Aniioko Aq177 Pro Max electric bike review – a sweet ride

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REVIEW – I’ve reviewed or purchased several electric bikes over the past few years, and I’m starting to fully comprehend how diverse the market is these days. There are bikes catered to commuters (some needing to carry or pack the bikes into transport or storage areas), delivery drivers, recreational enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and the truly insane. My collection of regularly used bikes has increased for different purposes, like a cargo bike for errands around the town with our child and folding fat tire bikes for fun (or to divide and conquer different errands after an event traveled to with our car). The Aniioko Aq177 Pro Max electric bike caught my eye as a type of bike I hadn’t even considered in my own life yet (though I’d seen similar ones around): a moped-style bike. Add in a massive battery (and therefore a massive range) and decent top speed and I volunteered to check it out.

What is it?

The Aniioko Aq177 Pro Max electric bike is a long range and high powered model (for the price point). It’s among the longest range bikes on the market, and from my market research, you have to double your spend to get significantly more powerful bikes (which are often dangerous for the untrained rider). The bike almost feels like a hybrid between a moped and a bike, putting emphasis on the throttle-only cruising while still being functional as a bike at the same time.

What’s in the box?

  • Aniioko Aq177 Pro Max electric bike
  • Rear cushion
  • Fenders (x2)
  • Battery
  • Battery charger
  • Keys (battery and NFC discs)
  • Set of pedals
  • Front light
  • Tool kit
  • User manual

Hardware specs

  • Battery: 60 Ah @ 48V, Lithium
  • Motor: 48V 750W Brushless motor (1200W peak)
  • Torque: 80 Nm
  • Charger: 54.6V 8A Smart Charger
  • Controller: 48V 25A
  • Charge time: ~8 hours
  • Range (throttle only): 100+ miles
  • Range (pedal assist): 200+ miles
  • Tires: 20″ x 4.0″ fat tires
  • Gear shifter: Shimano 7 speed
  • Max speed: 28 Mph
  • Throttle: Full-twist throttle
  • Lights: Motorcycle style front light / Rear turn signals / rear brake lights
  • Brakes: Hydraulic disks with 180mm rotors (extra thick)
  • Front suspension: Hydraulic suspension front fork
  • Horn: Electric
  • PAS levels: 5
  • Recommended rider height: 5’3″ – 6’5″
  • Bike Weight: 112 lbs (including 33 lbs removable battery)
  • Rear seat/rack load: 55 lbs
  • Dimensions: 68″ x 27″ x 44″
  • E-bike class: Class 3
  • IP level: IPX6

Design and features

The Aniioko Aq177 Pro Max electric bike has a fairly unique design with its square-root sign shaped frame, blending bicycle and moped/motorcycle elements together. The entire construction is sturdy metal, with midrange bike components throughout (and of course that massive battery). The battery is removable, and if you put it on a bike rack you’ll probably want to remove it and STILL make sure your rack can handle the weight of the bike (it was JUST

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Yamaha 2023 Tracer 9 GT Sports Tourer Ride Review

Review Summary

  • As an unofficial replacement for the brand’s legendary FJR1300, the new-for-2023 Tracer 9 GT is a supremely capable bike that somehow manages to take the brilliantly hooligan CP3 triple engine found in their fabbo XSR-900 retro sportsbike and integrates it into a multi-purpose sports tourer without the whole thing seeming like a Frankenbike.
  • For $14,999 USD you get ALL the toys. And if you’re in the right part of the world, this can include Yamaha’s world-first “Radar Linked Unified Braking System” that automatically slows the bike if it detects a braking vehicle ahead that you don’t react to.
  • No, it’s not focused on a single-purpose and it’s clearly trying to do a few things at once, but if you’re after a bike that’s all-day comfortable, has mucho accessories, is relatively quick through the corners and a little bit naughty when you are in the mood, you can’t go far wrong here.

As a rider (and writer) who cut his teeth during the whole cafe racer boom of the Noughties, I was trained to embrace bikes that were laser-focused on a single job. In a custom cafe racer’s case, that purpose was making sure that a factory bike was as light and as fast as possible on public roads so that it could win illegal street races from cafe to cafe. This also has led me to be quite wary of bikes that try to do many things at once. Like a restaurant that claims to cook food from multiple countries, it often turns out that what they gain in variety, they lose in taste and authenticity. The new Tracer 9 GT purports to defy this logic. But how? Let’s talk about it.

Apart from a few notable exceptions in Italy and the Middle East, emergency services crews don’t often find themselves in balls-to-the-wall sports vehicles. Yes, you may have seen a few Lamborghinis tarted up in police lights and sirens, but a PR stunt or two does not a precedent make. Be they police bikes, ambulances or rescue boats, these professional tools not only need to go fast; they need to be tough, dependable, easy to service and they also need to carry a whole metric butt-ton of gear, too. So I think it’s fair to say that while these motorcycle-riding pros definitely have different uses for their bikes, most of us have similar expectations for ownership.

A 2023 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT Motorcycle
Gold touches add some visual panache to a largely monochrome colour scheme. Image via Yamaha MC.

Down here in Australia, many police forces opt for the imitable Yamaha FJR 1300. Sure, there’s a few Hondas and BMWs in the mix as well but as a Sydney-sider for the past millennia, more often than not you will see these Yamahas making up substantial numbers. Now the FJR 1300 is currently a two-decade-old bike, and while it’s not going anywhere soon you’d have to wonder if there aren’t some better options for these pros that might be able to teach the old

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2023 Kawasaki KLX 230 S First Ride Review

Written by BJ Hessler | Photos by Kevin Wing Photography. Posted in Bikes

As more folks get excited about off-roading and dual-sport riding, Kawasaki is rising to the challenge of meeting the needs of smaller-stature riders. With the KLX 230 S, they’ve taken a truly off-road capable, street-legal motorcycle and redesigned it to suit riders who prefer the comfort of both feet down at stops or who may have a hard time getting a leg over a taller dual-sport bike. The result is an affordable, approachable, capable, and downright fun motorcycle.

2023KLX230S Review sizeThe updated 2023 KLX 230 S is an affordable, approachable, capable, and downright fun motorcycle.

Wheels and Suspension

Although Kawi lowered the seat height, this machine still rolls on 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels, the combo you want for off-road riding. IRC Trails GP tires come fitted from the factory; they worked perfectly well on our test ride through central California, which included mud, gravel, and rocky fire roads. They felt sticky and safe at highway speeds on tarmac as well. If you want a more street- or dirt-oriented rubber, the 21-18 rims make it easy to find alternative tires.

2023KLX230S Review seatThe narrow seat helps shorter riders reach the ground while maintaining sufficient ground clearance.

The front suspension has 37mm telescopic forks with 6.2 inches of travel, while the preload-adjustable rear uses a Uni-Trak linkage system offering 6.6 inches of travel. Progressive-wound springs kept the ride comfortable on the street but stiff enough for the unpaved sections of our test.

Of course, there are compromises made to offer a lower seat height. Kawasaki reduced suspension travel from 8.7 inches on the standard 230 model, giving the S a 2.1-inch lower seat height while still maintaining 8.3 inches of ground clearance.

The KLX 230 S rolls nicely on smooth pavement and handles slow, rocky off-road stuff well. However, the front end feels light and not as planted as one would hope at higher speeds on broken pavement. It might leave some riders feeling a bit insecure when pushing hard in fast, bumpy corners, but it’s likely not a big concern considering the model’s target market and intended use. Different tires would make a difference here as well.

2023KLX230S Review frontA 21-inch front rim means many tire options are available.

Engine and Power

This 233cc engine has been around since 2020, so any early-production bugs should be worked out by now. Both the low- and high-end of the power band are impressive, especially at this price point. Even better, electronic fuel injection is standard, so this bike is ready for cold mornings as well as mountain trails above the tree line, unlike the wheezy, carbureted one-lungers of old.

For beginner riders, low-end power is important as they learn to balance the bike and lift their feet at take-off. Although this is a small four-stroke SOHC single-cylinder engine, riders don’t have to wind it up to feel the power delivery, which

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Hovsco HovRanger electric bike review – A truly fun bike to ride

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REVIEW – I love zooming around on a bike. However, I need to be more in shape, and a few hills around where I live can make an otherwise enjoyable ride a bit of a chore. Along came the HOVSCO HovRanger Electric Bike, and I’m back in business!

What is it?

The HOVSCO HovRanger Electric Bike is a 7-speed, 27.5″ adult ebike with a 500W electric motor with torque sensor.

What’s in the box?

  • HOVSCO HovRanger Electric Bike
  • Tool kit
  • Charger
  • Instruction manual

Hardware specs

  • 500W Peak 970W Motor
  • Torque-sensing assist feature
  • 48V 15Ah LG Battery
  • 40 to 60 mile range
  • Max speed 28mph
  • Total Length: 72.6″
  • Wheelbase: 45″
  • Max seat height: 40.6″
  • Payload capacity: 300lbs

Design and features

The HOVSCO HovRanger Electric Bike came almost 85% pre-assembled. I was planning on assembling it outside, but after a long period of not snowing, it started to snow the day the bike arrived. That was a real buzz kill.

The bike was packaged very well and even had a nice cloth bag over the seat, which I later decided to use as a carry bag for the charger and tools. Assembly primarily involves attaching the handlebars, front tire, kickstand, and pedals. The directions were clear, and most of the assembly was common sense. There is also a Youtube video showing how to assemble the bike.

I chose the Step-Over model in the Indigo color scheme. It looks terrific with the slightly metallic finish. Featuring a 500W high-speed BAFANG SUTTO brushless motor and 65Nm torque sensor, the HOVSCO eBike outperforms cadence sensor e-bikes.

A very nice looking bike. Several people commented on how nice it looked when I stopped to take photos!

The removable 48V 15Ah (720 wH) LG Lithium-Ion battery provides up to 40 miles of range, 60 miles of range on pedal-assist mode, and recharges in as little as 4 hours. The battery can be recharged before it’s depleted without harming its capacity. A 120 LED flashlight is built into the battery, providing a useful light source for camping or repairs.

Three light modes also make the light handy in an emergency. There is also a battery level indicator on the battery so you can check the charge when the battery isn’t in the bike. The battery can also be charged in or out of the bike by simply plugging it in. The battery is quickly moved by turning the key and a knob, making it easy to take inside to charge.

There is a lock to prevent the removal of the battery.

The HOVSCO eBike is the first bike I’ve owned with disc brakes. The professional front and rear 180mm hydraulic disc brakes perform very well in all conditions. The dual hydraulic front suspension fork provides a smooth and comfortable ride. However, there is no rear suspension.

The brakes get a workout with
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Vaast R/1 road bike review: Magnesium tubing offers a distinctly cushy ride

Story Highlights

  • What it is:Vaast’s dedicated road riding adaptation of Allite “Super Magnesium” frame materials.
  • Frame features:Innovative magnesium TIG-welded construction, semi-aero tube shaping with matching aero carbon seatpost, full carbon fork, partially internal cable routing, T47 threaded bottom bracket shell, hidden wedge-type seatpost binder.
  • Weight:1,250 g (claimed, unpainted medium frame only without hardware); 420 g (fork only, claimed, uncut); 8.94 kg (19.71 lb), as tested, medium size, without pedals or accessories.
  • Price:US$2,300 / AU$TBC / £2,300 / €2,900.
  • Highs:Remarkably damped ride quality, appropriately quick handling, competitively stiff chassis.
  • Lows:Muted ride quality borders on dead, some questionable spec choices, disappointing assembly quality.

Vaast is continuing to build its collection of magnesium-framed bikes, with its latest addition being the R/1. As compared to Vaast’s existing drop-bar model – the versatile A/1 all-roader – the R/1 is a more purpose-built steed intended solely for paved surfaces. As is often the case with road bikes, speed is the focus here, with a semi-aero welded magnesium frame, full-carbon fork, and a variety of performance-minded build kits with aero wheelsets. 

It looks good on paper, it looks good in person, it’s a solid value, and previous experience with the A/1 has proven magnesium’s worthiness as a higher-end frame material. So why am I not more excited about this thing?

All-in on magnesium

I’m not sure if this is strictly an American colloquialism, but “one-trick pony” comes to mind when I think of Vaast. To be clear, I don’t intend for that to be a disparagement, but there are few other bike brands in recent memory that have hinged so much of their identity on a single attribute.

Much as Niner banked everything on 29″ mountain bike wheels early on, Vaast is betting the farm on magnesium. In fact, the brand’s entire existence is predicated on the stuff, as the public-facing construct of parent company Allite Inc., the manufacturer of Vaast’s so-called “Super Magnesium” alloys. Allite is targeting a range of applications for its magnesium products, including aerospace, consumer electronics, marine, and even construction, and whether you want your magnesium for forgings, castings, machining, welding, or extruding, Allite can apparently fill that order.

The magnesium material is truly impressive, offering an incredibly well-damped ride.

But why magnesium in the first place? Looking strictly in terms of material properties, it’s about one-third lower-density than aluminum while also boasting higher strength. And while it’s technically more flexible than aluminum by volume, it’s stiffer than aluminum by weight – and either way, the difference isn’t so great that it can’t be compensated by slightly increasing tubing diameters. It also generally damps vibrations more effectively than aluminum, which can yield a smoother ride.

That’s all well and good, but isn’t a magnesium bike basically going to melt if it gets wet, or even worse, catch on fire like I’ve seen on TikTok??? 

In short, no. Allite claims its proprietary alloys and electrolytic surface treatments make the stuff far less prone to corrosion than people

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Pivot’s Shuttle LT First Ride Review: This E-Enduro Bike has the Handling of a Firebird 29

There are plenty of good enduro-style e-mountain bikes on the market. This one is great. 

Pivot’s Shuttle LT pedal assist e-bike showcases Shimano’s EP8 system, the only drive unit claimed to be specifically designed for mountain bikes. It uses a removable, 756-watt, Shimano-certified battery, 160 Float X/170 E-MTB 38 29″, 44mm offset, GRIP2 Fox suspension, and the geometry and the kinematics of Pivot’s Firebird 29. 

The Ride

Pivot Shuttle LT first ride review

All riding photos c. Pivot

I hopped on this bike at the top of Monarch Pass – around 11,000 feet in altitude–the morning after arriving in Colorado from sea level. I pedaled out of the lot and up the double track with the support of this bike’s full boost power behind me. When I turned off onto the first stretch of rooty and rocky singletrack, I bumped the power down a notch to Trail, and had more than enough support and all the maneuverability I needed. The bike absorbed the chunder and steered with precision letting me pick my line around chunky rocks, and charged through steep switchbacks with powerful control. 

Pivot Shuttle LT ebike first ride review

To smash or to finesse–that is always the question for me when I ride e-bikes on technical trails. The Shuttle LT let me do both. The bike was lively, playful and it pedaled efficiently without the heavy feeling of most other enduro e-bikes whether I was pounding through rock gardens or trying to carve through them. It was nimble in technical terrain.

Pivot Shuttle LT ebike first ride review

Blasting through a crash pad of rocks and roots descending Green Creek off Monarch Crest, baby head boulders, and steep sections of slippery dirt, the bike went where I pointed it, sailing smoothly. The ride wasn’t so plush it got boring, and the harder I pushed the bike the better it rode. Pivot’s DW link felt balanced. I never needed to lock the shock to climb, and the bike didn’t squat under power. Shimano 160mm cranks kept me from rock-striking–which is even more important on an ebike. I could power through the chunder thanks to the bike’s low center of gravity and short cranks. I felt settled in on the bike, in control of the ride, and despite the shorter cranks, I never felt like I lacked torque. 

What’s Inside

Pivot Shuttle LT ebike first ride review

At 49.8 pounds, the bike is competitive in weight with others on the market. But it rides light. Part of it might be psychological. The Shuttle LT has a trim downtube that was made possible by a 726-watt, Shimano-certified battery. Pivot didn’t like the shape of existing batteries so it worked with Darfan to develop one using the same cells found in a Tesla. The slimmer tube takes ebikes one more step towards looking like a traditional bike. While the battery isn’t proprietary, Pivot is the first to use it– and Shimano will handle any warranty claims worldwide. 


Shimano’s EP8 drive unit provides the assist. Power delivery was smooth and seamless, without any jerky engagement or disengagement. In the Shuttle LT, it also allows for battery placement lower in the

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