I appreciate there are many people out there who would disagree with me on this, but I think that a 30 mile trip for the maiden voyage of a brand new electric bike is a bit stupid yet despite this that’s what I did with my new Wisper 806 Torque.
For the first ride out I thought I would push the 806 Torque as far as I could, and the plan was to ride it several miles down the undulating, bumpy and uneven back roads of Norfolk. The most punishing route I could think of is, what I have dubbed “the Reedham” route, and to see what this route is like check out the following time lapse:-
Within the first two minutes I noticed a squeak. It wasn’t particularly loud but I could hear it, and before it started to annoy me it was time to stop and have a look. Despite inspecting the moving parts I couldn’t identify where the noise was coming from, so I ignored it and carried on. That particular squeak disappeared after a few minutes. Along the ride the bike developed several other squeaks, clunks and strange noises, all of which disappeared. I don’t know if the noises were because it is a new bike and everything is bedding in, or whether it is because it is a folding bike, or whether the Wisper 806 Torque is simply a noisy bike. I suppose time will tell.
As the Wipser 806 is a folding bike the range of seat heights is vast, and I could set it up to fit me. In addition to this I could adjust the handle bars up or down. Getting the “perfect” riding position is quick and easy, and as much as I don’t like to say it, the Wisper 806 is one of the most comfortable bikes I have ridden.
The 806 Torque has small 20 inch wheels and no suspension, yet despite this it rode the bumps and small pot holes very well and didn’t recoil too much on my behind at all. Sure, I felt some of the larger potholes and bumps, which I should have avoided, but because of oncoming vehicles couldn’t, but this is to be expected. Overall, I am very impressed with how the Wisper 806 Torque behaves on the road.
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This is a hilly route so it gave me the chance to check out the Wisper 806’s hill climbing ability, and I have to say that I am very impressed. The climb up past Strumpshaw Recycling Centre is an absolute pig and (even when I was at my fittest) I only just made it up, and teetered over the crest, on my light weight racing bike, and I never made it to the summit on my mountain bike. Even with my current fitness levels and health issues the Wisper 806 Torque got me to the top and I could still talk when I got there. I obviously had to put in some effort, and my legs were burning by the time I reached the summit but I wasn’t in pain, and it didn’t feel like my heart and lungs were about to explode out of my chest, which used to be the case.
This route is open to the elements and when the wind blows it can be a slog, especially when it is a head wind whilst ascending one of the many hills along the way. It was a little breezy during the ride and a few miles were head to wind, but the Wisper 806 kept going and pushed through with ease. It seems that head winds, and side winds, are not a problem for the Wisper 806 electric bike.
I don’t ride long distances on a regular basis and I have not developed the hard ass needed for long rides. I, of course, wear padded cycling shorts but still find after 20 miles or so I start to get a little saddle sore so it didn’t surprise me when the ride started to get a little uncomfortable. What did surprise me was the cycle computer was registering 24 miles when I started to feel it, and this was on a new saddle that isn’t even broken in yet.
Overall, I have to say that I am very impressed with the Wisper 806 Torque, and it has exceeded my expectations in all areas. It is comfortable, it will get you up any hill with little effort, it will push you through strong head wind, it rides the bumps and pot holes well, it eats up the miles and it is fun to ride. All in all the Wisper 806 Torque is a great electric bike.
A relatively new eBike owner and loving the experience – I really wish I had bought an electric bike before