Folding Bikes - Folding E-bike
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12-25-10, 08:10 AM
Has anyone had a chance to check out the new Folding E-bike by Prodeco Technologies? It is called the Mariner S. It seems easy to fold, has a stainless chain, and all sealed bearings, with either a 200W or 250W motor (at no extra charge), and they claim 2000+ recharge cycles. Range is 15-25 miles on a full charge with an extended battery available that will go 50+.
I ask because it is selling for $899, and that seems like a lot of bike for not alot of dollars???
12-25-10, 03:13 PM
Front wheel motors have been used in many bikes already.
have no idea about that brand, so you tell us all about it.
12-26-10, 12:44 PM
i've thought about these from time to time. if i could save a few minutes on hilly trips, might be nice. but overall, i think the extra annoyance of lifting and biking with that extra weight for 6 days a week, for maybe 1 day a week usage, is not worth it for me.
12-27-10, 08:24 PM
Unless you weigh less than 50 lbs., I can't imagine a 200 watt motor helping on any hills.
12-27-10, 08:50 PM
Maybe the folks at NYCE Wheels (http://www.nycewheels.com/brompton-electric-bike.html) know something about that particular bike. At $899, there may be some corners cut somewhere. NYCE folks certainly put together what I would consider the ideal folding electric bike (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChoVvbQ1_lo&feature=player_embedded). Costs way more than $899, though you really get what you pay for.
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