24 Feb ZUGO RHINO ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEW
Finally I had chance to review Zugo Rhino electric bike. This e-bike reminds me Super73 and Ariel Rider. Actually it is a copy of Ariel Rider D-Class but price is more reasonable compared to D-Class. So I was excited to know more about this e-bike. My review is based on my ride for 3 days which my friend Brent lend me his e-bike.
MOTOR OF ZUGO RHINO
Zugp is using a Bafang motor but it is entry level and cheap model of Bafang. When I am riding it i feel it lacks power. On flat or slightly steep surface it is hard to reach and keep 20 mph speed on throttle only.
Most probably it is because of the weak controller it uses because I see some other e-bike companies using this kind of motor and having higher speed. I removed the speed limit and it didn’t change the result.
I am very disappointed about the motor of Zugo Rhino.
BRAKE OF ZUGO RHINO
When I checked configuration of Zugo I couldn’t find the brand of brake. After checking carefully I find out that brakes are produced by a Chinese Manufacturer named “Haoxing”. Haoxing is famous for producing cheap brakes which you must stay away at any cost.
Braking power is weak and when I pull brakes it takes almost 3 feet to stop. Lucky motor isn’t powerful otherwise it can take a longer distance to stop. I love hydraulic brakes but good ones. I prefer to have a mechanical Tektro disc brake instead of having such low-end hydraulic ones.
Also screws on rotors get loose which can cause fatal injuries. It is very disappointing to see such low-end components on an e-bike like this one.
This is one of the few things I am satisfied about Zugo Rino electric fat bike. The standard battery is 48V 15ah and that is 720Wh. Unfortunately, it is false advertised on their website as 750Wh. In order to have a 750Wh battery pack, they need to have a 50V system that we don’t have at the moment.
The standard battery is just ok. It is good for most of the riders but if you want to ride it for longer than 20 miles then you need to buy their larger battery pack which is 21ah. They use Samsung cells in their larger battery pack. The larger battery pack of course comes with an extra $400 price tag.
The battery is located nicely and with welded side compartments it is hidden inside the frame. I appreciate the effort Zugo spend on the design of their e-bike.
STYLE AND FRAME
The frame looks very similar to Ariel Rider D-Class but when look closer I can see the difference in welding and craftsmanship. If you are not going to do lot of off-road riding it won’t create a problem for you.
Compared to similar e-bikes such as Super73 or Juiced Scrambler I like the style of Zugo more. Especially long saddle looks comfortable. Only complaint I have is “non-adjustable” handlebar.
Fork is a rigid fork which makes your ride little bit uncomfortable. Fat tires make it more forgiving but it doesn’t provide you a comfortable ride for sure. Rhino bikes is comfortable looking e-bike but if road you are riding is not in good condition then your ride will be uncomfortable.
Zugo bikes uses a large display which is located in the middle of the handlebar. I personally love the looks of the display. It also has a USB port but it seems to be a 0.5 amp charger. So you can use charger to keep the charge of your smartphone but not for charging.
The display has 7 pedal assist levels, easy to navigate and large enough to see. Under bright light, it has some visibility issues but that isn’t such a big deal.
It offers optional fenders which seems to be free on pre-sales. I understand it as standard accessory as it offers it all year long.
It is nice to have fenders but I wish they offered some high-end fenders as these fenders rattle a lot. It is annoying to hear that sound during my ride. I end up taking the front fender off but taking rear mudguard is a big task which I didn’t do for 2-3 days.
CONCLUSION ABOUT ZUGO RHINO BIKE
I am big fan of this kind of electric bikes and Zugo is a promising electric bike as it looks like a solid electric bike on paper and has a very competitive pricing.
After spending 3 days and making around 75 miles on it, I have to say I am disappointed. I try to give most honest opinion to you. It is a cheap electric bike and if you can’t afford to buy a better e-bike then use your money to buy a Juiced Scrambler. If you love this style then better buy an Ariel Rider D-Class.
In Conclusion I am disappointed with Zugo. It looks like a promising electric bike but compared to similar e-bikes in it’s class it has long way to go to improve their quality and performance. It is a $1699 e-bike but when riding it I feel it more like a $999 e-bike.
If you want to order one you can check ZUGO RHINO website.
It isn’t a cheap electric bike and for this price there are better options that you can invest.
ALTERNATIVES TO ZUGO RHINO
SPECS OF ZUGO RHINO
|Battery||48V 15 ah Samsung Cells|
|Brake||Haoxing Hydraulic Brake|
|Drivetrain||Shimano Altus 7 Speed|
|Display||7 speed Display with USB|