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  • Wisper Wayfarer H7 review

       (Overall rating from this review)
    • Reliability & Safety
    • Value For Money
    2 year warranty is peace of mind, for the price of £1,939 i think the Raleigh Motus range is comparable, but the Tour model i think was near £2,100 so the Wisper offers a lot of bike for the money
    Manufacturer: Wisper Overall Rating: 5 Stars

    appy to say after a week and 50+ miles, the Wayfarer has been an excellent choice of e-bike with the bigger 700Wh battery fitted.

    Riding a mix of canal towpaths, cycle paths and road, the Wayfarer needed a few turns on the preload for the bumpy canal path with the suspension being quite soft, but it copes ok and allows an easy sit up and relax ride position.

    Controls are nice and easy to use, gears shift perfect every time, brakes are adequate but you'd struggle to lock the rear wheel, and don't forget the bike weighs around 60lb with the 700Wh battery fitted.

    I've had a few teething problems but most have been fixed now by myself, i'd advise going over the bike checking everything is tight etc.

    Things like the tyres are really good, roll well, nice and wide and seem to have good grip in the dry, haven't tried in the wet yet.

    The colours are nice too, very deep glossy finish in the blue and cherry red, i'd be happy with either colour but we chose blue as that was the bike ready to go.

    Eco mode will assist at a low power input level, it's what i've ridden 50+ miles in and is a good balance between getting good exercise and the motor adding a little help on the side, Touring mode will push the bike up to it's 15.5mph assist limit comfortably with minimal pedal input swaying the balance to more motor than pedal power, the Sport and Turbo mode are next level.....you just need to spin the pedals slowly and the bike will propel itself along at a good turn of speed!

    A few of the not-so-good things i've found with the Wayfarer......

    The LCD is too bright at night, there's no adjustment on brightness and it affects your night vision a lot.

    The front brake hose routing means it will rub against the fork stantion, ours has already marked the stantion after only a week, i've glued a small patch of rubber by the guide at the top of the lower fork leg this evening to keep it away from the stantion.

    The seat is not good, it's uncomfortable after 5mins but then just stays uncomfortable from then on. We've already changed it to another seat.

    No time/clock on the LCD display, and you can't choose to keep odometer on the display, each time you press the button for max speed, average speed etc it will also change it to trip distance etc so to have odometer you have to have the average speed display showing, be nice to have the option of having current speed and odometer together.

    Odd clunk noise from bottom bracket on crank rotation, happens randomly every 5 minutes or so, felt through both the pedals either with load or no load, not wheel/drivetrain or pedals related, its to do with rotation of the crank. Hasn't got better or worse so keeping an eye on that.

    No bottle mounts.

    Couple of other typical bike related issues but most likely just down to my individual bike.


    Regarding the display not showing the time, I've fitted my own clock on the main downtube.

    I've fitted my own rear rack which has transformed the usefulness of the bike, our plan is to buy a wicker front mounted one as it's a shared bike i can't have it all my own way!

    Remember to put an 18mm spanner in your tool kit for the rear wheel should you get a puncture.

    2 year warranty is peace of mind, for the price of £1,939 i think the Raleigh Motus range is comparable, but the Tour model i think was near £2,100 so the Wisper offers a lot of bike for the money, especially with that huge 700Wh 43V battery giving impressive range and power from the rear hub motor propelling you along.

    Pros:
    • Wisper offers a lot of bike for the money, especially with that huge 700Wh 43V battery giving impressive range and power from the rear hub motor propelling you along.
    Cons:
    • No time/clock on the LCD display, and you can't choose to keep odometer on the display, each time you press the button for max speed, average speed etc it will also change it to trip distance etc so to have odometer you have to have the average speed display showing, be nice to have the option of having current speed and odometer together.
    • Odd clunk noise from bottom bracket on crank rotation, happens randomly every 5 minutes or so, felt through both the pedals either with load or no load, not wheel/drivetrain or pedals related, its to do with rotation of the crank. Hasn't got better or worse so keeping an eye on that.




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