Xing Technologies Zycle Review

Zycle Electric Bike Review
Zycle Folding Electric Bike
Zycle Removable Lithium Ion Battery Pack
Zycle Bafang 250 Watt Geared Hub Motor
Zycle Ebike Display Handlebar Bell Locking Grips
Zycle Basic Led Control Pad Display
Zycle Stitched Ergonomic Grips Half Grip Twist Throttle
Zycle Integrated Headlight Alloy Fork 20 Wheels
Zycle 7 Speed Shimano Tourney Drivetrain
Zycle 44 Tooth Chainring 12 Magnet Cadence Sensor
Zycle Rear Kickstand 160 Mm Tektro Disc Brakes
Zycle Electric Bike Folded
Xing Technologies Zycle Folded In Car Trunk
Xing Technologies Zycle 2 Amp Ebike Charger
Zycle Electric Bike Review
Zycle Folding Electric Bike
Zycle Removable Lithium Ion Battery Pack
Zycle Bafang 250 Watt Geared Hub Motor
Zycle Ebike Display Handlebar Bell Locking Grips
Zycle Basic Led Control Pad Display
Zycle Stitched Ergonomic Grips Half Grip Twist Throttle
Zycle Integrated Headlight Alloy Fork 20 Wheels
Zycle 7 Speed Shimano Tourney Drivetrain
Zycle 44 Tooth Chainring 12 Magnet Cadence Sensor
Zycle Rear Kickstand 160 Mm Tektro Disc Brakes
Zycle Electric Bike Folded
Xing Technologies Zycle Folded In Car Trunk
Xing Technologies Zycle 2 Amp Ebike Charger

Summary

  • A sturdy, folding electric bicycle, that can handle weight up to 330 lbs, available in four color choices with affordable second-battery option, the 250 watt geared hub motor is lightweight and efficient vs. powerful
  • Lighter than many other folding ebikes at 43.5 lbs, the front wheel has quick release, the battery is easy to take off for storage or charging, and the bike can be carted along when folded vs. having to pick it up
  • Sleek integrated lights keep you visible but aren't aimable, slightly fatter tires add comfort but don't have reflective stripes or puncture protection, 160 mm mechanical disc brakes stop well and have motor inhibitors
  • Responsive 12-magnet cadence sensor and twist-throttle allow you to ride however you wish, the display panel provides limited feedback and can be difficult to read in bright light but the bluetooth app is deeper and you can charge your phone from the display panel with USB

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Introduction

Make:

Xing Technologies

Model:

Zycle

Price:

$1,499

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting, Travel

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2018

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

43.5 lbs (19.73 kg)

Battery Weight:

4.9 lbs (2.22 kg)

Motor Weight:

5 lbs (2.26 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

14.5 in (36.83 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Unfolded Dimensions: 14.5" Seat Tube, 22.5" Reach, 24" Stand Over Height, 24" Width, 61" Length, Folded Dimensions: 48" Long, 19" Wide, 26.5" Tall

Frame Types:

Mid-Step, Folding

Frame Colors:

Gloss Grey, Gloss White, Gloss Black, Gloss Red

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Aluminum Alloy, 100 mm Hub Spacing, 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm Hub Spacing, 11 mm Threaded Axle with Nuts

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Tourney TZ Derailleur, Shimano MF-TZ20 Cassette 13-28T

Shifter Details:

Shimano SIS Index Thumb Shifter on Right

Cranks:

Prowheel, Forged Aluminum Alloy, 170 mm Length, 44T Chainring with Plastic Guard

Pedals:

VP Folding Plastic Platform

Headset:

Threadless Internal Cups

Stem:

Rigid Aluminum Alloy, Quick Release Fold

Handlebar:

Aluminum Alloy, Flat, 600 mm Length

Brake Details:

Tektro Mechanical Disc with 160 mm Rotors, Wuxing Three-Finger Levers with Motor Inhibitor

Grips:

Ergonomic, Stitched Faux Leather, Locking, Black

Saddle:

Selle Royal Free-Way

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

450 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.8 mm

Rims:

Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge, Black with Adjustable Nipples

Tire Brand:

Kontact, 20" x 1.95" (50-406)

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)

Tire Details:

40 to 65 PSI, 2.8 to 4.6 BAR

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Integrated White Headlight, Integrated Red Backlight, Rear-Mounted Kickstand, Optional Phone Mount, Optional Rear Rack

Other:

Locking Removable Internally Downtube-Mounted Battery Pack, Maximum Load 330 lbs, 1.2 lb 2 Amp Charger

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bafang

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Torque:

35 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

6.6 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

237.6 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

12 miles (19 km)

Estimated Max Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Display Type:

Fixed LED Console (Blue LED), Bluetoth Smartphone App (Battery Percentage, Avg Velocity, Travel Time, Mileage, Night, Profile with Sharing, GPS Routes, CO2 Emission Reduction Estimates, Smart Controller Updates)

Readouts:

Battery Level (5 Bars), Assist Level (0-5)

Display Accessories:

USB Type A Charging Port on Battery Pack and Display Panel

Drive Mode:

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

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

Zycle is the first folding electric bike from Xing Technologies to be introduced into the United States via an Indiegogo campaign in early 2018. Xing Technologies appears to be a larger Chinese manufacturer that is investing in new markets, and also successfully introduced and delivered a folding e-scooter in March of 2017… so I trust them a bit more than some of the smaller upstarts that have used crowd funding sites in the past. This product is being shipped direct to consumer, but comes with a comprehensive one year warranty. It’s available in four colors, and apparently you can mix and match the frame color and battery casing color… which seems like a logistics nightmare, but makes it fun! As with most folding e-bikes, this thing is only available in one frame size but has a longer adjustable seat post to accommodate short and tall riders alike. The seat post is extra thick, with at 31.8 mm diameter, and that makes it sturdy. The post also acts as a pin, securing the rear portion of the frame, which otherwise twists forward for folding. It’s a very unique folding design, the first time I have seen anything quite like it. Perhaps they named it the Zycle because it looks like the letter Z when viewed from the left? Most other folding bicycles rely on a hinge at the center of the frame that bulges out a bit for strength, and my girlfriend once bruised her knee on this type of design, so I really love how sleek and narrow the Zycle folding mechanism is.

It’s very nice looking electric bike in my opinion, with integrated wires, a compact nearly-hidden motor, mid-frame battery pack, and many black accents that blend together. Everything from the motor casing to the spokes, stem, cranks, and touch points are black. And, you may notice that the colorful part of the frame is rounded and uniform. There are strong lines here with black paint isolating the color and allowing busier hardware to fade away. I noticed that Xing Technologies is using a geometric bird as their logo, and that reminds me a lot of Tern, which uses an origami bird (designed to evoke folding and honor the tern bird), so I wonder if Xing noticed this company and immitated it? Whatever the case, the Zycle is not nearly as refined or expensive as most of the Tern folding ebike models, like the Vektron. Anyway, I really appreciate that the Zycle isn’t covered with stickers, busy accent marks, or too much branding. Officially, this e-bike priced at $1,499 but that’s a lot higher than the crowd funding price of ~$650, plus $99 shipping. I was told that there are some stretch goals which could add a rear rack and phone holder, and the phone mount would be nice because the Zycle is compatible with a Bluetooth smartphone app. There’s a full-sized USB port on the right side of the display panel, so you could even charge while using the app for GPS directions, speed, and battery percentage feedback. I love that the bike has integrated lights, even though they aren’t aimable, aren’t super bright, and the headlight doesn’t point where you steer. I love that there are bosses for adding front and rear fenders (and apparently a rear rack), but there are no bottle cage bosses… which is pretty common on folders. In many ways, this product is using entry-level basic parts. The motor isn’t super powerful and the battery has a lower than average capacity, but the 12-magnet cadence sensor, motor-inhibiting brake levers, and twist throttle (with on-off toggle button) let you ride however you wish. You can pedal with minimal support to extend range and then occasionally twist the throttle to climb a hill or catch up with a friend.

Driving this ebike is a compact, relatively lightweight, 250-watt, internally geared hub motor from Bafang. It produces up to 35 Newton meters of torque, and feels more powerful on the Zycle than full sized bikes because it’s built into smaller 20-inch wheels, which provide a mechanical advantage. The motor is painted black to match the spokes, and hides neatly between the 160 mm disc brake rotor on the left and 7-speed cassette on the right. I could hear it producing an electrical whine at high speed, but it wasn’t too noticeable. Unlike mid-motors, which are becoming popular due to their balanced mid-frame position and efficient operation (leveraging the cassette), hub motors don’t interfere with shifting at all. However, very few mid-drive motors offer throttle support, and in some ways, they just aren’t as fun and satisfying. The trade-off would have been to go with a higher powered but heavier motor, then sap the battery quicker… which begs for a battery capacity upgrade, which adds even more weight and cost! The only breakdown I see here is that the Zycle MSRP is similar to some of the competing folders which do offer more powerful motors, batteries, fenders, racks, and even suspension forks sometimes. To me, the real win with the Zycle is aesthetics, the narrower frame design, lighter weight, and higher weight capacity. That said, what good is a 330 lb weight capacity if the bike is struggling to move and climb? I don’t know, it worked great for me as a ~135 lb rider, and the frame felt stiff and sturdy. The 13 to 28 tooth 7-speed cassette works well with the 44 tooth chainring to deliver comfortable pedal speeds from zero to ~20 mph, which I believe is the top assisted speed. You can definitely pedal past 20 mph, but the cranks start spinning pretty fast. The pedals felt average, I do like the lever-folding design of the pedals vs. the push-in folding design because it’s more predictable, but all folding plastic platform pedals that I have tested suffer from flex and just aren’t as stable as non-folding alloy platforms. You can find some decent folding pedals that are Aluminum, which strike a balance between stiffness, size, and foldability. So, pedaling worked alright and I didn’t have any issues shifting through the seven speeds, but wasn’t able to do so as quickly or easily with the large thumb shifter. These shifters require an awkward reach up with prolonged press vs. a little reach down with quick clicks. The reason they chose this part, I’d guess, is that it provides space for an on-off toggle switch on the half-grip twist throttle. I’m a big fan of this on-off option, because it can reduce the potential for accidents when gripping and steering on bumpy terrain, or if you are mounting and dismounting the bike. The best approach is to always turn the bike off before mounting, dismounting, or folding it.

Powering the Zycle motor, integrated lights, blue LED display panel, and potentially your portable electronic devices, is a compact Lithium-ion battery pack. I have a love-hate relationship with this pack because it’s cute, has its own USB port (in addition to the control panel), can be charged on or off the frame, and is available in four color choices… but it’s also a bit difficult to take off the frame, doesn’t have an obvious handle to carry safely, and just doesn’t offer that much power? Rated at 36 volts and 6.6 amp hours for a total of 237.6 watt hours, this battery pack is about half the capacity of most full sized ebikes in 2018 and slightly lower than the 350 watt hour capacity that I consider average. And so, we’re back to the weight, cost, performance trade-off consideration. I do love how good this battery looks when mounted to the frame, it’s hidden in plain sight! The weight of the battery is positioned low and center, which improves balance, and the right edge almost acts as a chain guide, in combination with the plastic chainring guard, to minimize chain drops. The demo bike I looked hat must have been dropped or perhaps the battery was bumped at one point, because the red plastic cover on the right side of the pack had started to come loose. This is something that a bit of super glue might fix, but another reason to be very careful when dismounting and carrying the battery around… larger Lithium-ion packs tend to be expensive to replace but Xing Technologies is selling them for just $199 with free shipping! That’s not bad at all… and you can maximize the life of the battery by storing it in a cool, dry location and keeping it at ~50% full when you won’t be riding for a while. Suddenly, the question of range becomes less of an issue, because you could easily toss one of these compact spare batteries into a backpack or maybe into a trunk bag on the rear rack. Even if you didn’t use it to power the bike, you could always have extra power for your phone or other USB-chargeable devices.

Operating this bike without the smartphone app is very simple, and I like how the control pad feels. You simply mount the battery pack, listen for it to click as you slide it in from the left side of the frame. Next, hold the little M button between the + and – buttons on the display. It boots up quickly, and blue LED lights communicate how full the battery is and also what level of assist you are in. There’s 0 to 5 levels of assist, and you can override with full throttle power at anytime, as long as the throttle on-off button has been clicked in to on. There’s also a little power icon and bluetooth icon near the top left corner of the display. And, there’s a little rectangular button positioned at the lower left edge of the control pad, which turns the lights on and off. In my opinion, this control pad works very well for simple riding, but can be difficult to read if it’s bright out. The background color of the assist number and battery capacity readouts is white, and it reflects sunlight compared to the black plastic shell. When the blue LED light is active, it only barely shows up next to the white, and left me squinting and using my hand to block the sun. There have been other LED display panels that seemed too bright for me in the past, so I like that this one is a bit muted, it’s just not as easy to read as I wish it was. At the end of the day, if you need more power from this ebike, it’s easy to twist the throttle or click + a bunch of times regardless of how well you can read the display. Occasionally, you might have to stop and squint to see how full the battery is, but it works well enough. I was not able to play with the smartphone app during the review, but was shown some screenshots. It looks well done and offers a lot of profile and social extras, so you can save your routes and share with friends. This isn’t something I have ever done, I just like how the app will show a battery percentage vs. five 20% bars, and that you can plan routes with GPS, all while charging your phone from the main battery. One last note, I cannot say for sure, but it seems that if you hold the throttle constant for a few seconds, it activates cruise control and keeps that speed even if you let go of the throttle.

It’s always fun to review unique electric bikes like this. Sometimes, unique can mean ugly or difficult to use, but that’s not the case with the Zycle. The folding procedure may take some time to figure out, and it’s not as compact as most other models I have folded, but it could be tipped onto end, and is easy to cart around. Not having to worry as much about bumping your knee, about being too heavy for the bike, or about having the motor overpower you and delay (thanks to the higher resolution cadence sensor and motor inhibiting brakes) is nice. The 160 mm mechanical disc brakes worked well, and offered good stopping power for the smaller wheels. It would be nice if there was a magnetic clasp or bungee strap to keep the bike folded, and maybe a rubber stopper to keep the quick release lever on the fork from bumping into the rear sections of tubing. You can purchase an adjustable plastic bungee strap pretty affordably online to keep the bike from rattling or coming unfolded. When sitting down in the folded position, you may have to keep an eye on where the front of the bike is resting. If you rest on the base of the seat post, the bottom could get scraped and sharp. If you rest on the frame, it could get scratched up and the plastic chainring protector could be vulnerable. It seemed like there were a few options for how the bike could fold and that’s nice, but it can also get a bit confusing. For someone who appreciates the design and colors offered on this bike, wants to avoid bumping their knee, and is alright with a less powerful motor and smaller battery, the Zycle could be a great fit. It’s the kind of folding bike that is satisfying to pedal around, even with the motor off. It felt more comfortable than I expected, considering that there’s no suspension fork, and I liked the display design, even though it was a bit more basic. Big thanks to Xing Technologies and Agency 2.0 for partnering with me on this review. There is always some level of risk with crowd funded electric bikes because the design could change and delivery could be delayed. Use your best judgement and share your comments and questions below, where I will do my best to help answer :)

Pros:

  • Unique frame design supports an impressive 330 lb max weight capacity, I think it looks nice with bold color and strong lines, the motor and battery are very integrated, paint-matched, and hidden, along with the internally routed cables and wires
  • Even though the Zycle uses a weaker 250 watt geared hub motor (vs. 350 or 500 on some competing products priced in the same range) the smaller 20″ wheels provide a mechanical advantage and it climbed fairly well for me (though I only weigh ~135 lbs), the motor should use energy more efficiently
  • With a higher resolution 12-magnet cadence sensor, the Zycle starts and stops quickly with pedal assist, I love that you can override with the twist throttle or disable it completely for safety
  • The 160 mm mechanical disc brakes are a slight upgrade, and should stay clean while providing good stopping power, but my favorite part is that both brake levers have motor inhibitors built in to stop more immediately
  • It appears that you could add fenders and Xing Technologies may be releasing a rear rack option as well, the plastic chainring protector helps the chain stay on track and clear pant-leg fabric, the integrated lights are a wonderful safety feature and they look beautiful
  • Even though the display panel is limited and sort of tricky to read in bright light, I love that it has a full-sized USB port on the right edge so you can power your phone and use the Bluetooth app for more advanced feedback! the battery pack also has a USB port built-in, so you can use it for portable power off of the bike
  • I reviewed the Zycle when it was being crowd funded, but I trust the parent company, Xing Technologies, because they successfully introduced a folding scooter in March 2017 called the Xscape, and they sell other ebikes in Asia
  • The swivel fold design allows for a really clean look, there’s no bulging hinge in the middle of the frame that could bruise your knees
  • Available in multiple color combinations, apparently you can choose both the frame color and battery pack casing color to mix and match, there are four color choices
  • Hub motors operate independently from your pedaling, so you won’t have as many issues with gear mashing or have to shift as frequently as a mid-drive in order to reach the maximum assisted speed, the downside is that they aren’t as energy efficient
  • Minor pro here, the folding design of the plastic pedals is easier to use for me than the kind where you push the whole pedal in, this design has a little grab lever to release and fold
  • Sometimes, folding electric bikes can feel flexy or wobbly because of the joints and telescoping stem but the ZyCycle felt solid to me and the stem is more fixed
  • When the bike is completely folded, you can use the main tube like a handle and sort of wheel it around vs. lifting it up, just be careful how you set it down to avoid scraping parts of the frame, the bottom of the seat post, or the plastic chainring guard
  • With slightly wider 1.95″ tires, the bike feels relatively smooth and stable, I liked the Selle Royal gel saddle and ergonomic grips
  • This won’t be a pro forever, but the crowd funding price is quite good, perhaps the MSRP will come down too? Considering that this appears to be an online-only product, it’s nice that they offer a one year comprehensive warranty
  • The mid-step frame design and smaller 20″ wheels bring the entire bike closer to the ground and make it easier to mount, this is great for people with shorter inseams or limited hip and knee movement

Cons:

  • The LCD control pad provides very limited readouts (just your assist level 0-5 and battery charge level 5-dots) so you can’t tell how fast you’re riding or how far you have gone… I also found that it was difficult to read in bright daylight
  • I was surprised that the battery pack weighs almost 5 lbs considering it’s about half the capacity of some competing products, like the Bosch Powerpack 500, that weighs just 5.8 lbs, the bigger gripes were that the pack doesn’t have a handle and would be easier to drop and that the plastic cover felt a little delicate and was coming off of the demo unit, you have to push hard or slap the pack to slide it out from the middle of the frame
  • The drivetrain isn’t bad, but it uses the most basic entry-level derailleur from Shimano, the Tourney groupset just isn’t as crisp or lightweight and the thumb shifter mechanism is big and requires more reaching and pushing than triggers
  • There are some drawbacks to this pivot folding frame design, it doesn’t get as compact as traditional mid-frame hinge designs, doesn’t rest on the ground quite as stably (or have a metal bar to protect the plastic chainring guard), and it doesn’t have a magnetic clasp or bungee to keep it from coming unfolded
  • The motor and battery pack are both limited, 250 watts is the base level of power we see in the USA and that means it won’t feel as zippy or climb as well, especially if you’re a heavier person
  • Minor gripes, the kickstand isn’t adjustable and the pedals are a bit flexy (just like all plastic folding pedals), the motor power cable is a bit exposed on the right side, and my pant leg got caught in the chainring when pedaling which probably wouldn’t happen if there was a guide or larger chain cover, consider using a reflective velcro strap or rubber brand to bind up loose clothing that could get caught here
  • The stated MSRP of $1,500 seems high to me, this ebike looks great but doesn’t come with suspension, fenders, a rear rack, or have a suspension fork or more powerful motor… the style, USB charging ports, and smartphone app are the most interesting parts
  • I tested the Zycle on smooth sidewalks and it felt good, but there’s no suspension here to absorb the bumps of rougher terrain, just the slightly larger tires, gel saddle, and hard ergonomic grips
  • Because the headlight is built into the main tube, it doesn’t point where you steer, and is more of a “be seen” design than a “see the trail” because it’s aimed straight vs. down and isn’t super bright
  • I wonder if the rear light would get blocked if you add a rack or fenders? Keep an eye on it and consider adding additional lights to your helmet, backpack, or the back side of a trunk bag to stay safe… especially on a lower bike like this
  • The battery charging port is very close to the left crank arm, just be careful not to bend the plug or snag the cable if you’re charging while the battery is mounted to the frame

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RP
4 weeks ago

I have been following the Folding eBike market for over 2 years and really enjoy all your reviews. I presently own a non electric folding bike and have been looking to upgrade to an electric folder. I usually just throw my bike in the back of my car and ride the bike at the beach majority of the times and will usually travel 20-30 miles a outing.

I have been following the Sondors since that company started and other crowd funded bikes. The prices are awesome, but feel like I want to support the small store owners, but the prices with early introduction of crowd funded bikes are very tempting. I have had the opportunity to demo the Sondors folder but did not like the bulkiness of it. Through your reviews I am seriously considering the eJoe epik and thinking of getting it from the Electric Bicycle Center in Fullerton, CA because of your reviews and the owners enthusiasm in your reviews and also after speaking with him over the phone.

I have also considered the Enzo and EG Vienna and even the Luna Cycle Folder. Would you mind giving me your thoughts and recommendations on these various folders including this Zcycle. I am looking to spend no more than $2000. Thanks in advance for any advice and all your wonderful reviews at EBR!!!!

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Court Rye
4 weeks ago

Hello RP! It sounds like you’ve identified some great choices there… and I’m with you on the bulkiness of some of the fat tire folders. The Zycle is a great deal price wise, but given how close you are to Sam’s shop! There are some amazing choices that will have support and that you can still get for within your budget. I love e-Joe, the newest Epik has suspension, a more powerful motor, bigger battery, and fenders, lights, rack… it’s a complete system and that company has been around for several years and is actually based in San Diego. Yes, it’s a bit more expensive, but for me it’s worth it :)

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Robert
3 weeks ago

Court, Thanks for your balanced and insightful reviews. I check the website every day, hoping for review of ebikes under $1,000. Most of these machines are unimpressive. However, I suggest you consider the X-Treme line of affordable ebikes. A shop called Farbike, managed by Eric, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, carries the complete line. I own the “Trail Climber” model and I find it is an exceptional value for $849. It was my first buy and I followed with purchase of a Magnum Ui5 after seeing your review. I enjoy both.

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Court Rye
3 weeks ago

Hi Robert! I’ve got a few bike reviews in the works that are closer to $1k, but that’s a pretty low price for complete builds. Every once in a while, I’ll purchase a cheap department store ebike or grab one off of Amazon to even things out that way and see how it performs. Kits are also an affordable option (especially if you already have a bike frame that you enjoy). The X-Treme electric bikes have long been of interest, I met a rep from their company at Interbike a couple of years back and expressed interest in reviewing. I’ll keep trying… And, thanks for the tip on the Farbike store. Hope the Trail Climber continues working well for you :)

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Sebastian
3 weeks ago

Hi! This is an excellent review. I am interested in this bike but I would like to know what is the recommended way to lock it. It is not obvious to me how I can chain the bike to a post. I could chain the wheels but how could I safely chain the frame. It seems to me that the only way would be to take out the battery and lock the frame using that gap.

Also could you add that parameter to your future reviews? I am worried about leaving my bike unattended and I would like to know your thoughts on how well the manufacturers design these bikes (and their accesories like the battery, lcd screens, seats, lights,… ) to prevent them to be stolen. Thanks!

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Court Rye
3 weeks ago

Great point Sebastian! I will strive to include that sort of feedback in future reviews, but as for the Zycle, I believe that you could use a u-lock through the main top-tube to secure it to a pole or bike rack. The head tube/stem and fork area are too wide to get a u-lock through and the rear portion of the bike is much too wide… so I believe that a u-lock like this in the middle, along with a cable lock for the wheels and saddle could do the trick :)

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Johan Oltegen
3 weeks ago

Nice review! How well will this bike work for a 6 ft 3 in or taller? How is knee position over peddles to avoid odd angles for knees?

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Court Rye
3 weeks ago

Hi Johan! The bike worked alright for me, and I measure ~5’9″ but the seat could have gone a little bit higher. I think it would work similar to many other folding ebikes, they try to compromise and end up being a medium size frame, so it could feel a bit small for you. The good news is, this is a sturdy ebike that could support your weight better, it doesn’t have as many folding points (like on the stem) and is rated up to 330 lbs. It is on sale for the crowd funding campaign and might be worth it, my guess is that your knees would have room if you raise the saddle higher.

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Cail
1 week ago

Thanks for that review. I just moved to Oregon and needed something to get around town so with the awesome discount i couldn’t resist but to get one. The only problem I had was finding a link to buy fenders or the rack. You don’t have any ideas on that do you? Thanks in advance.

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ancientbicyclist
3 weeks ago

Hi All, I know I haven't been on this discussion for quite a while. Just saw an ad on Indiegogo for the Zycle folding electric bike. At first, I was interested, but when I saw they were claiming that their bike was airplane legal and they have a 36v 7.8a battery, I realized they did not know what they were talking about. This made me feel that many of their other claims were not accurate. I own 7 electric folders, all of which, could be considered airplane legal, but even with those it has been a hassle at times. For instance I own a Hoptown 500 Electric Folder, which has a 36v 4amp battery and if I plan to fly with it, I first call the airline, then usually have to make a separate trip to the airport to make sure the battery meets all specifications: it must be less than 160 watt hours specified in writing on the battery, the terminals must be properly taped and it must be enclosed in a transparent plastic bag. It is usually then put through the detection device at the carry on baggage check point. Then when I return to the airport for my trip usually there is no problem, but again it depends on the people at the baggage check point, as they will have to check again to see if all these precautions are still in place.

ancientbicyclist
3 weeks ago

Hi All, I know I haven't been on this discussion for quite a while. Just saw an ad on Indiegogo for the Zycle folding electric bike. At first, I was interested, but when I saw they were claiming that their bike was airplane legal and they have a 36v 7.8a battery, I realized they did not know what they were talking about. This made me feel that many of their other claims were not accurate. I own 7 electric folders, all of which, could be considered airplane legal, but even with those it has been a hassle at times. For instance I own a Hoptown 500 Electric Folder, which has a 36v 4amp battery and if I plan to fly with it, I first call the airline, then usually have make a separate trip to the airport to make sure the battery meets all specifications: it must be less than 160 watt hours specified in writing on the battery, the terminals must be propertly taped and it must be enclosed in a transparent plastic bag. It is usually then put through the detection device at the carry on baggage check point. Then when I return to the airport for my trip usually there is no problem, but again it depends on the people at the baggage check point, as they will have to check again to see if all these precautions are still in place.

Joseph Clowes
1 week ago

Would this be a good first Electric Bike? Purely having more simple components seem like it would be more manageable.

Jack Cox
2 weeks ago

Will this fit a size clydesdale guy? I'm 6'4" and about 250...

Michael Bradley
2 weeks ago

Very little battery so it isn't going to go far even with it's under powered motor, no mud guards so it's going to make you dirty in wet or dry weather, open frame design so it could "shimmy" at any speed, cornering or turning, zip ties for cable management is amateurish, shifter on the same side as throttle makes it difficult to manage, looks should never override function. This ebike will never be worth the MSRP ($1400) and really even asking $700 on crowd funding is to much.

TheRealTraumatize
2 weeks ago

Dude get some sunglasses. You're going to look like Your 70 in the next year or 2.

Tammy Butcher
2 weeks ago

Nice review. However, that saddle looks bigger than what is currently featured on the crowdfunding site and I see no way to upgrade it when ordering. Is it possible to replace it with any seat post production do you know?

Douglas Kmiotek
3 weeks ago

Overpriced for what it is,...

PS: the fold is horrible!

aWildTomAppeared
3 weeks ago

1.5 grand and it comes with shimano tourney...

Flo Mo
3 weeks ago

I love this unusual design. The world of e-bikes is getting more and more colorful. Very beautiful video.

Hafeez Bakare
3 weeks ago

did they mentioned the maximum height requirement?

Noukz37
3 weeks ago

Really nice design, but with a center hub motor and rear internal gears would be perfect, but then probably the price would go up too high.

cresshead
3 weeks ago

excellent video, nice to see passers by have a go on them too..great stuff.

Jaime Wescott
3 weeks ago

Well it's light 🤪

David Keenan
3 weeks ago

Cool fold up ebike. Company would do much better volume if they price this at $1K. At $1.5 K the competition is tough.

Nicholas Coucoularis
3 weeks ago

Could you please review a daymak em1

Tino Chen
3 weeks ago

This gimped ebike has the same spec as the xiaomi qicycle (basically a 250w with a battery that half as big as a normal ebike).

It has no fenders, no rack, no features, just like tge xuaomi bike. Why not just buy the xiaomi bike for 700 800 ish on amazon? 1400 list price tells me these people are scammers.

abbaby555
3 weeks ago

thanks Court, great review as always

Arnaud .P
3 weeks ago

Great videos ! What type of injury do you have on your knee ? Good continuation !

Derpster
3 weeks ago

Use clothespin to tie your pant leg.

Mark Elford
3 weeks ago

Bizycle- why did no one in marketing think of that? fun bike for sure.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 weeks ago

Ha! I like that... it's easier to say than Zycle, I keep wanting to say zy-cycle :P

Glenn Watson
3 weeks ago

I enjoy your vids very much, but this one had that personal dynamic and interactions that resonates with me anyway. Bravo!

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 weeks ago

Sweet! I'm glad you enjoyed it and I appreciate the feedback. Sometimes I'm able to spend more time or go on different adventures like this, I'll try to keep that going when it works ;)