HiPeak Bona Review-
The HiPeak Bona is a folding ebike that offers convenience, power, and versatility to urban riders. In this comprehensive review, we will delve into the specifications of the HiPeak Bona, share our riding experiences, discuss its notable features, highlight some areas for improvement, and conclude with our final thoughts on this rugged folding ebike from HiPeak.
HiPeak Ebike Specs
- Price: $1149
- Battery: 48V 15Ah Lithium battery
- Hub Motor: 750W Brushless Gear Motor
- Torque: 65NM
- Max Load: 350 lbs (159kg)
- Display: Smart LCD Display
- Brakes: 180mm Mechanical Disc Brakes
- Suspension: Front
- Gears: Shimano 7 gears
- Class: Class 2-3
- Charging Time: 5-7 Hours
- Tires: 20″x4″ Fat Tires
- Recommended Rider Height: 4’10” ~ 6’2″
- Throttle Only Range: 35 – 40 Miles
- Pedal-Assist Range: 55 – 60 Miles
- Pedal Assist: Intelligent 7-level PAS
- Bike Weight: 61.73 lbs (28kg)
- Product Dimensions: 69.29″*46.46″
- Folded Dimensions: 44.09″*26.77″*12.60″
- Battery Weight: 9.04 lbs(4kg)
- Charging Port Output Voltage: 5V 2A
- Bell/Horn: Electric Horn
First Impressions on the HiPeak Bona
Priced at $1499, with a current discount of $350 that brings it down to $1149, the HiPeak Bona comes in three different colors. The Bona immediately impresses with its folding capability, a standout feature shared by all HiPeak ebikes. This foldable design provides exceptional convenience, making transportation and storage a breeze. With just two simple steps, the Bona can be easily folded and effortlessly placed into a trunk or tight spaces. This portability makes it an ideal choice for those who value ease of travel.
In addition to its folding mechanism, the Bona comes equipped with several practical features straight out of the box. Front fenders, and a rear rack are included, enhancing the bike’s utility. The integrated rear lights and front light ensure visibility and safety during rides.
The HiPeak Bona features a 750-watt motor with 65 newton meters of torque, a 48-volt 15-amp hour battery, and mechanical brakes.The Shimano Tourney derailleur and thumb shifter offer smooth gear transitions, and the presence of a right half twist throttle and a bell further adds to the convenience. The front suspension and the 20-inch by 4-inch fat tires contribute to a comfortable and stable ride, providing an enjoyable experience on various terrains. The bike’s display provides information such as speed, battery indicator, pedal assist level, and odometer.
Test Riding the HiPeak Bona Fat Tire Ebike
During our rides the motor exhibited good responsiveness, allowing for a top speed of approximately 20 miles per hour using the throttle alone and around 22-23 miles per hour with pedal assistance. The Bona’s 750-watt motor with 65 newton meters of torque performed admirably on slight inclines, surpassing the capabilities of many 500-watt motors. The Bona’s maximum weight capacity of 350 pounds was impressive for a bike of its size, providing flexibility for various rider sizes and cargo needs. Furthermore, the vibrant color options offered by HiPeak added a touch of personality to the overall design.
What sets this bike apart is its impressive maximum weight capacity of 350 pounds. Considering the Bona’s compact size, this weight limit is quite substantial. Comparatively, even larger fat tire bikes often have a maximum load capacity of 300 pounds. The Bona proves itself to be a versatile and practical option for riders who require ample carrying capacity.
Another feature that stands out is the appealing color selection offered by HiPeak. Rather than opting for standard black or white options, we appreciate the variety in color choices. This attention to color selection adds personality and style to the biking experience, allowing riders to express their individuality.
Areas for Improvement
While the HiPeak Bona fat tire ebike delivers an overall enjoyable riding experience, there are a couple of areas where improvements could be made. One aspect that stands out is the absence of hydraulic brakes, which would have provided better stopping power. However, considering the bike’s price range of around $1200, it’s understandable that mechanical brakes are used instead. It would have been nice to have the option of hydraulic brakes, but that might be difficult to find at this price point.
Another personal preference I have is regarding the handlebars. The style of handlebars on the Bona doesn’t quite suit my comfort preferences. However, it’s worth noting that it’s possible to purchase different stems and install alternative handlebars to address this issue. It would require an additional investment, but it’s a potential solution for those who have specific handlebar preferences.
Despite these minor drawbacks, I’ve had a great time riding the Bona. I even took it off-road on dirt trails and found it to be surprisingly versatile. The smaller wheels not only make it easier to handle but also enhance its approachability compared to larger, more powerful fat tire ebikes with 750-watt motors.
In conclusion, the HiPeak Bona is an excellent choice for riders seeking an affordable and foldable fat tire ebike with a 750-watt motor. The Bona’s foldable design makes it incredibly convenient for individuals with limited storage space or those who frequently travel with their ebikes. The powerful motor, offering 65 newton meters of torque, ensures enjoyable rides and makes tackling inclines a breeze. With a maximum payload capacity of 350 pounds, the Bona outperforms many bikes in its class.
The inclusion of a rear rack, front and back fenders, and a front suspension further enhance the bike’s functionality and versatility. Despite a few minor areas for improvement, the HiPeak Bona stands strong as a compelling option for riders who desire a foldable fat tire ebike in the $1300 price range.