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Tenways AGO X Review, 2023
Nov 06, 2023
A no-nonsense commuter e-bike with quality parts, a responsive mid-drive, and off-road potential.
As somewhat of a departure from Tenways’ urban-centric line of e-bikes, the AGO X is built to handle more than just asphalt and concrete. It still sports the brand’s trademark, however, with clean, contemporary styling that you just won’t find elsewhere! We dive into the bike’s specs, components, and real-world performance in this Tenways AGO X review.
Our favorite element of the bike was its great handling. Its uncommonly-wide 770 mm handlebars provided excellent control and its 29”x2.25” CST tires allowed for easy maneuvering while feeling solid and stable.
We also appreciated the responsiveness and power of the Bafang 250W mid-drive motor. With a torque sensor to inform the motor’s output, it delivered power in proportion to the intensity of our pedaling. While it certainly felt like an e-bike, the motor never overpowered the ride, so we were able to enjoy the natural feel of an analog bike with the added power (and fun!) from the motor.
The AGO is decidedly a commuter e-bike, but with its wide handlebars, Suntour suspension fork, and broad gearing range, it has the potential to be comfortable and effective for light off-road adventures. Tenways markets the AGO X as an “e-bike SUV,” and we think that’s a fair title, though it’s a bit more like a Subaru than a Jeep.
To learn more about the bike and its performance in the Electric Bike Report series of Speed, Range, Brake, and Hill Tests, continue reading our full Tenways AGO X review below!
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Bike Category: Commuter
Class 1 E-Bike:Pedal assist up to 20 mph
Tenways AGO X Video Review
Great handling, control, and stability from the combination of 770mm handlebars and CST street tires.
Riding feels fun, natural and intuitive due to the 250W mid-drive motor and torque sensor.
Off road potential! The AGO X’s gearing range, wide handlebars, and suspension fork give it flexibility for on- or off-road rides (with a tweak or two).
Stylish design. With smooth welds, an integrated headlight, and contemporary colors/branding, we think the AGO X looks awesome!
Fully outfitted with quality components. The bike uses parts from Bafang, Tektro, Shimano, Selle Royal and SR Suntour for lasting performance.
A refreshingly minimal cockpit with an appealing, easy-to-read color display.
Considering the bike’s design and marketing, we’d like to see the option for knobbier off-road tires to make riding in loose terrain more effective.
The wide taillight is a great start, but we’d like to see a unit that includes brake light functionality.
ELECTRICAL SPECS & FEATURES
Battery: 36V, 14Ah Lithium-ion Battery with LG Cells
Display: TFT LCD Color Display
Motor: Bafang M410 Mid-drive Motor (250W Power, 80 Nm Torque)
Controller: Integrated Controller of the Mid-drive Motor
Headlight: Integrated headlight
Taillights: Integrated Taillight
Peal Assist: PAS 1-5
Range: Up to 62 miles (claimed)
Throttle: Not Included
App: Tenways App
Weight & Dimensions
Claimed weight: 64 lbs
Rider height range:
Maximum rider weight:
Maximum load on the rear rack: 55 lbs
Total payload capacity:
Components & Accessories
Brakes: Tektro HD-275n Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Fork: SR SUNTOUR XCM32 ATB Lockout Fork w/100 mm travel
The AGO X felt stable, responsive, and confident even at speed.
The Bafang M410 mid-drive motor packed plenty of punch and power for the AGO X.
You’ve gotta love the clean Tenways design; the bike’s dual-beam headlight is integrated into the head tube!
Tenways AGO X Review: Speed Test
The goal of our Speed Test with the Tenways AGO X was to measure the speeds the bike was capable of in each of its pedal assist system (PAS) settings and gain an understanding of how the bike was programmed. To do this, I rode the bike first with the Bafang M410 motor deactivated to establish a baseline, but then engaged the PAS and stepped through each of the five assist settings.
As shown above, I was able to reach an admirable level of speed with no pedal assistance. The bike’s mid-weight (61 lb) frame with its mid-drive motor felt balanced and allowed me to reach 12.7 miles per hour with only my own effort.
With the motor engaged, PAS 1 made a relatively easy and comfortable ride even more enjoyable; I reached 15.2 mph with a casual level of effort. PAS 2 delivered more power, allowing me to pedal easily at 17.6 mph. PAS 3, 4, and 5 were all able to reach 20 miles per hour on our (mostly) flat test course – which, as a Class 1 e-bike, is the maximum motor-assisted speed of the AGO X.
It’s worth noting that, with a torque sensor, the bike’s speeds were not limited in each PAS setting (except by the Class 1 limit). I maintained a casual level of effort throughout the test to get a sense of where the bike felt most comfortable, but with harder pedaling, I could travel at higher speeds. The motor was able to adapt and respond to the amount of effort I applied, with each PAS setting dictating how much force was added to each pedal stroke.
After further testing, we learned that the power output of the motor differed in PAS 3, 4, and 5, but the increases between settings were only noticeable when pedaling uphill. On flat ground, the 250W motor was powerful enough – and the bike was light enough – that the additional power was generally not needed. Because of this, the motor felt more powerful than we expected from its specs!
With this in mind, we were pleased with the results of our Speed Test; the AGO X showed a remarkably linear and even distribution of speed/power up through PAS 3. This distribution means that riders can select a setting that gives them the power they expect, which ultimately makes operating the bike easier and more predictable.
We usually prefer to see this pattern continue across all PAS settings, but we appreciate that Tenways’ approach seems to be somewhat different from the norm. Based on this test, the bike offers three intuitive settings for riding on flat ground, and two additional settings to help riders conquer steeper hills.
The 504 Wh battery gives respectable range for long commutes through a variety of terrain types.
The bike’s 36V, 504 Wh battery is removable but cleanly integrated into the frame.
A Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain offers versatility for both hills and flat ground.
Tenways AGO X Review: Range Test
By using the process explained in the graphic above, we evaluated the range capabilities of the Tenways AGO X granted by its 36V, 504 watt-hour (Wh) battery. We measured distances between 31.5 and 49.9 miles using PAS 5 and PAS 1 respectively, with our tests enduring between 1 hour and 46 minutes and 4 hours.
Our results in PAS 1 fell short of Tenways’ advertised range of up to 62 miles, but many factors affect range, including weather, terrain, rider weight, etc. Pedal pressure is also a contributing factor due to the torque sensor; those applying more effort will use more power as the motor responds, while those pedaling casually should expect their charge to last longer. It is common for the estimates provided by manufacturers to reflect best possible conditions (a lightweight rider traveling relatively slowly on flat ground), so while we would like to have measured slightly better results, we aren’t hugely disappointed.
Compared to similar commuter-style e-bikes we have tested, the results of our PAS 1 test were lower than average, but this was likely due to the significant amount of power output/speed in this setting, as established in our Speed Test above. Faster speeds require more power from the battery, which reduces range. This is reinforced by our data; the AGO X traveled at an average speed of 15.6 mph throughout the test, while similar e-bikes that achieved greater distances in their tests traveled slower.
Interestingly, while the duration of our PAS 5 test was shorter than we expected, the distance we measured from the AGO X was comparatively better than average when examining our data for similar e-bikes.
Using the method explained briefly in our guide to e-bike batteries, we estimated that this test would last almost exactly 2 hours based on the specs of the bike’s motor and battery. Our results of 1 hour and 46 minutes indicate that the motor was somewhat less efficient than expected, which (in our experience) is unusual for a mid-drive that essentially divides the amount of effort with the rider.
Ultimately, a range of 31.5 to 49.9 miles is still commendable given the bike’s specs; this amount of distance offers a highly practical radius of travel from a single charge. Considering the results of our Speed Test, riders who do not need the added power from PAS 4 and 5 to climb hills may be able to extend their range by riding in PAS 3. Those willing to pedal with slightly more effort might accept the tradeoff of using PAS 1 to maximize the distance they can ride.
Tenways AGO X Review: Hill Test
With no throttle, we performed only a single Hill Test with the Tenways AGO X, using the process explained in the graphic above. In PAS 5, we measured a time of 1 minute and 49 seconds, with an average of 10 miles per hour.
Compared to similar e-bikes we have tested, our results with the AGO X were relatively average, but we were pleased to note that its placement in the rankings was maintained even when expanding the data to include other e-bikes with more powerful mid-drive motors. Additionally, average performance is indeed good; this means that the 36V electrical system allows the bike to largely keep pace with its peers.
The AGO X is equipped with a 10-speed Shimano Deore drivetrain (just one of many name-brand components on the bike) with a wide gearing range that accommodates uphill travel. The bike’s 38T chainring is paired with an 11-46T cassette designed to make climbing more comfortable; we appreciated the resulting (relative) ease of our experiences on inclines.
By its very nature, the AGO X requires some degree of effort when pedaling uphill. The bike’s relatively low-powered motor provides assistance to make the process easier, but is not capable of fully taking over. The torque sensor ensures that the motor responds to harder pedaling, responding accordingly and delivering additional power when climbing.
Overall, we were pleased with the capabilities of the AGO X; it maintains the feel of an analog bike while contributing enough power to make climbing even the steepest hills both possible and relatively easy!
We found ourselves partial to the Ocean Blue color, though the Starlight Silver and Midnight Black are also highly appealing!
The bike includes street-appropriate 29”x2.25” CST tires with puncture resistance.
The Tektro hydraulic brake system features 2-piston calipers and 180mm rotors.
Tenways AGO X Review: Brake Test
After three trials on the AGO X, we calculated an average stopping distance of 22’-5”. This result is slightly longer than our current average of 21’-11” for similar commuter-style e-bikes we tested previously.
The AGO X uses a Tektro HD-M275 “Draco” hydraulic disc brake system with 2-piston calipers and 180mm rotors. This is an entry-level hydraulic system often found on mountain bikes, making it appropriate for the “SUV” classification of the AGO X. While the result we measured with this system is slightly slower/longer than average, it is still well within our range of expected results; we don’t often have any concerns until an e-bike approaches the 24’-25’ mark.
By feel, the brake system on the AGO X seemed appropriate; the brakes easily kept my speed in check when riding down paved paths on steep hills. When braking hard, the rear wheel tended to kick to the right slightly, but overall, the bike felt stable and comfortable.
Our brake test is – for the most part – a pass/fail evaluation, and the Tenways AGO X passed with two thumbs up. We liked the feel and responsiveness of the Tektro Draco brakes, and feel that the system is both safe and effective.
A small color display organizes the most relevant ride data in an appealing and unique way.
Huge 770 mm handlebars provided awesome control and responsive steering in addition to just feeling great!
With 100mm of travel, the SR Suntour suspension fork kept the ride smooth.
The included cargo rack has a weight capacity of up to 55 lbs.
Tenways AGO X Review: Ride Quality
The AGO X is certainly performance-oriented, but we also found it generally comfortable and – at least in most cases – appropriately outfitted for its intended purposes. The relatively large pedals provided stability, the lightweight foam grips fit both the bike and my hands comfortably, and the Selle Royal saddle was slim enough to not be a hindrance while offering enough padding for lasting comfort on longer rides.
As an e-bike that places a focus on its commuter identity first, the AGO X features a more upright riding position than similar bikes geared toward off-road riding, but still incorporates a slight forward lean. We were pleased to see two frame sizes to accommodate riders from 5’-5” to over 6’-3”. At 5’-11” I was in the middle of the range for the Large size frame, and felt that it fit me well.
In previous sections of this Tenways AGO X review, I mentioned the bike’s great handling; this was one of the most prominent highlights of its ride quality. With 770-mm-wide handlebars, small adjustments were translated to larger steering motions of the wheel, ensuring that the bike went where I wanted it. It was almost impossible to feel anything but strong and confident with the great control these handlebars provided. We appreciate seeing similar features on any e-bike, but they are especially relevant on one with so much potential for off-road travel!
Before further discussing the myriad of things the AGO X did well, I do want to address one area that I believe was a slight miss regarding its specs. Considering the bike’s marketing and so many of the other components that lend the bike potential for off-road adventuring, I was surprised to see the relatively minimal and low-profile tread of the puncture-resistant CST tires. To be fair, the bike handled light dirt roads better than I expected, but for those who plan to ride in any more demanding terrain, I’d like to see the option for more off-road-appropriate knobby or hybrid tires.
I thoroughly enjoyed the overall ride feel of the AGO X; the 250W mid-drive often felt like a more powerful motor and responded almost instantaneously to changes in my pedaling. The 10-speed drivetrain felt snappy and provided flexibility for traveling at speed or climbing hills. The bike felt stable while riding with the 2.25” wide tires, and the interface was simple and clean.
The bike’s cockpit layout was minimal, with a small control panel and an unobtrusive display on the left bar and the rapidfire shifter on the right. I appreciated that the bike’s display was unique, colorful, well-organized, and easy to read. It also offered a wide variety of ride data that could be cycled through using the power button.
As with previous Tenways models we have reviewed, the AGO X features a beautifully-integrated headlight in the head tube. This follows the brand’s adherence to StVZO regulations; this German standard requires that the bike’s light be angled downward to avoid blinding drivers in automobiles. There is also a wide, bright taillight on the included cargo rack; I appreciated its visibility, but considering the bike’s purpose as a commuter, I’d prefer to see brake light functionality integrated into the light.
The AGO X can pair with the Tenways app for use as a secondary display, for tracking ride data, and for navigation – though we were unable to pair using the QR code in the display. We enjoyed our past experience with the app, but cannot speak to any experience specifically with the AGO X.
As a whole, I think the AGO X offers a fantastic ride quality with its responsiveness, handling, operation, and comfort. It earns enthusiastic approval despite a couple of minor flaws.
The Selle Royal saddle offered a good blend of comfort and performance.
Front and rear fenders are included to keep pants clean and dry on the morning commute.
With just three buttons, operating the AGO X was simple and comfortable.
The standard foam grips with lock on collars seemed to fit the bike’s personality well.
Tenways AGO X Review: Summary / Where to Buy
The Tenways AGO X takes itself seriously by including features and components that make it a capable commuter for daily trips to the office – but that also give it the potential to adventure off the beaten path. In our testing it delivered solid performance, a great overall feel, and an immediate and pleasantly surprising degree of enjoyment!
As an e-bike with a different approach from the other models in Tenways’ lineup, we expected there to be significant room for improvement – but our points of critique are few. Tires are an easy thing to change on the consumer side, but we’d prefer to see the option for more dedicated off-road tires to complement the bike’s otherwise-capable outfitting. And to improve its commuter functionality, we’d like to see a taillight with brake lights for improved communication with other motorists and cyclists on the road.
Otherwise, the AGO X quickly became a staff favorite at the EBR office; we appreciated its handling, its natural analog-bike-esque feel, its contemporary styling, and its unique and appealing interface.
We happily recommend the Tenways AGO X to those seeking a reliable, attractive daily ride in addition to something that can competently handle weekend adventuring (with a tweak or two). It’s a fun, confidence-inspiring e-bike that does its job as a sport utility vehicle on or off the pavement!
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 Tenways AGO X.