Geekay Eco Bike Pro - Electric Cycle


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Geekay Eco Bike Pro - Electric Cycle

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The Story

One fine day cousin calls to discuss about electric cycles. I was like how stupid it would feel riding a cycle without pedalling. He was keen to buy one for him for daily work commute, which would be around 50 km up and down. Purpose was some physical activity and save on fuel as his ageing Hunk started giving more trouble and less gas mileage. Zeroe'd to Hero Lectro. No stock anywhere, both online and offline. Dealer offered to order one, but not sure of ETA. Other options were not satisfactory or unaffordable. Put the idea on hold.

One weekend returning from work, he spotted a middle-aged man returning from work on an electric cycle, chased him down and asked for details and mileage, and it was an Geekay Eco Bike Pro, and he got it from Amazon.

We had a heated discussion on buying a not-so-familiar brand electric cycle versus buying a new bike. Took Hunk to most dealers and all were quoting unreasonably low exchange rates and almost all bikes costing more than a lakh and having COVID-hit cash crunch, decided to go with the Geekay. Ordered on Amazon.in on credit card EMI.

Specs:
Range of 50 km without pedalling. No clarity on this. Bill said 50-70 km. I managed to squeeze more than 50 km on a single charge, but without draining fully.
Powerful 36V 7.5 Ah battery.
Motor with 45 Nm torque, speed restricted to 25 kmph.
Detachable Li-ion battery. Locked with a key. Convenient to charge inside home or office without taking the cycle in. Got a USB port, can run lights or charge phone on it. Technically, a 50000+ mah powerbank.
Pedal assist. Kicks in as soon as you pedal off. Got a normal throttle as well.
Motor cut off with brakes.
Alloy frames with lifetime warranty.
LED headlight and horn. Sorely miss a tail lamp and front and rear reflectors.
Suntour front forks.
21-speed Shimano Tourney TZ gears.
Front and rear cable-operated disc brakes.
Waterproof wiring.
Frame size - 26"

Price: ₹ 32,799.00

Warranty - Lifetime for frame. One year for battery and controller. Six months for motor. (Front tube was faulty and sent a new one right away after contacting customer care)

Delivery

Ordered to my address, so that I can assemble it at the earliest and keep it with me. He could save 10 km daily if starting from my place. Expected delivery via Amazon's channel, but they sent it via GATI. He works as a spare parts manager for a luxury brand and most stuff come from Pune via GATI and serviced by the same guy, so he became alarmed knowing how bad they are, mishandling, damaging, returning without informing customer, etc. We curiously tracked daily, and it finally reached the courier facility. We sent a local nearby friend to inquire as the phone was left unanswered as usual and took the owner's number. Followed up with him and got it delivered after 4 days.

Assembly

Package and sites mentioned 85% assembled and takes 15 minutes for the assembly, but it was an altogether different story. Maybe 40% assembled, rest took almost 2 hours to assemble.

Initial Impression/Experience

It was a big surprise for me, the pedal assist, kicks as soon as you put effort on pedal. Very much torquey, 45 nm on papers. No need to shift gears even for start or stop. Did a 15 km trip, and it was as light as walking slowly on a treadmill. He would come home daily after work and pedal some distance to get used to it. Unfortunately, he met with an accident and fractured his leg the weekend before he was planning to start his office commute. Now, my personal commuter. Hardly taking bikes/scooters out. Commute time is similar with all the signals and traffic.


(More details and pictures will be added shortly).
 
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Packing and Unboxing

Offered to pick up from the courier facility, but they doubted it would fit in the car and that was kind of true with the ones at home that time. They delivered home in an Ashok Leyland Dost delivery van. Box was packed with plastic sack. Cousin specifically told to click or film everything as the courier might disown the damage, and we were not sure how the cycle vendor handles any transit damage or missing parts. So, made up my mind, this ain't gonna be right and started off.

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Box was in kind of good shape except some transit damage caused by stacking up. Box said should be kept vertical, but nothing on the sack.

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Neatly arranged. The bulging parts like the axle are the ones that damaged the box. Everything tied up with black cable ties. (I love cable ties [evil])

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Lot of packing foam, bubble wrap, cable ties and little bit of cardboard. No content list for cross-checking. Boxes tied up with frame at different locations. Unpacking unveiled a box at a time. Got side stand, seat post, etc. likewise.

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Handle bar was prewired and gear cables installed. Brake cable was routed but not connected to levers.

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Battery holder cum controller was already installed and wired.

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Three boxes, rest all almost installed or ready to install or just needed adjustment. Battery, charger and accessories.

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Accessory box - Saddle, pedals, headlight cum horn, wheel reflectors.

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Assembling

Started with installing handlebar.

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Four Allen bolts.

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Then the side stand.

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Surprisingly, it had a dedicated sturdy kickstand mount, which we miss greatly on our B'Twin. Secured with two Allen bolts. If I remember right, our Hercules Topgear had similar mount, but not this heavily welded. Hercules models followed the same pattern. My Hero Devil had stand mounted on axle, which wasn't great.

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Front shock came with an old school dummy axle.

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Installed front tyres and now standing on own wheels.

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No quick release. Petal rotors.


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Disc caliper had some transit damage. Brakes are cable operated. Caliper mounts need tightening.

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Some more damage on frame due to carelessness. Cable got crushed on to the frame. Cable strands got cut and frame deeply scratched.

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Shoddy taping. Taped just as extra reinforcement, but desires better finish on such a pricey bike.

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Rear derailleur is Shimano TZ500 6-speed, mated with an unknown brand 7-speed (14T-28T) free wheel [frustration]. Not a big deal. I had a 5 speed shifter with 6-speed cassette on Topgear with push-further 1st gear [evil] . Chain strays between gears on downshifts, needs fine tune. Chain got 108 links. Deciphered it to be KMC Z51 but looks like replica. Old school way of securing the extra length of cable. Derailleur also scratched in transit.

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Front derailleur is also Shimano TZ500 mated to a 3-speed chain wheel (24T-42T). Crank and chain wheel brands unknown.

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Chunkier crank. In my school days, Hero Ranger Swing had the best looking crank.

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Aluminium rims.

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Came shod with Ralson tyres. Spec said Wanda Kings.

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26 x 2.125" instead of promised 26 x 2.35"

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Made in India.

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The graphics.

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250W hub motor. Claims 45 nm torque. Yining brakes. Pads are copper. Hope they are some easily available generic ones.

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160 mm disc rotor.

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Seat post.

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Quick release.

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Post installed.

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Assembling continued.

Next box was the battery pack.

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Country of Origin - China. Normally, that would be mentioned across, but only small QC sticker here.

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Battery pack is compact and looks clean. Got a press-to-show battery indicator.

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Connector side.

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Got a regular DC charging port and a USB 2.0 outlet.

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36V 7.5 Ah 270 W/h. Made by Henan Great Power Energy, China for Rajesh Enterprises, India. Got one-year warranty.

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Battery holder cum motor controller aka BCU.

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Charger

Next, the charger. 36V 2A. Takes approximately 4 hours for a full charge from full drain.

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In the bottom of the box, found the tools and assembly guide. Should've been the first thing to find in the pack. They must've pinned it on the frame or at least mentioned contents of box.

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Pair of keys. Luckily tagged on the handle bar. One is the master key and one for battery lock.

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The assembly guide.

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Turned out to be pretty useless, just generic stuff, nothing about the electrical part. Found it only after assembling 90%. By the way, why should a 80s (or 90s) kid need a tutorial to assemble a cycle [evil]

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Good quality tools. 14-15 mm open-end spanner, 4 and 5 mm Allen keys. Needed a 16-17 mm to install the wheels. Used my personal tools to assemble. First time seeing a Baum spanner in flesh.

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Assembly, final phase.

Metal pedals.

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Installation direction given. 80s/90s kids would know. LH tightens anticlockwise. Same with bike mirrors.

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Saddle. Softer. Bum friendly.

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Light and sound. Never knew there was horn before connecting it. Light is decently bright. Sadly, they missed out tail lamp.

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Horn in rear. Surprisingly loud.

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Waterproof connector.

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Installed on the slot for mudguard.

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Lots of wires and cables. Need cable management.

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Closer view of chain and gears.

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Battery slots in from side. Had a hard time figuring that out. Nothing about it in the assembly guide. Lock for theft prevention.

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First start.


and battery drained completely. [frustration]

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Light and horn switches.

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LH shifter. It's a 9-step thumb operated shifter, but shift will be over halfway through.

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Inflating tyres.

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Last one. Tyre reflectors. Easy to install clip type.

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Installed. Wrong placement. Obstructs the valve.

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100% assembled.

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Throttle and battery indicator and shifter.

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"Ignition" keys. Controls full electrical. Other models lack this and most of them are always on. Downshift is thumb operated.

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Up-shift is pushbutton aka paddle shift [lol]

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Indicator is vague. Always shows full and shows proper level only when motor is loaded. Towards full drain, it functions normal, but not reliable.

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Battery showing full charge, but this was before charging and was drained in no time.

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Charging.

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Full charge. Took about 5-6 hours for first charge.

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After a round trip.

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Powerbank. Can charge on the run, but only USB 2.0.

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Warranty card.

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1 year for battery and 6 months for the electricals. Charge 4 hours before use. They could have stuck this on the box in bold. Nowhere in the manual. Search everywhere for some info.

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Last but not least, saved as much cable ties as I could. Fetish about them. Had to cut only 3 of them, but in a reusable way. Total 22 of them [evil]

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Curious @@varunkumar2910 doing TD. Would post a proper acceleration video sometime during daylight. Acceleration is insane with the 45 Nm motor.

 
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December 2020 - First issue

The front tyre was not holding air, found to be a faulty tube. Contacted customer care and they sent a tube without any delay. Original fitment was Hartex.

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Replacement sent was Ralson.

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Had nice red rim tapes.

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Fuji Patch Kit we bought along with our B'Twin.
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The levers came handy. 90's kids just need a screwdriver though [evil]

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Our Rockrider 520, not used in a long time [frustration]

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March 2021 -LED/Laser Tail Light - First Accessory

They sorely missed out adding a tail lamp and rear reflector.

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El Cheapo one from Amazon, just ₹199. As usual, Made in China. Got 5 LEDs and 2 Laser beams. Got 7 flash modes for LED and laser has a stable and a flashing pattern. Videos down below.

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Seat post holder.

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Had a rubber spacer, but needed one more as it wasn't tight on the pole.

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Managed with a layer of 3M tapes.

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Rubs on dual AAA batteries. 9-36 hours claimed. Usually lasts 8-10 days with an hour and half of use. Laser beam wears off much earlier compared to LEDs.

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Claimed to be waterproof, but the switch cover feels like paper and started degrading after some presses.

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Lasers and battery cover. Battery cover won't come off without removing from the mount.

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LEDs are diffused type, not clear lens. Middle three have diffusing lens.

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Mounting clamps installed. Bit flimpsy.

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Indeed broke and fixed a couple of times.

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Installed. Demo.

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LED patterns.


Laser patterns.

 
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March 2021 - Another addition - Cyclocomputer

Generic el cheapo Chinese cyclocomputer from Amazon, think around 300 bucks. Shenba SB-218.

Clock always on. Easy to install and configure. All instructions crisp and clear.

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Meter is individual unit. Mount/base plate comes with the wiring and just gotta pop it in. Configuring the wheel circumference.

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The base and the sensor. Base had 3M tapes and to be secured with wire ties. Sensor also mounted with 3M tape. Removed the tapes and used some real 3M tapes.

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Magnet that's to be mounted on the rim spoke.

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Sensor and magnet installed.

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Wiring routed.

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Done and ready to roll. Shows real-time speed, odometer, average speed, top speed, elapsed time, service reminder, etc. It's waterproof too.

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