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The market is completely saturated with fat tire e-bikes at the moment and the choice on offer can be overwhelming for those looking to make a purchase. I was sent the Himiway Cruiser to review late last year and this article is a summary of my findings based on several long test rides.
Himiway is a well-established e-bike brand in the US and has recently started selling there electric bike range in EU countries and the UK. Although their models retain the same design, batteries and specifications, the motors have been restricted to conform to local laws.
Don’t want to read the review? Head over to my YouTube channel where I have put together two Himiway Cruiser videos.
Preskoči na specifikacije izdelka
- Motor zadnjega pesto 750w
- 840Wh battery with LG cells
- US and EU versions (750w and 250w)
- Designed for long-range comfort
Odklepanje in prvi vtisi
Znotraj škatle je bila ločena manjša škatla, ki je vsebovala polnilnik, pedale, nabodalo za hitro sprostitev (za sprednje kolo), večnamensko orodje in brezplačno bejzbolsko kapo Himiway. Montaža je bila dokaj preprost postopek. Treba je bilo namestiti krmilo, sedežno oporo, pedala, luč, sprednje kolo in blatnik, celoten postopek sestavljanja pa je trajal približno 30-40 minut.
Once I’d adjusted the seat height and handlebars, I sat on the bike and immediately felt at home as it has a very comfortable and natural riding position. I’m also impressed with the looks – the Himiway Cruiser has an imposing presence, dominated by the 4″ tires. It’s a cool-looking e-bike that has a flawless matt black paint finish.
Prosimo, upoštevajte: Če še niste sestavili kolesa, vam vedno priporočamo, da pred vožnjo poiščete usposobljenega kolesarskega mehanika, ki bo sestavil in preveril vaše kolo.
The rear hub motor is very smooth and quiet and provides a very good level of assistance. The Himiway motor was noticeably quieter than the Motor Bafang pesta nameščen na Cyrusher XF800, ki sem ga že preizkusil.
There are 5-levels of pedal assist to choose from. Levels 1 and 2 provide minimal assist – enough to cancel out the extra weight and rolling resistance of the tires. Assist level 3 is a good starting point for undulating terrain, but for me, assist level 4 is the ‘sweet spot’. I decided to leave it in level 4 for the duration of the test ride and only used 5 for the journey back into a strong headwind.
The pedal assist is very responsive and the assist comes in quickly and smoothly. The transition when the power cuts out at 15.5 mph is also very smooth.
A half-twist throttle is fitted on the right-hand side, and this is zakonito v Veliki Britaniji and EU, as it only works up to 6 km/h. It’s quite useful for that initial push-off from junctions and traffic lights.
There is a large, LCD that has all the functionality you need on an e-bike. Speed, battery level, trip, and assist levels are displayed. It’s not particularly fancy, but it does the job well and importantly is clear and easy to read. There is a multi-function keypad located next to the left-hand grip. Here, you can turn on the lights, switch assist levels up or down, and scroll through the settings.
Ta zaslon ima tudi funkcijo naprednih nastavitev, do katere lahko dostopate samo s 4-mestno kodo. Če imate dostop do te funkcije, lahko spremenite stvari, kot je število stopenj pomoči (največ do 9) in lahko celo spremenite značilnosti zagona motorja ter odstotek moči v vsaki ravni pomoči.
The Himiway Cruiser boasts an impressive 840Wh battery (48v 17.5Ah) using quality LG cells. The battery is easy to remove, with a side-exit design, that fits neatly into the frame cradle.
Doseg baterije naj bi bil 35 – 60 milj, kar se glede na mojo prvotno testno vožnjo zdi realna številka. Preizkusna pot je bila dolga 25 milj z nekaj več kot 2000 ft vzpona, večino vožnje sem jo držal na stopnji pomoči 4. Ko sem se vrnil domov, je indikator baterije ravnokar padel na 2 črtici (od 5). Mislim, da bi zlahka prevozil še 15 milj, preden bi se izčrpal. Če upoštevamo veter, hribovit teren in težo kolesarja 231 funtov (105 kg), mislim, da je to kar dobro.
Sestavni deli kolesa
Prestavo zagotavlja en sprednji verižnik s 46 zobmi in 14-stopenjski prosti tek 28-7. Uporabljen menjalnik je Shimano Altus, ki je korak naprej od osnovnega menjalnika Tourney, ki se običajno uporablja na teh vrstah e-koles. Za prestavljanje skrbi prestavna ročica Shimano TX50. Prestave so se skozi testno vožnjo dobro prestavljale in jih ni bilo treba prilagajati takoj.
Braking is provided by Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes with 180mm rotors. I was pleasantly surprised with the performance of these brakes. They provided good braking throughout the test ride.
Himiway Cruiser ima sprednje vzmetene vilice. To je poceni enota z vijačnimi vzmeti s funkcijo zaklepanja in prednapetosti. Imel sem priložnost za vožnjo po brezpotjih in vzmetenje je poskrbelo za ustrezno blaženje, čeprav je bilo pri premagovanju nekaterih skalnatih odsekov slišati 'trkanje'. Preveril sem, ali so slušalke popolnoma zategnjene, kar je tudi bilo. Na zbitem gramozu in asfaltu ni bilo slišati zvoka in vilice so dobro delovale. Skratka, te vilice so v redu za blage do zmerne terene, vendar ne bi priporočal vožnje po terenu z velikimi skalami in drugimi ovirami.
The wheels are 26 x 4 inches, they are finished in black to complement the rest of the bike. The tires are Kenda Juggernaut, which is a good quality fat bike tire. These tires have a good degree of puncture protection. On asphalt they were smooth and road noise was minimal. When riding across wet and muddy open moorland, they provided decent grip.
Ima lepo in široko krmilo iz zlitine, ki ima velik vzpon in lepo nazaj. Ročaji na ročajih are leather-style ergonomic grips which not only look nice but are very comfortable. There’s a big saddle, which is comfortable to sit on for long distances.
The Himiway Cruiser is well-catered for in the accessories department, you can even add things like a front basket. There are front and rear mudguards with stays, a big rear pannier rack with a nice, wooden insert, front and rear lights, and a kickstand.
Udobje in vodljivost
Out on the road, the Himiway Cruiser is very smooth, and the road noise from the tires is muted and never spoils the experience. The riding position is very natural and relaxed, and the big tires filter out the road chatter. After the 25-mile ride, I had no aches or pains and didn’t experience any discomfort.
As for the handling, the Himiway felt like it was glued to the road. I had the tire pressures set at just over 20 psi up front and 25 psi at the rear, which is about right for riding on the road. For off-road riding, you’d want the pressures down a bit lower.
For sizing, Himiway recommends a rider height of between 5’3″ – 6’5″. That’s quite a broad range of heights. I’m just over 6 feet, and I found it felt perfect. There’s plenty of adjustment in the saddle, although I’m not sure how a 6’5″ rider would get on. At the other end of the scale, I can see a rider of 5’3″ struggling, even with the saddle as low as it can go. If you’re at the extremes of what is recommended, I would advise finding one to try out. Maybe have a look at Facebook groups to see if there’s someone in your area who is willing to help.
Za koga je Himiway Cruiser primeren?
The Himiway Cruiser would be ideal for commuters, leisure riders or anyone who wants a comfortable and versatile e-bike for exploring the countryside. You could use it for a spot of bikepacking.
Prednosti in slabosti
- Uglajen in močan motor
- Velika paleta baterij
- Zelo udobno
- Zelo težko
- Visok kotalni upor pnevmatik
Is the Himiway Cruiser waterproof?
It is water resistant, although we would not recommend riding in deep puddles. I have ridden the Himiway in the rain without issue.
Is the Himiway Cruiser legal to ride in the UK?
Yes, the motor power and top speed have been limited by UK and EU pedelec laws. The throttle only works to 6 km/h and assist cuts off at 25 km/h.
Can the Himiway Cruiser be unrestricted?
Yes, but we wouldn’t advise it if you live in the UK or EU as it will no longer be legal to use on public roads.
Is the Himiway Cruiser reliable?
Based on my initial findings and subsequent use, I have no reason to believe the Himiway will cause any long-term reliability issues. However, as with all things electric, there is always the potential for problems further down the line.
What’s the Himiway Cruiser like for long-distance comfort?
I have found the Himiway to be really comfortable on longer rides. For example, on a 40-mile ride, I had no aches, pains or discomfort anywhere.
How much does the Himiway Cruiser cost?
The recommended retail price is $1699 in the US and £1549 in the UK, although it is often reduced in price for promotions (see our exclusive discount codes below).
I thoroughly enjoyed riding the Himiway Cruiser. It’s comfortable, with nice handling, smooth power output and a decent battery range. I couldn’t find fault with the handling and I like the way it felt out on the road. It provides a very comfy, upright riding position and has a low standover height.
Himiway has done a great job with the motor – it’s not only powerful, but it’s smooth, and the quietest of all the fat bikes I’ve tested to date. Battery range is also encouraging. I reckon 50 miles should easily be achievable with sensible use of the assist. I also like that it’s easy to customize the pedal assist settings to suit your particular needs.
Kakšne so alternative? Najbližja primerjava, ki jo lahko potegnem, je z Cyrusher XF800, ki sem ga testirala lansko poletje. Čeprav je Cyrusher dobro e-kolo s polnim vzmetenjem, hidravličnimi zavorami in odlično zmogljivostjo. Je dražji in težji, doseg baterije pa ni tako dober. Za moj denar ga Himiway obvlada z boljšo geometrijo okvirja, močnejšo baterijo in tišjim motorjem.
Na podlagi moje začetne testne vožnje menim, da je Himiway Cruiser eden izmed najboljša e-kolesa z debelimi pnevmatikami glede na ceno in bi ga brez oklevanja priporočil.
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- motor: 250-vatno 48-voltno brezkrtačno zadnje pesto (različica za Združeno kraljestvo in EU)
- Baterija: Celice LG 48v 17.5Ah / 840Wh
- Območje: 60 milj / 100 km (prijavljeno)
- Najvišja hitrost: 15.5 km / h 25 km / h
- Teža: 32 kg
- Največja obremenitev: 158 kg / 350 lbs
- Prestava: 7-stopenjska hitrost
- zavore: Mehanske kolutne zavore s 180 mm rotorji
- vzmetenje: Sprednje vzmetene vilice s vijačnimi vzmeti in hidravlično blokado
- Dodatna oprema: Mudguards, Kickstand, Pannier rack, Headlight
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