Galaxy TT review

Jerry LM

Active Member
Got my Galaxy TT from Evelo and after having it for 6 days decided it just didn't fit me properly. A little to long and a bit forward in riding position for me, let me premise by saying I am 76. As far as the bike performance it was outstanding imo, fast, easy climbing some pretty steep hills here where I live and smooth. Can hardly tell it's electric so quiet, the belt drive is really nice. The bike arrived super well packed took me a while to remove all the foam and paper protective covering. Went together pretty easy the instructions are a bit vague in some areas but if you take your time it goes together quite easy.
I am no bike mechanic for sure and I only had a few moments where I needed to stop and learn, like adjusting the front disc brakes, which now I know is quite easy. After an email Alex and a tech guy explained to me how it's done, no more problem.
The seat is not my favorite and took me a couple tries to get it where it was as comfortable as I could make it for me. If keeping it I would change it out for something different. They will help you with the cost on this as well.
As far as quality of the bike, paint is Very nice, no orange peel or scrapes, welds are excellent, graphics clean and not overdone. The components are all very nice quality not low end. Hydraulic brakes are marvelous!!! These stop you really quick and they are noise free other than the normal rubbing when applied.
The NuVinci, well, I cannot say enough about how much I like this. I had the fully loaded so the electronic version and it just makes riding such a pleasure! I was originally concerned about the hill thing but it climbs very well and if I didn't have quite enough just one step up on PAS level took care of it. I don't know how the thing works but it is super quiet, smooth and I don't notice much if any drag from it.
I took off on a ride yesterday and thru my subdivision to the gate then onto the road and immediately I have a rather steep 15% grade. Well half way up I was puffing and burning and thought,,wow this is as hard as a regular bike!!!! then I looked down, the bike wasn't on! Duh! stopped and rested half way turned on the power and took off again, NO Problem, stupid mistake. Made me realize though it's pretty much like a regular bike power off, didn't even realize it when on the flat road.
The tires are a smooth tread and 27" large wheels which for me are a little to large, I am short and when I get on the bike no problem, place my left foot on the pedal and swing over, stopping and standing over the top tube was also no problem, but getting off, well not so good. I needed to lean the bike way over and swing off, but I still tended to drag on the rear rack, if a back had been on it no way. So I realize now that a step thru is more or less going to be a necessity for me. Hate to admit it but I ain't as limber as I thought.
The display, controls on the bike are very nice, easy to read in bright sunlight even with no problem. Took me a few times fooling with them to figure out all the different things on there but went to Court's ereview of the bike and that cleared it all up.
The Galaxy is a nice bike and I liked it but as stated I can no longer handle the top tube frame, as much as I prefer it for looks and stability age plays a big part here. To keep on riding I need to go step thru, so I reordered the Aurora fully loaded model. It has a much more powerful motor which I most likely don't need, but step thru, and the fully loaded model has the hydraulic brakes which I did not want to lose. I will also be able to mount a bag on the rear rack now and have integrated lights, so should be a good fit for me.
I appreciate the fact that Evelo allows you to return the bike after 10 days and they pay the return FedEx shipping, which can't be cheap as this box weighs a ton! And they made me a great price on the new one and no shipping on it either, and it retains the 10 day return. This company is a real pleasure to work with, they are more concerned about their customers being satisfied than just pushing bikes out the door. So for me knowing how they have treated me I would buy their bike even if another more expensive one could be rated higher because the customer service is absolutely first class!
 

Al P

Active Member
Glad you had a good experience, Jerry. You mentioned that you were leaning a bit forward on The Galaxy. You may have the same issue with the Aurora. You might want to see if they can swap the stock handlebars with the swept back cruiser type before they ship it.
 

Jerry LM

Active Member
The Aurora is a shorter frame than the Galaxy to begin with, and a different geometry bike. Evelo does not do mods in the store before shipping the bike. If needed I can do aftermarket bars etc. Going to try it out first, get it today so we will see. The Aurora is also a much more powerful motor and mid drive with full active throttle, only draw back is I lose the belt drive and go back to a chain. That is not a deal breaker for me though. The way I ride won't be affected as I am around town to the store and pleasure rides at a low tensity level, my racer days are long gone at 76.
 

MisterM

Active Member
Got my Galaxy TT from Evelo and after having it for 6 days decided it just didn't fit me properly. A little to long and a bit forward in riding position for me, let me premise by saying I am 76. As far as the bike performance it was outstanding imo, fast, easy climbing some pretty steep hills here where I live and smooth. Can hardly tell it's electric so quiet, the belt drive is really nice. The bike arrived super well packed took me a while to remove all the foam and paper protective covering. Went together pretty easy the instructions are a bit vague in some areas but if you take your time it goes together quite easy.
I am no bike mechanic for sure and I only had a few moments where I needed to stop and learn, like adjusting the front disc brakes, which now I know is quite easy. After an email Alex and a tech guy explained to me how it's done, no more problem.
The seat is not my favorite and took me a couple tries to get it where it was as comfortable as I could make it for me. If keeping it I would change it out for something different. They will help you with the cost on this as well.
As far as quality of the bike, paint is Very nice, no orange peel or scrapes, welds are excellent, graphics clean and not overdone. The components are all very nice quality not low end. Hydraulic brakes are marvelous!!! These stop you really quick and they are noise free other than the normal rubbing when applied.
The NuVinci, well, I cannot say enough about how much I like this. I had the fully loaded so the electronic version and it just makes riding such a pleasure! I was originally concerned about the hill thing but it climbs very well and if I didn't have quite enough just one step up on PAS level took care of it. I don't know how the thing works but it is super quiet, smooth and I don't notice much if any drag from it.
I took off on a ride yesterday and thru my subdivision to the gate then onto the road and immediately I have a rather steep 15% grade. Well half way up I was puffing and burning and thought,,wow this is as hard as a regular bike!!!! then I looked down, the bike wasn't on! Duh! stopped and rested half way turned on the power and took off again, NO Problem, stupid mistake. Made me realize though it's pretty much like a regular bike power off, didn't even realize it when on the flat road.
The tires are a smooth tread and 27" large wheels which for me are a little to large, I am short and when I get on the bike no problem, place my left foot on the pedal and swing over, stopping and standing over the top tube was also no problem, but getting off, well not so good. I needed to lean the bike way over and swing off, but I still tended to drag on the rear rack, if a back had been on it no way. So I realize now that a step thru is more or less going to be a necessity for me. Hate to admit it but I ain't as limber as I thought.
The display, controls on the bike are very nice, easy to read in bright sunlight even with no problem. Took me a few times fooling with them to figure out all the different things on there but went to Court's ereview of the bike and that cleared it all up.
The Galaxy is a nice bike and I liked it but as stated I can no longer handle the top tube frame, as much as I prefer it for looks and stability age plays a big part here. To keep on riding I need to go step thru, so I reordered the Aurora fully loaded model. It has a much more powerful motor which I most likely don't need, but step thru, and the fully loaded model has the hydraulic brakes which I did not want to lose. I will also be able to mount a bag on the rear rack now and have integrated lights, so should be a good fit for me.
I appreciate the fact that Evelo allows you to return the bike after 10 days and they pay the return FedEx shipping, which can't be cheap as this box weighs a ton! And they made me a great price on the new one and no shipping on it either, and it retains the 10 day return. This company is a real pleasure to work with, they are more concerned about their customers being satisfied than just pushing bikes out the door. So for me knowing how they have treated me I would buy their bike even if another more expensive one could be rated higher because the customer service is absolutely first class!
I think you'll like the Aurora. My wife really likes hers. The chain is a lot easier to maintain/change and its hard to hear anything above the road noise.

Fwiw, she previously bought a more expensive 250w Bosch powered step-thru with conventional shifting, but much prefers the ease of NuVinci and 750w motor, and is selling her other ebike.

I'd recommend a Cloud 9 seat and perhaps even a Bodyfloat suspension seatpost for extra comfort. Long rides play havoc on one's posterior, even with full suspension.
 

Jerry LM

Active Member
THANKS for the reply there MisterM, yes I have just finished assembling the Aurora and I must say it is very impressive imo as compared to the Galaxy. The frame on this thing is massive, love the way the battery slips in and out, much prefer it to the rear rack mount on the Galaxy. The more powerful motor should be better and I love the full time throttle. I have not ridden it as yet as I encountered a problem, when they assembled the bike at the factory they installed Two Right Hand cranks!! so I am waiting for Evelo to send the new one out, which they assured me would go out tomorrow, Monday and they are including a crank puller tool as well so should be a quick fix. Took me a while to figure it out as I couldn't get the left pedal to thread on,,LOL,, thought it was the threads. Took it to the Electric Bike Co. in Eugene and they found the problem but didn't have a replacement. I like the swept back bars better and the seating position as well.
So maiden voyage is held off a bit .......Jerry
 

MisterM

Active Member
THANKS for the reply there MisterM, yes I have just finished assembling the Aurora and I must say it is very impressive imo as compared to the Galaxy. The frame on this thing is massive, love the way the battery slips in and out, much prefer it to the rear rack mount on the Galaxy. The more powerful motor should be better and I love the full time throttle. I have not ridden it as yet as I encountered a problem, when they assembled the bike at the factory they installed Two Right Hand cranks!! so I am waiting for Evelo to send the new one out, which they assured me would go out tomorrow, Monday and they are including a crank puller tool as well so should be a quick fix. Took me a while to figure it out as I couldn't get the left pedal to thread on,,LOL,, thought it was the threads. Took it to the Electric Bike Co. in Eugene and they found the problem but didn't have a replacement. I like the swept back bars better and the seating position as well.
So maiden voyage is held off a bit .......Jerry
Two right cranks? My wife's bike had front brake line mis-routed (twisted wrong direction around the front fork), so it's disappointing to see another poor assembly. At least I was able to reroute the brake line fairly quickly by myself.

Since it's so easy to shift with the Harmony (even when stopped), you probably won't use the throttle much. Just bump up the assist level if you need a quick boost - I find it easier/more intuitive to use more pedal power than trying to modulate speed with a thumb throttle.

Not a fan of rack batteries either. Makes more sense in the downtube.

Let us know your first ride impressions when you get that pedal situation sorted.
 

Jerry LM

Active Member
Hi again MisterM, you know my front hydraulic line is also wrapped once around the front fork which I don't like, works fine, but seems to me I would rather have it run down the outside and perhaps a p tie to hold it vs being inside the fork. You mention you moved yours, how hard was it to do? did you need to bleed the line? Thanks , Jerry
 

MisterM

Active Member
Hi again MisterM, you know my front hydraulic line is also wrapped once around the front fork which I don't like, works fine, but seems to me I would rather have it run down the outside and perhaps a p tie to hold it vs being inside the fork. You mention you moved yours, how hard was it to do? did you need to bleed the line? Thanks , Jerry
No, didn't bleed the line. If I recall, the brake line was just long enough to flip over end of the fork to unwrap (it was wrapped the wrong way around the fork so the handlebars couldn't rotate freely. Honestly, have no idea how anyone could install it like that). There is a bracket holding the brake line on the fork that I took apart (2 two hex screws) and a bracket holding the brake caliper. Moving it put a slight twist in the brake line, but otherwise works fine.

I'd leave the brake line on the inside face of the fork - moving it to the outside could be dangerous if you catch it on branches or get it caught in a bike rack.
 

Jerry LM

Active Member
Just took the bike down the street for the first time and wow this is a different world from the Galaxy, level one and I was flat moving fast it was a bit of a surprise, ton of power and extremely quiet. Only noise was the tire on the road that I could hear. Very impressive...