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Why I Ride My Ebike in the Stio OPR Short- Lycra vs Spandex

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I wish I had these ebike shorts sooner! I ride electric bikes every day and I’ve gotten sick and tired of yanking, pulling, and readjusting my shorts! 

I just want to be comfortable and stay cool… but why do bike shorts have to be lycra or spandex?

When it comes to riding ebikes, the choice of clothing can significantly impact enjoyment, comfort, and performance. Lycra and spandex are popular choices among cyclists due to their flexibility and tight fit, but there’s a growing trend toward opting for more versatile and stylish options. And to be honest, what I’m about to show you is 10% spandex… but 110% better.

Now, you might call these baggies, bermudas, dungarees, outdoor wear, casual clothes, or just uh shorts. Regardless, wearing the right clothes when ebike riding is essential for ultimate enjoyment, comfort, and style.

I’m Lisa from E-Biking Today and, with the help of my husband Marc, I share what I’ve discovered about riding clothes for electric bike riders and the Stio OPR Short. 

Read the important warning about the shorts under “Functionality”!

Here’s why Marc and I prefer the Stio OPR Short and casual wear over traditional Lycra or spandex when riding our ebikes.

The Lycra and Spandex Dilemma

woman yanking on spandex shorts
Spandex is tight and uncomfortable!

Lycra and spandex have long been the go-to materials for cycling apparel. These synthetic fabrics are prized for their ability to stretch and conform to the body, reducing wind resistance and providing a snug fit. They are designed to minimize chafing and maximize aerodynamics, making them ideal for competitive cycling.

However, there are several downsides to Lycra and spandex that make them less than ideal for everyday ebike riding:

Appearance

While Lycra and spandex are great for performance, they’re not exactly the most fashionable choices. The skin-tight fit isn’t suitable for casual wear, making it inconvenient for e-bikers who want to transition from riding to other activities without changing clothes.

Comfort

Lycra and spandex can feel restrictive and uncomfortable during long rides, especially in hot weather. They tend to trap sweat and heat, leading to discomfort and potential skin irritation.

Versatility

These materials are designed primarily for cycling, which limits their versatility. They’re not ideal for activities that require a broader range of motion or a different style of clothing.

And guess what, we don’t care about aerodynamics because we’re riding electric bikes and can go as fast as we want.

Why We Chose the Stio OPR Short

Marc wearing Stio OPR Shorts and the Essential Tee.
Marc is wearing Stio OPR Shorts and the Essential Tee.

Stio apparel offers a refreshing alternative to traditional cycling wear, combining comfort, style, and functionality. Here’s why we ride ebikes in the Stio OPR Short:

Comfort and Breathability

Made from a lightweight, quick-drying Schoeller stretch fabric, the Stio OPR Short provides excellent breathability. It’s 90% Nylon and 10% Spandex. So, it keeps moisture away from the skin, keeping us cool and dry even on hot days. The relaxed fit is super comfortable and I love that they don’t bunch up while riding, unlike Lycra or spandex. Additionally, the gusseted crotch offers easy mobility on the saddle and helps prevent chafing.

Versatile Design

The Men’s and Women’s OPR Short are designed for performance and casual wear. It features a sleek, minimalist design that looks great both on and off the bike. Marc’s favorite thing about the shorts is how easily he can transition from an ebike ride to a casual outing without feeling out of place.

Functionality

Woman standing over the Vvolt Alpha II Electric Bike in Stio OPR shorts and tank top
Wear apparel that keeps you cool while riding!

Despite its casual appearance, the OPR Short is packed with features that make it function perfectly for e-biking. Multiple storage pockets mean that we can easily hold our phones, keys, and ID wherever we ride or hike. 

Then there’s the Stio® T-Lock snap and zippered fly closure. It’s so much easier to use than a typical button or snap. But heed this warning! Do Not pull to unsnap or you may break it like others have. Look carefully at the correct way to open and close it.

Further, Stio shorts are ventilated specifically for mountain biking. And they’re designed for a variety of mountain bike activities including long-distance rides and challenging climbs. So, we’re assured that they can handle ANY type of e-bike riding, even bikepacking!

l wear these shorts on both my Aventon Ramblas electric mountain bike and my commuter ebike.

Wondering what OPR stands for? The shorts are named after Old Pass Road, a gateway to popular downhill trails and singletrack cycling in Teton County, Wyoming.

Construction

Side view of woman wearing Stio OPR Shorts
We Ride Our Ebikes in Stio to move freely and stay cool and comfortable.

The Stio Short is made from lasting, high-quality 4-way stretch fabric. It can withstand the rigors of daily riding, including trail abuse and frequent washing, without losing its shape or performance. Its durable water-repellent finish handles unexpected weather conditions and makes dirt easy to brush off.

Not only is the contoured waist comfortable while riding, but there’s also built-in ventilation in the waistband,  pockets, and inseam. Let’s not forget the sturdy YKK zippers.

Eco-Friendly

Stio is committed to sustainable practices, and the OPR Short reflects this ethos. The fabric is made from recycled materials, reducing the environmental impact of your electric bike riding gear.

Packable

Although the OPR shorts aren’t labeled as packable, the lightweight material rolls up easily to fit into your bike bag.

Sizing and Fit

Lisa adjusting the waistband in the OPR short
You can easily adjust the waistband in the OPR short and wear the tank or tee tucked in or hanging out!

Knowing that the 11 ½ inch inseam would allow a good fit, Marc and I ordered the sizes that we typically wear. We agree that the shorts, tee, and tank top are true to size. At 5’1”, 110 lbs, I would’ve had a more snug fit in a size 2 short. But I decided to size up to a 4 to get a breezier, more adjustable fit. I just use the hook and loops at the waistband to tighten or let out as needed. Since you can customize the OPR shorts using these hooks, you should consider sizing up if you’re between two sizes.

Being petite, the shorts fall just above the knee and I roll them when I want a more tailored fit. I like how the length protects more of my legs while riding. If you’re of average height, they won’t be as long.

Women’s and Men’s Outdoor Apparel

Stio has a wide selection of what it calls “mountain life” clothing. The OPR shorts are just the beginning. I paired the Women’s OPR short in the color Sediment with the Divide Tank in Boundary Black Heather. Marc added a Divide Essential Tee in Mountain Shadow Heather with his Boundary Black OPR short. Both are made with lightweight, recycled fabric that is fast-drying and odor-controlling. We like that they’re soft and fit loosely but aren’t baggy.

About Stio

Who is Stio?

Stio Logo on OPR Short
Stio Logo

Founded in 2011, Stio is an outdoor clothing company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The brand was created by Stephen Sullivan, who wanted to blend high-performance outdoor gear with everyday style. This unique combination makes Stio perfect for those who love the great outdoors but also appreciate looking good off the trails.

What Sets Stio Apart?

Stio’s mission is to inspire a connection with the outdoors through beautiful, functional products. Their clothing is designed to handle the demands of outdoor adventures while remaining comfortable and stylish enough for everyday wear. They focus on high-quality materials and sustainable practices, ensuring their gear is both durable and eco-friendly.

Product Range

Stio offers a wide range of products for men, women, and kids. From insulated jackets and waterproof shells to casual wear and accessories, they have something for every outdoor enthusiast. Their apparel is known for its innovative design, functionality, and comfort, making it a favorite among hikers, skiers, and outdoor lovers.

Sustainability Efforts

Stio is committed to reducing its environmental impact. They use responsibly sourced materials, including recycled fabrics, and strive for transparency in their supply chain. Their dedication to sustainability extends beyond their products, as they also support various environmental initiatives and conservation efforts.

Community and Culture

Being based in Jackson Hole, Stio is deeply connected to the outdoor community. They host events, sponsor local athletes, and actively participate in initiatives that promote outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship. This strong community focus helps them stay true to their roots and maintain a close connection with their customers.

Why Choose Stio?

If you’re looking for outdoor apparel that combines performance, style, and sustainability, Stio is a fantastic choice. Their products are designed to help you enjoy the outdoors to the fullest, whether you’re scaling a mountain, hitting the slopes, or just exploring your local park.

Wrap Up

Next time you’re gearing up for an e-bike adventure, don’t automatically go for the lycra or spandex. Ride your electric bike in Stio cycling apparel for a better fit and greater comfort. Riding with OPR Shorts and lightweight recycled tees and tank tops will make your ride more enjoyable, comfortable, and stylish.

Rad Power Bikes Radster Road Electric Bike- New Tech Makes it Easy to Hill Climb

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Ready to find your perfect electric bike?

In this electric bike review, we’re checking out the all-new Rad Power Bikes Radster Road e-bike that conquers hills with its 750-watt hub motor and 100 Newton Meters Torque. The Radster Road impressed me with its smooth, fast, and powerful ride from the second I took off.

Rad has enhanced the motor, improved safety, extended the range, and used advanced technologies not found in previous e-bikes I’ve reviewed. And, could the Radster Road really be water-proof?!

You’ll find out in this review. I’ll show you the many pros of the Rad Power Radster Road E-bike I discovered. And there’s a con you must overcome. Plus, find out if this is the best ebike for you and what you need to know before buying!

Here we go!

Blue Rad Power Bikes Radster Road Electric Bike
The cool blue color of the Radster Road Electric Bike is only a glimpse of the new tech it offers.

The Pros of the Rad Power Radster Road

I’ve already mentioned how the Radster Road e-bike’s powerful 750W motor with 100 Nm of torque ensures strong acceleration and the ability to tackle steep inclines effortlessly. But how do other features help power up the Radster?

15Ah Advanced Semi-Integrated Battery

The high-capacity Safe Shield 720-watt-hour Samsung battery provides an extended riding range of 65+ miles per charge, ideal for commuting or long recreational rides. And its use of Samsung or LG cells and thermal-resistant technology ensures reliability and safety. Plus, I’m encouraged that the 2271 UL certification guarantees the battery meets strict safety standards, reducing the risk of overheating and other issues. 

I also appreciate that it has a Rad Power Bikes smart charger compatible with many power outlets. Further, its smart features are designed to optimize charging times and battery health, enhancing the lifespan of the battery.

Advanced Integrated Battery
Advanced Integrated Battery with UL certification 2271.

Torque Sensor with 28 Mph Pedal Assist

One of the features I loved most about the Radster Road was feeling in control. The torque sensor provided a more responsive, natural riding experience than a standard cadence sensor and adjusted the assistance based on my pedaling force. Along with 5 pedal assist levels and the zero assist option, I enjoyed customizing my support level and conserving battery life when full assistance wasn’t needed.

20 Mph Throttle

I’m a fan of the half-twist throttle. It provided an easy way to control speed without pedaling and gave me a quick burst of speed when needed.

Hydraulic Brake System

Tektro hydraulic disc brakes provided superior stopping power as always. This safety feature is helpful when riding downhill or in the rain. The consistent braking performance was also due to the large 180mm brake rotors and durable semi-metallic brake pads.

Hydraulic Disc Brakes
The Hydraulic Disc Brakes offered great stopping power (as seen in the video).

Switchable from Class 1 to 3 

The ability to switch between different classes allows customization based on local regulations and personal preferences. Class 1 offers pedal assist only, Class 2 includes throttle assist up to 20 mph, and Class 3 provides pedal assist up to 28 mph. This feature makes the Radster Road electric bike versatile for various riding environments and needs. FYI… it ships in Class 2 status.

Rad Custom Color Display

The custom color display was easy to read and provided detailed information about speed, battery level, distance traveled, and other vital statistics. You can even see how much power the motor supplies as you pedal. 

USB Port

I found the USB-C port on the left-side handlebar remote. Charging on the go keeps you connected to navigation tools or communication devices during your ride. The USB charge indicator, located on the display, indicates when your device is charging.

Chain Ring Cover

Woman sitting on Rad Power Bikes Radster Road Electric Bike
Radster Road Chain Ring Cover keeps the chain and your clothes clean!

This is worth mentioning as it’s one of the first things I noticed that was different about the Radster Road e-bike. A dual-sided chain ring cover protects the chain from damage and prevents clothing from getting caught. And, it looks nice!

SR Suntour Hydraulic Suspension

The hydraulic suspension fork with 80mm travel absorbed shocks and vibrations. So I wasn’t afraid to go over potholes and bumps in the road. The bike felt stable and I enjoyed being in control. For even more comfort, add the suspension seatpost I use.

Ergonomic Grips & Extended Handlebars

I liked the feel of the ergonomic grips and the wide, moderately swept-back handlebars made the bike easy to handle.

Rear Rack with 55 lb (25 kg) Carrying Capacity

Radster Rear Rack
The e-bike’s rear rack has a weight capacity of 55 lbs.

The solid rear rack helped me carry substantial groceries or other items, making the Radster Road electric bike practical for commuting and errands. The bike’s overall weight capacity of 320 lbs allows this extra cargo weight.

Shimano 8-speed Drivetrain & Shifter

The 8-speed thumb shifter allowed quick and precise gear changes, improving riding efficiency and control. I shifted through gears 4 to 8 to climb hills and control my ride.

Kenda Kwick 29″ Tires

The large 29″ X 2.2″ tires with puncture protection offered a smooth and stable ride, while the reflective strip enhanced visibility.

Kenda Tire

Bright Lights & Effective Turn Signals

The auto-on headlight, brake lights, and turn signals were bright enough to be effective. And it was nice to have a clear view of the turn signals on the display.

Rear brake light
Use the bright turn signal lights to stay visible and safe.

Padded Sport Saddle

With an anatomic cut-out and contoured sides, the saddle provided comfort and support and reduced pressure on sensitive areas.

Radster Road Contoured Saddle
Radster Road Contoured Saddle offers a comfortable ride.

One-Touch Security

Use a personal passcode or fob to lock your bike’s controls. 

Additional Benefits

Full-coverage fenders, an adjustable kickstand, reflective alloy platform pedals, and a safe thru-axle front tire top off the featured benefits of the Radster Road ebike.

Waterproof

Finally, to top off the advanced technology of this e-bike… Yes, it’s Waterproof! I’m not kidding. Rad Power Bikes has built its 2024 models to, and I quote “withstand high-pressure, heavy water splashes”. I don’t think this means you can take a high-pressure water nozzle and shoot water at the Radster from every angle. But naturally occurring heavy rain falling from the sky? Enjoy!

Cons of the Radster Road

Bike Weight

At 74.5 lbs, the Radster is a bit heavier than other commuter e-bikes. Perhaps it can’t be helped with the advanced battery and tech. Just keep weight in mind if you plan to lift or transport it. Removing the battery will reduce the weight by 9 pounds.

Price

Although I think the Radster Road is worth its $2199 price, having a sizeable budget is another thing entirely. However, Rad Power offers a payment plan starting at $138 per month and I don’t think it’s even a question of whether this is worth your money if you’re a commuter or replacing your car.

Now, Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Buy

Unboxing & Assembly

Radster Road Shipping Box

Rad made unboxing the Radster easy. I removed the 4 white clips on the bottom of the box and the top slid off. The packaging was easy to unwrap, yet the bike was well-secured inside the shipping box. 

Assembly wasn’t difficult and took about 40 minutes. The handlebar was screwed in place, the front tire was put on by removing and replacing the thru-axle, the pedals were twisted on and tightened, and the front light and fenders were attached and secured.

Size & Fit

Woman standing over the Regular size Radster frame
The Regular size Radster Road frame fits almost every rider 4’11”-6’4″” on two frame sizes: Regular and Large

Having two frame sizes, the Radster Road will fit almost everyone 4’11” to 6’4”. The Step-over height is just under 20” on the Regular frame but substantially higher at 24 inches on the Large frame. So, when choosing the correct frame size, compare the stepover height as well as the reach and seat height.

I appreciate that Rad shows you what tools you need and how to measure for the correct frame size (see Specs & Sizing).

Is This the Best Electric Bike for You?

The Radster Road electric bike is an excellent choice for a wide range of riders due to its versatile features and benefits. 

Rad Power Radster Road E-Bike in front of green bushes
This electric bike has several new tech advanced features plus 100 Newton meters of torque and an advanced lithium battery system.

As a commuter, you’ll appreciate the high-capacity 720 Wh battery, which provides an extended riding range, allowing for longer distances without frequent recharges. 

If you are an adventure seeker, you’ll benefit from the powerful 750W motor and SR Suntour hydraulic suspension fork, ensuring strong acceleration and a smooth ride on bumpy terrain. Additionally, if this is you, you might also like the off-road Radster Trail e-bike.

Tech-savvy riders will enjoy the Rad custom color display, providing detailed ride information, and the USB-C port for charging devices on the go. 

Additionally, the pedal assist system with a torque sensor and multiple levels of support is perfect for fitness-conscious riders looking to stay active.

Overall, the Radster Road is suited for anyone seeking a reliable, high-performance, and adaptable e-bike. Whether you’re commuting, exploring new areas, or enjoying leisurely rides, this bike offers new tech features and benefits to enhance your riding experience. Therefore, it’s an ideal choice for a diverse range of riders.

May you love the Radster Road electric bike (or the Radster Trail) as much as I do. Enjoy your ride!

Vvolt Alpha II Electric Bike with Gates CDS- Simplicity Redefined

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Are you tired of the daily grind and looking for an eco-friendly, hassle-free way to enjoy yourself and get around town? Imagine gliding through the city streets on a bike that’s not only lightweight and stylish but also incredibly low maintenance. The Vvolt Alpha II, with its revolutionary Gates Carbon Drive system (Gates CDS), might be what you’ve been waiting for. Get on the saddle, because we’re about to uncover whether this e-bike lives up to its simplicity and if it’s the perfect fit for your lifestyle.

In this review of the Alpha II electric bike, featuring the innovative Gates Sidetrack belt, we’ll explore the pros and cons, share essential details you need to know before making a purchase, and help you determine who this sleek, efficient ebike is best suited for. Plus, discover what makes the Gates CDS a standout choice for urban riders and beyond!

I’m Lisa from E-Biking Today and I’m excited to share what I’ve learned about the VVolt Alpha II electric bike from my review and ride experience.

Woman standing over the Vvolt Alpha II Electric Bike

Pros of the Alpha II

The Gates CDS Belt

With a Gates SideTrack Belt, The Alpha was a fun, smooth ride! But this belt drive offered so much more…. For starters, it was super quiet! Keep watching to find out why a Gates CDS, or Carbon Drive System, is so desirable.

Belt Drive with Motor
Belt Drive with Motor

Lightweight

The Alpha II weighs only 44 lbs, so it was easy to pick up, nimble, and amazing to ride (watch the video to see in action). 

20-45 Mile Range

Although this is a typical range for a 375-watt battery, it’s even better on this bike. You will get more miles on a single charge on the Alpha II simply because it weighs less than the average e-bike. In general, the range will depend on terrain, the level of assistance used, and more.

Shimano Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Easy to maintain, the Shimano 160mm hydraulic brakes made it easy to stop. I’d expect these disc brakes to be reliable in most weather and road conditions.

Shimano Hydraulic Disk Brakes
Shimano Hydraulic Disk Brakes

Throttle

The addition of a thumb throttle is definitely an upgrade to the original Vvolt Alpha. And it’s on-demand. So, I was thrilled to pick up speed quickly and smoothly to 19mph. Additionally, the throttle can be removed, making it a Class 1 ebike when needed.

The throttle is also important as a power option since this is a single-gear bike. So, when I needed assistance getting up a hill, the throttle provided it.

Swept-back Handlebars and Ergonomic Grips

I loved the easy-to-reach handlebars and soft grips. They added to the already natural feel of the ride and helped me sit upright since they were closer to my body.

Swept-back Handlebars & Ergonomic Grips
Swept-back Handlebars & Ergonomic Grips make the ride more comfortable.

Step-Through Frame

I got on and off the bike quickly. However, the step-through height of 25 to 26.5 inches, depending on the frame size, is higher than some. So, if you have a disability or injury, make sure it’s not too high for you.

Puncture-Resistant Tires with Reflective Sidewall

The tires were nimble and provided a smooth ride. The reflective stripe kept me more visible.

Integrated Lighting

Putting safety first, Vvolt added a large front light and rear light for better visibility.

Integrated Front Light
Integrated Front and Rear Lights help you stay safe!

UL Certified

The Alpha II is UL Certified 2849, so it meets important safety standards. The battery also meets UL certification 2271.

Simple Functions

There’s not a lot to get caught up on. The display is simple and you can reach all important functions with your left hand. And there are no gears to mess with.

Potential Cons of the Alpha II

The Saddle

Four different riders tested the saddle and we all agreed it might not be comfortable enough for long rides. This isn’t a deal breaker and it could be a perfect fit for you. If it’s not, there are a ton of bike seat options, so it shouldn’t be a big deal to find the best saddle for your new e-bike.

Next,  It Doesn’t Fit Riders Under 5 Feet

I wish this nimble e-bike fit shorter riders. With 3 frame sizes, it’s not unreasonable to expect it to fit riders 4’10” and up. 

Single Gear

This could be a concern for some. But, the Alpha II is lightweight, nimble, and plenty fast with 5 pedal assist levels and a capable throttle. So, I didn’t miss gears AT all.

Last, although the screen is easy to understand, it’s hard to see in sunlight. 

Grey Gates Carbon Belt Drive Electric Bike
Gates Carbon Belt Drive Electric Bike

What to Know Before You Buy

Motor & Pedal Assist

I was surprised the Alpha II went uphill quickly, being only a 350-watt hub motor ebike. Its lightweight frame and slender battery helped account for this. But the 5 pedal assist levels made it surprisingly easy to hill climb. I efficiently went up a steep hill on Level 4, riding up to 19.5 miles per hour and only pushing it to Level 5 at the top of the hill. I was pleased to discover how much power and speed this e-bike accomplished.

Unboxing & Assembly

This was super easy and quick… I assembled the bike in about 20 minutes. Take a look…

Use this link to help with assembly. Use the manual and video together to make the assembly snappy.

Size & Fit

I like that this electric bike fits almost everyone. At 5’1” I just made the cut for the recommended 5-foot minimum… and there’s an XL frame for riders 5’ 10” to 6’3”. Always check your inseam and reach measurements to help determine which size is best. If you’re on the very top of one size range, you should consider sizing up.

5'1" woman standing over step-through frame
As a 5’1″ rider, I had a modest amount of room when standing over the step-through frame.

Colors

Vvolt E-Bikes offers two colors… Reef, a brilliant coral, and Black Pearl.

Vvolt Alpha II Reef Color
The Vvolt Alpha II in the stunning color of Reef!

Price

At $1799, I’d say the Alpha II price is fair and expected, due to the more expensive belt drive and lightweight frame. 

What’s Special About the Gates Carbon Belt Drive?

One of the standout benefits of a belt drive is its cleanliness. Unlike traditional chain systems that require lubrication and tend to gather greasy dirt, the belt drive remains clean, keeping your hands, clothes, and surroundings free from grime.

The smoothness of the Carbon Drive system is another key advantage. By eliminating the metal-to-metal contact that chains rely on, The Gates belt drive delivers an exceptionally smooth riding experience that needs to be felt to be fully appreciated. It certainly made my test ride easy.

Riding with the Gates Sidetrack belt is a quiet experience. This lack of noise added to the overall enjoyment and serenity of my ride.

In terms of weight, the belt drive system is impressively light. Comprising just two sprockets and a belt, it weighs less than a typical chain alone, contributing to the bike’s overall lightweight feel.

Durability is another strong suit of the Carbon Drive belt. Unlike chains, which stretch over time and require re-tensioning, this belt does not stretch, eliminating the need for adjustments.

CDX Belt Drive
Carbon Belt Drive Layers

Plus, it’s engineered to shed mud, dirt, snow, and other debris. This means a more reliable ride in all conditions.

When it comes to longevity, belt drives outshine chains significantly. Tests have shown that belts can last more than four times longer than chains.

It’s also comforting to know that the Gates Carbon Drive System meets or surpasses the EN 14766 industry standard, which is the same rigorous benchmark set for chain drive systems.

Finally, Carbon belt drives maintain efficiency throughout their lifespan. So, you’ll get a reliable and smooth performance on every ride.

Is The Vvolt Alpha II the Best Electric Bike for You?

What impressed me the most about the Alpha II was the smooth, efficient ride. And I believe this is so because of its efficient electrical and belt drive system. Plus, being lightweight and easy to step through and get on or off, this hybrid electric bike makes good sense for most urban and recreational riders. It’s a perfect entry-level electric bike for first-time e-bike owners and for riders who appreciate simplicity. It’s also a good fit for riders over 50 or those with minor physical limitations.

Wrap Up

The Vvolt Alpha II electric bike is a standout choice for urban commuters and recreational riders seeking a lightweight, efficient, and low-maintenance ride. Riders will appreciate the unparalleled smoothness and virtual silence of the Gates Carbon Drive system.

Further, the belt drive contributes to the bike’s overall lightweight design, enhancing its portability and ease of use. 

I feel confident that you’ll enjoy your ride on the reliable, simple-to-use, and beautiful Vvolt Alpha II.

Aventon Ramblas eMTB Review-Best Choice for the Money?

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Ready to explore the path less traveled? Aventon’s inaugural electric mountain bike is designed for adventure! 

I’m Lisa from E-Biking Today and today’s Aventon Ramblas eMTB review is about having it all. Built for durability and dependability, the Ramblas is a hardtail, all-terrain ebike featuring a sophisticated mid-drive motor. A first for Aventon, the Ramblas e-mountain bike is designed to offer riders customized tuning via the Aventon app. 

During testing, the Ramblas delivered exceptional comfort in navigating both mountain trails and city streets. Follow along as I show you all of the advantages… and a couple of disadvantages that could put a hold on your adventure. Find out what you need to know before you buy and check out a comparison of the Ramblas e-mountain bike to the Aventon Aventure 2 to help you choose the best off-road capable electric bike.

You may also be wondering, do I need to be an experienced mountain biker to ride the Ramblas? Or is this an entry-level mountain bike? Keep watching to find out.

Aventon Ramblas eMTB
Aventon Ramblas e-mountain bike

Advantages and Features of the Aventon Ramblas e-Mountain Bike

SRAM D88 Mineral Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Four pistons and large rotors (200 mm in the front, 180 mm in the rear): These brakes were powerful and reliable, so I always felt safe, a top priority. Wanting to control downhill speed, I used the brakes often on dirt and gravel, without slipping.

Hardtail Frame

Lightweight and Durable: It was made for off-road terrain and helped me keep in control on rough paths. I wouldn’t want a rear suspension on this eMTB.

Maxxis Recon Tires

29 x 2.4 inches on most frames: However, on the Small frame, they’re 27.5 x 2.4 inches. These tires provided excellent traction and stability, enhancing ride comfort and control on trails.

Ramblas Mountain Bike Tires
Maxxis Recon mountain bike tires

RockShox Front Fork and Suspension

35mm Silver R front fork with 130 mm travel: Along with boost spacing, the suspension gave me superior shock absorption with excellent bike stability and responsiveness. I easily rolled over rocks, dips, and branches.

Ramblas Front Suspension Fork
Ramblas RockShox Front Suspension Fork

Pedal Assist

3 levels: Eco, Trail, and Turbo. Eco gave plenty of power on flat terrain & light trails, while I used the Trail assist over 80% of the time on more bumpy, rocky trails. And the Turbo assist helped me fly up hills!

Locking Rubber Grips and Dropper Seat Post

Ergonomic design and adjustable seat: The grips were easy to grab and the seat was totally adaptable. The dropper seatpost, at 150mm travel for size M-XL or 125mm travel for size S, added to the comfort and security in tackling steep descents. Although I’ve heard some complaints about difficulty dropping the seat, I had no problem. 

I’m also short and the seat didn’t have a long way to drop.

Alloy Platform Pedals

Feet stay in place: It was reassuring having my feet well connected to the pedals, especially on bumpy terrain.

Alloy Platform Pedal
The Alloy Platform Pedal has little spikes that keep your foot on the pedal over bumpy terrain!

SRAM NX Eagle 12-Speed Drivetrain

Wide gear range: Gear changes were precise and smooth like butter, making it easy to adapt to inclines, terrains, and speeds. I liked that it takes only a tiny push to move to a higher gear.

Customizable Aventon Display and App Integration

Full customization via the Aventon app: You can tailor your ride settings, including pedal assist levels and motor tuning. The display is compact and well-protected but still easy to read.

Ride tuning on the Aventon App
Ride tuning on the Aventon App

Removable and Rechargeable Battery

Aventon 36V 19.2Ah lithium-ion battery: The battery provided a long-lasting power supply. After my first 10- mile ride, I still had 90% remaining power. So getting up to 80 miles on a single battery charge should be no problem! 

Safety Certified

UL Certification: Certified in Accordance with UL 2849: The Ramblas meets the Standard for Electrical Systems for e-Bikes. I appreciate that Aventon takes an interest in safety standards.

Integrated Lighting

Front and rear lights included: Enhanced visibility and safety during night rides or low-light conditions. You can opt to put on the front headlight or not. 

Aventon A100 Mid-Drive Motor

100 Newton Meters of torque and up to 750W peak power: The 250-watt sustained mid-drive motor was my favorite Ramblas feature… and a huge advantage! It delivered strong and consistent power output on long rides. Yet with its 100 Newton meters of torque, it accelerated quickly when needed. And it did it all quietly and smoothly. 

Aventon’s in-house design ensures everything works seamlessly together, making the Aventon Ramblas a technological wonder! And, the mid-drive motor enhanced the natural riding experience and customized my ride, making it the perfect ride.

Aventon Ramblas eMTB in color Aurora
Aventon Ramblas eMTB in Limited Edition color Aurora

Disadvantages of the Aventon Ramblas

Weight

The Aventon Ramblas, like other e-mountain bikes, is heavier than a traditional mountain bike due to the motor, battery, and additional components. At 54 pounds, this extra weight can make it more challenging to handle in technical sections and may be a drawback for riders seeking a lighter mountain bike for easier maneuverability. But, compared to electric bikes in general, it’s lightweight.

Cost

The Ramblas has a higher price tag than the average electric bike, reflecting its advanced features and technology. Selling at $2899, the investment is justified for electric mountain biking but may be out of reach for those on a tighter budget.

Maintenance

With its advanced components like the mid-drive motor and hydraulic disc brakes, the Ramblas might require more maintenance to ensure optimal performance.

Complexity

The integration of the Aventon app and various customizable settings, while beneficial, adds a layer of complexity. Riders may need time to learn how to effectively use these features, which could be daunting for beginners.

What You Need to Know Before Buying

Size & Fit

The Aventon Ramblas eMTB fits riders from 5’1”- 6’5” with four different size frames to perfect the fit. Being 5’1”, I was comfortable on the seat but had ZERO extra room standing over the bike. So, check that your inseam measurement is at least as tall as the 26.9-inch standover height on the small frame and use it to determine the best frame size.

Additionally, confirm that the Ramblas’ weight capacity of 300 pounds is sufficient for you.

Dropper Seatpost

Ramblas Dropper Seatpost and Saddle
Ramblas Dropper Seatpost and Saddle

Why Use a Dropper Seat Post?

A dropper seat post allows for the best saddle height for climbing and descending. For efficient pedaling, the saddle should be at a height that maximizes power transfer. 

When descending, a lower saddle height lets you position your weight over the rear wheel. It helps in handling obstacles and reduces the risk of crashes. 

Despite the benefits, dropper posts are a bit heavier and add to the cost. However, for determined off-road riders, the benefits can outweigh the drawbacks.

Mountain Bike Saddle

It was an easy ride on the narrow saddle. Prepare to take time getting used to it if you don’t already ride on one like it. Although I was comfortable on the first day, I noticed some discomfort when I sat on it the next day. Plan on riding in small increments at first.

Comparison: Aventon Aventure vs. Ramblas Electric Mountain Bike

Woman standing next to Aventon Ramblas Electric Mountain Bike
Me next to Aventon Ramblas Electric Mountain Bike. I had fun riding it on trails and off!

If you’re already enjoying the fat tire Aventon Aventure, but you crave more technical trail capability, the Aventon Ramblas is your step up. The Ramblas offers a slimmer tire design and a smooth, responsive feel with its mid-drive motor. This makes it ideal for mountain biking on narrow, mountainous trails. Further, its tall tires are nimble on all terrains.

As much as I love my powerful Aventon Aventure 2, it doesn’t have the responsiveness needed for narrow, technical terrain. It’s much heavier than the Ramblas and doesn’t turn as sharply. But, it’s still a champ on both wide off-road trails and paved roads.

Woman Riding the Aventon Aventure 2
I’m Riding the Aventon Aventure 2… my favorite fat tire e-bike!

Essentially, the Aventure’s 4-inch wide tires provide stability and comfort, while the tall and narrow Ramblas tires are nimble and quick. The Ramblas is the ideal e-bike to ride technical trails or any terrain if you desire a smooth, nimble, adjustable ride. The Aventure electric bike, on the other hand, is suitable if you get queasy thinking of challenging mountainous trails and appreciate having more contact with the ground. 

Price

If you’re still unsure, consider the price. While the Aventon Ramblas retails at $2899, the Aventure 2 retails at $1999, a difference of $900! I still think the Ramblas is the best choice for an entry-level electric mountain bike at this price. And, it’s also a great option for an avid mountain biker needing pedal assistance due to injury or physical condition. 

Ramblas Review Verdict

In this Aventon Ramblas eMTB Review, I discovered robust features combined with advanced customization options that make it versatile and capable for mountain trails, paths, and city rides. And you don’t need to be an experienced mountain bike rider to enjoy the Ramblas. I had a ton of fun riding on and off-road and am convinced the Ramblas is a top choice for new mountain bikers and casual riders. 

And every e-bike rider will benefit from the 2-year warranty, riding up to speeds of 20 mph, exploring long distances, and experiencing the thrill of every adventure. Enjoy your ride on the Aventon Ramblas electric mountain bike!

Mooncool CG2- Meet the Fun Electric Cargo Bike

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Let’s fantasize for a moment. Imagine you could carry anything you need for the day on your e-bike. What if you could carry folders or books, art supplies, groceries, camping gear, or sports equipment… and perhaps even your two kids?! Unfortunately, your bike rack can’t hold much and it’s a hassle to get your goods secured on your electric bike… or is it?

Meet the fun electric cargo bike, the Mooncool CG2!

The Mooncool CG2 electric bike will take you on a long, exciting adventure with its vibrant colors, massive integrated cargo rack, and huge payload capacity. Take your essential cargo with you on every ride!

In this Mooncool CG2 review, I’ll show you the pros and cons of the Mooncool CG2 electric cargo bike, why you’ll want one, and what you need to know before buying it. Finally, I’m excited to show you how the super-long rear rack can carry your important cargo!

Just think… no exhaustion means no sweat! If you rode with 200 pounds of cargo on a regular bicycle for 10 miles, you’d be tired and sweaty by the end. But the Mooncool CG2 electric assist lets you go long distances, climb steep hills, and enjoy every moment of your ride without dread.

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Pros of the Mooncool CG2

Powerful 750W Motor 

CG2 750W Motor
The CG2 has a more powerful motor than many cargo e-bikes with only 500 watts.

No 500W motor e-bike could manage the cargo weight that this 48V 750W electric cargo bike can. If you plan to load up, then the CG2 can handle it. And that’s not all.

Weight Capacity of 450 lbs

Most electric bikes allow 250-300 pounds of payload capacity. But, the Mooncool CG2 offers up to 450 pounds total weight! So, you’ll have no trouble adding both kids and cargo.

Long Range

Electronic e-bike display

Mooncool says you can ride up to 75 miles with the 48V, 20Ah LG lithium battery. After 11 miles of battery testing, the display hardly registered a ding in battery life even though I’d tested the throttle quite a bit during this review.

Ultra Long Integrated Rear Rack

Orange Long Cargo Rack on e-bike
The Mooncool CG2’s extra-long rack is 26 inches and holds up to 250 lbs!

The bike rack alone has a weight limit of 250 pounds and is about 26 inches long. In comparison, other rear racks are only around 14-15 inches long. I’ll show you its cargo capabilities in a few.

Efficient All-Terrain Tire Design

All-Terrain Tire
20″ X 3.5″ fat tires

These 20 X 3.5-inch fat tires were welcomed. They lowered my center of gravity and enhanced stability, while the wide tires took me on off-road terrain comfortably. My test ride was smooth and efficient, even when carrying lots of cargo.

On-Demand Half-Twist Throttle

Half Twist Throttle on e-bike handlebar
Ride up to 20 mph on every pedal assist level!

I was happy to learn that the right-hand twist throttle took the CG2 up to 19.9 mph on any pedal assist level. So, I could pick up speed quickly, without adjusting assistance. Note that pedal assist does need to be on level 1 or higher for the throttle to work.

Hydraulic Disc Brakes

The 180mm hydraulic brakes stopped smoothly and efficiently, even with a load of cargo.

Freewheel

A Shimano 14-34T freewheel means less maintenance and easy coasting.

Easy-to-Read Display

LCD Display in bright sunlight
LCD Display in bright sunlight

The multifunctional Gray Screen LCD was a surprising feature. I could easily see the stats, which helped me control pedal assist and monitor my speed and distance.

5 Pedal Assist Levels and 7-speed Gear Shift

The CG2 electric cargo bike offers plenty of speed and power flexibility. The Shimano Tourney 7-speed gear shift is essential for toting cargo uphill. Riding on flat terrain, shifting gears improved my ride, protected the motor, and preserved battery life.

Additional Advantages of the CG2

The Mooncool CG2’s adjustable handlebar really made a positive difference in ride comfort. After riding with the handlebars down, I pulled up the stem to discover swept-back handlebars and an easier reach. Plus, the wide foam seat was a pleasure to sit on. But test it out on shorter rides before going long distances to make sure it works for you. The double kickstand is highly relevant for holding a cargo e-bike upright with a big load.

Here’s How The Mooncool CG2 Hauls Cargo

Whether or not you use Mooncool’s cargo carriers, you can haul a ton. Watch the video for multiple ways to carry cargo on the CG2.

Electric Cargo Bike with cargo load

Cons of the Mooncool CG2

The Mooncool CG2 lacks front suspension. Thus, if you occasionally ride off-road, get a good quality suspension seat post to smooth out the bumps. I’ve pointed you to the one I use in the description below the video.

The rear turn signals are hard to see. They really won’t be helpful unless you’re riding in the dark.

And, like any cargo e-bike, the CG2 will weigh well over 90 lbs with all cargo carriers and baskets. After all, it needs to be a very substantial frame to carry a load of 450 pounds.

And, last, the CG2 is around 75 inches long from tire to tire. So, consider room for storage and transportation. It’ll be harder to fit in a standard-size car. However, because the tires are only 20 inches, you can roll part of the bike under a low shelf.

What You Need to Know Before Buying the Mooncool CG2 Cargo eBike

Mooncool CG2 set against hills in the background

Size and Fit

Mooncool recommends a rider height of 5’1” to 6’4” for the CG2 fun step-through cargo bike. Being 5’1” myself, I agree that I had no problem fitting. The important thing to do is check the Size & Fit measurements on the website with your own to make certain you can comfortably reach the handlebars and sit as low or as high as you need to.

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Assembly

Mooncool CG2 Pre-Assembly

Although assembly wasn’t hard, a couple of steps were needed to put it together. I didn’t find an assembly video, so you’ll need to follow the assembly manual that comes with it. If you need help, contact Mooncool directly.

Compatible Accessories

The Mooncool CG2 works with the MC front basket and rear seat accessory package. Together they have a value of $169, but you can use the E-Biking Today special discount on your total purchase. It also works for any Mooncool electric bike, including the TK1 Folding E-Trike previously reviewed on E-Biking Today.

Mooncool CG2 Kid Carrier
The CG2 also carries up to two kids with the rear carrier!

Who is the CG2 Best For?

During my Mooncool CG2 Cargo Ebike Review, it became clear that this electric bike is a game-changer for anyone who needs to transport heavy loads efficiently. The CG2’s robust design and exceptional cargo capabilities make it a worthwhile investment for anyone seeking convenience and practicality. And, it’s a perfect electric cargo bike for riders replacing their car. 

With the Mooncool CG2, you can effortlessly transport your cargo, whether it’s groceries, work supplies, or any other essentials. Embrace the future of transportation and experience a smooth, efficient ride with this fun electric cargo bike! 

Grab all your cargo and enjoy your ride!

5 Best Bike Racks For Electric Bikes (Hitch-Mounted)

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You probably did a lot of research when choosing your dream e-bike, so why wouldn’t you do the same when buying a bike rack? Picking the best electric bike rack requires research and attention to detail, as when buying an electric bike.

I’ve researched for you and here are the top 5 bike racks for your electric bike:

  1. Thule T2 Pro XT/ XTR (Amazon)
  2. Kuat’s Piston Pro X Hitch Rack (REI)
  3. Hollywood Racks Sport Rider
  4. Saris Door CountyAutomated 2-Bike Hitch (REI)
  5. Hollywood Racks RV Rider E-Bike Rack for RVs

The rest of this guide will take you through the details of the best bike racks for electric bikes. You’ll discover the features and what to look for in an electric bike rack.

Why Does An Electric Bike Need A Special Bike Rack?

car-with-two-bicycle-mounted-bike-with-bikepackin mountain-snow-capped

An e-bike rack makes transporting your electric bike(s) easy. The added weight of electric models over traditional bikes requires special consideration when choosing a bike rack. Trunk-mounted racks or other traditional racks that solely rely on straps to keep your bike in place will not be able to support the extra weight of your e-bike.

Racks for electric bikes also have an array of features that will make the mounting and demounting process easier while ensuring that your bike is safely transported.

What Type Of Rack Works for an Electric Bike?

bike siting on a hitch bike rack

The simple answer is that you can’t go wrong with a hitch-mounted bike rack. 

There are two types of hitch-mounted racks: The platform hitch racks and hanging bike racks. As the name suggests, platform bike racks allow e-bikes to rest on a platform rather than hanging from one. They are great for securely transporting electric bikes.

Hanging hitch racks are designed for you to hang your bike on them at the rear of your car. I don’t recommend this type of rack for electric bikes, even if they are light enough. There’s more concern over damage to your e-bike’s components.

And, although you may have heard of roof racks and trunk-mounted racks, these should be avoided due to the heavy weight of e-bikes and their sensitive components.

5 Best Electric Bike Racks

Thule T2 Pro XT/ XTR

Thule T2 Pro XT/ XTR is one of the best hitch-mounted bike racks and is perfect for carrying heavier electric bikes. The platform bike rack has lots of storage space and its zero-contact design protects your e-bike from damage.

The Thule rack has two holders that can carry heavy electric bikes with fat tires. The racks have 1.25 to 2-inch hitch sizes that accommodate a variety of vehicles. While the car rack is generally used to carry two bikes, it can hold up to four bikes with separately sold add-ons. It also has rooftop cargo boxes for extra storage.

This Thule hitch-mounted rack has a total weight capacity of 120 pounds, supporting tires with widths of up to 5 inches through its long sliding arms. It can accommodate a wide range of front and rear wheels. This bike carrier is best for transporting fat tire e-bikes.

The rack will keep your bike upright and in place and has rolling wheels for easier transport. Thule is very popular among cycling enthusiasts for its high-quality products. While it might be on the pricier end, it may be the best e-bike rack for you.

Check out this Thule T2 Pro Hitch Rack on Amazon!

Kuat’s Piston Pro X Hitch Rack

Kuat Piston Pro 2-bike rack attached to back of white car

Kuat’s Piston Pro X Hitch Rack is at the top of every cyclist’s list of great bike racks. It practically and purposefully tackles all issues e-bike riders usually face when choosing racks for e-bikes.

Among the many bike racks, it is one of the few with touchless arms that hold your bike in place by the tires and not the body, which preserves the finish and paint of your e-bike. Of course, premium features mean a higher price, but the provisions and premium build are definitely worth it.

This Kuat hitch-mounted bike rack can hold wheelbases up to 53 inches and tires up to 5 inches wide. It can carry bikes that are 67 lbs each. The two-bike-holder rack easily expands into a bike carrier with its optional add-on.

The innovative OneTap levers allow the arms to open automatically and secure your bike from the trailhead to the garage. To ensure visibility, you have tail lights that are LED and low profile, and they’re just another added plus point.

The best thing about the Kuat is that it is completely tool-free, meaning there is no struggle with assembly. The loading ramp also has a foot pedal that folds the rack up and down without getting your hands dirty.

Take a look at the Kuat Piston Pro rack at REI!

Hollywood Racks Sport Rider

two Rad Power Bikes sitting on Hollywood Sport Rack

Hollywood Racks is a one-of-a-kind e-bike car rack. If you’re looking for an affordable heavy-duty rack to carry your electric bike, Hollywood Racks offers the best options. The 50-year-old company has specialized in producing heavyweight carriers and has gained a positive reputation for its high-quality products.

A heavy e-bike or fat tire bike over 60 pounds is easily supported by this hitch-mounted rack, which has a maximum capacity of 160 pounds. Cargo bikes, mountain bikes, and fat tire bikes of tire widths up to 5 inches (and pretty much any road bike) can be carried by this rack.

You should note that the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider is only compatible with 2-inch hitches, using the locking hitch pin to secure everything in place. Taking secureness one step further, the rack also has dual wheel-clamping hooks that ensure fat tires stay in place.

The loading and unloading process is simple: place your e-bike on the wheel tray and secure the straps around the bike’s wheels. Then use the swing levers to lock the middle tube. The Sport Rider also has a locking cable to secure your bike, so you won’t need to worry about your precious cargo being stolen.

Take a look at the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider on Amazon!

Saris Door CountyAutomated 2-Bike Hitch

2-Bike Hitch Rack on the back of a hatchback car that fits electric bikes

Perhaps the feature that stands out the most about this electric bike rack is the automated lift. That’s right- this rack lifts the electric bike for you so you don’t have to worry about the weight or placement. Plus, you can release the lift for unloading.

This pretty amazing rack has “claw-like bike holds, which allow room for fenders and a tube-mounted battery. In addition, you can use your car’s 7-pin connection to keep your e-bike’s lights and signals running. Thus, other vehicles will clearly see you have bikes protruding off the back of your car.

It boasts a 10.5-inch lift and a rack tilting lever as well. This Saris Door County rack can carry up to 2 electric bikes (up to 60 lbs each) and has integrated bike locks to keep your e-bike secure and in place.

Of note, you must have a 2″ hitch receiver. And, it can fit up to a 48″ wheelbase and 3″ wide tires. Therefore, it’ll fit many electric bikes but won’t carry 4-5″ fat tire e-bikes. 

Check out the automated Saris Door County rack at REI!

5. Hollywood Racks RV Rider HR1700 E Bike Rack for RVs

Hollywood Racks RV Rider HR1700 2 Hitch Mounted E Bike Rack for RVs

If you have an RV, 5th wheel, or flatbed, there is a rack for you. The well-known Hollywood racks will take care of you with their rack designed for RVs.

As with any Hollywood hitch rack, this one is built to attach securely to the back of your RV with a keyed hitch pin. It’s perfect for electric bikes with a double-walled receiver and hitch tightener to reduce unwanted motion.

One really impressive feature… you can carry two e-bikes up to 80 lbs each… that’s 160 pounds total, which is very generous. So, you can even use this rack with your heavy-duty fat tire ebikes (or standard-sized tires)! Plus, the bikes are tightly held in place by the locking frame holders.

Note: you’ll require a class 3, 2″ receiver on your RV.

Take a look at this cool RV Rack!

What To Look For In An Electric Bike Rack?

With a variety of racks to choose from, any attempt to rank them would be pointless. While most bike racks offer a wide range of features, there are some you should be on the lookout for. Here are some criteria to remember while picking out a special rack for your electric bike.

Weight capacity per bike: The first thing to consider is whether your rack can handle the weight of your e-bike and accommodate tire widths. E-bikes generally lie on the heavier end of the scale, with the starting point being around 50 lbs. A bike rack with a high weight capacity is a better fit for your electric bike.

Total Weight Capacity: 2 trays on a rack does not necessarily mean you can load it with any two electric bikes. The number of trays is not equal to the number of bikes you can carry, especially when considering the total weight capacity. You don’t want to overload your rack and the tongue that goes into the hitch receiver.

Lock features: You don’t want to risk your bike being stolen; e-bikes aren’t cheap. A good safety mechanism with extra features will ensure your electric bike won’t budge an inch.

Accessibility: Choose a rack that folds down and is easy to mount bikes onto. A rack with a ramp makes the lifting, loading, and unloading process easy.

Of course, if you find a rack with an automated lift (like the Saris rack mentioned above), you will be in even better shape when mounting and dismounting your heavy e-bikes.

Fail-Safe Measures: This is a major factor to consider when selecting a car rack for your bike. A rack should withstand road conditions but have fail-safe measures such as redundancies for securing the rack to the hitch and an integrated cable lock.

You should also ensure that your rack has a limited lifetime warranty.

Final Thoughts

There are many auto bike racks that can carry bikes. However, my curated list includes only the best electric bike car racks that feature innovative transportation solutions.

Take a look at the high-quality and durable racks I’ve mentioned to safely and securely transport your e-bike from one place to another.

Flyer Via Cargo E-Bike Review- Ultimate Electric Family Bike

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Remember the adorable little classic red wagon you had fun with as a child? You may be grown up, but there’s no reason you can’t have just as much fun with a Radio Flyer Electric bike. Enter the new generation of Radio Flyer.

Flyer™ cargo ebikes. These longtail, cargo-hauling electric family bikes are a game-changer. 

The new Flyer™ Via cargo e-bike has an integrated cargo rack that is 26 inches long and holds up to 150 lbs. The Via™ will take you on up to 50 miles of adventure, with one or two kids and cargo, without breaking a sweat.

In this Radio Flyer review, I’ll show you the pros and cons of the Flyer Via electric cargo bike for families, why you’ll want one, and what you need to know before buying this trustworthy family cargo e-bike.

And, I’ll show you how its super-long rear rack can carry your precious cargo, in varying arrangements! I’ve never experienced anything like it.

So, let’s get started!

Flyer Via Cargo Ebike

Pros of the Flyer Via

50-Mile Range

Flyer says you can ride up to 50 miles on this capable 500W motor cargo bike. However, I rode the first 6 miles and watched battery life drop to 90%. So, using minimal throttle, pedal assist levels one and two, and occasionally levels 3-5 on hills, I’d expect to get roughly 60 miles on a full charge. Keep in mind that the battery may drop more quickly as it nears the end of its charge.

No Exhaustion, No Sweat

Just think… if you carried two kids or 150 pounds of cargo on a regular bicycle, you’d be exhausted long before you finished a 10-mile ride. The Flyer Via’s electric assistance lets you enjoy every moment of your ride without the dread of getting up hills or back home.

Weight Capacity

Most electric bikes allow 250-300 pounds of payload capacity.  But, the Via offers up to 400 pounds total weight. So, you’ll have no trouble adding both kids and cargo.

Extra Long Cargo Rack
Extra Long Cargo Rack

Ultra-Long Integrated Rear Rack

The bike rack itself has a weight limit of 150 pounds and is about 26 inches long. In comparison, other rear racks are only around 14-15 inches long. You’ll see how significant this is when I show you its cargo capabilities in a minute.

Efficient All-Terrain Tire Design

These 2.4-inch puncture-resistant tires are two different sizes: 24 inches in the front and 20 inches in the rear. I didn’t feel anything unusual while riding. In truth,  the tires are well-designed for hauling cargo: They lower the center of gravity and enhance stability. My test rides were smooth and efficient, even with a ton of cargo onboard.

All terrain tires on the Flyer Via
All-terrain tires: a 24-inch front tire and a 20-inch rear tire.

Responsive Torque Sensor

The Flyer Via’s torque sensor is intelligently designed to match your pedaling effort, offering the ideal assistance for a smoother ride. This results in a more natural cycling experience, seamless acceleration, and enhanced battery efficiency, allowing you to maximize your adventures. I never felt out of control or jerked forward into traffic.

On-Demand Thumb Throttle

I appreciated picking up speed quickly and smoothly, despite the long body. I reached 20 mph within approximately five seconds, without being limited by individual pedal assist levels.

Hydraulic Disc Brakes

I wouldn’t expect anything less on an e-bike that carries valuable cargo. These hydraulic brakes stopped smoothly and efficiently every time, even with a load on the back rack.

Ergonomic Frame and Redesigned Fork

The Via shines with an upright seated position, a higher handlebar, and ergonomic seating and grips. The handlebar grips were comfortable and it was easy to view potential hazards while still enjoying my ride!

Unique Display

The color-coded LCD was a surprise. It provided straightforward control of pedal assist, headlight and taillights, and turn signals. It also allowed me to monitor my speed and distance. 

Flyer Via LCD Display
The unique Flyer Via LCD Display.

Front and Rear Lights with Turn Signals

Good lights and signals are essential for every e-bike owner. You don’t want to get stuck in the dark on your family ride because you enjoyed yourself longer than planned. 

5 Pedal Assist Levels and 7-speed Gear Shift

The Flyer Via electric cargo bike offered plenty of speed and power flexibility. I found it necessary to downshift the 7-speed gears when toting cargo uphill. This made my ride easier, protected the motor, and preserved battery life.

Now, what you’ve been waiting for…

Woman standing next to the Flyer Via
The Flyer Via is the Ultimate Electric Family Bike

The Flyer Via Rocks Cargo Capacity

I’m going to show you how to get the most out of the Flyer Via’s cargo capacity. The Via comes with the Kid & Cargo Hoop. Find out everything that’s included with this Flyer electric bike.

The Kid and Cargo Hoop

You’ll need the Flyer hoop to be able to add on the best cargo accessories. The cargo hoop serves as a sturdy frame for Flyer’s soft-sided cargo carriers. The hoop also lets you add up to two children old enough to hold on while riding. Just add the seat pads!

But more than just taking along your kids or grandkids, you can take a load of cargo at the same time. Check this out…

The Kid and Cargo XL Carrier

You don’t need a slow-moving Radio Flyer wagon anymore! This extra-large cargo carrier is massive! Each side of the carrier can hold up to 55 pounds and still carry a child weighing an additional 30+ pounds. 

Cargo E-Bike panniers
Cargo accessories wrap around the Kid & Cargo Hoop : E-Bike panniers on the Kid and Cargo XL Carrier

Let me lay it out. The opening is around 18X 26 inches. Each side pannier is 24 inches deep and 8 inches wide before it hits the middle rack. And, from the rack to the top of the carrier, there’s about 10 inches. If I could do the math, I would. 

But, seriously, look at everything I put into it… and I still had tons of room. You can fit overnight camping gear, sports equipment, or everything you need for a day at the park.

Just fill each side pannier evenly so the bike is properly balanced.

Cargo Capacity of the XL cargo carrier
Cargo capacity feels limitless!

Carry & Go Tote Bag

This is so much more than a “tote” bag. It’s roomy, soft, and perfect for shopping or carrying equipment for the day. And it’s easily switched out with the XL carrier! You can also attach this tote and carry one kid as well!

Front Basket

What I love about this soft-covered basket is that it’s all you need on short rides or when you don’t have much cargo. I tossed in my sweatshirt and camera equipment and easily dropped my helmet into it after a ride.

Even after all the amazing features discussed, there are a few considerations. It wouldn’t be a cargo e-bike review with them.

Front Basket
The front cargo basket is helpful when you don’t need a lot of cargo.

The Cons of the Flyer Via 

The Via’s saddle isn’t bad. But, I’d like a wider saddle to haul heavy cargo for long distances.

Although the tires gripped well on light off-road paths, the Flyer Via lacks front suspension. Thus, if you occasionally traverse off-road paths, I’d recommend getting a good suspension seat post to smooth out the bumps. I’ve pointed you to the one I use in the description below the video.

You might also look at the Flyer Via Pro which offers suspension and other upgrades.

And, last, the Via is around 76 inches long. So, consider storage space and whether you need to transport it in your car.

What You Need to Know Before Buying the Flyer Via Electric Bike

Unboxing and Assembly

Flyer Via Box
Flyer Via Shipment

I was impressed with the packaging. The Flyer Via was well-packaged with multiple squares of ultra-thick cardboard. And I didn’t find dings, scratches, or bike parts popping out of the shipping box.

Although assembly wasn’t hard, a couple of unusual steps were needed to complete it. 

  1. You’ll have to add a steering spring. Use pliers to hook each side of the spring and ask for help… that spring is tight.
  2. Even if you don’t plan on carrying little ones, attach the running boards… they look sharp and can be used as support for the extra large cargo panniers.
  3. You need to read the instruction manual before assembling the bike if you’re adding the front basket. The headlight will be attached differently… and you won’t want to do it twice!
  4. Finally, adding the cargo accessories is straightforward. But plan on spending an additional hour or so before riding.
Flyer Electric Bike Assembly
Preparation for Flyer Electric Bike Assembly

Who is the Via Electric Bike Best For?

First, it’s a perfect ebike for individual riders determined to replace their car. At $2199, it’s far less expensive than a car! Riders can run errands, carry equipment, or commute to work with everything they need in tow.

And, during my Flyer Via Cargo E-bike Review, I discovered why the Flyer™ Via™ is a must-have for families seeking convenience and outdoor adventure. 

This unique electric bike is more than just a mode of transportation. With its solid performance and exceptional cargo capacity, the Via e-bike by Radio Flyer has redefined what it means to ride together as a family. 

So, take your kids, cargo, and promise of happy memories and enjoy your ride on the ultimate electric family bike!

Incredible Mooncool TK1 Electric Trike Unboxing and Review

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Ride into the exhilarating world of the great outdoors with ease! Whether you’re navigating balance or mobility challenges, or simply seeking a smooth ride along the open road, Mooncool stands out as a top choice.

When it comes to electric trikes, the Mooncool TK1 folding trike caught my attention. Engineered with precision and comfort in mind, the Mooncool electric trike boasts stability and maneuverability, making it an ideal option for a traditional 2-wheeled electric bike.

I’m Lisa from E-Biking Today. In this incredible electric trike unboxing and review, I’ll show you the Mooncool TK1 tricycle’s pros and cons, unboxing and assembly tips, how to ride a difficult trike, and everything else you need to know before deciding if this is the best 3-wheel e-bike for you. 

Check out the Mooncool TK1 Electric Trike (and get your E-Biking Today special discount under “Price”)!

Let’s start with the pros and cons.

Mooncool Trike carries a lot of cargo
The Mooncool Electric Tricycle carries a lot of cargo with its included baskets!

Pros of the Mooncool TK1 Tricycle

Helical Geared Motor

This 500W, Peak 750W, helical motor helps you effortlessly cruise down the road, enjoying the scenery without the strain of traditional pedaling. What’s unique about the Mooncool TK1 motor is that it uses a helical gear system to convert rotational motion into linear motion. Thus it gives a peak 55 Newton Meter torque output yet it’s quiet. So, while the TK1 turned heads, it was only because of the unique look and cool color.

Speed

I tested for maximum speed and speeds at each pedal assist level. My rides maxed out at just over 15 mph… this was using pedal assist five and my pedal power on a straight flat road. This is less than the typical 20mph max on 2-wheel electric bikes. However, this top speed, and my careful driving, assured me I was safe from tipping over.

Range

You’ll get up to 60 miles per single charge using pedal assist with a range from 35 to 60 miles. You’ll get a much shorter range if you primarily use the throttle.

Expect the 48V*14.5Ah battery to get a full charge in 6-8 hours. But instead of charging it overnight, safely charge it when you’re awake. I set a timer or phone reminder to unplug the battery.

Speed Differential System

This rear differential mechanism enhances stability and control on turns. You’ll find out just how vital this feature is on an electric tricycle when I show how to learn to ride a trike below… yes, it’s harder than you think.

Electric trike Rear Differential System
Mooncool TK1 Rear Differential System

Front Suspension Fork

Here’s a benefit I didn’t expect an e-trike to have: a front suspension. But, the front suspension fork proved its value when riding over small bumps and dips in the road, making them nearly nonexistent.

Parking Brakes

I loved that there’s NO kickstand getting in the way here! You can pull both handlebar brakes tight while pressing down the parking brakes and releasing the hand brake. My smaller hands found it easiest to do one at a time. Further, setting one brake was enough to keep this heavy trike from rolling away. The parking brakes had the added benefit of keeping the trike steady while getting on and off.

Folding Electric Trike

Although still sizeable after folding it, being able to fit it into a corner or in your car or truck, makes it special. But don’t expect to lift it by yourself, if at all.

Added Safety Features

The Mooncool TK1 electric trike offers turn signals, a horn, a large headlight, and three taillights to keep you safe. Don’t forget to use them!

Large Comfortable Saddle, Ergonomic Grips, and Riser Handlebars

The vacuumed foam seat, adjustable handlebars, and natural grips made this Mooncool electric tricycle a pleasure to ride. I rode without any discomfort on my 10-mile ride.

Blue Mooncool TK1 Electric Folding Bike
Mooncool TK1 Electric Folding Bike has many comforts and safety features.

Hydraulic Disc Brakes with Electric Cut-off 

What does this mean? When you stop, the bike stops. When I applied the brakes, the electric motor cut off and I stopped moving immediately, instead of continuing to roll forward.

20-inch x 3-inch Tires & Stainless Steel Spokes

I really liked the 3-inch wide tires. They made more contact with the road so I felt stable on such a large, heavy trike. 

Price

Get this cool electric tricycle on sale for $1599 minus my special E-Biking Today discount. Click on my TK1 affiliate link and use the code: “EBIKING100” at checkout. You’ll save $100 off the sale price (on any Mooncool purchase)!

Mooncool Electric Trike
The Mooncool TK! is a Fair Price Electric Trike. It has all of the features you need to go anywhere you want.

Freebies

An included rear rack, front and rear baskets, and fenders are a valuable benefit. These would likely cost $300-$400 to buy separately. Plus, they’re heavy-duty and easily carry your cooler, bike bag, and supplies.

Ready for the Cons of this Mooncool Trike?

Twist Throttle

Okay, this is both a pro and a con. Yes, a throttle on a heavy e-trike gives you confidence you can make it home, even if you’re tired or aching. However, if you’re a senior or have arthritis or joint pain in your hands, a twist throttle can be uncomfortable to use for a long period.

Not Easy to Ride an Electric Trike for the First Time

A 3-wheel electric trike rides very differently than a two-wheel bike. Talk about feeling like a kid on a tricycle… Marc and I were both new to riding 3 wheels and it took a couple of hours of slow, cautious riding to get a feel for it. So, plan time to learn before heading out on a big ride! I’ll show you important riding tips after discussing the Mooncool TK1 electric trike unboxing.

95% Pre-Assembled?

Hmmm. Let’s take a look…

Electric Trike Unboxing and Assembly Tips

Unboxing and assembling the TK1 wasn’t difficult. Still, there are several add-ons, so you should allow a couple of hours to unbox the e-trike, assemble it, clean it up, and learn how to use the controls. And, not everything in the Mooncool Owner’s Manual was accurate for the TK1, so keep reading and watch the video above if you haven’t.

Electric Trike Being Unboxed
The Mooncool TK1 electric trike unboxing was easy.

Electric Trike Unboxing

You can easily lift the top of the box off the trike after removing the 4 plastic locks by pushing in and pulling out. Now, start unboxing by taking out the battery charger box on top. Underneath that, remove the extra parts, tools, and manual. 

First things first… check to see you have all of the parts you need, down to each screw and bolt. You can use the top of the box to lay them out. Once you have the parts laid out, pull off the additional foam and snip each plastic tie with wire cutters, careful not to cut anything but the ties. Now your e-trike is unboxed.

Electric Trike Assembly
The TK1 Electric Trike was easy to assemble, but it took a couple of hours to complete it and add the free rack and baskets.

Assembling Your Electric Trike

Assembly was a relatively easy 7 out of 10 (10 being the easiest). You can follow Mooncool’s written electric bike unboxing and assembly instructions but I have a few assembly tips you should follow.

  • First, if you intend to attach the included front basket, don’t put on the headlight as the manual shows. Instead, attach the rack, basket, and headlight, in that order.
  • You can, however, attach the front fender before attaching the front wheel. But, you’ll discover they don’t tell you how to put on the front fender. So here goes. Using the bolt above the tire that’s already secured to the front of the trike, screw on the top of the fender. The fender’s short end goes on the front of the tire. Then, pull down each fender arm until it reaches the stand-alone bolt. Use the bolt already on the e-trike to attach each side.
  • And, don’t forget to fill up each tire to a maximum PSI of 35. I’d suggest around 25 PSI to keep your ride comfortable.
Tire Close-up of PSI
Follow the recommended air pressure or go a little lower for a softer ride.

So, did it look 95% pre-assembled? I’d say it feels like there’s more left to do than just 5%. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Essential Electric Trike Riding Tips

  1. Learn to ride an electric tricycle with the pedal assist off if possible. If you can’t do this because of physical limitations, find a level street without traffic or parked cars and start on pedal assist level one. You’ll feel a bit of a kickoff if you’re not already pedaling.
  2. Sit upright, relax, and move slowly. Next, try wide turns and ride slowly over dips in the street. 
  3. Initially, Marc and I found it difficult to control the front wheel over dips and turns. I discovered that it was helpful to switch off pedal assist before turning or when crossing the street with cars present. 
  4. If riding an electric trike feels odd, you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll get used to riding with practice.
Woman sitting on electric folding trike
It’s hard to believe that the Mooncool TK1 Electric Trike folds up!

What Else You Need to Know About the Mooncool Electric Trike

  • I’ve mentioned how heavy this electric trike is, but here’s the nitty gritty. It weighs around 116 lbs with all the baskets and the battery included… or 90 lbs without. So, don’t expect to pick it up fully loaded. However, you can remove the baskets and battery before transporting it. 
  • The TK1’s load capacity of 350 lbs is notable and this incredible trike fits most riders 5 feet and taller (I’m 5’1″ for reference).
  • I also like having room to attach a rearview mirror, phone mount, or GPS on the handlebar.
  • It’s also good to know that Mooncool’s electric trikes and bikes come with an expandable 1-year warranty… just post on social media and enjoy a two-year warranty.
  • A final thought. If you’re concerned about physical limitations getting in the way of comfort, consider adding the Mooncool adjustable seat with a backrest.
Mooncool Trike Seat with Backrest
Mooncool Trike Seat with Backrest

Who is the Mooncool TK1 Tricycle Best For?

This electric tricycle is best for riders seeking outdoor adventures who couldn’t ride a bike otherwise. If you have physical limitations, poor balance, or don’t know how to ride a two-wheeled bicycle, the Mooncool TK1 tricycle is perfect.

And, although riders over 50 and seniors love electric trikes, younger riders can enjoy them for all of the same reasons.

Why Buy a Mooncool Electric Trike?

The Mooncool TK1 electric trike’s unique motor ensures a smooth and effortless journey, allowing you to explore the outdoors with confidence and ease. Whether you’re running errands around town or embarking on a leisurely adventure, this incredible electric trike promises an unforgettable and enjoyable ride every time. Be sure to use the E-Biking Today discount with code “EBIKING100” to get $100 off ANY purchase from Mooncool of $1200 or more.

Still thinking about getting an electric trike? Hop onto the Mooncool TK1 and enjoy your ride!

Learn about other electric trikes.

Ultimate Guide to Buying an Electric Bike: How to Choose the Perfect E-Bike

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Hey there e-bikers! Are you considering purchasing an electric bike, but don’t know where to start? Look no further! In this comprehensive guide, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know to find the perfect e-bike for your needs.

To choose the best electric bike for you, you’ll need to understand the different types of electric bikes, the key features to consider, how much to spend, and warranty information.

Women with bike helmet on standing next to RadCity E-Bike
Rad Power Bikes RadCity 5 Plus

Why Choose an Electric Bike?

Before I dive into the nitty-gritty details, let’s talk about why you might want to choose an electric bike in the first place. Not only do they offer a fun and eco-friendly way to commute or explore the outdoors, but they also provide an excellent combination of exercise and electric assistance.

With e-bikes, you can conquer hills and long distances without breaking a sweat, making them a great option for people of all fitness levels.

Types of Electric Bikes

Now let’s talk about the different types of e-bikes available. There are mainly four types – commuter, mountain, folding, and fat tire electric bikes, each with unique features and suited for specific purposes.

Ride1Up Portola Folding E-Bike on a dirt path
Ride the Ride1Up Portola Folding E-Bike on trails and gravel paths: This e-bike is easy to lift and very compact!
  • Commuter e-bikes: These are designed for city riding, with a focus on comfort and efficiency. They often have features like fenders, racks, and lights to make your daily commute a breeze.
  • Electric mountain bikes (eMTB): eMTBs are perfect for off-road adventures. With powerful motors, rugged frames, and suspension systems, they’re built to easily conquer rough terrain.
  • Folding e-bikes: ideal for those with limited storage space or who need a portable option for multimodal commutes. These compact electric bikes can be easily folded up and carried under public transportation or stowed away in tight spaces.
  • Fat tire e-bikes: designed for all-terrain riding, with wide, high-volume tires that can handle sand, snow, and mud. Electric fat tire bikes are perfect for those who want to explore without limitations.
Ride1Up Rift Electric Fat Bike
Ride1Up Rift Electric Fat Bike Fits Most Riders 5 feet and up!

Key Features to Consider

When buying an electric bike, there are several key features to consider:

  • Motor: Choose a rear-hub or mid-drive motor, each with its advantages and disadvantages.
  • Battery: Look for higher battery capacity measured in watt-hours to ensure longer rides between charges.
  • Range: Range is the distance an e-bike can cover on a single charge. Be sure to choose one with the longest range that meets your daily needs.
  • Frame Material: Common materials include aluminum, steel, and carbon fiber, each with its own trade-offs between durability and weight.
  • Components: Prioritize quality components such as brakes, gears, throttle, and front suspension to ensure a better overall riding experience.
Woman on Full suspension electric bike
Heybike Horizon Full suspension electric bike

Getting the Right Fit

One of the most important steps when purchasing an electric bike is making sure you can ride it comfortably. Take the bike for a test ride to determine if it’s easy to handle and meets your expectations in terms of power and performance.

Alternatively, check size specifications on a brand’s website, and measure your inseam to ensure you’ll be comfortable when sitting and pedaling.

Dimensions and Size measurements for the 700 Series Step-Through
The Ride1Up brand offers detailed sizing charts for each e-bike: Check your measurements in a chart like this on the website you’re visiting.

Pay attention to the fit of the bike, including the saddle height, handlebar reach, and overall frame size to make sure they are the best size for your body. A well-fitted electric bike will ensure a more comfortable and enjoyable riding experience.

Budget and Where to Buy

Regarding budget, e-bikes can range from affordable models under $1,000 to high-end options costing several thousand dollars. Determine your budget and prioritize the features that matter most to you. Remember, investing in a quality electric bike can save you money in the long run with reduced maintenance costs and a longer lifespan.

When purchasing an e-bike, one option is visiting a local electric bike shop. Local shops can offer personalized service, expert advice, and ongoing support for maintenance and repairs.

Alternatively, you can buy ebikes online from reputable retailers such as Ride1Up, Rad Power Bikes, and Aventon. Shopping online will give you a huge range of options and features. However, make sure to read expert reviews and customer feedback, compare specifications, and double-check the warranty and return policy before making your purchase.

Woman on fat tire electric bike
I’m riding the Aventon Aventure 2 Electric Fat Bike!

Warranty and After-Sales Support

Lastly, don’t overlook the importance of warranty and after-sales support. Look for a comprehensive warranty that covers the frame, motor, and battery for at least one to two years (one is standard, so two or more years makes it that much better).

After-sales support ensures you have access to maintenance and repair services when needed. Choosing a reputable brand and dealer with a proven track record of excellent customer support can make a big difference in your overall e-biking experience.

Blue Tenways CGO800S
The Tenways CGO800S is a smooth-riding, low-maintenance belt-drive electric bike with a 2-year warranty

Conclusion

Buying an electric bike doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Start by considering the type of e-bike that suits your needs, the features that matter most to you, and your budget. Don’t forget to test ride the bike to ensure a comfortable fit and prioritize quality components such as the motor, battery, and frame material.

When purchasing an e-bike, consider the after-sales support and warranty to ensure peace of mind and protect your investment. With this guide, you’re well on your way to finding the best electric bike for your needs. Enjoy your ride!

A Comprehensive Guide to E-Bike Sensitivity Control

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Have you ever had that thrilling (read: terrifying) moment when your electric bike decides it’s a racehorse and leaves you clinging on for dear life? Yeah, me too. But don’t worry, I’ve got some pro tips to help tame that wild steed of yours. Let’s dive into how you can stop your e-bike from lurching forward and enjoy a smoother ride.

Why Your E-Bike Acts Like a Teen in a Sports Car

First things first, let’s chat about why your e-bike might be a bit too eager. E-bikes come equipped with motors that assist your pedaling, but sometimes, they can get a bit overexcited. This could lead to sudden surges that make you feel like you’re not in control. Imagine trying to take a leisurely turn and ending up doing a wheelie instead – not cool, right? This issue usually boils down to the sensitivity settings of your throttle or pedal assist system being cranked up a tad too high. Typically, an e-bike’s computer and cadence sensor are the culprit.

Thus, you might experience one of these frightening problems:

  • Your initial acceleration is too sudden and/or too fast
  • You feel out of control when accelerating
  • You lurch forward when trying to control a turn
  • You unwillingly catch air when pedaling or throttling over a bump
  • Or, you might accidentally pop a wheelie when using the throttle

Not only is this startling, but it can also be dangerous, especially if you’re in a crowded area or navigating through traffic. As a new e-biker, my husband Marc accidentally did a wheelie getting up a steep dirt hill using the throttle. Thankfully, he caught the bike before it toppled on top of him. And, once when my e-bike lurched forward, I ran over a curb and ended up with minor injuries (and it was also quite embarrassing).

It’s also worth noting that new riders, particularly those who are older or have slower reaction times, might be startled by a pedal assist system at first. Some may prefer to use throttle only, which may feel more predictable and controllable.

Orange electric bike
Riding an e-bike that takes off fast isn’t for everyone! The Haoqi Leopard Pro is powerful and starts fast.

The Fix: E-Bike Taming 101

Now, onto the good stuff – how to keep your bike in check:

Adjust Your Bike’s Settings

first, check your electric bike’s settings. Many ebikes have adjustable sensitivity settings for the throttle and pedal assist. By lowering the sensitivity, you may be able to reduce the likelihood of sudden lurches. You might also be able to limit the speed of each pedal assist level.

One way to change sensitivity settings is through the controller on the bike itself. Take a look at your e-bike’s manual or contact the manufacturer to find out which buttons can get you to these settings, if available. Online manuals sometimes provide more information than the short manuals that come with the bike.

Also, if you know what type of display is on your ebike, you can research how to change the speed and sensitivity settings.

Hand adjusting Ride1Up Rift Display/Controller
Modify your e-bike display

E-Bike Apps

Additionally, some e-bike brands offer apps that let you modify assistance. But, to be honest, Marc and I have made modifications on different e-bike apps without seeing any change.

For example, Heybike has a nice-looking app. And, while changing the number of levels of pedal assist and turning on and off the bike from the app works great, nothing seems to change when we use the sensitivity slider. But, hey, many ebikes don’t offer apps at all.

So, unfortunately, changing these settings doesn’t always work. So, instead, let’s talk about other ways of taming your electric bike.

Practice Gradual Acceleration

One way to maintain greater control is to practice gradual acceleration. Start from the lowest pedal assist setting or with the assist off. This way, you can ease into the speed without any surprises.

When you’re starting from a stop, begin by pedaling without using the throttle. Within a couple of turns of the crank, the motor will kick in. But since you’re already moving, you’re less likely to experience a sudden ‘wheelie’ effect. Once you’re moving, slowly dial up the power as you feel more comfortable. Assuming the e-bike software is speed-based at each level, this should help.

You might also try gradual acceleration by riding without any pedal assistance. However, it’s hard to start pedaling a heavy electric bike without pedal assist. So, make sure you’re up to the task before trying.

Me standing over the Cafe Cruiser in a park
Riding the Ride1Up Cafe Cruiser in the park.

Smart Turning Techniques

When making a low-speed turn, try easing off the pedal assist or even turning it off momentarily. It might feel like a dance move at first, but it’ll keep your bike’s enthusiasm in check. Assuming the e-bike software is speed-based at each level, this should help.

Here’s my biggest concern… Making a U-turn at a low speed, like 4-6 mph. Be aware that with a cadence sensor, your ebike might try to accelerate to 8 mph or more with barely a quarter turn of the pedals. So try this. Ride a little faster when approaching a turn but stop pedaling before going into the turn. This can help you make it through a U-turn safely without pedaling.

Additionally, you might shut off the pedal assist or the controller entirely before making a tight turn.

Another idea… lean into the acceleration. This can help counteract the power kick and give you a smoother start.

Hopefully, these suggestions will help you maintain better control and prevent unexpected lurching. But there are still other ways to control your electric bike.

Start with Zero Pedal Assist

You might also choose an ebike that requires you to turn on the pedal assist system if you want to use it. Not all e-bikes have this feature. But, one example is the Model R e-bike from the Electric Bike Company. 

Torque Sensor Electric Bikes

If you’re in the market for a new ride or simply curious, e-bikes with torque sensors are known for their smooth assistance. They match your pedal power instead of overwhelming it, leading to more natural acceleration. Thus, you won’t lurch ahead by barely putting your foot on the pedal.

Here’s a list of torque-sensor e-bikes worth checking out:

Woman riding Aventure.2 Torque Sensor E-Bike
Aventon Aventure.2 Torque Sensor E-Bike

Keeping It Smooth and Safe

While adjusting your ride’s settings or practicing your start technique can work wonders, don’t forget the basics. Keep your e-bike well-maintained, and if you’re facing unresolved wild rides, a professional e-bike technician might be your next best friend. E-biking should be about enjoyment, not the unexpected!

And there you have it – your guide to reigning in a sensitive electric bike. Whether you’re new to the e-biking world or a seasoned pro seeking smoother rides, these tips should help make your journey safer and more enjoyable. Remember, it’s all about finding that perfect balance for you.

I hope these tips help you feel more in control of your ride, turning your e-biking experience from wild to peaceful. So, the next time your e-bike gets a bit too spirited, you’ll know just what to do. Now, go out and enjoy your ride!