For example, the EP-2 Pro, the bike I've been testing for a few weeks now, is selling for $1,050. But for this price, you're looking at an off-road capable e-bike powered by a 750-watt motor. Yes, 750 watts, with a peak output sitting at 960 watts, according to Engwe's website. What does this mean for you? Take the next few minutes to find out just that. I recommend starting with the image gallery.
The MachineTo make things a tad easier to understand, let me break everything down. What we're looking at is nothing more than an e-bike that uses an aluminum frame as the base for its magic. Considering the electronics packed into this bike, an aluminum frame helps keep weight down to a minimum. Nonetheless, you're looking at a 34-kilogram (75-pound) machine. Overall, there's no internal cable routing for this price, but a trick that the EP-2 can perform is that of folding.
Now for the good stuff. I mentioned that Engwe likes to stand out by offering more than enough power and speed to really get a kick out of their products. To do so, the EP-2 is equipped with that 750-watt motor, but it also cranks out up to 55 Nm (41 ft-lb) of torque. Powering everything is a 48-volt 130-amp-hour battery pack hidden in that rectangular frame. What does all this mean for you? The manufacturer's website mentions that the top speed sits at a tad under 25 mph (40 kph, dependent on your local laws and regulations) and an estimated range of up to 75 miles (120 kilometers) on a single charge.
As for the rest of the bike, it's equipped with features designed to help you access a majority of terrains and roads or paths. While a folding frame clearly defines the EP-2 as a city bike, the inclusion of a front fork tells you that it can do a tad more than just stick to the tarmac. Engwe considers this bugger a "folding mountain e-bike." While it's unclear how much travel this fork can achieve, 80 millimeters (3.14 inches) of exposed stanchion is what I measured. Those fat tires also help offer a soft ride and can attain good grip off-road and even on loose ground. That's the base for what you see. Throw on some fenders, lights, and a comfy seat, and that's the EP-2 Pro. But what's the ride like?
The RideBefore you hop on and ride off into that Californian sunset, you'll need to get your hands dirty with some assembling. You'll need to install the steering column into the head tube – don't worry, it's meant to look funky, as it helps during folding –, add the handlebar, install the fenders, cargo rack, and seat, and then you'll be ready. All that took me about a tad over an hour, so make sure you have that time available.
With a helmet on, and tire pressure at proper levels, I was out the door, heading to the elevator. If there's one thing I can say about this bike, it's much larger than expected. With the handlebars and seat in riding position, you may have trouble squeezing into an elevator with the bike unfolded; fold it, as it's much easier to fit into tight spaces. At street level, I turned this puppy on and settled into the saddle. With a push of the pedal, I was off. From here, how should I put this? If there are two things you can take away from this short-term review, it's that this freaking demon is faster than a bat out of hell, and is also rather loud.
First of all, when you push the pedal down, it'll take a fraction of a second before the motor kicks in, and once it does, you'll definitely hear it. After all, it's 750 watts. Then, there are the wheels and the sound those massive off-roading knobs make when hitting asphalt. Nonetheless, all that noise is accompanied by more than enough speed to forget all about anything else that's going on. Yes, it's a fun and powerful ride, and you can access it by pedaling or simply using the throttle function; sit back and enjoy the ride. Oh, as a side note, my version catches 28 mph (45 kph) with throttle function; maybe you get lucky too.
As for testing this motor's abilities, I live in a rather hilly area, and that's always welcome whenever I test an e-bike. Without spending too much time on explanations, 750 watts are more than enough to help you overcome just about any urban hill and uneven terrain. At some point, one particular hill by my home comes across with an incline of nearly 35%; not a damn problem for this electrified two-wheeler.
So far, we know what to expect in terms of power and comfort, but what about range? Well, I mentioned that Engwe states a range of up to 75 miles on a single charge, and honestly, this thing gets hella close to that number, easily. The drivetrain is equipped with a 7-speed transmission, aside from the five electronically selected speed settings. This gives you enough range to find that sweet spot in terms of cadence and effort exerted, and it allows you to even ride the bike with no electric assistance whatsoever.
And so, yes, I can break 60 miles (96 kilometers) of range with this EV on just one charge, as you can stay in the lower speed settings and simply control the rest of the experience from the derailleur. All that depends on the strength in your legs, so go to the gym if you want more fuel efficiency in your life. With just the throttle taking over, around 25 miles (40 kilometers) was my range in the fifth gear, and going as fast as possible. I was still seeing three out of five bars on the display's charge meter with the 43 miles (70 kilometers) I had logged onto the odometer at the time of taking these photos.
This brings me to the one and only issue I have with the Engwe EP-2 Pro, its brakes. I believe that if your bicycle can hit 45 kph, you may need a tad more than just mechanical disc brakes rocking 160-millimeter (6.3-inch) rotors. I recently tested another urban bike, the City Vanture, and that bugger's equipped with 180-millimeter (7.1-inch) hydraulic brakes; I can hit a top speed of 24 mph (38 kph) on it. If Engwe were to throw on some larger brakes, it wouldn't hurt. I'd be happy to drop an extra hundred bucks on the final price too. Go ahead and do that yourself if you like to tinker with these machines.
Oh, let's not forget about this bugger's cargo-carrying abilities. That rear rack is suitable for up to 55 kg (121 lbs) of cargo. It's enough to classify it as a seat in Engwe's user manual, and I love it. Sharing the ride is doable with this one, and the motor has no issue taking care of the extra load, be it groceries, your child, or your significant other. The latter may be pushing it a bit.