E-bikes are booming and becoming ever more powerful. This is partly due to the fact that they are increasingly being used for longer distances. They have proven their worth as commuting tools, especially in the vicinity of larger cities, allowing you to ride past traffic jams. Flexibility is also required: It should also be possible to take a trip off-road at the weekend. With the RV800 Plus, Lankeleisi wants to provide a powerful and flexible model that can impress in all categories. Will it really succeed? We put it to the test!
Scope of delivery and assembly
The Lankeleisi e-bike is delivered disassembled in a large, relatively narrow cardboard box. For online bike buyers, this means having to be prepared for extensive assembly work. We also faced this challenge. Fortunately, in addition to the bike components, the box also contained instructions and some assembly tools, whereby the quality of the tools stood out positively as they were above the usual standard for assembly tools supplied. An air pump and a bicycle lock with two keys were also included, albeit of inferior quality. Despite the less convincing quality of these two items, the overall scope of delivery leaves a solid impression of Lankeleisi’s efforts to achieve customer satisfaction.
Design and workmanship
Once the e-bike is in place, it is obvious how strikingly it is designed. It starts with the particularly wide tires, which measure 26 x 4.0 inches – and would therefore be more suitable for a light motorcycle than a bicycle. The orange part of the frame and the orange color accents on the inside of the tires are also striking. There is also a relatively wide handlebar. Lankeleisi wants the RV800 Plus to be seen. Is this already an indication that the manufacturer is mighty proud of its creation? Or is it just playfulness?
In any case, the workmanship of the e-bike is impeccable in our opinion. The tires may seem strange at first, but they have been chosen carefully: They should be able to cover longer distances on rough terrain. The other elements of the bike also appear to have been chosen with care. For example, the e-bike is equipped with suspension and has a battery that is easy to replace due to its positioning. This is located in the somewhat oversized-looking lower part of the frame.
Large parts of the RV800 Plus are made from 6061 aluminum alloy. This means that Lankeleisi has opted for a lightweight yet durable material. This underlines the fact that this is a high-quality product that has not been cut corners. The choice of lightweight material also seems to be almost without alternative due to the proud weight of more than 35 kilograms achieved with it. If the bike had been any heavier, its suitability for everyday use would have been called into question.
Performance and practice
In our test, we put the Lankeleisi e-bike through its paces after assembly and inspection. We were impressed by the 750 watt Bafang motor. However, we had to deactivate the supplied automatic mode using the throttle grip, which allows you to move at speeds of up to 32 km/h without using the pedals, as this is not legal in Germany. Instead, we concentrated on the riding characteristics on various surfaces. The RV800 Plus particularly showed its strengths off-road: The wide tires and extensive suspension effectively cushioned bumps and irregularities that would have been noticeable on a conventional bike.
Motor and top speed
In our test, we noted the impressive power of the Lankeleisi e-bike’s motor, which can theoretically reach up to 1,130 watts. However, it is important to emphasize that the e-bike is throttled to the legally prescribed maximum speed of 25 km/h on delivery, which makes it legal in Germany. This throttling ensures that the e-bike complies with the regulations for pedelecs, which do not require a special driving license category and may be ridden without continuous pedalling. Although it is technically possible, as a manufacturer’s video shows, to increase the speed of the bike above the legal limit, this would lead to illegal use and entail corresponding legal consequences. It is therefore important that users adhere to the speed limit to ensure safety and legality.
Anyone who pushes the speed limit will realize that this has little to do with cycling. Appropriate protective clothing and a suitable motorcycle helmet are strongly recommended at 50 km/h. The current speed is displayed together with other information, such as the battery charge level, on a color display located in the middle of the handlebars.
The powerful motor of the e-bike ensures a particularly pleasant experience when riding uphill. Thanks to the high motor power, even challenging climbs can be tackled effortlessly and with great pleasure. This makes the e-bike an ideal choice for rides in hilly or mountainous terrain, where the extra power of the motor makes climbing uphill an effortless and enjoyable experience.
Battery and range
The battery used in the RV800 Plus from Lankeleisi comes from Samsung. The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 20 Ah and – as already mentioned – is housed in the lower frame. There it is well protected from most environmental influences, which should have a positive effect on its service life. According to Lankeleisi, its capacity enables a range of up to 70 kilometers in fully automatic mode and up to 150 kilometers in assisted mode. Depending on the rider’s weight, speed and incline during the ride, the range naturally decreases as usual.
Ergonomics and other options
We also think the ergonomic features of the RV800 Plus are worth mentioning. In addition to the saddle, the handlebars can also be easily adjusted in height. We tried both and were satisfied with the available adjustment options. As with all e-bikes, the motor assistance can also be adjusted. Lankeleisi provides several modes for this, which can be selected via a selection instrument attached to the left of the handlebars. This also worked without any problems in our test.
Conclusion on the RV800 Plus from Lankeleisi
To summarize, the Lankeleisi RV800 Plus is an impressively powerful e-bike with a high-quality finish and striking design. However, in its current configuration, it does not fully comply with German traffic regulations, particularly due to the throttle grip and the lack of a rear light, which makes a certain amount of retrofitting necessary. Nevertheless, the speed is already limited to the legally permitted 25 km/h. The powerful engine makes for a pleasurable riding experience, especially on inclines. For those who are prepared to adapt the e-bike accordingly, the RV800 Plus can be a good choice. However, those who prefer an e-bike without the need for additional customization may want to look for models that fully comply with German road traffic regulations from the outset, such as the Eleglide M2 and SachsenRad C5 Centro SUV models we recently tested.