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Micargi Cyclone 2.0 Review

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Richard Shrubb
By
Richard Shrubb,
Contributing Author
Kristy Snyder
By
Kristy Snyder,
Professional Editor
Images from manufacturer's website

20 mi

RANGE

23 mph

TOP SPEED

6 hrs

CHARGE TIME

83 lbs

WEIGHT

Rear Hub

MOTOR TYPE

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Micargi Cyclone 2.0 Review: Takeaway

A very niche electric bike that’ll say something about your outlook and tastes, the Cyclone 2.0 isn’t for everyone. However, with its quality components and fair range, it’s very competitive among other e-bikes in this niche.

We’d say it’s best for those who want to have a low rider without the huge outlay involved in a low-rider motorcycle.

Ideal for...

Cruising in Style
Hanging out with Friends
E-Bike Enthusiasts

E-Bike Overview

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.

Specs & Components

Brand
Micargi
Motor
Bafang rear hub, 500W
Battery
Samsung 48V, 11.8Ah (566 Wh)
Controller
Bafang color LCD
Transmission
Single speed
Fork
Fixed
Brakes
Mechanical Disc Brakes
Wheels
26 x 36H
Accessories
Fenders, lights

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
3.5/5
3.5

The 500W Bafang rear hub motor offers up to 80 Nm of torque that’ll give great push up inclines. However, this e-bike only has a single-speed transmission, meaning you can only use electrical power on uphill stretches. It also lacks a throttle, so you’ll have to pedal all the time.

Range
3/5
3

The range will be purely dependent on the battery and not whether you can cycle economically using the gears thanks to the single-speed transmission. Micargi estimates you’ll get 4-5 hours out of the battery, but we estimate that would be at a very slow 5 mph. At 10 mph, you might get two hours or closer to 20 miles.

If you live in a hilly area, you’ll get fewer miles, and a heavier rider will get fewer miles even on flatter terrain.

Comfort
4/5
4

The fat tires and laid-back seating position on the sprung saddle make the Micargi Cyclone 2.0 a comfortable ride. However, it lacks a suspension fork or a rear shock. You’ll be sat in a low-rider position with your feet forward on the pedals and arms stretched forward to the handlebars. While this isn’t always a comfortable position (especially if you want to pedal hard), it’s definitely part of the image of riding an e-bike like this.

Durability
4.5/5
4.5

Thanks to the relatively few moving parts on this e-bike, durability is one of its strengths. It lacks a gear transmission system, so that’s one fewer thing to maintain, as is the lack of a suspension fork or shock.

We estimate the chain will need changing every 1,500 miles or so thanks to the lack of a derailleur to make it work harder, and the disc brakes will need replacing every 700 miles or so.

Style
4.5/5
4.5

With its chrome and black or red color scheme combined with its cafe racer motorcycle style, this is a cool electric bike to look at. The fat tires add to this unique appearance. For those who like e-bikes like this, its appearance will be a clear winner. Not everyone would agree though!

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About Our Editorial Team

Richard Shrubb
Written by Richard Shrubb
Contributing Author
Richard is a well-established journalist and copywriter with years of experience in the EV and e-bike world. He has worked with international sailing magazines, e-bike publications, and national newspapers.
Kristy Snyder
Edited by Kristy Snyder
Professional Editor
Kristy Snyder is a professional writer and editor living in Pittsburgh with over 10 years of content creation experience. When she's not contributing to eBikes.org, Kristy enjoys reading, practicing yoga, drinking beer, and hitting up rail trails.
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