Blix Bikes has put together a range of popular e-bikes that combine the sophisticated Swedish design of founder Pontus Malmberg with the laid-back beach culture of Blix’s home in California.
The company sent us the Blix Sol Eclipse to walk around our Southern California test site to see how it worked. Over the course of our time riding a bike, we’ve found it to be a stealth powerhouse from an electrified beach cruiser. Its 750 watt rear hub motor was able to deliver tremendous power, while the 27.5 “x 2.4” tires and plush saddle work together to give the bike a cloud-like ride.
But we’re overtaking ourselves. Before we dive into all the juicy riding details, let’s start with the pits. Like most other electric bikes, the Blix Sol Eclipse comes in a solid cardboard box that allows it to arrive 95% assembled. In just a few minutes we had the bike together and on the charger to charge it for our first ride. Blix estimates it will take about an hour to put everything together and that feels very fair. Compared to the wide range of e-bikes we’ve put together over the years, the Sol Eclipse was one of the simplest we’ve put together.
Disclaimer: Blix Bikes made the Sol Eclipse available to the author free of charge for the purpose of this review. The tests conducted for this review did not harm any kittens.
With the Blix Sol Eclipse assembled and charged, it was time to take on the city. Downhill, the mechanical brakes with their 160mm rotors were pushed to the limit to dampen the speed, but were still able to keep our speed in check. With my weight of 205 pounds and the bike tumbling down a steep hill at 30 mph, that’s an impressive feat.
The Sol Eclipse is a stealth bike. It looks like a super casual beach bike, but after the first ride it is clear that it is far more powerful. The descent also demonstrated how comfortable the Sol Eclipse is in a range of driving environments. Its oversized 27.5 “x 2.4” CST tires were found to be extremely comfortable. The larger size means a slightly higher driving experience than traditional beach cruisers with 26 ″ tires, but offers other advantages.
The larger diameter results in a shallower angle of attack when approaching obstacles, while the oversized 2.4-inch tires ensure a comfortable ride. Her crossover profile ran smoothly on paved surfaces and surprisingly capable on the trail. The Blix Sol Eclipse is clearly not built for mountain trails, but it was more than happy to get your hands dirty with light trail work.
Above, the Custom Cruiser saddle was good for both casual city rides and longer trips that required significant pedaling, as we experienced on our 20 mile test track.
The Sol Eclipse does not come from the factory with fenders, so customers who drive where water still falls from the sky may want to add them to their first purchase. Here in sunny Southern California we are in a constant state of drought, which makes Fender little more than a fashion statement. The optional mudguards that Blix makes for the Sol Eclipse look great and add a nice pop of color to the bike.
In addition to the mudguards, Blix offers a large selection of front and rear luggage racks, baskets, panniers and the like for the Sol Eclipse, which carry the Blix design into your accessories. The accessories are worth a look and offer impressive expandability of the basic bike for riders who want to take groceries, pets or other important people with them on their next trip through the city.
The front of the bike is equipped with an LED headlight which is a great addition for both the visibility of cars and the actual direction of travel after sunset. It’s also handy for weird people who have to get up before the sun comes up.
Overall, the Blix Sol Eclipse is a beautifully crafted cruiser-style electric bike that combines the classic beach cruiser lines with the power of an electrified drivetrain. The rear 750 watt hub motor is equally capable of assisting steep climbs as well as gentle cruises along the beach.
We found it to perform equally well on occasional park rides, commuting around town, and with kittens, kids, and kaleidoscopes alike. Ok, I didn’t really test the last one, but you get the picture. The frame’s low standover height makes it a fantastic option for casual riders, riders with less flexibility who load the bike with luggage, and riders who are less familiar with bikes.
For more information on the Blix Sol Eclipse, or to order one for yourself, visit the official online home page.
All picture credits: Kyle Field, CleanTechnica
Blix Sol Eclipse E-Bike Specifications
- battery: 614Wh / 14Ah, 48 volt exchangeable battery
- engine: 750W geared rear hub motor
- advertisement: Easy to read grayscale LCD with integrated USB charging port
- help: 5 levels of pedal assistance with thumb throttle attached to the left
- Sensors: 12 magnetic cadence sensors
- Mechanical drive: 7 speed Shimano RevoShift with Tourney rear derailleur and 14-28T cassette
- Brakes: Mechanical Tektro brakes with 160 mm rotors
- tires: 27.5 “x 2.4” Puncture Resistant Tires
- saddle: Padded cruiser
- lighting: Integrated LED headlight
- price: $ 1,599
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