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We started with the Wave Arcade CT90 surfmobile, but in all honesty, that project was more of a novelty than something that could reliably get you to and from the surf.
And the handful of times where it broke down and needed a haul (dismantled in the back of a Jetta, pushed way farther than anyone would like to push it, or shoved into the back of an SUV), it was clear that Wave Arcade needed a new 2-wheel surf mobile.
What better option than an e-bike? It’s environmentally friendly, it allows you to save your energy for the surf, and they’re really fun to ride. Pick the right model and you can outfit it just like the old CT90 workhorse.
Additionally, when mounting the brackets and the bracket for the u-lock, it can give you a better mount and help protect the paint on the frame if you wrap the tube first. We found gas pipe thread tape to be an easy and inexpensive option.
The Super73 S1 stood out as a worthy e-bike for some surfmobile mods for a few reasons:
Built in rear rack.
Headlight for heading to dawn patrol or heading back from an evening surf.
Big tires to help make sand, gravel, and dirt a bit easier to navigate.
Classic styling that makes you feel like your riding an old-school moped.
There are certainly better ebikes out there, but for our purposes the Super73-S1 is a good candidate at a reasonable price.
25 mile + ranges at 20 mph if you use the throttle only and up to 35 mile+ using the ECO pedal assist.
Top speed of ~20 to 26 mph.
Internal hub motor with 1,000 watt peak power.
30″ seat height.
20″ x 4.25″ all-terrain tires.
Hydraulic disc brakes.
Overall weight of 70 pounds with a weight capacity of 275 lbs.
Battery charge plugs right into your standard wall outlet.
Security for your e-bike should be top of mind. When you’re in the water with your ebike likely out of sight, you’ll want to feel pretty confident that it’s safe.
A U-lock is one of the most secure ways to lock any bike, and ebikes are no exception.
We went with this one from Abus, which includes a mounting bracket to attach to the frame.
We found this bracket to be pretty loose and wobbly on its own, but we were able to fix that by wrapping some extra pipe thread tape around the frame first. This allows you to tighten the clamp down all the way so it won’t jiggle or slide.
The first place we tried to mount it was on the rear frame behind the bag, but found this to be a little less than ideal.
Next, we loosened the seat on the S1 and slid it back an inch or so. This allows you to mount the U-lock holder between the seat and the battery, and it stills gives you enough clearance to take the battery off and on.
This position felt the most secure and out of the way.
When you lock up the bike, make sure to set the U-lock tight against the mounting object and the frame to prevent leverage attacks.
Finally, we use bungee cords to secure the surfboard in the racks and our towels on the rear rack. Carrying two towels is always convenient – one to stand on and one to deck change with.
We like the flat bungee cords with plastic hooks. These won’t damage the paint or, more importantly, the surfboard.
The boxy, open frame and the built in cargo rack give you plenty of mounting points for your bungee rope. It’s extremely easy to secure your gear to this bike.
Reviewing the Super73-S1 as a Surf Bike
After just the first surf with the S1, it was clear that it was a worthy surfmobile.
I took the 9’5″ longboard to put the bike to the test on its first go.
While the weight of the board wanted to tip the bike when it was standing still, once I got on it, it was no problem.
With the surf rack mounted under the rear rack, even the longboard had plenty of clearance and stability.
The surf spot I picked for the first go was about 2.5 miles from my house. The route there and back took me up a handful of hills with most of the steep ones on the way back.
I used a mix of throttle and the 3 pedal assist modes to test out the bikes full capabilities.
It handled the hills with ease at about 8 to 15 mph, depending on the grade and the mode I was using.
I did not break a sweat in either direction, and I made it make with plenty of battery left. I probably could have turned around and done the same route another time or two.
Considering the way the roads and bike paths are designed on this particular route, getting to and from the beach on the ebike took about the same amount of time as it takes me in a car.
The specs make this bike a good choice if you live within 2 to 10 miles from the beach. With those ranges, you should have no problem getting to the surf and getting back home without having to pedal under your own power.
The design, weight, and low seat height of the bike make it good for loading up with surf racks and carry even a heavy longboard.
You’re able to keep both feet on the ground and a hand on the board if needed when navigating over sand, gravel, or through gates.
It is fun to ride, and I expect it to be even more pleasing when the summer crowds arrive and I won’t have to circle around for a parking spot.
Super73-S1, or any e-bike really, is not a bad way to get to the beach.