Platinum e-Bikes 3OND Review

Platinum E Bike 3ond Electric Bike Review
Platinum E Bike 3ond
Platinum E Bike 3ond Bafang Chain Ring
Platinum E Bike 3ond Color Display Grip Shifter
Platinum E Bike 3ond Trigger Throttle Left
Platinum E Bike 3ond Shimano Nexus Internally Geared 7 Speed Hub Band Brake
Platinum E Bike 3ond Zoom Suspension With Lockout
Platinum E Bike 3ond Front View Fender
Platinum E Bike 3ond Black
Platinum E Bike 3ond Bafang 350 Watt Mid Drive Motor
Platinum E Bike 3ond 160 Mm Mechanical Disc Brake
Platinum E Bike 3ond Smart Phone Holder Included
Platinum E Bike 3ond Phone Holder Accessory
Platinum E Bike 3ond 36 Volt 14 Amp Hour Battery
Platinum E Bike 3ond Battery Charger 2 Amp
Platinum E Bike 3ond Folded In Trunk
Platinum E Bike 3ond Electric Bike Review
Platinum E Bike 3ond
Platinum E Bike 3ond Bafang Chain Ring
Platinum E Bike 3ond Color Display Grip Shifter
Platinum E Bike 3ond Trigger Throttle Left
Platinum E Bike 3ond Shimano Nexus Internally Geared 7 Speed Hub Band Brake
Platinum E Bike 3ond Zoom Suspension With Lockout
Platinum E Bike 3ond Front View Fender
Platinum E Bike 3ond Black
Platinum E Bike 3ond Bafang 350 Watt Mid Drive Motor
Platinum E Bike 3ond 160 Mm Mechanical Disc Brake
Platinum E Bike 3ond Smart Phone Holder Included
Platinum E Bike 3ond Phone Holder Accessory
Platinum E Bike 3ond 36 Volt 14 Amp Hour Battery
Platinum E Bike 3ond Battery Charger 2 Amp
Platinum E Bike 3ond Folded In Trunk

Summary

  • A stylish and well-balanced folding electric bike, you get fenders, a rear cargo rack and lights (the headlight is integrated, running off the main battery), mid-drive and integrated battery position weight well
  • Sturdy frame can handle up to 300 lbs, mid-step design is easier to mount and stand over for short riders, the seat tube is extra-long and the stem telescopes upward so it also accommodates taller riders
  • Stable double-leg scissoring kickstand, beautiful color LCD with lots of options and integrated USB port, upgraded disc brake in the front wheel, durable internally geared 7 speed hub that can be switched at standstill
  • A bit more expensive given the upgraded hardware and components, display is not removable but the battery pack is (great for folding and transporting given the 53 pound weight of the bike)

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Introduction

Make:

Platinum e-Bikes

Model:

3OND

Price:

$2,199

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Travel

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2017

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

53 lbs (24.04 kg)

Battery Weight:

6.5 lbs (2.94 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

14.5 in (36.83 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

14.5" Seat Tube, 24" Reach, 24" Stand Over Height, 64" Length

Frame Types:

Mid-Step, Folding

Frame Colors:

Microcrystalline Matte Black, Microcrystalline Matte White

Frame Fork Details:

Zoom Suspension, Lockout, Preload Adjust, 9 mm Quick Release Skewer

Frame Rear Details:

10 mm Threaded Axle with Nuts

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Nexus, Internally Geared Hub

Shifter Details:

Shimano Nexus Grip Twist

Cranks:

8Fun Alloy, 170 mm Lenght

Pedals:

Wellgo LU-C25 Cage

Headset:

Straight 1-1/8"

Stem:

Folding, Telescoping

Handlebar:

Alloy, Flat, 22.5"

Brake Details:

Front: Clarks Mechanical Disc with 160 mm Rotor, Rear: Shimano Inter-M Roller Brake, Bafang Levers with Motor Inhibitors

Grips:

Flat Rubber

Saddle:

Comfort with Bumpers

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

500 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.8 mm

Rims:

SR Rain Bow DA-20, Double Wall, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge, Silver with Nipples

Tire Brand:

CST City, 20" x 1.75"

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)

Tire Details:

Reflective Sidewall Stripe, 35 to 45 PSI

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Steel Fenders with Rubber Mud Flaps, Steel Rear Rack, Integrated Blaze-Lite HL1900, Stand Alone Blaze-Lite Rear Light (Seat Post Mounted)

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack, 300 lb Max Rider Weight

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bafang

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Battery Brand:

Samsung

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

14 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

504 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

60 miles (97 km)

Display Type:

Bafang DPC14, Fixed, Color, Backlit LCD

Readouts:

Time, Battery Voltage or Percentage, Battery Infographic, Speed, Max Speed, Avg Speed, Assist (0-9), Power, Trip Meter, Clock, Timer, Odometer, Range

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad on Left, 5 Volt Full Sized USB Charging Port Under Display

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist (Internal Sensor)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The 3OND (pronounced BOND) is a folding electric bike with unique features and a stylish look. The founder of Platinum e-bikes, Cristine Wiseman, has been working in the electric bicycle industry for several years and I’ve seen her at trade shows and other events. She knows her stuff and it’s neat to see her first big product here, it offers a different take and I enjoyed hearing her perspectives during the video review above. And so, you may not have heard of her company before but the product felt solid to ride and it comes with a one solid one year warranty. I like how balanced the frame is, using a mid-drive and mid-mounted battery pack, and I like that it comes with reflective tires and two LED lights for safety. Folding electric bikes have to balance weight and compactness with performance and ride quality and the 3OND does this well. Instead of using a more traditional derailleur, that’s exposed on the side of the frame, it has an internally geared hub. Not only is it protected this way, it also requires a shorter chain that’s less likely to fall off and you can shift gears while stopped! This is a huge deal if you live in a hilly area with stop signs on the way up. The comfort saddle, basic suspension fork and adjustable height stem make it comfortable and possibly more upright vs. aggressive forward depending on how you set it up. While this e-bike only comes in one frame size, the seat post is extra long and I was able to dial it in easily and feel comfortable as a 5’9″ man… taller riders would get along just fine in my opinion and the black or white color schemes let you personalize a little if you order more than one.

Driving the bike is powerful 350 watt mid-drive from Bafang. These are sometimes sold as kits because they attach easily to the bottom bracket on many frames… but not all. Platinum e-Bikes chose a frame here that works with the BBS01 and allows enough space for the wires and keyed ignition above. One of the difficulties with kits and DIY is choosing a battery that will work with your non-ebike frame. The 3OND uses an ebike specific frame with internally mounted battery which looks great and stays out of the way. I was very impressed with the end result. The motor is responsive and powerful but not too quiet or overbearing. Since the wheels here are 20″ vs. 24″ or the more standard full-sized 26″ they are easier to turn and this empowers the motor. Normally I would complain that the BBS01 Bafang mid-drive motors don’t have shift sensing and can strain the chain and shifting mechanisms but that’s less of an issue here… internally geared hubs like the seven-speed Shimano Nexus here won’t shift if too much power is being exerted on them. It’s like a self-protection system and there’s no derailleur or chain movement happening that could get worn out either. In short, with 350+ watts of power and a top speed of 20 mph, this is a very capable folding electric bike and the max weight that the bike can handle is 300 lbs which should work well for a rider and some cargo in many cases.

Powering this folding electric bike is a compact but high-capacity battery pack that slides inside the downtube. You have to fold the bike to get it in and out but you can charge it while it’s in using a little port on the left side of the frame. I’d say average size for most ebike batteries is around 36 volts and 10 amp hours but this one has 14 amp hours. That means you can ride longer and go further without having to plug in. The battery cells inside the pack are made by Samsung, a higher end brand, and there’s a little handle to carry the pack around with so you don’t drop it easily. Earlier, I mentioned that the headlight runs off of this battery pack but the backlit color display and accompanying standard-sized USB port does also! This port is recessed below the display and could be very useful for an additional light, powering a GPS or keeping your phone charged. And, Cristine explained that the first batch of bikes will come with a phone mount. Pretty neat all around… I wanted to call out the charger here as well, it’s fairly compact, about average weight at 1.7 lbs and puts out 2 Amps which means it could take ~5 hours for a full refill of the battery. To really prepare yourself for longer rides I’d recommend using a trunk bag with a bottle holster and putting the charger and a tool set in the bag.

Operating the bike, switching it on, is one of the less-refined areas I explored. It’s a two-step process starting with insertion of the key up into the base of the frame (just above the motor). This requires hunching way down or getting onto your knees, fiddling with the wires to get them out of the way and then inserting and twisting the right way. If I owned this electric bike, I might just always leave the key in for convenience and I would definitely remove any other keys and keychains to reduce noise and possible snags. Up at the display panel and remote button pad (mounted near the left grip) things get much easier. You hold the power button for a few seconds and the bike activates. It started in assist level 1 meaning the throttle was hot… and that seemed like a default, so be careful not to bump the throttle accidentally. Thankfully, the power of the throttle is limited by assist so you wouldn’t be overwhelmed if you did bump it. You can arrow down to zero and the throttle turns off. You can also arrow up through 5 or 9 levels of assist to reach the top speed of 20 mph… but you might also have to change gears to reach this speed. As a mid-drive, the motor is dependent on the gearing to either climb efficiently or go faster. The motor RPM range is good however, and I hit 20 mph in the top two gears when testing. The button pad itself was easy to reach, well sealed against water and compact but I have seen this type of display before and the plastic buttons can get bent up and broken off if you somehow pull up on them. As a folding ebike, there may be more situations where this is possible so just be careful with it.

In my opinion, the 3OND is quite unique and well designed. No, it’s not the most affordable electric bicycle but it delivers a quality experience, some great accessories and a nice aesthetic. It would work well for heavier riders, people dealing with hills and those who might want a simpler more durable build without a derailleur. Those three systems (mid-drive, internally geared hub and throttle + pedal assist) mix really well and aren’t available on hardly any other folding electric bikes. At 53 lbs with the battery in and 46.5 lbs with it out… this might still be difficult to lift without help but Cristine did it herself before meeting me. We teamed up to put it away after the ride and I was surprised that she fit both into her compact Toyota Carola automobile (one in the trunk and one in the rear seat area… buckled up for safety). I’m excited to see her working with dealers because that means better assembly and support. I trust that she knows her stuff and am happy to see a female entrepreneur with a streak of geek and a sense for style getting into the space herself. This is certainly not a product limited to women riders by any means. It’s more powerful and rugged than a lot of others I’ve tested and I’d like to thank Cristine again for partnering with me on this post and taking the time to meetup with BOTH models :)

Pros:

  • One of the few folding electric bikes with a mid-drive motor, this improves frame balance and makes wheel maintenance easier… it also allows for an internally geared hub in the rear
  • The 7 speed Shimano Nexus internally geared hub can be switched at standstill making it easy to start pedaling, the design is also more protected than a derailleur when the bike is folded
  • I’m not sure who makes the saddle but I really liked it, you get an oversized surface with a gel-like comfort and some rubber bumpers that compliment the suspension fork
  • I like that the suspension fork offers lockout because rebound and stiffness didn’t seem very adjustable, it’s a great option to have in general and I like the integrated fender and headlight too
  • The 3OND comes with two LED Lights for safety, even though the rear light isn’t powered by the ebike battery, it’s fairly nice and would be easy to move from the seat post to clip onto a trunk bag like this (so it isn’t blocked by the bag)
  • The kickstand stows nicely and isn’t super huge but offers good balance when lowered, it’s a double-leg design that keeps the bike upright and makes loading it or working on the drivetrain easier
  • Both tires have a reflective tape line on them for increased visibility, I like that you can get the bike in white for an even larger visual footprint but the black looks good as well
  • The electronic wires, shifter cables and brake lines aren’t internally routed but they are well organized and kept out of harm’s way on the frame
  • Both folding levers have a secondary slide-lock to keep them from coming undone, I like that they are also adjustable so you can tighten them over time… in general, they were easy to understand and use
  • The folding design is unique, even though it doesn’t have a magnetic clasp or rubber band to stay folded it does come with a velcro strap and Cristine showed me how to do it in such a way that no metal makes contact and it stays folded… pretty cool
  • I like that you get throttle on demand as well as pedal assist, both were responsive, I like to start with the throttle to get some momentum then switch to pedaling and release the throttle
  • Even though the Platinum e-Bikes brand is new, Cristine has been working in the electric bike industry for quite a while (I’ve seen her at trade shows in Las Vegas), her company offers a one-year comprehensive warranty

Cons:

  • Due to the high capacity battery, strong mid-drive motor and internally geared hub, this folding ebike is a bit heavier than some others… consider removing the 6.5 lb battery before lifting it
  • There are no bottle cage bosses on the frame, this is common with compact electric bikes and at least you get a rack on the back, consider a trunk bag with integrated bottle holster like this one
  • They key has to be inserted, twisted and left in the frame in order to activate the display panel, this can be tricky due to the ignition slot position (just above the motor on the under-side of the frame tube)
  • While the pedals are not folding, and thus protrude a little more than some competing e-bikes, they are more solid and offer a larger surface area and better traction
  • Steel fenders are rigid and I like how wide these ones are but they can get bent easier or scratched and rust compared to Aluminum or plastic, they might also weigh slightly more
  • This isn’t exactly a con, just a head’s up that raising the telescoping stem too high then turning the handle bars really far can strain the wires, keep an eye on that so they don’t get disconnected

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John George Cunningham
5 months ago

Nice to see women in this industry. She was very smart to install a low powered mid drive with an IGH…now if it only had a belt…..!
Great job Christine!

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Court Rye
5 months ago

Thanks for your feedback John! I’m sure she will read through these comments at some point and maybe there will be a belt option with the next one :)

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John George Cunningham
5 months ago

I think there is some issue with bafang and the belt drive hence no belt option…..not sure of this.

I always enjoy your reviews!..Keep it up your doing great work…and I hope your doing well.

Does she have these bike ready to purchase or is this one of these promotions where maybe you can purchase in 12 months or so?

I see lots of these kickstarter funder projects that I have waited for more than a year after funding and some never even ship…I am pretty much done with those projects at this point…but I dont think that is the case here…but wanted to ask.

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Court Rye
5 months ago

Hey John, I was just thinking that to myself… Wishing I had clarified why Cristine did not do a crowd-funding project. I believe she does have these for sale now. What we saw was a finished product, much more polished than some of the Kickstarter and Indiegogo ebikes I’ve seen at times :)

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Cristine Wiseman
5 months ago

Hi John! Apologies for the tardy response. I just returned from a business trip. You are absolutely correct in regards to the belt drive and Bafang motor. My initial plan was to use a belt, but Bafang is unable to use one. There are, of course, pro’s and con’s to both chains and belts, so I figured I would use a chain now and see if it could be changed to a belt later. Another way more expensive bike is out there that has a mid drive and belt, but no internal gears. I personally think that having an internal hub was more important for the functionality of a folding bike.

These bikes are in stock and ready to ship. I opted not to do a crowd funding campaign because since this was our first bike build, I did not want to promise to deliver by a certain date and not be able to do it. Considering that we anticipated receiving product by December and received them by February (which was only delayed due to a minor hick-up), we now have a good understanding of time frames. Another thing to note is that running those types of campaigns often is beneficial for marketing, but can end up costing a lot of money in the long run since most campaigns sell the product at lower than the actual manufacturing cost to gain traction. Since we already had industry knowledge and the funding to move forward with the initial production, we chose to dive right in. Having said that, we offer a 6 month 0% APR option, and we are running a launch sale. Feel free to email me directly at cristine@platinumebikes.com for more details :)

Thanks so much for your input, John! Happily and Sincerely, Cristine (the e-bike queen :)

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fourdog
5 months ago

Thanks for the review, looks like a really well thought out design. I spoke to Cristine and it looks like she has bikes in country ready to ship. Love the Bafang mid-drive motor and hiding battery. I liked it so much I ordered one today . Will post what I think when I get it. Myself I would rather buy from someone that puts there own sweat in the game and brings an item to market . Then someone that has an idea and looks to other to fund it. I love her passion for that bicycle !

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Court Rye
5 months ago

That’s awesome, thank you so much for sharing your updates and volunteering to report back once the bike arrives and gets you going. I really appreciate it and I’m sure others do as well. I agree too, that it’s inspiring to see someone invest in something they believe in and have it ready right when you’re ready to buy vs. making you weight and possibly suffer through changes you might not have expected or wanted. I like crowd funding but don’t love it when the theme is “bulk-buy” on something that’s really being invented you know?

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Cristine
5 months ago

Hi Court, thanks for the kind words and for taking the time to create this review… in the rain! Being self-funded is hard (and let’s admit…down right scary!) but manufacturing takes a substantial amount of time and what can go wrong will go wrong, which is why most crowd funding campaigns do not usually deliver when they say they will. We started designing our product around March 2016, and factory after factory told us they could not make our product because they were unable to make it according to our very specific design specifications, we found one that could. However, even they were unable to get certain parts that we wanted, so we really had to think outside the box to get our product where we wanted it to be. That’s what it takes to deliver something entirely NEW!

Happily and Sincerely, Cristine (the e-bike queen:)

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Nyana11
4 months ago

the bikes looks shit

Akim Jules
4 months ago

hey i have been following you for past 2 yrs now but i just seen a nice ebike genesis commuter ebike but i searched on ur page but never seen it

Barbara Snyder
5 months ago

I would love to buy a bike from a woman-owned company! Anywhere to get a test ride near San Francisco? I'm short and also don't want to have to strain my shoulders reaching forward, so would like to know how this feels in real life. Looks great!

nvidiaMT
5 months ago

Are these folding small tire ebikes fun to drive?

Zeev Kirsh
5 months ago

you see at second 45-46 as she stretchs the intonation of the word "just really enjoy" her eyebrows and eyes go up in a manner than shows she's not comfortable giving an honest answer or rather a forthcoming and full explanation of how she got into ebikes.

and still likely, she wants out if I am correctly reading the body language/speech pattern. Women are without question better on average at concealing their emotions. -------question is , is she going to go back and try to do something science/brainy related...............I hope she finds what makes her happy. Maybe, by ebiking to get there........:)

Tony N
5 months ago

The wheel size was set wrong with a 26 inch tire, so the speed indicator was off. Maybe it was fixed later on the 2nd half of the ride. Also that cable loom looks a little weird hanging far from the rest of the bike.

wjf213
5 months ago

Great bike and review. How was sturdy was the frame while riding? Did you feel any flex or anything when loading it up with that 135 pounds of rawhide and spring steel body of yours? haha Seriously, I'm looking for a couple of folding bikes for this spring, and I'm really liking the way they have those extra supports or handle as you said. I'm 6 foot and about 205 pounds and would like to use some thing like this around camp grounds and places like that. Folders always worried me for strength, but you said this is good for 300 pounds??? Thanks and keep up the great work.

ilikewasabe
5 months ago

she's the total package. But the bike is really familiar though.. I believe ive seen a similar designed and specs when i was in china a couple of months ago but by a different manufacturer.. But im not surprised though since almost everything is copied/made by/in china

Henrik Agnemark
5 months ago

Great review as always.
I think this is the bbs01, I got a bbs02 on my bike both are pretty bullet proof motors. I live on the west coast of Sweden where it rains pretty much all the time no problem with water or snow as far as I can tell. Hope she develops this concept furder I think she is on the right track for the city people. Puplic transport in combination with the folding bike is the future.

Max
5 months ago

I couldn't focus, damn it)

augsburg
5 months ago

We have lots of experience with roller brakes on our city bikes and disc brakes on our drop bar bikes. The roller brakes work well and are much better for the person that is not going to be into the constant maintenance disc brakes need - especially if you live in a hilly areas (LA, San Fran, Seattle) where the brakes are used more. You can also upsize the rollerbrakes inexpensively if you are a larger rider and have lots of hills. Only maintenance on roller brakes is squirting some grease in the lube ports once or twice a year. Use a small grease gun and needle applicator available on Amazon or at a hardware store.

Malik Thomas
5 months ago

is that the bbso2 middrive

Uk Gamer
5 months ago

It feels like this bike was designed for me. I will hopefully pick one up when I can.

Mikk Visnap
5 months ago

Hey, great review! Any chance that you will be reviewing crowdfunded mate.bike from Indiegogo aswell? Very similar folders with comparable stats.

mvh808
5 months ago

Great review, as always. I have a request that maybe you could make a video for: I just recently finished a MTB conversion with a 750W Bafang mid drive and now my wife wants an ebike too. The question I have is what to get her. We need to be able to climb pretty steep hills and I was wondering if a hub motor would do what I can do with the mid drive. What power equivalency do I need to look at? She also has a MTB, so it would be also used on XC trails.

CLOTHED IN SHADOWS.
5 months ago

This was a great review as always court. One of the biggest highlights to me was the display. Would you happen to know if that's the same display that comes with the BBSHD motors ? .

Mark S
5 months ago

That drive system was almost silent!!! Do you know the motor wattage and approximate range??

Malik Thomas
5 months ago

Mark S looks like the bbs02 with the color screen I have the bbshd and its just as quite and with my 52volt 17.5amphour power pack I get a solid 20 mile with full throttle

tongmovies
5 months ago

Love your reviews. But a lot of times, we also love to know where you film. You go to the most beautiful places. Sometimes you say where you are at, and sometimes you don't. Tell us where you are on ALL your reviews please....

NWforager
5 months ago

wait ..where is here FB or something with pics of her on bikes ? Lord Please !

Carmine212
5 months ago

Rich Jewish princess. Hot like that!