F4W (Fast4ward) Ride 350W Electric Bike Video, Pictures, & Specs

This is part 1 of the F4W (Fast4ward) Ride 350W electric bike review and it will give you an idea of what this e-bike is all about with a bunch of pictures, and info on the specifications.

Part 2 of the F4W Ride review will give you info on ride characteristics, results from the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts on this e-bike.

Alright, let’s get into the details of the F4W Ride 350W!

Checkout the Video & Pictures of the F4W Ride 350W Electric Bike

Enjoy this video with riding footage and features of the F4W Ride 350W:

 

Ready to Ride!  The F4W Ride 350W is an easily rideable urban e-bike with it’s step thru frame and comfortable riding position.

The Ride has a solid looking aluminum frame that is designed to fit riders of all sizes.

The chainguard provides nice pant leg protection.  A nice touch for this urban e-bike.

The Ride is equipped with a Shimano Alivio rear derailleur and an 8 speed cogset which provides a good range of gearing.

This is the 350 watt geared rear hub motor made by 8FUN (Bafang), a well known motor manufacturer in the e-bike world.

The Sony 36V 9ah lithium ion battery is located behind the seat tube of the frame.  That is a nice location to keep the battery weight low and centered on the bike.

The battery has an on/off switch as well as a battery level indicator on the left side of the battery.

Removing the battery is easily done by unlocking it and rotating it to the left side of the bike.

The battery can be charged when it has been removed from the bike.

The battery can also be charged while it is on the bike as well.

The included charger is lightweight and small and could easily be taken to work or a local coffee shop for charging on the go.

The charging port is on the right side of the battery.

View of the F4W Ride cockpit.

On the left side of the handlebar is the front brake lever, bell, and e-bike display.

This display on the F4W allows you to turn on the bike (along with the battery on/off switch), change the pedal assist mode, select mph or km/h, and get info on the battery level, current speed, trip distance, and overall odometer.

On the right side of the handlebar is the rear brake lever, twist grip throttle and the 8 speed rear derailleur shifter.

The Xoom suspension fork on the Ride helps smooth out rough roads.  The Tektro v-brakes slow this Ride down.

The 26″ x 1.75″ Kenda Khan’s are speced front and rear on the F4W Ride.

The Kenda Khan tires have a smooth and low rolling resistance center tread with some side knobs for some off road cornering traction.

The saddle on the F4W Ride is a typical city commuter style saddle.

The front LED light on the F4W ride is powered by its own batteries.

This is the rear LED light attached to the rear rack.  It is powered by its own batteries.

The rear rack and rear fender on the F4W Ride.

Ride on!

F4W Ride 350W Electric Bike Specifications

Frame: Aluminum frame.

Fork:  Zoom suspension fork.

Motor: 8FUN (Bafang) 350 watt geared brushless rear hub motor.

Battery: Advanced Sony Lithium Ion 36V 9ah

Assist Options: Twist grip throttle or 3 levels of pedal assist with crank mounted torque sensor.

Display: LCD showing: State of charge, pedal assist level, speedometer, trip odometer, and total odometer.

Drivetrain: 8 Speed Shimano Alivio with rapid fire shifter.

Cranks: Torque sensor in the cranks for pedal assist option.

Brakeset: Tektro V-brakes with electric assist cut off switches.

Tires:  Kenda Khan 26″ x 1.75″.

Seat:  D2.

Accessories:  Rear rack, fenders, chain-guard, front and rear LED lights, kickstand, and bell.

Sizes: 19″

Colors: White

Weight: 46 lbs.

Price: $1,799 (at the time of review)

Here is a link to the specifications page of the F4W Ride 350W electric bike.

Now checkout part 2 of the F4W Ride 350W electric bike review with info on the ride characteristics, the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts!

-Pete

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Comments

  1. says

    Pete,

    I like your newsletters and the site, but I’m getting a bit jaded at the steady stream of expensive e-bikes. This one is one of the cheapest…at $1700!

    I’ve had two e-bikes for a couple of years. Love em. I am an enthusiast, and an evangelist. And I paid $1200 for each of mine, then later $300 each for a second battery to provide the amperage to get up long hills.

    But I have had a hard time evangelizing ebikes. Everyone who tries it LOVES it. I mean, they really love it a lot. But, still, apparently not $1200 worth! I’m not sure how they can be so keen, yet not want to buy one themselves. My only guess is that not many people have $1200 to spend on another bicycle or vehicle.

    I ride around town, and get asked tons of questions. Everyone is curious, excited…and not motivated to buy.

    Based on your reviews, it looks like the market is mostly interested in selling $3000 luxury, stylish ebikes to a rare audience of people who are both ebike enthusiasts AND wealthy. Is that it? Is that our entire market? If so, it is pretty sad for ebikes. We need to get this stuff out to the masses. And they are not about to spend $2k or more.

    I’m gonna brag and say I have a Tesla Model S. This is also a very cool vehicle with green cred. But Elon Musk knows that at the current price, he isn’t hitting the mass market. He has a mission to drive the price down on a Series 3 car, which will be more in the $30k range. The point is, success in the luxury or niche camps is weak success. We don’t change the world with a few enthusiasts, and a few enthusiasts don’t provide a great marketplace for hundreds of ebike makers.

    I’m in the cellular phone industry. Everyone knows the iPhone and Galaxy S4. These are $700 devices, unsubsidized. That’s great for the wealthy, but you’ll note that the mass of the market is buying lesser Android phones that don’t get as much press, but hit price points more in the $200-300 price range, with a carrier subsidy gets down below $100. The eBikes industry needs to have a similar range on offer.

    That’s my soapbox speech for today. My actionable suggestions are to:
    1) Cover more affordable ebikes, even if they are not as cool as the expensive ones.
    2) Have a section of the blog/website dedicated to affordable e-biking.
    3) Have some kind of contest or rankings: “Best ebike kit for $500”, “Best ebike for $1000 or less”.

    @derekkerton

  2. Dan says

    Derek,

    I am also an enthusist and pay atention to the market. Except for the company Prodeco, any bike below $1500 is likely not of much quality. Maybe that will change.

    With a $1200 price point, how does that break down? How much for a quality 10ahr battery? ($400?) And a motor that is well intgrated, cables, maybe custom frame..$400? THen you have the bike itself and components. Entry level bikes in bike shops are $500 with some profit margin.

    However, up the battery quality, bike quality, motor system…

    • says

      Yeah, I’ll admit it’s not easy to make a great $1k bike. But that’s what the mass market will want.

      People are buying Currie bikes, or other $500 kits to convert their own, I think. So there is demand down there for people who aren’t enthusiasts. That’s where the mass market lives.

      We need to get these sold at WalMart, Costco and other vendors.

      Pete does great reviews, but I can’t email one of Pete’s reviews of a $3000 bike to a friend and say “Here’s one you should get.” because they’d laugh me off the Internet with some reply about “bills to pay”.

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