Chinese electric bicycle manufacturer FREY Bike recently announced the launch of its more economical hub motor-equipped FREY Runner touring e-bike.
FREY has long been known for its high-end electric mountain e-bikes that come equipped with powerful mid-drive motors. The company’s focus on high-end e-bikes pushed the brand’s prices into the $3,000 to $5,000 range for several of its electric two-wheelers. Luckily, the new FREY Runner e-bike is a more economical e-bike, available with a starting price tag of just $2,580.
The FREY Runner comes equipped with a simple hub motor drivetrain, 29-inch or 27.5-inch wheels, a RockShox Recon fork, 4-piston Tektro HD hydraulic disc brakes, Maxxis tires, Shimano Alivio 9-speed transmission, and a 48V 21Ah battery capable of delivering 1,008 Wh. The manufacturer is offering the e-bike in three frame sizes: M, L, and XL.
The battery of the new e-bike has nicely been enclosed in the aluminum frame’s downtube, ensuring a sleek design. However, the battery can be unlocked and removed for charging anywhere in the house or office. It powers three different motor options, depending on availability. The manufacturer is offering three Bafang hub motors (rated for 250W, 500W, or 1,000W) to choose from. In European markets, consumers will have to get satisfied with the smallest motor option as local power regulations don’t allow bigger options. In other areas, consumers will be able to take full advantage of the company’s two larger motor options.
In order to offer responsive & intuitive-feeling performance, the motors in all options are paired with a torque sensor that has been positioned in the pedal assist system to offer responsive and intuitive-feeling performance.
Designed and developed for touring, the FREY Runner e-bike also comes equipped with a rear rack, rated for a load of up to 150 kg (approximately 330 lb). It means it is capable of carrying large riders as well as large gear loads. Depending on the electric motor, the e-bike weighs in the range of 27.2 to 29.5 kg (approximately 60 to 65 lb).
Jinhua, China-based FREY hasn’t released speed specs for the new e-bike yet, though other e-bikes of the brand are known for reaching speeds of more than 30 mph (51 km/h) when unlimited. The FREY Runner can’t be expected to go that fast, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the 1,000W model delivering speeds of up to 28 mph (45 km/h).