Electric Bike Review : Forza EV
The Forza EV Electric Bike
The Forza EV is a wonderful example of the modern electric bicycle. With its more traditional look, 7-speed gearbox, and adequate front suspension, most bike commuters will feel right at home on this well made electric bike. The bike is fairly inexpensive as far as electric bikes go (around $1500) so for many people looking for an alternate way to get around town, the Forza EV is quiet an attractive option.
The 250w motor drive system easily propels the bike at a constant 17mph on flat ground. The bike has 6 electric assist options (1-5 assist, 6 throttle only) which gives a great deal of flexibility while riding about town. The throttle, which is located on the inner right hand grip, acts much like a normal motorcycle or scooter. Simply twist back to throttle up for that extra boost of speed going up a hill.
The Forza EV comes in both a standard slope (men’s) frame and a step through (women’s) frame. The step-thru option is actually very economical for the avid commuter. Once you have a few panniers hanging off the back it can be a hassle to swing a leg over the entire bike. The step-thru model eliminates this hassle (and the embarrassment of falling over!)
Colors for the bike are (step-thru) white, black, green, or silver and (slope) white or black.
My first weekend riding the Forza EV Electric bike was, in a word, giddy. I am very used to the commute into work on my normal bike. The Forza EV made my normally 35 minute ride into a 25 minute cruise. The electric motor hardly makes a sound and only operates to assist you while peddling, so you still feel like you're doing some work. I arrived at the office not even sweating on the 70 degree sunny day. My legs felt like they had barely worked. Now, for the hardcore cyclist, this may sound a bit traitorous. But for a person who is trying to replace their car with a green alternative ... not being tired at the end of the day is a huge plus!
Normally I would just ride into work, then home, and then hop in the car to go get groceries, meet friends downtown, or visit family. After my 20 miles commuting and a full day of work, I just wouldn’t want to hop on the bike again.
Not so with the Forza EV Electric bike. I rode a full 50 miles my first day and finished the day not feeling fatigued at all. With just a backpack and a single pannier, I was able to complete all of my daily errands that I would normally have used the car for!
So far I have been able to get about 25 miles per charge out of the battery. I opted for the larger 14ah lithium ion battery for the extended range. This gives me a little over a 10 mile radius from my house on a single charge. However, if I go visit family and stay for the 2-3 hours it takes to charge the battery, then I can easily travel over 50 miles in a single day on this Forza EV. At only an average of $0.05-0.07 cents per charge, this makes the electric bike the most economical and green motor assisted option out there.
Speaking of charging the battery, the Forza Ev makes this a breeze with its quick and easy battery release. While in motion, the battery stays securely locked in place and immovable without the key. You can charge the battery while it is still attached to the bike (like in your garage or front room) or detach the battery and take it with you. I have been able to charge the batter while at work or while reading the paper at the local coffee shop! Simply pop up the rear seat and the battery slides right out of its cradle located directly behind the main seat post. The charger does make a slight hum while operating which can be a bit annoying if trying to sleep...
Forza EV Electric Bike Stats
Motor : 250w hub motor
Wheel Size : 26"
Range : 20 - 40 miles (depending on terrain and amount of rider assistance)
Battery : 36V/10Ah Li-Ion battery
Charge time : 2-3 hours for a full charge
Suspension : Front Fork
Gears : 7-speed derailleur
Environmental and Green Commuting
With gas prices on the rise once again, many people are looking for an economical and environmentally friendly way to get around town. However, not everyone is a star athlete. The electric bike is a wonderful solution for those looking for a cheap way to fill their local transportation needs. Electric bikes also come in many different configurations, including 3-wheeled trike versions (for those lacking balance).
Electric Bikes in the USA are considered bicycles and not motor vehicles. This allows them to take full advantage of cities biking infrastructures while at the same time moving about efficiently and with limited physical effort. If more people looked at their daily transportation needs and replaced their less than 5 mile commuting to a mode like an electric bike, then it would do a great deal to cut back on congestion and our overall carbon footprint. Not to mention the amount of money you save instead of wasting it filling up at the pump!
Biking year round in most parts of the country can be very comfortable with the right gear. Biking in rain and cold requires more planning and an investment in high quality equipment and clothing, but in the end you'll still be saving money (and the environment!)
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