Velowave vs. Hovsco: Comparing the HovAlpha to the Ranger

They are of similar size, they look similar, and they have a lot of similar components. With all that being said, what is the difference between the HovAlpha and Velowave’s Ranger to explain such a price difference?

This article will answer that question and much more about these two similarly styled eBikes. Though they appear to be two peas in a pod, the differences between the two come to fruition when you take a closer look, leaping beyond a standard eye test. Before we break down the differences between the two and begin to reveal where each eBike begins to shine, we’ll have a look into the similarities.

Please take note that similarities don’t mean the exact same. For example, yes, they both have throttles, but they’re built differently and look different. Their frames are similar but not an exact match, as the HovAlpha’s frame is just a little bit longer. Having said that, these bikes appear to be very similar in design from front to back. As far as the major build and components that make up the bike, they are extremely comparable.


Velowave Ranger vs. Hovsco HovAlpha: The Similarities


Velowave Ranger


26 x 4" eBike Rated  All Terrains FatTires

26 x 4" All Terrains Fat Tires


Aluminum alloy

6061 Aluminum





960Wh, 48V 20Ah

720Wh, 48V 15Ah

Ranger Up to 80 miles Up to 40 miles

LCD unit


Multifunctional Color-Screen Display

Sensor type

Torque sensor

Cadence sensor

Front Fork

Suspension Fork with 80mm travel, with lockout

Suspension Fork


Shimano 7 Speed

Shimano 7 Speed

Pedal Assist

5 Levels

5 Levels

Top Speed

28 mph

28 mph


Starting from $1599




Both of the bikes in question come equipped with all-terrain fat tires that have a size of 26 inches by 4 inches. These tires are designed to provide optimal grip and stability on a variety of surfaces, making them a great choice for riders who enjoy exploring off-road paths and trails. They’re also puncture-resistant, making life all that much easier when riding through questionable surfaces littered with potential tire hazards.

Frame Shape

The frames appear strikingly alike, with only a few subtle differences that we will delve into further down the line. Otherwise, they are shaped similarly, carrying the same lines from front to back throughout their design.

Battery Location

Each of the two bikes comes equipped with a removable internal battery, conveniently positioned on the underside of the front of the frame. This design ensures easy access and seamless integration, allowing for a streamlined appearance and easy access.

They are also similar in that both bikes have a key-operated battery release, ensuring that the battery stays where it needs to, even in the most rugged conditions.

Geared Hub Motors

Both models are equipped with 750-watt geared hub motors. The Ranger model uses a BAFANG motor, while the HovAlpha model uses a SUTTO motor, a BAFANG subsidiary.


The Velowave Ranger and Hovsco Alpha bikes are equipped with 7-speed Shimano derailers, providing a variety of gear options for different speeds and terrain.

Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Hydraulic disc brakes are the most powerful and effective type of brake available for eBikes. They provide smooth, progressive braking, even in wet or muddy conditions. Both of these bikes come equipped with a set of these.

Thumb Throttles

They each have a thumb throttle though they’re much different in appearance.

Front Fork Hydraulic Suspension

Both the Velowave Ranger and the Hovsco Alpha have hydraulic front suspension. The Ranger has an RST Guide-26-TNL system, and the HovAlpha has a Zoom Suspension Fork with 80mm travel and a lockout function.

Now, the Differences

As I mentioned above, there are a lot of similarities that might cause one to question the reasons behind the difference in price, as the Ranger is several hundred dollars cheaper than the HovAlpha. Here is where the more subtle differences begin to pile up to help explain why that is.

Torque Sensor vs. Cadence Sensor

The HovAlpha eBike utilizes torque sensors, while the Ranger eBike uses cadence sensors. Understanding the significant contrast between these two sensor types can help clarify why this is the most prominent difference between the two eBikes. When it comes to defining the strengths and weaknesses between torque sensors and cadence sensors, there are several factors to consider. Here’s a little info about each type...

· Torque Sensor

The torque sensor, a highly advanced piece of technology, is designed to sample pedaling in almost real-time. By doing so, it can accurately adjust the output power to provide an optimal riding experience that is both efficient and highly satisfying. This cutting-edge feature enables riders to effortlessly glide through any terrain, whether uphill or downhill, with ease and precision. Overall, this technology enhances the performance of the bicycle.

· Cadence Sensor

On the other hand, cadence sensors are simpler and less expensive to install than torque sensors. They work by measuring the number of revolutions per minute (RPM) of the pedals. This means they do not require as much precision calibration as torque sensors, making them a more convenient option for many riders. However, cadence sensors can be less responsive at low speeds, which can make starting up a bit more difficult. Additionally, they can feel jerky at high speeds, which can be uncomfortable or even dangerous for some riders.

Battery Power

It is worth noting that the HovAlpha and Velowave Ranger eBikes have different batteries. Specifically, the HovAlpha is equipped with a 48V 20Ah Samsung/LG Lithium-ion Battery, while the Velowave Ranger has a 48V 15AH LG battery. This means that the HovAlpha’s battery has a slightly larger capacity than that of the Velowave Ranger.

In terms of range, the HovAlpha can travel up to 80 miles on pedal-assist mode and can reach distances of around 60 miles on pure electric power mode per charge. Meanwhile, the Velowave Ranger has a range of up to 30-40 miles on a single charge. These numbers may vary depending on factors such as rider weight, terrain, and weather conditions. Nonetheless, it is clear that the HovAlpha can cover a greater distance on a single charge than the Velowave Ranger.

The LCD Panels

The Hovsco digital display is far superior to the Velowave display. It’s kind of akin to a tablet vs. a flip phone in several ways. On the HovAlpha, the display is in the center, where the handlebar meets the neck. The Velowave Ranger’s display is positioned next to the handle grip (left-hand side). Also, the controls on the Velowave display are fixed into the unit, but the Hovsco version has its display controls mounted to the left side of the handlebar by the grip, positioned beside the throttle.

Compared to the Velowave Ranger, the HovAlpha’s LCD digital panel and controls are much easier for riders to use while in motion. Additionally, the HovAlpha’s display has a larger screen, providing riders with a clearer picture of what’s going on at a quick glance. Both visually and through road tests, the BC280 LCD Smart Easy Read Display on the HovAlpha is a superior product.

Frame Construction and Aesthetics

Upon closer inspection, the frame of the HovAlpha exhibits a more uniform appearance due to the welds being ground flush. This provides a seamless look, which is a notable difference compared to other bike frame manufacturers, who tend to leave the weld beads as they are. Essentially, the HovAlpha frame goes the extra mile in terms of aesthetics when compared to the Ranger.

Headlight Positioning

The headlight on the HovAlpha is attached to the LCD Digital Panel assembly, and the Ranger’s is mounted just over the front tire, just under where the forks meet the underside of the gooseneck.

In terms of a traditional means of positioning, you’d think that the Ranger’s placement would be better. In some ways, it is, as it is out of the rider’s way. But if it becomes loose enough to start pointing too far up or down due to rough road conditions (washboards on a dirt road, for example), the rider will have to get off the bike to readjust the light.

Where the light is mounted on the HovAlpha, the light is easily accessible and can be readjusted on the fly.

The Price Difference

HovAlpha Price starting from: $1,599.00

Ranger Price without Promotions or Sales: $1,799.00

After going over all of the details above, it is evident that HovAlpha provides a more advanced riding experiene with less cost with the use of a high-performance torque sensor, utilization of a more robust battery, and incorporation of a more advanced LCD unit. These features promise enhanced durability, a more natural feel while riding, and efficiency, while HovAlpha has a relatively lower price point.


The Hovsco HovAlpha and the Velowave Ranger are excellent electric bikes with different strengths and weaknesses. The HovAlpha is a more premium bike with a higher-quality frame, a more meaningful sensory system, and a larger battery. The Velowave Ranger is a more affordable bike with a lower-quality frame, a less natural feel, and a smaller battery.

Ultimately, your best bike will depend on your needs and preferences. If you are looking for the best possible electric bike, the HovAlpha is the better choice. However, if you are on a budget, the Velowave Ranger is a good value for the price. But...

We have a habit of hosting all kinds of promotions and sales (particularly around holidays). So, that price difference can be eroded away if you’re sly enough to catch us at the right time!


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