Motor: Continental 250w mid-drive
Battery: 36V 14. 5 Ah
Charge time: 3 hours
Top speed: 15. 5 mph (with assist)
Range: Up to 62 miles
Drive: NuVinci Harmony
Brakes: Magura MT- 4 hydraulic disc
Controls: Backlit LED
Fork: Suntour SF NCX-S-LO, 63mm
Frame: Hydroformed 6061 Aluminum
Weight: 61. 5 lb.
Sizes: 17- and 20-inch
Color choices: Red, white or black
1.) Continental’s 250 watt mid-drive provides ample power for this step-through commuter. It’s quiet, and so is the belt drive.
2.) The NuVinci Harmony continuously variable planetary drive is an automatic transmission of sorts. The concept is simple and the result is impressive.
3.) There are two modes for the NuVinci Harmony system. Red indicates that you are in
gear ratio mode, and
4.) Blue indicates that you are in cadence mode. You set the cadence that you prefer,
and the system keeps you there between modulating power and shifting you to the
the Harmony system has a quick
disconnect. The handlebar-mounted
display simply and clearly shows
battery life, speed, distance and
Weighing in at a whopping 61. 5
pounds, the bike is not light, and
with the hub and battery at the back
and the mid-drive motor, the weight
is predominantly biased to the rear.
Taking it up- and even downstairs is
a laborious task, and the thought of
removing the battery to lighten the
load a bit is a serious consideration. If
you live in a place with stairs, you will
have to consider this.
The Entz is available in two
versions—the standard and the
Deluxe version. The Deluxe version is
the only one available in the U.S. We
had a pre-production model that had
a Euro-spec charger (and an inverter
to allow us to use a 110-volt power),
so it took longer than the three-hour
charge time to bring it up from empty.
We expect that their estimate is
actually true. And with the incredible
range and efficiency, you could even
commute 25+ miles each way without
having to charge it before returning.
For experienced riders, the NuVinci
system was something that took a
few minutes to get accustomed to.
However, soon enough, you simply
forget it’s there. For less experienced
riders, the learning curve is almost
nonexistent; you just pick a mode,
set it where you want it and ride
off. It’s a very pleasant experience
if you’re sightseeing or just cruising
along to not have to think about the
bike at all while riding it. The power is
applied almost subtly, and the bike is
responsive and comfortable to ride.
It’s a great commuter bike. ■