Liv Thrive E+ 2 Professional electrical bike evaluation
- Trendy slimline look
- SyncDrive Professional motor with Sensible Help know-how
- Stroll help
- Barely dearer than equal spec hybrid e-bikes
Value as reviewed:
That is the primary foray into women-specific highway e-bikes for Liv. There are two fashions to select from – the Thrive E+ 1 Professional, which has greater spec parts, and the Thrive E+ 2 Professional, which is what I attempted. Being 5’5” (1m66) I attempted out measurement S.
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To have a look at the bike, I need to say that I just like the metallic turquoise and black design (formally described as silver and pine) of the aluminium body and fork. The way in which the battery has been seamlessly built-in inside it means it doesn’t look apparent that that is an e-bike. After all, when driving it, of us will know what that is an e-bike once you sail previous them effortlessly on the hills!
I discover the design enticing, and that alone makes me wish to be seen on the bike. Some e-bikes do look very very like an “electrical bike” however this appears to be like extra like an odd hybrid that occurs to have a motor.
Though Liv is connected to Big, the Thrive E+, like different Liv bikes has been constructed underneath the 3F design ethos (match, type, perform) particular to all bikes and bearing in mind ladies’s physique dimensions, power patterns, user-friendliness, and thrilling designs. The Thrive E+ is sort of a sporty hybrid and the shape mirrors that of the non-assisted hybrid Alight vary.
It is usually good to see that the bike has different touches to make the Thrive a great utility bike, such mounts for a rack, mudguards, and it comes fitted with a bell too.
Working the Thrive E+ and figuring out how a lot battery cost (vary) stays is easy and simply finished by the use of completely different buttons on the handlebars. On the left-hand aspect of the handlebars are the controls, often called RideControl One.
There may be an on-off button, with 5 LEDs to the suitable of it indicating how a lot vary (battery cost) is left. 5 LEDs to the left of the on-off button point out how a lot energy help is being given. Separate buttons can enhance and reduce the extent of energy help, in addition to placing it into ECO mode.
Gears are operated by levers in precisely the identical method as on customary hybrids. When pedalling alongside, even when on low help or no help in any respect, I can nonetheless really feel the traction within the crank space which makes pedalling motion clean, and requires much less effort than when on a non-assisted bicycle.
This sensation might be due to the Big SyncDrive Professional motor, powered by Yamaha, and constructed into the body – this drives the chain straight. With Sensible Help Know-how (Pedal Plus 6-sensor know-how) which means when pedalling, sensors decide up the quantity of energy you transmit by means of the pedals and may then calculate the quantity of help wanted, and replicate your pedalling type. So the result’s a clean pure really feel when pedalling.
Moreover, it will give an optimised vary when setting out with a totally charged bike. Battery consumption varies relying on which of the six help settings are used.
I have a tendency to make use of the bottom help setting more often than not when driving round Central London, which is essentially flat, and I generally tend to place in a bit of labor myself too! For mild inclines I then transfer to the second setting, whereas the third setting works for the steeper hills in South London, at round 10 per cent gradient. For these wanting much more help on the hills, or who dwell in notoriously hilly areas just like the Surrey Hills or Sheffield, there are nonetheless two additional help settings that will help you.
After all, the upper the setting used, the shorter the vary of the battery. Primarily based on my private utilization, the battery lasted round 110km earlier than it went flat. Consumption would rely on the terrain you journey. In ECO mode, the quantity of help required routinely adjusts itself relying on the terrain you encounter, and the engagement of the SyncDrive motor.
One other setting, which is by way of a button on the backside of the management panel, is stroll help. That is actually helpful if you must wheel the bike up a ramp. That is significantly helpful provided that the bike weighs 18.5kg.
Speaking of battery, the Liv Thrive E+ 2 Professional is fitted with a Big EnergyPak 375, 36V Built-in Lithium-Ion battery. The sort of battery has a decrease discharge charge than different batteries on e-bikes, that means that leaving it unused for a interval of some weeks mustn’t pose an issue.
As well as, this battery might be totally charged to 100 per cent of capability 1000 instances, after which era the battery is totally charged as much as 80 per cebt of full capability 800 extra instances. Thereafter, charging the battery as much as 60 per cent of capability might be finished an extra 600 instances.
So, for instance, in case you are commuting by bike 30km per day and doing a 50km social journey on the weekend on primarily flat terrain with the odd hill, you would want to cost the battery twice every week, and it may very well be 10 years earlier than the battery started to lose capability! That actually provides me confidence.
Charging the battery from flat to 100 per cent takes round 3.5-4 hours, and is finished utilizing the Big EnergyPak 6A quick charger. One helpful characteristic is the ability to cost the battery whereas off the bike, so that you don’t want to fret about discovering a big and presumably an indoor area for the entire bike. Eradicating the battery from the bike entails unlocking the casing on the body and is simple. In case you are pleased to cost up the bike straight with out eradicating the battery, the socket is straightforward to seek out and slots simply into the lead.
The gearing is an efficient vary, so you continue to have help for hills care of a 10-speed 11-32 Shimano Tiagra groupset paired with a 34/50 chain ring. If you would like extra alternative of gears the Thrive E + 1 Professional is fitted with and 11-speed Shimano 105 groupset with the identical spec chain ring.
Tyres are Maxxis Re-Fuse 32mm Folding MaxxShield tyres, these might be run as tubeless, and are effectively suited to deal with multi-terrain settings, together with gentle gravel paths. I cycled alongside the Wandle Path, a multi-terrain monitor in South London and the bike greater than coped in all of these areas. Shimano MT201 hydraulic disc brakes gives confidence too when on undulating roads and tracks.
Though the Thrive E+ is about up for a sporty journey, consolation isn’t compromised as a women-specific Liv Sport saddle is fitted to the aluminium seatpost. Concerning pace, keep in mind that the motor on the Thrive E+ 2 Professional limits the utmost pace to 25km/h (15.5mph) and a battery energy of 250 Watts, a authorized requirement within the UK. After all, should you reduce out the engine and let the bike plummet down a hill you possibly can determine how briskly you wish to go!
At £2,749 the Liv Thrive E+ 2 Professional could appear a bit of steep in contrast with different hybrid e-bikes. Nonetheless, the standard body and motor, together with the Sensible Help Know-how come at a worth. That is certainly not on the excessive finish, and this worth level represents good worth provided that the parts are designed to final for lots longer than a few years.
The Liv Thrive E+ 2 Professional appears to be like a classy bike, whereas nonetheless having all the facility to provide the help you want. Because the battery might be charged on or off the bike, this provides versatility and user-friendliness, guaranteeing the bike is all the time powered up and able to use whether or not for commuting or for a sporting journey.
Body: ALUXX SL-grade aluminium
Fork: ALUXX SL-grade aluminium, 12 x 100 thru-axle
Motor system: Big SynchDrive Professional, 360 tuneable help, powered by YAMAHA
Crankset: Big, 34/50T
Cassette : Shimano Tiagra cassette, 11-32
Chain: KMC 10-speed e.10 sport, e-bike optimised
Entrance and rear derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
Shifters: Shimano Tiagra 10-speed
Brakes: Shimano MT201/BR-U300, hydraulic disc, 160mm
Wheels: Big Efficiency Tracker Street Hubs, sealed bearing; Big GX disc; spokes, stainless
Tyres: Maxxis Re-Fuse 700 x 32c Folding MaxxShield
Handlebar: Big Join XC Flat, 31.8 x 580mm for XS/S, 620mm for M/L
Stem: Big Contact
Seatpost: Big D-Form, Aluminium
Saddle: Liv Sport
Equipment : Big EnergyPak 6A Quick charger
Sizes: XS, S, M, L
Weight: 18.4kg (small)