The White Wolf is Silent, Solid, Smooth, and Climbs Like a Beast
This is my second Lunacycle bike, and my first bike with plus sized 27.5" x 3" tires (they look somewhere between a standard MTB tire and a fatty). The plump tires took a little getting used to at first, but on a hardtail ebike they work well because they give both extra traction and extra cushion, and they hold the additional weight of an ebike well. Also, they roll up and down things like a 29er, which is sweet (size wise, they pretty much are 29ers). Overall, they're a little more like motorcycle tires, and they make the bike climb and descend well, while helping it feel very stable at high speeds.
First off, I love the geometry of this bike. I'm 5'8" around 150lbs and the medium (17") fits me perfectly.
The bike takes off. BBSHD power is amazing.
After putting 30 miles of road and trail on it, I'm starting to dig the extra traction, cushion, and rolling power of the 3" tires.
The frame, fork, and components are all excellent (I like the drop seat post)!
Love the 500c display --works much better than my old one.
Love the Luna eclipse 42T chainring. It gives enough speed on flats and roads, yet still makes climbing possible, and doesn't throw the chain. (That said, the chain alignment isn't perfect --see cons).
The 52V Luna Wolf battery is amazing. It's a bit heavier (almost 3 pounds more) than my previous 48V shark pack, but it gives much more consistent high power. It feels bombproof and the magnetic attachment is solid.
My old ebike was constantly creaking, rattling, and jarring. The white wolf is solid, silent, and smooth. Having a much higher quality base bike makes a big difference.
Only two cons to be aware of:
--The chainring comes very close to the frame. In fact, it shaved off some of the excess weld on the first ride (see photo if I can attach it). I don't think this will be an issue, though, as it doesn't dig into the tube at all.
--However, even with the impressive offset the luna eclipse 42T ring gives, the chain alignment still favors the high gears a bit. As a result, the top 2-3 gears on the 11 gear cassette are hard to get the chain to stick on. So of the 11 gears, about 8 are usable. Not an issue most of the time, unless you're heading up a steep uphill (in which case getting a smaller chainring will be your friend). But if you do a bit of road riding, commuting, and flats, you'll want the 42T eclipse ring to get you over 30mph.
Bottom line --if you're looking for a kick-ass hardtail, with a frame and components that are a big step up from the Alite bikes, and BBSHD and 52V power that will blow all the competitors away, this bike is for you. A great all-around trail and all season commuter that can take abuse.