Buzz: The most affordable mid-range electric bike on the market?
A medium-speed e-bike, with an electric motor that powers the bike near the central pedal, has many advantages over a typical hub-wheel e-bike.But price is not usually one of them.Intermediate motors are more complex and run more smoothly, often driving up prices.That's why I'm excited to test Buzz, perhaps the most affordable mid-range electric bicycle on the market today.
Buzz E-Bike - $1,499 mid-range e-bike.Given that you've almost never heard of a mid-range electric bike selling for less than $2,000, there must be a lot of attraction here, right?How to sell a mid-range e-bike for $1,499?
The main factor driving Buzz electric bikes to this price level is that they don't use standard Bosch, Brose, Yamaha or other popular mid-drive motors from major European or Japanese companies.Instead, it USES a 500W peak intermediate drive motor from A Chinese company called Tong Sheng.Please read it carefully before you log out.Because the mid-drive does work well and produces an impressive 80Nm torque, it is comparable to the best performance offered by industry leaders such as Bosch.
Buzz Electric Bike technical specifications
Motor: TSDZ2 350W continuous, 500W peak through drive
Maximum speed: 32 km/h (20 MPH)
Range: 45-72 km (25-45 miles), depending on power level (PAS only, throttle free)
Battery: 36V 10.4 Ah (375WH)
Weight: 26 kg (57 LBS)
Tires: 24 "x 3
Frame: 6061 aluminum
Brake: Mechanical disc brake
Additional features: Sturdy front basket mounts, rear mounts, LCD display with speedometer, battery gauge, PAS level indicator, odometer, schedule, USB charging port, light status indicator, front and rear LED lights, 4 speed Settings, metal fender, stylish flame tread tires
Buzz is a cross between a comfort bike and a beach cruiser.It's not as long as a cruiser, but its relaxed, upright ride still gives a similar feel.
The TSDZ2 middle drive provides smooth and comfortable power supply.It won't be too strong or too sudden, but it can still give you quick reassurance without any lag.The reason for the lack of lag is that the TSDZ2 mid-drive motor has a built-in torque sensor.Unlike most pedal-assisted e-bikes in this price range, which have pedal assist sensors only for pedal assist systems, the torque sensor is a more advanced feature that provides near-instantaneous motor feedback by constantly measuring the intensity of a cyclist's pedal effort.Cheap pedal speed sensors measure pedal speed only, so there is a longer lag time when the magnets passing through the speed sensor are counted as pedals.
This almost instantaneous pedal assist is a great help on a hill or from a parking place.It just makes cycling better, especially for heavy electric bikes, which can be uncomfortable when starting at high speeds.The TSDZ2 is a bit louder than some of the other mid-range drive motors (especially the whispering Brose), but I can tolerate a lot more bang if I save $1,000 or more than I would if I offered those branded e-bikes.
Although the battery capacity is slightly less than average, the bike's range is still good, thanks to the lack of throttle and pedal support.
So, for those used to throttling with a 500Wh battery, you might use this e-bike's 375Wh battery when replacing the pedal assist system with an exhaust throttle.
Buzz's stepped frame is huge.It USES large tubes that partially hide the battery in the frame.
There is also a sturdy basket in the front of the bike.It felt like I could stand up without the bike even shrugging.
The wheels have 3-inch-wide tires, smaller than a typical comfort bike wheel, and measure 24 inches.This helps make the bike easier to mount and lower the seat height, although taller riders can still adjust the seat high enough to accommodate longer legs.
I love the display on this electric bike because it's one of the clearest and easiest displays I've ever seen.These Numbers are so large that they almost look like one of those gerontological calculators - which may not be an accident.
I could definitely see a gang of silver-haired bikers cruising Palm Beach on these things - replacing the flames on the tires of their Buzz electric bikes with hot rods painted with fire from their youth.
You will find the battery hidden within the frame and accessible through a plastic door in the lower tube.However, I use the word "accessible" a little loosely.The problem is that the latch on the door is really tight, which means that opening the door and removing the battery cansometimes be a bit of an effort.Maybe my technique was trickier than the others, because it actually surprised me, and I convinced me how much to open the door to unlock and take out the battery.For one thing, the battery is good and protected.On the other hand, I don't want to play latch for five seconds every time I ride and want to bring the battery in to charge it.
As a mid-range electric bicycle, it cannot exceed the price.As a comfortable electric bike, cycling is an explosion.And for just $1,499, you get a metal fender, a sturdy front basket (and mounting point for the rear frame), a comfortable torque-sensing mid-drive motor, LED lights, and more.That's a lot of value.
What do you think of Buzz electric bikes?