City bikes are known for their sleek lines and all-business components.
But Wing Bike’s frame designs add a stylistic twist, taking eclectic design elements that might seem odd on their own and bringing them together in a way that gives Wing eBikes an instantly recognizable identity.
To a certain taste, Wings Bikes are just cool, with just enough quirky attitude to reveal their edgy Big Apple heritage.
Meet the Wing Freedom S2, the lowest-priced eBike in Wing’s offering. And, yes, it’s cool.
The Freedom S2 is also relatively light at just 37 pounds, so it’s luggable if you need to bring your bike up the back steps. But it packs a heavy punch, boasting features you might expect to see only on pricier electric bikes.
Is the S2 the right bike for you? Here’s what you need to know about the Wing Freedom S2.
Wing Freedom S2 Overview
On sale, you can pick up Freedom S2 for under $1,000. With the 8.8ah battery, the current sale price comes in under $900. Now, you’re approaching the price of bargain bikes.
Wing Freedom S2 Highlights
Designed for affordability without compromise, the Wing Freedom S2 offers many of the best features from Wing Bike’s lineup but with a smaller price tag. That lower price point also comes with a more compact frame, allowing riders five feet and taller to enjoy the S2’s high-flying style.
The S2 brings better components than you’ll find on bargain brands. And you’ll find a plethora of accessory options, such as a rear rack, to make your ride uniquely yours.
- Disc brakes: Mechanical disc brakes with 180mm rotors bring the S2 to a speedy stop.
- 7-speed drivetrain: Less is often more when it comes to available gear combos for eBikes. Wing gets it right with just seven speeds to match nearly any terrain without the extra confusion (and weight). One 54T chainring up front matched to seven gear choices in back. Paired with five levels of pedal assist, the S2 is ready to take on that hill in your neighborhood you always avoid when riding your regular bike.
- Shimano drivetrain components: A Shimano Tourney rear derailleur helps ensure smooth shifts, and the battle-tested quick-shifting Shimano RapidFire shifter lets you select the right gear without drama.
- Puncture-resistant tires: Wing equips the Freedom S2 with 20×1.75-inch tires that resist punctures. eBike flats are a drag, but Wing’s got your back on this one.
- Integrated lights: Wing provides built-in lights (headlight and tail light) as part of the brand’s signature design.
- Reliable rear-hub electric motor: A 550W Bafang motor with 45Nm of torque powers the Freedom S2 up to 25 MPH with pedal assist.
- Three battery choices: The 8.8ah battery offers the lowest price combo and up to 35 miles of smiles. But you can also choose a 10.4ah removable battery that powers the S2 up to 45 miles of range or the high-capacity 14ah battery that can push the Freedom S2 up to 60 miles of battery life.
- Key fob-operated alarm: Lock your battery with a key and set the tamper alarm with the key fob. Would-be thieves are greeted with a piercing alarm sure to attract attention.
Twenty-inch wheels with narrow tires seem an unusual choice in this market segment where most eBikes step up to 26-inch rubber. But smaller diameter wheels bring some unsung advantages. Smaller wheels make the S2 more nimble when turning in tight spaces while also allowing faster acceleration and more efficient stops. Bigger isn’t always better.
Wing Freedom S2: Overall Value
Wing Bikes seems to be aiming at two targets with the S2: price point and accessibility.
On the price front, the low cost of entry is hard to beat. But you’ll also see some thriftier choices in hardware, such as a cadence sensor instead of a torque sensor, the latter of which Wing offers on its step-level bikes, like the Wing Freedom ST.
The S2 also uses a bar-mounted LCD digital display rather than a stem-integrated display screen as found on the S2’s larger brethren.
In a way, the Wing Freedom S2 is a back-to-basics bike, but with enough amenities to make this eBike a leading value. For example, the Zoom suspension seat post is a nice touch.
The S2’s compact bike frame paired with 20-inch wheels makes the Freedom S2 well-suited to shorter riders starting at 5′ and up. The standover height measures just over 29 inches. However, generous adjustability options allow the S2 to fit riders up to 6’1″ as well.
As a practical matter, larger riders might want to step up to another bike in Wing’s lineup.
Is the Wing Freedom S2 the Right Bike For You?
It’s quirky yet cool, and it bundles a lot of value (and a powerful motor) with an affordable price tag.
Swept back bars promote an upright riding position that’s comfortable even on long rides, and Wing’s wide range of accessories lets you personalize your ride to fit your lifestyle.
Make no mistake, though; this is an urban riding bike, ideally suited to paved surfaces and the occasional hard-pack trail. That said, it’s probably fair to say that most mountain-style eBikes will never see a mountain; most won’t see a muddy trail.
Maybe Wing is building bikes geared toward the way most riders really use their electric bikes.
Our guess is that Wing Bikes are a near-perfect fit for many use cases. And, at this price point, the S2 makes a great entry point into the eBike world without compromising on a bargain bike.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Wing Freedom S2 have a throttle?
The Freedom S2 offers a throttle as an add-on. However, Wing sometimes runs promotions in which the company offers the optional throttle or other add-ons, such as fenders, free of charge.
How fast do Wing bikes go?
With pedal assist, Wing bikes can reach up to 25 MPH in certain conditions. However, when using the throttle, the electric motor stops providing assistance at 20 MPH. This makes Wing Freedom bikes class 1 electric bikes when equipped without a throttle or class 2 eBikes when equipped with a throttle.