The XU700 is designed as an urban commuter with good ergonomics and attention to detail. It’s a non-geared electric bike with pretty good controls. Workmanship is solid enough, and torque is also good. Sadly, while it accelerates gamely at first, it turns gutless when you get closer to the top of its range. The bike is not balance as well as it might be in terms of weight distribution, either.

We also found the bike aesthetically somewhat lacking. Coasting isn’t the smoothest experience either. You could do worse than the XU700, but you could do better, too. We were kind of underwhelmed.