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In this article, I’m going to be taking a quick look at the Samebike MY-SM26 electric bike. This budget e-bike is currently available for under €800, and unlike most of its rivals uses a 48v battery. As soon as I can get hold of one, I’ll post a full review here.
Samebike is a Chinese e-bike manufacturer that sells affordable electric bikes specifically to the European market. Their range of bikes is currently available for shipping within the EU from geekbuying.com. Samebike e-bikes are also available from Amazon.
The Samebike MY-SM26 uses a 350w brushless, geared rear hub motor in conjunction with a 48v 8Ah battery (384Wh). The main benefit of a 48v battery over a 36v is the motor will draw less current to achieve the same power (as a 36v), meaning it will run slightly cooler and be more efficient.
The e-assist system is controlled by a keypad located near the left-hand gear shifter and a centrally-mounted LCD. All the usual functionality is available including speed, assist level indicator, trip computer and battery range indicator.
This e-bike can be used as a regular bike, in pedal assist mode and also throttle mode. ⚠ It should be noted that the rated power output of 350w exceeds the 250w allowed by EU e-bike laws.
All of the components used on the MY-SM26 are basic but functional. There’s a triple front chainset with a 6-speed rear freewheel giving a total of 18 gears. The rear derailleur and shifters are Shimano, so will be of good quality.
Front suspension forks will help soak up potholes and poor road surfaces and also enable the rider to take on some mild to moderate off-road trails. The fork is a basic coil-sprung design and has a lock-out feature for riding on the road.
Braking is provided by front and rear mechanical disc brakes which should provide adequate stopping power for day-to-day use.
The 26″ tyres have some puncture protection and the tread will be ideal for a mixture of road riding and gravel tracks/forest trails.
Type: Electric Bike
Colour: Black / White
|Specification||Material: 6061 aluminium|
Wheel Size: 26×1.95 inch
Max Load: 150kg
Max Speed: 30km/h
Max Uphill: 25°
Battery Cells: Lithium 18650
Battery: 48v 8 AH
Battery Total Energy Capacity: 384WH
Electrical Start-up Mode: Pedal/throttle/pure electric mode
Pure Electric Mode: 35-40km
Pedal assist mode: 70-80km
Motor Rated Power: 350W
Rated Voltage: 48V
Charger Input Voltage: 110~240V
Charging Time: 4-6 hours
Front Light: Yes
Brakes: Front/rear mechanical disk brake
|Weight & Dimensions||Net weight: 21kg|
Gross weight: 25kg
Bike size (assembled): 170 x 102 x 102 cm
Package size: 136 x 24 x 73 cm
|Package Contents||1 x Electric Bike|
1 x Charger
1 x Vehicle Tools
1 x User Manual
At its current price of under €800, the Samebike MY-SM26 certainly looks like good value for money. It’s one of the very few electric bikes in this price range that uses a 48v battery.
Apart from the 48v battery, everything else is what you would expect to see on a budget e-bike. The mag wheels will be tough and long-lasting (no more broken spokes) and the battery should give a realistic range of 40-50km. If you’re after a cheap electric bike for commuting or a general runabout, then the Samebike MY-SM26 is a good alternative to the likes of the Ancheer Pro.
Thanks for reading, if you own a Samebike MY-SM26, please feel free to leave a review in the comments section below.