Battery: 48V 11.6Ah
Charge time: 4 -6 hours
Top speed: 20 mph
Range: Up to 50 miles
Drive: Shimano Acera
Brakes: Tektro mechanical disc
Frame: 6061 aluminum
Tires: Kenda, 700c x 1.75”
Weight: 52 lb.
Color choices: Titanium Gray,
While the Koda is touted as a touring/
sport bike, it really possesses all the ele-
ments of a hybrid commuter. The 2018
Koda has some nice refinements from
the previous model. From Bafang, the
capable 500-watt with 900-watt peak
performance, brushless rear-hub motor is
up from a 720-watt peak. Inside its sleek
6061 aluminum frame is a newly upgrad-
ed 48-volt, 11-amp-hour LG 18650
Samsung cell lithium-ion battery, which,
depending on terrain and load size, will
go up to 50 miles on a single charge.
For braking duties, the Koda is fitted
with dual 180mm Tektro hydraulic disc
brakes with RST Neon Lockout suspension that is within easy reach. Dual shift
levers operate the easy-shifting sev-en-speed Shimano drivetrain, giving the
rider plenty of gears to reach their destination. Those with a shorter torso may
wish that the Koda’s handlebars were
not set in a locked position. This issue is
almost compensated due to the seatpost
being long and adjustable.
At first glance, this looks like a bike
for taller people, but it definitely is not.
With the low step-through frame, mount-
ing was easy for those under 5-foot- 5.
The Selle Royal comfort saddle provides
a decent cushion for longer excursions.
There were no lights on the test model,
but e-Joe says the Koda comes standard
with front and rear LED lights. Fenders
and a rear rack are available as optional
What appears to be a power button
on top of the battery lights up when
pressed, but on our test unit, it didn’t
seem to do anything else, as the power
did not activate. When pressing the third
button on the control pad, the LED display came to life and we were ready to
go. It dropped smoothly into low gear
The RST fork is spec’d perfectly for
this bike. There’s enough travel to
make the ride far more kind to your
wrists and the rest of you.