Evelo Quest One Review

Evelo Quest One Electric Bike Review
Evelo Quest One
Evelo Quest One Planetary Geared 8fun Hub Motor
Evelo Quest One Battery On Off Switch Carging Port Usb Port
Evelo Quest One Large Lcd Display Control Panel
Evelo Quest One Spaninga Galeo Integrated Headlight Reflective Tires
Evelo Quest One Integrated Blaze Lite Led Backlight
Evelo Quest One Gates Carbon Belt Drive Single Speed
Evelo Quest One 10 Magnet Cadence Sensor
Evelo Quest One Folded
Evelo Quest One Electric Bike Folded
Evelo Quest One Folding Ebike Back
Evelo Quest One Folding Electric Bike Review
Evelo Quest One 2 Amp Electric Bike Battery Charger
Evelo Quest One Electric Bike Review
Evelo Quest One
Evelo Quest One Planetary Geared 8fun Hub Motor
Evelo Quest One Battery On Off Switch Carging Port Usb Port
Evelo Quest One Large Lcd Display Control Panel
Evelo Quest One Spaninga Galeo Integrated Headlight Reflective Tires
Evelo Quest One Integrated Blaze Lite Led Backlight
Evelo Quest One Gates Carbon Belt Drive Single Speed
Evelo Quest One 10 Magnet Cadence Sensor
Evelo Quest One Folded
Evelo Quest One Electric Bike Folded
Evelo Quest One Folding Ebike Back
Evelo Quest One Folding Electric Bike Review
Evelo Quest One 2 Amp Electric Bike Battery Charger


  • A folding electric bike that's fairly lightweight at ~41 lbs, clean and simple thanks to a Gates Carbon belt drive, and still feature rich with fenders and integrated lights
  • Available in two color choices, offers pedal assist and throttle on demand, highly adjustable extra-long seat post and telescoping stem, comfortable saddle and grips
  • Solid mechanical disc brakes with motor-inhibiting levers for safety, relatively easy to fold (in part because it's lighter), hidden battery and compact motor look nice
  • Single-speed makes starting slow so having a throttle is very nice, non-removable display is beautiful so be careful not to scratch when folding, no suspension features but the fatter tires reduce vibration and bumps

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Quest One


$1,999 ($3,899 Fully Loaded)

Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Travel

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:

41.1 lbs (18.64 kg)

Battery Weight:

4.1 lbs (1.85 kg) (Larger Pack 9 lbs)

Motor Weight:

7.4 lbs (3.35 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

11.5 in (29.21 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

11.5" Seat Tube, 26" Reach, 23" Stand Over Height, 23.75" Width, 64" Length

Frame Types:

Mid-Step, Folding

Frame Colors:

Crimson Red, Granite Gray

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 1x1, 20T Rear Sprocket


Prowheel Forged Chariot Alloy Crank Arms, 170 mm Length, 70T Chainring


Wellgo Plastic Platform, Folding


1-1/8" Threadless Internal Cups


Alloy, Folding, 200 mm Base Height, Telescoping Height (0 mm to 180 mm), Quick Release Handlebar Clamp 25.4 mm Diameter


Flat, Aluminum Alloy, 600 mm Length

Brake Details:

Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc with 160 mm Rotors, 5 Star Levers with Motor Inhibitors and Rubberized Front Edge


Padded, Stitched, Faux Leather, Black


Medium Sport, Black (Optional Upgrade Program)

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

580 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

33.9 mm


Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 36 Hole


Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge, Black with Adjustable Brass Nipples

Tire Brand:

Kenda, 20" x 2.125"

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)

Tire Details:

40 to 65 PSI, Reflective Stripes

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve


Adjustable Length Kickstand, Aluminum Alloy Rear Rack with Spring (25 kg 55 lb Max Weight), Integrated Spanninga GaLeo Headlight, Integrated Blaze-Lite RL1900 Backlight, 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 Tube Mounted Battery, 1.1 lb 2 Amp Battery Charger, 250 lb Max Weight Rating, Gates Carbon Belt Drive with CDX:EXP

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bafang 8Fun

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

540 watts

Motor Torque:

45 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

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

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10.2 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

367.2 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

5 hours (Up to 6 With Larger Pack)

Estimated Min Range:

20 miles (32 km)

Estimated Max Range:

40 miles (64 km)

Display Type:

Evelo Branded Bafang, Fixed, Color, Backlit LCD


Battery Level (5 Bars, Percentage), Speed, Average Speed, Max Speed, Assist Level (0-5), Power in Watts, Odometer, Odometer, Trip Meter, Timer, Clock

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad on Left, Full Sized USB Charging Port on Bottom, Night Mode (Hold Up Arrow), Walk Mode (Hold Down Arrow), Clear Timer and Trip Meter (Hold Up and Down), Settings Menu (Double Click Power Button)

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle (10 Magnet Sensor)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The EVELO Quest One is a unique folding electric bike because it offers a Gates Carbon belt drive and is lighter than most of the others I test out. It’s clean, reliable, and quiet because of the belt, but you only get one speed to work with… and in my experience the optimal pedal speed is around 15 miles per hour. This can make starting difficult if you decide to pedal unpowered or rely on pedal assist only, requiring extra leg power before it kicks in, but thankfully there’s a throttle-on-demand feature. As someone with sensitive knees, I’m a big fan of trigger or twist throttles because they make stop signs and traffic signals a breeze and keep the riding fun vs. painful or just annoying. It’s a great setup, however I did experience some delay with the throttle at times, which caused me to push further, and when it did finally click on, I got more of a zip than I really wanted. My advice is to ease into the throttle and keep in mind that there could be a slight delay, just be patient with it. This electric bike comes in two unique colors, a glossy crimson red and metallic granite grey. The seat post is thicker and longer than average and the stem telescopes upwards, so it seems like the single frame size could accommodate a wide range of riders. Even with the plastic fenders and rear rack, this bike rode smooth and quiet on bumpy torn up streets. I didn’t have to worry about the chain dropping because the Gates belt has a center track design to keep it stable. Apparently, belt drives like this one can last longer than chains! The downside here, is that single speed… many full-sized electric bikes with belt drives have an internally geared hub with 3, 5, 7, or 8 speeds (usually from Shimano) and those add weight and cost. Priced at just under $2k, this thing is already on the expensive side for a folding electric bike, but it does offer a quality display, average sized removable battery, reflective tires, disc brakes, and a fantastic warranty with some of the best customer support I have seen in the industry. Evelo also recently opened a factory store in Seattle so you people can test ride and buy in person. I do not know if all of the hardware on this product is rust proof but I would expect the Aluminum alloy frame, plastic fenders, and belt drive to hold up well in wet conditions. Folding e-bikes see like a good fit for RVers, boaters, and people who just have limited space in their home or apartment. For me, the light weight is so applicable in folding, removing the battery, changing flats, or lifting into storage on the go that it makes this bike very attractive.

Driving the Quest is an 8Fun branded internally geared hub manufactured by Bafang. This thing is legendary, in the sense that it is commonly used on entry-level and mid-level electric bikes and sold in kits. In my experience, it’s zippy, lightweight, reliable, and produces a bit of electronic whirring sound when operated at high power or higher speeds. You can hear it in the video review when I test the throttle while climbing a hill. The motor is rated at 250 watts nominal, which is on the weak side for US electric bikes but legally the maximum in Europe. It seemed like Evelo may have overclocked the motor a bit because they said it peaks around 540 watts and delivers up to 45 Newton meters of torque… There’s no way for me to validate any of this information, but I can guess that it will sip energy from the battery vs. draining it if you ride with pedal assist in the lower two or three levels, and that it gains torque because of the smaller 20″ wheels. These wheels bring the bike lower to the ground and offer increased strength (even more so because of the thicker 13 gauge spokes). The motor benefits from a mechanical advantage because of the smaller diameter but this also changes how pedaling feels. Many times, I will see folding electric bikes, with smaller wheels like this, that have enlarged chainrings to make pedaling feel natural. If they didn’t do this, pedaling would feel fast and you would quickly need to shift gears and possibly max out your gears before reaching the oft-maximum 20 mph top speed. Since the Evelo Quest One only has “one” speed, they chose to use a much larger chainring that feels best pedaling around 15 mph for me. Again, this makes starting a bit slow and even delays the cadence sensor because the 10-magnet disc is also rotating slower. I would probably always use the trigger throttle to help me get going… so thank goodness it is active in all five levels of assist and offers full power at all times vs. making you arrow up and get distracted with the display.

Powering this bike is a very average sized 36 volt 10.4 amp hour Lithium-ion battery pack. Average is not bad when you’re trying to conserve weight and minimize bulk. And this would still be average for a heavier full sized electric bike… so in some ways, it’s a bit above average for a folder. I love how the battery pack slides into the frame and is protected and hidden there. You can peek in at it from the left side of the frame where a triangular rubber cover reveals the charging port, an on/off switch, and a standard sized Type A USB port. You can charge this battery on or off the bike and the generic 2 Amp charger works great, I love how the charging wire is not in the way of the left crank when charging on the bike as so many other electric bike charging designs are. The battery charger only weighs about 1.5 lbs and could easily fit into a trunk bag like the Evelo branded bag that also has zip-out panniers. One note about the battery is that you may need the key to slide it out of the frame tubing. Whether it’s locked in there or not, the battery seemed tight (Alex, an Evelo rep told me that reduces rattling) so just insert the key and unlock but then turn a bit to one direction and pull with the key to get it to slide out. Take your time and be careful learning how to handle the battery. This is one of the more sensitive and expensive parts of the bike. Evelo offers an incredible 2-year comprehensive warranty on their products and a sliding-cost battery replacement option so you shouldn’t be left hanging. They even offer a trial period for buyers, so you can decide whether it’s right for you and return if necessary. This is incredible and very unique for a direct-sale electric bike company in my experience.

Operating the Quest One is a two-step process starting with the battery on/off toggle switch and then the rubberized on/off button on the control pad (mounted near the left grip). Once it’s on, you can enter into the settings menu to adjust units and other options by double tapping this power button. Anyway, the control interface is very compact and simple. You get an up arrow, the power button in the middle, and a down arrow. Hold the up arrow to activate the lights and watch as the color LCD display goes from a bright white background to a darker background to reduce distraction in low-light conditions. Very cool! Unless, you want to ride with lights during the day for extra safety, then the display could be a bit more difficult to read. It’s hard to offer “everything” but still make a display simple to use. Another quick consideration is that the plastic up/down arrow keys can get bent up if snagged by clothing or if you crash or fold the bike roughly. I have seen it happen, and while the display may still work, the plastic cover might stick up permanently and eventually get ripped off entirely. Just be careful with it and know that the control pad is replaceable and has a quick-disconnect point in the wire bundle up front. Speaking of wires, most of them are organized and even hidden on this bike. Not internally routed, but hidden in a plastic channel along the bottom of the main tubing section. The front wheel has quick release for easy flat-fixes or tire replacement but the rear requires a pair of wrenches and you will have to disconnect the motor power cable… and that’s easy to do thanks to another quick-disconnect point below the right chain stay.

All things considered, this is a unique and enjoyable folding electric bike. It can be very expensive and difficult to offer belt drives on traditional frames because belts cannot be opened and reconnected like chains, they are permanently a loop. Many frames require a special cutaway section to make this possible but the Evelo Quest frame has a horizontal dropout and single-tube seat stay / chain-stay so it’s belt-ready. This is a somewhat generic frame that I have seen from other companies in the space, and many of them offer suspension forks and multi-speed cassettes but weigh a lot more and are noisier. The Quest is quiet, light, clean, durable, and still gives you all of the safety and utility features you might want while compensating for a single-speed drivetrain with the throttle override feature. Though I wish the throttle worked more immediately, perhaps this delay is intentional to reduce accidental bumps when mounting / dismounting and folding? I suggest always turning the bike off before attempting any of these actions. Big thanks to Evelo for partnering with me on this post and inviting me out to their store in Seattle. There were plenty of hills to test on and I felt that the motor performed very well on these (at least for me as a ~135 lb rider). The Quest was stable, and even though it didn’t have suspension, the softer grips and saddle paired nicely with the larger tires for a satisfactory ride. Both of the main folding mechanisms had safety locks and felt sturdy, also, I was able to ride with no hands and the bike tracked well.


  • Very few electric bikes come stock with the Gates Carbon belt drive but it’s an awesome feature, lasting longer than a chain, weighing less, getting less dirty, being less likely to fall off because of the CDX center-track design
  • Plastic fenders keep you dry and clean, the flexible rubber mud flaps won’t get bent, cracked, or rust the way that metal ones would, which is nice when folding or riding over tall obstacles like curbs
  • Two integrated LED lights that run off the ebike battery improve safety and convenience, they won’t get left on accidentally or be as easy to steal as aftermarket lights, the reflective tires further increase your visual footprint
  • I personally think that this folding electric bike looks great, the battery is integrated and protected inside the frame (also keeping weight low and freeing up the rear rack for cargo) and the hub motor is compact and almost hidden between the cassette and 160 mm disc brake rotor, you also get two color choices!
  • Evelo offers some of the best customer service in the industry based on what I hear and have experienced as a customer when they were just getting started in 2013, you get a 2-year comprehensive warranty, a sliding-scale battery replacement plan, and they now have a factory shop in Seattle where you can take test rides
  • The display is large, bright, colorized and easy to read, I love that it shows battery percentage vs. just a 5-bar infographic and that it changes to a dark background when the lights are enabled (to reduce distraction) the motor control system offers both pedal assist and throttle on demand so you can get started from stop signs and traffic signals easily vs. always having to push
  • It’s very common for folding electric bikes to weigh as much as a full sized ebike, so I was excited to find out that this one is only ~41 lbs vs. 50+ lbs
  • The frame is very purpose built with protective cable housing and good weight distribution front to rear, the front wheel offers quick release but they sell locking hardware for people who are worried about theft
  • I love that the display has a standard sized USB port in addition to a second USB port on the battery pack! This means that you could charge portable electronics while riding and use them up at the cockpit without a lot of extra cable mess, but you could also use the battery pack as a backup power source off of the bike
  • In addition to the integrated lights, reflective tire stripes, and standard plastic reflectors in the pedals, I like that the bikes come with a flick bell for signaling in a friendly way
  • Minor pro here but the bike seemed slightly easier and simpler to fold than some competing models, I love how the seat post supports it and protects the chainring with plenty of room to spare
  • Evelo sells a few optional accessory packages and I LOVE the trunk bag option, it has reflective fabric and fold-out panniers for those times when you really need extra space… the bag is awesome and works perfectly with this smaller rack design, full sized panniers may hang down and rub (though I have not tested them)
  • I feel like Evelo found the perfect balance of control and safety with their throttle design, it is not active at assist level zero or when the brake levers are pulled, you can only activate the throttle in 1-5 assist and the trigger is mounted near the right grip (which feels natural for me as a right handed person), it’s still a good idea to always shut the bike off before folding or mounting/dismounting just to be safe
  • Even with the fenders and rack, which sometimes rattle on electric bikes, the Evelo Quest rode very quiet, even across the bumpy grass sections we tried
  • The extra-long seat post and telescoping-height stem make this a suitable platform for a wide range of riders (even though it only comes in one size option), it felt solid and stable to me (even when riding one-handed and filming)


  • The power cable leading back to the hub motor is a bit exposed on the right side of the bike, this is not uncommon to see, just be careful not to snag it or let the bike tip over onto this cable because it could bend and break
  • No suspension on the fork or seat post, these smaller-wheeled electric bikes tend to be less comfortable because of the higher attack angle (the tires fall into potholes an cracks vs. spanning them) but at least the saddle and grips are soft and you get fatter 2.125″ tires
  • The kickstand offers some adjustability but is mounted near the left crank arm which means it can prevent the bike from being walked backward and just get in the way if you’re doing service on the drivetrain
  • The display panel swivels but is not removable which means it could take some damage from weather if parked outside frequently or get scratched during the folding process, there’s no magnet or rubber clasp to keep the frame folded so it could bounce around during transport (consider using your own adjustable bungee strap like these)
  • The cadence sensor is fairly responsive but not as quick as a cadence + torque or pure torque sensor (the most magnets I have seen is 12 and this one uses 10 for sensing, it can take a moment to respond because of the single gear size and slower cadence at start)
  • Minor grip here but I don’t love the pedals, they are a basic plastic folding platform design but aren’t as easy to fold as some with an internal finger release, for these you have to push the pedal in to fold and it requires more hand strength and balance
  • Because of the extra large chainring, getting started on this bike can require more leg strength and there’s only one gear, so it’s nice that the bike has a throttle to help you get going, I felt most comfortable pedaling at ~15 mph
  • I’m not sure why this was happening, but there seemed to be a delay in the trigger throttle, which resulted in me pushing further (to get it working) and then feeling a jerkier zoom vs. smooth start, it just seems like there’s a delay for some reason


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6 months ago

Really appreciate these reviews, Court. You provide a tremendous amount of detail to help us choose our bike, some of which is not published by the manufacturers. With so many companies making these bikes now, this is a great resource. Continued success and happy riding!

6 months ago

Thank you so much Keith! I do my best to be thorough but also constructive and keep it interesting. It’s amazing how many little choices these companies have to make and how slight variations can change performance, fit, or price point. Have fun riding out there, whatever you get :D

6 months ago

I happen to have stumbled onto another entry into the lower priced folding ebike category. The company has a nice looking line of folding regular bikes also. The company is Citizen and the e-model is the Frisco. It has a 250 watt motor, 36 volt 8.8 ah battery, throttle control. Mostly pretty normal stuff. Fenders, no lights or rack though, for $1099 and free shipping. The interesting feature is that is has a cruise control. And a gent reviews his here. Seems like a decent ebike at a decent price.

6 months ago

Cool, thanks for sharing this Jon, it looks like a decent value. One of the differentiators with EVELO (at least for me) is their great customer service, but perhaps Citizen is similar. If you buy one, feel free to share your experience with it in the forums :)

2 months ago

This Citizens ebike is exactly the same frame as the Evelo Quest. They must be using the same company in China (I’m not saying this as a bad thing). Evelo retrofitted the bike with a belt drive instead of a chain, different computer and tires, integrated lights etc.. The fact that they retrofitted the bike has it’s issues because the fenders no longer fit properly for the tires they put on the bike, and those fatter tires are extremely hard to remove if need to change flats etc. and even worse to put them back on.

2 months ago

Hi Kathy, interesting find there. I appreciate your insights on this bike and one that is similar but with a chain.

6 months ago

Just had the chance to test ride the Evelo Quest and Galaxy TT at their Seattle shop. Actually wanted to check out the too-new Quest Max with their mid-drive and NuVinci hub, but they only had a pre-production prototype on site.

Alex recommended I try the Quest to get a feel for their folder and their cruiser/hybrid Galaxy TT to feel how the NuVinci hub works. Their shop is in a quiet residential neighborhood in Seattle so you can pedal along quiet, not too smooth pavement, up and down decent hills to get a feel for their bikes.

Was pleasantly surprised that the Quest wasn’t a struggle to ride uphills with the single speed, but the Galaxy TT shows how the NuVinci hub is the way to go if you don’t mind the cost and weight. So simple to use it’s intuitive inside of a minute or two of first riding with it.

Told Alex that now I needed to wait for Court’s review of the Quest Max before I would decide!

6 months ago

Hi Floyd! I’m glad my reviews helped you to discover and enjoy a new bike. I look forward to covering more of their products in the future, including the Quest Max someday :)

Ken H
4 months ago

Is it someday yet? Curious minds want to know more about the Quest Max!

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Nova Haibike
13 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..

1 month ago

I have an EV and I would like a folding bike as an emergency travel option if I need to leave the car charging as well as for travel fun. I an 5 foot one and wight 260 (don't judge). I have RA and was also hit by a car and had my back and sacrum and fibula broken and at 53 that healing process is slower now. I need a comfy, not too heavy folding bike, and have been looking at the Evelo Quest one, the Mate s and the RADmini. I am open to all and any suggestions. I have an iZip cruiser but it is too big for the Bolt. Thanks!

5 months ago

I think I may have sold my stepdad on buying an Evelo Quest One for the back of his plane! We especially like the belt in lieu of chain... no grease or mess on hands and clothes.

Voodoo Six
6 months ago

I'll be buying an ebike over the winter, this on is high on my list, anxious to see the max version.

Gene Coppola
6 months ago

A real possibility for me, I like the bike, and the sales rep is someone I would like to do business with..

6 months ago

Hi Court, their website states that the bike weights 38lbs with integrated battery.  Your review says ~41lbs.  Do you know why there is ~3lbs discrepancy?  Did you weigh the bike yourself?

6 months ago

Wow nice bike! That belt drive is sexy stuff and has become a higher standard in the motorcycle (and motorscooter) world, so why not? It appears as if a guard for the motor wiring connection point could be fabbed-up easily by someone handy, but better yet the manufacturer should've provide one at what, pennies per bike?

minnie saab
6 months ago


Steve Mullholand
6 months ago

I've said it before and I'll say it again - YOU ARE THE BEST! Thanks for another amazing video!

6 months ago

Thanks Steve! I'm definitely working to make these videos useful and interesting. It feels great to be recognized and I'm glad you're enjoying them :)

6 months ago

At 41 lbs this is looking better for what I have to carry up my stairs! I think I'll use that advice for a nylon strap to keep it together, maybe even something I can use as a strap over my shoulder to assist with the weight. Thanks!

6 months ago

Not yet... was looking at the Magnum folding bikes but I like this at 10 lbs lighter.

6 months ago

Sure thing, I'm not a huge strong guy so these lighter weight ebikes are appealing... even with some trade-offs in gearing, power, and range. The bike worked great for me. It sounds like you might already own this one?

6 months ago

Hey bro it me I have that bicycle from Evelo Quest it a awesome e bicycle it cost a lot but worth the money I used it everyday so far now I road about 500 miles now no issue what so ever it my only transperation back and forward from school work and home I am so happy that I got this bicycle than the other one because of warranty is the best in market also I told them that the only reason why I know about electric bicycle is by you and they like I know him too wow the Evelo people working knows me by name now kool right

6 months ago

Sweet! Glad you're enjoying the Evelo Quest One Nguyen, it's a nice bike and indeed, the people at EVELO are very quick to help and offer good support. I hope it keeps working well for you!

Mr Jhonny
6 months ago

20th like

Mr Jhonny
6 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com Thats true!!!!!

6 months ago

Somebody's slacking ;)

6 months ago

Court - Do you think the future of ebikes is a mid-drive and belt drive? It just seems to make sense.

Jon Neet
6 months ago

Another big plus for belt drive is, there is no chain to rust. The climate here (big island of Hawaii) is brutal on chains, derailers, cars, motorcycles etec, etc. Anything metal will rust.

6 months ago

TarsierSpectral Very nice Bike: https://www.evelo.com/electric-bicycles/quest-max/ Would love to see a review on it :)

6 months ago

TarsierSpectral Really? Cool! I'll check it out.

6 months ago

Jon Neet IKR and there are much fewer moving parts, saves on weight, and the manufacturing and assembly should be much easier and cheaper to optimize in the long run. For a regular bicycle it's overkill but if you're going to spend at least 2K on an ebike, the extra cost of a belt drive is relatively minimal, when considering the time and $ savings in maintenance. It's up to the ebike industry to push it perhaps. I also wish the industry pushed manufacturers to go with mid-drives instead of hub drives.

6 months ago

Just an FYI, they just released a mid-drive version of this bike with a belt drive and gears but at a weight expense.

Honky Tonk
6 months ago

belt drive will never last as long as chain drive. same goes for timing chain and timing belt in cars.

Jon Neet
6 months ago

I dissagree. Belt driven motorcycles are all over the place and doing very well. All Harley-Davidsons have been belt driven for many years. All Victories , American made but now defunct did just fine with belt drive, and the Suzuki S40 (also known as Suzuki Savage) uses a belt. And while the S40 has a well known weakness, it has nothing to do with the belt drive. Belts are super quiet, seldome need adjusting, need to lubing, and outlast chains.

6 months ago

Honky Tonk - Depends on the advances in materials. By the time the belt wears out, you'll want to upgrade your e-bike anyway. Also, a chain system is susceptible to issues when riding through sandy areas, so a belt drive basically extends the terrain of the bike to beaches, which is really cool.

Zsolt Velykovits
6 months ago

I have a few ideas for future models:
• You could release a sport model with no rack on it
• Offer it in a matt khaki green color
• Instead of the big display, I would prefer an iOS and Android app instead

6 months ago

The app idea is cool, I think we will see more of that in the future. I also like the idea of a khaki green color in matte, thanks for sharing your ideas!

Aayush Parmar
6 months ago

Please reply me. Do you know Elektron bg368 bike?

Aayush Parmar
6 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com and yes $400.

Aayush Parmar
6 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com :) it's $400 in India. It's having hub motor. It looks like giant road e

6 months ago

No, I haven't seen that one yet, thanks for sharing, maybe I'll get to review it someday :)

6 months ago

Buy Quality - Buy Evelo!

Steve Donovan
6 months ago

I have that display and like its features including the colors, and you can unlock a few things like the assist levels to get 9 and the upper speed limit. The belt drive seems to me to be what the future will definitely see as a common component, I'm curious how it stays on the sprockets not moving side to side. Glad to see another one about a couple grand, you're really showing great variety.

6 months ago

Hi Steve, the CDX thing (center drive track) is a vertical protrusion in the chainring that keeps the belt from slipping to either side. The belt has an indentation that allows this protrusion to slot and keep it "on track" and it works great, I have never had an issue with a Gates Carbon CDX falling off. Does this make sense? Here's more info with some close up pictures for you, look at the black chainring with the line down the center: http://www.gatescarbondrive.com/products/cdx