1.75” display, CST tires designed to improve performance, 250w motor, but above all a torque sensor and a rather low price. These are the main features of the He chooses Citycrosser, the new pedal assisted electric bicycle produced by the brand, which arrives in our country in a totally legal version and with an engine capable of delivering a torque of 45 nM and with a front luggage rack that makes it almost unique in its kind.
In short, we're talking about a model that seems to have all the credentials to be defined as one of the best legal electric bicycles of this end 2022. We tested it for a few weeks and we'll tell you how it went.
Eleglide Citycrosser review: electric bike for the city with torque sensor
Made entirely of cardboard, the packaging of the He chooses Citycrosser it is of a rather standard size for the type of product. The bicycle will arrive disassembled, but inside there are all the tools necessary to assemble it.
All in all, the assembly process is not who knows how complicated, of course you will lose some time in assembling the handlebar and the front wheel, and then move on to the saddle and pedals. Unfortunately, however, the front wheel does not have any quick release mechanism: it is a real shame because, especially in this product category, it could be a very convenient function.
Design and materials
Take the design of the vast majority of Eleglide products and forget it, because He chooses Citycrosser it is far away from what the brand has accustomed us to. Of course, some elements continue to be present, but in this case the frame has more elegant, rounded lines, is made of aluminum alloy and has a very nice semi-matte white color to look at. Personally, I would have preferred that the brand had also made available a darker color, perhaps tending towards gray, but it is impossible not to positively judge the work done by the brand from a design point of view.
This is also thanks to a battery that has been perfectly integrated into the structure of the bike itself and which, even if it is not a folding electric bicycle, can be extracted and charged separately.
It is a bike designed for the city, so all in all the total absence of any shock absorbing system could make sense, even if the combination of this factor, a rather stiff saddle and thin tires, in cities like Avellino could make it rather difficult driving for long periods: in a nutshell, the He chooses Citycrosser it is a bike that looks great on good quality asphalt, but that in cities like Avellino (whose roads are a minefield) the presence of a road surface poco uniform and holey, it could get quite annoying.
Beforehand, however, there is a detail that I really liked to find: He chooses Citycrosser integrates a very solid luggage rack, which is able to support a maximum load of 18 kg, and which makes it even more pleasant to use in the city: I am reminded of the scenario in which you go out to do the shopping and put down the bags right on the roof rack, perhaps in a properly secured basket. It's a very convenient choice.
The net weight is 22 kg and it is 179 x 68 x 107 cm large, which means that it is one of those bikes that must be mounted on a special support to be transported with the machine, but the ergonomics of the frame make it decidedly comfortable and looking at its thickness, it is almost impossible to imagine the sensation of solidity it conveys which, however, is great: from this point of view Eleglide has done an excellent job.
The battery pack is removable, and is only noticeable because it is made with a black color: to extract it you need to use the key found in the package, in this way it can be recharged completely independently from the bicycle.
The on-board computer is positioned on the left, it is of rather standard dimensions as are the information that is displayed. The control keys are easily accessible and visibility in direct light conditions is also decidedly good. Sure, it's not one of those on-board computers that convey a "super-technological" sensation, but in reality, for the role it is called upon to play, it is more than sufficient.
Engine and gearbox
Out of the box la He chooses Citycrosser comes with a brushless motor limited to 250w (with 400w peak) and able to guarantee a maximum speed of 25km/h. Numbers in compliance with current regulations, which, however, can be unlocked by bringing the maximum speed to around 35 km/h. And hear hear: this bicycle is not equipped with any accelerator, so it is fully compliant with the regulations in force in Italy.
And I tell you right away, despite the battery being 10.4 Ah and 36V, the motor with a torque of 45 nM guarantees the He chooses Citycrosser excellent thrust, even uphill, and the possibility of supporting a maximum weight of up to 120 kg.
It also has an excellent torque sensor that works very well even on the steepest roads and that will never abandon anyone on the bike. The 45 Nm of torque are felt by everyone and the sensor is able to identify in a very precise way the force applied to the pedals and make the engine intervene instantly. And it is precisely the presence of this torque sensor that makes the absence of an accelerator almost superfluous, because as soon as you start pedaling the electric motor also intervenes when starting uphill or with the wrong gear: two scenarios in which on bikes that do not are equipped with the accelerator becomes almost obligatory.
Fast and accurate too the Shimano gearbox, which is very different from that seen in other electric bikes, is of high quality (as well as the chain) Chinese and which allows the management of the 7 relationships through a lever system located on the right side of the handlebar.
The disc brakes are also of good quality, which are two but mechanical and which perform their role very well. Of course, actually a combination of torque sensor and hydraulic brakes would have been really the best, but in a period like this it is clear that brands have to aim for some compromises in order not to raise the selling price too much.
The road test
As for the road test, let's get straight to the point: I'm not a fan of electric bicycles with too thin wheels, precisely because in the city where vivo I need a good shock and vibration damping system. For this reason I was not very convinced about the driveability of the He chooses Citycrosser where I come from.
In reality, however, after a few meters I had to change my mind: it's a silent, easy to handle and well balanced electric bicycle. What I would have worked more on is the integration of any damping system and the choice of better quality tires because yes, those used by the brand have a texture designed to reduce friction and improve efficiency, but around it gets better: road holding is good, but personally I would avoid riding this bike on cobbled surfaces.
The assistance mode for walking is very convenient: if you have to push the bicycle in areas where you cannot ride it, you could decide to have help from the motor which, through the walk mode, will reach up to 6 km/h in to make it easier to push by hand.
All in all though, and always keeping in mind that it is one electric city bike, He chooses Citycrosser it is decidedly comfortable to drive, also and above all thanks to the frame which makes it very manageable, the presence of the torque sensor, and the excellent double disc braking system which is able to lock the wheels in a stable and fast manner.
The battery of the He chooses Citycrosser is 10.4 Ah and 36V, and is (on paper) able to guarantee an autonomy of poco less than 70 km with minimum assisted pedaling (the company guarantees 90 km, but I would say that it is still a good result). The performances are also excellent if you want to go with maximum assistance: in my tests I managed to exceed by poco the 50 km of autonomy, a not bad goal, especially considering the many ups and downs present in Avellino.
However, charging continues to be rather slow: with the 84W charger that comes out of the box, it will take about 6-7 hours to go from 0% to 100%.
Selling price and considerations
The sale price of the He chooses Citycrosser it is 1099,99 euros but, through the box you find below, you could buy it at a discount with a 50 euro coupon. And it is useless to deny it, the brand is raising the bar without raising the sales prices too much: although we are talking about a cheap electric bicycle, the frame is decidedly well structured and the presence of the torque sensor totally changes the cards in play.
It's great for the city, but if it had had more suitable tires it would have been fun on other road surfaces too, the range is good, it's comfortable, and it has just the right powerful engine. The only flaw are the tyres, which didn't drive me crazy, and the absence of any shock absorbing system. Otherwise the He chooses Citycrosser without a doubt it could have been crowned the best affordable electric bike for the city.
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