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Elops R500 Electric Cargo Bike from Decathlon : A good longtail?

What’s all the fuss about the Elops R500, Decathlon’s electric longtail bike? We are not going to beat around the bush: Decathlon broke the market! Yes, Decathlon’s electric longtail cargo bike costs half the price of the competition. Is this e-bike really worth it?

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My opinion on the Decathlon Elops R500

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250 high-speed brushless gear engine. 36V 10Ah removable waterproof battery. Front drum brake and rear disc brake. 250 lbs load capacity. 3 pedal assist modes. 1 year warranty.

Budget: $ | Speed: 22 mph | Range: 35 miles

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At the top of this year’s electric cargo bike ranking, the R500 Elops from Decathlon is a success. The first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Decathlon Elops R500 is its price. It costs around €2500 (less than $2800) when competitors offer similar models arounf €5000 (approx $5400).

The Elops R500 electric longtail cargo bike from Decathlon is perfect for replacing a car in the city and reduce its carbon footprint. Yes, electric bikes are great to preserve the planet. It is a very pleasant bike to drive and you feel very safe in it. Whether it’s for shopping, getting to work, transporting your children or just to get some fresh air. I love its design and its color, I find the association of the light blue frame and the wooden elements very modern!

Why choose the Decathlon R500 Elops longtail electric freighter?

Load capacity up to 170kg (375 lbs)

What I like the most about Decathlon’s longtail Elops R500 is its modular side. It can support up to 170kg (375 lbs) of loads that you can arrange as you want: baby carrier, children, equipment, transport box, bags, shopping… The rear rack can support 80kg (176 lbs) so you can put 2 children there without any worries! The front basket can support 10kg (22 lbs) which is perfect for a shopping bag for example. This leaves 80kg (176 lbs) for the driver’s weight. Of course, these are only estimates. If you weigh 110kg (243 lbs) you just need to reduce the weight you carry in the back in order to respect the 170kg (375 lbs) maximum load.

The engine

The Elops R500 longtail cargo bike incorporates a motor located in the rear wheel. It is an engine made by Decathlon so it is not from Bafang, Bosch or Schwalbe, unlike other more high-end electric cargo bikes. I find the engine very efficient and this is clearly due to a good pedaling sensor. The bike “understands” when you need help and “understands” the intensity of the help you need. The motor is a 250W which goes up to 15.5 mph and its torque is 58 Nm, a good torque for climbing small and medium climbs.

The Elops R500 bike offers 5 riding modes:

  • Eco Support : 90% help. It helps a bit and it preserves the battery well.
  • Standard Support : 180% help. My favorite mode to move without sweating.
  • Power Support : 300% help. Allows you to go as fast as possible (max 15.5 mph.)
  • Walk : Transforms the bike into a motorcycle that can climb up to 4 mph. No need to pedal to move forward.
  • Without support : The bike weighs 38kg (84 lbs) so I do not recommend this mode 😀!

The battery

The battery of the Decathlon Elops R500 electric cargo bike is a big highlight : it’s a 672Wh Samsung battery that allows you to travel up to 55 miles (it’s better than most of the more expensive competing models!). It is removable and recharges rather quickly (in less than 5 hours). To conserve the battery power as much as possible, I suggest you stay in eco mode. If you put the assistance of the Elops R500 in normal or power mode, the motor will need more energy and you will do less kilometers. (43 miles in normal mode, 31 miles in power mode).

Driving comfort

On paved roads, the bike is very pleasant to ride (even with 2 children who yell sing the Pokemon credits at the back 🤣). The front suspensions of the Decathlon Elops R500 longtail are a real pleasure to climb curbs or face the irregularities of the roads. The bike has 8 speeds (in addition to the assistance modes) which is very practical for tackling certain climbs.

Another point that I really like and contributes a lot to the driving comfort, is the central stand which allows you to raise the bike to install equipment or children on the cargo bike.

Hydraulic disc brakes

Another very good point of this EAB is its brakes. These are hydraulic disc brakes (the holy grail!) from the Tektro brand. Hydraulic disc brakes are the best brakes for this type of bike that carries heavy loads.

The size of the longtail

The Decathlon Elops R500 electric cargo bike is big! It is 220cm long, 68cm wide and 108cm high. It’s a little bigger than the majority of competitors, so you can carry a little more stuff. Also, it increases the comfort of the passengers in the back.

The price

Why does this electric cargo bike cost twice as much as the competitors? There are 2 main reasons for the price of the Decathlon Elops 500: the bike was produced in Asia and most parts of it are from Decathlon.

Conclusion

The Decathlon longtail is a very good electric cargo bike that sets a new standard in terms of quality/price ratio. Decathlon has created the electric cargo bike that ticks a lot of boxes: ✅ accessible price ✅ safe driving ✅ solid materials ✅ large loading volume. I also like that this bike is all-inclusive (accessories such as lights, footrests, locks and even the “monkey bar” at the back which is often a €250 (approx $270) option to add to the bike).

Moped-style cargo bike
Nakto Pony Cargo (250W)

250 high-speed brushless gear engine. 36V 10Ah removable waterproof battery. Front drum brake and rear disc brake. 250 lbs load capacity. 3 pedal assist modes. 1 year warranty.

Budget: $ | Speed: 22 mph | Range: 35 miles

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