It’s been nearly 50 years since we first landed on the Moon aboard Apollo 11. Growing up, I was always fascinated by the history of human space travel, so the Apollo missions hold a very special place in my heart. Whenever I get frustrated with technology, I think of a bunch of people going to the moon and doing calculations on slide rules using flight computers that weren’t as powerful as modern calculators. Luna has been improving Apollo for almost two years. Finally, they released what they believe to be the best e-bike they’ve ever sold.
This article is about my experience riding an earlier version of the bike during a trip to Los Angeles in October 2017.
The first thing I noticed about the Apollo was how light it was. The Apollo e-bike I tested in October 2017 weighed exactly 59 lbs, but it didn’t have a full-size production battery, I tested it with a 12Ah 30Q battery pack (the production bike has a 21Ah pack). I don’t know how much the production bike weighs, but the Apollo feels much lighter than its bigger cousin, the Apex. I also reviewed the Apex and was pleasantly surprised by the performance of its full-suspension fat bike. Before trying the Apex, I had never tested a full-suspension fat bike that I liked, and I’ve ridden at least 5 different full-suspension fat bikes.
The Apollo’s 27.5 Plus tires are only 3 inches wide and don’t feel like a fat bike. The bike can easily exceed 40 mph on the road, and the suspension is stiff enough to feel secure at 40 mph. When I’m riding around town, I’m really annoyed by the slowness of all the other cars. Even in Los Angeles traffic, you can ride this e-bike like a motorcycle anywhere but the highway, and it’s fast enough that you don’t have to worry about your life most of the time (hey, it’s Los Angeles).
The bike does well off-road with a lot of front and rear travel. Carbon fiber seats suck, and no matter how thick your suede diaper is, you’re going to want to stick some little cell foam on the seat to save your ass.
When deciding between the Apex and Apollo, you really have to decide what size tire you want. If you don’t ride in deep snow, the 27.5 Plus tires are fine for most applications. For snow riding or soft sand, the Apex outperforms the Apollo. I like them, it really comes down to price and choice. Apex has a variety of options, Apollos does not.
- 2000W Factory Built Torque Sensing Ultra Max Magnesium Driver Unit (3 lbs lighter than regular Ultra Max)
- Normal Ultra Max motors purchased from non-Lunacycle suppliers do not have the 2000W Ludicrous hardware modification controller and can only output 1500W peak
- American Custom Built
- Fun to ride, easily hits 40+ mph
- Large capacity battery pack 21Ah, 52v
- Good on the road, good on the trails
- Moderate weight for high powered/long range e-bikes
- Torque-sensing Ultra Max makes you feel like Superman, it’s hard not to ride too fast
- Carbon seat for hard ass
- Warranty at additional cost
Although the high powered e-bike market is heating up, I don’t think anyone buying this bike will be disappointed. Apollo is available now for $5899 shipping right here from the lunar cycle. The torque-sensing drivetrain makes the interface between man and machine feel seamless. For those commuting, it gets you there faster and in style than other bikes. For off-road riders, it lets you enjoy the power and range of an eMoto like the Sur-Ron with the stealth of an e-bike. Even with its large battery pack, the Apollo looks more like a bike than a motorcycle. If you’re pedaling all the time, it does add to the illusion that you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing instead of riding a 2,000-watt sleeper.
Because it is better to have power and not use it than to need power and not have it.