With precision, attention to detail, innovation and value for money being centric values, WaltX offers a range of Bicycles designed in line with European standards. WaltX have now launched their second range of Electric Bicycles in India and from the new range we got an opportunity to test ride the WaltX Spark 5 V2 and here is what we thought.
The WaltX Spark 5 V2 is a Hybrid Electric Bicycle built on a full Alloy frame. This frame seems to be less aggressive and more endurance and comfort focused compared to the previous Spark 5 version. Electric Bicycles generally tend to be heavier than normal Bicycle, but this Electric Bicycle weighs 18.7kgs which is lightweight when compared to other Hybrid E-Bicycles without compromising on its strength, as during test ride it could handle vibrations off the surface easily. This lightweight Alloy frame also contributes towards better pick-up on throttle mode. The riding posture was comfortable with no stress which is perfect for commutes and long distance rides.
The Spark 5 V2 comes with a flattened rigid fork. During the test ride this rigid fork helped keep the weight at a minimal at the front while also handling bumps and potholes with ease.
The WaltX Spark 5 comes in full Black primary colour with Celeste as the secondary colour for graphics and text. The sleek tube profiles made the E Bicycle look neat. The battery pack on the bottom tube has colour coded graphics and also is shaped in such a way that it blends well with frame’s shape. The front and rear LED lights were stylish in design and were not only useful features for visibility in the dark but also enhanced the aesthetics of this bicycle.
The WaltX Spark 5 V2 which I test rode came with a 1x7-Speed Shimano Tourney rear derailleur. Gears in an Electric Bicycle help in keeping up to the battery assisted speed of the E Bicycle by adjusting the pressure in pedalling. These gears are also useful when the battery charge is low or if the charge has run out, as one can use it to ride efficiently. During the test ride these gears shifted smoothly and the shifters were easy to operate.
The WaltX Spark 5 V2 comes with a 36V 250W brushless DC motor with waterproof casing and is located at the hub of the rear wheel, this is powered by a rechargeable and detachable Lithium Ion battery, with a capacity of 7.8Ah. The battery takes about 3 to 4 hours to charge and can last for 35-50 kilometres per charge in Pedal Assist Mode and 25-35 kilometres in Throttle Mode. The mileage on an Electric Bicycle can vary according to weather, rider weight and road inclines. The battery pack on the bottom tube is easily detachable and can be carried along for charging.
The E Bicycle functions on two operating modes, one being Pedal Assist and the second being Throttle. In the Pedal Assist mode, there are 3 levels – each level determining the amount of battery push provided for each pedal rotation. Level 1 being the least and level 3 being the highest battery push. The level 3 Pedal Assist setting allowed me to reach 25kmph with minimum effort. In the second mode, you can get this Electric Cycle moving by simply rotating the Throttle on the right grip of the handlebar, similar to the accelerator on a motor bike or scooter. The maximum speed achievable on this mode is also 25kmph, however using this mode one does not have to pedal, at all. The pick-up was impressive while using both modes and the electric power was more than sufficient to effortlessly climb flyovers, up-hill roads and to get moving from a signal. There is also an additional walk mode on this E Bicycle which can be turned on by pressing and holding the minus (-) button the handlebar controller. This makes the rear wheel rotate at 5km/hr, thus making it easy to walk and push along this electric bicycle.
The WaltX Spark 5 V2 comes with Logan Mechanical Disc brakes at the front and rear. When riding in the city through traffic, braking is an important component, in case one needs to get the E Bicycle to a stop quickly and in a balanced manner. During the test ride these Mechanical Disc brakes on this E Bicycle worked efficiently, giving me confidence to ride fast and stop safely in traffic. Both the brake cables acts as a motor cut off, and it responds quickly.
The raiser handlebar on this Bicycle is 600mm long and comfortable, allowing for a comfortable riding position. The reach to the console on the left, and the grip accelerator on the right was easy to use, without straining.
The WaltX Spark 5 V2 comes with DSI branded 700x35C Hybrid tires. These tires are the perfect blend in between Hybrid and MTB tires. The 700C circumference ensured fast rolling and the tread pattern ensured these tires are grippy on both rough and wet urban roads. The saddle on this E Bicycle is comfortable and there was no soreness felt during long rides. Additional cushioning on the saddle would have made it more comfortable for the rider.
This Electric Bicycle is built on a comfortable and lightweight Alloy frame which holds the powerful 7.8Ah Lithium-Ion battery. This battery along with the brushless motor gives an impressive pick-up and a maximum speed of 25km/hr. The powerful Logan Mechanical Disc brakes along with the fast rolling 700x35C DSI tires make it easy and safe to zip through traffic. Priced at Rs.44,731(as on 8th June 2022) the WaltX Spark 5 V2 is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a powerful and comfortable Electric Hybrid Bicycle.
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