KBO Breeze electric bike review: A leisurely e-bike with real commuter potential

by Micah Toll

September 14, 2021

The bike comes equipped with enough motor and battery capacity to provide good power and higher than average range, while also offering a number of included accessories that make the Breeze a more utility-oriented package. And its design actually looks pretty good as far as e-bikes go, something that is far from a given in this industry. It’s even available in both a step-over frame and a step-through frame option, offering more access to a wider range of riders.

KBO Breeze tech specs • Motor: 750W peak rear hub motor • Top speed: 22-ish mph (37-ish km/h) • Range: 35-55 miles (56-88 km) depending on throttle/pedal assist • Battery: 48V 16Ah (768 Wh) with LG cells • Max load: 300 lb (136 kg)

KBO Breeze tech specs (cont'd) • Frame: 6061 aluminum, step-through style • Tires: 27.5″ x 2.4″ • Suspension: Front spring suspension fork • Brakes: Tektro mechanical disc brakes with 180 mm rotors • Extras: LCD display with speedometer, battery gauge, PAS level indicator, odometer, light status indicator, front and rear LED lights, half-twist throttle, included rear rack, included metal fenders

The Shimano 7-speed shifter is basic hardware but it works just fine. If I was paying more then I’d want to see slightly better parts that would last longer between tune-ups, but this is a $1,499 e-bike and you can’t really climb the Shimano hierarchy at this price. The same goes for the Tektro Aires disc brakes on 180 mm rotors. They aren’t fancy mechanical disc brakes, but they get the job done. And at least we were bestowed with 180 mm rotors instead of 160 mm base-level rotors.

The throttle is a half-twist model, which I’m seeing less frequently. I find half-twist throttles to be the most comfortable type of throttle, since you can twist the inner half of the grip and then use your entire hand to grip both halves and hold the throttle engaged– no wrist strain necessary on long rides. Thumb throttles can be tiring on longer riders, and full twist throttles require some level of wrist muscle engagement to maintain the twist. Half twist throttles are the goldilocks option and I love seeing them.

The step-through frame is also a nice offering. There’s a step-over frame option too, but I usually prefer step-throughs when possible. If you’re loading up the rear rack then it is much easier to step through the frame than swing a leg over high-mounted cargo. And the step-through still has a 300 lb (136 kg) load rating, so even heavier riders can still enjoy the bike without worry.

A rear rack not only gives more cargo space, but I like the way it can double as a backpack rest when I have a particularly full backpack. The lights are another “nothing fancy but nothing too cheap either” part of the bike. They work fine for alerting others to your existence, but someone who commutes often in the dark might want to add a larger headlight to illuminate the way home from work.