Thanks everyone for all the great info here. My buddy and I just received our Frey AM1000s with the 52v 17ah battery. I did tons of online research before I pulled the trigger, so figured I should put in my opinions in hopes of helping others.
Besides the Frey AM1000, I also ride a BBSHD 48v on an old Specialized FSR Enduro full suspension and a Specialized Carbon Evo FSR (no motor). I am a pretty aggressive rider and was concerned about the FREY being trail capable (not just a commuter).
In comparison to the BBSHD, the power of the FREY seems about the same, but having the torque sensor is SO much better!
The bikes are HUGE. I ordered the medium, and it is quite large. Definitely do not go up a size when ordering. It is also heavy. we had to put my buddy's on his roof top Yakima, and it took both of us! With that said, the weight is not an issue when riding. It feels very solid and the motor counteracts the weight, but I would not want to drain the battery and pedal that home w/o a motor.
The Lyric / Deluxe fork/shock setup is nice. Feels similar if not softer than my Fox 32 on my Evo. I was careful to set the sag at 25%/30% respectively and it performed well. I did come very close (1/4 inch) to bottoming out both on some drops, so may need to up the sag a bit or put in one of the Lyric tokens. Very plush and confidence inspiring, especially with the fat 2.8 tires. The headtube angle is quite slack, so, with the dropper down, and a very short stem, it is quite DH feeling, which again, with the 160 lyric / deluxe and fatty tires, aids the confidence.
My initial impressions on the build is good. one bike was in perfect shape, the other had a slightly bent out of true rear wheel and the derailler hanger was bent, so it looks like the box was dropped in shipment causing this. We ordered 2 extra hangers, so could fix it. The wheel is not bad, but will need to get trued. We ordered with the headlights wired. This is cool, but they are hardwired, no quick-connector and the mount to the handlebars is a cheap plastic clip that broke on one bike, and is sloppy on the other. we will be modifying this so it is more solidly mounted and more flush (not sticking up so high). It also came with a rear light. We didn't ask for this, but there it is.I usually use a flasher dot light below seat, but this light is pretty cool. it works as a brake light when headlights are lights are off (When the headlights turn on, via the light sensor or by use of control pad, the tail light is solid; no actuation with brakes). We checked torque on everything and it seems ok so far. The rear through axle handle wiggles a bit and makes noise. I can confirm the seat tube is now 31.6. Droppers can be internally routed, but it takes some work to thread the cable in the downtube then up the seat tube. We did it on 2 bikes, so definitely can be done. There are also in tube routing in the horizontal tube to route an external dropper cable. That would be much easier, but look less clean. The chainring is a 130 bcd. The stock chanring is a 44t NW steel ring. The cranks are too long. Hit on everything. I will have to get shorter ones.
I switched to a left thumb push throttle and it fits the bike much better IMO. (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/8FUN-bb ... 4c4dUCnsBH
). The tires come with schrader valves. I had anticipated presta, and was going to try to convert to tubeless, but had to order new stems. I will update if the conversion works once i get those. I could not find if anyone could do it and rims do not say if they are tubeless ready. I have successfully converted others (gorilla tape / valve / sealant) successfully. I will update on this.
we were very concerned about the new 25% tariffs on ebikes. FREY PAID ALL CUSTOMS AND FEES. THE PRICE THEY GIVE YOU COVERS ALL CUSTOMS AND FEES. THIS IS ALL YOU PAY. This was a big deal for me. I was concerned that I would have to pay the 25% customs fees, but IVY was very good in assuring me FREY covers all of this, which they did. If you are like me and were holding off ordering due to fear of US customs / ebike tariffs, dont worry.