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Kudos Cycles

Kudos Cycles have only recently come onto the scene, and they are making quite a good name for themselves already. They feature cruisers and other styles, and each bike has battery and frame warranties for two years. The charger and controller are warranted for one year.


Kudos Cycles

The Tourer is a popular Kudos cycle. The Nexus-8 bike of Tourer design has hub gearing. The reviewers feel that the bikes show an interesting conflagration of influences. Where the handlebars and alloy frame harken back to mountain bikes, the wider saddle, frame lock and chaincase reminded the reviewers of Dutch town bikes. The bike is advertised to be useful for "long range touring", and it will give you this performance. But some people who have ridden this electric bike at length feel that it actually looks just like a commuter bicycle. But most people like the overall look.

Kudos eschews suspension seat posts and forks, and goes with rigid pieces instead. This was not a problem for reviewers. They feel that the rigidity makes for better handling and less maintenance.

The Tourer saddle is supportive and wide, and the tires have reflective sidewalls for safety. There is also a lock mounted on the frame for the rear wheel, and elastics for luggage, which reviewers found handy.
Riser handlebars work well but round rubber hand grips tend to squirm under your palm, instead of locking onto the bars. The round hand grip shape isn't as comfortable to hold as other shapes.

Lean Forward ...

The position of a rider sitting naturally on the Tourer is leaned forward, which is more comfortable for longer rides. It makes the line more aerodynamic and makes climbing hills a little easier.

The Bafang motor fits onto the front wheel, and it is joined to the bike with a connector located behind the fork. The different wires, for brakes, lights, etc., are held neatly together in heat-shrink tubing, but it wasn't as sturdy as some riders would like.

Riders appreciated the tidy battery pack, seated from a metal guide rail to the rack, where it locks into place. The lithium-ion phosphate battery packs are not exactly cutting edge, but they have a good track record for safety. This battery type outlasts some of the others on the market now, as well. The charging socket will display underneath the fold-out handle, allowing you to charge the battery pack whether it's on or off the bike.

Levels of Power ...

The control unit of the handlebar gives you five different power levels, and a display that shows you battery level, distance and speed. There is also a handy backlight, in case you ride at night.

The chain drive is protected from grit and dirt and concealed by the plastic chaincase. This case does come apart fairly easily, to remove the rear wheel or to perform maintenance. The chaincase will also remove the risk of getting grease on your pants, or getting your pants caught within the chain. This is a very helpful piece.

The brakes work in any weather, even though they don't seem especially powerful. The mudguards and LED lighting found front and back are valuable for comfort and safety. The noise of the engine is a normal humming, but riders on the whole did not find it very annoying at all, and you can't hear it much over the noise of traffic.

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