Kona Ecoco Review – $2.9k

https://electricbikereview.com/kona/ecoco/ The Kona Ecoco is a lightweight approachable mid-step electric bike with retro charm. Available in three frame sizes for optimal fit and comfort. Active touch points including a Velo sport saddle and flat rubber grips, but the swept back “gull wing” handlebar offers an upright body position for relaxed back, shoulders, neck, and arms. Durable plastic fenders with rubber mudguards keep you clean and dry, the gloss black finish matches the aluminum alloy frame and fork perfectly. Great attention to style with black spokes, hubs, cranks, freewheel sprockets, seat post, step, and handlebar! Excellent tire choice, the brown sidewalls look vintage but the modern puncture resistant lining and reflective sidewalls make them very functional and safe. Surprisingly great adjustable kickstand, extra large platform pedals (with good grip), and fun rotary bell. Integrated front and rear lights are positioned well. The frame has mounting points for optional aftermarket front and rear racks. Good weight distribution with battery and motor low and center on the frame. Above average 9-speed Shimano Alivo drivetrain and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. The premium Shimano components and drivetrain command a higher price point, but Kona offers a lifetime warranty on their frames. The plastic fenders save weight and won’t rust, but they do rattle a bit on gravel and grass. I’m not a big fan of the fender support arm hardware which can rattle loose and be sharp if the protectors fall off. No bottle cage bosses for adding a bottle holder and no USB charging port for your phone, which would be nice given the optional Shimano E-Tube app.

0:00 Introduction
0:39 Wheel, tire, fender details
2:11 Bike and battery weight, frame concepts
4:05 Sizing and geometry discussion
4:31 Lights and reflective tires overview
5:17 Price discussion, $2,899 USD $3,599 CAD
5:24 Kona Ecoco DL comparison
6:31 Saddle and seatpost discussion (27.2mm)
7:34 Seat stays bosses for rear rack
7:44 Slap guard, pedals, chainring guard
8:39 Drivetrain details (11-34T Shimano Alivio)
9:32 Handlebar, grips, bell, brakes, shifters
11:43 Motor sensors and performance stats
12:50 Battery stats and charger
13:42 Battery care tips to maximize lifespan
15:30 Battery pack removal, locking key demo
17:14 Shimano E-Tube smartphone app
18:04 Display panel and button pad overview
20:57 Display settings menu (hold the black box button)
21:25 Lights demonstration
23:11 Ride test begins on gravel trail
27:04 Paved neighborhood riding
27:41 On-frame shots, motor closeups, sound test
31:27 Conclusion

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