HONBIKE in Amsterdam
This is a long range commuter with a unique minimalist design. The Uni4 retails for €1.799,00 in Europe. How does the bike hold up in a burgeoning E-bike market on the streets of Amsterdam? Let’s start at the unboxing.
The unboxing of the Uni4
A unique design
But it grew on me, especially when riding and I would think it to be a nice compliment in the bike lane. Even though it has a consistent tubular look, Uni4 did a good job keeping a modern, streamlined feel to it, without looking bulbous.
The wheel is likely the next thing that draws your intention. This one-piece design is made from die-cast magnesium and eliminates the need for spoke tension. The good size tires (27.5″ x 2.0) have a reflective sidewall with a fine, uniform pattern.
The overall clean look continues with a neatly integrated kickstand and tucked away cables along the handlebar. You get a comfort unisex saddle with a sleek urban look. I found it comfortable enough, though I would consider swapping it if I had long commutes.
The handlebar and LCD display
Components and Specs
Frame: 7000 series aluminum alloy
Motor: 36V 250W Rear drive
Battery: Integrated 432Wh (12Ah, 36V)
Range: Up to 100 KM on full charge
Speed: 25 km/h (European model)
Booster torque: 45Nm
Riding modes: Eco, City, Sport
Lights: integrated front light, LED back light
Max Load: 120KG
Weight: Approximate weight 20.2KG
Recommended rider height: 160cm-190cm
Riding at full throttle
The throttle reminds me of something you might find on a high end gaming console. All I need are some banana peels to toss behind me because I felt like I was playing a video game on a bike.
The experience of riding the Uni4
Riding in manual mode
Why in the world would I ride an E-bike and not use pedal-assist motor?
There are a few reasons why I ride in manual with the Uni4. As there are no gears, I was pedalling without much resistance when riding at 25 km/h. So I found myself coasting, spinning the pedals, coasting again and occasionally braking. Not that enjoyable if you’re riding alongside someone or when you have open road.
It never occurred to me that I could use the throttle in bicycle mode.
Connecting to the HONBIKE app
Charging the Uni4
It takes about 4 hours to complete charging the battery. A full charge will take you about 100 km in eco mode, though that depends on several factors (wind, inflated tires, weight, etc.) Riding in bicycle mode while using the throttle could skew the numbers.
When the battery level dropped down to two bars, power-assist was reduced and the throttle felt like it was out of juice. It’s a forewarning that the battery needed to be charged soon. But this is a common save mode mechanism used on many E-bikes.
After riding the Uni4 for over 300 km, in both casual urban cycling and blitzing the streets of Amsterdam, the bike has lot going for it.
It’s a fun and compliant ride. The power-assist works well with the throttle being a perfect compliment, especially in bicycle mode. This bike is built for the individual. It’s a low-Maintenance, nicely styled E-bike offered at a competitive price point and a worthy addition to any urban cycling community.
”The Uni4 is for anyone looking for a stylish, minimalist, low-maintenance urban E-bike with a high fun factor at a decent price.GusRolling Spoke