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Review from ElectricBikeReview.com
The Electric Bike Company has been around in one form or another since 2012 when they launched as Madiba Electric Bikes (that’s Nelson Mandella’s nickname btw) then updated to Newport Electric Bikes (since they’re based in Newport California) and finally settled on the Electric Bike Company. The models I reviewed here were originally called the Newport Cruiser Classic and Step-Thru but were renamed Model C and Model S respectively. It sounds like the company has had a long and interesting journey to get here, but the results are very impressive. Dollar for dollar, this is one of the most polished, feature-rich electric beach cruiser bikes that I have ever tested!
I LOVE MY “ELECTRIC BIKE COMPANY” ELECTRIC BIKE!
If you are considering purchasing a “Rad Bike”, read my story below first.
My brother called me to tell me that he had purchased an electric bike and asked if I would want to get one, so that we could go for rides. I informed him that I had also recently purchased an electric bike and that I would love to go on rides with him. That was about 3 months ago. Yesterday, on March 6th, 2018, he came over and we prepared for the first ride.
One the first things he said was, “I need to get a new seat for the bike, as the one I have is small and rather un-comfortable”. I showed him my seat from the Electric Bike Company bike and told him that he should purchase one from them. He really liked it and agreed.
Then he said that the lights on his bike do not shine bright enough at night and that he was planning to replace them (my bike shines very bright). At some point after that, he was holding the handlebars of my bike and said that he really liked how the hand grips felt and that he is going to replace his.
I noticed that his basket was in the rear of the bike and on one side. I thought that the design would make the bike lean a little to that side. The basket was also rather small, which I did not like.
Then we went off for the ride. After about 45 minutes, I asked that we switch bikes so that we can experience each others. As I began to ride his, the first thing I noticed was that uncomfortable seat. It was also leaning downwards and I felt like I was slipping off it. The handlebars were straight across and require you to lean down to hold onto them. My bike has beach cruiser type bars which are way more comfortable. He even mentioned it himself, right after starting to ride mine he said, “wow, your bike is so easy to ride, even without any electric power being applied, and so comfortable”.
His fender flare was making a noise and rubbing on something, but that was slight and likely easy to fix. His had the fat tires which made the bike feel very heavy and a bit clunky. We did not race but I am pretty sure that mine was quicker off the line.
When we stopped to switch back and we both put down the kick stands, I was thinking how small and un-stable his was, just as he said “what a nice kick stand you have”.
As I was stopping, I noticed that I had to pull both brakes all the way in and even then, it did not stop very well. I asked him what was going on with the brakes and he said that he needs to get them adjusted, etc. He agreed that the brakes on my bike were very tight and you did not need to apply mush pull at all, to get the bike to stop immediately.
Then I noticed that his battery was missing three bars. I asked if he had a full charge when he left his house, he said “yes”. He rode from his house to mine, which is about 10 miles. I still had all of my bars. Shortly after that, we went of separate ways and I rode back home, which was about 10 miles. When I got home, I still had all of my power bars. It was obvious that my battery will last a lot longer than his.
Mine had a spot for my cell phone and a speaker. His had one or the other. When I told him that I can charge both, to the battery, he did not have any cords to do that and was not sure about it.
The only think that his had that I do not have, was a mirror, which I thought would be a good idea to get.
I hope my story helps anybody that is comparing bikes. I can tell you again that I really love the Electric Bike Company bike that I own. In my opinion, it is WAY BETTER than a “Rad” bike. It has changed my life. I go anywhere and everywhere with it. Thank you and have a great day!
Huntington Beach, CA
Just wanted to let you know that my experience inquiring about and then buying your E bike was amazing. You walked me through my naiveté and explained why you made certain design choices, and provided me with the ability to always feel accommodated.
I have complete confidence in the decision I made and in you and your staff.
Thank you all.
RANGE OF AN ELECTRIC BIKE COMPANY BIKE:
Here is my ride today on bike and battery that has about 700 miles on it now!
1) 17 mph Average Speed today
2) 31 mph Max Speed (likely coming off the inter-coastal bridge)
3) 34 Miles of distance today
4) 2 Hours of riding (to dinner and errands and back)
5) 47 volts left at idle, which goes to about 45 volts under full acceleration. So lets say about 45 volts left which is half the useful battery power. (the battery charges to about 52 volts and dies at about 38 volts).
Cruising around at about 18 mph you can comfortably get a 60 mile range on a single charge. And that seems to be a comfortable speed for this beach cruiser on coastal roads that have some pretty rough areas. You can view the picture of the LCD display that I included. Great display with very useful info.
This bike has a highly adjustable power curve so you can fine tune it for what I would call Max Range (Eco), Mid Range (Normal), and Max Speed (Power). I can adjust between these “self labeled modes” in about 30 seconds (best to do when stopped, but can do while moving although not advised for safety reasons). This would be like adjusting the torque and horsepower setting to get the speed and range and acceleration profile you desire.
I adjusted my bike for a Max Range by programming it via the LCD display to cruise about 14mph in Level 3 and 18mph in Level 4 and 22mph in Level 5 and also use the least acceleration power. This is peddling with basically zero effort, or not peddling at all since I have the throttle adjusted to put out max power of only about 600 watts (which is about half of what it is capable of doing). That said, in the mostly flat terrain of Florida with only occasional hills known as bridges that happen, these settings work amazing for me and give me a power output and range profile that makes me very happy.
POWER SETTING RESULT:
At my MAX SPEED power setting where I cruise around at 26mph and have the bike set for max acceleration, I get about 32 miles before the battery is drained. If I slow to 12mph with the MAX RANGE power setting and min acceleration, I can go 80 miles without breaking a sweat!
In my opinion, 26 mph + is fun as is the quick acceleration, but hitting rough road patches at that speed not fun and the battery drain from the acceleration not worth it. So for me, that is just too fast on the bike paths and coastal roads and sidewalks. And 12 mph is flat out too slow for me and my butt also agrees after about 2 hours non stop in the saddle that 12 mph is too slow. The saddle is comfy and I last about 2 hours in it before I begin to squirm, which says a lot for a bike seat!
I find 16mph to 22mph the perfect speed range and even having the lowest acceleration setting works fine as it is reasonable to get me going with a smile each time. If I am in a hurry and want to save time, I go to Level 5 and cruise at 22mph . That is plenty quick for me and still keeps me above a 40 mile range. And if I want to not be in a hurry and get better range like I did today, I find 18mph in Level 4 to be a happy speed.
That also leads me to comment on quality. This bike is built like a tank. I been hitting some pot holes at times and other road debris that you just can’t avoid at these speeds, especially at night. The bike takes the jolt better than me most times! And the rims are still straight and nothing has flown off the bike, which amazes me!
I love this bike. I must say. My Electric Bike Company bicycle may be the best purchase I ever made. I use it as my daily driver all around the Clearwater to St Pete area of Florida. And the team at EBC has been wonderful at answering my questions and helping me understand how to program my bike to suit my goals.Joseph A
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