It’s downright gigantic, with the 20-inch wheels wrapped in 4-inch-wide studded off-road tires that look like they belong on a motorcycle. The Engwe has a certain “monster truck” appeal.
It is also a very heavy bike. At 34kg with all the accessories in place, the idea of it being a portable folding bike is somewhat fanciful.
However, I appreciate being able to cut the bike’s footprint from its 114cm wheelbase (174cm end to end) in half for storage.
Engwe Engine Pro 750W motor and battery
The Engwe engine has impressive numbers; the rear hub motor is rated at 750w and the frame houses a 48v 16ah/768Wh battery. Engwe claims this makes the bike good for 120 km / 74 miles, which is somewhat generous.
If you were riding the bike in ECO mode and never above level one, you might hit this range. However, you wouldn’t have much fun doing it.
The Engwe’s engine impresses, as does the way it is controlled. The color HD display is bright and easy to read, and the bar-mounted five-button remote provides easy access to system functions.
With three power modes – ECO, Normal and Sport – and five levels in each, the bike has plenty of power assist options.
In ECO the bike is a calm ride, the steering is quick and the upright riding position makes it a comfortable ride. Push through the modes in Sport and above, and the 750w motor really shows its true metal.
The Engwe has ridiculous amounts of pure growl, to the point where the pedal assist can barely keep pace with the engine input. Sometimes it can feel like the bike is moving away from you. A quick brake disengages the motor, but this is a bike you have to get used to.
It also has a throttle assist trigger, which comes in handy when pulling away from the lights or helping you up a hill on what is a very heavy machine.
If you hold the throttle in the open position, the bike has built-in cruise control that maintains power regardless of pedal input (although this is still required). It’s not quite a full-throttle operation, but it’s something of a gray area.
Perhaps the most interesting trick of the motor system is that you can lower it to level 0 in ECO mode and use your pedal power to recharge the battery. However, it’s not the easiest bike to pedal on your own, and the mass and those big tires don’t exactly scream efficiency.
I tended to only use this feature on descents. Don’t expect to fully charge the reserves, but on longer runs I managed to squeeze between 5-9% battery depending on the display.
Engwe Engine Pro 750W Specification Details
The bike is a bit overbuilt. The massive balloon tires are all the suspension you could need, so the 61mm-travel suspension fork feels like overkill.
For the most part, I left the fork lockout closed. Out back, a four-bar rear end with a non-adjustable rear shock is superfluous for the purposes of the bike.
Removing the heavy fork and simplifying and lightening the rear end would ensure the bike gets more out of its powerful engine and battery pack.
The brakes, with their 180mm rotors, bring the bike to a quick and safe stop, and the Shimano gears are efficient but not exactly smooth. There is a bit of chain noise at either end of the gear range, but they continued to perform well, rain or shine and on all surfaces.
The oversized rear rack is more of a platform to strap things on, as the large diameter tube is not compatible with any panniers I tried. On Engwe’s cheaper EP-2 Pro you get a standard gauge rack.
Although out of the box, the bike is EU compliant and the speed is limited to EU regulations, you can easily change this in the settings.
By pressing a few buttons, the speed limit can be increased to more than double what is legally permitted on UK roads.
This is fine if you want to cycle on private land, but not on public roads.
Driving impressions Engwe Engine Pro 750W
Worries aside, I enjoyed the Engwe. Its big tires and big power make it a fun ride around town and beyond. It has sufficient range and I managed between 35 miles / 56.5 km and 50 miles / 80.5 km between charges (depending on terrain and topography).
It’s fun to ride off-road because those huge tires can handle anything you throw at them and provide grip for days. You can lean into corners with the studded shoulder tread that bites into the dirt well.
The steering can be jerked around though, as that massive front tire can compress and bounce left or right over ridges, rocks and ruts. You need your smarts if you venture off-road, as I did a lot.
It does, however, have a few drawbacks. The seat post saddle rail clamp vibrates frequently and the rear guard does the same.
The charger is also slow, taking the best part of seven hours to recharge from empty, and its built-in fan is also noisy.
Engwe Engine Pro 750W bottom result
Overall, I think Engwe has a lot of potential. The motor, battery and control system are all impressive, especially at this price.
If Engwe stripped the Engine Pro of its superfluous rear suspension and suspension fork, it would cut a whole lot of weight and make the bike a whole lot friendlier. It would be easier to maintain and wouldn’t lose an ounce of the pleasure it provides.