Engwe is a relatively new company, starting its operations in 2014 with headquarters in Shenzhen, China. It was founded by three biking enthusiasts who want to improve their rides while keeping them affordable to the general riding public.
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Much like most e-bike companies, it also aims to promote sustainability and minimize carbon emissions worldwide.
Is Engwe a Good E-bike Brand to Buy?
If you want models that are adequately specced and friendly on the wallet, Engwe makes a good choice overall. It is not gunning for the top spot regarding components, features, and accessories. Instead, it’s a solid entry-level choice with excellent value for money.
List of Engwe E-bikes
|Engine X/Pro/Aurora – our review||Folding, Fat|
|C20 Pro – our review||Folding|
|M20||Fat tire, dual battery, moped-style|
A brief sweep of the catalog tells us that Engwe is overwhelmingly a folding e-bike manufacturer. Only one model, the P26, in the EU catalog (its largest arm) falls under the commuter category. The rest are either purely folding offerings with fat subvariants, depending on which line they belong to.
It doesn’t take long to see that Engwe leverages its budget-friendliness by going all the way in the essentials. It stands out by delivering all it can in terms of power, top speed, and riding range in its models, based on its mainly entry-level price tags.
Engwe Folding Models
Models that clearly stand out in the brand’s foldable lines are the EP-2 Pro and Engine Pro. The EP-2 Pro comes in at 74 pounds or 33 kg, which is not much of an upside.
However, we have much of the powerful 750W brushless gear motor to (blame) for that.
Of course, we hesitate to use that term since it makes this Engwe offering stand out. It tops 28 mph (45 km/h) and can give as much as 80 Nm of torque – undoubtedly high-end figures if we’ve ever seen one.
It doesn’t stop there, of course. You also get over 70 miles (110 km) of riding range from its battery. Now, if you’ve been praying for more power and riding range in entry-level categories, it’s hard to not recommend this.
And, it’s not like those are its only superb qualities. It also comes with fat tires, making it an ideal commuter option if you must go through rough roads daily. It doesn’t hurt that it comes with front suspension, too.
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Overall, it doesn’t take long to get the hang of riding. It also comes with practically the same complete set of accessories (front lights, kickstand, rear rack, and all) found in Engwe folding models meant for urban riding and commuting – with a sprinkle of light to mildly moderate offroading.
All of these good things for less than $1,000? That’s a bonafide steal, and yes, we won’t have second thoughts about repeating that, even though it could use a bump style-wise.
The Engine Pro line is similar to the upgraded EP-2 Pro (find our Engine X review here). Otherwise, the specs are similar. They also share the same downsides, with the hefty weight being the primary concern.
You can also get over 70 miles (110 km) of range but note that this mainly depends on your chosen power mode. This one comes with three options: Eco, Normal, and Sport. It’s safe to say that if you use the first mode most of the time, achieving ranges close to that brand estimation won’t be complicated.
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Interestingly, this has front and rear suspension, so it’s more of a rough rider than its cousins. We think the latter isn’t essential, given that it’s already got relatively large fat tires, which add to the suspension and stability when the road gets bumpy.
It’s important to note that the motor has a 1000W peak power, making it a bonafide juggernaut and dampening its weight issue a bit. The equally massive all-terrain fat tires only seal the said label.
However, it’s a folding offering you may not be too keen to fold and haul when needed. At least, we can say as much if handling all 32.7kg (72 pounds) of the e-bike’s total weight isn’t up your alley.
Another thing that makes it great, especially its upgraded version, is that it comes with front and rear hydraulic brakes. Not really a surprise since you need all the stopping power you can get to match the extra-strong motor.
Moreover, it comes with cruise control, an 8-speed shifter (for more control), and an LCD display with a light sensor.
As for other models such as the T14, X26, and C20, here are what makes them exceptional:
- The T14 is more of a lightweight option for casual rides and is specifically designed for paved roads only.
- The off-roader X26 pushes the power limit further with its 1200W (peak power) motor. Besides that, it’s no different or as noteworthy as the more popular models reviewed above.
- The C20 Pro is a compact offering that ditches the fat tires to reduce weight and save space but retains the stellar riding range and power.
What’s sure is that you can expect to not be disappointed by these other models’ battery and motor specs, too, especially the X26 (however, the weight problem remains).
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Engwe Commuter Models
The sole commuter offering in the catalog, the P26 embodies the Engwe philosophy. For one, it can guarantee up to 100km of riding, around 62 miles. That’s what you can typically expect from higher-end brands that cost thrice or even 5x more than what the P26 offers.
On the other hand, the 250W brushless motor tops at 15.5 mph and delivers up to 40Nm of torque. These are decent numbers for the price, but the 36V 17Ah battery stands out better, thanks to the generous range. The range can be exceptionally felt if you don’t entirely rely on electric mode.
Also, the US version actually incorporates a better motor that can achieve 25 mph and an even more capacious 48V battery.
The Shinano 7-speed gear, over 26kg (57 pounds) weight, and mechanical disc brakes are average but are to be expected given the price range. The front suspension gives it some leeway to handle unpaved roads, trails, and paths but nothing more challenging.
Read also: How to select the best commuter e-bike (with examples)? – also in this article. And, how much does a commuter e-bike cost?
The model’s name likely took inspiration from its 26” tires, which are still verifiably durable even though they’re an inch smaller than the more popular 27.5” ones nowadays. That’s not to mention the innate puncture protection it has.
As for the accessories, it comes complete with front/rear lights, mudguards, a pannier rack, and a kickstand, all of which are reliable but not too noteworthy.
Last but not least, the mid-step frame mildly helps to make mounting and dismounting a walk in the park. Overall, the above-average specs are the main pull, making it a steal for the price.
Does Engwe Offer E-bike Accessories?
Yes, but the exact items you can buy largely depend on the region you’re in. If you’re in the EU, you can expect more variety. You can buy lithium batteries, rack bags, helmets, phone mounts, controllers, air compressors, rearview mirrors, and bike locks.
The choices in the US are the same, while in Australia, there are mostly rack bags, bike locks, batteries, trunk bags, and phone mounts.
Read also: Selection of our favorite e-bike accessories to help you find the right gear for your needs.
Does Engwe Offer Manufacturer’s Warranty?
The lithium-ion batteries are covered by a 1-year warranty that takes effect during the exact date of purchase. The same goes for most of the components. The warranty for the battery doesn’t cover normal wear, power surge damage, or issues arising from incorrect charging or faulty maintenance.
Does Engwe Offer a Trial Period for Its E-bikes?
The brand makes no mention of any trial period that it’s offering to interested parties.
What Do Most Riders Think of Engwe?
Most reviewers unanimously agree that Engwe gives them great value for money. The quality-to-price (or power-to-price, to be exact) ratio is tough to beat. The outstanding motor and battery specs put most entry-level models to shame – even more so mid-range and high-end ones that charge exorbitantly but can’t even achieve half the numbers that Engwe models can achieve.
You’re getting a good and comfortable ride that can exceed your expectations. Any average e-bike rider who likes to use their models for commuting and the regular offroad trek could not ask for more.
What Countries Does Engwe Ship To?
Engwe has a global reach, as proven by its dedicated branches in the US, EU, and Australia regions. Shipping to the United Kingdom is currently unavailable, but Canada is covered by the brand’s US arm.