I like bike riding for exercise and fun. I have began riding much more off-road where a fat-tire full-suspension bike is really needed. I started shopping for one and ended up with this Rurui XT10. It was on sale through Amazon for $1899 with a $300 coupon making the price $1599. Given all the features this bike has, that seems like a good price for what you get. I call this my Cheat-O-Cycle since the electric power on a bike is sort of cheating.
The bike came shipped in one box.
It took me about 30 minutes to complete the assembly. It was pretty intuitive which is good given there was no documentation, manuals, or instructions at all. I later emailed Rurui and got the manual for the display. I also found out later that one of the videos in the Amazon listing is an assembly video.
The bike feels very solid and inspires confidence. The hydraulic disc brakes are fantastic. This is my first disc brake bike and this has been a huge upgrade. The improvement is comparable with the difference between my 1968 Ford Mustang with 4-wheel no-assist drum brakes and my 2006 Porsche Cayman S. The rear suspension is a bit too soft for me when you are off-road in rough terrain at speed. The front can be adjusted so I set the preload to the maximum, and the damping about half which works well. I plan to upgrade the rear shock soon. The headlight as great, although I have not ridden much at all in the dark. I wish they would have included a wired taillight as well. They included a battery powered taillight but that is a bit inconvenient. The controller does have outputs for brake and tail lights and I may add that in the future. I really like the clamp-on grips as they feel great and stay put. All my previous bikes had slip-on grips and they were always moving around. The seat is really great too. This is the best bike seat I have ever had, by far. The shifter is great. Button click upshifts, and you can downshift multiple gears at once.
I wanted electric assist as a heavy, fat-tire- full-suspension bike like this takes more pedal power to ride. The electric assist is fantastic to help with that. I pedal pretty much all the time and let the electric power assist. I still get plenty of exercise but my range is at least triple what I would have without electric assist, probably even more. So far my longest ride has been 30 miles and that used about half the battery. Only having 7 speeds means you don't have the lower gears you would with a mountain bike that has a front derailleur. The electric assist fills most of this gap but in very tight technical bits, I do miss the lower gears. The electric assist does not work as well at speeds below about 5mph. I have considered changing the gear set to have a lower first gear to help with low speed riding. You tend to ride much faster off-road than you would without electric assist. I found myself going up loamy grades at over 15mph where I would be going more like 5mph without electric assist. I also noticed my rides work my arms much more than before because I am riding much faster off-road.
Fat tires make a huge difference in soft loamy conditions. My other mountain bike has 2.2" tires and they just sink in and you stop. The 4" wide fat tires float over most of that. You also retain steering control much better in soft conditions. It enables riding in places I just would not with narrow tires.
I had some strange issues with the display. It would only read speed when the motor was engaged, and even then it was way off, only reading about one third actual speed. I emailed them back and forth for a while until finally fixing one of the parameters. The display has settings you can change in a programming mode. My parameter P07 was somehow set to 255 when it should have been 1. I have heard others having parameters being off on bikes like this. If you get one, and you have issues, check these settings. My speedometer now works correctly. You can also calibrate it to ensure accurate speed. They have a wheel size setting as well as a fine tuning speed adjustment.
The color display is very hard to read in the sunlight, especially when wearing sunglasses. It is very important to make sure your sunglasses are not polarized! Even with non-polarized sunglasses, and on the brightest display setting, it is very hard to read.
The rear shock is not properly mounted to allow for proper rotation in the joints. I noticed creaking when riding. When I removed one end of the mounting, I found the other end to be clamped very tight.
My first off-road ride was great, but I did have issues with how low the crank is to the ground, especially when the suspension is compressed over bumps. My pedals took a beating. I adjusted the front preload to the maximum and that helped. The rear could really use a preload adjustment, and a longer shock. See the "upgrades" section below.
When riding fast over very bumpy terrain the chain sometimes comes off. This is a common problem with mountain bikes when you ride them aggressively off-road. See "upgrades" section below. Mountain bikes with a front derailleur don't tend to have as much of a problem with this as the derailleur guides the chain back on the sprocket.