The wait is over! Today marks the first Himiway Cobra Pro comparison showcase since we first announced the Cobra Pro in late 2021. We love it when we get to do e-bike comparison articles because we get to put our e-bikes up against other popular brands in the marketplace and see how they perform.
Measuring ourselves against our best competition is a mark of pride for the Himiway Brand. By keeping a close eye on the ever-evolving world of e-bikes, we ensure that not only are we pushing our limits, but we are providing our readers and riders with the best research content to make these important buying decisions for themselves. Everyone benefits from more knowledge, especially when trying to decide which brand-new electric mountain bike to spend hard-earned money on.
Who will win in the ultimate battle of Professional E-bikes? Will it be the all-new Himiway Cobra Pro or the all-new QuietKat Jeep®? Read on to find out!
The Main Features to Compare
As always, we like to start with a side-by-side comparison of some basic specs important to every e-bike and every e-bike rider. These are the main features to consider when comparing two or more e-bikes:
As you can see, these two bikes are similar in some regards but very different in others. Let’s talk through each component to get a better sense of how these two bikes stack up:
- Price: Price is one of the most important aspects to consider when you are buying a professional-grade e-bike. There are always tradeoffs to be made between price and quality. We’ve packed the highest-quality components and high-tech features into our Cobra Pro which makes it the most expensive e-bike we offer in our lineup. Despite being the most expensive Himiway model, it is nowhere close to the price of the QuietKat Jeep e-bike.
We want as many riders as possible to experience the joy of professional e-biking without adding unnecessary branding or components riders don’t want. For this reason, we are able to offer our Cobra Pro at $3,500 less than the QuietKat Jeep.
- Range on a Single Charge: E-bike range is a hotly debated topic amongst riding enthusiasts. Many e-bikers will happily tell you how far their e-bike can travel on a single charge and you may believe that you would get this same distance if you were to ride it. However, remember that many factors make up the range of an e-bike.
First and foremost, the battery is key to delivering the promised range of any e-bike. The Himiway Cobra Pro comes with an upgraded 48V 20Ah Samsung/LG Lithium-ion battery for extended range. Not only does this new battery provide additional stability and safety due to a more diverse arrangement of metals, but it packs a whopping 60-80 miles of range per charge depending on the level of pedal-assist chosen for your ride.
In addition to the battery itself, the weight of the rider, terrain, tire size, and wind conditions will all change the expected range of a battery. On average, you can expect to get the 60-80 miles of range with the Cobra Pro. At almost double the price, we would have expected the QuietKat Jeep to at least offer the same range, but unfortunately, the QuietKat tops out at just 58 miles per charge.
Both of these ranges may be perfectly acceptable for your daily usage, but don’t forget to plan for the unknown. You never know when you may forget to charge your battery or travel further than expected on an adventure. The peace of mind an additional 20 miles of range gives you can be very comforting.
- Suspension: The Himiway Cobra Pro comes with a four-bar linkage suspension system, as does the QuietKat Jeep. However, that is not the full story. We must further describe the suspension to be fully transparent in our comparison. The QuietKat Jeep e-bike suspension system comes with 150mm of travel and an inverted air-suspension design. The Himiway Cobra Pro offers only 80mm of travel on a coil suspension design.
Both of these suspension systems will provide ultimate traction and a great amount of comfort. Some riders may be able to tell a slight difference on very rocky or uneven terrain, but many riders may not notice anything in their day-to-day riding. It is up to each rider to determine if the increased suspension technology is worth an additional $3,500.
- Motor: As you can see, the motor output between these two bikes is similar. The Cobra Pro comes equipped with a 1000W mid-drive motor for smooth acceleration and maximum performance. The QuietKat has the same motor placement and power. This motor allows the Himiway Cobra Pro to ship as a Class II e-bike (for legal riding on many bike paths and roads with no license) and it seems QuietKat agrees with us on this best-in-class motor configuration.
We like seeing this stat side-by-side because it allows us to confidently move on and focus on the other differences.
- Capacity: Many people use e-bikes to travel long distances with gear or run errands and pick up items around the city. A traditional bike would cause fatigue on the rider but electric power picks up the slack very well. To that end, the Cobra Pro has been rated at 400lbs. of total payload capacity. More than enough for a rider and all the gear or supplies one could need.
The QuietKat Jeep has 100 fewer pounds of capacity at just 300lbs. This may be enough for some small to average-sized riders, but it will be specific to each person and the use cases they have in mind for their new e-bike. Whichever bike you prefer, be cautious of adding too many racks or heavy bags as overloading an e-bike can cause damage to the parts and raise the risk of injury to the rider.
- Warranty: Our final comparison is the warranty. At double the length of the QuietKat’s warranty, the Cobra Pro is the easy winner in this category. Everyone knows the feeling of dread when something goes wrong with an item they purchased but it is just past the window of warranty. Ride Himiway with confidence by getting an extra year of warranty coverage compared to other leading brands.
There are many other topics we could cover when comparing two e-bikes, but these represent the bulk of important items to address.
Based on a substantially lower price, a greater range, and similar motor configurations, our vote goes to the Himiway Cobra Pro. We just can’t justify such a high-cost difference for the Jeep branding and a few bells and whistles riders may not notice. Getting the Cobra Pro and keeping the extra $3,500 is too good to pass up. It may even pay for a wild e-bike vacation to test out your new ride.