Super 73 Electric Bike Review 2020

Hailing from Southern California, Lithium Cycles created the SUPER73 electric motorbike in 2016 after an exceptionally successful Kickstarter campaign. Since then, they’ve become the popular electric bike on the internet, striking a chord with many.
The vintage motorcycle designs of inspired design is a distinctive blend of urban cruiser and off-road scrambler. 4″ wide tyres means you can ride anywhere, be it sand, snow, mud or the city streets. The Super 73, a minimalist electric bike that resembles a small motorcycle, which is much pricier than more practical e-bikes. The stylish e-bike struck a nerve with more deep-pocketed millennials than they expected, so they pivoted from making electric carts for businesses and put all that money into making the Super 73.

Super73 Z SERIES

Super73 is all about the laid-back, Southern California style. These electric bikes place an emphasis on the mini-bike styling and give the feel of zooming around town on an electric moped or motorbike. But with many of the full-featured Super73 e-bikes starting at $2k or more, I wanted to see if you could get the same kind of experience on the $1,150 Super73-Z1, which is the company’s entry level model.

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Super73-Z1 electric bike tech specs
Motor: 500W nominal, 1,000W peak rear hub motor
Top speed: 32 km/h (20 mph)
Range: 32 km (20 miles) though closer to 12-15 miles real world
Battery: 36V 11.6Ah with Panasonic cells (non-removable)
Charge time: 6-7 hours
Weight: 25.4 kg (56 lb)
Max load: 125 kg (275 lb)
Frame: Steel
Wheels: 20 inches with 4-inch fat tires
Brakes: Tektro mechanical disc brakes
Extras: Banana seat, thumb throttle, LED battery meter, kickstand
Super73-z1 e-bike video review
Check out my video review below to see the Super73-Z1 in action.

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Bare bones, just the essentials
The first thing you’ll notice is that the Super73-Z1 is stripped down to the bare necessities. There are no lights, fenders, suspension, pedal assist, gear shifter, horn…. nothing! I even included the kickstand in the “Extras” section of the tech specs above because I was scraping the bottom of the barrel.

So you’re going into this knowing that there’s not a lot of fancy equipment or features.

But what you do get is an affordable and fun little moped-style e-bike to rip around on! The bike gets up to 20 mph (32 km/h) and has those nice fat street tires that allow you to really lean into turns and roll right over obstacles (no losing these tires in trolley tracks!). The banana seat isn’t adjustable, but you can just scoot forward or backward to find the most comfortable spot for you. It doesn’t really matter where you sit because you aren’t going to be pedaling this thing much. It’s super awkward to pedal. There’s only one gear that isn’t low enough for hills or high enough to help out pedaling at max speed. But the motor is strong enough to get up hills with a lot more power than I expected from a 36V setup.

The biggest draw here is the style of the bike. You definitely turn heads on a Super73; it’s a very eye-catching design. And the cool thing about the Super73-Z1 is that it looks a lot more expensive than it is. It’s priced at $1,395 on Super73’s site right now. But I’d recommend checking it out on Amazon where you can save $250 and pick it up for $1,150. That’s a great price for a bike that looks this good (and this much fun to ride!). And if you really want to catch people’s attention, consider going for the “Astro Orange” model.

Even though pedaling is nearly futile, I didn’t really miss it. The Super73-Z1 is definitely a laid-back, cruise-around type of bike that feels much more like a motorbike than a standard bicycle. And since it is a Class 2 e-bike (limited to 20 mph), it is allowed in many more places than faster Class 3 e-bikes.

Of course it isn’t going to be as fancy as Super73’s other e-bikes. They just unveiled an awesome full suspension e-bike for $3,500 and even their S1 and S2 with more range, higher power drivetrains, and fancier features start at twice the price of the Super73-Z1. And I love the Super73-S1, don’t get me wrong. I reviewed it last year and had a blast. But forking over $2k+ is a much bigger commitment than $1,150 for the Super73-Z1.

Of course you aren’t just giving up features like lights and LCD displays here, you’re also giving up range. That’s probably the biggest caveat of this bike — it doesn’t have great range. The 418Wh battery is a bit below average compared to the industry, and those 4-inch-wide fat tires aren’t doing efficiency any favors. The company says you can get 20 miles of range, but that’s likely measured at less than top speed. Is 20 miles of range possible? Sure. But who rides like that?

In real life, when you’re spending most of your time with the throttle pegged, you’re not likely to see more than 15 miles (25 km) of range. Thrash it really hard and you could get even less. So if you need a longer range bike for distance rides, this isn’t it. Not only is the range short, but the battery isn’t removable. You’ve got to charge it on the bike, which probably means garage charging for most people.

But for anyone who just wants to cruise around the city, run errands, or look cool riding the local boardwalk or pier, the Super73-Z1 is the bike that will do it for you. And even though it isn’t as fancy as some other e-bikes, I can forgive all that because of the price. If you can afford a fancier e-bike, Super73 has higher-end bikes on offer. But for those of us that want to stretch every dollar as far as we can, the Super73-Z1 hits the spot.

Super 73 S SERIES

With a look that resembles a classic mini bike from the 1960s, the Scout S1, of course, is more modern version and uses an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine. The motor is in the rear wheel, it’s a geared hub motor and the faux gas tank actually houses the battery where you would normally expect a gas tank on a mini bike to be.

The big front headlight enhances the look, but instead of a big, wiggly incandescent bulb, it’s a bright, attractive LED. The S1 comes stock with a short saddle, but there’s an option for one that extends all the way to the back of the rack.
“When your inner 10-year-old comes out, sometimes you have to try it anyways.”
Though the frame and fork are made in-house, much of the rest of the hardware, like headset and bottom bracket, are fairly standard bike parts. At 135mm wide with a solid axle, the front hub is definitely made for fat bikes. It’s all pretty beefy with an overall build quality that can be likened to a tank. At about 70 pounds, it’s not something you’re likely going to lift up much, but it has a torquey 500-watt motor that scoots it around easily. Any time you put a hub motor on a small wheel, you get a lot of torque, and the 20-inch wheels on this bike prove that.

Super 73 electric bike

The bike comes standard with a shorter seat and a rack for easy cargo carriage. Customers can request a seat that extends all the way back. You have your choice of flat black or white, though custom colors can be arranged. Their stock olive (think old military vehicles) looks really good, and we saw one custom paint job for a customer in bright pink. Custom colors add to the price, of course. The bike comes standard with knobby tires, but you can swap them for slick tires, and if you’re over 6 feet tall, they recommend upgrading to the extra-long seat.

A single gear is attached to a powerful, geared, 500-watt hub motor that makes this a pretty quick bike.
The Scout S1 comes with a nice toolkit to assemble the bike if you have it shipped to you, including an adjustable crescent wrench, a pedal wrench, several sizes of hex wrenches, and a 4mm Torx wrench to install and tighten brake rotor bolts. If you don’t want to assemble it, and you’re able to pick it up in Tustin, California, they will assemble it fully for you for $75.

The 14.5-Ah battery takes about three hours to fully charge and promises plenty of range. This bike may not be your choice for a touring bike, but it definitely is all about style and some performance. The 30-plus-mile range should be more than enough for most people’s commutes. The controller is very easy to read and ergonomically placed with an integrated thumb throttle. Pedal assist is also available via a cadence sensor.

The Scout S1 is aimed directly at those who want a very stylish electric bike and don’t mind getting plenty of attention. Those of a certain age will remember mini bikes that were in ads in a lot of magazines, which some of us had and some of us wished we had them. They usually were powered by a lawnmower engine. This one is pure electric—no pull cord to start it! Unlike those old mini bikes, this one is designed primarily for flat, paved roads. A sleek, chic commuter. There seems to be equal interest in this bike from both the older and younger/hipster generations.

Super 73 electric bike

Getting on this bike is very easy. It’s fairly low and has a large, padded seat. The display, controller and motor look like they’re from Bafang, but it’s sourced through Lectric Cycles and branded as Lithium. The throttle and controller with display are really sturdy, and you can position it for easy reach on the right side. Since the bike has a cadence sensor, any pedal input starts up the power instantly. You can use the throttle instead if you prefer. The wide pedals can be a little awkward at first, so the throttle becomes the go-to. Power-assist levels didn’t seem to have a big difference between them, so the throttle is actually a more accurate way of controlling speed. The brakes have cutoff switches, and with the wide contact patch of the tires, quick stops are pretty easy.

As with any fat-tire bike, tire pressure is crucial. The suggested range is 20–30 psi with a 35-psi max. Good suggestion. The higher the pressure, the less rolling resistance. That also has to be tempered with how hard a ride you want in that the only suspension in the bike is in the tires and a tiny bit in the padded seat. Lower pressure equals a more cushy ride and better grip depending on the surface.

The tires have tubes, and those tubes aren’t easy to source if you get a flat. Bike shops are unlikely places to find a tube to fit a 20×4-inch tire. You may have to go to a motorcycle shop to find one. We had to patch one of the tubes at one point for want of a readily available replacement.

There’s no suspension to see here. The voluminous tires still provide for a fairly cushy ride. The bike isn’t designed for much off-road use, but that didn’t stop one of our test riders from seeing what it was capable of. He took it on a trail we use for mountain bike tests, and after a steep, 20-minute climb, the hub motor overheated. He let it sit for five minutes, and it had already cooled enough to start again and keep going. It’s not what the company recommends, but when your inner 10-year-old comes out, sometimes you have to try it anyways.

Super73 R series
The R-Series takes the original Super73 electric bike design and cranks it into overdrive. That means a powerful motor, bigger battery, full suspension, high quality components, integrated tech/smart features, and an aggressive design.

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We’ll start with the motor. It’s a 750W continuous unit, but that’s a nominal 750 watts — as in 750W in name only. Out of four power modes, the first three mode allow the motor to peak at 1,200W.
The Super73 R-Series ships with a standard Class 2 e-bike setup including a 20 mph (32 km/h) top speed and a functional hand throttle. But three other ride modes offer Class 1 operation (pedal assist limited 20 mph), Class 3 (pedal assist at 28 mph) and Unlimited Mode (full 2,000W peak power and throttle control up to 28 mph). Super73 explicitly states that Unlimited Mode is not for public roads but rather for use on private property. Super73 actually lists the top speed of Unlimited Mode as “28mph +,” meaning that riders might even be surprised with an even higher top speed. Considering the “20 mph” Super73 S1 took me up to 25 mph, I wouldn’t be shocked to find that the R-Series overdelivers on speed as well.

The 960 Wh battery on the Super73 R-Series is one of the largest batteries found in the electric bicycle industry. It is built with 21700 Li-ion battery cells and is large enough to provide up to 40 miles (64 km) of range under throttle-only operation at 20 mph (32 km/h). Add in your own pedal assist and the bike can reach a maximum range of 75 miles (120 km).

Unlike previous versions of the Super73 e-bike, the R-Series offers full suspension. There are two different models to choose from, the R Base Model and the RX Premium Model, and each has a slightly different suspension setup.

The RX Premium Model includes an adjustable inverted front shock and a coilover piggyback monoshock in the rear. In case you weren’t aware, we’re talking nearly light electric motorcycle-level suspension here. Other high end components include 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes on oversized rotors, powerful LED head and tail lights, Super73’s proprietary new 5-inch wide tires and options for features like a two-person seat, passenger foot pegs, IoT connectivity for smartphone alerts such as anti-theft warnings, horn, turn signals, and more.

Ecotric Fat Tire Electric Bike Review & Purchasing Guide

Electric bikes increase in popularity every year, and are a great eco-friendly commute option for anyone looking to reduce their environmental impact. On top of this, electric bikes have become more versatile, allowing you to use them for mountain biking, cycling, and more. But once the weather turns colder, or you find yourself on dirt roads, you want to be sure to invest in a fat tire electric bike.

Fat tire electric bikes have larger tires than your average bike, which gives them increased traction on slick and rough surfaces. This not only allows you to travel further over rough terrain without exerting as much energy (or battery power), it can help prevent the slipping and sliding that happens when biking in light snow or other wet conditions.

ECOTRIC Fat Tire Electric Bikes
1. ECOTRIC Fat Tire Electric Bicycle 26-Inch

Ecotric fat tire electric bike

A budget-friendly ebike that is really good on any terrain, the Ecotric FAT26s900 electric bike is a sturdy and robust machine, with fat tires that provide premium traction, even on snow and sand! This pedal-assist throttle hybrid ebike, features an aerodynamic design and premium shock absorption capability. Still, at 55lbs, this motorized bicycle is considered heavy so is not well suited to being carried for any distance.
With anti-slip tires offering premium grip, the e-bike has excellent traction, and it is an ideal choice for anyone who prefers to cycle on a variety of terrains. With 500 watts, it’s both quiet and powerful and can reach up to 20 mph, which means that you will always have enough power to push through that extra mile. The Ecotric has a battery which you can easily remove so you can take a spare with you, but it does take around 5 to 8 hours to charge, but it can be charged either on or off the ebike.

The Ecotric fat tire electric bike doesn’t quite reach the top speeds or have the range of some of its competitors, but it is budget-friendly and is a great choice and excellent value for money as it has the performance levels of a much more expensive e-bike.

14 reasons to buy
The Ecotric has seven speeds, three modes of pedal assist and a twist throttle. This makes it easy for riders of all abilities to use.
With the addition of a rack or basket, the Ecotric is great for errands or commuting.
The bike folds, making it easy to transport and store.
Many users over 200 lbs. had no trouble getting up to speed on the bike. Ecotric recommends it for riders up to 260 lbs.
The battery can be charged on or off the bike.
The wide cushioned seat provides comfort to riders.
The 500w rear hub motor is powerful, helping riders quickly accelerate.
The fat tires absorb bumps on rough roads and allow riders to ride on snow and sand.
The display is easy to read, and includes information on one’s speed, distance, and battery life.
The bike’s battery is designed to last with overcharge protection, charge control, short-circuit protection, temperature protection and over-voltage protection.
The front fender keeps mud and water from hitting the rider.
The power key also conveniently locks the battery.
The Ecotric FAT20810-WB comfortably fits a range of riders from 5’1”-5’9”.
This bike is affordable compared to similar electric bikes.

6 reasons not to buy
The battery takes over 6 hours to fully charge.
The bike can experience technical issues in the motor and battery.
Removing the battery requires one to remove their seat and seat post.
Several users found the assembly process took up to 2 hours and stated the instructions were unclear.
Parts and controller replacements can be hard to find for the bike.
Users found that the front wheel is prone to locking up, causing unexpected crashes.

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Fat Tire Electric Bike Frequently Asked Questions
Are Fat Tire Electric Bikes Harder to Ride?
This is a bit of a complex question. Fat tire bikes make riding over tough terrain a breeze compared to bikes with smaller tires, and can make that stretch of gravel you dread a bike in the park. But fat tire bikes are heavier than their counterparts, and are much heavier to peddle on flat surfaces like pavement. In short, the difficulty comes more from the terrain than it does from the bike, so be prepared to spend a little extra power (either motor or pedal) when working with a fat tire electric bike.

Are Fat Tire Electric Bikes Slower?
Again, this question is a bit relative to the terrain. If you tried to take your normal bike over bumpy surfaces and off road, it would probably perform much slower than on pavement or flat ground. But overall, yes, fat tire bikes tend to be slower than bikes with thin tires, especially on pavement. This applies to fat tire electric bikes as well, but they are still much faster than walking, and when you factor in the delays caused by uneven ground or frustrating terrain, it all tends to even out.

Are Fat Bikes Cool?
We’ve gone over the technical questions associated with fat tire electric bikes, but there is one question that we still need to answer: are fat bikes cool? We say yes, but check out this video to find out why they’re so cool.

Fat Tire Electric Bike Purchasing Guide
If you feel overwhelmed by the amount of options for fat tire electric bikes, no need to worry! We’ve rounded up the key features to keep in mind while bike shopping.

Tire Size and Tread
While it goes without saying that fat tire electric bikes will have larger tires than your average cycle, you want to consider the size of the tires and tread type before making your investment. The wider the tires, the more stability, but also the slower the speed. And while increased tread can make traveling over rough terrain that much easier, it can slow you down on paved roads, and eat into your battery life.
The real trick is to choose a set of tires that are wide enough to provide support, and with enough tread for your needs, without becoming unwieldy. It can help to do some research on the best tire types for your activity of choice, and to scout out your daily commute or favorite trails to see what your new bike will have to contend with.

Motor and Battery
As with any electric bike, the stronger the motor, the heavier it becomes. Fat tires can contribute to the overall weight of your bike, meaning you’ll need a stronger motor to go as fast as the average electric bike. This means that you may end up needing a larger battery to run your motors, which can contribute to the overall weight of the bike again. These all play off of each other to impact battery life and overall speed, not to mention the bulk of your new bike. And while you may not be entirely concerned about the weight of your bike now, you might rethink that stance once you have to carry it with you on a commute.

Another thing to keep in mind is the kind of motor your fat tire electric bike has. Power-assist and full-power motors can add or detract to your bike depending on its intended use, so it’s best to consider if you want a bike that does all the work for you (full-power) or a motor that can kick in when the going gets tough (power-assist).

If you are looking for an affordable electric fat bike, that is easy to store and transport, the HOTEBIKE A6AH26F is one to consider. With walk assist, three modes of pedal assist and a twist throttle, this bike offers plenty of options for any rider. The bike is comfortable to most, with adjustments for riders 165cm- 190cm.

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Powerful Electric Mountain Bike with 48V 750W Motor 13AH LG Battery
Multi-function large screen LCD display shows lots of data like Distance, Mileage, Temperature, Voltage, etc. Shimano 21 speed gear increases hill-climbing power, further range variation, and greater terrain adatability. Aluminum alloy crank and pedals. Independently Designed 6061 Aluminum Alloy Frame. Classic aluminum alloy mountain bike frame, own mold, independent development, patent design. Suspension alumimun alloy front fork, make your riding more comfortable.
48V 750W Rear Hub Brushless Motor, high-Quality Durable Fat Tires.26 inches tires, the thickness is 4 inches, Between the front suspension and the huge air volume in the tires, the A6AH26F rides quite comfortably on varied terrain. Front and rear mechanical 180 disc brakes provides more reliable all-weather stopping power, which keep you safe from any emergency. Comes with a 5V 1A USB mobile phone charging port on the LED headlight for a convenient phone charging on the ride.

Schwinn Bikes Start Electric Bike Business!

Schwinn is not only one of the most famous bicycle brands in the United States-but also one of the oldest bicycle brands. The company was founded in 1895 and has a history of more than 100 years. It was started by a mechanical engineer in Chicago who gave the company a name-Ignaz Schwinn. Today, it has become one of the world’s largest bicycle companies-Dorel Industries, which owns other famous bicycle brands such as Mongoose, GT and Cannondale.

Broadly speaking the range is split into five main categories. Models from each are featured in listings as follow.

Cruiser – bikes designed for riding comfort with upright seating positions, cushy saddles, and swept back handlebars
Hybrid – bikes for riding performance on the road with abilities when you go off road too
Mountain – mountain bikes with a range of suspension options designed primarily for off-road riding
Urban – commuter bikes with a good combination of comfortable sitting position and efficient pedaling
Kids – extensive range of styles for children

Schwinn Bicycles Timeline
1982 – Introduction of BMX bikes by Schwinn
1995 – Focus was adjusted towards the mountain biking industry
2013 – Introduction of a recyclable bicycle
2016 – Redesign of kids’ bikes
2018 – Schwinn partners up with Stranger Things to release “Mike’s Bike”
2019 – Introduction of electric bikes
Today, the company is owned by Dorel Industries; a multi-national conglomerate that owns Pacific Cycle.

Schwinn Electric Bike Series:

Vantage Fxe: $3,499.99

Schwinn bike

Don’t let long travel times or steep hills keep you from enjoying your ride. The Vantage FXe is a one-of-a-kind electric bike that makes every trip a worthwhile one. With this e-bike, you reap the benefits of bike riding but leave the stress behind. It features a Bosch Performance Line Cruise 250-watt pedal assist motor and LCD display where you can select your desired level of assistance, up to 20 MPH. Enjoy the ride wherever you go with the Vantage FXe.
Custom formed alloy frame with Smooth Ride Technology decoupler. Carbon fork with thru axle for maximum steering precision. Bosch Performance Line Cruise 250w motor gets you where you need to be in comfort. SRAM Apex 11sp drivetrain w/ thumb shiftier keeps you spinning along smoothly.

eVoyageurD Mid-rive Step-Thru: $2,599.99

Schwinn mountain bikes

The Voyageur electric bike features an aluminum comfort-tuned geometry frame that allows for a more upright and natural rider position and the hydro-formed down-tube keeps the Voyageur’s battery as low as possible for better stability and control. With the SR Suntour coil-sprung suspension fork with lockout you can tune your Voyageur to your comfort level: shock absorbing for rough roads or fully rigid for smooth paths. The Shimano 8-speed drivetrain keeps you spinning along smoothly and the aluminum Tektro mechanical disc brakes deliver precision stopping power in all conditions. The Voyageur includes 250-watt Bafang Misdriven mid drive motor that provides 5 levels of pedal assist. Just choose your level of assist on the handlebar-mounted LCD display, and the motor will put that much extra oomph behind every pedal stroke.

eVoyageur Hub-Drive:$1,899.99

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Focus on the fun of cycling without worrying about climbing hills or running out of steam on longer distances.The Voyageur ebike by Schwinn includes a 250-watt Bafang hub drive motor that provides 5 levels of pedal assist. Just choose your level of assist on the handlebar LCD display, and the motor will put that much extra oomph behind every pedal stroke. Get more fun out of your ride with the Voyageur ebike.

Mendocino eBike: $1,499.99

commuter bikes

Focus on the fun of cycling without worrying about climbing hills or running out of steam on longer distances.The Voyageur ebike by Schwinn includes a 250-watt Bafang hub drive motor that provides 5 levels of pedal assist. Just choose your level of assist on the handlebar LCD display, and the motor will put that much extra oomph behind every pedal stroke. Get more fun out of your ride with the Voyageur ebike. Comfort tuned Geometry Alloy frame with hydro-formed down-tube keeps battery as low as possible for better stability. SR Suntour NEX suspension fork with lockout lets you tune your comfort level.

More value-for-money electric bicycles: HOTEBIKE electric bikes

HOTEBIKE supply electric mountain bikes, city electric bikes, fat tire ebikes, folding electric bike, there is always one suitable for you.

Latest News!
HOTEBIKE electric bikes Black Friday sale!
Covered areas: United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Malaysia.
Time: November 15th-November 30th
100-140 USD Discount

Black Friday

Electric Bike Black Friday Sales – 2020 | HOTEBIKE

Electric Bike Black Friday Sales – 2020 | HOTEBIKE

Electric Bikes Black Friday 2020
Electric bike Black Friday and holiday sales are starting early! Black Friday 2020 is the first time HOTEBIKE has participated in Black Friday events. The promotion lasts for half a month, from November 15th to November 30th, 2020. There are many types of electric bicycles participating in the promotion, including electric mountain bikes, city bicycles, and fat tire bicycles. There are a total of nine models.The discount is from 100 USD to 140 USD.

HOTEBIKE Black Friday 2020
You can check out all of their deals here. Included in the 2020 HOTEBIKE Black Friday sale is the A5AH26, A6AH20F, A6AH26, A7AT26.

Some products are available to ship within 2 business days. I was surprised to see any significant sale on HOTEBIKE due to the current demand in ebikes. Their electric bikes only recently began to be in stock.

While it is unfortunate that not every model was included, these are deals nonetheless. This sale ends November 30 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Below are the details of the HOTEBIKE Black Friday Sale. The biggest savings are on the A7AT26 ($140)

HOTEBIKE Black Friday 2020 in US
A6AH26 350W ($9,99) was $1,099 (Fast Delivery)
A6AH27.5 350W ($1,099) was $1,199 (Fast Delivery)
A5AH26 350W ($9,99) was $1,099 (Fast Delivery)
A6AH26 500W ($1,119) was $1,219
A6AH27.5 500W ($1,179) was $1,279
A6AH26 750W ($1,279) was $1,399
A6AH27.5 750W ($1,339) was $1,459
A7AT26 2000W ($2,049) was $2,199

Canada Black Friday Sale: Mountain Bike A6AH26 Series

Tire: KENDA 26“/27.5”*1.95 tire
DISC Brake: front and rear TEKTRO 160
Battery: 36V 10AH/48V 13AH hidden lithium battery
Motor: 36V 350W/48V 500W/48V 750W brushless gear motor
MAX Speed: 30-40KM/H (20-25MPH)
Gear: SHIMANO 21 speed with derailleur
Controller: 36V 350W intelligent brushless controller

City Bike A5AH26:

Battery: 36V 10AH hidden lithium battery
Motor: 36V 350W Brushless Gears Motor
Tire: Kenda 26”*1.95 tire
Disc Brake: front and rear Tektro 160 disc brake
Display: Multi function LCD display
Gear: Shimano 21 speed with derailleur
Front Fork: suspension aluminium alloy front fork
Max speed: 30km/h (20mph)

Fat Tire Electric Bike A7AT26:

Motor: 60V 2000W brushless motor
Batttery: 60V 18AH large capacity, long range
Controller: Intelligent brushless 60V 2000W
Charger: 71.4V 3A 100-240V input
Tire: 26*4.0 fat tyre
Brake lever: Aluminum, cut-off electricity when braking
Gears: Shimano 21 Speed with derailleur
Display: Multifunctional LCD3 display
Initiating mode: Pedal assistant (+ Thumb Throttle)
Max speed: 55KM/H

Russia Black Friday Sale
Based on the existing inventory in the Russian warehouse, we additionally promote an electric bike on Black Friday. It is a 20-inch mini fat tire electric bicycle A6AH20F.

Europe Black Friday Sale
Europe: We can ship to Britain, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, France, Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Monaco, Romania, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland/Northern Ireland, Portugal, Greece, Sweden, Spain, etc.

The Black Friday discounts vary from $100 to $140 depending on model and motor power. HOTEBIKE offers some of the best value-priced ebikes, if you’ve had your eye on a HOTEBIKE electric bike this is a good time to buy.

The sale starts on November 15th and runs through Cyber Monday. Prices are subject to change based on inventory and I imagine they will run out of stock on some models.

Terms and Conditions
Discount amount is based on our availability. This is our only planned sale event of the year and the sale will end Dec 1st. We provide unbeatable prices year-round, so our discounted prices are a unique and rare opportunity to own an electric bike at the lowest price of the year. Promotions are only valid on select models from now through 11/30/2000 while supplies last. These prices are subject to change and DO NOT apply to existing orders or future orders. These offers cannot be combined with existing promotions and will not work with ANY COUPONS. All other standard terms apply. Please do not inquire about a matching a discount on a different color or model or variation, no exceptions will be made. We expect to sell out of certain models so certain discounts may be reduced depending on our inventory.

NOTE: Inventory is limited on all models. If needed by a certain date or before Christmas, be sure to order early. Sale prices are subject to reduction based on demand.

Hotebike promotion page: choose the model of electric bicycle you need to buy

MiRiDER electric bike reviews, buying advice and news

MiRiDER electric bike reviews, buying advice and news

At first glance, the MiRiDER One certainly isn’t your typical folding e-bike. It has a fold-in-two magnesium box frame and chunky front and rear forks with rear spring suspension, and magnesium mag-style wheels with a small hub motor in the rear wheel.

Buy the MiRiDER electric bike here

The removable battery is housed in the front half of the folding frame with control electronics in the rear half. There is a small LCD unit next to the left handgrip, from which you can control the five power levels. There is also a trigger throttle next to the right handgrip, and the bike can be used as a pure pedelec just by pedalling forwards, or with the throttle, which overrides the pedelec delivered power; though the pedals must still be turning for the power to be delivered – if it could be operated by throttle alone it would not be a legal e-bike.

Clarks cable-operated disk brakes are specced with 160mm rotors, and there is just a single gear. Handlebars and seatpost are telescopically height-adjustable and the mudguards, kickstand and front light (powered from the main e-bike battery) complete the package.

This is truly a unique mixture of materials, design and components, but it produces a very compact e-bike that folds into an even more compact 67cm x 66cm x 43cm size, and weighs 18.9kg according to my Park Tool scales.

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With just a single gear, a modest 187Wh battery, rear suspension and chunky 16 x 1.95” (53-305) tyres, it’s clear the MiRider is aimed firmly at the leisure and short-range commuting market; the kind of e-bike you could pop in the back of a car or on your canal boat and get out for a spin for a few miles… but how does it fulfil this brief?


My first impressions were that this is a solid frame, and that the neither of the hinges – in the middle of the frame and at the base of the extended handlebar stem – introduce any real appreciable flex; nor do the clamp joints in the telescopic stem and seatpost.

Indeed, for a 16” wheeled bike with a wheelbase shorter than a Brompton it feels remarkably stable and assured, even on fast downhills. I soon learnt to keep my weight back and to apply the cable-operated Clarks disc brakes as gently as possible, as obviously on a bike with these dimensions, there is less room for error than on a full-sized bike. At first the brakes appeared to lack any real modulation, but after a little fettling with the cable outer adjusters and once the pads had bedded in a little, they felt rather more forgiving; although lacking the total control you get with hydraulic disk brakes. Still, I had no worries at all about their stopping power.

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The very small cockpit area means a fairly upright riding position, and the bars and seatpost are telescopically adjustable for taller riders. Those with longer limbs will want to check they are comfortable on such a short bike, though.

The motor kicks in pretty quickly once you start pedalling, and cuts out equally quickly when you stop. Even though this is a fairly basic set-up involving a motion sensor near the cranks and a geared hub motor, it seems the control electronics are pretty well set up to deliver nice smooth power.

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I’m not a fan of brake cut-out levers, especially the cheaper ones like the WuXing branded ones used here; in fact, I’m not even sure they are legally necessary. The EU e-bike standard EN19154, which the UK still adheres to, says that cut-out levers are only necessary if motor power fails to cut out within 2m of the cyclist stopping pedalling. I don’t have a test lab here to confirm this, but the control software felt like it reacted pretty quickly to pedal movement.

As the MiRiDER One is a single speed, steeper hills meant I had to call on the throttle, which overrides your pedal activated power to give maximum motor output very quickly after you start applying the thumb lever. The motor feels geared for speed rather than hill climbing, so I found myself putting in quite a bit of human effort up the 1-in-8 hill climbs on my Pennine test course. Over more gently rolling hill sections, the gearing and the motor power in a middle setting had me gliding along comfortably at around 15mph.

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Perhaps most surprising was the bike’s ability off-road. There are a number of broad but quite unevenly-surfaced byways in my test area and the MiRiDER coped with these well, offering a very comfortable ride. I was pleased with how the 16” x 1.95” tyres and the rear spring suspension combined to give a nice, soft ride feel, made extra forgiving by a super comfortable saddle; the  rear suspension is in fact adjustable by twisting the plastic body to alter spring tension. I could even negotiate the more rubble-strewn bits at low speed and with care, where the throttle really helps blip around troublesome sections.

Clearly the bike has its limitations like all single speeds. It’s certainly not a bike to take for long rides in very hilly country. Even being careful with the battery, I estimated I would get a range of 10-20 miles around the hilly South Pennines. No doubt this would be considerably longer on easier rides where you could apply the power more moderately, and the motor would be operating more efficiently more of the time.

For fun rides in less demanding territory though, it’s great; especially allied with the folding ability outlined below. Other practical features include a kickstand, mudguards and a front light. The handlebar display gives odometer, trip distance and max speed, as well as your current power level. There is also a handy walk assist button which powers the bike up to 4mph without the pedals having to be turned, and an on/off switch for the front light (rear lighting would have completed the package). A rear carry rack is an optional extra.

I also think it would be a great city commuter for places like London, where there are very few battery-sapping, motor-challenging hills; the compact size and manoeuvrability make it ideal for weaving in and out of traffic. Although it’s not the lightest e-bike out there, it’s quite easy and well balanced for carrying up flights of stairs (even unfolded), and the compact size is a real advantage again for manoeuvring inside buildings and storing inside; fold the bars down and the pedals in, and it’s great for storing easily in a hallway too.

The throttle control is ideal for the quick stop/start riding needed in a busy city, and the small size means it can easily be wheeled onto trains or other transport where bikes are permitted; you probably won’t even need to bother folding it in many cases.

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The Mirider is no Brompton; you aren’t going to be lifting it above your head and onto a train bag shelf above your seat. The fold is still pretty quick and compact though. You simply fold the bars down and rest them on one side of the frame, then undo the frame hinge and fold the frame in half, making sure the pedals are clear of the swinging frame. The frame-mounted magnets then meet each other square-on. These magnets seem to do a pretty good job of keeping the two halves together, although they can come unstuck if the front fork is subjected to a twisting motion whilst the bike is folded. The hinges themselves are pretty quick and easy to open, and look solidly made.

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At 67cm x 66cm x 43cm and 18.9kg, it is a small but broad and quite a heavy folded package. It is quite handy for car booting and situations where the occasional fold is needed. Just be aware the chain sits on the outside of the folded package, so it needs to be kept away from clothes. The trolley wheel on the bottom of the frame is a handy feature, that means you can extend the seatpost and use it as a handle to trundle the folded package along flatter concourse-type surfaces. I found out you need to do this with the bike going forwards, as moving the motor backwards will turn the cranks and jam them against the frame.

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You might think making small folding bikes lightweight isn’t too complicated; but making a good, strong folding bike that rides well and is very light is a pretty tough engineering challenge, electric one doubly so. Yes the frame and wheels are smaller, but you need extra strength around the hinge areas, meaning extra metal and exotic lightweight materials aren’t always suitable for the extra stresses and strains and more complicated welds of a folding bike. This may be one reason MiRiDER have opted for this super-chunky magnesium frame. Volume-for-volume, magnesium is lighter and denser than aluminium and steel, and has been used on racing bikes in the past (by Pinarello for example). Historically it has been shied away from for bike frame manufacturing, because of concerns about corrosion.

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If anything, The MiRiDER frame if anything looks over-engineered. The funky box frame blends form and function, as it leaves plenty of space to hide away and protect the battery and controller; but the large front and rear forks could perhaps be slimmed down to shed some weight. Indeed, Mirider say they are working on a lighter version of the bike with more torque for climbing hills, and will it be interesting to see just how they do this and how much lighter it will be.

I actually found myself using it as a super compact e-bike rather than a folder for my test rides, but it lived in my house and didn’t get put in a car. I can see city dwellers using it in a similar way, as it would sit in the corner at home or in an office (as long as neither is super-cramped), and could be taken outside and ridden off in a jiffy. With its super storage ability and quick responsive throttle control, it starts to give some of the larger (and not yet legal) electric kickscooters a run for their money in terms of functionality.

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The MiRiDER One is compact, even when it’s unfolded, great fun to ride and reassuringly well-built. Additionally Mirider have an assembly plant in the UK, and the bikes come with a 2 year guarantee. Any electric folder with a single gear is going to have its limitations; but if you don’t think these would be an issue, it’s worth a test ride to see if you find it versatile to use and tremendous fun to ride like I did.

New mountain bike guidebook doubles as a coffee table picture book

New mountain bike guidebook doubles as a coffee table picture book.

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Some of the routes are gnarly; others have rollers or even whoop-de-doos. If these terms seem like a foreign language, each is defined in the book “Wyoming Singletrack” by Cheyenne author Jerimiah Rieman. The book, highlighting mountain bike routes across the state, is hot off the presses through Fixed Pin Publishing.

Mountain bike terms, options when buying that first – or second or third – mountain bike, and what to take along when heading out on a ride, are all addressed in Rieman’s book. There’s plenty of “eye candy,” with stunning photographs on nearly every page. Its real value is as a guidebook that describes 97 routes across Wyoming, covering over 650 miles.

Rieman, a Wyoming native and current executive director of the Wyoming County Commissioners Association, spent more than three years exploring trails all across Wyoming. He personally pedaled and explored every route in the book.

“I didn’t feel like I could put in a route I didn’t ride myself,” Rieman said. “I had to be able to tell what each route was like based on my personal experience.”

Of the 97 routes, the one that proved most difficult for Rieman was Cliff Creek Falls, located in the Hoback Canyon west of Bondurant. This 11.84-mile out-and-back trail is rated “hard” for physical difficulty and “advanced” for technical skill. Rieman has similar ratings for all routes in the book. The Cliff Creek Falls route also garners Rieman’s “adventure” rating. That designation is reserved for routes that take riders off the beaten path and into the wonders of nature, be it due to wildlife, vegetation, topography or scenic vistas.

“A few miles into the ride, I encountered a massive landslide that had recently crossed the trail and wiped it out,” Rieman said. “I spent about an hour and a half trying to figure how to cross the obstacle to reconnect with the trail on the other side. At one point, I dropped into a mud hole up to my waist.”

Luckily, most of the other 96 routes he pedaled weren’t nearly as difficult to locate or maneuver, though there are still some that will test a rider’s mettle.

In southeast Wyoming, Rieman highlights 17 routes, including multi-path bike systems at North Cheyenne Community Park, Curt Gowdy State Park and within Pole Mountain. He also has individual routes in the Snowy Range and Sierra Madre Mountains.

For Cheyenne cyclists, Rieman offers recommendations for an easy route, a moderate route and a route for advanced riders. Each is found within southeast Wyoming, and one is even within the city of Cheyenne.

For those getting started in mountain biking or just looking for fairly easy riding, Rieman recommends North Cheyenne Community Park.

“There are a series of smooth singletrack loops with gentle climbs and exciting descents, which young riders will find exhilarating,” Rieman said. “For those seeking a bit more challenge, there are drop lines, rock features and a pump track. Regardless of age or ability, these trails are a delight. For additional fun, North Cheyenne Community Park connects to the Greater Cheyenne Greenway and over 40 miles of pathways.”

For a more moderate level of mountain biking, he recommends heading to Curt Gowdy State Park. This mountain biking mecca offers more than 40 miles of trails designed for beginners and seasoned riders alike.

The Xterra route in the book covers 12.62 miles and is guaranteed to get the heart rate ticking with some difficult sections that require some advanced mountain bike handling.

For those looking for a truly challenging route, Rieman recommends the Rock Creek National Recreation Trail on the north end of the Medicine Bow Mountains. Starting at the Deep Creek Trailhead along the Sand Lake Road, the route goes north as it descends and parallels Rock Creek. At some particularly gnarly sections, a wrong move could result in disaster, with the creek flowing in the canyon below. It is not a route for the faint of heart or the inexperienced mountain biker.

Rieman strongly recommends doing this trail one way only, making it a shuttle ride or returning up the mountain via Forest Service roads.

“I don’t recommend riding up the trail,” Rieman said. “That would be truly masochistic and, at times, downright dangerous.”

Whether looking for an all-day adventure, a cruise on an easy trail with the kids or a multi-day camping trek via a loaded bicycle, this book offers suggestions for all types of outings. There’s even a fatbike section for those opting to keep on pedaling into the winter and notes on where ebikes – electric bikes – are allowed.

Whether planning your next outing or just wanting to ogle some excellent Wyoming photography, this book has a little something for all knobby-tired bicycle enthusiasts.

Amber Travsky is a wildlife biologist who earned master’s degrees in wildlife zoology and exercise physiology from the University of Wyoming. She runs her own environmental consulting company, Real West Consulting, as well as a martial arts school. She authored “Mountain Biking Wyoming” and “Mountain Biking Jackson Hole,” both published by Falcon Books. She is the tour director and founder of the Tour de Wyoming bicycle tour, which crosses the state every July.

Toyota Yaris ZR Hybrid Reviews

Toyota Yaris ZR Hybrid Reviews


AUSTRALIAN motoring journalists were sent into a frenzy when news broke that the new Toyota Yaris range would kick off from north of $20,000, with some variants even surpassing the $30,000 mark.

For reference, the old Yaris kicked off from $15,390 plus on-road costs and topped out at $22,670 before options.

The new fourth-generation model meanwhile now starts at $22,130 plus on-roads with the flagship ZR Hybrid nudging $33,000.

They are some significant price hikes, all of which Toyota Motor Company Australia (TMCA) stand by and attribute to the new model’s all-new nature, its advanced TNGA platform, significantly higher levels of safety equipment and new powertrains, including a hybrid system.

But the question still remains, is the new model really worth that much?

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During the Yaris’ national media launch, TMCA vice-president of sales and marketing Sean Hanley said it was never the brand’s intention to launch its smallest car way upmarket, but rather “produce ever-better cars and price them fairly to represent strong value for money”.

Priced from $32,100 plus on-roads, the ZR Hybrid is the flagship of the new Yaris range and perhaps the one that raised the most number of eyebrows regarding its new pricetag.

Visually, TMCA has nailed the styling of the new Yaris, especially so with the ZR and its two-toned colour scheme (black roof) – it looks tough and chunky with a series of swooping lines and bulges giving it a real sense of attitude.

The same cannot be said for the interior however which is awash with grey fabric and plastic.

Its actual cabin and dashboard layout is fine, but at first glance we could not help but wonder if the interior had to be so bland, especially for the price.

The grey cloth of the seat upholstery and door trim in particular are the main culprits here and cheapen the cabin’s appearance, but thankfully there is nothing wrong with its functionality.

Being the flagship, the ZR scores sports front seats as standard with more pronounced bolstering and we are pleased to report they do their job well in being both comfortable and supportive.

That said, some of that comfort does slip away on longer journeys (two-hours plus) but that is not really what the Yaris is made for.

What it is made for though is pottering about suburbs and through busy CBDs and it is here that the little hatch shines, especially the hybrid versions.

Measuring in at 3940mm long, the new model is actually 5mm shorter than the old one which makes negotiating busy inner-city traffic and carparks a breeze, even if rear visibility is a bit skewed by the oversized C-pillars.

The steering is light and direct, the brakes are strong with a solid pedal feel and the hybrid powertrain provides ample punch to get up to speed and exploit gaps.

The system is based around a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine paired with an electric motor which draws its power from a 178-volt/4.3Ah lithium-ion battery.

When all said and done there is 85kW on tap with a claimed combined fuel consumption of 3.3 litres per 100km, making it the world’s most fuel-efficient traditional series/parallel hybrid car.

We were unable to replicate these figures during our time with the Yaris, instead returning a combined figure of 3.8L/100km, although our stint with the car did involve long stretches of freeway and highway driving.

As for the ride, TMCA claims the new Yaris to be a “driver’s car” and around town the pint-sized little hatch does a reasonably good impression of one with an informative ride and – when not loaded – a half-decent engine note.

In fact, we would go so far as to say that in top-spec ZR Hybrid form, the new Yaris actually has bit of a mischievous side, especially when paired with its aggro styling.

After dark when the roads were quiet, we were able to give the little city car a nudge through the suburbs in almost total silence thanks to the alternating nature of the hybrid powertrain – electric and petrol power.

Roundabouts and traffic islands were dispatched with ease which eventually lead us to one of our favourite driving roads about 25 minutes out of Bunbury in the Ferguson Valley.

Here we were able to get the Yaris up to a proper cruising speed and test its mettle on a road full of bumps, crests, cambers, corners and elevation changes.

Despite being outside its preferred environment, the Yaris again proved to be a good steer with decent handling, communicative steering and a playful chassis.

Ultimately its skinny tyres and urban-minded ride prove the limiting factors – a few mid-corner bumps had it pushing well into its suspension travel and pushed its tyres towards the edge of their capabilities but at the end of the day this is a city car, not a sportscar.

With this in mind, our only real complaint is the lack of a manual override for the continuously variable transmission (CVT) as found on the non-hybrid versions, as it would add an extra layer of driver involvement to the experience.

Back in town, the EV drive mode will net you around a kilometre of range at up to 45km/h before the internal combustion engine kicks back in, often rather abruptly, with the transmission nearly always overdoing it with the engine revs to begin with.

Best then to just leave it in normal mode and let the ECU decide when to use petrol or electric power.

An indication of this is the fact we actually managed to cruise along at 80km/h purely under electric power for around 1.5km on the way back from an extended highway run with the car set in normal mode.

In terms of space and practicality, there is more than enough head and shoulder room upfront for a pair of six-footers, however legroom for the driver can prove a little cramped with an overly wide transmission tunnel robbing room that should really be left for your left leg.

Things are unsurprisingly cramped in the rear with the situation further exacerbated by the lack of rear air vents or a fold-down armrest.

On the topic of armrests, even the driver and front passenger forgo that luxury with the centre console being devoid of any enclosed compartments at all, something we class as unacceptable, especially for a city car.

Save for the glovebox and deep, oddly shaped door bins there is nowhere particularly safe within the cabin to leave or hide any keys or valuables.

Boot space is pegged at a decent (if not groundbreaking) 270 litres while the rear seats split and fold in a 60:40 arrangement, drastically increasing cargo room but we would not recommend trying to fit a mountain bike or anything else particularly big in there.

On the open road, it quickly becomes apparent that this is a very small, very light car with even a mild breeze able to blow it around its lane while its narrow tyres are prone to tram-lining through bumps and cambers in the road.

The extended two-hour stint from Bunbury to Perth also revealed a fair amount of wind and tyre noise at speed, so much so that we gave up trying to use the voice command system.

The switchgear on the steering wheel also proved finicky and cheap feeling, especially in comparison to the rather nice leather-wrapped wheel rim.

Despite dripping in active safety tech – front-row centre airbags, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, secondary collision braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam, speed-sign recognition, lane-keep and cornering assist, reversing camera, blind-spot monitoring, intelligent clearance sonar, front and rear parking sensors and parking support brake system – and riding on an all-new platform, we cannot help but question the value of the new Yaris ZR Hybrid.

Yes, it is good around town and in the bends, safe and looks great, however $32,100 is a lot of money for a city car, especially when two of the three Corolla hybrid offerings are cheaper yet literally offer more car.

Likewise, if you want a genuine compact driver’s car, the Ford Fiesta ST and Volkswagen Polo GTI only $190 and $790 more.

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Specialized Turbo Vado bikes SL 4.0 review

Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 review

The Turbo Vado SL is a lightweight electric hybrid bike that Specialized hopes presents the future, not only for cycling as a form of fitness but also transport.

The headline stats are impressive; a sub-15kg bike in most sizes (15.41kg for this size large example), a claimed range of 130km in the bike’s lowest assistance mode and a keen retail price for an ebike (£2,600 / €2,999 / $3,500).

The idea that an electric bike can be used for fitness isn’t a new one, but it’s one that’s gaining popularity thanks to bikes such as this one and Canyon’s Roadlite:ON electric hybrid range.

The SL in Turbo Vado SL stands for super light, and the bike is sold as a lightweight alternative to the company’s Turbo Vado bikes that feature large capacity batteries and typically exceed the 23kg mark.

Unlike most electric bikes on sale today, the 15kg Turbo Vado SL is one that most people can lug around, manoeuvre up and down steps and into and out of the back of a car without too much difficulty.

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The 15.41kg (34lb) weight figure of my size large test bike is particularly impressive.

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Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 frameset

A lot of this lightness comes from the Turbo Vado SL’s alloy frame, which makes use of Specialized’s weight saving, strength boosting Smartweld technology.

The own-brand mid-drive motor uses a lightweight magnesium housing and is claimed to weigh less than 2kg. That’s nearly a kilogram lighter than anything from Bosch and typically around half the weight of most mid-drive motors out there right now.

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Specialized’s 1.1 SL motor system is about half the weight of most of its mid-drive competitors, though peak torque is also lowest in its class.

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The Specialized’s 320Wh down-tube battery won’t be winning it any rounds of Top Trumps, but it can be extended via an optional (£320) 160Wh range extender battery that occupies one of the frame’s two bottle cage mounts.

A full charge of the battery takes a little over two hours using a regular household plug.Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 red/black fade

Specialized’s crimson red/black fade paintwork really looks the part and the fact the lettering is reflective is a real safety bonus.

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The frame is paired to a rigid aluminium fork that’s Boost spaced.

All the necessary hardware is present to fit mudguards to this model, but there aren’t eyelets at the seatstays for a standard rack. Specialized does sell a rack that fits the Turbo Vado SL but many buyers will already be looking across to the EQ model which arrives (albeit at a £200/$150 premium) with a Specialized rack and the company’s DryTech mudguards as standard.

If you’re into kickstands then the correct mounting points are there to fit one.Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 seatstays

Dropped seatstays really enhance the Turbo Vado SL 4.0’s shape.

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It’s not easy to make a hybrid look good, let alone an electric one, but I think Specialized has done a great job with the Turbo Vado SL.

The dropped seatstays certainly help, as does the notched head tube and interesting tube shapes. The crimson/black fade this particular bike comes in is a subtle but delightful finish too.

Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 build kit

Specialized equips this entry-level Vado SL with plenty of own-brand components and by doing so makes the relatively modest retail price stretch a long way.

There’s a 10-speed drivetrain that pairs a 44t Praxis chainring with a shifter, derailleur and 11-42t cassette from the Shimano Deore line. Tektro HD-R290 hydraulic disc brakes provide the stopping power.

Shimano’s Deore 10-speed transmission components work very well in combination with the Specialized SL 1.1 motor.

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An own-brand 700c wheelset with 21mm internal width rims and thru-axles supports Spesh’s own 38mm Pathfinder Sport tyres.

Eager eyes will spot the plastic cover at the top of the frame’s head tube. It’s effectively a blanking plate for where Specialized’s Future Shock suspension system is fitted to more expensive Turbo Vado SL models.Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 head tube

This is the blanking plate where Specialized’s Future Shock suspension system is fitted to more expensive Turbo Vado SL models.

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There’s quality integrated LED lights front and rear. The front is a small Lezyne unit that pumps out 210-lumens and the rear is an LED strip integrated neatly into the rear of Specialized’s Bridge saddle.

Should you not get along with the Bridge, then the rear light unit can be bolted to any of Specialized’s current saddles that include the SWAT mount (that’s most if not all of them).

Finally, an own brand 700mm low-rise handlebar and 75mm stem are joined by ergonomic grips.Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 handlebars

Wide handlebars and a relatively short stem allow riders to get the most from the Turbo Vado’s sorted geometry.

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Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 ride impressions

Switching on the Turbo Vado SL is done by a single press of the control unit that’s neatly integrated into the frame’s top tube. Then blue lights illuminate showing the battery level and which of the three motor assistance levels is selected. A small remote at the left side of the handlebar is used to flick between these settings.

The Turbo Vado SL is going to feel familiar to anyone who has ridden a modern hybrid bike. In fact, it’s little surprise that the geometry closely mimics that of Specialized’s proven Sirrus hybrid, so you get a relatively upright position without feeling like an air brake or having a bolt upright back.

Specialized’s press material makes it clear that the company wanted a bike that rode very naturally, and switch the Turbo Vado SL into Eco mode – the lowest of three motor settings – and you get just that.

The ‘it’s you but on a good day’ cliché is completely apt here. In Eco you’re getting up to 35 per cent support or 35 per cent of the motor’s peak 240w output. It’s enough to flatten nasty crests and keep your legs from really having to dig in on all but the harshest of inclines.

Some systems can be coaxed into giving you bursts of acceleration by changing your pedalling behaviour. Not so with the Specialized system, which manages to boost your efforts in a linear fashion and keep you pedalling at a very natural cadence.

The Specialized SL 1.1 lightweight motor is seriously quick to react, and in Eco mode there’s no discernible creeping or delayed shut off from the motor, adding to the bike’s natural feel.

Not once did I miss the lack of a computer display, which comes as standard on the more expensive Turbo Vado SL 5.0. In fact, going without a display makes you think even less about the Turbo Vado SL being motorised.Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 top tube and handlebar

I think the fact the Turbo Vado SL 4.0 does not use a handlebar-mounted display is a bonus, if anything it makes the bike feels less like an ebike.

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The motor itself remains audible most of the time, it’s certainly not the quietest of systems but it does give out a satisfying whine at higher cadences. Combine that with the loud thunk of the Shimano gears and you end up with quite a fun soundtrack.

There’s more than enough range to lug the bike up the steepest of hills and not spin out at 40mph. The Shimano Deore components aren’t responsible for the smoothest nor the quietest of shifts but the action is positive, so you’re never left between gears. The chain is always kept taut thanks to the derailleur’s clutch.

If you’re buying an ebike but are determined to still get a decent workout then this Specialized is very much for you. I managed to get 107km of assistance from a single charge by keeping the bike strictly in Eco mode.

This distance was spread out over almost 11 hours of riding on seven consecutive days. Given the relatively hilly nature of my test routes, it makes Specialized’s official range claim of 130km for a charge feel completely possible – particularly for lighter riders than myself.

That’s easily a working week of commuting for a lot of people and all from a single charge. Should you need to add more, then the supplied charger will take you from flat to full in a little over two hours.

Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 charge port

A proprietary charger connects to this port where it can fully charge the 320Wh battery in a little over two hours.

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Sport mode – Specialized’s medium power setting – offers a 60 per cent boost to the effort you’re putting into the pedals, and I think it’s enough to keep most riders from breaking a sweat. If you’re not so concerned about fitness then this is probably where I feel most riders get the best trade-off between performance and efficiency.

Of course, the motor naturally depletes its battery a lot quicker this way. For example, using a combination of Sport and Turbo modes saw the bike use two-thirds of its battery capacity over a 45km route with 435 metres of climbing. Select Turbo mode and the motor is effectively doubling your effort. It’s fun and will soon scoot you up to the motor’s 15.5mph (25 km/h) UK limit with no trouble, but you’ll pay for it with frequent charges.

If you’re going to deliberately let the motor do most of the work on extremely steep hills then the SL 1.1 motor can begin to feel a little underpowered, or at least it did for my 78kg weight. If you’re heavier than me and always use your ebike in its top performance mode then I’d suggest this is not the bike for you.

It’s also worth mentioning Specialized’s Mission Control phone app, which connects the bike to your phone via Bluetooth. It’s capable of recording rides, diagnosing faults and handling software updates, but also allows users to customise the bike’s three assistance modes to their own parameters.

There’s a ‘Smart Control’ feature too that adjusts the motor’s power during a ride to ensure you finish with a certain charge level.Specialized Mission Control app screenshot

Specialized’s Mission Control app allows you to tailor the assistance offered in each of its power modes, though the standard settings are excellent.

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Another thing to consider when it comes to this bike is how it rides above the motor’s cut off point. If your commute is flat and sees you frequently average over 15.5mph then you might be left frustrated. That’s because, once you hit the speed limiter and the motor effectively disconnects from the drivetrain, it still leaves you with a not so aero 15kg flat handlebar bike to accelerate.

On my local cycle path, I found that keeping the Specialized to a speed that I’d normally cruise at on my road bike took significantly more effort on the Turbo Vado SL.

You’re left with the choice of either dropping back below the 15.5mph limiter or pressing on for what ends up being quite a serious effort. This is, of course, a problem that is not exclusive to this bike and is actually something encountered on nearly all ebikes in the UK – though it’s something that’s slightly less noticeable on drop handlebar e-road bikes.

If your rides deal with a lot of gradient then you’re unlikely to find this a problem. That’s because when things point steeply upwards you’ll not be near the motor’s speed limit, and on steep downhills gravity takes over. It’s something Matthew Allen discusses at length in this classic BikeRadar video.

Regardless of which mode you have the motor in, this is a seriously fun bike to ride.

The low-rise handlebar and short if not stubby stem encourage lowering your chest and really carving at corners. It’s light enough to bunnyhop and doesn’t land with a nasty crash like heavier ebikes without suspension can.

Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 tyre

Specialized’s own 38mm Pathfinder Sport tyres cope well with mixed surfaces and provide fair cushioning.

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Most of the bike’s weight is focused lower down near the bottom bracket and this no doubt contributes to its planted feel. I even took the Turbo Vado SL 4.0 on some tame local mountain bike trails via a few gravel routes.

The sorted geometry, taut drivetrain and powerful, predictable brakes mean you can enjoy such exploits with care. The only weak point are the tyres, which eventually pinch flatted. Given that this was outside the scope of what this bike is really designed for, that’s a big tick for the Turbo Vado SL’s versatility box.

Tektro’s HD-R290 disc brakes are a real spec highlight. There’s more than enough power from the 160mm rotors and the lever feel makes for pSpecialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 Tektro brakes

The Tektro hydraulic discs offer plenty of well-modulated power despite using 160mm rotors

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The Turbo Vado SL delivers a firm ride overall. Its ergonomic handlebar grips and saddle do a good job of filtering out a lot of buzz but you’re always aware that the only real suspension is in the tyres. This firmness is something that suits the bike’s character as a fitness tool, though.

The more expensive Turbo Vado SL 5.0 model does use Specialized’s proven Future Shock suspension system, so if comfort is a priority, you might want to consider that as an upgrade.

Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 electric hybrid bike

If you aren’t fussed by a rack or mudguards then this is the model for you. Oliver Woodman / Immediate Media

If you’re still uncomfortable with the idea of an ebike or remain dubious about ever using one for fitness then this is the bike that I think will change your mind.

Sure, it won’t be replacing a road bike as a training tool but for most people looking to gently up their mileage this is a brilliant proposition.

It excels as a commuting option, though that being said, the slightly pricier Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0 EQ model which arrives with mudguards and a rack will likely make more sense to those going to and from the workplace.

Above all else, this is a great bike to ride with a total weight that makes it way more practical than almost all other ebikes out there.


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