The wait is over! The new models are here. Himiway recently released 4 brand new electric bikes to compliment an already stellar lineup. With a fresh look, improved technology, and better performance, these new e-bikes are sure to get high marks from riders. We are very excited to hear what our customers think of these new models as soon as the reviews start rolling in.
We’d like to do a complete review of our own as well to better inform riders on which bike is right for them. Today, we will be focusing on the Himiway Zebra e-bike model and specifications. At its core, the Himiway Zebra is the perfect blend of mountain and urban e-bike. This new bike has no shortage of elegant style or efficient technology. This model boasts a new battery, a new motor, new brakes, as well as an all-around refreshed design.
Let’s take a closer look at what makes the Himiway Zebra such a unique and powerful contender for best new e-bike:
Main Specs of the Himiway Zebra
- Range: 60 – 80 miles
- Battery: 48V 20Ah lithium battery
- Hub Motor: 750W brushless gear motor
- Carrying Capacity: 400 pounds
- Bike Weight: 79 pounds
- Display: LCD with USB charging
- Tires: 26" x 4" Kenda fat tires
- Gears: Freewheel Shimano 7 speed
- Brakes: Hydraulic
- Frame Material: 6061 Aluminum
- Total Bike Length- 7 inches
- Handlebar Height- 9 inches
- HandlebarLength- 6 inches
- StandoverHeight- 5 inches
Main Features of the Himiway Zebra
Improved Battery Performance
Many knowledgeable e-bike experts will look to the battery technology first and foremost when reviewing any bike. This makes sense as the battery is the quintessential feature of an electric bike and provides much of the range, convenience, and cost savings compared to more traditional modes of transportation.
To that end, we’ve outfitted the Himiway Zebra with a long-range 48-volt, 20 ampere hour. This state-of-the-art battery is the best battery you will find within the fat tire e-bike industry. With a higher energy density, smaller volume, and larger capacity, this new battery will be sure to give you hours of rideability and enjoyment with every charge.
All batteries degrade over time, but Himiway notes that this new battery will maintain 80% of its original capacity even after 1,000 charges. This is a phenomenal achievement and one worth celebrating for sustainability advocates everywhere.
Another key feature of electric bikes is the motor. Motors are an integral component in all e-bikes. The Zebra sports a 750-watt read hub brushless gear motor. This motor has a larger inner ring than previous models and will be able to withstand higher temperatures to give you the longest life possible. There are pros and cons to all motor types and you can read more about those in our recent motor comparison article.
The Himiway Zebra comes equipped with a hydraulic braking system. This is opposed to mechanical disc brakes which come standard on many bikes. The advantages of hydraulic brakes include a longer service life with less maintenance, shorter stopping distance for improved safety, and more control to the rider.
The frame on this new bike has a more robust design and is made of 6061 Aluminum. The shape allows for additional size options should you wish to swap your tires out for wider tires down the road. The wires have all been built into the frame of the bike allowing for more waterproofing, more safety, and a sleeker look.
Himiway Zebra Step-Thru Design
The final feature to review on the Himiway Zebra is the optional version of this bike called the Himiway Zebra Step-Thru. The Step-Thru version allows for shorter riders or riders with limited mobility to get on and off the bike without lifting their leg over the high bar of the standard model. This comfortable feature is one of those things you don’t realize you want until you have it, and once you have it you won’t want to go back.
Differences between the Himiway Zebra and the Himiway Cruiser
The Cruiser and the Escape are great, affordably priced e-bikes, but the Zebra has a few upgraded specs and features and therefore comes with a slightly higher price tag. If you want a new or upgraded e-bike, the Himiway Zebra might be for you.
The Zebra comes with the new extended life battery for more range. With a Cruiser, you can get between 45 and 60 miles of range with one charge. Thanks to the new battery in the Zebra, you’ll be able to achieve up to 80 miles on a single charge. If great distances are not as important to you, you could consider the Cruiser.
The Zebra’s motor has an upgraded inner ring with excellent heat dissipation for more extreme riding conditions. The motors in both bikes will give you a quality ride, but the improved brushless gear hub motor in the Zebra is definitely some upgraded tech!
The Himiway Zebra has hydraulic disc brakes while the Cruiser and Escape both come with mechanical disc brakes. For easy riding, the disc brakes may be perfectly fine. But for more control and improved stopping ability, go for the hydraulic brakes.
Finally, unlike the Cruiser or Escape, the Himiway Zebra uses an updated frame and sleeker design. This does help with waterproofing and styling. If you want your wires hidden and intend to ride during a bit of rain, the Zebra is for you.
Depending on your needs and price range, we believe the Himiway Zebra represents an excellent level of quality at an affordable price. For a slightly lower cost option, we recommend the Himiway Cruiser. No matter which bike you choose, we guarantee you’ll love your ride.
For background on the names of our exciting new models, check out our announcement on our blog and at our YouTube channel during our recent livestream product launch.