OHM Urban Review

Ohm Urban Electric Bike Review
Ohm Urban
Ohm Urban 10 Speed Shimano Deore Xt Drivetrain
Ohm Urban Bionx Semi Integrated Downtube Battery Pack
Ohm Urban Transflective Removable Lcd Display Panel Ergon Grips
Ohm Urban Suntour Raidon Xc Lo R Air Suspension Fork 100 Mm Travel
Ohm Urban 165 Lumen Supernova E3 Ebike V6s Headlight
Ohm Urban Supernova E3 Led Tail Light On Racktime Rack
Ohm Urban 48 Tooth Chainring Hollow Spindle Magnesium Wellgo Pedals
Ohm Urban Bionx D Series Hub Motor Regen Braking 180 Mm Hydraulic Trp Zurich Brakes
Ohm Urban Portable Ebike Fast Charger 3 45 Amp
Ohm Urban Electric Bike Review
Ohm Urban
Ohm Urban 10 Speed Shimano Deore Xt Drivetrain
Ohm Urban Bionx Semi Integrated Downtube Battery Pack
Ohm Urban Transflective Removable Lcd Display Panel Ergon Grips
Ohm Urban Suntour Raidon Xc Lo R Air Suspension Fork 100 Mm Travel
Ohm Urban 165 Lumen Supernova E3 Ebike V6s Headlight
Ohm Urban Supernova E3 Led Tail Light On Racktime Rack
Ohm Urban 48 Tooth Chainring Hollow Spindle Magnesium Wellgo Pedals
Ohm Urban Bionx D Series Hub Motor Regen Braking 180 Mm Hydraulic Trp Zurich Brakes
Ohm Urban Portable Ebike Fast Charger 3 45 Amp


  • A near-silent, feature rich, urban hardtail electric bike that's available in four frame sizes and can be switched from Class 2 with throttle to high-speed Class 3
  • Proprietary torque sensor is integrated into the 12 mm rear-axle, it feels fluid and sporty to pedal with and less finicky than older TMM4 or bottom bracket sensors
  • OHM overbuilds their bikes so even though this is an urban model, it still has a tapered head tube, 15 mm thru-axle, adjustable air fork, and hollow spindle bottom bracket
  • The BionX D-Series hub motor is powerful and quick but visually it does stand out more than a compact gearless design, the trigger throttle only activates if the bike is moving

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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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3 Year Electronics, 5 Year Frame


United States, Canada

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

55.7 lbs (25.26 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, 28.5" Stand Over Height, 26.75" Width, 71" Length

Frame Types:


Frame Colors:

Matte Grey

Frame Fork Details:

Suntour RAIDON XC-LO-R Air Suspension, 100 mm Travel, Compression Clicker with Lockout, Rebound Adjust, 100 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, 48T Chainring with Alloy 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", Four 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 Low-Rise, 670 mm Length, 35 mm Rise, 31.8 mm Diameter

Brake Details:

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


Ergon GP1, Ergonomic Rubber, Locking, 150 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 FR30, Alloy, Double Wall, 32 Hole, Aluminum Eyelets


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

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Big Ben Plus, 27.5" x 2.0"

Wheel Sizes:

27.5 in (69.85cm)

Tire Details:

35 to 70 PSI, Performance Line GreenGuard, SnakeSkin, Reflective Stripe

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve


Pletscher ESGE Adjustable Center-Mount Kickstand, Signal Bell, Racktime Alloy Rack (25 kg 55 lb Max Weight), Racktime Aluminum Alloy Fenders (60 mm Width), Integrated Supernova E3 E-BIKE V6s Headlight (165 Lumens), Integrated Supernova E3 Tail Light 2, 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, Grips Small 130 mm / 150 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


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 is a Premiere BionX partner from Vancouver Canada that has been in the ebike business since 2005, using BionX electric drive systems exclusively during that time. I have reviewed eight of their prior year models here on EBR and always come away feeling impressed. In a world where fancy mid-drive systems are generating attention for mountain biking and turning heads with high-torque power output, the BionX system remains unique because it has a throttle, offers regenerative braking, does not interfere with shifting, and operates almost silently. Yes, it’s less efficient overall and weaker in terms of peak torque output because you cannot leverage a drivetrain… but it’s simpler to use and more enjoyable to ride for many people. The Urban electric bike model from OHM, featured here, was the first bike I had tested that utilizes the new semi-integrated downtube battery and transflective color display from BionX. The motor, battery, and display are excellent on their own but what really set the end product apart for me was how OHM overbuilt the frame, including top-end parts and accessories, but still managed to keep weight down. Despite having an 8.8 lb hub motor spoked into the rear wheel, this bike is well balanced from front to rear. It’s quiet, despite having large alloy fenders and a rear rack, powerful but efficient with smooth torque sensing operation, and thoughtfully laid out with lower top tube and side mounting battery design. And, because it’s available in four frame sizes, the lower top tube and smallest size is more approachable to petite riders and those with shorter inseams or injured hips. It’s also safe, thanks to premium Supernova integrated ebike lights and reflective tires. The two other 2017 OHM e-bike models I saw during this visit emphasize light trail and mountain riding and it seems like OHM just kept things simple by recycling frames, forks, sealed bottom brackets, custom crank arms, and drivetrains etc. vs. speccing them down for the city model. What that means is, the company saves money on volume orders, can have an easier time servicing any of the bikes in the lineup because they have so much in common, and you get a city ebike here that’s much more capable than a lot of competitors. I also noticed that the different sized bikes have different length stems, handlebars, crank arms, and grips! They get longer for the larger models to dial in comfort and control. The product does cost more, but not as much as I expected initially… At $3,599 USD, it’s only $1k more than the BionX D-Series stand-alone kit but looks a whole lot nicer. Cables are internally routed, the right brake lever has an integrated motor inhibitor vs. aftermarket glue-on solution, and you can add a USB charging port to maintain or fill your portable electronics on the go. There’s always a lot to talk about with the high-end electric bikes and I especially enjoy highlighting the comfort aspects such as Ergon grips and gel saddle here, the 100 mm air suspension fork which includes a compression clicker with lockout and rebound adjust, and slightly wider 2″ tires that provide stability and vibration dampening. OHM goes through several production prototypes each year before settling on a final version and it’s clear when you take a ride and actually spend some time up close that this is the real deal. The addition of bottle cage bosses, custom rear rack support bosses, iconic overbuilt head tube, and Magnesium pedals are not common.

Driving the bike is a 500 watt nominally rated, gearless direct-drive hub motor. With peak torque output at 50 Newton meters and peak wattage around 750, it’s one of the strongest legal hub motors to be found. And it certainly looks unique… the design has grown on me over the past year but it’s hard to deny that it does stand out. The large diameter provides a mechanical advantage for the magnets and electromagnetic staters inside which increases torque while simultaneously improving cooling due to increased air volume. The casing itself is a sort of composite plastic that is lightweight, durable, and unobtrusive in black. It shouldn’t get scratched or nicked up and show damage as much as a painted alloy hub. Yes, it could catch some wind from the side, but that shouldn’t impact steering because it’s the rear wheel and there is still a lot of space between open spokes above and below. The spokes actually connect from rim to hub vs. rim to hub motor… meaning that they are normal full-length sized. This increased spoke length provides some comfort in the form of flex while riding. And while shorter spokes can be stronger, they translate energy into the frame and rims which can cause bending and cracking on rims. That’s not such an issue here but even so, OHM opted for double wall alloy rims with reinforcement eyelets just to be safe… and possibly because this is what their mountain models use. They painted the spokes black to match the hub motor casing, and they chose a capable drivetrain from Shimano to reduce maintenance intervals, speed up shifting, and improve chain tension. You get a 10-speed 11 to 36 tooth cassette here with Shimano Deore XT derailleur that has Shadow Plus (a one way clutch to tighten the chain). I found shifting to be easy, fast, and quiet. I was pedaling naturally, feeling empowered vs. carried or pushed like some cadence sensing e-bikes, and never surprised or annoyed by delays from sensor to motor output. It felt very smooth but definitely more powerful than average. Another minor note here is that the trigger shifters for changing gears and arrow buttons for raising and lowering assist were easy to reach and not too crowded near the right grip. I think this has a lot to do with the small form factor of the BionX button pad. It doesn’t take up much space so your brake lever and shifter mounts can all be close together, right where you need them.

Powering the bike, backlit display, two lights, and optional USB power port, is a high capacity Lithium-ion battery. It offers efficient 48 volt energy transfer with 11.6 amp hours for a total of 556.8 watt hours. That’s over half a kilowatt hour, definitely above average, but it spends quickly if you opt for the Class 3 speed pedelec setup or use the throttle constantly. I estimated range between 25 and 70 miles but that greatly depends on how you ride. Higher speed riding takes a big toll on efficiency because of air resistance and throttle mode, while fun, is a battery hog because the D-Series motor accelerates so quickly. The trigger throttle is ramped so you can press gently for less power, but the movement is relatively small (to keep it compact) so precise throttling takes some practice. Unlike many competing throttles, this one is easy to reach and not so fatiguing to use constantly. It is perhaps one of my favorite throttle designs because it’s a trigger vs. twist and that means you can really grip and handle the bike well. And you can use the throttle at full power to override assist! No need for clicking up and down through different menus to get the throttle going the way you do on some bikes like Easy Motion’s Evo line. The throttle is always active as long as the bike is moving ~1.5 mph. Yes, throttle from standstill would be nice, but this one activates super fast… again, I was bummed out by the 6 mph cutoff on one of Evelo’s 2017 models using the Bafang Max drive. Sometimes ebike manufactures are limited by what their motor supplier offers but kudos to BionX for their good work here. It’s part of why they were invited to be an advertiser here. They offer something unique, put a lot of thought into the design, and support it well. Anyway, the battery can be charged on or off the bike frame and uses a quick 3.45 Amp charger vs. the standard 2 Amp so you can fill the battery quickly and get back out onto the road! The removability of the display, battery, quick release front wheel, and seat post, make the bike easy to transport, protect, and store. I usually bring my battery into the office to fill up during the day before my ride home. Note that the battery does not have an obvious handle and would definitely get scratched and even damaged if dropped… at 7.4 lbs, it’s not the lightest thing… so be careful or use a bag to carry it.

I apologize for not going into the Bluetooth smartphone app, but there was a lot to cover with the included LCD display and control ring. BionX balanced features and choice against usability here and came out with a good result. You can choose from three default layouts but I feel that two might have been enough. The basic and advanced views are mostly the same except for some charts and icons that appear as motor power increases or regenerative braking is activated. Only the right brake lever activates regen, but this reduces clutter and possibly saves money? Anyway, perhaps the flicker and movement of colors on the advanced display could be distracting for some and that’s why a basic readout was also offered? For those who really like to dig into the stats and know exactly what’s happening at all times, there is also a data view. This is almost like an instrument panel in an airplane or something, just a lot of labels and numbers in a grid. It might be optimal for night use because the background is mostly black and there are not colors. You can select from the three menus by clicking left or right and you can arrow up or down through four levels of assist and regen by using the plus and minus keys. There is also a power button and lights button above the plus key. I love how easy the buttons are to reach and that if the display was removed or lost, you can still use the control ring to operate the bike. It has an integrated LED readout for battery level (five bars) and four more bars to let you know what assist level is in use. It’s like night and day to see this control ring and then look at a basic throttle that’s oversized and cheap feeling… this is part of what you’re paying for and it’s easy to appreciate in person.

Not everyone is ready to spend big bucks on a more premium product like OHM offers but those who do will benefit from an excellent warranty and a system that is very refined. I hear people complain about the noise produced by some drive systems, Bosch mid-drives in particular, and have also heard about chain wear and shifting difficulty. I personally like having a throttle at my disposal and love integrated tuff lights because I commute in early morning and late light situations a lot and want to be seen. There are only a handful of little things that bug me about this model including the mid-mounted kickstand that gets in the way of the left crank arm, the visual appearance of the larger hub motor, the increased hassle of changing a rear flat tire, the longer boot up time of the display panel, and to a minor extent how the pedals feel because of a thicker spindle with lower outer rim… I felt the spindle under my foot vs. a large flat surface. As OHM transitions toward a direct to consumer model, it is difficult to find their products in ebike stores and actually test ride them but the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable with over a decade of ebike sales and support experience. This is one of my favorite speed pedelecs on the market right now and has built my appreciation for the small details that go into frame design and hardware choice. The sealed cartridge headset and bottom bracket will keep water out and the unique rack support mounts provide strength and allow for a more visually pleasing free stand design. I probably would spend the extra money to upgrade to a BodyFloat suspension post because I have back and neck sensitivity and high speed can really bring out the stiffness of a hardtail frame. As you park and lock this e-bike, be sure to secure the front wheel, frame, and seat post and saddle rails if you do get the upgrade because those are expensive premium parts.


  • Premium rack and 60 mm Aluminum alloy fenders offer a ton of utility, the stock photo shows plastic fenders with mud flaps but the production bike is upgraded and the metal fenders are solid and very quiet
  • Only the highest-end electric bikes seem to offer integrated lights from Supernova and they tend to last longer because of metal housings and sturdy mounts, I love how the headlight is positioned below the handlebar to make room for the LCD display
  • There are so many ways to control this e-bike including the mini control ring near the right grip, the compact color LCD panel, or the smart phone app, being able to remove the display for parking (to reduce wear and tampering) is fantastic
  • Four frame sizes mean you can find an appropriate fit and the semi-integrated battery makes space for a bottle cage and lower top tube to make the bike easier to mount
  • Considering how sturdy and well accessorized this ebike is, I was impressed with the 55.7 lb weight, it has metal lights, a high-capacity battery, and a powerful motor but things like magnesium pedals, a minimalist kickstand, hollow spindle bottom bracket, and air fork all make a difference
  • OHM has been around since 2005 and offers a unique 3+ year warranty on their products, they use high-end parts and are a premiere BionX partner so their bikes tend to last, since they have three models that all use the same battery design it’s easier to get replacements
  • I like how this bike looks, the decals are minimalist and the light grey is gender neutral, the oversized headset is a signature look and also provides more strength
  • Upon first seeing the bike, and knowing that the BionX D-Series motor weighs ~8.8 lbs, I was expecting it to be rear-heavy… but I lifted it just in front of the saddle nose and it tipped forward vs. back, I feel that it’s very well balanced and the weight is all kept low for improved handling vs. a rack battery
  • Comfortable touch points including locking ergonomic grips, finger-adjustable brake levers, a sporty Ergon gel saddle, and wider Schwalbe tires with a medium-range pressure recommendation
  • For me, safety is a big deal, so the lighter frame color, reflective tires, and bright integrated lights are a big win, everything just works and the lights run off of the primary battery
  • OHM offers a Body Float suspension seat post upgrade, folding lock accessories, and does a trade-in program on their older bikes so you could possibly get a discount to buy their latest stuff
  • Riding this bike just feels good, it’s more polished, quiet and balanced than a lot of others… it’s also one of the few that even offer a throttle mode which is fun to use (at least for me!)
  • Even though regenerative braking doesn’t put much power back into the battery, it does reduce wear on brake pads and can be used to simulate climbing with the four levels on the BionX system, overall it’s pretty neat
  • The unique design of the hub motor casing, being relatively slim but tall, allows for the spokes to connect at the hub vs. the outside of the hub motor and this allows them to flex naturally providing a level of comfort and performance that most other hub motor ebikes lack
  • The battery pack clicks in from the left side vs. down from the top which means it won’t bump into the frame as easily and the top tube can be lower, I like that the battery is rated against dust and water, uses a fast charger, can be filled on or off the bike, and even has a touch-activated capacity indicator (where the charger plugs in) it lights up green at 70%+, orange between 20% and 70%, and red when below 20%
  • After a few minutes of inactivity, the display panel automatically powers off… it has lots of settings where you can change brightness, units, etc. to make it fit your preferences and style
  • Larger 180 mm hydraulic brakes provide the kind of stopping power that mountain bikers need, so it’s cool to have them on more of an urban bike, specifically because it weighs more and can be switched to 28 mph Class 3 if you want (I think you need OHM to do this and change the Class sticker before it’s shipped to you)
  • Shimano Deore XT is a mid to high-level drivetrain and ten speeds is enough to let you climb and reach higher speeds comfortably… though the larger 48 tooth chainring is setup more for speed, there were more times where I was riding in the absolute lowest gear because of the hilly terrain in Vancouver, I like that the derailleur has a one way clutch to reduce chain bounce (the little grey lever, point it up to tighten the chain)
  • The chainring has an alloy guard to keep your pants or skirt clear along with a plastic inner guide to reduce drops, basically they combine to create reliability when on bumpy terrain


  • I appreciate how the kickstand is adjustable length but it still gets in the way where it’s mounted, just below and behind the crank arms, if you back the bike up or pedal with the stand down it will collide
  • OHM has moved away from dealers, they only sell direct now which means it could be difficult to go for a test ride unless you live near their factory store in North Vancouver, BC Canada
  • The large black hub motor casing definitely stands out visually, the design provides great torque for acceleration and climbing but may also catch a bit of side wind and attract attention compared to smaller gearless hubs
  • The display panel and battery pack don’t have an integrated Micro-USB port by default but apparently for $20 OHM can wire one in and stick it to the right side of the frame near the top of the downtube
  • It would be nice if both brake levers had the regeneration switch vs. just the right one, but I guess that reduces clutter up front, a bit of weight, and expense
  • The display panel takes longer to boot up than Bosch and some of the other high-end products, not much longer, but enough to be a little annoying every time you turn the bike on and are eager to go right away!
  • As much as I appreciate the large platform and grippy adjustable pins on the lightweight Magnesium pedals… I felt like the spindle at the center was too high, I could feel it at the ball of my foot vs. a more flat platform which is what I usually feel, they left me mixed vs. fully impressed
  • It’s no fun to change inner tubes if you get a flat so the upgraded Performance Line GreenGuard Plus tires are a welcome part, I love that the front axle uses quick release to make it easier to service, but have to acknowledge that most hub motor setups can be a pain to work with on the rear wheel because of the additional motor wire and bolts or nuts, the BionX motor has a quick disconnect point and mounts fairly easily with the correct 6M hex wrench, but it still takes more time and tools than a mid-drive
  • Some of the other high-end ebike displays offer a range estimation stat which can help you plan trips, that isn’t available with the BionX setup used here but at least it does show a high precision 10-bar battery infographic and battery percentage! Their battery packs are also smart and go into a deep-sleep mode when not used for long periods


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Neil Snyder
3 months ago

This is an extremely well-designed eBike. We have experience with the BionX D-500 and it is a superb performer, one of the best rear hubs on the market. Ohm should do very well with these models. Kudos to Ohm for a job well done.

Court Rye
2 months ago

Thanks for your input Neil! That’s great feedback and I agree that the BionX drive systems (and the D-Series in particular) are some of the best on the market right now, especially for hub motors.

3 months ago

Super good review- Court. This is an impressive OEM ddhub , with all the touch points, including dual mode throttle/PAS. High quality components and rated accordingly. I would love to read a long term commuter review.

Court Rye
2 months ago

Me too, I haven’t owned a BionX powered ebike long term but given the gearless design and “big company” reputation, I’m guessing it would be a lasting high-value bike. Got a couple more of these OHM models to review and post in the coming weeks. Hope you’re well, great to see your comment here!


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22 hours ago


thank you denis. What do you think? Are you gonna wait for the website update before jumping in

@Denis Shelston have you seen ness rua ebike? Im comparing voltbike urban and ness rua. What do you think?

1 week ago

I don't have a Volt bike; but, I've been using my his/her Radrovers for over a year for work commuting the 13 miles round trip (4900ft to 5400ft) and fun rides with around 3500 miles between them. The Volt and Rad would ride and feel pretty much 90%-95% identical with slight differences. I'm 6'3" and +270lbs with my Rad coming in at +70lbs with rack, rack bag, accessories, tools, etc... I would recommend a suspension seat post like Suntour, Thudbuster, or Bodyfloat for any bike you decide upon (unless it has a rear suspension). You might have to play with the PSI from 15-30 or change out for more urban tires if you are +90% paved roads for a smoother and less noisy ride. I do the same thing of keeping my rover in the garage at home and storing in my server room at work during the day (to recharge battery also).

I really enjoy the flexibility of the 4" fat tires to transition from paved roads, uneven road surfaces, sidewalks, dirt lots, soft-to-hard trails, and sandy conditions without missing a beat. I would just be stuck on paved roads and hard packed trails with any other urban ebike. The fat tires do really help smooth out the ride on dirt trails or 20-22 mph road speeds (along with front suspension and suspension seat post). Because of the 4" fat tires, I find trail riding is at least 10X more fun compared to just riding straight down paved bike paths for fun rides. I just like having the option of taking a detour down a dirt path or making my own path with the 4" fat tires. The 4" fat tires will be overkill if you are strictly an urban rider because the extra width of the fat tires mostly make contact with ground on softer terrain leaving just the center 1-2 inches of the tread taking most of wear on paved roads.

The fat tire bike is also a great conversation starter at work, bike trails, and stop lights. I wouldn't change a thing and would purchase a fat tire ebike again for the way I like to ride.

Mark Peralta
1 week ago

i have a round trip commute of 34 miles (total). The road is mostly flat. I am looking for a fast class 3 bike that also offer offroad mode, that allows me to ride faster than 28 miles limit.

any recommendations?

thank you

With your kind of application where you ride 34 miles round trip, mostly flat road at speeds faster than 28 mph, that would require enormous energy (30+wh/mile). You will need a 1,000 watt-hour+ battery and you will need a robust hub drive capable of sustained 500+ watts without overheating (a mid drive will just shred your drive train prematurely).

You are right, the ebike that has that potential is the Crosscurrent S with the biggest battery option 1008 watt-hour (42v 21ah)

Or the Stromer with 983 wh battery.

Other ebikes have smaller batteries but they are still capable for the range but you have to slow down a little bit with average speed somewhere in the 22-24 mph to reduce your battery consumption to about 22wh/mile. Or you can bring a charger with you so you can charge up before going back home. These are the other ebike options with smaller batteries.
Magnum cruiser



Bulls outlaw E45

Easy motion Nitro

Magmun Metro plus


These are just some of your options. Note that some ebikes will cut the power above 28 mph while other will not.
Source: https://electricbikereview.com/category/speed/

Ravi Kempaiah
2 weeks ago

I'm riding an ebike with 27.5 x 2.4 Schwalbe Moto X tires that has an active suspension (obviously many urban / road bikes do not have active front suspensions). When I lock-out the forks I really don't perceive that the ride quality is really any worse so I'm considering changing out the Magura active suspension forks for a carbon fiber fork.

I'm just wondering if there is a general consensus if a front suspension really adds much to ride quality of a street bike.

You could run your front tires at 30psi with a carbon fork, you really don't need any suspension fork. That's exactly what Trek did with their Super commuter ebike.
I have a Haibike Trekking S Rx with a heavy, cheap Suntour fork. Hate it. It's too heavy and doesn't respond to small road imperfections. A balloon tire would be far more responsive than a cheap suspension fork, at low PSI.

Ken M
2 weeks ago

I'm riding an ebike with 27.5 x 2.4 Schwalbe Moto X tires that has an active suspension (obviously many urban / road bikes do not have active front suspensions). When I lock-out the forks I really don't perceive that the ride quality is really any worse so I'm considering changing out the Magura active suspension forks for a carbon fiber fork.

I'm just wondering if there is a general consensus if a front suspension really adds much to ride quality of a street bike.

Ken M
2 weeks ago

The price delta of carbon vs aluminum seat posts, stems and bars has come down dramatically in recent years but I believe the perceived value of carbon is still significant. I simply want to know if most riders would be willing to pay an additional $50 on a new bike to get those 3 components made of full carbon vs aluminum?

Carbon does provide some weight savings vs aluminum but not a big factor for eBikes, but it also improves the ride quality somewhat and some may consider the cosmetic quality carbon of value.

If not worth an additional $50, how much would you subjectively be willing to pay for those 3 components to be made of carbon vs aluminum.

I'm also wanting to compare carbon forks vs. active suspension forks on urban / road bikes but that's a harder question to frame as some people perceive an active front suspension as essential for ride quality. Any ideas on this would add some merit to this thread.

Background: I just bought my 2nd eBike and ended up immediately replacing the OEM aluminum components with carbon components I ordered online but was wondering if my perception of the value of carbon was common with other riders.

2 weeks ago

I've been doing some more Gazelle e-bike reviews and they recently sent me this press release about a new model called the Avenue so I wanted to share it:

The Perfect Bike For An Urban Lifestyle

Monday, October 2, 2017 — SANTA CRUZ, CA - Gazelle - www.gazellebikes.com - Introduces the Gazelle Avenue, a secure and stable eBike equipped with Shimano STEPS intelligent drivetrain that is perfect for the urban commuter. The Avenue is ideal for everyday activities whether picking up dinner or commuting to work, the capable Avenue is the best choice for a reliable, safe and swift ride.

The Avenue features a lightweight aluminum frame that is balanced to perfection with a low-step design, single tube, and integrated cables. The geometry is based around 26” wheels and optimized for comfort with a 68-degree headtube angle and 70-degree seat tube angle that creates a relaxed and stable ride. The 250 watt Shimano STEPS has an average range of 50 miles and a max distance that can approach almost 80 miles. Magura brakes provide dependable, controlled safety with swift and smooth braking. Combining design and performance, the Avenue never disappoints. Enjoy the ride!


Shimano STEPS
36V / 504 watt battery
8-speed Shimano internal hub
Magura HS22 hydraulic brakes
Frame: Low-Step
Suspension Seatpost
Suspension Front Fork
Available colors: Saturn Blue Mat (with more colors to follow)
MSRP: $2,899 (limited edition price)

Gazelle’s history is very much the history of the bicycle as a popular means of urban transportation. Their original Dutch style comfort bike won over the hearts of the Netherlands 125 years ago and their continued design and technology have people all over the world falling in love today. Today, Gazelle remains at the forefront of invention to make cycling more enjoyable and accessible. Gazelle is an integral part of Dutch cycling heritage and have kept in cadence with today’s global innovation with their new line of e-bikes. Gazelle has positioned themselves as the benchmark for urban mobility - traditionally and contemporarily. Learn more at www.gazellebikes.com/usa/

3 weeks ago

While I can ride reasonably long distances (e.g. I have cycled the ~40 mile NYC 5 Boro Bike Ride on a bike just powered by myself) and am comfortable cycling in traffic, I can't handle the hilly terrain in Atlanta, so I'm looking for an EBike to help with that. I'm 200lbs, 5'6" and will primarily be riding on roads in an urban setting where drivers aren't as good one would like. Good brakes are thus a must. With the Ebikes I have test rode, I prefer those with higher definition sensors, as I find the pedal lag kind of annoying. I'm on somewhat of a budget, so something around $1000 would be great, but I could be convinced to spend more ($500?) with good reason. My 5'11" wife may borrow my bike on occasion.

Given my budget constraints, I'm willing to sacrifice two things: speed and range. The EBike doesn't have to be fast, nor does it need long range. I imagine most rides will be under 5 miles and maybe the longest ride without charge would be 10 miles.

Finally, if possible, I'd like the bike to be sold by a storefront in Atlanta (for support), be light-weight and be able to fit some kind of child transport (e.g. child seat or trailer). None of these are must-haves, but would be nice.

If you suggest a particular bike, and it doesn't meet all of the above, please let me know what's missing as I'm no expert on EBikes! Thanks for any advice or suggestions you may have!

Mark Peralta
4 weeks ago

Assuming we use the current model of Ohm Urban commuter ebike and plugging in the ebike's information to the ebike simulator website: http://www.electricbikesimulator.com/index,enmi.html
This is what you get: By clicking the "Range" button, the range vs speed window will appear.. At 28 mph your range will be 17-18 miles. But I doubt if the battery can maintain a 500 watt output nor the motor can continue to operate at 500 watts without overheating.

Playing with the simulator, you need to dial the throttle all the way up to achieve this and it will give you a whole bunch of information from range at the top left, to power and power consumption at the bottom right.

Christopher Castillo
1 month ago

Just saw on the Giant website that they've announced 2018 models for the quickie and roadie (also mtb, but I don't really follow those.) I was thinking maybe they'd have the new Yamaha motor, but no joy. Different brakes, derailleur, lights- and a $50 price hike. The site is kinda hard to read, would love to know if anyone figures out any other, more significant differences...
I also wasn't able to see any other significant differences other than the ones you mentioned.

Some other Giant ebike updates:
The Dirt-E and Full-E both got price cuts.

They also added two new bikes for the American market.
The Explore E+, and urban ebike that looks the same as the Quick-E but with front suspension shocks and cheaper components. Has a mid-step version.

The Toughroad GX E+, a trekking/gravel ebike with drop bars and knobby tires. Looks cool.

Mark Peralta
1 month ago

Bernie... Glad to hear you like your Quick E+.

I would not mind adding a suspension seat post if that helped the ride. The Trek XM700+ has some suspension travel (35mm travel) in the front fork but I do not know if that helps for urban commuting or not. Some urban bikes have short travel forks and some have rigid forks.

I think both would work with the biggest difference between the two are the drive systems. The Giant is using the Yamaha system and the Trek is using the Bosh system. I have read reviews about both but sometimes real world experience is different than what you read. I would prefer a system that provides the most power and makes the pedaling the easiest to get and maintain speed. If I want to workout I will ride one of my standard bikes. I don't know if one system gives you more of an experience of being a passenger vs more of an assisted feel.
If you want less work and less sweat, the Giant is the ebike for you since it performs best in the 60-80 RPM cadence.

The Trek (Bosch) is zippier but you also do your part of pedaling faster, more cardio workout, more sweat and more panting.

Both are very decent choices. I think a nearby local store that honors warranty service is the more significant factor for your buying decision.

rich c
1 month ago

In your face electric bike presence, no stealth pretense, but at 39 pounds it is light for an electric bike.
XDURO Urban S 5.0 ($ 4,699)

These are fast bikes! Lighter than the usual ebike, and incredibly nimble. I had one for just a short time, but returned it when I found out I had purchased a bike that was on a safety recall. I related it to a Formula 1 machine, but it felt like a harsh ride to this aging body. Swapped for an XDURO Trekking S RX with a suspension seat post.

2 months ago

Which hub drive bikes do you like ?
I test rode a BH Easy Motion EVO Cross ; it was a few months ago , but I recall it was a comfortable riding position and ride .
Maybe check out the Ohms. I haven't ridden one but they seem to have solid reviews and a good price (and ready made for commuting). If I had a dealer locally I might have ended up with one of the Ohms rather than 2 Bosch mid-drives. I think you can order them as 20 mph or as 28 mph bikes. They would make the software adjustment and label them prior to shipping (to meet the California legislation I believe). I think this is explained in Court's reviews:

2 months ago

It seems like not many electric bicycles have belt drives. Motorcycles have more engine vibration but still, are there not noise, weight, and vibration advantages to a belt drive that would benefit electric bicycles? But if so, why do they seem rare?

Belt drives don't work with derailleurs.

The cheapest belt drive ebikes would be either an IKEA Sladda 2-speed, or a Priority Classic single speed or 3-speed, converted with a front wheel hub motor.

eVox is a Quebec subsidiary of Miele, a German washing machine company with experience designing belt driven motors, their Dyname drive uses a flywheel and belt on the left side separate from the chain and gears and is considered robust enough to have found application in some bikeshare systems. Court reviewed the City and KAB models.

Gates has a list of pedal bicycles and ebikes that use their belt drive, and earlier this year boasted their technology is used by 500 bicycle manufacturers. If you wanted to convert a belt drive equipped pedal bicycle some might be suitable for front wheel hub motor conversion which would be the simplest way to do it, otherwise I don't know how easy it is to find parts to make a belt drivetrain work with a mid-drive or rear hub motor. Typically a mid-drive replaces the front chainring while rear wheel hub motors accept an IGH chain sprocket, you would need to find belt adapters to work with the motor and rear hub plus the right length belt. A more radical conversion involving cutting the frame on a standard IGH bike has been attempted by some belt drive conversions.

Zach Kadletz
3 months ago

Taipei, Taiwan, August 2nd 2017 – Urban transportation specialist Tern Bicycles unveiled the GSD — an ebike that defines a new category: ‘compact utility’. The GSD is designed to carry two kids, a week’s worth of groceries, or 180 kg of cargo, but it’s only 180 cm long—shorter than a Dutch city bike. With Tern’s best-in-class folding technology, it packs down small enough to fit in a VW Touran or an urban apartment. It adjusts to fit riders from 150 – 195 cm—so mom, dad and the kids can all use it. A Bosch Performance motor, with up to two batteries, powers the GSD for up to 250km. It comes fully equipped with integrated lighting, rack, mudguards, double kickstand, two XL panniers, and even retractable passenger foot pegs – everything needed to shift to a bike-centric lifestyle.

“Most of the ebikes on the market today basically look like standard bicycles with motors and batteries grafted on,” said Josh Hon, Tern Team Captain. "That means that all of the valid compromises that were made in designing a muscle-powered vehicle are carried over to the ebike, where they don’t make as much sense. The Tern GSD is the result a fundamental insight: when you design a bicycle around an electric drivetrain, you don’t need to compromise key functionalities like comfort and cargo capacity to optimize for speed. With a Bosch drivetrain, 20” wheel bikes ride just as fast as 700c bikes but thanks to smaller wheels, deliver punchier acceleration. The smaller wheels also allow us to maximize cargo capacity. And with top speed removed from the optimization equation, we were free to design the GSD with a comfortable Dutch-bike riding position. Best of all, we were able to fit all this goodness into a package that’s only the size of a standard city bike.”

“One of our guiding insights was that cargo bikes are most useful in city centers, but they’re correspondingly difficult to manage and store,” according to Galen Crout, Communications Manager at Tern. “Dense urban centers bring cargo bikes to life—where groceries, schools and work are all within a bikeable distance—but they’re also where houses are small, and where bike theft is a persistent problem. We’re creating the compact utility ebike category to let people in cities enjoy the benefits of cargo bikes without the limitations.”

Fits the Family
The GSD is an ebike that everybody in the family can ride. Tern’s patented adjustable stem, special cockpit geometry, and super low step frame make the bike easy to handle and ride, even for very small riders. Taller riders will appreciate the expanding cockpit and handlebars that can be adjusted for height and reach. Heavier riders will appreciate the massively buttressed frame and fork, and components that are designed to handle loads of up to 180kg.

Super Stable
Just as a scooter is easier to ride than a motorcycle, the GSD rides and handles better than many ebikes on the market today. The GSD’s smaller wheels, low frame, and centrally mounted motor and batteries give the bike an extremely low center of gravity. Coupled with an extended wheelbase, the GSD is remarkably stable and easy to handle. This extra stability is critically important and appreciated when the GSD is fully loaded with cargo, especially with the wriggling child variety. And since ebikes are typically ridden at higher average speeds, this extra stability adds to safety.

Capacious Capacity
The GSD is built to carry stuff, lots of it. The frame, fork, and components have been tested to exceed 180kg of total weight for the rider and cargo. The GSD comes standard with an 80cm integrated rear rack and side panniers with a total capacity of 62L. The GSD fits two children in Thule Maxi child seats or one adult passenger. Additional carrying capacity can be added with lower deck supports, a rear tray, and a front tray. Tern will open source the frame attachment point dimensions so riders with an interest can also design and build their own custom cargo accessories.

Portabilty, Storability
Despite its extra large cargo capacity, the GSD packs small to fit into tight urban environments. Since the GSD is no longer than a standard bike, it will work with standard bike racks on cars and buses. But even better, patented Tern folding technology lets the GSD pack even smaller – three seconds is all it takes to reduce its height by 1/3rd and its width by 40% so the GSD can fit INSIDE mid-sized cars like a VW Touran. With two GSD’s packed in the back of the car, family bike adventures will never be the same again. The GSD is even designed to fit into small elevators with a specially designed rack that allows it to stand vertically.

Component Quality
Whereas many cargo-oriented bicycles use mostly standard bicycle parts, the GSD goes a step further with some of the most robust parts available. Examples include Magura 4 piston disc brakes, custom 2.4" Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires, Boost thru-axle hubs, and custom 36mm width double-joined rims.

The GSD, designed as the ultimate car replacement or small business utility vehicle, launches together with a collection of accessories, including Eurocrate-standardized front and rear racks, a passenger kit with KLICKfix adapters, and optional foot supports. The rear rack, sized for up to four Ortliebs, is designed for optimal compatibility with up to two Thule Yepp Maxi Seats. The base price of 3,999 EUR (3,999 USD) includes a pair of 62 L Cargo Hold panniers, a Bosch Performance mid-drive, and a 400 watt hour Bosch battery.

“It’s a bike that fits a family, but it’s also a bike that the whole family can share” said Hon. “When you’re investing $4,000 in a new electric bike, fundamental versatility makes a world of difference. Fit any riders, passengers, or cargo, and fit anywhere.”

Tern will debut the GSD at the Fall trade shows, starting with Eurobike 2017. Dealers and consumers can stop by the Tern booth at B4-405, or the Tern demo booth at DA-417 to test ride the GSD.

3 months ago

the citizen frisco is a nice looking ebike, I saw some reviews on YouTube

However, I do think the voltbike Urban has advantages. Namely these:

-more watts
-higher battery Ah capacity
-it comes with a helmet
-it has integrated front lights and independent rear lights

the only downside is that the Urban is currently out of stock

3 months ago

After having looked through the new Haibike 2018 catalog, I'm puzzled that S-Pedelecs are sold with 500 Wh batteries that are not multi-rail compatible. But some of the slower bikes have multi-rail and can accomodate 1000Wh.

For example, the Trekking 9.0 comes with multi-rail, but the Trekking S 9.0 doesn't. None of the urban or race bike S-Pedelecs have multi-rail either. Yet the faster bike could do with the extra battery capacity...

For the curious, you can find the EU 2018 catalog at the same place as last year (along with some other 2018 ones... hint... hint...).

3 months ago

Well the lady Urban Cruser at 1500$ on sale at Costco would have been a good 2nd choice I think. But it has been off the shelves for quite a while now (it's available again now, but at 2000$ which I think is overpriced (1500$ was barely ok) like all electric bikes at Costco nowadays). The owner is a small shop in BC that deals only locally and with Costco. I found out though that the local shop sells used models in top shape (Costco customer returns, so they should be less than 30 days old), with full warranty.

Found this for used models:


We certainly do! Depending on the amount of kilometers already on the bike and the number and degree of scratches on the frame, prices for used Urban Ryders™ and Urban Cruzers™ can range from $999 to $1,550. Bikes priced at $1,550 are practically brand new bikes with 0 km and no scratches on the frame. For more information, call our offices at (604)-639-0059 or TOLL FREE at 1-(855)-476-7933 or email us at contact@greenlightcycle.com.

There is also Daymak, with tons of dealers in Ontario and mucho, mucho types of bikes your are looking for in the 1500$ range. I think quality and customer service is uneven though when I researched them months ago, but it might be worth checking them out.

There is also emmo.ca, which I believe is just a new branch from Daymak.

The Voltbike Mariner is a hoot supposedly, foldable, but still good for offroad with 20in fat tires. Tubes and tires seem like a pain to find though at reasonable prices, especially in Canada (not an issue for you). It was the first bike I seriously considered, due to the fact that it fits on the rear seat of any car. Gave up because of the tire/tubes price and availability.

hope this helps! Your lucky your wife is considering an ebike. Mine won't even touch a regular bike with a 6' pole :(

3 months ago

Another update!

Ok so today my mum actually got to take a little spin on a regular (so non-electric) step thru Townie just to be able to experience its fit in order to maybe eliminate it from the three available Electra ebike options beforehand. Or to instantly get hooked and just forget about the rest ;-)
We actually managed to find one(!) step thru Townie at some local bike rent company we've never paid any attention for they are of course for tourists only ;-)

The pro's first. She felt, like on any Electra bike, safe and stable and more importantly, the steer luckily turned out to be much less straight and narrow than expected! That was really the biggest surprise/ relief.
On the other hand, and even though her Electra cruiser also has 26inch wheels, she kept on saying she somehow felt like riding a kids bike?!
But I should add this probably also had to do with the fact that the bike was stripped of any fenders, racks whatsoever, which somehow made it look(!) a lot smaller. 'Look' because when we put it next to a 'fully dressed' mens/ step over Townie, that initially looked much taller, it turned out they actually were the exact same height! So quite the optical illusion there I guess.
After properly measuring the step thru height (I just made that up ;-) but I mean the crank and tube height combined) of the Townie, it indeed turned out to be even lower(!) (about 5cm/2 inch) than on her step thru Electra cruiser.

So while the Townie model is definitely not eliminated, she now also is really convinced the slightly bigger 28inch wheels on the Commute and Loft, with the matching slightly higher placed crank and step thru positions, should be much less of an issue. Plus as long as the model still has the flat foot technology, the mounting of the bike should automatically become less of an issue.

As for the difference between the Bosch Active and Performance line: I suddenly realised the Urban Arrow Family bike we presented as a gift to my brother and his family is actually equipped with the more powerful Performance line. (At the time the bike shop accidentally sold our ordered gift bike to someone else.... so as an apology they offered a free upgrade to the Performance line)
So I can now say, out of my own experience, being familiar with both, I really can't tell the difference! Then again I should emphasize, this is in The Low Countries; so only in non-hilly conditions.
But I think I can safely say that in our mostly flat Dutch landscape the difference between the Performance (Townie and Commute) and the Active (Loft) seems of no real importance when it comes to choosing one. Apart from the slight difference in their reach as I have mentioned before. +20km in lowest support mode (eco) +1km in the highest support mode (turbo)
Cool for by 'eliminating' as much of these 'complicating' extra's, my mum can just focus on what is really most important to her; her actual seating/cycling position.

But I guess most of all this proofs just how very important an actual test ride is!!
And of course, with that being said, how very valuable these awesome test ride video's Court does really are!
Im still convinced there is no such thing as too much information when it comes to the tech specs; I still want to know as much as detailed as possible, but eventually riding a bike yourself and/or watching someone else doing just that and telling about that is still the best tool for making a good choice!

Ok that's it for now
And needless to say if anybody has any experiences with any of the new Commute and or Loft Go! bikes please don't be shy!
To be continued!

Eduardo Domingues de Jesus
4 months ago

I’ve been enjoying following the comments on this review and really appreciate hearing the feedback from real ebike owners. I think there are some points raised that we can improve on. What I personally find interesting here is that the Gocycle G3 is being compared with the Stromer and mainly on criteria that are the Stromer's key strengths - high mileage commuting/range/big battery/big motor. As the designer of Gocycle, I’m really encouraged by this given Gocycle is half the weight and also portable! I feel like all of the many years of development and progress made from G1, to G2, G3 and soon our GS is paying off. We are probably closer than ever to delivering a game changing ebike for urban and recreational commuters in value, practical usage, fun, and performance – and in a package that also brings with it many other benefits for the owner simply not found on any traditional ebike currently available.

My sense though in reading is that the Stromer is probably the right choice for most of the reviewers. It’s a very solid and capable ebike.

I wanted to add a few notes though on some of the comments such as “don’t ride it in the rain” which is not true. The G1 was very revolutionary when it launched in 2009 and we wanted to be cautious while we gathered service data from real customers over years and 10,000s of miles. So we had a note of caution in the manual on riding in the rain. I think we also had a note like “if it rains be smart/take your car or the train”, yikes we got stick for that :) !!! I’ve ridden bicycles all of my life and commuted daily rain/snow/sun – very few times I enjoy riding in the rain – but anyway…we quickly confirmed that the Gocycle design was fine in all weather conditions, and we’ve opened up Cleandrives with 8,000 miles of year round British weather riding and the chain and drive components are immaculate. We sell a lot of product to boat owners and we know that while you can never prevent corrosion, we excel against competitors in that area under salty sea air conditions. Last week it rained most all days and I road my G3 to work throughout. In 2012, we had months of torrential British rain and our test fleet of G2s ran everyday collecting 1000’s of miles of heavy wet weather riding. But results also will vary on how the owner takes care of the product. Following the guidelines of the manufacturer and reading the owner's manual will give you the best and highest possible service life.

This is an interesting recent Gocycle owner story on how Gocycle is used in all weather conditions:


On the comment on security, the cable lock referred to in the review comes free with the product and is mainly for “coffee shop” security as with any cable lock.

If you want a more secure option, the Gocycle lock holster is super convenient, fast and has a sold silver secure rating.

I use it daily and it works well. We’ve put a lot of thought into how and where it is mounted which goes for all Gocycle’s accessories and design. Gocycle does also have anti-theft capability via the app too and we’ve helped a number of customers recover their stolen Gocycles.

Gocycle accessories are more expensive than traditional bikes because they are bespoke designs for Gocycle. That’s a personal choice for potential customers whether to back a company / product that is taking a clean sheeted design approach with total integration or a pick and mix approach from off the shelf standard bike parts.

On the Gocycle Performance tires, they have very low rolling resistance and are a performance item. If you want more durable tires, there are a wide range of alternatives. I run the Gocycle tires in the summer and Schwalbe Big Ben tires in the winter.

On the battery fuel level - we are currently testing a new version of our fuel gauge. After you live with and get to know your ebike what ever the brand, you become less sensitive to range anxiety and in my opinion, the fuel guage should not be a major driver in deciding what kind of ebike to buy. But we’re trying to consider a totally different approach to range information for the user which could be really interesting in the future. Stay tuned!

On the comment about the folding being a novelty and not of practical value, probably that is not a fair statement. Gocycle is not like a Brompton or a Dahon - meaning it is not designed to quickly fold up to take on a train. There's been no compromise to the riding fit and geometry and so that sort of usage is not really a part of the Gocycle's DNA. But the stow-ability of Gocycle is definitely practical and useful! and is one of the key benefits that comes with owning a Gocycle and something that a Stromer in this comparison review cannot do! There are many many times that I have broken it down to put in the car to integrate with family errands, work, social occasions, weather - it is an added convenience that really highlights the flexibility of the product. Having two Gocycles with one folded up over the winter for example saves space. It's practical not just for commuters, but boaters, caravan owners and light aircraft owners.... But also, the Pitstopwheels are much easier to fix flat tires on than traditional bicycles and you don't even get your hands greasy. What other ebike weighs around 35lbs, can drive a 200 lb guy 20 miles/20 mph - and is small enough to fit four into the back of a Ford Focus or a few with room for the dog?


I’m encourage that Gocycle is being compared head to head with Stromer on commuting usages. That says something about the progress we have made as a company and we appreciate the feedback given here by real owners. It is worth mentioning though that my approach to how an ebike should be designed is different. Two main points 1) Lightweight is VERY important for bicycles and Ebikes, and when there has been a design choice to add more batteries and weight to increase range for example, I’ve not compromised at the expense of increasing weight. 2) Gocycle’s philosophy is a hybrid approach, two-wheel / balanced drive – you power the rear the motor powers the front. I've not compromised on my view that human power input and health/well-being benefits that come with exercise/cycling should always be at the core of pedal two-wheelers.
Hello Mr. Thorpe, glad to read you here.
Kindly explain why you had hacked us all with your app, we, those who supported your brand by putting in plain trust 4000€ for you (I bought TWO of your bikes, say thanks at least please) all of us bought it knowing that the bikes had a 40 km/h top speed and then you invaded it and unauthorisedly killed it to half (25 km/h in our case in Europe).
You have no rights to do so, its a shame what you made.
Now your product doesn't even charge either, no matter how diligently we follow your website's and documented infos.
Your customer assistance is not assisting at anything really, no one replies.

Do not dare to say a word that we don't have the right to be pissed at you.
I'm struggling to have anyone rational at Gocycle sorting this issue honorably since the unhappy idea you had to behead our properties to its half capacity with your "upgrade" v5.0.
You should have a manager and a lawyer lecturing you that these post-sold-goods invasion and breach of marketing good practices against your customers is not polite, at least.

Its an insult what you are doing, I am very sorry if someone anyhow forced you to do so, it is really not our problem, you must to restore it, kindly either FIX IT or REFUND US ALL.
Have a better day

4 months ago

Hi Marleen, thanks for sharing your enthusiasm for cycling and complimenting our work here. I’d love to share a few thoughts and try to help :)

My own Mother has had a couple of bicycle tips over the past few years and I’ve seen her become sensitive to riding, especially in crowded environments and around faster cyclists. You mentioned stability and I feel that the Electra models (or any cruiser style ebike) could be a great fit because they tend to have wider tires and a more relaxed geometry. Sometimes, they even have smaller 26” wheels vs. the standard city/road 28” 700c. You touched on this in your post with the Fat Frank tires ;)

You really explained the Flat Foot technology from Electra well, it allows the saddle height to be lower so that riders can put their feet down while seated, but still get reasonable leg extension forward to pedal. They have a patent on this but you can see some competitors trying to imitate it by using back-angled seat tubes. Moustache does this with their Lundi 26 https://electricbikereview.com/moustache/lundi-26/ and Pedego does it with their 24” Cruiser which is unique because of the even smaller 24” wheels which bring the entire frame down closer to the ground https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/24-step-thru-interceptor/ The downside of both examples here is that they use rear-rack mounted batteries vs. the downtube design on Electra’s Townie model. This increases frame flex and makes the back rear heavy which can lead to crack-the-whip handling and easier frame tips. Pedego in particular, tends to be very rear heavy because they use a rack battery and hub motor system vs. the mid-motor on the Moustache and Townie. One upside is that the Pedego has a throttle while no Bosch systems offer that.

Bosch makes one of my favorite drive systems and it’s cool that you’re already familiar with it from the Urban Arrow. The reliability, responsiveness, and balance make it desirable but of course, it’s also a bit pricier.

So I have not seen the Commute Go! or Loft Go! in person but I have studied the official website and you did a great job narrowing down. I view these as more efficient “commute” type of bikes with lager 700c 28” tires that raise the bike slightly, hydraulic disc brakes that are going to be easier to pull and smoother to brake with, and swept-back handlebar designed to be comfortable (positioning you upright) but still narrow to fit through doors and between cars. Frankly, I’m suprised that the Townie Go! doesn’t have larger beach bars… but maybe the reach distance is already short enough? It’s an interesting design choice there compared to Pedego and others… perhaps they wanted to really raise the bar vs. raise and sweep back? I’m not sure. Anyway, my guess is that the Loft Go! will be the lightest model because it uses narrower tubing than the Commute Go! The look on the Loft Go! is more classy vs. beach cruiser but it shares a lot of similarities with the Commute Go! models and they all appear to use the Bosch Active Line motor which is slower to start and weaker overall (so it will extend battery range but also feel safer and more predictable to riders perhaps).

Based on what I have heard from Trek recently, none of the Trek or Electra models will have walk mode enabled and I’m not clear on why. In the past, some other large companies have been shy about any kind of throttle application because it changes the bike from Class 1 to Class 2. Now, a two-mph walk mode that requires two button presses to activate (and ongoing holding of the plus button) doesn’t seem like a big issue to me, and I love the idea that you could get help moving a 50 lb bike, that might have cargo loaded, up a hill or steep driveway. One concern however, is that the cranks turn when this mode is active and that can put your legs in the path of sharp pedals which could cause a scrape or surprise you enough that you actually drop the bike or something. I’m not really sure what drives the policy for them. Maybe someone will chime in with more info or perhaps this policy will change one day?

I’m sorry to hear that so far it has been difficult to locate a Trek dealer with ebikes to demo. Hopefully that will also change soon… or you can become one of the first to own the new models, it sounds like you are already a great ambassador for their brand of bikes :)

I’ll do my best to review the new models soon and appreciate your enthusiastic and well-researched comments Marleen. You seem very cool and your Mom must be very proud and happy to have you in her life riding bikes.

4 months ago

Hi there I'm new to this, let me just say amazingly explanatory and well informed forum! Really brilliant! Hats off to Court and everyone involved!

My name is Marleen, I am from The Netherlands so you could say naturally an absolute bike junkie, but more importantly in this context, an avid Electra fan!

Because my still superfit and equally Electra loving 72 yrs young ;-) mum is currently looking for a new ebike I ended up here. Main reasons for her wanting a new ebike are more stability and more safety. This partly because of some minor and major incidents that happened in the past year that sadly ended up making her (and me about her) feel less secure on her bike.

Her current ebike is a Gazelle Innergy Chamonix frameheight 49cm and she has been really very satisfied with its flawless(!) performance over the passed 6 years. Used it daily and extensively for commuting, leisure, for longer and shorter rides at home in The Low Countries but also in more hilly conditions abroad.

The only downside turned out to be the fact that with this bike she is not able to reach the ground while remaining seated in her saddle at the same time. Something that, as we recently discovered, sadly is still not possible when she tried a Gazelle in their current smallest frame height 46cm. She is 163cm btw. I also should mention that a frame height of 46 and 49cm are considered fitting and appropriate for a person of 163cm. Luckily because she also owns an ELECTRA cruiser bike she knows that there is actually a bike that does offer the possibility of having your feet flat on the ground whilst being firmly seated! Also known as Electra's 'flat foot technology'.

Another very positive aspect of the ELECTRA cruiser are its fat frank tires! The relatively smaller tires on her Gazelle can pose quite a challenge, especially with all the tramrails we Dutch happen to have in all of our city centres. They can get stuck in there pretty easily and when it has been raining, not too uncommon here, you can imagine that can happen even quicker as goes for the risk of slipping. The fat frank balloon tires just give you an instant boost of confidence for they immediately enhance your stability, on and off road, plus they act as an extra cushion protecting you from experiencing every bump in the road yourself.

So after the most recent incident, where she ended up hurting herself after toppling over (because she simply wasn't able to reach the ground quickly enough while she was still seated) we decided it was time to look for a new ebike. Preferably one with all the aforementioned benefits of her ELECTRA.
Only then did we discover ELECTRA now actually have an ebike range! Now even combined with the top end Bosch motor system. Already familiar to us because it is also used on the Urban Arrow Family ebike we use. It really is just a super neat and frankly, in our opinion, one of the best motorsystems out there for an ebike. The combination of an Electra bike with its flat foot technology and the fat frank tires combined with the top end Bosch motor just has to be the best of both worlds!

So after we narrowed our search down to the ebike collection of ELECTRA, that are all called Go! btw, we now face 'the problem' of choosing just one of the three available models. There is the already slightly older ELECTRA Townie Go! (already reviewed by Court in another great video) but now you also have the ELECTRA Townie Commute Go! And there is the ELECTRA Loft Go! Online I could, up until now, only find a short introduction of the two latest additions by ELECTRA themselves, but this consisted of a mere summing up of some of the specs.

Now luckily Court (after some serious stalking on my part ;-) has promised to do his review on (one of) the new two Go! models in the nearby future. Depending on whether and how soon he can get his hands on (one of) these bikes ofcourse.
But this would be extra nice because right now there are still some questions about the pro's and cons between these three models.

The newly added models offer hydraulic disc brakes. On paper this looks like an upgrade, but is it also an upgrade in reality? Then there is the alteration to the steer; the new models sport the so called 'café bar steer' it is less straight than the one on the original Townie so what does this mean for your actual seating position? Then there is the difference in the used tires; while the original Townie Go! Sports the famous 26 inch Fat frank balloons the newly added models seem to have less fat tires and am I right to assume they are 28 inch? And what about the differences in total weight?
These are all technical differences apart from the obvious visual differences between the various models of course and the two frame options; step over (male) and the lower step thru (female)
Plus they all come in different colours.

And some questions about the Go! series as a whole.
Like do they also offer walk assist? It is not mentioned anywhere, but I know from our Urban Arrow Family bike, that all Bosch powered ebikes provide this rather handy feature. In The Netherlands f.e. we have quite a lot of underground bike cellars not only near train stations or other public buildings but also underneath quite a lot of appartment buildings in the city. So having to push your electric bike up a pretty steep hill on a daily base is not a very nice idea. Especially when you don't travel light in the first place, or when you're a bit older. Plus the average ebike is just always a bit on the heavy side compared to a regular bike, so a little walk assistance seems like a very good idea and would be a very neat feature on the Go! series indeed!

On a more general note I'd like to add that sadly ELECTRA is, up until now, not very present in my country The Netherlands. Meaning test riding one of their ebikes here has up until now just been impossible. They currently only have one flagship store in Europe which is located in Hamburg Germany. In The Netherlands their official dealers only sell the bikes online meaning they want you to buy the bike first for only then will they order it for you and then they even refuse to take it back because 'they ordered it especially for you'. Meaning there is, up until now, no possibility to check these bikes out first or take them for a test ride prior to deciding if and what kind of model you would like to purchase.

I find this especially sad because the whole checking, trying, comparing and buying process of a bike could and should be such a nice and awesome experience in itself. It could also be such a priceless opportunity for a brand to show and sell themselves to its potential customers and to keep its fanbase happy!
I remember buying each and every bike I own exactly and with my first ELECTRA I even considered sleeping over in the garage. Ok so maybe Im a bit crazy, but just referring people to an anonymous online shop experience while you are marketing and selling a so called lifestyle bike does seem a bit odd? Or at least contradictory.

But I am an optimistic person so let's hope for some progress here and the introduction of some properly equipped ELECTRA (e)bikestores here in The Netherlands soon! For seriously not a day goes by while I'm out and about with my bike that I don't get some positive remarks on my ELECTRA wheels and let me tell you there are quite a lot of bicycles here in The Nethetlands. Just saying! Plus the potential market for safe and stable yet funky looking ebikes is pretty amazing here!

For now I am very much looking forward to watching Court his, no doubt awesome, review video on the newly added member(s) of the ELECTRA Go! Family and on discussing his findings (and those of other people who have had the opportunity to (test) ride any of these bikes and are willing to share) here further. And on informing whoever else is interested here about the further developments in this whole process. Maybe you could help us with your experiences or maybe you find yourself in a similar situation and our story could end up helping you along the way of finding your new ELECTRA ebike!

Keep on rolling ;-)

4 months ago

I have two his/her 4" fat tire Radrover I use for work commuting, weekend fun rides, vacations, and trail riding for about 45-75 miles per week (around +1300 miles each since Sept/2016). Very inexpensive Class II bike at $1500 with plenty of power at 750w rear hub motor, 7 speeds, PAS 0-5, throttle, front suspension, and 20 mph top speed. Volt or Teo also make fat tire ebikes in the same price range with about the same capabilities if your used ebike price range is around the same price. The same ebike companies also have folding mini or city only ebikes around the same price range.

What I learned after getting back into biking after a +20 year break was:
- Keep the bike in the Class I or Class II range (PAS w/ or w/o throttle, 750w max motor, 20 mph max). Class III bikes have a top speed of around 28 mph and most often don't have a throttle. There seems to be more restrictions with Class III bikes depending on local laws because of their top speeds (young age restriction, helmet, sometimes registration as motor vehicle, no Class III ebikes on bike/hike trails, etc...). So far, Class I & II bike are allowed everywhere a regular bike is allowed EXCEPT where posted to target ebikes.

- I love having a throttle! I use it pick up speed quickly to get across intersection, to help get started on inclines, a little extra power to maintain my speed for short inclines, used it to push my +65lbs Radrover up 2 flights of stairs, or when my pedals might hit obstacles or hit the ground on tight turns if I pedal. I even used the throttle when my left pedal crank fell off and I used the throttle to get home instead of pushing the bike 3 miles up hill.

- Rack mounting points. Some full suspension bikes don't have rack mounting points or you have to attach a floating rack arm to the seatpost.

- Front suspension. You can really increase your avg speed on an ebike and you will feel every bump more and that will wear on you after a while without a front suspension

- Add suspension seat post like Suntour, Thudbuster, or bodyfloat are top choices.

- Brakes. Disc brakes seem to be standard. I like 180mm size since ebikes are sometimes 2X the weight of regular bikes. Upgrades of disc, pads, or even to hydraulic can be done.

- Tires in the 2"-4" range are really comfy off road and at +20 mph on paved streets. Go smaller if you need to take your ebike on public transportation or +90% urban. Go fatter if you plan to do more off-road with sand, snow, and mud and you need to adjusts the PSI. More tire choices from 100% urban to 100% trail with smaller size tires.

- upright/comfort riding position. Some eMTB might have you lean more forward or have extra wide handlebars. That can put extra stress on back, shoulders, arms, and hands to limit long distance riding.

- bottle cage attachments. Some eMTB don't have any bottle cage attachments. My Radrover comes with three. Bottle cage attachment can be used for other things like bike lock holders, tool kits, or for GPS trackers like Boomerang.

- Locks. U-bolts and chains seems to slow bike thieves down the most; but, very heavy and bulky to carry. Goes back to having an ability to add a rack and rack bag can help carry a good lock.

- Platform Bike rack. Just in case you need to travel with the +60 lbs ebike(s). Platform rack can really secure the ebike with little to no movement when traveling and easier to mount/dismount. I had too much movement with the Softride Dura 4 bike rack and I didn't trust the rubber straps with my +65lbs ebikes. Went with the Saris Freedom Superclamp 4 and very happy with this rack.

4 months ago

So, while I'm REALLLY all about getting a tandem... if I get into that and actually use it, the next thing I'm going to look into is an electric urban commuter bike.

I love in a burb of DC/B'More. Too far from work to commute it all (20 miles) and it's not a bike friendly commute. I work at the tip top of DC - right on the edge of Silver Spring. Most of my commute time is getting through/out of that area - then I fly. I wonder about parking my car and riding in. Anyone do a commute like that?

I wouldn't want a bike on the car, but fit "in" the car.

Edgar Cuevas
1 week ago

you need to buy some sunglasses lol always covering your face. great bike reviews by the way, I purchase the bull outlaw from sam thanks to you.

1 month ago

How do you keep all this info in your head? I can't even remember what I ate for breakfast.

2 months ago

So many companies within the eBike scene! Going to wait it out until these eBikes are finalized.

2 months ago

It's so beautiful I want it 😭😭

2 months ago

Just out of curiosity, do you have any idea what is battery theft like? Is it something you need to worry about, as in is it worth pulling it off whenever you park the bike for a few hours? I guess it depends on how hard it is to resell them, and how sturdy the locking mechanism that attaches it to the bike is. Seems like it would be harder to resell than something like wheels or a seatpost that are more commonplace, but the value is also higher. This is one of my large concerns when I'm thinking of getting an e-bike, because if it does happen, that will cost me a ton to replace.

Eugenio Urbina
2 months ago

Does anyone know anything about the shareroller V2 by Jeff Guida? Have not heard anything about it for the last 2 yes.

Eugenio Urbina
2 months ago

I saw your channel exactly 2 years ago and I saw your review on the shareroller V2 can you find out for us what has happened to that gizmo since then ? The guy you interviewd Jeff Guida said alot about his invention and l 've have been searching everywhere on the internet and nothing is showing up . It seemed really promising in many different ways for those of us that like this sort of stuff. Please review This for us if you can find it for us especially since you know how to get a hold of Jeff Guida .thanks...

David Helms
2 months ago

I ordered this bike a couple of days ago, thanks largely to this review. I really appreciate the work you do here and on your site.

I think comparing Ohm to Stromer is the right way to look at this bike. It has all the features that I would want from the Stromer without the features that I think drive the higher Stromer prices, but that are not really that important to me.

I prefer the motor, instrumentation and controls of the Ohm, but I like the overall look, with the battery really hidden away, of the Stromer better. At the end of the day, its the build quality, value for money, and the Bionx D500 system that sold me on this purchase.

I'm excited to receive this bike and I'll follow up with my first impressions once I've had a couple of days with it.

joes joey
3 months ago


3 months ago

Can you please take a look at lithium cycles and the super 73 I just ordered a super 73 Rose Avenue

joes joey
3 months ago

OMFG been waiting for this one holy freaking cow this is nice! from what ive heard this is the best e bikes in the market strenght and power also heard the ohm cycles staff is great!thanks court for this great detailed review!

3 months ago

I have a Easy Motion Neo City (2014) , the OHM bike has many outstanding features , rock solid quite and power,,,,, temptation , oh why not , I think I will check this bike out for myself.

Jon Maguire
3 months ago

THANK YOU, for sharing all of your knowledge on these bikes! I've watched all of them and am just unable to make up my mind.. I would greatly appreciate if you could help me with any suggestions on a bike for speed that cost around 2500-5000. The bike I need is just to get back and forth from school and work then home to sleep;)
School starts in a few weeks so please let me know soon.
Thanks again !

Jon Maguire
3 months ago


Steven Wilson
3 months ago

OHM is the one. My biggest concerns about going electric is motor and battery cooling. I live in southern Nevada. The proximity of Ohm to Grin Technologies is something that I'm hoping results in improvements in this area. Thanks for all you do, Court.

3 months ago

Does Ohm only ship it class 3 for California residents only?

3 months ago

Am I the only one who thinks laws and regulations ruined this industry? The sheer lack of decent performance in pre-made e-bikes me go the "build it myself" route. I just think that if I'm going electric i want it to go faster than I can pedal.

Taz Brown
3 months ago

Loving your channel. I have A request...can you do a review on car racks to carry the electric bikes(especially the cargo style bikes that are longer) And standard bikes at the same time. I am a mobile mechanic (I have a rad wagon) and our town has become electrified thissummer in preparation for some major construction happening later this summer which will close down half of our roads. If you have already done this please direct me to the review! Thanks!

Mo Poppins
3 months ago

Michael's so sweet and smiley. Great energy. :) Nice review, as always, Court!

F r e e l e e
3 months ago


Juan Noval
3 months ago

I tend to favor this style of bike, the urban/city commuter for its more upright and comfortable riding position. I was not too sure about the large hub motor in the rear being so prominent, but after watching the review and visiting OHM's website for a bit more info I really like their bikes. I especially like all the details you point out in the review, like the lower step frame. incorporated lights, four piston brakes, super quiet motor, fenders and integrated rack, etc. You can tell that a lot of thought went into the design of the bike. Of course, the price reflects that.

I think if I lived in a more urban environment or a more bike friendly area, with paths and bike only lanes I could easily see myself replacing my car and just going down to a one car household. I could then justify to myself spending $3800 posted on the OHM website. Regardless, it is a great review and great bike. Great job as always.

3 months ago

Thanks Juan! OHM has three models right now and I just filmed the Mountain last night on some trails up in the mountains with wood ladders and rock drop sections... it was amazing, and a little crazy, keep an eye out for that one and thanks for your kind words ;)