KBO Tornado

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Release Year
Charge Time
7 Hours
Maximum Range
45 Miles
Top Speed
22 mph
500 W
60 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
48V 14Ah
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
Gearing Type
72, 73 lb
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the KBO Tornado. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

9 reasons to buy

  • The KBO Tornado is available with a step-through or step-over frame.
  • The suspension fork and fat tires effectively absorb shocks during off-road test rides.
  • Reviewers appreciate the Tornado's stability.
  • The 4” fat tires demonstrate "excellent" traction on diverse terrains.
  • Experts commend the Tornado's “sturdy” build and 350lb payload capacity.
  • Owners say the saddle is comfortable.
  • The “clarity” and “simplicity” of the display pleases reviewers.
  • Buyers find the assembly process “hassle-free.”
  • The KBO Tornado comes with lights, fenders, a bell, and a rear rack.

8 reasons not to buy

  • Experts criticize the KBO Tornado's "slow" acceleration and overall “sluggishness.”
  • After unlocking speed settings, the acceleration remains "too slow," with no significant change in top speed.
  • The bike is heavy, weighing 72lb to 73lb.
  • Reviewers report squeaky brakes.
  • The lights are not powered by the battery.
  • KBO provides misleading power information, listing the 750W peak instead of the 500W nominal rating.
  • A reviewer complains that the step-through space is too narrow.
  • Two owners receive bikes that won't shift into first gear due to poorly indexed drivetrains, requiring adjustments.

Bottom line

The KBO Tornado is an entry-level fat-tire commuter with a 500W hub motor. It’s available as a step-through or step-over. Reviewers appreciate the suspension fork and knobby 4” tires that provide traction and bump absorption on pavement and light off-road terrains. Most reviewers deem the performance “adequate” for the price, but some criticize the slow acceleration and “sluggishness” on hills. Owners complain about squeaking brakes and poorly indexed gearing. Despite these concerns, the KBO Tornado's low price and tame power make it a “reasonable” option for e-bike newbies.

Expert Reviews

82/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
We Tried It

KBO Tornado Review: A Great Value, Fat Tire E-Bike

Overall, the KBO Tornado is a great electric bike for its price point.

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You Can’t Judge an E-Bike by It’s Cover – KBO Tornado Review

The KBO Tornado e-bike skips out on fancy components and delivers a moderate-power electric bike at a price lower than some competitors.

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Rad Wheeling

Watch Before Buying the KBO Tornado (Full E-Bike Review)

It’s got a lot of good features… the biggest drawback is the [sluggish] acceleration.

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Monkey Wrench Mike

It’s the Volvo of Electric Bikes!!

This is a very well-built bike, and I really do like it. It’s just, I wish it had a couple of other features…

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Ballin’ on a Budget! I Can’t Believe This E-Bike Is Only [Price]! KBO Tornado Review

… if you are in the market for your first e-bike, I would definitely suggest it, but you will probably want something faster a week later…

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Jesse Rizo

KBO Torando vs. Flip Which E-Bike Will Be Better for Camping? & Off-Road Use | Watch Before You Buy

The Tornado just looks like an actual mountain bike, is durable, and just looks nice.

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Al Vazquez

KBO Tornado – Which Is Better? Power and Range [Spanish]

It’s great, ergonomic, and affordable.

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User Ratings

87/100 based on 3 ratings
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