The Euphree City Robin is billed as a commuter bike, but it’s built in a way where the bike could also double as a laid-back cruiser bike.
It’s got a 500W rear hub motor capable of Class 3 speeds and a stout rear rack that’s now welded to the frame, which gives the bike a really solid 100 lb carrying capacity — features that all lend themselves to the commuter category; but it’s also a step through frame with slightly swept handlebars, a comfortable seat and a nice upright geometry — all things that lend themselves to a cruiser bike.
Euphree has done a good job of blending the cruiser and commuter worlds in my opinion. They are two categories that can be complimentary if done well and this bike seems to do it well.
As I mentioned before, the City Robin is built around a 500W rear hub motor that makes 80Nm of torque and a 48V, 18Ah (864Wh) battery that’s integrated into the frame, which is the same powerplant that drove the previous version of this bike.
It also comes stock with a 100 mm fork in the front and a SR Suntour NCX suspension seatpost that jointly help take the edge off bumpy pavement — also features we saw on the previous version.
But that’s where the spec sheets of this bike and the previous bike begin to look different. Though Euphree didn’t do a ground-up redesign of the City Robin for 2022, they did spend a considerable amount of time tweaking the bike based on customer feedback.
For starters, they’ve given the bike a 7-Speed Mezzu drivetrain from MicroShift and changed the brakes to Tektro HD E350 hydraulic disk brakes.
There is also a new Kenda tire that’s knobbier and friendlier on more variable terrain, brighter lights, metal fenders, water bottle bosses and, as I mentioned before, they’ve welded the rear rack to the frame for greater carrying capacity.
Even as we were reviewing this exact bike Euphree was honing in on their design. We were sent a new display that now sits off to the side instead of directly in the center of the handlebars and they added a small bash guard that protects the rear derailleur.
Lastly, and I’ll go into a little more detail on this later, Euphree gave the 2022 version of the bike a slightly toned-down programming. In the first iteration of the bike, customers could actually choose between a higher power program and a more mellow program at purchase, and Euphree found that most customers seemed to prefer the mellower setting, so that’s what comes stock on this version of the bike.
I think one of the most important things to take note of when thinking about these changes is how closely Euphree listened to their customer base when altering their bike’s design. It may seem like a simple and maybe even obvious thing to do, but I’ve seen few e-bike brands listen to their customers the way Euphree does.