The M20 is an electric mountain bike with a 1000 Watt motor from the American bicycle manufacturer that stands out for its distinct design and style. The latest addition to the Engwe Bikes catalog is described below.
Engwe Bikes, an American bicycle manufacturer, has added a new model to its catalog of e – bikes that stands out for its performance and low price. The new Engwe M20 electric bike is a “Moped” style eBike, meaning it has the appearance of a moped.
Therefore, these are really just commodities, especially when shopping at prices under a few grand. But in the best cases, there are some executional differences to be seen. We’ve found that electric bikes with more refined geometry feel composed even in tricky handling situations. Additionally, some component choices – particularly those relating to ergonomics and the bike’s touch points like your butt and hands – have been clearly thought through.
Here is the initial assessment of the Engwe M20 after all that has been taken into consideration.
Before we tell you about the review, you can watch a video review where I used this bike for a mountain test.
|Wheel Size||20x4 Inches|
|Motor：||48V 1000W(PEAK)/750W (SUSTAIN)|
|Maximum Climbing degree:||10°|
|13Ah Battery Version:||48V13Ah|
|26Ah Batteries Version:||Dual 48V 13Ah|
|Max Mileage:||34.17 Miles at electric mode 1 and 47 Miles at PAS mode 1|
|Charging Time:||about 5H|
|Lights:||Dual Front Lights & Back Light|
|Brake:||160mm front & rear machenical disc brake|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||44.88 x 26.77 x 65.75 inches|
|Advise Rider Height:||5.0~6.8(ft)|
Engwe M20: Design and Build Quality
Since the M20 is an eBike built to comply with US regulations, as you have probably already noticed, its power, top speed, and the presence of a throttle effectively turn it into a moped.
Consequently, it must be registered if you intend to use it in Europe. However, the fact that Engwe also sells this model in Spain raises the possibility that the company intends to create M20 models that are EPAC compliant in order to sell them in the European Union.
The Engwe M20 stands out remarkably due to its distinct style and design. Its aluminum frame, 20-inch wheels that are 4-inches in diameter, retro-style double headlights that are LEDs, and motorcycle-style seat all add to its distinctive appearance.
Recall that statement about how some companies make it clear that their product is what sets them apart? At the very least, Engwe has. Although I’ve never heard of the disc brake manufacturer Logan, this bike has very comfortable ergonomic grips that grip beautifully.
You get a lot for your money when you include a headlight, a working brake light, a ridiculously large rear pannier rack, fenders, a kickstand, and knobby tires.
Additionally bright and showing your speed, distance, and active assist mode is the full-color display. However, there are some mischiefs going on with all the ride modes.
While Engwe offers five levels of assistance, each level also offers an Eco, Normal, and Sport mode. But if anyone can tell the difference between level 2 Normal and Sport, or if level 2 Sport is similar to level 3 Eco, I’ll be shocked. When you carry that up and down the ladder with all the sub-modes and levels, it seems like there is little return on investment for cutting the onion that thin.
Additionally, the rear wheel swing shock absorber and double wishbone suspension fork allow for optimal and comfortable rolling on any surface. A Shimano 7-speed drivetrain, 160mm mechanical disc brakes, fenders, and a kickstand are additional essential parts of the bike.
All of this is evident in the bike’s total weight, which is a typical value for this type of bike at 34.8 kilograms.
The Engwe also has an annoying electronic horn, but it’s loud enough to warn AirPod-wearing weirdos inline skaters along the path in front of you to move to the side. Perhaps the horn is intended to warn people well in advance that an 76-pound beast is approaching and that you will need plenty of warning, in addition to the 28 mph governor.
Engwe M20: Motor and Battery
The Engwe M20 is distinguished by its exceptional features, which include a rear hub brushless motor with a maximum power of 1000 W and 750 W of nominal power, a motor torque of 55 Nm, a top speed of 45 km/h, and two battery options: 13 and 26 amps, giving it a range of 55 to 75 kilometers.
Carryover propulsion is a problem that the aforementioned Lectric also faces. If you stop pedaling, the Engwe will continue to push you forward for about three seconds after you have stopped moving your legs. You quickly learn to apply the brakes to stop the bike’s motor or you risk swerving through an intersection when you had intended to coast up to it.
Another disappointment is that I’ve only covered 13 miles on this bike and my battery is only at 33%. Why does the range seem so inadequate if the bike has a battery that is more powerful than the Lectric XP 3.0?
It is unknown for sure whether the Engwe consumes its battery more quickly than the Lectric due to speed, weight, or tires. Many electric car tests highlight battery efficiency, with Tesla frequently outperforming its rivals by being able to travel 100 miles on less energy. However, it’s difficult to compare the weight of electric cars and electric bikes, let alone the weight of the rider, which matters more on a bicycle than a car.
In addition to range, the Engwe’s fat tires do enable it to chug over even rough rail-trail terrain, despite the company’s claim that this bike is somehow comparable to a mountain bike because it has a rear shock. First, there is no way to adjust the shock, which barely moved when I or a friend who weighs more than I do tried to use it. It merely resembles “bike jewelry.”
However, the fork does work. Consequently, this gives the bike a reasonably smooth ride that’s acceptable for riding on city streets and country paths when combined with those balloons wrapping the 12-spoke wheels. Leave the singletrack alone.
Engwe M20: Conclusions
The Engwe M20 is currently available for the incredibly low price of $1,299.99. For those looking for a distinctive and reasonably priced electric bike, this makes it an appealing choice.
Is sacrificing range to go faster than 28 mph a fair trade-off? For the majority of potential buyers, that is the main query. Personally, I prefer to be able to keep up with traffic when I’m riding in a city, but maybe traveling at a speed closer to 15 mph will give you more room? TBD. However, as I continue to test the Engwe M20, I’ll try to determine how far it can go and whether the trade-offs are worthwhile.