I've been asked to write a review of a Yuba Mundo.
This is my first e-bike and it's funny how one leads to another. (More on that later)
First, this bike is a real brute, I think out of the box it weighs about 70 LBS
I am 6'4" and weigh in at 240 to 250 LBS, my 3 year old son is about 40 LBS and direct drive front wheel w/ battery, another 40 LBS. Add an ice chest, a bunch of kids toys and a few tools, we are over 400 LBS.
The Mundo seems to handle this weight well, except it is no hill climber.
5% to 7% short hills (100 yards+ -) are okay, though you'll be peddling in 1st gear.
Beyond short hills, I think the motor would get too hot.
We live in a Southern Calif. beach community, so most of my riding is on flat ground along bike paths. I can maintain 18 or 19 MPH.
I just got a CA, later I'll have more info.
The bike is powered with an Amped Bike kit with a 36 Volt 20 AH battery from Ping.
Okay, the small print stuff......
If I remember, I paid about $1000.00 for the Mundo (early spring 09), I think the price has dropped since then.
The guy I dealt with at Yuba is named Benjamin, nice guy, communicated well and fast shipping.
Ping battery was about $600.00, shipping was very fast and he communicates very well.
Absolutely no complains about his product, except price.
Amped Bike Kit, Price about $400.00, performs well, cheesy connectors, communication, just okay.
More small print stuff,
If I had it to do all over again....
18 speeds, instead of the 6 I have..
Up-Graded brakes, stopping 400 LBS requires allot of brakes.
Too bad Yuba doesn't have disc brakes.
Job rated kick stand.
I have the one offered on the Yuba site, however, this bike could use something better.
Battery, I should have ordered the battery in two parts.
Having the lowest center of gravity is more important than I thought.
Bob / Mundo