E-bikes or electric bikes are increasingly common on bike lanes, trails, and even on public roadways across the nation. They offer a simple method to take in the outdoors’ beauty and fresh air without putting too much strain on our bodies. With the Wallke H6, you can simply get on and go without even peddling if that’s how you roll. Of course, you can also use it to get some exercise. Let’s learn more about this ingenious new way of transportation.
The Wallke H6 is a class 2 (has throttle, less than 32 MPH) foldable, 20-inch wheel, 4-inch fat tire, with 750 Watt hub motor e-bike. What do you say about a mouthful?
|Suspension Type||Full Suspension|
|Tire||20'' * 4.0''|
|Light||Integrated front&rear lights|
|PAS 1 Range||120-170 Miles|
Video Review of Wallke H6
Wallke H6: Design and Build Quality
Before I go any farther with this article, I should note that this electric bike ships virtually entirely constructed. Having said that, Julie assembled the bike entirely before giving it to me for assessment. She unpacks and assembles the bike in the time-lapse video that is also shown. So kudos to her for skillfully putting this e-bike together.
The structure of the H6 e-bike is the same as that of numerous other folding, rear hub-drive electric bicycles. It has 20-inch wheels with 4-inch flat tires on them. This gives the bike a short appearance, yet it is furnished with a seat and handlebars that are adjustable. The bike is generally a good size for most people. The advertised height range is 5’3″ to 6’3″. Although I am a little tall for it at 6’6″, I had no serious problems riding it. The bike is designed to support a person weighing between 300 and 330 pounds. I don’t weigh a lot; I’m close to 250 pounds. When I discuss the actual range I saw, keep that in mind.
This kind of electric bicycle is simple to disassemble and put back in riding position. Despite this, the bike is heavy, uncomfortable to fold, and difficult to maneuver in and out of small spaces because of its substantial weight. However, when I picked it up for this review, it almost fit perfectly in the back seat of my convertible VW Beetle.
Speaking of folding, an e-bike disassembles into three parts. The front tire folds toward the back tire as the main frame splits in half. The handlebars can be cut in half to make the folded bike shorter, and the pedals can be folded inward to make the folded bike narrower overall.
The layout of the handlebars is as follows: The front and back lights are controlled by a push button switch on the left, which is kept on between key on/off cycles. The front brake lever, the display, the control panel, and an electronic buzzer. The throttle lever, Shimano 7-speed gear shifter, and the rear brake lever are all located on the right side. The mechanical disc brakes on the brakes have a strong stopping power. Additionally, regardless of the pedal or throttle position, applying either brake lever will deactivate the motor.
It is also important to note that despite being an e-bike, this one does not have regenerative braking. This is not intended as a criticism of the H6 because many lack this feature, which is standard on electric and hybrid vehicles.
Wallke H6: Motor and Battery
A 35Ah battery and a 750-Watt rear hub motor power the Wallke H6 e-bike. For e-bikes in this category, the power configuration is standard. The rider’s power, which the bike also harnesses, is assisted by a 8-speed Shimano derailleur system that is operated by the Shimano Tourney thumb shifter, which also features an upshift button that shifts the bike one gear higher and a downshift button that allows for multiple gear downshifts with a single long push. When stopping from a powered pace, this downshift feature helps the rider quickly and easily shift the bike back into the lowest gear.
The 500 Watt rear hub motor can be turned on in two different ways. The hub motor is turned on anytime the system detects the rider pedaling or whenever you depress the throttle lever for any PAS larger than 0. Even while the H6 only comes with 5 PAS settings, it turns out that the control system of the device actually supports a few other combinations. There is not much information provided about how to access it or what to do once you do.
One thing I found is that there is around a 1-2 second delay before the engine reengages when pedaling to start the PAS while the bike is moving. Because of the bike’s tendency to slow down when power is removed due to its weight and the extra friction from its 4-inch fat tires, you will notice this more at the higher PAS settings (bike speeds). So, if you temporarily stop pedaling and then restart, you’ll see that the motor does not immediately reengage but instead pauses.
Another issue to keep in mind is that the bike’s highest gear simply isn’t high enough to offer much additional power to the bike at its top speed. Any multi-geared bike that has more than one gear feels the same when you are riding quickly in one of the lowest gears. With the bike’s current gearing, it would be rather difficult to accelerate the bike to a quicker speed when it is at top speed. Without giving the back wheel any discernible torque, the pedals sort of just keep spinning.
The bike’s front suspension forks, which can be locked out, and a suspension seat post provide excellent riding comfort. When combined with the 4″ fat tires, which may be softly inflated, it makes for a somewhat comfortable ride if the user wants it.
Having said that, I discovered the seat to be a tad unsupportive for my butt structure. But you may quickly swap it out for a seat that is better suited to your own requirements. To be honest, the comfort of the seat may have been more influenced by my size and weight than by the design of the seat, which is incredibly soft to the touch and ought to have worked better for me.
The Wallke H6 is promised to have a range of 120 miles on pure electric power and 170 miles with pedal assistance. I didn’t see anything even somewhat like that. I was able to peddle just enough to keep the motor going for 115 miles and use the throttle alone for 110 miles. I’m certain that some of that is my size. I’m confident that the 150 kilometers figure is based on a PAS level of 1, where the user must exert significant effort to maintain the bike’s speed.
Operating the Wallke H6 couldn’t be simpler. I really enjoy how the battery key powers the bike in addition to locking the battery to the frame and replacing the on/off button on the display.
While this won’t stop someone from stealing the bike because they can simply cycle away, it will at least stop them from riding away while using force. If not powered, these bikes are not the fastest.
The charge port is located on the other side of the battery. This makes it possible to either charge the battery while it is inside the bike or to remove the battery and charge it separately using the key. In my tests, the battery was fully charged using the AC charger in slightly under 7 hours.
Wallke H6: Conclusions
Generally, I believe that Wallke H6 is a strong contender in the market for folding electric bikes. In this review’s perspective, it seems to be quite well built and highly stylish. This particular model of e-bike is targeted at the kind of cyclist that prefers the freedom of riding a bike over doing a lot of labor. It is reasonably priced and should give riders hours of pleasurable riding without breaking the bank when compared to certain other types of e-bikes. Compared to other motorcycles, the bike can be transported to almost anywhere with relative ease thanks to its ability to fold up compactly. The bike can be used on almost any surface thanks to its suspension and big tires.
As I approach in the video up top, I’m traveling at a PAS level 5 speed of around 17 MPH. I’m cycling slowly to maintain the motor’s engagement. It makes no discernible difference in how the e-bike is driven. You could see that as I apply the brakes to slow down and turn around, the brake light flashes. With simply my pedaling, I can pedal across the grass median and up that small hill. If I hadn’t had the help of the motor, the bike would have stopped.