GenZe Sport e101 Review

Genze Sport E101 Electric Bike Review 1
Genze Sport E101
Genze Sport E101 250 Watt Geared Hub Motor
Genze Sport E101 Removable Lithium Ion Battery
Genze Sport E101 Display Panel Twist Throttle
Genze Sport E101 Artek Brake Levers
Genze Sport E101 Mechanical Disc Brake Rotor
Genze Sport E101 Shimano Tourney Derailleur
Genze Sport E101 Torque Sensor Bottom Bracket
Genze Sport E101 Electric Bike Review 1
Genze Sport E101
Genze Sport E101 250 Watt Geared Hub Motor
Genze Sport E101 Removable Lithium Ion Battery
Genze Sport E101 Display Panel Twist Throttle
Genze Sport E101 Artek Brake Levers
Genze Sport E101 Mechanical Disc Brake Rotor
Genze Sport E101 Shimano Tourney Derailleur
Genze Sport E101 Torque Sensor Bottom Bracket

Summary

  • A compromise between affordability and design with a purpose built frame that integrates wires and the battery pack - spreading weight across the bike for improved handling and balance
  • Large display panel is easy to read but not removable, independent button pad is easy to reach when riding
  • Smaller 250 watt geared motor offers a quiet, smooth ride and blends in very well with the rear cassette and disc brake rotor

Video Review

Introduction

Make:

GenZe

Model:

Sport e101

Price:

$1,499 USD

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

18 Months

Availability:

United States, Canada, Mexico

Model Year:

20142015

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

44 lbs (19.95 kg) (From 42 lbs to 46 lbs Varying by Size)

Motor Weight:

8.3 lbs (3.76 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

16 in (40.64 cm)18 in (45.72 cm)20 in (50.8 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Small 16" (Wheelbase 28.3 in) Medium 18" (Wheelbase 29.9 in), Large 20" (Wheelbase 32.3 in)

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Silver

Frame Fork Details:

Baolida Steel Fork (Optional Suntour XCT Suspension Fork with Lockout Upgrade)

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Tourney TX

Shifter Details:

Shimano SIS Index Shifter on Right Bar

Pedals:

Aluminum Alloy Platform

Brake Details:

Shimano BR-M375 Mechanical Disc Brakes with 160 mm Rotors and Artek Brake Levers with Motor Cut Off

Saddle:

Comfort with Rubber Bumpers

Seat Post Length:

305 mm

Tire Brand:

Kenda, 26" x 1.95"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Plastic Chain Guide, Double Leg Kickstand, Quick Release Seat Tube

Other:

Removable Battery Pack, LED Power Level Readout on Battery (Measure Capacity Without Attaching to Bike), Integrated Cables, Modular Motor Disconnect Point for Service

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Dapu

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Torque:

35 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

8.7 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

313.2 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

20 miles (32 km)

Estimated Max Range:

45 miles (72 km)

Display Type:

Large Backlit LCD with Swivel to Reduce Glare

Readouts:

Speed, Odometer, Battery Capacity, Five Levels of Assist

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad

Drive Mode:

Torque Sensing Pedal Assist, Twist Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)


Written Review

The Sport e101 electric bike is an entry level build from GenZe, an ebike subsidiary of the Mahindra Group (an Indian multinational automobile manufacturing corporation headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India). It offers a purpose built frame with good balance, a removable battery pack for convenient charging and easy transportation, pedal assist and throttle mode as well as three frame sizes! Considering the ~1,500 price tag, 18 month warranty and optional suspension fork upgrade in my opinion it’s a pretty solid bike. The components aren’t top of the line, the gear range is limited and the aesthetic is “cheap” in my view but it’s a great option for students and other price sensitive buyers… though it’s still more than 2x the the cheapest ebike I’ve reviewed.

The motor on the GenZe e101 is a 250 watt geared hub that’s mounted in the rear. Being geared, it offers a bit more torque for starting and climbing and is also small and light weight but it’s not as durable as a gearless option or as efficient as a mid-drive. This is your generic, get the job done motor and it shines in this capacity. It’s relatively quiet as shown in the video review above and it practically disappears with the 160 mm mechanical disc brake on the left and seven speed cassette on the right. Overall, this is a fairly stealth bike and I love the battery integration…

Powering the Sport e101 is quality Lithium-ion battery pack with cells by Samsung. It offers 36 volts of power and 8.7 amp hours of capacity which is a touch below average but more than sufficient for a 250 watt motor. You can see in the video that Alex (one of the reps for GenZe at Interbike) does just fine in throttle mode without pedaling and he weighs ~200 pounds. It’s a solid setup and my favorite part is the ability to remove the pack. This makes transporting the frame (perhaps on a car or bus rack where you might have to lift the bike) much easier. It also makes charging easier because you can park the bike outside and just bring the pack upstairs or whatnot. The only downside here is that the display is not removable so you’re more prone to vandalism and degradation through sun exposure.

Using this electric bike is pretty straight forward but you still get a wide range of options. Once the battery is attached you press the remote button pad near the left grip to activate the bike. From here you can navigate up through five levels of pedal assist with each offering more power but using the battery more quickly. Alternatively, you can arrow down to zero and just use the throttle for power. This is fun and can be very useful if you’re trying to balance a load or not put your feed down when crossing a puddle. The LCD display is backlit, large and full of standard readouts such as speed, distance traveled and battery level. I love that it swivels forward and back so you can adjust the view angle and reduce glare.

To me, this bike has a lot of potential. They got the big things right with battery placement, multiple drive modes and a solid warranty. The disc brakes are nice, the kickstand is solid and the standard 26″ wheels are going to be cheaper to service. If the bike was a couple hundred dollars less, the display was removable and there were bosses for a rear rack this would be a grand slam for me. I’d probably immediately re-invest those savings into the upgraded suspension option. But then I’m a fit, light weight rider who can do fine with a smaller motor. I tend to use stuff more often that I’m less worried about breaking and price goes a long way in that regards so this ebike definitely has the potential to reach a wide audience. It would be my pick over a rear-heavy ebike and the padded saddle, double legged kickstand and upgraded brake levers that cut power to the motor shine through as extra value.

Pros:

  • Delivers well on balance, drive mode options and frame sizing for a reasonable price tag, solid 18 month warranty and service centers in some cities
  • Battery pack can be charged on or off the bike which is convenient for commuters or if you need to carry the frame up stairs or use it on a rack with weight limitations
  • The battery pack locks to the frame with a solid metal core so you can leave it at bike racks feeling relatively safe
  • Front and rear mechanical disc brakes provide great stopping power and tend to work better than rim brakes in wet or dirty environments
  • Brakes cut power to the motor when activated for improved safety
  • LCD display panel is large, center and easy to read, it also swivels forward to back which is useful for reducing glare
  • Optional front suspension fork adds a lot of cushion when riding at higher speeds, great if you use your wrists a lot for working at a computer and don’t like the road vibration, this bike does employ a more forward position which adds to the potential strain
  • Modest hub motor size blends right into the rear wheel and is mostly obscured by the disc brake rotor and cassette, makes this bike a little more stealth
  • The motor is relatively quiet and efficient, capable of reaching long distances when used in lower pedal assist modes

Cons:

  • Lots of generic low end components including the seven speed Shimano drivetrain, they get the job done and keep the bike cheap but may require more maintenance over time
  • No rear rack bosses, you can easily attach fenders but it would be nice to add a carry rack for commuting with books and supplies
  • Higher price point for a near entry level electric bike, there are others at the $1K mark but they don’t balance weight as well or offer pedal assist or warranties like this
  • Smaller 250 watt motor requires pedaling to overcome hills and doesn’t use a quick release so fixing flats, truing wheels and replacing tires requires more effort
  • LCD display panel is not removable… and looks pretty nice, not a great combination for an entry level ebike that might be left at bike racks on campus a lot

Resources:

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Comments (17) YouTube Comments

Vin Caruso
6 years ago

I’ve tried this bike on a test drive and find it works very well. One issue you miss is the weight which will allow its transport on a train with limits of 50 pounds, a big issue for many urban bike users. The vast majority of competitors do not meet this basic requirement. For the modest price seems like a good option for basic urban transport. Most of the parts are sourced in the US and also built here in the US. Thanks for your reviews, a great resource.

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Court Rye
6 years ago

Awesome point Vin! I didn’t realize that many trains are setting this kind of weight limit? This is one reason it’s nice to have a removable battery (which the GenZe Sport ebikes do) to reduce it even more. I included the full weight of the bike ~44 lbs in the basic details above to help people compare.

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Vin Caruso
4 years ago

Correction: the Genze Scooter is mostly sourced in US, not the case for this EBike.
We did buy one recently and so far is working great as a commuter to work 2 to 3 miles and as shopping bike. Many fewer common car trips are a real option with an electric bike like this and at much lower cost. Cars in the US on average cost about $8K a year to own.

Mike
5 years ago

I own two of these now, the 101 and 102. 16″ frame and 18″ frame. This e-Bike for the money is great value, and the smaller frame sizes, relatively light weight, and excellent balance, make these great e-Bikes for riders who are between 4’10” and 5’5″ thus increasing the audience of potential riders significantly ! I was surprised at the zip of this Ebike in throttle mode, and I have to believe that is in part due to the 15 to 17 lbs lighter weight than what most other e-Bikes weigh. It feels much more nimble, and easier to handle than many ebikes I Have ridden, and that my business rents out, which builds rider confidence and overall satisfaction. Contrary to this article, you can add a rear rack and fenders. I’ll provide my clients several options so they can custom choose their preferred style. Also these ebikes will be great for RV travel, or bringing them along on vacations using most standard bike carriers that mount on cars or hitch racks, again due to their low weight, which won’t exceed the ratings of most bike carriers. Very easy to lift and load for most people, especially if you quickly pop out the extremely compact battery. The thoughtfulness in engineering put into this Ebike should not be underestimated, and I would suggest that you are getting a quality and well made Ebike, that is mid level for an entry level price point. $1500 price point is key to persuade many new buyers to enter into the wonderful world of electric assist bikes.

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Court Rye
5 years ago

Thanks for the feedback Mike! Which racks are you using with customers? I’ve seen a few beam style racks like this one from Topeak that might work but I’d love to hear your hands-on advice. Also, what’s your shop? Sounds like you carry some interesting brands :)

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Daniel
4 years ago

I’d also love to know what rear racks work for these – I’m not crazy about a seat post mounted rack since I plan to load it up with 40lbs+ of groceries every week.

I bought an 18″ e101 recently, it does have 4 mounting points for a rear rack, but the disk brake on the rear wheel is in the way of trying to fit the rack I’ve used on both my Diamondback bikes.

I’m new to EBR, have a lot of thoughts to share on my e101 from my first ~60 miles riding but I’m not sure if here or in the forum is a better place.

Lars
3 years ago

GenZe is selling these bikes at Costco via traveling road show now. I am considering purchasing one, but I’d like to point out a few differences from the reviewed bike. The biggest difference is that the e101 has a 350 watt motor now, and the cost has decreased two hundred dollars. You will need the larger motor going up big hills because it is a 7-speed.

I was impressed with how they set up their electronic cables. They are designed to resist water, with the control unit inside the frame and all connectors facing downward. There is an electric disconnect near the rear wheel, so removing the wheel should be easier than the cheap e-bike I have with the disconnect at the control unit. There are brazed bosses for a rack, but none for water bottles.

It’s a great bike for the price, but I live near large hills and would rather have something with lower gears.

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Court Rye
3 years ago

Thanks for the feedback Lars! It’s always nice to pay less and have a bit more power. I agree that for hills, it can be important to have lower gearing options. You really identified a good point about how the cables are laid out. The aesthetic on this bike is nice but the way they design the controller and connectors will help it hold up over time. What ebike is on your shortlist now if this one doesn’t quite fit?

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Gary
2 years ago

My wife and I purchased a couple GenZe 101’s at our local Costco road show a couple weeks ago. I have the 18″ sport and she has a 16″. We paid $1200 each. I have a 36″ inseam so even with the 18″ frame, my seat is quite high, but the bike is still comfortable to ride. The motor is surprisingly strong. We live in an area where there are few flat roads, mostly up and down, so riding a standard bike is painful at best, my wife usually walked up the hills and pushed her bike. With only 7 gears I was surprised at how easy it was to adapt from the 21 gears I was used to and in full electric mode (I call it motorcycle mode) it pulls my 215 lbs from a standing stop on a fairly steep hill to about 12mph, as soon as I started pedaling I was up to 18mph with very little effort from me. My wife just twists the throttle grip and zips up the hills and pedals on the flats. Charging is easy both on and off the frame with a keyed lock to remove the battery (you don’t need the key to put the battery back in). One thing I really like is the kick stand setup, it keeps the bike vertical, not tilted so both bikes fit in a smaller area, have less tendency to tip and I don’t have to worry about hitting them with my car door in the garage. My only complaint is lack of a place to put a water bottle.

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court
2 years ago

Thanks for sharing your experience with the bikes Gary! It sounds like you and your wife are having a great time, hope you enjoy the rest of the summer together :)

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Ray
2 years ago

Does anyone have recommendations on a decent suspension fork or specs needed?

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Court
2 years ago

Hi Ray! It looks like GenZe sells a Suntour XCT 26″ wheel size suspension fork upgrade, which you can also buy and install yourself aftermarket. My guess is that the headset is a standard 1-1/8″ straight, which works with many basic spring forks that fit 26-inch wheel size. I hope this helps and I welcome your feedback if you do install this or get feedback from GenZe or a dealer directly ;)

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Evan
2 years ago

I just purchased an ex-demo (or as GenZe calls it, “CPO”) e101 with just 18 miles on it for $749. Excellent value for my purpose. I must admit, I wouldn’t have gotten into the e-bike scene if not for this sale, and since I drive a BMW i3 (also CPO), this seems like natural to me! I don’t use it to commute, since I live in the ‘burbs. So it’ll just be tooting around the neighborhood, and if I feel adventurous, I’ll drive to the downtown park (where they have much more extensive bike trails) and explore around there. Interestingly, it’s the same supplier for Li-Ion battery as my i3!

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Court
2 years ago

Hmm, that’s awesome! How did you find out about the supplier of batteries? Hope you enjoy the bike, thanks for the update Evan ;)

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Evan
2 years ago

It’s printed on the battery pack – batteries by Samsung.

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