Johnny is no member of the Pedelecmonitor, I saw a picture of his bike in a swedish elcykel Facebook group. The bike looks quite ok but then I read that he is cummuting 70km per day — what? He made over 8,000km w/o technical problems. Here are his experiences with the Ecoride Shortcut …
“I felt deeply in love with the Shortcut concept the first time my eyes felt on it”
Ecoride is a Swedish brand of Chinese made pedelecs with most of its components sourced from the global market. One of its urban models is the Minivelo based model, the Ecoride Shortcut.
Minivelos, being a huge trend in east Asia, feature small 20 inch 406 wheels fitted to traditional diamond style frame thus providing an ideal combination of compact format and a stiff traditional bicycle feeling without the flex that can occur with folding- or step-though frames.
For urban dwellers occupying small flats in the city this is an ideal solution for the modern bicyclist.
Like many other budget pedelecs in the sub €1500-range the Shortcut utilize a geared 250W hub motor combined with proprietary Panasonic based Ecoride battery packs. For 2017 there was a choice between 14 or 17.5 Ah units providing 504 or 630 Wh replacing the first seasons 2016 pack with just 11 Ah and 396 Wh.
As an agile and sporty Minivelo the brakes up front and rear are both hydraulic disks, leaving nothing to desire for safe anchoring the bike to the pavement in an hasty stop. The mechanical drivetrain consists of a derailleur cassette with 7 sprockets, all of them on the low side of the gear range making them most useful for situations when the battery is run down. This makes the high gear the most (and mostly only) used choice in normal day-to-day riding.
In the electronics department the rider can enjoy a 5 mode bicycle computer featuring; speed, average speed, trip, odometer, and elapsed time besides the illumination of the display itself and on/off buttons for front-and rear lights. The ECU itself is located in a purpose designed box under the battery. All cables and electric wiring is tidally hidden inside the frame itself. For theft protection the bike is equipped with an insurance approved O-ring lock and of course the battery is also possible to lock into the frame itself, this unless you want to use the hinged saddle to access it and carry it with you for an additional safety. I also mounted my own bike with a bike alarm and a separate Abus Bordo link lock to tie it to a lamp post or similar.
I myself fell deeply in love with the Shortcut concept the first time my eyes fell on it in May of 2016 and I bought my first one in the end of July the same year. However I also immediately realized that some things had to change before I could use it for my daily 70 km commute. First to be replaced was the skinny and hard 37 mm Kenda original tires in favor of soft air suspended balloon tires courtesy of Schwalbe Big Ben, a huge improvement both in comfort and road hugging grip, most prevalent in an emergency full speed braking during wet and slippery conditions. Next up was the handlebar where I ditched the low wide flatbar to a much more versatile butterfly-style touringbar from Ergotech. The final improvement for comfort and long range travelling was the change of saddle from a sporty narrow and very hard thingy to a wider softer gel saddle from Bioware.
Readily equipped I made 2750 km with this 2016 bike before I was T-boned by a Nissan Navara in a traffic accident during early April 2017. By the grace of God I escaped physically unhurt but my poor bike was totaled. The week after I charged the car driver’s insurance company for a brand new 2017 Shortcut, this time in Glow Green instead of the 2016 Coral Blue. The new bike was outfitted the same way as its forerunner and then I could enjoy six months of great biking covering a total of 5340 km.
Now, I know many people, including colleagues at work, that thought it looked funny with a grown guy on that brightly colored “child’s bicycle” but boy – this little bike does have legs! Pushing 70 km a day was indeed a breeze and at occasions I made 120 km daily trips, bot shabby for a 45 year paper puncher not using a bicycle for the past 30 or so years. Those Big Ben balloon tires really makes miracles with long rang touring comfort.
Being an electric vehicle not much can fail during regular use and this little bike is no exception from that rule.
All of my 7000+ km have been uneventful from a technical standpoint.
Nnot even a single flat tire. The bike also turned out as great fun riding due to its responsefullness and agile handling, this is by heart a truly sporty bike, despite its small statue.
Thank you very much Johnny for sharing your experiences with your Shortcut. Those compact bikes have a huge potential in Cities with a large population and low space. I’m still very impressed of your 70km commute per day with this (small) Ecoride. A very reliable bike with very reliable components – especially the combination of Panasonic battery and SpinTec hub motor.
Enjoy every ride and be careful with SUVs and Pickups!