F4W Ride Review

F4w Ride Electric Bike Review 1
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F4w Ride 8fun 350w Motor
F4w Ride Bottom Bracket Torque Sensor
F4w Ride Handlebar Lcd Display
F4w Ride Tail Light
F4w Ride Led Headlight
F4w Ride Led Tail Light
F4w Ride
F4w Ride 350 Watt Motor
F4w Ride Battery 36 Volt 9 Amp Hour
F4w Ride Control Lcd
F4w Ride Front
F4w Ride Headlight
F4w Ride Electric Bike Review 1
F4w Ride1
F4w Ride 8fun 350w Motor
F4w Ride Bottom Bracket Torque Sensor
F4w Ride Handlebar Lcd Display
F4w Ride Tail Light
F4w Ride Led Headlight
F4w Ride Led Tail Light
F4w Ride
F4w Ride 350 Watt Motor
F4w Ride Battery 36 Volt 9 Amp Hour
F4w Ride Control Lcd
F4w Ride Front
F4w Ride Headlight

Summary

  • More affordable, practical ebike with lights, fenders, rack and basic suspension fork on the front
  • Average sized motor and battery system offer enough power and range to cruise around town comfortably
  • Solid warranty, good reputation (Hero Eco also makes A2B ebikes), unique torque sensor can feel inconsistent

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

F4W

Model:

Ride

Price:

$1,799 USD

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

5 Year Frame, 2 Year Drive Systems and Components

Availability:

United States, Europe

Model Year:

20132014

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

46 lbs (20.86 kg)

Battery Weight:

5 lbs (2.26 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

19 in (48.26 cm)

Frame Types:

Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Black, White

Frame Fork Details:

Basic Suspension

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 Shimano Alivio

Shifter Details:

Triggers on Right Bar

Pedals:

Platform with Rubber Tread

Stem:

Adjustable Angle

Handlebar:

Low Rise

Brake Details:

Tektro V-Brakes, Tektro Levers with Motor Cutoff

Grips:

Rubber, Semi-Ergonomic

Saddle:

Padded Comfort

Tire Brand:

Kenda khan, 26" x 1.75"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Accessories:

Rear Carry Rack with Bungee Cords, Plastic Chain Guard, Front and Rear LED Lights, Side Mounted Adjustable Kickstand, Bell on Left Bar, Full Length Fenders

Other:

Removable Battery Pack

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

8Fun

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Battery Brand:

Sony

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

9 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

324 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

35 miles (56 km)

Display Type:

Monochrome LCD

Readouts:

Speed, Odometer, Battery Level, Voltage, Battery Temperature, Assist Level (1-3)

Drive Mode:

Torque Sensing Pedal Assist, Twist Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)(Limited to 15.5 mph in Europe)

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Written Review

The F4W (fast forward) Ride is a well rounded entry level electric bike. The highlights include a low mid-mounted battery pack that’s easy to put on and take off, front and rear lights, a cargo rack with bungees and front and rear fenders. My experience with the bike has been limited but the ride quality was average and that’s reflected in the lower rating I gave the bike as well as its lower price point. There’s really a lot of value in the accessories and warranty here but some of that is spoiled for me given the unique spring-activated torque sensor. Whether the bike is powered on or just being ridden like a traditional bicycle the cranks feel soft and squishy when pedaling. It’s hard to explain but very noticeable when pedaling, it’s the opposite of stiff and responsive… but thankfully that feeling does not transfer into the power output by the motor.

The motor driving this bike is a 350 watt geared hub located in the rear. It can be activated via twist throttle (on the right grip) or through one of three pedal assist modes. The system relies on a torque sensor that smooths out power activation but causes some other issues as described above given the unique spring design. Geared hub motors are known for offering solid torque and power for their lighter, smaller footprint and this one is made by 8Fun (Bafang in China) which is a reputable brand. The motor performs well enough though it does produce some noise as shown in the video review. I’d call it average, good enough for scooting around town and ascending medium hills as long as you help by pedaling a bit.

The battery powering this system is a Lithium-ion pack mounted just behind the seat post tube. It can be charged on or off the bike and simply tilts out to the side for removal which is pretty cool. It also has a neat metal cap on the side designed to keep water and dirt out of the charging port. The pack offers 36 volts of power and 9 amp hours of capacity that should take you 20 to 40 miles depending on how much you use the twist throttle verses pedal assist. The cells inside are made by Sony and come with a two year warranty which is fantastic. The battery pack is actually one of my favorite parts about the F4W Ride or its brother, the Peak. They did a great job with it and it even includes a key for locking security.

Operating the Fast Forward Ride is relatively simple. Just click the toggle switch on the battery pack and activate the bike with the center rubberized button on the LCD display panel. At level zero none of the drive systems on the bike will work but you can still use the control panel to see how fast you’re going, how far you’ve gone and how much battery capacity remains. Once you choose an assist level (there are three) you can activate the motor by either pedaling or using the half-grip twister on the right handle. It’s a simple system, I would have liked to use throttle at level zero but it’s not a deal killer. While the bike does have ann adjustable headlight tail light, they run off their own batteries and have to be activated independently with little switches. For the price of this bike I’m just happy it came with lights but having them integrated would definitely have been nice to save weight and waste on disposable batteries (yes, I know you can get rechargeable but then you need a separate charger etc.

The F4W Ride offers a lot of value but ironically it’s just not that fun to ride (compared with other ebikes I’ve tested). You get the lights, fenders, a rack and a mini computer but it’s all rather average and not entirely integrated. If you forget to turn one of the lights off after a ride… it will probably run out. The pedals are rubber and plastic making them easier to slip off of in the rain and the suspension fork is extremely basic. Overall the bike feels a little cheap and doesn’t pedal as smoothly or efficiently as higher priced options. This comes back to the spring-activated assist. If Hero Eco would have used a standard 12 or even 5 sensor pedelec disc with magnets to activate the F4W Ride it would be a lot more satisfying to pedal and the score would be a 4 or 4.5 given the excellent weight distribution, warranty and decent price point. If you’re very price sensitive or this is your first ebike it could be a good choice but consider checking out similar bikes like the e-Joe Anggun that pedal more smoothly and are similarly priced.

Pros:

  • Battery pack keeps weight low and center on the frame, includes a keyed lock but is still removable for convenient charging
  • Plastic fenders and chain guard keep your clothing dry and snag free in wet riding conditions
  • Offers both twist throttle mode and three levels of pedal assist for improved range and climbing
  • Front and rear headlights improve safety and are mounted securely with aiming adjustability
  • LCD computer display shows your speed, distance traveled and battery capacity and is small (stays out of the way), electronic wires are all routed through the frame to avoid snags and improve appearance
  • Suspension fork is basic (no lockout or adjustments) but smoothes out the ride, bumper saddle and suspension seat post also help
  • Features a standard rack with bungee cords on the rear, works well with panniers or a bag
  • Although the bike only comes in one size (medium 19″) the adjustable seat post and stem improve fit and comfort, low-step frame is easy to get on or off and stand over
  • Relatively affordable considering all of the extra options and extensive warranty from Hero Eco
  • Tektro v-brake levers disable the motor when activated, improves stopping safety

Cons:

  • Torque sensing assist is spring activated and can feel inconsistent or “wavy” as you pedal forward, for me this makes the bike less enjoyable to use
  • The front and rear lights run off their own batteries and have to be turned on independently vs. using the LCD display panel, it’s easier to forget them and run your batteries down, this also wastes individual cells vs. using the main rechargeable pack
  • Lower end rubberized plastic pedals can be easy to slip off in wet riding conditions, they do have reflectors built in and the fenders and chain guard help keep feet dry
  • No braze-ons for mounting a water bottle cage on the downtube or seat tube, may have to use the rear rack or get a Camelbak
  • No throttle-only mode, at level zero none of the drive systems work, must be in pedal assist to activate

Resources:

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Comments (10) YouTube Comments

Adora
5 years ago

Long Island Electric Bikes has the “F4W Peak” with an 8FUN (Bafang) 350 watt geared brushless rear hub motor … looks like a mountain bike … don’t see any suspension … $1799.00 … have you seen that? Any comments?

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Court
5 years ago

I have tried the F4W Peak and will post a review for it soon! Stay tuned… It’s a bit more generic than the mid-drive system from 8Fun, imagine a high step version of the F4W Ride reviewed here.

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Adora
5 years ago

Are you saying the 350watt Bafang (aka 8FUN) in the F4W Peak is more “generic” than any other Bafang? Wouldn’t they be using the same Bafang in the Volton (and others) as well. I suppose that any number of manufacturers have copied the Bafang?

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Court
5 years ago

Yeah, it’s the same motor being used on many different bikes. The real variation shows up in the battery used, the bicycle frame and the accessories added. 8Fun or “Bafang” also makes mid-drive motor systems like this so that’s another difference you might see.

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Tony
3 years ago

We’re can l get a battery charger for a f4w ride

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Court
3 years ago

Hi Tony! I have no clue to be honest… Might be worth asking in the forums here but so far nobody has made any comments and I rarely see this brand at all anymore. It’s kind of sad, I wish I could be more help to you… Maybe ask the shop where you bought it? I don’t have a contact at the company unfortunately.

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Meron
1 year ago

Hello, I want to ask about F4W Ride battery. Is it available and what is the price? I’d like to get a replacement.

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Court
1 year ago

Hi Meron! I don’t think F4W is still in business, at least I haven’t seen their products at many shops lately… Perhaps the best approach would be to have your own battery refurbished and repacked with new cells. Here’s a guide on that with some links to companies that can help :)

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Louis Beaumont
3 months ago

Looking for a battery management system (PCB) for my Fast4ward ride electric bike. 36V 9ah. Thank you.

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Court
3 months ago

Hi Louis, this company has been off of my radar for many years now. I’m not sure they are still in business… but you could work to get your battery and controller replaced entirely (and even upgraded) by working with a third party like FTH Power. I visited and made a guide with a video a while back that you can see from that link :)

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