Motor: EVO RDS planetary
Battery: Samsung lithium-ion
battery 36v/12Ah (432Wh)
Battery life: 1000 charge cycles
Charge time: 4–6 hours
Top speed: 20 mph (rider weight,
rider input and terrain contingent)
Range: 15 to 30 miles with
Drive: Shimano Alivio 8-speed rear
derailleur w/ Shimano Altus 3x
front and Shimano Acera shifters
Brakes: Tektro E-Comp hydraulic,
180/160mm rotors front/rear
Tires: Kenda 700 x 38c with
Controls: LCD multi-function display
with power adjustment features
and battery gauge, twist throttle
Fork: Suntour NEX-HLO
Frame: Aluminum 6061, fender
and rack mounts
Weight: 50 lb.
Sizes: Medium, large
COVERING SOME ROAD
Even when the terrain has a mild
grade or headwind, the Evo Jet is a bike
that is easy to ride at 15 to 20 mph, so
you want a bike that handles well. The
Jet has light steering and nimble handling while feeling planted on pavement
and even packed dirt. There is no rise
to the handlebar, so the ride position
has a little wind-cheating forward lean.
The battery-level gauge shows five
bars when fully charged, and a 15-mile
ride barely used two bars. We regularly
knocked out 14- to 16-mile rides without any concern. Most were bike-path
rides with little elevation gain but with
head- and sidewinds to deal with.
For the most part we rode in “
standard,” the level above eco. Using
“sport” or “boost” made it too easy to
ride faster than other bike traffic on the
bike paths. As soon as you select sport,
you can pedal at 20 mph. Bump the
assist up to boost mode and you still
do 20, but it is easier to cruise at that
speed. If you turn the assist all the way
down you can use the throttle for assist.
The throttle doesn’t have the same connected feeling that the pedal assist has.
It will allow you to cruise flat areas and
mild hills without pedaling, but using
the throttle is harder on the battery than
lower levels of assist.
If you choose to ride without power,
you will find that the Jet actually works
well as a bicycle. The Jet is delivered
with no accessories other than the
kickstand, but it has rack and fender
mounts if you want to outfit it yourself.
At $2999 the Evo Jet is at the middle
price range of similar road, sport and
commuter e-bikes. It is a good value at
that price thanks to the performance,
with a nice overall finish that stays looking good with plenty of style. You can
cover a lot of miles with minimal effort
while having a fun ride. We saw an
easy 30 miles of riding on one charge,
though serious climbing would probably
cut into that number. We appreciate
detailing like the hidden battery, puncture-resistant tires and the nighttime
safety reflective stripes on the sidewalls.
For a clean, great-looking road bike that
doesn’t look like an e-bike, look no further than the Evo Jet. ■
These super-innovative levers replace the axle nuts.
Lift them and you change the orientation.
This is just a simple spring fork, but it helps a lot on
rough surfaces. The brakes are plenty strong.