Engwe C20 Pro Review – Folding Fat Tire E-Bike
Written Review + Photos:
0:58 Ride Experience
1:52 Motor and Speed
3:15 Battery and Range
4:55 Additional Features
6:49 C20 Pro vs C20
I received the bike in a nice box. You can find all tools and manuals for easy assembling.
Riding with C20 Pro is really enjoyable. You can easily ride with it on almost every kind of terrain.
But for the average person, who just wants to cruise around, riding with Engwe C20 is a great experience.
Engwe C20 comes with Bafang 250W rear hub motor.
Compared to the previous models, the motor of the C20 is less powerful. Both, Engine Pro and EP-2 Pro have a motor of 750W.
However, as being ridden with EP-2 Pro and now with C20 Pro, I can say that I don’t feel any difference.
The official assisted top speed for Engwe C20 is 16 miles per hour. It’s a legal e-bike speed in most countries.
The bike has 6 different speed modes. I tested out them all.
When I was on speed mode 5, I got a top speed of 18 miles per hour. So, it’s even more than the official top speed.
The battery of Engwe C20 Pro is one of the strongest parts of this e-bike. At least on the paper.
Engwe claims that C20 Pro can cover a whopping 95 miles per one charge.
This kind of range is probably too optimistic. It may be possible with ideal conditions and only in speed mode 1 or 2.
However, I managed to ride 35 miles, which is 57 kilometers, before the battery ran out.
Another great thing about this battery is that it’s removable.
I like it because the storage room where I keep my bike doesn’t have a wall outlet. But if the battery needs charging, I can just take it to my apartment and charge the battery there.
C20 Pro comes with mechanical disc brakes.
I would lie if I say that these brakes are brilliant. But if you press hard enough, there will be no problem with stopping power.
It has a 7-speed Shimano Tourney drivetrain.
Although it’s the cheapest gearing system Shimano makes, I have had no problems with it.
But please note that you should not press hard on the pedals when switching gears.
The width of the handlebar is good. It’s not too narrow. Also, the height of the handlebar is well adjustable. I also like the grips. They feel very comfortable and provide nice support to the palms.
I am very satisfied with the display as well. You can read there everything you need including speed, speed mode, battery level, and distance of the trip.
This bike comes with 20-inch wheels like most folding bikes.
Smaller wheels provide much better maneuverability. It’s easy to turn around in a tight area.
However, small wheels can be more dangerous when riding on a bumpy road at high speed.
Also, the bike has a front fork suspension, which gives you extra comfort when riding on an uneven surface.
One of the main reasons I like this bike is its portability.
Thanks to the folding mechanism, you can easily fit the bike into the trunk of your car and take it wherever you want.
People often work in the offices downtown, while living in the suburbs. Commuting with cars causes horrible traffic jams. Also, it’s often hard to find a parking spot and it’s expensive.
Even if you don’t want to cycle the whole distance, you can drive to the city limits and continue cycling to the office.
There are 2 versions of this e-bike. Pro and non-pro. What’s the difference?
The C20 Pro has wider tires.
Another difference is they have batteries with different energy capacities.
So if you don’t need so much mileage and are mostly riding on smooth terrain, buying a non-Pro version would not be a bad idea.
Obviously, there are some drawbacks of this e-bike.
First of all, there are no fenders.
Secondly, this model doesn’t have any rear light, let alone a brake light.
Usually, folding bikes have an additional chainring guard in case the bike is folded. Engwe C20 bike doesn’t have it. So be careful not to damage the chainring when the bike is folded.
And lastly, there have been some balance problems with a kickstand.
The bike could easily fall over if the surface is not perfect and the wind comes from the side.
To sum it up, I must say that it’s a very solid and practical electric bike.
It has some drawbacks but the pros outweigh them easily.
If you are looking for an affordable e-bike to make your everyday commutes easier, you can definitely consider Engwe C20.
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