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The Mokwheel Basalt exceeds expectations and offers a truly compelling package. With its efficient torque-sensing powertrain, backed by a giant Samsung battery, it makes for the perfect partner for long-distance rides. It also features top-shelf components including Tektro hydraulic brakes besides massive 26” fat tires and a stellar load capacity of 400lbs. Oh, and the optional inverter and solar panels take things to a crazy new level.
Mokwheel is a relatively new brand, but the people behind it have been active in the electric mobility industry since 2014. Mokwheel founders have previously achieved notable success in the industry with their hoverboards and electric scooters… and now they are all ready to nail the e-bike niche as well.

While all e-bikes offered by the brand are innovative in one way or another, the Basalt takes thinking out of the box to a new level. Marketed by the brand as a “Power Station E-Bike”, the Basalt comes optional with a 1000W inverter that you can connect with your bike’s battery to power everything from your devices to cooking appliances. You can also get the optional portable solar panels to charge the bike’s battery through the inverter in the middle of nowhere.

Even if you get the bike without these optional things, the Basalt is a great e-bike overall. It features a highly efficient torque-sensing powertrain backed by a large Samsung battery, before topping it with premium components (like Tektro hydraulic brakes, for instance). Plus, it comes equipped with handy accessories such as dual fenders, a bamboo-topped rear rack, and more. Let’s have a look at what else it offers.

Mokwheel Basalt

28
Top Speed*
47
Tested Range*
69
Weight
400
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 400lbs load capacity
Impressive hill climbing
Responsive and smooth ride
Giant Samsung battery
Excellent braking system
Weight a bit on heavier side
Display not perfectly visible in daylight

Performance Review

The Mokwheel Basalt is propelled by a 750W brushless motor, which seamlessly integrates with a torque sensor, ensuring smooth and responsive acceleration. Now, having a torque sensor is a big deal. If you’re curious about the significance of a torque-sensor, dive into my detailed explanation on torque vs cadence sensor.

Powering the motor is a 48V 19.6Ah (941Wh) lithium battery sourced from Samsung. Riders have the option to ride in three modes: pedal (cycling), throttle, and electric assist. The assist mode offers five levels of assistance to let users adjust the motor output in accordance to riding conditions – for instance when scaling hills vs when riding on flat terrain.

Performance Summary

Top Speed
28 mph
Range
47 miles
Acceleration (0 to 20 mph)
13-14 seconds
Braking Distance (20 to 0 mph)
*to be tested

Acceleration

With an impressive 90Nm of torque, the 750W brushless rear hub motor effortlessly propels the Basalt fat tire electric bike on both flats and hills. The motor’s performance is greatly enhanced by a torque sensor. The motor springs into action the moment you start pedaling, delivering seamless and consistent acceleration. Frankly, I wasn’t surprised by the smoothness, given the torque-sensing powertrain.

Unlike cadence-sensing e-bikes, there’s no awkward jerking or sudden surges of power. Even at lower assistance levels, you can effortlessly gain speed and maneuver through traffic with the Basalt’s agility. And when you need that extra push to accelerate swiftly, the Basalt responds with a robust and steady acceleration that propels you to your destination with ease.

Hill Climb

Before delving into the Mokwheel’s impressive performance on hills (spoiler alert: it excelled), let’s cover some e-biking fundamentals. When comparing an ebike with torque sensor to the one with cadence sensor, the difference in hill climbing capabilities is striking. The torque sensor instantly detects when you require more power and delivers it accordingly, whereas the cadence sensor merely gauges your pedaling speed and might not offer the same level of assistance on steep gradients.

This results in substantial torque and exceptional hill climbing prowess. And Mokwheel certainly lived up to expectations in this regard. Thanks to its robust 750W rear motor with a stellar torque output of 90Nm, conquering hills felt effortless – almost as if I were riding on level ground. 

Braking

As expected, the braking prowess of the Mokwheel Basalt was truly commendable… thanks to Tektro hydraulic disc brakes. Throughout my testing, the Basalt deccelerated in no time, though I have yet to distance its accurate braking distance. Generally speaking, the braking performance was consistent and reliable, perfectly in line with the bike’s weight, intended off-road usage, and overall speed capabilities.

Ride Quality

The Mokwheel delivers an exceptionally natural and intuitive riding experience, just what you can expect of any torque-sensing electric bike. Since the torque sensor continuously measures the pressure applied to the pedals and adjusts the motor’s power output accordingly, the Basalt delivers precise and responsive acceleration. 

The weight distribution is also stellar, resulting in stability and ease of handling on various terrains, be it flats, hills, or tight turns. In addition to the power delivery, I was also impressed by the level of comfort the bike offered. The saddle boasted an ergonomic design  and didn’t cause any discomfort even after hours of use. It means the bike is suitable for both short commutes  as well as long-distance rides. 

The Basalt’s front suspension and massive 26” fat tires also contributed to ride comfort by absorbing all shocks from the ride, and ensuring a smooth experience. The bike also features leather covering on handlebars to give you a nice, cozy feel.

Top Speed

The Mokwheel Basalt comes with a Class 2 sticker, but it is in fact a Class 3 electric bike, with a top speed capped at 28mph. The power cuts off automatically when you reach this speed, but it is done in a gradual and seamless manner, ensuring there’s no abrupt change. 

Transmission

The Mokwheel Basalt features a Shimano Tourney 7S system. Shifting gears proved to be relatively smooth during my testing. However, given the Basalt’s intended use as a high-speed commuter-cum-off-roader, it would have been nice to see an 8-speed system incorporated. Also, because 7-speed transmission is often prone to ghost pedaling once you cross 25mph… and Basalt too was not immune to that.

Range

When it comes to range, the efficiency of a torque sensor compared to a cadence sensor is truly remarkable. By detecting the force applied to the pedals in real-time, a torque sensor can provide power in a more nuanced manner, closely matching the rider’s effort without any energy losses. This enhanced efficiency translates to longer range per charge, a fact clearly demonstrated in the range testing of the Mokwheel. 

We were able to ride over 47 miles on PAS 5 on a flat road with minimal obstacles. Impressively, the bike still had a bit of battery remaining at the end of our trip. Sure, the range may vary depending on terrain and weather conditions as well as the load on the bike, I’m sure that the Mokwheel Basalt should meet the daily commuting needs of most individuals with ease.

Suspension

Navigating rough terrains is where the Mokwheel Basalt truly stands out, thanks to its remarkable suspension. It has a front fork with 110mm of travel that can be adjusted with rebound control to suit varying terrain conditions… and allowing riders to fine-tune their ride according to their preferences. If you want more, you can opt for the optional seat post suspension for an even smoother experience, but given the 26×4” fat tires, you probably won’t be needing that. 

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Mokwheel Basalt

Styling

Sporting a sleek commuter design, the Basalt is guaranteed to capture attention. The tidy in-frame wiring and meticulous attention to detail add an extra layer of sophistication, ensuring its appeal stands out on the road. The bike is available in both step-over and step-thru frame styles to cater to the preferences of all kinds of users. The step-thru design lets you easily mount on and off the bike… and is very much suitable for older people.

Frame

Constructed from 6061 aluminum alloy (renowned for its robustness and resilience while also weighing really less) the frame of the Mokwheel Basalt ensures durability without sacrificing strength. Despite the lightweight nature of the frame material, the Basalt still clocks in at 69lbs in total weight, including the battery. However, it’s worth noting that the bike boasts an impressive load rating of 400lbs, making it suitable for riders of varying sizes, including those on the heavier side. You can load as much cargo as you want… or can even take a passenger with you.

Battery

The Basalt comes equipped with a 48V 19.6Ah (941Wh) lithium-ion battery with Samsung cells, known for their high energy density. The battery is neatly placed inside the downtube but is removable (and lockable) for convenient charging and replacement. The bike comes with a 3A fast charger that tops up the massive battery in around 7 hours.

Display

Crafted to be sleek and compact, the integrated LED dashboard of the Mokwheel Basalt lets you effortlessly monitor your speed, distance traveled, battery level, and more ride parameters. While the dashboard ensures ease of reading in low-light conditions, its visibility is not perfect in daylight. This is an area I feel Mokwheel should address as soon as possible.

Accessories

The Mokwheel Basalt comes equipped with dual fenders, serving as practical shields to shield you from splashes and dirt when traversing muddy or wet terrain. Additionally, it features a robust side kickstand for parking, an electric horn for alerting nearby road users, wheel reflectors for maximum visibility in the night, and a sturdy wooden-top rear rack for taking cargo or a passenger with you. Mokwheel also offers a number of great optional accessories to enhance your outdoor experience, most notably the 1000W inverter that I discussed before.

Tires

The Basalt electric bike comes with CHAOYANG 26×4.0″ fat tires featuring knobby tread to amplify grip and deliver exceptional traction across diverse terrains. Not only do these tires excel in providing stability and control, but they also contribute to a smoother ride by absorbing shocks and vibrations on bumpy hills and rugged off-road tracks. The tires also have a puncture-resistant liner for longevity and added peace of mind.

Lights

The Mokwheel Basalt prioritizes safety with its ultra-bright dual LED headlights that provide ample illumination to brighten your path and enhance visibility during nighttime rides. In addition to that, it boasts an integrated tail light at the rear that lights up when you apply brakes for a safer riding experience. You also get two wheel reflectors for maximum visibility from all angles.

Warranty

The Basalt’s frame, fork, and electronics are covered for two years from the delivery date. This warranty safeguards against defects in material and workmanship. For further details, you can refer to Mokwheel’s warranty policy available on their website.

Mokwheel Basalt Alternatives & Competitors

If you are considering alternatives to the Mokwheel Basalt, the following two fat tire electric bikes are worth exploring.

Mokwheel Basalt vs Velowave Ranger

Even though the Basalt features the same motor and top speed as the Ranger, the Basalt’s hill climbing ability is remarkably superior, thanks to its torque-sensing pedal-assist system. Its battery is also larger at 941Wh… and far more efficient, which results in a considerably longer range. The Basalt’s load capacity of 400lbs is also significantly more than what’s offered by the Ranger. Last but not least, the Basalt ensures a premium experience due to its top-shelf components and attention to detail. 

Mokwheel Basalt vs Freesky Himalaya X5e

Likewise, despite sharing the same motor and top speed as the Freesky Himalaya X5e, the Basalt’s torque-sensing pedal-assist system helps it stand out when it comes to hill climbing. Additionally, boasting a larger and more efficient 941Wh battery, the Basalt achieves a considerably longer range… and has a higher load capacity of 400lbs. It also offers better-grade components which set it apart as a superior option, absolutely worth the premium you pay in price difference.

Here’s a brief comparison of these three fat-tire electric bikes.

Mokwheel Basalt Velowave Ranger Freesky Himalaya X5e
Motor 750W
Top Speed 28mph
Battery 941Wh 720Wh
Range 47 miles 29 miles 28 miles
Weight 69lbs 75lbs 73lbs
Load Rating 400lbs 330lbs
Suspension Front
Price $1,699 $1,099 $1,099

Conclusion

The Mokwheel Basalt sets a new standard, exceeding expectations and offering a truly compelling package. With its potent rear hub motor and torque sensing pedal-assist system, it delivers the high-performance experience expected of a top-tier electric bike. Whether tackling hills or navigating urban roads, it makes for a dependable ride. It also comes with a number of accessories including dual plastic fenders, an electric horn, and a sturdy wooden-top rear rack for taking cargo or a passenger with you. I’m also a huge fan of its 400lbs load capacity… which is not a common thing to find in e-bikes.

Moreover, its adjustable 110mm front suspension fork and massive fat tires ensure a plush and comfortable ride over rugged landscapes, while the Tektro hydraulic disc brakes provide reliable stopping power in all weather conditions. In terms of range, the Basalt impresses with its 941Wh battery capacity that offers ample power for extended rides. While there are areas for potential improvement, such as the limited visibility of the bike’s dashboard in daylight and its slightly heavier weight, its strengths far outweigh these minor drawbacks!

Mokwheel Basalt FAQs

What’s the recommended rider height for the Basalt?

According to the manufacturer, the recommended rider height for the Basalt ranges from 5’6″ to 6’8″. Riders can easily adjust the seat post height as per their convenience.

Is the Mokwheel Basalt fit for a heavy rider?

In terms of accommodating heavier riders, the Mokwheel Basalt boasts a stellar load capacity of 400lbs, making it suitable for individuals with heavier weight. This is, in fact, one of the most load capacities in its class. 

How much does the Mokwheel Basalt weigh?

The Mokwheel Basalt weighs 69lbs, which places it a bit on the heavier side. However, its remarkable performance on hills, quick acceleration to cruising speeds, and stellar load capacity compensates for its weight.

Mokwheel Basalt Manufacturer's Specs

  • Motor: 48V 750W brushless hub
  • Max Speed: 28mph
  • Sensor: Torque Sensor
  • No. of Assist Levels: 5 
  • Battery: 48V 19.6Ah (Samsung)
  • Max Range: 60-80 Miles
  • Charger: 54.6V 3.0A Fast Charger
  • Charging Time: 6-7 Hours 
  • Brakes: TEKTRO HD-E350 Hydraulic Disc Brakes
  • Suspension: 110mm Adjustable Suspension (Front)
  • Frame Material: 6061 Aluminum Alloy
  • Max Load: 400 lbs 
  • Transmission: Shimano 7-speed Rear Derailleur
  • Display: LED Integrated 
  • Tire Size: CHAOYANG 26×4.0″ Puncture Resistant Fat Tire 
  • Rider Height: 5’6″ ~ 6’8″
  • Bike Weight: 69lbs (with Battery)

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