We’ve got a rule about crowdfunding campaigns right here at TNW: with uncommon exceptions, we don’t cowl crowdfunded merchandise except they’re from an already established firm with a confirmed observe file or we get to demo a completely practical prototype.

With the Tenways C-Go 600 ebike, it was the latter case. And I’m actually glad I did get to attempt it as a result of this ebike is implausible — no gimmicks vital.

At $1,000-1,500 (Tenways has not settled on a closing worth but), the bike affords a Gates Carbon belt drive, a stealthy look that doesn’t betray its electrical nature, a weight of 15 kg (33 lbs), and one of many smoothest pedaling experiences of any ebike I’ve ridden. I’ve examined numerous ebikes right here at TNW, and people are three qualities you usually discover on far dearer bikes.

To be clear, Hong Kong-based Tenways hasn’t really launched its Indiegogo marketing campaign but. The corporate plans to begin crowdfunding in July, but it surely wished to get the bike out to reviewers early to show it has an actual product. And in contrast to the vast majority of crowdfunded ebikes, the bike will really already be in mass manufacturing whereas the marketing campaign is stay.

Crowdfunded merchandise are at all times a threat, however Tenways seems to be utilizing Indiegogo extra as a approach to market the bike slightly than relying solely on backer funds to deliver it to fruition. Apart from a non-final design and an upcoming app, what I examined was a completely realized product

The ultimate items (out there in 5 colours) ought to look extra like what’s on Tenways’ web site:

Right here’s what you’re getting to your hard-earned cash:

  • A Mivice 250W rear hub motor with 40 Nm of torque
  • A Gates Carbon Belt drive, recognized for being way more sturdy than the everyday chain (though it seems Tenways may even provide a single-speed chain mannequin too)
  • A torque sensor that measures how onerous you’re pedaling; most ebikes use cadence sensors which solely measure in case you’re pedaling.
  • ‘X-spark’ Hydraulic disk brakes
  • An built-in 252 Wh (36V, 7Ah) battery
  • A claimed 70-130 km (43.5 to 80.8 miles) of vary (extra on this later)
  • 700C tires
  • An built-in headlight and included rechargeable tail mild
  • 15kg (33 lb) weight
  • 32 km/h (20 mph) max velocity
  • Two body sizes masking riders from 165-200cm (5′ 5″ – 6′”)
  • Bluetooth app integration (which I’ve not examined but)
  • A minimal show unit with 3 ranges of pedal help

Let’s get this out of the best way: this isn’t an ebike for people who find themselves on the lookout for ridiculous quantities of energy or a moped-like expertise. There’s no throttle onboard, so you’ll at all times must pedal.

But when, like me, you worth rideability over sheer energy, the C-GO 600 might be a implausible worth. It largely appears like driving a standard single-speed bike, besides your legs simply obtained tremendous power. The motor isn’t loopy highly effective, however there’s sufficient energy on prime to get me up any hill I crossed, regardless of the dearth of gears.

Each a part of the electrical drivetrain seems to have been chosen to prioritize clean, quiet energy supply. The torque sensor and acceleration curve are among the many most pure and responsive I’ve used. It’s absolutely corresponding to the $3000+ Specialised Turbo Vado SL and Precedence Present — the 2 smoothest ebikes I’ve ridden — and is flat-out higher than my very own $4,000 Brompton Electrical or another hub-drive bike I’ve ridden.

The gates carbon drive and smooth motor make for a really fun ride.