Macwheel is a relative newcomer to the US e-bike market however that hasn’t stopped the corporate from getting ready to launch its second model of extremely reasonably priced electrical bicycles, Metakoo. The primary e-bike within the mannequin line, generally known as the Cybertrack, simply occurs to share 90% of its title with one of the most anticipated electric vehicles in the world.
We first started following Macwheel late final yr when the corporate launched a $799 electric city cruiser bike on Amazon.
They have been clearly nonetheless entry-level e-bikes with bottom-tier elements, however they have been a stark enchancment over the previous waves of budget e-bikes we’ve seen.
Now Macwheel is upping the ante with a second model generally known as Metakoo. The model’s first e-bike mannequin, which is predicted to start gross sales later this month, is called the Cybertrack 100.
The 46 lb (21 kg) e-bike makes use of a typical aluminum city mountain bike body with a downtube-mounted battery. The reasonably low-capacity 375 Wh battery is rated for a most vary of 40 miles (64 km) with pedal help or 20 miles (32 km) with throttle-only operation. Each of these numbers sound a bit excessive, however with an anticipated $699 retail value, I’m inclined to forgive a considerably decrease vary.
E-bikes like these are designed extra to democratize e-biking than for offering excessive efficiency. Riders typically commerce off larger vary and energy (amongst different sacrifices) for decrease retail costs.
Whereas most e-bikes of this degree are paired with 2A chargers, the Cybertrack 100 will include the next energy 4A charger that’s anticipated to cost the battery in simply 2-3 hours.
A 350W steady and 500W peak Bafang hub motor powers the rear wheel as much as 20 mph (32 km/h).
A small LCD show graces the handlebars, the place riders may also discover a half twist throttle, 7-speed Shimano shifter controlling a Shimano Tourney derailleur and mechanical brake levers for the Reputation disc brakes.
It’s unclear who provides the wheels or suspension fork as they’re each branded “Metakoo”.
A Macwheel consultant informs us that the primary shipments of Cybertrack 100 e-bikes for the US market has simply reached US shores and is en path to the corporate’s native warehouse. Gross sales expect to start someday between March 13-17.
The direct value from Metakoo will likely be $699, although the bikes may also be listed on Amazon with a barely larger value.
The corporate additionally provided an unveiling video for the e-bike, which you’ll see under.
It’s unclear but if Metakoo could have any form of US-based service and help outdoors of a transport warehouse.
Whereas price range e-bikes like these will help new riders enter the e-bike world at decrease costs than ever earlier than, one space these firms usually fall behind in is buyer help. That’s an area that several US e-bike companies have invested heavily in over the past year.
Some Asian e-bike firms are starting to enhance on this space as effectively. Eunorau, an organization we recently covered, has arrange its personal headquarters in Las Vegas as a solution to higher serve the US market. However until Metakoo plans to function a group on the bottom within the US, their most important benefit will nonetheless possible be restricted to shorter transport instances than direct-from-Asia firms.
So far as low cost on-line e-bikes go, the Metakoo’s Cybertrack 100 looks as if a reasonably respectable begin. For $699, getting a real Bafang motor and 4A charger are good options to see.
The 36V 10.4Ah battery is disappointingly low capability, however in fact this isn’t a efficiency machine both.
I wouldn’t start to match the standard of the bike to more established e-bike companies. However having examined earlier Macwheel e-bikes, I might undoubtedly say that they’re an important begin for somebody who solely has a price range of $700. Whereas I’d like to see somebody on an e-bike that prices twice as a lot and gives greater batteries, larger energy and nicer elements, in fact not everybody can afford that luxurious. So it’s nice to see extra entries within the ultra-budget finish of the market that also appear to supply good worth.
I hate to say “I informed you so” in terms of these new Asian manufacturers popping up this yr, but I definitely called this in January. I’d anticipate to see this development proceed all year long.
Oh, and the “Cybertrack” title is hilarious. I’ve to present them props for doing absolutely the minimal quantity essential to keep away from copyright infringement. That letter “a” is performing some severely heavy lifting.
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