Michael Blast Greaser e bike from Lovett industries is a BLAST! We reviewed the 36-volt Greaser version, took it for a 3 weeks spin around the countryside and the city.
Greaser Electric Bike Introduction
First of all, we are fans of vintage electric bikes and we are also fans of Board Trackers. Hub motors have made it easy to reuse existing old-school bicycle and motorcycle frames and to create vintage E-machines with a new life! For DIY bicycle and motorcycle makers, this is a dream come true.
But, not everybody is up to a task to convert bike to e bike, or old cafe racer frame to an electric one. Bicycles from Lovett industries like Greaser feature good mid-range price, aluminum 6061 frame and lightweight easy-to-handle bicycle experience. Greaser e bikes are still a “THING”, so we decided to take a closer look at the quality and performance!
Michael Blast GOOD DESIGN AWARD
Michael Blast Greaser is an electric bike designed in 2017. for streets and urban city spots. Almost like a fashion piece, it looks good while driving in torn shirt and pants as well as in a business suit. This might be one of the reasons that Greaser e bike won the GOOD DESIGN AWARD couple of months ago.
Greaser 36v E Bike Technical Specifications and Performance
Our particular silver e bike was fitted with 26’x 3.0 Kenda fat bike tires, but depending on the color you may also get DURO Beach Bum 26’x 3.00 tires. Both tires are great for urban driving and act as the only suspension for this rigid hard-tail machine ( Almost forgot to mention that seat has a small spring suspension too ). It is easy to handle and cut through hard corners!
The e bike gives you that “cafe racer feeling” because the riding position is like on the old vintage bikes; Your knees are closer to the body. When you get used to it ( 15 minutes ) you are going to love it! The battery plastic box covers are pretty wide and do not cause any problems when pedaling. Bumpy terrain is not a place where Greaser feels most comfortable. Still, some small street bumps are easy to go over and nothing will happen if you hit bigger ones but we advise not to overdo it.
This is a street machine, and treat it like that! 100 Kg rider weight was nothing for the 6061 Aluminum frame, so feel free to stop by McDonald and get more fat!
WHAT’S IN THE BOX
GREASER Electric Bicycle, Charger, Owner’s Manual, Pair of Pedals
Motor 250/500 Watt Model – BAFANG 250/500W – Geared Brushless Rear Hub Electric Motor
250 Watt Model – Samsung™ Lithium-Ion 36volt 13ah
500 Watt Model – Samsung™ Lithium-Ion 48volt 14.5ah
250 Watt Model – 25km/h
500 Watt Model – 40+km/h
Range 250/500 Watt Model – 50+km*
Propulsion 250 Watt Model – Pedal assist 500 Watt Model – Pedal assist with thumb throttle
Controller Control freak 18ah
Trip Computer LCD 5 speed display
Certification 250 Watt Model EN15194 safety/compliance *500 Watt Model Classed as Non Road Vehicle (Private Use ONLY)
Weight 250 Watt Model – 28kg inc battery 500 Watt Model – 29kg inc battery
Electric Bike Frame A6061 Aluminum Tig welded
Fork Double Down Chromoly / CNC 6061 crown set
Gears 5 speed electric motor assist with 7 speed Shimano Acera- MF-TZ31 7sp 14-34 Mega-range Multi Freewheel Cassette
– ProWheel Solid Crankset 46t
Brakes Tektro Hydraulic Auriga (180mm front / 160mm rear)
Front Wheel Hub Joytech Aluminium
Stem + Handle bar Promax Aluminium
Wheels and Tyres DURO Beach Bum 26’x 3.00
Warranty 5 years on frame, 1 year on electrical components
5 years warranty on the frame? They are made in China ( But not the Walmart China ), take a look at the welds. Flawless!
The Greaser line uses Bafang’s geared hub motor that is not hard on the wheel’s weight as well as large-capacity batteries to ride long distances. That said, do not worry about bending or braking spokes!
Bafang motor doesn’t get too hot if abused for a long time driving at this e bikes power peak! It gets a little bit warm, but that is nothing to be worried about.
Greaser uses a removable battery with a controller fixed on the frame and covered by Greaser branded plastic housings. Under the hood, depending on the 36 or 48v version there are 468 Wh or 696 Wh Samsung batteries inside. And if 468 or 696 Wh isn’t enough battery for you, the frame space is big enough for an external DIY battery. The frame is asking for customization’s, and so it was used for custom projects that we wrote before in this articles:
Greaser E Bike Speed
Specifications say that 36v 250 Watt Model that we tested speeds up to 25 km/h in Europe. To our surprise using throttle the bike speeds up to 35 Km/h. Since the 7 speed Shimano setup allows us to use pedals on 35 Km/h, we have been able to get the speed up to 39 Km/h with 100 Kg rider. While the 48v 500 Watt version offers more power to reach 40 km/h, in reality it probably offers even more speed like the younger 36v brother. We will include 48v version in video test that we plan to film in a month; and will come back here with a definitive answer about speed. Riding hard with pedalec option gives you about 45 Km Range. Going 25 Km/h will give you around 55 Km of range.
The light beam that vintage headlight produces is very good and clears the night out of the road very nicely.
Greaser hidden secret
One of the reasons why Greaser felt cool while cursing down the street lines is because of sound that it produces. E bike with hub motor sound?
Yes, the battery box resonates through the aluminum frame to the plastic battery box and amplifies this deep motor sound. We will record this very cool electric engine sound on Youtube in our video review.
The only two thing we missed at this e bike are:
1. The ease of removing the battery and taking it home for charging. Sincere explanation sent by Michael Blast team:
“One of our biggest hurdles where compromise was unavoidable was with our removable battery case. Although the battery case is technically removable for maintenance, the cost to put production in place for a smooth battery removable turned out to be more expensive then we had originally intended. In order to keep with our original brief of designing a bike that was Affordable we made the decision to stay focused on Design + Affordable pricing.”
2. Since pedalec e bikes use a sensor that is not as fast as your braking reaction, it will take two seconds extra until the motor cuts off and by then you are already braking! If there was a button for a cut off under the brake leveler, you would get an instant motor cut off that we like to put on all our e bikes. This is a 2 dollar hack, so you might as well make it yourself!
Greaser E Bike Price
There are many distributors of Greaser e bike, and the price range is quite different. You can get 36v version from 2400 USD on Amazon, or from one of the distributors on Michael Blast list here. Ours was bought at City Coco Croatia ( they export the bike as well ) so you can check them out here. This is not an ad for City Coco Croatia, if you find better price in Europe for the same bike please put it in comment section. We did not get into all the colors and upgrade options that are available from the Blast team, so find them here.
If you are a fan of total comfort, and different sitting position, there is always Vacay E bike:
For the end, we will quote the makers as we agree with them:
‘We will be known forever by the tracks that we leave’-MB