If you do decide you want a second
battery, it’ll set you back $539, which
isn’t bad when you compare it to other
batteries in the industry that can cost
double that price. You actually have two
choices—a 6. 6 Ah or an 8. 7 Ah battery.
Turning the system on can be
confusing. When pressing the Mode
button and holding it, the display flickers
to life. There’s no marked power-on
button. Once it comes to life, the J-LCD
display is alight with information and
ready for action.
There are five assist levels, labeled 1
through 5. There’s no level 0; you simply
have to turn the system completely off.
The geared hub motor is very torquey,
even with the big wheels, so you feel a
solid and immediate surge of power. The
motor is remarkably quiet, even for a
350-watt brushless motor. You hear the
tires more than the motor.
The bike feels really solid. There’s
no telltale flex, squeaking or rattling of
any kind. It gets up to speed quickly,
and you feel the torque sensor knows
how much power you’re putting in and
adds accordingly. We wonder why other
manufacturers of bikes in this price
range don’t do this. It also means that
you can reach 20 mph, with assist, at
any power level. You don’t need to put
it in the top level to get there, which
means you don’t get as much personal
input or exercise. With the Apollo, you
can hit 20 mph in level 1, which means
you can get a little help, but it can
mostly be your own power.
The bike is very comfortable to ride,
and you just feel like you’re going fast,
even on the streets. With the big wheels
and good gearing, you can keep up
with city traffic. The ride is confidence-inspiring.
The Tektro hydraulic brakes have
tremendous stopping power but
are also very easy to modulate. You
can accelerate rapidly and stop just
as easily. There are no brake cutoff
sensors, so beware of that if you ride
with a finger on the brake lever like
some of us do. It’s a safety thing for
faster reaction times and a bit of a habit,
but it sometimes triggers the cut-off
The range wasn’t what we were
used to with the other Emazing bikes
we’ve ridden. On an early test ride, we
expected a battery life similar to their
other bikes, like the Coeus, which could
have gone 30 miles on the battery. We
drained the first battery in the midrange
of battery power in under 10 miles.
We swapped the bike and it did better,
but was closer to 20 miles on fairly flat
terrain with few hills.
If your commute is a few miles, this
isn’t a problem. If your ride to work is
10 miles, this might be close, especially
if you do it daily—unless you want to
1.) Guest test rider Chris Sheffield was impressed by the power and speed of the bike. He’s 5-foot- 11, so a 29er looks normal for
him. 2.) Shimano Deore 1x9 gearing is plenty. We never ran out of gears on flat ground, powered or not. 3. ) Something you never
expect on a bike in this price range is hydraulic brakes. These Tektro Altus brakes are above and beyond but standard equipment on
Emazing’s flagship bike. 4.) The Kenda Kozmik Lite II tires aren’t bad on the street and plenty grippy for some fun in the dirt.