The E-LUX Electric Bicycles Newport model bike is an $1895 rigid cruiser with a foot-forward frame design popularized by Electra, with a Bafang (8FUN) rear hub motor, Shimano 7-speed shifting, and Samsung 48 Volt, 10 amp-hour battery. The beautifully finished black frame had matching fenders, rack, and chainguard. Additionally, a cushy saddle, swept-back handlebars, and ergonomic grips produced a comfortable cockpit.

The cruiser had been accessorized with front and rear lights and an oversize kickstand. There are three modes of pedal assist (PAS), eco, normal and power, along with five levels in each mode to a maximum assist of 20 mph. The addition of a throttle designates this as a CA Class 2 electric bicycle which can be ridden on bike trails and lanes. E-LUX provides a one-year limited warranty on the bike and its components.

H.L. Mencken said that one characteristic of Americans is we’re afraid that someone somewhere is having fun. If that’s the case, we need to close our collective eyes when someone rides by on an E-LUX cruiser, because they’re definitely having a good time.

We evaluated this bike as an e-commuter in its intended milieu, on concrete bike trails. The 2.1-inch dual-purpose tires provided a smooth confidence-inspiring ride without the self-steer we’ve experienced in some ultra fat tire cruisers. The excellent motor was very responsive and the seven-speed shifting functioned well. The Tektro mechanical disc brakes produced more than adequate stopping power for the 60 plus pound bike even at the highest speeds which were attained. We used the rear rack, which houses the battery, for carrying books or other items. H.L. Mencken said that one characteristic of Americans is we’re afraid that someone somewhere is having fun. If that’s the case, we need to close our collective eyes when someone rides by on an E-LUX cruiser, because they’re definitely having a good time.