Populo Sport V3 Review

Populo V3 Electric Bike Review
Populo Sport Electric Bike
Populo Sport 250 Watt Hub Motor
Populo Sport 28 Inch Tire
Populo Sport Handlebars Control Center
Populo Sport Control Center
Populo Sport 36v 8.7ah Battery
Populo Sport 36v 8.7ah Battery Bottle Cage Bosses
Populo Sport Cranks
Populo Sport 100mm Hub Spacing
Populo Sport 250 Watt Hub Motor V Brakes
Populo Sport Plastic Platform Pedal
Populo Sport 2 Amp Battery Charger
Populo Sport 2 Amp Battery Charger Back
Populo V3 Electric Bike Review
Populo Sport Electric Bike
Populo Sport 250 Watt Hub Motor
Populo Sport 28 Inch Tire
Populo Sport Handlebars Control Center
Populo Sport Control Center
Populo Sport 36v 8.7ah Battery
Populo Sport 36v 8.7ah Battery Bottle Cage Bosses
Populo Sport Cranks
Populo Sport 100mm Hub Spacing
Populo Sport 250 Watt Hub Motor V Brakes
Populo Sport Plastic Platform Pedal
Populo Sport 2 Amp Battery Charger
Populo Sport 2 Amp Battery Charger Back

Summary

  • An affordable, single speed electric bike available in three colors and four frame sizes, driven by an efficient 250-watt hub motor for a top pedal-assist speed of 20 mph, no throttle mode
  • Extremely basic setup makes for easy operation and potentially lower maintenance than electric bikes with derailleurs and more advanced components, it's quiet and efficient
  • Curb weight of 37.2 pounds is far lighter than most electric bikes, making carrying the Sport V3 up stairs, into elevators, and lifting onto bike racks, a relatively easy task, even with the battery pack left on
  • Solid entry-level electric bike from a company that seems solid, it skips on frills and accessories to keep price low, thankfully it does have threaded eyelets for adding racks and a bottle cage, no suspension and narrow tires can feel rough, caliper brakes are alright but disc brakes work better and stay cleaner

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Introduction

Make:

Populo

Model:

Sport V3

Price:

$999

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Years Comprehensive, Lifetime on Frame

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2018

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

37.2 lbs (16.87 kg)

Battery Weight:

5 lbs (2.26 kg)

Motor Weight:

6.5 lbs (2.94 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

19 in (48.26 cm)20 in (50.8 cm)22 in (55.88 cm)23 in (58.42 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

22” Seat Tube, 21” Reach, 31” Stand Over Height, 23” Width, 67.5”

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Black, White, Polish

Frame Fork Details:

Aluminum Alloy, 100 mm Hub Spacing, 9 mm Skewer

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm Hub Spacing, 9 mm Skewer

Attachment Points:

Bottle Cage Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

1 Single Speed 1x1 16 Tooth Sprocket

Cranks:

Aluminum Alloy, 170 mm Length, 48T Chainring

Pedals:

Plastic Platform, Black

Headset:

Tapered 1-1/8” to 1-1/2”, Threadless, Internal Cups

Stem:

6061 Aluminum Alloy, 100 mm Length, Two 10 mm Risers, One 5 mm Riser, One 3 mm Riser, 31.8 mm Clamp Diameter

Handlebar:

Aluminum Alloy, 590 mm Length, Low Rise

Brake Details:

Tektro Mechanical Caliper, Tektro Three-Finger Levers with Rubberized Edge and Motor Inhibitors

Grips:

Ergonomic Rubber Locking Grips, Black

Saddle:

Velo Sport, Black with Blue Accents

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

Aluminum Alloy, Double Walled, 23 mm Width, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 13G, Black with Silver Nipples

Tire Brand:

Wedge, 28” x 1.5” (32-622)

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

50 to 75 PSI, 3.5 to 5.3 BAR

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

LCD Control Center, Rear-Mounted Kick Stand

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube-Mounted Battery Pack, 2 Amp Charger

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Populo Branded

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

350 watts

Motor Torque:

40 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

8.7 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

313.2 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

20 miles (32 km)

Estimated Max Range:

35 miles (56 km)

Display Type:

Populo Branded KM529 Fixed Display LCD (Press Power to Cycle Trip and Odometer, Hold + for Backlight, Hold - for Walk Mode)

Readouts:

Speed, Tripometer, Odometer, Assist Level (0-9), Battery Level (10 Bar)

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Populo Sport V3 is the third iteration of this model and the second bike in Populo’s lineup I’ve reviewed. The first was the Scout, which I reviewed in November of 2017. Court has also reviewed an earlier version of the Sport back in November of 2016. The V3 is largely the same as the last version, but interestingly has a smaller capacity battery. Priced at $999, the Sport is the most affordable bike in Populo’s lineup. This model, like the Scout, seems geared towards an urban environment, but the Sport is an extremely simplified pedal assist model with all but the most essential components stripped away, which makes sense given it’s comparatively lower price point. The Sport is a single speed with an efficient 250-watt geared hub motor, removable battery, and not much else. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing! On the contrary, I enjoy the basic nature of this bike and perhaps most of all, I appreciate how lightweight it is. At ~37.2 pounds, the aluminum alloy frame is sturdy and light, the bike is pretty easy to pick up and carry around, and it’s even relatively easy to ride without the pedal assist. Compared to some of the other electric bikes I’ve tested, which have weighed in with a curb weight upwards of 60 pounds, the Sport feels refreshingly light. The Sport comes in quite a few frame sizes: 19 inch, 20 inch, 22 inch and 23 inch. It also comes in three different colors: Black, White and Polish. The bike I tested was the Polish color, which looked like brushed aluminum. From an aesthetics standpoint, I dig this color, and I also think it would show up well in low-light conditions. The aluminum finish would probably do a good job of reflecting headlights, and I think the White color would also be pretty visible at night as well. So for those who prefer to do a bit of night riding, those two colors might be a good choice. And you can always add some bright rechargeable LED lights like these to keep you more visible. Aside from the different frame sizes and colors though, there’s no other options or accessories to choose from for the Sport. So, let’s a take a look at the Sport’s specs and my experience with it.

Driving the Sport to a top pedal-assisted speed of ~20 mph is a 250-watt planetary geared hub motor. I couldn’t find any branding on this motor, so I wasn’t able to confirm the exact specs, but Populo told me it puts out around 40 newton meters of torque (which is above average, most other 250 watt motors are rated around 35 Nm). This motor may be tiny, but I felt like it packed a decent punch when I cranked up the pedal assist to the highest setting, which is level nine. Of course, I’m not going to be attempting any massive hill climbs with this thing, but then I don’t think that’s really the philosophy of use for this particular bike. This bike feels like it’s aimed at cruising through flat-ish city streets. It does require a little bit of effort to get the Sport moving from a dead standstill, especially since it takes a second or so of pedaling to get the motor to kick on because it uses a cadence sensor vs. torque. But once it’s in motion the single speed doesn’t feel like a hinderance so long as I stayed on level ground. The cadence sensor is adequate for the Sport, but compared to the highly sensitive torque sensor on the Scout, it does feel a bit lackluster. Like most cadence sensors, there’s a delay from when I start and stop pedaling to the time the motor actually activates and shuts off. The 36v, 8.7ah locking battery is located on the down tube which is great for balance and it detaches from the frame only after it’s been unlocked with the included key. The capacity on this battery is a little lower than some of the other electric bikes I’ve tested (I’d call 36 volt 10 amp hour average sized), but again this makes sense to me given the price tag of $999 and the fact this is a “bare essentials” type of setup. Populo estimates the range of the Sport to be upwards of 30 miles per charge, which sounds realistic given the efficient 250-watt motor, smooth efficient tires, and rigid frame. This would of course depend on rider weight and riding conditions, but I definitely think it’s a reasonable estimate. What I find interesting on this battery is that compared to the last version of the Sport, it has a slightly lower capacity – 8.7 ah compared to the last version’s 10.4ah – and the battery pack also loses the built-in USB charger. While a USB charger is definitely a small feature, to me it’s an important one because I always find my accessories are low on juice and I love being able to use my ebike batteries as portable battery banks. Unfortunately, charging like this isn’t an option with the new Scout model. The good news however, is that since this battery pack is still removable, the Sport can serve as a practical city commuter bike. Sure it only has one speed, but some folks prefer that, and so long as the terrain is flat I don’t think it will be an issue. You will still get a decent amount of help on hills, and you have to pedal to get the motor to activate anyway, so it’s just more of an active ebike experience, there is no throttle. Furthermore, I can park the Sport at a bike rack, unlock the battery and throw it in bag, then charge it up while I’m chilling at a coffee shop! This also ensures that nobody will be able to turn the bike on or tamper with it. Also, because the battery pack and the motor weigh roughly the same, and because of their location on the frame, the bike feels pretty well balanced. I was able to pick up by middle of the top tube and carry it around easily enough without it tipping backwards or forwards.

The LCD control center is located on the left side of the handlebars and displays current speed, a 10-bar battery level indicator, pedal assist settings from 0 to 9 and the ability to view a tripometer or odometer. While I do prefer a percentage battery indicator, I appreciate that this one is at least a 10-bar. Though not as accurate as a percentage indicator, having 10 bars (10% increments) makes me feel like I can know how much juice I have left with a reasonable degree of accuracy. Also, it’s nice that there are 10 levels of pedal assist, but for a 250-watt motor I think that might be a few too many. Not saying it’s a bad thing, only that it takes a few extra clicks on the control center to get the bike into its highest pedal assist setting. Something to note about the control center is that the pedal-assist setting defaults to 1 whenever the bike is powered on. So if you prefer always keeping it at a specific setting, just remember to switch it back to that number after turning it on. The control center itself isn’t easily removable and doesn’t have a passcode function, which raises two primary concerns for me. First, if I were to leave my Sport at a public bike rack, I’d be worried that someone might accidentally scratch up the screen or even try to tamper with it. Second, anyone can access this bike. Since this is only a 250-watt motor I don’t think this will be as big of a deal compared to a more powerful motor, but still, it would be nice to have an electronic lock functionality. The screen is easy enough to read and may have a backlight mode if you hold the plus arrow. It also has walk mode if hold the minus button for a few seconds.

The brakes on the Sport are caliper brakes, and honestly the stopping power is a bit underwhelming. I think I’ve gotten a bit spoiled and accustomed to always having disc brakes, so maybe it’s just a stark contrast that I’m seeing here. Like most caliper brakes, these require a good deal of pressure to quickly bring the bike to a stop. They have a decent mechanical advantage with the narrower rims and are often used to save weight and be aerodynamic on road bikes. When squeezing the brakes as hard as I could, I was able to stop within a reasonable distance, but riders without as much hand strength, or those riding in the cold may find stopping quickly rather difficult. This may be exacerbated by the fact the brake levers don’t offer adjustable reach. That being said, the brakes do get the job done. Also, with an affordable price tag of $999, it makes sense that Populo would have to make cuts somewhere, and it seems like the brakes are one of those areas.

While there’s no derailleur on the Sport, it’s worth talking briefly about the gearing and chainring itself. First off, the single speed gearing feels pretty much spot on for me. It feels like ~18 mph is the sweet spot as far as cadence goes and pedaling felt comfortable at that speed. The chainring doesn’t have a guard, and while it makes for a clean look, my pants probably won’t look very clean after riding for a while. No chain guard or guide also makes for a higher chance of a chain derailment, though it’s not very likely since the chain is straight and only travels through one sprocket. Because the motor is only 250 watts, and because there isn’t a derailleur, I have a feeling the likelihood of a derailment is pretty small, so the biggest consideration is cleanliness of your pant legs, perhaps a sleek minimalist chain cover could be added to future iterations? You can always take it off as the rider, or you could use a reflective ankle band like this to keep your pant leg clean.

While the Sport is a simplistic electric bike, I rather appreciate it’s ease of use. Just turn it on and go. No fuss, no muss. There’s no gear shifting to worry about, no lights to turn off or on, no noisy fenders or rack, and no apps to connect. I think the Sport is a good choice for anyone on a budget, or those who live in flatter areas and may not need multiple gears. I think it’s also a good fit for those who may need to carry their bike around, either up and down stairs, through a crowd or wherever. Because it only weighs 37.2 pounds, slinging it over your shoulder will be a lot easier than some other, heavier electric bikes. Comfort is one area where you compromise because of the narrower tires and lack of suspension, but those trade-offs are part of what make it lightweight and durable. If you get a sore back and neck like I sometimes do, consider swapping the rigid seat post with a seat post suspension unit like this to reduce vibration and jar. I love how large and interactive the display is, but then it could get scratched and attract unwanted attention. I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it too right? Since this model only comes in the classic high-step diamond frame style, it’s really great that they are offering four frame sizes, this is one area that adds cost… and Populo has been around for several years now and seems to be committed to the space, so it’s a product that feels like a reliable value vs. fly by night. I want to thank Populo for partnering with me on this review and for sending over the Sport for me to test out!

Pros:

  • At $999, the Sport is an relatively affordable electric bike is also the least expensive bike in Populo’s lineup
  • Lightweight at only 37.2 pounds, this bike will be easier to carry up and down stairs or through a crowd than many other electric bikes which can weigh upwards of 60 pounds
  • Because the Sport has only the most necessary component, it should be easier to maintain than more complicated bikes with sophisticated components like disc brakes and a derailleur
  • Highly efficient 250-watt hub motor should offer pretty good ranges compared to more powerful, higher output motors
  • The Sport feels well balanced thanks to the positioning and similar weights of the motor and battery
  • Battery locks to the frame, making it more difficult for someone to remove it without a key, and the fact that it’s removable means it can be charged either off or on the bike
  • Several different frame sizes means there should be a Sport for everyone, it comes in 19″, 20″, 22″ and 23″, it also comes in three different colors, White, Black and Polish
  • Control center is easy to navigate through and offers the most pertinent information like current speed,
    tripometer, battery level and pedal-assist level
  • Grips are locking, so they won’t spin around when torquing hard on the handlebars
  • Motor inhibitors cut motor power whenever the brakes are depressed, this is a good safety feature that ensures the rider isn’t fighting agains the motor when stoppingh

Cons:

  • Single speed and lack of derailleur means tackling hills will be far more difficult than more traditional geared electric bikes
  • Chainring doesn’t have a guard or guide, which could lead to dirty pants and possibly increase the chance of chain derailments
  • Battery capacity is a bit less than average, and the battery itself doesn’t have a USB port for charging,
    interestingly, the battery on the previous version of the Sport had a larger capacity and a USB port
  • Mechanical caliper brakes are far less effective at braking than disc brakes and even when squeezing hard on the levers the Sport was slow to stop
  • Brake levers aren’t adjustable, which could make braking even more difficult for those with extra large or extra small hands
  • Tires are pretty average and don’t offer puncture protection, it might be a good idea to throw in some slime or something to help minimize the risk for flats
  • Control center doesn’t appear to be backlit, which will make it more difficult to see in low-light conditions, and it’s also not removable, which could lead to tampering or it being scratched up when left at a public bike rack
  • The seat post is tool adjust as opposed to a quick release, which means making quick adjustments on the fly won’t be as easy
  • Cadence sensor takes some time to activate and deactivate and isn’t as accurate as the torque sensor found on the Scout
  • No headlights or tail lights makes the Sport less visible in low light or no light conditions, but at least they offer silver and white colors, which can be seen easier
  • The narrower tires are efficient and lightweight, but can lose air pressure easier and get pinch flats, they also aren’t as comfortable or stable and the bike has no suspension

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Populo Bikes
3 weeks ago

Today Populo is introducing our newest e-bike, the Lift V2. Lift V2 focuses on comfort with an easy on/off step-through frame, upright riding position, plus suspension fork and seatpost. The Lift V2 is a Class II e-bike with both pedal assist and throttle modes, featuring a 250W rear hub motor, Shimano drivetrain with twist-shifter, and disc brakes for stopping power.

Lift V2 includes thoughtful accessories like a rear rack, lockable battery, backlit display, and headlight powered by the e-bike battery. We've even included a friendly bell!

Our newest model is available now at the 100+ Populo dealers across the USA, and online at Populo.com. We're also proud to launch Affirm on Populo.com, which allows you to pay for your new e-bike over time with easy monthly payments.

Check it out at https://www.populo.com/products/populo-lift-v2-electric-bicycle

A formal press release follows.

Thanks!

- the team at Populo Bikes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Esteban Raposo
Populo Bicycles
(866) 300-3311
eraposo@avantsports.com

POPULO ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF LIFT V2 ELECTRIC BICYCLE

Hybrid model at dealers now for just $1,399

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA - Populo Bicycles announces the immediate availability of the new Lift V2 electric bicycle across their dealer network of independent partner bike shops. Dealers received stock of the new model in mid-January.

The Populo Lift V2 is a Class II electric bicycle featuring both throttle and pedal assist operation with a step-through frame. It is powered by a 250W motor and Samsung 313Wh battery, allowing an estimated range of 30 miles or possibly more.

“Today’s e-bikes are lighter, powerful, and more affordable than ever before,” said Jeremy Griffin, national sales manager for Populo Bicycles. “We are very excited to deliver this exciting new model to our dealers at a great price.”

Populo designed the Lift V2 to be accessible to casual cyclists. Poor flexibility can limit some riders ability to swing a leg over the saddle, so the step-through frame eliminates that concern. The bike also features a suspension fork and seatpost to take the edge off rough pavement, and an upright, swept-back handlebar with ergonomic grips for a more comfortable riding position. Last, but not least, powerful mechanical disc brakes allow for easy stopping.

Lift V2 is offered in matte black or gloss white, comes in two sizes (43cm or 50cm) and retails for $1,399.99.

Populo Bicycles offers a full line of electric bicycles through independent local bike shops and is actively signing up new dealers to add to their network. For more information, contact Jeremy Griffin at jgriffin@avantsports.com.

For all other inquiries, visit populo.com

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Esteban Raposo, (866) 300-3311 or eraposo@avantsports.com

Dewey
4 weeks ago

Court charges a modest fee plus travel expenses, though they have national distribution through Dick’s Sporting Goods so it ought not be too much trouble. The newer Genesis and Phantom models with the frame mounted batteries offer better weight distribution than the older rack mount design. The website has mentioned an upcoming mid-drive model with a torque sensor pedal assist for a while, which would be a change from the direct drive throttle Class 2 ebikes they’re known for, though if it’s using the Bafang max drive 350w $3k seems a bit expensive when compared with other ebikes with the same motor from Biktrix, M2S, Populo, FLX, etc.

bob armani
3 months ago

How about the Rubbee compact portable electric drive system reviewed on this forum: https://electricbikereview.com/rubbee/drive-2-0/

There is also a newer version coming soon also on this forum https://electricbikereview.com/forum/threads/rubbee-x-introduction.15247/#post-121643

Gaby
3 months ago

I was accepted to go Study Abroad for Spring 2018 in South Korea. I travel by car to my home university and either walk or use a golf-cart service to my classes. The golf-cart service is provided for those with different disabilities. I have a very mild form of muscular deficiency. I am perfectly capable of walking and performing normal physical activities, but compared to an average human being, I perform these activities at a slower rate. I am perfectly capable of riding a bike as well :).

While abroad, I will not have a car with me and even though South Korea has a good transportation system, I would like to invest in an e-bike. The university I will be attending is known to be in a 'hilly' location. The e-bike will give me a little boost for those hills and at the same time, I will have a way of transportation. I plan to use the e-bike as a normal bike and use assistance for hills or longer travels.

I am looking for an e-bike that is not too heavy, but my main goal is to find an e-bike that can get me up those steep hills. I have been looking at models such as:

- Populo Sport Electric Bicycle V3
- Faraday Cortland
- Gazelle NL C7 HMB

I understand that all of these models are quite different, but I am new at this and not sure where to start. Please keep in mind that I am a university student and these e-bikes are not cheap. However, I am open to any suggestions! I am open to ALL recommendations :)

Dewey
3 months ago

Single speed ebikes like the E-Glide SS, Populo Sport, Sondors Thin, and EasyGo Race are some of the lightest weight affordable complete ebikes. Court has mentioned some can be geared high so you don't spin out and for that reason he likes a throttle or more sensitive PAS sensor so the motor can help you get moving from stationary or up hill.

Dewey
3 months ago

Court raises this point in his reviews of lower priced ebikes, typically he suggests comparing retailers that offer customer service and warranty parts support out of a US physical location with others that offer no or crowd-sourced support. Other 'tells' are whether a low-price ebike retailer is making the effort to redesign their product in light of customer feedback, for example Populo redesigned the battery mount on their $1k Sport model after customers complained of the battery rattling around on the bike, the 2017 Sport's with the redesigned battery mount are reportedly much quieter.

MLB
3 months ago

Wow, you picked some real interesting choices! Are you even aware that GenZ is Manhindra (sp) one of the largest manufacturers of heavy equipment and automobiles in the world. Don't think they are going anywhere.
Bulls is one of the real success stories of Ebikes, Specialized(!), Scott (HUGE in Europe), Stromer!!, Haibike!!!!!!!!!!! LOL, you're killing me here. You do realize you've listed all of the biggest, most successful Ebike companies out there as going to be gone............... Trek?? If it doens't go well? ALL the "New" big boys have been selling Ebikes in other countries for YEARS, including Trek. Scott and others have said they may be Ebike ONLY in the future. Sales are PROPPING UP REGULAR BIKE COMPANIES....
Flip your idea 180 degrees and You've made a pretty good list of the companies that will be kicking ass with Ebikes in the next 10 years.

86 and still kicking
4 months ago

Serious disagreement with the assumptions and the list. Direct to consumer, online, and mobile delivery are the future of the market. Pedego is a tiny little brand that just happens to be the largest seller of eBikes in the United States. Companies like Stromer, Reise and Muller, KTM and others have very marginal operations in North America. Genze is a tiny little international company that happens to be larger than just about all the vendors combined.

Mike's E-Bikes
4 months ago

Hard to predict what brands will stick around, but the brands that survive will have the best business model, and not necessarily the best product.

What will surprise people the most, is that many brands that SEEM to have popularity now, are most likely NOT the ones that will survive. Precisely because their business models don't allow dealers to make enough to even live on, or are just poor, or they are naively going direct to market on-line.

These brands in no particular order that will most likely struggle:
Evelo
Pedego
Juiced
GoCycle
BigCat
BikTrix
BionX
Dillenger
E-Joe
E-Rad
Prodigy
eVox
Ez-Pedelar
Genze
Grace
Igo
IZip
IES
Jetson
Leed
Motiv
OHM
OptiBike
Populo
Prodecotech
Riide
Sondors
Stealth
SuperPedestrian
VoltBike
Wallerang
Van Moof

There's at least 50 more, than aren't worth even mentioning.

Survivors could be, IF they even decide to keep doing e-bikes:
Bulls
Specialized
Giant
Scott
Worksman
Stromer
Haibike
Schwinn
KTM
Focus
Emotion
Cube
Reise & Muller
Benelli
Yamaha
Trek (though the name may stay, they may dump ebikes if it doesn't go well)

Some names may survive and get bought out, if they have some sort of unique niche they've captured.

None of the above matters anyway, as I predict hundreds more new names will be forthcoming, until the market gets this right. Its WAY too early to speculate on any of this, but it might be interesting to look back in 5 years to see if any of this was right, or wrong.

jml
5 months ago

Hey!

My dad will be celebrating his 70th birthday next month and my siblings and I are looking to get him an electric bike for a birthday/retirement gift. He's about 6'2" and he definitely prefers an upright ride and really values comfort.

Our budget is around $1,500 (which I know doesn't go too far in this arena), but we're looking for suggestions on what might be the best fit for him. I've done some research, but I'm having a tough time pulling the trigger on anything since I'm brand new to electric bikes and I've never really heard anything of the available brands in that price range.

Some we're considering:

[*]Populo Lift
[*]Crosscurrent Air (replacing the stem wth an adjustable stem to make it more upright)
[*]VoltBike Elegant

Any suggestions would be awesome! Thanks!

Qualitytogo
5 months ago

I'm torn between getting an Ecoreco scooter or an URB-E vehicle. I live in NYC and would use for commuting, in the bike lanes. I've tested out a Uscooters and Populo electric scooter and enjoyed both of them. But don't know how Ecoreco or URB-E compare. Thanks!

Esteban Raposo
6 months ago

Have you checked out Populo Bikes yet? The Populo Sport is $999 and great overall value. This bike is meant for riders that don't mind a sportier and less comfortable ride, but want an electric bike that is light and inexpensive.
Check out http://www.populo.com

Paul Reza
2 weeks ago

The V2 had usb ports.

Tri P Zuki
2 weeks ago

Is that a 3DR Solo in the backpack?

Test 2018
3 weeks ago

I have woman version in the past this is men version in 90th this is classic bike

Michael Sprinzeles
3 weeks ago

Nice entry e-bike. Not sure that 1 speed would cut it for most riders but this is a very efficient set up with few things to break. Chains falling off is usually the result of changing slack in the chain. Single speed bikes keep the chain tight compared to geared bikes so chains falling isn't typically a problem.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 weeks ago

Exactly... you are right on Michael and I wish I could have been there to make this point about chains falling off. Brent is still learning and this review left lots of room for improvement, but hopefully the specs and writeup are better. I modified and improved them a lot and spent hours talking with Brent before and after so that he could be more insightful in the future.

sam millr
3 weeks ago

Those are dual pivot calipers, not v brakes.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 weeks ago

Right you are, thank you so much for the clarification! I mention this to Brent as well after I edited his video and writeup. There's lots of room for improvement here, but we are working together to help him get there so that future comments are more accurate. Thanks Sam

Neal Hickey
3 weeks ago

I own a populo sport V2, have it a little over 6 months now and I love it! I cant help but feel though that for the extra money the V3 doesn't look like you get much extra for your money...

Neal Hickey
3 weeks ago

The only differences as far as I can see are the handlebars, a different seat and l.e.d display. Sort of just small cosmetic changes if you ask me, but little to none actual improved performance from the V2

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 weeks ago

Interesting, thanks for the feedback Neal! I'm glad you've been loving your Sport V2. What are the major differences between what you got and what was shown here?

Populo Bikes
3 weeks ago

Hey, thanks for the video review! I wanted to clarify that the sizes / colors offered on the Sport V3 are Black, Polish, and Blue (no White) and it comes in Extra Small / 49cm, Small / 52cm, Medium / 55cm, and Large / 58cm.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 weeks ago

Thank you, and our apologies for the mistakes here. Brent is less familiar with road bikes and although we spoke before the shoot, there are some mistakes here. I also edited his video a bit to remove some other incorrect statements and did a lot of work on the writeup to make it as accurate as possible. Six years ago when I started EBR, I made mistakes like this too, but the exposure and community feedback was still very positive and I have grown a lot, I can see constructive corrections in the comments for this video. Without Brent's help, I would not have been able to cover the Populo bikes for many months. Thanks for your patience and clarity here, I hope that the video and pictures still benefit you and reflect the hard work you have done to create the new models.

ilikewasabe
3 weeks ago

i own the v1 and its still going strong. had to adjust my gearing though. but overall its a good reliable commuter. Highly recommend it for the budget mindet commuter

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 weeks ago

Sweet, great to hear that the bike has been holding up for you. Did you get it in 2016 or early 2017?

Benjamin Jehne
3 weeks ago

...Those little 250W motors get pushed up to 500W. It's the same like withe all those other motors. Looks very similar to the motor on my bike, where you can see, how much power is given into the motor. But it's not very smart to mount this on a single speed. The cobination gets very unefficent with that single speed...

Herbert Torres
3 weeks ago

No chain guard thats a biggie but you could probably buy an aftermarket one so not really a deal breaker. Good entry level bike. The range must be phenomenal. That is the bikes strongest selling point. No usb port, but that can be overcome with a rechargeable usb battery backup. No throttle is the biggest downer for me but I don't know if that is really that essential given that you are always in one gear and it is only a 250 watt hub. I would have liked see an uphill demonstration before buying. The bike does not look ergonomically friendly so I would not buy but thats just my comfort level.

Herbert Torres
3 weeks ago

Whenheb
That's about what I would have expected uphill. I think it makes a good backup bike.

whenhen
3 weeks ago

Herbert Torres
Chain guards are pretty cheap since this is a single speed. I think you can get an after market one for ~$20 and possibly even less.

I tried the v1 model in Laguna Beach, CA on an extremely steep hill that my car has to be coaxed into getting over. The bike handled it fine when put into the highest assist level.

Kill4MD
3 weeks ago

Nice review but had to point out a small thing, these are caliper brakes and not v brakes. They are generally more reliable then v brakes

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 weeks ago

Yeah, thanks for the feedback! You're completely correct that these are not V-Brakes and Brent and I spoke about it afterwards. They are labeled as caliper brakes in the full writeup and I cut some sections of video here to help minimize the number of mentions. Sorry for the misinformation

Owen Jennings
3 weeks ago

Super review man. Don't know what some of these moaners are on about!

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 weeks ago

Thanks Owen! Brent is still learning some of the technical bits (like the difference between caliper and v-brakes) but his perspective and insights are valid and I love his enthusiasm. Your positive words definitely mean a lot to us as we grow and do our best here.

Chris Till
3 weeks ago

I like the minimalist aesthetic. As long as the components aren’t too cheap, it should hold up quite well for mostly flat urban riding.

FOXHAN
3 weeks ago

Overall good review.
I own a Populo Sport V1, what are the improvements with the V3?
How many hours can I use the bike going from full battery to zero?
Which bike would you recommend that would be the next step from the Populo Sport V3? (Same kind of stats but slightly better.)
As for the USB port the Populo Sport V1 has one, it's nice to have but I rarely need to use it.

ArthurDentZaphodBeeb
3 weeks ago

Lol. Court must cringe with reviews like this. "Bottom of the barrel" isn't going to please many companies who pay for these reviews. USB seems like a bare minimum offering, even on a $1K ebike. Dunno if you mentioned how it felt riding, but adding a cheapo suspension post would probably add a bit of needed comfort.

ArthurDentZaphodBeeb
3 weeks ago

ElectricBikeReview.com Court, he'll learn, hopefully. I appreciate your many reviews over the years. Finally think ebikes have evolved enough to be worth the investment without rapidly becoming obsolete due to changes in motor/battery tech. Enough 18650 cells to keep next jump to 21700 competitive near term.

Curious if you're a travel hacker and have the usual slew of travel (airline/hotel) credit/cards? If not, you should. Fav website to learn is Frequent Miler dot com. He just wrote a post for beginners a day or so ago. Plenty of sleazy travel bloggers (99% are nothing but credit card company shills - they make big money thru travel credit card comissions - and promote "free" travel by signing up through their affiliate links - avoid them at all costs and never click through their links!). Another excellent site is Doctor of Credit dot com for a slightly different angle (no affiliate links on DOC - so no incentive to push inferior offers). Both sites top notch. No relationship w/either.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 weeks ago

You're correct, I do cringe... it was painful to watch and then edit this (and the writeup) after the fact... but Brent is learning, this is a step in his development. Yes, he and I are paid a service fee to do these reviews because I removed all brand ads from EBR towards the end of last year. The first 600+ reviews on the site were all conducted by me for free, but companies would help with hotels and flights sometimes, I also had big advertisers but felt that this was less independent than just having a flat service fee. I do my best to be objective and still gather the hard facts, but there is always an element of qualitative perspective, and Brent gave his here by calling this bottom of the barrel... doing my best here, thanks for your input :)

ArthurDentZaphodBeeb
3 weeks ago

whenhen I'm fairly sure EBR is paid to review all the bikes.

whenhen
3 weeks ago

ArthurDentZaphodBeeb EBR is, to my knowledge, not sponsored by any bike companies. The reviews are independent

David Keenan
3 weeks ago

Yes , there is no reason not to have a USB port on a battery. For one K it's not bad . I'll like the light weight of the bike

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 weeks ago

I'm with you, it seems like Juiced and OBO have disabled the USB on their battery pack but added them to displays (which stays out of the way when pedaling). The price here is good for the hardware and really good when you consider sizes and colors in my opinion :)

Srinivas Patil
3 weeks ago

How to buy it... Y means I am in India so I am asking you

Jason Hoo
3 weeks ago

Buy your own kit from Aliexpress and built your own bike.

Brent McCluskey — Electrified Reviews
3 weeks ago

Unfortunately, these are only available in the United States. But you might be able to find a used one on eBay or something?

rccrashburn
3 weeks ago

1:25 "It comes in 19", 20", 22" and 23" frame sizes.
Am interested in the SOH of the 19" frame particularly.

rccrashburn
3 weeks ago

That 745 mm converts to 29.4 inches.
Thank you Brent and Court!

Populo Bikes
3 weeks ago

Standover for each of the 4 sizes are 745mm, 770mm, 805mm, and 835mm.

rccrashburn
3 weeks ago

What are the various Stand Over Heights for the different frame size offerings?

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 weeks ago

Brent measured one of the bikes (the 22" frame size 55 cm) and got the following: 22” Seat Tube, 21” Reach, 31” Stand Over Height, 23” Width, 67.5” and you can see more measurements and stuff back in the full review: https://electricbikereview.com/populo/sport-v3/

Brent McCluskey — Electrified Reviews
3 weeks ago

Heya! I'm not sure what the various standover heights would be for the different frame sizes. Maybe Court can weigh in here?

David Keenan
3 weeks ago

Can't view this video , please go back to old video format

Brent McCluskey — Electrified Reviews
3 weeks ago

Hi David! Bummer, man. Are you getting an error code or something?