I’d tried a few eBikes out before, including an older model Cube. The Cube, with its crank mounted 75NM motor impressed me the most. I ordered one through 50Cycles, the customer service and communication was excellent (thank you Chloe)
The bike, a Cube Reaction Hybrid Race with the 75 NM motor and 500wh battery was delivered on time and in perfect condition. Attaching the pedals and aligning the handlebars were simple tasks. The bike is a dream, easy to pedal with the motor off, it’s ratio is set to make pedalling really easy even up hills. The fun starts when the engine is switched on! It has four power modes for day to day use; 1. ECO: minimum assistance maximum range. When used with the gears riding was relatively easy but not fast. 2. TOUR: my usual setting, enough assistance to get me to 16 mph with no fuss and upmost hills at about 10 mph. 3 EMTB: more assistance for riding up hills at a faster pace. 4. TURBO: crazy assistance mode with loads of acceleration to 16 mph, even up steep hills - this mode leaves me grinning all day!
Pedalling above 15.5 mph needs more effort but I could still hit 20 mph on the flat and 30 mph downhill. Around town in TURBO mode, I could leave most cars standing when pulling away in a low gear. This bike seems to work best when I used the gears, the feeling of power is greatly increased in low gears. I’m 60 years old and weigh 17 stone, I was truly amazed at the ease of pedalling and speeds achieved. It’s still winter so I’ve only done shorter rides (20 miles on tracks and minor roads - bad roads! Potholes and floods) the ride is comfortable, but I’m still going to buy a gel saddle. The battery indicator still shows 3 bars of power left out of 5 bars after 20 miles, with lots of use of EMTB and TURBO to get me up hills quickly.
Awesome bike and great service from 50 Cycles - I’m going to be grinning for weeks. Thank you!