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    How do i know if i am buying the right E Bike

    I been to three bike shops and been out on test runs on three e bikes around the streets .. The problem is how do i know that the E Bike i buy will take me up the hills around where i live a friend i know got me thinking about this because he bought a E Bike cost him 1500 6 months ago and he has to walk it up some hills as it is to heavy to ride up them when the power runs out weight of bike is 25KG. So what do you look for when buying a E Bike i know weight is one factor but what else is it the size of the motor or the battery and what is the best E Bike to buy for hill climbing.
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    The two arguably best (retail) bikes out their for hill climbing and off road use are the OptiBikes and Stealth brands of electric bikes..

    Problem is prices for those range from $8,000 to $16,000 USD!!!

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    Thank,s for your help but i don,t want to spend that money my budget was about 2500

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    David, in your budget I would suggest looking at the Kalkhoff or any of the bikes that are built around the Panasonic inline motor.
    A motor inline to the chain allows the motor to take advantage of the gearing that is on the bike. Much better for going up hills or carrying heavy loads.

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    Keep test riding the bikes in your price range and just pick the one you like..

    A really good bike in your price range is one of the Schwinn tailwind series ebikes..
    Not only are they well made, but can be recharged from empty to full in under 30 min.

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    I bought an Alien Aurora from Alien Ocean based in Scotland 350w motor 999 plus delivery 30 approx, not road legal in UK because top speed is 20 mph but for climbing hills it's superb. Tonaro crank drive bikes are also good hill climbers and probably still within your budget

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    I commute 25 miles round trip in New York City. I do go up some steep heals.I have a BionX 350 Watt motor and 10 Amp battery. I also carry around 35 poundsin my pannier’s bags with a heavy mountain bike. I have no problem going up thehills. I think the issue is the distance you plan on riding. You will not getmore than 15 miles on a charge if your ride is very hilly. However, if yourecharge the battery on riding downhill you can extend it even further.

    For 2500 pounds you should have no problem. I have a Trek FX+ and a Trek 4300 with a BionX kit
    Bicycle Commuter from New York City.

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