PESU Monster 250W Review

Pesu Monster 250w Electric Bike Review
Pesu Monster 250w
Pesu Monster 250w Ttium Efficient Ex Mid Drive Motor
Pesu Monster 250w 36 Volt 14 5 Amp Hour Battery
Pesu Monster 250w Ttium Bc280 Color Display With Usb
Pesu Monster 250w Wtb Ace Locking Bicycle Grips
Pesu Monster 250w Sr Suntour Xcm Spring Suspension With Lockout
Pesu Monster 250w Downtube Battery With Usb Port And Charger Port
Pesu Monster 250w Shimano Acera 9 Speed Derailleur
Pesu Monster 250w Ttium Electric Bike Motor 14t Chainring
Pesu Monster 250w Wtb Bee Line Xc 27 5 By 2 0 Tires
Pesu Monster 250w Lithium Ion Ebike Battery Charger 3 Amp
Pesu Monster 250w Electric Bike Review
Pesu Monster 250w
Pesu Monster 250w Ttium Efficient Ex Mid Drive Motor
Pesu Monster 250w 36 Volt 14 5 Amp Hour Battery
Pesu Monster 250w Ttium Bc280 Color Display With Usb
Pesu Monster 250w Wtb Ace Locking Bicycle Grips
Pesu Monster 250w Sr Suntour Xcm Spring Suspension With Lockout
Pesu Monster 250w Downtube Battery With Usb Port And Charger Port
Pesu Monster 250w Shimano Acera 9 Speed Derailleur
Pesu Monster 250w Ttium Electric Bike Motor 14t Chainring
Pesu Monster 250w Wtb Bee Line Xc 27 5 By 2 0 Tires
Pesu Monster 250w Lithium Ion Ebike Battery Charger 3 Amp

Summary

  • A value-priced hardtail cross country style electric bike with adjustable SR Suntour suspension fork, versatile 650b wheel size, and mid-level Shimano Acera 9-speed derailleur, three frame sizes
  • Compact mid-motor from TTIUM is powerful, moderately responsive, and very quiet, assisting up to ~18 mph and offering up to 99 Nm of peak torque making it a capable climber
  • Larger than average Lithium-ion battery pack extends range and mounts to the downtube from the side so the top tube can be lower, making the bike easier to mount, USB charging ports
  • No rack, kickstand, or bottle cage bosses, only available online with a very limited warranty, crowd funded so delivery date is questionable, shipping costs $99 to $399 extra depending on location

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Introduction

Make:

PESU

Model:

Monster 250W

Price:

$1,599 ($99 Shipping to US, $299 Shipping to Canada, $399 Shipping to Europe)

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban, Trail

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

7 Days No-Questions-Asked Return, 30 Day Free Exchange

Availability:

United States, Canada, Europe

Model Year:

2018

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

48.3 lbs (21.9 kg)

Battery Weight:

7 lbs (3.17 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17 in (43.18 cm)19 in (48.26 cm)21 in (53.34 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Medium 19" Measurements: 19" Seat Tube, 23.5" Reach, 27.5" Stand Over Height, 27.25" Width, 72.5" Length

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Metallic Grey with Orange and Black Accents

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour XCM Spring Suspension, 100 mm Travel, Compression Slider with Lockout, Preload Adjust, 100 mm Hub Width, 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm Hub Length, 12 mm Thru Axle with Quick Release

Gearing Details:

9 Speed 1x9 Shimano Acera M3000 Derailleur, Shimano CS-HG30-9 11-34T Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano Acera M3000 Triggers on Right with 3-Click Multi-Shift

Cranks:

TTIUM ISIS 14T Chainring (40T Equivalent) with Alloy Guide

Pedals:

Wellgo M-21 Aluminum Platform, Cage Style

Headset:

Pesu, Tapered, 1-1/8" to 1-1/2"

Stem:

Uno, Kalloy Performanced, Alloy, 90 mm Length, 7° Rise

Handlebar:

Uno, Aluminum Alloy, Low-Rise, 680 mm Length

Brake Details:

Shimano M315 Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Shimano Three-Finger Levers with Adjustable Reach

Grips:

WTB Ace, Center-Bulge Design, Dual Locker Clamp

Saddle:

WTB Volt Sport 135

Seat Post:

Uno, Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

WILD, Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 25 mm Width, 32 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 15 Gauge, Straight Pull, Adjustable Nipples, Black

Tire Brand:

WTB Bee Line XC 2.0, 27.5" x 2.0" (50-584)

Wheel Sizes:

27.5 in (69.85cm)

Tire Details:

35 to 65 PSI, 2.4 to 4.5 BAR, 240 to 450 KPa

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube-Mounted Battery Design, 15 Amp Maximum Current, YBN 9SP Chain, Vented Plastic Skid Plate Beneath Motor (Possibly Replaceable), 2 lb 3 Amp Charger

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

TTIUM Efficient EX

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor (83% Efficient, IP54 Ingress Rating, Meets CE EN15194, FCC and RoHS Standards)
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

500 watts

Motor Torque:

99 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

TTIUM Energy 500F

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

14.5 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

522 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Estimated Max Range:

55 miles (89 km)

Display Type:

TTIUM BC280, Fixed, Adjustable-Angle, Color, Backlight, 2.8" LCD (Hold i for Settings Menu), IP65 Ingress Rating

Readouts:

Clock Time, Battery Level (Percentage and Infographic), Assist Level (0-4), Speed (MPH or KPH), Energy Bar (Realtime Motor Power Output), Average Speed, Max Speed, Trip Distance, Odometer, Headlight, Calories Burned, Walk

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad (+, -, Lights, Information, Power), 5 Volt 1 Amp USB A Charging Port on Bottom Edge of Display and Bottom Right Side of Battery Pack, Power Button on Top of Battery Box

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (10 Millisecond Torque Sensor Response, Measures Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence, Pedal Torque, Eco 65 Nm 50%, Normal 75 Nm 120%, Sport 85 Nm 200%, Turbo 99 Nm 280%)

Top Speed:

18 mph (29 kph)

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Written Review

PESU is an electric bike company started in Shenzhen China in 2016 that is launching a first round of products through Kickstarter and Indiegogo crowd funding websites. As this review was underway, their Kickstarter campaign had raised more than double the goal and the PESU Monster 252W was the most economical offering. This is a mid-level value priced electric bike with fancier LCD display system, centerdrive motor from TTIUM, and 522 watt hour Lithium-ion battery pack. What struck me as being unique, was how nice the color display panel was, that the bike offered two USB type A charging ports, and just how small and quiet the motor was when riding. Although the bike is priced at $1,599 USD, the crowdfunding websites list an additional $99 for shipping to the US, $299 for Canada, and $399 for parts of Europe (which appears to include VAT). Considering that PESU is only offering a seven day money back policy and thirty day exchange for another bike, and because you’ll have to partially assemble the bike without dealer support, it’s worth doing some introspection on how comfortable you would be “on your own” with this thing. This is one of the big reasons I was so excited to review it! I got to meet part of the PESU team at Interbike in September 2017 in Las Vegas and they had the Monster and slightly nicer Valador on hand for test rides… possibly with the intention of courting US dealers? As the show was winding down, they gave me one of the Monster 250W models to take home for this review. Before leaving, I asked what PESU stood for and was told “Power Energy Speed Unlimited” and that they had one team member stationed in California who could answer questions and help me out. And so, I secured the bike to my car rack and drove to Colorado… through some heavy rainstorms. After two days of driving, I took the bike off of my car rack, hosed it down gently, and wiped the water away with an old towel. I let it dry overnight as I charged up the battery pack and then took it for a test ride. The performance was quiet good, and I was able to get an idea for some unique design choices such as the elevated chainstay (notice how both sections of chian run below the right stay), the smaller 14 tooth chainring (which is roughly equivalent to a 40 tooth traditional ring), and flipped stem (which made the bike feel more spread out and aggressive). I would probably flip the stem to be angled up for a more upright and comfortable ride, but it’s worth noting that PESU is selling the Monster in three sizes for improved fit regardless of stem position.

Driving this model is a 250 to 500 watt internally geared mid-motor from TTIUM that is called the Efficient+. It’s the mid-level offering in the TTIUM line which offers up to 99 Newton meters of torque and 120 RPM pedal cadence support. To me, it felt powerful, but not as quick to start and stop as Bosch. Also, I didn’t notice a big difference in performance when switching through assist levels 1-4. Interestingly, the unit was able to power me up to ~18 mph before easing back, but the Kickstarter campaign proclaimed that this bike would only reach ~13 mph… so maybe the speed was converted wrong or lost in translation? Maybe I got a slightly modified version, I wish I could say for sure but the communication was a little difficult because the TTIUM and PESU team members I spoke with seemed to be more fluent in Mandarin Chinese than English. In any case, the other TTIUM motors include the Intelligent+ which peaks at 83 Nm and 100 RPM or the Powerful+ which peaks at 130 Nm and 120 RPM. I do not know how much any of these motors weigh, but the medium-sized 19″ PESU Monster 250W weighed ~48.3 lbs when I took the measurement. This motor is new to me and I do not know how well it would perform over the long run, but the design seemed to take some cues from Bosch. It uses a smaller 14 Tooth chainring which spins through a reduction gearbox inside the motor at 2.8 revolutions for every single pedal rotation. This adds some friction and work to each pedal stroke, but not that much in my experience, and the bike coasts without any additional friction because the rear wheel freewheels. Beneath the motor is a plastic skid plate with several large holes for ventilation. The sides of the motor are also black plastic and the chainring is surrounded by two Aluminum alloy plates that act as a guide to reduce drops, a bash guard against foreign objects, and a chain protector to keep your pants from snagging or getting dirty. This motor does not offer shift detection, but relies on rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque to determine performance… so easing back a bit with your pedal power when shifting will help to reduce mashing. I cannot say for sure, but there has been some reports of chain suck with the Bosch motors that use a 2.5x gear reduction because the chainring is small and some mud can sort of glue the chain into place and keep it on track vs. releasing at the bottom. This seems to only be an issue in the most extreme cases, but could apply here. I noticed and instantly appreciated the higher end Shimano derailleur and 9-speed cassette, but only used the lowest 1-6 chainrings in practice, with a top pedaling speed of ~24 mph on flats. I feel like PESU could work with TTIUM to get an even smaller chainring or maybe a larger rear sprocket to offer more low gears which would be useful for climbing or slow riding.

Powering the bike, those two USB ports, and the large 2.8″ color LCD display is an impressive downtube-mounted battery pack. The impressive part is how much energy it stores, 522 watt hours (36 volts, 14.5 amp hours). That’s above average, and the energy will allow for longer rides and further distances per charge. Given this larger capacity, I love that PESU appears to be using a faster three-Amp charger. It felt higher quality than a lot of the generic stuff I see on other value e-bikes. The other impressive thing about the pack is that it clicks in from the left side vs. down from the top. It’s similar to the Yamaha battery design, though not as short… more of a hybrid of the Bosch form factor and Yamaha mounting interface that works very well. It does weigh a bit more at ~7 lbs compared to the 5.7 lb Bosch Powerpack 500, but it does offer more juice. Maybe the cells inside are a bit more average to save money or maybe the USB charging port and large LED power indicator and button on top add that extra weight? In any case, the top of the pack has a nice indentation that acts as a handle. If you take the battery off the bike, you can use the rubber button on top to turn it on and get USB power on the go, like a backup energy bank. The way this battery mounted, a locking core would click as you pushed it in from the side, and this worked whether the key was inserted or not. Below the pack, four metal blades would make contact to send electricity, and these all stayed dry after my long wet car drive and hosing the bike off. The battery and display panel are rated at IP65 while the motor is IP54 (these being water-resistant ingress measurements, higher is better). As a final note, the charging port and USB A port are both located near the lower right side of the battery, accessible even when it’s mounted to the frame. If you choose to access and use these while the battery is mounted, just be careful that the right crank arm doesn’t pass by and bend or snag the wires. They are situated fairly close together and given the lack of a kickstand on this bike, it just seems more precarious, like if the bike tipped and pulled the cord tight and bent the plug etc.

Booting up the bike, once the battery is charged and mounted, is a two-step process because of the battery power button. You start with that and then hold the power button on the control pad which is mounted near the left grip. This takes a couple of seconds, but the display eventually comes on and shows one of three dashboards. You can cycle through these layouts by pressing the i button, or you can hold he i button to access a settings menu. This is where you clear the trip meter, change units from mph to km/h, or adjust display brightness. One section had wheel size and top speed listed, but I couldn’t adjust them, and the displayed 27 mph top speed was definitely not attainable in practice… so I’m not sure what that’s all about. The display also shows a battery infographic with battery percentage, which is much more useful than a five-bar graphic (representing 20% steps). One thing I did not see was range estimate, a feature that more and more companies are adding to help riders make sense of battery level. Range is going to depend on how full the battery is, what the terrain is like, and how heavy the rider and his or her gear is. Even keeping your tires at the higher end of the PSI range and locking out the suspension will help… but you can probably expect 25+ miles per charge in even the highest level of assist with some hilly terrain. Anyway, to add more power to the PAS pedal assist system, you use the + and – keys on the button pad to navigate from zero (no assist) through 1-4. Clicking the buttons is easy, but I found myself accidentally reaching further than the plastic + and – keys to the rubberized lights, i, and power button. They just felt more familiar to me vs. flat and featureless. I think this is one area that TTIUM could improve, adding some physical brail -like texture to their + and – keys so you can use them easier without looking down while pedaling. I also found that there were portions of the buttons that allowed them to click more consistently, the middle sections (towards where the + and – keys meet) is the best vs. the top or bottom edges. The plastic covers also seemed more fragile than the rubber, and could get snagged and ripped up more easily (based on my experience with some other, similar button pads from Bafang as you might see on the EVELO Quest One.

After using this electric trail bike for a few days on pavement and dirt paths, my excitement about the value price began to diminish a bit because of the discovery of shipping and the realization that I might have to compromise on rack and kickstand accessories. The motor is alright, but I might opt for the more expensive PESU bikes to get at least 20 mph. I was pretty happy with the 18 mph for climbing and trail riding but would regularly pass that on pavement, and then I was doing all of the work with no motor support. I found that there where times where I had to shift gears to really feel the motor power, even with the 120 RPM support. The motor is there, but it really shines in the lower cadences, much like the Yamaha PW motor. Bosch is still one of my favorite motors, followed by Brose, for offering fast support and a sense of increased power with higher assist levels… but Bosch makes more noise than Brose, and I have found Brose to be a bit more expensive than this new TTIUM motor. This electric bike is really good looking, I like the colors and wire integration, the large 180 mm hydraulic brakes are excellent, and the Shimano levers offer some adjustable reach for those with smaller or gloved hands. I would probably replace the pedals with something larger and tougher, and I might get a seat post suspension to further smooth out the ride. The fork is a bit basic, but it delivers a good enough experience and has lockout and rebound for different terrain and rider weights. I love that both wheels offer quick release and was impressed that the rear wheel uses a 12 mm thru-axle vs. the standard 9 mm skewer. This will be stiffer and stronger for riding off-road but most importantly, dealing with the power of that motor pulling the chain at up to 99 Nm plus your own pedal force. All in all, it’s a fun product and I’d like to thank PESU for giving me the bike to shoot this review. I plan to donate it to a local young person who could use an ebike for transportation.

Pros:

  • The TTIUM Efficient model mid-motor proclaims to offer up to 120 RPM pedal support which is on par with the Bosch Performance Line, Yamaha PWX, and Shimano E8000 drive units so you can spin faster and shift less frequently while still reaching higher top speeds, it performed well in practice during my test rides
  • The TTIUM display and battery pack each have a 5 Volt 1 Amp standard sized USB A female port built in, so you can charge portable electronics on the go or by using the battery off the bike as a backup power source (this may be why the pack has its own on/off button), if you try to use the battery USB port while riding, definitely get a right-angle adapter and keep the wires very tight to the frame so they don’t snag on your foot or the right crank arm
  • The battery charger that comes with this electric bicycle is actually pretty nice, it weighs about two pounds, has a removable wall-side plug to make it easier to store, and it offers three Amps of power flow vs. most generic chargers that only offer two amps
  • Excellent weigh distribution with both the motor and battery positioned relatively low and near the middle of the frame, also, I feel that this bike is fairly slightly lighter than similar products at 48.3 lbs
  • It’s neat to have standard sized USB ports on both the display panel and battery pack so you can charge your phone, GPS, Garmin, music player, or aftermarket lights while riding or use the battery as a backup power bank
  • I love that the display panel shows battery level as a percentage as well as an infographic, it’s much more precise than most competing displays that just show five or even ten bars
  • The chainring has alloy plates on either side, creating a guide so you won’t drop the chain as easily, and these plates also act as a bash guard and protector for pant legs and shoe laces, keeping them clear of the greasy chain
  • Fantastic hydraulic brakes from Shimano, these offer large 180 mm rotors for increased stopping power and heat dissipation, the levers are adjustable so you can bring them in if you got the smaller frame size and have smaller hands or wear gloves frequently
  • For what I would consider to be a more affordable electric bike, I think it’s neat that they are offering three frame sizes, this improves fit and comfort when you ride on bumpy terrain or for longer distances and times
  • The 9-speed Shimano Acera drivetrain is pretty good, several steps up from the base level component group from Shimano and even though I didn’t use the three higher gears, it worked well enough for climbing with assist, if I were going to adjust anything I might go for a slightly smaller chainring to provide more low-end options
  • The stand over height on this bike is lower than a lot of other mountain models I test, the 27.5″ wheel size and thinner 2″ tires bring the frame down and the top tube is very angled because the battery seats in from the side vs. down so there doesn’t need to be as much clearance
  • Rather than using a standard 9 mm skewer for the rear wheel, PESU upgraded to a thicker 12 mm turu-axle which is going to handle the torque of the mid-drive motor better and reduce flex when riding on trails or taking hard turns
  • The TTIUM motor was very quiet, even when riding in the highest levels of assist and spinning fast, it just didn’t make as much gearing or mechanical whining noises as most of the other mid-drive motors I have tested, it’s closer to the Bafang Max Drive in terms of sound
  • I personally think the paint colors and accents they chose look great, the bike is sporty and fun but not tacky or overly loud like some of the other value priced bikes

Cons:

  • The model I reviewed here is a being sold on Kickstarter with an estimated delivery date of November 2017 but that could be pushed out even further, the campaign lists a risk as follows “These high-performance components we adapted in Volador and Monster usually have a longer delivery dates”
  • In order to activate the bike, there is a two-step power process which includes pressing the circular rubberized button on top of the battery pack and then holding the power button on the control pad near the left grip, this extra step adds time compared with systems I have reviewed from Bosch, Yamaha, Brose, and Shimano
  • The TTIUM Efficient model centerdrive motor only assisted me up to 18 mph vs. 20 mph on most competing products, however, the Kickstarter campaign said it would only go to 13 mph so the actual performance was kind of a nice surprise
  • In my experience, the different assist levels feel very similar in terms of power and torque, when switching from Eco to Normal, Standard, and Sport I noticed that the bike would go faster, but the motor still felt the same in terms of response
  • The chainring spins 2.8 times for every one crank arm revolution which requires an internal gearbox, much like some Bosch models which spin at 2.5x, this adds a minor bit of resistance when pedaling (especially if the bike is powered off), it also positions the chain closer to the chainstay which could increase slap (however, the XC Monster model runs the chain below the chain stay rather than around it like most traditional e-bikes I have reviewed)
  • The plastic plus and minus keys on the control pad seemed a little delicate, like if you snag your shirt sleeve or glove on them (going upward) the plastic could get lifted or bent, I have seen this happen on a specific model of Bafang control pads
  • Sometimes it’s nice to use a hardtail cross country mountain bike like this for around-town riding or even commuting with some dirt paths mixed in, but it doesn’t have any bottle cage bosses, a kickstand mount, or rear rack bosses so you can’t mount these accessories as conveniently or securely, consider something like the Thule Tour Rack which mounts to the seat stays vs. just the seat post
  • It looks like you have to pay extra for shipping and VAT which could be $99 in the USA, $299 in Canada, or $399 in parts of Europe, and then you have to assemble the bike yourself too, so there’s a trade-off vs. buying from a shop
  • The pedals are pretty basic and don’t offer as much stiffness or durability as alternatives like these affordable Wellgo BMX platform pedals, I find that the cage style ones can get bent and I just don’t feel as solid on them
  • The tires have a decent PSI range and I love that the wheels offer quick release so you could swap different tires or fix a flat quickly, but for optimal comfort I might upgrade the seat post to a 31.6 mm SR Suntour NCX Suspension post
  • Minor bummer, the display panel swivels to reduce glare but is not removable… so it could take some scratches if parked at the bike rack frequently and the rain and direct sunlight might degrade it a little
  • The TTIUM Motor, like most of the mid-drive systems I have tested from Yamaha, Shimano, Brose, and Bafang, does not have shift detection or shift sensing so it could wear the chain, sprockets and derailleur down a bit more if you don’t ease off before changing gears to reduce mashing

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Kenneth Maruska
1 week ago

Does anyone know if they met their funding goals to put these bikes into production? Looks like they have a good product but I would convert it to a urban bike if I purchased one.

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Court Rye
1 week ago

Hi Kenneth, it looks like they raised 2x their funding goal on Kickstarter and that campaign is now closed, but they are also raising some money on Indiegogo here.

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PESU Cycling
6 days ago

Hi Court, thanks for your detailed review! Really impressive! Here’re some points we’d like to share:

  1. We’ve decided to add more bosses on MONSTER, so it’ll be easier to install accessories.
  2. For the warranty, the drive unit’s main body and the battery each has a 2 year warranty. While the drive’s components has an 18 month warranty. Also we have after sales center in US and Europe, where can replace the components of PESU e-bike. For the places far form the after sales center, we will ship the replacement components, and backers can replace it in the local bike store and then we’ll pay for the repair fee.
  3. We will send the FREE Travel suit – Kickstand and Mudguard – to all our backers, both Kickstarter and InDemand.
  4. The motor used in Monster 250W is Efficient EX, which has a max torque of 75Nm. The motor used in Monster 350W is Efficient ET, and the max torque is 90Nm. The motor used in Volador 350W is Powerful PT, with max torque at 95Nm. We got to mention however, the general battery capacity for Monster 250W is 400Wh, this version has a larger battery since it’s a demo bike.

Thanks again for your review Court. For more details mentioned in your review our tech team will go through and see if we have other to add in supplement. BTW, we’re now on Indiegogo, anyone who interests please check here at igg.me/at/pesu.

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Court Rye
6 days ago

This is excellent, thank you for the updated details and feedback about how you will be improving the product. I appreciate the opportunity you provided for this review and hope we can cover some of the other models in the future. Keep up the great work guys! I also created a special forum area for PESU here for discussion.

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ROJA
1 month ago

I think this is a super interesting question. I know of a guy who built up a bike himself and can do a hilly 100-mile ride (at speeds much slower than 25 mph, though), so anything is possible. Supposedly the high-end Stromer can also go 100 miles on a charge.

My view is that with a good ebike, you could probably do your 50 miles at an average speed of close to 20 mph using two batteries. Keep in mind that an extra battery can be around $1000. That assumes you can currently do this ride on your Trek at an average speed around 14-15 mph. @Energetic James - is that about right?

Here are some data points in case it's helpful:

BACKGROUND: I'm a fairly fit recreational cyclist in my 40s. I will routinely ride the local hills (Bay Area) and average ~100 ft/mile. I'm riding a $4500 Specialized Turbo X (nice hub-drive bike with a 250W nominal motor and a 562WH battery). You could certainly beat these specs, but I like the warranty and dealer service that comes with buying a major brand from a shop.

HIGH SPEED: Flat 18-mile commute (sometimes windy; mix of dirt and pavement; very few lights): I can average about 21-22 mph (feels like I'm mostly cruising at 24-26 mph) and it will use 65-80% of my battery. Expect a range of 20-25 miles per battery.

LOWER SPEED: Hilly ride: 32 miles; 3800 ft of climbing averaging 19.4 mph used my entire battery (and I used regen on the downhills). Assuming you are at least as fit as I am, this would mean you could definitely do your commute on two batteries.

Bottom line is that I don't think 25 mph is doable without a monster motor and a huge battery capacity. But 19 mph? Definitely. And we're still talking about at least an hour quicker than riding your Trek.

Let us know what you're thinking. This would be a significant investment for you, but I think you'd love being able to do it!

3dkiller
15 hours ago

i will never go back to 250w :)

Eddy Black
4 days ago

Another awesome review; it looks like a well put together ebike, even with the decent power from the motor, but that limited top gearing, & horrendous chainslap, it would be the 2nd ebike I would have to take to the shop out the box just to replace parts within minutes of riding; definitely a pass!

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 days ago

Yeah, I was really impressed with PESU in how the motor works, the finish of the bike, and even the performance was decent... though I would probably opt for the more powerful versions to hit a higher top speed and maybe add a slap guard myself, something cheap like this http://amzn.to/2zbIcrV or even clear masking tape (did that on the downtube of my regular mountain bike to stop rock chips)

JME WILLIAMS
2 weeks ago

Does anyone actually pedal at a cadence of 120?!?!?! holy hell

Pesu Cycling
2 weeks ago

Hi Court, thanks for your detailed review! Really impressive!
For the warranty, the drive unit’s main body and the battery each has a 2 year warranty. While the drive’s components has an 18 month warranty. This policy was on starting from the beginning of our campaign, yet the sentence somehow missed in the campaign page version later. Thanks for pointing out and we got the chance to make it clear for our backers.
We have after sales center in US and Europe, where can replace the components of PESU e-bike. For the places far form the after sales center, we will ship the replacement components, and backers can replace it in the local bike store and then we'll pay for the repair fee.
Also we will send the FREE Travel suit - Kickstand and Mudguard - to all our backers, both Kickstarter and InDemand. We understood these will be needed for Monster backers.
The motor used in Monster 250W is Efficient EX, which has a max torque of 75Nm. The motor used in Monster 350W is Efficient ET, and the max torque is 90Nm. The motor used in Volador 350W is Powerful PT, with max torque at 95Nm. We got to mention however, the general battery capacity for Monster 250W is 400Wh, this version has a larger battery since it's a demo bike.
Thanks again for your review Court. For more details mentioned in your review our tech team will go through and see if we have other to add in supplement.
BTW, we're now on Indiegogo, anyone who interests please check here at igg.me/at/pesu .

Pesu Cycling
2 weeks ago

Due to the domestic holidays we're currently out of office. We will return to office on 9th of October 2017. Sorry in advance if we reply later than usual.

Brian Maplin
2 weeks ago

hi. I've been enjoying your reviews - thanks! Not sure you need to tell me you are 135lb in every one...
A question? Is the frame design where the Bosch/Shimano/Yamaha motor goes a standard design? Bikes have been wonderfully standardised so we can change/replace stuff as they wear so my 1993 Specialized Stumpy frame is still usable with modern equipment. Will that be the case for these electric assist bikes? I know Bosch say they will support the motors with parts for around 7 years after production ends but what about in 20 years? That lovely frame may well just be junk by then?
All the best!

Pesu Cycling
2 weeks ago

Hi Brian, our frame are designed in conjunction with our motor, and may not be able to fit other motors. Thanks for your interests.

FarcryTheBrave
2 weeks ago

What glasses are you wearing? Thanks from Australia.

trekkeruss
2 weeks ago

He is wearing the Oakley Racing Jacket.

Israel Velasco
2 weeks ago

Please go and test the Scout S1 EBike

CLOTHED IN SHADOWS.
2 weeks ago

Great "episode" court 👍👍👍😛😛😛.

"CLOTHED IN SHADOWS"👤

Lord Saruman
2 weeks ago

Dude your reviews are cool and all that but you ride like an old lady! Lift some wheels now and again, show us some moves.

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

I have to be careful not to kick the camera and when I'm holding my other camera, I don't want to crash and harm the bike (most of them are demo bikes or owned by shops). My goal is to demonstrate the motor and describe performance, I guess I also just don't want to get hurt ;)

ol1bit
2 weeks ago

I wonder if some double sided tape 1/8 or 1/16 thickness would be able to get rid of the battery rattle?

Silly Wabbits
2 weeks ago

Really nice bike, I think that motor is pretty cool. Great vid Court

Pesu Cycling
2 weeks ago

Thanks for your fondness! We're now on Indiegogo, please check here at igg.me/at/pesu

Mike B
2 weeks ago

Court, while that is a cheaper suntour fork, just being a spring fork doesn't make it less capable or "old tech" compared to an air spring. A air spring can work for all size folks with the change of psi. But it won't work for anyone as well as an equivalent fork with springs matched to the weight of the rider. That is still the ultimate working suspension setup.

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Great feedback Mike, I do generalize spring forks as being "cheaper" and haven't gotten into tuning them or the points you mention about adjustability. I still feel that this fork is cheap because it uses a plastic slider vs. metal clicker, has thinner stanchions and doesn't have a hard coating like Kashima. It's just a more basic for in genaral but it's true that you could get a nicer fork with springs, I just see most companies (Fox, RockShox) going with air as you get nicer forks. Thoughts?

Daniel Pasterski
2 weeks ago

Awesome review as always.

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Thanks Daniel! I always try my best given the circumstances, wish it hadn't been raining for this one but I was out of time :)

Honky Tonk
2 weeks ago

i would like to see they put a bigger chain ring in the front so the bike can go faster.

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Mike is correct, I feel that the chainring they used is on the large side (remember, it spins 2.8 revolutions for every crank arm revolution and is a 40 tooth equivalent). I was rarely using the highest three gears, this would be a good setup for a speed pedelec but the motor was cutting out around 18 mph vs. 20 mph or 28 mph as a Class 3 would

Mike B
2 weeks ago

Doesn't work that way. Has to fit what the electric motor outputs.

eBikeSupply
2 weeks ago

Court, Maybe you should refer to your local bike shop(LBS) instead of Amazon for small parts. Just a suggestion. : )

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

That's a good point, I link to Amazon from my reviews for convenience and it also generates a bit of referral revenue for me. I prioritize shops a lot, but recently took down the major brand ads on EBR to make it more authentic, so it's a balance of convenience recommending, some affiliate income, and honoring shops with the map and local listing tool :)

Fred Vaughn
2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking a look at the Pesu e bike. I am  one of the Kickstarter buy ins. 90% of what was sold on Kickstarter was the Pesu Monster 350w. Very few went for the 250w or the more power Pesu Volador.  I did see that Smartmotion  bikes In the future was going to start using the TTium motor on all their e bikes.  That does put my mind at ease a little for buying in early with Pesu e bikes.

Pesu Cycling
2 weeks ago

Thanks for your support Fred!

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Yeah, I think it's a solid e-bike, definitely a step up from many of the other affordable online / crowdfunded stuff I have seen :D definitely chime in about it when you get yours, like in the review comments or EBR forums, I'd love to hear what you think and how fast yours actually goes

DiGiTaLGrAvEDiGGA
2 weeks ago

sounds like a good entry level e bike awesome MSRP, will attempt to get one for 1k.... for the MSRP this bike has a lot to offer hopefully the bigger companies take note on this ebike lineup!!!!

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Yeah, it's good for consumers when there's some competition like this. It's less convenient than buying from a shop but the components are nice and the bike looks good

Aqua Gods
2 weeks ago

Hey buddy I had a question for you and hopefully you can answer it I love your videos by the way so if you are going to buy a cheap reliable Evike what route would you go? It would never see off-road or anything like that. Thank you sir!

Jordan Smith
2 weeks ago

He has recommended the 750 watt bafang mid drive to me. I have had a brand new electric bike before but it wasnt powerful enough. I took his advice and got the bafang mid drive kit BBs02 and it has been AMAZING. Cheap, powerful and versatile. Unless you are buying a nice bosch or Stromer or high end E-bike. The bafang kits are no brainers!

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

HI Aqua! Maybe narrow it down a bit for me... like do you want a mid-drive, a speed pedelec, a mountain style (even if you stay on-road). I feel like Lectric Cycles does some cool stuff with their conversion bikes, you could get a nice hardtail with an awesome motor and battery, sized properly for a good price but it just might not look as finished as something like the PESU or a mainstream model: https://www.lectriccycles.com/product/e-rad-mid-drive-khs-ultrasport-2-0/

Mark Fahey
2 weeks ago

Go and test ride the Addmotor 750 please!

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

I hope to do so at some point later this year or next, thanks Mark!

Lynn Recker
2 weeks ago

It will be intersting to see how the TTIUM motor performs on a bike with a more established pedigree than the PESU. Do you know if the controller/display might be the same on an EasyMotion? And it appears with the new TTIUM, Bosch, Yamaha, and Shimano motors that are popping up that a comparison test on similar bikes and production of a graphical display of each motor's characteristics sometime in the near future.might be good to do.

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 weeks ago

Great suggestion, I'll try to make something like this when I visit Lectric Cycles in the future as they will carry several models with different motors as you suggest