Elby 9-Speed

9-SPEED

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by Linda Shin

lby is an emerg­ing e-bike com­pany with a mis­sion to of­fer “re­li­able, en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions” that pro­mote healthy, ac­tive life­styles for all abil­i­ties. The new Elby e-bike has al­ready gar­nered a De­sign and Innovation Award in 2017 and an E-Bikes & Ped­elecs Award last year at Euro­bike.

The Elby is the first e-bike that comes in one size to fit all, with six dif­fer­ent colour op­tions. The fit can be eas­ily ad­justed by changing up both sad­dle and stem height with Allen keys – the bike con­ve­niently comes with its own set. You can wear just about any skirt, dress or slacks with the step-through frame de­sign, hop­ping on and off the bike eas­ily with style and grace.

The nine-speed driv­e­train has more than enough gears with BionX’s 500-watt rear-hub mo­tor with its four pedal-as­sist lev­els. There is even a throt­tle button that I couldn’t help but take ad­van­tage of – cruis­ing at top speed (32kph) with­out pedal­ing for al­most five kilo­me­tres un­til I ac­tu­ally felt guilty when flying by other cy­clists. Your speed, as­sist lev­els, bat­tery and dis­tance range, and time are dis­played on a screen mounted on the stem.

Elby even comes with a phone mount as well as an app that you can down­load onto your smart­phone to mon­i­tor your ride. The bar-mount con­trol ring is af­fixed to the han­dle­bar be­side the rear shifter, which makes the right side of the han­dle­bar a bit busy and right-heavy for my taste. I would pre­fer to have the thumb con­trol mounted on the left side to even out the cock­pit.

The lithium-ion bat­tery sits low and cen­tral just above the crank, and when fully charged, can take you as far as 145 kilo­me­tres on the low­est pedal-as­sist level. You should al­ways charge the bat­tery before your next ride though, es­pe­cially if you like to ride fast and easy on the top-as­sist level, or you will have a good work­out with­out the ad­van­tage of the e-mo­tor – as I learned when I drained the bat­tery from throw­ing down the throt­tle on my com­mute home, and un­for­tu­nately left the charger at work.

With 5% bat­tery left for the morn­ing ride in, I ran out of juice quickly. But a cool fea­ture on the Elby, like all BionX-equipped bikes, is its four re­gen­er­a­tive modes to recharge the bat­tery when brak­ing down­hill. My com­mute is pretty flat, so I wasn’t able to recharge the bat­tery, and hence I got a bit of a work­out, as this bike weighs in at 55lbs.

The Elby comes stocked with such com­muter fea­tures as front and rear Su­per Nova lights that eas­ily turned on/off with a flip of a bar switch, alu­minum fend­ers, a built-in re­ar­rack sys­tem, ergo grips, a sturdy kick­stand and my favourite bonus fea­tures – a USB charg­ing port and the pre­vi­ously men­tioned phone mount. The Tek­tro hy­draulic disc brakes also add a touch of unique “stop­ping power”. On the downside, what seems to be miss­ing is a bot­tle-cage mount, and I’d swap out the sad­dle, which is more of a per­sonal choice.

The Elby is a fun e-bike that felt a bit like a scooter with its turbo throt­tle and one-size-fits-all sturdy frame and wide tires. With the free­dom to whiz past traf­fic and park any­where, you quickly re­al­ize the ad­van­tages of this bike. As with any e-bike, there’s a trade-off on weight to con­sider, yet adapt­ing to this new­found free­dom ver­sus sit­ting in traf­fic in your car seems worth it, given all of the smiles that are sure to fol­low. This is a great eco-op­tion to get you around town.

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