I've owned this bike for two days now. I was going to wait and write a review after I had had it for a time, but I couldnt wait!
I love this bike!!! I have to say first, that I've never owned or even ridden an e-bike prior to this. But, I have to say it's an amazing experience. Esp. if you've had the experience of trudging up hills and arriving to work freezing and exhausted but drenched in sweat. This is the perfect solution.
Since I have never had any experience with e-bikes before, I don't know how this one compares with others. What I will say is that I can't imagine what they could possibly have or do that could make someone shell out hundreds or even thousands more to purchase those.
This bike is a beast. The ride is smooth and engine whirrr is minimal. Level one only seems to work in gears 1-3 however, which isn't an issue. The lower gears are very low and even the most amateur of riders will hardly ever use those gears imo. The 2nd level of power boost is substantial and the 3rd is exhilarating!
Another of my favorite aspects is it's appearance. It has great lines and the fluorescent yellow of the battery compartment and accents pop just perfectly against the low—almost glitter charcoal color of the rest. It's got decent tires and sturdy pedals. The seat isn't the most padded but it looks pretty cool and does the job. The flush battery design makes it all come together amazingly. One of the things that I just couldn't get over with 95% of the e-bikes I shopped was that dang ugly protrusion of a battery, whether on the handle bars or in the water bottle spot or (ugliest of all) a massive hunk of eyesore shoved in behind/below the saddle. Ughh. This design is beautiful! You pretty much can't even tell that its an electric bike by looking at it.
Assembly took about 20 minutes...super easy. I did have to fiddle with the brakes for awhile to adjust them correctly. They were set to a very tight setting. After that it was ready to roll!
Though I can't speak to its durability over time, I will say that it seems extremely solidly put together. I was worried about how heavy it would be. I had read horror stories about how heavy e-bikes were but this thing set my mind at ease. Whether its the minimalistic battery design or the materials used to build it or whatever, it doesn't seem unwieldly like I've heard some e-bikes can be. It seems very similar to my current Mongoose 29” which makes it less of an adjustment I thought I'd have to make to my riding style.
I included a couple of photos to show how sharp this thing looks. I will say that one disappointment that I had was that the description said that a rear bike rack and front/rear fenders were included. They are not. Walmart needs to fix that. The light, rear rack, and under seat rear pack pictured were all purchased separately.
Still...this is the best bang for your buck e-bike on the market! For < $600 and free, super fast shipping, you can't go wrong with the Hyper E-Ride MB!!