G-Drive ZM electric bicycle evaluate: 1,300W electric moped cruising!

The G-Power ZM electric bicycle is one of those people e-bikes that borrows closely from motorbike styling although sustaining its road-legal status as an electric powered bicycle. But the motorbike influence does not just operate skin deep it’s also got a strong journey to match.

G-Pressure ZM tech specs

  • Motor: 750W geared rear hub motor
  • Best velocity: 28 mph (45 km/h)
  • Variety: Claimed 60-80 miles (96-128 km)
  • Battery: 48V 20Ah (960 Wh)
  • Weight: 85 lbs . (38.5 kg)
  • Max load: 400 pounds (181 kg)
  • Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes, 160mm rotors
  • Extras: 7-speed Shimano drivetrain, substantial colour Liquid crystal display, LED headlight and tail gentle, 50 %-twist throttle, detachable battery, padded bench seat with room for next passenger, fenders, kickstand, mag wheels

G-Power ZM online video overview

Want to enjoy me just take this e-bike on a series of check rides? Examine out my video evaluate below!

Rides like a modest-structure electric motorcycle

All the things about the G-Drive ZM screams moto, not bike.

I’d simply call it a quite true-to-variety electrical moped, even if it technically suits into the e-bike classification.

Of course, it’s a class 3 e-bicycle in the US, but it rides extra like a moped that has vestigial pedals for resting your toes. You could pedal it in the event of a lifeless battery, but the 85-pound (38-kg) bicycle isn’t going to be a pleasure to pedal at anything much more than all-around 4-5 mph (8 km/h). And lord assistance you if there’s even a tiny uphill part on your pedal trip back dwelling.

But with the selection for a 48V and 20Ah battery (or a more compact 13Ah battery if you want to help save some hard cash), you ought to have lots of selection for a day trip. And given that the $1,899 entry-stage model with the 13Ah battery is only $100 less costly than the 20Ah model, I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want to shell out that more Benjamin to get 50% a lot more assortment.

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In addition to respectable variety, the G-Force ZM is also speedy and peppy with a 28 mph (45 km/h) major speed. The 750W Bafang motor is actually putting out closer to 1,300 watts of peak electric power, and the bicycle has superior acceleration less than my 150-pound (68-kg) load.

The twin suspension setup can make for a at ease ride, however I do not know how the suspension would fare below the max 400-pound (181-kg) fat rating (or if the acceleration would be approximately as peppy).

The 110mm-journey suspension fork is adjustable, but the rear suspension is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get type of predicament. It’s fine for me and tends to make for a fantastic ride, but it’s not exactly heading to handle a downhill mountain bike path. Speed bumps are a minimal additional its pace.

Which also begs the issue, why did they give the bicycle knobby tires? The four-inch unwanted fat tires in a 20-inch diameter size are wonderful for street using, apart from that the knobbies

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An electric bike for fast and fun all-day cruising

I’ve been eyeing the Zugo Rhino electric bike for a while now, especially the version in that trippy color-changing indigo paint job. I finally got the chance to test out not one but two of them when the company let me put some good honest miles on the step-over and step-through variants of the Zugo Rhino.

Having spent some fun saddle time on both of them, I can tell you that the bikes give you exactly the type of ride you’d expect just from looking at them – a powerful and fun joyride that is somehow equal parts relaxing and exciting.

A big part of the mix of a laid back and yet exciting ride comes from the combination of performance and comfort.

With a powerful motor and nice big battery, the Zugo Rhino electric bike has plenty of acceleration, speed, and range. But when you add in the tall bars and long bench seat, you get a bike that is just as comfortable as it is brawny. Those two attributes combine beautifully into a ride that will have you picking the bugs from your teeth after smiling ear from ear.

See what I mean from ride video below, where I tested the Zugo Rhinos on some fun cruises. Then read on for my full thoughts.

Zugo Rhino video review

Zugo Rhino tech specs

  • Motor: 750W continuous hub motor
  • Top speed: Shipped 20 mph (32 km/h), can be unlocked to 28 mph (45 km/h)
  • Range: Up to 80 miles (130 km) on pedal assist with larger battery option
  • Battery: 48V 15.6Ah (750 Wh) or 21Ah (1 kWh)
  • Weight: 65 lb (30 kg)
  • Wheels: 20 inches with 4-inch fat tires
  • Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes (160 mm rotors)
  • Suspension: Inverted suspension fork
  • Extras: Long bench seat, included fenders, large LED headlight and tail/brake light, LCD display, kickstand, Shimano 7-speed trigger shifter, wide range of accessories
  • Price: $2,199 (currently on sale for $1,999).

It’s all in the design

It only takes one look to get a perfect idea of what this e-bike is designed for; this is a moped-style electric bike, through and through.

Many people would call this a Super73-inspired e-bike, though of course there are many electric bikes that have since co-opted similar mini-bike stylings that harkens back to the golden age of mopeds, but I would say that the fact that there is both a step-through and a step-over version of the Zugo Rhino is a big advantage.

Gone are the days of step-throughs being considered “girl’s bikes.” I actually really like the step-through version as it’s easier to mount and dismount, making it a more comfortable bike. But if you want top tank style moped vibes, the step-over is the bike for you.

Both have the same parts and performance, with the single exception of the step-over having a built-in cup holder.

The Zugo Rhinos both quickly and easily get up to 20 mph (32 km/h) on throttle-only operation, though they are just as much fun to operate by

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