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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the GEN3 The Groove. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
14 reasons to buy
- The Groove folds for ease of storage; in the home, car, boat, or jet.
- A Bafang rear-hub 500W motor pumps out a claimed 1000 peak watts, on The Groove.
- The Groove's CTS 20” x 4.0” 'Big Fat Tires' give a cushioned ride over various surfaces.
- There are 5 levels of pedal assist and a thumb throttle, available to The Groove users.
- The Groove’s backlit display shows battery level, speed, odometer, trip distance, and level of pedal assist.
- A 50mm suspension fork irons out moderate bumps in The Groove’s path.
- The Groove carries a 275lb payload. 230lb riders felt comfortable on this e-bike.
- Riders from 4’10” to as tall as 6’2”, were able to get into The Groove.
- The Groove’s battery is removable, for security reasons or off-bike charging.
- Metal fenders, front and back, come fitted to The Groove.
- The Groove is fitted with Shimano’s Tourney 7-Speed drivetrain.
- Groovers say assembly of The Groove is “straightforward” for buyers with “moderate mechanical skills”.
- The Groove’s handlebars offer plenty of adjustment to suit different rider heights.
- A Spanninga Axendo 40-lux headlight comes fitted to The Groove.
10 reasons not to buy
- Owners said The Groove is bulky and difficult to carry or lift when folded.
- The Groove is heavy for its small size.
- Users reported that The Groove’s brakes could seize.
- Multiple buyers received The Grooves with mis-seated and warped front tires.
- An owner said The Groove’s power assist is too strong at low levels, leaving no room for the rider to provide pedal input or to achieve a workout.
- Buyers have said that The Groove’s power levels are not well differentiated.
- The Groove’s seat and seatpole have to be removed before removing the battery.
- One owner said some of The Groove’s electrics were exposed to water.
- A buyer of The Groove was missing an essential part of their bike’s front axle.
- A buyer said they received their The Groove with previous scuffs, as though it were used.
Expert Reviews100/100 based on 1 expert reviews
The Groove by GEN3 – The Fold-Up Go-Anywhere eBike
I simply fold up The Groove and put it in the trunk of my car! This was an excellent option and enabled me to take it to the beach and my buddy’s house! It’s foldable, it has a lot of torque, it meets the max speed limit of 20mph, it’s tough, and it’s fun!
Fat Tire Bike
The power and the drivetrain on this machine I would give a five-star… it is reliable. I’ve had no glitches, no failures… It’s a good rider, got me through some technical trails… Can it go mountain biking? I probably wouldn’t recommend it… The bike is inherently unstable, just because of the wheel size and the shape of it… The back brake was sloppy… Apparently, the tire didn’t seat properly so it had to be reseated… it actually helped the bumping, warpage problem… The fat tire is a must…heavy duty.
The Groove Folding Electric Bike Initial Review // Epic Fat Tire eBike by GEN3
There’s some really cool features that we haven’t seen yet on some other bikes. The first one is, it’s all metal, which I love!.. It’s not the cheapest e-bike but it’s not the most expensive but you get what you pay for…
The Groove is much like Winnie the Pooh after advanced yoga training. It’s fat, foldable and approachable. This means it can be stashed in your teensy apartment, RV, boat-home or private jet. It uses a Bafang 500W motor that cranks out a reported 1000 watts of peak power. The tires are huge but also tiny, being 20” in diameter but 4.0” fat! Additionally, a 50mm suspension fork helps to iron out the imperfections. It fits riders from just under 5’ to just over 6’ and as heavy as 275lb. Folded, it was bulky and a challenge to lift into a car (for one person). This bike is still a very recent addition to the electric-foldable-fatbike scene, but when it’s set up right, The Groove delivers on power and portability.