Fuji Ambient 27.5+ 1.3 Review

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Summary

  • A hardtail cross country style electric mountain bike with 3" wide plus sized tires and Boost hub spacing for improved wheel strength, adjustable 100 mm suspension fork with remote lockout
  • Available in three frame sizes, relatively lightweight at ~47 lbs, high-torque Bosch CX motor with larger Bosch Powerpack 500 battery, beautiful battery integration on the downtube
  • Large Bosch Intuvia display panel is removable and offers Micro-USB charging, rack bosses on the seat stays allow you to convert the Fuji Ambient into an all-road commuter or bring gear on backcountry adventures
  • Pricier setup for a hardtail because of the fancy wheelset, tires, and Shimano Deore XT groupset, seat post didn't slide easily, CX motor uses energy faster, creates more noise, and produces some friction due to reduction gearing design but also offers shift detection to protect the drivetrain

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Introduction

Make:

Fuji

Model:

Ambient 27.5+ 1.3

Price:

$3,999 USD

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban, Trail

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Year Motor and Battery, 5 Year Frame

Availability:

United States, Europe

Model Year:

2017

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

47.5 lbs (21.54 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.7 lbs (2.58 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

A2-SL Aluminum Alloy Front and Rear Triangle with PowerCurve Downtube

Frame Sizes:

17 in (43.18 cm)19 in (48.26 cm)21 in (53.34 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Small 17 Measurements: 17.5” Seat Tube, 22.25” Reach, 28.5” Stand Over, 30.5” Width, 75” Length, Medium 19 Measurements: 19.25” Seat Tube, 22.5 Reach, 30.5” Stand Over, 30.5” Width, 75” Length

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Satin Charcoal with Neon Yellow and Silver Accents

Frame Fork Details:

RockShox Recon Gold RL Air Suspension, 100 mm Travel, Remote Lockout, Rebound Adjust, Boost 110 mm Hub Length, 15 mm Thru-Axle Maxle with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

Boost 142 mm Hub Length, 12 mm Thru Axle Maxle with Quick Release, Cold Forged Dropout, Replaceable Hanger

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses

Gearing Details:

10 Speed 1x10 Shimano Deore XT Derailleur with Shadow Plus Clutch, Shimano HG50 11-36T Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano Deore Two-Way Triggers on Right

Cranks:

FSA, Aluminum Alloy, 175 mm Length, 15T Chainring with Alloy Guard

Pedals:

Wellgo Aluminum Alloy Platform

Headset:

FSA CK-745, Tapered 1-1/8" to 1-1/2", Threadless, Internal Cups

Stem:

Oval Concepts, 6061 Alloy, 80 mm Length, 7° Angle, One 10 mm Riser, Two 5 mm Risers, 31.8 mm Clamp

Handlebar:

Oval Concepts, 6061 Alloy, 9° Sweep, 770 mm Length

Brake Details:

Shimano M447 Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Shimano Two-Finger Levers with Adjustable Reach

Grips:

Oval Concepts 620, Ergo Shape, Single Lock On, Single Density Kraton

Saddle:

Oval Concepts 200, Steel Rail

Seat Post:

Oval Concepts 300, 6061 Alloy

Seat Post Length:

380 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.9 mm

Rims:

Oval Concepts 600AM Boost Plus, Aluminum Alloy, 40 mm, Reinforcement Eyelets

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 15 Gauge, Black with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Nobby Nic, 27.5" x 3" (75-584)

Wheel Sizes:

27.5 in (69.85cm)

Tire Details:

15 to 35 PSI, 1.0 to 2.4 BAR, Performance

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Alloy Chainring Guard, Clear Sticker Slap Guard, Rear-Mount Adjustable Length Kickstand

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube Mounted Batter Pack, 1.7 lb 4 Amp Battery Charger

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Performance Line CX

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

600 watts

Motor Torque:

75 Newton meters

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

13.4 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

482.4 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

3.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

115 miles (185 km)

Display Type:

Bosch Intuvia, Removable, Adjustable Angle, Grayscale, Backlit LCD, (Hold Reset and i to Enter Settings)

Readouts:

Speed, Assist Level (Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo), Battery Level (5 Bars), Odometer, Trip Distance, Estimated Range, Clock, Max Speed, Average Speed, Trip Time, Shift Recommendation

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad with Tactile Feedback on Left, 5 Volt 500 mA Micro USB Port on Display

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence and Pedal Torque, Power Output Relative to Pedal Input: Eco 50% 40 Nm, Tour 120% 50 Nm, Sport 210% 60 Nm, Turbo 300% 75 Nm)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Fuji Ambient 27.5+ 1.3 is a hardtail, cross country style, electric mountain bike with a premium motor and battery from Bosch. It features some unique frame and wheel design features, comes in three sizes, and offers bosses for adding a rear rack that could be useful for weekday commuting as well as weekend adventure rides. I was impressed with its relative light weight, upgraded Shimano Deore XT drivetrain, and large 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes, but acknowledge the slightly higher price. Fuji was started independently in 1899 but is currently owned by Advanced Sports International, which also holds Kestrel, Breezer, and Oval Concepts. You may notice that the handlebars, grips, seat post, saddle, and wheelset are all from Oval Concepts, and are all quite nice. Fuji was named after Mount Fuji, in Japan, which is a symbol of strength and endurance… and those values are reflected in the quality of parts and comprehensive two year warranty. This ebike does something different than a lot of other hardtail mountain bikes I see, it has opted for the largest, 3-inch wide, plus sized tires that provide increased traction, float, and air volume for comfort. As someone who rides electric bikes frequently, I tend to go faster and further compared to non-electric. This translates into discomfort at times, because mountain trails are often full of ruts, uneven sections, and rocks. With 27.5″ diameter and 3″ width, these tires perform a lot like 29″ tires, lowering the attack angle and smoothing out the ride. With the support of a 100 mm air suspension fork and possibly a 30.9 mm aftermarket seat post suspension, this ebike can be very comfortable and a lot less complex, less heavy, and less expensive than a full suspension e-bike. Some considerations and trade-offs with this bike that I noticed are the larger plastic motor casing, compared to the tilted and compact Haibike and Bulls implementations of 2017 and 2018, and the increased noise produced when riding at high power settings. It appears that there was not enough room to squeeze in bottle cage bosses, and the seat post fit very tightly into the seat tube (which could have been a fluke with just this bike).

Driving the Ambient 27.5+ is a Bosch Performance Line CX mid-motor. This is the mountain-specific model from Bosch which produces up to 75 Newton meters of torque and 350 to 570 watts. It’s incredibly responsive, measuring rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque over 1,000 times per second. Rather than using a traditional sized chainring, like nearly all of the other ebike brands I have seen, Bosch developed a proprietary smaller sprocket range that rotates 2.5x for every crank arm revolution vs. one to one. The end result is an increase in chain grab with the possibility of increased chain suck if you get the drivetrain extremely muddy. I believe that the smaller chainring provides a mechanical advantage to the motor and may also start and stop quicker… which can be useful in rigorous off-road settings. In so many ways, this motor is fantastic. Yes, it weighs a bit more, produces a bit more noise in the highest levels of assist, and suffers from a bit of friction because of the reduction gearing (which is most relevant if you’re pedaling the bike when turned off or pedaling over the maximum assisted 20 mph top speed), but it’s one of the most reliable and consistent motors on the market. Note that Fuji has added a smooth alloy chainring protector to shield the 15-tooth chainring from your pants and brush. This chainring protector also keeps the chain from bouncing off track when the going gets rough. And, the Shimano Deore XT derailleur comes with a Shadow Plus one-way clutch to further reduce chain bounce and drops. Just click the little grey lever into the up position. I like this motor because it operates effectively at a wide range of pedal speeds, up to 120 RPM, while some competing products fade out around 120 or are limited to just 100. Basically, this means you can spin faster and reach higher speeds without having to shift gears. When you are shifting, the Bosch motor controller can actually detect changes in pressure and provides direction to have the motor ease off. This reduces strain on the chain, sprockets, and derailleur.

Powering this bike is the high capacity Bosch Powerpack 500. It’s one of the most compact, lightweight, and iconic ebike batteries on the market… in part because it looks exactly like the older Powerpack 400, which has been around in the United States since 2012! These two battries offer different levels of capacity (roughly 400 watt hours and 500 watt hours respectively) but they are actually interchangeable, using the same mount interface. This battery isn’t fully integrated and hidden in the downtube, but it is blended a bit. You can see near the top where the tube cuts in a bit and then down low where the frame comes up to meet the base. I like how it looks here, even though the frame color is more of a silver and the pack is black, Fuji has done an excellent job with stickers and paint accents to help the aesthetic. And, all of the shifter cables, electronic wires, and hydraulic brake lines are internally routed through the frame. When you take this battery off the bike, there’s a secure locking core and then a little handle at the top. The battery pops upwards, and when you go to put it back on, there’s an audible click. The battery on this particular review unit was a little loose, but this is something that most shops can adjust for you over time, especially if you ride off-road a lot, and this is unique to Bosch and some of the other fancy high-end battery designs. Charging the pack is pretty fast and easy with the proprietary plug and four-Amp charger. Some ebike chargers are bulky, heavy, and require dongle adapters… but not this one. It only weighs ~1.7 lbs and would be easy to stow in a backpack or trunk bag if you do opt for a rear rack. And, some trunk bags have bottle holsters like this, so you could solve the hydration issue in one fell swoop. For most bumpy trail riding however, I’d probably skip the rack altogether and get a hydration pack like this, which would also have room for the charger.

Operating the Fuji Ambient 27.5+ 1.3 is easy and comfortable with the Bosch Intuvia display panel and accompanying control pad (which is mounted near the left grip). Bosch has a few ebike displays now, and the Intuvia is one of their largest, making it easy to read. The one downside however, is that it could be vulnerable to scrapes and bumps in off-road environments. Compared to the smaller Purion model, the Intuvia offers some adjustability in angle so you can reduce glare, it’s removable for safe keeping, it shows more stats, and offers a Micro-USB port on the upper right edge for maintaining additional portable electronic devices. This particular electric bike does not have integrated lights, but many shops are capable of adding them to the Bosch system and there’s a light on/off button right there on the display. It may even be possible to downgrade the Intuvia to the Purion with the help of a shop, if you prefer the cleaner cockpit. What I love about the button pad here, is that the + and – buttons are easy to reach and reliable to click. This allows you to raise or lower assist power once the display has been turned on. You can ride in Off, Eco, Tour, eMTB, and Turbo mode, and the eMTB setting is unique to the Bosch CX motor. In this setting, the bike delivers a wide range of power and listens closely for how hard you’re pushing to determine how much it will activate. It’s incredibly to me, just how well this mode works! Especially when you consider that some other “everything” modes miss the mark or feel artificial at moments. Bosch is well known for their sensors (used in self driving cars and smartphones) and it’s cool to get a bit of smarts on an ebike like this.

I really liked the Fuji Ambient 27.5+ product. It looks beautiful, feels more comfortable than a lot of other hardtails because of the 3″ plus sized tires, and you could add a suspension seat post to take it even further. It’s not the most affordable ebike and I wish the motor looked a little bit sexier, but I love that they included rear rack bosses and went with a steeper top tube to lower stand over height. The rims are designed with plus sized tires in mind and come with reinforcement eyelets to improve strength. The fork offers remote lockout so you can save efficiency on hard pack and when climbing, by reducing bobbing, and both wheels have quick release so you can perform trail maintenance easily. The thru-axles felt sturdy and stiff but the narrower spokes, with fewer spokes, reduces weight and provides some flex and comfort that’s more like a bicycle vs. a lot of overbuilt electric bicycles. It’s the little things here, like the bulged locking grips that provide some ergonomics without begin so fat as to crowd mountain biking gloves. The two-finger brake levers work beautifully and can even be slid in a bit and used as one finger if that’s your preference. They provide great stopping power and are nicer Shimano brand vs. of the generic options. And, if for some reason you don’t stop quickly enough or just end up with a flat tire on the trail, the Bosch system has walk mode so the bike can help you out. I have used this to climb steps before, and to ascend steep rigorous sections of trail that might have otherwise been above my ride level to ascend and ended up being a real challenge to push a 50 lb bike up. Big thanks to Motostrano in Redwood City, California for letting me dig into their wide range of ebikes!

Pros:

  • This is one of the few hardtail models I have seen with larger 3″ plus sized tires and Boost hub spacing, the frame uses thru-axles for stiffness and strength, is fairly lightweight at 4.75 lbs, and comes in three sizes for improved fit
  • High-capacity Bosch Powerpack 500 battery paired with the mountain specific Bosch CX motor provides excellent torque for climbing, both components are situated low and center on the frame to improve balance and handling
  • The Bosch CX motor offers eMTB mode which allows you to focus on steering and shifting gears vs. selecting power modes, it offers 120% to 300% power output mostly based on pedal torque and feels more consistent than some competing systems I have tried
  • The battery can be charged on or off the bike, uses a durable proprietary plug that doesn’t require a dongle adapter, and fills quickly with the included 4 Amp charger (while most other ebike chargers offer just 2 Amps)
  • The kickstand is mounted perfectly, further back and out of the way if the left crank arm turns, it also offers some adjustable length without using tools (just twist the end) which can improve stability on different surfaces
  • This is a more comfortable cross country platform with 100 mm of travel on the highly adjustable air suspension fork, the larger tires provide increased air volume for increased comfort, float, and traction
  • Larger 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes provide smooth and powerful stops and the levers can be adjusted for reach,
    which is nice if you’re a relatively large or small rider with different sized hands or maybe if you wear gloves
  • My understanding is that Fuji is part of a conglomerate that owns Kestrel, Breezer, and also Oval Concepts which is why the bike has so many Oval Concepts components (grips, stem, handlebar, seat post, saddle, wheelset), and they all seemed pretty nice to me, the grips are locking which is good
  • I love the Bosch Intuvia display panel because it’s large, can be adjusted forward and back to reduce glare, is removable for increased protection if you used this bike for commuting, and even offers a Micro USB port for charging a smartphone or other electronic device
  • Nicer derailleur here, it’s a mid-level performance part from Shimano with a special one-way clutch that helps to reduce chain bounce when riding off road, just click the grey lever into the up position
  • One of the coolest aspects of the Bosch motor systems for electric bicycles is that they provide some level of shift detection to reduce mashing and grinding of the chain, sprockets, and strain on the derailleur
  • Minor thing here, but I like the pedals that come stock with this bike! They’re the wider, grippier, Wellgo Aluminum alloy platforms vs. cheaper, smaller, cage pedals

Cons:

  • Even though the Bosch motor isn’t tilted up or integrated as nicely as some of the new models from Haibike and Bulls, I do feel that the battery is situated nicely on the downtube and blends in at the base with some wider tubing
  • There are no threaded eyelets for adding a bottle cage on this ebike, but at least the seat stays have bosses for adding a rack, this could transform the Fuji Ambient into a weekday commuter that’s still trail capable
  • Schwalbe makes great tires that are known for being durable, but the tread here is very large and that surprised me given the cross country length of the suspension travel and hardtail design, I would have expected these tires on an all mountain or downhill bike, they will create more friction and noise on packed trails
  • The Bosch Performance Line motors have a reduction gearing that spins the chainring 2.5 times for each crank revolution and this produces friction, it’s not a big deal when the motor is on but there’s a bit more drag when you pedal without assist (or try to pedal above the assisted 20 mph top speed), I was told that the benefit is increased chain retention and possibly a mechanical advantage for the motor which can stop and start very quickly
  • Both the Bosch Performance Line Cruise and Performance Line CX motors produce more noise than a lot of competing mid-drives when used at high power and high speed, the CX is the most powerful and thus, also drains the battery more quickly
  • The seat post felt extremely tight in the seat tube, I had difficulty sliding it down in and raising it… not sure if this is a widespread issue?

Resources:

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J.R.
4 hours ago

The former Gander Mountain stores, now Gander Outdoors are offering ebikes. I have no connection to either, I was a customer of the former for several decades. I don't know if there is an in store display of bikes, but two ebikes are being offered on the store website.

First is a Bosch Active Plus powered Fuji hybrid bike with 400 Wh battery pack for the price of $2249. Four sizes available.

https://www.ganderoutdoors.com/product/details?pdesc=Fuji-E-Traverse-Sport-Bike&i=231799

More info at Fuji:

http://www.fujibikes.com/usa/bikes/electric/cross-terrain/e-traverse/e-traverse-1-3-usa

The other bike offered is a nice looking step through bike by Tuesday Cycles. Hub drive with downtube mounted 417 Wh battery pack. Price $1079.10

https://www.ganderoutdoors.com/product/details?pdesc=Tuesday-Cycles-August-Live-LS-Womens-E-Bike-Cruiser&i=232419

More info at Tuesday Cycles:

http://www.tuesdaycycles.com/bikes/cruisers/august/august-live-womens

Like most non cycling chain stores the limited specs listed aren't going to wow the EBR members, hence the links to the brand pages where the full specs can be viewed. These two bikes are listed well below MSRP. Certainly worth considering, given the brands that back the bikes. These aren't generic online bikes.

More evidence ebikes are getting more mainstream here in North America.

barry g
9 hours ago

Great bike, best of luck with it.
Like you, my present ride is a "hybrid" type city bike.
One of the best changes I made was switching to a "butterfly" type touring handlebar, with an adjustable stem.

I was wondering if anyone would know if such a handlebar can be used with the Haibike trekking.?????
btw: I'm anxiously awaiting delivery on my 2018 trekking .

Riding High
1 day ago

A year ago if you would have told me that the most expensive bike I have ever purchased would be an ebike I would have laughed, but it just happened. Have been loving bike riding for almost 50 years and live in the mountains, my knees convinced me to try an ebike.

I am big and tall and my rides tend to involve lots of elevation changes and some gravel. All of that led me to the Haibike SDURO 6.0. It has two chainrings to help me with maintaining RPM while climbing and a beefy frame. I hope to try a bike tour this fall so the Trekking made sense.

Have only had three rides, none particularly long so far but here are some first impressions.

Things I like- It feels a lot like riding a bike. The Eco+ setting and off have the feel of just going for a bike ride. My daily rider is a Fuji Crosstowne 1.0 that I have a few thousand miles on and love and it has a similar feel but I like the geometry on the Fuji better. I think part of that is that I have modified the Fuji over the years for me and have not yet done that with the Haibike. I can imagine 10 miles or so on the SDURO with a dead battery.

The only other ebike that I have ridden was a MTB with Bosch system and I like the Yamaha better so far. I felt like the Bosch penalized me when I stopped pedaling too much.

Haven't had a kickstand in a long time and I like it. I have not experienced much rattling. Only a little bit on washboard with the front fender so far.

Not so great- My butt is telling me to replace the seat. Will give it more of a chance first.
I bought a taller stem from the LBS when I picked it up and will end up buying another taller one and ergon grips as I need to get the bar higher and the current grips are a little cheesy.

More as I get to know it better.

Gator
1 day ago

Still waiting for my Ebike. You make me jealous, but... have an awesome ride.

fnkyhd
2 days ago

hey all, i pulled the trigger on the 2018 izip dash. performance has a sale on so ill get $600 store credit and $300 off so maybe i can get a bike for DW too! i was torn between the fuji e traverse and the izip. izip won on price & i think some of the components are better plus alloy fenders & rack. hope i can get away with a class 3. who's gonna know if i drive it slow? the store didnt have one in stock but the guy said "hey if you dont like it just return it!" ...i think i will like it

Nova Haibike
4 weeks ago
Dewey
1 month ago

Some Chinese step-through and mid-step ebikes:

Tsinova Mirai

AIMA Urban (36v Bafang Max). This brand is sold in the US through a California distributor.

Tianjin Golden Wheel Totem E17B503 (36v Bafang Max). This brand is sold in Europe through a Czech distributor.

Battle Janna (36v MXUS rear hub)

Hulong IMAX-Cargo (Hulong front hub)

TAILG TDN188Z (36v front hub)

OnTheOtherWheel
2 months ago

I'm looking into getting an e-bike for commuting, 15 miles each way. The ride is fairly flat, except I live on a big hill, so the last thing at the end of the day would be a fairly steep climb with 350ft elevation gain.

I've been doing lots of research, and I've gotten the idea that the Bosch Active line would be good for me. I'd like to stick with a class 1 e-bike, for one thing. I'd like help getting up the hill and maintaining a good pace on days when I am tired, but I'm fit enough to pedal some.

After tons of internet research, I got to do some test rides today. I rode the Trek Verve+ that has the Bosch Active (non plus model). I loved how quiet the motor is and that it is low drag above 20MPH, but it wasn't helping with hills quite as much as I wanted.

I rode the Trek Super Commuter+ 7, with a Bosch Performance motor. It was super peppy and gave me plenty of help for hills. It felt like more bike than I wanted, and the motor noise was noticeable. It also had more drag above 20mph than the Active. I haven't totally ruled out the Bosch Performance (the hill climbing was pretty nice), but I would want it on a less chunky (and cheaper) bike than the Commuter+7.

Finally, I rode a 2017 Trek Conduit+, with the Shimano Steps motor. From internet research, I had gotten the sense that the Bosch motors where preferable, but I actually had a pretty good experience on this bike. The Steps is louder than the Active, but quieter than the Performance. It does have more drag than the performance above 20MPH. It also doesn't have shift sensing, which the Bosch has. But it was noticeably better than the Bosch Active at hill climbing.

Motor aside, the Conduit+ fit me well, and I am seriously considering just going with it. But I'd love to give the Active Plus motor a try. If it can equal the Steps in hill climbing while being quiet and low drag, it would be ideal for me.

The problem is that I've only found one 2018 bike model available in the US that uses the Bosch Active Plus motor: http://www.fujibikes.com/usa/bikes/electric/cross-terrain/e-traverse/e-traverse-1-3-usa . This bike looks pretty good to me, but I'd prefer if it didn't have suspension, and if it did come with fenders and lights. I also haven't found any local shops that stock that model so I can see it in person, and it makes me nervous to buy it sight unseen.

Does anybody know of any other 2018 bikes available in the US with the Bosch Active Plus?

Ken M
3 months ago

I think your assessment on ride comfort and handling/stability is on target. With adequate ebike assist it makes no sense to put urban commute riders in aggressive and uncomfortable riding positions just for the sake of reducing power requirements maybe 200 watts. A more upright (motorcycle like position) dramatically improves comfort and rider visibility of what is in front of them so safety is also greatly improved.

I think many riders do want an ebike that looks like a traditional bike but this is playing a role in keeping many eBikes uncomfortable because most traditional bikes (especially road bikes) are designed for efficiency (drop bars for aerodynamics, thin high pressure tires for low rolling resistance, etc.).

MisterM
3 months ago

It doesn't matter where the battery packs come from - it matters if quality cells are used in the battery packs Reputable Chinese suppliers use good batteries (but beware of buying cheap replacement battery packs from China as they are often reconditioned/relabelled/used and won't deliver nominal rated power). I have a Pedego dealer near me and when compared to direct-sales bikes (Rad/Juiced/Biktrix/M2S/Voltbike/Evelo etc), they offer inferior bikes at inflated prices. I don't think they offer value for money.

Jim Mass
3 months ago

We are two retired gents. I am age 74, 6 feet tall, 240 pounds (or so) with a herniated disk (L5). My friend is 6'3", 200 pounds with a bad knee. I'm riding a 24 speed "Diamond Back Response Sport" (20 inch frame) with "50/50" tires. He a 7 speed "Fuji". We ride paved bike paths away from traffic in North San Diego 10- 15 miles once or twice a week and plan to keep riding well into our '80's. Stamina is the issue and pedal assist e-bikes are our future if we want to keep riding. We are looking for "cruiser" type PAS with throttle. We have rented a Pedego Interceptor step-thru , Magnum cruiser and Metro step-thru , and will ride RAD city next week. Bike Budget started out at $1,500 plus new e-bike carriers. We have increased to $2,200 close to the top

Pedego says their battery is better than Magnums because its made in South Korea and Magnums is made in China?? Pedego says their warranty is better?? As we compare models many seem almost identical except for battery chemistry??

So far we like the Magnum cruiser (76" length ) and the Pedego Interceptor (74"). The Magnum at $2,099 is at the high end of each of our budget's. Is there any other make that we should consider that can be rented in Orange or San Diego counties that's in our price range?

Thanks to all for your advice.

Chris Nolte
3 months ago

We’ve replaced many Bosch locks over the years and unless you can get the battery off with the piece of the key in there you’ll probably need to drill it. It’s not a very big job in my experience. About 15 minutes and the cost for the lock (about $40 if I remember correctly)

Mark 73573
2 weeks ago

Bicycle manufacturers really overload these bikes nowadays with gimmick items, unless you're a professional rider most are never needed and just add weight.

Younes Tenn
5 months ago

I want to buy this e bike

Fat Bike Freak
5 months ago

Another test of a truly off-road worthy bike in a parking lot. Hoping you'll raise your game soon and give these off-road bikes actual off-road test reviews.

Mark 73573
2 weeks ago

Fat Bike Freak This is just another Powder Puff Review as usual, Fat Bike Freak. 👍

steel beel
5 months ago

A few years ago, I was in the market for a short commute vehicle like a scooter or an ebike to replace my car. (3 miles) After asking so many "motorheads", I ended up with a 50cc Genuine Buddy. Loved it the first year, but living in Michigan, it's become a little money trap. Carb problems, spark plugs, oil, using the right gas, 12 volt battery replacements. I'm ready to switch & looking for suggestions if anyone can help. Mostly gravel shoulders on the edge of a 45 mph high traffic road. If someone could point me in the right direction, many blessings to you!

Mark Elford
5 months ago

I saw that parking block during video and thought oh no..lucky.. napolean dynamite.

Thiha Kyaw
5 months ago

4k$ let me get 600cc Lol !!

Kill4MD
5 months ago

I think that the seatpost is hard to adjust because there is no grease on it. Simple fix. Fuji is a good company as for normal bicycles also for the high end products

payasofeo69
5 months ago

I guess yesterday's FLX is a better value for 4K ?

ArthurDentZaphodBeeb
5 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com Enough of this nonsense about being "too fast" or illegal. These crappy underpowered, overpriced ebikes offer nothing new or unique and deserved to be ripped for simply cashing in. Instead you provide mealy mouth excuses for schlock design and crummy value so as to not slow the review cash train. This Fuji is a dog's breakfast in terms of design. No excuse not to integrate the battery, add full suspension, have bigger drive, bigger battery etc for $4K. It's at best a $2K bike

Martin Schmidt
5 months ago

No. The flx is fast but illegal on streets. You get Better bikes for the price of an flx.

ElectricBikeReview.com
5 months ago

It depends, that ebike was faster but also couldn't be ridden in many places without lots of liability risk. I tend to commute and do a bit of trail riding. It's possible to blend in with the FLX Blade, but if someone got hurt or property was damaged... it could be a big deal in terms of liability and even criminal since it's an unregistered and unlicensed vehicle technically :/

Seb K
5 months ago

I crashed my Ebike . Damaged shoulder, red back, cut on my head and a broken bike . Luckily the motor and battery are still fine and I have nearly finished fixing it back up . Just need a new mirror . Stupid potholes !!!

Seb K
5 months ago

I crashed about 8 years ago at over 30mph and I had a helmet on . I fractured by rib, had a deep cut above my eye and was in hospital . Helmet did nothing .

ElectricRemi
5 months ago

Helmets are your friend

ElectricBikeReview.com
5 months ago

Oh man Seb! I'm so sorry to hear that... but glad you can type at least :D my Uncle also crashed his ebike and had a hurt shoulder. It was the same thing, he was riding after the rain and a pothole was covered by a puddle, he didn't know and then went down hard. I hope you heal fast and can the rest of the fixes go smoothly. Thanks for checking in!

Yu HaDeN
5 months ago

I like it a lot.

ElectricBikeReview.com
5 months ago

Me too, beautiful combination here :D

Seb K
5 months ago

Said in a Lloyd Christmas accent .

trekkeruss
5 months ago

Fuji is owned by the same company that owns Performance Bicycle. They will never sell it for the MSRP, since they constantly run "sales."

Martin Schmidt
5 months ago

Yeah. I dont think they sell it for msrp. Nice bike. Good components. Strongest Bosch mid drive.

Harl Peter
5 months ago

I bought the same bike for only 3.3K (2800eur) last year in europe, although with purion display and an 160mm disc brake rotor

ElectricBikeReview.com
5 months ago

Interesting... that's a really good tip! I guess it's like price anchoring, you position the cost high to create a sense of quality and the make a sale to get people emotional? I really do like this bike and the parts are great, but yeah, the price did seem a little high at $4k MSRP

Bayard Taylor
5 months ago

Not worth the money I love my rover for 1500

Bayard Taylor
5 months ago

Martin Schmidt I love my rad rover it’s a super fat tire bike for 1500 bucks it’s a deal,, good luck with your company !!!!

Martin Schmidt
5 months ago

Bayard Taylor Show me a nice car for 5000$ brandnew. ;) sorry but you say Its Not worth the money and thats bs. This bike will sell for 3000 $. And Its worth the price. Show me another bike with same components and built quality and warranty and Service with the same price . Not to forget the weight which is also very good For a ebike. 46 pounds.

Bayard Taylor
5 months ago

They are one. Onto behind on shipments. Must mean something Ebr gave it a good review 👍👍

Bayard Taylor
5 months ago

Martin Schmidt show me a. Enter bike for 1500 bucks ?

Bayard Taylor
5 months ago

Martin Schmidt what does that mean ?

Ian Mangham
5 months ago

Early

ElectricBikeReview.com
5 months ago

Welcome Ian! How has your day been? Today is Friday! Hope it's a good one for you ;)