Toutche is a new entrant to the Electric Bicycle industry. This Indian brand specializes in Electric Bicycles with detachable batteries. There are 3 models which Toutche have launched, 2 MTB’s and 1 Hybrid. We got the opportunity to test ride the Toutche Heileo H200 Electric Hybrid Bicycle and here is what we thought.
Weight: 19.5kgs (Including battery)
The Toutche Heileo H200 is a Hybrid E-Bicycle which is built on an Aluminium Alloy frame. This frame is sleek yet strong enough to handle rough surfaces at high speeds. The strength seems to come mainly from the chunky bottom tube, which can absorb vibrations of the surface. The straight top tube does make the riding posture forward focused and a bit aggressive as well. The fork are rigid on this E-Hybrid which is made of Alloy and is sleek and bladed.
The Heileo H200 which I test rode came in a full Black frame with Red and White as the secondary colours for graphics and text. The matte finish paint job was smooth and premium in quality. The shape of the battery and the bottom tube ensure they blend in as 1 piece in an aesthetic manner. The LED console was minimalistic and simple in design.
This Electric Hybrid Bicycle is equipped with a simple 1x6-Speed drivetrain. This means there is no front derailleur and the rear has a 6-Speed derailleur. Gears generally help in increasing or decreasing the pressure in pedalling. This 6-Speed drivetrain helps in 2 things; for exercise purposes and also to pedal easily if in case the battery power runs out during a ride. The Shimano shifters were basic and were easy to shift with clear gear indicators.
The H200 is equipped with an 11.6Ah Lithium-Ion battery which powers a brushless DC Rear Hub Motor. This battery is installed on the top tube of the frame and is detachable. This battery can be easily removed and installed using a simple lock and key system. The 3-Level Pedal Assist modes helps in controlling the power generated from the battery per each pedal. The thumb throttle on the left side near the grip starts to work only after the motor is activated by pedalling once. If the thumb throttle is let go then one has to again pedal once to activate the motor and then the throttle. This can be a little difficult in terms of quick acceleration from stand still position. The LED display on the handlebar is has the assist levels, walking mode and battery level indicators.
In 1 full charge this battery is capable of giving 60-70 kms in pedal assist mode and 50-60 kms in throttle mode. These mileages will differ with the varied riding conditions and rider weight. The top speed using just throttle is 25 kmph and the speed can be increased using the Pedal Assist simultaneously. This battery takes 2.5 - 3 hours to charge from 0 to 100% in any normal Indian plug point. The charging point for the battery is on the left side of the battery, which can be removed and charged separately.
The Heileo H200’s stopping power is handled by a pair of Promax Caliper brakes at the front and rear. While one might question why there is no disc brakes for an Electric Bicycle which is going to cruise at 25 kmph, these Caliper Brakes are top notch in quality and were very powerful and quick in getting the bicycle to a halt during the test ride. These brakes are definitely better than the entry-level Disc Brakes which are commonly used.
The Alloy handlebar on this bicycle was of the perfect length which enabled an ‘open-chested’ riding posture and also easy manoeuvring in traffic. The grips are cushioned for added comfort.
The Heileo H200 rolls on a pair of 700x32C slick tires. These tires are slick and fast rolling for easy acceleration and fast riding in the city. These rims are double-walled and are strong enough to handle rough roads. The stock saddle from Toutche was aesthetically designed for long and soreness free rides.
This rigid Alloy frame is comfortable to ride and has an aesthetic design where the battery is attached on the bottom tube. The 11.6Ah battery is powerful with quick acceleration using the thumb throttle and a useful 3-level Pedal Assist. The Promax Caliper Brakes are powerful to bring this bicycle to a halt quickly at 20-25kmph. Priced at Rs.53,900(as on 27th November 2019) the Toutche Heileo H200 is an Alloy Electric Hybrid Bicycle useful for commutes, fitness and leisure rides.
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