Electric bikes are something that I will always cheer for; they are portable, easy to ride, and can work as conventional bicycles when you are out of battery. This feature only makes them superior to electric scooters. We have another fat tire e-bike called Engwe EP-2 Pro; it is the second-gen upgraded version with many improvements on paper.
But do the specs translate into the performance?
Let’s find out.
In a hurry, read this short overview stating the pros and cons of Engwe EP-2 Pro.
- Incredible Price.
- Solid construction and beautiful appearance.
- Strong folding mechanism.
- Handy screen.
- 3 riding modes.
- Beneficial front and brake light.
- Adjustable seat and handlebar.
- Low-end brakes and derailleur.
- Very heavy.
- Narrow and uncomfortable handlebar.
- No smartphone app.
Engwe EP-2 Pro – Price
The Engwe is known for its affordable pricing, and EP-2 Pro is taking the tradition forward. It is priced at 1000$, and you can drop 50$ more by using the code mentioned below. With a decent motor, excellent design, and great battery performance, the price is quite affordable. Fiido M1 Pro, the competitor, costs a couple of hundred dollars more but has a smaller motor and less power than Engwe EP-2 Pro.
Engwe EP-2 Pro comes in excellent packaging with firm and thick padding to prevent any damage to the frame and components. Besides that, the unboxing experience was not good; taking the bike out of the box is also some workout. In the box, we have the assembly guide, charger, and tools for assembling the bike.
Be patient when starting the assembly because it will take some time to assemble the bike fully. Start by putting the handlebar first and then move to the front wheel. It is not a quick-release type, so you will need the tools. Make sure that the fork aligns perfectly, and then tighten the screws. An interesting thing was the wrench 16 that Engwe didn’t include or might have forgotten because all the nuts are of size 16. Now move to the next step and attach the rack if you want. Lastly, put the seat in, screw the pedals, and you are good to go.
All the electronics and motor are preinstalled hidden in the frame, which is excellent from safety point of view.
Design and Construction
Engwe EP-2 Pro is a beautiful and rugged electric bike. It has supreme alloy construction with 20×4 inches tires to perfectly complement the off-road design of the bike. I have got the slate-grey edition that has the slate-grey frame and fenders with black handlebar and seat. The frame also has a big Engwe logo that looks stunning. The adjustable seat and handlebar accommodate people of 5.2ft to 6.8ft.
The narrow handlebar has all the controls, on the right, we have the accelerator, gear changer, and brake. In contrast, the left side has buttons for mode selection, a horn, and the other brake. The monochromatic LCD is in the middle that displays all the necessary information.
The cool frame is foldable, which almost halves the height and length of the cycle, enabling it to fit easily in the car trunk space. Before picking the bike, keep in mind that it weighs more than 30kgs.
- Motor: 750-watt motor in rear wheel
- Max Speed: 45km/h max speed
- Battery: 48V, 13Ah removable battery
- Range: 100km in ideal condition
- Frame: Foldable Alloy Frame
- Weight: 32kg
- Max Loading Capacity: 150kg
- Speed Mode: 5-speed modes and 3 riding modes
- Brakes: Mechanical Disc Brakes on both tires
- Tires: Thick 20×4 inch tires
Engwe EP-2 Pro – Features
Engwe EP-2 Pro is not an electric bike with many tweaks and features. It is a powerful, functional bike that ensures a fast, long, and comfortable journey.
A highlighting feature of the EP-2 pro is the cruise control; it is excellent and helps save a lot of battery life. Talking about the battery Engwe has a unique locking mechanism that keeps the battery safe inside the frame. In addition to cruise control, it has three riding modes and five-speed Shimano tourney gear set.
The display up-front is quite basic looking, but it shows all the information and is pretty visible during the peak daylight.
Engwe EP-2 Pro – Performance
Engwe EP-2 Pro has a big 750-watt motor with the power to produce 80nm torque. The responsive motor has excellent acceleration and can reach maximum speed in very little time.
The big motor can take the cycle up to 45km/h, which is quite remarkable. But in my case, the cycle could not achieve the speed, maybe because of my weight. In my testing, Engwe EP-2 Pro’s high speed was between 35km/h and 40km/h, which is good.
Because of its excellent high speed, the bike is not allowed in bike lanes as the speed limit is 25km/h. Similarly, in some countries, you have to register it as a motorbike, and many don’t have any problem with the bike.
The electric bike has a solid 13Ah battery with a rated range of 100km, which is only possible with a lot of paddling and cruising at a consistent speed. In pure electric mode, Engwe claims to achieve 50km, which is also possible in ideal conditions when you are cursing at 20km/h. The realistic range in my testing is 25 to 35km, which is pretty good for this heavy bike and rider.
The comfort of Engwe EP-2 Pro is admirable. The seat and handlebar are adjustable, making it perfect for tall people.
It also has a lockable front suspension. They are great for minor bumps and slightly rocky terrain but aren’t great in off-road and downhill conditions. In addition to shock absorbers, the thick tires are also great at suppressing small bumps.
Overall, the comfort is not the best on very rocky and off-road terrain but is excellent on bumpy roads.
Engwe Ep-2 Pro has mechanical disc brakes on both tires; they are the only thing I would like to change on this electric bike. They take a long time to stop, and there is no power cutoff sensor. That’s why I have never felt confident riding this bike.
On the positive side, it has a handy rear brake light and front light, which is good for night rides.
- Not Compliant with Europe E-bikes regulations.
- Unreliable and Noisy Brakes.
- Low-end derailleur.
- Narrow Handlebar.
- No smartphone app for data recording.
Engwe EP-2 Pro is a nice electric bike, but when I hear the upgraded version, I think of some real and significant changes. But seeing the most basic gear set and brakes with zero advancements in most parts of the e-bike makes me feel bad. The price is indeed great, but with so many weak points and compromises, I would look for a better electric cycle.