If you’re on a small budget and searching for a budget-friendly electric bike, this could be what you are looking for. The Cyclamantic Power Plus CX1 looks like a steal, however, would it be worth the money? Go through my review to find out my notions on this babe.
Do Budget E-bikes Come With Quality?
While conducting my research for this review, I had to wade through a ton of customer feedback. What I figured out was that the response to the question above looks to consist of mixed opinions. Overall, I’d say, the majority of the customers who took this home were satisfied with what they bought. The Cyclamatic CX1 usually comes with positive feedbacks. A ton of the bad feedbacks are a couple of years old, and it looks like Cyclamatic has tightened up lots of reliability aspects recently.
After all, these bikes are tight in budget and the usual quality of the bike and electric items won’t be as qualitative as those from, Addmotor, etc. However, then you’d be paying 2x money for the bike mentioned above.
Lastly, what you pay equates the quality you get. I’ve used such a bike and I’ll provide you with my own notion centered on my experience and knowledge with e-bikes as well as general bicycles.
Cyclamatic Power Plus CX1 Electric Bike Review
The bike comes with a pretty standard steel frame and can be found in only a size 19” frame.
The size of the frame should add a reasonably big appeal to it and should suit most riders. I’m 6’2″ and have ridden one with zero discomfort.
The parts of this bike happen to be low-end Shimano gear, however, these components can be replaced without breaking the bank, should anything go wrong. As an example, a rear derailleur of these bikes would cost near $15. Its brakes aren’t standard brand mechanical disk brakes, and there’s been a couple of concerns regarding the accessibility of replacement brake pads and the impact of the brake (we’ll talk more about this later).
The Shimano 21-speed gears operate with a 7-speed rear freewheel & a triple front chain-ring. Their gears perform pretty well if you adjust them periodically.
The suspension forks are really basic and are the sort you’d typically see on a bike priced $200.
Its seat is pretty comfortable & the frame’s overall finishing is pretty decent. You also get a handy kickstand with it.
The 250w rear electric hub motor happens to be a general non-branded type. These models comprise nylon planetary gears that generally are reliable, however, at times might fail should the motor get subjected to a heavy load constantly. It shouldn’t be a problem for regular riding situations.
The motor’s speed controller happens to be placed inside a plastic box on the bottom side of the downtube, which might make it a bit vulnerable to water ingress. Such controllers usually are water resistance to an extent, however, if they can stand long wet spells is another thing.
There were some customer reports regarding the motor depleting after extreme rain, though this incident happened on earlier versions & the supplier now have reported this issue as resolved.
Again, the controller is a generic 36v 250w and ought to be easy to source and replace if it depletes (for about $50).
A frame-mounted Lithium battery pack of 36v 8.8Ah powers the non-branded Chinese cells. There’ve been a few discussions about this battery’s durability. Panasonic or Samsung Lithium battery cells typically come with a service lifespan of 20,000 – 30,000 miles, however, with the more budget generic cells, you can reduce this massively. Luckily, e-bike battery prices have plummeted & a straight replacement of such battery would cost you about $250.
Battery range: The whole energy capacity of the battery happens to be 317wh (watt-hours), therefore, having the 20wh per mile energy consumption calculation implies an array of 15 miles.
In real-life terms, that might jump up to about 25 to 30 miles, if you just use pedal assist occasionally.
I was borrowed one second-hand, early last year and had ridden it for quite a bit. Unluckily, the bike I got my hands on was clearly exposed to the elements and lots of the allen bolts had started rusting. There were also dents over the suspension fork stanchions. There was some surface rust on the brake disks as well.
Regarding the bike riding, it worked as anticipated. The motor did not feel as strong and willing as the other 250w hub motors I’ve used, however, it completed the job. This bike’s general feel was alright. It’s worth noting that Cyclamatic have used a superior motor 2019/2020 compared to the earlier models.
About the bad reviews regarding the brakes, I can relate to them since many of them offer a valid point. They weren’t very impressive and were feeling vague at most. I can blame the condition and usage of the bike for this, and I’m certain some adjustments would help them improve big time.
The forks were alright at absorbing road bumps, however, keep in mind that this is preached as an electronic mountain bike – I sure would not like to take it off-road for something too rigorous.
In all honesty, the bike I tried out had a few years on it. It would probably have been a 2015/16 model.
The owner told me he’d done lots of miles on his regular travels & never had encountered any problems with the motor or battery.
Specifications & Features
- 26” Wheels
- 19” Frame (steel)
- 4 to 6 Hours Recharging Empty to Full
- New Improved 36V 8.8AH Lithium Battery
- Completely Sealed Battery
- Maximum Speed 15 Miles per Hour
- Maximum Distance 25 to 31 Miles
- Disc Brakes
- Padded Saddle
- Kenda Tires
- Heftier 250w Brushless Motor
- Rapid Release Battery
- Rapid Release Front Wheel
- 21 Speed Shimano Gears
- Bike Weight – 20Kgs
- Max Weight of Rider – 100kgs
- Reflectors & Bell
Considering the cost, the Cyclamatic CX1 is alright. I’d personally rather save some more bucks and opt for an Addmotor or another budget ebike. While it may be extremely costly, the general feel and build quality of the bike takes it to a whole new level.
That being said, the Cyclamatic happens to be a quality bike to get started with. If you’re simply looking for a bike that would accompany you for shop visits and job errands then it certainly would meet your needs.
The only riding experience I have with this bike is with an aged version. Therefore, I’m only able to take recent customer feedbacks to judge the performance and quality e of the most recent incarnation. And reviews have been good.
If you have got a low budget and aren’t looking for something fancy, then CX1 would do the job for you.