The Eskute Voyager is one of the best eMTBs below the pricepoint of €1,000. Being a hardtail electric mountain bike, the Voyager is formulated with a dash of speed. Enough to have you readily swipe your credit card on the terminal.
If you haven't seen the video on the Eskute Voyager, check it out first!
For a while now, in the industry of eMTBs, it's progressively harder to find affordable and reliable rides to supplement our journey for the day. The cheapest e-bikes nowadays range from €1,500 and above.
So it is with my duty to present to everyone,
"An E-bike that offers Cheap thrills and more!"
First and foremost, let's lay down the technicalities and get them out of the way of the review.
Voyager tech specs
- Motor: 250W Brushless Gear Hub
- Gearing: Shimano Tourney RD-TY300D, 7 Gear
- Top Speed: 25 km/h (15 mph) due to legal limitations
- Range: 85-100 km (53-62 miles) depending on modes
- Battery: 48V 10 Ah (480 Wh)
- Weight: 25 kg (55 lbs)
- Max load: 120 kg (225 lbs)
- Frame: 6061 Aluminium Alloy
- Brakes: Tektro MD-M311 brakes on 160mm rotors
- Tires: Kenda 27.5" x 2.1" Puncture resistant
- Chain: KMC Z51 Rust-proof
- Extras: LCD display with speedometer, wattmeter, battery gauge, PAS level indicator, odometer, trip meter, front and rear LED lights, 5 PAS speed system, twist throttle, charging accessories, toolset, front and rear fender.
Presenting the Goods
We always start with the good stuff. First of all, like every other e-bike regulated in the EU, the Voyager itself has a top speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph). It's definitely not slow, but not fast either. I'm guessing there's a reason why Eskute writes "25 km/h locking" on their website. There might be a chance to unravel more incredible speed, but I'll let you guys find out for me.
This particular series, the Voyager, is intended to do more than the Wayfarer, another e-bike of their current line. With a more powerful battery at 48 V and 10Ah totaling 480 Wh, the barrier of 100 km (62 miles) is visible. But of course, if there is a slight chance of modifying the speed limit, you'll be left with a lot less in the tank.
Voyager in Detail
Encompassing a sleek design similar to big brands, the proportions of the Voyager work harmoniously with the specialized motor by Bafang. The Voyager isn't extraordinarily long in size as well, spanning a 112cm (44 inches) wheelbase; it's perfect for an everyday trail bike. Also, with the battery sitting seamlessly on the down tube facing up, you don't have to worry about it abruptly popping out during your ride. The bulk of the electric bike is made of 6061 Aluminum Alloy, which means it's as sturdy as it gets, with a bit of sacrifice of weight reduction. Overall, the Voyager seems to a great deal for what it entails, but does it really?
Finally, the Test Run
As much as I wish to test this e-bike in the field of challenges (the trails), the weather didn't permit it. So instead, I took it a notch higher and tested it in the city, down some stairs, and hopefully not run into my lovely neighbors.
Firstly, I commend Eskute for coming up with such an affordable e-bike. Because riding the bike feels like magic. My rider specs are 182cm (6 feet) tall, 68kg (150 lbs) in weight. While trying to impress pedestrians with my crazy antics, I manage to bounce up curbs and steps alike without a hitch. I'm guessing this is due to the smartly-fitted front suspensions that the Voyager has. It provides enough shock resistance to reduce the impact on my weak knees, which I find most pleasing.
Ever tried sledding down a hill? Cause that's what I felt like trying to zoom down a random staircase I chanced upon. It was a little scary at first, and I generally don't recommend to this anyone, but if you're looking for a bit of adventure. Be sure to bring band-aids. I managed to nick the pedals while speeding down the steps, but oh boy, were they alright, aluminum pedals are a godsend. Whatever I tried to do to this electric bike, it held up pretty well.
Kicks up a sweat.
A little on the heavier side, the occasional stair climb can be pretty tricky. The way I work around this is not to try being a weightlifter. Simply just roll the e-bike up the steps. Fair enough.
The 480 Wh battery proved to be exemplary. I'm not entirely sure if it runs the total 100 km (62 miles), but there didn't seem to be an issue of lowering the electric assist while riding. The LCD panel displays all necessary information for me when riding. That includes a Speedometer, Odometer, Battery Levels, and the PAS level. The Voyager has five layers of pedal-assistance, which I believe is sufficient for everyone.
Fitted with 160mm Tektro M311 Disc brakes, it works. But personally, I prefer something more prominent with a faster cooling rate. But then again, it doesn't hinder the performance.
While I have some issues with the Eskute Voyager, it's all due to my being particular about my rides. It's actually an excellent deal for under €1,000. You don't break your bank; Eskute gets raving reviews; it seems like a win-win situation.
It's an enjoyable bike that's suited for the outdoors: a nicely fitted battery, decent level components like Tektro disc brakes, and Shimano 7-speed transmission. And yes, metal pedals! That's definitely a surplus to those plastic ones.
It's a great deal, so head on to Eskute to see their deals. You won't miss it for anything.