I really like this bike more than I thought and might buy another. Only a few days on it though.
My main use:
I use it on college campus. I drive to campus and have to park about a mile away. So I chuck it in the back of the car, park, then ride around from class to class. I don’t really peddle and just cruise with motor, which I like, so I’m not a fat hot sweaty mess when in class.
I’m 5’10 about 165lbs, so keep that in mind I guess when reading my pros/cons
It’s a great size.
It feels sturdy to me.
I feel safe when riding at full speed.
Its fairly easy to break down and small enough to put in the trunk or a large bag.
Its comfortable to ride even with a large heavy backpack on, great seat.
Battery life is great.
Cost is great for what you get.
I like how the battery is built in so I don’t need worry about it being stolen and it looks more like a normal bike.
I see people complain about how hard it is to peddle. I don’t think it’s terrible. Its basically like a bmx, maybe a bit harder. Not sure what others expect with no gears. That said I wouldn’t use it just to peddle though, unless i was stuck.
It has very very basic components. I actually love this as it means low and cheap maintenance.
Brakes work great for being simple.
Battery life seems to be excellent as stated, about 15 miles.
Its on the edge of being too slow. I do probably get about 10-14 mph. I wish it did 15-20. On hills it slows down more, sometimes where I need to peddle to reach a reasonable speed.
I have a feeling I’d be in trouble if it snowed while I was in class and I had to get back. (will try to update when I get into winter)
I wish it came with a bag so I could bring it inside a bit easier, or carry if I had too.
Its a little heavy. I have seen some people say its no heavier than a bike. I mean its 36 lbs. I wouldn’t want to carry this far.
Its a little awkward folded as well so carrying around is not extremely easy when folded. I might try to get a velcro strap for this.
My friend didn’t like the way the motor engages when peddling. It comes on at like 80% or something. From a dead stop it’s a little jarring at first, but I got used to it.
I think for $500 its a great bike for campus or around town/city. Anything more than that I feel like I would be disappointed in speed, comfort and range. I might buy another for a friend. I definitely wouldn’t commute too far on it. I’d rather ride my manual road bike. I might even try putting a rack on it for my books or groceries. I’d give it one more star if it was just 5mph to 10mph faster.