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Hybrid

F18 Cruiser

recommended

80

Avg price

$4950

Member Reviews

  • Type

    City

  • Frame type

    Low step

Much like the Speedmaster, this e-bike from Hybrid surprised us in all the right ways. Its unique selling point is the stiff and light carbon composite frame – a material usually found on high-end road and mountain bikes. This meant it was one of the least flexible step-through bikes we’ve ridden (in a good way). The frame stiffness contributed to the confident handling and efficient pedalling our testers noted.

The Bafang drive system comes from a Chinese manufacturer with a long record of making electric bike systems. This mid-drive model delivers smooth power and lots of it. This Hybrid was the easiest bike for going up steep hills and assists to 32km/h. While you might need to dial back the assistance to extend riding range, there’s still plenty of “go” from the motor on lower settings. Its parts are all good quality, with a bump-absorbing suspension fork, puncture-resistant tyres, a large gear range, a full set of guards and a rack.

Hybrid has thought carefully about this bike and the intended rider. We think it’s more than capable of urban riding and covering longer distances. 

Test results

  • 81
    Motor system
  • 79
    Bike style
  • 80
    Motor - Responsiveness
  • 80
    Motor - Hill climbing
  • 80
    Motor - Speed assistance
  • 85
    Motor - Interface
  • 80
    Bike - Slow speed
  • 84
    Bike - Riding fast
  • 70
    Bike - Rough terrain

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Good points

  • Very good motor responsiveness.
  • Very good motor assistance climbing hills.
  • Very good motor assistance at speed.
  • Motor assists to 32 km/h.
  • Very good display and controls.
  • Bike is very good to pedal quickly.
  • Bike has very good slow speed balance.
  • Bike copes well on rough surfaces.
  • Has rear rack, plastic mudguards and a rear-mount kickstand.
  • Low step frame is easy to mount and dismount.
  • Has built in lights.
  • Has hydraulic disc brakes.
  • Has a suspension fork.

Bad points

  • Only comes in one frame size.

How we test

Each e-bike was taken on a test route by two riders. The 5km route in and around Wellington’s CBD included city traffic, fast flat roads, hills, kerbs, wooden bridges and a busy waterfront path shared with pedestrians.

We also put the e-bikes through a gruelling 20km route around Wellington’s Wadestown and Northland suburbs. The main challenge was climbing a 2km-long hill five times at a steady 20km/h (a kilometre of vertical ascent) and descending the same twisty narrow road between climbs. It also included a short, steep section of rough path with a narrow barrier negotiated at walking pace, an undulating 5km of suburban streets, and a steep descent requiring brakes to keep the e-bike to the 50km/h speed limit.

Our riding tests, along with a static assessment of the features and functions of each e-bike, were used to score the performance of the motor system and the bike. Overall score includes:

Motor system (50% of overall score)

  • starting, stopping and responsiveness (40% of motor system score)
  • hill climbing assistance (30%)
  • controller and display (20%)
  • high-speed assistance (10%).

Bike (50% of overall score)

  • uphill and slow riding performance, ease of mounting and dismounting, off-bike handling (50% of bike score)
  • downhill and fast flat riding stability, safety and comfort (30%)
  • comfort and safety on bumpy and rough surfaces (20%).

Model

  • Avg price

    $4950

  • Type

    City

  • Frame type

    Low step

  • Alternative frame type

    No

  • Sizes available

    One size

Specifications

  • Motor

    Bafang MM G33

  • Motor location

    Mid

  • Power

    300W

  • Max assist torque

    95Nm

  • Max assist speed

    32km/h

  • Battery size

    504Wh

  • Battery location

    Down tube

  • Control location

    Thumb

  • Display location

    Handlebar - central

Features

  • Wheel size

    700mm

  • Tyre width

    45mm

  • Tyre tread

    Road

  • Mudguards

    Plastic

  • Kickstand

    Rear mount

  • Rear rack (l x w cm)

  • Gears

    10 / Trigger

  • Suspension fork (travel)

    RST 100mm

  • Suspension seatpost

  • Lights

  • Brakes

    Disc (hydraulic)

Member reviews

1 Member review

Great bike

Pros

Mid shaft drive means you are never taken buy surprise by the bike, speed still depends on your effort.
Light to get up on the bike rack
Great battery life

Cons

Maybe flashing light system instead of fixed, a bell
Couldn't fix a childs trailer onto the bike due to the wheel mounting guard

Recommend it?

Yes, I recommend this product.

Kerry T.

Used 1 - 3 months