2 kilometers – that's how far it is from my tiny house to my boyfriend's place.
I'd usually travel this distance by bus or I borrow a car.
But since I often carry stuff for work which quickly adds up to 15.
2 kilograms of luggage, it never crossed my mind to do that by bike.
I'm outdoors a lot but I don't think my folding bike, the 300 meters of altitude and I would not have become best friends in the long run.
When HNF this year offered me to test one of their e-bikes, I thought: No idea whether I'm the e-bike type of person but I can probably cross that mountain in a relaxed manner.
Well, as it turned out the whole thing awakened such a joy for e-bike riding in me that the test ride resulted in not just a shooting for HNF which was a lot of fun and whose results you will soon get to see on their homepage, I also decided to show the bike to you on this channel, because it's not just become an alternative to a car for me, I also happen to cruise around the forest a lot because it's so much fun.
Lazily crossing the mountain? Nope.
I'll get to the specific model in a minute, just a quick note here of course that this video is sponsored by HNF and because of the current ad policy around the internet, I'm obliged to insert 'ad' throughout the whole video.
That's of course not to say that I was told what to tell you in this video, this has all been my own creation as always, and the fact that I talk about the bike in such a positive way is simply due to the policy that I only make videos about stuff I'm really convinced of.
Now that that's out of the way, a short introduction to e-bikes for all of you who, like me, had no idea about the topic beforehand.
They are officially called pedelecs, they're not just electrical bikes where you sit lazily, you're just electrically supported while pedalling.
There are are bikes with a license for 25 km/h, those are the most common ones, like this bike here.
You need a license plate for those which run on a faster speed, insurance etc.
Up to 25 km/h doesn't mean, by the way, that you can't go any faster, it just means that the motor will only support the driver up to 25 km/h, everything above is relying on your own power.
The motor gets its energy from a battery and apart from that, it's like a normal bike.
A detailed tour will follow in a minute, I just want to address the battery issue because I'm forseeing the comments here.
Lithium-Ion-batteries are frequently criticised for the working conditions and the environmental impact that lithium and cobalt bring along.
I don't like the fact that at the moment, it's not possible to source it ethically and environmentally friendly, and HNF doesn't either.
They are thus working on excluding cobalt from their batteries altogether.
But you also have to take into account that several kilos of battery only contain a few grams of lithium and that these batteries last a very long time.
The one that's used in my bike for example will make it through 8.
000 charging processes and as we will see in a minute, that's a lot if you translate that into kilometers.
They also have huge benefits in terms of the usage of the vehicle, so an e-bike in comparison to an electric car or to a normal car.
When I take the e-bike instead of a car or, in my case, a half-empty bus, it's certainly a lot better, ecologically speaking, and if the bike itself is built to last there is nothing wrong with that at all, on the contrary.
It's obviously important to dispose of the batteries properly in the end so the ressources will be reused.
To put it in a nutshell: Yes, the battery thing is not perfect yet, but neither does it have to be to be seminal to be better than what we have right now.
But why batteries in the first place? Why not take a regular bike? In my case, it's pretty simple: Lots of luggage, lots of uphill means exhausted Nessa, and while you can view this as a workout unit but if you're being honest, it's not what you want twice a week when you have a full work day ahead of you.
With the e-bike I can decide whether I want it to be more challenging, with little support, or more relaxed, with more support.
That works on these days where you don't really feel like it.
Your range extends in general and your ride is more relaxed, so the ideal thing for me.
And surprisingly I found that I now love mountainbiking, as slight stains on my bike can tell.
The e-bike by HNF was attractive to me because they not only have an aesthetically pleasing concept, it's minimalistic, it's very well designed; they also make it sustainable.
And by sustainable I mean, as always in the tech realm, as sustainable as possible.
Many of the components are made in Germany, the bike itself is manufactured in Germany and they also make sure to choose components which last very long and don't require a lot of work by the consumer.
So let's take a look at what that looks like.
So welcome everybody to a little tour of the UD3 by HNF here in the forest on my usual commute.
Let's start out with the board computer because there is a lot to see here.
For instance the different support modes.
As you can see here, it's on eco mode at the moment.
When I press the button here to my left, I can switch that to tour, sport and turbo, that's the different modes, and here it says e-mountainbike, so that's for the mountainbike trails when you're dealing with gravel uphill.
That's where I use it a lot.
Turbo I use very little, only when you have extreme grades.
Especially with a lot of luggage in your saddle bags that does come in handy.
Other than that, mostly tour mode when it's slightly uphill, and when it's even I'm on eco mode mostly, and you can see down here that the range changes immediately according to that.
The battery is currently almost full still.
But it's down to 85 km nonetheless because I've been going uphill all the time.
Normally it says – when it's full and the road is even – about 120 km, so that's about the range I have with this bike on an even road with one battery.
You can also switch between the different stats and you can see the total distance I've traveled so far, since I got it.
That's the current distance, that's five kilometers, that's the time and you can also see the maximum speed I ever ran on, and I think that tells you that I'm more of a reasonable cyclist, you just don't wear the protection on a bike that you would need in order to go faster so I think the pedelecs with 25 km/h max are absolutely sufficient.
Here you can see the average speed and that's pretty decent for uphill, that's just due to the electric support.
And that's the tour time and now we're back at the range.
Here you can switch the lights on and off, this here will reset the current trip, up here is the current battery status and this is the current speed.
And here's a meter which will show you the current support, as you will see in some of the b-roll I filmed.
You can also check this to adapt your style of cycling to maximise the efficiency of your cycling.
The info button is also available here, so you don't have to move your hand to the middle while riding, since: Safety first.
And while we're here: We're moving on to the continuous shift by Enviolo, I can select my gear here through this wheel.
You can not only shift while you're driving, which is important when you're going uphill and you need a lower gear, you'd normally have to stop pedalling to do that.
Here you don't, and you can switch gears even while standing, which I find really useful because sometimes when starting out at the street, especially with a lot of luggage, you'd like a lower gear so that's nice when you can do that while you're already standing.
I'd also like to point out this amazing bell, it's just incredibly space-saving and lovely, I like that a lot.
That's about it here so now we're checking out what belongs to the shift.
Let's now talk about something that I like a lot, as someone who frequently had black smear everywhere when riding a bike.
That's the solution to these problems, and not just this problem but other problems as well.
Because using a belt means that you don't have any smear on you and the thing lasts a lot longer.
The chain will stretch out after some time and you have to get a new one, if you haven't destroyed your bike already becaue you didn't replace it sooner.
The saddle is with gel, very nice to sit on.
I usually have troubles with saddles, they tend to get very uncomfortable after a while, but not with this one.
I don't slide around on it, the surface is nice and sticky, so: Thumbs up.
And then we have to talk about this battery which is already quite stained because of my rides through the woods.
It's pretty big but it's also got a lot of power, 625 Wh is the capacity.
And if you look at it from this side, you not only see that it has a rubber lining to prevent water from getting inside, so riding in the rain is not at all an issue.
You also have this lock here, so the battery is literally inside the frame.
And down here you connect it to the wires.
You can remove it here by inserting a key and charge it inside your house.
You can also charge it right here which is what this thing is for.
I think it's very practical that there is no extra thing that attaches somewhere but it blends into the rest of the bike.
I personally also like that the weight is distributed like that, the battery with quite some weight is here to the front, I think it's between two and three kilos.
So not all of the weight is back here where it usually all is.
And yeah, I think design-wise if you look at it, it just looks a loot sleeker than when the battery is attached to it somewhere.
Also can't be stolen that easily.
That's the UD3 All Terrain, so every surface, and you can see that here on these tires.
And before I talk about them, just a quick note that all of these specs, all parts can be found on the product site which I'll link below.
Here you can see that the tires are pretty wide, that's because you're supposed to be able to mountainbike with them too.
These tires have really proven themselves worthy, on all terrains, and I think I actually tested them on every possible terrain.
It's a bit like the Rolls Royce of bikes.
Let's now talk about the small shift here on the left because I forgot one thing that concerns this little button up front here.
This is a push support, it's for when you go uphill with a lot of luggage, and this bike, which is 26.
8 kilos after all, in an empty state, so when you have to transport that it's pretty nice to push this button here, the push support is active and you just have to push and hold here as long as you're pushing and you get a little support.
Just enough to push it but not so much that it drives off without you.
If you relase, it stops.
And while we're back here, they also have other options than this board computer, I've also seen their smartphone hub which you can integrate instead, it holds you phone and you run a specific app to use the same functions like here but also many more, you can transfer your tour data to your favourite health app which you have for your phone.
The Komoot app which I use to plan my own tours, my hiking tours and bike tours, also works with the hub.
So that would be an alternative in terms of navigation etc.
So for all of you who are looking for that kind of thing, they have that too.
This lock is also by Abus, just like this one, and conveniently enough, they have the same key, so I don't have to run around with two keys.
That's well thought-through.
And this thing also has a mount and it's one of the most secure ones that they have, so for an e-bike that you don't want to leave to the thieves, it's certainly a good option.
Back here the usual carrier, up to 15 kg loading capacity, and I think I use that up pretty frequently with everything I have in here.
It fits every normal saddle bag and they also assured me that you can attach the average bike trailers on here if you like.
If we look at the bike in general, I mentioned the weight before; 26.
8 kilos is certainly not light-weight.
But I have to say if you look at how sturdy is built, how solid the frame is and how comfortably you're riding it, I see the benefits of that extra weight.
I want this thing to last very long and that it doesn't bend or misalign over time.
The most important thing is that this thing is going to last the way it is as long as possible, 'cause that's exactly the aspect of sustainability I'm most most concerned with.
It's almost concerning how much I fell in love with this bike over the last few weeks, so I actually hope I don't have to give it back.
You now have a first glimpse of the bike, you might now ask what it's like in everyday life.
I'm going to talk about that right now.
I made over 260 kilometers with the UD3 over the last two months.
That might not be much for some but it's been zero kilometers in the months prior to that without the e-bike so that's certainly significant.
I not only made the commute that I wanted to try out but I also rode a lot more, just because it was fun.
Even without much of a mountainbike experience, I felt quite safe on gravel tracks with my bike, the bike seems very solid, everything is in place and with the different support modes I made it through tarred streets and fifty percent grades on bumpy forest tracks.
One great feature is the push support which is useful in pedestrian zones when you go uphill and you're not allowed to ride.
Again, lots of luggage means it's getting exhausting pretty quickly.
The battery is charging in less than four hours from one to five bars, I've been watching that a little, how long it takes, and it lasts between 120 km on mostly paved and even roads to 60-70 km when I'm in the woods a lot and I'm going uphill a lot.
Since I'm often going a little over 25 km/h on even roads, I don't always need the support which extends the range of course.
If you've got some stamina, you might get farther than that.
Switching to an e-bike from a normal bike was pretty easy.
The only thing you have to be make sure is to reduce the support when you're waiting to cross a busy road.
If you're running on high support, it's enough to touch your pedal to move the bike forward.
So be careful with that so you don't push yourself forward before you want to.
For me as a forest-junkie it's also nice to have a bike that's both, a city bike and a mountainbike, I can get farther than with my walks and get to explore places I've never been to before.
Because the range is so high and it's environmentally friendly, it's certainly a new kind of freedom for me which I haven't had before.
One thing's for sure: E-bikes are not for the lazy.
And if you've been lazy before, you're no longer lazy WITH the e-bike.
With the UD3, I'm even more outdoors, get farther and commute to my partner and thus replace a car in everyday life.
The bike is certainly not the cheapest out there but as we have often seen in terms of sustainability, it's money well spent if you invest in high-quality products.
Especially when the product combines different uses.
Even though not all problems have been solved with e-mobility – but honestly, no one is expecting that from older technologies -, it's still the most seminal we currently have I think.
And I gotta say, I was very surprised during my test how much fun it was to be part of that.
Thank you very much to HNF for providing me with the bike and sponsoring this video, and if you'd like to see the photos that will be published soon, I'll let you know in the community tab on my channel once they're out.
I'm certainly excited.
I'll see you guys next week Saturday at 6pm for a new video and now get outside quickly, enjoy the weather while it lasts, I think there's going to be rain soon.
I'll see you next week then, thank you for watching, and as always, ciao.