Nov, 27 2013
San Diego, CA
View Robert's video review here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fAgCZnU5Ec
My experience with the EVELO Aries bike can be described as follows: EVELO’s web site accurately described the bike, and customer service was flawless in its dealings with me, to the point of sending me a new bike when I only ordered a refurbished bike, when the refurbished one they had could not be made adequate according to their standards. They paid a local bike shop to fix a problem with a ‘clicking sound’ when riding the bike and gave me a $25 store credit for my trouble. While the bike is as represented; I recommend that anyone buying a bike (especially an electric bike), find the one they think will serve them best, and find a store or a friend, to try it out.
The Aries was, and is, the best combination of features that suited me. I wanted a ‘comfort bike’, that provided assistance on hills around my home in the Smokey Mountains, and that had a comfortable seat with an upright riding position, as opposed to the bent over position common to racing bikes. I had a 2" extension fitted to the handle bars, and would have extended it more, except that the wiring would not allow it.
A great feature is the NuvVinci N360 continuously variable transmission. While it adds 5# to the weight, the NuVinci, along with 3 levels of pedal assist and a throttle provides plenty of power for the hills. The Samsung battery performs well; and, even the saddle, which I assume would have be replaced, was adequate. A Thudbuster LT shock absorber seat post was installed, only to find out that it raised the seat too high to easily get on and off the bike. I also liked the ‘step through’ design that somewhat reduces the problem described below.
My main problem with the Aries was the ‘cadence assist’ motor assistance, where the rider experiences a delay before the motor kicks in, after sufficient revolutions in the peddles takes place. There is a delay at the most critical time as the cyclist is mounting the seat. A ‘torque assist’ would be preferred, where motor assist is determined by pressure applied to the peddles.
The disk brakes are a nice addition that are not always found on electric bikes; but are helpful in hilly areas and for a bike of its weight. The lockout shock on the front is a quality shock and adds to the comfort.