Himiway Rambler Review: A Deep Dive into Its Basic, Upgraded, and Premium Models

The Himiway Rambler is a fully outfitted city/commuter-style ebike that comes in three versions, the Basic, Upgraded, and Premium, to fit a variety of budgets. While it features a single frame that is focused on comfort, components vary between the three versions. The Basic version, at the time of publishing, is being sold for only $1,099, Upgraded for $1,499 and the Premium version is currently selling for $2,199. Below, we will review the characteristics of the Himiway Rambler and discuss the differences between the three price points.

Himiway Rambler Video Review

Which Level of the Himiway Rambler Should I Get?

We will discuss details throughout the article, but here is a quick reference table showing the differences in the various versions of the Himiway Rambler.

Himiway Rambler Basic vs Upgraded vs Premium

FeatureHimiway Rambler BasicHimiway Rambler UpgradedHimiway Rambler Premium
Motor Power500W Hub Motor500W Hub Motor500W Mid-Drive Motor
Torque62 Nm 62 Nm120 Nm
Gearing7-speed, Shimano-14-28T 9-speed Shimano 13-32T 9-speed Shimano 13-32T
BrakesMechanical disc brakesHydraulic disc brakesHydraulic disc brakes
SuspensionHydraulic Coil Front ForkHydraulic Coil Front ForkAir Suspension Front Fork

City/Commuter Frame Design for the Himiway Rambler

Himiway Rambler in Pearl White

City commuting meets style in the frame design of the Himiway Rambler. The frame is the same for all three versions of the Rambler. The swept-back handlebars are designed for a relaxed and upright riding position. The Rambler features a step-through frame with a standover height of 19.2″. It is recommended for riders between 5’2″ and 6’4″. This one-size-fits-most frame may leave riders in a less-than-ideal riding position on either end of the height spectrum. Weight is a reasonable 61 lbs and the Rambler sports a max weight capacity of 330 lbs.

You have your choice of three colors: Ocean Blue, Himi Grey, and Pearl White.

Battery and Motor

Discover the power behind the Himiway Rambler as we delve into its electrical components. All three versions of the ebike have the same 48V, 15Ah Samsung/LG battery, which provides a total of 720 watt-hours. Himiway estimates a range of up to 55 miles, which is a reasonable expectation in lower pedal assist levels. We love seeing the Samsung/LG branding, as it instills confidence in the Rambler’s quality and longevity.

The Basic and Upgraded versions of the Himiway Rambler feature 500-watt hub drive motors. These are common, especially at the sub $2,000 price. The Premium version has a 500-watt Bafang mid-drive motor, which will provide a more natural pedaling experience thanks to its torque sensor. And this isn’t any old mid-drive motor, it’s an M600 that provides 500 watts of power and 120Nm of torque.

While the battery seems modest for the hub drive versions of the bike, it is quite robust for the mid-drive due to the increased efficiency of the mid-drive motor. In addition, many mid-drives opt for 36-volt systems compared to the 48-volt system that the Rambler Premium uses. So if you’re looking for a more powerful mid-drive bike, the Rambler might be it.

Throttles, a common feature in hub drive ebikes, are not always guaranteed in mid-drive models. However, the Himiway Rambler integrates a throttle for added convenience, and it is included in all three versions. However, be mindful of the additional strain on the drivetrain on the Premium Rambler. Avoid using the throttle from a start in high gears.

The Premium version also has a leg up compared to the Basic Rambler as it uses a torque sensor compared to the cadence sensor. A torque sensor will add to the natural pedaling experience and help prevent “ghost pedaling”. All three versions have 5 levels of pedal assist to choose from.


Bafang Color Display: Rambler Premium

The display is a Bafang LCD, matching the motor. It features the typical options of battery percentage, speed, odometer, and more. We found the display to be difficult to see in direct sunlight. It is a bit smaller than average, allowing more space on the handlebars for other accessories. One unique feature you can turn on is “vibration,” which puts a small vibration through the handlebars whenever you operate a control button. This lets you keep your eyes on the road while making adjustments to your pedal assist level.

Rambler Components

All three versions of the Himiway Rambler have the same tires: 27.5″ x 2.4″ Innova tires. The Basic and Upgraded versions have a hydraulic coil front fork, while the Premium version offers increased adjustment options with its air suspension front fork. This allows riders to tune their suspension to match their weight and riding terrain by using a shock pump. Generally air suspension forks are not commonplace even as you enter the low $2000 price range.

The Basic version features Tektro mechanical brakes, while the Upgraded and Premium versions have Tektro hydraulic brakes for easier and better stopping power. This upgrade alone is a solid reason to choose the Upgraded version if possible. All the versions of the Rambler feature 180 mm rotors and a motor cut-off switch for safety. That means the motor stops adding power as soon as the brakes are applied.

A 7-speed Shimano drivetrain and 14-28T chainring are featured on the Basic version, while the other two ebikes come with a 9-speed Shimano drivetrain and 13-32T chainring. The additional gears provide optimal pedaling inputs across varying terrain. Front chainring on the Premium is 38 teeth.

Each ebike version includes a thumb throttle, rear rack, and fenders. There is an integrated brake light and 48V 500 lumen headlight.

Customer Support

Often overlooked, but a crucial component is customer support. As Himiway is a Chinese-based company, some consumers may understandably be concerned about the support quality. Knowing that Himiway has a longstanding presence in the ebike market is reassuring. We have not had issues with their customer support, but we always welcome other customers’ stories. Please share your experience in the comments below.

Concluding Thoughts

In conclusion, if you’re in search of an enhanced pedaling experience without the hefty price tag often associated with mid-drive e-bikes, the Himiway Rambler Premium deserves a closer look. The Upgraded and Basic versions are great to consider as an affordable commuter ebike. Multiple model options ensure a Rambler for everyone.

See more of our Himiway reviews here, including the dual battery option, the cargo ebike, and a well-priced fat tire ebike, the Zebra.

Himiway Rambler Review
Electronics (battery, motor, display)
Components (shifter, derailleur, fork, brakes)
Himiway rambler pros
Various Price Points
Options include a torque sensor
Options include a powerful mid-drive motor with a throttle
Comfortable riding position
Fenders, rear rack, and lights included
Step-through frame
Air suspension fork on Premium model
himiway rambler cons
Lower-end components on the basic model
No US-based support
Only a single frame size is available
Premium Bafang display difficult to see in sunlight