By doing so, we developed our spec review of the Electric Bike Company Model S eBike! We hope our spec review will provide you with some general impressions of the features, feel, and performance of the Model S electric bike.
The Electric Bike Company Model S is a highly customizable cruiser bike and a great option if you want a steady, stable bike and with a good range at a mid-level price. You only have one frame size, but the eBike has a 380+ pound weight capacity despite the stock model only weighing about 57 pounds.
The rear gear hub motor is one of the most powerful we have reviewed, and the stock battery has a reliable 50+ mile range with an 80+ mile upgrade option.
The single-speed drivetrain is suitable for those who don’t care about gear shifting, with an affordable 7-Speed drivetrain upgrade for those who want more dynamic pedaling performance. Braking is just as good, with the 180 mm rotor hydraulic disc brakes providing fast, powerful, and steady stopping power even when riding quickly downhill.
A headlight, tail light, aluminum pedals, kickstand, and several other premium accessories are all included with the stock model. However, there are dozens of upgrade options to choose from too. If you want an eBike you can truly customize and tailor to your riding needs; you should definitely consider riding the Electric Bike Company Model S eBike!
Bike-Category: Class III electric bike. Pedal activated motor assistance up to 28 MPH, throttle activated motor assistance up to 20 MPH.
Who It’s For: Cyclists who want a highly customizable eBike they can change according to their personal riding needs. Especially great for those who want almost premium-level performance at a mid-tier budget price.
- FRAME: 6061 Aluminum Frame
- UI/REMOTE: Backlit LCD Color Display
- BATTERY: Samsung Lithium-Ion Battery, 556 or 835 Wh
- CHARGER: 1.7 Amp Internal Charger, Optional 5 Amp Super Charger
- MOTOR: Samsung Rear Gear Hub Motor, 1250 W
- CHAIN: Stainless Steel Chain
- SHIFT LEVERS: N/A, Optional 7-Speed Add-On
- CASSETTE: Freewheel 18T Cassette
- CHAINRINGS: 56T Chainring
- DERAILLEUR: N/A, Optional 7-Speed Add-On
- RIMS: Double Wall Aluminum Alloy 36 Hole
- TIRES: Schwalbe Fat Frank 26’’ x 2.1’’ Puncture Resistant Tires
- SADDLE: Custom Leather Comfort Saddle
- STEM: Integrated 120 mm Stem, Adjustable
- HANDLEBARS: 27’’ Wide Steel Cruiser Bars
- GRIPS: Locking Hand Stitched Vegan Leather Grips
- BRAKES: Tektro Hydraulic Disc Brakes, 180 mm Rotors
- PEDALS: Wellgo Aluminum Pedals with Comfort Non-Slip Rubber Protection
- KICKSTAND: Adjustable Length Kickstand
- BELL: Independent Bell System
- HEADLIGHT: Integrated LED Light
- TAIL LIGHT: Integrated LED Light
- FENDERS: Optional Add-On
- Extremely customizable electric bike. Pay for the upgrades that you want, and save money by sticking with stock parts. Customizable color selection as well.
- 6061 aluminum frame. Full assembly weight is about 57 lbs, with an impressive total weight capacity of about 380 lbs. Great for riding with extra gear.
- Samsung Lithium-Ion Battery, with a 556 or 835 Wh battery capacity. Travel over 50 miles on a single charge, or upgrade to have an 80+ travel range.
- 1.7 Amp internal charger, with an optional 5 Amp supercharger. The base integrated charger is straightforward to use, but the supercharger is recommended due to its speed.
- Samsung Rear Gear Hub Motor, with an outstanding 1250 W output. Extremely powerful motor, more than able to keep up with traffic or travel up any hill that you come across.
- Freewheel 18T cassette with a 56T chainring drivetrain. Single-speed eBike, with an optional 7-Speed configuration option for those who do care about gearing options.
- Backlit LCD Color Display. The large screen size makes it very easy to read with a good range of readouts to track your riding performance. USB charging port.
- Schwalbe Fat Frank 26’’ x 2.1’’ puncture-resistant tires. Designed for high-speed riding, with solid road grip and great overall frame stability. Fantastic tire setup.
- Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, with 180 mm sized rotors. An impressive braking system helps you come to a quick and steady stop, even with a fully loaded cargo frame.
- A good range of accessories is included, even on the stock frame model. Integrated headlight, tail light, bell, and more. Dynamic accessory upgrade system.
- Poor center kickstand placement. It will block the left pedal when deployed, meaning you can’t reposition the Model S easily once the kickstand is out.
- One size frame limits who can ride the Model S. Great for your average adult, but cyclists 5’1’’ won’t be able to ride the Model S easily.
- Lighter than we expected, it is very rear heavy due to the motor, battery, and other vital components. Be careful when trying to lift the Model S.
- The base charger takes 5 to 6 hours to charge the stock battery fully and can take 8 to 9 hours for the upgraded battery. A supercharger upgrade is highly recommended.
- 6061 Aluminum Alloy Frame
Highly customizable, lightweight aluminum alloy frame. Full assembly weight is about 57 pounds, with an impressive maximum weight capacity of about 380 lbs. Limited by just one frame size, recommended for cyclists 5’2’’ and taller.
- Samsung Lithium-Ion Battery, 556 or 835 Wh
Multiple battery configuration options available, helping you save money if you don’t need as much of a travel range. The base battery has a 50+ mile range, while the upgraded battery option has an 80+ mile range.
- 1.7 Amp Internal Charger, Optional 5 Amp Super Charger
The stock model has an easy-to-use integrated charger, but it is limited by a recharge time that takes over 5 to 6 hours with the base battery. The upgraded charger is highly recommended, as it will charge the battery in less than 3 hours.
- Samsung Rear Gear Hub Motor, 1250 W
Easily one of the most potent motors we have ever reviewed on an eBike, making it incredibly easy to climb hills or keep up with traffic. Can feel very jerky when starting the motor from a standstill, though.
- Backlit LCD Color Display
Large, easy to use LCD display mounted in the center of the handlebars on the Electric Bike Company Model S. Good range of readouts and a total of five pedal assist levels to choose from. USB charging port as well.
- Freewheel 18T Cassette with a 56T Chainring Drivetrain
Rare single-speed eBike that is great for those who don’t want to worry about shifting but limited for those who prefer dynamic pedaling control. You can upgrade the drivetrain to be a 7-Speed eBike instead when you order.
- Schwalbe Fat Frank 26’’ x 2.1’’ Puncture Resistant Tires
Tall, balanced tires that provide great handling without compromising on weight support. Highly puncture-resistant, so you can ride at breakneck speeds without worrying about a blowout with the Model S.
- 27’’ Wide Steel Cruiser Handlebars with a Rigid Steel Fork
It has very wide handlebars so that taller, bulkier cyclists can find a good grip just as easily as shorter, lighter riders. The base model has a rigid steel fork, but you can upgrade it with a suspension fork if you want extra bike stability.
- Tektro Hydraulic Disc Brakes, 180 mm Rotors
Has very powerful and long-lasting hydraulic disc brakes, which offers a more premium braking system than standard mechanical disc brakes. 180 mm rotors provide excellent stopping power, even when riding down a hill.
- Wellgo Aluminum Pedals with Comfort Non-Slip Rubber Protection
Large, sturdy pedals that provide better traction support and more durability than traditional plastic pedal systems. Great addition of rubber protection as well, reducing the wear and tear on your riding shoes as you go out on the Model S.
The Electric Bike Company Model S is like many other eBikes and is constructed with a 6061 aluminum alloy frame. However,the Model S stands out by how customizable the frame is when you order it.
You can pick and choose between a wide range of parts and colors, with 26 colors to choose from as you mix and match the various components on the Model S. The overall weight will change as you upgrade components, but the stock Model S comes in at about 57 pounds. While a little on the heavier side, this is a cruiser, urban-oriented eBike with an impressive weight capacity of 380 pounds; a great weight to capacity ratio in terms of bikes that we’ve reviewed.
The one area where the frame is lacking is that it is only available in one frame size. If you are 5’2’’ and taller, the Model S will be a great fit, especially with the adjustable stem and easy-to-mount design. However, 5’1’’ and shorter will need to consider a different eBike model because while the Model S is available as a step-thru frame, there isn’t much support for very short adults.
If you are 5’1’’ or shorter, we suggest checking out the Electric Bike Company Model R, which is a great fit even for cyclists 4’6’’ and shorter. For the average adult, though, you’ll find it very comfortable to ride the Electric Bike Company Model S.
Motor & Battery
The Electric Bike Company Model S is a Class III eBike, with throttle activated motor assistance up to 20 MPH and pedal activated motor assistance up to 28 MPH.
You will find one of the most powerful motors on the eBike market mounted on the rear gear hub, with an outstanding max output of 1,250 W. Not only will you go from a standstill to 28 MPH in seconds at high pedal-assist levels, but you’ll zip up almost any hill you come across with minimal effort.
We are extremely impressed by the Model S’s power output, but we’re surprised that a rear-gear hub motor is used over a mid-drive motor. Due to the power, be aware that the Model S will feel very jerky when activating the motor from a standstill, an issue you typically don’t have with your average mid-drive motor.
There are two battery options you can choose from, consisting of a 556 Wh battery and an upgraded, premium 835 Wh battery. The base battery has a 50+ mile range, while the premium upgrade battery has an 80+ mile range depending on whether you ride with optimal riding settings. Both batteries are great, and even the base battery will be sufficient for the typical eBike cyclist cruising around town or commuting to work.
We highly recommend that if you purchase the Model S is paying for the upgraded, rapid 5 Amp supercharger. The base 1.7 Amp internal charger is easy to use, and because it’s integrated with the frame, you don’t have to worry about leaving it at home. However, it is very slow as well. Depending on which battery you pick, it can take anywhere from 5 to 9 hours to fully recharge your battery.
With the 5 Amp supercharger, you can go from 0% to 100% on the base battery in just 2 to 3 hours. If you don’t want to worry about plugging your battery in all the time, definitely add the supercharger to your Model S eBike.
Located in the handlebars’ center, a very easy-to-use backlit color LCD display is how you can configure your motor settings. The display has a wide range of readouts, and with the backlit lighting and large size, you can use it easily while it’s light or dark out.
A USB charging port lets you plug your phone in while you ride, keeping the battery full with minimal impact on your overall riding range. Lastly, there are five pedal-assist levels to choose from, letting you prioritize range or motor power with the Electric Bike Company Model S. The full list of readouts you can expect on the Electric Bike Company Model S is as follows:
Electric Bike Company Model S Display Readouts, Metrics, and Settings:
- Current Speed
- Average Speed
- Max Speed
- Battery Level (Five Levels)
- Pedal Assist Level (Five Levels + Walk Mode)
- Motor Power Watts
- Trip Distance
- On Streets- The Model S is designed city riding, so stick to paved streets, and you’ll have a great time with this cruiser electric bike. The bike has tall and balanced tires that provide good acceleration without compromising stability, as you see with some racing or commuter-focused eBikes. Braking is rapid and steady thanks to the large brakes, and because of the weight support, you can load the bike with over 100 lbs of gear with minimal impact on bike performance. Just be aware that because the bike is tail heavy, it will feel different when you go up or downhill compared to an average cruiser electric bike.
- Turn Radius- For the most part, the Model S has a tight turn radius that makes it pretty easy to handle around a corner. The 2.1’’ wide tires are still lean enough that you don’t need a wide radius just to turn, but also have the added benefit of being thick enough that you don’t feel tipsy when turning around. The one thing to be aware of is the extra-wide cruiser handlebars. You have to make a more pronounced turn with your arms if you’re trying to make a tight turn. Otherwise, after a couple of rides, we think you’ll enjoy the handling and turn radius of the Model S electric bike.
- Low-Speed Handling- Because the Model S weighs about 57 lbs as a stock model–and more if you upgrade–the bike is tricky to handle at low speeds without the motor. However, once you turn the motor on, you have a couple of options to assist you in your low-speed handling. You can set the pedal activated motor assist system to a low assist level, providing a small push as you pedal that will improve handling without dramatically increasing your speed. If you get off the bike, you can also turn on walk mode, which will push the Model S along without you having to pedal at all. As a reminder, this is a throttle eBike, so don’t use the throttle while walking the bike. The eBike throttle is set for max power, so it can cause the eBike frame to shoot out of your hands if you aren’t ready for the sudden surge of speed.
One area where the Model S also offers customizable performance options is the drivetrain. You can choose between the single-speed stock model or upgrade to 7-Speed eBike if you care about having additional gearing options. We think that the single-speed eBike is excellent for the typical cyclist who wants a fun cruiser bike, while dedicated cyclists will be the ones that benefit the most from paying for the drivetrain upgrade.
For our review, we’ll just discuss the base drivetrain only. The Model S has a freewheel 18T cassette with a 56T chainring, the drivetrain connected by a high-quality steel chain. You don’t have to worry about shifting, so you’ll rarely have a chain drop except when you ride over very bumpy terrain at high speeds.
The bike does have an optional fender add-on option. Still, unless you live in a wet area or tend to get muddy while riding, it isn’t vital to add fenders. An aluminum alloy chain guard is handy for keeping the drivetrain clean and clear of debris and protecting against rocks, sticks, and other objects.
Next, we have high-quality Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, with 180 mm sized rotors on the front and back wheel. Hydraulic disc brakes are considered the more premium braking system than mechanical disc brakes. They provide greater stopping power, are more durable and last longer, and are easier to use than mechanical disc brakes.
180 mm sized rotors are also great inclusions. Since they are typically used for mountain bikes, there is more than enough stopping power on the Model S. Whether you ride by yourself or with plenty of cargo loaded onto the bike, you’ll come to a very safe stop thanks to the Tektro hydraulic disc braking system.
In terms of suspension, you have several different options to choose from. You can add a front suspension fork and a suspension seatpost if you need them, or leave them off if you want to save some money. With their heavier design and shape, cruiser bikes typically ride well if you hit the occasional bump or pothole in the road.
However, suppose you have a commute where long stretches of the road are over gravel, cobblestone, or dirt. In that case, the suspension system is worth adding to the Model S. Adding suspension is also helpful if you ride with extra gear since it will reduce the overall shakiness and unsteadiness you would otherwise experience with the Model S eBike.
The Electric Bike Company Model S further stands out as a great eBike with aluminum platform pedals. We prefer aluminum pedals over plastic platform pedals because aluminum provides greater foot traction, making it easier to keep your feet on the pedals and outstanding durability if you get in a crash.
Furthermore, these pedals also feature a rubber grip, which further improves traction and also reduces the wear and tear you’ll experience in your shoes. With great reflector panels embedded into the pedals, you’ll want to keep the stock pedals that come with the Model S!
Grips and Saddle
While limited in terms of frame size, you’ll still be riding in style and comfort with the Electric Bike Company Model S. One of the first things immediately noticeable is the good-looking stitched leather design of the matching saddle and grips, helping the cruiser stand out from those with a more generic design.
These components feel great, with great locking features that make them easier to replace, though because they are ergonomic in shape, you can ride for dozens of miles without wearing them or yourself out. The swept-back cruiser-style handlebars are very easy to hold, even if you are a larger or heavier cyclist thanks to the 27’’ wide shape. With an adjustable stem and headset, cyclists 5’2’’ and taller will all have a very comfortable ride when they go out on the Electric Bike Company Model S!
Wheels and Tires
The Model S stock model has Schwalbe Fat Frank 26’’ by 2.1’’ tires, mounted on double-wall aluminum alloy 36 hole rims. 13-gauge stainless steel spokes are used to hold the front and back wheel together, with 35 PSI to 65 PSI tires that provide a fun riding experience over paved roads and loose sand alike.
The tires are extremely puncture-resistant. So even riding at high speeds, you won’t have to worry much about suffering a blowout or wiping out on the Model S. You can upgrade the tires for an even thicker wheel better suited for trail riding. But make sure you add some suspension as well if you want to try out some light mountain biking with your friends.
If we had to highlight the most significant draw about the Electric Bike Company Model S– beyond the ultra powerful motor–we would highlight the great accessory and upgrade capabilities of the Model S.
The battery, drivetrain, suspension, and several other systems can all be improved upon if you aren’t happy with the base model’s performance. However, with an integrated headlight, tail light, bell, and several other accessories mounted on the base model, the average cyclist will be happy even without paying for extras on the Model S.
One accessory that could use an upgrade is the center-mounted kickstand. The kickstand is stable and steady when used. But once the leg is out it gets in the way of the pedal it is attached next to. As a result, trying to reposition your bike once the pedal is out can be very tricky since the pedal can get caught up on the kickstand leg. It is a minor complaint but something we hope will get fixed in a future model release.
Otherwise, here are a few key upgrades and accessories we recommend for the Model S:
- Electric Bike Company Model S 7-Speed Drivetrain
- Electric Bike Company Model S Suspension Fork
- Electric Bike Company Model S Fenders
- Electric Bike Company Model S Suspension Seat Post
- Electric Bike Company Model S Battery and Charger Upgrade
- Electric Bike Company Model S Front and Rear Basket
- Electric Bike Company Model S Anti-Theft Alarm with Remote
The Electric Bike Company Model S is a great mid-tier priced eBike with a wide range of customizable components so you can craft your ultimate, personalized eBike experience. You are limited in some ways, like the single frame size and the awkward placement of a few key components.
However, once you look past the few limitations, you see a bike with an impressive performance that can be made even better with a few key upgrades. The 57 pound stock 6061 aluminum frame supports over 380 pounds. And with a mighty 1,250 W motor, you can ride wherever you want, even with a fully loaded bike.
The 50+ mile range should be more than enough for the typical commuter, and with five pedal-assist levels in choosing from, you can choose between having a greater range or extra motor power. The base model doesn’t have to worry about gear shifting due to the single-speed performance and pairs well with the Tektro hydraulic disc brakes and 180 mm rotors.
A kickstand, headlight, tail light, and several other accessories all further increase the value of the eBike, making its mid-level price an even better deal. If you want to have an eBike that feels like it was built from the ground up for you, then visit Electric Bike company’s website and start customizing your own Model S today!
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