ProdecoTech Titanio 29er Review

Prodecotech Titanio 29er Electric Bike Review 1
Prodecotech Titanio 29er
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Keyde 250 Watt Friction Drive Motor
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Kedey Bottle Battery Pack
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Handle Bar Display
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Assist Battery Levels
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Avid Xo 170mm Rotor
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Display Panel Assist Buttons
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Front View
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Lithium Bottle Battery
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Rear Hub
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Rear View Leather
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Sram X9 Derailleur
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Electric Bike Review 1
Prodecotech Titanio 29er
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Keyde 250 Watt Friction Drive Motor
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Kedey Bottle Battery Pack
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Handle Bar Display
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Assist Battery Levels
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Avid Xo 170mm Rotor
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Display Panel Assist Buttons
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Front View
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Lithium Bottle Battery
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Rear Hub
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Rear View Leather
Prodecotech Titanio 29er Sram X9 Derailleur

Summary

  • Well priced hardtail mountain bike with light weight titanium frame and larger 29" wheels
  • Excellent balance and aesthetic appeal with grip drive front hub motor and bottle style battery pack
  • Only offers pedal assist mode (no throttle) and a weaker 250 watt motor with limited 18mph top speed compared with other full sized ProdecoTech ebikes

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

ProdecoTech

Model:

Titanio 29er

Price:

$4,999 USD

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Trail, Urban

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive, 30 Day Replacement

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2014

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

31.8 lbs (14.42 kg)

Frame Material:

Titanium

Frame Sizes:

19 in (48.26 cm)

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Brushed Titanium

Frame Fork Details:

RockShox SID AIR PushLoc

Attachment Points:

Bottle Cage Bosses (First Set Used for Battery Holder, Second Set Blocked By Battery)

Gearing Details:

10 Speed 1x10 SRAM X9, 11-32T

Shifter Details:

SRAM XO Grip Twist on Right Bar

Cranks:

SRAM 36T

Pedals:

Cheetah CNC Sealed Bearing

Headset:

CNC Sealed Bearing Tapered

Stem:

Truvativ Stylo 5º 100 mm

Handlebar:

Truvativ Stylo T30 Flat 600 mm

Brake Details:

Avid Elixir XO Hydraulic Disc with 170 mm HS1 Rotors

Grips:

Leather with Alloy Lock Rings

Saddle:

Gyes Brown Leather with Titanium Rails

Seat Post:

Truvativ Stylo T20

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

Mavic TN 719 Disc Compatible

Spokes:

18/8 Stainless Steel 13G

Tire Brand:

Continental Race King 29" x 2.0"

Wheel Sizes:

29 in (73.66cm)

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

37.8V 3 Amp Charger

Other:

Removable Battery Pack, Ultra Light S230 Grip Drive Motor by Keyde

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Keyde

Motor Type:

Front-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

450 watts

Battery Brand:

Panasonic

Battery Voltage:

33 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

6.2 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

204.6 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion, 27 Cell

Charge Time:

3 hours

Estimated Min Range:

15 miles (24 km)

Estimated Max Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Display Type:

LED Console, Monochrome Keyde Cycle Computer

Readouts:

Battery Level, Assist Level (Five Settings), Speed, Odometer

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist

Top Speed:

18 mph (29 kph)

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Written Review

The ProdecoTech Titanio 29er is incredibly light weight, off road ready and city chic all at once. It’s a combination I’m sure lots of people have imagined but until now it just wasn’t commercially available in a purpose built, warranty backed package… You’d have to try and make one yourself for considerably more money and probably end up with something that wasn’t nearly as comfortable to ride. Many ProdecoTech electric bikes offer a large powerful motor system with scooter style throttle. This one empowers the rider directly by reducing weight and minimizing the role that the drive system plays (relying on pedal assist and a smaller motor). It’s a bike that could easily be mistaken as non-electric but still adds considerable range and enjoyment at a price that’s reasonable considering the components in play.

The motor in use here offers 250 watts of power nominal with 420 peak in a friction drive (geared) configuration. Most electric bike hub motors are either direct drive (using large heavy magnets which can drag when turned off) or planetary geared (high torque and lighter than direct drive but noisier). This is the first friction drive I’ve tried and the experience was great. It’s quiet, only producing a high pitched whir or wine as I rode around, and smooth. I’m told that the motor spins up to speed before actually engaging and this does delay the power you get as a rider but once it kicks in it feels smooth and strong. For an active rider who wants to pedal and keep weight low it’s a great trade off and the system also freewheels so you don’t get any drag when the bike is off.

The battery pack on this bike offers 33 volts of power and 6.2 amp hours of capacity. It’s a unique energy size that’s a bit below average when compared to other ebikes but the upside is the battery container. A black or silver cylinder that’s designed to look just like a water bottle. It even fits in a sturdy but standard cage by Zéfal making it extremely easy to remove the pack from the bike. This means you can charge it anywhere (on or off the bike) and is fairly light at ~6 pounds so riding this bike in non-electric mode is completely reasonable and even satisfying. Aside from a few extra pounds in the front hub motor, without the pack this is basically a ~25lb hardtail mountain bike… that looks great.

The added weight of the front motor isn’t enough to change the steering and handling characteristics of the Titanio very much. And a huge upside to not putting the motor in the rear is reduced complexity and time required for changing flats and servicing the rim and spokes. Generally speaking, the electric drive systems in use on the Titanio don’t disrupt the bicycle underneath, even the control panel seems to disappear because it’s so small and unassuming. As soon as you plug the battery pack in and click the red button on top to activate the bike, a black display panel lights up showing a number (denoting your current level of assist) and red bars (denoting battery level). It was tricky to see in the direct sunlight at times (I had to cup my hands around it) but the small form factor might protect it from bumps and tips. It also appeared to be well sealed against water and dust. The only two buttons are a plus and minus and they let you increase or decrease the level of assist. In addition to the control interface you get a standard stem-mounted bicycle computer by keyde that shows speed and distance and is easily removable.

The Titanio 29er is more bicycle than scooter. It longs to be pedaled and even positions the rider in a more forward leaning, aggressive stance. This is a welcomed change in the world of ebikes (especially from ProdecoTech) where so many are large, heavy and overpowered. For active individuals who want to go further, climb easier and avoid overheating this is an amazing option at a good price. I could easily see myself commuting to and from work with it and the suspension and larger knobby off-road tires add a lot of comfort vs. a road bike. When you’ve got a motor to help you out, it’s okay to go with less efficient options in favor of comfort. The 29″ wheels have great rolling momentum, a higher angle of attack and the ability to span cracks and bumps fore easily for on or offroad use. The titanium frame, which looks great, also dampens vibration and resists corrosion. This bike will last (and comes with a solid 2 year warranty) and the high end components by SRAM are no joke. It’s not the kind of bike you need to worry about getting stranded on because the 10 speeds and light weight make it a pleasure to pedal regardless.

Pros:

  • Even though this bike costs ~$5,000 it’s one of the more affordable titanium ebikes I’ve tested
  • One of the lightest weight volume production ebikes I’ve tested at just 31.8 pounds (14.2kg)
  • Excellent weight distribution with battery low and center on downtube vs. rear rack
  • Bottle style battery pack blends in with the bike and so does the small front hub motor which won’t attract attention
  • Fairly quiet operation, motor creates a high pitch whir when actively running
  • Five levels of pedal assist for extended range or power in speed in climbing
  • High end SRAM components including Avid Elixir XO hydraulic brakes with 170mm HS1 rotors and RockShox SID AIR PushLoc with remote lockout
  • Matching Gyes brown leather saddle with titanium rails and leather grips with alloy lock rings
  • Solid two year warranty that covers bike components, motor and battery pack

Cons:

  • The bike doesn’t come with a kickstand but the frame is fairly standard so adding one isn’t too tough
  • Motor doesn’t offer as much torque as a standard planetary geared design would for climbing
  • Speed sensor has a delay and since the bike is pedal assist only, sometimes motor doesn’t activate exactly when you’d like it to
  • Top speed is limited to 18 miles per hour vs. legal limit of 20mph offered by other ProdecoTech bikes
  • At this time it appears that the bike only comes in one standard size and high-step configuration

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