- Very powerful 500W mid-drive motor in the market: lets you cruise at high speed effortlessly
- Hydraulic disc brakes: reliable brake performance on the fastest electric bikes
- Adjustable stem: for the best fit, comfort, and control
- LED front-rear lights: utmost illumination and safety in low light conditions
- Suspension seat post and front fork: for that additional comfort you've been looking for.
- Front rack to carry all your daily needs (optional).
This is a great bike for the price. Well designed, lots of details well thought. I like that the throttle is always enabled (if the pedal assist mode is set to 0) which allow use the bike as a moped in some occasions.
Overall I would absolutely recommend purchasing this bike. However it is not perfect and I have a few minor gripes that might be major depending on your needs.
1. Battery life. No where near what I thought I would be getting. I am just barely making it home from my 11 mile commute. I am riding in the cold, so the mileage will probably double when it starts to warm up. This is with full pedal assist and I am pedaling the whole time. The battery also starts to lose power (especially on hills) after it is past the 50% mark.
2. Customer service. It has been responsive but very slow. It is also frustrating that there are no assembly instructions included or online for this specific model. There is also no explanation of the bizarre computer menu.
3. The handlebars. They look ok, but are not great functionally. The left one ripped off after hitting a bump and I almost fell into traffic.
4. Throttle. Very minor gripe, but compared to the pedal assist the throttle is useless (I don't use it at all) In future models I would rather have just the pedal assist. Acceleration and top-speed don't come close even if you are barely pedaling.
The pearl-colored C-class is beautiful and the components are very high-quality throughout. The bike was very well packaged and arrived in great condition. I’m very happy with the bike and the value I got with an Ariel Rider versus the many other e-bikes I researched.
Got when my previous Trek bike was stolen. Significantly better than my previous e-Bike, quite happy with it.
the shipping from bike flights was great. everything showed up solid and still packed well assembly was super easy and obvious. It's a bike. So if you've worked on your own bikes you'll appreciate that it is simple. If you've never assembled a bike, well, there's no manual. I'd suggest find a friend who works with bikes, or take it to a shop. Have it done correctly. It's hard to damage anything, but a good bike shop will charge you some amount, but they should also go over the bike with you. So find a shop, and ask them to include a rundown of the bike.
The manual is on line. On the website. Not totally intuitive how to find your specific manual but it is there. So, download it to you computer, your phone, tablet. Even print it out. It's always good to have a hard copy to read, and make notes in it.
We'd ridden one very similar to this design on a vineyard tour in Europe. Front shock, shock absorbing seat post. The step through design. The computer is the same, the internal gear hub in the back is important and a great design. nothing like having to deal with a bent or faulty derailleur.
The class C is also bike path legal. We've also some large hills here on the Front Range of Colorado. This will make commuting so much less work. But still fun.
So, as this bike is a gift, I've only had some wee time to check things out. It's not been ridden yet, but it will be, hopefully soon. And it will be a recreational commuter, and hopefully used for errands. And, I have hopes that it will even work itself in for some pacing duty.