Senada SABER Review

Senada SABER Review: The Only All-terrain E-bike I Need?

The Senada SABER is one of the few electric bikes that have stood the test of time and quality without any major upgrades. 

From our group rides, I had only heard good things about this beast. I owned one overrated ride, and anytime we had a SABER owner around, I was sure as death that I would be smoked out when it came to the speed and torque. 

I couldn’t take it any longer. I decided to place my Senada SABER order and see if this ride was worth its salt, or if its capability was exaggerated. 

After taking this all-terrain electric bike for multiple spins, I am now happy to introduce our full Senada SABER review. Cozy in as we delve deeper into it. 

The Ultimate Senada SABER 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. 

We have compiled the ultimate Senada SABER specifications in the table below: 

Tested Max Speed29.3 Miles per Hour
Tested Max Range43.8 Miles on Pure Electric Mode
Motor1000W Nominal Power
Battery48V 21Ah
Charging Time7 Hours
Braking 180MM Mechanical Disc
Torque95Nm
Tire Size26 X 4-inch
Weight78 lbs 
Weight Capacity330 lbs

Senada SABER Review: Getting Ready

Senada SABER Electric Bike
Credit: Jon Acuff

Senada SABER Unboxing 

To begin with, you might have seen some owners with “Senada SABER Pro.” Senada did away with the “Pro” name after some customers complained that the name was weird, and so the SABER is basically the SABER Pro you see around. Same specs, more upgraded features. 

Now, unboxing the SABER might get you questioning your strength because you may need some extra hand to safely unbox this step-over electric bike. While the e-bike weighs 78 lbs, the entire box weighs a whopping 97 lbs. 

As you unbox the SABER, you will notice that Senada ships it when it has been properly wrapped using a heavy styrofoam. 

The included parts and tools are also enclosed in different boxes, while the delicate parts such as the LCD Display are wrapped in a softer material to keep it scratch-free. 

Assembling

Like any other electric bike in their catalog, Senada ships the SABER when it’s already 90% pre-assembled. 

Since they provide tools such as a wrench and Allen Keys, assembling this e-bike to 100% won’t take you more than 30 minutes.

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 SABER 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 SABER Step-over electric bike for the first ride.  

While Senada sends out a user manual which is perfect for assembling and the bike’s features, you might find the instructions relatively harder to follow. We recommend that you download the user manual on their website instead. 

Our Full Senada SABER Review

Our Tested Top Speed

To test for the top speed, we took the SABER in ideal conditions. By ideal, we mean that we subjected it to a smooth tarmacked, and flat surface, on the Fastest Pure electric mode, with a full battery, and in a perfect motor condition. 

From our tests, we recorded 29.3 Miles per Hour as the maximum speed when riding using the Pure Electric mode, and based on a 198 lbs rider.

For downhill riding, the SABER swiftly hit 36 Miles per Hour before gradually getting back to 30 MPH. 

Our Tested Top Range 

While testing for the maximum range per single charge, we used 15 MPH Pure electric riding as the maximum speed and engaged the cruise control feature to maintain the speed at that. 

43.8 Miles was our maximum range before the battery ran out of juice. Surprisingly, the Senada HERALD had a somewhat similar maximum range, which means these are perfect alternatives in terms of range, with the difference being that the HERALD is a step-through electric bike. 

With the Pedal-Assist mode, 74.9 Miles was our maximum riding distance before the battery died. For this one, we used Pedal Assist Mode 3 (PAS 3), where the maximum riding speed is 18 MPH. 

Motor

The SABER electric bike comes with a 1000W toothed brushless hub nominal motor power. 

For the first batch, Senada used Bafang motors, but after numerous customer complaints about the torque being too much, they had to recall those. Currently, they use the XY motors which they have manufactured themselves. 

Producing a 95Nm torque, this is a high-torque 1500W peak output motor, but with a softer feel than the initial batch that featured Bafang motors. You can rely on it to propel you across the different tough terrains. 

Battery

As part of the upgrades, Senada opted to use more powerful batteries than we had in the initial offering. 

The new Senada SABER electric bikes come with 48V 21Ah batteries. For reference purposes, the initial batch came with 48V 15Ah batteries, which meant that the maximum range was also lower. (25 Miles for pure electric riding and 55 Miles for Pedal-Assisted riding). 

Since the battery is a pricy component, Senada offers a 1-year-warranty on the battery to give buyers the peace of mind that they aren’t getting a lemon. 

Tires

This fat tire electric bike comes with 26 X 4-inch air-filled tires, which means the ground clearance is also perfect. 

The shock absorption is ideal, and this means there is no cause for alarm when traversing different tough terrains. 

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 SABER Features

Senada SABER E-bike

Is the Senada SABER Portable? 

Weighing in at 78 lbs, including the battery,  saying that the Senada SABER all-terrain electric bike is portable would be an overstatement. 

The Senada SABER is heavy, and if you will have to carry it upstairs, it might be a challenge. If you have a fear of weightlifting, lifting this bike to keep it in your car trunk might also be a challenge. 

You can consider models such as the all-new Senada GLADIATOR for their foldability aspect.

Safety Features

Your safety and that of others matter big time, and thankfully Senada put that into their priorities. 

The Saber comes with 180MM Mechanical Disc brakes. While their stopping power is great, I would have preferred that they use the hydraulic type for their premium feel. 

For nighttime riders, the SABER comes with a 280-lumen headlight and a 30 30-lumen taillight which also acts as the brake light. As part of your customization journey, you can decide to opt for 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.

How is the Manufacturing?

Senada uses a premium aluminum alloy frame while creating the SABER. Just so you know, aluminum alloy frames are robust, yet lightweight, which is why this e-bike can comfortably haul 330 lbs worth of weight, while it weighs just 78 lbs. 

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

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

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. 

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

The rear rack is also robust enough, and you can enjoy carrying along 65 lbs worth of luggage, and this e-bike won’t break any sweat. 

On the front, the SABER comes with 4 robust bolts which might be confusing to you as you endeavor to know their functions. Well, these are ideal for fixing the front basket in its right place. 

My Senada SABER Riding Experience 

Senada SABER Review

While you have to use keys to turn on your electric bike, you don’t need to with the SABER. The provided keys are mostly functional for locking the battery in its compartment. 

Upon switching on the SABER and messing up with its different settings, I noticed that whenever you engage the Pedal Assist Mode, each setting has a top speed. 

Pedal Assist SettingMaximum Speed (MPH)
16.5 
212
318
426
530

While riding at full speed and testing the braking distance, I noticed that the mechanical disc brakes weren’t powerful for both discs. If you settle on the SABER, we recommend that you go for the hydraulic type for more enhanced stopping power. 

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. Since this isn’t a full-hydraulic suspension electric bike, the ride quality isn’t at par with the full-hydraulic types such as the all-new Senada VIPER

While crushing rough terrains, you will notice that the e-bike is super solid, and there are no wobbly wheels, provided they are adequately tightened. 

Since the tires are the knobby type, you can feel slight vibrations when you are riding on smooth tarmacked surfaces. 

However, since this is an all-terrain e-bike, it excels on logging roads, trails, and any other rough terrain you may think of. So much e-bike for that price if you ask me. 

Senada SABER Pros

  • This electric bike has one of the best build qualities 
  • The upgraded battery offers more range 
  • The feature and spec-to-price ratio are amazing
  • Great handling for all terrains 
  • The SABER has a powerful and torquey motor for an excellent riding experience. 

Cons

  • This e-bike is heavy
  • It could have featured the hydraulic braking type for epic stopping capabilities. 

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