G-FORCE ZM review:  An electric bike that looks (and rides) like an electric motorcycle

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.