Electric Bike Technologies Electric Eco Delta Trike Review – $2.1k



hey guys to help around the forearms host the website and travel we've introduced a universal service fee for in-depth coverage including this video the goal is to be transparent and unbiased this is not an endorsement it's a privilege to serve you let's get into it hey guys what's going on so I am here checking out the electric Eco Delta it's a very unique electric trike that honestly I really like it a lot because of its quirkiness because it's kind of different it has kind of a traditional set of handlebars on it but nonetheless it's a trike so yeah let's just go ahead and jump in alright so the electric eco Delta is based on a delta trike that's why it's called a delta that's a trike where you have one wheel in the front and two wheels in the back so that's kind of like the naming convention that they went here with this but that's about all that's kind of normal about this you do have some normal bicycle parts but the way that they've integrated it into this very very simple but also unique frame is it's quite cool and they also have the cost down pretty low I mean it's eco for economy I presume and they do that with some of the component selection and also the simplicity of it because more or less I mean the back end has a little bit going on with the axle for the back wheels but other than that your frame is just a square tube mmm there you go you have what you would I guess consider a traditional headset compared to a trike coming up here into the stem which extends out into these monstrous long handlebars and that's what gives you your steering capacity so way now like I'm here with Alec by the way from electric bike technologies yeah so Alec works here in Pennsylvania helping to build these so yeah as alec is sitting on here you kind of get a sense for the general idea that you pedal like a normal bicycle in the sense that your your feet kind of come out in front of you the handlebars are also I guess in a conventional location there's some other trikes where the handlebars are underneath and you kind of steer like a tank there's some other ones where the handlebars are in two spots where you kind of shift with your hips a little bit this one the handlebars are in a regular place from the get-go but then as you steer it starts to get very interesting because I as you can see alec is turning his his hands over his body like his hands are coming up above his knee and if he's going slow and making a sharp turn and then he's got to put the handlebars way over a crossover and kind of let go with his far hand as he makes a nice long term generally you probably won't be doing that when you get up to speed but if you're a maneuver around like say in a parade or something like that then that's a really good opportunity for you to kind of turn the handlebars all the way over so that's kind of like the that's like the concept of this vehicle very interesting very unique I think this would be a really fun fun ride I'm really excited to get on and go for a spin because I really love unique rides so let's go ahead and talk about some of the nuts and bolts on the bike all right so up at the front of the bike you do have some 20 by 1.5 tires these are kind like road tires these are some Kenda quests up to a Schrader valve this does come into the front motor and we'll kind of get to that in a minute you do have a really small fork so this is a fairly common fork that you would see on some other smaller bicycles so that's not too specialty quite yet coming up into the front brake which this is a Promax cantilever brake or V brake or I guess some people call it a traditional brake something you might have grown up with this is a fairly simple set and that's fine because a lot of your stopping power for a vehicle like this is in the back of the bike because most of the rider weight is back there and it has a long wheelbase so yeah coming up into the head set here and you do have I guess more of a normal stem as I mentioned before coming up into where you would normally mount a handlebar this has got to be like I don't know five inches wide or so extending all the way up into here let's talk about the controls a little bit while we're up because we've already talked about the steering a little bit and how unique that is so up here you do have some nice long levers for the brakes and of course this is for the rear brake and this is up here for the front brake you have a parking brake or like a little lever so where you squeeze it down and then pinch on that little lever there and now the bike is sturdy there's no kickstand on this bike because you can imagine what's that no risk of tipping over but it does have a parking brake so that it won't roll away which is really nice and that's on both sides of it so the front brake is a mechanical v brake on the back well when I go ahead and there we go on the back you do have a single disc break in the back this is a mechanical Promax 300 disk break that comes into the rotor which is 160 millimeters by the way and it's pretty cool you know they they kind of keep the cost down on this by adding just one break for the rear of the bike here the trike there's some other trikes also available from electric bike technologies that are a little more higher-end they cost a little bit more they got like two breaks on the back but those are for heavier trikes or something that's meant for a higher speed this strike is meant for economy and for kind of easygoing cruising you're hopefully you're not going to be going terribly fast on a trike like this so having a single break it's fine I think it works pretty well for this kind of setup alright so up on the controls of the bike you do have this 7-speed shifter right here this is a grip shift that you can use your thumb and your index finger mostly to kind of shift it's nice and compact built in here you don't have a big lever sticking out which is kind of nice this 7-speed Sun race is going all the way down through the cabling into the plastic derailleur so I guess that's the most notable thing about this it's using a 13 to 32 tooth set of gears in the back here and that is again coming into this plastic derailleur I'm not entirely sure as to the longevity of a plastic derailleur I can tell you with confidence it's not meant to save weight on a bike like this it's meant to kind of cut down the cost so that's one of the trade-offs that they do have with this bike but the chain is coming along it's a pretty long chain as you can imagine going through a very large set of space for the trike the chain is covered by this plastic tubing which is kind of meant to keep your pants or your legs from getting dunked up from a chain because your legs are standing in a position right here more or less in contact with the chain in a lot of cases and that could prove to be troublesome so there's a simple fix you know it works up here you have the single front chain ring this is a 38 tooth chain ring covered by two sides on that two also same concept as the plastic tubing to kind of keep your pants or keep your legs from getting gunked-up from the chain and that is on both sides of it it's not a complete cover it's still a little bit exposed so you can kind of see the inner workings there as it's pedaling but it does provide a little bit of protection that's going into the 170 millimeter cranks that you have on both sides as well as plastic pedals so these are fully plastic covered so there is a metal bar in the middle but the railing as well as the the cover and the bridge is all plastic and of course a reflector right there so again you know plastic pedals aren't particularly my favorite because a good part about electric bicycles in the first place is you don't have to worry about weight so this is again the cost-saving measure so yeah we talked about the brakes the shifter and kind of talked about the wheels a little bit let's talk about the frame in small ways of this frame is telescoping which is kind of cool so in a lot of trikes you have what's called a boom up in the front and that's what this is there's a little bit more going on because it has the handlebars and it has the front wheel as well as a set of gears but you can by loosening up some bolts in the back here you can extend this red part past and telescope it out from the black so that puts your entire front end a little more distant and in that sense it also extends not only the feet but also the handlebars so generally people with longer legs have longer arms as well so that actually matches up you can extend both of them all the way out and as another point of customization you can also change the position of the seat so the seat has a quick-release here and you can pop that out and you can kind of roll the seat forward or backward not roll sorry like extend the seat forward or backward along this post here of the frame and that is braced up right here in the back so the seat has this mesh cover over it a little bit of padding on the bottom and on the back of the seat is the brace that comes in and mounts to the back of the frame so as you extend the whole entire seat forward this brace again will kind of articulate and kind of allow that to roll forward and let the on the top part and let the seat go forward or backward a little bit so those two places that you can kind of customize the position of the bike give you a lot of options a lot of options for how tall a rider is and it's not really all that complicated to change up it's pretty simple let me take you a little bit of time you're certainly not going to do this while you're riding the bike but it's simple nonetheless so in the back of the bike in the frame area you have some pretty good strong spots the frame uses a single axle going all the way through and it is keyed so that it can a comma both the set position for the brake rotor as well as for the cassette so that solid axles pretty cool provides a lot of strength along with these bars kind of coming up to add more strength again as we're kind of crossing over into talking about the electric system this is a 36 volt battery and that's actually done for two reasons the first of course is cost savings a 36 volt cost less than a 48 so this is a very approachable bike in that sense on the other side of that this is actually a lighter weight battery and having a lighter weight battery enables for this vehicle to turn a little bit easier and also kind of keep it on the rope because with a really long wheelbase and with the rider weight a little bit high and especially with the controls kind of hanging out there this bike can tip if you're going fast and I'll get into the road test part and I'll kind of give you an idea as to how fast that is for myself but this is definitely a slow going Easy Rider kind of bike and if you have a lot of weight in the back that's a risk for tipping you over then they don't want to encourage you to go terribly fast and I think that it's a good choice personally I like the idea of this bike and I would go with the 36 volt myself as well so yeah let's go ahead and jump into the electric system kind of already have so this battery is pretty neat in the sense that it is a 36 volt but for the physical mounting properties it does have this key and right now it's in the on position I'll have a light go ahead and demonstrate that he's got two hands so you kind of undo the key there and that will turn off the trike as well as allow you to pull it out and you put the key and you kind of have to push it in a tiny bit to get to the last position there you go you pull it out unplug that little guy and then you're ready to rock and the battery comes off really slick it's nice and metal protected so I like that a lot I really do you can if you want opt for a smaller battery and that is in a bag and when the battery is in a bag the smaller one that will save you some money I think it's a what is it almost 300 bucks savings or so yeah I think it's $280 less for the 9 amp hour bag battery and we've got all of those prices listed at electric trike comm where you can customize the capacity of for a 9 a 10 or a 20 amp hour battery and see a comparison of what sort of range you get out of each battery because the larger the battery the farther you can go on the motor power one important note is that this bike is using the metal case that's the 36 volt 10 amp power that one comes in the metal case the other two come in a bag both the really big one and the small one for cost savings so so let's go ahead and dive back into the electric system so right above the battery you'll see that this is the air cooled controller from a sister company ebike kit also run under the same roof with electric try comm and you can customize this controller if you need it to is that right yes so our entire system which we've been offering since 2008 and we updated every couple years this is a very modern system that for instance is dual voltage compatible so even though we offer this trike at 36 volt it's the same controller same LCD that we use on 48 volt systems so it's capable of doing a lot of different stuff and the way this is mounted on this bike this whole system is accessible you can get at the cables and the throttle and the controller in case you want to change any parts or service anything this is all mounted where you can access it great so yeah as he was talking about the the can the configuration is pretty easy because you have these nice easy waterproof connectors where you can find them and get to them so as long as you could see it I mean it's pretty easy to get to there's a lot of staying things here that you can change up but nonetheless it is kind of tucked away it's in the back of the bike where it's not going to interrupt the aesthetic too much and the cabling of course runs underneath the bike coming all the way up to the controls so let's talk about the display a little bit Alec why don't you go ahead and jump on and kind of start up the display yeah absolutely so the display is pretty clear Oh brand-new peeled off the plastic so the display is quite clear it shows you everything that you need on this kind of monochrome sort of motif with the ruler kind of looking thing for the battery level so your battery level is right here on these little notches and as you consume the battery these notches will tick down and some segments and that's always present the miles-per-hour of how fast you're going is right there in the middle and you have your pedal assist level and Alec is using the remote attachment right here to change the pedal assist level this also sets the cap for the throttle and that cap is a pretty comfortable one it's not like a harsh wall where it cuts off at ten miles an hour and that's where it is but it goes up in incremental stages and it changes not only the limit but also the curve which is pretty cool down here at the very bottom you have the variable display right here it shows the odometer but Alec is gonna press the mode button and that will cycle through a handful of metrics like the trip set a second trip set max speed average speed and if you'd like you can actually do some further customization by pressing the up and down arrows on the remote attachment hold them for a couple of seconds and that will get you into a variety of pages yeah one of the coolest things about our systems that we put on all of our trikes is that you can access things like the top speed limit here so say that you don't want to go the full 20 miles per hour that this trike is capable of but you want to go to a lower top speed you can easily turn it down so that it won't allow the motor to ever go faster you can also access things like flipping through here if you want to hook up a different battery you can access the current limit so if we wanted to instead of running this as a 500 to 700 watt motor we could turn the current limit down to make it like a 350 watt motor if we wanted less power and we can also control how sensitive the pedal assist sensor is in case we want to scale the pedal assist for slower pedaling or faster pedaling in order to customize how much power output we get from the motor and the idea behind all this is we like people to be comfortable on their electric bike you don't have to go full speed all the time you know this is like a cruiser bike this is a very relaxed trike it's comfortable and approachable and if you want to take it easy and glide down the boardwalk you can turn your speed down and a whole bunch of different ways in order to do that before we get back into the lower parts of the electric system I should mention that there is an electric cutoff switch low key housed inside of the amount here for the brake handle so when you squeeze on the brake handle that actually engages a small switch that's housed inside of here to cut off power to the motor system so what that effectively does as you're riding is when you squeeze on the brakes the motor system will not engage even if you're pedaling with the pedal assist on or even if you're throttling it won't let power get through so that way you're never fighting against it that's a pretty cool safety feature one that I believe is quite necessary for bikes with the throttle on them at all so continuing down the electric system there is a cadence based pedal assist system that is built right into the bottom bracket area here so you have eight magnets on this little disc which pass pass over a counter that is a stationary mounted under here so that's how it knows that you want assistance Alec is going backwards at the time but the idea is that these little bright magnets will pass over it when you're pedaling forward that's how the bike knows that you want assistance and that's how it engages the assistance you know that's how it gets input from you and when you pedal that's what propels the bike forward electrically and mechanically at the same time and that is done so through the motor mounted up in the front so as Alec was saying before this 500 watt motor is capable for both 36 volt and 48 and you can adjust the current level on the display so as it comes from the factory its met set for like a 20 current or 20 amp limit on the current and that effectively gets you 720 watts coming through this but this motor is capable of a little bit more if you wanted to beef it up a little bit and you could totally do that because there are two torque arms mounted on here one on the left and one on the right side so you can get a fair amount of power on this thing and still feel comfortable on it as far as comfort for riding on this shape and proportion of a vehicle that's entirely up to your skill level so yeah I'm excited to go and take it for a ride because this is very very unique so let's go ahead and jump on you can kind of see a little bit that I should probably extend the boom or put the seat back because my legs aren't getting a full extension on this but nonetheless I mean I'm really gonna throttle on this thing a lot I think it's really fun so let's go ahead the pedal assist is really fun it it kicks in pretty good because you can put it into a lower gear it doesn't have a whole high gear range you can I start spinning out at about 11 miles an hour or so and that's when the throttle takes over [Applause] alright guys so here we are on the electric eco Delta I've got you pointed up at the pedals up front as well as the motor up front so let's go ahead and take it for a spin and show you what it does so that's pretty fun you probably saw me sticking my leg up a little bit as we're making a tight turn if you're going faster than say I don't know like 12 miles an hour or so you probably want to be pretty careful if you are okay you know comfortable balancing your weight out kind of sticking your leg as you saw me do then you can do some pretty fun stuff on this trike okay so I've had a lot of fun here on the electric Eco Delta you probably saw that at one point during the ride test I was kind of wiggling around a little bit I was doing that intentionally I was trying to find the threshold of speed where it would start to tip a little bit and of course it's gonna vary a little bit depending on your size and speed and things but I was going about 12 miles an hour or so and taking those tight turns trying to get it to kind of find that braking point so yeah I would definitely call this a low-speed vehicle I think that a 48 volt wouldn't be necessary for me I think 36 is a good choice here and hey keeps the cost down so yeah anyways thanks for watching if you want to see the full write-up and review and specifications and measurements for this bike you can go to electricbikereview.com where you can compare this with a whole lot of other different electric trikes from the guys over at electric trike comm electric bike technologies like alec here you can also compare it to all sorts of different electric bikes and trikes that you find on our site you can also go there to participate in the forums if you'd like to ask a question or hang out with the community and then engage with us that way so thanks for watching guys ride safe you

15 Comments

  1. M man said:

    the motor's torque rating of less than 21 nm, is rather weak. You want torque ratings to be in the 30 to 40 nm, at least. Especially if a rider weighs over 180 lbs. the 36 volts is fine, as you just don't need 48 volts on this type of recumbent, since there is no way you'd want to ride this at anything over 20 mph.

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  2. M man said:

    I found this same etrike for $1798 at Mike's E-Bikes. The business there builds these recumbent conversions, and they are usually with better quality samsung batteries, and name brand motors, including mid drives, and $500 to $1000 less expensive than what these firms provide reviewed by EBR.

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  3. Benjamin Jehne said:

    This thing looks like a lot of fun to drive.

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  4. dundun data said:

    Really enjoying the helmet cam (as seen in the abs video), exterior moving shots and that low shot at the end.

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  5. SURAJ PAUL said:

    Good for home delivery system.

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  6. Ian Mangham said:

    Everyone goes on about range but in reality they never pedal further than 10miles round trip, it's better to stay light for a good power to WEIGHT ratio, those batteries aren't light when you get upto 15-20ah they add some serious poundage, I have 42v 10.4ah all in the ebike weighs 45 pound so it's perfect for 10-20 miles depending on many variables.

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  7. Mark Elford said:

    Alec is awesome , trike looks fun for low speed whatever.

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  8. scorpin king said:

    Wow really beautiful

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  9. ForbinColossus said:

    @17:32 Mikey's helmut by DEVO

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  10. ForbinColossus said:

    Defintely needs a wire basket or box for grocery shopping/cargo. Think of the freedom trikes offer for older people

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  11. Bahama Jim said:

    My wife is disabled and this would be great

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  12. Teresa Boze said:

    That seat looks like it would be comortable for zero time. Are there other options for better riding ergonomics on the seat? Can you use a cart or rack on that bike for errands? It looks like it would raise the front end off the ground. What good is a "slow going" trike or bike if not to use around town for errand?

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  13. 20190 said:

    Love it!!!

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  14. Max Pain said:

    Considering its a Linear style trike (which are not cheap to begin with) and its electric..thats not a bad price. Perfect for those with back and mobility issues. Also will be good for those that just want a relaxing ride. Hopefully it has good pannier options. I would find myself ditching the plastic peds and dérailleurs pretty quick though.

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  15. Piranha Patrick said:

    Cool

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