The Delta in this review is the Fully Loaded model that is priced at $3,899. The Premium model has some component differences and is priced at $3,499. EVELO does have regular discounted promotions.
Alright, let’s take a closer look at the EVELO Delta Fully Loaded!
The EVELO Delta is the new hardtail electric mountain bike in a line up of new eBikes from EVELO.
The frame is constructed of hydroformed 6061 aluminum with the lithium battery housed low and center on the downtube of the frame. EVELO offers 2 different sizes: the bike in this review is the Large size (19″) and they also offer a Small size (15.5″).
Hydroformed tubes can create some very interested shapes and overall looks for an aluminum frame. They place the material where it is needed for optimal strength and stability. Internal cable routing can be seeing here in the downtube for a clean look while providing protection to the cables.
This is a reinforcement piece connecting the top tube to the seat tube for additional strength. And it adds a bit of style!
The seat stays and chain stays wrap around the nearly 3″ wide Schwalbe Nobby Nic tires. These “Plus Size” tires have a lot of air volume and they can be run at lower pressures to provide a lot of traction as the tire conforms to the terrain. They also have some built in suspension effect because of their large air volume.
The Nobby Nic tires have a solid tread pattern and you can see that the frame provides ample clearance for these wider tires. The tires and wheels are tubeless compatible if you want to eliminate the tube and go with a sealant system.
This is the 750 watt Bafang mid-drive motor that provides assist up to 20 mph. The Delta is fairly unique because there are not many complete eBikes that feature 750 watts in a mid drive motor! This mid drive motor blends in well with the overall look of the Delta.
Here is a look at the other side of the 750 watt Bafang mid-drive motor that has a fairly compact look to it. You can also see the internal cable routing from the downtube in this picture.
The 48V 11.6Ah lithium battery with Panasonic cells is located on the downtube of the frame for centered and low weight distribution. The hydroformed aluminum tubes have been shaped to blend the look of the battery into the overall look of the bike.
On the bottom right side of the battery is the charge level indicator and the charging port. The battery can be charged on or off the bike.
The battery lock is on the top left side of the battery and it comes with 4 keys. Once the battery has been unlocked it slides to the right side of the frame for removal.
Here’s a look at the frame after the battery pack has been removed. When the battery has been removed the bike weighs 51.3 pounds which makes it a little easier to pick up and load onto a car rack.
The battery can be charged on or off the bike. The battery weights 6.5 pounds. The charger is about the size of a laptop charger and it takes 4 to 6 hours to charge an empty battery.
This is the Rockshox Reba RL 120mm Travel Solo Air suspension fork that comes stock on this Fully Loaded model. The less expensive Premium model comes with the Suntour XCM 100mm travel suspension fork. Both fork options come with a 15mm thru axle for solid lateral wheel stability.
The Rockshox Reba RL has a lockout lever on the top right side of the fork. The lockout prevents the fork from moving so you get a more efficient ride when riding on smooth roads.
Here is a closer look at the Schwalbe 27.5″ x 2.95″ Nobby Nic front tire. There is plenty of clearance for this wide tire within the front fork bridge.
The Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes with 180 mm rotors come stock on the Fully Loaded model.
Shimano mechanical disc brakes come stock on the Premium model.
Here is a look at the left side of the handlebar with the Velo lock on grips, the thumb throttle, front Tektro Auriga hydraulic brake lever, and the control pad.
The thumb throttle can be used whenever you want an extra boost. It can override any of the pedal assist levels so you can cruise along without pedaling if you want. It can also be helpful for getting started on a hill or accelerating through a busy intersection.
Both front and rear Tektro Auriga hydraulic brake levers have cut-off switches to stop the motor assist when the brake lever is engaged. In addition, the brake lever reach can be adjusted to fit your hand.
Here is a closer look at the LCD display that provides information on the battery level (upper left), odometer and trip distance (upper right), speed, assist mode, and watts. The display is located in the center of the handlebars for easy visibility during a ride.
There is a backlit option for riding in low light and it can be turned on by holding the up arrow on the control pad for a few seconds.
Additionally there is a walk mode that will help you walk the bike up a hill or stairs at a few mph. It is turned on by holding the down arrow on the control pad for a few seconds.
Additional upgrades for the Fully Loaded model are the FSA stem, handlebar, and seatpost.
On the right side of the handlebar is the Velo lock on grip, NuVinci C8 continuously variable grip shifter, and rear Tektro Auriga hydraulic brake lever.
Here is a closer look at the NuVinci C8 continuously variable grip shifter. The NuVinci N380 continuously variable rear hub features a 380% gear range from low to high and there are no specific indexed gears like a derailleur system. This grip shifter acts like a volume dial on a radio so you can “dial in” the best gear for the terrain you are riding on.
It makes shifting very easy, intuitive, and it shifts well under power. Shifting can also happen when you are not pedaling which is helpful when you are getting into the right gear for accelerating from a stop. The display cleverly changes from a hill profile to flat land as you shift through the gear range.
This is the NuVinci N380 continuous variable “transmission” rear hub. It is “practically maintenance-free, as they are made up of self-contained systems”.
Here is a look at the Tektro Auriga hydraulic rear brake with 180mm rear disc rotor that is attached to the NuVinci N380 rear hub.
Here is a look at the wide aluminum platform pedals with solid grip.
The Selle Royale Astro saddle comes stock on the EVELO Delta and it has a comfortable mid width profile. The FSA seatpost comes stock on the Fully Loaded model.
EVELO also offers their “Perfect Seat” Guarantee which is very unique! “If you find another seat that you prefer at a local shop, purchase it, and we will reimburse you up to $40! This is just one of the ways we strive to ensure that you are 100% comfortable and satisfied with your bike.”
EVELO Delta Electric Bike Specifications
Frame: Hydroformed 6061 High-Strength Aluminum Alloy with Semi-Integrated Battery Design
Warranty:4-year/20,000-mile warranty against manufacturing defects in materials or workmanship on its frame, battery, motor, controller, and display. The NuVinci hub, fork, and wheels are warrantied for 2 years.
Service & Repairs: EVELO offers several ways to work on service and repairs in the video below.
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