Amego Free­dom eBIKE TEST

Amego’s Free­dom is an ef­fec­tive ur­ban com­muter for fun city bik­ing.

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by Yuri Hrycaj

As one of the largest re­tail­ers of elec­tric bi­cy­cles in the Canada, Amego has launched many in­no­va­tive ren­di­tions of its trekking, moun­tain, cargo and fold­ing elec­tric-bi­cy­cle line­ups, and the Amego Free­dom is no dif­fer­ent.

After rid­ing on the Amego Free­dom for more than 700 kilo­me­tres around Toronto, Ont., I found this bike to be an un­be­liev­ably fun, ef­fec­tive way to travel about its con­gested city streets.

Sim­ply put, the one-size-fits-most step-thru fold­ing bi­cy­cle is per­fect for all-day city ad­ven­tures. Fea­tur­ing six elec­tronic pedal-as­sist set­tings, the Free­dom comes with a 350W Das-Kit geared rear-hub mo­tor and is pow­ered by 480Wh Lithium-ion bat­tery ca­pa­ble of cov­er­ing 90 kilo­me­tres on Level 1 as­sist. Ev­ery­thing you could need while rid­ing in the city is found on this bike, as it comes with a front-sus­pen­sion fork and seat­post, al­loy front and rear fend­ers, a rear rack ca­pa­ble of hold­ing 27kg, rear disc brakes and bat­tery­pow­ered front and rear lights.

After us­ing it as my daily com­muter bike for a week, I was sur­prised to see that it still had enough bat­tery to run a few ex­tra er­rands around the city. Rid­ing at Level 6 or max­i­mum pedal as­sist, I was able to av­er­age be­tween 31-33kph, depend­ing on how heav­ily I as­sisted the elec­tri­cal mo­tor. Ini­tial seat and bar po­si­tion­ing were done very eas­ily via a quick-re­lease lever, so I was able to set my bike up and get on the road in less than a minute.

On the right han­dle­bar is ac­cess to the rear disc brakes, Shi­mano’s seven-speed grip shift, a bell and a throt­tle trig­ger to mod­u­late the six elec­tronic pedal-as­sist set­tings. With the throt­tle trig­ger, you can eas­ily set the bike to lower lev­els and give a mod­u­lated pull of the trig­ger to throt­tle your­self to a speed up to its max. On the left han­dle­bar, I could reach my front brake, as well as the Das-Kit LCD dis­play. This shows your speed, trip dis­tance and as­sist and bat­tery lev­els, while it also fea­tures a built-in back light for early morn­ings or late evenings

Putting the Free­dom through its paces, I drained the bat­tery to Level 2 and did hill re­peats on El­lis Av­enue and the no­to­ri­ous Olym­pus Av­enue switch­back. These hills are fa­mous among the city’s roadie crowd and can cause even the fittest road rid­ers to come to a stand­still. I was suit­ably im­pressed when the Amego took me up­hill at a whop­ping 27kphav­er­age speed even while car­ry­ing my lap­top bag with ap­prox­i­mately 15 lbs. of gear in it. De­spite gra­di­ents of up­ward of 20%, the elec­tric mo­tor plugged along up the switch­backs and never failed me.

Con­sid­er­ing all this was done on a 20” fold­ing bike, I found the smaller, wider tires made the ride zip­pier and sup­pler. Also key, the bike felt re­ally bal­anced. The bat­tery is placed be­hind the seat-tube, and I was un­sure as to whether this would make it feel rear-heavy. But when I rose out of the sad­dle to punch up a few climbs, I didn’t feel off-bal­ance or ex­pe­ri­ence any sideto-side sway­ing.

The only down­side is that this ride weighs in at ap­prox­i­mately 50 lbs., which can make it a bit more cum­ber­some to carry de­spite its por­ta­ble na­ture. My daily com­mute from Toronto’s South Eto­bi­coke neigh­bour­hood to the down­town core was eas­ily han­dled, and I had a ton of fun do­ing it.

At $1,599, the Amego Free­dom is def­i­nitely an ef­fec­tive ur­ban com­muter. In Toronto’s chronic con­ges­tion, con­stant de­lays and seem­ingly in­sur­mount­able traf­fic, you may have found your best friend.

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