Magnum Metro Review

Magnum Metro Electric Bike Review
Magnum Metro
Magnum Metro 500 Watt Das Kit Hub Motor
Magnum Metro Quick Release Front Wheel Fenders Headlight
Magnum Metro Stitched Ergonomic Grips Adjustable Stem Handlebar
Magnum Metro Suntour Nex Spring Suspension Fork
Magnum Metro Micro Cadence Sensor Mid Kickstand
Magnum Metro Rear Cargo Rack Independent Light
Magnum Metro Ebike Battery Charger 2 Amp
Magnum Metro Stock Black
Magnum Metro Electric Bike Review
Magnum Metro
Magnum Metro 500 Watt Das Kit Hub Motor
Magnum Metro Quick Release Front Wheel Fenders Headlight
Magnum Metro Stitched Ergonomic Grips Adjustable Stem Handlebar
Magnum Metro Suntour Nex Spring Suspension Fork
Magnum Metro Micro Cadence Sensor Mid Kickstand
Magnum Metro Rear Cargo Rack Independent Light
Magnum Metro Ebike Battery Charger 2 Amp
Magnum Metro Stock Black


  • An approachable, mid-step, high-speed, urban electric bike with six levels of pedal assist plus throttle mode that can override with full power
  • Fairly comfortable with larger tires, a basic suspension fork, and cheap seat post shock... the ergonomic grips, gel saddle, and adjustable stem also help
  • Great safety features including a white frame option, reflective tires, and front and rear lights, however the lights require independent activation vs. being integrated
  • A bit heavier at ~58.4 lbs due to the high-capacity batteries, alloy fenders, and rack, the kickstand gets in the way at times, no bottle cage bosses, fixed display

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Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2), Speed Pedalec (Class 3)
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1 Year Comprehensive


United States, Canada, New Zealand, Israel

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

58.4 lbs (26.48 kg)

Battery Weight:

9.2 lbs (4.17 kg)

Motor Weight:

10.1 lbs (4.58 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17.5 in (44.45 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

17.5" Seat Tube, 22.5" Reach, 20" Stand Over Height, 24.25" Width, 71.5" Length

Frame Types:


Frame Colors:

Satin Black with Blue Accents, Satin White with Blue Accents

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour NEX Spring Suspension, 63 mm Travel, Preload Adjust Under Caps, 100 mm Hub Length, 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

142 mm Hub Length, 11 mm Axle with Nuts

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 Shimano Acera Derailleur, 11-32T Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano Triggers on Right


Prowheel Ounce, Forged Alloy, 170 mm Length, Square Taper Bottom Bracket, 48 Tooth Chainring with Alloy Guard


Wellgo Aluminum Alloy Platform, Black


Neco Tapered 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" Threadless Internal Cups


Promax Tool-Free Adjustable Angle, 100 mm Length, 25.4 Clamp Diameter


Low-Rise, Aluminum Alloy, 610 mm Length

Brake Details:

Tektro Auriga Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Dual-Piston Calipers, Three-Finger Levers with Motor Inhibitors


Imitation Leather, Ergonomic, Stitched


Selle Royal Royalgel, Imitation Leather

Seat Post:

Promax Suspension (40 mm Travel), Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

340 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm


Aluminum Alloy, Double Walled, 36 Hole


Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge, Silver with Adjustable Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Balloon Big Ben, 26" x 2.15" (55-559)

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

30 to 55 PSI, 2.0 to 4.0 BAR, Reflective Sidewall Stripes, K-Guard 3 Puncture Protection

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve


Flick Bell, Custom Rear Rack with Pannier Blockers and Triple Bungee (25 kg / 55 lb Max Weight), Black Aluminum Alloy Fenders with Mud Flaps, Integrated Spanninga Kendo+ Headlight, Independent Spanninga Solo Back Light (2 AAA Batteries), Sticker Slap Guard, Center-Mount Single Side Adjustable Length Kickstand, Steel Derailleur Guard


Locking Removable Downtube Mounted Battery Pack, 9 Mosfet 18 Amp Current Controller, 1.5 lb 2 Amp Charger, Sine Wave Controller

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:


Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Motor Peak Output:

700 watts

Motor Torque:

90 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung, DLG, Panasonic

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

13 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

624 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium Nickel Cobalt Manganese (Li-NCM)

Charge Time:

6.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Estimated Max Range:

60 miles (97 km)

Display Type:

Das-Kit C7, Fixed, Backlit, Monochrome LCD


Power Output Indicator (6 Ticks), Assist Level (0-6), Speed, Odometer, Timer, Trip 1, Trip 2, BMS Voltage, Battery Level (6 Bars)

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad (Power, Set, +, -), (Press Power Button for Display Backligt, Hold Minus Button for Walk Mode)

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle

Top Speed:

28 mph (45 kph) (20 MPH Throttle, Adjustable)

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Written Review

The Magnum Metro electric bike is essentially a souped up Magnum Ui5… It comes with 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes vs. mechanical, a 500 watt nominal motor vs. 350 watt, a 48 volt battery vs. 36 volt and a nicer drivetrain (gears, derailleur, and shifter). For just $300 more dollars, you get a boost in power and performance but the range might actually be similar because the system uses more energy, and it’s also a heavier bike by ~7 lbs. If you need the power for climbing, hauling extra weight, or just like the feel of going fast (this is a Class 3 speed pedelec after all) then this would be the right choice. In some ways, $300 doesn’t seem like that much money to spend beyond the Ui5, but it is almost 18% more (compare the Ui5 priced at $1,699 vs. the Metro models priced at $1,999). It’s fun to compare these two e-bikes side by side, but now I’m going to focus in on what the Metro offers and how it runs. This is a versatile product that could be used for neighborhood riding, grocery getting, or city commuting. The mid-step frame is easy to approach and stand over but sturdy and balanced enough that you don’t feel it flex. Much of the weight is positioned low and center on the frame vs. towards the back. the cargo rack is completely open for a trunk bag or panniers and even comes with a triple-bungee strap. You get Aluminum fenders with rubber mud flaps, a derailleur guard (very useful if the bike is shipped to you vs. buying at a local shop), and lights. It’s feature rich, but not all of the features and accessories are perfect. The rear light, for example, is not wired in to the battery pack. Both lights must be activated by hand and it’s easy to forget to turn them off (you literally have to turn them off, even the front one). But, because they are LED, they don’t take that much power and this gripe doesn’t amount to much more than inconvenience. Another gripe is the kickstand, which is positioned at the bottom bracket vs. towards the rear, out of the way of the left crank arm. This stand gets in the way if you forget to stow it and start walking the bike backward out of a garage or hallway for example. It’s something that bugs me on a lot of ebikes but again, isn’t much more than an annoyance. I like the comfort upgrades including a fairly basic suspension fork and seat post suspension, the Selle Royal gel saddle feels nice as well and those ergonomic grips, while hard, are thicker and nicer to hold than skinny rubber ones though they do not lock. Even though this electric bicycle only comes in one frame size (for this style) the saddle height is adjustable and the mid-rise handlebar can be positioned up or out to suit your reach and body position preference (relaxed or aggressive). For those who desire a slightly larger frame, Magnum sells a Metro+ model that comes in high-step and is a bit taller with 28″ wheels vs. 26″ here. In most ways, the two models are very similar and both come in either black or white and look gorgeous. This is the price point where you could opt to spend another $500 and get a mid-drive but many of them do not have trigger throttles or high-speed 28 mph operation. Magnum has done an excellent job outfitting, styling, and pricing this bike in my opinion and they have a growing network of dealers around the US, Israel, New Zealand, and Canada. I appreciate the dealer relationship as a consumer because it means the bike will be setup right, serviced (under the 1 year Magnum warranty) and you can grab some accessories… but for those who live in remote places or simply prefer delivery, they do sell through an official site.

Driving the Metro is a 500 watt nominal, 750 watt peak, internally geared hub motor from Das-Kit. This is a semi-new brand to me vs. the 8Fun motor on the Ui5. It’s the same company that makes the display panel, which works very well, and in practice I felt the motor performed well. It produces a familiar electronic whir at high levels of power but the control unit on the bike puts out up to 18 amps using a pure sine wave vs. square which means it’s smoother and zippier. This is what I was told at least, along with a peak torque rating of 90 Newton meters which feels misleading compared to most other hub motors that are rated around 40 Nm. I’m not sure how to measure or qualify either number but considering that the top mid-drive motors are rated around 75 Newton Meters and can climb almost anything with a low gear in use, the 90 number just doesn’t jive. You can definitely stall the hub motor out if you completely stop the bike on even a medium sized hill and try to throttle up. Hub motors are at their best when they have a bit of momentum because they can’t leverage and benefit from your cassette the way mid-motors can… but they also don’t complicate the drivetrain and at least they have a throttle. In practice, I enjoyed the smooth acceleration and general feeling of power and control that the bike offered. The trigger throttle (placed on the left side of the handlebar due to a more basic shifter with window on the right) was useful for accelerating after a stop light or stop sign. It all worked as expected but was definitely smoother and more refined than some of the cheaper products out there. When not using the variable speed throttle, you rely on a high definition cadence sensor that listens for crank arm movement and sends an on/off signal with the allotted power that you choose. There are six levels of assist with a zero level if you don’t want any pedal response and all levels can be overridden with full power by the throttle. It’s my ideal setup, slightly more risky if you forget the bike is turned on and bump the throttle (because it will take off) but much more empowering than a throttle-only mode or assist-limited throttle that companies like Easy Motion have used in the past. I don’t mean to hate here, Easy Motion products have nicer looking battery packs, but they offer a similar sort of ride experience with a different way of interacting (torque sensor vs. cadence here). For me, it’s nice to have a throttle to get going and then a cadence sensor (or advanced multi-sensor) to stay going vs. torque only because I don’t enjoy pushing hard all of the time. Cadence sensors, remember, are more like on/off switches and they send as much or as little power as you select. Before moving on… one thing worth noting is that the rear axle is connected to the bike with nuts vs. the front which uses a quick release skewer. This is because the power cable running to the hub motor goes in through the axle and there’s more force at the rear so the axle is thicker (ll mm vs. 9 mm up front). If you get a flat on that rear tire, there’s more screwing around to get the wheel off and change the tube. Thankfully, the tires used on the Magnum Metro have K-Guard 3 puncture protection lining. I also like that they have reflective stripes for safety at night :)

Charging the bike is fairly easy, you can fill the battery pack on or off the frame, and it locks onto the downtube with a key. Magnum seems to use a similar charger for all of their electric bikes and it puts out 2 Amps which is average… and maybe a little slow considering how large this battery is. The pack weighs 9.2 lbs (4.17 kg) all on it’s own and I would highly recommend taking it off of the bike before you try to lift or transport it. Expect upwards of six hours for a full charge if you empty the pack, the first half will fill much faster than the second because the cells will need to balance out. The battery is well protected when mounted to the frame but the charging port is a bit exposed to letting the charger cable snag on the left crank arm. Try to avoid this because if the charger gets tripped over or the crank arm bends the plug port it could damage the battery pack. Towards the top right section of the battery is a 5 Volt USB port which you can use to fill portable electronic devices while riding. It’s positioned mostly out of the way but I would still consider a right angle adapter from Amazon like this if you plan to use it frequently, and then maybe zip tie your wires to stay out of the way while leaving enough slack at the stem for turning (so it doesn’t pull the cable out). If you purchase the white Metro, you will stand out more at night which is great for safety, but the black battery casing and controller unit (near the base of the downtube) will also stand out. That controller by the way, is exposed because it puts out more Amps and might overheat if contained inside the tubing like most other electric bikes. I think it looks okay but is slight more exposed to water and bumps. I haven’t heard any complaints and for a city bike, it’s probably a non-issue (most ebikes do fine in rain and wet conditions as long as you aren’t submerging them).

Once the battery has been filled and you’re ready for some electric riding, just hold the power button on the little button pad near the left grip. It activates the display and you get several readouts including assist level, current speed, and battery capacity. Pressing power one time will activate backlighting and holding the down arrow constantly will activate walk mode (which can be handy if you have to ascend a ramp or even climb stairs). The display can also show different menus if you press the set button and depending on your preferences for speed or the geography you live in, Magnum dealers can lower the top speed to 20 mph or less by using a password. I like the size and position of the display, you can even angle it forward and back to reduce reflection glare, but it is not removable. For those who plan on commuting, it might be worth clipping your helmet over the display to keep people from noticing or scratching it, and also protecting it from the sun. And now back to the gripes about the lights not being activated by the display. Every time you want to use them, you basically have to get off of the bike and press a rubber button to get them on. This isn’t super fun, the headlight can be bumped out of position easily and the backlight has to have its triple-A batteries replaced every once in a while as they will eventually run down vs. being rechargeable like the main battery.

Magnum didn’t skimp on the little things with this model, you get a slap guard to protect the nice paint from the chain, a larger tapered head tube for strength, and those hydraulic disc brakes with adjustable reach levers… That’s a big deal for hand fatigue and for stopping a heavier, faster electric bike. I love the Wellgo platform pedals used here because they are larger and sturdier feeling than many cage style pedals and plastic pedals, but I do wish that in addition to the chainring protector, there was a second plate on the inside of the chainring to create a guide which would reduce chain drops. I did not have an issue with chain drops on this review ride but it has happened to me many other times on other similar bikes. It can be annoying and dirty, but it’s just part of riding a bike sometimes. At least the Alloy chainring protector that you do get, will keep your pant or dress clear of the greasy chain. Magnum has done a whole heck of a lot right with the Metro and I think the price is justified. It’s nice to have help setting the bike up and then tuning it as the shifter cables stretch over time. The 8-Speed Shimano Acera drivetrain is solid (several steps up from entry level) and I appreciate the more refined trigger shifters here vs. a large oversized thumb shifter on the Ui5. At the end of the day, I might personally still get a Ui5 because I don’t weigh a lot, there aren’t a lot of hills on my commute, and I appreciate a lighter weight bike… but the hydraulic disc brakes are a big draw. For commuting purposes, I would get a trunk bag and maybe some panniers to carry my work supplies. Big thanks to Magnum and High Country Electric Bikes for partnering with me on this post and hanging out for the shoot. It’s fun to hear what a shop employee thinks about a product and introduce the team bringing it all together.


  • The Magnum Metro offers good value for your money in my opinion because it sort of does everything… you get a powerful drive system, high capacity battery, raised top speed, and feature-rich accessory package
  • I appreciate having a throttle to help get up to speed after stopping at traffic signals and stop signs, the variable speed trigger throttle on the Metro can override any level of assist and works smoothly, it gives you full power up to 20 mph at all times (so if the bike is on, be careful not to accidentally bump the throttle because it will go)
  • You can charge the battery pack on or off the bike and it’s well protected where it mounts to the downtube, the charger isn’t especially compact or fast but it is relatively lightweight, be careful when charging on the bike so that the cable doesn’t get snagged or bent by the left crank arm
  • Due to the higher energy capacity stored in the battery (48 volt 11 amp hours) and the alloy casing, it’s a bit heavy at ~9.2 lbs but you can easily take it off to lighten the bike and the front wheel has quick release so they combine to make it a bit more portable
  • The Aluminum alloy fenders look great and provide wide protection, metal tends to be quieter than plastic and alloy doesn’t rust compared to Steel so overall, I really like these fenders (and they have flexible mud flaps)
  • The brown tires, faux leather grips, and gel saddle blend together and look nice, it’s cool that the bike comes in two color options so you could have a his/hers setup or blend the battery in more with the bike with all-black (though it’s less reflective and visible at night than white)
  • Considering the heavier weight and higher potential top speed that this ebike offers, the 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes are an important feature, they worked well and offer adjustable-reach levers to fit different hand sizes or be easier to use with gloves
  • Minor pro here but the Wellgo pedals feel solid and offer great traction compared to the cheaper cage or plastic style pedals on a lot of value bikes
  • In addition to headlights, the display panel is backlit (just tap the power button once it’s on), and you get reflective tires, I also appreciate the little flick bell for signaling other riders… it’s a basic bell but it works fine
  • Magnum has a wide network of dealers in the USA, New Zealand, Israel, and Canada, and is also available direct through their website, I get the feeling that they don’t try to undercut their dealers and offer good support (I hear good things about them from the dealers I have visited), this means that you get a better experience as a customer
  • The rack looks nice, feels solid, and would work well for panniers or a trunk bag which would not block the backlight, it’s neat that you get a triple-bungee strap with the bike for securing small items
  • With a slightly more compact frame and lower stand-over height, the Metro is approachable and easier to mount for smaller people and those with hip, knee, or balance challenges but the adjustable seat post and adjustable angle stem allow it to accommodate larger riders too


  • Understandably, this electric bike is on the heavy side because it has a high capacity battery, spring suspension, alloy fenders, and a rack
  • Aesthetically, the bike looks really good and I appreciate the two color options, but the controller box is a bit more exposed than most other electric bikes, I was told that because it sends more watts this position (near the bottom bracket) helps it to stay cool
  • Having dropped the chain while riding many times on other electric bikes, it would be nice to have a chain guide on the Magnum Metro vs. just a chainring protector
  • As with most hub motor driven e-bikes, servicing the rear wheel or fixing a flat can require more effort and time than the front wheel, you might have to cut zip ties and definitely need a tool to remove bolts vs. quick release but at least the motor disconnect point makes completely removing the wheel easier
  • There are better kickstand designs out there which position the stand further back so the left crank arm can turn freely (the cranks turn automatically when backing the bike up, perhaps out of a garage or hallway), at least the stand is adjustable length
  • Minor gripe here but the geared motor, fenders, and kickstand all produce a bit of noise while riding at high speeds, the motor whirs vs. a gearless design, the fenders can bounce a bit, and the kickstand jitters on bumps
  • The suspension seat post and fork are very basic, apparently you can remove the plastic caps at the top of the suspension fork to adjust preload but you have to do both sides and keep them even for best results, there’s no lockout option so the bike may dive forward when braking hard and heavier riders could experience more bob… but I’d definitely prefer suspension vs. not for the comfort aspect it offers, even if it’s more basic
  • Having to turn the lights on and off independently vs. activating them through the display panel meant that I had to get off more frequently, bend over, and tinker with the bike (possibly bumping the headlight out of alignment), the rear light runs on two AAA batteries vs. being wired in which means more tinkering but is part of what keeps the bike less expensive
  • The rear rack is capable but positioned closer to the seat tube and saddle, this means that if you lower the saddle it can block part of the rack and make it less usable, in this case panniers (side bags like this) would be a good alternative


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6 months ago

Great review. Q: The website for Magnum says top speed is 22 mph not the 28 mph listed above. Which is it?

Court Rye
6 months ago

I was told several times by Jesse that this is a Class 3 speed pedelec capable of 28 mph in markets where that is allowed. They can set the top speed using a passcode (or dealers can). I was able to get the bike well over 20 mph during my test ride, only in pedal assist, the throttle is limited to 20 mph in throttle mode. I hope this helps! Feel free to contact them directly or ask your dealer for help but I’m as positive as I can be based on conversations. Perhaps their website just needs to be updated or you were looking at the Ui5 model, not the new Metro? They look very similar :)

6 months ago

There was an error in our product description on the website that has been corrected. The Metro/Metro+ are class 3 speed pedelecs and reach a top pedal assisted speed of 28mph out of the box. If you want to limit that you can adjust that setting in the display.

Alex M
6 months ago

Getting spoiled.. :)
Are there any cruisers under 2K with a chain guide?

Court Rye
6 months ago

Yeah, there’s the Raleigh Retroglide iE which is priced at the $2k mark and comes in a cantilever high-step and step-thru style. It uses a mid-drive motor and has an optional boost button/throttle but the implementation isn’t my favorite. The Retroglide is efficient, has decent balance, and looks alright but is not a speed pedelec. It all depends on how you prioritize features :)

6 months ago

Hi Court, Thanks so much for the site. I have recently become hooked on the idea of buying an e-bike and I have consumed many hours of your content. The best by far that I have been able to find on the internet, so I give you huge kudos.

I believe that I have narrowed it down to either this bike (Magnum Metro or the Metro+) or the E-Glide ST. I would greatly appreciate any input that you have. I have the ability to buy them both shipped within $75 of each other.

Thanks again for all that you do.

Court Rye
6 months ago

Hi THIBBY! Those are both great bikes (Metro/Metro+ vs. the E-Glide ST). I feel like the ST is a bit sportier with the plastic fenders and has a unique aesthetic but you won’t get to work through a dealer and test ride it first whereas you might with Magnum. Maybe you were planning to have either bike shipped vs. going into a shop? I prefer the fenders that Magnum offers but otherwise the bikes are very close, even the rack is similar. It might just come down to which style you prefer or which company culture? Dave is cool but so are the folks at Magnum, it’s a win-win from my perspective :)

Ron T
6 months ago

The Magnum Metro is very similar to the Surface604 Rook.

Court Rye
6 months ago

Yeah, and there’s also another similar one from Voltbike called the Elegant… Will be reviewing and posting that soon :)

4 months ago

I’ve owned the metro+ bike (high step) for almost a week now and have already ridden it for 100 miles! This bike is great for the road or even a little off roading. I’ve taken it on coastal and forest trails (so much fun!). It performs well, looks great, and really helps me get around/outside (I live at the top of a 640 ft hill).

This bike is amazing and I get a workout from riding it! It used to be that I would bike up my hill at an exhausting rate of 5 mph. Every stroke of the pedal was exhausting. But now I zip up the hill at 20 mph with the half the effort. IT IS FANTASTIC! The hill I live on used to keep me from using my old bike. I would sit at home more and drive everywhere I needed to go. But with this bike I’ve seen so much more of my neighborhood and campus because hills are no longer an obstacle. Compared to this bike driving around in a car is boring! On this thing the wind jets by your ears, tears stream down your face, and the air smells fresh! I’ve stopped shopping with my car and pop down to the grocery store on my bike now (still looking into better hauling options than my backpack see below for issues with the rear rack).

I took this bike on a 20-mile journey last Saturday with a friend. She rode her regular bike and was struggling up hills. So I decided I would give her a boost (like I used to receive riding with my dad as a kid). Using pedal assist or the throttle, I easily catapulted her up some of the steepest hills and she was so relieved by that. Haha. I was surprised that it was able to push my 220 lb self and her 100+ lbs up an incline of I’d assume 10% and by push I mean going at least 18mph.

Speed is another factor of this bike. They claim it assists up to 28mph. However, in my experience the motor stops assisting at around 22 mph and getting to 28 mph is only possible when riding downhill. Furthermore, top speeds are limited by the incline. Steep hills keep my pedal assist speeds under 20 mph (18 mph). Perhaps my computer is throttled to 22 mph?* It would be great if the company could clarify this for me.*

Some problems I ran into were in regards to assembly. When I received the bike the manual for its assembly had not been completed yet (although I was told assembly is similar to their other models whose manuals are available online). The assembly was very simple though. All I had to do was attach the handlebars and pedals (all required tools were included). The rest of the bike was pre-assembled so I just made sure that the components were tight. I took the bike for a tune-up and the mechanic was surprised at how well everything was put together. All he had to do was adjust the gears (simple tune up). The brakes, wheels, motor, etc all looked good and were properly adjusted. The mechanic kept asking me if the bike arrived in this ready to go condition and I had to keep answering yes (the store I was in also sells ebikes)! However, the bike I received did have some minor scratches on the kickstand where the pedal contacts, the front wheel, and the front frame. This was unfortunate since I was expecting an undamaged product. I asked the company about paints utilized in finishing the frame since I would like to correct these small areas.* It would be great to get some feedback on maintenance and restoration of any damaged areas since these are likely to occur to any bike rider.*

I love the rack on the back of the bike. The elastic cord really holds things down. However, the size of the rack tubing is too large for some of the bike pannier bags I have been looking at. Similarly, the distance between joints is too small to slide a uLock into nor is there room on the frame to mount the uLock that I purchased. Therefore, I haul my ulock ontop of the rack held down by the elastic cord. *It would be great if the company could recommend some products that fit the rear rack*.

One of my main concerns and probably one of yours, was security of this bike. I decided to purchase a kryptonite uLock that comes with $2000 antitheft insurance (read up on this before you follow my lead). I pass this through the rear wheel and the frame. I called kryptonite because their website claims they do not cover theft of eBike battery. This was concerning since I wanted to be compensated for the full value of the bike if it were to be stolen. They assured me that battery is covered in the event that the entire bicycle is stolen due to lock failure. However, if a thief steals only the battery (without compromising lock) they will not compensate for this. Luckily the bike comes with a key and lock for the battery that appears to be difficult to compromise (although I have nothing to back this claim). Either way, it is unlikely that anyone would lug this huge battery around while shopping or eating out…I lock the front wheel up with a tamper alert lock that sounds an alarm when cut or shaken. The seat is locked with a small cable lock. *It would be great if the company could comment on the effectiveness of their battery lock and make suggestions for proper lock up*

The final concern for me is the weight of this bike. I have to carry it up four flights of stairs to store it on my balcony. Luckily, the metro+ has the high step. Therefore, I can grab it near the seat where the center of gravity appears to be. This makes it easier to lift up all my stairs. However, this would be a difficult task for my wife (it builds strength though and I’m sure she could manage!). It would especially be difficult if I did not have that high step bar (like on the low step metro) *It would be great if the company could recommend storage options for the bike and proper techniques to carry it.*

**Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase of this bike and the response I have received from the company that creates it. I highly recommend this bike to anyone interested. I mean… I am excited to go bike 4 miles to buy groceries tonight!! I might need a CT scan :D**

Please find photos/videos of this bike here:

Court Rye
4 months ago

Hi Stephan, I enjoyed your comment, great feedback! It sounds like you are having a blast out there. Unfortunately, I clicked on your album but didn’t see any videos or pictures there. Are you still uploading them? Feel free to post a comment and embed photos/videos in the EBR Forum for Magnum here if you’d like.

Jay Ford
3 months ago

This eBike is built strong; however, the Magnum pedal assist controller goes from level 6 down to level 0 and then rolls back around to level 6. It is very easy to accidentally click one time too many and when you thought your assist is off, you get thrown forward with full assist.

Court Rye
3 months ago

Thanks for the feedback Jay, it may be a preference thing… clicking buttons while riding can also be a distraction and cause instability, just like going from zero to six accidentally can be startling. Thanks for highlighting this point, ride safe :)


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2 hours ago

I was recently your position looking for an ebike that fit my commuting needs (10 miles, some hills but nothing crazy). I tried hub drives and mid drives. Hub drives I tried were cross current, Stromer st1 and magnum. As soon as I stepped on a mid drive with a bosch cx system I didn’t look back at the hub drives. The responsiveness and natural feel of this is perfect for the stop and go of real life commuting. Also the emtb mode is great for traffic because you can “set it and forget it” and the system will adjust assist to your needs leaving you able to concentrate on traffic. Turbo mode is just mental. Anyways try this system before you buy anything else. There are a 2017 cube bikes available, I got my cross pro for equivalent of 2100usd.

bob armani
2 days ago

Seems like Magnum bikes are beginning to grow in popularity. They have a nice price point on their bikes and their scooters look RAD as well and quality built IMHO. The Navigator is a nice addition to their current line of bikes.

Kurt in CT
4 days ago

Thanks Bob. My thought exactly. For my narrow criteria, it seems to be the perfect candidate. Unfortunately it's not here yet and therefore not real yet.

bob armani
4 days ago

Kurt-The Magnum Navigator on your list looks like a candidate and a good pick. At Interbike was listed at $2500.00 price point with a 500Watt mid-drive Dapu with a throttle. Sweet!

John from Connecticut
5 days ago

Hello Kurt in CT, ( And others )

If the 'CT' in your name is for Connecticut and you live in central CT, as I do, I strongly suggest you visit Bicycles East
located in Glastonbury....

I've purchased two e-bikes from Bicycles East, a Trek XM 700+ Commuter and a Powerfly 7 MTB and I absolutely
love both.

I realize the Trek Powerfly 7 is above $2,500 but they have others.
They carry Giant and Specialized e-Bikes as well. The folks at Bicycles East will not try to sell you, but rather offer info
and guide you through the process....Good folks and fantastic service and support which I have used.

Good luck,
John from CT

Kurt in CT
5 days ago

Hi folks, need your opinion please. I’ve been researching for several months and plan to pull the trigger the spring on my first E bike. I’m an older guy, and buying a bike for fun, recreation, trails, roads etc. Basically, trying to get some fun back in my life. So, I want a mountain bike. Not looking to build one from scratch, so looking to either buy online or from a retailer. Below are the criteria I’m looking for:

- Under $2500
- Mid Drive: it appears this is best for hills. I could be talked out of it though.
- Existence of a Throttle: I want this just for the fun of it
- Up to 50 mile range
- Stealth: I do not want to see the battery (much). I don’t know where this eBike thing is going, and I don’t want the authorities, other bikers, or anybody else to know what I’m riding
- Gears: at least 10, preferably 20: I plan to pedal a lot, so the gears matter
- Good instruments
- Reliability
- Serviceability: When it breaks, an easy way to fix it

So far the following two bikes I’m looking at are:

FLX - trail: looks decent, but, it’s online so serviceability could be an issue.

Magnum Navigator: a new bike for them, has all of above, great stealth, supposedly will be ready this spring.

Any others jump out at you? Anything I’m missing?

Thank you!

Sent from my iPhone

Kurt in CT
6 days ago

Hey guys, I've been researching for a while, will be buying soon for the spring. First bike. Thought I'd put this out there and get your thoughts. I'm buying for fun, recreation, trails, roads... So I want a mountain bike. Honestly, I am an older guy, and I really need some fun in my life. This is going to be it! Plan to do a lot of pedaling for exercise, so the gears matter. Here's what I'm thinking / looking for:

- not particularly interested in building my own bike from scratch. Will buy it online or from a bike shop.
- mid drive (seems to be the way to go... though I could be convinced otherwise)
- want a throttle option... for the fun of it
- gears: at least 10, prefer more
- range: up to 50 miles
- descent technology / graphic-visibility / metric tracking
- reliability / quality
- stealth ( this is big for me. I do not want to see the big fat battery sticking out. I don't quite know where this whole E bike business is going, and don't want other bikers, or the authorities, or the trail watchers to know what I am riding. So the more it's hidden the better).
- under $2500
- prefer to buy from a bike shop, where service can be counted on. But still considering buying online. (i'm really laboring over this one. Bike shops are limited to certain brands of course and there are certain online bikes that are pretty cool.)

So, given all factors above, here are my choices at the moment:

- Magnum Navigator: supposedly being released this spring. Mid-drive, drive with throttle, 20 gears, hidden battery. Would buy through local dealer.

- FLX Trail: mid Drive, powerful battery (17ah), 10 gears, decent design, though the battery is not totally hidden. Must buy online, so service is an issue.

That's it so far. What choices out there am I missing? Thanks a lot in advance!!

86 and still kicking
2 weeks ago

Forgot to say that we put a new handlebar on a Pacer for a woman who wanted to sit more upright. No problem with cables.

SoCal Commuter
2 weeks ago

I am told that the Voyager does not offer much new over the Metro+ model. Mostly the fancy Magnum 'M' logo light on front of the stem. Hmm. Bummer. I did ride the metro and metro+ this last weekend and much preferred the Metro for its wider tires, more solid and stable feel.

Chris Hammond
2 weeks ago

Why the cloak and dagger? Tell us the name of the company. Hopefully most people will be willing to do a little research on their own after hearing a bad review. Part of the point of these type of forums is to allow members to inform themselves about ebikes. There are enough reputable sellers that can overcome some negative reviews. However, the " fly by night" operations should hopefully go away to allow reputable sellers to dominate the market.
I read the report on M2S bikes just being a 1 man show, which should give anyone some pause as to the likelihood that they will still be in business if they need warranty help or even replacement parts for that matter.
I know innovation is a big driving force in this market, but there are several new smaller brands like Juiced, Rad, Magnum, etc. that are filling in here nicely at great price points and at least some longevity in the market to give some sense that they will still be around by the time you need to replace a worn out part.

SoCal Commuter
2 weeks ago

Today I made the trip to San Diego Ebike in Solana Beach for some test rides. These guys have a great assortment of bikes and friendly knowledgeable staff. If you are in that area I would absolutely pay them a visit! They were the closest shop that had the Magnum Metro+ that I could try. But first I rode the Smartmotion Pacer equipped with a body float seat post. This bike is solid, smooth, and fast. I tried both the cadance and torque settings, climbed some hills with ease and had a great time through the neighborhood. Next I tried the Metro+ and although I liked the more upright riding position, the skinny tires gave it a more squirrelly and unstable feel, which I did not care for as compared to the solid feel of the Pacer. Given this I tried the regular Magnum Metro which has wider tires, and it seemed more stable and smooth. It's riding position was quite upright too. But overall the Pacer wins out, and is worth the extra $$. I feel like I have made my decision. I would like to see what I can do in terms of raising the stem slightly if allowed by the length of the wires to be able to sit up a little more, but I think this bike will totally suit my needs. Two years of warranty and it is carried and serviced by many of the local dealers. Plus you can upgrade the battery to a 17.5 Ah for $200. I wish it had a suspension fork but the body float felt pretty good. Maybe would add that later if really needed. At a similar price to the pedego this bike feels like a much better value. Stay tuned

2 days ago

My Rack-It Metro E+ rack has been installed and I'd like to share some photos of it. The installation is very solid and my LBS did a good job of fabricating a mount for the rear of the fender.

6 days ago

@chokdii Glad to hear your wife is OK though. Not a good experience for anyone to be involved in a collision with an automobile.

While we do sell Igo's here at the shop the Metro was not one we sold as those were typically purchase at the larger chain stores. So we don't have any manuals to assist you.

I do suggest giving Gary a call over at Igo and he will be able to assist you in diagnosing the issue. Their toll free # is 1.866.996.6686

all the best,


6 days ago

Unfortunately my wife was hit by a car on her IGo electric Metro S. She is ok, other than some bruises, but the bike didn't fare as well. After replacing the front wheel, I notice now that there is a flashing wrench on the display. The Brake handle appears to be slightly bent, so is it possible that the motor cut off switch was damaged causing this flashing wrench, or is this indicative of some other issue?

Any help is much appreciated.

1 week ago

My Giant Rack-It Metro E+ came in today and my LBS is installing it. Unfortunately the fender bracket is not available yet (just a piece of pressed metal for goodness sake!) so the shop will try to improvise some sort of support for the fender. It's a nice looking rack. Today I also received an Arkel Urban Commuter pannier. I'll eventually have photos of the rack and the Commuter pannier, which is nicer and more functional than the description on Arkel's website.

Ravi Kempaiah
3 weeks ago

Add this to your list.

This has a torque sensor but a would be a good choice for commuting. Has a throttle as well.

Pedego City Commuter Mid-drive or Interceptor could be an option as well.

If you can do your own maintenance... then Luna Roam:

SoCal Commuter
3 weeks ago

Hi all,

I've been researching and test riding bikes to use for a 15 mi. flat commute and weekend excursions. I'm 6'2" 225 lbs. so prefer large frame and 27.5" or 28" tires + have bad knees. Bigger battery is better for longer range. Looking for upright riding position, throttle, cadence sensing pedal assist, suspension components for comfort. Budget $3,500.

Your thoughts (pros, cons) on these current top four choices would be super helpful - certainly open to other choices. These are the bikes I like so far.

Magnum Metro+ Plan to test ride soon. (Voyager+ coming for 2018 seems cool too). Coworker just got the Magnum cruiser and loves it. Good value, good power/torque, suspension fork, big frame. Dislikes: Black color only, would like battery upgrade, only 1 yr warranty.

Smartmotion Pacer: Likes - can choose cadence or torque sensing, integrated colored display, fancy led light strips, hydraulic brakes, good sized battery, battery upgrade and seatpost upgrade available, 2 yr comp. warranty, chain guard. Dislikes - No suspension fork (would get the seat post upgrade for comfort), weird grips.

Pedego City Commuter - has great local dealer network w/reliable support and service. Solid corporate backing (I guess that's what you're paying for), 2 yr warranty. But expensive for what else you get at $3k+, no hydraulic brakes, and would require upgrades such as body float seat post and better seat - (more $$) (factory suspension seatpost seems to twist when you peddle), and could use better tires too.

Juiced Cross Current S: Likes - good value, great looking, lots of options, suspension fork, huge battery upgrade available (52V / 21 Ah + GPS (adds $1,300)), hydraulic brakes, 12g rear spokes, cruise control, cadence+torque, great detailed info & specs on website which is needed since no dealers. Dislikes- must travel to San Diego to test ride, uncertain dealer support/service, only 1 yr warranty. Needs upgraded tires. Have to pre-order and possible long wait for delivery.

I'll update my findings as I get closer to purchase.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

3 weeks ago

A month ago I ordered the Metro E rack for the Quick E+ through my LBS and so far nothing. Now I see on the Giant website that the rack is "Coming Soon". Giant's accessory supply service really sucks. I've been replacing Giant gear on my bike wherever I can. The rack is an issue though. If you can figure out any work around on the rack, please share it.

Ravi Kempaiah
4 weeks ago

Both are wonderful bikes but it depends on your intended use.
I really suggest you try the 2018 Nitro City. Excellent bike for commuting. Has decent 600Whr battery and a powerful motor. Comes with Ergon grips, lights, racks and mirror standard. Throw in some Schwalbe Marathon tires and it would be good for 99% of the commutes.

Roman P
1 month ago

Nice review. Going forward can you also include specs for the charger? Just to open your space up for international audience. E.g. is 220v input supported by the charger?

John Szurek
3 months ago

I've had this bike for almost 5 months and have put over 1000 miles on it. Our longest ride was about 35 miles and we still had 2-3 bars left. Granted this was on a trail with few hills on pedal assist1. I commute 25 miles 3-5 days a week in Minnesota.
My rear light has over 100 hours logged and is just now looking like it might need new batteries.
Front light might help drivers see you, but is ineffective and under powered for night visibility.
I've added both an additional head and tail light for greater visibility.

3 months ago

That's it. I've found the bike. I've found the perfect bike. I LOVE all the in depth reviews you do, really helps narrow down the choices, you don't leave any detail behind. And i think I have FINALLY found the bike that I want.

SpAceX Fan
4 months ago

Great review

Isaac Chung
5 months ago

I love magnum bikes; I just bought 2017 magnum peak bike two month ago...I love it. highly recommend any e bikes from this company. I am thinking about buying this bike for my wife. ty

Robert Tash
6 months ago

Great video, Thanks! One question – you say the motor on the Metro is a Das-Kit. On the Magnum web site it says the Metro comes with an 8Fun motor and that the Metro+ comes with the Das-Kit motor. Who is correct?

3 months ago

From what I see, the peak and metro have Das-Kit, and the UI5/MI5 have 8Fun.

6 months ago

Hey there! I was wondering when this bike hit the market.

By the way, I LOVE your channel and website. About to purchase my first E-Bike and you've been a godsend. Definite shoutout from ATX. :)

3 months ago

This bike is already on the market!

frank doster
6 months ago

Great Review

6 months ago

Man, you do excellent reviews. Your camera management and sound recording is awesome. How do you do it? Are you using just a GoPro?

This really looks like the bike I want to get.

Jim Korne
5 months ago

Great reviews, very helpful, bought my metro almost a month ago having trouble with my hub motor. It is making loud tinking noise , not impressed with magnums customer service still waiting for new replacement hub motor they don't seem to care how long I wait, missing some beautiful riding

On the Road with Ron
6 months ago

Nice review. Very detailed but I do have a question. Could you comment on the ease of removing the rear tire in case of a flat? Especially any difference between a hub motor and the mid=drive versions.

6 months ago

I want one but I do not have the money to buy it 😭😭

Seb K
6 months ago

If you can organise is then it would be great if you could do a review of the hydrogen bike .

Seb K
6 months ago
6 months ago

Interesting, I wasn't aware of a hydrogen electric bike, can you please share a link?

Greg Palmer
6 months ago

I think this and the E Joe Gadis are the best looking step thru bikes out there.
6 months ago

Yeah, there's something to be said for style when you're also trying to make it approachable and intuitive. I feel like both of those models have done well, the Gadis has a unique color scheme

Juan Alfonso Noval
6 months ago

Great review and great bikes. Look forward to watching these reviews and appreciate your hard work. Had my first ebike ride last month in Austin, TX from Rocket Electrics and I am hooked. What an awesome experience. I'm now getting my cash together so I can buy one asap. Thx Court.
6 months ago

Nice! I bought my second ebike ever from Rocket Electrics, Austin is a great city :D

Thanks for your kind words Juan, I work hard to record as much info as possible and make these videos but it's worth it to get this kind of positive feedback, THANKS! I'd love to hear how your first ebike experience is once you've saved up enough ;)

6 months ago

Another great review!
Man, these hub motor prices are making the mid drives just look ridiculous. And the fit and finish off these "cheaper" bikes are top notch now. I would love for you to do a review on Juice's new Cross Current S model. I know a lot of us watching your channel are excited about that one and would appreciate a review soon 👍

James Phelps
6 months ago

I agree, I actually find the super entry level ones even more compelling for driving mass adoption the way it did in China. Speaking of which I would really love to see someone review the Xiaomi Qicycle. I'd buy one in a heartbeat off of Gearbest or Alibaba if I could only see a few quality English language reviews.
6 months ago

Right... at $2k this is still an expensive product but it seems affordable relative to a lot of other ebikes. I'm in touch with Juiced and plan on reviewing their fat bike and CrossCurrent S when it's available. Sometimes they ask me to wait because they want to make sure the bikes are perfect, thanks for letting me know that you really want to see that bike

Lysle Basinger
6 months ago

Too many colors on the white bike.
6 months ago

It's busier than the black one but I think it looks alright, nice to have a choice at least with this ebike :)

Les Hsu
6 months ago

Yes, the Juiced Cross current S for $1,699 with 650Watt 28 MPH speed pedelec seem like a better bike than this magnum metro.

Harry Liang
4 months ago

Thanks! A lot have people have been saying this.

4 months ago

Magnum is far better at the end of the day. Much better quality bike in terms of frame and welds ect...

Harry Liang
4 months ago

Hi Court, Between the Juiced CCS and Metro you reviewed, do you have any preference from your reviews? I'm really stuck on this one. I heard quality and support is more consistent with the Magnum but the battery upgrades, larger motor and cadence sensor seems great with the CCS. Any thoughts on Das-kit vs. 8fun motor?

6 months ago

Love the Juiced Bikes, But the Fit & Finish of the Magnum Products are better Ie:(Paint Thickness,Frame deflection)
6 months ago

I'm excited to check it out, interested in the differences between the two models other than price, both companies seem to be doing a great job and I appreciate that a lot of dealers carry Magnum (might account for the slightly higher price vs. Juiced which seems to be doing a lot of direct sales?)

James Mason
6 months ago

l like the trail bike the best black my color
6 months ago

Yeah, that's a sweet bike, will be posting a review of the Magnum Peak 29 in the coming weeks. Here's the original Peak which has 650B tires:

Les Hsu
6 months ago

Do they have full suspension? What is magnum's website?
6 months ago

Hi Les, as of now, I don't think they have any full suspension products but the suspension fork and seat post here do a decent job (though this one isn't designed for off-road), check out their Magnum Peak if you haven't seen it yet: the website is linked from the bottom of each review I do and it's

Aziz Messaoud
6 months ago

Please make the super 73 scout
6 months ago

It's on my list and I'm in touch with the company, not sure on an exact review date but thanks for letting me know you want it!!