The ProdecoTech Phantom XR electric bike just arrived for testing and review!
The XR has an electric mountain bike style with the efficiency to be a great all around urban eBike.
With a price of $2,199 and a healthy component spec like a 600 watt hub motor, 36V 14.25ah Samsung lithium battery, RockShox suspension fork, SRAM & Truvativ drivetrain, and Avid hydraulic disc brakes, the XR is an eBike that offers a lot of value.
Here’s a closer look at the Phantom XR aluminum frame and the integrated 36V 14.25ah Samsung lithium battery in the downtube of the frame. The XR has the typical arched top tube found on other Phantom models.
The Phantom XR aluminum frame has a solid look to it and the rear seatstays underscore that with large tubes. There are braze ons (bolted connections) for attachment of a rear rack for carrying bag/panniers, etc.
The 36V 14.25ah Samsung lithium battery is built into the downtube of the frame for centered and low weight distribution. This is a good location of the battery weight to provide for a balanced bike and overall solid bike handling. This battery pack is weather resistant (IP65) because it is fully silicone sealed from the inside out, including ports for enhanced water resistance. The on/off button is located on the top of the battery and there is also a charge level indicator.
The battery is removed by unlocking it with the supplied key (2 keys total come with the bike) and sliding it to the side. The battery can be charged on or off the bike.
Here’s a look at the bike when the battery pack has been removed. Installation is accomplished by aligning the bottom of the pack with the lower part of the downtube frame attachment and sliding it sideways to lock into the top portion of the downtube attachment.
At the bottom of the battery is the charging port (left side) and a USB port (right side) for charging your phone, tablet, lights, or other USB charged accessories on the go. Both of these ports can be used when the battery is installed on the bike.
Here is the battery removed from the bike with the charger. The ProdecoTech charger is about the size of a laptop charger. The battery can be charged on or off the bike.
This is the 600W ProdecoTech geared rear hub motor that can power you up to 20 mph. With the motor’s relatively small size and the integrated frame battery, the XR has a stealthy look that looks more like a conventional bike than an electric bike.
Truvativ components (from SRAM) are a nice spec for the cranks. The HTI pedals have a wide platform with a solid grip!
The SRAM X7 rear derailleur has a solid shift style through the 8 gears of the bike. The gear range suits the XR well with a low enough gear for climbing steep hills and a high gear for the cruising speed of around 20 mph.
Here is the Avid DB1 hydraulic disc brake with SRAM Centerline 180mm rotor. The DB1 brakes have a solid feel and well modulated power.
This is the 180mm front Centerline stainless steel disc rotor with the Avid DB1 hydraulic disc brake caliper mounted on the RockShox 30 Silver suspension fork.
The Phantom XR comes equipped with the RockShox 30 Silver with 100mm of travel to smooth out the rough roads and trails.
For smoother urban riding there is the lockout option on the RockShox fork for a more efficient ride. This is found on the right side of the fork.
The spring rate for the RockShox fork is adjusted with the preload dial on the left side of the fork. This allows you to setup the fork for your weight and riding style.
Continental Traffic tires are used front and rear on the XR and they provide grippy tread on the sides for off road conditions with a smoother centerline tread for efficient urban riding.
Here is a look at that smoother centerline tread on the Continental Traffic tire.
Now let’s take a look at the control center on the Phantom XR.
The Promax adjustable height stem is a nice option for dialing your preferred handlebar location. The height of the stem is adjusted by loosening the center bolt and adjusting the angle of the stem up or down and then retightening the bolt.
On the right side you will find the twist grip throttle with battery level indicator and the rear Avid DB1 hydraulic disc brake lever. The red button on the throttle is a toggle to enable or disable the throttle. The lock-on grips are a nice addition for a solid grip.
On the left side of the handlebar is the lock-on grip, SRAM X7 twist grip shifter for the 8 speed drivetrain, the front Avid DB1 Guide hydraulic disc brake lever, and the bell! The SRAM X7 twist grip has a very solid feel as you shift through the gears.
Here’s a closer look at the Avid DB1 hydraulic brake lever and the twist grip throttle. The reach of the brake lever (distance of the lever from the handlebar) can be adjusted with a screw on the back side of the brake lever.
The Velo Plush saddle on the Phantom XR has a narrow performance style front and a moderately wide back part for a comfortable ride.
The profile of the VeloPlush saddle.
ProdecoTech sends a bunch of tools and Boeshield T-9 lubricant along with their quick start guide with their bikes. I have never seen so many tools included with any other bikes and the same is true for the including lubricant. The Phantom XR came mostly assembled. To ride it: install the front wheel, handlebar, and pedals.
ProdecoTech also sends their lithium batteries in this box (within the bike box) and this battery box can be used again if you ever have to ship your lithium battery.
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