Magnum Peak 29 Review

Magnum Peak 29 Electric Bike Review
Magnum Peak 29
Magnum Peak 29 Altus Acera 24 Speed Drivetrain High Amp Controller
Magnum Peak 29 Shimano Acera 8 Speed Cassette
Magnum Peak 29 Das Kit C7 Lcd Ergonomic Grips
Magnum Peak 29 Sr Suntour Xcm 30 Suspension Fork
Magnum Peak 29 Tektro Auriga 180 Mm Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Magnum Peak 29 Rear Derailleur Guard
Magnum Peak 29 Schwalbe Smart Sam 29 2 25 Off Road Tires
Magnum Peak 29 Regular 2 Amp Ebike Battery Charger
Magnum Peak 29 Electric Bike Review
Magnum Peak 29
Magnum Peak 29 Altus Acera 24 Speed Drivetrain High Amp Controller
Magnum Peak 29 Shimano Acera 8 Speed Cassette
Magnum Peak 29 Das Kit C7 Lcd Ergonomic Grips
Magnum Peak 29 Sr Suntour Xcm 30 Suspension Fork
Magnum Peak 29 Tektro Auriga 180 Mm Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Magnum Peak 29 Rear Derailleur Guard
Magnum Peak 29 Schwalbe Smart Sam 29 2 25 Off Road Tires
Magnum Peak 29 Regular 2 Amp Ebike Battery Charger

Summary

  • A powerful, relatively affordable, hardtail cross country style electric bike that's capable of 28 mph pedal assist and 20 mph trigger throttle operation, offers 24 gears vs. 10 or 11 on most competing products
  • This particular model (with 29" wheels) is available in one large frame size and color, but Magnum also sells a 27.5" wheel version Peak which has a slightly smaller frame... so, two sizes?!
  • High-capacity 48 volt battery helps to extend range or simply match the range of other bikes while allowing you to ride faster, the battery has a USB port for charging accessories
  • Kickstand placement puts it in the way of the left crank arm, display is not removable, the spring suspension fork adds a bit of weight but the head tube is tapered for easy upgrades, solid hydraulic disc brakes with cutoff switches

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

Magnum

Model:

Peak

Price:

$1,999

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban, Trail, Mountain

Electric Bike Class:

Speed Pedalec (Class 3)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States, Canada

Model Year:

20172018

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

57.5 lbs (26.08 kg)

Battery Weight:

9.1 lbs (4.12 kg)

Motor Weight:

10.1 lbs (4.58 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

20.75 in (52.7 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

20.75" Seat Tube, 22.5" Reach, 30" Stand Over Height, 27.5" Width, 73.75" Length

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Satin Black with Blue Accents

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour XCM 30 Spring Suspension, 100 mm Travel, Hydraulic Compression Adjust with Lockout, Preload Adjust, 100 mm Hub Width, 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:

24 Speed 3x8 Shimano Altus Front Deraulleur, Shimano Acera Rear Derailleur, 11-32 Tooth Cassetee

Shifter Details:

Shimano Triggers on Left and Right Bar

Cranks:

Shimano 170 mm Length Crank Arms, 28-33-42 Tooth Chainrings, Square Tapered Bottom Bracket

Pedals:

Wellgo Aluminum Alloy Platform, Black

Headset:

Neco, Tapered 1-1/8" to 1-1/2", Sealed Cartridge

Stem:

Promax, 110 mm Length, Aluminum Alloy, Two 10 mm Spacers, One 5 mm Spacer, 31.8 mm Clamp Diameter

Handlebar:

Promax Flat, Aluminum Alloy, 690 mm Length

Brake Details:

Tektro Auriga Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Tektro Levers with Motor Inhibitors and Adjustable Reach

Grips:

Velo Ergonomic Rubber with Lockers

Saddle:

Magnum Branded Velo, Black

Seat Post:

Promax, Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.9 mm

Rims:

Double Walled, Aluminum Alloy, 25 mm Width, 36 Hole, Black

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge, Adjustable Nipples, Silver

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Smart Sam, 29" x 2.25" (57-622)

Wheel Sizes:

29 in (73.66cm)

Tire Details:

26-54 PSI, 1.8 to 3.7 BAR, Performance, Reflective Labels

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Single Side Adjustable Length Kickstand, Integrated 5 Volt USB Charging Port, Steel Derailleur Guard, Optional Metal Carry Rack ($49)

Other:

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

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Das-Kit

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

Readouts:

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

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Magnum has built a reputation around affordability and power. Their ebikes tend to offer both pedal assist and throttle operation, which can be handy if you need help getting started or simply don’t want to pedal at all times. With the Peak and Peak 29, you get a cross country style hardtail mountain bike with a large but well-placed battery pack, a 24 speed drivetrain, and a zippy rear-mounted geared hub motor that won’t interfere with shifting. The 29er model focused on in this specific review provides larger wheels that elevate the frame, improve comfort with increased air volume, and provide more rolling momentum. The frame itself is slightly larger than the original Peak I reviewed a while back, so I almost think of this as the “Large Peak” for taller riders, but it’s more nuanced than that. This model will be slightly less nimble but provides a lower attack angle and can cruise more efficiently at high speed. One of the things I really appreciate about this bike is that it could serve as both a trail bike or urban platform, you can even purchase a rear rack from Magnum for use with a trunk bag or pannier bags. Recent versions of this bike have been upgraded to 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes on both the front and rear wheels (whereas older versions had 160 mm in the rear) and the top tube now has bottle cage bosses! Which, might not be that useful. You see, as much as I complain about how electric bikes sometimes skip bottle cage mounting points, I can see why they would do so on a bike like this, because any accessory you mount to the top of the top tube is going to raise the stand over height and possibly hit your crotch. A water bottle would be near horizontal and might drip out as you ride, a folding lock might get kicked or brush against your inner thighs when pedaling… I would probably just remove the included bolts and keep the top tube smooth and low because I just barely fit on this bike with my ~30″ inseam and stand over height is about 30″ as measured during the review.

Driving the bike in assist and throttle mode is a torquey planetary geared hub motor that weighs about 10 lbs. It’s rated from 500 to 700 watts and can produce 90 Newton meters of torque, but that doesn’t mean it can climb from standstill. I tested this on an inclined section of dirt trail in the video review above and could hear the motor struggling to start. Once you have a bit of speed, the motor works fine, so consider pedaling a bit to help out at first. As mentioned earlier, this hub motor does not interfere with shifting or chain action on the 24-speed drivetrain. That’s great because it will allow you to shift more smoothly than a mid-drive motor and keep the two derailleurs in better shape long term. I’m a bit mixed on having two derailleurs because it increases weight and complexity, shifter cables stretch over time and that means visits to the shop or more hands-on work for you. The three chainrings up front are completely exposed and could get grease on pants so I suggest riding with shorts… but what about that urban use case? The front derailleur acts as a guide and provides a bit of protection, but I sometimes roll up my pant leg or use reflective velcro pant keepers when riding to avoid snags etc. Having two derailleurs also means having to use two shifter mechanisms up front and the cockpit is already pretty cluttered due to the addition of a display, trigger throttle, button control pad, and brakes with motor inhibitors. I love that the motor inhibitors are in place, in addition to the larger 180 mm rotors, because the cadence sensors are good here, but not quite as fast or fluid as advanced multi-sensors on the more expensive mid-drive systems now being produced. Again, I actually felt that the new sealed cadence sensor was very responsive and you can see that in the video as well.

powering the bike, beautiful backlit display panel, and integrated USB Type A port is a 48 volt 13 Amp hour battery pack. You can charge this thing on or off the bike and the included charger is very standard, offering 2 Amp output. This is a bit of a gripe for me because with such a large battery, and the potential for draining it faster by riding quick or relying purely on the throttle, it would be nice to have a 4 Amp charger. I could see myself buying this bike to ride to work during the week and then taking it on light trails when the weekend rolls around… and the removability of the battery pack means that I could charge the pack from my desk at work, make the bike lighter when loading it onto my car rack, and also reduce chemistry fatigue by storing it in a cool dry place vs. out in freezing temperatures or extreme heat. It’s a battery design that works well because the pack sits low and center on the frame, improving balance, and it blends in beautifully with the satin black frame. The pack clicks in from a 45-degree angle from the left side vs. going straight down, and this makes it easier to mount without scratching the frame. One thing that was missing however, was a slap guard on the right chain stay, but you can use clear masking tape or get a cheap slap guard online or from your local shop if you want. At the top left side of the battery is a standard female USB A port for charging portable electronics, such as your phone, which could be handy for GPS directions. I believe the port is active whether you have the battery mounted to the bike or not, so it could be like a backup power source. When mounted to the frame, this battery pack felt solid, but did rattle just a bit and I have heard some owners talk about using a bit of electrical tape to tighten the fit, just don’t overdo it because you wouldn’t want to see it fall off when riding! The locking core felt solid and there’s a little handle on the left side to grasp when removing.

And so, I mentioned that the cockpit on this bike can be a little crowded and messy because of the second set of shifters, brake lever motor inhibitors, and throttle… but it works well enough. The button pad (which allows you to arrow up through 0 to 6 levels of assist) is easy to reach and allows you to go “around” from six to zero vs. clicking down six times. One complaint, that may not be relevant to all customers, is that the trigger throttle on the right side can be difficult to reach depending on where you mount it. I had to reach across the shifter housing and brake attachment to press the throttle paddle and it compromised my grip a bit which is not idea when riding off-road. Considering that this is either a Class 3 speed pedelec or Class 2 throttle activated ebike by default, it’s probably not going to be allowed on many mountain bike trails in some states. You can probably use it on off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails and private property, and you might also be able to turn down the top assisted speed to 20 mph and remove the throttle to use it as a Class 1 electric bicycle, but by default it’s a bit unconventional. Many people love the power and freedom of this setup, but if you had a crash that damaged property or hurt someone and the bike was seen as more of an unregistered vehicle in court, that could be a bummer. The display panel on this bike is large and easy to read, it can be swiveled a bit to reduce glare (which is nice because it’s very shiny all the way across) but it cannot be removed. This could lead to more damage from weather exposure or other bikes at a public rack, but the display does feel sturdy. It shows your battery level, assist level, and trip stats like trip distance, odometer, and even a timer.

There’s a lot to say about this bike and a few additional points worth sharing here are that the spokes are thicker at 13 gauge vs. 14 gauge on most other products I test and review (lower gauge numbers mean it is thicker). Magnum has upgraded the headset with a sealed cartridge design that won’t squeak or rust as easily and I want to reiterate that the tapered head tube can accommodate more advanced suspension models, such as air forks that will weigh less and provide more adjustability. The stock fork provides lockout and rebound adjust but uses springs and a narrow 9 mm skewer like you’d find on a city bike. Most of the higher end true off-road e-bikes now come with 15 mm thru-axles on their forks to provide more stiffness and strength… and I think that would be nice to have on this bike because it weighs more and can go faster. The ergonomic grips are more of an urban choice because lots of mountain bikers wear gloves and don’t want an overly thick grip… but at least these grips are locking and won’t spin under pressure. The cables on the bike aren’t as hidden or internally routed as some other products I have been reviewing and even the motor controller stands out visually, but Magnum reps told me that the choice had to do with providing more Amps and keeping the system cool. The bike does have walk mode, simply hold the minus key, and that’s handy for climbing hills by foot or walking the bike in a crowded environment or if you get a flat. At ~57.5 lbs, it’s on the heavier side for an ebike without fenders, lights, or a rear rack stock and this is due to the larger battery and wheels. You can tap the power button to turn on display backlighting when riding in dark or dim conditions. I have heard that Magnum may have a narrower “slim” throttle design that could bring it closer to the right grip (maybe mounting between the grip and the brake and shifter clamps) but I cannot say for sure… and it’s worth paying special attention when mounting or dismounting the bike because if it is turned on, the throttle will be hot and could send the bike forward unexpectedly. The throttle will override all levels of assist and zero, which give you great control, but also requires great responsibility right ;) Big thanks to the Magnum team for inviting me to their headquarters in Utah and partnering with me on this post. Magnum has been expanding their network of dealers in the USA and that makes this and other models easier to test ride and get serviced.

Pros:

  • The Peak offers throttle-only mode, allows you to override assist with the throttle up to 20 mph and can hit 28 mph in pedal assist… it’s one of the most open control systems I have reviewed, giving you full control over how to ride
  • Higher volume tires improve comfort and increase the contact patch for better handling off-road, ergonomic grips feel nice and reduce wrist fatigue regardless of terrain
  • You get 24 gear combinations here which is unique in the world of value priced electric mountain bikes, this also means more potential maintenance and weight, but when you need to climb or hit and comfortably maintain the 28 mph top assisted speed I feel that it can be worth it
  • Name brand Schwalbe tires and mid-level SR Suntour suspension fork with lockout and preload adjustment improve ride quality and won’t take damage as easily as super cheap options
  • I like that they ship the bike with a derailleur guard to protect the main derailleur and that they used Acera here vs. Altus (which is used for the front derailleur and is lower specced), this guard also protects the power cable that connects into the hub motor on the right side of the rear dropout
  • While the Peak only comes in one frame size and color, I feel that the design is great because the top tube angles for lowered standover height, the head tube is tapered for improved strength (and optional fork upgrades) and the black color helps wires and the battery blend in, for those who want a slightly lower and smaller frame, consider the original Magnum Peak which uses 27.5″ wheel size vs. 29″ here
  • The battery has a charging port on the lower left side vs. on top which is much easier to get to (of course it can also be charged off the bike if you want) and I like that there is a female USB port near the top (on the left side of the pack) so you could power your phone or lights, consider a right angle adapter for charging while riding to keep the wire out of the way when you pedal, I believe the USB port can also be used to charge stuff when the battery is not mounted to the bike
  • Magnum sells a rear rack if you want to carry a trunk bag or panniers but this new Peak frame also has bottle cage bosses added to the top tube, they do increase the stand over height and might position your bottle near horizontal, but could also be used for a folding lock or mini-pump accessory
  • Hydraulic disc brakes with motor inhibitors in both levers keep you in control of the bike and are especially important for high-speed operation, you get a larger 180 mm rotor up front for improved braking power and the brake levers offer adjustable reach for people with different hand sizes
  • Even though it’s not removable, I like how compact the display is and appreciate that you can swivel it to reduce glare, there are lots of options built in, the button pad used to operate it is mounted close to the left grip where it’s very easy to reach and use on the fly, overall the cockpit didn’t feel super crowded even with the extra wires and two trigger shifter units vs. just one on most other electric bikes that have 10 or 11 speeds vs. 24 here
  • Minor pluses: I love that the saddle and pedals are upgraded, less reason to have to replace them for improved comfort and traction respectively, they worked great for me even in the snow when my feet were wet and the trail was bumpy
  • Quick release front wheel and removable battery reduces weight significantly (by over 10 pounds) making the bike easier to toss into the trunk of a car or lift onto a storage hook in a garage
  • Magnum has a specially designed trigger throttle that is super slim so it doesn’t crowd the brake or shifter mounts and can be easier to reach, the cadence sensor is also slimmer, smaller and better protected by a plastic shell
  • The battery capacity is quite impressive, you get 48 volts and 13 amp hours which I would call way above average and the cells are premium brands (LG, Samsung or Panasonic) with a one-year warranty
  • In my opinion, the price point of this bike is amazing, it really feels like a good value at $2k given all of the options and dealer network they’ve built (over 75 shops in the US carrying it at the time of this post)
  • The bike ships with a rigid 30.9 mm seat post which works fine and is a little thicker for added strength… this is one are you could potentially upgrade with a seat post suspension like Thudbuster or Body Float, you might just need a shim in some cases for the perfect fit

Cons:

  • Surprisingly, I didn’t see a slap guard on the right chain stay, this means you’ll get chips in the paint over time and possibly some wear on the chain itself, consider adding one yourself aftermarket like these
  • I’m accustomed to seeing internally routed cables, integrated batteries and compact motors as with the Peak here but the controller box stood out as being large and potentially vulnerable… I asked about it (positioned in front of the bottom bracket) and was told it had to be overbuilt to dissipate heat due to the higher amp output and it’s made from Aluminum alloy to be sturdy
  • Due to the hub motor design, there isn’t a quick release at the rear which means you’ll need extra tools for flat-fixing on the go, the power cable also protrudes a bit and could get snagged or bent easier than if it was fully tucked in
  • Because the throttle is always active, I suggest being extra careful when mounting and dismounting the bike… or even loading it onto a car rack, I would turn it off to be safe, perhaps future versions of the Magnum Peak can power up to assist level zero and make that a non-throttle mode for safety
  • The kickstand is large, adjustable and sturdy but I wish it was mounted slightly back so the left crank arm wouldn’t collide, the demo bike had some nicks already, this is also a concern with the charging port as the pedal could snag it or bend the plug
  • The cockpit handlebar area of this e-bike is kind of cluttered because of the two shifters, brake lines, and motor inhibitors as well as the display, control pad, and trigger throttle
  • While I think they did a good job keeping the weight of the bike reasonable considering the larger battery pack and motor, this is about four pounds heavier than most other hardtail electric mountain bikes I have been testing
  • One area for possible improvement would be a thru-axle on the fork for added stiffness and sturdiness given the off-road nature and higher speed capability of the bike, as it stands you get a regular 9 mm quick release skewer and a spring shock vs. air which would be more adjustable and reduce weight
  • Many of the wires are run along the base of the top tube verses being internally routed, this combined with the angled nature of the top tube could make hanging style racks difficult to work with (snagging cables or just not fitting without first removing the battery pack)
  • If you’re commuting, especially at high speed, add some reflective stickers or lights because the matte black frame and lack of integrated lights combined with higher speed riding could make you vulnerable and I can imagine a lot of people will use this in urban environments even though it’s trail capable
  • The charger is compact and light weight at ~1.5 lbs but it’s not super fast with just 2 Amps output and that could mean longer waits given the larger capacity of the battery on the Magnum Peak

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Comments (10) YouTube Comments

Jay Ford
11 months ago

The review for this eBike is very detailed and accurate; 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.

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Court
11 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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Tim
11 months ago

Great review Court. One question about specs. It says 90 Nm torque. But I’ve checked Das-kit website and their motors provide only 38 Nm, how can it be that much different?

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Court
11 months ago

Hi Tim, thanks for sharing that detail. I wrote what the folks at Magnum told me… and perhaps they were wrong or just adding some marketing spin on it. My gut tells me that 38 Newton meters is more accurate based on what other companies report and what mid-drives are rated (in the 70 Nm range).

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Tim Clark
10 months ago

Excellent review Court! So much so that after looking at all the bikes $1.3K to $2K that you reviewed, I settled with the Magnum Peak 29 and could not be happier! Everything you mentioned is right on! I am 6’2″ with all my height in my legs so the extra size that this bike gave over the the standard 19″ that most electric bikes go with was dramatic and so much more comfortable! Another big point that I have found with Magnum is the ability to deal with a local dealer AND directly with the manufacturer.

Now that I am a full convert to electric bikes, I am starting to look at bike racks for the car. Thought about doing a comprehensive bike rack review? Keep up the great work as while I am sold on this Magnum Peak, I still enjoy watching/reading your reviews!

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Court
10 months ago

Hi Tim! I’m so happy to hear that you’re loving the Magnum Peak! Thanks for posting your kind words and support here, I do my best and try to be thorough but also share enthusiasm when companies like Magnum have done a great job. I hope it continues to be a source of fun and health for you. And yeah! I have done a couple of bike rack reviews but mostly stay focused on ebikes… Here’s the one I own, and here’s another unique one that can carry more bikes and different types of frames. I hope this helps!

(UPDATE! I just got confirmation from Ty at Rad Power Bikes that no, the maximum weight that the bike can carry does NOT include the weight of the bike itself, so my thoughts above are correct… you can load up to 275 lbs onto the bike)

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John DellaGrotte
5 months ago

Hi Court, Love all your reviews. After seeing your review of the peak. I bought one from Ebikes of New England. I told the owner that it was because of your review. I love this bike. Paid $1,900 and feel as though it is the best and sharpest looking for the money. Thanks a lot and I will continue watching. You’re a true professional. John

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Court
5 months ago

Wonderful! Congrats on finding an ebike that fits your lifestyle and budget, John. You definitely made my morning, thanks for telling the shop that EBR made a difference for you. I haven’t been to Ebikes of New England yet but we have chatted a couple of times, they seem like good folks :) feel free to post updates, discoveries, and tips as you use the bike. This is a good spot or you can join the Magnum forums.

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Richard Lange
5 months ago

Many thanks Court for your perspective and comprehensive video-reviews that led me to purchase the Magnum Peak. It has exceeded my expectations. On paper and initial use, it has close to everything I want in a trail bike and my first ebike. It’s fun, value-priced, and good-looking! I chose the Peak, not because it’s a mountain bike per se, but because I wanted a trail / road bike with long battery range, ample manual gears (in case the battery fails), trail maneuverability, and tires that can handle Santa Fe’s, sometimes, rough terrain (and ignore goat-head thorns.) In addition, I didn’t want the additional weight of fenders, opting instead for a Topeka rear rack and bag. Other changes made were replacing the stem and handlebar with a combo designed for more upright sitting, and a Thudbuster to smooth out the ride. A bonus of having changed the flat handlebar to a slight riser-type is that now when I turn the Peak upside down, the ebike’s is no longer resting on the display. I also moved the bell to the left handlebar side, which makes reaching the throttle (on the right side) easy to do.

BTW, I bought a Freedom EX 2 Bike Rack, which I heartily recommend. It’s sturdy, works easily and folds at an angle, allowing my rear-SUV-hatch to open while the bike is attached.

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Court
5 months ago

That’s awesome, Richard! Thanks for sharing your upgrades and tips. Sounds like you’re really enjoying the Magnum Peak and I hope it continues to serve you well throughout the summer :D

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