There is now a whole world of e-bikes and pedelecs in Germany – Chinese providers are also happy to get involved. We already have a few models, for example by Ado, tested here in the blog. I myself had often researched the Chinese provider Eleglide, which offers quite cheap models, but unlike many other competing models, they can also be driven in German traffic. That’s why I took a closer look at the Eleglide M1 Plus for you in the test.
I actually wanted to test the M2, but it is currently not available. Well, at least I have the slightly improved new edition of the Eleglide M1 Plus, which now also has an app connection. Just take a look at the key data.
Technical data of the Eleglide M1 Plus
- Type: Pedelec / mountain bike
- Frame material: aluminum alloy
- Frame size: 27.5 x 18 inches
- Range: Up to 100 km
- Battery capacity: 12.5 Ah
- Charging time: approx. 7 hours
- Weight: 21.7kg
- Dimensions: 1,790 x 680 x 1,041 mm
- Handlebar length: 680 mm
- Saddle height (from ground): 33.5 x 41.5 inches
- maximum load: 100kg
- maximum speed: 25 km/h
- Motor: 250 watts rated power, voltage of 36 volts
- Braking system: disc brakes
- Gear shifting (Shimano): three gears at the front, seven gears at the rear
- Special features: 5 support levels, walking mode, app control, IPX4 protection, hydraulic suspension fork, CST tires
- Scope of delivery: bike, charger, tools, manual, lights and reflectors, instructions
- Price: approx. 750 euros
The Eleglide M1 Plus can be ridden as a Pedelec in Germany, as it has a maximum speed of 25 km/h and the motor does not exceed 250 watts as the nominal power. However, there are a few special features to consider, which I will describe to you in the next section. The test sample comes from Geekmaxi, which M1 Plus currently for 719.99 euros on offer – with shipping from the EU. To get the reduced price, the code “DfnFSD6V” is necessary.
Features and workmanship of the Eleglide M1 Plus
The Eleglide M1 Plus is a very affordable Pedelec, which also means compromises in terms of workmanship, as you quickly notice. When assembling it, you notice that the frame hasn’t been cut/welded cleanly everywhere and that there are cosmetic flaws. However, you don’t necessarily see these in everyday life; I noticed them in my test sample, especially on the underside of the frame. You also have to assemble the front and rear lights, the handlebars, the saddle and the front wheel.
The pedals are z. B. made of plastic instead of metal and it is extremely fiddly to adjust the disc brakes and gears unless you have mastered tinkering with wheels. Especially since Eleglide’s instructions don’t provide any information on this – you’ll have to find the appropriate YouTube tutorials yourself. I spent a long time fixing the front disc brake so that it really didn’t drag. After all, all the tools you need for assembly are included.
In general, both English and German instructions are very rudimentary and do a poor job of explaining the structure. For example, you have to B. see for yourself how exactly you attach the front light. The cable management is also quite confusing and doesn’t look particularly neat or robust. I see the danger of something getting stuck while driving through the wilderness – if you’re careful, you’ll grab a few cable ties and see what can be saved.
The Eleglide M1 Plus in the “improved” or “updated” version with app connection also offers a small on-board computer. There you can switch between support levels 1-5 using the plus and minus buttons. You can also activate walking mode here. The small display also shows you the current speed and battery level as well as the km driven so far on your trip.
The app is rather “chatty” and contains only a few functions. You can switch the lighting there on and off, view statistics on routes traveled and, if desired, reduce the maximum speed if it is too high for you at 25 km/h. Let’s move on to the support levels. Level 1 supports up to 12 km/h. At level 2 it is 16 km/h. Level 3 reaches 20 km/h and level 5 reaches the maximum 25 km/h. What I like least about the Eleglide M1 Plus: The rubber on the handlebars is very thin and knobby. Without cycling gloves, I found it painful to hold on after about 1 km. That’s where you saved at the wrong end. The same also applies to the complete lack of mudguards.
Important: In addition, there is no rear light included, just a red reflector. So that you don’t get a fine during an inspection, you should definitely buy an approved rear light. However, a thumb throttle kit is included in the scope of delivery, which you should not use in Germany because that can also cause problems.
The battery of the Eleglide M1 Plus is located in the middle of the frame and can be locked so that it cannot be removed at will. Otherwise, you can pull it out and charge it with the included power adapter. I’ve already complained that I find the Pedelec’s handlebar grips really terrible, but luckily I can say more positively about the saddle. It’s comfortable even on longer journeys and doesn’t press too hard into the seat flesh.
Thanks to the suspension fork and the fairly large tires, which can be filled with air using larger pumps without an adapter, you can drive safely even through the desert. I also climbed inclines effortlessly with the M1 Plus and the support intervened strongly after a minimal delay when shifting up the levels. There is also no minimum speed at which the engine starts to operate. You just have to make sure when you drive off that you might not set level 5 straight away and start off too quickly.
If you don’t want to put any strain on the suspension fork, you can also lock it. There is a small plastic wheel for this. Otherwise, the Eleglide M1 Plus does not have a torque sensor. That’s why you always have a bit of lead time with the motor and it also takes a short time until it stops supporting it, for example if you. B. switches to 0. Of course you can brake so that the sense is immediate. The support is independent of the muscle power used and is not as smooth as butter as with more expensive Pedelecs, but the price difference has to come from somewhere.
The maximum support range of 100 km stated by Eleglide is of course unrealistic. It refers to driving on a straight route without wind with a rider weight of 75 kg, 15 km/h and an outside temperature of 26°. How long you will get with the battery depends on a wide variety of conditions, so I don’t want to go out on a limb here. In most cases I wouldn’t expect more than 50 km.
Incidentally, I am 190 cm tall and had to realize that the Eleglide M1 Plus is too small for me for long tours. I can adjust the saddle to a good height and secure it securely with the quick release, but the handlebars are so low that I have to bend over a lot. I assume the bike is more suitable for people with a maximum height of 180 to 185 cm – preferably smaller.
That’s a shame, because apart from the shortcomings mentioned, the Eleglide M1 Plus is fun to ride and is enough fun for its price to function as an entry-level Pedelec for excursions. I also drove it up and down some hills in a nearby nature reserve. Thanks to the wide tires and suspension, I always felt safe and stable.
The Eleglide M1 Plus is more for “smaller” riders than me – at 190 cm, I push this model to the limits of comfort. Also remember to install a proper rear light after the potential purchase and to fix the tangled cables with ties. Ideally, you’ve already tinkered with a bike before, because the instructions aren’t exactly detailed and you’ll be a little busy adjusting the brakes and gears.
In terms of workmanship and equipment, that M1 Plus is currently for 719.99 euros on offer – with the code “DfnFSD6V” at Geekmaxi – the price of the Eleglide Pedelec is definitely noticeable. As an entry-level bike for smaller tours, the M1 Plus is fun. I definitely recommend cycling gloves for longer tours, as the handles on the handlebars press very uncomfortably into the palms of your hands.
Since there is no torque sensor, the driving experience with the Eleglide M1 Plus is a bit strange, because you can pedal relatively leisurely and the motor takes you to the desired speed. One person might find it pleasant, another might find it annoying. I enjoyed riding the M1 Plus, but due to the points mentioned, I couldn’t ride this Pedelec long-term.
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