The Troxux Lynx combines a classic step-through commuter style frame with a powerful hub motor and large battery. It’s a simple setup that’s highly accessible for any type of rider that has enough power and range to tackle steep hills or cover long commutes. The retail price on the Troxus Lynx is relatively affordable at $2199 and features a large Bafang 48V 750W Hub motor and large 20Ah Samsung battery to achieve up to 62 mile range. The bike is classified as a class 3 as it offers pedal assist up to 28 as well as a throttle that accelerates the bike to 20 mph. For more versatility, the Lynx features 20” Kenda fat tires as well as an adjustable front suspension fork. The bike even comes with a rear metal rack and full metal fenders for additional versatility.
The Troxus Lynx combines a powerful 750W hub motor with an easy to ride step through design and 20” fat tires.
|Rating||Design: A |
|Likes||+ Powerful motor with throttle and pedal assist modes|
+ Easy to use with step through frame
+ Ergonomic design with useful rear rack
|Dislikes||– Limited color options|
– Fat tires make it difficult to ride without power
– Difficult to hold steady speed with throttle
|Where to Buy (US)||Xtracycle|
Despite the weight of the bike, Troxus sends the Lyx directly to your door when you order it in an oversized reinforced cardboard box. The combination of the bike and packaging material comes in at just over 100lbs which means you’ll need an extra hand to move the box around. Inside the box the bike is wrapped in form and tape to prevent any damage during shipping. Our bike arrived in perfect condition with no dents or scratches. There is only some basic assembly required as the front wheel, pedals, and handlebar are detached from the bike to fit the box. The entire process takes about 15 minutes with a majority of that being spent removing protective coverings and removing zip ties. The bike is also quite heavy which makes it a bit cumbersome to move around so you might want to get someone to help.
The first step, after removing protective material, is to install the handlebars by removing the stem cover and placing the handlebar inside it. While Troxus includes a simple folding Allen key tool, we’d highly recommend using a ratchet like the small ratchet that comes with the Topeak Torq Stick Pro as it can reduce the setup time. Then you can slide the front wheel onto the drop outs and install the front fender and light. The instructions are pretty vague, but looking at the photos you can determine the correct orientation. Next, the flat pedals can be installed onto the crank. We swapped the stock metal ones for the MOTO Urban flat pedals. After that we’d recommend carefully going over the bike to ensure everything is tightened properly. Note, our throttle connection cable had become loose in shipping which caused it to not work but simply pushing the connectors together solved that issue.
FIT AND FINISH
Visually, the Troxus Lynx has a classic commuter design with an aluminum step-through frame design. This means there is only a large square shaped downtube that extends from the low headtube into a reinforced bottom bracket area. The rear wheel is reinforced by thick seatstays and chain stays. The combination of the step-through frame and the compact 20” wheels makes the bike easy to handle as you simply walk through the center of the frame. It’s a highly accessible design that can accommodate children, experienced cyclists or older riders with limited mobility equally well. Troxus currently offers the bike in three color schemes: black, red and the gray we have here. It’s an attractive cement-like gray that’s become quite popular and pairs well with the white Troxus branding on the downtube and along the seat stays.
The oversized downtube and welded reinforcements on the bottom bracket are the obvious giveaways the Troxus Lynx is an electric bike. However, with a wheelbase of 1126 mm the bike is quite compact especially compared to traditional long tail cargo bikes like the Xtracycle RFA which has a wheelbase of 1265 mm. The combination of the large 750W hub motor and 48V Samsung battery mean the Troxus Lynx weighs in at a hefty 77 lbs which means getting the bike in and out of public transit can be difficult. Otherwise, the bike is rated for up to 350lb weight limit with a highly adjustable seat post and handlebars to accommodate different rider heights.
To live up to the Lynx cat namesake, the bike has an aggressive appearance with all black wheels, rack, seatpost and handlebars. The 4” wide fat tires allow the Troxus Lynx to easily be ridden on unpaved roads. Full front and rear metal fenders protect riders from water spray or dirt and give the bike an off-road look. A front suspension fork further enforces the mountain bike look and adds 100mm travel to dampen out rough roads. It’s a nice feature that makes the bike more comfortable to ride and handle better. To make it easier to carry gear or cargo there is a metal rear rack with an attractive wood top. With various cross bars it’s perfect for attaching bike panniers like the North St. Bags Micro Commuter or bungee cording on backpacks.
To motivate the Troxus Lynx there is a powerful Bafang 750W hub motor that sits inside the rear wheel. The motor provides an impressive 80 Nm torque and can take the bike up to 28mph. A large 960Wh capacity battery using Lithium-ion Samsung cells sits inside the downtube and gives the bike a 30-62 range. The Troxus Lynx is classified as a class 3 bike as it offers five pedal assist modes with a max speed of 28 mph as well as a throttle that can take the bike up to 20 mph without the need to pedal. The battery can be removed from the frame using the provided keys or left on the bike and charged using the port on the left side of the bottom bracket.
Unlike more expensive bikes like the Xtracycle RFA which use torque sensors to feather in the power based on how hard you pedaling, the Troxus Lynx uses a simple cadence sensor that provides the maximum power for each pedal assist mode. This is a less desirable setup as you’ll often find yourself “ghost pedaling” as the power assist can accelerate the bike to a faster speed than you can pedal. To help avoid this, there are five different pedal assist modes from 9.5 mph all the way up to the maximum 28 mph speed. Pressing the up and down buttons easily switches between the modes and displays the numeric pedal assist mode level. Leaving the bike in the first pedal assist mode provides the maximum range while the level five assist mode cuts the range in half.
An additional throttle next to the left grips lets you operate the Troxus Lynx without pedaling. This can be used in conjunction with the pedal assist modes to accelerate from stop lights or provide a burst of speed. Maximum speed with the throttle is limited to 20 mph and has smooth acceleration. While the spring loaded throttle is easy to operate, we found it difficult to hold a steady intermediate speed such as 10 mph with the throttle as the motor can cut in and out. The bike even features a walk assist mode that can be accessed by pushing the down button until the walk icon is shown and holding the button down. This kicks in the motors to move the bike at approximately 2.5 mph to make it easier to park the bike or walk with it.
Controlling or monitoring the motor or battery status is done with the large 4” L401 LCD display mounted onto the center of the handlebars. It’s a large and bright display that shows a large speed gauge with auxiliary data around it. The display is controlled through a rubber coated five button controller with up and down arrows to change the active pedal assist mode. There is a dedicated power button that can be held to power the system on and off as well as a light button. The light button turns on the front and rear lights and displays a high beam icon on the display. Pressing the info button toggles the data display between trip, range and odometer. It’s a simple yet effective design that lets you quickly see your speed and battery status.
The Troxus Lynx uses a mix of name brand components and in-house parts to complete the bike. For the critical parts like the battery and drivetrain uses name brand parts which ensures part replacements or repairs can easily be done. The Lynx uses a 7-speed Shimano Atlus drivetrain with a 7-speed 14-28T rear cassette and a single 46T front crank. It’s an effective and simple setup that provides enough gear ratios to climb hills or ride fast on flat terrain. The shifter uses a dual lever design with a simple gear indicator that lets you quickly see what gear you are currently in. Surprisingly, the Troxus Lynx uses mechanical Tektro M280 disc brakes with 160mm rotors instead of hydraulic brakes to help bring the bike to a stop. Even with the cable actuated design, the brakes are smooth and easy to modulate.
The other parts such as the handlebars, seat and rack appear to be non-branded or in-house Troxus parts. That’s not surprising given the relatively affordable price point of the bike as it helps keep the cost of the bike down. The seat is a wide padded design with a built in rear handle that makes it easy to lift the bike. Up front you’ll find the Uding Suspension Fork w/ 100mm travel which even includes a manual lockout. The lockout is convenient if you want to lock the suspension in place when riding on smoother roads. Troxus also includes wired in front and rear lights with the headlight mounted on the fork. The headlight also has a beam cutoff and decent output for riding in urban conditions. A rack mounted taillight with integrated reflectors ensures people behind you see you and even automatically activates when the brake levers are pressed.
ON THE ROAD
Despite the 77lb weight of the bike, the Troxus Lynx feels responsive and nimble thanks to the power assist. Like the Lynx cat it’s named for, it’s easy to weave the Troxus Lynx through narrow bike lanes and accelerate out of corners or stop lights. The upright riding position, ergonomic grips and 20” tires make it easy to control the bike even at higher speeds. Even at 6’ 1” with long legs, we were able to max-out the seatpost and adjust the handlebar angle to find a comfortable position. While the compact commuter-style geometry is nearly as efficient to ride as true endurance bikes like the Trek Domane+ AL5, the Lynx is easy to pedal with or take on longer rides.
The Troxus Lynx’s simple 7-speed setup is surprisingly effective and has enough gear range to allow for high speed flat riding or hills. Even the mechanical disc brakes have smooth modulation and can bring the bike to a quick stop. We also found the large 4” LCD display to be well designed with sharp graphics and strong back-lighting. It’s easy to quickly check the current speed and pedal assist mode as the numbers are large and placed directly in the center of the handlebars directly in your field of view. It’s a nice modern display that even displays whether the light is active and has a great user interface compared to Shimano displays found on bikes like the Xtracycle RFA.
We were particularly impressed with the power of the Bafang 750W hub motor. Whether you use the throttle or five levels of pedal assist, the Lynx takes off quickly and can ride up steep hills easily. The downside of the cadence sensor approach is that we often found ourselves “ghost pedaling” as full-power is applied at each power-assist level and can leave you spinning trying to catch up. The hub motor is also quite loud which means the Lynx lives up to the “acoustic bike” term many people call e-bikes as you can hear the motor. With its throttle, you can also skip pedaling entirely but we found it difficult to hold a consistent speeds at partial throttle and instead used it for short speed bursts or to hold the maximum 20 mph throttle speed.
Overall, we found the Troxus Lynx to be fun to ride and versatile. With its powerful hub motor, the Lynx can accelerate from lights or tackle hills with ease. It’s easy to use the five power assist modes or throttle to offset the higher weight of the bike and get the most out of the 60+ mile range. The compact geometry and step-through frame design make the bike accessible for nearly any type of rider and make the bike responsive to ride. If we could change anything on the bike it would be to add more color options and use a torque-sensor instead of the cadence sensor for smoother power assist. That said, if you’re looking for a fun and powerful commuter bike the Troxus Lynx is a great option.
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