So, this was my present to myself and DC. (Noticed the past tense?) What I got is a Scooter-like Electric-moped bicycle that supposed to have the specifications as below:
- Wheel Size: 16"
- Climbing Angle = 10 degree
- Motor power = 200W
- Top Speed = 15 mph
- Top off road speed = 30 mph
- Maximum Load = 135kg
- Run distance = 40-50km
- Charging period = 2-8hours
- Charger = AC 220V/50Hz
- 36V sealed maintenance free lead-free battery
- Key and remote Start
- Immobilizer, burglar alarm
- Front and rear spring coil shocks
- Low running noise-Low running costs
- Front document holder, Under seat storage
- Head Light, speedometer, indicators, charge level
- Lockable rear motor for secure parking
- Price GBP599
Nothing to complain about the overall appearance for this Fun5 e-bike. The look is definitely cool with 2 side mirror, foot rest and an extra rear storage box that I did not put it on. The material of the (outer shell?) is not top class. It looks and sounds like normal plastic to me which I believe it will not survive single tidy accident. The metallic red paint does not has an extra top coating which makes it vulnerable to scratches. If you look closely, the document holder is actually a small storage space under the dash board, with lock. The thing is I managed to open it without the key, purely by hand. Minus points.
Just noticed I got this photo to show another problem with this bike. The cables underneath the bike are all exposed. Thus it is potentially not able to ride under the rain. What I can say is it can’t run away from mud and sand, and it is a pain for you to clean it up :p
I like the idea of having burglar alarm for this bicycle though the one i had was broken. The alarm did not work when I armed the alarm and pushed the bike for several meters. Maybe it is due to my bad luck the other day.
The rear motor lock does its job and locks the motor very well. I did not force it to move though as I scared to break it apart :p
The main problem of this bike is the speed and load. I managed to get to the top on road speed of 15kmph instead of 15mph that stated in the specs. It's such a disgrace as it is 1.6 times slower than expected. Just imagine when you are on the road with scooter-like bike under you, people expecting to see you “whoosh” past them but what I got was a normal bicycle could easily overtook me (literally).
You can definitely switch it to use the off road speed where it suppose to read 30mph but bare in mind that the UK government law only allows electric moped bicycle to has a maximum on road speed of 15mph. Even so, the Fun5 I got can only managed to get up to 27kmph which is equivalent to 16.78mph. All the speed mentioned above are tested on flat road. I tried it on a slope of approximately 10 degree and the speed dropped to around 16kmph with the off road setting. It got worse if you accelerate from idle in the middle of the slope. It took around 5 seconds to reach 10kmph.
The charge level shows on the dash board is not that accurate. After I used the bike for 2 hours with a full overnight-charge, it showed full when I did not turn the throttle, but showed half when I turned the throttle. This gives the rider a wrong impression of the power left in the battery.
I'm not quite sure if anyone suitable for this bike as younger generation who like the overall appearance might not like the speed, and those who does not care about the speed might find it too heavy (44-50 kg). It is definitely not suitable for me as I don't like people keep staring at me like this on the road.