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Old 09-19-15, 05:08 PM   #1
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Need opinion on which ebike to get

I already have a Cyclamatic Electric Bike that I bought several months ago and I thoroughly enjoy ebikes as a whole and wanted to upgrade my current one to a more advanced bike. I have several bikes that I liked and I would like some opinions on what you guys think would be a better ebike to purchase.

My budget will be under $3,000. Preferably around 2600. I will be planning on taking out a loan and saving up for it.

So first bike is by the company called Evelo. I'm not too familiar with them and I am unsure exactly how good they are and if they actually consistently keep their promise stated on their website. I was interested in either Evelo Aurora or Evelo Orion The reason I want Evelo is because of the customer service and that it's a mid drive motor. I'm not too sure if mid drives are better than the rear hub motor but it seemed to allow me to fix a flat just as easily as a normal bicycle if needed, which appeals to me greatly.

The other one I am interested in is the iZip E3 Path Plus 2016, hasn't necessarily been released yet but it's about the same as the 2015 version.

I'm on the shorter size in terms of height so I would need a decently small frame, like a 16 inch frame is ideal but I'm able to be on 17 and maybe 18 inch.

Also, if anyone knows any real huge advantage over mid drive motors and traditional rear hub motors in an urban setting (commuting to work and just riding around the city roads)?


Also forgot to mention the pedego branded ebike like the one for commuting.

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Old 09-21-15, 02:10 PM   #2
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I just bought an Evelo. I will tell you I love the bike. I have NOT had a good experience with their customer service and I get a lot of apologies but, service, not so much.

I will not go into all the problems I have had with them, but, let me tell you, they are great answering your phone calls and emails before you buy the bike, wait till they have your money and try to get a response from them then.

REVISED: I wrote that I love this bike but had only ridden it on flat land at a park, took it today for a 3 mile hilly ride, could only go for 3 miles because the battery read empty after those 3 miles and I was pedaling the whole way. Could barely get up these little hills. I have totally reconsidered this bike, one more ride and if it comes out the same way, I am sending this bike back. Not amused with its performance at all!

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Old 09-21-15, 03:57 PM   #3
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I have a DIY hub drive which is fine for errands and relatively flat roads. Also, I'm in the process of building a mid drive. Most of what I've read reflects that (IN GENERAL) mid drives are the best choice for hilly areas and hubs for flatter terrain. I was at an demo a few weeks ago and rode many of each type of bike, mtb, fat and road oriented designs. I liked the hubs best (don't ask me why).
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That was exactly my concerns with a new company like that. All the descriptions were on a "too good to be true" kind of feeling for me in terms of their warranty and service. I've also noticed that they try to get you to upgrade to the nuvinci and stuff. Aren't the advantage for a mid drive is that you can change the gears and the motor will use that new gear to move rather than just moving on one gear, so you should have more than 3 miles.....
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I have a DIY hub drive which is fine for errands and relatively flat roads. Also, I'm in the process of building a mid drive. Most of what I've read reflects that (IN GENERAL) mid drives are the best choice for hilly areas and hubs for flatter terrain. I was at an demo a few weeks ago and rode many of each type of bike, mtb, fat and road oriented designs. I liked the hubs best (don't ask me why).
I would love to try and build one but it seems so complicated and time consuming plus money wasting if I mess up or something. I wanted to try mid drives but don't have the chance to. I only have a rear hub motor I believe? I have no complaints about it since I ride in the city and rarely any hills. I think I'm all set on getting the Izip E3 Path+ 2016 model. But I want to research more on their customer service and such, I will be getting it at a dealer so it's not like i'm totally out of luck should anything happen but it would be nice.
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Old 09-22-15, 08:09 AM   #6
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If you have a local dealer, you should be able to try out different models especially since Currie has many different types of ebikes. One thing that I had a problem with was the weight bias on a bike with rear hub motor and rear mounted battery, but that may be just me.
Some DIY kits are quire intuitive and don't require a great degree of ability to assemble; not a bad idea if you already have a bike that's comfortable for you; some, like BionX, are installed by a dealer.
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The EVELO looks great to me on paper. I would consider one if there was a dealer in town, and I would go with the bigger battery, Nuvinchi hub... Slightly over budget but nice bikes. http://feltelectric.com/usa/?page_id=48

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Old 09-22-15, 11:30 AM   #8
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The EVELO looks great to me on paper. I would consider one if there was a dealer in town, and I would go with the bigger battery, Nuvinchi hub... Slightly over budget but nice bikes. YOUR COMMUTE JUST GOT EASIER | Felt Electric
There are no dealers in my area, so unfortunately I rather not risk having to go through all the shipping and waiting and stuff. The fact that Evelo looks great on paper and is about $2k makes me even more worried about actually getting it.
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After checking out Cyclamatic , no wonder why you want to "upgrade".
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After checking out Cyclamatic , no wonder why you want to "upgrade".
I had to send in the battery because the bike wouldn't turn on anymore after 3 months of daily use. I love it prior to that but 3 months is a bit too soon for something almost $1k. So I'd like to upgrade to something that will last you know? I'm actually now looking into Pedego City Commuter 2015, I hear they are known for high quality parts and good customer service.
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Here are a couple of more recent entries into the e-bike arena, which could be worth checking out:

Lift+ - RIDE+ collection - Trek Bicycle

Conduit+ - RIDE+ collection - Trek Bicycle
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Here are a couple of more recent entries into the e-bike arena, which could be worth checking out:

Lift+ - RIDE+ collection - Trek Bicycle

Conduit+ - RIDE+ collection - Trek Bicycle
Very interesting. I'll look into that and see if my local dealer has one.
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Very interesting. I'll look into that and see if my local dealer has one.
so, which bike did you wind up with? suspension or not? what size motor? throttle?
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so, which bike did you wind up with? suspension or not? what size motor? throttle?
I actually ended up building my own. Bought a commuter bike (no suspension) from the local bike store and put the Bafang 750W BBS02 motor on it along with a 48V battery from Lunacycle.
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Yayforebikes. what did you think about your build experience? I thought a BBS02 was relatively easy, with far fewer things to think about, compared to a hub motor. I also figure you saved some money.
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I actually ended up building my own. Bought a commuter bike (no suspension) from the local bike store and put the Bafang 750W BBS02 motor on it along with a 48V battery from Lunacycle.
Nice! I'm every interested in what battery you used and it's Wh's, plus what your range experience is with your speific battery and BaFang 750W/48V combination.

Hope you are enjoying it. I bet there is plenty of power.
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Nice! I'm every interested in what battery you used and it's Wh's, plus what your range experience is with your speific battery and BaFang 750W/48V combination.

Hope you are enjoying it. I bet there is plenty of power.
I purchased a 48v Panasonic 11.5ah. I'm not sure about the wh but I've ridden it at least 13 miles, mostly throttle only, and it still had a charge.
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