Wing Freedom 2 electric bike review

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Wing Freedom 2: Specifications

Battery: Panasonic 8.8/10.4/14Ah
Maximum Estimated Range: 35-60 miles, depending on battery
Maximum assist speed: 20 mph
Motor: Bafang 36V/550W Rear Gear Motor
Gearbox: 7-speed Shimano Tourney
Weight: 39 pounds

The Wing Freedom 2 is a great example of e-bike prices dropping without compromising on quality. While the Freedom 2 may not have all the charm of e-bikes that cost $5,000 or even $3,000, it’s a great ride that gets you in style and comfort, and does it for less than $1,500.

For this review of the Wing Freedom 2, I took a ride around New York City to compare it to some of the best electric bikes I have ridden in the past. TL;DR – it was very good for the price. There are a few small things that could be improved, but overall this is one of the best budget electric bikes out there.

Wing Freedom 2 Review: Price, Availability and Package Contents

Wing Freedom 2 first went on sale in 2021 and is available in either black or silver white with brown leather steering wheel and seat. The Freedom 2 is Wing’s cheapest bike, starting at $1,098 with an 8.8Ah battery that the company says will give you about 35 miles.

If you upgrade to a 10.4 Ah battery, the price increases to $1,198; a 14 Ah battery raises the price to $1,298.

Other extras include fenders ($59.99), throttle/boost ($79.99), location tracking ($74.99), front strut ($89.99), and rear strut ( $79.99). You can also get a kit that includes fenders, throttle, and location tracking, although that won’t save you any money. However, at the time of this writing (July 2022), Wing is offering all three for free with purchase.

Wing Freedom 2 Review: Design

When I first saw the Wing Freedom 2, I thought I was looking at a new version of the VanMoof S3; from afar, they look almost the same, mainly due to the horizontal tube that runs behind the handlebar and seat. I’m not sure who came first, but it’s the cool look that makes these bikes visually stand out from most others. The long tube also has a practical function, as it holds the headlight at one end and the rear light at the other.

Rear light Wing Freedom 2

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On closer inspection, the Freedom 2 isn’t quite as elegant as the VanMoof, but that’s to be expected considering the former is about half the price of the latter. For example, even though most of the Freedom 2 wires run through the body of the bike, they are still visible on the handlebars.

Wing Freedom 2 sitting outside in the park

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On the plus side, the Freedom 2 has a removable battery – something the VanMoof doesn’t – so you don’t have to roll your whole bike near a power outlet when you need to recharge it.

Wing Freedom 2 Review: Performance

As the company’s cheapest electric bike, the Freedom 2 lacks some of the things found on the more expensive Wing models. For example, a small monotonous LCD on the left handlebar shows your speed, pedal assist level, and remaining battery power, but that’s about it; it is perfectly clean and bright, but not as big and colorful as on more expensive bikes.

Wing Freedom 2 Display

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Another concession to price is the Freedom 2 engine, which uses a cadence sensor to detect when you’re pedaling. More expensive bikes use a torque sensor that is faster and more sensitive. As a result, the Freedom 2 was a little slow to increase pedal power; it took about one and a half turns of the crank before everything worked. Likewise, when I pressed the motorcycle’s throttle, it would increase for a few seconds instead of instantly.

Wing Freedom 2 rear hub

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However, the 250W Bafang motor mounted to the rear hub of the Freedom 2 was more than powerful enough to propel us through Manhattan and the hills of Central Park with ease. You can easily switch between five assist levels, and the bike also features a 7-speed Shimano shifter to make your ride easier.

Wing Freedom 2 shifter

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Under the headlight is a small but powerful speaker that serves two purposes: as a horn to warn pedestrians and as an alarm to deter thieves. That’s right, he has an alarm, like in a car. The bike even comes with a small key fob that you can use to turn the alarm on and off; the third button allows you to activate the siren.

Headlight Wing Freedom 2

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It’s awfully loud: when I turned it on in my office, my colleagues jumped several feet. Fortunately, the alarm only goes off if the bike is pushed or moved.

I wish the electronic beep was as urgent. It has a lower, non-specific tone that doesn’t yell “get out of the way!” Also, I found that the horn button was too far away from my thumb; I had to move my hand just enough to reach it with an extra punch.

The Freedom 2 has mechanical rather than hydraulic disc brakes, but I found them to be reasonably responsive when stopped.

Wing Freedom 2 review: battery life and range

Depending on the battery you choose (8.8/10.4/14Ah) when buying your bike, you can expect 35 to 60 miles on a single charge.

Wing Freedom 2 sitting outside in the park

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Wing equipped my test bike with the largest battery yet. After a full charge, I went on a 14-mile ride through Manhattan, which included two loops of Central Park. With the assistance level set to 5 (maximum), I used 2 to 3 bars (out of 6) on the battery meter. Your mileage will vary depending on the level of assist you use as well as how often you use the throttle.

Wing Freedom 2 Battery Key

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The Freedom 2 battery is locked in place and can only be removed with a key. A small rubber plug covers the charging port.

Wing Freedom 2 review: results

Electric bikes may one day surpass regular bikes in popularity, and it will be because of models like the Wing Freedom 2. Since the price of e-bikes is going down and the quality is just as good, then why not buy a bike that can help you in the mountains. ? It will be better for you and the environment if you cycle more and drive less.

Among the best budget electric bikes, we still prefer the Aventon Soltera, which has the best, larger color display and can sync with an app to customize your ride. Its throttle body is also standard and not an option. But the Wing Freedom 2 offers a great ride for little money.

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