Blix Packa Genie Review

The Blix Packa Genie is a full-featured, high-performance electric cargo bike with single and twin battery choices for increased range and power capacity for any load, making it an ideal automobile substitute. It is capable of loading large freight for utility or valuable goods for family time.

The new Packa Genie has a more powerful motor for steeper hills and bigger loads, a larger battery for longer range, and updated hydraulic disc brakes for superior stopping power no matter what the payload is. Now available in a variety of bright new hues.

 

Blix Packa Genie Overview

  • A family-friendly midtail electrical cargo bike with a broad vary of {custom} rack and bag equipment to deal with work gear, further passengers (infants, toddlers, and even adults), 400lb most weight capability
  • Out there in two lovely colours, shiny blue or white, premium built-in lights with multi-LED brake-activated rear gentle, massive steady tires with reflective sidewalls and puncture safety
  • Distinctive 24-inch wheel dimension lowers body top and makes the bike simpler to strategy, load, and stand over, mid-step body is approachable however not as stiff as a diamond so there may be some body flex and chance of velocity wobble
  • Non-compulsory second battery pack extends vary, pedal help with throttle mode provides you a number of methods to experience and assist getting began from standstill, adjustable angle stem, metal fork, swept again handlebar, and padded saddle all add consolation, Mechanical disc brakes could require extra hand power however assist to maintain the value decrease and could also be simpler to regulate, built-in USB charging port on show for equipment.
Blix Packa Genie review

Blix Packa Genie review

 

To run the boards, host the web site, and journey, I cost a common service price for my evaluations. This evaluate was sponsored by Blix Bikes. My aim is to be clear and unbiased, this video and written evaluate aren’t meant to be an endorsement of Blix merchandise.

The Packa is a mid-tail cargo electrical bike providing a number of utility, worth, and attractiveness. It’s distinctive in some ways, however suits according to a rising variety of approachable cargo fashions that let you transfer extra stuff and even transport a toddler or good friend. The Packa has an prolonged rear rack that’s strengthened with fantastically positioned Aluminum alloy bars to deal with as much as 150lbs. There are two Yepp! home windows on high of the rear rack, so you may match the Maxi Easyfit (as proven within the video). The corporate additionally sells seat pads for grownup passengers or a surround-bar for youths. An non-obligatory entrance rack or basket can deal with 50lbs extra, and the overall load capability for the bike is 400lbs. Included within the $1,599 base worth are alloy operating boards that might act as foot platforms or bag helps, they usually incorporate lovely bamboo deck vs. being empty and open. For only a bit extra at $1,899, you get the second battery improve for prolonged vary. I like that the rear rack has commonplace gauge pannier hangers, so you can recycle present industry-standard gear, and was very impressed with the 27-LED tail gentle that goes brilliant each time the brakes are pulled! Sure, the bike contains built-in lights, additional broad fenders, and even reflective tires with puncture safety in-built. If you wish to match the bamboo runnign boards, Blix sells matching deck accent for the highest of the rack as effectively.

The video evaluate for this product is fairly lengthy and thorough as a result of the founder, Pontus Malmberg, met me with a van filled with equipment to elucidate and demo. One factor that was not proven is the picket deck talked about simply above. Anyway, I’ve listed most of them within the particulars part above however was not given pricing data as a result of the bike goes to be crowd funded on Indiegogo in March, 2019 and there might be changes. Usually, I keep away from crowd funded merchandise as a result of they’re topic to vary. On this case, I made a decision to go forward as a result of Blix has been in enterprise since 2014 and sells by means of a rising community of outlets in North America. I used to be instructed that they are going to be transport the Packa direct in addition to offering it to outlets, and curiosity from outlets has been excessive to date. Personally, I desire the meeting assist and ongoing assist of outlets when it’s accessible, so I just like the dual-channel distribution mannequin right here. Blix gives a one yr complete guarantee and is positioned as a trendy mid-level model in my thoughts; striving for cheap costs whereas utilizing higher-end elements. The compromises that I really feel had been made on the Packa to hit the cheaper price with this bike are the usage of a gearless hub motor vs. a extra environment friendly mid-drive (although this enables for throttle operation, which is nice should you’ve received a closely loaded bike), and mechanical disc brakes vs. hydraulic. Many individuals rationalize mechanical brakes as a result of they’re straightforward to service and won’t require the assistance of a store. The draw back, nonetheless, is elevated hand effort and imbalance between entrance brake and rear brake due to the cable size. All issues thought-about, the bike is particular as a result of it’s so {custom} and effectively thought out. Discover the color-matching on the mid-frame battery pack, the choice of buying a secondary battery for longer rides (virtually remarkable with a value-priced ebike), Blix included a deflopilator entrance wheel stabilizing machine, upgraded reflective tires with puncture safety, they usually’re providing two shade decisions! The kickstand is sturdy and dependable, they custom-made the body and kickstand mounting level so it wouldn’t block the crank arms when pedaling backwards, servicing the drivetrain when the bike is parked. Whereas the chain-line is lengthy and typically noisy (on tough terrain because it bounces into the chain keep), Blix did embrace an alloy information to maintain the chain from dropping off the chainring, they usually upgraded the cadence sensor to a better decision 12-magnet sealed sensor for elevated reliability. The derailleur is an entry/mid-level half, and adequate for this worth vary… I’m glad they went with a bigger 11 to 32 tooth cassette vs. 14 to twenty-eight tooth on many others I’ve seen. I’m going to dig in to the motor, battery, and show unit under, earlier than wrapping issues up and sharing some execs/cons on the very finish .

Driving this ebike is a a Shengyi gearless hub motor that weighs about 10lbs and is spoked right into a sturdy 24-inch double-wall rim with extra-thick 12 gauge spokes. I’ve seen this motor model earlier than, on competing merchandise from Rad Energy Bikes, and heard that it’s very dependable from prospects who’ve bought and used it recurrently for a number of years ongoing. Gearless motors must be bigger, and are normally heavier than geared, as a result of they produce energy by means of electromagnetic staters and uncommon earth magnets pushing in opposition to one another. This, in contrast with a planetary geared motor that makes use of a faster-spinning motor that’s geared down for torque. With a gearless motor, the additional out these magnets are from the middle, the extra torque energy is generated. The benefit to this sort of motor is that you just don’t have plastic gears rubbing in opposition to one another to supply energy, making it quiet and extra sturdy over the long term. The magnets and staters don’t truly contact, so propulsion is clean and quiet. Nevertheless, when the motor is completed pushing, it additionally drags a bit as a result of there isn’t a freewheel mechanism. Some ebike corporations that use gearless direct drive motors has designed their controller methods to recapture a few of this magnetic drag as electrical energy for regeneration. That isn’t the case with Blix, and I don’t see this as a significant downside as a result of it simplifies the controller and retains it cooler. My understanding is that the electrical energy recaptured by means of regen on ebikes is just a small proportion, and the non-obligatory second battery possibility with the Packa goes to be a lot, a lot, simpler for extending vary. Providing between 500 and 750 watts of energy output and as much as 40 newton meters of torque, the motor is highly effective and efficient in most conditions. One difficult situation nonetheless, is ranging from standstill whereas climbing. Gearless motors simply don’t generate as a lot torque at standstill… so attempt to get some momentum entering into, should you can. Briefly, this motor is quiet, robust, and really able to transporting heavy hundreds, particularly with the 11 to 32 tooth cassette. You might need to pedal alongside when ascending steep hills, but it surely ought to do tremendous on small and medium hills with out an excessive amount of enter, so long as you’ve received just a little momentum entering into.

Powering the bike, it’s backlit LCD show, and two built-in LED Lights is a 48 volt 10.5 amp hour Lithium-ion battery pack. The case is a reasonably commonplace design that I’ve seen on different ebikes, however by no means color-matched like this. It seats in from the left aspect of the body and is available in at an angle. This allowed Blix to decrease the highest tube, offering a decrease stand-over top and simpler mounting/stabilizing of the bike. The capability of this pack is fairly commonplace at roughly 500 watt hours, and needs to be sufficient for 20+ mile rides, even should you’re relying closely on the throttle or utilizing a better degree of help. For individuals who need to go additional, or plan on carrying a number of cargo over different terrain, Blix gives a secondary pack rated at 48 volt 14 amp hours! When mixed, this ebike has over 1 kilowatt-hour of juice, to supply. Solely the default downtube battery has a built-in USB charging port, however they each use the identical three amp charger. One of many compromises the corporate made to decrease the price of this second battery and the controller that attracts from each, is that every pack should be bodily plugged in individually. A number of the actually fancy new methods from Bosch and Shimano are capable of cost two packs without delay, requiring much less consideration and dealing with by the rider. Additionally, each packs on the Blix Packa should be unlocked individually, utilizing distinctive keys. When you go for their non-obligatory entrance wheel body lock, there might be a 3rd key in use… So, there’s additional time and muddle with the Packa, however at $1,599, it’s priced at half of most different high-end multi-battery merchandise in the marketplace proper now. One very cool characteristic concerning the dual-battery setup is that the packs drain pretty evenly when driving. The onboard management system is sensible sufficient to change again and fort when the distinction is larger than 5%. This reduces the cycle rely of any given pack and reduces the possibility that you just’ll hit zero (which might pressure the cells). To increase the usable lifetime of most Lithium-ion batteries, it’s greatest to retailer them in a cool, dry location. Excessive warmth can injury them, and chilly will restrict their vary. I’ve additionally heard that if you gained’t be driving with a pack for a month or extra, it’s nice to maintain it about half full or full however keep away from letting it drain down all the way in which. All issues thought-about, I really feel that the positioning of each batteries is pretty good, low and middle on the bike, protected by the body tubing from scratches and bumps at racks or suggestions.

Working the Packa is pretty easy, however there are a few hidden options constructed into the LCD laptop show that I’d prefer to share with you. Initially, the LCD display screen is pretty massive and will be swiveled to regulate for glare, but it surely’s not detachable. Which means that it might take some climate put on and scratches over time and bike racks. It’s very skinny, massive sufficient to learn simply from a distance, and incorporates a second USB charging port (along with the one on the battery pack) which might preserve a smartphone or different transportable digital machine. That’s, until your machine requires a minimum of an amp of energy (as many iOS units do). I consider that each USB ports on this bike ship 5 volts 500 milliamps. To activate the show, simply press and maintain the M button on the bottom of the management ring which is mounted close to the left grip. The LCD blinks to life rapidly and reveals a number of industry-standard readouts. I used to be just a little disillusioned to find that the battery capability meter (which reveals 10 bars) is de facto solely a 5 bar meter. That’s fairly commonplace for cheaper shows, with every bar representing a 20% drop. Since there’s no battery proportion readout or vary estimator in-built, you gained’t get as a lot exact suggestions about charging. It won’t be a giant subject should you’ve opted for the second pack, however this ebike is certainly heavier than common at 72+lbs and might be a battle to experience dwelling with a heavy load, unpowered. Because of this, I’d advocate bringing the charger as a backup when going for longer rides. It will match simply into one of many non-obligatory pannier baggage that Blix sells. So, the show boots up into help degree one, and the throttle is energetic at this degree. It’s not going to ship as a lot energy as ranges 2-5, which was disappointing to me. The set off throttle gives variable energy output as you press additional, and but, it’s capped by the extent of help in use. Which means that you can’t use the set off throttle to briefly add energy for climbing or catching up with a good friend. As a substitute, you’ll need to click on the up arrow a few instances after which use the throttle, then click on again right down to a decrease degree of help to match your unique setting. Some riders may desire to all the time experience with help degree 5, however then the battery will run down quicker and the begins aren’t as clean… it’s extra zippy on this mode. Lastly, the bottom degree of help is zero, which principally provides no energy in help or throttle mode. Zero degree means that you can learn the show for suggestions about your velocity, battery degree, and different journey stats (as with the opposite ranges of help) whereas operating the lights. It’s possibility in case you are operating low on battery however nonetheless need to stay seen whereas pedaling manually. With the intention to activate the bikes built-in lights, maintain up on the button pad for a couple of seconds. Stroll mode will be activated by holding down ongoing, and you may get into the settings menu to vary models (mph to km/h) or decrease the highest velocity by holding the up and down arrows concurrently.

I used to be stunned and delighted to listen to about after which expertise the brand new Blix Packa electrical bicycle. It’s a good looking mid-tail cargo electrical bike with an approachable body. Whereas the mid-step design does flex a bit, more and more because the rear rack is loaded, it feels very comfy and regular to mount. Blix opted for pretty high-volume 24″ tires that labored effectively once I took the bike off-road for a stretch throughout the video evaluate experience check. Even and not using a suspension fork or suspension seat put up, the bike felt comfy due to the metal fork, taller adjustable stem, swept-back handlebar, and the padded Velo saddle. You might swap the inflexible seat put up out for an reasonably priced 31.6mm suspension seat put up and scale back again, neck, and arm fatigue, but it surely’s in all probability not needed should you’re on clean neighborhood streets. I’m hoping that Blix introduces a sticker slap guard with their remaining construct, for the reason that longer chain can bounce round to create noise and even chip the paint over time. I used to be instructed that the entrance fender could have a steel reinforcement assist to cut back gentle vibration and fender noise. I need to name out and praise the alloy chainring information, that can defend your pants/costume ends and scale back chain drops. As all the time, I welcome your feedback under, particularly because the bike evolves with the crowdfunding marketing campaign and eventual supply. I’ve lined a number of different Blix fashions right here and have created a particular part within the EBR boards for Blix, the place you may join with different house owners to share photos and direct suggestions .

Blix Packa Genie review

Blix Packa Genie review

Pros:

  • Wonderful worth right here, this mid-tail cargo platform comes with additional broad fenders, built-in lights, supplier distribution (so that you don’t need to assemble it your self if you’ll find a neighborhood supplier), and the choice of increasing the battery for long-range use for below $2k which may be very spectacular to me
  • Lovely {custom} body design, the tubing matches and features up completely, I like that it’s accessible in two body colours and the duvet of the principle battery is paint-matched!
  • The prototype proven within the photos and video didn’t have bottle cage bosses, however I’m instructed that the ultimate construct could have them on the highest tube
  • A lot of nice equipment for hauling cargo or further passengers (infants, youngsters, and adults), Blix designed lots of the baggage to work at the side of the bolt-on cargo racks so you may maximize utility
  • With two 24″ wheels, tubes, and tires on the Packa, you don’t want as many various sized substitute elements, Blix selected this dimension as a result of it retains the body low, is sturdier than 26″ or 28″ (particularly with the 12 gauge extra-thick spokes), however is extra comfy and steady than tremendous small 20″
  • Mounting and loading the bike may be very straightforward because of the large double-leg kickstand and stabilizing “deflopilator” spring on the entrance fork
  • The drivetrain good for round city driving with a wider 11 to 32 tooth cassette (vs. 12-28) and an alloy chainring information (to cut back chain drops), the chain can also be rust-resistant
  • Security is vital, particularly should you’ve received passengers alongside for the experience! so I actually admire the reflective tires, built-in lights, extra-bright 27-LED rear gentle with brake brilliant activation, and the white body possibility (which can stand out extra in low lighting conditions)
  • It’s neat that Blix contains operating board with bamboo decks, these provide assist for pannier baggage or a spot for a passenger to place their ft… some corporations cost additional for this characteristic or don’t embrace a wooden insert
  • I like that the rear rack contains an ordinary gauge tube for clipping-on aftermarket pannier baggage, Blix has an ideal vary of bag choices which might be assured to work and look fairly good, however the {industry} commonplace tubing is a pleasant “open supply” contact that provides utility and worth should you already personal gear
  • The bike felt very comfy to me, even with out suspension, due to the upper quantity 2.4″ tires, upright stem, swept again handlebar, and metal fork (which dampens vibration)
  • A lot of little particulars are dialed in with this body together with internally routed cables, threaded water-sealed electrical cabling, sturdy 31.6mm seat put up diameter, entrance wheel body lock mounting possibility, and fender-mounted headlight… I used to be instructed that the ultimate design could have a steel insert to extend fender power and scale back headlight bounce
  • The LCD show panel is pretty massive, I admire the half-grip twist shifter as a result of it’s intuitive to make use of (it has just a little clear window exhibiting the chosen gear), the stem will be adjusted with out instruments so it’s straightforward to change riders, and Blix opted for a excessive energy 48 volt electrical system vs. 36 volt and has a strong exterior 22 amp motor controller that reduces the price of substitute batteries and in addition reduces battery/controller warmth
  • It’s neat that the LCD show and battery pack have 5 volt 500mA USB charging ports built-in, this might be helpful for charging transportable electronics, further lights, and even for picnic conditions the place you take away the principle battery and convey it with you.
  • Blix opted for a barely quicker 3 amp battery charger vs. 2 amp with many competing merchandise, that is nice for such a excessive capability two-battery setup… however you’ll have to plug the charger in individually to every pack vs. a extremely fancy simultaneously-charging setup I’ve seen on some Bosch and Shimano drive methods
  • Each brake levers have motor inhibitors in-built, so that they immediately minimize energy to the drive system each time it’s good to cease, it’s particularly vital with a cadence sensing ebike vs. torque sensing, and the sensor additionally prompts the tail gentle so that you’ll be extra seen when slowing down
  • I like how the tail gentle has angled sides so that you’ll stand out from extra instructions, the headlight doesn’t have this… it simply shines out the entrance, but it surely does level the place you steer and gained’t be blocked by the non-obligatory entrance rack or basket equipment
  • Gearless hub motors are recognized for being tremendous dependable and quiet, I didn’t actually hear it a lot throughout the experience check and have truly skilled the Shengyi motor on competing merchandise from Rad Energy Bikes with good success over yr of use
  • The 12-magnet cadence sensor is a little more responsive than the 5, 6, and 8-magnet sensors I see on another ebikes, I like the way it’s sealed in plastic to maintain water and mud out
  • By selecting a set off throttle vs. a twist throttle, Blix made the bike much less liable to unintentional activation, it’s nonetheless a good suggestion to show it off earlier than mounting and dismounting because it’s routinely energetic in help degree 1 (which is the default powerup mode)
  • It’s good to have a set off throttle to assist getting began from cease indicators, particularly with a cadence sensor vs. multi-sensor or torque sensor… I’m saying this as somebody with delicate knees, when you get the bike began, all it’s a must to do is transfer the cranks for pedal help to kick in, you don’t need to pedal exhausting because it solely senses movement
  • Blix has been in enterprise since 2014, I’ve reviewed a bunch of their merchandise and met the founder, they appear to supply nice buyer assist and actually deal with constructing good relationships with native sellers who can assemble correctly assist the product with its two yr guarantee, I belief this product greater than different crowd-funding stuff due to the longstanding Blix status and supplier community

Cons:

  • Most electrical cargo bikes weigh extra as a result of the frames require further materials for power, the Blix Packa makes use of a heavier Gearless hub motor and with the non-obligatory second battery pack it does begin to weigh loads, I did expertise some body flex and velocity wobble when the rear rack had baggage and a toddler seat added (as is the case with most mid-step cargo ebikes)
  • The set off throttle doesn’t work in pedal help degree zero and is definitely power-limited primarily based on the help degree chosen, I desire to have the throttle providing full energy in any respect ranges of help as a result of it helps throughout temporary climbs or catching as much as a good friend, requiring much less button presses to boost energy
  • Giant 180mm disc brakes present good cooling advantages and a mechanical benefit over the 24″ wheels, however mechanical requires extra hand effort and adjustment over time in contrast with hydraulic… which might have raised the bike worth
  • Since this ebike is launching on crowd funding platform Indiegogo in mid March, 2019, some issues could change with the ultimate product and also you’ll in all probability have to attend to obtain it, which might minimize into the Spring and Summer season months for driving
  • It’s actually neat to have an secondary battery possibility and entrance wheel body lock possibility however every unit will make the most of a special key, which implies a number of muddle in your pocket or purse and extra time spent attempting to determine which key goes to which lock
  • The lengthy chain and mid-level derailleur leads to some bounces round, producing some noise and probably marring the body, think about using some field tape to guard the suitable chain keep, I’d find it irresistible if Blix included a slap guard with their remaining product however am undecided if that would be the case
  • Gearless direct drive hub motors are inclined to weigh extra, produce much less torque from standstill, and trigger some magnetic drag when coasting, Blix just isn’t recapturing power with any kind of regenerative braking on this setup
  • Minor grievance, the body solely is available in one dimension… however the mid-step design is pretty straightforward to strategy and the adjustable angle stem, swept again handlebar, and adjustable seat provide a variety of match choices
  • When you go for the secondary battery pack and have your seat positioned low, you may want to boost and even take away it every time you want to take away the battery pack due to the place it’s mounted
  • The charging port for the principle battery is instantly within the path of the left crank arm, so watch out to not bump the pedals whereas it’s plugged in or the plug and socket might get broken
  • The show isn’t detachable for cover at public bike racks or from inclement climate however a minimum of it may be angled to cut back glare whereas driving
  • Generally, adjustable angle stems can begin to wiggle unfastened after which strip, I’ve skilled this with some cheaper stems and would simply maintain a watch out this half and maintain the bolt tight to keep away from points (the bolt is situated below the folding deal with on the highest portion of the stem)

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