Thanks for the support, I try to be objective and fair but obviously there's opinion and excitement mixed into these reviews. The timing of the review also matters (what's available) and boiling it all down to one number is tricky but I try my best to do a good jobCourt - I agree - Good to see the likes of FORD, DAIMLER, AUDI, et. al. competing in the surging electric bike market. These deep pocketed corporations can add awareness, stability, and serious momentum - methinks.
Wonderful to hear, IVerE.Hi, folks! I'm new here ;-)
I have had the great pleasure of being the happy owner of a Grace MXII Urban pedelec for a few months now and thought I'd share some of my thoughts.
Firstly, I fell for the bike mainly due to its design. It looks stunning! And even better in real life than on pictures. I still keep catching myself watching how its reflection looks when I cycle past big shop windows!
Secondly, I was intrigued by the belt/gear combination, and after having tried it for myself and compared it to other bikes, I had no problem deciding what I wanted. The only thing that held me back to start with was the price. But eventually I decided to go ahead and buy it, and have never looked back since.
The combination of the Nuvinci 360 stepless gear and the Bosch v2 engine is working flawlessly. After getting used to the bike I now more or less continuously adjust the gear setting while cycling to maintain just the right feel. This works great. It really does!
And I am not the only one raving about the new Schwalbe Big Ben tires? They are simply the best tires I ever tried, and are a fantastic match to this bike. They work great both on gravel and asphalt as well as on forrest tracks. Thats all I need. They are very comfortable, and the low rolling resistance is great too.
The bike is not light with its 23.5 kgs (51.8 pounds). I am actually a little puzzled about the fact that the off-road version with it's Rockshox fork, can be 1.5 kgs (3.3lb) lighter. It may be the Nuvinci gear weighing more perhaps...
Anyway, I'm a bit on the heavy side myself and the weight of the bike doesn't bother me at all. I thought, when I bought the bike that I eventually would change the rigid fork with a Rockshox fork (comes standard on the black S-pedelec), but the fact is that after having used the bike for a while I am simply amazed by how comfortable the rigid Grace fork is in combination with the Schwalbe tires and don't think I'll be changing it after all. It is also a bit of a looker, as it matches the design of the rest of the bike perfectly.
One thing I suspect could be a little better is the rear Avid 5 brakes, this isn't because they're not working well, but I have a feeling that the Shimano XT-brakes would be a little smoother. The front Avid Elixir 5 brakes are very good although feeling a bit rough. I would have preferred the 7 or 9's better levers with the easier adjustment of handle positions, but that's not a big deal. Also the B&M Lumotec front light could have been better. I compare it to my Lupine Betty flashlight and it really is in a completely different league. But I guess Grace didn't find it worth it spending another $500 on the lights.
All in all this is a fantastic bike. I have had good, well equipped bikes before, but really didn't know a bike could be this much better. Just for the record, I have no relation to Grace whatsoever and all I said above is correct to the best of my knowledge.
Go give it a try for yourself!
All the best from
IVerE in Oslo, Norway.
Very happy Grace owner!
Welcome to the forum IVerE! Thank you so much for the thoughtful overview of Grace MX2. It's always nice to have a first hand account and also get the critical bits about where things could be improved a bit. Feel free to share some pictures or video sometime if you get some good shots or use the bike off road in the snow or something. Some of my ancestors are from Norway and it's a beautiful place! Maybe I will get to visit sometime and we can go for a rideHi, folks! I'm new here ;-)
@Shea N Encinitas , you're talking about Grace ONE or Grace ONE Pro, this is MX2 and more like Dash.I'd register, run turn signals, license et all to ride that Grace tank around (German Moped), with a 3000 watt motor and 1.5 Kv battery that is, who cares if it is 150 lbs, it would still be a light motorcycle. I'm a little uneasy bombing hills at 35 on my Dash, want some beefy components for that action. dig?. -S
In my view the complexity of any expensive ebike requires proven long term service support. Hopefully you'll never need it. Think about the nightmares if your dealer folds. One of the big reasons I chose the SMART for ONE from Mercedes/Daimler is their proven service availability 150 + years. I believe SMART hired Grace to help with their design and it shows - great value in my 1300 Km experience - no problems nor fear of legendary Mercedes support disappearing.The Grace MX II Urban with suspension fork is one of my finalists for a new ebike. However, I called a handful of bike shops listed on their website and four indicated they hadn't decided whether or not to carry Grace.
Should I be concerned about dealer support for the Grace bikes?