Vanpowers UrbanGlide Ultra Commuter Ebike Review: My First eBike for Commuting

In a world where urban mobility demands both efficiency and sustainability, the search for the ideal commuting companion has never been more critical. Enter the Vanpowers UrbanGlide Ultra Commuter Ebike, a promising contender in the realm of electric bicycles. To provide you with an authentic and comprehensive assessment, I recently embarked on a 22.5 km (14-mile) journey, spanning from Shenzhen’s Nanshan district to the bustling Longgang district. Over the course of one and a half hours, I put this ebike to the test, examining its performance, comfort, and connectivity.

In this review, I’ll recount my real-world experience with the Vanpowers UrbanGlide Ebike, uncovering whether it truly lives up to its reputation as the perfect blend of comfort and connectivity. So, fasten your seatbelts (or rather, adjust your handlebars and saddle), as we dive into the heart of this e-bike journey to discover if it’s the urban commuting solution you’ve been searching for.

Vanpowers UrbanGlide Ultra Commuter Ebike Review

Table of Contents


Frame SizeS/L
Weight70.55 lbs./32 kg
MotorBafang® M600 48V/500W Mid Drive Motor
SensorTorque Sensor
Range65-70 miles
Rear DerailleurMicroshift® RD-M26L
BrakeTektro® HD-E350 Hydraulic
Disc Brake, 180mm Rotors
StemZoom® Adjustable Stem,
90mm, 0-90 degree
Seat PostZoom® Suspension Seat
Post, 30mm Travel, with Quick
Release Clamp

Riding Experience


The 14-mile journey from Nanshan to Longgang was a true test of the Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Ultra’s capabilities. Along the way, I encountered a mix of challenges, including steep inclines and navigating through bustling city streets. These were situations where my traditional bike would often demand a significant amount of effort. However, on this ebike, I experienced a remarkable difference. The torque from the Bafang® M600 motor kicked in seamlessly as I tackled the uphill sections, effortlessly assisting me in conquering those steep inclines. It was a game-changer. I found myself comfortably cruising up hills that used to be a strenuous workout. The UrbanGlide-Ultra’s support not only made the journey more manageable but also allowed me to maintain a consistent pace throughout the ride, and that’s where the true magic of this e-bike lies.


The Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Ultra doesn’t stop at just its powerful motor; it also boasts an impressive 9-speed Microshift® RD-M26L rear derailleur, which further enhances its speed and versatility. This component allows for precise control over the bike’s gearing, ensuring that I could easily tailor my speed to match the varying terrain and my desired pace. Whether I needed to accelerate on the flats or smoothly transition through gears while tackling hills, the UrbanGlide-Ultra’s derailleur responded with precision and reliability. The result was not only a faster overall commute but also the ability to effortlessly adapt to changing conditions. Thanks to the combination of the powerful mid-drive motor and the responsive derailleur, my commute was not just quicker, but it also provided a level of control and convenience that I hadn’t experienced before. Riding this e-bike allowed me to shave off about half an hour from my previous travel time, making it a true time-saving marvel in urban commuting.


Living in Shenzhen, particularly in the bustling district of Bantian, has its own set of challenges, and one of the most significant is navigating the chaotic traffic. The streets are often filled with pedestrians, cars, and bikes, all vying for space. In such a frenetic environment, having reliable brakes becomes an absolute necessity. Fortunately, the Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Ultra comes equipped with Tektro® HD-E350 Hydraulic Disc Brakes featuring 180mm rotors. These brakes proved to be a lifesaver during my commute.

Whether I was sharing the road with pedestrians or trying to navigate through congested traffic, the responsive hydraulic disc brakes gave me the confidence I needed to stop quickly and safely when necessary. This not only helped me avoid potential accidents but also allowed me to ride through the chaos with a sense of control and security. In a place where space on the road is often a luxury, these brakes were a valuable asset, ensuring that my ride remained not only efficient but also safe in the midst of the bustling streets of Bantian.


Indeed, a 14-mile ride can be quite the journey, and the importance of a comfortable seat cannot be overstated. The Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Ultra ebike understands this need and is thoughtfully equipped with a Zoom® Suspension Seat Post, accompanied by a Quick Release Clamp for effortless adjustment. As I embarked on my journey from Nanshan to Longgang, the comfort of the seat became increasingly apparent.

The Zoom® Suspension Seat Post offered an essential layer of cushioning and shock absorption, making the ride noticeably smoother, especially when encountering uneven road surfaces or unexpected bumps. The ability to quickly and easily adjust the seat’s height with the Quick Release Clamp allowed me to find the perfect seating position, ensuring that I remained comfortable throughout the entire journey.

On long rides like this, comfort is not just a luxury; it’s a necessity. I can confidently say that the Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Ultra ebike’s comfortable seating played a significant role in making my 14-mile ride not only manageable but enjoyable, allowing me to arrive at my destination feeling refreshed and ready for whatever the day had in store.

Pros & Cons


  • Less Effort to Ride
  • Help Ride Fast
  • Good Brake to Stop Accident
  • Comfortable Ride


  • Too Heavy
  • Too Big for Female or Who is not that Tall


After embarking on a 14-mile journey from Shenzhen’s Nanshan to Longgang district, it’s clear that the Vanpowers UrbanGlide Ultra ebike is more than just a mode of transportation; it’s a game-changer for urban commuting. This e-bike effortlessly blends comfort, speed, connectivity, and safety, making it an ideal companion for navigating the bustling streets of Shenzhen, particularly in areas like Bantian, where traffic congestion is a daily challenge.

In sum, the Vanpowers UrbanGlide-Ultra ebike is a transformative solution for urban commuters seeking a reliable, efficient, and enjoyable way to traverse the city. Whether you’re looking to save time, reduce the hassle of crowded streets, or simply elevate your daily commute, this e-bike proves itself as the perfect blend of comfort and connectivity, promising a brighter and more efficient future for urban mobility in Shenzhen and beyond.

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