Updated: Jun 13
E-bikes have been on the rise in recent years, and the market is getting more competitive with new models coming out every year. The GIN X hybrid e-bike is one of the latest offerings in the e-bike market and claims to offer premium features at a fraction of the cost. In this article, we'll share a review of GIN X hybrid bike made by Arlo Guthrie and see if it really lives up to its claims.
Arlo recently had the chance to test out the GIN X e-bike. At first, he was skeptical because, well, what else is there to say about a bike with 2 wheels, handlebars, and pedals that goes 15,5 miles/hour? But when the folks (we) at GIN told him that this bike offers premium features at half the price, he had to check it out.
First, let's take a look at the features of the bike. The GIN X e-bike has a sleek design that looks great and is gender-neutral. It comes with Shimano gears and a gear change lever, which are known to be high-quality components. The bike has 7 gears and tubeless mountain bike tires, which are suitable for on-road and off-road use. The bike also has hydraulic disc brakes, front and rear, and a rust-free chain.
The real highlight of the GIN X hybrid e-bike is its power. It uses a 250-watt Bafang motor integrated into the rear wheel and a cadence sensor to regulate the power. The bike also has a massive 615 watt-hour battery, which is at the top end of what you can expect on any e-bike these days. It means the bike should have a really decent range.
One of the most interesting features of the GIN X is its unrestricted mode. In the UK, road bikes are restricted by law not to give you any assistance over 15,5 miles an hour. The GIN X has an unrestricted mode that allows the motor to keep giving power up to more like 20 to 25 miles an hour, depending on how fit you are. This mode is for off-road use only and will eat up your battery and reduce your range, but it is quite nice to have.
The GIN X e-bike is also really light for an e-bike, weighing in at only 19 kilos. The lighter the bike, the more range you'll get out of it.
So, how does the bike ride? The bike is comfortable to ride, and the chunky tires absorb the bumps well. The bike uses a cadence sensor, which means there's just a slight lag before the power kicks in, and it feels a little bit more agricultural than some other e-bikes. The motor is a little bit noisy under load, especially when going up hills, but this is a minor issue.
In terms of range, the GIN X is impressive. During the test ride, the bike covered 25 miles, and there was still 40% battery left. It means the bike can easily cover 40 miles on a single charge, which is right up there with more expensive e-bikes.
Overall, the GIN X is an impressive e-bike. It's comfortable to ride, has a decent range, and comes with high-quality components. The unrestricted mode is a nice touch, and the bike is really light for an e-bike. The battery meter is a minor issue, but it shouldn't be a dealbreaker. If you're in the market for an e-bike that offers a lot for the money, the GIN X is definitely worth considering.