Starting off our Elby S1 review with the obvious thing on everyone’s mind; that incredible range of 80 miles offered from a single charge! Now that really is incredible, making the Elby S1 one of the longest distance electric bikes available on the market. What’s even more impressive, is the insanely fast charge time from empty, delivering another 80 miles in just 4 hours charging. This is especially impressive when you consider other models that don’t even offer a third of that range, yet still taking 12+ hours to charge from empty battery; further making it one of the fastest charging electric bikes we’ve ever reviewed.
This eBike is certainly strong, forged with a lightweight yet highly durable aluminium molded frame, with this eBike weighing just 54 lbs (24 kg) in total. Another impressive feature of the Elby S1 is the massive max. weight capacity of 330 lbs/150 kg (including bike weight). Whilst one of the more expensive e-bike’s on our list, the S1 certainly puts every dollar into features, quality & performance; offering an incredible ride and range second to none.
As we’ve mentioned previously, the distance offered by the Elby S1 is what really sets it apart. The fact that riders can journey for up to 80 miles from a single charge, then be ready to go for another 80 miles in just 4 hours charging time is phenomenal. We don’t know how they’ve done it, but Elby have really revolutionised eBike range and charging, raising the bar even higher.
In terms of speed, the S1 offers a moderate top speed of 28 mp/h with electric assist, nothing too special but still a pretty decent speed. However, we found this top speed relatively impressive, due to only a single 500 W motor powering the S1. Continue reading our 2021 Elby S1 review for more information, with our next section covering battery life & charging.
How fast does it go?
28 mp/h with electric assist, with riders likely able to go faster when pedalling.
What age/weight is it suitable for?
Whilst there is no official statement on recommended range, we believe this eBike to best suit adults and teenagers over the age of 15+. Offers a max. riding capacity of 330 lbs, including the bike (54 lbs), whilst supporting heights ranging from 5″ to 6’5″. Alongside this, the seat is fully height adjustable, helping find the perfect height you.
What is the range/distance?
As mentioned previously, the remarkable 80 mile range from a single 4 hour charge is what really sets this eBike apart; you’ll have a hard time finding a faster charging, long distance ebike.
Battery Life & Charging
The battery fitted on the Elby S1 is of very high quality. This premium 48v Lithium-ion battery pack is both easily removable and lockable, featuring a built in handle. Charger comes included and plugs into standard 110V outlets, with the battery fully integrated within the bike frame, placed at a low centre of gravity to provide additional stability. These beastly batteries help propel the Elby S1 to ranges of up to 80 miles per hour off a single charge, making the S1 and incredibly long range electric bike.
However, what we find most impressive is the ridiculously rapid 4 hour charge time from empty. Not only can riders now ride 80 miles, but now they can go another 80 within the same day! This is a huge step up from many conventional electric bike models (and even competitors) that take 12+ hours to charge, yet offer a range not even half of the Elby. This model certainly makes an ideal eBike for long range riding, perfect for commuters and eBike enthusiasts alike.
How long does it take to charge?
Charges in just four hours, making the Elby S1 one of the fastest charging electric bikes on the market.
Battery protection & safety
Although there is no official statement on battery protection measures (such as overvoltage/overheating protection, etc.), many similarly priced competitors feature these. Alongside this, the battery is tightly integrated within the bike frame, helping to protect it from moderate water pressure and dust ingress. However, we recommend contacting the supplier for any information on battery protection.
How long will the battery last for?
An average Lithium-ion battery has a lifespan of approx. 500-1000+ charge cycles before any faults arise. As a high quality Lithium-ion battery, riders should expect the latter half of 1000+ charges before expecting any issues to arise with their battery. Even if you were charging and using your eBike every day, it would still take over 2-3+ years to reach this point.
Design and Ergonomics
On to the design & ergonomics section of our Elby S1 review for 2021. As mentioned previously, Elby have adopted a low down, walk through frame that allows riders to easily mount the seat. This is especially good for elderly riders and those with reduced mobility, as they no longer have to hoist their leg over a waist-high frame. Alongside this, the frame and design is very sleek, with the battery pack integrated within, which Elby claim an award winning design. Safety has obviously been seriously considered, with bright LED head front and rear lights aiding riders in staying seen and safe, alongside the reflective side wall tires.
Furthermore, the Elby S1 also comes available in 5 different colours; take your pick from black, blue, silver, orange and white. All in all, this eBike is incredibly easy to use and suitable for a huge number of riders, new and experienced alike. Another fantastic feature of the Elby S1 is regenerative mode, which is great for recouping battery power when braking or going down hills. Riders can finally relax when riding down hills, as Regen mode will control the speed of your descent, whilst generating and feeding energy back into the battery… Genius!
What material is it made from?
High quality, lightweight yet highly durable aluminium-molded frame. Rubber continental tires featuring reflective side walls for safety.
Can it be used as a regular bike?
Yes – Once you’re out of battery, expect to start moving those legs!
Does it connect to your smartphone via app or Bluetooth?
Yes – The Elby S1 offers both Bluetooth compatability and mobile app support, available on both iOS and Android. However, the Elby app is currently offline, with plans to republish soon. In the mean time, Strava offers a great alternative for mapping and ride tracking, check it out on iOS and Android
Build quality and ease of use
As we expected, the build quality of the Elby S1 was extremely high. Forged from an aluminium-molded frame to offer both lightweight responsiveness and robust durability. The materials used are clearly of high quality and all in all, the Elby is extremely easy to use. With 4 levels of pedal assist, throttle and regeneration, riders should have no trouble picking an option to perfectly match their needs. Furthermore, riders have the option to choose from a 9-speed transmission system and gear up to their exact specification, great for handling all types of terrain!
Alongside this, the super responsive front & rear hydraulic disc brakes offer riders superior precision and control during sharp and sudden stops. These 180mm brake rotors even feature a power cut off switch for added safety. Lastly, Elby implementing automotive grade engineering by offering a low centre of gravity on both the frame and battery further offers riders much more control and comfort. Truly a remarkable engineering marvel!
Safety and usability on the road
Moving on to the safety & roadside use of our Elby S1 review for 2021 and arguably the most important section. As previously mentioned, the Elby S1 features both bright front & rear lights to aid riders in staying seen and safe, no matter the time of day. The S1 further features a handlebar bell/horn to help you alert pedestrians and other traffic of your presence. The brakes are extremely responsive and offer the rider considerable control and stopping power; further attesting to the safety of this eBike.
Alongside this, the top speed offered (approx. 28 mp/h) is around the average speed limit of many rural areas, towns and cities. As such, riders should have no problem keeping up with cars and other traffic; however we still recommend staying in the bike lane! As there is no front or rear suspension featured on this model, the Elby S1 really is best suited to roadside use and smooth terrain. Please note that we highly recommend wearing adequate safety gear when riding in the dark, such as high-visibility clothing and a helmet.
Is the Elby S1 waterproof?
Unspecified – Whilst many models offer water resistance, we cannot confirm that the Elby S1 offers the same and recommend contacting the supplier.
Restrictions and availability
As far as we’re aware, the Elby S1 ships worldwide and to all continents, with obvious exceptions for certain countries. However, we advise that you double check your local laws to ensure your region allows for such electric travel alternatives. As always, thanks for reading our Elby S1 2021 review and hope we were able to answer all your questions on your potential dream eBike. Discover more electric bike reviews today!
Elby S1 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals 2021
Introducing our Elby S1 Black Friday section, where we analyse listings and discuss the probability of any future Black Friday/Cyber Monday discounts. Many cost-effective commuters are likely hoping for some Elby S1 Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals this 2021, so we’ve analysed the price charts to determine the likelihood of such deals. Unfortunately, the only listings we could find were added after Black Friday, so analysing between November-December of 2019 is not possible.
Furthermore, we were unable to find any evidence of Elby participating in previous Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales. As such, we believe it fairly unlikely that we will see any Elby S1 Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals this 2021. However, ensure you keep checking back for updates closer to the date. Alternatively, check out our list of some of the biggest Black Friday electric bike deals of 2021.
Elby S1 Review Summary
Boasting one of the best ranges we've seen on an electric bike, the Elby S1 is a pretty impressive mid-budget eBike. For starters, a number of higher-end features such as regenerative braking, removable battery, speed controls, etc. have been integrated, including super bright LED lighting. However, the real beauty lies in its rapid 4 hour charge time, which is quite frankly insane considering its 80 mile range. Alongside this, its incredibly strong; capable of supporting weighs of up to 330 lbs, all whilst weighing 54 lbs itself. Although certainly not a top electric bike for commuters, we feel that casual and committed riders alike will find great use out of this model. Read our 2021 Elby S1 review below and make up your own mind!