This week I’ve been having way more fun than probably anyone should as part of their job; that’s because I’ve been riding around a couple of awesome new electric bikes from a company called Wave.
In case you don’t know, electric bikes (or eBikes) are simply bikes with electric motors. Wave’s eBikes have two different electric modes. There’s an all-electric mode which means you don’t even need to pedal — the bike will propel itself. And the other mode is the pedal assist mode which makes pedaling a lot easier and means you can ride further with a little added oomph from the motor.
You can definitely ride these bikes around recreationally (like I’ve been doing for the past week or so) but they also work great as a mode of sustainable transportation.
Wave recently introduced some new models to their lineup and I’ve been testing out a couple of them. More specifically I’ve been testing the Wave 2.0 and the Folding Wave and comparing their new features to the original Wave eBike (I guess that technically means I’ve been testing 3 different bikes then).
The 2.0 is a beast of a bike: it’s has a top speed of 25 MPH and an all-electric range of 23 miles (that’s 23 miles you can ride without ever having to pedal). With the pedal assist mode the 2.0 is capable of going up to 40 miles per charge.
The Folding Wave is really, truly, seriously a bike that folds in half. It can be folded/unfolded in just 60 seconds. The reason why this is so cool is that you don’t have to have a bike rack to take it with you — it can stash right in your trunk. It’s also nice for being able to store the bike in a closet if you’re short on space. It’s also styled more like a mountain bike (as you can see from the shocks) and I like the look of it the best of the Wave models I’ve tested.
The Folding Wave is a bit less powerful than the 2.0. It has a top speed of 20 MPH and go go 18 miles in all-electric mode. With pedal assist it has a range of 30 miles.
Over the course of my testing I’ve had several people try the bikes and every single one ended up telling me they wanted one for themselves. I ...