So, you have seen the electric bikes and you have decided to look into them. They are cool, sporty and save you that dreaded visit to the gas pump. But, when you look into it, there are an amazing number of options. With the abundance of e-bikes on the market now, manufacturers are specializing in the different types of bikes that would allow the rider the same choices and convenience as the more traditional bikes. This new abundance of e-bike choices can leave the rider confused. When is a hybrid the right e-bike solution?
A hybrid e-bike could be the perfect solution to meet all your general needs. As a cross between a road bike and a mountain bike, it offers many of the desired characteristics of both: the lighter frame of the road bike and the sturdier construction with wider wheels of the mountain bike.
As you may be aware, hybrid bicycles blend favored characteristics of other traditional bikes- mountain bikes, road bikes and touring bikes. While some feel this leaves them a “jack of all trades” and “master of none” the basic ingredients leave a great general purpose bike which is stable, comfortable, easy to use and very versatile. The bikes are then great for urban commuting, recreational cycling and light trail riding.
As with every feature however, each choice defines its abilities while limiting others. It is wise to clearly define the way in which you will be using your e-bike. While the hybrid does sport many of the desired characteristics of both the mountain and the road bikes, it does have its limitations. If you want to ride on extremely rocky terrain, the hybrid would not be the right choice. The tires and frame are robust enough to easily manage fair slopes and rougher terrain… but would be challenged by boulder bouncing off-roading.
Among our readership and those surveyed, the Xplorer Sport Hybrid by Yukon Trails was definitely the favorite in its class
In this category among those surveyed and who answered our consumer polls, the Xplorer sport (either the XF26 or the XM26 which indicates whether the model is for a male or a female and the wheel size which is 26″) by Yukon Trail is extremely lightweight when comparing the specifications of the closest competitors. The 250W in-hub motor has a rechargeable 36V 10AH li-ion battery which is easily removed for indoor charging. When fully charged, allows the bike up to a 30 mile range at a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour (depending on terrain and rider weight) on as single charge. The seven speed Shimano shifter allows for the versatility in traversing most grades. The bike is also equipped with LED headlights and rear headlights with flashing option. The suspension fork and the comfortable seat allow for inner city rides and light off-roading.
Other accolades from readers included the extremely simple assembly, easy handleability and the supreme power on even steep grades. The removable battery allows for easy recharging. Also noted among respondents was Yukon’s customer service which was supported by real and responsive humans.
· Top speeds of 15 mph (rider contingent)
· PAS (pedal-assisted system)
· Charged range of up to 30 miles
· LiFePo4, 36V/10AH li-ion battery
· Electric ignition
· 7-Speed Shimano drivetrain
· Front and rear Tektro V-brakes
· Rims: Alloy Double Wall 26″
· Front Fork: Alloy suspension
· 26″x 1.75W Kenda Tires
· LED head and rear lights
· Weight limit: 250 lbs
· Net weight 60 lbs
· 1 year warranty
· Versatile construction for commuting, trekking and light off-roading
· Sturdy components
· Manufacturer installed LED lights
· Stylish design
· Sturdy components
· Pedal assisted system
· Quick release battery for easy recharge
· Great price point per similar models
· May not handle rough terrain as well as mountain bikes
· May be slightly heavier than some road bikes
· Some riders objected to weight
· Motor is not silent