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Evelo Omega Electric Bike Review 2023 – Automatic E-Bike
May 25, 2023
Comfort, Power and Simplicity – Relax and Enjoy the Ride
Our review of the Evelo Omega electric bike covers what makes this a powerful and easy-to-ride cruiser any rider will enjoy. Wouldn’t it be great to have an e-bike that shifts gears on its own, and all you have to do is pedal and enjoy the ride? That’s what you get with the Evelo Omega – an automatic gear shifting transmission that takes the worry out of finding the right gear. And making your ride even easier, the Evelo Omega features a powerful mid-drive motor that kicks out enough torque to get you up those hills, so all you have to do is ride.
Sporting that European look, the integrated battery and sleek contours are inviting, as if the bike is saying it’s made for you.
Further complementing your enjoyment is the comfortably designed ergonomics of the frame, seat and cockpit. When sitting behind the handlebar you will feel like you can ride all day. And with the advanced battery supplying power to the motor, this bike can take you on a single charge for up to 60 miles.
The step-thru design, and powerful motor of the Evelo Omega makes this a cruiser for a broad range of riders, whether you’re an experienced rider, a novice, or someone who hasn’t hopped on a bike in years (or decades), this is an e-bike that almost anyone can commandeer and enjoy. Read on to learn more about the results of this e-bike in our performance tests, and discover whether this is the right electric bike for you.
Bike Category: Cruiser / Commuter
Class E-Bike:Class 2 – Throttle & PAS up to 20 mph
Evelo Omega Video Review
The Enviolo Trekking CVT gear hub and AutomatIQ gear shifter is great for riders who are inexperienced or have shifting limitations – it’s like going from a manual shift car to an automatic one.
Steady surge of power when you need it from the 750W Dapu motor.
Smooth, quiet, greaseless and clean Gates belt drive lasts 3 times longer than bike chains.
Longer distance rides thanks to the 48V 15AH Samsung battery.
Enviolo app enables you to use your smartphone to change your cadence setting to maximize the effectiveness of your pedaling – you don’t get that with most other e-bikes.
Enviolo app also saves you from the hassle of taking your e-bike to the shop just to update the software.
Easy to adjust Stargazer stem and seat create comfortable posture for a wide range of rider sizes.
Reliable stops by Zoom HD 875 brakes.
Some riders may may have an adjustment period using the AutomatIQ shifter, similar to stick shift drivers switching to automatics.
We love being able to change the cadence setting, but would prefer to be able to do it on-the-fly using the display instead of the app.
Fender: Composite all weather front and rear fenders included
Rear Rack: Optional, with a second battery pack. Braze-ons for non-battery option
Evelo Omega Review: E- Bike Overview
Spending over five years in developing the Omega, the design team at Evelo was stalled in releasing this model to wait for patents to be approved. The Evelo Omega features cutting edge technology and designs that make this very different from most other cruiser e-bikes you’ll find. We’ve reviewed our fair share of Evelo bikes, and a constant theme is leaning heavily into tech that is functional, luxurious, and downright cool.
Beginning with its Enviolo Trekking CVT hub, with AutomatIQ shifting, that changes gears for you automatically, this e-bike takes the thinking and worry out of your ride. Offering you a 380 percent gear ratio, the AutomatIQ enables you to focus on enjoying your ride, while also coordinating with the motor and battery to efficiently use battery power for maximizing the distance on your ride. All you need to do is pedal, the bike takes care of the rest. It’s about as close as we’ve seen to e-bike autopilot.
Download the Enviolo AutomatIQ app and discover another world of controlling the settings on this bike, as well as juicy details related to your ride. One feature we really like is changing the setting on the cadence counter, which eliminates possible ghost pedaling issues, while giving the rider a greater feeling of contributing to the ride.
Delivering perfect allotments of power to your rear wheel via the drivetrain, the Dapu MD750R mid-drive motor generates a peak of 1100 watts of power and 115 Newton meters of torque, which is precisely what you’ll have when tackling a hill or accelerating out of a traffic snarl.
Combining a power-packed motor with comfortable ergonomics makes for a sweet ride!
Making this ebike so easy – and fun – to ride is the Enviolo Trekking CVT gear hub, with AutomatIQ shifting. Goodbye to worrying about changing gears.
Riding up hills is a blast, thanks to the 750 Watt / 960 Peak 115 Nm Dapu motor. This motor also knows how to conserve battery power.
The Omega has that classic European look, which fits its allure of taking you on a classy ride. Unlike other step-thru bikes, which tend to either feel stiff or heavy because of the extra reinforcements replacing the top tube, Evelo’s patented design maintains a look of sleekness without the stiffness or heaviness.
Combining the Omega’s topnotch technology with its enviable design, Evelo delivers a cruiser e-bike that is sure to please any rider looking to get back to the basics of appreciating the external beauty of a ride, without worrying about the internal workings of the bike. All the fancy features are backed by an uncommon 4-year/20,000 mile warranty. That’s a long time, meaning this bike is meant to last.
Our performance tests help identify this e-bike’s strengths and weaknesses. So. check out how this bike did on our Circuit test.
Evelo Omega Review: Circuit Speed Test
The circuit test gives us a good sense of how well the motor works in delivering suitable oodles of RPMs to help you maintain a comfortable pace in your ride. The Omega’s mid-drive motor works in harmony with the Enviolo CVT gear hub in determining suitable power output, thus simplifying the power and gearing part of your ride so you can focus more on steering, braking and enjoying.
The Dapu 750-watt motor surprised us on how well it divvied power at each pedal assist level. Unlike most of the other cruisers we tested, the Omega started strong and leveled off at the end. We liked that aspect because we feel that cruisers – being among the largest in the e-bike family – tend to have a tougher time getting out of the way. And, when you’re riding an e-bike with automatic gear shifting, you want to have the comfort of knowing the bike will do its job moving you forward sooner, not later.
The Omega utilizes a torque sensor which is generally considered superior to cadence sensors. The cadence sensor determines motor power output based on the number of cycles you are pedaling per minute. Usually, torque sensor e-bikes have the edge in this test because they can identify when you are pedaling uphill and need more torque to help you reach the top. Cadence sensors only count the pedal’s revolutions per minute, which doesn’t help as much on hills. .
But unlike other models featuring cadence sensors, the Omega allows you to adjust its cadence to make your pedaling work better with the motor and gearbox, depending on your riding conditions. The only bummer is you have to use your smartphone app to adjust your cadence. We’d like to see Evolo work with Enviolo to incorporate this into the display unit eventually. But if you know the course you’ll be riding, and anticipate needing a change in your cadence, you can program it in advance.
Here at EBR, we encourage you to explore the cadence adjustment feature so you can understand how it factors into your overall ride. But keep in mind that you will probably stick to using something in the neighborhood of the standard cadence setting of 70-75 revolutions per minute. At the end of this article feel free to share your thoughts or ask questions about this.
Trampling over nature’s road debris, the fat 26” x 2.8” tires also soak up the bumps. Additional comfort is available though the suspension seat post, stem and saddle in the optional Comfort Package.
Smooth, quiet, and clean – the Gates belt drive system is better than any chain, and last up to 3 times longer, too.
Keeping you clean from road muck, the fenders are standard on the Omega.
One final note about the Omega’s performance in the circuit test. The motor’s engagement process feels and sounds different when compared to other e-bikes. If you have ridden e-bikes before, the automatic shifting can take a little getting used to. When you ride the Omega for the first time, remember this e-bike operates using mechanical properties that are uniquely different from the average e-bike, such as: mid-drive motor, automatic gear changer, internal gear hub, and the belt drive. You get used to the different feel quickly though, so don’t let that deter you.
Evelo Omega Review: Range Test & Battery Performance
One of the most common questions we get here at the Electric Bike Report is, “How many miles will this e-bike take me on a single battery charge?” When doing the long range test using the lowest usable pedal assist (PAS) level, the average long distance range with many e-bikes is 40 to 50 miles.
But Evelo’s Omega blew us away with its results in the low PAS test: 83.55 miles! Looking at the graph above, comparing the Omega’s low PAS results with the other cruisers, you will notice the Omega did better than the others. Evelo offers a backup battery that installs behind the seat post tubing. So, if long distance range is a big priority for you, then you should consider getting the second battery. Many riders like having the second battery because they like the convenience of not having to recharge their battery as often.
On the high PAS range test, the Omega turned in good results – 26.89 miles using PAS 5. But compared to the other four models the result was the second shortest distance. Keep in mind that two of the e-bikes that went further only have 500-watt motors, and they didn’t do as well in the circuit test. So there is some tradeoff between the high and low PAS tests.
The best way to look at this is using as an example a car that gets great highway mileage, but not as impressive mileage in the city. But it also has the power and convenience you like.
Evelo Omega Review: Hill Test
The hill climb test is never meant to label a bike as good or bad – it’s meant to test each bike under extreme conditions. Our test hill is the same one we’ve used for over 100 other e-bikes. Some e-bikes are best at hill climbing, while others are stronger in other areas.
The Omega’s Enviolo transmission is like no other. It features a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which is an advanced form of transmitting power from the pedal to the rear wheel. By eliminating gear indexing between the high and low gears, the CVT transitions seamlessly to a finite number gear ratios that are impossible to recreate on a rear cassette that most other e-bikes have. Other benefits from the CVT include quiet operation and it’s maintenance free.
E-bikes with rear hub motors usually perform better on the hill climb test because this test is all about the motor, and less about the rider pedaling. This puts mid-drive motors at a bit of a disadvantage when comparing results as the free-spinning hub motors typically have a torque advantage when you’re not pedaling. The throttle-only hillclimb test doesn’t allow pedaling.
Mid-drive motors are popular because they are more efficient in how they consume energy from the battery (remember the Omega’s awesome long distance range?), and how they work better in unison with the rider’s pedaling. The Omega is the only bike in our test group that has a mid-drive motor, which is why it didn’t tally like the rest. But it still made it to the top of our hill.
The Omega’s ability to reach the top on the throttle test is pretty impressive – By the time I tested the Omega’s hillclimbing ability I had ridden over 10 miles on mostly flat terrain. When I reached the bottom of the hill, I naturally wanted to downshift and increase my PAS level – but those features are not on this bike.
Not to worry, though, because the Enviolo CVT and Dapu mid-drive motor worked really well in unison, eliminating the worry about gear changing and PAS level setting. This was a surreal experience for me on the first couple of hillclimbs. This says something about the advanced engineering Evelo devoted to developing this e-bike. And that’s another perk that adds value to the Evelo Omega.
Making the Omega cruise farther, and lighter than other cruisers, is the right combination of a mid-drive motor with a 15Ah battery.
Good stopping power from the Zoom brakes.
Integrated battery keeps the look clean, sleek.
Evelo Omega Review: Safety and Brake Test
When you consider how electric bikes have an external power source making it go faster than just your pedaling, stopping power is a big deal. At the Electric Bike Report we treat brake tests as a big, which is why we test a bike at least three times and then calculate the average distance for stopping.
Since cruisers tend to be some of the heaviest e-bikes, they usually don’t stop as well as the lighter and smaller e-bikes. Fortunately, Evelo stocked a good hydraulic brake system, with a pair of Zoom HD 875 brakes, and 180mm rotors, to make the Omega stop.
The average stopping distance for all e-bikes in the EBR brake test is 22 feet (as of this writing). The Omega’s average distance was 24-feet 7-inches, which was a tad long, but still respectable.
It helped that this e-bike has slightly fatter tires (26” x 2.8”) and the tread is more suitable for paved roads. If this bike had off-road knobby tires, the brake test result would not have been as good. And a lot of the cruisers didn’t test quite as well as the Omega.
Evelo Omega Review: Ride Comfort & Handling, Cockpit, and More
“Relax and enjoy the ride” is a theme we keep repeating throughout this Evelo Omega review, and that’s the feeling we get behind the cockpit (handlebar and controls).
With the correct setting for seat height and handlebar reach, my arms rested on the grips in a relaxed fashion. I really liked the rubber grips because when my palms sweat, I still keep a good grip, unlike the faux leather grips found on other cruiser e-bikes.
Easy to reach and control, the cockpit layout enhances the comfortable ride.
Get more out of your ride, like changing your cadence setting, through the Enviolo app.
Good traction on pavement and dirt, the Innova 26” x 2.80” tires keep you in control.
Easy acceleration with the thumb throttle. Good control with the rubber ergo grips.
Adjusting the handlebar height and reach were easy with the Evelo Star Gazer stem. I wish other e-bikes featured this kind of set up to make the bike fit the rider better. And for a sporty design seat, the Selle Royal memory foam saddle was really comfy for my tush on the extended rides – something I don’t commonly find with sport seats.
The pedal assist system (PAS) buttons are among the easiest to see and control on this e-bike. Switching PAS settings don’t come any easier than on this bike, and we really appreciate that. The more we got into riding the Omega, the more switch and lever control became second nature to us on this bike.
Control is not always synonymous with comfort on some e-bikes, but the Evelo team did a great job making the Omega comfortable and with great control. This e-bike is meant to appeal to riders who want an easy ride, regardless of their experience level as a rider. The Evelo engineers understood that, and they followed through fabulously with their cockpit design.
Something we would like to see as standard is the Kinekt comfort suspension stem they offer with the optional “comfort package.” The Omega doesn’t have front fork suspension, so we think riders would really appreciate the 15 – 20 mm of travel this unit offers for a smoother ride. The other parts of the comfort package include the Cane Creek Thudbuster LT seatpost, and Cloud 9 comfort saddle.
Evelo Omega Review: Summary / Where to Buy
Kudos to Evelo for the ingenuity they put into creating the Omega as a hybrid commuter and cruiser e-bike. They are known for coming up with great bikes that feature mid-drive motors and gearing that involves something other than a cassette and derailleur. The 750w Dapu motor pairs really well with the Enviolo Trekking CVT gear hub in creating a powerful bike that’s easy to ride.
Pairing the Enviolo app to this bike enables you to calibrate the AutomatIQ as well as update its software. With most other e-bikes, you have to take your bike to a bike shop to calibrate and update the bike’s software. But not with the Omega’s Enviolo AutomatIQ. Enviolo produced a video to help newbies on this, too. This do-it-yourself feature can save you time and money.
Another great app feature is to adjust the cadence setting, which manages the effectiveness of your pedaling in relation to the road conditions. You cannot do this with most other e-bikes and we really appreciate this feature – although we wish there was a way to control it on the fly instead of popping open the app.
Adding to the Omega’s value, It’s great to see they didn’t spoil the quality motor and gear hub by offering cheap components to keep the price down. You’re getting a quality electric bike with the Omega, and it’s reflected by the price (currently in the sub-$4500 range).
Considering all the amenities on the Omega, Evelo shows they are serious about producing a reliable e-bike, with the 4-year/20,000 mile warranty. As a bike mechanic and former manager, I rarely see bikes and e-bikes that are ridden 5,000 miles a year. Evelo’s warranty means they are confident about the quality of their bikes, which is really impressive.
The Evelo Omega is available as direct-to-consumer online, which helps keep the price down. They don’t charge for shipping and when you receive the box the bike is shipped in, you’ll have very little set up to do. Their bikes come with a 21-day trial, and a 100% refund (and no shipping or restocking fee) if you don’t feel it’s for you – a vote of confidence from Evelo and something that curbs any potential downside for the consumer.
If you need a professional mechanic to fix your bike, they have a network of partner bike shops they can connect you to. And their customer support is on call 7 days a week.
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Happy Riding, make sure to let us know if you have any questions down in our comments section or if you think we left anything out in this review of the Evelo Omega.