by Micah Toll
Having tested hundreds of different e-bikes, the Honbike is unique in so many different ways that it marks a refreshing new entry to the market.
Honbike tech specs • Motor: 250W front hub motor • Top speed: 25 km/h (15.5 mph) • Range: 40 km (25 mi) claimed range • Battery: 36V 6Ah (216 Wh) • Weight: 20.8 kg (45.9 lb)
Honbike tech specs (cont'd) • Brakes: Mechanical disc brakes • Extras: Driveshaft, triple sensor pedal assist (gyro, torque and cadence), LCD display with speedometer, battery gauge, PAS level indicator, odometer, tripmeter, light status indicator, front and rear LED lights, 5 speed settings, bell, fenders included standard
The Honbike comes from a Japanese design that won several international awards and has now been reworked for a European and North American audience.
The motor power has been increased from the 200W Japanese version to the EU limit of 250W (there’s no higher power version for the US market). It also received a few other upgrades, like a triple sensor for the pedal assist, increased height in the seat tube for taller Westerners, and foldable pedals with a new folding stand.
The lack of suspension helps keep the bike fairly lightweight, at just 20 kg or 44 lb. Compared to many folding e-bikes, that’s a solid 25-50% lighter than we’re used to seeing.