Vanpowers UrbanGlide

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Facts

Gender
Release Year
Brand
Charge Time
5 Hours
Maximum Range
60, 65 Miles
Top Speed
20 mph
Watts
500 W
Torque
95 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
48V 14.4Ah
Class
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
Gearing Type
Weight
68.34, 70.55 lb
Suspension
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

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

18 reasons to buy

  • The UrbanGlide is available in three configurations (Standard, Pro, Ultra) at varied price points.
  • Testers compliment the performance of the “silent” hub motor on the Pro and Standard.
  • The Ultra has a 500W mid-drive motor. Experts praise its "exceptional" responsiveness and power.
  • Experts relish the "natural" riding experience from the torque sensor on the Pro and Ultra.
  • The hydraulic disc brakes on the Pro and Ultra builds prove powerful in testing.
  • The 2.2" puncture-resistant Kenda tires are praised for their balance of comfort and performance.
  • Testers compliment the Ultra's microSHIFT 9-speed drivetrain and its "smooth" operation.
  • Testers praise the 80mm travel suspension fork for effectively absorbing bumps.
  • Experts and users describe the frame as "bomb-proof" and "eye-catching," with clean welds.
  • According to reviewers, the display is user-friendly and high-resolution.
  • The UrbanGlide connects via Bluetooth to Vanpowers' companion app for navigation and tracking rides.
  • The UrbanGlide has a USB port for charging devices on the go.
  • Testers enjoy the relaxed upright riding position aided by an adjustable handlebar and stem.
  • All UrbanGlide builds include front and rear lights, a rear rack, and metal fenders.
  • Users appreciate the 55lb capacity of the "solid" rear rack.
  • Several reviewers highlight the balance of stability and maneuverability.
  • Experts and users report a straightforward assembly process.
  • The low step-through design makes the UrbanGlide accessible to a wide range of riders.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Testers find the mechanical disc brakes on the UrbanGlide-Standard "a bit weak".
  • Users experience ghost pedaling at higher speeds on the 7-speed Standard build.
  • Heavier owners say the suspension seatpost (Pro and Ultra) lacks adjustment and bottoms out easily.
  • The UrbanGlide falls short of Vanpowers' stated 60 to 70 mile range in testing.
  • At 68.3lb to 70.5lb, the UrbanGlides are heavy e-bikes.

Bottom line

The Vanpowers UrbanGlide is a step-through commuter e-bike available in three configurations: Standard and Pro (hub-drive) and Ultra (mid-drive). Experts appreciate its "sleek" and practical design with the inclusion of a rear rack, fenders, and lights. The UrbanGlide also earns praise for its comfort, stability, and "smooth" ride, with testers highlighting the adjustable handlebar and stem, suspension fork, and suspension seatpost (Pro and Ultra only). The riding range falls short of Vanpowers’ ratings, and the UrbanGlide-Standard demonstrates poor braking performance and ghost pedaling. Nevertheless, reviewers enjoy the overall performance and consider this bike a good option for urban commuters.

Expert Reviews

89/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
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MUO | MakeUseOf

Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Ultra: 500W Mid-Drive E-Bike That’s Ready to Conquer the Streets and Trails

When it comes to e-bikes, it’s not easy to find a bike that brings the perfect blend of power, comfort, and off-road capabilities. The Vanpowers UrbanGlide is one of those rare gems that ticks all the boxes.

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Dirtpatcheaven

Does This Electric Bike Have Too Much Power? UrbanGlide-Ultra Review

The UrbanGlide-Ultra is super fun to ride…

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Electric Bike Report

Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Ultra Review, 2023

… the Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Ultra proved to be an impressive commuter. Its speed, power, comfort level, and handling were all top-notch; those elements combined to create a surprisingly fun and capable machine.

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Top5ebikes

Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Pro E-Bike: Elevating Your Urban Commute

The Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Pro redefines the urban commuting experience, striking an ideal balance between affordability and quality. With its efficient motor, sleek design, exceptional suspension, and high-quality fenders, this e-bike offers tremendous value…

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Chris Crossed

Vanpowers UrbanGlide E-Bike Review

… the UrbanGlide gives off great vibes. The ride is smooth and quiet. The motor just purrs along, and the front/seatpost suspension makes it even smoother.

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Tim's Electric

Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Standard Review: Budget-Friendly E-Bike!

The combination of a powerful motor, ample battery capacity, and an intuitive display contributes to a satisfying riding experience… Vanpowers has crafted a budget-friendly e-bike that offers great features, durability, and performance…

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Electric Vehicles Space

This Cheap Hub Drive Commuter E-Bike Is Outstanding! Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Pro Review

Overall, [I] love this model, and the way it comes makes this [the] ultimate choice for riders who demand both performance and style…

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FPV Review of the Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Pro E-Bike!

… it’s a comfortable, smooth ride.

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Unleashing the Power: Vanpowers UltraGlide-Pro Review

… because this thing has a torque sensor… it gives you a very smooth feel. It’s honestly absurdly smooth, which really matches the premium build quality of this bike.

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RunBikeMike

Best Urban Bike for the Money? – UrbanGlide by Vanpowers

Overall, I have found this bike to be an absolute joy to ride…

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Vanpowers UrbanGlide – The Price Is Lower Than I Expected

So, out of all of these, I think the standard, which I have, is probably the best deal…

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TailHappyTV

It Ain’t Cheap, but This “Mid Drive” Commuter E-Bike Is Excellent! Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Ultra Review

Wow, man, this bike is impressive…

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Mike Rochester

Testing the All-New UrbanGlide E-Bike (Review)

The bike is comfortable; the positioning is comfortable… it’s a comfortable ride…

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Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Pro Electric Bike Review / Range Test

If you’re looking for a Class 2 bike that does 20 miles an hour, this should definitely be a contender…

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Shreddie McSkate

Vanpowers UrbanGlide Review: The Ultimate Electric Bike for Urban Adventurers

… stunning design, incredible paint job, long-range battery capacity… smooth handling, and comfortable riding experience that makes the UrbanGlide a top choice for riders seeking both performance and style.

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Active Gear Review

Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Standard Review – A Highly Effective Commuter E-Bike

To summarize my experience on the Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Standard is to say that the economical value, dependability, and performance score a 10…

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The Gadgeteer

Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Pro E-Bike Review

… the UrbanGlide-Pro came loaded with front and rear lights, a rack that will hold up to 55lb, a bell, and fenders. It’s really ready to go if you are using this as a commuter.

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RV.com | RV Magazine

Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Pro E-Bike Review: Outstanding Comfort and Range

It is a full-featured e-bike with a good range, plenty of power, and a quality set of components. Riding is also very comfortable and fun, even for extended periods.

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Mountain Weekly News

Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Pro Electric Bike Review

The bike is well suited to handle the vibrations from cracked city streets or grassy lawns given the seatpost’s 30mm of suspension and the fork’s 80mm of suspension.

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A New E-Bike That’s Well Worth Considering

The UrbanGlide-Pro has plenty of power, even on our hills and into the wind. Acceleration is smooth, it may be the quietest e-bike I have ridden so far, and the brakes were powerful, smooth, and quiet.      

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User Ratings

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