Review it – We are a family of cyclists. We love to ride our bikes for fun, but we also love to ride our bikes to work and school. The problem? Our weather is very hot and humid, and no one wants to start the day sweaty. Join eBike. We decided to try this as a fun, weather-friendly, and budget-friendly way to travel, which wouldn’t leave us sweaty and tired before the day started. The Rattan Pathfinder electric bike it seemed like a good option.
What is it?
The Rattan Pathfinder is an electric bicycle with 1200 w (high peak) and three speeds. It comes with front and rear fenders, a convenient rear rack, and an optional software for additional controls.
What’s in the box?
- Rattan Pathfinder eBike 85% assembled
- Fenders and racks
- Handle bar
- Battery and charger
- Hardware and accessories
- An instruction manual
- Motor: 750W brushless gear hub motor
- Rating / peak fire: 750W / 1200W
- Lithium-ion battery: 48V 720Wh
- Basic English 199 Hit: Press on the finger
- Gears: 8-speed Shimano
- Top speed: 28mph
- Distance: 40-65 miles
- Recommended height: 5’5″ to 6’6″
- Cargo weight: 400 pounds
- Tires: 26-inch x 4-inch fat tires
- Wheelbase: 47.2 inches
- Overall length: 77.2 inches
- Wheel height: 31.9 inches
- Minimum seat height: 33.5 inches
- Maximum seat height: 39.4 inches
- Height: 19.7 inches
- Handlebar Height: 45.7 inches
- Standing height: 17.7 inches
- Brakes: 180mm (front) and 180 mm hydraulic (rear)
- Charger: 5.3A fast charger
- Charging time: 4-5 hours
- Pedal Support: 3 modes; 5 levels
- Warranty: 2 years
- Colors: Gray or midnight green
Design and appearance
Rattan Pathfinder eBike The Pathfinder eBike arrives in a very large box, 85 percent assembled. Give yourself an hour or two to put it together; having more than one person is helpful, and it’s even better if your collectors have good cycling skills. It comes with all the tools and equipment you need.
We recommend charging the battery immediately, which may take 4-5 hours. You’ll want it handed out when you’re done with the meeting, so you’ll be ready to pick it up. The light on the charger turns green when it is turned on.
You have to wear the front tire, which is easy because it is quick release. You put the bars through it, screw it and glue it to one side, and it’s ready to go. With both tires, you can use the stand while putting the rest together.
You need to tighten the screws and bolts, and make sure your brake cables are tight (or you might get an error message like we did). Then you install the front and rear fenders with a few small screws.
You will also need to thread the pedals (left thread) and connect all the power cables.
The headlight is simple, it just has one bolt that you tighten to install it. Note that it is a very good lamp, bright, heavy, and perfect for the front and rear lights to be integrated into the design.
When your battery is charged, it comes out of its place.
You turn on the battery with the red switch, which is located under the protective cover.
With the parts in place and the battery fully charged and in place, you just need to adjust the seat height, and you’re good to go.
Rattan Pathfinder eBike The Pathfinder eBike is a lot of fun to ride. My group didn’t end until around 10pm, but once we took our first walk around the block, we had a good time playing with them, and everyone in my family took turns a few times. It was past bedtime, but I couldn’t control myself! We knew it would be fun to ride, but it immediately exceeded our expectations. We were laughing so hard, that we probably woke up a few neighbors. Both my husband and son volunteered to take it to work the next morning, and we had no shortage of volunteers to try it out.
It rides well and feels like riding a solid, heavy tire bike. The seat and handlebars are very comfortable.
On my first ride with the Rattan Pathfinder eBike Pathfinder eBike, the braking response surprised me a little. When you pump the statue on the left, it regenerates a battery (cool!) but it can get a little sticky and make it difficult to walk around for a few seconds. It’s easy to fix, you just squeeze the brake quickly all the way and get out, but it can be weird if you’re not expecting it.
Wisely, you can get the Rattan Pathfinder eBike Pathfinder eBike to go. We’ve set it at 30mph and beyond!
Cleverly, you can feel it coming if you’re actually flying. At slow speeds, it is slippery.
We like the pedal assist system that gives you a little more power with each pump. You can also use the throttle with your left thumb to accelerate without pedaling at all. Throttle and pedal assist are smooth and responsive.
Of course, you can also ride the Rattan Pathfinder eBike Pathfinder as a regular bike, which comes in very handy if the batteries run out. Like a regular bike, it’s 8-speed with a shifter on the handle.
Controls and software
Rattan Pathfinder eBike The Pathfinder eBike has three models:
- Pedal Mode: Just like normal cycling. It automatically switches to this mode when the battery dies.
- Electrics: Press the throttle lightly to enter the electrics.
- Pedal Assist Mode: Pedal assist uses a device built into the bike’s mode to provide a selectable amount of assistance (1-5), using the + and – controls.
To view the displayed information, press the “I” button. The display will show you your mileage, total mileage, top speed, average speed and total travel time.
There is a switch on the handlebars to turn your suspension on or off. Everyone in my family likes to keep the suspension in good condition.
One cool thing I’ve never seen before is how the backlight lights up when you crush it. In fact, there are additional rows of red lights that illuminate when the brakes are applied. My boys took a spinner at night on July 4th to see the fireworks, and the passenger in the back really appreciated the heads-up when the bike was braking. To turn on the lights, you simply press and hold the light button.
You can switch your driving mode between Eco (low speed to save battery), Normal, and Sport mode (high speed and battery use). There is a walking assist system that you can activate by pressing “-” for two seconds, which makes walking with this bike very easy. As mentioned before, you can change the pedal support level (1-5); you do this by clicking the “+” or “-” button, the default is 0.
To access other settings, press the “+” and “-” buttons for two seconds. This will allow you to view wheel settings, speed limits, light intensity, visibility, volume, dormancy, unit, password, display, and more. You can also customize additional settings through the app, called Key-Disp.
You can connect the app/eBike with Bluetooth. This program allows you to change many controls that are displayed on the screen. You can control the headlight, change the assist settings on the display, change the display settings, and set the speed limit and wheel size. You can also view your ride history or click on the app’s navigation menu.
To set the movement, press the button for 5 seconds while you are at the speed you want to maintain. Then the bike will keep you at that speed until you apply the brake. My husband used this on his way to work and he really liked that he was able to run his speed without crashing a few times.
As for battery life, its features are inconsistent. For example, I rode 3.8 miles in Normal mode with pedal assist level 5, and it said I had 68 percent battery left. However, when I turned it off and on again, the percentage went up to 89 percent.
Mason rode in Sport mode, pedal assist level 5, and it registered zero battery over 8 miles and switched to manual mode. Drove home, plugged it in for a few minutes, and when I went to take the picture the battery life jumped to 48 percent.
It’s also much less prone to battery drain, as you can ride it like a regular bike (unlike ours. electric skateboard, which is impossible to ride when the battery is dead). And, although the battery can die suddenly, it will die quickly. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on it, switch to Eco mode, and reduce the noise if you’re going more than 6 or 7 kilometers and want to save water until the end of your journey.
When you want to release the battery to take it out to give it away, you have to open the key. However, you can also pay without taking it out, as long as your cable arrives. It takes 4-5 hours to complete the payment.
A few words of caution. If your parking options are limited, measure the dimensions before deciding whether the Rattan Pathfinder eBike will fit. We learned this the hard way when my husband rode his eBike to work only to find out that it wouldn’t fit his company’s bike locks. With a quick-release front wheel, you can get some wiggle room, but be aware that the Rattan is probably bigger than what you’re used to riding.
It’s also quite heavy and bulky, so if you’re planning to put it on a car rack or hang it on a rack in your garage, make sure it fits/holds. For example, we had hoped to be able to carry this in the bed of my husband’s car, but we have learned that it is too heavy to carry all the way down.
Also, be aware of areas that change quickly. Mason lost it when he turned a corner and the bike path was unexpectedly covered in sand washed down from the river after a bad storm. Anyone who circles a lot knows that falls happen. Just be very careful, even though this bike looks very strong, it is still a bike, and a quick turn or change in terrain can cause you to flip (as with any bike).
I was caught in a big storm riding this bike, including a lot of rain, and I was going well (visibility was very difficult, the eBike especially its fat tires handled well). Just remember to drive carefully, there is more power here than a regular bike. Take the corner easily. And we found that it is better NOT to step on the corners when we are using the pedal assist, but it just rotates around, so that you can steer well.
Which I like
- Fun and easy to use
- Design purposes, practical (curtains, racks, integrated lights)
- Useful settings and options (multiple ways to ride, cruise control)
What I would change
The Rattan Pathfinder eBike is sturdy, with plenty of adjustments to play with and adjust to your liking, and it’s a joy to ride.