us give you some examples of how the Wavecrest bike changed
our lives. It was a six-mile trip up a steep mountain and I
had not been on a bike in years. An hour and a half later I
was at the top. My car was at the garage ten miles away and
I had no way to get a ride there to pick it up. The bike got
me there in under a half hour. Commutes to work, pacing family
members as they run or walk, bringing back the enjoyment of
mobility to those with bad legs, and the fun of challenging
yourself without worrying makes this a must test drive bike.
Best of all its truly earth friendly, people friendly, and
all you know about battery-powered bikes of the past. They had
a short range, were top heavy, and had no ability to climb
mountains. This 750, which is named for its adaptive 750 watt
motor, has none of there shortcomings. Now don't get me wrong,
I have nothing against cyclists who enjoys the challenge of
a long bike ride, but for those of us who have bad legs, don't
have the time to get in shape for long hauls, or just enjoy effortless travel,
this tough bike is ideal. I especially like the idea that it can be used by
a spouse to join the more athletic member of the family on biking excursions.
You can even pace a family member as he or she runs. You actually find excuses
to use the TidalForce.
can go about 20 miles on one charge and you can add another
battery for longer travel. While traveling you have your choice
the bike on cruise control or in turbo mode for more thrust, but a shorter
range. A small accelerator lever activated by your right thumb controls everything.
The learning curse is more like a line as everything is intuitive.
folds in half to fit into a trunk more easily, and the bike comes in two main forms, a mountain version and a beach cruiser. The former
rides a bit stiffer and has a more athletic seat, if you get my drift. The
real joy of this bike is the fact it also has 21 speeds so you can pedal as
much as you want. The gear changes are in the handle bar grips, the turbo boost
lever is close-by, and so is the electronic read out that gives you your remaining
battery life. A nice tidy package, but here is another plus. If you are going
downhill the motor cuts in to recharge itself with a flick of the brakes. This
is a well-engineered, user-friendly vehicle that deserves a test drive. And,
not just by commuters. The local police could use these and so could beach
guards. We were impressed, no doubt, but what sold us was how easy this Wavecrest
bike was able to alter out habits. Instead of thinking car first, we thought
bike first. Got Milk? If not, hop on and pedal or not to the local store. Parking
a problem at the beach? Pack this in the trunk and drive there.
which is probably a bad choice of words when describing an
electronic featured bike. First, it weighs nearly 70 pounds
so you need to know this when sliding it in and out of the
trunk. Secondly, we strongly recommend the second battery as
we noticed that when you were climbing and the energy left
rating gauge was under half the power would cut in and out.
battery would eliminate this worry.
in Laguna Beach - May 13, 2004
This thing is awesome. I am taking advantage of the pedal assist and getting
more than 40 miles on a charge. Unbelievable range and the local cops don't know
what to make of it. They only know they want one too. When you get yours, try
blasting past regular cyclists for fun, preferably on an uphill grade. If at
first they don't notice that you aren't pedaling, try pedaling backwards. Guaranteed
to freak out even the most hardcore cyclist and turn heads on the street.
photo may not be included because of legal considerations.
in New Zealand - May 2004 - After looking extensively
at electric bikes and owning a fairly
basic unit already I was really looking forward to taking
delivery of my new M 750 WaveCrest folding mountain bike. As
I live at the other end of the world in New Zealand it
is not so easy to just go down to the local store and browse.
That's where the internet comes into play.
The bike was ordered, left LA on 15th May 04 and was delivered to my door in
Auckland 15 days later by sea freight !
easy unpacking and even easier instructions to assemble the
bike was on the charger for its
initial charge. The next day I put it through
its paces and
it performed all tasks demanded of it. Battery power was great and it had the
power to go up all but the most severe hills unassisted. As I have weak legs
owing to old polio effects I need the bike to perform unassisted. I would imagine
if you added pedal power to the equation it would be fantastic. The Wavecrest
motor is very Quiet and the boys at the local Pub have dubbed it "Stealth." If
I have any criticism of the bike is that it is sometimes frustrating when you
hit the front brake you lose power to the motor and it takes a seconds to power
back up. Not really a problem though as you quickly learn to use the back brake.
The M750 is defiantly a Macho bike. My buddies love the military
/ heavy duty look and feel of the bike. This bike turns heads
wherever you go. I love pulling
alongside the Tri athlete types going up a hill then just silently pulling
away from them. For the girls maybe the very cool IO Cruiser
could be the one.
feedback from Neal in Arizona - May 1, 2004
the bike primarily on the paved and dirt roads in the Mexican village.
On one trip when the battery was fully charged I went up a very
steep dirt road with power to spare and in fact almost threw me
it's amazing Turbo setting. Very impressed with that ride. I
road it yesterday and in the evening. When two bars down
I rode it hard using Turbo and climbing hills including some
moderate off road fun. The battery was dead when I came home.
Charged over night to the trickle stage and battery indicator
shows a nice full battery of five bars. I also let others
ride and they just loved it. Some are interested in purchase. Not
going to get to optimistic but somehow,over night, it is
like a dream. I will have it fine tuned this weekend with
brake and chain adjustments. I really do like this bike and can't
wait to go to work so I can ride it this morning.
from Neal in Arizona - May 6, 2004
Last night I biked from my house up our paved mountain road
for 16.74 miles
from an elevation of 5300 ft to 7000 ft. This is long steady
climb and never
would have thought that I would get to the top. However, I
set the cruise
control at about 5 MPH and pedaled to try keeping the bike
over 5 MPH. The
motor would kick in only when it knew I needed help at below
5 MPH. I got to
top at 16.74 miles with two bars left. Took 1 hr and 58 min.
So proud of
myself. Came home and it was downhill so it charged and kept
the two bars
and finally ran out of power two houses down from where I live.
WOW! So I
went 33 miles in 2 hours and 56 min. round trip. I now weigh
199 and was
207. Loosing weight and having a blast at the same time. What
a great bike.
C. Au 10, 2003
have to say, I've had nothing but positive feedback on the Jackal
from everyone I've seen. Everyone is impressed by the quietness
of the Jackal, the impressive looks and build quality and
ingenious design. I've turned a lot of heads! I also own a Segway,
and I have to say, the looks i get on the road and everywhere
I go rival those I get from people when I've been on the
had many people say...now THAT's Transportation! I've given
the Electric Cyclery website info to many people.
Hopefully some of these will turn into future customers. So
far, I've not yet
encounters with the police. Once I do, I'll let you know how
from Andy on Aug 17, 2003
St. Louis, Saturday Night / Sunday Morning was the time for
Moonlight Ramble, a 15 mile bike ride through the streets of
St. Louis, Missouri. On this event, there are about 12,000
that participate and it's all for charity.
didn't have a working bicycle so I let her borrow mine and
the Jackal! I got lots of comments like "hey, that's cheating" but
it was all in good fun! All the feedback was positive!
As far as
the ride, I easily made it the 15 miles and had to take it
as I wanted to be careful not to disturb the other bike riders.
All in all, it was loads of fun and a great experience for
Had lots of questions as no one in St. Louis has seen anything
like the Jackal."
took the Jackal out for a spin today. My route consisted of streets,
bike trails and sidewalks. There were several very steep and long
hills on my trip. During my trip, I averaged about 25mph, with
bursts up into the mid 30's.
total length of the trip was 17.2 miles. I weigh 250 lbs. At
end of my trip, I could definitely feel the drop off in power
that would signify the end of my battery life. I was able to
home, but would not want to have pushed it more than another
my size and the terrain I was covering, I feel that the Jackal's
advertised range of 20-25 miles is completely reasonable. Had
I been covering more level terrain, I would have easily reached
25 miles, and possibly more. I
make good use of the freewheeling functionality, so I probably
gained quite a bit of range on the downhill stretches, but there's
definitely a price that's paid for climbing very steep hills.
received a kickstand from Thunderstruck Motors. Originally,they
had not shipped the Jackal with one. This had been an oversight.
It was simple to install and works great. My
brakes are working just fine. I'm
soon going to adjust the rear suspension, as with my size I think
it needs to be just a bit more firm. I've
added a battery operated tail light and rechargeable battery operated
headlight to the Jackal. I could have used a 48 to 12v converter
and tied into the Jackal's battery, but decided I don't ride at
night enough to warrant it. I've
been riding about 6 miles per day on average, and have had a blast
by the courier showing up this afternoon with the various taxes,
duties etc. sent C.O.D. Usually, my government (Canada) shakes
the funds out of me before the package even crosses the border.
Had the unit assembled too close to sunset to rush into a road
test. Just managed to discover the rocker switch underneath the
battery box and now all is ready for the morning. Spun Motobob's
wheel up in the air for a couple of minutes to welcome the unit
to British Columbia and then put on the battery charger for a
freshing-up. Road test tomorrow morning and like the information
recommends I will spend the first week really limiting the draw
on the battery to ten to fifteen minutes before recharging.