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Himiway Rhino Pro Review: a Look at the Recently Released Specs
Aug 01, 2023
With spring being just around the corner for most of us, we are getting excited about some of the new e-bikes that are being launched. Himiway has announced several we are excited about. Himiway offers their Cobra model in two versions, the Cobra and the Cobra Pro. The two e-bikes are essentially the same, but with one major difference—the Cobra is built with a hub motor while the Cobra Pro is built with a mid-drive motor. Himiway has done the same thing with their new Rhino model, offering both the Rhino, which has a hub motor, and the Rhino Pro, which is built with a mid-drive motor.
The Rhino Pro is an unusual e-bike for several reasons. The frame design leads those differences. The 6061 aluminum frame is designed to hold two internal batteries, one in the down tube and the other in the top tube. The dual-battery system isn’t an option, either; the two batteries come standard.
The Rhino Pro’s mid-drive motor is no ordinary motor, either. This is a 1000W mid-drive motor that produces a whopping 160Nm of torque. With so much power and torque, describing how it rides might require words we would ordinarily use in conjunction with motorcycles. This is serious power.
The Rhino Pro is estimated to afford riders a range of 100 mi., but we think that estimate might be modest; the Rhino is estimated to cover 100 mi. with a hub motor, but mid-drive motors almost always enjoy greater range than hub motors when both use the same size battery.
Himiway Rhino Pro Spec Review: Bike Overview
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Himiway Rhino Pro Review: Specs & Features
Frame and Fork
The Himiway Rhino Pro’s frame takes a fresh approach to double-battery usage. The 6061 aluminum frame integrates one battery into the down tube and the other battery into the top tube. The hydroformed tubes hide the battery, giving the Rhino Pro a look that is imposing.
As with many of their other models, Himiway specs with Rhino Pro with a suspension fork. We will find out the travel when the full specs are released. The Rhino Pro can carry up to 330 lbs.
Motor and Battery
Himiway’s Rhino and Rhino Pro follow the pattern set with the Cobra and Cobra Pro. Just as the Cobra has a hub motor and the Cobra Pro has a mid-drive motor, the Rhino has a hub motor and the Rhino Pro is equipped with a mid-drive motor. The one notable difference is that the Cobra has a 750W motor while the Rhino has a 1000W hub motor. Both the Cobra Pro and Rhino Pro feature 1000W mid-drive motors.
The Rhino Pro’s mid-drive motor not only produces 1000W nominally, it manages a mammoth 160Nm of torque. It uses the same Bafang M620 motor spec’d in the Cobra Pro, which has a peak power output of 1300W.
The Rhino Pro is a Class 3 e-bike that can reach pedal-assist speeds of 25 mph, and includes a throttle that can accelerate riders up to 20 mph.
The Rhino Pro features a 10-speed drivetrain, giving it one more gear over the Rhino. It features the same 10-speed Shimano drivetrain used on the Cobra Pro featuring an 11-34t cassette. While the low gear isn’t as low as we see with some current cassettes, the combination of 1000W on tap and more torque than we typically see—by roughly double—the Rhino Pro can climb like few e-bikes we see.
Himiway selected hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors for great modulation and stopping power.
The Rhino Pro is shod with a new Himiway-branded tire; the tread even includes Himiway’s rocket logo. It’s a 26 x 4.5-in. tire with a smooth-ish tread. With that much width, it will grip soft surfaces pretty well, but roll faster on pavement than a knobby tire will.
Like other Himiway models, the Rhino Pro ships with front and rear lights, a rear rack and fenders.
EBR’s Himiway Rhino Pro First Look:
If there were a national organization for doomsday preppers the way retired folks have AARP, the pro move would be to get them to endorse the Himiway Rhino Pro as the ultimate transportation if the apocalypse comes. Few e-bikes can match it for its go-anywhere ability; few e-bikes can match its range, either. The word “capable” seems to undersell just what this e-bike can do.
The Himiway Rhino Pro isn’t an e-MTB, so it won’t offer the same level of performance on technical terrain that a proper eMTB would, but for someone exploring dirt roads, jeep trails and the like, the Rhino Pro will still be rolling long after most eMTBs would be dead.
Himiway has priced the Rhino Pro at $4199, but they are offering pre-order pricing of $3999.
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