May 08, 2017
In this article we feature one of our favorite ebike brands: Enzo. Enzo is a folding electric bike company based in Miami, Florida. They only produce a few models, but each of them comes outfitted with some really impressive components.
While there are a number of folding ebikes with a similar form factor, including a rectangular toptube/downtube in which the removable battery is located, the ones from Enzo are some of the best on the market: $1,699 for the 7-speed chain driven version, and $1,999 for the single-speed carbon belt drive version (more durable, never rusting, clean). More recently, Enzo released the Onze Lite, a stunning folder with mag wheels and PAS, retailing for $1,399.
The chain-driven model comes with a 350-watt, 8Fun internally geared rear hub motor, and a 36V, 10.4Ah Samsung cell battery pack. The battery key must stay engaged for the motor to operate, and it’s placement on the side of the tube could have been a problem when pedaling, but because the key folds in half, this shouldn’t be an issue (it’s actually easier to access then on some bikes where the keyhole is on the underside of the battery).
The Enzo is suggested for use in urban settings, for commuting, and especially for travel. It stows perfectly on yachts, planes and RVs. Both versions come with throttle-on-demand and are classified as Class 2 ebikes. Class 2 ebikes include an electric drive system that can be activated through a throttle element such as a grip-twist, trigger or button and is limited to low speeds (<20 mph). The motor system may also be activated through a pedaling action.
The 48-lb Enzo frame and fork are constructed aluminum alloy, and the rims are cast magnesium, which means you will never have to true your spokes. Other components are made from titanium, resulting in a very durable machine. The aluminum alloy seat post comes with a uniquely integrated tire pump, the stem has a telescoping height and quick release fold, integrated LED headlight, plastic fenders with mud flaps, 25 kg. maximum weight rear rack, standardized tubing to accept panniers, comfortable saddle, ergonomic grips with lockers, and derailleur guard; these are some awesome details you don’t often find in a mid-price folding electric bike. The Kenda 20” tires come with K-Shield puncture protection and Schrader values.
Because of its solid frame and wheels, and lack of suspension, the Enzo may feel like a bit of a rough ride for some bicyclists. If you are concerned about this aspect of comfort, you should know that the Enzo has a standard seat post diameter, and you could easily upgrade to a Thudbuster or similar suspension seat post.
The 6-speed 1x6 Shimano Tourney (ME-TZ20 Cassette) are ok and get the job done, but we were really impressed with the 160mm-rotor mechanical disc brakes, with Wuxing levels and motor inhibitors; awesome stopping power.
5 levels of pedal assist, working with a 6-magnet cadence sensor, which is not the most you can find on ebikes these days, but was nevertheless quite responsive. The trigger throttle can override the pedal assist at any level. The display panel includes a power level readout, a battery level readout with 6 bars, speed, assist level, and trip meter/odometer, current/voltage, and timer. The display panel is very intuitive and easy to reach.
This is one of our favorite brands of ebikes, and we encourage you to take a close look at the Enzo!
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