The fundamentals of cycling are to move faster while burning body fat rather than fossil fuel. E-cycles are changing that.
When we first reviewed the Being Human cycle last year, the key element of the cycle remained the same: a cycle that you can use to move around doing your routine workout while having the option to turn a knob and get zippy around the vicinity.
The Lectro Ezephyr does all of that and removes the burden of charging a premium for your lazy needs. It delivers a new lifestyle of casual cycling and pokes fun at the most mundane tasks, pedalling.
The slender design and sleek frame tend to give it a very delicate look from the eyes of an onlooker. That obviously is a bluff because it weighs 16kgs but if you compare it to the other e-cycles on the market right now it can be accounted for one of the lightest in its category. That sleek profile has quite the inches so just make sure you’re 5.5feet or above to ride this baby.
Everything about the cycle is sleek, right from the thin tyres to the mid frame alloy construction. It’s thin yet conspicuously hiding a Panasonic 5.8AH lithium ion battery and from comparison we know the Being Human BH-27 has a 7.8AH li-ion battery. So inevitably this will run out of juice for quick detours? Wrong but we‘ll get to that in a bit.
It is available in two colours, Blue and Red which honestly look good but I still feel it misses a personality of its own. The white branding along the frame also helps seek a little attention but nothing that would arouse a peculiar interest to brag about being an electric cycle. Maybe it’s the boring black tyres and rims? The BH 27 seems to pull off the stunner game quite nicely but then again, it’s for a whopping ₹57,577 and the Ezephyr is for half that price. However, we don’t doubt how neatly everything is put together. There are no dangling wires or stray elements hanging from the cycle. Even the cables for the battery and the motor are neatly tucked away.
The left handlebar has a plastic module with LED lights on it for battery level indication with a Power button, a 6km/hr button and a Pedal Assist Mode button. There’s not a lot of information here to start with but it gets the basics right at least.
Managing Pedal Assist from High, Mid and Low allow to adjust the intensity of electric juice into your pedals. While the Power button is quite self explanatory, the 6km/hr button is an interesting bit. Double tap it for the LED light to shine down on dark roads and press and hold for it to start a sluggish pace of 6km/hr. Why is that here? According to Hero, you can accompany your fellow grocery-shopping partner while they use their primitive legs. The cycle maintains a good 6km speed to stay in sync with their moments and share some neighbourhood gossip but be sure to lookout for sneaky potholes.
Performance and battery life
This cycle is not meant for the pothole-filled hostile roads of Mumbai because there’s no suspension in the front to absorb any shocks and the tyres are quite thin for it to take on bad roads. The front tyre has a Quick Release system for removing it easily and could potentially get loose if you try to use it as a mountain bike or pop continuous wheelies. Although life outside of backreaking roads of Mumbai it should do just fine.
The adjustable seat is quite nice and comfortable and you don't necessarily have to swap it, a gel cover will do the job. The front disc brakes are nice and punctual. The whole thing comes to a halt in just a second or two with max accelerated speed. There’s no speedometer to calculate exact results but I was steadily zipping across slow mopeds which should’ve been at around 20km/hr.
You get a 7-speed Shimano gear system which can be adjusted from the right handlebar and it works flawlessly. In Pedal Assist mode the whole act of pedalling is quite a pretend-play. Even on Low mode, the Panasonic battery pushes enough juice to casually have a stroll around the neighbourhood without even feeling slightest bit of strain on your legs. The battery itself is quite remarkably useful in extending the range further away from the usual grocery store. We ain’t sure of the exact numbers because the cycle or the manufacturer doesn’t tell you, although from my use it can be anywhere near 15 kms to 20 kms. I wouldn’t be surprised if it went even further because of the light body design. To give more sense of perspective, I was aimlessly riding near my house for a good 30 mins entirely cycling (if you can call it that) with the use of the throttle after which the next day I went to pick up groceries and the remaining charge was still showing full. So I am positive about the battery life of this e-cycle if used correctly.
Right from the start the e-cycle was never meant to be taken seriously for hardcore cyclists. Which obviously means they wouldn’t dare rely on a machine that works on electricity only for convenience. Where it fits its niche is in the leisure segment. The lectro Ezephyr is a nifty cycle that can traverse through much traffic with ease and the slender body helps move it around effortlessly as well.
The battery life is amazing and we wouldn’t recommend taking it to harsh conditions. The Ezephyr should serve as a starting point for anyone looking to enjoy the comforts of an e-cycle without committing too much to cycling itself. Heck it even leaves zero footprint on the environment when you choose an e-cycle over a scooter to do your daily bidding of picking up groceries and completing short distance work.