With its chrome and black/red styling and low rider seating position, the Micargi Cyclone 2.0 is cool from end to end. Redolent of custom motorcycles, it features a fake gas tank alongside fat tires.
Power comes via pedal assist only, and the e-bike can get up to 23 mph before the speed limiter switches it off. Most cycling on the flat is at around 15 mph, so you’ll find that the 23 mph limit is plenty — though be aware that many states’ e-bike speed laws are usually 3 mph lower.
As a single-speed electric bike, the Cyclone 2.0 really relies on the five pedal assist levels to help you get uphill. The 80 Nm of torque from the rear hub motor should deal with all but the steepest climbs, however.
The Cyclone 2.0 comes with a sprung saddle to add to the comfort as well as the fat tires soaking up the bumps in the road.
Reasons to Buy
The Micargi Cyclone 2.0 is a good pick if you’re after a cafe-racer-style electric bike or want to be seen on a machine that helps you cultivate a certain image. It’s the closest thing you can get to a big, custom motorcycle short of paying $20,000. That’s not to say you’ll look cheap — there are advantages to a pedal bike other than the price, including being able to ride home from a bar or restaurant without getting the interest of law enforcement!
Also like a motorcycle, this e-bike features bright headlights for night rides, as well as large fenders to prevent dirt from kicking up. The disc brakes also offer the best stopping power, which is great if you’re riding in inclement weather.
Things to Consider
Having a single-speed transmission, this e-bike will struggle in hilly cities like Portland or San Francisco. It’s far better suited to flatter areas like New Orleans or New York where there aren’t so many steep climbs.