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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Electric Bike Company Model Y. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
15 reasons to buy
- Reviewers say the step-over frame and low standover height suit smaller riders.
- Testers love the choice of colors, accessories, and component upgrades available to create a unique Model Y.
- Electric Bike Company (EBC) offers a cost-free choice between 24" or 26" wheels, two saddle styles, leather or rubber grips, and four handlebars.
- The base-spec build has a front basket rated for 50lb.
- In testing, the Model Y exceeds the stated range of 40 miles (10.5Ah) and 80 miles (18Ah).
- EBC's bikes are assembled and painted in the USA.
- A long warranty covers the frame and motor for ten years and the battery for five years.
- Experts and users appreciate that the bike arrives fully built.
- Riders praise the motor's "smooth acceleration," speed, and responsiveness.
- The Model Y performs well on a 12% gradient, according to a reviewer.
- Testers enjoy the comfort provided by the swept-back handlebars, "impressively cushioned" saddle, and step-through frame.
- Experts appreciate the powerful Tektro hydraulic brakes and 180mm rotors. Motor inhibitors and adjustable levers contribute to "responsive" braking.
- In one reviewer's opinion, the hydroformed aluminum frame boasts above-average strength thanks to its extra-thick walls in weight-bearing areas.
- The Model Y can support riders up to 300lb and has a total weight capacity of 350lb.
- Experts and users applaud the quality of construction and finish, citing smooth welds, beautiful paint, and stainless-steel hardware.
6 reasons not to buy
- At 57lb, the base Model Y is heavy. Additional upgrades can increase that to 75lb.
- The basket must be unscrewed and cables disconnected to remove the battery. This eliminates off-bike charging or removing the battery to lift or carry the bike.
- The headlight doesn't turn with the handlebars, reducing visibility at night.
- The optional upgrades can get very expensive.
- A reviewer warns about the risk of inadvertently bumping the always-on throttle.
- The Model Y's 28mph top speed can only be unlocked with a code from EBC.
Expert Reviews85/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
Electric Bike Company Model Y Review – 2021
The Model Y is a stylish and super fun classic cruiser that will make your daily jaunts more enjoyable. While many of the features appeal to women, the customization options certainly allow anyone to design a Model Y to their liking.
2020 Electric Bike Company Model Y Review
… this e-bike… offers some of the best value of any cruiser style electric bike on the market right now, if you just go with the stock build. For those… willing to spend a bit more, there are very few cruisers… that offer so much customization!
Purtiest E-Bike on the Block | Electric Bike Company | Model Y Review
It turns out the Model Y… is more than just a pretty face. It’s a powerful, smooth, and comfortable cruiser… And at this price point, it’s a great value for anyone looking for an affordable and stylish electric bike.
Electric Bike Company Model Y Review: A Luxury Cruiser E-Bike
… there’s mercifully little to complain about the EBC Model Y. A stealthy, comfortable design, a ridiculous amount of customization, powerful pedal assist, and one of the best warranties in the industry make for an e-bike that is easy to recommend.
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