Montague M-E1 Review – $3.6k

(bicycle bell rings) – Hey guys. I hope you're doing well. We're at my friend's
apartment in a big city here. And this is the perfect
setting to show you a new electric bike from
a brand that's new to me. It's called Montague. This is the M-E1. It's a full-size folding electric bike. And so many times, when you
look at folding e-bikes, they have these 20-inch wheels that they don't have the same
low attack angle like this. They have a high attack angle. It just runs into bumps. They don't have as much air volume. They aren't as comfortable. And when you unfold them, a lot of times the pedals aren't as good. The crank arms are a little bit shorter, and you just have an inferior experience, but that's what you trade
when you want to save space. And if we look around here, you know, this is a one bedroom apartment. There isn't that much extra space. Recently, my bike was actually stolen from a garage unit downtown, and I don't feel super safe leaving that at the rack with the potential
of having it getting stolen, versus bringing it up and
maybe putting it behind a sofa or back in a corner or something.

That's a really good option, especially if you don't ride every day. It is using a really high-end
drive system from Shimano. This is a E6100, which is an
upgrade from the E6000 series. It's actually 20% more energy efficient, super lightweight, very quiet. This is an excellent motor
for getting around town, whether you're just cruising for fun, maybe it's kind of a
neighborhood, or you're commuting. And that's part of the reason they can go with the lower capacity battery pack. You save weight right there. It's just a little bit more efficient. I wanted to show you guys what it's like to remove the battery real quick here.

So we've got the keys inserted, AXA, kind of a standard locking cylinder. It is spring loaded, which is kinda nice. So when you click the battery
in, it automatically locks. And we just tip it out
to the side like this. It slides right out. Again like five and a half
pounds, not too heavy. This is the lower capacity
battery from Shimano. And there's the charging port on the side. You do not have to use
that base charging point, which is really wonderful.

I'm glad they figured that out. And then putting it back on, just set it here and then it
kind of clicks into place. You can take the keys out so they won't be jingling
around while you're riding. So now this bike is the type of bike that you could
actually enjoy quite a bit, because it has these beautiful aluminum alloy
fenders, integrated lights. You can see the headlight is sort of aimed down a little bit. This is more European. It's a very fancy bike, hydraulic disc brakes with an impressive 180 millimeter rotor
upfront, 160 in the rear.

These are really good stats, like this bike is beautiful,
and it's approachable. So it's the type of bike that really gives you
that full bike experience I keep talking about that makes it a little bit more enjoyable to go further or to ride more frequently. The big trade-off for me with this bike is that it
still weighs a lot, okay? This thing weighs like 55.2
pounds with the battery pack. The battery is pretty lightweight. It's like five and a half pounds. And the motor on this is like 5.3 pounds. So you're getting a product that is using kind of minimalist parts. And the capacity on that battery is a little bit more limited, 36 volts, 11.6 amp hours. So 418 watt hours,
roughly, compared to some of the other Shimano e-bike
batteries that are closer to that like 500 watt hour mark. It gives you a little bit more range, but because the motor is
definitely more efficient than it is super powerful. So this is what the bike looks like when it's completely folded
up, super, super slim.

And they've got this really cool locking mechanism right
here that just comes undone. But I don't want to do that quite yet, because transporting a
folded bike is a question, like bringing it on the elevator. There isn't that much space. So they've actually done
a great job with that. You'll notice that there's this
splayed double leg kickstand in the front. It tucks up to one side really nicely, but you can leave it down. And the whole bike is
stabilized at three points. So the wheels, two points up here. The folding pedals keep it fairly narrow. And even the handlebar folding
down like it is right here. So the first thing you can do if you're transporting it
(handlebar creaks) is just to
(handlebar squeaks) fold that handlebar into the
upright position like this, and then you can actually walk the bike, so you can just sort of tip
it back and wheel it around. When you back it up like
I'm doing right now, you can actually see that the cranks turn, and then they will create
like a pedal lock right there.

Okay, so it's ideally you'd
push it kind of wheelbarrow this thing around more like this, but that's still much, much easier than actually trying to lift the bike up. It's a little tricky to
do with one hand here, but hopefully you get the idea. It's stable in the rolling position as well as when you put it back down. So I'm just gonna carefully
kind Of pivot it forward like this, and careful
with the wood floor. And there we go. The
bike is stabilized again. And if you really needed to, you could tip the frame a
little bit and pedal forward like this to undo the pedal lock. So I want to unfold
this, but before we do, I'm just gonna walk around again, and I will have the
measurements on the website. So all the dimensions,
like length, width, height in the folded position, and
they just did such a great job.

They even include this Velcro strap. So you can secure that handlebar and make this thing liftable
by the the saddle right here, which is great. And then you've got a 30.9
millimeter seatpost diameter. So it's extra thick, really sturdy. It's the kind of thing you could replace with a suspension seat post to complement that suspension fork right here. You know, some of this,
this is more efficient, lightweight, minimalist,
but it does add comfort. So you get the bigger wheels,
the higher air volume, the comfort on a suspension fork, the swept back handlebars.

Comfort is a big deal for
me, ergonomics and stuff. So I guess I can't get over that. One of the things I love
about the folding design is that the battery charging
port is accessible here on the side. So it's not in the folded
sort of obscured area. It's right there. It's
really easy to access. And the charger is kind
of a highlight here. It's fairly large. It's a little bit heavier and bulkier, but it's a four amp charger. So it's gonna charge a lot faster. But I want to do the walk around again. So we have the folded pedals
here keeping it narrow. We've got this nice piece of almost looks like a garden hose or
something, protecting the cable. So when you fold and unfold it, those aren't gonna get bent and pinched and maybe even cut over time. That's a big deal to me. We've got this chain
cover, chain protector. So things might not get as greasy, either when you're peddling
or when it's folded if this thing ends up on its side, and they even have a slap guard down here.

It's just a clear, really minimal one. And just the paint. Look at this thing. It's kind of a matte black, and we've got this metallic blue and gray that's carried all the way
through to the suspension fork. You can see that right here, SR Suntour, the Montague logo up
here really, really nice. And I love just, this, it's silver. I don't think this is
like highly reflective, but they carry that through. We've got the reflective sidewalls on these tires, and these are excellent.

Schwalbe Energizer Plus,
you got the G-Guard 5. So that's like a puncture
protection, Addix E, so I think that's e-bike specific rubber that's meant to be efficient,
but still fairly durable. And then the 50 KM. So that's
like a higher speed tire. The tire stats are 28 by 1.75. That's a really great
tire for a city bike. It's not 1.25, it's 1.75. So they did go slightly wider for comfort. And that adds a little bit of
rolling resistance and weight, but with an electric motor, you know, you kind of overcome that,
and it's back to the comfort, 'cause people tend to ride further and maybe at slightly higher speeds. This is a class one electric bike, up to 20 miles per hour,
32 kilometers per hour, which means it's accessible
on all kinds of trails. Even if you go off road a little bit, maybe like a dirt trail or something, most of them allow class
one electric bikes. So I'm gonna set the camera
aside and unfold this thing. I usually start up here
with the handlebars (handlebars creak) like this, and really nice lever here then it doesn't come unscrewed
and doesn't flop around.

It's really secure,
like it doesn't rattle. (level squeaks) It does squeak a little bit, and it's adjustable in terms of tightness, but it just feels very
solid once you unfold it, and it stays out of the way. I like this. It's a cool take on the
whole quick release design that we see on the seat collar right here. And the wheels, we've got
quick release on both wheels, so it's easy to take
them off to do service or to make this even more
compact if you need to fit it in maybe a truck or something like that, although really the folding
design is the highlight here. So we've got a little kind of a clasp from the front fork stanchion on a bolt that's mounted to the rack. I've never seen anything like this. It's actually a really cool,
really innovative design here. And we can just (wheel squeaks) keep it on the bike, there we go. Spin this thing around a little bit. Here we go. Look at that. It's not bad. And then there's another (joint clicks)
joint right there.

And they even have a little plastic thing protecting the frame, so
it's not gonna get nicked up. That's really nice. And then of course you
just raise the seat. This is a one size fits
all type of electric bike. And with that said, they've done a lot to make
it feel a little bit larger. So it folds down pretty small,
but the stem is pretty long. The handlebars like
almost a high rise here. It comes up and it
sweeps back a little bit. Nice ergonomic grips. These are not locking, but they do… it just spreads the bike out a little bit.

And the seatpost is 400 millimeters long, so it's actually… A normal seatpost is just 350. And that's part of what
gives you a wider range of fit options, whether you're petite and you have shorter legs,
or someone who's fairly tall but still wants that full bike experience. This is gonna be a great option, really covers a wide range
of possible rider types. And then we've got that
step-through frame design that's really approachable, so yeah. Maybe the final step here is just to come down and fold these pedals. These are also an upgrade. Even though they're
plastic, they aren't metal, you could always swap them out. They're slightly nicer; they
have this little core piece that allows you to do the folding.

So they felt pretty decent. And then here's that
kickstand right in the middle. (kickstand clicks) There we go. Very nice. It's just tucked up fairly clear. There is a little bit of
a lower strike point here if you were gonna get high centered. But yeah, these double
pivot, double leg kickstands are kind of unique. I see a lot of other ones that go on either side and then
the leg on the right side of the bike can touch the chain
and just create more noise. So this is kind of a fancier part as well. While we're over here, look at this. There's this cup thing that I
think is protecting the bike when you fold it, so there's like a… Yeah, that's where the two
points interact with each other. And I feel like they've
done something here to make it a little bit more durable. So you're not gonna scrape
up the fenders, the rack, these other pieces once you
are putting that front wheel directly next to the rear wheel.

There's a closeup of that lever and plastic protector sticker, that nice internally routed cables, really beautiful frame too. See how that down tube
is a little bit taller? That's giving you some torsional strength, so the bike isn't gonna
suffer from frame flex, which is fairly common
with step-through bikes, especially if you've got a
folding joint at the middle. And I like how that folding
joint isn't especially wide. It's not like some of these
bikes where you're peddling, and there's a joint around here, and it protrudes and can
kind of bump your knee on it.

This bike just looks beautiful. Another thing they've done
to make it easier to fold and unfold is add this
deflopilator spring up here. So it keeps the handlebars fairly straight versus letting them swing
all the way to the side. It's just one less thing to worry about when you're trying to
fold the bike in half and keep this thing from kind
of falling out of your hands. And we got a close up of the 160 million rear disc brake rotor and 180 upfront hydraulics.

So we do have those
adjustable reach levers, a lot easier to actuate just
with one or two fingers. And you can bring this in. You can bring the lever
a little bit closer for someone with smaller hands, or maybe you're someone wearing
gloves during the winter. We got the fenders and
the lights and everything. You can leave them a bit further out so you're not pinching your fingers. And then the other side
of the bike down here. We can see the 10 speed
Shimano Deore Drive Train. The Shimano Deore Derailleur
is a nice upgrade, several steps up from entry level. This does not have the one-way clutch or some of the mountain biking features, but it's just gonna be lighter. It's gonna shift a little bit smoother, over time require less maintenance. We even have Shimano trigger shifters. And these are two-way shifters, which is something I'm a big fan of.

So you can kind of push it that way (shifter clicks)
or that way. And I've just shifted two gears. So I can dump those two gears, go to a lower speed with several clicks. I think this actually gives you three. So this is exactly the trigger shifter that I would choose if
money was no object, because it is so versatile. I can use my fingers for braking up here, my index and middle finger. And then I can use my thumb for shifting, and I never have to take
my fingers off the brake. So it's very safe that
way, which is another good, just another good trait
for riding in a city. 11 to 32 teeth, so it's
a pretty good spread, and 10 gears is almost overkill.

You know, most mid drive
e-bikes are one by, meaning one chain ring, not multiple. It's a 44-tooth, just
standard steel chain ring. It doesn't really have a guide, and it's not narrow/wide tooth, but for a neighborhood kind
of a hybrid bike like this, that's fine, and we do have
that plastic cover, again, for your pants, so you don't
have to worry about that. Maybe you're wearing a skirt or something. You don't want to get that messy on your way to and from work. And if we look at the rack, this is really interesting back here, just the way that it's
welded directly to the frame. It's not something you can take off, but it does connect to the fender. So that's gonna keep this
feeling a little bit more solid, making less noise. Really interesting to see how, yeah, there's a connection point right there. And then we also have the
traditional strut right here in black, looking really nice
matching those black spokes, beautiful, beautiful design, black rims, a lot of black accents here,
even the seat post, the cranks, the stem, almost everything is black besides maybe the
suspension fork stanchions.

And again, this is a little cheaper one. It's just a 60 millimeter travel, but they do have the
compression lockout right here. And then on the other side,
they have preload adjust. So this is something you can adjust if you're a heavier rider and you want to preload that spring so it's not feeling as bouncy. And of course you just
lock it out all the way if you're on a smooth surface and you don't need that suspension.

It's a really good setup. Since it's getting a little bit dark here, I might turn the bike on,
'cause it activates the lights. We just press the power button right there on the Shimano battery pack. And we've got a little battery readout, and then there's the headlight. Look at that thing, super bright. And it does have this side
window, which is just beautiful. It's gonna give you side visibility in addition to those reflective sidewalls. And then there's the headlight. Let's see what that looks like on a sofa. Wow. Just super bright. We can see the shadow a
little bit from the fender. So if we aim that down, the
shadow becomes more pronounced, but we're really lighting up that wall. And then there's just this
straight line on the top. So it's not gonna shine
up into oncoming traffic and other riders, which is
very respectful, very nice.

I think it's another European standard or kind of a requirement over there. And at the rear, we've got
this single LED rear light with a reflector built in, it's Herrmans. It's fairly visible from a
bunch of different angles, even the top, and it's
positioned far enough back from that rear rack that
it's not gonna be obstructed if you do have like panniers or if you try to fit a trunk bag on this. I really don't think this
is designed for a trunk bag. It's just not wide enough. There isn't a real solid platform. And I don't see like the yep
window or anything like that. And even the tubing here is a
little bit wider than normal.

So, you know, there seems to
be some space on this side. Maybe the fender kind of,
you could kind of push it. It's fairly solid, though. It's fairly sturdy the
way they've mounted it. I just wonder if this is gonna work with like the clip-on panniers. It seems like the tubing is
a little bit thick and stuff.

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So you might want to go with those like hangover style panniers and then somehow Velcro them
to these bars on the sides. That's the approach I
would take personally. And I don't see a weight rating. I'm guessing it's, you know, maybe 55 pounds is kind of standard. What I see with the bolt-on style racks usually doesn't go higher than that. You could play it safe and
try not to go over, you know, 20 kilograms, 40 pounds, something
like that should be good. And it's positioned well
enough that you can lower that saddle, if you are trying to keep that really low standover
and minimum saddle height, and then you're still gonna
be able to have your bags and stuff without obstruction. The display is really nice as well. It's really compact, stays out of the way, which is great for a
folding electric bike, 'cause that means it's not
gonna get scratched as easily or bumped off. You know, it's a little bit small. Once you actually sit way up in the saddle you're looking down, but
they've done a couple of things to make it fairly intuitive so you can kind of sense what's going on.

First of all, they have
an independent button pad over here with kind of an
up button and a down button. There are no labels on this. It's just one's on top, one's on bottom, fairly easy to reach, so
you can be using the brakes, clicking the buttons if you need to. A lot of times I just get it into a comfortable level of assist, and then I will shift the
gears to make the bike easier to peddle if I'm going up a
hill or something like that. The motor gives you up to
60 newton meters of torque, which is quite a bit, even though it's rated
at 250 Watts nominal, and that's sort of a
European requirement thing. And it's back to that efficiency.

With a sensor that's measuring
your rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal
torque. it's a very advanced, intuitive, natural feeling drive system. It's one of my favorites
when we're talking about like neighborhood bikes. It's not your mountain bike motor that's kind of loud and aggressive, but it is very responsive, more than just a simple cadence sensor. So with that said, you know,
you can apply more pressure. You can shift the gears, and then there's really
only three levels of assist. And the readout is one of the bigger items on this display. I'll get a little bit closer. So right now it says off,
but if we click up once, we get eco, normal, high (motor beeps) and then we get a beep,
which is saying, "That's it." So again, three levels of assist. It's pretty simple, you know? Oh, oh, oh, I'm at high.
(motor beeps) Okay, if I back off once I'm at normal. I just feel like you're
not gonna get too confused with this display.

We've got five dots on
that battery infographic, which leaves something to be desired. It'd be nice if there were like 10 or maybe just a percentage readout, but you know, this is not that uncommon. And then over here we have
lots of different readouts. The first one is your current speed. It's in miles per hour. If we want to navigate through
the different readouts, we have to press this little
like nipple button thing at the bottom of the display,
which is kind of frustrating for me, because when I'm
riding, my hands are up here on the grips, right? It'd be nice if there
was some other, you know, info button or something, but there isn't. There's just these two
up and down buttons. And then over here, of course we have the
shifters and everything. So yeah, I guess that's one of the trade-offs, and it's
not just this Shimano display. They have several different versions, and some of them actually work with the electronically
shifted drive train.

Here we have a mechanically
shifted drive train. It's a little bit more simple. And sometimes they kind
of overload this display. It is smaller. Shimano's like
a bike first kind of company. So they try to keep everything minimal and really focus on, you know,
maybe the ride experience, the natural cycling experience, and less of the e-bike experience. They don't even have any speed
pedelec motors or anything.

So it's again, kind of minimalist, and you see that in this display. So again, you're riding. If you want to get some more info, you have to like, take your
hand off of one of the grips or pull over, ideally, and
then you press this button, and we go from current
speed miles per hour. We get distance, odometer, range estimate which is really cool,
'cause as you click through the different assist levels,
of which there are three, we're gonna see that range
number update dynamically.

So it goes from 46 to 65 miles to 93 miles with a full battery in the
lowest level of assist. It's incredible, the
type of range you can get with a 418 watt hour battery pack because of the efficiency
of that mid drive. And again, it benefits
when you shift gears. So if you're in a lower gear, well, the motor is also not
gonna have to work as hard, and you're gonna extend that range.

It's really neat how they work together. It's a very natural,
and it really does feel like you're riding a bike, but with a little bit of
an extra natural boost. So press it one more time. We've got your trip time
here, your average speed, your max speed, your cadence,
which is really cool. So this is a fairly responsive motor. It's gonna be able to match your cadence up to a certain level. Maybe not quite as aggressive
as their mountain bike motors and stuff, but for getting
around the city, it's plenty. And again, it keeps a little
bit quieter, and then clock, and then back to the first menu which was just current speed. If we want, we can actually get into the settings and change a couple of these readouts here
by holding that button. And here we are in the settings. Now we use this button
pad to navigate through. So we can clear, we've got
the clock, we've got a light, the beep, you can turn the beep off, which is kind of nice if
it's bothering you, units, so kilometers, miles per
hour, language, font color.

So we can invert this if we want to. So I would click down here. We can go from white to
black. Let's do that. So see how it just inverted it. Now this is a lot brighter and it might kind of
ruin your night vision, so I actually prefer this first one. It might even save some battery. Now we've got some
adjustments like shift timing and derailleur, rear
derailleur, protection reset. Some of that's just for the fancier stuff, if you have the electronic
shifting from Shimano, and then there's exit. So there we go. That's the display. It does a pretty good job. And then they also have this Bluetooth for the Shimano e-tube
app, which is kind of neat. It's not the kind of app
that I would actually use while I'm riding as much as just sort of tuning
some of the settings.

It's been fun messing around with this bike in an actual urban setting. But of course I want to get outside and ride this thing and kind of look at it with a friend here over
at Reckless Cycles. They're the ones who were able to receive and assemble this for me. And they're offering support. Montague offers like a five-year
warranty for their bikes. Shimano supports their
products for two years. So you get kind of a hybrid warranty. It depends on, you know, are you trying to order this direct? I think they even have like
a 30 day return policy, or if you're working with
a shop directly, like I am, you have the benefit
of them setting it up, but you still have a really good warranty for the product itself.

And as you can see, it's made really well. So anyway, let's get out there, head over to the shop
and try this thing out. What a beautiful day, guys. That is Vancouver in the background. We're at an iconic spot here. This is the North Vancouver Ship Repair, also called Pacific Dry Docks. It's like a shipyard that
was used during World War II.

Pretty close to Lonsdale. The shop's been here for
like a year now, right, Tony? – Yeah, it was just over a year. – [Bike Reviewer]
Fantastic. Is it going well? – [Tony] It's been great. It's a friendly neighborhood here, and it's a very supportive community, and this is our fourth
location for Reckless Stores – Fourth location, wow.
– in Vancouver. – [Bike Reviewer] Wow, and
you guys carry Montague. What else do you carry at the shop? – [Tony] We also carry Gazelle. – [Bike Reviewer] Okay. Yeah. – [Tony] Royal Dutch Gazelle, and that's been doing very well with us, and also Marin from
California, Marin Company. – [Bike Reviewer] Oh,
Marin! Do they have e-bikes? – They do.
– Wow! – They have a pretty
impressive e-mountain bike. – [Bike Reviewer] I got to check that. And then I saw some
sort of like cargo bike, with like a box bike or something. – So Urban Arrow. – [Bike Reviewer] Urban arrow. – [Tony] That's one of the brands. – [Bike Reviewer] I really
got to spend some more time at the shop.

Thanks for coming out here
and doing this with me. It's a great spot to just film a little bit.
– Pleasure. – [Bike Reviewer] So anyway,
back to the bike here, I'm gonna unfold this. For me, this is one vulnerability. If you fold this up, and it's
like in the back of an RV, or even just getting shoved into a closet, it's just a plastic thing. See, it's a little loose already. You don't want that to
get bumped and broken, and because of where it's positioned, it's always gonna be visible
from the sides, from the rear, but it is just a little bit
more physically vulnerable. It's okay to ride on this, right? – [Photographer] Yes.

– Okay, maybe you can hold this again and get a couple shots of
what it looks like to ride. I don't have my helmet with me. We were just wanting to come out here and get some nice photos. Okay. (seagulls calling) Very nice. Okay guys, I'm gonna take
this all the way up to high so you can see how that
motor sounds at full power. We've got a really nice
testing surface here, 'cause there's like smooth in the center and then bumpy on the sides.

We can test out that suspension fork. (grate rattles) (fenders rattling) Can hear those aluminum alloy
fenders rattling just a bit. – [Man] I can see clearly now. – It's not too bad, all things considered. Let's get on the middle
section here, much quieter. (bike whirring) And really easy to actuate
those hydraulic disc brakes. Very smooth. Doesn't require
a lot of hand effort. You can even adjust the reach on those, which is just wonderful. I want to see how this thing
handles maybe no hands, 'cause of that deflopilator
spring, there we go. Yeah, the full-size
wheels plus that spring, it just makes the bike ride smooth. I'm also not feeling a lot of frame flex here, despite
this being like a step through. And I think that has to do, again, with the way they've set the frame up, just being a little bit taller and having a bigger tubing,
that main tube right there. No bottle cage bosses, though.

That's one of the big
trade-offs that I'm seeing. And I guess you'd want to be careful with that Velcro strap thing. It doesn't really, you know,
it can kind of cover up the display if you choose
to leave it right there. I guess I would be thoughtful
about how you stow that. Since I got to spend extra
time with this bike and ride it in several different environments,
I just wanted to reflect on what I considered to
be the real trade-offs. I mean, this is a more expensive
bike, around $3,600 US. It only comes in one size,
but it's fairly adjustable.

You heard me talk about
no bottle cage bosses. The display's not removable,
it's small, but again, they probably skimped on some
of those accessory points. Even the rear rack design
might be due to the folding. You know, they've really
optimized it to be compact, And if you add too many
things to the frame, it can kind of mess that up. The charger's fairly large and
kind of heavy at 2.2 pounds versus just a pound and
a half like the others, but it's a faster charter, which is nice. And now with the new charger from Shimano, you don't need the additional dongle to charge the battery off the bike. It just plugs directly in.

It's a lot simpler and cleaner that way. You're not gonna lose any accessories. I didn't mention this too much, but the folding plastic pedals,
they aren't quite as stiff or stable as maybe a metal
design, but these are from VP and they have the inner
loop lock, which is… It's just nicer. It's
a slight upgrade there. I do wish that the bike
had a USB charging port, because the display does
have Bluetooth compatibility, and Shimano has the e-tube smartphone app which lets you tune things a bit and also has several readouts, including like a speedometer and range. They even have some mapping applications, which I didn't experiment with that much, 'cause they can sort of change over time.

I talked a bit about that
menu button actually being on the display versus being
mounted on the button pad right where your hand is. So to change the screens, you
need to take your hand off and reach over and press
that little circle button. Sort of the same thing with
turning the bike on and off. You need to like press
the top of the battery. And if you've already gotten on the bike, you need to kind of lean
over and reach way down. And if you turn the bike on before you've actually mounted it, well, then the bike is hot, you know? Yeah, it starts in off
mode, but it's still, it's just another button that
I'd like to have right there at the left grip with the rest
of the up and down buttons. I feel like there's no
reason not to have those. You look at Bosch or Brose or Yamaha.

Everyone else has like
power buttons and, you know, menu option buttons right there. I don't know why Shimano skips. The E6100 motor from
Shimano is pretty great. It measures rear wheel speed,
pedal cadence, pedal torque. It doesn't have shift detection, and it's 60 newton meters of torque, whereas some of the
competing motors are now at like 80, but this is a get-around-town, and it's designed to be efficient. It's 20% more efficient than the E6000. So that's a nice upgrade. Coming back to the rear rack, I feel like not having a platform on top, not even having bungee loops on the sides where you could like maybe
put a bungee cable over it or even a lot of bags have
like a little bungee hook thing at the bottom to secure them. They custom designed it, and I just feel like there's room for
improvement on the rack, and at least stamp a weight rating on that so people know what they
can and cannot do with it.

Maybe use the standard
gauge pannier clip tubing on top so that people don't
have to go with the Velcro bags. And it would also be nice if
the bike came with a bell, and maybe if they mounted the
headlight a little bit higher so it's not right there on
the arch of the suspension which is unsprung. It'd be nice if it was
sprung, if it was up higher. Same thing with the rear light. You heard me talking
about how it's sort of low and it's plastic-y. If they just kind of
tucked it in on the frame a little bit more, maybe moved
it up higher on the fender or something so that
it's just not exposed, especially on a folding
bike where the bike tips or it's, you know, in
the trunk of your car, and then that light gets busted off.

You know, that's a real bummer. Well guys, it's been a fun couple of days looking at this bike. I hope it helped you. My goal is to be pretty thorough. You know, it's kind of an expensive bike, but it's very unique. To me, this is a standout in the world of folding electric bikes
because it's very bike-like. It feels natural. You've got all those
gears to shift through. You've got a motor that's
quiet, it's efficient. And even though it's 55.2 pounds, it's a full sized bicycle. It doesn't have a huge
joint at the middle. It's a pretty good product, in my opinion. So I have all of the specs and details back at I have a comparison tool
and a whole category with folding electric
bikes that you can explore. My goal to help you. So please sound off if
you know this brand, if you have this bike. You can leave a comment here or you can connect in the forums and ask people what they think
it they're actual owners.

They're talking about good accessories, like what works well for
that rear rack, for example. I'll be covering more bikes in the future. I love you. Have fun out there. Ride safe. I'll see you in the next one. (birds chirping).

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