OHM Mountain Review

Ohm Mountain Electric Bike Review
Ohm Mountain
Ohm Mountain 10 Speed Shimano Deore Xt With Shadow Plus
Ohm Mountain 48 Volt Bionx Battery Charging Port Touch Ring
Ohm Mountain Bionx Removable Color Lcd Display Panel
Ohm Mountain Suntour Raidon Xc Lo R Air Suspension Fork 100 Mm Travel
Ohm Mountain Schwalbe Nobby Nic Plus Sized Tires
Ohm Mountain Samox Sealed Cartridge Hollow Spindle Bb Chain Guide
Ohm Mountain Branded Ergon Sport Gel Smc4 Saddle
Ohm Mountain Bionx D Series Motor Cable
Ohm Mountain Trp Zurich Hydraulic Disc Brake Levers Adjustable With Motor Inhibitor Switch
Ohm Mountain 3 45 Amp Ebike Charger
Ohm Mountain Electric Bike Review
Ohm Mountain
Ohm Mountain 10 Speed Shimano Deore Xt With Shadow Plus
Ohm Mountain 48 Volt Bionx Battery Charging Port Touch Ring
Ohm Mountain Bionx Removable Color Lcd Display Panel
Ohm Mountain Suntour Raidon Xc Lo R Air Suspension Fork 100 Mm Travel
Ohm Mountain Schwalbe Nobby Nic Plus Sized Tires
Ohm Mountain Samox Sealed Cartridge Hollow Spindle Bb Chain Guide
Ohm Mountain Branded Ergon Sport Gel Smc4 Saddle
Ohm Mountain Bionx D Series Motor Cable
Ohm Mountain Trp Zurich Hydraulic Disc Brake Levers Adjustable With Motor Inhibitor Switch
Ohm Mountain 3 45 Amp Ebike Charger


  • A sleek, extremely quiet, cross country style electric bike built around a custom hardtail frame that comes in four sizes (including stem, bar, and crank arm differences)
  • 100 mm air suspension fork from Suntour, larger 3" plus sized tires from Schwalbe, longer Boost hubs, sturdy thru-axles front and rear, the bike feels stiff and responsive
  • Torque sensing pedal assist is fluid and natural, the D-Series larger diameter hub motor provides great torque and stays cool, you get four levels of assist and regeneration
  • Can be setup as a Class 2 or Class 3 Speed pedelec, priced a bit higher and only available online or at the OHM store in Vancouver Canada, only one color choice, noisy kickstand and awkward pedals

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Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Trail, Mountain

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2), Speed Pedalec (Class 3)
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3 Year Electronics, 5 Year Frame


United States, Canada

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

51.1 lbs (23.17 kg)

Battery Weight:

7.4 lbs (3.35 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

ADVANCE™ Hydroformed Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

16.5 in (41.91 cm)18.5 in (46.99 cm)20.5 in (52.07 cm)22.5 in (57.15 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Medium 18.5" Measurements: 18.5" Seat Tube Length, 21.5" Reach, 29” Stand Over Height, 27.25” Width, 73.5” Length

Frame Types:


Frame Colors:

Matte Green with Orange Accents

Frame Fork Details:

Suntour RAIDON XC-LO-R Air Suspension, 100 mm Travel, Compression Clicker with Lockout, Rebound Adjust, Boost 110 mm Hub, 15QLC 15 mm Thru-Axle with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

BionX Proprietary, 142 mm Hub, 12 mm Axle with M6 End Cap Bolts

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

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

Shifter Details:

Shimano Dyna-Sys Two-Way Triggers on Right


OHM Branded Chainway Custom Specced Crank Arms, Aluminum Alloy, 170 mm Length, 38T Chainring with Chain Guide, SAMOX Sealed Cartridge Bottom Bracket, Splined, Hollow Spindle


Wellgo MG6 Magnesium Platform with Adjustable Pins


Ritchey Pro Logic Press Fit, Tapered 1 1/ 8"- 1 1/ 2", Three 10 mm Spacers, One 5 mm Spacer


Promax Alloy, 70 mm, 6° Rise, 31.8 mm Clamp Diameter with Custom Light Mount


Ritchie Comp, Aluminum Alloy, Low-Rise, 680 mm Length, 25 mm Rise, 31.8 mm Diameter

Brake Details:

TRP Zurich Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Quad Piston Calipers, Three-Finger TRP Levers with Tool-Free Adjust Reach, BionX Motor Inhibitor for Regen Activation on Right


Ergon GE1, Ergonomic Rubber, Locking, 135 mm Length


OHM Branded Ergon Sport Gel SMC4, Chromoly Rails, Nylon Composite Shell, Orthopedic Comfort Foam with Gel Pads

Seat Post:

Ritchey Comp, Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.9 mm


Alexrims MD40, Alloy, Double Wall, 32 Hole


Sapim Strong, Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge, Black, Brass Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Nobby Nic, 27.5" x 3"

Wheel Sizes:

27.5 in (69.85cm)

Tire Details:

15 to 35 PSI, Performance, Reflective Logos

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve


Pletscher ESGE Adjustable Center-Mount Kickstand, Signal Bell, Optional BodyFloat Suspension Seatpost ($249), ABUS Bordo Combo Lite 6150 ($129)


Locking Removable Semi-Integrated Downtube Battery Pack, 0.9 lb 3.45 Amp BionX Compact Charger, KMC X10 EPT for MTB Chain, (Size Specific Handlebar 680 / 720 mm, Stem 70 / 80 / 90 mm, Crank Arms 170 / 175 mm)

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

BionX, D-Series

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Gearless Direct Drive Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Motor Peak Output:

1000 watts

Motor Torque:

50 Newton meters (Nominal 25 Nm)

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

11.6 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

556.8 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

70 miles (113 km)

Display Type:

BionX DS3, Removable, Backlit, Color LCD (Hold the White Key on Setup for Settings Menu 24:26 in Video Review)


Three Display Layouts (Basic, Enhanced, Data View), Assist Level (1-4 Support, 1-4 Regeneration), Power Graph (Output, Regeneration), Speed (mph / kph), Battery Level (10 Bars), Setup, Odometer, Trip Timer, Trip Distance, Average Speed, Clock

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad (On/Off, Lights, +, -, Left Clicker, Battery Level (5 Bars), Assist Level (4 Dots for Power and Regeneration), Right Clicker), Optional Standard Sized USB Port

Drive Mode:

Torque Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle

Top Speed:

28 mph (45 kph) (20 mph Throttle Only)

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Written Review

OHM offers several high-quality electric bike models and for 2017/2018 they all share a similar frame design, the exact same battery pack (which seats in from the left and is positioned on the downtube), and are available in a range of sizes. The Mountain is their most rugged off-road e-bike and it comes with some excellent components such as TRP Zurich hydraulic disc brakes, a 10-speed Shimano Deore XT drivetrain, and an air suspension fork. What separates it from other cross country oriented electric mountain bikes is the hub motor design. In an age where many companies are turning to mid-motors, the hub motor offers a few trade offs. On the positive side, it is extremely quiet, offers regen drive modes and regenerative braking, does not interfere with shifting and is therefore easier on the chain, sprocket, and derailleurs, and it can be activated with a throttle as well as torque sensing pedal assist. On the negative side, there’s more weight in the rear wheel (which would impact suspension if this was a full suspension model) and there’s no quick release on the back wheel, just the front. You don’t get quite as much torque or efficiency because you’re not able to leverage the gears… but this does offer a more consistent ride which requires less shifting to reach full speed. And speaking of speed, the OHM Mountain can be setup as a Class 2 product with throttle and assist limited to 20 mph or you can ask for a Class 3 configuration where the top speed would be 28 mph in pedal assist mode and 20 mph with the throttle. If you wanted to use it as an “all terrain” commuter platform, you could add a rear rack for cargo or panniers and OHM can even add a USB charging port and integrated lights if you pay extra. The frame is Aluminum alloy and offers a high quality paint finish and upgraded head tube, bottom bracket and yoke. Thru-axles and wider Boost hubs provide stiffness and strength and the overall weight is ~51 lbs which is great given how powerful the motor is and how much capacity the battery offers. A few compromised were made around how the kickstand was mounted, and you can hear it rattling when we ride the mountain trails at Mount Fromme in North Vancouver Canada, but this is easy to remove. Stock, the bike comes with comfortable 3″ plus sized tires and a 100 mm suspension fork but I would probably opt to pay a bit extra for their BodyFloat suspension post option and keep an eye on the tire pressure to reduce vibration.

Driving this bike is one of the coolest hub motors I have seen (and I have reviewed it on several other e-bikes in the past including some from OHM). This is the D-Series 500 watt gearless hub motor. It’s very wide but skinny, and is encased in a composite plastic shell vs. heavier Aluminum alloy. The motor gets a good mechanical advantage from the wide design and because there is more air inside, it also stays cooler. Offering up to 50 Newton meters of peak torque, it’s very capable for climbing if you pedal along (even just a bit) and I found that it could climb moderate inclines with the throttle only, as long as I had a bit of momentum going in. Unlike most other hub motors, this one is connected just to the hub and spokes run around the casing instead of connecting to it. The benefit is comfort and durability, you get a more natural and consistent feel with this motor design. Perhaps the biggest drawback is that it looks kind of funky and unique. Gearless hub motors have fewer moving parts, nothing is rubbing inside and therefore, they tend to last longer

Powering the bike is an efficient and powerful 48 volt 11.6 amp hour battery. As mentioned earlier, it’s the same battery as OHM is using on their Urban, Step Thru, and Sport models. The sam color, size, and mounting design. Unlike some of the older BionX batteries that mounted in a rear rack or onto the downtube, this one seats into it a bit. This lowers the battery position, looks more solid to me, and provides some extra space in the triangle section of the frame for bottle cage bosses and a lower top tube. Notice how the top tube angles down a bit to make standing over the bike easier. Between the four frame size options, this lower top tube, and some changes between the stem, bar, and crank arm length of each size, the bike offers a great fit. This battery pack can be charged on or off the bike frame, and this allows for independent storage as well. I recommend keeping the battery away from extreme temperatures, aim for cool dry storage locations and if you don’t plan to ride for a bit, store at ~50% full. You can tell how full the battery pack is by using the display panel, the Bluetooth app, or the little control ring near the right grip… or you can touch the metal plug port on the left side of the battery and it will light up with green, orange, or red. This battery isn’t quite as hidden as some of the internal packs we are starting to see, but it clicks onto the frame easily, uses six rubber pads to reduce any kind of noise and scratching between the pack and the frame, and it charges quickly because BionX includes one of the nicest ebike battery chargers on the market today! This thing weighs less than a pound, is super compact, and yet it puts out 3.45 Amps vs. just 2 Amps on most standard chargers

The display options on this electric bike are many, whether you choose to use the minimalist LED readouts on the control ring, or the transflective backlit color LCD display, or your smartphone, you can control four levels of assist and four levels of regen. All of the most important control features are always available to you, and the + and – keys on the control pad are very intuitive. In it’s most basic form, you get to choose how much power the motor delivers or how much it works to slow you down! I used the highest level of regeneration -4 to help slow my descent for a half an hour and found that the battery recuperated about 3% during that time (about 2.7 miles). I had used up nearly 60% during the longer ascent, but I was frequently riding in the highest level of assist and using the throttle. We arrived back at the cars, having ridden over six miles total, with over 38% battery capacity and I am sure the regen feature also reduced wear on the brake pads and left my hands more relaxed because I wasn’t having to squeeze as hard or as much. So anyway, that’s the most basic function of the plus and minus buttons, but there is also a left and right key which can be used to navigate the LCD display to show different views. I preferred the basic view and loved that it shows 10 bars to illustrate how full the battery pack is… but if you arrow to the right twice, there is an advanced or data view display readout that shows battery percentage along with more trip stats and details. It’s so cool to have this as an option, in part because data view is black and white which could be less distracting for some riders. Note that you can also enter into a settings menu by arrowing right to setup and then holding the grey key for a few seconds. This is definitely one of the nicest displays I have used but I love how open and flexible it is… while still being simple.

All things considered, this is not the best platform for all mountain or enduro type riding with big bumps and rocks everywhere. The larger tires are designed to be stable, comfortable, and floaty so you can ride over obstacles and soft terrain vs. nimbling around them. It’s a blast to ride on packed dirt trails and performed very well on some of the wood bridge features we discovered in the forest. I thought it also handled very well on concrete, as we took a road for half a mile before and after the mountain trail sections. I feel like OHM has made some smart decisions by using the same motor and battery for most of their 2017/2018 lineup. This reduces cost, allows them to provide better support, and makes replacing parts easier. Priced at $3,455 I would not call the OHM Mountain cheap, but you get what you pay for, including one of the best warranties out there with three years comprehensive and five on the frame. OHM has been around since 2012 and BionX has been around much longer (and is part of a big automotive company in Toronto Canada). There’s great momentum and a track record of quality from both of these companies. I had fun pushing the bike and exploring new places with Liam, one of the OHM team members and avid downhill rider, and appreciate that they were able to price this model a bit lower because it doesn’t come with the lights, fenders, and rack, while still offering some of that as paid upgrades. Big thanks to OHM for partnering with me on this review, hosting me at their headquarters, and taking me out on some neat adventures around British Columbia. I feel that Liam was honest as we discussed some of the trade-offs and acknowledged the strengths and weaknesses of the hub motor design and other hardware like the kickstand. I love that the bike comes with a chain keeper to perform well on bumpy terrain, and that you get premium touch points like the Ergon grips and saddle along with the Schwalbe Nobby Nic tires.


  • The OHM Mountain comes in four frame sizes to really ensure a good fit (even the stem, handlebars, and crank arms change length as you select different sizes, this could be a great e-bike for taller riders), the top tube is sloped so you get the strength of a diamond frame with the more comfortable, lower, stand-over height, this is possible in part because of the side-mount battery design vs. top-down like the Bosch Powerpack and some of the more generic brands, note also the custom yoke which has a cutaway to accommodate the chainring and standard Q Factor but allow for fatter tires while still being sturdy
  • Purpose built frame was designed to withstand off-road use, note the tapered head tube, upgraded bottom bracket with lightweight hollow spindle and protective plating in front of the cables, internally routed cables that are out of the way on most of the bike, and the well-protected motor power cable below the left chain stay with quick disconnect
  • Great drivetrain, the 10-speed Shimano Deore XT shifts quickly, allows for multi-shift action, should require less maintenance than a lower-end component, and has the Shadow Plus clutch so you can tighten the chain and reduce bounce (perfect for off-road riding, just click the grey lever into the up position on the side of the derailleur hangar), I also like that OHM either uses narrow wide sprockets or a chain keeper as seen here to reduce drops
  • More and more electric bikes are opting for plus sized tires to improve comfort and stability, I think it makes perfect sense to go with the largest 3″ plus sized tires here because it’s a hardtail cross country setup so it doesn’t need to be as nimble (you get reduced deflection and more rolling momentum instead), the Schwalbe Nobby Nic brand is high-quality and should perform well, the longer Boost hubs provide strength and stiffness for better power transfer and handling along with the thicker thru-axles (15 mm front and 12 mm rear)
  • Great suspension fork with lots of adjustability, you can opt for a suspension seat post to further improve comfort, just make sure you get it from OHM in the appropriate size (which looks like 30.9 mm diameter)
  • Considering this e-bike uses a gearless hub motor that looks big, and offers a higher capacity battery pack,
    I was impressed that it only weighs ~51 lbs, the weight seemed well distributed when I lifted it to weigh it
  • Gearless hub motors tend to be very durable and in this case, offers regenerative braking, and four levels of regen (to simulate climbing or let you slowly charge the battery on steep descents)
  • Pedal assist relies on a torque sensor that feels smooth and responsive, I love that you also have a variable speed trigger throttle, it stays out of the way but is very handy and fun to use on occasion, triggers are much more practical for off-road applications in my opinion because they don’t compromise your grip as a half-grip twist throttle would
  • OHM has been in business selling electric bikes since 2005 and offer an amazing three-year comprehensive warranty with five years on the frame, they produce high-quality stuff and pretty much stick with one system to make repairs, replacement, and upgrades easier
  • I love the little display panel, it’s highly adjustable, easy to read and understand in part because it uses color, and can be removed for secure storage or outdoor public parking, I do wish it had a USB port for charging portable accessories but this is something OHM will add for you near the right side of the downtube if you pay a bit extra
  • OHM has managed to squeeze in water bottle cage bosses on the seat tube, I love that they were able to fit these in because they can double as a place to mount a mini-pump or folding lock, OHM also sells their own rear rack solution if you want to transport stuff more easily without wearing a backpack
  • The battery pack is easily removable, for charging or storing off-bike, and I love where the charging port is mounted (high up and out of the way of the left crank arm), the battery charger is one of the most compact but high-speed in the market today offering 3.45 Amps vs. 2 Amps on a lot of others
  • Sealed cartridge bottom bracket and headset keep water out, they have been selective about hardware to eliminate rust and have tested the bikes in wet conditions at their headquarters in Vancouver Canada
  • For a hub motor setup, vs. a mid-drive, you get a lot of torque and I was able to climb for long periods without pedaling hard or at all (just using the throttle), the BionX D-Series motor is wide which improves the torque and mechanical advantage and there’s a lot of air inside to keep it cool
  • Great brakes, they offer plenty of power and heat dissipation in part because of the quad-piston calipers which allow for more surface area and force to be applied, apparently TRP hydraulic brakes are easier to bleed and use mineral oil which isn’t so hard on skin, is easier to clean up, and it uses a dual syringe system
  • The bike does come with some special inserts to allow for some experimentation with choosing your own rear rack, however, OHM sells a special custom rear rack or you could use a seat post mounting beam-rack design like this, just keep in mind that they can get bumped side to side easier and might not fit if you have a seat post suspension
  • I really like the trigger shifters they chose, SLX is is an upgrade from most electric bike shifters I see and that provides a two way high shifter lever and a three-click low shifter lever for more sporty performance and versatility
  • It sounds relatively easy to wire-in lights that would run off of the main battery pack, OHM can set this model up with the high quality Supernova LED e-bike lights seen on their Urban and Sport models at time of purchase which could be great for commuting in a mixed terrain environment
  • BionX has a Bluetooth smartphone app but the LCD display works very well on its own and you can even operate the bike just using the compact control ring (with the display off) so there are lots of options here and they are all really good in my opinion
  • The display panel is transflective and backlit so it works well in a range of lighting conditions, I like that it shows 10 bars for the battery capacity vs. just four or five on a lot of competing products (you can even see battery percentage in data view, click the right key to cycle through views), I feel that it boots up a little slow but is otherwise pretty great
  • The battery pack is minimalist and I love how you can touch the charging port and it lights up with a color to let you know how full it is, between 20%-70% is orange, below 20% is red, above 70% is green
  • Apparently OHM can unlock the bike to go 28 mph and become a Class 3 speed pedelec, and it would still have the 20 mph throttle mode as well, this is very unique and lots of fun if you commute or just enjoy a faster feel


  • OHM has decided to pick just one color for each of their models, you could get grey or blue but that would require switching to a city model, I think it looks nice but you only get this green in the mountain setup
  • Priced at ~$3,500 this is not the most affordable hardtail ebike I have reviewed, but they have really outfitted it with great components and it feels like you get your money’s worth, this model is actually less expensive than some of the others because it does not have fenders, a rack, or integrated lights
  • The battery pack is IP67 rated against water and dust ingress but the charging port doesn’t actually have a cover, so I feel like it might be a little vulnerable, and the case doesn’t have a handle so it made me feel cautious carrying it around because it weighs ~7 lbs and could get damaged if dropped, I do like that it has little rubber feet on the bottom to reduce vibration when mounted to the downtube
  • The front wheel offers quick release but you don’t get that on the rear, so you might want to bring a toolset in case of a flat fix, thankfully the thru-axle seems easy to work with and align so the torque sensor shouldn’t be as delicate to work around and the quick disconnect power cable is convenient
  • This is a minor consideration, the throttle won’t activate until the bike is moving ~2 mph for safety reasons, this could be frustrating if you wanted to use the throttle to reduce effort when starting and stopping a lot, or if you have a sensitive knee and don’t want to push hard, the torque sensor design also requires a bit more leg effort than some of the simpler cadence sensors but it’s much more natural feeling and predictable which is important in off-road environments with unstable terrain
  • The model I tested only had a motor inhibitor and regeneration switch on the right brake lever, they both have adjustable reach which is great for people with different sized hands (or when you wear gloves) but it would be nice to have inhibitors on both sides
  • I want to love the pedals because they are lightweight and stiff, offer a large surface area, and have adjustable pins for traction but the middle spindle just feels weird under my foot vs. a more flat feeling, I felt uncomfortable on them like it was pressing on a narrow section under the ball of my fee
  • It’s great that this bike comes with a kickstand, but it did bounce around quite a bit when riding off road and is positioned at the middle of the frame where it could collide with the left crank arm when left down, I might take it off for the majority of my mountain biking rides


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4 months ago

I was debating between the Urban and Mountain models from Ohm. In the end, I ended up with the Mountain. Been really really happy with it. The battery range is excellent. Someday, I need to ride it up the Sea to Sky Highway from Squamish and see how far I get at max assist. It would be nice to know what range I could get with climbing and level 4 assist. Did a 25km ride one day in Squamish. Did lots of climbing on trails and battery had tons of power left in it. I also love the quietness of the BionX system. My kickstand does not rattle like Court’s bike did – it probably needed an adjustment.

I selected the Mountain because I wanted a few more granny gears than the Urban model offered. Although, I do miss the delightful speed one could attain on the Urban :) I didn’t need the full integrated fenders but would love to get a rack for the Mountain model for when I use it for groceries and more town use. Ohm put a head light on for me and I am hoping to create a rack that can be put on the Mountain without needing the rear fender.

No regrets. Just smiles. And Liam at Ohm is amazing. He was incredibly helpful and patient. So impressed with the high quality of the Ohm bikes and great customer service.

4 months ago

Thanks for sharing your experience with the OHM Mountain and why you chose it over the Urban Martine, I enjoyed your comments and am glad that the folks at OHM treated you well. Ride on! Have a blast out there :D


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86 and still kicking
4 days ago

We only have one frame of reference on TRP Zurich hydraulic brakes from Ohm eBikes. On a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high) in comparison to the other hydraulic disk brakes we see we would only give them a rating of 12 or 13.

86 and still kicking
2 weeks ago

Will do, we sell both Ohm and Elby and would just hate to see this tech disappear. Not sure how many folks have ridden the D500 system but the smoothness, power, diagnostic and configuration capability, and durability of the system is top tier tech.

My feeling is that someone will step in to purchase certain assets and maintain production of these motors.

86 and still kicking
2 weeks ago

Bionx Europe is still up and running and we expect the Bionx tech to be purchased and continue. My contacts at Elby (another Bionx bike) seem to know something we do not as they are business as usual.

2 weeks ago

Uh-Ohm ; BionX filed for bankruptcy !

86 and still kicking
2 weeks ago

The Ohm Urban is a fantastic eBike. Take a look. Can probably get for $3K. Has everything you need.

3 weeks ago

Yep, so is Elby which was founded by Frank Stronach who just pulled the plug on Bionx. Yuba and Public dropped Bionx for 2018, Evo's HB1 model uses their D500 motor but most of their other ebikes use Shimano Steps so I expect they'll just go all Shimano. My local bike shop has an Evo HB1 in their window and just sprang for the Bionx diagnostic software so they'll be pissed.

3 weeks ago

Ohm was all Bionix...

3 weeks ago

Wow kind of surprised this thread is still active, I thought you all were done with me. :). Yes this was very helpful and I have decided on a quality bike and will wait for one to go on sale. And that $1,700 Haibike was a great deal, I just wish I knew for absolute certainty that it has enough to get a big guy like me up the steepest hill. Just hard for me to pull the trigger without knowing this for sure.

On a totally different topic my wife has a cheapo bike shop bike (a step or two above a Walmart bike). She expressed interest but I don't want to drop 2 grand on something she may not use. Would a conversion kit work on a cheapo bike? She weighs half of what I do so won't require the same power/torque.

Jeff Williams
3 weeks ago

I researched ebikes heavily from October thru late December, then bought an Ohm Urban on 12/31 when the $4K bike went on sale for 5 days for $3K. (TOP quality components, suspension, best rear drive, etc.)

Up to that point my top-rated bike for the money was the Trek Verve+ low step for $2300 MSRP. I still believe it is the best for the money at that price point. I am 5'10" but both knees replaced and 71 so the step-thru model in size 16.5 was my target bike. Yours would be size 13.5 probably. The Verve+ is very light for an ebike, 45 lbs, and comes with integrated lights and mounting points for their proprietary rack for your tennis gear. Very approachable, nice hydraulic brakes, comfortable seat and pedals. The new for 2018 Bosch Active Line motor is very smooth and quiet and powerful enough for my 175 lbs to climb steep hills where I live. This may be the bike my wife gets when she decides to get one. I rode the Specialized Turbo Levo - the only ebike our local Specialized dealer had in stock. I liked the Brose motor in the bike and the Vado 6.0 low step was on my short list but Specialized never fixed the controller issues many of the Specialized bikes were having last fall. May be fine now but too late for me, and something I have never heard about with the Trek bikes and Bosch systems they use. So my vote goes to the very approachable and easy to ride 2018 Trek Verve+ with the proven Bosch system!

(My Ohm Urban is excellent but I have some difficulty with the mount dismount cycle I would not have with Verve+)

Jeff Williams
3 weeks ago

Thomas, you are of course correct about the pricey ($1300 est) battery with controller hardware inside it. If I didn't have the example of Ken S who has literally racked up thousands of miles on his Ohm BionX bikes and batteries (on his 2nd bike now) I may have passed this bike up. But Court's reviews of the various Ohm bikes gave me the courage to take the plunge, and now I am glad I did. The strong but near silent push of the Bion-X D motor is very very nice, and the smooth shifting of the Deore XT+ is great without the jerkiness and concern about the added wear and tear of a mid-motor on my derailleur and chain. Quad-piston brakes are smooth and confidence-inspiring on our steep hills. Will I be happy to fork up $1300 down the road for a new battery - no, but with my limited pleasure riding (projected 100+ rides for 2000+ miles a year) it will be many years before I need a new battery. If I was 20 years younger and using this bike as a daily commuter I would indeed be concerned!

Jeff Williams
3 weeks ago

Dave, I am now retired and spent many months last fall researching and test riding ebikes here in northwest Arkansas (hilly). I wanted a complete (lights, rack,etc) commuter and paved trail bike that could also do some gravel if needed. My conclusions: (1) best low-priced ebikes were from Rad, in my case the RadCity at $1500 complete with front suspension, lights, rack, etc. Only problems were disc brakes are manual, not hydraulic (requires more hand strength on these steep hills) and bikes are heavy due to heavy hub motor (15 lbs). Strong hub motor and battery, would climb steep hills with strong pedaling assist from me (I weigh 175lbs). (2) Next price level up is $2300 MSRP and bike is 2018 Trek Verve, with Bosch Active line mid-motor, hydraulic disc brakes, lights, and strong dealer network. Has no front suspension, but I would add seat suspension for comfort. Very nice ebike for the money from one of the "big 3" manufacturers, and hills no problem. Unlikely to get much of a price break for awhile this year. (3) Ohm Urban made in Vancouver with very strong BionX-D hub motor made in Canada (8.8 lbs). All top quality bike components and custom ebike frame but pricey ($4K list). Went on sale for $3K last week of December for 2017 models, I bought one and am very happy with it.......... My points are, go for quality components if possible, and be ready to buy on sale or last years model if that happens. The Haibike Sduro on sale that Will recommended is a great buy at that price - because you can wait to buy you can shop, then snap up a particularly good buy when you find it. That is the way I would go, because except on sale or last years model quality bike components never come cheap. Hope this is useful info.

4 weeks ago

You could look at Ohm Bikes; https://ohmcycles.com
Good build quality with a solid BionX D500 DV system being ideal for long distant commuting as the DD rear hub does not put strain or wear and tear on the chain or gearing
A few reviews here; https://electricbikereview.com/brand/ohm/

Bruce Arnold
1 day ago

Agreed. Let me say that I really, truly appreciate all that Court does. His video and written reviews on hundreds of bikes are an invaluable resource. Helped me pick bikes for my wife and I. We made informed decisions and are happy with our choices. This forum is also a treasure, and as the recent bot attack shows, it takes work to manage.

That being said, the RipCurrent S review was not Court's finest moment. Maybe he was rushed, or just having an off day. Happens to all of us. If you read the written review, it's even more apparent.

My main disagreement with his review is that he focused so much on off-roading during the hands-on portion. If you look at the Juiced website, it advertises the RCS as a fat tire commuter bike, not as an off-road machine. Sure, it can be ridden in the dirt. I ride my CCS on grass and dirt some, but I don't expect it to perform like a mountain bike. Just because the RCS has fat tires doesn't mean that it should be an off-road beast.

Maybe it rides better on gravel paths than the CCS, or sandy conditions, or mud, or snow. One of my favorite ebike YouTubers, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyY8Ol-BBtdkpDmncXaDMSQ in Finland, might love this bike, alongside his Surly fat tire bike. Lots of snow up there. Maybe it's the additional comfort that fat tires can afford. Maybe it's just for the hell of it.

Regardless, what do we know about Juiced Bikes? They emphasize speed and sporty handling, not low-end torque.

"It doesn't do the job that it wasn't designed or promoted to do." Meh.

1 day ago

Considerations: First with full suspension you are basically looking at what the manufacturers define as a mountain bike. Second, to my knowledge the only full suspension ebike with two batteries is one you already own...the R&M Delight.

When I was in the choose and decide phase I test rode a bunch of bike down in Seattle. One of the most impressive, in terms of ride was the hardtail mountain bike Cube Reaction Race 500 with a Bosch CX 500 watt battery and Shimano Diore XT 11 speed. It was vigorous in assist, very stable in the turns, felt solid and responsive. It uses the old style, more universal Bosch battery and integrates it into the down tube in a very attractive way. You could mount a beam rack on the seat post with a trunk bag that could hold your second battery. It does come with the Purion display/control which I would swap out for a Nyon. https://www.cube.eu/en/2018/e- bikes/mountain/hardtail/reaction/cube-reaction-hybrid-race-500-blacknblue-2018/

Although I am awaiting a Riese & Muller (it has been six weeks so far) I was able to buy a new 2017 Cube Touring Hybrid Exc 500 on eBay for the cost of the 500 watt battery. It has the Bosch CX with the same Shimano Diore XT 11 speed 11-46. In my estimation this is a killer combination. I can spin it up to 35 mph going down 6 percent grade and go up a 12 percent grade at 10 mph in second gear. Shifting is smooth and powerful.

Cube does have a fat tire version but it is a hardtail, not full suspension. https://www.cube.eu/en/2018/e-bikes/mountain/hardtail/nutrail/cube-nutrail-hybrid-500-iridiumnred-2018/

Cube has a nice range of full suspension ebikes in their lineup https://www.cube.eu/en/2018/e-bikes/mountain/fullsuspension/ I would consider taking the bike below, putting fatter tires on it, adding a beamstyle rear rack with a trunk bag and a second battery, replace the Purion with a Nyon add some good fenders and lights. I think it would all add up to a really great bike.

Frank D
1 day ago

Thanks for that info.
In your opinion, what would be the best ebike system against winter elements (cold, rain, snow but specially potential problems caused by salt) between the Bosch and the Strömer system ?

John from Connecticut
2 days ago

Keith, You wrote... " Only for personal curiosity and to help me decide on a bike for myself and my wife." May I offer a suggestion
regarding e-bikes and the purchase of same.... First I get the whole analytical research thing. I come from a technical background. Researching can be 'fun', but not as much fun as actually riding an e-bike.

My e-bike selection process. On one of my visits to my LBS where I purchased my traditional road bike, my sales rep suggested I take one of
the e-bikes out for a ride because each time I visited the shop I'd ask about the bikes just 'cause. I was curious, no specific interest. One
day I decided to take an e-bike out for a ride, no prior research, no reading, nothing. I had never even sat on an e-bike.

Ten minutes into the ride I knew right then this 'e-bike thing was for me', case closed. I returned to my LBS, bought the e-bike and I've never regretted my decision. Would I do it again ? I did.. I wanted to ride hard packed gravel trails. The commuter bike wasn't stable enough for my liking on gravel, so I ordered a hard tail mountain bike for trails (and road) without even test riding. That's how much I was impressed which my first bike. The mountain bike is all that I imagined and so much more. Hope this was helpful

I believe cycling (e-bikes or non) is a personal choice and everyone needs to do what is most comfortable for them. Good luck.

John from CT

bob armani
2 days ago

Thanks Gil. Could you be referring to the torque sensor located near the smallest cassette in the rear?

2 days ago

Should also add that my wife has the same bike and has not had any problems after 2000km.

2 days ago

Yes supplier replaced the sensor and it’s going fine . Have just completed a 65 km mountain bike trail and the bike handled it splendidly.Cheers Gil

4 days ago

"What’s that!?!?!? It’s a mountain bike! It’s a commuter bike! It’s the Six50 E TR STREET." (From Bulls website)

4 days ago

Hello Banzai,

Thanks for the helpful review of the RPB Stepthru. I also come from a motorcycling background, but haven't ridden for several years. I'm 68 years old, over weight and out of shape at 265 pounds. I have a Voltbike Yukon 750 Limited with a 500 watt geared hub motor and it is great at hill climbing, but I need a bike that I can fit into my 2016 Hyundai Tucson. I think that Radcity or a Radcity Stepthru with the front wheel removed should fit. Now, I like the looks of both bikes, but I would prefer to get the high step, because I think that there would be less frame flexing; however, I just wonder how accurate the stand over height of the high step frame is on the Radcity website. My inseam is 29 inches and I wonder if I would be able to stand over the frame without touching it. With my Yukon, the top tube is right in my crotch and I shudder to think what would happen if I had to stop hard and come off the seat onto the top tube (OUCH!!!) I like the idea of a stepthru because of what I just mentioned, but worry about it flexing under hard pedaling because of my weight. Also, I wonder if the motor on either version of the bike with the gearless direct drive motor would have enough power to carry me (while pedaling) up hills (on road).

The temperature up here in Port Perry, Ontario (NE of Toronto) is still a bit too cold for riding, but hopefully, I will be able to get out on the Yukon in another week or so.

So, if anyone who has the direct drive motor on their bike could comment, I would appreciate it.


4 days ago

the plate of 48t is natural that you think has no use because the mid-drive assists up to 45km / h ..... but that plate gives you up to 60km / h of top speed down the mountain by road, as I gives them to me with a pedelec of 25km / h .... well 62 km / h.I really do appreciate it.

That dish allows to have a full range from 0 speed to 45km / h low cadence ....... yesterday I did 3 continuous hours of pedelec at 25km / h and I got those 3 hours for the low rate and use that dish, if I have to go to more revolutions I'm dying

You do not have flat terrain but with that plate you go at 30km / h very soft and low cadence and eating a snack if you want.

In my case using the blueped.

4 days ago

My error! My bad: Long ago I removed the stickers from my CCS front fork for a cleaner look.

I was presuming a model name by looking at the Suntour pages. Did not notice that the NCX-E is an air fork. Mine is definitely spring, with damping on the other side.

Thank you Nova Haibike and Thank you Chris Nolte for all the help and wisdom.

I now know to aim for an NCX-E when I replace the fork.

4 days ago

SoCal has some excellent trails to ride on the sands of the Mojave Desert. Fortunately a lot of it is hard packed but there are soft spots the equivalent of soft beach sand. The typical trail ride here will have you running thru portions of each, but it is not impossible for any bike to traverse as shown by the road bikes and their narrow tires that travel on some of them. The two RAD Power Bikes I have do exceptionally well, each performing a little differently, but certainly able to tackle any terrain the desert has to offer. I rode thru the desert for years on motorcycles tricked out for desert racing. Can't do that anymore because the desert has been closed off to offroading except for designated areas and occasional sanctioned events. But I can still have fun riding on secluded back roads and trails on a 2017 RAD Rover and my new 2018 Rad City Step Thru. That's fine because the potential to bonzai down these trails needs to be reined in somewhat because afterall, they are not mountain bikes and won't hold up to the harsh treatment those bikes normally get. The two bikes that are quite different structurally, but since the Step Thru is new I'll be talking about it most and will mention first that there is no need to be timid about riding trails just because your new Step Thru is a city commuter bike, it is also equipped for trail rides and holds its own with its power and its 26'x2.3" dual purpose tires.

The RAD City Step Thru is powered by a Shengyi rear hub motor and although not having the low end thrust of the Rover, when in throttle mode it gradually gains power as speed increases, but gains full power quickly when pedaling in power assist mode. The rider never has to be concerned about a sudden thrust forward on the Step Thru. It behaves very well and can still be ridden everywhere the Rover can travel, and while getting accustomed to riding it, ran it thru different areas of difficulty just to see how well it performs. It blasts thru patches of soft sand that would stop a road bike in it's tracks. This is because the tires are the same tread and width found on many mountain bikes, and they are built for traction on all sorts of surfaces. They are not intended for all-day riding in soft sand, but regardless the Step Thru will still develop power quickly from a dead stop in first gear in power assist mode. Getting started in soft sand just using the throttle takes a little coaxing for it to finally develop sufficient power. This is when shifting down before needing the low end boost helps to keep from getting bogged down unnecessarily in a difficult situation. Each push of the gear shift button raises the gear to the next higher gear, and pushing the lever switches gears down to the next lower gear. Button Up, Lever Down.

Riding offroad in pedal only mode with no help from the motor entirely blew away my original thinking. It is quite easy, and it's nice knowing that if somehow all the power gets used up, the bike can still be pedaled just like a real bicycle. 90% of the trails I ride can be ridden easily and without any real effort using pedal power only. That is unless it is pushing against the wind, in which case when climbing steep sandy hills its best to be in at least step 3 of power assisted mode or risk stalling out halfway up the hill. Afterall, that is why we buy e-bikes - for the POWER! Otherwise on an excellent day for riding with no wind, I can take either bike and never use any power at all to ride the 15 miles into town on a trail that runs up and down hills and through washouts. The ride back is even easier with some fast downhills.

In addition to the introduction of a new style of city bike, 2018 at RPB also saw some changes in bike design and new power components. The 5 power assist modes on the new City limit the bike's speed while pedaling so I always put it on step 5 as I start up the hill to my residence. I would guess the mile long hill to be about a 10% grade, and I have no problem topping it in 7th gear and PAS 5 at 20 MPH. Topping the hill just using the throttle is slower, but the bike wants to FLY UP THAT HILL when pedaling using power assist! The watts indicator shows about 550 watts whereas powering the bike without pedaling jumps immediately up to 750 watts while sadly bogged down at around 15 MPH.

The new City bike requires keeping the key close by and must be used to allow it to power up. To turn the battery power off now also requires using the key. That's probably a new safety feature that works for many riders, but I prefer the older push button on/off instead. Ah well, such is progress.

Overall I am really impressed with the design and performance of the new RAD City Step Thru and that it is even suitable for some youngsters to ride. It's an excellent bike for running errands, and for even taking a trip out on a secluded trail to get away from the noisy city and its traffic.

joes joey
5 months ago

Another great review Court,been waiting for this one ! great bikes i personally think these are top of the line bikes best combinations and made to perfections i mean go over it it literally has no flaws defects even charging hole is out of the way of pedals.

5 months ago

So glad you enjoyed it! Yeah, I feel like OHM and BionX put effort into the details and have made something special with the 2018 lineup, the Mountain is one of my favorites :)

Gregory Alston
5 months ago

Will you be reviewing the new bike from Luna Cycles? The Apex? It looks awsome!

Paul Bamber
5 months ago

Hey Court, you seem to have used only 58% of battery going up that hill (not 68) so you should feel even more proud 😛😎

5 months ago

Ha! Good catch, thanks for the feedback... yeah, it performed great and I was using the throttle and high assist quite a bit

5 months ago

The best thing about this bike's design is the Ergon seat post. And secondarily, the bottom tube. The seat stay / chain stay combo is hideous! And so is the top tube. And the rear wheel.
Today's "beautiful" is the endless ugly.

Johannes Nilsen
5 months ago

I reccomend using a timber bell or similar instead of a standard bell as you can just turn it on and it makes noise, no need to use the thumb all the time, so this is a game changer on gnarly fast trails.

Johannes Nilsen
5 months ago

if you want fenders, Mudhugger is a great option.

Johannes Nilsen
5 months ago

The chainring the guy has is Renthal narrow wide chainring, Renthal is a well known high end motorcycle and bicycle handlebar brand, but few years ago they started making chainrings too. I can tell by the Renthal gold color. http://cycling.renthal.com/shop/cycle-products/cycle-chainrings/1xr-chainring

Johannes Nilsen
5 months ago

38T chainring that's overkill, unless you have a huge wide range 11-speed cassette in the back.

Johannes Nilsen
5 months ago

Custom cranks?? these are just standard od shool cheap cranks, the black area on the TRP rotors is to remove dirt.

Steve Donovan
5 months ago

I would say you should charge the OHM guys a day's salary riding on that trail.

Greg McMahon
5 months ago

Nice bike on a cool trail.

Joseph Gizzi Jr
5 months ago

Nice bike, I like the understated “sleeper” look.

Mark Elford
5 months ago

Very nice machine, what a cool mntn trail, im spoiled i live in BC ...

Martin Schmidt
5 months ago

I think Its a lil bit too expensive for a suntour fork and the weight.other bikes for the same price have more to offer.

joes joey
5 months ago

MY COMPANY? LOL im not a company and i dont work for ohm lol just from all the rugged tests ive done ohm has defeated all ebikes currently on the market.no point in continue this conversation you like bosch i like ohm lol.

Martin Schmidt
5 months ago

joes joey i know a lot of ebike dealer. They all say Bosch is the most reliable on the market. Fewest repairs etc.also a hub drive is Not as effective as a mid drive. Also the hub drives arent that robust bc the tires they sit in get Bend over time and the repair is more complicated than mid drives. Hub drives play No significant role on the Western ebike market. The Bosch drives are also used with s pedelecs which drive fast enough. Its obvious that you make Things up to defend your Company but i think i said everything. No need for further messages from you . Thx. :)

joes joey
5 months ago

bet if you raced your e bike with any ohm bikes you would lose so hard lol.

joes joey
5 months ago

Ive had most problemes with bosch systems.. first of all their blocked to 15mph lol second plastic frame protecting Bosch systems are really weak and will crack easly and a hudge pain to repair. havnt had one single probleme with bionx or ohm company ever no failure no damage plastic of bionx systems are so damn strong they dont even scratch,and bionx systems can be deblocked for high speeds not Bosch with a 200w motor.not hating Bosch just dont like the materials,power of the systems and overall setups.

Martin Schmidt
5 months ago

joes joey Sure Its a different area for using this bike. but Its a german quality Brand and a Bosch mid drive which is the most reliable on the market today. dont have to "study" ebikes for 25 yrs to know that. I dont think the ohm has a better frame. The parts of my ex6 are better than the ohm parts . Do you drive a canadian quality car also? ;)

Tristan Edwards
5 months ago

Nice how much for that model shipped to Australia Melbourne and how long is the waiting time

A Jolly Hiker
5 months ago

FYI. The e in Schwalbe is silent. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjPIkfgqmC8

stupidscum josh
5 months ago

That's very nice 😨😀

James Mason
5 months ago

is the D- series bionx top system

5 months ago

In a way, yes, it's the most powerful for sure and the design is more advanced. It just costs more and looks larger. I think it comes down to budget and type of ebike... like OHM is going to offer a 350 watt motor on their step-thru and price it lower for people who aren't climbing as much and that's cool

laurent sebbah
5 months ago

Nice bike

5 months ago

I agree, beautiful design and excellent performance, the BionX system is pretty solid... different, but solid, and OHM builds some of the best bikes with it in my opinion

Chauncey Smith
5 months ago

Take my money. I want it.

Chauncey Smith
5 months ago

Very cool.

5 months ago

Pretty sweat, right? I was impressed that it's cheaper than the others... makes sense given there are no lights or fenders, but cool that they offer those upgrades still :)