Our Take: A Carbon-Framed Surron Alternative that’s Easier to Ride than a High-Powered Kick Scooter
The E-Clipse even comes wtih a 17-digit VIN!
The E-Clipse outperforms competitors like the 72V Surron Ultra and Light Bee X. It’s only 13 pounds heavier than the Light Bee, despite having a 60% larger battery, and it’s 54 lbs lighter than the Ultra.
In general, Solar’s bike delivers performance very similar to much larger bikes like the Ultra, despite its light weight and portability, thanks to its carbon frame.
Those of you with keen eyes have noticed already that this e-bike/moped has no pedals, and that’s because it would be silly to have 250W of pedal power on a 6kW PEV.
Let’s look at some of the specs:
The Solar E-Clipse is rated for 2,500W of output, conveniently below the 3kW limit in California for motorized bicycles. But based on our performance tests, we think even the 6kW peak power spec may be understated.
Claimed-range is 45 to 50 miles on flat ground, but it obliterated that spec in our range test.The battery is huge, at 72V and 45 amp-hours. That’s 28% bigger than the Wolf King GT, and 110% larger than a Segway GT2.
The E-Clipse battery is 60% larger than the battery of a base model Surron X, but since it’s made of lightweight 21700 battery cells, the E-Clipse’s battery is surprisingly easy to carry.
The coolest feature of the E-Clipse is that it has a lightweight Carbon Fiber frame! So you get performance very similar to much larger bikes like the Surron Ultra, but portability and lightweight very similar to the original Surron Light Bee X
Solar E-Clipse Review
With a 0 to 30 time of just 3.6 seconds, it’s the fastest personal electric vehicle to 30 miles per hour we’ve ever tested, even beating out the NAMI BURN-E 2 MAX and the Roadrunner Tronic, which uses motor controllers made by RION.
We actually saw 67 mph on the speedometer, but just like most other vehicles, this one is optimistic by about 10%.
Keep in mind, even if you get a plate on it, it’s not freeway or highway legal, so don’t take the exit.
Carrying a spare, swappable battery with you in a backpack gives you twice the range – and 122.6 miles is as far as many motorcycles will travel on a full tank.
The spare battery takes only seconds to swap out. Since it’s made of lightweight 21700 battery cells, the E-Clipse’s battery is surprisingly easy to carry.
The extra battery is convenient, but also expensive, costing as much as many premium electric scooters at $2,200.
The brakes aren’t grabby which is good for new riders, but expert riders might find themselves wanting to upgrade to metallic brake pads for even more bite if they’re available.
The E-Clipse’s suspension is nothing less than awesome! The KKE spring/hydraulic suspension keeps things ultra smooth.
You can adjust rebound damping in the front. If you have a shock pump, you can also add air to the front forks to stiffen them up. These run from 100 PSI, which is why a regular bicycle pump won’t work.
You can also adjust the rebound damping in the rear shock, as well as the spring preload.
At top speed in ECO mode, the E-Clipse surprisingly feels like a very fast bicycle. Bumped up to Sport mode, it’s still ultra easy to ride and blasts right over curbs. In fact, the E-Clipse is so easy to ride, it’s easy to forget how fast you’re going.
And – good news for apartment dwellers – if you don’t feel like letting it sleep in your bedroom, the removable battery and locking steering mean you don’t need to take the E-Clipse inside to charge it.
When you first turn it on, you need to poke the park button to get it out of park. You can also quickly re-engage it when you come to a stop, if you want to. Then you have two modes ECO and Sport.
For riding at night, we recommend an additional high-mounted taillight and possibly a headlight for maximum visibility.
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The frame is one of the reasons the E-Clipse’s performance is closer to the new 72V Surron Ultra than the Surron X, while being 54 lbs lighter than the Ultra!
The bike also surprised us with a water resistance of IP67, making this an electric motorbike built for rain or shine
In order to receive DOT certification for the E-Clipse, Solar is building a local dealer network in the U.S., so depending on where you live, you’ll be able to get your E-Clipse serviced locally rather than having to ship it somewhere.
Solar E-Clipse Review: Conclusions
But in the U.S. we’re still living in a sort of Wild-West, anything-goes world. When the price tag of your PEV starts nudging up against the price of a good used car, the idea of going legit with a license plate and insurance starts to get very appealing, both for theft prevention and preventing awkward moments with law enforcement.
For those who buy the Solar E-Clipse, the most likely complaint will be that their commute suddenly feels too short.