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Old 11-17-11, 08:01 AM   #1
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Best Electric Bike Under $1000 for larger rider & Questions..

I'm looking for an electric bike that will be able to support 280 lbs. One bike that I have looked at recommended no more than 240. My other main question is can I ride an electric bike like a regular bike? I currently have no bike (got stolen,) but I like the option of using electricity in the future ( I use to ride to school, and it's uphill.) I want the bike for exercise purposes, as I will be toting my son in a bike trailer behind me. I'm looking mainly for a two in one bike. I won't be using it mainly for its electric purposes mainly, but I'd rather not have two seperate bikes. I've been looking at the Ezip Trailz for 499 on Sears, and Best Buy, as well as an E-tour quest for 719.99 at sears. The Ezips recommended limit is 240, and the latter doesn't say anything. I tried posting in another section but was told that I should try here. I just don't want to get either and it wasn't strong enough to go uphill, I'd just settle for a regular bike if that's the case. I was reading someones review on youtube, and the have the ezip trailz and weighs 240, and says they would have to get off and push it to go up the hill. I messaged them, and I am still waiting for the answer. Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-17-11, 08:30 AM   #2
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This is a useful link for figuring out haw many watts you will need to climb the hillls around you. Knowing how far you want travel, the speed at which you want to travel, and how many watts of output you'll need you'll then know how many watt-hours of battery power you will need. You can then buy the appropriate battery/motor combo from any of the reputed dealers. Once you start doing these calculations, you'll quickly learn that the more you're willing to pedal, you can save $100s of dollars on the setup (i.e. if you are willing to exert 100W and want a motor to exert only 200W more). Just my own two cents.

http://www.kreuzotter.de/english/espeed.htm
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Old 11-19-11, 02:29 PM   #3
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Cool I'm also looking....

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I'm looking for an electric bike that will be able to support 280 lbs. One bike that I have looked at recommended no more than 240. My other main question is can I ride an electric bike like a regular bike? I was reading someones review on youtube, and the have the ezip trailz and weighs 240, and says they would have to get off and push it to go up the hill. I messaged them, and I am still waiting for the answer. Thanks in advance.
Greetings from Shasta Lake...

I'm also a large person, 227 Lbs. but a year ago I weighed 260 Lbs. Anyway, I have bend doing some research on Ebikes and Kits, for over one year... I think a person our size would need to use a 1000w "hub" motor, or an Ebike that has the motor mounted at the crank, so one can use the bike's gears when going up hills...or maybe a "geared hub" motor?

I own a Cargo bike, (Yuba Mundo), that weighs in at 55 lbs. I love that bike, but it is a pain to load in the back of my PU truck. And if I add an E-motor kit, it will weigh up to 100+ Lbs. But, on the other side, I could use it to go the store, (7 miles away), it has a load capacity of 400 Lbs. So I could even use it to pick items at our Home Depot. Plus it can carry two young kids, or one adult passinger, (look on youtube under "Cargo E-Bikes"). New Yuba's cost $1,000, and than add a motor, a new Yuba would cost over $2,000 w/crank or hub motor!!!

Another Ebike I have been looking at....and still trying to get more information on is the R-10, 11, 12 Rmartin Ebike's. The motor is located on the crank set... no other bike out there, has the same type of motor/crank setup. There are other "crank" type Ebike motors out there...but they cost between $3,000 to $10,000!!!!! The Rmartin's cost between $1,100 to $1,400 PLUS TAX.

Here's a pic of the Rmartin R-10 2012 model......

R10_Black_2011_800x533[1].jpg

I like the bike, but I would love to talk to someone who owns one... and get there opinon, issues, likes, or dislikes, etc. Same with the Yuba "El" mundo cargo Ebike!
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I have no clue on how to put a motor on. I think I'd be real frustrating putting that together.
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I have no clue on how to put a motor on. I think I'd be real frustrating putting that together.
The R-10, 11, 12 Rmartin ebike's are sold as a "Ebike"... and you can buy a Yuba Mundo as a Ebike....but it will cost you $2,000. But if you look at some of the videos on youtube, families are replacing one vehicle with a Cargo Ebike...folks are placing videos on youtube, showing dad taking the kids to school, shopping, etc on a cargo Ebike. So, for $2,000 you could replace one car that costs you over $3,000 per year to operate!!!


Here's some pics of the mundo 3 with crank motor and one with hub motor....
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I went on youtube and I couldnt find a particular video of the ebike cargo with kids. I'm interested in how that setup would look. I have a one year old so my option was getting a bike trailer to attach, but if you can show me something where perhaps everything is together, instead of bike plus trailer that would be really cool. I'd get places faster and feel safer.
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Here's the web site, and some pics from that web site....With emotor, much better setup for hauling kids and cargo...than a bike w/trailer, and safer...I think!


http://yubaride.com/cargo-bike-photos

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PS... I got my Mundo used for $300 bucks from a college student down in Chico, CA.
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Here's a youtube video of the "peanut" Kid hauler, made for the Yuba Mundo....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxNF3...eature=related
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You must look at this video...this guy hauls a 1,000 banana's!!!! On his Yuba Mundo cargo bike.


http://mark.stosberg.com/bike/2010/0...argo-bike.html
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What i really want them to show me is getting on and off with the extra weight of just a child. Not including grocery. My issue with the bike seats on the bicycle was mounting and unmounting hoping the weight won't make the bike or me fall. I'm sure there's a bike trailer section where I can all parents that bike with their little one. So far from what I've been reading, trailers are safety. This bike does look cool. Would totally get it.
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The mundo is cuter. The other bike is too masculine. I like color and something less tough looking.
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