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, often called the Cybertrack, simply occurs to share 90% of its identify with one of the most anticipated electric vehicles in the world.
We first started following Macwheel late final 12 months when the corporate launched a $799 electric city cruiser bike on Amazon.
They had been clearly nonetheless entry-level e-bikes with bottom-tier parts, however they had 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 often called Metakoo. The model’s first e-bike mannequin, which is anticipated to start gross sales later this month, is named 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 relatively 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 worth, 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 usually 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 even 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 worth from Metakoo can be $699, although the bikes may even be listed on Amazon with a barely larger worth.
The corporate additionally equipped an unveiling video for the e-bike, which you’ll see under.
It’s unclear but if Metakoo could have any kind of US-based service and assist outdoors of a transport warehouse.
Whereas funds e-bikes like these can assist new riders enter the e-bike world at decrease costs than ever earlier than, one space these firms typically fall behind in is buyer assist. 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 method to higher serve the US market. However except Metakoo plans to function a staff on the bottom within the US, their foremost 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 like a reasonably first rate 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 after all 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’d positively say that they’re a terrific begin for somebody who solely has a funds of $700. Whereas I’d like to see somebody on an e-bike that prices twice as a lot and affords larger batteries, larger energy and nicer parts, after all 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 advised you so” in relation to these new Asian manufacturers popping up this 12 months, but I definitely called this in January. I’d count on to see this pattern proceed all year long.
Oh, and the “Cybertrack” identify is hilarious. I’ve to provide them props for doing absolutely the minimal quantity essential to keep away from copyright infringement. That letter “a” is doing a little critically heavy lifting.
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