Hilleater Galiano Phaserunner SE 52V
Hilleater Galiano Phaserunner SE
Posted by Cliff L Ainsworth on 2021 Aug 22nd
Hilleater Galiano Phaserunner SE
Purchased date: July 27, 2021
Review date: August 19, 2021
First (1,000km) Impressions:
I am very fortunate to be located Victoria, BC and was able to take a ferry to neighboring Salt Spring Island for a test ride of the Hilleater Galiano Phaserunner SE. I had few concerns as I have dealt with David over the past several years and his vision for a ‘great bike’ comes from years of biking experience and his close relationship with Grin Technologies (ebikes.ca) in Vancouver, a company dedicated to the ‘best’ in ebike technology and ebike kits. A quick ride confirmed what I was hoping: outstanding performance, outstanding components, and confirmation that this bike would suit my shorter frame of 5’ 5”. The biggest ‘stand out’ of the test ride was not just the phenomenal power and the smooth-quiet acceleration but it’s stopping ability. At first, I thought it was just the ‘great brakes’ (which they are), only to learn that I was experiencing ‘regenerative’ braking- just lightly pull the brake lever to experience this… and then there is even more ‘regenerative’ brake power if you operate the throttle while braking.
This Special Edition (SE) has all the best ‘Grin’ products, the Cycle Analyst 3.14 (CA), the Phaserunner L10 (V3) controller, and the Grin upgraded MAC motor, the GMAC hub motor. I had read most of the documents on the Grin website and viewed most of their videos, so I was convinced about the technology before I even rode the bike. The bikes power can be ‘dialed’ up from the auxiliary handlebar potentiometer, (100-1,500 watts), the bottom bracket torque sensor is responsive and can be ‘multiplied’ (0-6x) from the handlebar rocker switch. David configured the performance of the bike so you can select either a ‘Power’ or a ‘Legal’ profile from the CA display. I have since learned how to update the CA’s program from my laptop (or from the display) and I added a 3rd profile (Economy) that dials back the power to conserve battery and range when needed.
With just over 1,000 kms logged in 28 days since I purchased the SE, I have learned how to use the many display screens to maximize my riding and range experience. My longest ride of 75 km had 30% spare battery (47.0 v) with my estimated total range of just over 90 km (leaving 15%, 44.5 v) This range could have been even more if I was not as heavy on the throttle during these initial rides. I try to work a little harder on daily rides (Level 2, max power dialed to 750 W & minimal thumb throttle), I average 6.5 km/Wh even after conquering the hills of Royal Roads University to get onto the galloping Goose Trail. The range for this 780 Wh battery (down to 15% capacity) would be 102 km [(780Wh/6.5km/Wh) x 85%)].
The SE’s specification and list of components is first rate. The Schwalbe 27.5” x 2.4” wide tires perform well on payment and gravel trails. Watch some of the Grin videos of their products.
The only item that could be improved is the kickstand; David has some limitations as to what will fit the bike. I will continue to look for an updated product.
Cliff Ainsworth, Victoria, BC
Posted by Tony on 2021 Aug 15th
I now have over 1100kms on my hilleater se and love it. Fast, comfortable and absolutely a blast to ride. Highly recommend this bike
Posted by Tony on 2021 Mar 21st
I bought the 52SE version in Jan 2021. Have approx 100km on it. Wpg streets still full of gravel. This bike flies is fast. The regen braking works very well. Very well made and quiet to ride. Easy to pedal without any assist. David quickly responses to any questions. Glad I ordered early
Hilleater bikes carry a two year warranty against manufacturing defects. The warranty covers parts only, and does not include wear parts such as tires, brake pads, chain etc, except where they fail due to a defect, not as a result of wear.
The battery is guaranteed to have a minimum of 70% of original capacity after two years.
Introducing the 52V Galiano Phaserunner SE
These bikes are custom made to order, and take up to three weeks depending on demand. Please note that we are not shipping bikes to the USA at this time.
Blue, red, and yellow are the available colors.
The Galiano PhaseRunner SE features a 780 watt hour 52V battery, and a 30 amp Phaserunner controller for 1500 watts of peak hill climbing. You get 107 Nm of torque off the line for quick starts, and for those all day rides, there is a handlebar dial that lets you choose a watt limit, basically any number you like from less than 100 up to 1500 watts. The included Grin CycleAnalyst dashboard is customizable, and lets you geek out on figures like watt hours per km, percentage of regen, and human watt hours.
This bike gives you the advantage of having open source electrics that can be updated as new advancements in motor, battery, or control tech become available. You are not at the mercy with one brand like you are with a Bosch or Shimano based bike. You can also easily change speed or power limits as you see fit. (You must follow applicable laws in your province when riding on public roads.)
The 52V Galiano Phaserunner edition has a full suite of Grin Tech electronics. If you have not heard of Grin, you are in for a treat! Based in Vancouver BC, they are a world leading manufacturer of premium, open source compatible ebike conversion hardware and software.
The 52V Galiano Phaserunner edition has the following changes from the regular Galiano:
- Grin GMAC geared motor with variable regen braking. (See this article explaining this revolutionary development in ebike motors here)
- Grin Phaserunner advanced motor controller capable of up to 35A
- Grin Cycle Analyst V3 display. The standard for e-bike displays, allows custom tuning and customization for advanced users.
- Optional mountain bike style low rise handlebar and stem for a more aggressive riding stance.
- Headlight changed out for the SPL-01 20 watt shaped beam LED light. Has super bright 1900 lumen high beam. 600 lumen low beam and automatic daytime running light. Handlebar button to turn on and select high or low beam.
What makes this bike using a Grin Technologies drive train so great? It's Cutting edge, Canadian designed, open source, and upgradeable!
Say next year a great new torque sensor comes out with much better response? Chances are it can be installed on this bike. Grin is also always adding new and better software for the Cycle Analyst and Phaserunner that can be installed with a USB to serial cable and PC. Recently they added a GPS data logger that can be added to the Galiano Phaserunner SE.
This bike will accommodate batteries from 36 to 72V!
We now have a rep in the Lower Mainland. JT has a 52V Galiano Phaserunner SE available for demos. Contact him directly at 604-603-4206 or email@example.com to set up a viewing.
Available in blue and yellow.
More details to follow, please stay tuned.
Frame size 19"
Suggested rider height 5'5" to 6'
Step over 28 7/8"
Overall length 73 5/8"
Wheelbase 44 1/2"
Weight 63 lb, 50 lb with battery removed.
Seat height 34 5/8"-42 1/2"
Wheel size 27.5" (650B)
Tires Schwalbe Super Moto X 2.4" X 27.5"
Derailleur Shimano Deore M6000 with clutch, 10 speed
Brakes Magura MT4N-e hydraulic with motor cutoff switch, 180mm rotors front & rear
It all starts with the battery:
We use the popular Reention removable downtube battery system, then we add premium Samsung 30Q 15 Amp battery cells. With 5 in parallel the cells are capable of delivering 75 amps, while we only draw 30 amps maximum, ensuring that the cells will stay cool, deliver great power with minimal voltage sag, and have a long life. The battery now features a high current 3 pin charge port with gold plated connectors, capable of 6 amps charge current.
The supplied charger is a quality ETL approved 2 amp XVE brand, and is fully automatic, giving a full charge in about 3-6 hours, depending on the depth of discharge.
The optional Grin Satiator charger is programmed for an 85 or 100% charge, and the option of charging at 6 amps if you are in a hurry. The 85% charge profile will extend the life of the battery significantly if you do not need the full capacity day to day.
The Pedal Assist System
We use a quality bottom bracket torque sensor. It measures spindle bend from the force on the cranks and also reads the pedaling cadence at 24 pulses per revolution, twice that of most BB torque sensors. The resulting signal is combined in the operating system, and your pedal effort is amplified in the motor.
We also provide a thumb throttle for those times when you need a little extra boost to get moving from a standstill. The throttle also controls the amount of regen braking, and while this may seem counter intuitive, it practice it works well.
The Galiano PhaserRunner SE comes ready to ride, just rotate and tighten the handlebar, attach the pedals, and install the battery.
We use name brand accessories like:
- PC Plastics fenders
- Super bright SPL-01 shaped beam LED headlight runs off main battery pack. Has high and low beam, and daytime running light
- Spanninga LED rear light runs off main battery pack.
- New! 2.4" Schwalbe Super Moto X puncture resistant tires.
- KMC rust resistant chain
- Suntour XCM front suspension fork
- Large heavy duty rear rack with complementary bungies
- Axa European style wheel lock