G-FORCE ZM E-Bike Review: Powerful 750W Fat Tire Electric Bike
A new addition to the brand's electric bike range, the G-FORCE ZM is a cool-looking, motorcycle-inspired e-bike that features full suspension, all-terrain fat tires, and a powerful battery for long-range cruising...
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What is the G-FORCE ZM?
The newly launched G-FORCE ZM is a stunning electric bicycle with head-turning, retro styling. Taking its design cues from the vintage moto world, the ZM offers riders front and rear suspension, 20″ fat tires, a massive battery for long-distance adventures, and top-shelf build quality.
In this review of the new G-FORCE ZM model, we’ll take a look at this head-turning ride and discuss the bike’s versatility, features, performance, pros and cons, and more. We’ll also share some limited-time coupon codes that you can take advantage of to save some money on this popular new model.
Founded by Mike Brown in 2016, G-FORCE is a brand that is well-known for producing well-built rides at affordable price points. The company continues to expand its range of e-bikes, electric scooters, and accessories, and we are excited about the direction the company is taking.
All G-FORCE electric bikes come with a rock-solid 1-year warranty that provides customers with coverage in the event of a manufacturing defect. The brand's customer service department is very responsive (more on that below), and they have a history of addressing issues whenever they arise.
- 6061 aluminum alloy frame
- Adjustable front fork suspension (110mm of travel)
- Rear suspension system (non-adjustable)
- Alloy mag wheels
- 160mm hydraulic disc brakes
- Aluminum alloy pedals
- KMC chain
- SHIMANO 7-speed drivetrain
- 20″ x 4″ CST tires
- Heavy-duty kickstand
- BAFANG 750W brushless geared hub motor with a peak output of 1300W and 86Nm of torque
- 48V 13.5Ah (648Wh) or 48V 20Ah (960Wh) lithium-ion battery
- 2.0 A or 3.0 A charger
- Oversized 48V LED headlight
- Integrated taillight
- Large LCD display with USB port to charge your phone
- Half-twist throttle
G-FORCE ZM Review: Electric Bike Overview
The G-FORCE ZM fat tire electric bike is a handsome, retro-styled ride with a vintage vibe. Equally fun for city cruising and light trail duty, the ZM is practical, versatile, and a blast to ride.
Designed to perform well for a wide variety of recreational activities, the ZM can be used for daily commuting, around-town errand running, off-road backcountry adventures, and more. The powerful BAFANG 750W rear hub motor puts out an impressive 86Nm of torque and 1300W of peak power which makes getting from point A to point B a breeze.
Like the G-FORCE ZF, the ZM comes in two different versions: a lower-priced base model that’s configured with a 48V 13.5Ah battery pack, and an upgraded version that’s fitted with a 48V 20Ah battery. Depending on the setup, the ZM can deliver a max range of 60 to 80 miles, while speed tops out at around 28mph.
The lithium-ion battery is neatly integrated into the bike’s design with its stealthy, fuel tank aesthetic, and it can be removed and locked with the included key.
The ZM comes with pedal-assist mode and there’s a right-hand half-twist throttle for throttle-only riding. Also up front is a full-color LCD display that supports USB charging, and a horn button for safety.
The bike ships with a super bright 48V headlight and integrated rear taillight for nighttime safety, and the front and rear fenders keep the rider clean and dry in wet conditions.
The ZM is a full-suspension ride, and the front fork suspension is adjustable with 110mm of travel. The rear suspension setup is non-adjustable but should provide decent ride comfort for the vast majority of riders.
Lastly, stopping power is provided by 160mm hydraulic disc brakes.
A heavy bike, the G-FORCE ZM weighs in at a hefty 85 lbs and can support a maximum payload capacity of up to 400 lbs. This bike is optimized for riders between 5’3″ and 6’5″, and it has a seat height of 35″ (keep in mind that the seat is not adjustable). The total length of the bike is 70.5″ and it has a 48″ wheelbase.
1-year warranty1 of 16
Front suspension fork (110mm of travel)2 of 16
Rear suspension3 of 16
48V 13.5Ah battery (base) or 48V 20Ah battery (upgraded)4 of 16
Front and rear fenders5 of 16
Stylish alloy mag wheels6 of 16
20-inch by 4-inch CST tires with reflective sidewall striping7 of 16
BAFANG 750W rear wheel hub motor (1300w peak output, 85Nm of torque)8 of 16
Full-color LCD screen with USB charging port9 of 16
Half-twist throttle and horn button (right side)10 of 16
160mm hydraulic disc brakes11 of 16
Large 48V LED headlight12 of 16
Integrated taillight for increased safety and low-light visibility13 of 16
KMC chain14 of 16
Shimano 7-speed gearing15 of 16
Durable 6061 aluminum alloy frame16 of 16
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We give the ZM high marks when it comes to performance and overall ride quality. The bike handles well and offers plenty of comfort, thanks to the chunky tires and full suspension setup.
The ZM’s bench-style seat is firm yet comfy, and there’s ample room on the back for a passenger. We would have liked to see foot pegs added at the rear wheel for those times when you’re bringing along a friend.
This is an easy-to-ride bike that provides good stability, and the 750W BAFANG motor gives it plenty of punch for hill-climbing and challenging terrain.
Last but not least, the included 160mm hydraulic brakes work reasonably well, but we would have preferred larger 180mm rotors given the bike’s hefty weight.
G-FORCE makes well-built e-bikes and the ZM is no exception. The bike is nicely put together and features top-notch componentry and materials. It also arrives well-packed from the factory and is mostly assembled, requiring minimal work on the part of the customer to get it up and running.
The ZM is a very stylish ride, and the eye-catching design generates lots of comments wherever it’s ridden. This is an e-bike that delivers a hefty dose of flair, and the vintage moto vibe really ticks all of the boxes when it comes to the overall cool factor.
In the box, you’ll find front and rear mudguards, a charger, an assembly tool, 48V headlight, and battery keys. G-FORCE also sells a nice range of accessory upgrades including rearview mirrors, electric air pumps, helmets, bike locks, and more.
As mentioned, G-FORCE stands behind every e-bike it makes with a 1-year warranty which is fairly standard when it comes to consumer-direct e-bike brands. The company also has a 14-day return policy although a huge 25% restocking fee and return shipping costs are charged on all returns.
Also, part of the e-bike reviews process at Recharged Rides is interacting with the brands we deal with to gauge the responsiveness of each company’s customer support department. We’re pleased to report that our emails to the company have been answered with same-day replies, and the company offers multiple contact options, including phone, email, and a form on the company’s website…
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An Introduction to G-FORCE's 750W ZM E-Bike (VIDEO)
Price, Where to Buy it, & Coupon Code
At the time of our review, the G-FORCE ZM has a base MSRP of 1,899 and the price of the upgraded version with the larger battery is $1,999. Both versions of the e-bike are currently in stock and available for immediate shipping, and G-FORCE also covers the delivery costs for orders shipped to the lower 48 states. Additionally, no sales tax is charged.
G-FORCE is also offering a few coupon codes at the moment that you can take advantage of to save some serious money on the bike. The best discounts currently being offered by G-FORCE are $150 off a single bike (use the promo code GFORCEBF150) and $400 off multi-bike orders (enter the code GFORCEBF400 when checking out). These are limited-time Black Friday deals currently being offered by G-FORCE, so they won’t last long.
If you’ve missed the window for G-FORCE’s Black Friday deals, you can still save some cash with the code RECHARGEDRIDES which is good for $50 off your order.
To take advantage of any of these deals, simply click here, add the bike(s) to your shopping cart, and then enter the coupon code while checking out. The discounts will be instantly applied to your order.
G-FORCE bikes are manufactured in China.
The G-FORCE ZM is a Class 3 e-bike.
Pros and Cons
- Next-level cool factor
- Awesome vintage motorbike styling
- Affordably priced, good value overall
- Zippy 750W BAFANG motor
- 2 battery options
- Upgraded 48V 20Ah battery provides up to 80 miles of range on a full charge
- Multiple PAS levels plus throttle-only mode
- Full suspension setup provides nice ride quality and handling
- Versatile design and the grippy 20" tires can tackle sand, trails, gravel, mud, and more
- Included front and rear fenders do a good job of keeping the rider clean
- Good cable management (internally-routed wiring and external neoprene cover)
- Ultra-bright LED headlight and taillight provide a safer riding experience
- Easy-to-read color LCD screen
- Rock-solid 1-year warranty
- Free shipping to lower 48
- No sales tax
- Friendly and responsive customer support
The perfect ride for anyone who is looking for something a little hipper than the standard, run-of-the-mill electric bicycle, the G-FORCE ZM is currently our favorite model in the brand’s 2023 lineup. With its unique styling, great build quality, and a solid bundle of components, the ZM is an enjoyable, well-rounded e-bike that’s priced well and built to last.
Having said that, this bike isn’t perfect and there are a few things that we’d like to see improved in the second-generation model, namely the addition of rear foot pegs and a bump up in braking power to 180mm rotors.
All things considered, the ZM is a fantastic ride that looks great and performs well to boot. A more affordable option than other trendy, moto-styled e-bikes, G-FORCE’s ZM is a fun, versatile model that’ll work for everything from everyday commuting to light, off-road duty.