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The Flyer L885 EBike

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The Flyer L885 EBike

The Flyer L885 EBike

Summary

The Flyer L885 e-bike is an excellent example of this new wave of bikes. This e-bike comes equipped with many intrinsic features that make your cycling experience a pleasure. Designed to provide ultimate convenience, this e-bike has a weight capacity of 400 pounds and its rear portion is spacious enough to haul passengers and goods comfortably. These bikes also reach speeds up to 20 miles per hour and can travel up to 50+ miles on a single charge. Pretty sweet right!? But like any newly launched product, it comes with some drawbacks. Keep reading ahead to learn everything about this e-bike!

Overall
4.8

Pros

  • Lightweight yet heavy-duty aluminum frame
  • Exceptional weight capacity of 400 lbs
  • Puncture- and wear-resistant tires
  • Can be customized with several accessories
  • Reputable brand we all grew up trusting .

Cons

  • Motor makes a humming sound when accelerating
  • LCD display shows battery life with bars instead of a more accurate percentage
  • Bigger LCD would be nice, but realize that would jump the price up

With the advancement of technology, there has been a rapid shift towards electric bikes in the past few years. These bikes are far superior to their traditional counterparts because they are not only more efficient and reliable, but they are also far less expensive to maintain.

The Flyer L885 e-bike is an excellent example of this new wave of bikes. This e-bike comes equipped with many intrinsic features that make your cycling experience a pleasure. Designed to provide ultimate convenience, this e-bike has a weight capacity of 400 pounds and its rear portion is spacious enough to haul passengers and goods comfortably. These bikes also reach speeds up to 20 miles per hour and can travel up to 50+ miles on a single charge. Pretty sweet right!? But like any newly launched product, it comes with some drawbacks. Keep reading ahead to learn everything about this e-bike!

Design

Featuring an ergonomic design, this e-bike has an aluminum frame that rolls on a 26” front wheel and a 20” rear wheel that makes it easy to maneuver on rough and bumpy terrains. This product comes equipped with 7-speed Shimano gear shifters that help provide a smooth ride while the Tektro’s cable-actuated disc brakes provide a lot of modulation and stopping power. One nice thing about this bike is that it doesn’t feel overly heavy — the frame is very light and agile, and the handlebar stem is adjustable to just about anyone. It has ergonomically designed TPE rubber handles that adds to overall comfort while riding.

This e-bike features a throttle control which helps kick-starting from a dead stop. The Flyer L885 has five pedal assist levels which can help you ride up and down hills if desired. It features a 500W brushless rear hub motor that provides a range of 30- 50 miles with one full charge. The battery is removable making it easy to charge at home or carry on long trips. Its sturdy dual-arm kickstand keeps the cargo bike stable while loading and unloading goods.

The L885 features built-in front and back LED lights that improve visibility while traveling at night, faux wood panels, and footrests on the rear side. It also comes with an LCD that provides all the essential information while enjoying your ride.

The Flyer L885 EBike

Performance

When it comes to performance, the Flyer L885 is one of the most efficient bikes in its class. Equipped with a 500W brushless rear hub motor, the L885 is great at maintaining speed, so you won’t find yourself pedaling frantically to keep up with traffic when driving on flat terrain or downhill. When you reach a hill or need to make a turn, it can help push you along with smooth and steady power.

That said, this bike’s motor does make a whining noise when accelerating. And just like a standard hub-mounted system, the Flyer L885 comes in with one shortcoming. The motor requires almost half a pedal stroke before the assist sets in. Not a big deal and pretty common for rear hub motors.

With its five levels of pedal assist, the L885 EBike gives you more options for riding than any other electric bike in its class. You can set the assist level to match your strength, endurance, or energy level.

This e-bike features a throttle control which helps kick-starting from a dead stop. The Flyer L885 has five pedal assist levels which can help you ride up and down hills if desired. It features a 500W brushless rear hub motor that provides a range of 30- 50 miles with one full charge. The battery is removable making it easy to charge at home or carry on long trips. Its sturdy dual-arm kickstand keeps the cargo bike stable while loading and unloading goods.

The L885 features built-in front and back LED lights that improve visibility while traveling at night, faux wood panels, and footrests on the rear side. It also comes with an LCD that provides all the essential information while enjoying your ride.

The Flyer L885 EBike

Battery Life

Battery life can be a major concern for anyone who plans to use an electric bike for transportation. After all, it’s not much use if you’re unable to go from point A to B without running out of juice mid-journey. The Flyer L885 e-bike has a range of about 30-50 miles, which is about average for this type of bike. We tested the range using mostly ALL throttle and were able to get about 38 miles on one charge, so we were right in line with the advertised range.

This bike can take almost 10 hours to obtain a fully charged state. This duration means it’s best to make sure you charge your bike at night to ensure it’s ready for the next day. That said, a user can also incorporate a second battery in the structure and considerably extend the bike’s range of usability. However, it will increase the bike’s overall weight to a certain extent.

Additional Accessories

There are numerous accessories available for the L885 on the Flyer website. Although most are cargo-related, you can easily choose from the available extra battery and customize your bike according to your benefit. For instance, you can install the Thule Yepp Maxi seating for children, costing you around $260. A carrier available for $300 is perfectly suited for hauling kids and cargo at once. You can also install storage baskets that range from 100$ to 500$ to make your bike suitable for carrying heavyweight cargo. You can also purchase a battery with an extended range for $500, making your L885 even more durable. In addition to these, you can buy customized helmets, mirrors, t-shirts, and water bottles.

As far as competition is concerned, the Flyer L885 has a similar structure and building mechanism to that of Rad Power’s RadWagon 4 and the Momentum PakYak cargo bikes. Although the PakYak is shorter, lighter, and more powerful than the L885, it costs almost thrice as much. On the other hand, RadWagon 4 is prone to tire failures.

So if you are looking for a practical cargo bike at a good price point, then the L885 will be the ebike for you.

Specifications

TOTAL WEIGHT 73 pounds
Motor 500W brushless rear hub motor
Battery Samsung Lithium-Ion, 48V, 15Ah, 500Wh
Charging Time up to 10 hours
Maximum Range (advertised) 50 miles
Maximum Assist Speed (advertised) 20mph
Drivetrain Shimano 7-speed
Wheels 26 inches front wheel with 3 inches wide tire, 20 inches rear wheel with 3 inches wide tire
Brakes Cable-actuated Tektro disc
Assist 5 levels, including throttle
Maximum Gross Capacity 400 pounds

Final Verdict on Flyer L885

There is no doubt that the Flyer L885 has earned its reputation for being a good cargo bike in a very short time. It offers ample functionalities that make it a practical replacement for transportation than any other cargo bike at a lower cost margin. It’s sturdy, reliable and extremely powerful. It comes with disc brakes that are powerful enough to stop on a dime (averaged 10 ft @ 15mph), making you feel safe even if you’re riding downhill. The bike also features a LCD screen that shows important data about the bike’s status such as speed, distance, power and battery life.

However, despite all its positives, there are a couple drawbacks we feel are pertinent enough to mention; the Flyer L885 makes a humming noise when accelerating, its not a loud noise but enough to notice. And we would like to see a percentage for the battery life for a more accurate reading on how much time we have left before needing to charge.

All in all, if you need a safe and reliable e-bike for commuting, running errands, or hauling the kids around, the Flyer L885 is definitely worth considering!

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