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Bikes: CCM Moutain bike fitted with 408 Crystalyte motor, 48V 12 AH battery, 20 amp 48 v Crystalyte controller
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"The MSRP for this bike $11,995.00, but I am selling this bike for $8,750 used"
I am having trouble wrapping my mind around that price and still think we're talking about a bike that does 40 mph (64 kph).
I'm from Toronto... and now come to think of it, I may have seen a red one on Dundas and Bloor.
This is why forums such as this one are important. People need to get involved, read up and not fear from getting their hands a bit dirty and understand the basics of ebikes so to better identify a rippoff from a reasonable deal.
I have had the good fortune of experience:
- Bought a prefabricated bike from Canadian Tire, turned to be a very bad build for $700. Returned it, got my money back. That was a nightmare. Conclusion, you want a sturdy, performing bike, you go to build it yourself.
- Bought a $100 steel frame mountain bike and made it in an ebike based on my specifications, lifepo4 battery safe, light and reliable. Enjoying it very much. Conclusion: you want an ebike that does what you expect, build it yourself and expect to dish out $700 for the battery pack and controller alone. Overall price may come to $2000. But we're talking performance and sturdy components.
Now I see this optibike website and I learn one more lesson:
- You want a bike based on specs in your wish list but don't want to build it yourself, expect to pay an exorbitant price.
The market works on the principle: if you can't build it and you really REALLY want it, then you pay the price listed. It also works on the principle of competition: if nobody else offers the same item, I can charge what I want.
When you choose not to do something yourself, you subject yourself to this type of environment.
What I should do is start getting into the ebike business and build bikes that do 60kph, 60km range, with a price tag of $2500. That's reasonable. And no, the battery will not be moulded into the frame; it will be uglier than the optibike. You want to mould the battery into the frame? Sure.. tharrl costa ya an extra $8 grand. Does that make sense?! Well... if nobody else is moulding their batteries into the frame the maybe I can charge that if you REALLY REALLY want your battery to be moulded into the frame.
I want to make sure I'm not ignorantly just posting negative reviews.. Here’s the official optibike website
if you're interested in knowing more about the bike.
ok, I'm done on this piece
Last edited by alfonsopilato; 03-19-11 at 06:27 PM.