The Himiway Cruiser was my entry into the ebike craze, and it’s a craze because it is so much fun! My Cruiser arrived in 5 days, was carefully packed, and was very easy to assemble. I purchased a cruiser style ebike from Aventon for my wife that arrived the same day, so it’s easy for me to make comparisons from shipping, through assembly, to riding.
I’ve ridden motorcycles for years, and the Himiway controls are very well thought out and intuitively placed. Within the first .3 miles I was completely comfortable. Though large and fairly heavy, there is nothing intimidating about this ebike for me. The fat Kenda tires absolutely chew up rocks, gravel, dirt and pavement; and they are stable to the point this machine feels nimble. With these thoughts in mind, I far prefer the Himiway to her Aventon; the Himiway was also a couple hundred bucks cheaper. There’s nothing bad about her Aventon, I just prefer the Himiway for it’s looks, feel, power and handling.
Like other reviewers have stated, the welds on this ebike have not been ground smooth prior to powdercoat. The welds however are so cleanly done they add to the overall tough appearance of the machine. I chose to leave off the fenders and rear rack, but they can be easily installed at any time. The bolt between the rear tire and fender is a little hard to access without removing the rear wheel, but it can be done with a 10mm end wrench in just a few minutes.
This is a fast ebike; very fast. The pedal assist is great for powering up hills, but you do need to get used to the feel/timing of motor engagement. Although my wife’s Aventon has the same size (750 watt) motor and weighs about 20 pounds less, the Himiway leaves her in the dust.
The only negative comment I have is the brakes. Don’t get me wrong, the cable actuated disc brakes work well and are more than adequate, but it would be reassuring to have hydraulic brakes. Overall the Himiway Cruiser is absolutely a blast to own/ride. I definitely recommend this ebike for adult riders with any level of riding experience.