Electric motorcycles and scooters are becoming more and more bizarre, to the point that some of their features are almost overkill. However, as the saying goes, it’s better to have something than to need it and not have it. Perhaps this explains why the current generation of e-bikes has so many extra functions.
Consider the E-Cells Super Monarch as an illustration. Although the Nevada-based e-bike company has a number of remarkable electric bikes in its lineup, the Super Monarch is unquestionably the king of performance-focused e-bikes, at least as far as E-Cells are concerned. The Super Monarch has a lengthy name to begin with. The E-Cells Super Monarch AWD 1500W Dual Crown Limited Edition is its full name. That alone makes it quite obvious that this bike is packed with amenities.
A pair of 52V battery packs that, when combined, have a capacity of 1,638 watt-hours are contained in the Super Monarch’s battery system. The battery packs can also be used alone or together, saving weight by allowing you to take just one battery on shorter journeys. Speaking of weight, the Super Monarch weighs in at a substantial 43 kg, making it far from a lightweight machine. Additionally, it’s expensive, retailing at a staggering $5,995 USD. Having said that, you may save a few hundred dollars if you get this monstrous bike right away because it is currently on sale for $5,095 USD.
|Front suspension:||RST air suspension shock|
|Rear suspension:||RockShox Monarch RL|
|Tires:||Vee Bulldozer 26×4.25” MPC|
|Motor:||2x geared 750W continuous (1,100W peak)|
|Top speed:||32 mph (51 km/h)|
|Battery:||52V 14Ah (728Wh) or 52V 17.5Ah (910Wh)|
|Charge time:||7 hours with 2A charger (faster chargers available)|
|Weight:||95 lb (43 kg)|
|Weight capacity:||400 lb (181 kg)|
|Brakes:||Four-piston Tektro Dorado HD-E730 hydraulic disc brakes|
Ecells Super Monarch: Design and Build Quality
It has large, Vee Bulldozer 26 x 4.25” tires to handle bad weather. Additionally, Velotric made the smart decision to install large, wide-coverage fenders in the front and rear to assist reduce the inevitable muck spray from those large pieces of rubber.
A step-through frame for shorter riders and a high-step frame for taller riders, as well as hydraulic disc brakes, round out the impressive list of features offered by Velotric. And lastly, you have a choice of four hues.
Starting off, the Super Monarch is obviously intended to be an off-road electric bike, but it has more features than it actually requires to handle even the toughest terrain. Start with a dual-suspension setup that includes a long suspension travel dual crown fork and a RockShox Monarch RL rear shock. Shimano Deore ten-speed transmission and Tektro Augira four-piston hydraulic brakes are used to bring it to a stop. All of those characteristics may now seem quite standard, but that is about to change.
We must remain organized if we are to observe everything that is happening since there is so much going on. A motorcycle-style dual crown fork up front for added rigidity and a RockShox Monarch RL rear shock are among the suspension’s componentry. Huge 4.25′′ wide fat tires make the ride even plusher than what the suspension already provides.
An off-road e-bike made to take damage on the trails needs a more durable derailleur, which is exactly what a torque sensor that comes with a 10-speed Shimano Deore transmission provides.
The four-piston hydraulic disc brakes are not just extremely sophisticated calipers; they are also biting into enormous 203 mm disc rotors that are 2.3 mm thicker than usual. This results in improved heat dissipation, better heat transfer, and more stable performance even under frequent, hard braking. Basically, these are the kinds of brakes you want when you’re speeding down a hill on a big e-bike like this.
We have a full color display with an optional PIN code lockout for security on the electrical side of things. On the handlebars, there are switches for selecting front, rear, or all-wheel drive, and the bike even adopts my preferred method of accelerating: the right-side half twist.
A mountain or road ebike’s full suspension and shock absorption are both features of the Monarch Crown electric bicycle. A stronger than average aluminum alloy was used to create the bike frame, while the spoke beds were built of stainless steel. Additionally, the Monarch Crown has add-ons like a tool kit for on-the-go fixes and panniers to make carrying extras simpler. Check out our evaluation of the E-Joe Anggun electric comfort bike if you require a bike with a rear rack and comfortable seating. The Cyclamatic CX1 electric bike is another option that fits this description and is less expensive. Check out the EWheels EW-29, an electric trike with a 400 lb capacity, if you’re looking for another choice with a huge load capacity.
Ecells Super Monarch: Motor and Battery
The Super Monarch AWD 1500 Dual Crown is thus possibly the epitome of excess, but that’s precisely what makes it such a blast to drive and such a proficient off-roader.
Now let’s address the issue at hand before continuing on too far. With a reported power rating of 1,500W, which is even lower than the actual peak power of 2,200W, this e-bike easily exceeds the 750W legal limit for on-road e-bikes in many places.
The Super Monarch has two 750-watt, 52-volt Bafang geared hub motors and can reach a top speed of 30 mph, or about 48 km/h. Pedal assistance and a throttle mode are included in this electric bicycle. The Super Monarch Crown all-wheel-drive dual motors are in a league of their own; they can easily navigate both hills and mountains. The Super Monarch faces tough competition from rivals like the Haibike Sduro HARDSEVEN 2.0, which lacks the features that give E-Cells’ AWD ebikes such potent performance.
The Super Monarch has two batteries that can be used alone or together to lessen the load placed on either the throttle mode or the pedal assist. The HalloMotor 5000W FC-1 offers a much faster recharge time of only 5 hours, beating out the batteries’ maximum recharge time of 7 hours when fully discharged. However, depending on how you ride, you can expect a range of 30 to 60 miles before your ebike becomes heavier than the average mountain bike.
Dual motors, dual batteries, and dual suspension are just begging to be used for off-road riding over terrain that lower power and less capable e-bikes just couldn’t handle.
Therefore, it is probably a bad idea to drive this vehicle at speeds of 30 or more mph and assume that a police officer who hasn’t issued enough tickets this month won’t notice. But the Super Monarch AWD 1500 Dual Crown is perfectly at home when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors on a silent, non-polluting two-wheeled adventure bike.
The combined 1,820 Wh of two batteries is almost unheard of. Again, you’ll be grateful to have a pair of big batteries available while you’re flying about off-road and in uneven terrain, which is known to deplete battery power.
Furthermore, those motors have so high torque that you will be more concerned with maintaining traction than with whether you have enough power to climb a slope. The combined torque of those two motors is 170Nm, which is more than I’ve ever seen in just about any other e-bike.
On my first ride, I rode the Super Monarch about 5 miles to buy coffee in Olde Town Arvada on a chilly morning. With one minor exception, the Ecells feels firmly grounded and stable right away.
The Ecells’s large tires make it perfect for navigating challenging terrain, and I anticipate that it will make a fantastic winter commuter. Given that the bike is rather heavy, the large rubber and the rider’s weight both have an impact on how the bike steers. You’ll need to be aware of this and practice a little countersteering because the Ecells has a propensity to drop to the inside when cornering as the tires hook up into the pavement or dirt.
Ecells Super Monarch: Conclusions
For people who are clear about what they want and need an ebike that won’t break down, the Monarch Crown is a fantastic choice. If you’ve ever attempted dragging mountain bikes upstairs, the display dashboard’s informational features and 6-kilometer walking feature will come in handy.
If you have the money and enjoy off-roading with more power, you can’t go wrong with this. No matter how tough you are, you can’t help but smile when you drive the Super Monarch AWD 1500 Dual Crown.
Even if you’re used to riding much smaller, gentler e-bikes, it takes some getting used to, but it’s well worth it for this thrilling ride.
When it comes to these types of specialty e-bikes, you have to pay to play, but you get a seriously good time in return.
The Super Monarch costs $5095.00, which isn’t cheap, but its Samsung battery gives 1638 watt-hours of power in total, and its battery charger can charge both batteries simultaneously. Those looking for an ebike will be satisfied with this model, but if you don’t intend to use it frequently, you could be better off with a more affordable, lighter entry-level alternative. Having said that, its robust design and complete suspension allow it to withstand a hammering on trails without costing you the $5,000. For a more compact option, you may get the DJ Bikes folding e-bike for around half as much.