Sondors began out with a few stumbles just a few years in the past. Their first product was a easy rear hub fatbike, and as soon as they bought on their ft, everybody who ordered one bought their product.
Sondors was an early adopter of delivery ebikes on to the shoppers home, to keep away from the price of a brick-and-mortar retailer, they usually had been aggressive at passing the financial savings on to the shoppers. Their first ebike was beneath $1,000 which is fairly nuts, since thats the value of many ebike kits, not together with the bike, plus the package meeting.
It was no sizzling rod, however a whole trade has sprung up round upgrading them. Sondors offered an enormous service to the ebike group, as a result of many individuals who had been excited by ebikes had been additionally uncomfortable risking $2,000 for one thing that they won’t even like. As soon as lots of of individuals purchased a less-expensive Sondors, they quickly purchased a extra highly effective ebike for the next worth from another person.
Which brings us to at this time. Their enterprise mannequin is to attend and see what kinds of ebikes are on a gradual gross sales curve, after which leap in with a excessive quantity dedication. He now has credibility with clients and producers, so he has a certain quantity of “model credit score” when he says he’s going to do one thing.
The Sondors Cruiser
I’m going to begin with the $2,000 step-through “Cruiser” mannequin (The web site says its $1,999…LOL) It makes use of 3.0 inch large road tires, that are in truth my favourite street-tire measurement for a commuter.
Right here’s what Sondors bought proper.
All three of those mid-drives have an aluminum body.
All three use 48V and a 21-Ah battery pack.
All three use a nicely developed Bafang mid drive.
They’re clearly going for the USA street-legal market with these 750W motors, however they do admit that these will be set to run as excessive as 1150W @ 25 amps (I assume for offroad use solely). All three of those can run on the current US guidelines of 28-MPH.
It may be helpful to have all your ebikes utilizing the identical voltage (all three of those are 48V), so if one charger goes out, you need to use the opposite charger when you watch for the guarantee declare on the dangerous unit. I even have a protracted historical past of encouraging the usage of 48V / 52V packs as a result of in an emergency, you need to use these to run a 120V AC inverter.
For the reason that body is aluminum, these built-in mid-drives can really use the body as a heat-sink, so utilizing a modest 750W means they need to by no means overheat. For the reason that motor has 7-speeds to select from, even with a top-speed of 28-MPH it additionally means it is going to nonetheless have nice hill-climbing when it’s within the lowest gear…
Accessible in Black and grey with white-wall tires, Platinum white and black with white-wall tires, and the two-tone pink proven with black-wall tires.
The bike above is what I’ve been driving probably the most for the previous 5 years. Its a $700 aluminum Electra Lux fats body, and the 7D means it has a typical derailler with 7-speed freewheel. I put a smaller 36T chainring from Luna on it and the 1500W BBSHD can climb any hill I’ve ever tried it on, with out overheating…It’s a climbing beast.
Apart from the smaller chainring, my favourite additions have been a Suntour NCX suspension seat-post, which actually smooths-out any potholes in my native streets. In the event you get one in every of these Sondors hardtails (just like the Cruiser or LX hardtails listed right here), I extremely suggest a suspension seat-post.
I additionally added a leather-based handlebar bag and a left-side bar-end mirror to have the ability to see the vehicles which might be attempting to kill me from behind. Talking of zombie-texting drivers, these three-inch tires I exploit are firmer on curves than a typical 4-inch fats tire, however nonetheless soft sufficient that twice (thus far), I used to be pressured to bonzai onto the road curb to get onto the sidewalk away from a automotive, and…even at full velocity, it didn’t injury my rims.
I’m exhibiting you what I’ve been driving for 5 years, so you’ll be able to believe in my evaluation of those specific Sondors fashions.
The Sondors Rockstar
I haven’t ridden the $2600 Rockstar, however…I’ve ridden a number of bikes which have comparable elements and specs once I was on the final Interbike (RIP, Interbike…).
The wheels are the favored 27.5-inch, and it has 3.0-inch tires, that are the present hotness for off-roaders.
I’m going to make some options, which have completely no foundation in a hands-on overview, as a result of my filthy fingers haven’t touched this mannequin even as soon as. Sondors up to now has spec’d stable mid-range elements. None of them have been accused of being “nice” elements, however additionally they haven’t damage their model by utilizing crap elements.
That being mentioned, the most definitely improve you’ll be able to swap-in is…a costlier rear shock. Each offroader I’ve talked to has mentioned that’s the very best bang-for-your-buck. Most riders must be pleased with the inventory forks, however that’s one other space the place “some” riders select an improve (then promote the inventory ones).
Colours are Supernova yellow, Slate grey, and Matte Black.
The Sondors LX
The LX is the one which I believe will promote the very best for Sondors, out of those three. It’s the identical $2,000 worth because the near-identical Cruiser, but it surely has an elevated keep above the chain. It’s possible you’ll by no means must do any work on the chain your self (I by no means hate on ebikers that use a motorcycle store mechanic). Nevertheless, in case you ever must swap-in a brand new chain (as all of us do finally), the elevated keep makes it tremendous simple.
One other necessary function of an elevated keep is that it permits the choice of switching to a belt-drive, which Sondors has achieved up to now, so…search for that to be an improve choice sooner or later in case you select the LX.
The tires are the huge 4.9-inch (26-inch fats rim). These are perfect for snow, sand, and potholes, however…if you wish to run them on the road, I’d preserve speeds beneath 16-MPH. When the inventory tires put on out, you would possibly attempt seeing if the three.0-inch tires would seat on these rims. I’m sure they’ll, and three.0-inch is extra acceptable when taking a quick flip at 25-MPH on pavement.
One more reason I actually just like the LX, is that it comes with a entrance suspension fork. It might be a primary mid-range mannequin, however…I’ve hit surprising potholes many occasions, and any suspension fork would have been welcome.
In the event you preserve speeds modest, the inventory brakes must be protected and satisfactory, however I sometimes journey quicker to steer clear of automotive visitors, so I’m very pleased with the bigger 205mm entrance brake disks I upgraded to. The widespread brake improve package I discovered makes use of a easy adapter to maneuver the caliper farther away from the axle, so the inventory caliper matches onto the bigger-diameter entrance disc.
As I discussed earlier than, a hardtail body like this advantages enormously from a suspension seat-post. I liked my Thudbuster, however the Suntour NCX can sit barely decrease, and I like a low seat when I’m at a cease in visitors. The low seat-tube on the LX right here seems to be like both of the seat-posts I discussed ought to work fantastic.
I additionally ended up getting handlebars that sit up increased so I didn’t should lean ahead when driving, and…remember that doing that additionally means you need to get longer brake cables. Even so, that was simple and inexpensive.
Colours are Arctic white, Black, and the Aventador Blue proven…
Written by Ron/spinningmagnets, February 2021