Two representatives from Easy Motion electric bikes were showing off a massive number of new and updated ebikes at Interbike this year. BH is the parent company of Emotion and CEO Steve Lindenau and Sales Manager Greg Ford were on hand to walk me through the models and point out the updates.
We started out with the “meat and potatoes” models that are designed for more utilitarian use. The Evo Street has bumped up to 10.5 amp hours from 9 ah, this model has also dropped in price $100 to $2,999 and is one of their most popular models. If you’re shorter than 5’5” this is a great fitting bike. We looked at the Evo City Wave next which is a bit larger but still approachable. The standard high-step City model has a thru-axle in the rear 12 mm for improved strength and easier servicing. The disc brake calipers have also been tucked in a bit to reduce any impact that could result from a tip. The TMM4 torque sensors are now painted black to blend in nicely, they are anodized. The older fenders were plastic but now they’re using Aluminum fenders offering improved strength. A new light design has been launched as well which tucks it in, keeps it out of the way a little for durability. Display units are similar but don’t use rubberized buttons, instead they have a “positive feel” plastic button (that might also not degrade in the sun as much). I’m told that these new LCD consoles are backwards compatible for people who have older models!
Greg went on to explain that they are now building battery packs into an extruded Aluminum case which vents heat better and is sturdier. The older batteries were clamshell plastic that weren’t as durable. From there, we moved on to the EasyGo models with the street being just $1,199 with a five year warranty for the motor and two years on the battery… pretty impressive. The battery packs are smaller and require you to take them off for charging but the bikes are super light. These bikes use a 7 amp hour battery pack now vs. the older 6 amp hour design so you can ride further. These models freewheel, are easy to pedal even without power because they weigh in the ~35 lb range. There’s even a folding model to check out. I’ve reviewed most of these in 2016 which can be viewed more in depth at:
Moving on to some new bikes that I haven’t seen or reviewed yet, there’s the Evo 29er (priced at $2,999 which is fun). It has the newer 500 watt motor with a thru-axle. I liked this model because it had rear rack bosses and could be used as a carry rack. From there we looked at the 27.5 Evo Pro which has a brand new center-mount console and remote button pad on the left. It’s a slightly smaller frame design but has some really nice hardware including XT derailleur, 600 watt hour bike, Fox air fork and hydraulic disc brakes. The Evo Pro is priced at around $3,099. Both of these new hardtails are painted with neon and look really bright.
I got to check out the new Revo Diamond Wave which is a new city commuting model using the Brose mid-drive motor. I liked the completely wrapped fully encased belt drive and internally geared 8 speed Shimano Nexus hub in the rear. It looked rock solid, like it would stay tuned up and clean, protecting your pants. This model was using Magura hydraulic linear pull brakes and has a dynamo hub up front. I was told that using rim brakes means you don’t have to run cables as far, it keeps the frame clean. Apparently they brought in the Revo Lynx with split pivot rear suspension from Europe so people could ride on the test track. It’s a mid-drive Brose powered model with full suspension and a cool chain guide. There’s also a long-travel version of the Lynx with a 6” travel vs. 4.8” on the model we looked at. The Q Factor on these models is so small and tight that you can actually run with up to three chainrings! As far as off-road emountain bike riding goes, it’s nice to have a display like the transflective one Brose uses that’s removable so you can protect it on rough terrain when zooming down a mountain. The final model we looked closely at was the Big Bud Pro which now comes with either a Brose mid-drive and RockShox Bluto fork or the older two-wheel-drive fat bike with Dapu geared hubs. The Brose version will be priced at $3,999.