The Flash bike has literally changed my perspective on “exercising”. I have some physical limitations and wouldn’t venture out on a bike ride because I felt I may not be able to handle it. I now know that I can use pedal assist to get through those moments. I was riding 15 miles after only 4 rides, with limited pedal assist! I actually look forward to a long bike ride. I never thought I’d say such a thing. When I need the pedal assist, it’s amazing! I can fly up a hill if I want on only level 1.
Love the it but haven’t rode it yet
I've had the bike a few months now. I have the Flash City. It's a great commuter bike. I just use it for going to and from work. I only go 8 miles round trip.
Pros: integrated front/rear lights with turn signals. This is the main reason I bought the bike. Blinkers are very handy in the city. You would need to buy a head and tail light anyways. I like the twist throttle better than my old bikes' thumb throttle. I like having the fenders (even though they are plastic) they get the job done. The bike fits me. I'm 6'6." My previous bike (Sondors Thin) is not for someone my size. I really like having the gears. You can actually ride the bike without using the battery. This is convenient when the battery dies and you still have a ways to go. Single speed electric bikes feel like tanks when the battery runs out and you are stuck pedaling the single gear.
Cons: No odometer and no measurement for hours used. All electric bikes should have this. if you try to resell the bike, the buyer has no way of knowing how much time is on the battery or miles on the bike. How would they know you are not telling the truth? The horn is a waste. Not loud enough for city riding. I ended up putting a bell on mine. The fenders rattle a lot when riding on bad city roads but I'm okay with it since they came on the bike. Cheap plastic, but they do the job in the rain. You're not going to go 28mph on this bike. If you do it will only be for a second. 25mph is doable with pedaling, but you won't hold it for long. 23mph is good.
I don't like the fact that the battery continually draws power when not in use. I'm 210lbs and can barely get 15 miles on one charge. I charge it daily because once the battery falls below 50%, the speed drops off considerably. If you put the bike in full off mode, you need the charger to start it back up so I can only use the full off mode when at home. It's useless at work because I don't carry the charger to and from.
All in all, I do like the bike and would buy it again over my Sondors Thin. It works better for my purposes. I just hope the battery lasts a long time. My Sondors battery started to crap out after 2 years and 3000 miles.
This is a great commuter bike. Big fan of having the throttle and pedal assist. The app and the on board tech work well.
After assembling my Flash City Deluxe and riding it, I was having so much fun I ordered a Flash City and assembled it today and my wife took the Deluxe. We live in downtown Albany across the street from Washington Park and within 5 miles of grocery stores, multiple restaurants and pubs, pharmacies, and theaters, so the bikes we will be great fun for us running errands and getting exercise and short commuting trips. The bikes are great fun and will move and I am a 6’5” 245lb old D-1 football player and I don’t slow them down. Great job, Flash!