The Himiway Cruiser Step-Thru Electric Bike – CleanTechnica Review

The Himway Cruiser blew our socks off as one of the most economical e-bikes on the market a few months ago, so we were thrilled when they contacted a review of their new Cruiser Step-Thru.

The Step-Thru takes the sturdy Himiway Cruiser and adapts it to a mid-step frame for easier assembly. This is a huge advantage for riders looking to haul cargo, with less flex and a wider range of heights than a traditional high step frame. Unlike the Himiway Cruiser’s matte black paint, the Himiway Cruiser Step-Thru is decked out in a smooth pearl white.

Disclaimer: Himiway provided the Cruiser Step-Thru free of charge for the purpose of this review.

The Himiway Cruiser Step-Thru comes in a standard cardboard bike shipping box and requires above average assembly effort. It’s not overly complex, but the lack of instructions in the box can be frustrating. It took us about an hour to put everything together before putting the bike on the charger to charge it up.

There are a number of unboxing and assembly videos provided by owners that explain the process. Videos like this are great to watch before ordering a bike to see if you are comfortable with assembly or not. Alternatively, many local bike shops offer a bike assembly service and if you’re lucky you can ship it directly to them.

Out of the box, our review bike was damaged in shipping and had a damaged brake lever. To test Himiway’s support, we contacted them and they were quick to send us a replacement brake handle in the mail. For the damaged paint, they suggested we head to Amazon to buy a white paint marker, which they would refund us. It was an odd suggestion for a pearl white paint job and clearly an area they could improve on. After touching up the scratched paint, the bike looked good. Good enough for government work, but not as good as new.

When the new brake lever showed up two weeks later, we bolted on the new one and headed out for our first ride. The Himiway Cruiser Step-Thru isn’t shy, unlocking the power right out of the gate. It’s a magical feeling and a special surprise on a 72-pound fat tire bike. It rocks a 750-watt continuous-power geared hub motor that unleashes an impressive amount of assist, even at lower assist levels.

We took it on a 42 mile ride with a good incline and even with us speeding through some of the steeper hills it performed admirably, returning home with a 20% charge. This translates to an estimated range of just over 50 miles of range per charge for average sized riders using an average 3 assist. This is hugely impressive and makes Himiway’s estimated range of 35 to 60 miles of range per charge seems a little conservative. I could easily imagine getting 75 miles of assist out of this thing at assist levels one and two.

Compared to comparably priced e-bikes, the Himiway Cruiser Step-Thru is hard to beat. Specs and components across the board are on par with other bikes in the same price range, with the exception of the Cruiser Step-Thru’s oversized battery. At 840 Wh, it offers significant extra range and power over the competition.

The bike’s range and power are impressive, but that’s not all that’s going on under the hood. The Himiway Cruiser Step-Thru begins and ends with its sturdy 6061 aluminum frame. The solid construction of the frame and the included rear rack translates to a load capacity of 350 pounds. This is a figure normally reserved for oversized cargo bikes. Speaking of cargo, the Cruiser Step-Thru Rear Rack can be outfitted with a set of panniers and a top bag or any number of Himiway’s choice accessories.

A 30-pound capacity front rack can also be added to the bike using the integrated front rack mounting points on the steerer tube. Combined, the Himiway Cruiser Step-Thru can be equipped with enormous material carrying capacity in a wide range of configurations.

From a comfort standpoint, the fat cruiser is an absolute dream, thanks to the added cushion of the big, bulky tires, suspension fork up front and comfortable Velo saddle. For those unfamiliar with fat tire bikes, the extra air volume in the huge 26″ x 4″ tires means they have enough flex with their low 25psi pressure to just swallow most bumps in the road that would normally put a strain on the suspension fork.

For big bumps, the suspension fork steps in to take the impact, making for a smooth ride and stable bike. The wide saddle looks thin but was found to be much more comfortable than many of the budget saddles we’re used to seeing on e-bikes in this price range. The integrated under-saddle handle is also handy for lifting the bike onto a rack or curb without having to grab the inevitably greased seat tube.

Overall, the Himiway Cruiser Step-Thru extends the impressive range and power of the original Himiway Cruiser into a frame that makes the brand accessible to a wider range of riders. Himiway notes that it is suitable for riders ranging from 5’3″ to 6’4″ and while that is true, it is important to keep in mind that this is still a solid fat tire bike. greatness. At 72 pounds, it’s definitely built to last, and its sturdy frame can hold up to 350 pounds of humans, gear, and groceries.

Its weight is largely not an issue when riding the bike, but it can be unwieldy between sessions. Things like moving the bike into the garage, hoisting it onto an e-bike specific rack like this one that can handle the added weight of e-bikes, and walking it to lock it down require a little more work than a traditional bicycle. It’s understandable, but it’s worth keeping in mind as you explore different options and how they might fit your particular use case.

We had a blast riding all of Himiway’s e-bikes and the Cruiser Step-Thru was no exception. It turned trips to the cafe or the beach into exhilarating sprints across town. Whether it was the bike or our legs that did the heavy lifting on these trips, our lips are sealed.

Check the specifications below or go to the official Himiway Cruiser Step-Thru website for more details and purchasing information.

All image credit: Kyle Field, CleanTechnica

Specifications

  • Engine: 750 watt continuous power geared hub motor with 80 newton meters peak torque
  • Battery: 840 watt-hour, 48 V, 17.5 amp-hour pack built with Samsung or LG lithium-ion cells
  • Support modes: Level 0-5 pedal assist and right-mounted twist throttle
  • Vary: 35-60 miles per charge
  • Payload capacity: 350 pounds
  • Frame: Aluminum 6061
  • Mass: 72 pounds
  • Gear: Shimano 7-speed derailleur and 14-28 tooth cassette
  • Tires: 26″ x 4″ big Kenda tires
  • Lights: Front and rear integrated LED lights
  • Brakes: Mechanical disc brakes with 180mm rotors
  • Suspension: Alloy front suspension fork with lockout
  • Saddle: Soft bike saddle
  • Seat post diameter: 30.4mm diameter x 300mm length
  • Recommended driver size: 5’3″ ~ 6’4″
  • Price: $1699


 

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