VoltBike Mariner Review

Voltbike Mariner Electric Bike Review
Voltbike Mariner
Voltbike Mariner 500 Watt Bafang Geared Hub Motor
Voltbike Mariner 48 Volt Sanyo Removable Battery Pack
Voltbike Mariner Apt Led Display Panel Shifter Compass Bell
Voltbike Mariner Led Integrated Headlight And Steel Fender
Voltbike Mariner Folding Wellgo Pedals Bottom Bracket Stand Guard
Voltbike Mariner Kenda Krusade 4 Inch Fat Tires
Voltbike Mariner Tektro Novela Mechanical Disc Brakes 180 And 160
Voltbike Mariner Carry Rack With Light And Pannier Blockers
Voltbike Mariner Electric Bike Review
Voltbike Mariner
Voltbike Mariner 500 Watt Bafang Geared Hub Motor
Voltbike Mariner 48 Volt Sanyo Removable Battery Pack
Voltbike Mariner Apt Led Display Panel Shifter Compass Bell
Voltbike Mariner Led Integrated Headlight And Steel Fender
Voltbike Mariner Folding Wellgo Pedals Bottom Bracket Stand Guard
Voltbike Mariner Kenda Krusade 4 Inch Fat Tires
Voltbike Mariner Tektro Novela Mechanical Disc Brakes 180 And 160
Voltbike Mariner Carry Rack With Light And Pannier Blockers

Summary

  • A miniaturized fat tire electric bike that's sand and snow capable, you get fenders, a rack and integrated lights for utility and safety no matter the terrain
  • Mid-mount battery design keeps weight low and centered, it's removable for reduced weight (when folding and transporting the bike) but requires that the seat be removed to get it off
  • Seat post suspension improves ride quality, you get nine levels of assist as well as trigger throttle mode that overrides for help climbing or slogging through soft stuff
  • Key must be left in when riding and can jingle a bit, the display is not removable and it along with the compass, bell and throttle could get bumped when folding, no clasps to keep it folded

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Introduction

Make:

VoltBike

Model:

Mariner

Price:

$1,249 ($70 Flat Rate Shipping)

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Sand and Snow, Trail, Travel

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States, Canada

Model Year:

20162017

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

59.5 lbs (26.98 kg)

Battery Weight:

7.7 lbs (3.49 kg)

Motor Weight:

12 lbs (5.44 kg)

Frame Types:

Step-Thru, Folding

Frame Sizes:

16 in (40.64 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

23 reach, 24" Stand Over Height, 67" Length

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum

Frame Colors:

Black

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid, 11 mm Axle

Frame Rear Details:

11 mm Axle

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

6 Speed 1x6 Shimano Acera, MF-TZ20, 11-28

Shifter Details:

Shimano Tourney TX50R6CT Thumb Shifter Plus

Cranks:

Alloy Bash Guard, 52T Chainring

Pedals:

Wellgo F-265T Aluminum Alloy Folding Platform

Stem:

Telescoping, SVMONO SM-A150-8R

Handlebar:

Promax Flat, 23" Length

Brake Details:

Tektro Novela Mechanical Disc with 180 mm Front Rotor and 160 mm Rear Rotor, Artek Vigorous Levers with Motor Inhibitors

Grips:

Flat Rubber, Black

Saddle:

Velo VL-8020E, Comfort

Seat Post:

Promax SP-252, Aluminum Alloy with Suspension

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

Double Walled Alloy, Black

Spokes:

13 Gauge, Stainless Steel

Tire Brand:

Kenda Krusade, 20" x 4"

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)

Tire Details:

5-30 PSI

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Integrated LED Lights, Floating Ball Compass, Flick Bell, Steel Fenders, Carry Rack with Spring Latch (25 kg Max Load)

Other:

Locking Removable Battery Pack, Rust Resistant Z Chain, Hold the Up Button to Activate Lights

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bafang

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Motor Torque:

50 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Sanyo

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10.4 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

499.2 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

15 miles (24 km)

Estimated Max Range:

35 miles (56 km)

Display Type:

APT Development, Fixed Backlit LCD

Readouts:

Battery Gauge (5 Bars), Assist Level (1-9), Speed, Avg. Speed, Top Speed, Odometer, Trip Odometer

Display Accessories:

Independent 3 Button Pad

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle (12 Magnet Pedelec Disc)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Mariner is one of just a handful of mini sized electric fat bikes I’ve seen that are designed to be both easier to mount and ride for short people as well as transportable for people who maybe have a boat, RV or trunk space. It’s a bike that’s fairly adaptable with telescoping stem (to raise the handle bars) and a seat post that can also raise and has a built in suspension element for comfort. The frame on the bike is sturdy but rigid and it comes with a bolt-on rear rack so you can add a trunk bag or panniers. Also, it has a headlight and tail light for improved safety and perhaps a bit of off-road nighttime adventure! Ultimately, it’s a surprisingly affordable little bike with a big personality that younger people, women and even large guys can enjoy on nearly any type of terrain.

For this review, I was able to get the company that makes them, VoltBike, to send a unit to Cabo San Lucas Mexico for testing at a resort called Cabo Adventures. This company specializes in scuba, zip line and biking adventures and has been considering adding electric bikes but was unsure how they would fare in the soft sand (and with different types of riders). Ultimately, the bike worked VERY well in the sand… even soft sand, which surprised and delighted me. To be fair, all of our fat tire ebikes handled the sand and the larger-wheeled models performed best, but even the 20″ x 4″ tires on this folding model made it through once the tire pressure was lowered sufficiently. Note, lowering the tire pressure makes a HUGE difference on soft terrain like sand or snow. The 500 watt internally geared Bafang hub motor zipped along in pedal assist and throttle mode without a hitch. Being able to add power on demand with the throttle (overriding assist on demand) made a big difference for me and my girlfriend and the fact that VoltBike uses a trigger throttle helped to keep the grips feeling solid vs. the half-twist design that some other bikes employ. It’s personal preference though and I noticed that the throttle on this bike is always active which means it could get bumped if you forget to turn the bike off after riding (if you lift it or decide to fold and pack it up).

Getting in to some of the gripes I have about the bike… activating it is a two step process which takes a bit of extra time and attention and can leave you wondering if it’s charged or has some sort of issue if you haven’t ridden for a while. First, insert the key into the battery and turn to on then hold the little on button at the control pad near the left grip. At this point the display comes to life showing speed, assist level, battery level and sone other stats about ride time and distance. You can activate the LED lights by holding up which is very nice and you can arrow up or down to navigate nine levels of assist but you cannot go to zero. So the throttle and assist are constantly active once the bike is on. Also, those keys mentioned earlier are constantly dangling and at risk of snagging or bending… but at least they’re harder to lose. I appreciate that the battery pack on the Mariner is mounted low and center, just behind the seat tube, and that it has a handle on top for easy removal. But you do have to slide the seat and seat post off in order to actually remove the battery in my experience.

Riding the bike is easy enough because the fat tires are wider and more stable than traditional ones. They cushion the ride a bit and offer plenty of traction. I found that braking with the rear kept me stable on soft sand and became almost fun like sliding out. Both brakes are mechanical disc and the levers have motor inhibitors so any time you activate them the power cuts out instantly for safety. I love that the cadence sensor they chose (for motor activation) features 12 magnets vs. six on some other models because that helps it respond quicker and on soft or unstable terrain it’s nice to feel in control. I also appreciate the black color scheme they chose for the bike because it hides the cables and wires coming from the brakes, display and shifter up front as they snake towards the rear end. You get six gears here which is very minimal and basic but the chainring is extra large to help balance out the extra small wheels. Pedaling feels normal and shifting is tight thanks to a slightly upgraded Shimano Acera derailleur. The shifter levers are extra large and take up some space at the handle bars but may be easier to use with gloves… and that’s nice if you’re getting this bike for use in the snow.

VoltBike is a Canadian company with a whole range of different styles of electric bikes that are all value priced. They only charge $70 to ship to the continental USA and offer a solid year long warranty. Note that anytime you’re buying an e-bike or other heavy, large and somewhat intricate product online there’s room for error. The Mariner we got made it all the way from Canada through the USA and into Mexico with just one busted part. The kickstand got mangled but we were able to take it off and use the bike without issue. I do like that it comes with a kickstand and a fun little bell compass combo. It would be easy to remove if you wanted but otherwise adds to the fun and sense of adventure. My girlfriend loved the narrower tube because she didn’t hit her knee as easily as with some other bikes we tested and I liked that both folding points locked for safety but noticed that there wasn’t a magnetic clasp or bungee system to keep the bike from unfolding. We all had a blast with this bike and the full sized models, VoltBike does sell a larger fat tire electric bicycle called the Yukon that I preferred for its suspension fork and larger tires but given the convenience and impressive performance on the Mariner, I could see myself being swayed by the space savings and flexibility… also being able to share with a wider range of friends. Big thanks to VoltBike for partnering with me for this review.

Pros:

  • This is one of the most affordable mini-fat bikes on the market and shipping from Canada is just $70 to the US… overall it’s a fun capable bike and the motor is powerful enough to ride in soft sand as shown in the video review (just lower the air pressure first)
  • Low standover height makes this a great option for kids, petite riders like my girlfriend and some other ladies or people with sensitive knees or back that can’t swing their legs up high
  • Longer telescoping adjustable-length stem allows you to dial in fit, this is great if you’re a taller rider and in my experience the stem didn’t feel loose or wobbly as some designs do
  • The top tube is fairly narrow and the joint where it folds doesn’t stick out as much as some competing bikes meaning you shouldn’t hit your knee as easily when getting on or off (still good to be careful)
  • The fact that it folds means you can bring this bike to more fun spots, just stick it in your trunk or back seat
  • A 12 magnet cadence sensor provides very quick on/off motor performance, it felt responsive and controlled to me which is great for riding off road… some other ebikes only use a six magnet sensor which usually requires more time, this e-bike also has brake levers with motor inhibitors so the motor stops instantly whenever you brake
  • I like that the kickstand is mounted far back and out of the way, this makes it easier to work on the cranks, bottom bracket and chain or back the bike up without colliding and bending the stand, I also felt that the stand worked pretty well on the soft sandy beach
  • Suspension seat post adds to the comfort of those larger 4″ wide tires and comfort saddle… smaller wheels usually aren’t as comfortable (less air to cushion) so having this post shock really helps if you’re on a bumpy beach or trail
  • Front and rear integrated LED lights really take this ebike to the next level! It’s ot something I’d fault the bike for not having because I assume most riding would be during the day out on trails vs. nighttime but then again… if it snows or you’re camping those lights can come in handy and do keep you safe
  • Front and rear fenders help to keep you dry when riding, they add to the utility of the lights and rear rack making this both portable and capable as a hauler perhaps for grocery getting or other errands, I was surprised that they are made of steel however because it can rust if scraped vs. aluminum or plastic which would be more durable in salty environments (sea and salted snowy streets)
  • The rear cargo rack is pretty awesome! It’s constructed of standard gauge tubing so you can mount most panniers and even has pannier blockers along the sides to keep your straps from rubbing on the extra-wide tires, the rack can support up to 25 kg (~55 lbs) and protects the rear light
  • The bike is a bit rear heavy but I love that the battery is not mounted on the rack, instead it is kept low and more central just behind the seat tube so you have more space to haul cargo and get better balance when riding
  • Name brand Kenda tires with improved grip and durability, upgraded mechanical disc brakes with a larger 180 mm rotor up front to improve stopping power
  • Fun little extras like the compass bell make you feel like an adventurer but could be easily removed if you wanted (be careful with it when folding)
  • Oversized Wellgo folding pedals are a huge win for me, they are still small (as with most folding designs) but are larger, sturdier and stiffer than the cheap plastic ones I see a lot… great upgrade there ;)
  • Chain guard and a metal rest below the bottom bracket help to protect your chain and sprocket when folding and transporting the bike
  • Upgraded Shimano Acera derailleur should be tighter and provide more shifts between tuneups, it’s two steps up from the base level Tourney component group… you get six gears on the bike which is enough but not great
  • The bike ships fully assembled including the front wheel so you don’t have to mess around much in order to get up and going

Cons:

  • Neither wheel offers quick release, perhaps this allows for tighter stronger axle mounting but it does mean you’ll need a tool for repairs or flat fixes
  • At ~60 lbs this is not a light electric bike but given the larger tires, stronger motor and high capacity battery pack I can understand where the weight comes from, at least the ~7.7 lb battery is removable (highly recommended if you’re folding and lifting the bike)
  • I didn’t see any rubber bands or clasps to help keep the bike from coming unfolded… consider purchasing some of your own adjustable bungee cords and maybe using an old towel to keep it from rattling and coming undone
  • Considering the off-road nature of fat bikes, I was surprised to not see a slap guard? the chain is upgraded to be rust resistant and the tubing is aluminum so rust isn’t the issue, just the little chips in the paint, consider an after-market neoprene guard like this
  • During our tests, the bike must have fallen over or bumped into the bars of another bike because the plastic button pad got bent, the cover sort of bent upward and didn’t protect the clicker beneath as well so be careful with yours, these might just be more delicate than the rubberized flat button designs I’ve seen on some other bikes
  • I love that the bike offers assist and throttle mode but would have liked a throttle-only option, minor gripe… I also found that whenever the bike is on, the throttle is always active which can lead to more easy accidental motor bursts (especially if you’re trying to fold it without shutting it off first), that said… it’s a trigger throttle so slightly less likely to bump than a twist throttle and this is my preference for off-roading because it allows for more grip options and just a sturdier feel on the grip
  • The keys have to be inserted and twisted then left in the bike in order to activate and use it, this presents some challenges like jingling keys and potential snags when riding, consider a small carabiner? Once the battery is on you have to press and hold the power button on the control pad to activate the bike fully… you’ll see the display come to life then
  • The black color was a good choice because the wires blend in, they aren’t integrated through the frame and stick out a bit up front and below the frame… but that makes them easier to reach for repairs, mixed…
  • The motor was a bit louder than some other hubs but performed very well, even for larger riders, it’s an fat-tire specific wider motor from a well known company in the space, Bafang
  • The motor power cable protrudes directly from the end of the right side of the axle so be careful not to tip the bike onto it (or bump it when folding and transporting), this is also where the derailleur is so the right side of the bike is just more delicate in general
  • I think they could make the bike tougher by adding a derailleur guard, tucking the motor cable in further (I’ve seen some different designs that do this) and adding a second bash guard plat to the chainring so you’d have a guide which prevents dropping the chain as easily
  • The display can be swiveled forward and back to reduce glare but is not removable, this means it could get bumped easier if the bike tips, when you’re folding it and when it’s being stored and transported
  • As with a lot of the folding electric bicycles I test, this one didn’t include bottle cage bosses so you might want to get a trunk bag with a built in bottle holster like this for bringing along fluids

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StacksAMilli
4 hours ago

Hi, very excited to order a Voltbike but have a few questions for those who have ordered or have experience with there newest model of the Voltbike Mariner 500W Limited.

Would it be suitable for a larger man? 6 foot, 6 foot 1, 300 pounds, without any hardware failure (Knowing the seat can be upgraded to a softer seat, and the bike may go a little bit slower, but will it still do the job and won't just snap like a toy?)

How long does it take to arrive / did it take to arrive after purchasing and sending the money, how long it took to ship once paid and how long did it take to arrive once shipped, and did it include tracking?

These are my two final questions to make me pull the trigger on purchasing so I really need some clarification on both, thanks.

zap016VOLTAGE
17 hours ago

EMP - Ebike Market Place

While I have no issues with my Mariner's battery:), although lowering bike's tyres inflation pressure zaps the battery quickly so the Mariner could use a 52V battery in IMHO;), nonetheless I've explored replacement battery optionso_O. My hope was find a company, located here in the USA, that not just sold high capacity - i.e.: 20ah - Silverfish style batteries, but could repair existing batteries as well. Some time ago, I contacted Luna Cycles inquiring about this. Their reply was that they had no plans to offer them:(. Recently I came across EMP, ebike market place, online. EMP not only can replace old battery packs, they sell a 48V 16ah Silver fish style ebike battery as well:). At some point, I may reach out to them about either upgrading my battery or purchasing a new one. Stay Tuned!:D

Cnugget
21 hours ago

I am hoping that someone might have advice on an issue that I'm having with my new Voltbike Mariner... The battery on my Mariner tends to bounce around making a lot of noise with every little bump. So, it is constantly rattling. The noise is generated by the entire assembly shaking and not the components inside the battery.... Has anyone else experienced this problem? If so, do you have a better solution?

SCREW ON BATTERY RAIL CHECK:
I'm not sure if this is the issue but definitely something to check. Mine was rattling when I first got it. Pull out the battery and check the rail is screwed in all the way to the frame. You can see in the photos below mine was rattling and yanked around before the we found the screw and tightened it up. Once it was tightened up it hasn't need re-tightening since but we check it now and again. Here are some photos of the screw to check. Hope it helps.. If not post some photos of the issue maybe @Voltbike can help. :)

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flbum
23 hours ago

I am hoping that someone might have advice on an issue that I'm having with my new Voltbike Mariner. I haven't seen a reference to this problem in any of the posts. So, I'm wondering if it is unique to my one bike.

The battery on my Mariner tends to bounce around making a lot of noise with every little bump. So, it is constantly rattling. The noise is generated by the entire assembly shaking and not the components inside the battery. I believe that the assembly is shaking on the slide rail that holds the battery as the fit is loose. There is also a gap between the seat tube and the battery. As a temporary solution, I have rolled up a handi-wipe cloth and wedged it between the seat tube and the battery assembly. That is not an elegant solution, but it works for now. I'm considering attaching an adhesive rubber strip to the side of the battery which faces the seat tube to push it tight against the slide rail.

Has anyone else experienced this problem? If so, do you have a better solution?

flbum
24 hours ago

I just got my new Mariner a few days ago. I'm grateful to find all the useful information which has been shared here. Overall, I'm pleased with the bike. In particular, I noticed that there are a number of nice improvements since @Court published his awesome review. There is now a derailleur guard, a chainstay protector, and a truly awesome bell. These escaped my notice in the new Voltbike Mariner commercial video. However, I can see them now that I am looking for them. Although I am used to going an average of 15 mph on my full sized manual bicycle, there is just a totally different feeling when the motor is doing it for me and I'm not busting my gut to maintain my speed. I'm still picking the bugs out of my teeth from riding with the grin. :)

There are a few minor mods that I had to make when I got the bike. There was a lot of play in the folding mechanism for the handlebars. A trivial adjustment of the latch fixed that once I figured out that was available. I'm 6' 2" tall, 240 pounds. I purchased a Gusset 450 mm seat post in anticipation of needing it to get proper leg extension with my Mariner. As expected, I did need a longer seat post. I would have been able to get by with 400 mm at the minimum insertion line. However, I'm glad that I got the extra post length inside the seat tube. A little more set back would have been nice. I thought that I might need some sort of riser extension to raise the handlebars. I might look at upgrading the seat, but haven't done that yet. I was a little sore after riding 21 miles the other day. However, it seems that the maximum height is close enough to avoid an extension. I'm pleased with the fit for a Clydesdale like me considering the advantages obtained by having a versatile folding electric bike. Overall, the bike was well adjusted upon receipt. I was very pleased to find that the spokes were tight and the wheels were true. I have not had good luck with that on my last few manual bicycle purchases.

I need some advice on one issue which I'll put in a separate post.

I'm looking forward to obtaining years of enjoyment out of my new Voltbike Mariner!

Cargo Bike Trailer Josh
4 days ago

Hello everybody, I'm pleased to join your group. I have just bought myself an IGO Explorer E-Bike and I look forward to using it once the snow is gone. It is equiped with a 500 watt motor ( Maximum of 700 Watt capacity) and a 48 Volts and 13 amp Battery, it is designed and build in Montreal, Quebec but sold all over North America.. See you soon on the roads.
Robert

Bienvenue!

I'm also in Montreal, downtown. I have the Voltbike Mariner. It's fun to connect!

Joshua

Voltman
5 days ago

The Mariner is a terrific snow bike. See my illustrated post here. -VOLTMAN

Voltman
5 days ago

That's a big chainring! I can pedal my Voltbike Mariner at 37 kph after the motor cuts out at 31 kph. -VOLTMAN

SuperGoop
5 days ago

@Ian in Alberta It is very easy to change the settings. Just double-click quickly to get into the setup. As you page down the menus, one of them require you to enter a password. For my Yukon 750, it is "1919". It opens a new set of advanced settings. Be sure to write down the original default values in case you mess it up. I believe the last one is to change the PAS mode.

I summarized the settings and their meanings here:
https://electricbikereview.com/forum/threads/volt-bike-mariner-2016-so-far-so-happy-observations-as-they-happen.7239/page-5#post-90537

Ian in Alberta
6 days ago

Elegant in appearance, to my eye at least. I look forward to seeing the final version.

For the record, Voltbike made several upgrades to the Mariner that I just bought, I think in response to comments made in this forum - a neoprene protector for the lower stay (not sure of the formal term), a derailleur protector are examples. I'm guessing they will do the same with the "Elegant".

Ian in Alberta
6 days ago

Hi, everyone...I've had my Mariner for just over a week. My first (short) ride took place in 8 inches of snow, but that's all gone now and I've had some good longer rides, in and out of the coulees, since. I like many things about this bike, but the biggest factor so far is that I no longer have to worry about either the coulee hills (if I want to go across town) or the west wind (just in case I want to come home again after my ride). I CAN ride the hills on my other bikes, and I can beat myself up against the wind, but I really would rather not. More later.

I do have one question, though. Yesterday I took my first longish ride - 25 km. - and the battery indicator did not change at all. It showed 5 bars at the beginning of the ride, and the same at the end of it. Also, the percentage indicator is not view-able. I don't think this is normal, but is there a setting I have not found to make this work? I don't want to have to push my bike uphill against the wind...

Thanks...Ian in Alberta

Cnugget
6 days ago

@SuperGoop
Wire beads are tough.. Same deal on the Mariner 20x4".. Bought some replacement tires (flexible bead Vee's) for when replacement needs arrive. No way would I be able to change a tire on the road if I get a flat on this thing cuz of the bead... Travel with communication to the someone else is a must... hahaha..

Olrocker
1 week ago

Brand-new to e-bikes and the forum. My wife and I are looking for a pair of e-bikes to take with us on our RV travels. After some research on this site and others, we've pretty much narrowed it down to the Radmini and Voltbike Mariner since we like the idea of something we could take on the beach or off-road as well as the street.

The reviews for these two bikes have them neck-and-neck in our view. Similar weight, style, and capabilities. We'd be carrying them in the bed of our Tundra (we tow a 27' travel trailer.) Does anyone with experience with both have a preference? One question I have regarding the Radmini: it has two reviews on EBR; the older one says it has a 12 magnet cadence sensor and plastic pedals and the more recent one says a 6 magnet sensor and aluminum pedals. Was that a change made for the production run?

Any other observations are welcome. Thanks in advance!

Uphill
2 weeks ago

I just got a new Mariner 500W Limited and I put mine in my sedan back seat on a bunch of towels, bungee cording it to the back headrests.

My real reason for this post, though, is to talk about off road riding on this great bike. No one had posted much about that and so I had to buy it a bit on faith. Verdict after 3 days of plowing through puddles, crossing 6” deep rainwater streams, navigating heavy gravel and soft sand, weaving along bumpy root and rut filled single track trails and up long steep gravel roads: Wow Yes! It's great off road. So fun.
Not to mention hill climbing. Hikers catching their breath on long steep grades were dumbfounded watching me pedal past them at Olympic athlete speed.
I've got several "Cool Bike, Man!" comments on my mud-splattered machine.
On pavement I wondered if I would like it as much as my wife's new folding e bike, a dream machine for smooth pavement. The answer: also Yes. If my wife's bike can feel a little like an ice skater, mine is at least like a daydreaming hockey player. I was doing effortless loops around a paved campground road just loving the sensation of pedal, pedal, glide. It's really smooth. And it cleans up well for bike path excursions with my wife on her e bike, on more civilized terrain.
I couldn't be more thrilled with my purchase. I should mention that I've actually never been a mountain biker. I just wanted to be able to ride a lot of the trails I've hiked a lot. What I've found is not only can I do that, I've extended my range significantly. I think nothing of exploring side trails, or going much further on out and back routes, and due to the uneven terrain challenges and the fun PAS, every trip's an adventure.

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RayH
2 weeks ago

I have *TWO* Voltbike electric folding fat bikes. Virtually new - ridden less than 5 miles each. These are AWESOME machines. No scratches, dirt, or mud anywhere.

We bought them for use on land from our boat. They were questionable to fit in the storage location I had, and I couldn't get definitive measurements of the folded dimensions. When I received them, I modified the storage location to increase the opening, and there is still just not enough room for them. They just will not store on board. We are very sad about this.

The bikes are in perfect condition - as new. I am sure you have already seen the specifications at the Voltbike site at: http://www.voltbike.ca/voltbike-mariner/voltbike-mariner.html and the review at: https://electricbikereview.com/voltbike/mariner/

These are $1260+$70 shipping new. Including $100 storage bag each and moped half-helmets, size M. We will sell one for $1200. or both for $2000. This is a savings of $860!!!! These will not last.

The bikes are in Cary, NC (near Raleigh). I do not have the facilities to ship these. They are for local pickup only. They are currently listed on my local Craigslist.

I would be willing to drive a couple of hours in any direction from Raleigh for an additional reasonable transportation cost.....

PM or email for any questions (sad day for me),
Ray.

These are our bikes on the Voltbike customer gallery: http://www.voltbike.ca/images/customers/mariner/ray_mariner_3.jpg

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america94
2 weeks ago

Hi @america94, we do stock both fat tires and inner tubes Kenda for both our Voltbike Yukon and Voltbike Mariner series. In fact we also offer either free helmet or free inner tube if you decide to purchase Voltbike Yukon or Voltbike Mariner.
I understand is hard to find in Canada, but I can assure you we have enough of those in-stock.
Here is the direct page of the Kenda Krusde 20x4" Tire.
http://www.voltbike.ca/replacement-parts/electric-bike-parts/kenda-krusade-sport-tire-20-x-4.html
thanks for the info. I wrote to @Voltbike a while ago to inquire about the tires but did not hear back. I don't believe they were showing on the website either at the time (although the tube was). I find that 75$ for a tire and 28$ for a tube quite expensive (before tax and shipping) compared to regular 26X2 wheels, but it is nice to know you have both in stock.

JoshG
2 weeks ago

Really good looking out!

Don't have a Mariner, but I will check my bike for similar issues.

(A little ironic that the Mariner of all bikes would not be water tight...)

Cargo Bike Trailer Josh
2 weeks ago

Hello!

It's been a week now with my Mariner. Love it to death! Having so much fun and feeling like a kid again.

I too noticed this hole. I was thinking of just some good ol duck tape across it. What are you planning on doing as a solution?

I really appreciate the full coverage fenders that @Voltbike added to this model bike. They didn't have to but they did. However, I did notice that due to the massively wide 4" tires some spray does get through. To protect this vulnerable electrical area I was thinking of adding a "mud flap" to the bottom of the front fender. We're getting a snow storm for the next 2 days so I should have some time to fix it up. Let us know what solutions you come up with! Thanks again!

Bsbs
2 weeks ago

I just got my Mariner and was fiddling with the construction to understand how the bike was built. I rode around 40kms on both road and off road. I opened up the box where the controller is located. Upon opening, I noticed crap load of sand, dirt, grass, bird poop, etc. inside the compartment, probably from my off road excursions. Then I noticed an opening to the compartment that is not sealed used for the wiring.

I strongly advise you seal this opening to prevent water and debris from entering the controller compartment. The wiring side of the controller is also placed facing the hole, so if there are any water entering through this hole then it will make the controller wiring stack wet.

See photo.

There's also a hole at the rear and another small on at the bottom, that you should seal too.

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Bsbs
2 weeks ago

I too, have been trying to figure out how to remove the speed limit. This is just an great option to keep with traffic, if you're riding on the road.

I have a Mariner and believe the controller is similar to the Yukon 750. Here's a photo of the Mariner controller. I was able to decipher/trace majority of the wires, but none that seems to be able to disable the speed limit. Perhaps it is wired inside the Hub motor?

Any insights by other members???

As far as I can decipher:

Thick Red/Black: Power to the controller

Thick Y/G/Blue: Power to the Hub Motor
Attached R/Blk/W: Some sort of signal relayed from the Hub Motor (most likely the throttle)

Controller R/Blk to Exterior Blk/Blk-w: Power to attached bike lights (on/off controlled by an unknown signal (wire) going into the controller)

Controller Light Blue/R/Blk: Cadence sensor (the 12 magnets disc)

Now here comes the fun part:

Exterior R/B/Blk/G/Y: This is the cable strip that connects to the LCD Controller (R, Blk: is most likely power; rest is most likely transmission of data)

Controller R/Blk/Green-Yw to Exterior Grey/Purple: ???? Unknown (My guess is brake lever cut-off sensor)

Controller Dual Grey/Blk to Exterior White: Unknown. I trial and error this wire hoping is the speed limit but unfortunately is not. If unplugged, then brake lever motor cut-off would not function. If plugged to the Single Grey/Blk connector, appears to make no difference - both brake lever motor cut-off still works.

Controller Single Grey/Blk: Unplugged. Unknown

Controller Grey/Red *male: Unplugged. Unknown - some how the plug appears reversed, controller plugs mostly female.......so my deduction is this is some sort of power feeding to bike accessories just like the bike lights plugs????

Exterior Brown *female: Unplugged. Unknown. Based on the manual simplified wiring diagram, the bike lights is labeled "Brown". So my deduction is this wire is to control brake light if the bike is equipped???

The Blk wire loop: This loops one ground to another. Probably has nothing to do with speed.

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Voltbike
2 weeks ago

Hi @america94, we do stock both fat tires and inner tubes Kenda for both our Voltbike Yukon and Voltbike Mariner series. In fact we also offer either free helmet or free inner tube if you decide to purchase Voltbike Yukon or Voltbike Mariner.
I understand is hard to find in Canada, but I can assure you we have enough of those in-stock.
Here is the direct page of the Kenda Krusde 20x4" Tire.
http://www.voltbike.ca/replacement-parts/electric-bike-parts/kenda-krusade-sport-tire-20-x-4.html

Cnugget
2 weeks ago

@america94 Congrats on choosing a bike! :) May you have many bliss filled days on it. Hard to compete with Costco's return policy. An ebike is better than no ebike. :P

Curious about the disappointed Mariner users.. Care to link? I'd love to read just haven't been looking at reviews.

The Costco supplied ebike Urban Ryder or Cruzer is also based out of Burnaby Canada like Volt Bike.

Marc V
2 weeks ago

I've been towing this 300 +- pound homemade trailer for my business with my single speed (geared 46 x 18) for 6 months last year. No hills ha ha! I decided to go with an ebike to extend my range and to tackle some of the hills in my service area.

I just purchased the Voltbike Mariner and will be doing towing tests starting tomorrow. It is nominal 500 watts and peaks out at 850 watts.
I was looking at the Mariner as well but decided to go with the Juiced Bikes ODK U500 V3 instead. Let me know how it goes! Take care, ride safe! Marc V

Cargo Bike Trailer Josh
2 weeks ago

I've been towing this 300 +- pound homemade trailer for my business with my single speed (geared 46 x 18) for 6 months last year. No hills ha ha! I decided to go with an ebike to extend my range and to tackle some of the hills in my service area.

I just purchased the Voltbike Mariner and will be doing towing tests starting tomorrow. It is nominal 500 watts and peaks out at 850 watts.

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Electric Bike City
2 days ago

That beach ride looked like a lot of fun!

Lu Diamonds
6 days ago

was wondering what is the weight capacity before I make this purchase. and I do mean the actual weight the volt bike mariner can handle???

Norsemen Galleries
2 weeks ago

Hello Court...

Great Review!!! One of your best ever! I noticed that you had a RadMini on beach as well... Concerning strictly performance on the beach & loose/packed sand, how did the RAD compare to VoltBike? Why?

After viewing this review, I called George(founder) @ VoltBike... Talked at length... Hands-down, Mariner has substantially better price, performance, quality, features and higher-end components v.s. RadMini...

And they both have 500w motors... RAD is mis-leading stating @ website that their's is 750w... It is 500w with a 750w peak if I am not mistaken... Please verify for me...

Thanks for all your reviews... Planning on buying a Mariner at end of May, once it warms up here in COLDDDDD Minnesota...

Ken Brose
Facebook -->> Kenneth Brose
3/10/2017

hellochriis
1 month ago

Same as the hoverfly bike. Both claim to be the manufacturer.

Dean Champion
1 month ago

I've had 5 electric bikes. I liked the folding bike with small tires, except when hitting the crappy streets and potholes of Boston (it nearly broke my spine). Forget off road, except on a smooth beach. But good if your city has good, smooth streets. If your city has hills, definitely opt for more power... period. And a swing arm or shock absorber on the back is really great; but a shock on the front is a flat-out necessity.

SustainUsFarm
1 month ago

Rad Mini vs. this one?? Anyone???

Zaw Aung
2 months ago

is there any other video about this bike?

Zaw Aung
2 months ago

Radpower mini bike vs this one. which one do you recommend?

VoltBike
3 weeks ago

Of course Voltbike Mariner. You get better equipped bike with fenders, rear rack, front and rear light connected to the main battery for less money. It's no brainer.

oo walker
2 months ago

this 36v 500w motor ? what was the volume of the battery?

David Frobel
3 months ago

I don't think I would take a bike on the beach what ever they say,,the sand and salt will kill it ,,unless it is an old junk bike

Owen Morrrison
3 months ago

yeah I speak to a few people and they all share the same sentiment , but am just hoping for a smooth transaction .

Owen Morrrison
4 months ago

Can anyone please respond to me , I want to know is it right if am buying a bike from Canada I pay for it whit my credit card the seller requesting my social security number claiming that government agencies say any purchase to the US over 1000 they want the customer social security number anyone can relate to this activity please thank you ?

Perkunas T
1 week ago

The US is doing crazy stuff, I was going to buy bike tires, and they would only accept a certified bank draft.As a bank draft costs more then the tires, I told them to stick it. The bank also wanted to know where the money came from. Not to mention all the duty and taxes they hit you buying anything from the US. All magical numbers they make up. I think the US is trying to go bankrupt on purpose, as I and others, will never buy anything there, ever again.

smilesatyourfuneral
2 weeks ago

With the Voltbike, if you go with paypal, you can opt to pay 99$ a month for the bike, so you can have the bike, pay overtime, and circumvent your problem.

Darryl BEAN
3 months ago

Sounds kinky? Call customs and ask them. As you are no doubt aware, be careful who you give your SS number to.

Ken A
4 months ago

For just general riding around city streets in Florida which one do you think would be better for comfort and handing the SSR Trailviper or this one. Thanks

Miguel Garbanzos
4 months ago

I need to know if this bike coasts? I read other people's opinions on this bike and I heard you can't go faster than 20mph? What if your going down hill and you don't need to use to throttle? Can you just coast and use gravity to go faster or does it still slow down because the speed is fixed? Please let me know I like the functionality of this bicycle

love2cruz
4 months ago

Miguel Garbanzos The motor speed cuts out at 20mph. Not the bike itself. You can ride down hills faster than 20mph.

MAsterTroll
4 months ago

omg... it doesn't impact the sea life... what has this world come to.

Osama Baig
5 months ago

for longer distances would you recommend the mariner or the Yukon 750watt. Also, kinda paranoid about bike getting stolen, would the mariner be less tempting for someone to steal?

Vagelis 4VP
2 months ago

You just keep it in house.... and when outside, always lock it with a good u-lock, and keep in eye-sight distance....(also they sell gps trackers for to know where your bike at, at any time)

Osama Baig
4 months ago

But I still wonder, would the 700watt one be a lot faster? Im thinking about getting it, but scared it may be stolen. So I migjt just go with the smaller Mariner (looks less tempting for people to steal).

Sub bass
4 months ago

i think they would still both .. they look realy awsome man ..
i live in peru i was thinking the same shit they will still it so fast

McNuggetEh
5 months ago

You can get a level 0 on the bike inside the settings menu. It's just not set as default when you first get the bike. It is completely manual so no throttle and no PAS but it's nice to have the lights and bike monitor or if you'd like to pedal without power. Also of note there is a walk assist.

Mark Woods
5 months ago

Another great review. This one would be great for carrying around while you travel. Especially for older folks.

VoltBike
5 months ago

Yes Mark, and you also feel very stable when you ride, thanks for the 4" fat tires.

Roger Dueck
5 months ago

I've been waiting for this particular review for a while now :) I'm saving up for an electric bike but am not sure how well the transition is gonna go cause I live in Edmonton, Canada and it snows alot here. So I want a bike that can handle the winter but at the same time be able to fold it up and put it into a car. So I'm really happy to know that you liked it :)

VoltBike
5 months ago

Hi Roger..thanks for your feedback. Just to mention that shipping anywhere in Canada is just $49 CAD. Sweet heh...

John Moura
5 months ago

Nice bike - - Great location!