as they are mainly EU spec PAS mid drives.

As you say the market is evolving rapidly and that is due to the advancements in technology, but to me the most significant advancement that applies to me is the battery chemistry itself and luckily there is a lot of effort being made towards that end. As the battery is arguably the most expensive and important element of an e bike I have chosen to stay with an open source modular system that is unencumbered by proprietary components so that as new developments happen I can easily adopt them.

In conclusion what works for me on the road is less than popular here as most will say that front hub motors and throttles won't work and that you need PAS and a mid drive. So to that end that is how my mtb is setup and that is another story.

bob armani
3 days ago

Zoli-So in your opinion, if you do not have the latest and greatest version of Bluetooth on your smartphone, you will not get the best performance from COBI?
My question: If you do not have a newer smartphone, can you just simply download the latest Bluetooth version on an older smartphone. (ie: I have a Motorola Moto E.) So in theory, this may very well explain why some owners of the Urban have connectivity issues and others do not??

rich c
3 days ago

I don't smoke, I don't need a lighter on my bike.

3 days ago

I am developing a new bike light (800 Lumens) which you can use for more than 150 minutes.

Now I am working on the design part, could you help me to choose which design is better: https://goo.gl/forms/ejYDdSA2IYt9ZOwZ2

I will appreciate your input :)

4 days ago

Hello Banzai,

Thanks for the helpful review of the RPB Stepthru. I also come from a motorcycling background, but haven't ridden for several years. I'm 68 years old, over weight and out of shape at 265 pounds. I have a Voltbike Yukon 750 Limited with a 500 watt geared hub motor and it is great at hill climbing, but I need a bike that I can fit into my 2016 Hyundai Tucson. I think that Radcity or a Radcity Stepthru with the front wheel removed should fit. Now, I like the looks of both bikes, but I would prefer to get the high step, because I think that there would be less frame flexing; however, I just wonder how accurate the stand over height of the high step frame is on the Radcity website. My inseam is 29 inches and I wonder if I would be able to stand over the frame without touching it. With my Yukon, the top tube is right in my crotch and I shudder to think what would happen if I had to stop hard and come off the seat onto the top tube (OUCH!!!) I like the idea of a stepthru because of what I just mentioned, but worry about it flexing under hard pedaling because of my weight. Also, I wonder if the motor on either version of the bike with the gearless direct drive motor would have enough power to carry me (while pedaling) up hills (on road).

The temperature up here in Port Perry, Ontario (NE of Toronto) is still a bit too cold for riding, but hopefully, I will be able to get out on the Yukon in another week or so.

So, if anyone who has the direct drive motor on their bike could comment, I would appreciate it.


4 days ago

SoCal has some excellent trails to ride on the sands of the Mojave Desert. Fortunately a lot of it is hard packed but there are soft spots the equivalent of soft beach sand. The typical trail ride here will have you running thru portions of each, but it is not impossible for any bike to traverse as shown by the road bikes and their narrow tires that travel on some of them. The two RAD Power Bikes I have do exceptionally well, each performing a little differently, but certainly able to tackle any terrain the desert has to offer. I rode thru the desert for years on motorcycles tricked out for desert racing. Can't do that anymore because the desert has been closed off to offroading except for designated areas and occasional sanctioned events. But I can still have fun riding on secluded back roads and trails on a 2017 RAD Rover and my new 2018 Rad City Step Thru. That's fine because the potential to bonzai down these trails needs to be reined in somewhat because afterall, they are not mountain bikes and won't hold up to the harsh treatment those bikes normally get. The two bikes that are quite different structurally, but since the Step Thru is new I'll be talking about it most and will mention first that there is no need to be timid about riding trails just because your new Step Thru is a city commuter bike, it is also equipped for trail rides and holds its own with its power and its 26'x2.3" dual purpose tires.

The RAD City Step Thru is powered by a Shengyi rear hub motor and although not having the low end thrust of the Rover, when in throttle mode it gradually gains power as speed increases, but gains full power quickly when pedaling in power assist mode. The rider never has to be concerned about a sudden thrust forward on the Step Thru. It behaves very well and can still be ridden everywhere the Rover can travel, and while getting accustomed to riding it, ran it thru different areas of difficulty just to see how well it performs. It blasts thru patches of soft sand that would stop a road bike in it's tracks. This is because the tires are the same tread and width found on many mountain bikes, and they are built for traction on all sorts of surfaces. They are not intended for all-day riding in soft sand, but regardless the Step Thru will still develop power quickly from a dead stop in first gear in power assist mode. Getting started in soft sand just using the throttle takes a little coaxing for it to finally develop sufficient power. This is when shifting down before needing the low end boost helps to keep from getting bogged down unnecessarily in a difficult situation. Each push of the gear shift button raises the gear to the next higher gear, and pushing the lever switches gears down to the next lower gear. Button Up, Lever Down.

Riding offroad in pedal only mode with no help from the motor entirely blew away my original thinking. It is quite easy, and it's nice knowing that if somehow all the power gets used up, the bike can still be pedaled just like a real bicycle. 90% of the trails I ride can be ridden easily and without any real effort using pedal power only. That is unless it is pushing against the wind, in which case when climbing steep sandy hills its best to be in at least step 3 of power assisted mode or risk stalling out halfway up the hill. Afterall, that is why we buy e-bikes - for the POWER! Otherwise on an excellent day for riding with no wind, I can take either bike and never use any power at all to ride the 15 miles into town on a trail that runs up and down hills and through washouts. The ride back is even easier with some fast downhills.

In addition to the introduction of a new style of city bike, 2018 at RPB also saw some changes in bike design and new power components. The 5 power assist modes on the new City limit the bike's speed while pedaling so I always put it on step 5 as I start up the hill to my residence. I would guess the mile long hill to be about a 10% grade, and I have no problem topping it in 7th gear and PAS 5 at 20 MPH. Topping the hill just using the throttle is slower, but the bike wants to FLY UP THAT HILL when pedaling using power assist! The watts indicator shows about 550 watts whereas powering the bike without pedaling jumps immediately up to 750 watts while sadly bogged down at around 15 MPH.

The new City bike requires keeping the key close by and must be used to allow it to power up. To turn the battery power off now also requires using the key. That's probably a new safety feature that works for many riders, but I prefer the older push button on/off instead. Ah well, such is progress.

Overall I am really impressed with the design and performance of the new RAD City Step Thru and that it is even suitable for some youngsters to ride. It's an excellent bike for running errands, and for even taking a trip out on a secluded trail to get away from the noisy city and its traffic.

4 days ago

I'm a bike enthusiast and also a software developer so for me COBI's opensource API is a great test-ground for ideas. In deed I'm currently making a couple of customized 'Modules' for my rides via COBI API.

I think the issues that were experienced early 2016/17 was regarding Bluetooth connectivity dropouts. I have the a latest Android phone with Bluetooth version 4.2 and its is very fast without lagtime. So yes u will need latest iPhone or Android to be sure u don't experience lagtime etc.

As a footnote even without carrying your smartphone, your COBI.bike can still function as a front and rear light and you can still switch through the different modes of the AmbiSense Light System. Also, the electronic bell is still functioning. If you own an eBike you can choose the motor support levels using the thumb controller.
Looking at COBI development.docs the system is made to fall back to no GPS signals etc. So the bike should not come to a grinding halt if GPS etc. is not avail.

Why would Haibike risk destroying their reputation selling off a bunch of troublesome bikes to make a few bucks?! not...and the dealers hate low margin SALE bikes so they will always try to up-sell to their highest margin sales, just to keep in mind.

Just my 2cents..

7 months ago

You can’t use a detailer with a belt drive so you either go with a hub gear or single speed. My Evelo Galaxy TT has the Gates carbon belt drive and combined with the NuVinci Harmony automatic transmission they provide a smooth and quiet riding experience. It probably helps that the Bafang motor doesn’t have the annoying high pitched wine of the Bosch.

5 months ago

1. Introduce the venue
2. Introduce the bike & representative
3. Proceed to ignore and speak over the representative
4. Repeat in next video (except for that girl at the Hybrid booth, hmmmm...)

Fernando Arenas
7 months ago

What a beautiful bike!

7 months ago

Excellent review!

Lysle Basinger
7 months ago

How much would a spare belt cost?

Tarek Naal
7 months ago

Do you know any affordable electric mountain bikes for 2017 or 2018?

7 months ago

I live in the U.K. and we only have pedal assist up to15mph wish it was 20mph plus we are not allowed a throttle which is a real drag. I think this is an expensive bike for what it is as I would expect more for my money.

On a separate note, guy killed a women on a bike in London doing 20mph with no working breaks! The husband of the victim is campaigning to expand current laws so cyclist can be charged in much the same way as a car driver, crazy.

I think you're reviews are now so good I would like to see one on any electric bike I was considering purchasing before I bought it. I enjoy watching these reviews because I've learned a lot, cheers.

7 months ago

raptor pome Yes I would but you can't class cycles like cars, I've driven for 40 years in the usual villages, towns, cities in the US and Europe. It's getting ridiculous if you can charge a 10 year old riding a bicycle as a 30 year old driving a car.

raptor pome
7 months ago

actnowone so if this chav who was riding a bike for the track that did not have a front brake fitted to it so was illegal for road use killed your mother err I think you would want him punished .....

Connie Odell
7 months ago

Court, great review. Did you get a chance to try the new Delta with the 750 Bafang? Love your comments about the throttle - Bafang (and others) "give us what we want!" - throttle that overrides and starts from a stop when you need it.

7 months ago

The NuVinci belt drive is a nice combo, i like that bag too. Why do an ebike review on a dock? Kinda risky.

James Mason
7 months ago

why do you think more bikes don't have belt drive

James Mason
7 months ago

Martian Megafauna sounds like belts are better used to keep pants up

Martian Megafauna
7 months ago

Here are some thoughts:
1. Having a belt drive means no rear derailleur or cassette; for many serious cyclists that is bad.
2. Hub gear systems have, even in recent times, not been as useful and durable as people would like.
3. Early Belt drives have not been infallible in terms of usefulness and reliability.
4. Belt drive systems are not inexpensive.
5. Belt drive bikes need to have a breakable dropout to get the belt onto the rear cog. $$

G Philip C
7 months ago

In hilly areas an electric bike must be a Godsend for average weekend riders.

Tarek Naal
7 months ago

Can you test the cube exc400 touring hybrid 2016

Tarek Naal
7 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com thanks

7 months ago

Hi Tarek, I'll keep an eye out for that model but am definitely covering the CUBE Touring Hybrid Pro 500 soon if that's close at all :)

Daniel S.
7 months ago

Seatle looks nice.

7 months ago

Yeah, I was amazed... super clear water, people swimming and just hanging out walking around. Not this cold rainy place that I had always thought of before

Mr Jhonny
7 months ago

4th like

Mr Jhonny
7 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com i like 14

Mr Jhonny
7 months ago


7 months ago

Nice! Thanks Mr Jhonny, what's your favorite number?

Steve Donovan
7 months ago

Boy that looked like a hard day's work.

Steve Donovan
7 months ago

Right, somehow I suspected it wasn't quite that easy. It was a good review and enjoyable from this end. I lived in that general area most of my adult life with the exception of these last few years. Summer time is the best because there's hardly any gray drizzly days.

7 months ago

Ha! Well, the difficult part is driving from SF to Seattle, studying the bike closely and memorizing stats, filming four bikes in a day with retakes and stuff, processing and editing the footage and images, writing the article and pros/cons and stuff. The video part is my favorite to do, and it is nice to be outside! But I didn't get to go swimming or relax at the beach, we filmed back to back