What I love about the Abrams:
1. Specifically, the wheel stability at moderate to high speeds. With the Abrams I want to go longer, faster, and more steep.
2. No wobble,
3. water proofing of the motherboard
4. Great efficiency, distance on one charge approaches that of the Sherman.
5. Tubeless tire. Easy flat fix in minutes (on trails). I carry a small pump and a flat-fix kit (automotive).
6. Ideal for seated riding
7.Easy tire replacement, best of any current EUC.
8.With the 3.5kW motor and enormous heat sink the wheel stays cool on long incline rides. No fan, you just hear the grunt of the motor elevating you to the top of a mountain. Incredible, this is not a toy anymore.
What I don't like:
1.After the initial batch, drivers reported cut-outs, veteran fixed it by a firmware update. Essentially, they made STRONG mode like the medium mode. I lost the most favorite feature of the wheel, the insane torque availability (accessibility of torque) it originally had.
2. With the software update they also introduced pedal dipping.
3. You have to add silicone to motor wires where they enter the motor assembly.
1. This wheel is for 6ft + tall riders.
2. This wheel is about 95lb. therefore, is for 200lb + riders.
3.You have to put good pads on the wheel, the factory pads are a junk.
I absolutely love the Abrams, The torque is still there but you have to work to access it. My riding is predominantly on road and maintained trails. I am hoping that veteran will supply another update to fix the pedal dipping. I have about 350miles on it and no issues with the bearings. The ride/feel is so good that I will give it 5 stars and deal with the slight pedal dip till the update comes up.
To be fair, this is my "quick review" as I'm sure many are floating over the "add to cart" button. Well read this review
Thankfully we have Eevees local in Vancouver so I was lucky enough to be able to take a couple wheels for a spin. After a long ride on a "Sherman type" wheel, I thought I was sold on it. Loved it, 3 hr ride up to 50km/hr thru Vancouver and ready to hand over my wallet. However to be fair I had to try the Abrams. So Lucas set me up on the big abrams. As I left the store on I thought that it was to big(I'm 5'10), no way this is my wheel I should go back and get the Sherman size. 15 min in, I thought this is smooth but to big. 30 min in, I loved the power and it was like riding on a cloud, yet still it was to big. Then I realized I was late for a meeting and had to get to eevees super quick and get my wheel back and go. That's when I fell in love. Once I got out of my head that it was to big and just focused on all the traffic and people and this amazing wheel, we became one ;) First it's incredibly smooth on the rough Vancouver roads. I would argue smoother than a couple suspension wheels I've ridden. Second, you can carve thru traffic and bike lanes with ease. The 22" and 96lbs really becomes one with you. Coming from a powerful smaller wheel it's still quick and agile, while remembering it's 96lbs ;) . I left eevees on my little wheel and headed to my appointment.
I couldn't sleep that night. How could this wheel be so much fun. I just wanted to travel back to Vancouver from the island and buy it in the morning. I thought for sure the Sherman size was my wheel. The speed tho, the reviews by Bradley and Lucas where correct. You don't feel 50km/hr. Bumps don't give you wobbles at all.
Then theres the sitting. Wow, couldn't get there on my previous wheels due to no seat and lack of comfort while riding. This wheel is amazing. Once that big wheel is spinning it's so solid. Seated riding should be a big selling feature.
Now the question. Beginners. I would safety say prob no. If your a quick learner and want to wrap it in foam for a while, then sure. Will you have fun, not for a little bit. Bigger taller riders could be excluded from this. You want to know how to handle a wheel before trying to manage 96 lbs or it's going to take you out, of your ankles. As for anyone on thier second wheel and tossing it up about the Abrams, buy it ! I'm at 50 km since I got it yesterday at 4. Skipped work early just to go ride more. Writing this on the floor in incredible back pain and can't move yet trying to convince my wife it will be better soon and to let me go for another ride.
As for the 2700 watt hr battery. You think "hey why didn't they go 3600" well first it's already 96lbs. Second, when your at speed its barley working to keep you moving. 28 km of hard racing over Vancouver at 235lbs with gear, and only down 14%.
I love this thing. I love it every km I go. It's a bit of a challenge to manipulate it but gets better every carve and every turn and adds another fun factor. Topped out at 60km(new top for me) and felt like nothing. I'll review at 1000km, prob just more of a love story. If your lucky enough to be local or Vancouver island, it's worth the trip in to eevees. Call ahead and let them know and they will be ready to get you riding. Stoked !!!! Thanks Lucas for making it happen so amazingly !!!
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