About the Cruiser Step-Thru
Though the Himiway Cruiser Step-Thru comes with 26″ x 4″ Kenda fat tires and fenders that can handle off-road use, it’s still an ideal machine for urban riding. If compared to a car, this would be more Humvee or F-150 thanks to its big tires and frame.
The powerful, 750-watt motor delivers an enormous 80 Newton-meters of torque. This means that starting on a steep hill with a full load is possible, even for a heavier person.
We love the range that this electric bike offers thanks to its 840Wh battery. You can get around 60 miles on a single charge. Unlike many other machines, there is only a 10-15% difference in range between throttle-only use and pedal-assist. This means unless you’re trying to get fit, you can largely just sit and let the throttle take you where you want to go.
Thanks to its potential payload of 350 lbs, a big framed rider can take a decent amount of cargo riding it — perhaps someone who wants to get in some cardio while commuting or running errands.
Reasons to Buy
The price point of this electric bike makes it ideal for someone new to electric bikes. It’s a good starter bike before moving on to a more refined European model.
With a seven-gear shift system, the bike gives you plenty of help if you want to pedal manually. It’s powerful and offers a lot of range, and with its big frame, you’ll be seen and hopefully given a bit of extra space by other road users.
We like the rack and fenders that make it look good and allow for it to be used as a cargo bike. With the optional front basket and its fat tires, it could also be used as a hunting bike to get a few miles away from the road in the backwoods and carry your prizes back to the truck.
Things to Consider
One key drawback is that though the huge 840Wh battery offers a lot of range on paper, the relatively under-powered 2-amp charger will take a long time to give a full charge. Typically, it takes around six to seven hours, so if you’re using it as a commuter machine after a long day in the saddle, it’ll pay to plug it in soon after returning home.
The low step can be a challenge for some riders with less mobility, as there isn’t much room to get your foot through between the upper tube and seat post. It certainly has less space than comparable step-thru e-bikes such as the Aventon Soltera or Rad Power Bikes RadRunner Plus.