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Himiway Rhino Review: a Look at the Recently Released Specs
Aug 01, 2023
E-bike maker Himiway is known for its fat-tire e-bikes. Among their new models for 2023 is an approach to range anxiety that’s new to us. The Himiway Rhino is a dual-battery fat-tire e-bike. That is, it comes with two batteries as standard equipment, rather than an option.
The Himiway Rhino isn’t the first e-bike to be sold with dual batteries, but what does make it different is that both batteries are integrated into the frame, one in the down tube and the other in the top tube. Range anxiety won’t have a chance to rear its head with the Himiway Rhino. Himiway’s announcement for the Rhino says that it will offer riders up to 100 mi. on a single charge.
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Himiway’s claim that the Rhino will cover 100 mi. on a single charge is impressive on its own, but it becomes far more impressive considering how powerful the motor is. Himiway built the Rhino with a 1000W motor. Each battery carries a 720Wh capacity, for a total charge of 1440Wh.
According to Himiway, the number one issue e-bike buyers worry about is range. The Rhino is meant to banish concerns about where a rider can go.
Himiway Rhino Spec Review: Bike Overview
Himiway Rhino Review: Specs & Features
Frame and Fork
The Himiway Rhino’s frame does something we haven’t seen before: It integrates a battery into the top tube. The frame is made from 6061 aluminum, just like Himiway’s other e-bikes. They pair it with a suspension fork to give it some off-road ability as well as a measure of comfort on rough roads. No word on the amount of travel on the fork.
The Rhino’s hydroformed aluminum tubing makes for a strong frame; it’s rated to carry up to 330 lbs.
Motor and Battery
Himiway built the Rhino with a 1000W hub motor. While 1000W hub motors are not unheard-of, they are uncommon. This is an e-bike with the power necessary to give head-snapping acceleration and a Class 3 cruising speed of 25 mph, like some of Himiway’s other models. The motor will produce a very respectable 86Nm of torque, we are told.
Rather than go with one massive battery to give the Rhino its impressive range, Himiway chose to build a second battery into the frame, giving it a very stylish look. Both batteries have a 720Wh capacity, for a total of 1440Wh. One advantage this offers is the ability to cut charge time by charging both batteries at once, something that’s achievable because it ships with two chargers.
Drivetrain, Brakes and Tires
To help the rider’s legs in ways the 1000W motor can’t, Himiway opted for a 9-speed drivetrain to give riders more choices over a wider range (11-32t). That low gear will help getting up hills.
Himiway selected hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors to give it the power necessary to stop on soft terrain.
The tires are new for Himiway. These new tires feature a somewhat smoother tread for better rolling on the road, but also gained a half inch in width over the tires Himiway has traditionally spec’d. The new 26 x 4.5-in. tires include a tread pattern that uses Himiway’s rocket logo as part of the tread pattern. Himiway reports a 30 percent increase in tread area.
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The watchword for the Himiway Rhino is more. This e-bike is everything we’ve come to appreciate about Himiway, but more. This is Himiway’s first e-bike with a 1000W hub motor as well as its first e-bike that comes standard with dual batteries.
The 9-speed drivetrain and wider tires are upgrades over most other Himiway models as well. The Himiway Rhino will be priced at $3199, but they are offering an introductory deal of $2999 to those who order now. The Rhino will begin shipping in May.
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