by Micah Toll
Believe it or not, this relaxing-looking cruiser e-bike is actually a peppy ride when you open it up. That’s not something we often associate with cruiser bikes.
Addmotor M-430 tech specs • Motor: 750W geared rear hub motor • Top speed: 40 km/h (25 mph) after unlocking from 32 km/h (20 mph) out of the box • Range: Claimed up to 105 km (65 mi), consider half of that to be a better estimate • Battery: 48V 16Ah (768Wh) • Weight: 33 kg (73 lb) • Max load: 136 kg (300 lb) • Frame: 6061 aluminum
Addmotor M-430 tech specs (cont'd) • Suspension: Spring suspension fork with 80mm travel • Brakes: Tektro mechanical disc brakes • Tires: 26″ x 4″ fat tires • Extras: LCD display with speedometer, wattmeter, battery gauge, PAS level indicator, odometer, tripmeter, front and rear LED lights, 5 PAS speed settings, half-twist throttle, included fenders and sturdy rear rack, 7-speed Shimano shifter, kickstand, bell
The Addmotor M-430 may look like a fun cruiser for a lazy day, but it has some real performance to it as well. When you unlock the top speed, you can boost it from the 20 mph (32 km/h) out-of-the-box setting to a much more fun 25 mph (40 km/h).
What really surprised me though was that the M-430 was more nimble than I expected. With a laidback geometry, cruiser bikes are generally a bit slower to respond. They are known for a lot of things, but responsive handling isn’t one of them.
Another thing I loved about the M-430 was the rear rack. It’s a well-made rack that looks like it can carry a serious load. And you don’t even have to pay extra for it!
Things aren’t all rosy here with the M-430 though. If there’s one area where the bike falls short, it’s weight. At 73 lb (33 kg), this is one seriously hefty e-bike.