This is the Envo Lynx, an upcoming Ebike that promises to revolutionize your cycling experience. While we haven't had the opportunity to review it just yet, the impressive specifications have piqued our interest. With a weight of 46.3 lbs, the Lynx boasts a lightweight and foldable frame, making it perfect for urban commutes and easy storage.
Frame and Contact Points
This right here is the Lynx from ENVO. ENVO has some really cool, really unique bikes, like their snow bike, which you can check out here. The Lynx isn't going to be shooting down snowcapped mountains, or exploring the ocean depths, but it is going to be a solid option for RVers or those short on space, looking to have an electric pack mule wherever their adventures take them.
ENVO offers a complimentary 1-year warranty, but you can upgrade to a 2-year option for an additional fee. You can check out the details here. And as a fun note, ENVO mentioned they were the first UL-certified folding Ebike in Canada.
Online Ordering & Assembly: Easier than most
ENVO is currently moving into the US, and adding dealers weekly. Currently, a majority of their dealers are based in Canada, but we're seeing more dealers come online every time we check back. If you want to see if you live near a dealer, you can check out their dealer locator.
If you want to get a taste of the assembly process, you can check out the Lynx Assembly Video.
Comfort & Ride Feel: Surprisingly nimble riding experience
We've seen similar frames in the industry, but there are a few standout features that help the Lynx stand out. Also, they offer the Lynx in a 16" version, but we'll be reviewing the 20" version today. The adjustable seatpost battery, paired with the telescoping handlebars, means this can fit a pretty good chunk of riders. ENVO claims it should fit riders from 5'0" - 6'4", and while I may suggest a different-sized bike for our taller 6'4" folks, they would be fairly comfortable here.
This rode how you would expect a smaller folding Ebike to ride. It was nimble enough to feel like you have great control when riding. It has enough power to push the lighter frame up to speed fairly quickly. When you see a 500-watt motor, you tend to assume it doesn't have that much get up and go, but when you get the controller tuned just right, 500 watts is enough to get it done for this speed-loving Southerner.
Utility: Portable, with tons of extras
The Lynx comes stock with full fenders, a rear rack, integrated lights, and a front basket. Some of the smaller folding Ebikes are missing these types of extras, so it was a nice surprise to see it so feature-complete. The rear rack is rated up to 55 lbs, and the front basket, while not showing a clear weight limit, could probably handle another 20+ lbs. So, now we've got this compact, folding Ebike, that can also carry 75+ pounds just in cargo. Usually, you have to give up some of the weight-carrying capacity when you get into these smaller folding bikes, but ENVO wanted this to retain its utility score while offering the convenience of folding the Lynx down during transport, or non-use.
As far as where you can take the bike, that's between you and the park ranger. In reality, this isn't a bike that is prepped for too many off-road excursions, but with the 20" x 2.35" CST tires coming with anti-puncture lining, I would feel comfortable taking it off-road in short spurts. However, it will be at home on the streets. It would be easy to pack up in an SUV or RV and travel around the campground, or into the city, without having to utilize a car. Several RVers that I know, have been leaving their car at home, choosing to swap them out for Ebikes. That's not going to be doable for everyone, but it's something I'm seeing become more common. And with the carrying capacity here, it seems like the Lynx is ready for that role.
Safety: A few minor tweaks, and she'll be sitting pretty
When it comes to safety, the Lynx hits most of the things we'd want to see. It has an integrated front light, which is common. It has a small, non-integrated taillight, and an additional large reflector on the rear rack. It would be nice to see an integrated rear light in the future, and then that opens us up to the possibilities of getting braking integration, or turn signals, both of which would be good safety additions to the platform.
No matter what level of pedal assist you're in, with the exception of PAS 0, you get full access to the power by using the throttle. The throttle will take you up to the max speed of 20 MPH, which you can also hit while pedaling, utilizing the pedal assist. Now, why is that a safety thing? Well, if you're in traffic, or just around people in general, you may need to punch it to get to a faster speed to avoid a collision. If the throttle can't help you go faster than you are currently going, you could run into some issues. Literally, run into...you know what I mean?
There are a few other safety things that I would like to point out as well. We've got single-locking grips, which are always a plus. We get puncture protection on the wires, which we mentioned, but we would love to see some sidewall reflective stripes to help with low-light visibility.
The brakes are mechanical Shimano brakes, and while we would love to see hydraulic brakes in the future, they worked really well and brought the Lynx to a grinding halt when desired. They even completely stopped the bike from going down a significant incline. So, other than just wanting hydraulic brakes, nothing to really complain about.
Power & Performance: Exactly how I wanted it to feel
The Lynx's 500-watt motor worked well here. Everyone thinks they need 750-watt motors, and that's just not the case for most people. Don't get me wrong, I'd take a 750-watt motor 9/10 times, but that's because my use case is different than yours.
That being said, the power of the Lynx is toned down to fit the demographics. It has a pretty slow power curve, but it seems to accelerate at a nice even keel across all levels of pedal assist. Sometimes we'll see a bike that takes (literally) almost forever to reach the top speed, and that's annoying if you ask me. The Lynx ramps up to 20 MPH pretty evenly, which was nice to see. We don't get substantial motor noise, but you aren't exactly hiding the fact that you have a motor either.
The battery has about 460 watt-hours, which should get you around 25 miles on the low end, and 45 miles on the high end. Now, that depends on a ton of factors, but those are good estimates. Based on my riding, using the throttle often, I'd probably get around 20 miles or so at 220 lbs. Having the battery double as the seatpost is definitely a look. Some may like it, and some may not, but the ease of removing the battery is a pretty good pro in my opinion. You do have to get pretty low to unscrew the battery connection, but having access to the battery charging port, just under the saddle, is a great option for those that don't need to remove the battery while charging.
Closing Thoughts: Ready for the road
Overall, I enjoyed the ride feel and carrying capacity on the Lynx. It's not going to win any races, but if you're looking for a portable Ebike, with a smooth power curve, and the ability to take 75+ lbs around with you, the Lynx seems to hit that right on the money. It comes ALMOST feature-complete, just missing that integrated rear light. The attachable light they send is fine, but we'd love to see some integration here on the rear light.
If we're getting nitpicky, and I guess that's what we're supposed to do, I would love to see an updated display and maybe a more comfortable saddle. The display would be a harder after-purchase upgrade, but swapping out the saddle is super easy, and you could pretty much put any saddle you want on there.
If you guys have one of these bad boys and would love to share your experience, let us know how you're liking the Lynx in the comments below.
We appreciate the continued support and engagement in this growing community, and we'll catch ya on the next one!