On the flats, the Sondors gives plenty of pep In 350 watts. It handles hills readily. As soon as you get to severe”San Francisco” steep hills, expect to maintain granny gear, pedaling hard, and still working hard for this. We have had two durability issues. One is the derailer guard limits the range of the derailer and becomes easily bent.
Sondors Thin E-Bike
Your thighs are only spinning fast. If the power will take you that may be fine but you will not be helping. Another issue is that the throttle lever is relatively delicate. Crash sliding and it snapped. It’s a part to fix if you order through Sondors. Now, as soon as the bike is weighted by us it fully compresses, making it useless. It now only adds weight to the bicycle and informs us that the $100″upgrade” was anything but. As currently Sondors seems to pair the front fork with 7-Speeds this is a big deal. We hate front fork and love 7-speeds. That puts the buyer at a tough place. The Sondors Fat bicycle is better for sand, demanding roads, and snow. For everything else, we prefer for the Sondors Thin. It’s quicker and much more efficient. The Thin weighs 38 pounds while the Fat weighs 55 (49 lbs for the Sondors X). It’s a BIG difference.
The one drawback to the 7-speeds is durability and much more maintenance. But it’s worth it. It’s hard to compute range since it depends upon many factors: how heavy you are, mountains, fever, amount you pedal. Together with the 10.5 Ah battery, we’ve not run out of juice rides around 25 miles with minimal pedaling. When looking at miles per KWH, the Sondors, or just about any electric bike, is roughly 20 times more efficient than an electric car. If you just hold down the throttle all of the time, and that is.
The Thin is relatively easy for most people to lift in the bed of a bicycle rack or even a truck. The Fat is like wrestling a hefty piece of furniture. We would recommend the Fat for trails, but the motor is simply not powerful enough. The Sondors X can solve that issue but it’s $ or $1240 1440 for your 7-speed. Seven speeds make a giant difference. It will help a lot on large hills. It gives you that better gear for moving fast on the flats. We love to utilize the assist to accelerate off the line at a stoplight. Once we’re around about 20-22mph, the hardest gear then lets us stay going fast.
If you add on your own power, it is even more efficient. Skip the fork. It is not serviceable, which means that later riding, it might lose most of its journey. This occurred on our Sondors Fat bike.
We have placed over 1000 miles on the Sondors Thin and it is still going strong. It is replaced many of our automobile trips. It’s easy to bend back but we spent an hour until we understood that messing with the shifter. We were surprised how beneficial and fast Sonors was at replacing the lever we broke. We used the site chat feature. It is difficult to imagine a much better value. While the 600 starting price is somewhat deceiving (shipping adds another $154), even at $754, it’s still the best value we have seen. We’ve ridden more than a number of $2000-3000 eBikes we were less enthused about. The top speed of 22 miles is about as quickly as you need (or is legal). The bike is well balanced and considerably lighter than the Sondors Fat.