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Blix is a popular electric bike brand which you might see being ridden in your local town or city.
What do we know of Blix electric bikes and what should you be aware of should you want to buy one? Our review spills the beans.
Who Are Blix?
Blix currently offers six electric bikes, the Packa – a compact e-cargo bike, the Dubbel – a utility e-cargo bike, the Ultra – an electric fat bike, the Sol – an e-cruiser, the Vika+ a folding electric bike and finally, the Aveny – a commuter, or electric city bike.
By simplifying their offering (one model for each e-bike type) and selling directly to customers via their website, Blix is one of many who can offer a good quality electric bike for less than you might think.
What Does Blix Specialize In?
Blix specializes in electric bikes under $2,000. Blix is one of many online bike retailers that sell directly to customers, a well-known way of keeping the price of bikes as low as possible for customers.
Are Blix Bikes Good?
All Blix bikes use a hub-drive motor rather than a more expensive mid-drive motor. This choice gives Blix electric bikes enough oomph, but crucially it helps make them more affordable. Blix electric bikes are also fitted with a throttle, to give riders the option of deploying it when legs or mind are tired.
A common issue with all electric bikes, not just Blix electric bikes, is a low riding range – that’s the distance the bike can be ridden between chargers. Blix has gone some way to address this by offering their electric bikes with an extra battery.
Choose the standard battery option and the spec (618Wh) is such that most Blix electric bikes will get up to 45 miles per charger – more than enough for most riders.
It’s good to see Blix fit their electric bikes with a clear, centrally orientated display – that way riders can easily see all the key metrics from the saddle. Plus Blix has been clever enough to add the possibility to charge other devices, such as your smartphone, directly from the e-bike display.
All Blix electric bikes use a cadence sensor rather than a torque sensor to understand how much power the onboard motor should apply. Cadence sensors are fine but they can make an electric bike feel a tad unnatural to ride.
Blix isn’t explicit about the brand of motor, battery and display that they fit on their electric bikes. In the cycling industry, it’s common for bike brands to source these parts from third parties rather than make them themselves. This could be a worry for long-term maintenance, but we’d imagine a quick email to Blix’s support team should elicit an answer.
In keeping with Blix’s ethos, the brand offers each of its six electric bikes in just one frame size. For the majority, this will be fine, but if you are at the taller or shorter end of the spectrum, you might find that a Blix electric bike does not fit you.
Is Blix a Good Brand?
With nearly 10 years in business, Blix is a brand that has stood the test of time. They are well known for their sub $2,000 electric bikes.
In the recent past, Blix decided to sell directly to consumers via their website, rather than through traditional bike shops across the country. As far as their website goes, Blix offers plenty of titbits to help customers decide. Product pages are packed with information and images. The specification tables are very detailed with the exact ins and outs of the components fitted to each bike.
In order to make their electric bikes even better value, Blix has partnered with innovative finance provider, Klarna, to enable customers to split their purchases into smaller, more manageable payments.
Blix has also partnered with Velofix, a rhyming partner in crime, to offer at-home assembly of a Blix bike when it arrives. Whilst they won’t cover the entirety of the States, a handy Zip Code checker enables customers to check before purchasing this additional add-on at checkout.
For customers outside the USA, perhaps those shopping online for a bike in the UK, it’s bad news. Blix currently only ships their electric bikes to addresses in the USA.
Where Are Blix Bikes Made?
Whilst Blix isn’t explicit about where their bikes are manufactured, we’d guess they originate in Asia – perhaps China or Taiwan. The brand has maintained a presence in Santa Cruz, its Californian home, since 2014 from which we imagine they control the design, importation and other intricacies of their business.
Does Blix Make E-Bikes?
Blix makes e-bikes and only electric bikes. Their range is simple to understand with one model per electric bike type. We should imagine that with the popularity of electric bikes only set to increase, Blix won’t be producing regular bikes any time soon.
Blix Bikes Review
Blix has attracted some good reviews from customers and cycling industry media alike. Many reviews mention the excellent value of the bikes and the aftersales support offered by Blix.
Best Blix E-Bikes
An Electric Cargo Bike
Blix Packa Genie
With room for two, this is a compact electric cargo bike, perfect for families on the go. Can carry up to 200lbs of weight.
Compact Utility E-Bike
Capable of carrying children, gear or whatever you fancy. Fits a wide range of riders and will be comfortable for all.
All Terrain E-Bike
Running huge 4″ wide tyres, this bike is practical for the everyday but versatile enough for off-road adventures and escapes.
Blix Sol Eclipse
Combining wide tyres, large swept-back handlebars and a comfortable saddle, this e-bike is best for those who want a relaxed riding experience – beach front or not!
Folds for Storage and Travel
Blix Vika+ Flex
Offering excellent value with a gutsy 500W motor, this a folding electric bike which can be customised with a number of modular accessories.
Well-Rounded Electric Bike
Blix Aveny Skyline
Based on a traditional Dutch or town bike, this e-bike is a go-to for commuting or errands on tarmac, in cities up and down the country.