VoltBike Yukon 750 Review

2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Electric Bike Review
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Wattbafang Hub Drive
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 High Capacity Battery Bottle Cage
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Cockpit View Compass Bell Display
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Optional Front Rack Integrated Headlight
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Kenda Krusade Sport Tires With Front Adjustable Suspension
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 With Optional Waterproof Pannier
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 With Optional Rear Rack Optional Fenders Slap Guard
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Optional Rear Rack Integrated Rear Light
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 White Without Optional Accessories
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 White Angle View With Front Fork
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Tool Set With Keys
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Portable Battery Charger
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Stock 20 Inch High Step Black
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Stock 17 Inch High Step White
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Electric Bike Review
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Wattbafang Hub Drive
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 High Capacity Battery Bottle Cage
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Cockpit View Compass Bell Display
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Optional Front Rack Integrated Headlight
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Kenda Krusade Sport Tires With Front Adjustable Suspension
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 With Optional Waterproof Pannier
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 With Optional Rear Rack Optional Fenders Slap Guard
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Optional Rear Rack Integrated Rear Light
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 White Without Optional Accessories
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 White Angle View With Front Fork
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Tool Set With Keys
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Portable Battery Charger
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Stock 20 Inch High Step Black
2019 Voltbike Yukon 750 Stock 17 Inch High Step White

Summary

  • A lower priced fat-tire ebike at that comes in 2 colors (matte black or matte white) and 2 frame sizes; a smaller 17” frame as well as a 20” frame, optional fenders, racks, and waterproof panniers
  • 750 watt Bafang fat-tire specific hub-drive, 48v 16ah high capacity battery, with throttle and 9 modes of cadence based pedal assist
  • Great stopping power with the Tektro 180mm hydraulic disc brakes and motor inhibitors, the only way to go for a high powered setup like this
  • Features a high powered setup, but the drivetrain is a little weak with just a 14-28 tooth cassette, the controller is slightly exposed, and the rear light feels more like a reflector

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

VoltBike

Model:

Yukon 750

Price:

$1,699 ($1,899 CAD)

Body Position:

Forward, Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Commuting, Trail, Sand and Snow

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

Canada, United States

Model Year:

2019

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

67 lbs (30.39 kg) (65.5 for Smaller 17-inch Frame)

Battery Weight:

9 lbs (4.08 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.5 lbs (3.85 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

20 in (50.8 cm)17 in (43.18 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

20" Seat Tube, 21.5" Reach, 30.5" Stand Over, 34.5" Minimum Saddle Height, 27.25" Width, 75.5" Length, 17" Seat Tube, 22.5" Reach, 28.25" Stand Over, 32.25" Minimum Saddle Height, 28.25" Width, 75.5" Length

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Matte White with Silver and Red Accents, Matte Black with Silver and Red Accents

Frame Fork Details:

MoZo FatMan Spring Suspension, 80mm Travel, 32mm Stanchions, Hydraulic Lockout Clicker, Preload Adjust, 135mm Hub Spacing, 9mm Axle with Quick Release Skewer

Frame Rear Details:

170mm Hub Spacing, 11mm Threaded Axle with 10mm Flats and 18mm Nuts

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Acera RD-410 Derailleur, Shimano MF-TZ500-7 14-28 Tooth Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano Tourney TX50R6CT Indexed SIS Thumb Shifter on Right

Cranks:

Prowheel Forged Alloy, 170mm Length, Square Tapered Spindle, 44 Tooth Steel Chainring with Alloy Guard

Pedals:

Wellgo LU-313 Aluminum Alloy Wide Platform with Fixed Pins

Headset:

NECO, Internal Cups, Sealed Cartridge, Tapered 1-1/8" to 1-1/2"

Stem:

Promax MA-596, Adjustable Angle 35° to 145°, 70mm Length, 70mm Base Height, 31.8mm Clamp Diameter, Two 10mm Spacers

Handlebar:

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

Brake Details:

Tektro Auriga HD-E500 Hydraulic Disc with 180mm Rotors, Dual Piston Calipers, Three-Finger Levers with Motor Inhibitors

Grips:

Faux Leather, Stitched, Ergonomic

Saddle:

Velo Plush VL-6142

Seat Post:

Promax SP-252 Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.4 mm

Rims:

Jinhua Mingtai, Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, Punched Circles, 83mm Outer Width, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge Front 12 Gauge Rear, Silver with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Kenda Krusade Sport, 26" x 4.0" (98-559)

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

5 to 30 PSI, 0.4 to 2.1 BAR, 60 TPI Casing

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Flick Bell with Compass on Left, Aluminum Alloy Fenders (100mm Width), Red Tire Liners, Neoprene Slap Guard, Adjustable Kickstand at Rear, Custom Aluminum Alloy Bolt-On Rear Rack (25kg 55lb Max Weight, 14mm Tubing), Steel Derailleur Guard, Blaze-Lite Integrated Headlight, Blaze-Lite RL1900 Integrated Backlight, Multi-Tool, Optional Waterproof Pannier Bags ($70 Each), Optional Front Rack ($40)

Other:

Locking Removable Semi-Integrated Downtube Battery Pack with USB Port and 4-LED Indicator, Sans 2.7lb 5 Amp Charger, KMC Rust Buster Chain, Neco 910, 23.5mm + 120mm + 23.5mm Sealed Bottom Bracket

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bafang G06

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

750 watts

Motor Torque:

80 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Panasonic NCR18650B 3400mAh Cells

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

16 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

768 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

6 hours

Estimated Min Range:

35 miles (56 km)

Estimated Max Range:

75 miles (121 km)

Display Type:

Voltbike Branded, Intelligent 800S, Fixed, Grayscale, Backlit LCD

Readouts:

Speed, Avg Speed, Max Speed, Battery (5 Bars), Assist Level (0-9), Trip, Odometer, Timer, Motor Inhibitor Icon

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad on Left: Buttons +, Power, -, (Double Press Power Button for Settings Menu, Hold + for Backlight and Integrated Lights, Hold - for Walk Mode), Full Sized USB Type A Port on Battery (5 Volts, 1,000 Milliamp)

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Twist Throttle (12 Magnet Disc)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

To run the forums, host the website, and travel, I charge a universal service fee for my reviews. This review was sponsored by VoltBike. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased, this video and written review are not meant to be an endorsement of VoltBike.

VoltBike has released their new Yukon bike, a hub-drive fat-tire bike made to take on just about anything you can throw at it. I was happy to have the chance to review it on a snowy day in Vancouver, B.C., which let me really put it through its paces and see what it was all about. The Yukon is a value priced ebike at $1,699 ($1,899 in Canada) and comes in not only 2 colors (matte black or matte white) but also 2 frame sizes; a smaller 17” frame as well as a 20” frame. Both are very approachable, even the larger frame has a top tube that slopes down a bit making it easy to jump on and off. The 67lb Yukon frame is a hydro-formed aluminum alloy frame and can handle quite a bit, and that is thanks to the Kenda Krusade Sport fat tires with 60 threads per inch casing and punched out holes in the rim to keep it light weight. The tires are 26” x 4” and rated for a 5psi-30psi… the lower levels, such as 5psi, really work well on various terrain such as sand or snow, I highly recommend dropping that tire pressure if you want to take it out on adventures because it makes a world of difference. But these tires here keep everything comfortable since each of those little knobs somewhat act as mini absorbers for the bumps on the road. Assisting the tires with comfort is the front suspension fork. It looks like it has about 80mm of travel with some fairly large stanchions. I love that it has not only a compression clicker, but preload adjust as well just really giving you a lot of configuration in the setup. The front suspension is a spring suspension, rather than air, but I suppose you could switch that out with a fork of your choice since the head tube is tapered. Looking around the bike I notice that it has bottle cage bosses, which is a favorite feature of mine, but I do want to make sure you notice that while they are there on the 17” frame, the real-estate of the area is rather small, so you wouldn’t be as able to fit as many accessories here as you would on the 20” frame. I do love the internally routed cables, stitched grips, adjustable angle stem, Prowheel 170mm crank arms, and Wellgo extra large platform pedals. They also have a lot of optional accessories, the 20” I tested here was fitted with a front and rear rack, waterproof pannier, as well as some durable aluminum alloy fenders. The front rack is mounted on a mounting point on the steering tube, so it keeps the load straight when you turn the handlebars. However, this does move the headlight forward onto the rack itself so then the headlight will no longer point where you steer. I guess that kind of goes into the next feature, the integrated lights. I love that more and more bikes are becoming standard with these and it really is a nice feature to have it run off the battery power. The Yukon has both an integrated headlight and an integrated rear light as well… the rear light is only 1 LED however, so it kind of can feel like big reflector at times. Other features include an adjustable kickstand mounted in the rear to eliminate pedal lock, neoprene slap guard, 30.4mm seat post, and my favorite, this super cool integrated compass and bell hybrid.

Diving the Yukon is this 750 watt fat-tire specific Bafang geared hub-drive motor with 9 modes of pedal assist and a twist throttle with throttle lock out via an on/off switch. It has a 12 magnet high resolution cadence sensor, which used to be kind of a premium setup, but nowadays it is considered somewhat older technology. Compared to todays top of the line systems, it tends to feel sluggish because it has this very pronounced on or off feeling, so I recommend using the throttle to ramp up your speed if you want that smoother feel. It kicks up to 20mph with no problem and stopping is nice since they also equipped it with motor inhibitors. On the mechanical side, they have a 7 speed Shimano Acera derailleur which is a step up from the typical entry level derailleurs I usually see on value priced ebikes. I love that it has a derailleur guard too, that really helps protect these systems in the shipping process of if the bike gets knocked over. It has a 14-28 tooth on the cassette… not the best for climbing but is fine for cruising around the city. A thumb shifter is here, and I have never been a big fan of these, but I understand if you have a twist throttle attached, sometimes the thumb style shifter is the only option for the engineers to mount a shifting system. A big win for the Yukon is the 180mm rotor hydraulic disc brakes with motor inhibitors. So many value priced ebikes spring for the mechanical brakes, which are easy to adjust and maintain, but I really prefer the immediate stopping power and responsiveness of hydraulic brakes. Hydraulic brakes really compliment higher powered systems, so having a 750 watt hub motor and a 48v battery really need a helping hand in the brake department and it doesn’t get better than hydraulic with motor inhibitors. Overall, the system works great giving the bike a very capable feel.

Powering the VoltBike Yukon is a 48v 16ah lithium ion battery pack. I would consider this a very high capacity battery with that 16ah rating. The amp hour designation refers to how long the battery can perform at its peak, while the volts act as the peak itself. With a rating such as this, it would be able to go the extra mile and then some. I love that included on the battery itself is a USB port, so you can literally remove the battery and use it as a power brick for your USB device like a phone or laptop, really a cool option and I love that it’s here. The battery is secured via lock and key and that key comes with the bike along with some tools as well. It also comes with this 5v 2.3lb charger which is alloy encased, making it a little tougher than most! To really care for this and other lithium-ion packs, I have heard that storing in a cool dry location vs. extreme heat or cold will extend the life and try to keep it about 50% full when not using for long periods so you won’t stress the cells. Try not to let it run down to zero, because that’s really hard on the cell chemistry.

Operating the VoltBike Yukon is straightforward, in fact, it’s using the exact same display system and button pad as before. The LCD is large, backlit (if you hold the up arrow), and adjustable angle to reduce glare. It is not removable, but there does appear to be a disconnect spot for easy replacement if you experience damage at some point down the line. All of the standard readouts about current speed, battery capacity, and assist level are shown, and if you tap the power button (the little rubber button on the remote pad) it will cycle through advanced readouts like average speed and max speed. Holding down on the button pad activates walk mode, and double tapping the power button opens a menu where you can adjust the maximum speed of the bike, though you’ll need a password from VoltBike to do so. This cold be handy for people who want to ride slower for safety reasons… but you can always just arrow down on assist for less power. The real consideration is how fast the throttle will get you going, because it’s always offering up full power when pushed all the way down. I was able to reach just over 20 miles per hour in the highest assist level during my tests. I would have been happy with a 5 level assist vs. 9 because I don’t love clicking through so many levels when trying to focus on riding. At least the display is within reach and easy to learn (there are only three buttons). After a bit of practice, it’s easy to click up or down without even looking at the display for feedback. The one thing I have noticed about this particular button pad is that if you snag the buttons with fabric or somehow bump them when parking, the plastic cover can get bent up and become vulnerable to breaking off. I have only seen this once, but I have never seen the rubberized buttons get broken, so I consider it a point of consideration and extra care. A secondary four-LED display is built into the top of the battery box, and this allows you to get a quick idea of how full the pack is, even when it’s not mounted to the bike.

All in all, the Yukon is a great bike if it falls under your consideration, but there are some tradeoffs I should mention. For a high powered setup, the drivetrain can seem a little basic. They offered a lot of features here, so it would be nice to see a larger sprocket rather than the 14-28 tooth cassette to go along with that. Also, I noticed you can see the controller a bit and that could really leave it exposed to some of the elements of the rougher terrain you scale. It is encased well, but something to be mindful of nonetheless. A minor gripe here, but I wish the rear light was a bit brighter. All these may seem like nitpicking, and for a bike priced at $1,699, it is hard to fault. I had a lot of fun testing it out and you can even see me do some burnouts on the snow in the video! Truly a capable bike that is well supported by a caring company as you can see by my factory tour. I would like to thank VoltBike for inviting me out to check out their lineup.

As always, I welcome questions and feedback in the comment section below. Whether you own the bike, have taken a test ride, or are brand new to the space, my goal is to provide an objective and honest resource. You can also join the VoltBike Ebike forums and share your own photos, videos, and review updates to help others! Have fun out there, and ride safe :)

Pros:

  • A value priced fat-tire bike at $1,699 ($1,899 in Canada) and comes in 2 colors (matte black or matte white) and 2 frame sizes; a smaller 17” frame as well as a 20” frame
  • Kenda Krusade Sport 26” x 4” fat tires with 60 threads per inch casing and punched out holes in the rim, rated for a 5psi-30psi
  • A front suspension fork with 80mm of travel and some fairly large stanchions, has a compression clicker and preload adjust to really give you a lot of configuration in the setup
  • They have a lot of optional accessories, such as a front and rear rack, waterproof pannier, as well as some durable aluminum alloy fenders
  • Comes standard with battery integrated headlight and rear light, something that more bikes are doing these days and I love since it adds visibility and safety
  • The adjustable kickstand included is mounted away from the pedals in the rear, so that eliminates pedal lock, an annoying occurrence when reversing a bike with the kickstand down that this bike doesn’t have to worry about
  • If you do opt for the front rack, it is mounted so it doesn’t turn when you steer so it keeps the load nice and straight while maintaining stability
  • Probably one of my favorite included items is the integrated bell with a moving compass mounted on top, some may find it useful, others may find it gimmicky, but I actually love that it’s here, it really adds to the adventure if you are out in the wilderness on this bike
  • The 750 watt rear hub motor is powerful and I love that the throttle has a lockout if you want to turn it off and on, overall a really capable electric setup
  • The 48v 16ah battery is a powerhouse of a workhorse, it really can go the extra mile and having it be removable with a USB attachment to charge other devices just really opens up the capabilities a whole bunch more
  • A lot of cool little touches like a neoprene slap guard, derailleur guard, Wellgo extra large platform pedals, and bottle cage bosses
  • A big win here is the Tektro 180mm hydraulic disc brakes with motor inhibitors, really the only way to go when you have a high powered setup like this, adds a lot of rider confidence since you can stop on a dime

Cons:

  • I notice that it has bottle cage bosses, which is a favorite feature of mine, but I do want to make sure you notice that while they are there on the 17” frame, the real-estate of the area is rather small, so you wouldn’t be as able to fit as many accessories here as you would on the 20” frame
  • On a frame like this, the battery and the controller sort of stick out like a sore thumb, the controller in particular, is kind of in a precarious spot, luckily they encased it well to keep it safe, but I do worry about its exposure to the elements you may be encountering on a bike like this
  • It is great that there are both an integrated headlight and rear light, however, the rear light is 1 LED and can feel a bit like just a really large reflector rather than a rear light
  • The drivetrain is a bit basic with just a 14-28 tooth cassette so it would be nice to see a larger sprocket to help the more active pedaler have that range
  • I got really used to the fenders, rear rack, waterproof pannier, and front rack, but it should be noted that those are all optional and will cost extra money
  • 9 modes of pedal assist may be a real treat for some, but for me personally, I did not enjoy scrolling through all the many levels to get to the one I wanted
  • The controls for the display have a groove in them that can catch cloth and other material, so if you are wearing gloves for example, be aware of that
  • The front suspension is a spring suspension, rather than air, but I suppose you could switch that out with a fork of your choice since the head tube is tapered

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Comments (7) YouTube Comments

Robert
4 months ago

Just a thank-you. No response required. You are like a trusted member of the family. I check the EBR site every morning, hoping for one of your latest reviews. Because of you, I have become an e-bike enthusiast and ambassador. I can now speak with authority about these bikes and convince others of their potential enjoyment and benefits. Sincerely, a fan

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Court
4 months ago

Sweet! Thanks for the compliment and encouragement Robert. One of my favorite activities is publishing a new review, getting all of the pictures and videos setup, sharing the excitement of a model that has been updated and improved or something brand new… Lots more in the works here, I’m actually sitting on like 10 bikes but balancing that with filming more, traveling, and taking care of myself (church, family, surfing!) hope you have a wonderful day, you’ve certainly gotten mine off to a great start :D

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Gary Goldberg
2 months ago

i am trying to decide between the yukon and the m2s fat tire. u mentioned the m2s was sluggish at lower speeds how is the yukon at lower speeds? most of my riding will be trails and beach not high speed.

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Court
2 months ago

Hi Gary! I reviewed the VoltBike and Mikey covered the M2S so I really cannot say how they compare motor wise. I can say that both companies seem to offer great customer service. This might come down to availability, price, or style. It’s nice that the Yukon has a top-end 750 watt motor and has been in business for a long time. Perhaps someone else will chime in with more feedback :)

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Vaibhav
1 month ago

Thanks for the review! I am thinking of buying my very first electric bike. I live Canada so I expect it should be reliable in all seasons especially in winters. Is it a good idea to opt for fat tires if I plan to use it everyday, all seasons or regular tires would suffice? I would most likely be using it for commute on a road. I am confused between Volt Bravo, Volt Yukon and Amego Elevate. I would not mind considering any other good options other than mentioned above. Thanks

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Court
1 month ago

Hi Vaibhav. My understanding is that the VoltBike Yukon is one of their most popular models. No, you don’t need fat tires to ride year-round (especially if streets are cleared), but they do add some comfort and stability… they can ride through soft ground and snow a bit easier than narrow ones. Compared to the VoltBike Bravo, you get fat tires with more off-road traction. Compared to the Amego Elevate, you just get fat tires. The Elevate is a more traditional hardtail mountain bike vs. a fat tire mountain bike. Basically, the Bravo is for urban riding and commuting, the Elevate is for mountain biking, and the Yukon is for some trail riding and sand or snow… but any of these bikes would be fine for the city. The Bravo is probably going to be most efficient because it reduces the weight and drag compared to big fat knobby tires. I hope this helps! You can also click the comparison box for each one of these bikes and then see their stats side-by-side on the compare page here.

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Jeff
1 month ago

Great reviews!!! A couple questions (I’m a large guy (6’1 about 215 pounds)… First, how realistic are the range spec’s posted here (35-75 miles)? If riding on gravel/asphalt mix, on a medium assist level, would the 35 miles be realistic? Second, zero experience with fat tires. Obviously a great thing in sand/snow. But on gravel roads or just loose dirt roads, are they overkill and adding a great deal of drag (i.e. draining the battery faster)? Would the fat tires be kinda silly for normal road rides? Thanks for you assistants!

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