autoevolution
Car video reviews:
 
Technology Has Reached a Point Where You Can Own an E-Bike Like the Compact for Just $500
As technology progresses, something beautiful happens; we are presented with better and better gear for lower and lower prices. That seems to be the case with Hyper's E-Ride Compact e-bike, a little tiny wonder with a big heart. But is that all?

Technology Has Reached a Point Where You Can Own an E-Bike Like the Compact for Just $500

HeadlightCockpitE-Ride Compact E-BikeE-Ride Compact E-Bike (Folded)CockpitBottom BracketHeadlightCockpitE-Ride Compact E-BikeE-Ride Compact E-BikeE-Ride Compact E-BikeE-Ride Compact E-BikeE-Ride Compact E-BikeE-Ride Compact E-Bike
Well, I'll just hop right into it, folks, and point out that Hyper Bike Inc., the minds behind this EV, is selling this trinket for $500 (€490 at current exchange rates) through Walmart. Yes, we'll be exploring a super cheap EV that has been designed to be the perfect urban companion, in the process, boasting eco-friendly goodness.

Folks, Hyper is a manufacturer that has been on the market since 1990 when BMX Pro Clay Goldsmid decided to support the growing BMX trend and ultimately offer the public two-wheelers that are designed with fun and ability in mind, not to mention budget-friendly. As for the E-Ride Compact, you already know the price, so let's see what else it can do.

One thing you need to understand about bicycles is that they're designed for a particular setting and terrain. With that in mind, you clearly shouldn't be attempting, and singletracks or trails with this bike, nor should you even venture off the asphalt. So why any interest if it's this limited?

Well, I mentioned that the Compact is designed to be your little urban helper, and it is. For example, 14-inch tires will ensure you don't venture off the beaten road and even ride safely through town; with such small wheels, you should clearly watch out for holes and even curbs. As long as you stick to that, you should be fine. Sure, the tires are multi-surface, but it may still be a rough ride.

The small wheels aren't all that tiny either. Just as its name implies, this bike is compact, and in an urban setting, with small cramped streets and sidewalks, the lowered frame, high-rise steering column, and even the small wheels should help you easily make your way through traffic or weave through pedestrians. It's also able to support up to 231 pounds (105 kilograms) of total weight.

Because of its placement in an urban setting that is cramped, Hyper also decided to limit the speed to no more than 15.5 mph (25 kph). Sure, it's not the 20 mph (32 kph) that we may be used to, but it should still be more than enough to help you get moving and do it safely. Speaking of moving around, the max range this bugger can crank out is a mere 15 miles (24 kilometers). After all, how much did you think you'd be getting for just 500 big ones? I wasn't able to make out if the battery is a removable one, but 15 miles should do just fine for riding to the store, to work, or around the neighborhood during sunset.

While the electronics aren't the strongest – the motor runs under 350 watts – the rest of this bugger has been designed to be comfortable and easy to handle. The seat can be adjusted to your size, the lowered frame allows for easy mounting and dismounting, and the steering column can be lowered to help reduce the bike's size, which is handy if you travel using a bus or metro.

Did I mention that all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride (electronic throttle)? Once you make it home from your daily travels, you'll need to recharge the bugger for up to four hours for a full battery.

Sure, it sounds basic, and it just may be, but for the price that you're being asked to pay, and the laidback fun you'll unlock with that cash, it comes across as an urban EV to consider for your future purchases. Even if it gives out on you in a couple of years, would you feel bad about it, knowing it's served its purpose?

Editor's note: This article was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.

 
 
 
 
 

Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories