The fat-tired Himiway Zebra electric bike ‘s size will be the first thing you notice about it. You guys, it’s so large, and if you think that’s a good thing, you’ll want to keep reading. It definitely has a Harley-Davidson attitude, presence, and swagger rather than a Tour de France sense.
Let’s discuss the bicycle. It’s actually the second Zebra I’ve had the chance to try out in as many months. My tester is a metallic gray 2022 Himiway Zebra with a traditional step over diamond frame (Ill get to that in a minute). The firm claims that the frame is composed of 6061 aluminum, a lightweight, toughened aluminum alloy that incorporates silicon and magnesium, however given the bike’s 79 lb. weight, this information is largely theoretical.
And that weighs 79 pounds without the accessories.
CARGO CAPACITY: 400 LB. But when you’re moving, the weight never bothers you. The Himiways robust, 750W geared hub motor, powered by a 48V, 20Ah Samsung/LG battery, performs an excellent job of propelling the Zebra along like a bike weighing half as much even at the lowest, level 1 pedal assist. In fact, while moving, you hardly ever feel the bike’s bulk at all. The bikes’ seven Shimano trigger-shift gears have the ideal ratios, making shifting through the gears feel smooth and fluid. The large hydraulic disc brakes also give off the impression that they will safely bring the enormous Zebra to a stop at any pace.
In fact, the Himiway feels far more like a giant moped or small motorbike than it does like a bicycle, if there is one thing that can be said about the bike itself. And while that can be a benefit for some customers (Yooo!) it might not have the same carefree, joyful vibe as I dunno. Let’s assume that Escape Pro is owned by a Rad Power RadRunner or a Himiways, which is a fitting name.
The 79 lb. Himiway Zebra, despite not feeling a day or an ounce above 40 when you’re moving, feels much heavier than that when you’re trying to take it up stairs, if there are two criticisms.
But when was the last time you attempted to carry an upstairs with a Harley Fat Bob thrown over your shoulder?
THAT IS THE SOLUTION TO EVERYTHING,
Think of it like a motorbike wave of the hand. If you notice a pattern developing here—one where I disregard every critique of the Himiway Zebra—because that’s I truly believe that.
The $1,999 Zebra is among the biggest, baddest, most powerful, and most capable fat-tired, long range electric bike models available if you take all the electric bike pretense away and just compare it to its competitors.
VERY, VERY LONG-RANGING ELECTRIC BIKE
You must bring up the range while discussing huge and awful in the context of the Himiway. Simply said, it is enormous.
You can ride up to 80 kilometres on a single charge, according to the Himiway website. That might be the case, but the longest distance I’ve driven it is only around 8 miles one way, and the only thing I’ve ever seen it indicate on its helpful LCD display was a full charge.
The Zebra is also swift. With a top speed of 28 mph and a rapid acceleration, this Himiway class 3 e-bike has enough zip to, pardon the pun, whizz past the majority of cars that are traveling in the 25–35 mph zones in Oak Park and River Forests.
Think about the rear seat. Does the Zebra have a back seat when it ships? No, but it does include a strong back rack that is more than capable of holding one of the smaller children. My daughter is prepared to live out whatever constitutes a Sons of Anarchy fantasy for a 9-year-old thanks to a short trip to Lord Bezos, where I was able to pick up a seat pad and foot pegs on the cheap.
Lastly, think about the bike’s position. The Zebra is a bike that can really take a beating. When I initially got my hands on one during a trip to California earlier this year, I imagined I’d found upon some rogue XL frame that had wandered away from its Nordic master but now I know. It’s the kind of bike Thor would ride. This is a one size frame that is advertised to fit riders 52 and above, and my tester arrived just as big as the previous one did.
Look, I’m trying to write a favorable review of the Himiway Zebra because I genuinely, deeply, deeply like it. And, guys (gender-neutral), just say “Yes, sweetie” if your spouse (again, gender-neutral) forbids you from riding a motorcycle. get you a zebra, please. in fact. It is a more believable motorbike than a Kawasaki Eliminator 125 or a Honda Rebel 250, and it is at least as enjoyable to ride on a dirt trail as a Honda Trail.
All things considered, it is absolutely impossible for a 52-rider to swing a leg over the step-over frame. For comparison, I’m 56/57 and I can’t even walk over the top tube gracefully. My wife does slightly better because she is slightly taller and has longer legs, but 52? I can’t image that, and I’ll advise anyone under 58 to use the Himiway Zebra step-through.
But whichever Himiway Zebra frame you choose, you’ll have a fantastic bike in your own.
So, is this the ideal electric bike? No. It took some trial and error to get the front suspension to feel correct at speed, and the grips are a little slick without gloves (wear gloves), but there is one area where I can confidently state that the Himiway Zebra is the greatest electric bike money can buy.
Of course, I might not suggest the Zebra to my friends who are from the North, but that is part of what makes the bike so cool. If there is such a thing as a 1 percent -ers electric bike, I’m going to pull the rack and fenders off the Himiway that now resides in my garage, find some whitewall tires, and hire someone to pinstripe the frame.
Guys, that is love. Take one.
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