Day by day, mile by mile, a two-wheeled vet learns anew

e-motion-1One thing that separates Easy Motion bikes (10 models in all) from many other e-bikes is that, in addition to the pedals, they also have a twist throttle to assist in forward motion. Along with its 36-volt Samsung lithium-ion battery placed in the downtube, the Easy Motion Neo Cross ( is powered by a 350-watt planetary-gear-driven motor located in the rear hub. You can easily choose between four separate power modes—Eco, Standard, Sport and Boost—while riding via a handlebar-mounted LCD display. The throttle will only work in the Eco mode, and on flat ground at full throttle, the Neo cruised along gingerly at close to 20 mph (with a 145-pound rider). The $2699 Neo Cross is available in (medium and large) sizes and is outfitted with Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, a Micro-Shift/Shimano eight-speed drivetrain, and a SunTour suspension fork with lockout.

Within the palatial confines of the Hi-Torque Publications headquarters, there are cyclists of every shape and level of experience. Most come from a career of twisting throttles, while some know only the benefits of “turning circles.” To get the best range of opinion in evaluating our stable of e-bikes, we called upon a range of editors to try out the different bikes. One was Karel Kramer, a dyed-in-the-wool throttle twister with over three decades of experience testing every kind of motorcycle under the sun. Karel also has a penchant for recreational cycling, so for the week that he planned to stay home to work, we loaned him the Easy Motion Neo to see what his reaction would be to this latest melding of technology.


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