I'm a avid cyclist who's new to the ebike world. My commute to work is 10kms one way and I want to be able to ride my bike in my work clothes and not arrive sweaty. I consider myself in above average cardiovascular condition, but I never feel like getting sweaty from excercise at 7:30am for my commute, so I never rode my bike to work as often as I should have. I purchased a BionX PL350 from a local bike shop in my hometown in hope of making me a regular bike commuter.
One thing I have noticed is most people convert fairly low end bikes for their communting ebike. I guess the idea is to save money. Being a bit of a bike snob...lol...I like a nice bike for all my biking needs. I've been an avid cycling since the early 90's and have some pretty decent spare bikes hanging around.
I have a Rocky Mountain Vertex TO that I had converted into a lightweight speedy commuter by installing a lighter weight rigid fork. The bike is Shimano 8spd XTR and other assorted Race Face Components. It came in at 21 pounds before this conversion. I don't dare weight it now. Friends have called it a sacrilege, until they take it for a ride of course.
The bike has 26*1 inch slicks, which are highly efficient but prone to flatting. I got a flat on my first real test ride 5mins in. I have discovered you can't bunny hop an ebike very well....lol. I have some Specialized Nimbus 26*1.5 w/flak jacket that I will be installing pretty soon. Right now I'm just having fun with how fast I can go uphill with such skinny high pressure tires.
Anyways. Thought I would share.
Your's in cycling, electric or otherwise,