G-FORCE T42 E-Bike Review: 750W Folding Fat Tire Electric Bike
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What is the G-FORCE T42?
Shanghai-based Himiway has been around for several years now, and the brand’s Cruiser model continues to be a popular choice with riders who are in search of versatility, affordability, and all-terrain performance. The Himiway Cruise is a Class 2 fat tire e-bike that really hits a sweet spot in the market in terms of componentry and overall value.
In this review, we’ll take a look at the features, specs, and performance of this model as well as the top reasons why we feel it’s a great e-bike to consider if you’re currently shopping electric fat bikes.
Founded by Mike Magaruh in 2017, Himiway is headquartered in Shanghai, China and the company is well-known for its affordable lineup of all-terrain fat tire e-bikes. Over the past few years, the brand has grown significantly and Himiway’s product line currently includes 7 fat tire models and a range of accessories.
Each e-bike from Himiway is designed with a mix of high-performance and high-value features. All their electric bikes include a 2-year warranty and customers can return or exchange their e-bike within 15 days if they're not satisfied (less a 10% restocking fee).
- Folding 6061 aluminum alloy frame
- Adjustable front fork suspension
- SHIMANO 7-speed shifter
- KMC Chain
- 20″ x 4″ fat tires
- Aluminum alloy wheels
- 180mm hydraulic disc brakes
- Heavy-duty kickstand
- Front and rear fenders
- Rear cargo rack
- BAFANG 750W brushless gear hub motor (80Nm of torque)
- 48V 11.2Ah (538Wh), 48V 16Ah (768Wh), or 48V 20Ah (960Wh) Samsung lithium ion battery (removable)
- 2.0 A or 2.8 A fast charger
- 48V LED headlight
- Integrated rear taillight
- HD LCD display
- Thumb throttle
G-FORCE T42 Review: E-Bike Overview
Himiway’s Cruiser is a fat tire e-bike that’s fantastic for hauling cargo, off-road adventures, and getting around town. It’s a comfortable bike that delivers smooth acceleration and impressive power regardless of whether you’re using throttle or pedal assist, thanks to its 750W rear hub motor and leather-gripped, half-twist throttle control. The Cruiser’s powerplant products 80Nm of torque, which is enough power to tackle hills and challenging terrain with ease.
The Cruiser comes with front and rear fenders which do a good job of keeping the rider dry in wet conditions. It also comes with a rear cargo rack for hauling gear and integrated lighting for improved safety and nighttime visibility.
Shifting is handled by Shimano (7-speed) and the bike features Shimano 14-28T BROWN/BK gearing. The Cruiser’s battery is a 48V 17.5Ah lithium-ion battery that features Samsung/LG cells and delivers an impressive 60 miles of range.
Up top is an LCD display with USB charging and a Promax MA-400 SSABK stem. The frame of Himiway’s Cruiser is crafted from durable 6061 aluminum alloy and the bike’s adjustable front fork suspension does a nice job of smoothing out bumps.
The Himiway Cruiser rolls on 26″ x 4″ Kenda Juggernaut tires which provide outstanding traction in all riding conditions. These tires are proven performers in everything from sand to snow and we also give them high marks for stability and overall ride comfort.
Himiway’s Cruiser is 75″ long and weighs in at 72 lbs. The bike has a 45″ wheelbase, 28″ wheel diameter, and 26″ handlebars.
1-year warranty1 of 15
Three battery options: 48V 11.2Ah (538Wh), 48V 16Ah (768Wh), and 48V 20Ah (960Wh)2 of 15
Adjustable front suspension fork3 of 15
Rear cargo rack for hauling gear and supplies4 of 15
Front and rear fenders5 of 15
20-inch by 4-inch fat tires6 of 15
BAFANG 750W geared hub motor (80Nm of torque)7 of 15
LCD display shows speed, battery level, mileage, pedal assist level, and more8 of 15
Thumb throttle9 of 15
180mm hydraulic disc brakes10 of 15
48V LED headlight11 of 15
Integrated taillight for improved safety and low-light visibility12 of 15
KMC chain13 of 15
SHIMANO 7-speed drivetrain14 of 15
Folding 6061 aluminum alloy frame15 of 15
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The ride quality of Himiway’s Cruiser is outstanding, and the Kenda fat tires and adjustable front fork suspension do a beautiful job of smoothing out bumps and handling rough terrain. This is an easy-to-ride e-bike that produces a lot of confidence in the rider, and the zippy acceleration and impressive torque deliver everything needed to conquer hilly terrain and quickly get from point A to point B.
The build quality on the Cruiser is solid, and the bike arrives well-packed and mostly assembled. Assembly time is minimal and Himiway includes tools and a comprehensive assembly video to make the process as painless as possible. While it’s not realistic to expect a bike in this price range to hold up as well as a high-end model in a much more expensive price bracket, the Cruiser is a well-built e-bike for the money.
The Himiway Cruiser is a nice-looking bike that gives off a premium vibe. The black paint and matching accessories work well together, and the Himiway branding is tastefully done. While the black paint job Himiway chose for the Cruiser looks top-notch, it would be nice if the company offered some additional color options down the road.
Himiway throws in some nice bonuses with the Cruiser, including front and rear fenders, a rear rack, baseball cap, and a handy 16 in 1 bicycle multi-tool. The company also has a growing range of compatible accessories that you can upgrade your Cruiser with, including a front-mounted basket, wide-angle mirrors, hitch rack, waterproof bags, and much more.
We’re extremely impressed with Himiway’s warranty which is double what most companies provide. Their 2-year warranty provides you with coverage in the event that your bike has a manufacturer defect, and Himiway also has a 15-day return policy.
In terms of customer service, Himiway can be reached via a toll-free telephone number posted on their website, email, and via social media. At Recharged Rides, we feel put a high value on customer support and always make it a point to test the responsiveness of each brand’s customer service department whenever we’re doing one of our e-bike reviews. Himiway performed well in this regard, with a rep from the brand sending us a same-day response to our emailed inquiry…
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Price, Where to Buy it, & Coupon Code
At the time of this review, the Himiway Cruiser has an MSRP of $1,699 and is in stock and ready for immediate shipping at the company’s official online store. Additionally, Himiway is also running a special promotion right now that will give you an instant discount of $100 when purchasing any two Himiway e-bikes. Just click here, add the bikes to your cart, and enter the coupon code HIMI100 when checking out. Lastly, shipping is free to the lower 48 states.
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Pros and Cons
- Good-looking design
- Outstanding overall value
- Peppy 750W rear hub motor
- Great for long-range riding
- Front fork suspension and 26" x 4" Kenda Juggernaut fat tires deliver a comfortable ride
- Super versatile and can handle sand, trails, gravel, and more
- Handsome rear rack gives you the ability to load it up with ~50 lbs of gear
- Included front and rear fenders do a good job of keeping the rider clean
- Generous 2-year warranty
- 15-day return policy
- Free shipping to lower 48
- The included mechanical disc brakes work fine, but we'd love to see the bike upgraded with hydraulic disc brakes due to its weight and power
- While we think the black looks great, it would be nice to have some additional color options
All in all, we’re extremely impressed with the Himiway Cruiser and think it ticks all the boxes if you’re in the market for a tough fat tire e-bike that’s an absolute blast to ride, no matter the terrain. The Cruiser can handle anything you throw at it and its extreme versatility makes it a perfect choice for a wide variety of riders and riding conditions.
At less than $2,000, Himiway’s Cruiser is also a very affordable electric fat tire cruiser. Pound for pound, Himiway has packed a ton of value into this great-looking package and it’s no wonder why the Cruiser is such a popular model these days.
We also love the fact that Himiway stepped up to the plate and included a warranty that’s better than what the vast majority of e-bike companies are offering these days. The generous 2-year warranty included with the Cruiser cover you in the event of any manufacturer defects, and the company also throws in a 15-day guarantee for added peace of mind (although a 10% restocking fee does apply).
As far as negatives go, we would like to see the mechanical disc brakes upgraded to hydraulic disc brakes, especially considering the bike’s weight and power. With that said, we’re definitely nit-picking here, especially considering the price point.