There is a key to lock the battery so nobody else can take away it, and you’ll solely verify the battery degree by hopping off the bike and press the button on the battery. That’s … not nice. It’s too simple to assume you will have extra help than the bike can really give. The solely different digital merchandise on this bike is the facility button by the handlebars. There’s no show, no odometer, zilch.
If Lectric’s fat-tire ebike is Batfleck, then the Huffy Oslo is Battinson. It’s leaner, mea-… er. Well, let’s simply say it is leaner. That’s a very good factor because the Oslo rides just about like a standard bike—nice for all of the instances you will be using it with none electrical help. Which will occur lots.
This pedal-assist ebike equips a 250-watt rear hub motor, which does a strong job of offering sufficient energy more often than not; I often discovered myself cruising round 15 to twenty miles per hour. Like my expertise with most rear hub motors, the electrical help might be inconsistent. Sometimes it is sluggish to kick in, and different instances it goes on just a few seconds too lengthy after I cease pedaling. You cannot management the quantity of energy you get, however there is a 7-speed Shimano shifter that helps keep away from the “pedaling air” sensation I usually get with extra highly effective ebikes.
But even though 250 watts is the European standard, a commuter accustomed to extra highly effective ebikes will discover it arduous to make the adjustment. Going up the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City was robust, with the Oslo offering simply sufficient to make it attainable, however my thighs weren’t joyful the following day. If you are on the lookout for an ebike that may make you’re feeling such as you’re nonetheless getting a little bit of a exercise, then you definitely would possibly prefer it.
That brings me to the Oslo’s vary. After greater than six miles from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, into midtown Manhattan, the 36-volt battery had two bars left. That wasn’t sufficient to final the entire journey house (crossing the bridge was much more painful on the way in which again). By the twelfth mile, as I neared my condominium, the Oslo was virtually useless.
It does not assist that the saddle is uncomfortable—I’d swap it out if I have been you—and the Oslo may stand to supply higher suspension. Your butt will really feel most of the potholes you by chance journey over, and the rear battery concurrently makes loud banging noises that make me really feel like it’ll fly out. Thankfully, the brakes are responsive and dependable.
If you are after a light-weight ebike that is reasonably priced and will not take up a lot room, and you are not a fan of the hulking, heavy, fat-tire fashions, then the Huffy would possibly be just right for you—however solely in the event you’re a lot lighter and shorter than me.