Posted 01.29.16 in Bikes by Steve
The Koda is e-Joe’s new entry into the urban street commuter market. Building on the lessons learned with the e-JOE One prototype which was introduced in 2013, the Koda is a cost-effective entry into the market that lives up to the company’s desire to build e-bikes for everyone.
The integrated battery looks great in the downtube. While not as stealth as the Grace or the Specialized, few bikes look this good at this price point. The titanium gray color and coordinating graphics bump up the designer aesthetic. It’s a high quality look that will look good whether pedaling to work or just to get coffee with friends.
An added feature of the battery that we’d love to see on other bikes is the integrated USB port. Located at the lower portion of the battery, the port can be used to charge portable electronics from the bike.
The Koda isn’t just about good looks though. It’s a great utilitarian vehicle too. The 350-pound carrying capacity puts it on par with some cargo bikes. Making it even more functional are the full-length front and rear fenders with mud flaps. There’s also a functional rack that can easily accept panniers or duffle bag.
Ensuring the Koda performs well but remains budget conscious, e-Joe has outfitted it with mid-grade components by Shimano, Tektro and Wellgo. All in all its a great package that should appeal to anyone looking for value and performance while still looking good.
This profile originally appeared in the Electric Car Insider Electric Bike Buyers Guide. The Guide featured full page profiles - including specifications and photos - of 30 of the top electric bicycles available. Electric Car Insider is available on the newsstand at Barnes & Noble and Hastings across the U.S. and at Chapters/Indigo in Canada as well as hundreds of additional newsstands throughout North America. Never miss an issue by subscribing.