Hebb ElectroGlide 1000—A Nice E-bike Revisited
Even though I had ridden this up-graded popular E-bike earlier in the year, I ride so many bikes I can’t report on every one. At my recent ‘Turbo Talks E-bikes’ in Santa Monica, one of my readers who was present, asked about it. She is ready to buy an E-bike and had some questions to help narrow down the choices on bikes she has been considering. So I headed down to Ivan Stewart’s Electric Bike Center yesterday to give it a much longer ride.
They treat me well there, so I can take out any E-bike on their sales floor for a run. So off I went on a Hebb ElectroGlide 1000 for a nice, long ride though town and along the waterfront. As I reported before, this electric-assist bike has some great features. We will hit the highs and search for any lows.
With more power than the previous model, it also now comes with dual-control. This adds a new dimension and makes it a more fully-rounded E-bike. To complement the new control system is a display panel that shows your level of assist in addition to the battery charge condition. It adds a pedelec off feature that I believe is necessary on dual-control E-bikes.
This bike continues to have a full hand twist throttle that I don’t like. A half-throttle is safer and makes riding more comfortable. This is something that can be changed on your bike once purchased, and I feel the makers should consider doing the same. Even still, the control is smooth and when in the pedelec mode, the throttle can be used to add more power if needed.
The 500 watt front brushless hub motor is almost silent, even though it is of the geared type. Geared motors are almost the norm and really get you up the hills well. I am of the mind that any motor over 350 watts is not really needed, but you can use less of the power to extend your battery range if you feel the need. The Lithium battery is mid-mounted for good front-to rear balance and has a very large capacity (14 Ah).
The Nexus 7-speed geared hub in the back is the perfect complement for a E-bike like this. It allows a smooth drive train, a chain guard and easy shifting. You can down-shift while stopped, a feature that city riders will appreciate. The shifter is easy to use, but is mounted next to the hand throttle which can make some riders have difficulty manipulating both at the same time. I had no problem, but some will.
It comes with top-end Schwalbe tires that need no up-grading. A full lighting system and a rack with tie-downs is standard equipment. Fenders and a good kickstand too. A bell and a Cateye cycle computer are mounted on the handlebars. I would prefer a complete display panel that includes the cycle computer for a few reasons. One is that it seems every E-bike I ride with a separate computer, the settings are never right. Plus, the sensor and magnet on the front wheel on this style of computer are iffy.
I don’t spend much time reading other reviews, but it seems that the front fork on this Hebb is getting talked down a lot. That is funny because it appears so much stronger than the other low-end forks you see on E-bikes nowadays. The issue is susceptibility to breaking (which you surely don’t want) and the lack of proper suspension action if offers. Many E-bike manufactures are switching to solid, steel forks for these reasons. Or, the better (more expensive) E-bikes are fitted with decent (more expensive) front suspension forks.
If the thought of the fork breaking worries you, you have the same options. Have it upgraded to a very nice suspension fork (fairly big $) (but well worth it), or go with a steel non-suspension fork. I wouldn’t worry too much though, it is usually big stunts and curb jumping that will cause the problems. I would think this type of riding is not in your plans. Many E-bikes come with lesser forks and experience no issues.
This E-bike has a ok braking set-up. The cable operated disc brake in the front does work quite well. The front brake does most of the chores here, so it is really the most important part of the equation. The rear brake is a roller / coaster brake. Not my favorite, but good enough. I am still leaning towards the strength and quality of V-brakes on E-bikes. So many have gone to discs and as long as they are quality units, they seem to be the way to go.
The bike I rode has the step-through frame. This is the easiest to mount and most comfortable way to go. Hebb does offer this bike with a diamond frame too. It is a fairly heavy E-bike and is rated to carry a very hefty rider. With the long battery range, the extra weight of the bike shouldn’t ever be a problem. Many of the E-bikes on the market are in this weight range, and don’t offer the power and range that Hebb does.
I found the ride to be just fine. The power system works well and is easy to understand. It has almost every accessory you might need included so the extra expense of more goodies will be minimum. I have ridden many Hebb E-bikes, and this new model is definitely a step-up in power and motor control. I have never talked to a Hebb E-bike owner with bad things to say about it. A stellar warrantee and great customer service are a given when you ride a Hebb.
Also mentioned on the web is how Hebb just takes a known E-bike (from a company with a good reputation), adds some up-grades and a frame sticker, and calls it their own. I don’t see the problem here. When you test ride this bike, I don’t think you will either. I tell people to ride different E-bikes and buy the one you like from a local dealer. Most people who try this bike will like it. Will you like it more than the other ones you try? That’s up to you to decide.
No matter which E-bike you choose, make sure to ride it often, Turbo Bob.
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Check this video I posted for a closer look at the Hebb
Here is the Hebb website with more details
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