Cheetah 80 mile Impressions

lotus

New Member
I now have 80 miles on my newly purchased Cheetah (Feb 2020)

Location: Loveland Colorado - (ebikes are not allowed on soft surfaces OR if path has a sign that states "no motorized vehicles").
I bought this particular model because it doesn't look like an ebike(?). No battery is visible, therefore I wouldn't be harassed
by the police? We'll find out. There aren't a lot of ebikes around yet and only old people ride them, so I should be OK on
the bike path. I make it a point to be always peddling and don't use it like a moped for PR reasons.
Since we're locked down in our homes with the pandemic thing, I'm very thankful I've got this to ride. As I'm sure with you,
we're allowed to exercise outside walking, etc. I wouldn't ride the motorcycle as there are old white haired liberal ladies with their
hair on fire using cell phone cameras to shame people on social media when anybody they suspect is not complying.
With the ebike I'm getting exercise (peddling) and not burning fossil fuels. I'm a conforming model citizen.

My profile: 6' 185lbs 73 years old
Bike Color: Brown/Black
Purpose : Mostly flat terrain around town to grocery, bank, coffee shop, bike path, etc.
Options: 750W motor, 17.5 AH Battery, luggage rack and front/ rear fenders (Only installed the front fender)
rear fender is in storage. I found front fender was necessary after riding through puddles and having water
thrown up into my face. A must have for me. I won't install rear fender because it makes the bike look
clunky in MY eyes. It's a taste thing.

Received shipment by large truck that took 5 or 6 days from California. Box in good condition with no issues

Unpacking and Assembly: Was packaged well with no damage. No scratches, dents and everything was there.
Had to assemble/mount front wheel, pedals, headlamp, fender, luggage rack and seat. Took about 45 mins
and didn't have to make any modifications. Everything fit and worked correctly out of the box. While assembling,
I was impressed with the quality of workmanship and quality of components. No disappointments.

Physical presence after assembly: I was taken aback by the bikes' size. It's more imposing than I thought it would be after seeing
site pictures. I'd say it's close to the size of my Triumph Bonneville motorcycle. Takes up more space in the garage than
my mountain bike and requires more room to maneuver. It has right and left stops on the steering head to
prevent the forks from banging into the 'tank' when making tight turns. Nice feature, but you'll have to take several
tries to get pointed in the right direction.

Controller Display: Took some time and several calls to sales office to get it completely figured out. For instance, the instructions
tell you to set the bike parameters (tire size, battery voltage, etc.) by using setup. You enter setup by pressing/holding
the 'SET' button on the left handlebar interface control. When it enters the setup mode it wants you to enter a password. Instructions don't tell you what the password is. Had to call and they told me 0118. That worked and was able to setup as
needed. The instructions told me you could change this password. Not true. I was never able to change it. I called and they
said you can't change the setup password. Ok, that's fine.
Controller Negative: The only concern I have about the display is it looks too much like a cell phone. I'm nervous about somebody trying to
steal it thinking it's a cell phone. I was going to change the orientation from portrait to landscape, but it's solidly mounted to
the steering stem. We'll see if my fear is ever realized.

Controller Use: I've had it a month and 80 miles and still finding ways to more efficiently use it. I'm impressed and in awe of it's versatility.
The combination of PAS (pedal assist), 7 speed derailleur and hand grip throttle makes its use infinite. If I'm in level 1 assist (5 levels) and a head wind or hill comes up, I just push the "+" button for higher assist on the handle grip control and I zoom ahead. When the resistance lessens, I press the "-" button to get less assist. This is when the 7 speed derailleur comes into play. The derailleur primarily is for setting the cadence of your legs to speed of the bike. If you're in a higher assist level, you don't want your legs wind milling. This is where you shift to higher gears to stop the thrashing.
The throttle control on the grip is used for fine tuning the amount of assist. For instance, if I'm stopped at a light and I'm facing a
steep crown at the center of the road, I'll use the throttle to overcome the resistance to get to the top of the crown.
To engage the assist, you need to move the bike a distance of 6"?. I use the throttle when starting in a awkward position when it's difficult getting the crank rotated to engage. You'll need to push the bike 6" while engaging the throttle.

Battery/Charging: Of course, the battery range is infinitely variable due to you're riding style and terrain. The faster you go and more you carry, the less range. On the first charge, I got over 40 miles on flat terrain. I've found that I typically ride at 10 to 12 mph. By the way, there is a trip meter and odometer. The charging instructions warned about leaving the charger plugged in constantly and expected battery life is ~800 charge cycles. I've only charged it twice, but I run the battery down to one segment on controller display (each segment is 20%) before charging. When I plug in charger the fan comes on and continues to run until fully charged. The fan then turns off. I would guess it takes ~4.5 hours to be fully charged. I then clear the trip meter to see how far it'll take me.

Negative: This really isn't a negative for me since I don't use it like a mountain bike, but there is chain slap due to length when going over
rough terrain or curb. This is not a mountain bike. It's a beach cruiser.
It weighs 75 lbs with the larger battery and motor. Yes, I have AAA. You don't want to be having to lift it often. This is ok for me since it has a motor!

Cool factor: Everybody loves the way it looks. I've had 14 year old boys tell me it's a cool bike. People pull up next to me at stop lights and ask
me about it. Lots of thumbs up from cars passing. For these reasons, I never leave the bike anywhere NOT locked up. We have
homeless who would love to walk away with it.
 

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MarkP

Member
Lotus,

I am wanting to purchase one of these too. The full package (17.5AH battery, rear rack, fenders, light guard and rear pannier). Does it come with a rear light? If does the rear light powered by the bike's battery?

What color scheme do you have? I wish there was a forest green and brown scheme.

Might I asked where your purchased your bike from and which carrier delivered your bike? Is the bike packaged well enough to make it cross country (West Coast to Southeast)? I know there are several online dealers selling the bike but not sure which one to go with. I live in a remote areas so there are no local bikes dealers of any kind in my area. Are all bikes drooped shipped from Civi bikes in California or from each dealer's local stock?

Thanks for the review, your information is very helpful. Anymore insight you have would be most appreciated> Some pictures are always great!
 

Mike_V

Member
Nice Cheetah write-up Lotus,

Stylish bike with power, good looking and colorful, but you may want triple 'AAA' towing if there's a breakdown at 75#+

Ring your bell and Roll past those gossips laughing because they're too busy worrying and whining loudly , at the sociable distance, while only listening to themselves.

MV
 

lotus

New Member
Lotus,

I am wanting to purchase one of these too. The full package (17.5AH battery, rear rack, fenders, light guard and rear pannier). Does it come with a rear light? If does the rear light powered by the bike's battery?

What color scheme do you have? I wish there was a forest green and brown scheme.

Might I asked where your purchased your bike from and which carrier delivered your bike? Is the bike packaged well enough to make it cross country (West Coast to Southeast)? I know there are several online dealers selling the bike but not sure which one to go with. I live in a remote areas so there are no local bikes dealers of any kind in my area. Are all bikes drooped shipped from Civi bikes in California or from each dealer's local stock?

Thanks for the review, your information is very helpful. Anymore insight you have would be most appreciated> Some pictures are always great!
Hey Mark,
* The rear rack has the tail light built into it and is NOT powered by the internal battery. It takes one AA battery and you need to toggle the
switch on the light assembly itself. There is not a control on the handlebar.
* I have the Brown/Black
* Don't know the shipping company. It was a generic semi out of Denver. It wasn't UPS, FedEX, etc.
* Shipping time - That'll vary depend on weather, etc. It was shipped from Civibike office in Onterio Calif. We had a snow storm so
a truck was delayed coming over the mountains.
* No dealers in the Denver area. There is one on the western slope, but that's a good 5 hour drive. I have found no need for the dealer
as everything has worked perfectly. By the way, when I talked with sales staff they always pushed to have me be a dealer. They're looking
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lotus

New Member
Nice Cheetah write-up Lotus,

Stylish bike with power, good looking and colorful, but you may want triple 'AAA' towing if there's a breakdown at 75#+

Ring your bell and Roll past those gossips laughing because they're too busy worrying and whining loudly , at the sociable distance, while only listening to themselves.

MV
Ha, yes I do have AAA and might need it
 

Mike_V

Member
Oh, your snapshot is great, the look in a boy's eye when leaning on a Cheetah. Nice!

I quip to the kids, ( and anxious parents ) who see me on the trail:

'There's an age limit; You can't get one of these until you're 60'

However, pushing it with a flat rear tire on 'the walk of shame' toward home, I've no smart remarks.
 

Marci jo

Well-Known Member
Hey Lotus, look what I saw at my local super market today. Yes, that's a cheetah. Didn't get a chance to speak with the owner but it's sure an interesting ebike. That headlight is huge.

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lotus

New Member
Hey Lotus, look what I saw at my local super market today. Yes, that's a cheetah. Didn't get a chance to speak with the owner but it's sure an interesting ebike. That headlight is huge.

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Yep, the owner must be tall given the seat adjustment. It's about the same as mine (6'). He's also braver since I don't see any kind of lock on it. I'm also noticing the gap between front fender bottom and tire. I first thought the gap was too large and wondered if I had installed it correctly. Looks Iike I did. Thanks for sharing the pic.
 

ReallyGoodEbikes

New Member
Lotus,

I am wanting to purchase one of these too. The full package (17.5AH battery, rear rack, fenders, light guard and rear pannier). Does it come with a rear light? If does the rear light powered by the bike's battery?

What color scheme do you have? I wish there was a forest green and brown scheme.

Might I asked where your purchased your bike from and which carrier delivered your bike? Is the bike packaged well enough to make it cross country (West Coast to Southeast)? I know there are several online dealers selling the bike but not sure which one to go with. I live in a remote areas so there are no local bikes dealers of any kind in my area. Are all bikes drooped shipped from Civi bikes in California or from each dealer's local stock?

Thanks for the review, your information is very helpful. Anymore insight you have would be most appreciated> Some pictures are always great!
Hey Mark,

I'm an authorized dealer for this brand. If you want to talk, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Steve
Really Good Ebikes
888-883-3350
 

Mike_V

Member
Nice picture in that shaded area of the matte' finishes on all surfaces
The finish should 'age' over time and wear them cleanings.
I'm kind of impressed at the good looking design features and how 'acoustic' that bike appears.