Addmotor M-5500

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Release Year
Charge Time
6, 7 Hours
Maximum Range
60 Miles
Top Speed
30 mph
1250 W
Volts and Amp Hours
48V 17.5Ah
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
Gearing Type
77 lb
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Addmotor M-5500. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

13 reasons to buy

  • Every M-5500 bears two totally rad shark-mouth logos, as made famous by the Flying Tigers.
  • A stonking 1250 W motor will propel this behemoth, both up and down hills.
  • Addmotor claim a 60-mile range can be wrung out of the M-5500, on one charge.
  • 5 levels of pedal assist are on-tap, to supplement your own natural powers.
  • A 7-speed Shimano Acera cassette provides a range of gears for e-cyclists.
  • A total of 350 lb may be carried on the M-5500, rider and cargo included.
  • The M-5500 is halted powerfully by Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes.
  • Balloony 4”-wide tires ensure that M-5500 riders roll over sand, snow, mud, blood, guts, gravel and grass - in comfort and with ease.
  • The M-5500 is issued with one sturdy rear rack. Capacity? 55 lb.
  • A jounce-taming Addshox suspension fork supplies 100 mm of travel.
  • The 5500’s headlight is included, integrated and illuminating.
  • The M-5500 is available in two colors.
  • Addmotor’s 5” LCD display uses a photosensitive ‘smart light sensor’.

9 reasons not to buy

  • An owner received a non-functioning M-5500. Electrics did not work, from new.
  • One owner's M-5500 failed, displaying an error message after 6 months use.
  • For one disgruntled buyer, their M-5500’s battery would not charge & the rear tube would not inflate, from new.
  • Addmotor advertises the maximum speed of the M-5500 as 30 mph. A user could only reach 20 mph.
  • An M-5500 owner’s rear rack broke quickly.
  • Owners complained that the M-5500’s manual was insufficient to guide assembly.
  • The M-5500 is only available in one size.
  • The 5500’s rear light is not integrated and uses batteries.
  • Multiple M-5500 buyers reported disappointing experiences with customer service.

Bottom line

The Addmotor M-5500 is a big-motored bike with a unique appearance. Every retro-moto-styled M-5500 frame is emblazoned with the sharktooth design made famous by the ‘Flying Tigers’ pilots. A 1250 W motor propels this bike (which Addmotor says weighs 77 lb). But this weight is an approximation and, most likely, an underestimation (as the bike’s gross weight is 97 lb). Apparently, the M-5500 can hit a top-speed of 30 mph, making it road-illegal. However, owners reported topping-out around 20 mph. A few buyers received faulty equipment and, of those, a number had frustrating experiences with customer service who weren’t enthusiastic about amending their errors. The tires are 4” fat and a suspension fork provides 100 mm of travel.

Expert Reviews

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Bob and His Wife on an Addmotor M-5500 E-Bike and an M-430 Cruiser E-Bike

Q. What made you want to get an Addmotor?
A. I kind of liked the tires. I liked what everybody was saying about them and the customer service is supposed to be really good.

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User Ratings

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