Zipping Along Electronically
I did a lot of shopping before I bought my new DJ Ebike. In my opinion, there are 3 elements to buying an electric bike. First is the bike itself. I wanted a cushy, easy to ride bike, and that is what this bike is. The step-through is very low, the seat is super comfortable, and the handle bars are easy to reach.
Next is the electric motor. The motors come in several sizes and they are made by several companies. I used the number of watts the motor uses to measure power. Motors start with 250 watts, 350, 500, 750, etc. Most medium priced bikes use 350 watt motors, and this bike has a 500 watt motor that requires 48 volts.
Next comes the battery. Batteries start at 24 volts, 36 volts, and then 48. This bike has a Samsung battery at 48 volts, and 500 to 600 watts. Overall a big battery and a powerful motor.
I got my Ebike about 10 days ago and it just makes me smile to ride it. I use pedal assist at the 3 position and off I go at about 17 miles per hour. When the electric motor kicks in it is like having a turbo booster in your legs. The pedal assist helps you maintain a constant 17 to 18 mph as long as you pedal. Need to go faster, just move up to the 4 position and your at a steady 20 mph.
I added a front basket to my bike. I ordered a Swagman basket from Amazon and it works great. I also added a nylon bag on Amazon, a Lixada, that fits on the rear rack with velco straps. So, I am ready to go the grocery store or a meeting with plenty of carrying capacity.
I am so delighted with my DJ Cith Bike. I was not sure I needed t50 watt bikebut it has shown me why it is a good coice. I do n. ot ride on any streets with a speed limit over 30mph, but I must cross some of those streets. In the past that has been a bit risky. With 750 watts I hit the throttle and scoot across very quickly. I am 78 years old. I did thirty miles yesterday and used about one half the battery capacity. I love the freedom the bke gives me and i can keep up with my teenage grandkids.
Solid and Smooth
will submit reviews for two electric bikes, in contrast to each other, because we bought and started using them together in May 2018. For my wife we bought a DJ City Bike; for me, we bought an ANCHEER 2018 Waterproof Folding Electric Bike. At the time we bought them, the DJ cost $1400 and the Ancheer $660. (Now the DJ cost more than twice as much and the Ancheer is no longer available, but I will review them anyway.)
The DJ City Bike is a very sturdy bike with high quality components, including a strong motor and a big battery. It is comfortable to ride and very powerful. In fact, one must be careful riding it to use the pedals sparingly on level ground, as it is prone to go quite fast with constant peddling. I view the pedal more as a foot-operated on switch for the motor than as something to use all the time. My wife sometimes switches the motor off, on level ground or downhill to get more “biking.” The bike is quite heavy, though, and the motor is essential going uphill. The electronics are easy to operate. The bike came with front and rear lights (including brake lights!) and a luggage rack. My wife finds the seat very comfortable.
Love the bike!
We received two of these bikes quickly after ordering. They assemble easily if you know bikes at all. The booklet references part names that are not in any diagram so if you don’t know the part, it can be a bit confusing. It comes with a multi-tool which makes assembly much easier. You still need a utility knife to get all the packing off the parts. It took about 45 minutes to an hour for two of us to unpack and assemble the two bikes. The chain and hub were dry making assembly less messy but they did not remind the user to lubricate prior to use. Once assembled, lubricated, and tires filled, the bike performed perfectly. We went for a 16 mile test on a mostly level trail. The pedal only, pedal assist and motor only modes all worked well. The shifter worked smoothly. It was a blast! We have stayed on ‘rail to trail’ trails for many years because I can’t do hills well and hubby doesn’t have the endurance to do hills. Now we can take the hills with confidence and ease and go biking with our active kids and actually keep up! A side note: You know how hard it can be to get a bike going when you are heading up an incline? This bike makes it so easy! Just give a little throttle and you don’t have to work to balance and get it going. We did our homework and this was by far the best price for a 750W motor, 48A battery with 13Ah battery output. The bike is well made and has accessories the others don’t; such as a bell, a headlight, brake lights, fenders, rear wire carrier.
New Lease on Life!
This reasonably priced bike is a total blessing. In our sixties, my husband and I had become less and less likely to go bike riding, depending on how energetic we were feeling. With the City Electric Bikes, we are now “APPREHENSION FREE” – it’s amazing. No more fear of “maybe” not being able to do that little hill in the neighborhood or “on that one street…” We are FREE AS THE BIRDS now to just GO…. And because I have a balance issue, mounting and especially dismounting a bike is tricky for me….but the Step-Thru City bike is FANTASTIC and I can now dismount safely without a helping hand. Thank you so much for this wonderful wonderful invention. My only regret is not buying one sooner.
This e-bike is amazing. The quality of the construction and the brand …
This e-bike is amazing. The quality of the construction and the brand name components are top notch. The level assist works perfectly. It gives you enough help to get you going if you set it at 1 or 2, and keep you going, or at higher levels through the wind or up a hill.
I am 53 and have Rheumatoid Arthritis. This bicycle is a godsend! I am able to ride again – into the wind or up hills. I can even get on my bike and zip to where i am going quickly if i use the throttle – just like a scooter. I actually traded in my Vespa for this model so I can still get exercise but go quickly if I need to be somewhere in a hurry. Thank you for giving my back my freedom to exercise!!!!