Once I first noticed the Wing Freedom X, I questioned if it was going to be a less expensive tackle the Dutch VanMoof S3. I used to be strolling to fulfill a good friend and occurred to cross by Wing’s showroom, and I did a backward-walking double-take to see within the window. Each electrical bikes look very comparable, and by that I imply they’ve tall, straight prime tubes that overhang their tires for mounting a headlight and taillight. Each even have swept-back handlebars.
However appearances are actually solely pores and skin deep. The Freedom X is a really totally different bike, at a value that is extra palatable for most individuals.
It is brisk. That is because of the Bafang rear hub motor that measures 350-watt steady output and 550-watt peak output.
You get 5 ranges of pedal help, however I often stored it on degree two, the second weakest. With the seven-speed mechanical gearing, I hardly ever wanted extra energy. A couple of rotations of the pedals on degree two help, even from a standstill, shot me to 17 mph. It did not take rather more effort to prime out at 20 mph, the ebike’s official prime velocity.
Via the show—there isn’t any companion smartphone app—you’ll be able to unlock the bike to succeed in 24 mph. It is one of many Freedom’s coolest options, however it does technically make it unlawful to be used on most multi-use paths and trails. I would just follow the default in the event you’re in a metropolis. For those who purchase the optionally available throttle for $80 additional, the Freedom X goes from a Class 1 ebike to a Class 2 as a result of the throttle works even in the event you’re not pedaling.
Truthfully, I did not just like the throttle. It is scalable, which means that fairly than being an on/off button it is a lever that lets you choose energy alongside a continuum. Even when pinning it to its most, there was a prolonged delay earlier than the bike would transfer. It was irritating at stoplights, so I hardly ever used the throttle in any respect. It additionally did not add a lot oomph to the bike when it was shifting. Flinging it to 100 % throttle did not do something the pedal help wasn’t already doing, so it isn’t like a lift button that’ll pour on additional energy. Not all throttle are increase buttons, however it’s price mentioning.
Stopping is extra of a difficulty. The cable-actuated disc brakes really feel weak, even on a comparatively gentle 39-pound bike (that is light-weight for an ebike). New York Metropolis places the panic in panic-braking, and I usually cope with my justifiable share of laborious stops because of impatient drivers, oblivious pedestrians and, as soon as, a person enjoying playing cards within the bike lane.
The Freedom X’s brakes at all times stopped me earlier than sure doom, however I usually felt that I used to be utilizing each final little bit of braking energy to come back to a halt in these conditions. Hydraulic brakes provide higher stopping energy, although they don’t seem to be frequent at this value. Cable brakes aren’t essentially unhealthy, however I might have preferred to see stronger ones right here.
Additionally they squeal like two pigs with a bellyache. I chalked it as much as my explicit bike till I learn evaluate after evaluate of Freedom homeowners reporting the identical, so it looks like Wing’s alternative of brake pad could be guilty. You might have to swap out the inventory brake pads on your sanity. It would not price a lot and it isn’t laborious, and it isn’t a purpose to keep away from the Freedom X.
The X Issue
I examined the Freedom X ($1,449), however there’s one other very comparable mannequin Wing provides referred to as the Freedom 2 ($1,299). The X’s upgrades are a torque sensor for the pedals as an alternative of a cadence sensor and a show properly built-in into the highest tube, which exhibits data resembling velocity and battery degree.