Easy Motion Neo City Video Review – Urban Electric Bike, Battery in Downtube, Pedal Assist, Throttle

Easy Motion Neo City Video Review – Urban Electric Bike, Battery in Downtube, Pedal Assist, Throttle


>>Court: This is the Easy Motion Neo City
and as you can tell, it’s kind of setup to be a city style bike. We’ve got front and
rear fenders, front and rear lights and they’re actually powered off of a dynamo which means
if the battery pack runs out, they’re still going to work. Still going to offer some safety
and I think they even have a capacitor so they sort of stay lit up a little while after
you stop and kind of protect you, you know so you don’t get hit from behind. I also love
that its got this nice rack here, with bungee cords. You know, you can kind of put something,
something simple on top there, maybe one of those like egg crate baskets or whatever.
Or, of corse you can add a saddle bag or panniers and its got like a nice wrap around bar here.
Pretty standard sized gauge, so it’s going to work well with, you know almost any rack.
It’s going to kind of like clip on there. I just like it, it’s efficient, this bike
is pretty sleek. And the frame doesn’t really rattle a whole lot, even though this is bolt
on because you don’t have a whole lot of weight there to begin with. The battery pack on this
is actually built into the downtube, and I’ll get to that in a second, but I’ll go ahead
and go through some of the other specs. You’ve got eight speeds, trigger shifter over here
and three over here so a total of 24 speeds. Back here, Shimano Alivio derailleur and a
nice chain guard. So that’s going to keep you clean and dry on a day like today where
it’s a little bit wet and kind of dreary. This is actually like the perfect bike for
today with the lights and everything. Brakes are standard V-brakes, front and rear; they
offer pretty good stopping power. And I love that this has a shock, because that’s going
to kind of smooth things out a little bit and as you can see these are 700x38C wheels
with kind of a medium narrow tires. They’re going to coast well, pretty efficiently, smoothly,
but they don’t offer as much shock absorption as like a balloon tire or something. So having
that shock is really nice, and even the seat you can see, its got like these rubber bumpers
in here and it’s a little bit bigger. Kind of soft. So this is a comfortable bike and
just really feature rich as a bike. And as you start to get into the electric side, it’s
equally impressive. So you’ve got a 350 watt geared rear hub motor right there. Geared
means that you’re going to get a little bit of extra torque and it allows the motor to
be a little bit smaller and lighter but still offer good power. It’s driven from this battery
right here, built right into the frame, you can kind of see. This is a 36 volt 9 amp hour
pack, which I’d say is fairly standard. You do have to take it off the bike to charge,
that’s one of the kind of downsides here but you know, it works well enough. You kind of
unlock it, it pops off and then you know, you plug it in and it comes with a wall adapter.
The control system is also really nice here, it’s integrated right into the handlebars.
And you can actually remove this little screen so, you know if you’re parking this bike at
a rack. You don’t want people messing around with it, or scratching it or something. When
you take that off, you know, it kind of just looks like a regular bike. It doesn’t draw
a whole lot of extra attention which is nice. And again, no one can mess with the battery
because it locks on. So I do like the setup here and I also like that they’ve taken ergonomics
into account. I mentioned the shock absorption but you’ve got these ergo grips, kind of this
swept back handlebars with an adjustable neck. You can adjust this without a tool. You just,
you know, pull that thing up and the handlebars swivel and they get higher and lower so you
can create that nice upright riding position. Right, where your head is up and alert. Which
is perfect for city riding, so I just think they nailed it in a lot of ways here. Even
with the nice little kickstand down there. The bike works great, it’s solid and it’s
actually, Easy Motion is a part of BH which is this big company in Spain that has been
making bikes since 1909. So the frame, the components are all really solid and they’ve
used the same motor, battery and LCD system for all of their electric bikes, um actually
not all of them, but the entire Neo line of electric bikes. So, what that means is if
you need a replacement battery pack, it’s super easy to get. They’ll probably have one
on hand at wherever you buy this, if you buy it like at a dealer. It just makes it easier
to kind of swap out and I feel like they invested a lot of time and energy getting these systems
correct before they applied them to all of their bikes. And in my experience, I’ve owned
the Easy Motion Neo Jumper and it worked great. It was a lot of fun and I like the fact that
it’s kind of zippy with that hub motor. If you look at the bike, the weight’s distributed
pretty well, it’s low to the ground and it’s just solid. The other cool thing about the
electric side of this is that you’ve got pedal assist and you’ve got twist throttle. Okay,
so you can go further and have kind of a more relaxed natural feel when you use pedal assist
or you can use it like a scooter and I just I love that they kind of give you the option
for that on this bike. And the pedal assist actually uses torque sensing, so it’s not,
it’s not as jerky like on/off as a, like a pedelec sensor. If you push down on that a
little bit, it pushes back a little bit but if you push really hard it goes a little bit
more. And so that’s just, it’s cool it feels like it’s a very natural extension of how
we ride bikes normally. So, we’ve got four modes of pedal assist here, we’re in eco right
now, standard, sport and boost. And of course boost is the highest, you’re going to go fast,
it’s going to boost you but you’re going to wear the battery down faster too. Speedometer,
you can see the battery there. I’m going to take this down to sport and then I’m going
to hold the camera near the motor so you can kind of hear it and just see it in action.
[motor whirring] It just takes right off! And again this is sort of the same system
that they use on all of the Neo ebikes and some of those are like off road, you know
full suspension mountain bikes and stuff. And this motor performs equally well on those.
But for something like this that you’re just going to ride on the road I mean it’s relatively
quiet, really smooth and I’m impressed. You know, I’m impressed with their bikes, I like
how the Neo line is built and how it performs. And because again, it’s torque sensing it’s
a little bit more responsive. I’ll do another demo [motor whirring] So there we go, woo!
That is the Neo City from Easy Motion. For the full written review check out ElectricBikeReview.com
and I’ll see you there.