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    Himiway review after 6 months of ownership

    This is my review of my Himiway Cruiser. It's the first E-bike I've ever owned. I purchased the bike back in February from electricboardingco.com for $1480. It took about three weeks to arrive and maybe an hour to assemble. There was some fine tuning to be done, but everything fit together well. I waited 6 months to do this review because I wanted a frame of reference to say what I did and didn't like.

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    The first thing I noticed is how powerful it is. I have a lot of hills in my area and the Himiway will conquer all of them. I don't think I can do extended hill climbing without draining the battery. I'd say hills drain the battery faster than anything. A mid drive bike might be better for this task since the gear you're in changes the torque output. On flat ground I was getting the bike up to 33 mph after 'unlocking' the top speed. I have enough range to make it to the gym 2 or 3 times before I have to charge the battery. I'm not a big fan of the speed sensor they use. There were several times where the bike took off and almost threw me backwards, even if I wasn't pedaling. I have to turn the bike off in the grocery store because occasionally the bike will just lurch forward. It's also 100% torque instantly. I would like something that is slower on the delivery. But the bike is very fast and has generally good handling characteristics.

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    The bike is really sturdy and I don't worry about it coming apart or breaking in half when I'm riding it. The 26x4 tires give it a very stable feeling at high speeds. Smaller tires diameter might be better for people trying to squeeze more range out of the bike. The Kenda juggernauts it came on are not the best. They were almost bald after 700 miles. I found them to be very loud and not the best handling. Virtually any other 26x4 will be an improvement. I went with the origin8 supercell tire and I think they're great. Slicker tires may not make you faster, but I've noticed about 10-20% improvement in range and acceleration. I would say this bike is like a Subaru station wagon. It's an all terrain, all weather bike. It's not the fastest, lightest, coolest or #1 in any category. But its aggregate score is quite high. It does everything well. I can take it on the beach, up a mountain, to the store and it's reasonably well equipped to do anything you might do on a whim.

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    Out of the box, with no other e-bike experience, I really enjoyed it. I started with some small tweaks, like an adjustable stem, a saddle bag and a thumb throttle. I didn't like the half-grip throttle. As I learned more and more about e-bikes, I knew there were some changes I wanted to make. The first thing I noticed was at cruising speeds I couldn't keep up with the motor; it was all motor above 23-24mph. I added an 11-34 tooth freewheel to climb hills better and have more pedal capacity at higher speed. Any 7 speed freewheel will work.

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    I am not a fan of the Tektro Aries brakes. They were constantly squeaking and squealing and I was adjusting them about once a week. They also weren't that powerful, so I was more careful going down hills and things like that. I ended replacing them with homebrew brakes. I bought generic e-bike brakes and Tektro HD-285's. I couldn't find a cable long enough that worked with the calipers so I had to combine the 'XOD' brand levers with Tektro calipers and hoses. There weren't any brand name e-bike brakes in stock when I started this project, so if I could do it over I would have waited for the brand name Tektro ones. You will want the brake cut off levers, especially on this bike when it decides randomly to start accelerating. Honestly, shelling out for the quad piston Tektro Dorado's might be the best move. The dual piston calipers I have now did add a lot of stopping power.

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    The last thing I added was a color screen. The basic screen looks like a Ti-84 calculator and doesn't offer much information other than speed or mileage. I paid about $110 from AliExpress and I'm pleased with the screen. It now shows me the wattage, so I'd like to figure out what the most efficient speed to cruise at is. It also shows the battery as a percent instead of just 5 bars. One thing to note is that your voltage will drop after a big hill climb or racing the throttle. After a few minutes the voltage will stabilize and you'll see your battery life go up. I added the handlebar extension and 3d printed some bushings to fit it on the tube. The next steps will be to make a headlight mount that fits on the 4 bolt holes meant for a bottle cage. Then add a larger and brighter light. I also want to add some different brake lights and maybe repaint the bike a more exciting color.

    Overall, it's a solid bike that could benefit from a few improvements. It isn't clear that Himiway will have any new models or products in the future. Also, because it's less popular than other brands, there's less aftermarket support so you're on your own for finding what will and won't work. I would also like to say thanks to the people here who helped me along the way. I think it's a good performing bike but it's a little crude overall. If I could do it again maybe I'd buy an Aventon Level or RadRover plus 6.

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