MICLON Cybertrack 100 Review
Cons: Limited fit range, looks cheap
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MICLON Cybertrack 100
|Price||$800 List||$1,095 List||$999 List|
$899.00 at Lectric eBikes
|$860 List||$700 List|
|Pros||Pretty good range, relatively powerful, reasonable price||Reasonably priced, very high price-to-performance ratio, smooth ride, powerful 750W motor, 28 mph top pedal assist speed||Modest price for high performance, convenient folding design, powerful motor, loaded with features||Relatively quick, solid distance range, good display and controls||Long distance range, removable battery, step-thru design, retro style, comfortable ride|
|Cons||Limited fit range, looks cheap||Doesn't come with lights, motor is a little noisy||Less steady handling compared to non-folding models, moderate range||Seatpost too short for taller riders, no instructions for the display||Display is hard to read in bright light, 15.5 mph top speed|
|Bottom Line||An affordable electric "mountain bike" that performs relatively well but has a limited range of fit||With an excellent range and loads of power, this Class 3 model is easily the best we've tested at this price point||This convenient folding model offers great performance and features at a reasonable price||A mountain-style Class 2 electric bike with relatively good power output and a solid distance range||A reasonably priced Class 2 electric bike with a solid distance range and retro styling|
|Rating Categories||MICLON Cybertrack 100||Ride1Up Core-5||Lectric XP Step-Thr...||Ancheer 27.5-inch B...||Miclon LNE 26|
|Specs||MICLON Cybertrack 100||Ride1Up Core-5||Lectric XP Step-Thr...||Ancheer 27.5-inch B...||Miclon LNE 26|
|Battery Size (Wh)||374||500||460.8||374||360|
|E-Bike Class||Class 2||Class 3||Class 3||Class 2||Class 2|
|Motor Power (torque)||350W||750W||500W||350W||250W|
|Number of pedal assist settings||5||5||5||5||5|
|Top speed throttle||20 mph||20 mph||20 mph||20 mph||15.5 mph|
|Top speed pedal-assist||20 mph||28 mph||28 mph||20 mph||15.5 mph|
|Measured Distance Range||18.2 miles||23.0 miles||20.7 miles||20.3 miles||21.3 miles|
|Weight Limit||309 lbs||275 lbs||330 lbs||330 lbs||200 lbs|
|Measured Weight||47 lbs 7 oz||51 lbs 15 oz||61 lbs 10 oz||49 lbs 5 oz||48 lbs 9 oz|
|Drivetrain||21-speed||Shimano Altus 7-speed||Shimano Tourney 7-speed||Shimano Altus 24-speed||Shimano 6-speed|
|Brakes||Mechanical Disc||Tektro Mechanical Disc||Tektro Mechanical Disc Brakes||Mechanical disc||V-brakes|
|Additional features||Kickstand, "suspension" fork,||Kickstand, bottle cage mount||Fenders, rear rack, front and rear lights, folding design, front suspension, mounting points for racks, baskets, and a bike lock, IP-65 rated for water resistance||Bell, headlight, tools, digital display||Headlight, fenders, rear rack|
|Warranty||One Year||One Year||One Year||Two Years on frame, One year on battery, motor, and components||One Year|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Cybertrack 100 is one of several bikes produced and sold under the brand name Miclon. This affordable model has a "mountain bike" style with 26-inch wheels, slightly knobby tires, and a "suspension" fork. It is a Class 2 model with a 350W motor capable of speeds up to 20 mph, and it has a 374 Wh battery that provides a decent range. While it looks a bit cheap, we were pleasantly surprised by the performance of this versatile model. Our biggest gripe is its limited range of fit with a recommended user height range of 4'11" to 5'9". After testing it against a selection of the best budget electric bikes, we feel it is a serviceable entry-level model that could be great for kids or those operating on a budget.
Given the relatively cheap look and feel of the Miclon, we had very low expectations for the way it would ride. We're happy to report that those expectations were exceeded, though it couldn't quite match the more refined ride feel of our top-rated models. It scored around average in this rating metric.
With a "suspension" fork and some slightly knobby tires, it's clear that Miclon intended the Cybertrack 100 to look like a mountain bike. While it does have that look, we'd hesitate to take it anything rougher than paved roads, gravel roads, and the occasional dirt path. While slightly knobby, the tires are still quite narrow and don't offer the grip you'd want for riding proper mountain bike trails, and the suspension fork just barely helps to take the edge off of bumps and cracks in the road. Yes, the fork is better than nothing, but it doesn't do all that much. Beyond that, we found it to be easily maneuverable and responsive to rider input, though it's not quite as stable at speed as bikes with larger wheels and longer wheelbases.
Aside from the suspension fork, the Cybertrack 100 has a decidedly budget-minded but functional component specification. It certainly won't turn any heads, but we found it works just fine for everyday riding. The 21-speed drivetrain seems like a bit of overkill, but there are certainly plenty of gears to choose from should you ever run out of battery on a ride. The mechanical disc brakes aren't the most powerful, but they performed their duties admirably during testing. It doesn't really come with any added features, and that's not all that surprising for the price. If you plan on riding at night, we'd suggest buying some quality bike lights so you can see and be seen.
The Cybertrack 100 has a 309 lbs weight capacity and they specify a recommended user height range of 4'11" to 5'9". This bike is definitely made for shorter riders, and not surprisingly, our 6-foot-tall tester was way too big for it. We had some shorter riders take it out for a few test rides, and the fit was much better. Given its mountain bike-esque look, it has a somewhat more aggressive geometry with a relatively low handlebar and resulting body position. This bike is definitely not a comfort cruiser, but we still found it to be comfortable enough for most situations. The seat has a medium width and moderate amount of padding, and we found it to be relatively comfortable, even during our hour+ range test session.
The Miclon performed better than expected in our range testing and earned an above-average score in this metric. It comes with a 374 Wh (36V 10.4Ah) battery, and it seems to use its power relatively efficiently. While it couldn't match the best in the test, it did surprise us with its respectable range test performance.
Miclon claims a range for the Cybertrack 100 of 21-30 miles in throttle mode. To test this, we performed our range test as we always do, on a standardized course using the throttle only. We rode our test bike for 18.2 miles with a total of 929 feet of elevation gain/loss. With an average speed of 15.1 mph, this test took an hour and 12 minutes to complete. Sure, that's a little shy of Miclon's claimed low-end range, but if our test course didn't feature rolling hills, we don't doubt it could have hit the 21-mile mark. We are also quite sure that one could ride this bike significantly farther, perhaps doubling or tripling the range, with a bit of effort on the part of the rider.
The Cybertrack 100 has a 350W Bafang rear hub motor and similar power output to several of the other models in the budget category, earning it an average score in this metric. As a Class 2 model, it can support speeds up to 20 mph using the throttle or pedal assist, and it feels surprisingly quick to accelerate thanks to its smaller 26-inch wheels.
We performed several acceleration tests, and the Miclon surprised us with a quick 0-20 mph time of 12 seconds. We were so surprised, in fact, that we repeated it numerous times to make sure it was correct. When you twist the throttle, the pickup is nearly instantaneous, and it feels eager to get up to top speed on flat ground. Likewise, on our test hill, it managed to accelerate up to 14.5 mph before slowing to around 12 mph on the steepest part. That's not amazing, but it did better than several bikes that cost significantly more. During our range test, it was also able to maintain an average speed of 15.1 mph over the course of 18.8 miles of riding with some gradual hills. Again, not the best, but not terrible either.
The Cybertrack 100 has 5 levels of pedal assist with an incremental increase in support and top speed as you shift up through them. In general, we found the power delivery to feel relatively smooth, with a cadence sensor that delivers the same amount of power regardless of how hard you're pedaling. Shifts between support levels felt pretty seamless, and we found it quite easy to get it up to its top assisted speed of 20 mph on flat ground.
The Cybertrack 100 has a perfectly functional user interface, but we found it to be a bit underwhelming compared to most other models we tested. Everything works just fine, but the ergonmics aren't the best and the screen is quite small. The battery is removable, and charging is relatively standard.
There is a twist throttle in the right grip, and it works well enough, but we typically prefer a thumb paddle. The display and controls are a single unit by the left grip. Three buttons across the bottom are intuitive and easy enough to use with + and - buttons on either side of the power button. Our gripe with these buttons is that they are across the bottom of the display, making it harder to reach the + button with the thumb than it should be. The screen is quite small with dimensions of ⅝ x 1-⅛ inches, though it is still fairly easy to read. Current speed is shown in fairly large numbers, pedal assist setting is shown as a number in the upper right corner, and battery charge as a graphic with 5 bars of charge in the upper left.
The battery sits on a bracket on the downtube of the frame and has its own power switch that must be turned on to power up the bike and display. Next to the power switch, the charging port sits under a swiveling cover. The keys can be used to lock or unlock the battery which is easily removable for security or charging off the bike.
The remaining assembly of the Miclon wasn't terribly difficult, but it proved to be a little more time-consuming than some of the other models we tested. Like most direct-to-consumer bikes, the Cybertrack 100 arrives mostly assembled with only a few steps remaining to complete the process. In all, it took us about 45 minutes to get it ride ready.
The Cybertrack 100 weighs just under 50 lbs, so it is a tad easier to move around in the box and remove from the box compared to the heaviest models we tested. Once the protective packing materials are removed, you've got a small project on your hands to get it all put together. The frame, fork, and rear-wheel are all pre-assembled, and there's a small box of parts and tools that come along with it. It comes with printed assembly instructions, and there's a youtube video that you can watch as well. We recommend following the instructions closely. You need to attach the handlebar, put the brake rotor on the front wheel and install the front wheel, install the seatpost (seat comes pre-attached), attach the pedals, and then put the derailleur protector on. You'll also need to make some fit adjustments to the handlebar and seat, pump up the tires, and may need to recenter the brakes if they are rubbing. We also needed to extend the kickstand slightly to the proper height, which was pretty easy given that it is adjustable. Once that's all finished, you need to charge the battery to top it off, install the battery on the cradle, then you are pretty much ready to go.
Should I Buy the Miclon Cybertrack 100?
The Cybertrack 100 is a serviceable and affordable electric bike that gets the job done, even if it doesn't look great doing it. Looks aside, our testers were pleasantly surprised by its power and range. If you're on a budget, and you fit the height range of this bike, we feel this is an affordable and versatile option to consider. If you can spend a bit more, there are better, higher-quality options that we would recommend.
What Other E-Bikes Should I Consider?
For just a few hundred dollars more, the Ride1Up Core-5 is our top recommendation in the budget e-bike category. This bike has a super-powerful 750W motor that is capable of Class 3 speeds up to 28 mph using pedal-assist or 20 mph with the throttle. It has a sleek-looking frame with excellent battery integration, and it comes in both step-through and step-over (tested) frames. It has a more relaxed geometry and a super comfortable and smooth ride with 27.5-inch wheels and girthy tires. The 500 Wh battery also gives it one of the longest ranges in the test. Interested in a folding model? The Lectric XP 2.0 is a very reasonably priced folding model with a high level of versatility thanks to its wide knobby tires and suspension fork. It's also quite powerful with a 500W motor and is Class 3 (28 mph) capable, and its 460 Wh battery provides a solid range. Its folding design also means it takes up very little storage or transport space.
— Jeremy Benson
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