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Engwe Engine Pro 750W / 28 MPH Folding Electric Bike Review Rating

Summary

The Engwe Engine Pro is an impressive bike with plenty of features. The fat tyres provide an incredibly comfortable ride.

Pros

  • High 750W / 28MPH
  • Very comfortable ride
  • Colour display is a nice tough
  • Bike rack and mud guards make this great for commuting

Cons

  • High 750W / 28MPH has legal requirements
  • Some quirks in the build procoess.

I have reviewed a couple of electric bikes from ADO in the past year and have been impressed with both of them. Recently, I have been trying out another new brand called Engwe.

They currently have 7 electric bike models, all being foldable and ranging in price from €679.99 to €1.584.99.

The Engine Pro is the top-of-the-range model. It is a foldable electric bike with fat tyres, front and rear suspension, disk brakes and a pannier rack. It is important to note that this has a powerful 750W motor and a maximum speed of 28 mph, making it much faster than many other bikes on the market, but with some legal caveats.

Specification

  • Brushless Motor
  • 20×4.0 All Terrain Fat Tires
  • 3 Step Alloy Foldable Frame
  • 2.4 Inch Front Fork & Rear Suspension
  • 48V 16Ah Lithium Removable Battery
  • 120km per charge with pedal assist
  • Assist Intelligent 0~5 Level Pedal Assist
  • Front and rear hydraulic breaks
  • Bright LED front light
  • Cruise Control
  • Color LCD Display
  • 8 Speed System
  • 330 lb / 150 kg Max Load
  • Recommended Rider Heights 5’2″ ~ 6’4″
  • 31.6KG weight

Unpacking & Assembly

There are a few quirks with the bike build. I wouldn’t describe the instructions as particularly good, a common problem with young Chinese brands.

For the handle post, there is a protective plastic sleeve slotted over it that is held in place with a hex screw, and this is hidden with a plastic cap. I am not sure why the screw was covered with a cap, but the instructions made no mention of it, and it took me a minute to work out what to do.

It is initially tempting to install the handle post, so it leans inwards, it looks like it should fit that way. However, you should also make sure that you install the handle post, so it is pointing outwards; otherwise, you are going to have an incredibly short cockpit.

The seat tube had a loose-fitting plastic cap that was easily removed. However, there was also a plastic sleeve within the tube which I instinctively removed with it. The plastic sleeve needs to remain in the tube, and the seat post goes inside this (presumably to avoid damaging the metal). It took a bit of adjustment to get both the post and the sleeve inside the seat tube at the same time.

The front wheel was also a bit odd. The hub of the front wheel doesn’t directly mount onto the front fork with a hub flange. The through axel is what sits on the forks, and this has two sets of bolts, one to hold it in place on the wheel itself, then the second for securing to the frame. I accidentally undid the inner bolts, and this left the axel slightly misaligned. It then took me quite a lot of adjustments to make sure the brakes were not rubbing.

The overall bike build took a little longer than my previous reviews. Mainly because of the above issues, but you also have the mudguards and front light to attach. However, nothing was particularily complex, and I would say I managed to do it in 30-40 minutes.

Once I built the bike, I had to charge it before it would power on. As I am used to most electronics having some charge, I had some initial panic thinking it wasn’t working. Like other foldable bikes, this requires you to use the key inserted and switched on (unlike mountain bikes which just unlock the battery).

Bike Fit – How tall can you be?

One issue I have had with the electric bike reviews I have done is that they feel a touch too small for me. I am 6 ft 1 inch, with quite long legs, and I am more familiar with road bike positioning, where I was leaning quite far forward and sat quite high up with a full range of motion for my knees.

With the Ado bike reviews, they were comfortable and adequate for casual cyclings, but I felt like I had a limited range of motion in my knees, which is not something I am accustomed to.

This bike has a wide range of adjustments. I was easily able to adjust the seat height, so I had a full range of motion. There seemed to be plenty more room for adjustment, and I am confident this will fit very tall people. The seat post lowers down to the frame, so it should be good for short people too.

Bike Computer

The colour display for the bike computer is impressive, a big improvement from the black and white computer on the ADO bikes.

The exact display this shipped with is a Digitech BC281 Electric Bike Color Display. Technically it doesn’t do much more than a B&W option, it just looks more impressive.

You have all the data you need, including:

  • Real-time speed, Max speed, Average speed, Power Output
  • Real-time motor power
  • Battery indicator
  • Assistant level
  • Odometer, trip
  • Trip time
  • Light indicator
  • Metric(km/h)/Imperial(mph) switching
  • Error codes indicator
  • Auto headlights, Brightness adjustment, automatic backlight
  • Auto Power-off
  • USB Port(5V/500mA)

One advantage this display has is the error codes. I haven’t experienced any problems, but it has at least seven specific codes relating to different errors. With my ADO D30C, it took quite a bit of Googling to work out what the exclamation point error was.

Gears and 5 Speed Electronic Assist with 28mph / 45kph limit

All the ADO bikes I have reviewed are speed limited to 25km/h and normally have three levels of assist.

The Engwe Engine Pro I was sent has 5 levels of assist and is not speed limited to 25km/h. You should be careful with this as it is UK law states that bikes should have an assisted speed limit of 15.5mph or 25km/h and a maximum power output of 250 watts.

This bike has a 750W motor, and I was able to get close to 50km/h (31mph) with relative ease. I believe the maximum legal limit is 28mph. I think I hit 47 kph, but I was also pedalling.

Therefore I should highlight that this bike is technically not legal to ride on UK roads without registering it and taxing it with the DVLA. This would be treated as a light moped (L1e-B) and you would be required to wear a moped helmet.

Of course, whether you follow this advice is up to you, and I am unsure how strict the police are with enforcement.

I am personally quite happy tootling along at more reasonable 25 to 30kmh. I found that the extra power this bike had made that speed feel a bit more comfortable than a 250W assisted bike. I’d like it if there were additional gear assists; on a flat road, level 3 is good, but level 4 had a big jump in speed. If there was an assisted level in the middle of them, I think it would provide a comfortable speed for faster rides.

I tested the bike on a steep hill down the promenade. It is quite a short hill split into two inclines, one quite steep, one very steep. The steeper section is the kind of hill that leaves you gasping for breath walking up it regardless of how fit you are.

The bike comfortably handles the first section with ease, I think I only required level 3 assist and some light pedalling. It handled the very steep section OK. It made it up there with the help of the top assist level, but the speed was declining the more I climbed, hitting about 14kmh. If it was a very long hill, it might have stalled or at least needed a moderate amount of pedalling.

The bike has 8 mechanical gears using a Shimano Altus rear derailer. Like most e-bikes, the lower gears provide very little resistance, which may be good if you are unfit or cycling up a lot of hills. I found that I needed to use the top gear for most cycling on flat ground.

Suspension / Comfort

Most of my riding was done on concrete/tarmac of varying quality, I have not tried any significant off-roading.

This is by far the most comfortable electric bike I have ridden. The fat tyres give a very smooth road feel, and you then have the front and rear suspension that will absorb any significant bumps.

With this being foldable, it is a compact sitting position with me sitting up vertically and reasonably close to the handlebars. However, thanks to the wide height adjustments, the seat position felt much better than in previous reviews. I had an excellent range of motion with my knees, and it made it comfortable to cycle unassisted.

Not something I normally comment on, but this bike has leather handlebar grips which I found quite pleasant compared to the usual plastic grips on most bikes.

Battery / Range

The battery of this bike is 48V 12.8 Ah equalling roughly 614Wh. Engwe claims you can get up to 100 km (62.13 miles) while in pedal-assist mode.

I’d say I got roughly 50 miles out of the bike. I tend to keep the pedal assist at level 3, and I always provide a bit of effort from my end too. Most of the paths I went on were flat with some small, moderate hills (apart from the big one for testing).

Weight

Without a doubt, the worst part of this bike is the overall weight. All electric bikes weigh a lot, and these semi-affordable options inevitably weigh a bit more.

The problem with this bike is that it has quite a lot of features which add to the considerable weight. You have fat tires, and suspension on both the front and rear than the bike rack. The bike is listed as being 31.5kg

The ADO A20 weighs 24kg, which is also hefty, but that 7.5kg extra weight on this bike is very noticeable. It may be foldable, but if you a small and not particularly strong i.e. my partner, you are going to struggle to lift it into the boot of a car or on/off public transport.

Bag Rack / Mud Guards

I like the fact that this comes with both a pannier bike rack and mudguards. This makes it a much more complete bike for anyone wanting to commute. My ADO lacked these, and they will charge you £58 just for the mudguards.

Price and Alternative Products

The Engwe Engine Pro is currently available to buy directly from Engwe for €1429.99 which works out as £1270.

They also have this available in the UK warehouse for €1584.99 or £1340. I would assume that if you are in the UK, you would be best buying from the UK warehouse to avoid the nightmare that is customs post Brexit.

I have previously reviewed the ADO A20, which doesn’t appear to be for sale now, but the ADO A20+ is €879.

The ADO A20F XE Fat Tyre Ebike would be a closer like-for-like alternative, priced at €1,469. It is also foldable and has fat tyres, mudguards and a pannier rack. The specs state it has a  250W motor and a lower 80km range. This weighs almost as much at 30kg, but it lacks the rear suspension, instead having a suspension fork built into the seat post.

Overall

The Engwe Engine Pro is an impressive bike with plenty of features.

I never used to be a huge fan of fat tyres on a foldable bike, I always assumed it was pointlessly adding weight to the bike.

However, I won’t deny that I quite enjoyed them on this bike, they clearly add to the comfort, and if you are cycling at high speeds, you may appreciate the improved ability to go over bumps with ease. If you favour comfort over the portability of a lighter bike, then a fat tyre option is a good choice, and this was a particularly comfortable ride.

The elephant in the room is the 28mph / 45kph speed limit. This will quite likely be a selling point for many potential buyers, but I should reiterate that this will legally require the bike to be licenced if you want to ride it on UK roads. It will therefore be off-putting for anyone that wants to strictly adhere to the law without the faff off licence plates and all the legal requirements that go with it.



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