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While it may not be the ideal choice for challenging terrains or long-distance journeys, the Mesa Lite 2.0 remains a reliable option for budget-conscious riders seeking a dependable e-bike for their daily urban commute. Its massive 27.5” tires, Shimano gears, front suspension, Zoom brakes, and efficient powertrain make it a compelling e-bike choice for city riding.
Mokwheel may be a relatively new brand, but its founders boast extensive experience in the electric mobility industry since 2014. Having previously achieved notable success with hoverboards and electric scooters, they’re now all set to dominate the e-bike niche as well. The brand has a number of great e-bikes, most of which I have reviewed in the past.

Today, I will be reviewing the Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 – a bike surprisingly close to a perfect urban e-bike. It boasts a highly efficient powertrain that ensures a longer riding range beside exceptional performance. Premium components like Shimano gears and Zoom brakes further enhance its appeal, while handy accessories like dual fenders and rear rack add practicality. Let’s delve into what else the Mesa Lite 2.0 has to offer.

Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0

28
Top Speed*
27
Tested Range*
57
Weight
350
Max Load

*To ensure the most accurate evaluation, these tests are done independently with our rider. Please note that our results may differ from the manufacturer’s claims and are intended to provide a transparent and unbiased assessment of each bike’s capabilities.

Highlights

Stellar 350lbs load capacity
Sleek styling with premium finish
Smooth and comfortable ride
Comes with dual fenders
Comes with rear rack
Long charging time
Display not perfectly visible in daylight

Performance Review

The Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 is equipped with an efficient 350W brushless motor, integrated into the rear hub. Driving the motor is a 36V 14.7Ah (529Wh) lithium battery from LG, providing efficient power for extended rides. Riders can choose from three modes: pedal (cycling), throttle, and electric assist. The electric assist mode offers five levels of assistance, allowing users to tailor the motor output to match the desired speed in accordance with riding conditions. 

Performance Summary

Top Speed
28 mph
Range
27 miles
Acceleration (0 to 20 mph)
16 seconds
Braking Distance (20 to 0 mph)
*to be tested

Acceleration

The acceleration of the Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 felt relatively mild in throttle mode, but it demonstrated impressive pick when I transitioned to the pedal assist mode. The bike felt really zippy when I switched it to PAS 5. Additionally, it’s worth highlighting that each PAS mode operates akin to cruise control, maintaining a consistent top speed once activated.

Hill Climb

I was pleasantly surprised by how the Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 handled the inclined roads that I rode it on. I was a bit concerned about the need for excessive pedaling, but I think the power was more than sufficient. Despite not being exceptionally fast, the performance of the 350W motor surpassed my expectations. Overall, I believe the Mesa Lite 2.0 is a reliable option for individuals encountering mild inclines during their daily commute.

Braking

The Mesa Lite 2.0 features 180mm dual mechanical disc brakes from Zoom. I was pleasantly surprised by the braking performance, which proved to be very good and reliable. The brakes were quick and responsive when coming to a stop, even at high speeds and on wet roads. Even though the brake performance was quite satisfactory, I still wish Mokwheel had used hydraulic brakes… they are extremely smooth and extremely reliable.

Top Speed

The Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 has a top speed of 28mph. Considering that the bike is equipped with only a 350W motor, this top speed is quite commendable. Additionally, it’s worth noting that as the battery depletes, the speed gradually decreases. Towards the end of the battery cycle, the speed may decrease to like really low… but it is a normal thing for all e-bikes.

Ride Quality

My ride experience of the Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 was great. The ride was notably smooth, and the steering was nimble and agile, with effortless maneuvering in tight spaces. While navigating through traffic and city streets or making tight turns, I had to slow down slightly to maintain control due to its larger turning radius due to the massive 27.5” tire size. I did encounter some issues with power delivery when it comes to responsiveness, but I guess you can’t complain with a cadence sensor. 

Additionally, due to the skinny tires, the bike can become a bit shaky during high-speed rides, which may cause discomfort for some users. The plus side of having massive 27.5” tires is that you can easily roll over every obstacle in your way and have a comfortable experience. This is especially the case with the Mesa Lite 2.0 since it also has a front suspension fork to absorb all shocks, impacts, and irregularities from your ride. 

Range

During my testing, I managed to cover around 27 miles while riding on city paved roads with minimal inclines and average wind conditions. I rode the bike on PAS 5 and throttle, and I believe I could have gotten a better range if I had used lower PAS levels. But honestly, I am impressed with the range, considering the size of the battery. The actual range you get with this bike may vary depending on terrain, weight, and riding conditions… but based on my experience, the Mesa Lite 2.0 should more than suffice for the majority of daily commuters.

Transmission

The Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 comes with a Shimano Tourney 7-S system. Changing gears was relatively smooth throughout my testing. Even though 7-speed transmissions are always prone to ghost pedaling at higher speeds, I feel a 7S gear system is adequate for the majority of urban riders.

Suspension

The Mesa Lite 2.0 is equipped with a front mechanical spring fork that offers adequate suspension for city riding. During my testing, I found that the suspension did a commendable job of absorbing bumps and potholes, enhancing overall comfort on urban roads. The saddle also provided sufficient cushioning, which also enhances comfort during longer rides. Moreover, as I mentioned before, the massive 27.5” tires complement the ride smoothness by easily rolling over every obstacle in your way.

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Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0

Styling

The Mesa Lite 2.0 boasts a sleek and stylish design, characterized by its alloy frame with a modern and minimalist aesthetic. The internal wiring contributes to a clean look, reducing clutter on the frame while enhancing the bike’s overall appearance. A standout feature is the bike’s semi-integrated battery, that’s placed within the downtube but can be easily removed as well. This not only adds to the bike’s sleek look but also provides security against battery theft. The bike is also available with a step-thru frame to make mounting and dismounting easier for women and elderly people.

Frame

In terms of portability, the Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 leans towards the heavier side. The bike weighs 57lbs, which makes it somewhat challenging to carry around. It’s worth noting that the Mesa Lite 2.0 has a rated load capacity of 350lbs, which is relatively higher compared to many other commuter e-bikes on the market. It means even heavier riders can confidently ride the bike without worrying about placing excessive strain on the frame or components while riding.

Battery

The Mesa Lite 2.0 boasts a 36V 14.7Ah (529Wh) battery. Featuring a semi-integrated design, the battery is cleverly concealed within the frame yet easily removable for charging convenience. I found this feature to be particularly practical, as it simplifies the process of removing the battery for charging purposes. Additionally, the ability to lock and unlock the battery case adds an extra layer of security, which is reassuring. As for charging time, the bike requires about 7-8 hours to charge from empty… which is indeed lengthy. It would have been great if Mokwheel provides a 3A fast charger instead of the 2A charger to reduce this duration. 

Display

The Mesa Lite 2.0 is equipped with a color LED display that boasts a large size and user-friendly operation. The display conveniently presents key metrics such as speed, battery level, distance covered, and assist mode, providing riders with comprehensive data for an informed and enjoyable riding experience. However, the display visibility is not great in daylight.

Accessories

The Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 comes equipped with a number of accessories to provide better functionality and convenience for riders. It has a sturdy rear rack that offers ample support for carrying groceries or other items during daily commutes, enhancing the bike’s versatility. Additionally, the full-length plastic fenders serve to keep both the rider and the bike clean and dry, particularly beneficial in wet weather conditions. The bike also has an electric horn for alerting other riders, a side kickstand for parking purposes, and multiple reflectors for enhanced visibility at night.

Tires

The Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 comes with Chaoyang 27.5″ x 2.4″ tires. The tires feature street tread to ensure better grip on both wet and dry surfaces. During my testing, I found these tires to be impressively sturdy and durable, perfect for cruising on urban roads, regardless of the road surface or weather conditions.

Lights

The Mesa Lite 2.0 prioritizes safety with its inclusion of both a front headlight and rear brake lights. The front end has a dual LED headlight that provides ample brightness to illuminate the road ahead in low-light conditions. Additionally, you have brake lights to alert other road users… however they are placed on the sides of the rear frame end. You also get reflectors on both front and back.

Warranty

The Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 comes with a comprehensive 2-year warranty that covers frame, battery, motor, controller, LCD, etc, ensuring full peace of mind. For more details and clarity regarding warranty information, I recommend referring to Mokwheel’s official website.

Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 Alternatives & Competitors

The Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 competes in the budget city commuter segment, facing off against rivals such as the Engwe P26 and the Aostirmotor G350.

Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 vs Engwe P26

In terms of performance, the Mesa Lite 2.0 is comparable to the Engwe P26, even though the 500W motor of the P26 stands out as more powerful. The P26 also has a superior battery capacity. In contrast, the Mesa Lite 2.0 features a more utilitarian design with fenders and rear rack. The P26 doesn’t come with fenders and rear rack. The Mesa Lite 2.0 also has a much higher load capacity… and has been designed with attention to detail. It also has a premium feel with a high-end finish and various niceties like leather-covered handlebars. It also has larger 27.5” tires compared to 26” tires of the P26.

Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 vs Aostirmotor G350

When it comes to styling, both the Mesa Lite 2.0 and the Aostirmotor G350 offer a sleeker aesthetic with leather hand grips, presenting a more refined look overall. Additionally, both models include rear racks and fenders, enhancing their practicality for city commuting. When considering range, the Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 emerges as the superior choice, boasting a significantly larger battery capacity compared to the Aostirmotor G350. The Mesa Lite 2.0 also has more load capacity and more top speed. It also has a premium feel with a high-end finish, niceties like leather-covered handlebars, and larger 27.5” tires.

Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 Engwe P26 Aostirmotor G350
Motor 350W 500W 350W
Top Speed 28mph 16mph
Battery 529Wh 652Wh 360Wh
Range 27 miles 29 miles 19 miles
Weight 57lbs 53.3lbs 55lbs
Load Rating 350lbs 220lbs 260lbs
Suspension Front
Tires 27.5” 26”
Price $999 $849 $750

Conclusion

After thorough testing of the Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0, it’s evident that while it has its shortcomings, it remains a commendable e-bike option. The less responsive cadence sensor, the daytime visibility issue of its LED dashboard, and the extended charging time of the bike are some notable drawbacks. However, the bike excels in a number of scenarios, making it suitable for urban riding and serving as a practical choice for daily commutes.

In comparison to other budget commuter e-bikes within its price range, the Mesa Lite 2.0 stands out due to its balanced performance, stylish design, and comfortable ride. The sleek alloy frame, coupled with the semi-integrated battery, delivers a contemporary aesthetic, while the included accessories such as the rear rack and full-length fenders, enhance its functionality.

While it may not be the ideal choice for challenging terrain or long-distance journeys, the Mesa Lite 2.0 remains a reliable option for budget-conscious riders seeking a dependable e-bike for their daily urban travels. Its massive 27.5” tires, Shimano gears, front suspension, Zoom brakes, and efficient powertrain make it a compelling e-bike choice for city riding.

Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 FAQs

How much does the Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 weigh?

Thanks to its 6061 aluminum alloy frame, the Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 weighs 57lbs (including its battery weight).

Is the Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 fit for a heavy rider?

The Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 is designed with a load capacity of 350lbs, making it ideal for heavier riders.

What’s the recommended rider height for the Mesa Lite 2.0?

For rider height, the Mesa Lite 2.0 accommodates individuals ranging from 5’5″ ~ 6’1″. The bike features adjustable seat height to ensure a comfortable fit for a wide range of riders.

Mokwheel Mesa Lite 2.0 Manufacturer's Specs

  • Motor: 36V 350W brushless hub
  • Max Speed: 28mph
  • No. of Assist Levels: 5 
  • Battery: 36V14.7A (LG)
  • Max Range: 40-50 Miles
  • Charger: 36V 2A Fast Charger
  • Charging Time: 7-8 Hours 
  • Brakes: Zoom Mechanical Disc Brakes
  • Suspension: Suspension (Front)
  • Frame Material: 6061 Aluminum Alloy
  • Max Load: 350lbs 
  • Transmission: Shimano 7-speed Rear Derailleur
  • Display: LED Integrated 
  • Tire Size: 27.5″ x 2.4″ tires 
  • Rider Height: 5’5″ ~ 6’1″
  • Bike Weight: 57lbs

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