Blix is one of the many well-recognized California-based brands in the e-bike industry. Considering it was founded in Santa Cruz in 2014 by Swede, Pontus Malmberg, it’s safe to say that it’s one of those standout brands that walk the talk through the close to incomparably rapid growth it has undergone since that time.
While the company doesn’t outright say what its name stands for, it may well be derived from the same Swedish name that happens to stand for joy. For that’s what immediately stands out in the company’s general philosophy when it comes to design and riding experience. Its combination of utility, performance, style and highly affordable price tag pretty much guarantees enjoyment in more ways than one.
Blix: Economical E-Bikes that Satisfy Every Casual Rider’s Basic Criterion
Despite the relatively small catalog, Blix still manages to provide variety through its four major e-bike models. The categories they fall under fit well with the company’s target market, most of which are urban and casual riders. There’s an apparent laidback, simple vibe with most of their models’ designs and an apparent touch of the familiar and the classical commuter bike.
It may have adopted a more minimalist approach to design, but most riders soon discover that these e-bikes deliver plenty of power without going over the top with the costs, unlike most brands out there.
The brand may have its evident flaws, but it’s hard to name other companies that deliver value for money through its design and component decisions. These aspects, with all things considered, make it work better than other brands that adopt the same approach.
Blix Aveny Skyline Commuter Model
This feature-packed commuter highlights why many people are drawn to Blix’s models. Its integrated accessories leave no room for want and need, at least, as far as what most riders like to be added to an everyday commuter e-bike.
You get beautiful, classical-looking fenders, headlights, rear rack, and kickstand. The kickstand, thanks to its positioning, supports the extra weight on the rear portion of the e-bike, especially if there’s added load.
The wide seat post, low, stylish step-thru frame, and upright, swept-back handlebars are all hallmarks of top-notch comfort. Again, as we said before, the extra weight on the back might be a downside and may make it hard to lift the e-bike when needed. However, it’s stable overall when being ridden, and we have mostly the design elements to thank for that (e.g. the larger, wider tires and positioning and curving form of the fork).
The riding range tops at, at most, 40 miles (65 km), which is a plus. The rear-mounted motor may not be optimal for most, but it delivers more than enough power thanks to its 750W output and 70Nm of torque. Of course, we can’t ignore the fairly cheap price point as well.
We invite you to take a closer look at the Blix Aveny Skyline commuter model line here.
Blix Packa Genie Cargo Model
This is obviously one of the more family-oriented options available in the blix catalog. Almost instantly, we love that it gives you the option to include a second battery, without ballooning the price too much, and, as most riders go, we can’t have enough range when it comes to cargo options.
Same with the Aveny, the Packa doesn’t leave you asking for more when it comes to accessories. The wider than normal fenders, a sturdy kickstand, reflective tires, and bright headlights and rear lights suffice. We also love that you get plenty of accessories and different ways for you to use the rear cargo, allowing it to seamlessly serve as an alternative for a car.
The upright stem and handlebar do well to boost comfort, and the accompanying fork makes up for the lack of suspension. The 750W rear motor gives you all the power you need for those steep climbs, and the hydraulic disc brakes provide adequate stopping power despite the extra weight. With two batteries, you may get more than 100 miles (160 km) out of it, as one battery can already achieve 75 miles (120 km) on a full charge.
We invite you to take a closer look at the Blix Packa Genie Cargo model line here.
Blix Sol Eclipse Cruiser Model
The Sol cruiser has undergone numerous improvements in recent years. Its most recent incarnation, the Eclipse, deserves to be in the best cruisers discussion considering the said improvements and its very low cost compared to others with, more or less, the same quality.
Do take note, though, that some of the accessories you’ll expect may not be readily included in its base price. The fenders, rear rack, and suspension seat post are all optional. However, you do get puncture-resistant tires and headlights included.
The step-thru frame promptly gives you the impression that the company knows how to design a good, easy-to-mount cruiser.
Like other Blix models, this one uses a wide tire that aids in stability and comfort. These are then complemented by the swept-back handlebar and adjustable stem. This model’s included tech is well worth a mention since not only does it include all the needed controls for the e-bike, but throws in a USB port that lets you charge your phone while on the go, too.
Much like most Blix e-bikes, the pedal assist is highly responsive, thanks largely to the integrated cadence sensor. The Shengyi hub motor gives you as much as 90Nm of abundant torque, so expect this to make easy work of even the most challenging climbs. It more or less shares a similar range with the Aveny Skyline, giving you up to 45 miles (70 km) per full charge at most.
We invite you to take a closer look at the Blix Sol Eclipse Cruiser model line here.
Blix Vika+ Folding Model
For its price, the Vika+ easily beats a lot of other brands that offer folding e-bikes. After all, there’s no room to doubt the quality of its components, particularly the fenders, integrated lights, and rear rack. It even throws in an adjustable kickstand.
Much like its cousins, the Vika+ is also a step-thru. That makes it all the more recommended for people who are used to convenient mounting and dismounting but have limited options when it comes to folding varieties.
This one’s got a rear rack, which is a rare sight among folding models. That’s definitely a good thing if you’re aiming for transporting things while using a folding e-bike. Also, you normally don’t get bottle cage bosses in e-bikes, much less in folding varieties, so the fact that this has one is a big plus.
It’s not a pain to fold, unlike some models out there. Almost anyone can get the hang of it in no time, and it’s mostly because of the integration of magnet technology. We also love that it doesn’t compromise rider safety by including puncture-resistant tires with reflective and brake-activated rear lights along with a single headlight, though it only has mechanical disc brakes.
It uses a compact 500W geared hub motor by Shengyi, similar to other Blix models. It gives just enough torque with 50Nm in total. The range is slightly higher than other models, topping at 50 miles (80 km).
We invite you to take a closer look at the Blix Vika+ Folding model line here.
What Do Most Riders Think About Blix?
Almost any e-bike company that’s been around for more than 5 years and has had a solid presence in the market is bound to be more trustworthy among the majority of e-bike riders. We won’t hesitate to say that Blix fits the bill when it comes to that. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the company includes a two-year warranty in all their e-bikes, too.
Equally many are drawn to the aesthetics of the models, which prove that simplicity can slay higher-end brands in the style arena. The company gives you plenty of color options to choose from to customize.
Overall, it’s a brand that knows what riders want and makes it a point to deliver it. That is undoubtedly its simple success formula.
What Countries Does Blix Ship To?
As of this writing, Blix only ships to the US and offers free shipping within 48 states.
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Here is a quick glance at the Blix Vika+ electric folding bike: