e-Prodigy Logan E-bike—Mid-drive Magic.
You can feel the magic when riding this Logan from e-Prodigy. What, you say? Most of the magic comes from the NuVinci Harmony automatic shifting rear transmission, the rest comes from this cool riding E-bike. You may remember my experience with the Harmony when it was still a prototype (3 years ago on a different mid-drive E-bike), and then again on the AutoBike (a non-electric, great riding bike). I’ll include links to both those articles below if you want some more insight to how the Harmony works.
There are some drawbacks to mid-drive E-bikes. The main one is that mid-drive E-bike motors are very sensitive to correctly timed shifting, and being in the right gear at the right time. Much of this is side-stepped with the miracle that is the NuVinci Harmony. Replacing the manually shifted geared hub or derailleur set-up with this continuously variable auto-shifting transmission really helps to tame the beast. E-Prodigy is one of the few to realize this and you can reap the benefits.
The base model Logan is equipped with a more or less standard 8-speed derailleur drivetrain. Even with this set-up you will probably love the ride and excitement if offers. With a sporty cockpit and hill-climbing grunt, it lets you know all the reasons E-bikes gain popularity daily. This model with the Harmony up-grade is so fresh, I don’t see it on their website yet. I for one hope to see it offered on all the mid-drive bikes in their catalog (which is all of them except one).
e-Prodigy uses a motor of their own design. Quiet and smooth, it adds a stealthy look and a balanced weight distribution. Although you can save a bit by choosing the 350 watt version, almost every E-bike they make has the 450 watt motor like the bike I rode. In addition to the extra power, the 450 watt bikes come with a larger capacity lithium battery. Power and range are a big shopping point for E-bike riders, so it makes sense to go this route. Believe me, as the hill gets steeper, the power comes onto its own.
With my first peek at the Logan, I could tell it would probably satisfy my riding needs. The 700c tires have a fairly large cross-section to help roll over and smooth out the rough stuff. The sleek front suspension fork takes care of the rest. Full coverage light-weight fenders cover the meats well, and the disc brakes can easily push the braking traction to its limits. I was glad to see the brakes are cable operated, as more and more I find the hydraulic ones are just too sensitive for all but the most experienced riders. Even with my bike control expertise, I have had some close calls with them. ( I think a full article about hydraulic disc brakes is up-coming).
Before I go deeper into the bike’s feel, control system and the such, I wanted to tell some about the fun two days I had with the e-Prodigy crew during their visit to town. As often happens, they contacted me via the net to see if I had the time to try out the bikes (they also brought a Jasper, the up-right version of this E-bike). I cleared my schedule and charged up my camera batteries with anticipation. Ever since my first ride on one of their E-bikes at Myron’s Extreme Machines last year (their Whistler model), I’ve been trying to get one for review and to have them be a part of my twice-a-year E-bike seminars.
As much as they wanted to be there to participate in my seminars, being based in Vancouver, Canada made it a long haul that hasn’t worked out yet (and—they will be there for my event this fall). With over 20 retail outlets in Canada, they have been striving to make a bigger splash in the states, thus this west coast scouting trip. Tony and Maria were already a week into this journey, with many stops on their agenda. Word is they locked in several new US dealers before they made the U-turn here to head back north. So I spent an afternoon learning about the bikes and the company (shot a couple videos too), and then got a big surprise when they told me they were holding off the return trip long enough for a battery’s charge worth of riding with me the next morning. Thanks e-Prodigy, good times.
This is a dual control E-bike (as are all of theirs it seems). The pedelec control has many levels of assist, and the throttle (left side thumb throttle) will override them any time you feel the need. Each level is spaced well, and matched the bike’s gearing at all the speeds I rode. One of the many benefits of a mid-drive is how the motor’s power and torque are optimized when climbing, cruising and accelerating, something that was easily felt on the e-Prodigy Logan. When ridden correctly, the efficiency level goes up too, so some long, satisfying rides are yours for the taking.
As you ride, you feel the auto-shifting at work all the time. The NuVinci Harmony has two modes, manual shifting and auto, controlled by a button on the indicator. I found it best to leave it in auto, yet the twist shifter still comes into action. With that, you set the level (RPM) of pedal cadence to what feels right for you. Once you find the sweet spot, you rarely change it. From that point on it knows the correct gear ratio for your pedaling and the motor, for the perfect gear in every riding situation. Magic!
So I imagine by now you get the impression that I liked riding the Logan, very perceptive. To be truthful, I am more into the upright feel of the Jasper we were also riding that morning (yet without the Harmony). If e-Prodigy does decide to offer all their mid-drive E-bikes with the Harmony up-grade (and I have to think they will), then my favorite bike from them would be the Jasper. Yet, many people are totally into the sport bike vibe this Logan has, and you can be guaranteed I liked it too. They also have a E-bike for the not so tall (as me) crowd called the Banff, and story is one of their new dealers will have one in town next week. Keep an eye on my You-Tube channel for an up-coming video of that one.
During my time with the crew, not only did we ride, ride, ride—we talked, talked, talked. They were very welcoming to my insights about all things E-bike, including some minor mods I thought would compliment these two bikes well. I was very impressed with their company goals, commitment to quality and customer service, and individual attitudes. From what I experienced from Tony and Maria, and their company’s E-bikes, this is one firm with a great future ahead of them. The future of E-bikes is huge, and it seems e-Prodigy stands to be a major player.
This bike even has a thermometer—magic, Turbo Bob.
“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bicycle and that’s pretty close.”—Anon.
e-Prodigy on the web and Facebook.
Here are a couple of the videos I shot—and one of their booth at the last Interbike.
Here are a few previous posts I did concerning the NuVinci Harmony.