by Micah Toll
HittRoad is one of several low-cost electric bicycles currently racking up sales on Amazon. The good thing about these $600-$700 e-bikes is that they help bring the fun and fitness aspects of electric bikes to customers who can’t afford models costing several times these prices.
But keeping the universe in balance is the bad side, which is that the bikes’ quality usually suffers at that price point.
HittRoad Safari e-bike Tech Specs • Motor: 350W rear hub motor • Top speed: 32 km/h (20 mph) • Range: 32-54 km (20-40 mi) • Battery: 36V 10.4Ah (375 Wh) • Frame: Aluminum • Tires: 26″ x 1.95″
HittRoad Safari e-bike Tech Specs (Cont'd) • Suspension: Front spring fork • Brakes: Mechanical disc brakes • Extras: LED display with speedometer, battery gauge, PAS level indicator, throttle/pedal assist operation, kickstand, included plastic fenders, 21 gears
But odd name aside, it actually has some decent specs for the price, at least if your intention is to use it as a recreational e-bike.
This of course is not going to handle jumps or the forces exerted on a typical downhill mountain bike course. This is for leisurely rides on your local nature trails or parks. Think beach path, not black diamond (or black trail, as the case may be in downhill riding).