The new eBikes from EVELO keep rolling out!
In this testing & review feature we take a detailed look at the new step thru EVELO Galaxy ST cruiser commuter.
Some of the highlights of the new Galaxy ST are the easily rideable step thru frame design, NuVinci continuously variable transmission, Gates Carbon Belt, and the new Bafang Max mid drive system.
The Galaxy ST starts at $3,499 for the Premium model and $3,899 for the Fully Loaded model. Please check the EVELO website for the latest pricing and promotions.
EVELO also focuses a lot on taking the worry out of buying an eBike online. They offer a 10 day at home trial period, free shipping in the US and Canada, 0% financing (if you qualify), 4 year/20,000 mile warranty, and support for service and repairs. Plus they have their “Perfect Seat Guarantee”.
In this first part of the review you will get a detailed look at this bike with a BUNCH of pictures and the specifications.
Part 2 of the EVELO Galaxy ST review will give you info on the ride characteristics, results from the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts on this eBike.
The Galaxy ST in this review is the Premium model that is priced at $3,499. There is also the Fully Loaded model has some component differences and is priced at $3,899.
First of all here is an overview video from EVELO showing the Fully Loaded EVELO Galaxy ST model in the Toasted Almond color:
Alright, let’s take a closer look at the EVELO Galaxy ST Premium Model!
The EVELO Galaxy ST is the new easy going step thru commuter electric bike in a line up of new eBikes from EVELO.
EVELO also makes the EVELO Galaxy TT triangle frame model. Here is the Fully Loaded EVELO Galaxy TT review that features the NuVinci Harmony automatic shifting system.
The Galaxy ST has a very large step thru area making it very easy to get on and off this eBike.
The frame is constructed with hydroformed aluminum tubing that helps with creatingthe large step thru area. In this picture you can see how the downtube has been enlarged at the headtube for a very solid welded connection. Also note the internal cable routing for cable protection and a cleaner look.
There is a reinforcement tube between the downtube and seat tube for additional strength and it also makes a good hand hold when lifting the bike onto a car rack.
The seat tube has an oval exterior profile to provide some internal cable routing for cable protection and a cleaner overall look.
EVELO is using the new 350 watt (600 watt peak) Bafang Max mid-drive motor that provides assist up to 20 mph. This is a mid drive that uses a torque sensor and wheel speed sensor to provide the proportional assist based on your pedal power. There is also the throttle assist that we will cover in a bit.
The other side of the Bafang Max motor has a very clean look to it.
Now let’s take a look at the control center of the EVELO Galaxy ST. The wide and swept back handlebars give it that classic cruiser style and ride feel.
Here’s another view of the swept back handlebar.
On the left side of the handlebar is the faux leather grip, the thumb throttle, front disc brake lever, and the control pad.
The thumb throttle works once you are at or above 6+ mph (10 km/h). The thumb throttle can be used when you want an extra boost. It can override any of the pedal assist levels so you can cruise along without pedaling if you want.
Both front and rear brake levers have sensors to stop the motor assist when the brake lever is engaged.
The LCD display is mounted in the center of the handlebar and it provides information on the battery level (upper left), odometer and trip distance (upper right), speed, assist mode, and watts.
The watts information is how much power the motor is providing and it is interesting to see how much it is assisting in the different pedal assist levels.
The display has a backlight for riding in low light and it can be turned on by holding the up arrow on the control pad for a few seconds.
The right side of the handlebar features the faux leather grip, NuVinci C8 continuously variable grip shifter, and rear brake lever.
Here is a closer look at the NuVinci C8 continuously variable grip shifter. The NuVinci N380 continuously variable rear hub (below) features a 380% gear ratio change 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 best gear ratio for accelerating from a stop. The display cleverly changes from a hill profile to flat land as you shift through the gear range.
The NuVinci N380 rear hub almost looks like a rear hub motor but inside is the continuous variable “transmission”. It is “practically maintenance-free, as they are made up of self-contained systems”.
The Gates Carbon Belt drive is another highlight in the overall drivetrain of the EVELO Galaxy ST. Belt’s offer a lot of advantages over a typical chain: they don’t require maintenance (lubrication), they are clean, quiet, and smooth. Gates also claims that their belt last at least twice as long as a chain.
Belts can’t be spliced together like a chain so the bike frame has to be constructed to allow the belt to fit through the frame. You can see that the EVELO Galaxy ST frame has a bolted connection in the seat stay tube just above the dropout of the rear wheel. Removing that section of tubing allows the belt to pass through the frame and it is reinstalled after the belt is within the frame area.
Shimano M373 mechanical disc brakes with 180 mm rotors are spec’ed front and rear for the Premium model. The Fully Loaded model uses the Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes. Both of these brake types feature the sensors that will stop the assist when the brake levers are engaged.
This is the rear Shimano mechanical disc brake with 180mm rear disc rotor that is attached to the NuVinci N380 rear hub.
A 36V 13Ah lithium battery with Panasonic cells is located within the rear rack. It is just below the top of the rack so that rack bags, panniers, and baskets can be used on the rear rack.
There is a charge level indicator on the back of the battery. Pushing the button on the right will show you the current battery level. There is also a battery level indicator on the handlebar display.
The charging port is located on the left front side of the battery and it is protected with a rubber cover. The battery can be charged on or off the bike.
Here is a look at the rear rack with the battery removed. You can remove the battery by unlocking it from the rack (2 keys are supplied) and sliding it off the back of the rack.
When the battery has been removed the bike weighs 49 pounds which makes it a little easier to pick up and load onto a car rack.
Here is a look at the battery removed from the bike. The battery can be charged on or off the bike. The battery weights 7.5 pounds. The charger is about the size of a laptop charger and it takes 4 to 6 hours to charge an empty battery.
The aluminum fork has a stylish shape that matches the overall look of the bike well.
Full coverage front and rear fenders come stock on the EVELO Galaxy ST. There are mud guards at the end that add to the overall coverage.
The CST Caldera 27.5″ x 2.0″ tires have a very smooth profile for an efficient ride. The volume of the tires also provides a bit of suspension effect to make the ride smoother. These tires come with EPS Belt Protection to help with avoiding flats.
The Wellgo pedals are aluminum construction with a rubber grippy surface on both sides.
The Selle Royale Ondina saddle comes stock on the EVELO Galaxy ST and it has a comfortable mid width profile. It’s style matches the faux leather grips very well and adds to the classic look of the Galaxy.
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.”
The saddle also has double springs for extra suspension and a comfortable ride.
EVELO Galaxy ST Electric Bike Specifications
Frame: Hydroformed 6061 High-Strength Aluminum Alloy
Fork: Custom 6061 Alloy with Steel Steerer Tube, Designed for Fenders
Motor: Bafang Max 350W Continuous, 600W Peak, Patented Brushless Design, Torque and Speed Sensor Control
Battery: 36V 13Ah lithium with Panasonic cells. The battery weighs 7.5 pounds.
Assist Options: 5 pedal assist levels and thumb throttle.
Speed: Pedal assist and/or throttle up to 20 mph which makes this a Class 2 eBike
Display: LCD display that provides information on the battery level, odometer and trip distance, speed, assist mode (5 levels), and watt output from the motor.
Drivetrain: NuVinci N380 continuously variable rear hub transmission. 380% gear range from low to high. NuVinci Harmony automatic shifting on the Fully Loaded model.
Brakeset: Shimano mechanical disc brakes (Premium model) or Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brake (Fully Loaded model) with 180mm rotors and motor cut-off sensors.
Tires: CST Caldera 27.5″ x 2.0″ with EPS Belt Protection, Electric-Bike-Specific
Seat: Selle Royale Ondina with EVELO Perfect Seat Guarantee
Sizes: Step Thru (ST) or Triangle (TT) frame styles
Colors: Toasted Almond
Weight: 56.5 pounds. 49 pounds with the battery removed.
Price: $3,499 USD for the Premium model and $3,899 for the Fully Loaded model at the time of this review. Please check the EVELO website for the latest pricing and promotions.
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.
Now checkout part 2 of the EVELO Galaxy ST review with info on the ride characteristics, the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts!
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