Pros: The hummer of all Electric bikes, I just love this bike
Cons: but very Expensive Cost me 3000 canadian but worth the cost
Well, where to start? .
Its the new bike I am reviewing. So, I
received the new bike in early May 2006 and have now clocked 80 miles, the first owner bought it for 4900 Canadian with the B Battery. I paid 3000 Canadian.
so I feel I can now give some thoughts on this wonderful new sexy machine of
mine. I remember the day I picked up the bike from an older couple that bought it for there son who had brain damage and then used it 3 times and then passed away. Anyway,
only problem with the WaveCrest batteries is you need to give them a 48hr
charge before operation so I connected up the battery charger and fine tuned it while it was charging.
I took my first ride. I have already found a riding course which
is 10miles long and use this to test ride my bike. This course consists of
long smooth straights with six very steep hills. I found on the first M-750X
I had I could ride the course and get around 10miles at 20mph. Thats full
throttle all the way with eight stop starts. I have ridden this course in
heavy wind, rain and last week snow and the bike preformed excellent on
every run and still made the 10mile course. For the first eight full charge
discharges I got around 10miles per charge before the battery cut-off. On
the ninth charge the bike made the same course but I got eleven miles. On
the tenth charge I got 12.5miles before cut-off. I always ride when it rains as I just love
it when its wet! Snow Im not sure about but it was interesting to see if
this bike could handle the cold, well it does. Summer will be interesting.
For the first eight full charge/discharges I got around 10miles per charge
before the battery cut-off. On the ninth charge/discharge the bike made the
same course but I got eleven miles. On the tenth charge I got 12.5miles
before cut-off which is now coincident. Remember up until now I always fully
discharge the battery before I charge up again. I also give the battery an
hour cooling period for everything to cool down before charging as I want to
get the best out of my batteries.
Lets talk about the handling. The bike is so smooth to ride, I always
gently peddle as I ride. I also only use turbo mode as I find the economy
mode too slow. I am sure economy works well if you dont mind slower speeds
and I am sure it will increase your range too but I like to ride hard and
fast. I have heard lots of people complaining about the brakes on these
bikes but I must say I find them ok. The secret with V breaks (we have V
brakes on the M-750X) is good lubrication and weekly adjustments to get the
breaks right but it takes a bit of practice to get the knack of it (get use
to it). This bike seems to soak up the bumps and I am so impressed with the
handling. There is this small road that twists and turns so tightly but my
bike just cruses at 20mph though the twisting road and just sticks to the
road like glue, its really impressive. I have tried this same road on my
regular bike and it just does not feel as good. I also love the Regan. I use
it as a brake and think this is such a good idea. The cruse control is
another wonderful feature to find on a bike and I just love it. . The tork
is so impressive. I have never been passed by another cyclist from a
standing start, they hate me. On steep hills with gentle peddling the bike
falls from 19.6mph to around 14/15mph. If I peddle hard I can get to
16/17mph but if I stop peddling on the steepest hill I would find the bike
goes down to 13mph but stays there until the road levels, its a big steep
hill. I noticed on some heavy bumps the throttle would cut-off and you would
need to reengage the throttle to get power. Well, I tried the same bumps
using cruse control and the power stayed on! Interesting!!! So as you can
see I am very impressed with this bike and would recommend it to everyone.
This would not be a fair review if I dont mention the bad points. This bike
is heavy. but I understand this is one of the lightest electric bikes on the
market (90lb).and 16 lbs for the b battery It was hard work at first but I am now used to it. The
brake callipers should be more user friendly IMO. WaveCrest should think
about stocking better callipers maybe as an option for customers at a fee.
Also, the cruse control as wonderful as it is would be great on the left
handle bar in the form of a button. It would also be a good idea to have one
memory setting so you could press the button twice and it would cruse up to
your last cruse speed setting. Imagine you were travelling at 20mph (19.6mph
in reality) and were on cruse control. You brake and the cruse is cut off so
you press the cruse button twice and the cruse control kicks in and you
speed up to 20mph again. And what about some fenders? I learned the hard way
as my bike shop took a week to order my fenders. During that week it rained
every day and I can tell you the bike needs fenders. I went for the
Shock Blade and it really complements the bike. I also use Smart lights.
They are so cool! They too complement the supplied onboard cycle computer as
they all clip off/on and can be stored in your pocket while you pop in the
shop. The one stupid thing WaveCrest did IMO is leaving the battery two
connector so exposed? Why did they do this? I must admit that I have had no
problems with this connector and I have been in torrential rain but it
surely should not be exposed to the elements. Perhaps someone from this site
will have a good idea to DIY a way of waterproofing this second battery
connector which is found behind the rear brake calliper. Another nice add-on
would be a work stand for this bike. It would be nice to have something to
hold the bike off the ground while you discharge your battery after a run.
As the battery needs conditioning with eight full charge/discharge cycles
before they are at optimum I think most will find this inconvenient. The
stand could also be used to work on your bike (remove wheels) and WaveCrest
dealers could offer this as an option. Thats all the bad points I can think
of. Not as much as I would have thought as this is still a wonderful, off
the shelf, out of the box electric bike that just screams quality.
I just love mine!!!