Again in 2008, UK based mostly Cytronex launched what was (and nonetheless is) the lightest electrical help system for bicycles. Since these early days, Cytronex has continued to evolve the system and refine the ability supply and consumer expertise.
You should purchase the C1 package in 3 ways, both shopping for a package for house becoming, shopping for a package to be fitted to your bike by Cytronex, or shopping for one in all Cytronex’s vary of bikes that come ready-fitted with the system.
On common a Cytronex package will add between 3.2 and three.6kg to a motorcycle.
Cannondale’s Fast 4 Disc Hybrid
One of many most cost-effective choices provided by Cytronex is a package constructed onto Cannondale’s Fast 4 Disc Hybrid bikes. The Fast 4 retails at £579.99 by itself and I’ve been impressed by simply how effectively this entry-level sport hybrid rides.
Cannondale has accomplished a superb job of shaping the experience place on the Fast, sitting you pretty upright, however nonetheless sporty sufficient to hustle the bike alongside at tempo.
The intelligent factor, although, is its front-end, with a reasonably relaxed 71-degree head angle that retains the steering responses clean and secure, a brief stem and a large riser bar the bike feels agile. This makes it nice for nipping by means of site visitors and by no means nervous or twitchy.
The Microshift drivetrain is a straightforward 1x system with a superb gear vary that’ll carry you up steep slopes. The shifting is correct however the strong clunk as its modifications between gears lets you understand what’s happening. It’s actually not as slick as SRAM or as clean as Shimano, however a number of hundred miles of testing and it hasn’t faltered or misaligned.
The Fast presents every thing I’d need from a commuter bike, and add in sensible reflective paint highlights and mounts for mudguards and a rack, and also you’ve received an awesome 12 months spherical experience – and that’s earlier than you add within the Cytronex system.
Cytronex C1 system
The Cytronex package is a really intelligent factor, and the newest era setup seems to be higher than ever, with founder Mark Searles taking over board a few of our ideas from once we examined the package a number of years in the past, similar to anodising the bottle cage mount and among the fittings to wash up the seems to be of the package.
At first look, it seems to be like a easy system. You substitute the entrance wheel with the one outfitted with the hub-motor, run cables to the bottle cage and rear sensor, plug within the sensible bottle battery and your just about set – Searles claims the package will be fitted in half-hour.
This simplicity hides some very intelligent design, although. The nice trying fluted lithium battery as an example homes the mind of the system and its compact measurement and low weight (1.5kg) imply it’s simple to move off the bike. The battery reveals cost stage, and off the bike you merely shake the bottle to wake it up and it’ll point out cost.
Controlling the system is a single massive button, which you’ll simply swap on and off with a fast dab. It cycles by means of low, medium and excessive help (inexperienced, blue, purple) with a single push of your thumb or by maintain it right down to cycle by means of the modes.
The battery stage is displayed by a light-weight on the battery itself: inexperienced signifies 75 to 100 per cent cost remaining; blue 75 to 50 per cent; purple 50 to 25 per cent; purple 10 to 25 per cent; and flashing purple beneath 10 per cent. When the battery has lower than 10 per cent battery remaining, low battery mode is turned on and the final of the vitality extracted by stepping down the ability progressively.
I additionally added a set of Busch & Muller lights: a entrance EYC and rear Secula. These are wired into the Cytronex system (freed from cost in the event you organize them with the bike or construct) and are additionally managed by the one massive management button. Turning on the lights is a case of holding the button till you see the sunshine illuminate.
Cleverly, even whenever you’ve utterly run down the battery, the system holds sufficient cost to maintain your lights powered so that you’ll by no means get left at nighttime do you have to run out or overlook to cost the system.
The neatest aspect of the Cytronex package is the sensor. Often ebikes have as much as three sensors: a crank sensor for cadence, pace sensor to restrict pace and a brake sensor to chop the motor when stopping.
Cytronex’s patented single-sensor reads all of this data by pointing on the largest sprocket in your rear cassette, and by sensing the motion of tooth to have interaction the motor, the motor cuts in the event you cease pedalling and freewheel. Pace is then calculated by the unique setup of the system – which may have been setup through Cytronex’s app when the battery was plugged right into a laptop computer through the charging dock.
You too can use the app to tune energy supply to your private preferences and even change the brightness of the sunshine indicator on the management button.
Cytronex C1 vary and energy
The Cytronex system could be very environment friendly, so regardless that its 180W/h battery capability isn’t as massive as lighter ebikes, similar to these outfitted with Fazua or ebikemotion programs that are often round 250W/h, the vary I received throughout testing was perfect for commuter duties.
The utmost distance I achieved on a single cost was 48.47mi/78km with 978m of elevation and on a extra commute-like experience it achieved a powerful 37.13mi/59.7km with 445m of elevation, which ought to simply cowl most individuals’s commutes together with a number of hills alongside the best way. I rode just about solely within the energy supply band of as much as 16mph.
The C1 system’s energy supply is nice, its extra refined than most crank-based ebikes with the entrance hub motor gently ramping up the ability help as you want it and tapering out in direction of the authorized restriction of 15.5mph (with a margin of error of 20 per cent) that’s truly nearer to 16.5mph on the C1 package.
Compared, the Specialized Turbo Vado 2 (£2,600) I examined final 12 months coated between 32 miles and 55 miles on a number of rides from its 250W motor and 460W/h battery.
Attending to grips with the C1’s vary is important since you don’t actually have any on-board data, bar the lights on the battery. It’s extra a case of understanding what kind of vary you may obtain, and there are many variables that may have an impact – topography and rider weight and health will all have a bearing on vary.
Ideally, I’d prefer to see a system that connects to an app just like the Cowboy bike’s, which I tested recently, or ebikemotion- and Fazua-equipped bikes that give correct battery data and estimated vary remaining, outlined by pace/mode/battery stage. Maybe that’s one thing for the system’s subsequent era.
Cannondale Fast 4 Disc with Cytronex C1 general
Total, the Cytronex answer to ebikes is a good one.
The system is easy to function, however it does have a studying curve to get your head across the vary. Becoming a pc helps you be taught the vary capabilities and the way they’re suited to your driving fashion.
I additionally like that by switching the Cytronex-equipped entrance wheel out for the unique non-motorised model and eradicating the battery means you primarily nonetheless have an awesome normal bike.
Even driving the bike with no energy isn’t a chore. At 16kg it’s not mild, however there’s no drag within the system when it’s off (in contrast to lots of crank-based programs) and it’s not 20kg heavy like most ebikes across the identical worth, with the package including round 3.2 to three.6kg to any donor bike.
The essential 700c package prices £995 and the bike £579.99. My check bike consists of non-compulsory mild extras at £49 and £22.