Firstly, we have had the Orbea Vibe H30 EQ for a while now, and have had a chance to ride it in a lot of different situations. We have made a few changes to test out different products. It should be noted that the stock parts we changed out, like the bars and tires, are quality parts. We just wanted to use this ebike as a test vehicle for those parts.
Clearly the Orbea Vibe does not look like a typical ebike at first glance. That is one of the main things that we enjoyed about it. It doesn’t have very big oversized tubing and has those classic lines of an urban bike. The finish on the bike is also really nice, and you can tell it is a quality made ebike.
Furthermore, the Vibe does not have a display onboard the bike. This has its pros and cons, but the thumb controller has a haptic vibration that reacts when you push to turn it on and change assist levels. Not having a computer keeps this bike looking really sleek and not like an ebike.
I opted to get this mid step version as it is nice to have for a city bike in my opinion. Since riding around a city you make more stops, it is easier step forward and get both of my feet on the ground. The Vibe is also outfitted with nice components, from the Shimano Deore groupset, the magura hydraulic disc brakes and the bar/grip combo. This H30EQ also comes with fenders and a rack so you can throw on your panniers and hit the road.
The Mahl x35 Plus hub drive that is on this bike is very smooth and delivers smooth power. It is very quiet, practically silent. Particularly in the lower pedal assist modes, you almost forget it is on. Even with the pedal assist turned off, the bike pedals well.