EZ Pedaler C350 Review

Ez Pedaler C350 Electric Bike Review 1
Ez Pedaler C350
Ez Pedaler C350 Fender Light Shock
Ez Pedaler C350 Front Hub Motor
Ez Pedaler C350 Trigger Throttle
Ez Pedaler Internal Gears
Ez Pedaler C350 Electric Bike Review 1
Ez Pedaler C350
Ez Pedaler C350 Fender Light Shock
Ez Pedaler C350 Front Hub Motor
Ez Pedaler C350 Trigger Throttle
Ez Pedaler Internal Gears

Summary

  • Feature rich electric bike offering pedal assist, throttle mode, lights and fenders
  • Front hub motor and mid-frame battery distribute weight evenly, 59 lb bike
  • Good torque and speed offering from the 350 watt hub motor, 36 volt Lithium-ion battery combination
  • Large soft tires, front shock, soft sprung seat and adjustable neck provide great comfort

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

EZ Pedaler

Model:

C350

Price:

$1,895 USD

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

3 Year Frame, 1 Year Components and Drive Systems

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2014

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

59 lbs (26.76 kg)

Frame Material:

7075 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

White, Black

Frame Fork Details:

Zoom Basic Suspension

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

3 Speed 1x3 Shimano Nexus Internally Geared Hub

Shifter Details:

Grip Twist on Right Bar

Pedals:

Aluminum Alloy Platform with Rubber Tread

Stem:

Tool Free Adjustable Angle

Handlebar:

Zoom Aluminum Alloy, Swept Back

Brake Details:

Mechanical Disc in Front, Roller Brake in Rear, Levers with Motor Cutoff Switch

Saddle:

Velo Comfort with Flip-Up Lever

Rims:

Power Circle, Double Wall Aluminum Alloy

Spokes:

13 Gauge Stainless Steel

Tire Brand:

Kenda

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

Puncture Resistant, Reflective Sidewalls

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

LED Headlight Powered by Main Battery, LED Rear Light Powered by Two AA Batteries, ABS Plastic Fenders with Mud Flaps, Plastic Chain Guard, Plastic Chain Guide, Rear Carry Rack with Pannier Blockers and Spring Latch, Double Leg Kickstand, Bell on Left Grip, LED Charge Level Indicator on Battery

Other:

250 lb Maximum Load, Removable Silverfish Style Battery with Fuse, Handle and Keyed Lock, Torque Arm on Front Fork Connected to Hub Motor Axle for Strength

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

8Fun

Motor Type:

Front-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

12 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

432 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

20 miles (32 km)

Estimated Max Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Display Type:

LED Console

Readouts:

Battery Level

Display Accessories:

Pedal Assist Toggle Switch

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The EZ Pedaler C350 delivers good performance and includes a broad range of features. It’s got three gears for pedaling, an decent sized motor, front and rear lights, optional fenders and a unique pedal assist on/off switch that lets you use the throttle power in conjunction with pedal assist. The price is in line with similar bikes from other leading brands and the quality is good. Some electric bikes cram in extra features without really integrating them to work well. The EZ Pedaler C350 does a great job of delivering an experience that is balanced but also feature rich.

The C350 name on this bike signifies how powerful the front hub motor is, 350 watts. The C stands for “cruiser” and signals the relaxed upright positioning and high top bar. If you’re a little smaller or are looking for a step-through model then check out the T300 series, which includes the T350.

The 350 watt motor on this bike is geared which allows it to provide extra torque for hills and windier conditions. This is the strongest bike offered by EZ Pedaler and if you’re a larger rider I recommend it over the C300. You might also consider a 500 watt electric bike from another brand like Pedego. The front fork mounting design that EZ Motion chose for this bike is a bit less structurally sound than a rear mounted equivalent, especially with the addition of the shock. To address this, EZ Pedaler has installed a torque plate designed to handle the added stresses of motor force. One drawback I’ve experienced when riding this bike is that if the motor is actively pulling the bike forward, the front shock doesn’t slide up and down as easily and this impacts ride quality when going over bumps.

When you do end up in tougher riding conditions with this bike the pedal assist mode significantly improves climbing power and range. Basically, there is a sensor built into the bottom bracket that detects pedal arm movement and signals to the motor to kick in and “assist”. It gives your thumb a break from pushing on the throttle and it also allows you to compliment the electric motor with your own muscular input. Given that the hub motor is mounted to the front of the bike vs. the rear, there is more of a tendency for the tire to spin when riding in dirt or up large hills. There just isn’t as much weight being distributed to the front wheel of bikes in certain situations, but it’s not a deal killer.

Having the motor built right into the front wheel actually offers a lot of benefits in terms of weight distribution across the bike. It also makes servicing the front and rear tires easier because you don’t have to fiddle with gears and wires in the already crowded rear portion of the bike. Finally, it also means you can have a hub gear in the rear which makes shifting at standstill possible and eliminates the need for a gear cassette. This means the chain can be shorter and tighter so it won’t bounce into the frame or fall off as easily.

In addition to pedal assist mode, this bike features a small thumb throttle on the right handlebar. One of the coolest features of this bike is the pedal assist on/off switch which allows you to use both the throttle and pedal assist at the same time. This works very well when you’re pedaling but have to stop for a light or stop sign and then want to get back up to speed. Just use the throttle then transition back to pedaling with pedal assist! Most other bikes require you to choose one or the other and I find that distracting.

The battery powering this bike sits mid-frame and low to the ground which is great for handling and maneuvering at racks and other non-riding situations like walking. It’s also completely removable but requires you to flip the seat up (which is awesome). Many other electric bikes mount their battery packs high up on a rear rack making them less stable. The C350 battery is made with Lithium-ion which is lightweight and powerful. It also gets many more charge cycles before wearing out than Lead acid or Lithium polymer types. The battery is enclosed in an aluminum shell and protected by the bicycle frame tubing on all sides. It also locks to the bike which is nice but requires the key to be inserted when riding which is a little annoying to me because the key can jingle around or get bumped. The battery delivers 36 volts of power and 12 amp hours of capacity, providing about 25 miles per charge in non pedal assist mode.

The EZ Pedaler C350 is a well rounded bike in terms of performance but it also offers a lot of comfort. The larger balloon style tires smooth out cracks and bumps and the cushy sprung seat and upright handlebars positions the rider with “heads up” view and makes riding with a backpack more comfortable. What really sets the C350 apart from other cruiser style bikes is that it actually has a front shock absorber built in! While this does add weight to the bike, it also makes it easier to ride over longer distances or for those with back and neck pain. I also love the fact that this bike has built in water bottle mounts. It’s the little things…

Other creature comforts included on this bike are built in lights (the rear one requires 2 AA batteries but the front one runs off of the main pack). There’s a nice chain guard and fenders to keep pants clean and dry and the internal hub is easy to use and maintain vs. a chain derailleur system which requires more tune ups. Even though this bike only offers three gears, I found that it’s enough for most riding up to 20 mph which is the top speed of the bike in electric mode. This is a good value priced bike that’s well thought out and comfortable to ride and the company has been around and continues to support their bikes well.

Pros:

  • Balanced weight distribution, front to rear
  • Kickstand stays out of the way and works well
  • Adjustable neck doesn’t require tools to change handlebar position and it holds bars well, doesn’t get loose as easily as some others
  • Low center of gravity with battery mounted behind seat tube
  • Lights on front and rear are great for safety but use independent on-off switches which can be annoying and easily left on
  • Simple throttle design works in pedal assist mode
  • Upright positioning is easy on the back and keeps rider’s view up and alert
  • Oversized tires absorb bumps and compliment the front shock and sprung seat nicely
  • Lithium battery is well protected, long lasting and light weight
  • Chain protector and fenders are great for keeping you clean when riding
  • Solid double-sided kickstand works well and doesn’t hang down too far
  • Adjustable neck and oversized handlebars improve comfort
  • Tires have large white reflective sidewalls for safety
  • Bolt-on rear rack accommodates most panniers because it uses standard gauge tubing

Cons:

  • Medium power and torque offering from geared 350 watt motor 36 volt battery combination
  • Front hub motor changes the feel of steering a bit, can lose traction easier than rear designs
  • Front shock is very basic, no lock out option for reduced bobbing when pedaling, doesn’t slide well when motor is powering bike
  • Bolt-on style rear rack can get rattly over time but much less so than ebikes with batteries mounted to them
  • Battery requires key to be left in when riding, can be jingly when going over bumps
  • Adjustable neck can get loose over time, especially riding over bumps and curbs
  • Basic pedals offer small surface area and can get slippery in wet riding conditions
  • Controller box is mounted below bottom bracket, a little bit more exposed than some other designs
  • Wires are not integrated into the frame

Resources:

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Comments (3) YouTube Comments

Brian Young
6 years ago

This is getting closer to an affordable bike, but my Emmo, which cost $1000 (CDN, even), has most of these performance features and gives me 6-speed transmission. It’s config is a little awkward, but it goes like the wind. We need a Volksbike and we need it now! [Btw, a jingly key-in-socket is not an issue. Ever drive a classic Jeep?]

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Bruce Towell
6 years ago

Hello,

I really appreciate your reviews/I’m new to the world of E Bikes, and very interested in the T or C 350. I’ve talked with the owner Dick Allen, and he’s giving me a good deal on one/but I’m concerned as their are no dealerships in Ohio where I live. What has been your experience with Dick Allen? The only E bike dealership I find close to my home Independence, suburb of Cleveland, zip code 44131/are the I ZIP Currie Bikes, and for some reason they don’t interest me. Any thoughts ? Appreciate any help, I’m almost at a stand still!:-)

Thanks and warm regards, Bruce Towell Independence, Ohio

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Court
6 years ago

Hi Bruce, I understand your situation… EZ Pedaler makes great bikes and offers good support but there is some value to buying a bike from a physical outlet that can service and support it. iZip has several great models (more coming in 2014) and I’m a big fan of the Zuma though it won’t offer the lights, fenders and other accessories as the T or C350.

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