For a while now we have been planning on posting a Serial 1 ebike review from an owner to get an authentic, honest appraisal of the bike everyone is talking about
So a big thank you to Terry Evans for this excellent review of his Serial One City Rush – Enjoy!
Make: Serial 1
Model: City Rush
Where to buy: Serial 1, the only eBike powered by Harley Davidson
Reviewed By: Terry Evans
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Hi, I’m Terry Evans from northern New York this is my quick owner review of the serial one rush city model E bike.
Quick disclaimer, I don’t work for serial one or Harley-Davidson and I’m not profiting from this review in any manner.
I have been a cyclist for decades and have also owned motorcycles, I’ve ridden E bikes for three years
I was looking for a premium throttle free commuter bike and this model fits the bill.
I’ve customised my bike with a Brooks of London leather saddle and saddle bag I’ve also added grips and a bag on the rear rack as well as a seats shock absorber stem
So, without further ado let’s get to my review!
So, this is the bike prior to any customization I’m impressed with the well-balanced design and overall appeal cables are integrated into the frame giving it a clean and slick look
The Serial 1 comes equipped with Front and rear hydraulic disc brakes with four piston calibres, and heavy-duty brake rotors give this bike great stopping power.
The shwalbe Supermoto X tyres really do the job as far as shock absorption, front and rear racks as well as full coverage fenders come standard on this model
the front led headlight provides ample lighting the signature light which illuminates on the tube is very very cool gets a lot of attention the led taillights are integrated with the brakes
There are 4 ‘in ride’ modes which include eco, tour, sport and boost – frankly I usually use eco for pleasure riding and tour when I’m going to work so I don’t show up smelling like I left the gym! ‘sport mode’ works well enough on the hills and I’ve very rarely used boost
It’s easy to toggle back and forth to get the information you need on the user display, and this controller offers a wealth of additional information beyond the usual options.
Unique Features – Serial 1 Ebike Review
Another helpful feature is this integrated 706 removable battery which can be charged on or off the bike –
Whats the Range like on the Serial 1 Ebike?
Serial One states the range is between 25 and 115 miles on a full charge, I routinely get 80 – 90 miles contending with hills and varying weather
Full charging time is about 5 hours
Yet another cool feature is this gates carbon drive belt silent and requires no maintenance – if you have ever arrived at work with grease all over your pant leg that won’t happen here!
Serial 1 Motor, Drive Train and Speed.
The bike is well powered with the Bros mid drive motor and the Enviolo AUTOMATiQ intelligent auto-shifting system is really a true game changer
this technology works seamlessly to provide the rider with an infinite number of gears without any rider input
regardless of terrain I’m always in the right gear and Enviolo offers an intuitive app that allows you to fully customize the parameters and cadence
Pedal assist is limited to 20 miles an hour which makes this legal in most areas of the United states including state parks federal parks certainly here in New York
Pros & Cons – Serial 1 Ebike Review
in summary I have to say that I’m extremely pleased with this bike, it really is one of the better purchases I’ve ever made I think serial one is really hit a home run
I’m hard pressed to find one single thing that I dislike about this bike it’s exactly as described it’s exactly what I wanted
Final Thoughts – Serial 1 Ebike Review
riding a serial one is truly unique it feels like the bike completely disappears and you are just ‘at one’ with the bike, it’s something that I’ve never experienced in decades bike riding
if you’re interested, I’d suggest you get to a Harley-Davidson dealership and test ride one yourself
Reviewed by : Terry Evans, New York
Serial 1 Specs
Type: Urban/ Commuter
Motor: Mid Drive, Brose S Mag
Drive Belt: Gates Carbon Fibre
Transmission/ Gears: AUTOMATiQ intelligent automatic transmission
Battery: 706WH Lithiom-ion
Range: 25 – 115 Miles on a single charge
Brakes: Disc Front and Rear
Lights: LED Front & Rear as standard
Display: Brose Colour LCD
Where Can I buy a Serial 1?
Serial 1 have recently rolled their bikes out in Europe including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK, mainly within Harley Davidson outlets however, these bikes will be restricted to 15.5mph which is the legal limit Vs 20mph if bought in the US.
Serial 1 Ebike Review – Conclusion
The Serial 1 is a solid machine and made with quality components which although comes with a price tag in the region of $5000 is extreemly good value when you consider the collaboration with Harley Davidson.
There are several variations of this particular model with step through frame options available also.
Many sugggest the Enviolo system is a game changer in the ebike market to further enhance the rider experience as this technology has not been seen before. Riders do not have to change gear as the system takes care of this and knows what gear the rider needs to be in at all times. The Rush City models come equipped with a 700WH battery so the range is excellent as per terry’s review he can comfortably get 80 -90miles on a single charge which is similar to the manufacturer estimates.
As this review suggests, the Serial 1 is a quality piece of engineering and should be at the top of your lists if you are looking for a commuter bike.
We hope you enjoyed this owner review and if you have any questions or would like to share your own experience of this bike then please drop us a message below