Today we have the Ezee Forza City Edition. This is based off the Forza Hybrid, where the City Edition builds on its older brother and features some minor design changes to suit the city commuter.
If you don’t know, Forza is the new black! This City Edition comes only in an all-black colour scheme from the aluminium frame, to the bike rack. It’s pretty much murdered in black with hints of colour from the logo and gold forks – which by the way are absolutely beautiful. They are actually made by Zoom, and are the ZXR AMS forks constructed from magnesium alloys that allow 120mm travel. These bad boys will provide adequate damping for your daily commute even with your roughest route to work. They are also fully adjustable, from lockout to preload. Adjust however you need to suit your conditions. One might say it’s interesting for such forks to be found on a commuter bike, but it is a hybrid. So it has elements of both a commuter and an off road bike. Personally, I prefer designs such as these because they are more comfortable than road bikes and give you some more freedom. It doesn’t limit or lock you down. Sometimes riders want to take it to the dirt trail on the weekend, and you have the ability to with the Forza. This is also contributed to by the motor.
So motor wise, it’s fitted with a 200W hub motor powering the bike’s rear wheel, which are 26″ Weinmann Rigida alloys wrapped in Schwalbe MTB tyres. This combination provided the flexibility needed for riding in hybrid conditions. Being a 200W motor as well, it falls under the street legal regulations for most countries (if not all). Now don’t let the specs fool you. From my initial run, I was caught off guard. The bike has some grunt. Torque specs aren’t given, but they must be quite high because it takes off like 750W hub drive and climbs hills with ease. I comfortably rode up hills with a PAS level of 2. Ezee has provided a mechanically amazing motor.
This is all accompanied by the 36V 15Ah lithium ion battery, located behind the seat tube. Although it doesn’t offer the same balance as a down tube battery design, it still provides a lower center of gravity than a rear rack. With that being said, I didn’t really notice much issue with the balance of the ride.
Also, an important feature to note is the removable battery. It can be simply removed with a turn of the key and lift of the seat. The Forza in this review did not come with the factory seat with the trigger to lift the seat. The reason is unknown, however they should come with them. Now removable batteries are quite standard with e-bikes nowadays; however some bikes do not feature this and that could be the make or break for some consumers.
On the topic of important features, let’s discuss about the brakes. Because frankly, they stop the bike which is pretty darn important. The Forza comes with both front and rear cable disc brakes which in my opinion performed decently. They were not terrible, but not amazing. For a hybrid, hydraulic brakes would’ve been nicer for the more spirited rides I did. But that aside, they got the job done.
Now getting more in-depth with my ride, we’ll start with comfort. The bike was comfortable. Simple that. They used a good combination of parts and ergonomic design which resulted in an enjoyable ride. There was no aching or unusual positioning during my ride. The seat was not too shabby either.
Starting up and use was easy as well. The Forza used a simple control box with LED’s to notify you on battery capacity and PAS level. Alongside this is the cat-eye velo meter, which can display the time, trip and more. It’s possesses everything important, and keeps it simple. And I’m sure many riders can agree that these are the right approaches to commuters, because like many of us, we just want to turn on, hop on, and ride on. Overall, the riding experience of the Forza City Edition was great. The bike was powerful, quick, agile and practical (e.g. bike lock and bike rack). What more could you ask for? It pretty much ticks all the boxes for an electric bike.
You can find the full specifications below*
*Specifications may differ from supplier
|Frame||6061 Aluminium Alloy T4 T6|
|Tyres||26 x 1.75” Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB with smartguard & reflective band|
|Rims||Weinmann Rigida SP 17, Al Alloy double wall|
|Spokes||13G Sandvik T302 Stainless steel spokes|
|Brakes (Front)||Shimano mechanical BRM 495 disc brakes and 180Ø disc rotor|
|Brakes (Rear)||Shimano mechanical disc brakes|
|Gears||Shimano DEORE 9 speed 11-12-14-16-18-21-24-28-32T|
|Front Forks||Suspension front fork with Al Alloy crown long travel|
|Chainwheel||Al Alloy 48T chainring and 170 mm crank|
|Chain||KMD Rust resistant Super narrow HG for 9 speed|
|Seat Post||Steel with suspension, flipable for battery removal|
|Lighting||L1000 1000 lumen high power front light, powered from main battery|
|Motor||Nominal rated 200W Brushless DC hub motor with planetary gears|
|Controller||PWM microprocessor and overload protection 20 Amps, Low voltage protection 30|
|Battery||36V 10Ah (360 Wh) Lithium ion Polymer battery 3.1 kgs, option 36V 15Ah (540Wh) 3.8 kgs, and 36V 20Ah 5.5kg. UN38.3 transportation certification|
|Charger||Hi-power 4 amp smart charger, Al casing and cooling fan, Charge time 3 hours for 10Ah, 4 hours for 15Ah, 6 hours for 20Ah|
|Range||Range depends on use! Expect 20-100km|
|Bike Weight||25 kgs, 50 lbs|