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Himiway Cruiser Step-Thru Review

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By
Robb Dorr,
Co-founder
Images from manufacturer's website

60 mi

RANGE

25 mph

TOP SPEED

7 hrs

CHARGE TIME

72 lbs

WEIGHT

Rear Hub

MOTOR TYPE

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Himiway Cruiser Step-Thru Review: Takeaway

The Himiway Cruiser Step-Thru is an ideal long-range e-bike for those who want a no-fuss, powerful machine that will handle the urban jungle and some off-road use.

Its weight and size make this closer to a motorbike than a bicycle. This means it’s only really rideable when there is power available from the battery — unless you want a good workout.

According to Himiway, the bike will gain around 15% more range on power assist, meaning you can get around 10 more miles if you don’t use the throttle alone. As such, this could suit the older rider who wants to get some exercise without getting too tired.

Ideal for...

Trying out an e-bike for the first time
Utility riding
Hunting or trail riding
Riding on busy roads

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.

Specs & Components

Motor
750W brushless rear-hub
Battery
840Wh (17.5Ah @ 48V) Samsung/LG battery
Controller
Backlit LCD display
Power control
Pedal assist (5 levels) /half-twist throttle
Payload capacity
350 lbs
Gears
7 speed Shimano, 14-28 tooth cassette
Tires
26"x4" Kenda fat tires
Frame
6061 aluminum
Brakes
Mechanical disc, 180mm front + rear rotors
Accessories
Front and rear lights, rack, mudguards

The specs above come from the manufacturer and may vary from what you’ve experienced. Notice something that needs correcting? Let us know.

Ratings

Power
4/5
4

Offering up to 80 Newton meters of torque, the rear-hub motor can enable a hill start on even a steep incline. It also means if you need to get away quickly at a junction you can accelerate like a scalded cat.

This e-bike can get up to 25 mph before the limiter cuts the motor out. This doesn’t conform to recognized Class 2 standards in the U.S. and could cause problems if you’re riding too quickly in front of law enforcement. Stay at 20 mph, and you shouldn’t be noticed.

The 4″ fat tires offer higher rolling resistance and will take a lot of power to get to full speed. Because of them, you’ll max out at about 30 mph on a steep hill with no brakes if carrying a normal load.

Range
3.5/5
3.5

On paper, the Himiway Cruiser will manage roughly 1 hour and 10 minutes at full power. This translates to around 30-35 miles if you were to go non-stop at full speed. In all reality, 40-50 miles is more realistic.

Even with the very torquey motor, weight will impact the distance, as will the knobbly, fat tires that require extra power to stay at a good speed. Add in hills and adverse weather conditions, and the potential range soon falls away.

 

Comfort
3/5
3

The Himiway Cruiser Step-Through sits you in a forward-leaning trekking position that’ll put some weight into your arms and shoulders, leaving these a little tired after a long ride. The advantage is it’s easier to maneuver as you use your upper body to help steer. The suspension fork and 4″ wide fat tires will absorb most of the bumps in the road, making the Cruiser Step-Thru comfortable on light tracks and less well-maintained roads.

One drawback is that the upper crossbar is too high to allow for a genuine low-step mount and dismount of the bike. This could be difficult for riders with less mobility. Considering this design is aimed at these groups, it’s a significant weakness.

Durability
4/5
4

Due to the rear-hub motor, there isn’t a lot to go wrong with this electric bike. The motor puts power directly into the wheel and not through the chain, so it’ll stretch as much or less than it would on a traditional pedal bike. Keep it oiled regularly when in use, and the drivetrain will require little maintenance for the first 1,000 miles. Brakes and cables will need inspection at about 1,000 miles, too.

Himiway offers a one-year limited warranty on its frame and components.

Style
3.5/5
3.5

At this price point, you won’t necessarily expect a supermodel of an e-bike, and the Himiway doesn’t even try. Quite blockish to look at, and with the quite high low-step frame (with battery between the crossbar and downtube), this e-bike is very practical in appearance. However, a sturdy look isn’t always an ugly look — beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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robb dorr
Written by Robb Dorr
Co-founder
Robb is a massive cycling enthusiast who has more than 20 years of non-motorized cycling experience. He started eBikes.org to lower the barrier of entry to cycling and reduce the intimidation people can experience when getting into the cycling world.

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