Wave 2.0 electric bike review: Affordable cruiser with speed and power


The Wave 2.0 electric bike is a fast and fun beach cruiser that’s easy on the budget.

Wave Electric Bikes has three different models of electric bikes to choose from; this one, the Wave 2.0, is a cruiser style electric bike that’s comfortable to ride, quite speedy, powerful and of course affordable. Despite it’s entry-level price point, the Wave 2.0 electric bike still comes with a front disc brake, adjustable handlebars, a rear rack and an integrated front headlight.

Power — 750 nominal watts

The Wave 2.0 electric bike has has 750 watt geared hub motor in the rear wheel. This motor is surprisingly powerful, especially for an electric bike at this price point, and is able to quickly propel riders to top speed on level ground and climb moderate hills. There’s also enough power to use the Wave 2.0 electric bike as a moped to get around for those who don’t want to pedal at all.

Speed — 25 mph

The Wave 2.0 electric bike has a top speed of 25 mph, which can be reached using the throttle or the pedal assist, making this a Class 3 electric bike. The cruiser frame and wide handlebars make riding at top speed a breeze and keeps the rider in control.

Battery and Range — 48 volt 10.4 ah, 40 miles

The Wave 2.0 electric bike runs on a 48 volt system and has a 10.4 ah battery for an estimated max range of 40 miles with pedal assist, and 23 miles with throttle only. The battery is located on the top of the rear rack, which can make the bike a bit back heavy given the motor is also placed in the rear wheel. Of course, if you like doing wheelies, this might be a good thing. The battery can be removed from the bike for charging and storing and items can still be stored on to of the battery for those who want to use the rear cargo rack.

Pedal assist sensor — Cadence sensor

The Wave 2.0 electric bike is equipped with a cadence sensor, which measure the rotation of the cranks to determine when to administer power to the motor. As with most cadence sensors, this one has some lag from the time pedaling begins to the time the motor kicks in.

Display — LED

The Wave 2.0 electric bike has a simple LED display/button combo on the left side of the handlebars. The display shows only basic information like pedal assist level and battery level.

Frame and weight — Aluminum alloy, 55 pounds

The Wave 2.0 electric bike has one frame size and weighs in at nearly 55 pounds, which is actually a bit less than some other cruiser style electric bikes. The top tube does slope down slightly to make it easier for riders to place their feet flat on the ground when at a stop.

Suspension — Rigid forks

The Wave 2.0 electric bike has rigid forks and no seat post suspension, though it is possible to add an aftermarket seat post suspension for those who want a little extra shock absorption for longer rides.

Gearing — Shimano, 6-speed

The Wave 2.0 electric bike has a Shimano Tourney derailleur with a 6-speed cassette and thumb shifters on the right side of the handlebars.

Brakes — Shimano, mechanical disc

The Wave 2.0 electric bike has a Shimano disc brake with a 160 mm rotor in the front and a Tektro V-brake in the rear, which gives this bike a fair amount of stopping power. The brake levers also have motor inhibitors built in which automatically cut power to the motor whenever the brake levers are depressed.

Warranty — 90 day comprehensive

The Wave 2.0 electric bike has a 90 day comprehensive warranty, which is only valid when the bike is professionally assembled.

Price - Starting at $1,199

Starting at $1,199, the Wave 2.0 electric bike is an entry-level electric bike, but it still offers some features not found on other comparable electric bikes, specifically, the front disc brake, powerful 750 watt motor, 10.4 ah battery, adjustable handlebars, motor inhibitors and an integrated headlight.

Who’s it for - Cruisers on a budget

This feels like a good choice for those on a budget who want a simple, comfortable and powerful cruiser, and especially for those who prefer to lean more on the throttle as opposed to pedaling. Because the Wave 2.0 electric bike has such a powerful motor, this commuter can easily be ridden like a moped and still keep up with traffic on side streets. Of course, this would also be a good choice for those who live in a beach town and just want to cruise along the boardwalk or through the neighborhood.