As the owner of an electric bike store, customers often ask me to compare different ebike models, and to make recommendations. Two of the most popular models that get compared are the 700 Series model from Ride1Up ($1,400), and the E-Torque model from Eunorau Ebikes ($1,199).
Ride1Up 700 Series
Both of these ebike models have a comfortable step-through frame style and upright riding posture. This allows you to mount and dismount the bike without having to lift your leg over the seat. And with an upright posture, your back, shoulders and arms are in a more relaxed position, reducing strain. Step-through frames also lack a top tube, so they are easier to stand over.
When comparing two ebikes, I recommend looking at images of each bike side-to-side, so that you can really see how they differ. For example, while both of these ebikes are comfortable to ride, you can see that the E-Torque has straight handlebars, while the 700 Series has swept back cruiser style handlebars.
Both the 700 Series and E-Torque have a front shock, which will absorb small to moderate bumps in the road. These should be wiped down after every ride. Both of these ebikes also have frame-integrated cables, giving the bikes a clean look and improved longevity.
The Ride1Up 700 Series ebike features a 500 watt (W) geared rear hub motor from Shengyi Motor, a major ebike motor manufacturer. The Eunorau E-Torque electric bike, in contrast, has a 350W geared rear hub motor by Bafang, the largest ebike motor manufacturer in the world.
Both of these motors are powerful and durable, capable of propelling their respective bikes up to 20 mph. Twenty mph is the maximum power assist an electric bike can deliver while staying with federal regulations. Both bikes can be ridden faster of course, and there is never a drag effect from an idle motor while riding.
However, when climbing steep hills, riding against headwinds, or carrying heavy loads, the 500W motor will perform with more authority.
The 700 Series has a 9-level pedal assist system (PAS), which uses a cadence sensor to detect pedaling conditions, allowing you to finely tune the amount of power coming from the motor to help you pedal. The E-Torque, by contrast, has a 5-level PAS, which is the average among most ebikes on the market today, but uses a higher-end torque sensor to detect pedaling conditions. Torque sensors have the ability to detect pedaling more quickly and precisely than cadence sensors.
Both the 700 Series and the E-Torque have thumb throttles, also known as trigger throttles, which allow you to power the bike without pedaling. When using the throttle alone, a greater demand is placed on the motor, and over a prolonged period of time, it will deplete the battery more quickly.
The Eunorau E-Torque has a 36V/12.5Ah battery with an integrated mount on top of the downtube. By comparison, the Ride1Up 700 Series has a 48V/14Ah battery, that is fully-integrated into the bottom of the downtube.
Both batteries have high-quality cells, but with a higher voltage and larger capacity, the 700 Series will deliver more power to the motor, and deliver a longer range per charge, than the E-Torque.
Both ebikes have conventional drivetrains (chains, chainrings, cassettes and derailleurs), allowing the bikes to be ridden without the use of the motor and battery. The 700 Series has a 7-speed Shimano Acera drivetrain, compared to the 7-speed Shimano Tourney drivetrain on the E-Torque. When riding an ebike, it is good to experiment with combinations of gears and pedal assist levels, to find the sweet spot for every riding condition.
The 700 Series has Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes with automatic motor cutoffs. The E-Torque has Promax mechanical disc brakes, and no motor cutoff. Both of these brake systems will provide authoritative stopping power. While both systems are easily adjustable to maintain the proper responsiveness, the hydraulic system on the 700 Series requires hydraulic brake fluid pressure to be maintained.
The Eunorau E-Torque features 26” x 2” Kenda Kwick Roller Sport tires. These tires are great for commuting and feature an Iron Cap for extra protection against flat tires. The Ride1Up 700 Series features 27.5” x 2.4” Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires, which are wider and taller than the tires on the E-Torque. The beefy Super Moto-X tires offer extra-resilient casing, making it resistant to puncture.
Both of these ebikes come outfitted with important accessories, including fenders, a rear rack and lights. Additional accessories, such as baskets, pannier bags and a bell can be found online or in local bike shops.
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