What makes me define the Sanyo Eneloop electric bike as the deluxe electric bicycle? Well, there are a few things about this amazing electric bicycle that give it an edge that other electric bikes can't match. To name a few:
But let's discuss each of these points in more detail, starting with this electric bike's intuitive operation. What makes an electric bicycle simple and easy to operate? Well I would say the easiest electric bike to operate would be one where you pressed one button (namely ON) and the rest was taken care of behind the scenes. Sounds to good to be true? But that's just what the Sanyo Eneloop electric bike does best, read your mind.
This deluxe electric bicycle has what's called a torque sensor attached to the pedals. It works like this: when you press down with your feet the torque sensor measures the force and sends that information to the controller. The controller calculates how much of a boost you'll get from the motor based on what mode you're in. If you're in AUTO mode you'll get a lot of assistance at low speeds and less and less as you get faster. That way the bike helps you primarily when moving from a dead start or accelerating.
A word on the modes of a Sanyo Eneloop bike: If you set it to STANDARD you'll get a direct 1:1 assistance. This means the electric motor will effectively double your pedaling force by putting in as much as you are. By placing the bike in POWER UP mode you'll receive twice what you put in, or 2:1 assistance. That means the Sanyo Eneloop will make you feel 3x stronger than usual, not a bad feeling! So you see, all you have to do is press one button and then ride this electric bike as per usual. It feels just like riding a regular bike with superpowers.
Given that the Eneloop bike feels so much like a bicycle, it's no wonder this electric bike looks like a regular bicycle too. And what a gorgeous frame it has. The swooping white step-through design of this electric bike is complemented by its polished stainless fenders and solid rear rack. You can hardly tell that it's an electric bicycle without a close inspection. The battery is minuscule in comparison to other less sophisticated electric bicycles. That's also part of what makes the Sanyo electric bike such a lightweight electric bike.
At only 50.3 lbs, including the battery, the Sanyo Eneloop electric bike is even lighter than some of our electric scooters. And, while not as light as some of our electric folding bikes, it is certainly easier to manage than a 59 or 62lb eZee electric bike. This electric bicycle is much more manageable for people who don't feel capable of lifting a heavy electric bike in and out of their car or off their bike rack. Being such a lightweight electric bicycle the Sanyo Eneloop also boasts one of the longest ranges per charge out there.
Depending on the mode you select, your weight, and the terrain you cover, the Sanyo Eneloop electric bike can take you anywhere from 17 to 35 miles on a single charge. That's quite a lot more than most of our electric bikes. How does the Eneloop accomplish this feat? Partly due to its function as a hybrid electric bike, partly because it is so light, but also because it has regenerative braking. You've probably heard about that from hybrid cars, right? Well the same principal applies to the Sanyo bike. When you pull the right hand brake lever the motor becomes a generator, resisting forward momentum. This not only charges the battery but also gives you a smooth yet powerful motor braking function similar to downshifting in a standard car.
That just about covers it. All those things qualify the Sanyo Eneloop electric bicycle as one deluxe electric bike in my mind. See me smile like a fool as I review the Sanyo Eneloop electric bike in detail or check out the Eneloop electric bike product page for more pictures and specifications.