Buying a bicycle has never been an easy decision and it becomes more difficult if you plan to get an e-bike. Nowadays, people use e-bike not just for recreational purposes but also as the primary mode of transportation. A fat-tire e-bike is faster, eco-friendlier, and more comfortable than ever but it is still a huge investment for many people. The Rattan LM 750W has a price tag of $1,299 and we’re going to find out if it’s worth it.
Specifications & Features
|38.6″ x 28″ x 18″
|48V 13ah Lithium
|60-80 miles – (with PAS)
|5-Level Pedal Assist System (with Cadence Sensor), Half-Twist Throttle
|Shimano TX50, 7-speed
|Shimano MF-TZ500, 7-speed
|TEKTRO MD M280 calipers, 197PDD aluminum alloy brake levers, Tektro 180mm front and Tektro 160mm rear disc brake
|aluminum spring suspension fork, suspension seatpost
|20″x4″ all-terrain tires
|aluminum alloy, 36H
|LED front and rear lights
|Recommended rider’s height
|5’3″ – 6’4″
My first impression with the Rattan e-bike was really good from the moment I took it out of the box. They use liquid foam packaging process for the bike, so it is well-protected during shipment. Once removing all the foam, I can see the bike in perfect condition, there is not a single scratch. This is totally different from some e-bikes I received earlier as many came with scratches or bent parts caused during shipments.
Another huge advantage is that the Rattan came nearly 100% assembled. I just needed to attach the handlebar and unfold the bike. I even didn’t have to install the front wheel, seat post, or pedals. Then, I just checked the brakes, fully charge the battery, and get it ready for the first ride. Overall, I had no complaint during the unboxing and assembling process.
The bike feels quite sturdy and it has a good design overall. Although it is quite heavy at nearly 65 lbs, the foldable design makes it more portable. I can fold down the handlebar and fold the frame in half, then the whole bike could easily fit in my car trunk. It is just a little difficult when you need to carry it down/upstairs or take it to your car. Fortunately, it includes a handle on the frame to make lifting the bike easier. The design puts a lot of pressure on the folding frame hinge but it holds up pretty well. My only complaint is that there is a patch welded to the main tube and it looks a little ugly.
I really love that the Rattan is equipped with all essential accessories like front and rear LED lights, an LCD display, fenders, and a rear rack. It even has a back seat that is good enough to carry your kid around. The LCD display shows important information like battery level, current speed, electric mode, and odometer.
The bike has a similar design as many fat-tire e-bikes I’ve tested before. It includes an external battery placed behind the seatpost. It might not look as clean as some other e-bikes but it is so convenient to recharge the battery. You can either plug the charger directly to the bike or remove and recharge the battery anywhere.
The Rattan is powered by a 750-watt rear hub motor. You can use it in pedal-assist or full throttle mode. The motor is quite powerful and I can easily ride it in full throttle mode for my whole trip. Its maximum speed could reach 20 mph without any pedaling. The bike features a technology called intelligent pedal assist (i-PAS) which is 83% more efficient. I’m really impressed with battery life as it could easily reach 50-60 miles on a single charge, it could even last longer if you pedal more often.
Similar to other budget e-bikes, the Rattan LM 750 uses a cadence sensor. That means the motor will kick in as soon as I start pedaling. However, I really hate the sudden speed boost because it might be dangerous if you can’t control it. When you start pedaling, you should always keep hands on your brake levers and look around carefully to avoid approaching vehicles.
On the other hand, the Rattan is really comfortable as it is equipped with fat tires and a front suspension fork. There is also a suspension seatpost but somehow it doesn’t work in my bike. Despite that issue, I could ride the bike for a few hours without any discomfort.
- Great packaging, almost fully assembled
- Sturdy build
- Long battery life
- Powerful motor
- Comfortable riding
- External battery design
- Sudden speed boost
The Rattan LM 750W has a lot of impressive features including great battery and motor. This is a good budget e-bike and I’d highly recommend it if its price drops below $1,000.
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