The 2017 EG Maui 500 EX is one of the most powerful cruiser style electric bikes I’ve tested, capable of ~28 mph top speeds with pedal assist or ~20 mph with the trigger throttle, built with a Dapu motor and Samsung batteries. Easy to approach step-thru frame design with forward-mounted pedals, the comfort saddle, swept-back bars, and basic suspension fork create a comfortable upright body position. Even though some of the accessories are basic, you get pretty much everything you need for rain or shine and the standard-gauge rear rack supports up to 55 lbs for hauling cargo. Pedal assist feels jerky like on/off vs. smooth, the lights run on independent AAA batteries vs. the single rechargeable ebike battery, the fenders can rattle a bit, the battery pack isn’t as secure or protected as some other step-thru ebikes and doens’t have a USB charging port built in.

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