YikeBike Model V Review

Yikebike Model V Review
Yikebike Model V
Yikebike Model V Enclosed Motor Battery Wheel Folding Pegs
Yikebike Model V Led Headlights Steering Bar
Yikebike Model V Led Turn Signals And Brakes
Yikebike Model V Three Wheel Stability Training Setup
Yikebike Model V Left Bar Grip
Yikebike Model V Right Bar Horn Turn Signal
Yikebike Model V Stand And Transport Bag
Yikebike Model V 5 Amp Charger With International Plugs
Yikebike Model V Review
Yikebike Model V
Yikebike Model V Enclosed Motor Battery Wheel Folding Pegs
Yikebike Model V Led Headlights Steering Bar
Yikebike Model V Led Turn Signals And Brakes
Yikebike Model V Three Wheel Stability Training Setup
Yikebike Model V Left Bar Grip
Yikebike Model V Right Bar Horn Turn Signal
Yikebike Model V Stand And Transport Bag
Yikebike Model V 5 Amp Charger With International Plugs

Summary

  • A light weight, ultra-compact and folding, last mile electric transporter solution that looks kind of quirky and doesn't come cheap
  • Designed in New Zealand and available internationally, the Model V comes standard with the traditional two wheel setup as well as a three-wheel balance attachment
  • Limited top speed under 15 mph, excellent acceleration control with variable speed trigger throttle and automatic regeneration slowdown as well as a brake
  • Inflatable tires add cushion but may be vulnerable to thorns and pinch flats, seated design keeps body weight low and relatively stable, fold-out pegs let you brace for bumps

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Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

YikeBike

Model:

Model V

Price:

$4,995

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting, Travel

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

China, France, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, UAE, United States

Model Year:

2016

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

30 lbs (13.6 kg)

Frame Types:

Compact, Folding

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminium, PA6-GF Nylon

Frame Colors:

Charcoal, Silver, Gold

Geometry Measurements:

Folded: 24" Height, 22.5" Length, 6.5" Width, Unfolded: 30" Height, 41" Length, 25.5" Width

Cranks:

Folding Aluminum Pegs

Pedals:

No Pedals, Aluminum Alloy Foot Pegs

Handlebar:

Hydro Formed Aluminum, Rear Wrap Design

Brake Details:

Regenerative Motor Brake

Grips:

Rubber Contact, Plastic Body

Saddle:

Foam with Water Resistant PU Cover

Seat Post:

Reinforced Fiberglass (Provides Flexibility for Comfort)

Rims:

Aluminum Extruded and Plastic

Tire Brand:

Front: Primo, 20" x 1.35", Back: Heng Shin 8" x 1.25"

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)8 in (20.32cm)

Tire Details:

Front: 100 PSI, Back 90 PSI

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Carry Bag, Shoulder Strap, Tool Kit with Valve Adapter (To Inflate Front Tire) and Allen Keys, White LED Headlights on Bar Ends, Red LED Rear Lights with Amber LED Flashing Turn Signals and Chirping Noise (Audio Piezo Electric Horn and Indicator signals), Optional Extender Battery Pack, Can be Wrapped for Custom Colors and Logos, 3 Wheel Accessory (Included with Model V, 4.2 lbs)

Other:

1.5 lb 5 Amp Charger 220 and 110 (Thailand, Mexico, Europe and US Adapters), Rear Wheel is Fiberglass and Plastic with 6 Ply Tire and Thorn Proof Tube, Maximum Weight 220 lbs, Folded Size 43 Liters, Recommended Rider Height: Between 5'1" and 6'4", Rated to Climb 9% (5 Degrees) Gradient

Electronic Details

Motor Type:

Front-Mounted Geared Motor (6000 RPM Brushless DC Electric Motor)
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Motor Nominal Output:

200 watts

Motor Peak Output:

450 watts

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

6.6 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

237 wh

Battery Brand:

Sony

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium Manganese

Charge Time:

1.5 hours (1.5 Hours with Optional 5 Amp Fast Charger, Standard Charger is 2 Amps)

Estimated Min Range:

7 miles (11 km)

Estimated Max Range:

10 miles (16 km)

Display Type:

LED Console

Display Accessories:

Horn, Off/On Switch, Turn Signal

Drive Mode:

Trigger Throttle (On Right Bar)

Top Speed:

14.3 mph (23 kph)

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Written Review

The YikeBike is a unique urban transporter that handles like a bicycle but doesn’t use pedals, you use foot pegs for stability and squeeze the front wheel between your calves when riding. Instead of leaning forward to reach the handle bar, you reach downward to the sides and meet the steering bars that sort of wrap around from behind. These bars are covered with LED lights adding visibility and signaling functionality to the unit. On the right you have a kill switch, on the left there’s an on/off button and both bars have turn signal buttons. There’s also a horn and two variable speed throttle mechanisms (the one on the right is the throttle and the one on the left is the brake which activates power regeneration).

At first, I thought the YikeBike was kind of noisy but Sam explained that extra volume was added to create awareness because the YikeBike is typically used in pedestrian areas and this helps to alert people on sidewalks etc. to move out of the way. In addition to the whirring noises, there’s a beeping signal horn. Operating the bike is kind of tricky at first, especially with the standard two-wheel setup… but this provides the best turning radius and most compact fold. The Model V is YikeBike’s most affordable offering now which comes in three colors and includes a two-wheel balance bar accessory that can be swapped in for the standard single rear wheel. In my experience, even with the three-wheel setup (two wheel bar plus the large front wheel) it’s still not completely stable… and maybe that’s the point. You need to lean when turning and the two wheel bar has springs inside that make this possible while still improving stability. The original two-wheel bar could actually carry a passenger on the original YikeBike (they could stand on it and hold your shoulders) but I’m not sure if that’s the case with the newer Model V.

All things considered, the YikeBike is efficient and kind of addictive to ride… the balance challenge makes it fun and there’s a real sense of speed. Because it uses inflatable tires you get some improved comfort going over bumps and cracks but you could get a flat if you don’t keep the tubes full or cross a patch of thorns. Be very careful when swapping the single wheel with the two wheel option and vice versa to not strip the bolt threads and don’t lose the valve stem part because that’s required to inflate the front tire. Included with the bike is a neat little stand but you only get one so if you’re commuting with this thing you’ll either need to fold or lean it at one of your destination points. I like that the charger they included is a faster 5 Amp design and that it’s fairly small and light weight at ~1.5 lbs. I also appreciate the clip-in points for the handle bars and just how compact and neatly it folds. The YikeBike is truly unique and I’m amazed that after several years being on sale globally it’s still going strong and even offered in a more expensive lighter weight carbon fiber design.

In the video review we talked about how the YikeBike was featured on Storage Wars (Season 3, Episode 22). If you’d like to watch the full episode it can be purchased for a couple of bucks on YouTube here. Big thanks to Sam Townsend from Myron’s Extreme Machines in Fullerton for the opportunity to ride and review the YikeBike!

Pros:

  • The Model V comes standard with an articulated “3 wheel” rear axle that changes the YikeBike from a less stable two wheel to a three wheeler akin to a trike (you can still do the two-wheel design, it just comes with the three wheel setup as well)
  • Available in three professional colors including charcoal, silver and gold… you could match your phone, differentiate your unit from family/friends or optimize for visibility (with the more reflective silver)
  • High quality accessories including a canvas bag, high power five amp charger and metal stand… though only having one stand means that the unit might tip at one end of your commute, you could fold it down and stow it in the bag
  • Surprisingly tough and solid, Sam (who weighs ~260) rode it off a small curb several times without encountering issues
  • Fiberglass composite saddle base and post are designed to flex slightly as you ride, helping to smooth out little cracks and bumps
  • The motor delivers impressive power and acceleration, I had no issues zipping up to speed or climbing and it pulled Sam quite well
  • The folding design is truly brilliant (especially when using the standard single wheel in the back), the YikeBike gets very compact and even has pins so the handlebars click in and don’t flop around as you carry it
  • The charger includes several plug adapters for use in Asia, Europe and the US
  • It folds pretty quickly and gets extremely compact when folded, just 1.52 cubic feet – the size of a large briefcase
  • While 30 lbs isn’t exactly light, the unit is easy to lift… it’s not an especially awkward or floppy design once it’s stowed in the bag
  • Features regenerative braking to extend range and smooth out stops, the motor doesn’t freewheel when you coast so there’s a natural slowdown when you aren’t squeezing the throttle
  • Includes front and rear lights, turn signals, hazards and an electronic horn for improved safety (especially useful for evening riding if you use it to commute)
  • The YikeBike can be skinned or wrapped for branding and promotional purposes just like cars sometimes do

Cons:

  • The Model V is the most affordable YikeBike in production (at the time of this review) but it still costs nearly $5k which seems like a lot… though the compact and custom design really is unique
  • The inflatable tires could be more vulnerable to thorns and glass than run-flat foam/rubber solid options, also pinch flats could occur if the PSI drops over time so check them occasionally… in order to inflate the front tire you need to take the cover off and use a special valve stem adapter which is a bit more of a hassle and means you need to keep track of a unique accessory (don’t lose that part!)
  • The motor does produce noise, a sort of electronic whir mixed with regeneration sounds, it’s not the quietest electric transporter around and apparently they added this noise on purpose to create awareness given the intended use of riding around pedestrians on crowded sidewalks and streets
  • With the three-wheel stability option connected the YikeBike doesn’t fold as neatly or get as compact… it also weighs a bit more in this configuration and threading it or the standard single rear-wheel option on/off is a bit delicate, don’t strip the threads!
  • Because the charging port is located inside the front wheel hole, you can’t really plug it in when the unit is folded because that’s where the smaller rear wheel fits in
  • The turning radius is a bit limited because the front wheel has stoppers that keep it from swiveling too far in either direction
  • This thing takes a bit of practice to learn, I found that squeezing the front wheel between your calves helps and relaxing and leaning back a little

Resources:

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Eoin Kirwan
6 months ago

I want to buy that bike helmet! Any leads?

jerry P.
9 months ago

A fool and his money are soon parted. STUPID.

valveman12
10 months ago

I think the Yikebike is cool and definitely unique, however for me it is just an expensive toy with not a lot of practical uses. I would sooner spend $5K on a good electric bicycle. I think Yike is the sound you make when you hear the price.

MUHIRWA Aimable
11 months ago

Its awesome but expensive...

RC
2 years ago

They need to reengineer this

in2food
2 years ago

5K is a lot of six mile cab rides

Gary Lazo
2 years ago

I think you spend to much time on these e bikes that cost way to much for any sane person to own I thought the whole idea of owning an e bike was to have a cheap way to get around .Your not one of us normal people Im not going to watch your vids anymore

Lucas Lucas
2 years ago

In the netherlands we use that Asia one wtf

Carl Hewitt
2 years ago

It's also illegal in Europe because it has no brakes....

Dax Wagner
2 years ago

Watch the video. He said it has regenerative brakes.

that one guy
2 years ago

Jarrod and brandi!!

Lillian
2 years ago

I tried this before they came out with the rear wheels. I was too short for it. Now I'm glad I opted for the CityBug2S and Segway MiniPro (I already have a Segway PT). But I'm happy that this company is continuing to produce great products.

Grouchy Dude
2 years ago

too noisey

Kamalakrsna Devi
2 years ago

"YIKE" !!! what u say when u hear the price 4 that BIKE. thats why "YikeBike" this is 4 rich kids.

Sean Ó Briain
2 years ago

It looks cool, but for that price - it's really just an expensive toy. Better off getting an electric bicycle or scooter. More range, more practical and better value for money.

Fredrik Hansson
2 years ago

Hmm, cool? At this price, range and speed are too low for being worth it. This is not a serious solution to an existing problem, it's just a fun toy. Thanks for a good review!

Tomatoes & Lemonade W/ Weird Fishie
2 years ago

Hey- could you guys do a review of the 800w boom moped/scooter? It looks sweet.

James Ledesma
2 years ago

6 miles $5,000 that's pretty expensive you can get if you can get a new three-wheel Elio car that's coming out and get 85 miles to the gallon and not have to plug it in nobody makes it through mixed up that rear wheel on that thing electrified our talk in a total different car

ElectricRideReview.com
2 years ago

+James Ledesma The Elio looks awesome! I love the concept and am excited to see more and more affordable transport. The Yikebike is a bit odd in what it offers and how it looks... it's a niche product but it's also kind of wonderful in a way that it exists at all :)

Eskil Eriksson
2 years ago

Nice review, cool product. Saw your earlier video on it, happy to hear more about it. Btw., every tire shop that service heavy trucks (or any double mounted wheels) have valve stem adapters to sell.

ElectricRideReview.com
2 years ago

+Eskil Eriksson Oh, that's great! Yeah, Sam was talking about being careful not to lose it and I figured it was pretty rare. Thanks for the tip about replacement Eskil ;)

DanieI Joseph
2 years ago

It's cool, but it's over priced & noisy compared to a 'Ninebot One' electric unicycle.

Lillian
2 years ago

I get my CityBug2S tomorrow! I have a Segway i2, and am getting the Ninebot Segway Mini Pro next month.

DanieI Joseph
2 years ago

+ElectricRideReview.com I'd say a 'citybug 2' electric scooter or evolve electric skateboard are the best options for most people as they are easy to ride as most people are familiar with these modes of transport.
I like the fun & compactness of an electric unicycle 'Ninebot One P' as it can fit in my gym locker/boot of my car easily, plus tackle off roading & tricks one you've learnt to ride it. :)
fazer12779 if you want to check my basic videos out.

ElectricRideReview.com
2 years ago

+DanieI Joseph Which one do you ride most? Do you have a favorite or one that you'd recommend as being the most useful?

DanieI Joseph
2 years ago

+ElectricRideReview.com I have one. Been riding for two years now.
I've had airwheel - ninebot - electric skateboard - mini moto - go ped etc

ElectricRideReview.com
2 years ago

+DanieI Joseph Yeah, I'm hoping to check that thing out one of these days. Ninebot has a whole line of self balancing stuff and it sounds like they own Segway now? Have you tried the Ninebot One?

Paul Carter
2 years ago

7-10 miles is ridiculous and totally useless when it takes 1.5-2 hrs to recharge.

The new stuff has to be hitting 20 miles min to be of any use / value.

Paul Carter
2 years ago

yes

ElectricRideReview.com
2 years ago

+Paul Carter Cool, that's the one with the pressure sensitive pads on top?!

Paul Carter
2 years ago

Ecco Recco M5 does 8-10 miles and costs $1300. I had one and loved it but I really need 15-20 miles. I ordered a ZBoard pearl a yr ago which should do the job.

ElectricRideReview.com
2 years ago

+Paul Carter I'd like to see that kind of performance as well but most people only need a few miles to/from their office when public transportation is also a part of the equation. Keeping it light and more "affordable" was probably the major focus... even though it is still so expensive due to the custom design ;)

Clark Guo
2 years ago

+Paul Carter It can go 20kms which is 12.5 miles within one full charge. Big battery, big weight, that is the technology. It is using the same battery cell as Tesla's. 20 kms is a long way for bikes, also it can be charged in very short time.