The Ness Folding Electric bike is the predecessor of Ness Icon, which means that the Ness doesn’t have all of the added improvements of the Ness Rua, but it is $300 cheaper, which may be significant for someone on a budget. The Kuo also has an astounding five-year warranty on the frame, and two years for the battery and other electronics on the ebike. The Kuo has some great accessories as well, that include fenders to keep you and your clothing dry and clean, a magnetic clasp that keeps the ebike together when it is folded (which is especially helpful if you carrying it through more precarious situations, like many flights of stairs), and it also has the appropriate holes if you want to mount a water bottle cage. The Kuo also has an adjustable kickstand and LED lights (that unfortunately do not run off the main battery pack, but instead off of independent batteries). Newer models of the Kuo also include a rear rack, which can be quite useful if you carry many items with you on your commute, or if you are picking up groceries on your way home from the store. Those newer models also include ergonomic grips which can help alleviate some of the pressure off your arms and wrists, and ensure you have a comfortable ride. The Kuo is also fairly lightweight, coming in at less than 40 pounds, while full-size bicycles are often 50 pounds are more. And if you want to lessen the weight if you’re lifting the ebike or carrying to a specific destination, feel free to remove the battery and that should help to lessen your load.
Unlike newer folding ebikes that are on the market, the motor on the Kuo is relatively small, at 250 Watts. Although this is the maximum for most countries in Europe, the motor can’t compete with models that offer 350 Watt or 500 Watt motors in the States. The motor is also geared, which means that it will make more noise than a gearless motor. This is unfortunate for the cyclist that prefers to minimize the noise during their commute, or likes to take peaceful rides in a city park or just outside of the city. A geared motor will also require more maintenance over time than a gearless one. This may include replacing some of the parts within the motor because of rust or weathering. Yet as stated before, there is a warranty for the electronics on the Kuo, so the motor should be covered for about two years.
Alongside the motor, you have a decent battery powering it, with the battery having 24 volts and 9 amp hours. However, even for smaller ebike such as this one, when you’re comparing the Kuo to similar ebikes, the battery is quite small. This means that if you are a larger rider or someone who requires more assistance when cycling up hills or riding against the wind, this driving system won’t be able to offer too much assistance. Yet a good thing about the battery is that it uses Lithium-ion chemistry, which is well-known for being lightweight and long-lasting. The battery is also well-protected, so you don’t need to worry about it receiving any damage while you ride. Also, the driving system supports levels of pedal assist and a throttle mode that is operated by using a trigger. These types of mechanisms will help give you a little extra push, and will definitely help you as opposed to having no motor at all. Users stated that the Kuo rode absolutely fine on flat surfaces. And if you desire to work more on your fitness than to rely on pedal assist or throttle mode, then feel free to use the seven pedaling speeds available. They’re useful for maximizing your pedaling efficiency, while still working your body, thus giving you a great workout.
If you’re a commuter, the Kuo is really the perfect choice, as it folds up quite easily. However, there are always disadvantages with certain conveniences, as the pedals on the Kuo fold up with the rest of the ebike, but they are made out of a plastic material that isn’t of very good quality. For one, plastic pedals are more susceptible to chipping and breaking, especially if you are riding on rougher ground. Also, the pedals are attached to crank arms that are shorter, and you therefore are getting less power with every push of the pedals. However, the brakes on the Kuo are v-brakes and are appropriately powerful for a ebike of a smaller size, meaning that they have decent stopping power. The motor may not have regenerative braking that can help to preserve the life of the battery while riding, but at least the Kuo will help get you from point A to point B as efficiently as it can. Overall, the Kuo is a fine ebike from a company with a great reputation, and would be adequate for someone with simple cycling needs.