Senada HERALD Review

Senada HERALD Review: The Best Budget Step-thru E-bike?

If you prefer Step-through electric bikes to Step-over ones and can’t compromise on the build quality, the upgraded Senada HERALD e-bike is right up your alley. 

But first things first…Senada scrapped the name “Senada HERALD Pro” as some customers found it weird. So, the new Senada HERALD batch is basically the same as the HERALD Pro. 

With that out of the way, we took this step-through e-bike for multiple spins and we hereby present our Senada HERALD Review. Cozy in as delve deeper. 

Senada HERALD Specs

Disclaimer: These specifications are based on our tests and may vary widely from what the manufacturer says. I weigh 198 lbs and depending on your weight, you may record a higher or lower top speed and range. 

Now, these are the Senada HERALD electric bike specifications: 

Tested Top Speed29.3 Miles per Hour
Tested Top Range43.7 Miles on Pure electric riding 
Motor1000W Nominal Power
Battery48V 21Ah
Braking 180MM Mechanical Disc
Charging Time7 Hours
Torque95 Nm
Tires26 X 4-Inch
Weight78 lbs 
Load Capacity330 lbs

Senada HERALD Review: Getting Ready

Unboxing

Senada HERALD Unboxing

As you can see from the box, the Senada HERALD is huge. And what if we spoil the party and tell you that the images don’t do this beast any justice? It’s bigger than you can expect. 

While the bike weighs 78 lbs including the battery, the whole package weighs 97 lbs, which means you might need some extra help to seamlessly unbox this beauty. 

Since some delivery staff might fail to take the needful care owing to the weight of this ride, Senada wraps it properly using styrofoam. For the delicate components such as the LCD Display, they use a softer wrapping material to keep it scratch-free. 

Assembling

Senada ships the HERALD while it’s already 90% pre-assembled, which means you can set it up to 100% in just 30 Minutes. 

Since they provide a wrench and Allen keys, the assembling time and work are also shortened. We recommend that you begin with fixing the front tire in its right place.

The pedals are properly marked with the L and R symbols to show which one fits the Left or Right, making it easy for you to join them fast. 

For the crank and pedal threads, we recommend that you align them properly to avoid cross-threading or mangling these components. After that, tighten all the bolts and you will have a fully-assembled Senada HERALD electric bike. 

There is a crucial hex bolt for you to tighten under the rubber grommet, which makes the handlebar properly tightened. Failing to tighten this one well might make the handlebars somewhat shaky. 

When you have properly assembled the e-bike, we recommend that you fully charge it and inflate the tires to the right pressure before you take your Senada HERALD Step-thru electric bike for the first ride. 

While Senada includes a user manual that can help you in the assembly work, we find it somewhat hard to follow the instructions. You can instead download the one on their user manuals page as it’s simpler to follow. 

Our Full Senada HERALD Review

Senada HERALD Review

Tested Top Speed

We test each electric ride on our database in ideal riding conditions. 

By ideal, I mean that the bike is properly serviced since it’s new, the battery is fully charged, the tires are inflated to the right PSI, and the riding surface is smoothly tarmacked. 

When testing the Senada HERALD in ideal conditions, we recorded 29.3 Miles per Hour on our speed GPS tracker as the maximum speed. 

When I took the e-bike downhill, the maximum speed was 35 MPH before it gradually went back to 30. There is not much difference between the HERALD and the Senada ROAMER folding electric bike in terms of top speed. 

Tested Top Range 

The more you floor the throttle on any electric ride, the lower the maximum riding distance per single charge you can expect to record. 

While testing for top range, we prefer going at a maximum speed of 15 MPH. We set it that way using the cruise control function on the Senada HERALD electric bike. 

While using the pure electric riding mode, 43.7 Miles was our tested top range. When we engaged the Pedal Assist Mode, 74.7 Miles was our maximum riding distance in ideal conditions before the battery ran out of juice. 

Motor

The HERALD comes with a rear 1000W nominal toothed brushless hub DC motor. This produces a peak power output of 1500W and 95Nm worth of torque. 

Crushing different tough terrains won’t be a problem, all thanks to this powerful XY motor. And just so you know, this motor is more torquey than what we have in the Senada’s Best Seller – Senada ARCHON Mountain Electric Bike.

Battery

The HERALD Senada electric bike comes with a 48V 21Ah 1008Wh battery, which explains why it achieves so much range even when getting ridden in the Pure electric riding mode. 

Only the all-new Senada OSPREY model comes closer with a 48V 20Ah battery, but the HERALD is still clearer with one more Ah. 

To show how much Senada stands with their product, they offer a 1 Year warranty for the battery, so you have no cause for alarm about the battery dying so soon on you after a few days of riding. 

You can expect the battery to last 800 charging cycles, which gives you the peace of mind that you are investing in an e-bike with a durable component. 

Tires

Sizeable air-filled tires are perfect for proper shock absorption and rider comfort and thankfully, the HERALD not only comes with massive 26-inch tires, but also fat ones measuring 4 inches in width. 

The grip and traction of these air-filled tires are perfect when you come across loose and slippery surfaces. Thanks to the adaptability of these functional tires, the frame is also safe from any ruggedness caused. 

Senada HERALD Features

Senada HERALD Review

Is the Senada HERALD Portable?

Weighing 78 lbs, the Senada HERALD electric bike is heavy. As such, only a few heavy adults with no fear of weightlifting can comfortably carry it upstairs. 

Another point to note is that this isn’t a folding electric bike, which makes portability a huge challenge. 

If you wish to own a lighter ride instead without breaking the bank, you can consider the all-new Senada GLADIATOR folding e-bike

Which Safety Features Does the HERALD Have? 

Your safety and that of others matter a lot, and thankfully, Senada does a vital job of necessitating it. 

For the braking, they use durable 180MM Mechanical disc brakes on both tires. The stopping power is excellent, but it would have been best if they considered the hydraulic type. 

If you endeavor to ride at night someday, Senada includes a bright 280-lumen headlight and a 30-lumen taillight which also acts as the brake light. While these are bright enough, they also take a toll on the battery health. As part of the customization journey, you might consider a rechargeable headlight + taillight

The brake levers are the anti-slip type, and they have a motor cut-off switch, which comes in handy to also keep you safer. 

To alert others to give way, this e-bike also features an ear-enticing horn, which we find to be a crucial feature to have. 

Manufacturing

Senada doesn’t refer to the HERALD electric bike as premium for no reason. No Ifs, Ands, or Buts, we can describe the build quality to have been like a tank. 

To begin with, Senada uses an aluminum alloy frame and as you know, aluminum is one of the most durable, yet lightweight parts for making frames. 

Aluminum has also been used to manufacture the kickstand, crankset, and reflective pedals to give the bike much-needed durability. 

The rear rack is also robust enough, and you can enjoy carrying along 65 lbs worth of luggage, without this e-bike breaking any sweat. 

How about the accelerator? Well, they use a half-twist throttle, which means the chances of accidental acceleration are properly minimized.

The front spoke is 14 Gauge 262 MM while the rear is 13 Gauge 207 MM, making it perfectly capable of transferring weight from the hub to the rim and vice versa. 

The gear shifter system is Shimano 7, which is adjustable and riders can tweak it to their preferred freewheel settings. 

The Prowheel 52T Crankset, as expected, seamlessly helps to move the chain anytime you switch to the Pedal-assist riding mode. 

My Senada HERALD Riding Experience 

While Senada ships out the HERALD with two keys, you surprisingly don’t need them for turning on this e-bike. The purpose of those is to lock the battery in its compartment and unlock it when need be (such as when you need to swap it). 

As you start riding this beast, you notice that its motor is too torquey and anytime you press the half-twist throttle, the HERALD just wants to go. The Justek saddle seat is the ergonomic type, and it’s comfy enough even when you ride the e-bike for more than 50 miles. 

You can adjust the front suspension fork when preloaded, and you will notice that its up to 110 mm worth of suspension travel adds so much to the overall ride quality. 

One of the issues I noticed while riding at full speed and having to brake instantly was that the stopping power was not as powerful for both discs. If you opt for this e-bike, I recommend that you switch these mechanical disc brakes to the hydraulic type, and your ride will be unbeatable. 

While this e-bike is perfect for city roads, it also excels offroad but is certainly not as great as a full-suspension electric bike such as the Senada VIPER would do. 

When I switched to the Pedal-Assist Riding Mode, I noticed that each setting had a top speed limit. 

For example, PAS 1 will get you to 12 MPH. If you want to unlock the full speed, you will have to switch to PAS 5. 

All in all, the Senada HERALD has a premium build quality. What is lacking is the premium hydraulic braking aspect, and this ride could be unbeatable even for over $2K. 

Senada HERALD Pros 

  • The build quality is excellent 
  • Since the HERALD is a step-through electric bike, it offers easy mounting and dismounting when compared to step-over bikes
  • The massive battery capacity is perfect for riders focused more on range than anything else
  • Since the HERALD is shipped when 90% pre-assembled, it’s easy and time-saving to assemble it to 100%
  • The torque is sufficient enough for riders to maneuver different terrain setups. 

Cons

  • Sudden stopping power would be more excellent if the HERALD featured the hydraulic braking type
  • This step-through electric bike is heavy. 

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