Eunorau just introduced torque sensing, which is designed to reduce carryover acceleration when you stop pedaling, as I indicated in the initial ride review. Additionally, as I previously indicated, there is still a lot of that, which I find particularly concerning for rookie ebike riders who are anticipating the assist to end when they stop pedaling and potentially fly past stop signs they anticipate simply coasting up to.
Its motor’s 500W continuous watts and 750W peak watts, along with its 65 Nm of torque, more than exceed the permitted maximum motor power output for e-bikes in the US and the EU, respectively.
It is offered in both a step-through frame and a high-step frame called the XR. The 48V 13Ah battery pack is fully incorporated into both models and contains the same parts. For our evaluation, we selected the XR frame in the Sand color and were pleasantly impressed by how nice the livery looked in person. After that, let’s open the box and investigate the contents.
|Frame:||Aluminum alloy 6061|
|Freewheel:||SHIMANO derailleur 9-speed freewheel|
|Rims:||27.5inch black Alloy|
|Recommended Rider Heights:||5'6" ~ 6'1"|
Eunorau Meta275: Design and Build Quality
We quickly popped the tape and began assembling the bike as soon as it was delivered in Eunorau’s normal undersized bike box. Eunorau chooses to ship all of its electric bikes without the forks attached. This results in a smaller shipping package but requires more time to assemble than the majority of electric bikes, around twice as much time.
Additionally, even though there is only one size available for the step-through frame design, you have enough seatpost range to think that riders between the heights of 5-foot-1 and 6-foot-2 could fit. The 80-millimeter-travel suspension fork, which isn’t the afterthought pogo stick that’s far too typical at this class, deserves special mention as well.
No, it cut through some easy singletrack, sucking up potholes and even some log hops. Although the ergos are a little too upright for genuinely “shredding” a trail, the very sticky CHAOYANG 27.5″ x 2.6″ tires and the somewhat substantial grips made it possible to maintain control even on chewed-up rail trails and bombed-out asphalt.
We consider the assembly to be intermediate and strongly advise that everyone but the most seasoned bicycle technicians submit it to a local bike shop for assembly. We took on the work head-on even though we aren’t mechanics and have more expertise putting motorcycles together. We assembled the bike in just over an hour in order to get it ready for its first ride.
We got on the road for a journey around town after spending a few hours charging the car’s battery. Braking is a key component of our testing because e-bikes are so much more capable of going farther and faster than traditional bicycles. The hydraulic brakes responded quickly and were delightfully firm right away when the two piston calipers clamped down on the 180mm calipers.
The large CHAOYANG 27.5″ x 2.6″ tires provide a satisfactory level of traction and control when zooming down the hill at the beginning of our testing route. The combination tread engaged the asphalt as we lightly applied the brakes, slowing us down without losing traction.
Off the paved road, the tires showed they could handle the dirt. The cross tread is excellent for the hard-packed trails we have here in Southern California, but owners who want to tackle mud or gentler terrain will want to switch them out for tires with more meat on them. Because the Meta275 is designed to be a fully functional urban city slayer mountain bike, they are ideal for it.
The Meta275’s top features a pretty simple color display that offers you everything you need without adding any more weight to your bag. The pedal assist level can be easily adjusted using the buttons on the display that are located on the left. Holding down the + button also turns on the light. To command short bursts of power from the motor, the throttle is positioned just beneath the display. Throttles are our favorite tool for resuming motion after halting and accelerating up slight inclines.
Eunorau Meta275: Motor and Battery
This electric vehicle lacks fenders or lights, but it does have a quick 500W hub motor and a 13Ah battery. The e-bike comes with a throttle lever, but it’s recommended to use that only to start it from a stop because, as with most e-bikes with throttles, leaning too hard on the free pass will soon drain the battery. The better course of action is to use a pedal assist, and Eunorau deserves praise for specifying an SHIMANO push-button 9 speed groupset with a 44T front chainring. It’s great that you won’t be spun out as you pass the 20 mph mark.
Speaking of power, the Eunorau Meta275 has a robust MXUS rear hub motor with 65Nm of torque that produces 500 watts continuously. We discovered that the motor’s tune was moderate at lower assist levels with enough nuance to make it a reliable foundation for leisurely weekend riding or even for a more spirited commute as our route left the flatlands.
As we got closer to the end of our test route, we really pushed the motor, gaining 600 feet of height in just under half a mile. We were able to move up the slope without having to strain my body, thanks to the motor’s ability to summon an astonishing level of torque and power. It’s the perfect test for any motor, and the Eunorau Meta275 performed admirably.
I was able to go about 28 miles by riding largely on flat terrain and being very careful to just use help at level 1 or 2. That’s okay, but there are still a lot of explanations needed. This bike practically brags about its Class 3 competence on its hefty metal helmet emblem.
However, in order to exceed 20 mph and enter Class 3 territory, you must either pedal extremely hard or employ assist levels 3 to 5. The battery percentage meter, which, to be fair, displays a true figure rather as a random collection of bars, literally starts to waterfall before your eyes when you ask the controller for that additional capacity.
We had so much fun with the motor that by the time we finished our test route, we had used more battery capacity than we had anticipated. In future trips, we discovered that the battery was more than enough to provide pedal assistance support for the 30 to 50 miles of range the manufacturer suggested at the lowest levels of help.
As with any electric vehicle, the exact range you’ll achieve is influenced by factors like rider weight, the motor’s level of assistance, temperature, and topography. This is by no means a cheap shot. It’s just a straightforward admission that pedaling for 15 kilometers at level 5 of assistance, up and down hills, may quickly drain the battery.
Eunorau Meta275: Conclusions
When contemplating the Eunorau Meta275, consumers shouldn’t anticipate a high-end electric bicycle at a price of $1,799. Even without any electronic assistance, high-end manual motorcycles easily reach the thousands of dollars, with some of the top models going over $10,000. Despite this, the Meta275 is one of the better electric bikes we’ve tested in the $1,500 to $2,000 price range, boasting parts we’d typically only find on bikes costing more than $2,000.
The Meta275 is a fantastic commuter platform with plenty of power for just about whatever your commute may throw at it. We had a terrific time zipping around town on it. Visit the Eunorau Meta275’s official website here for additional details or to get one for yourself.