by Micah Toll
But the motorcycle influence doesn’t just run skin deep; it’s also got a powerful ride to match.
G-FORCE ZM Tech Specs • Motor: 750W geared rear hub motor • Top speed: 28 mph (45 km/h) • Range: Claimed 60-80 miles (96-128 km) • Battery: 48V 20Ah (960 Wh) • Weight: 85 pounds (38.5 kg)
G-FORCE ZM Tech Specs (Cont'd) • Max load: 400 pounds (181 kg) • Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes, 160mm rotors • Extras: 7-speed Shimano drivetrain, large color LCD, LED headlight and tail light, half-twist throttle, removable battery, padded bench seat with space for second passenger, fenders, kickstand, mag wheels
Everything about the G-FORCE ZM screams moto, not bike. I’d call it a fairly true-to-form electric moped, even if it technically fits into the e-bike classification.
Yes, it’s a class 3 e-bike in the US, but it rides more like a moped that has vestigial pedals for resting your feet.
You could pedal it in the event of a dead battery, but the 85-pound (38-kg) bike isn’t going to be a pleasure to pedal at anything more than around 4-5 mph (8 km/h). And lord help you if there’s even a small uphill section on your pedal ride back home.
But with the option for a 48V and 20Ah battery (or a smaller 13Ah battery if you want to save some cash), you should have plenty of range for a day trip. And since the $1,899 entry-level model with the 13Ah battery is only $100 cheaper than the 20Ah version, I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want to spend that extra Benjamin to get 50% more range.