The all new EVELO Quest One folding electric bike has arrived for testing and review!
The Quest One is a compact and versatile eFolder that features an internal frame battery, Gates Carbon Belt, 250 watt rear hub motor, and much more.
EVELO also focuses a lot on taking the worry 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 Quest One review will give you info on the ride characteristics, results from the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts on this eBike.
Alright, let’s take a closer look at the EVELO Quest One!
The EVELO Quest One is the new folding electric bike in a line up of new eBikes from EVELO.
The Quest One quickly and easily folds down to a compact size for storage and/or transport.
The frame is constructed of aluminum with the Samsung 36V 10.2ah lithium battery housed inside of the main tube of the frame for centered and low weight distribution.
There is a large hinge in the middle of the frame that has a quick release lever for quick folding.
Here is a closer look at the large welds on the aluminum tubing at the seat tube area.
The front end features a chromoly fork, 20″ front wheel, and full coverage fender.
On the back of the bike is the 250 watt Bafang geared rear hub motor that provides assist up to 20 mph with pedal assist and/or throttle.
The 250 watt Bafang rear hub motor has a fairly compact size and blends well with the overall look of the Quest One.
EVELO did a nice job of spec’ing the Gates Carbon Belt Drive instead of a typical chain. With the belt there is no maintenance and you don’t have to worry about getting your pant legs dirty!
The Quest One is a single speed folding electric bike to keep things simple. EVELO also has the Quest Max with an impressive drivetrain that includes the new Bafang Max 350W mid-drive motor, NuVinci CVT transmission, and a Gates Carbon Drive belt.
A closer look at the Gates belt and front drive wheel. Gates claims that their belts last twice as long as a typical chain.
The EVELO Quest One is a Class 2 electric bike per California law (other states are adopting similar laws) which is pedal assist or throttle up to 20 mph, 750 watts max. The Quest One has 5 levels of pedal assist that are activated by a cadence sensor seen here at the center of the cranks.
The battery is housed within the main tube of the frame. With the weather cover opened you can see the on/off button, charging port, and USB port on the battery. The USB port can be used to charge a smartphone, tablet, and almost any other device that can be charged with a USB.
When the frame has been folded the back side of the battery is exposed (right side in this picture). The battery lock is visible on the bottom of the battery.
The battery can be removed from the frame by unlocking it with one of the supplied keys and pulling the battery out of the frame tube.
When the battery has been removed the bike weighs 37.25 pounds which makes it a little easier to pick up.
This is a look at the 36V 10.2Ah Samsung battery once it has been removed from the frame. You can see the the on/off button, charging port, and USB port on the left side of the battery in this picture. The battery weighs 4.25 pounds.
The battery can be charged on or off the bike with the included charger. The charger is about the size of a laptop charger and it takes 4 to 6 hours to charge an empty battery.
Kenda 20″ x 2.125″ tires with K-Shield Puncture Belt and reflective stripe are used front and rear. They have an efficient tread pattern with grooves for channeling water.
The front headlight runs off the eBike battery and it is turned on by holding the (+) button on the control pad for a second.
Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors are used front and rear.
Here is a look at the Tektro Aries mechanical disc brake on the back.
The handlebar controls are pretty simple and straightforward with the large color display in the center of the bars.
On the left side of the handlebar is the control pad that adjusts the pedal assist levels up or down with the (+) and (-) buttons. The center button turns the bike on and off and it also cycles through the options on the display.
The front brake lever is also of the left side of the handlebars and each brake lever has a sensor to stop the assist as soon as the brake lever is engaged.
Also, the bell is located under the handlebar for a clean look and easy access to ringing the bell!
Here is a closer look at the multi-color 3.2” IPS screen display that is mounted in the center of the handlebars and provides information on the:
- Battery level
- Pedal assist level (there are 5 levels)
- Current speed
- Average speed
- Max speed
- Trip distance
- Motor power output
There is a backlight option for riding in low light and it can be turned on by holding the (+) button on the control pad for a few seconds. That also turns on the front and rear lights that run off the eBike battery.
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 (-) button on the control pad for a few seconds.
There is also a way to set a 4 digit password to prevent unauthorized users from starting the eBike functions of the Quest One.
There is also a USB port just under the display for charging a smartphone, tablet, or other device that uses USB charging.
On the right side of the handlebar is the thumb throttle that 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.
Also on the right side of the handlebar is the rear brake lever.
The Wellgo pedals provide a grippy platform with fold-ability!
These pedals fold down by pushing the main pedal platform in and down.
The seat has a wider profile for a comfortable ride. The sides of the seat have a tough surface for additional protection from falls and abrasions.
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 rear rack has a large platform with spring actuated holder. You can also see the tail light that is powered by the eBike battery. It is turned on by holding the (+) button on the control pad for a second.
This is a view of the top of the rear rack that can hold up to 55 pounds (25 kg).
The EVELO Rack Top Pannier Bag is an optional accessory that is priced at $69. It is an expandable pack that can carry a variety of items. The top compartment has vertical expansion by unzipping the middle zipper and the top zipper is access to that compartment. Adjustable elastic tie strings on the top of the pack can carry clothing and other items.
The side compartments fold down to provide side bags for carrying larger items.
The EVELO QuickLock is a heavy duty chain lock that has a clever locking mechanism that looks like an electrical plug! It is an optional accessory available for $99.
Folding the Quest One is quick and easy. This is just an example, see EVELO for the full instructions.
In this picture the seatpost has been dropped by opening the quick release and locking it in the lowest position.
The pedals fold down by pushing the main pedal platform in and down.
The frame hinge is opened by releasing the lock (upper right) and opening the quick release lever (left side).
The front of the bike swings to the side and you can see the battery housed in the right side of the frame in this picture.
The handlebar mast has a quick release lever that allows it to rotate down.
The handlebar mast has been rotated down.
And that is the EVELO Quest One folded and ready for storage and/or transport.
EVELO Quest One Electric Bike Specifications
Frame: Lightweight Aircraft Grade Aluminum Frame
Fork: Chromoly Fork
Motor: Bafang 250W Brushless Rear Hub Motor, Variable Pedal Assist and Throttle Control
Battery: Samsung 36V 10.2Ah with USB Charge Port. The battery weighs 4.25 pounds.
Assist Options: 5 pedal assist levels (plus walk mode) and thumb throttle.
Speed: Pedal assist and/or throttle up to 20 mph which makes this a Class 2 eBike
Display: Multi-color 3.2” IPS Screen that provides information on the battery level, pedal assist level (there are 5 levels), current speed, average speed, max speed, odometer, and trip distance.
Drivetrain: Single speed with Gates Carbon Belt Drive, 70T front cog & 20T rear cog
Brakeset: Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes, 160mm rotors
Tires: Kenda 20x 2.125 with K-Shield Puncture Belt and Reflective Stripe
Seat: EVELO saddle
Stock Accessories: Front and Rear Fenders, Front and Rear Lights Hard-Wired to Battery, Rear Cargo Rack, Bell, Kickstand
Optional accessories in this review: EVELO QuickLock and Rack Top Bag. EVELO offers many more.
Sizes: One size
Colors: Red or Grey
Weight: 41.5 pounds. 37.25 pounds with the battery removed.
Warranty: 4-year/20,000-mile warranty against manufacturing defects in materials or workmanship on its frame, battery, motor, controller, and display.
Service & Repairs: EVELO offers several ways to work on service and repairs in the video below.
Now checkout part 2 of the EVELO Quest One review with info on the ride characteristics, the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts!
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