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Old 02-10-12, 06:54 AM   #1
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feeling scammed, need mini ebike advice

Hi! I need some help locating the perfect mini folding e-bike

I am beyond confused as to which companies out there are carrying truly quality ebicycles. I found a company who actually appears to be making their own bikes in france for quality sake - Mobiky. But is this true? You see, I just ordered 2 bikes described as "non chinese" (because I guess Chinese automatically means lack in quality? *sarcasm*) only to find out they have been around China for years at a fraction of the price and the quality wasn't that good

There doesn't appear to be a lot of options when it comes to small foldable ebikes suitable for bus/train transport, and many of them seem to be over-circulated & over-priced cheap chinese imports with a new logo slapped onto them. I feel like there may be some great mini ebike gems available that I am not finding with google's help. Can anyone recommend a good mini ebike that fits these specs:
  • Around 12mph
  • Around 35lbs or less
  • throttle control, not just pedal assist (throws mobiky out?)
  • folds quick without tools

I have looked at the carryme ds and it is a bit too small and overpriced IMO. Also saw bikes like the "shrinker" & "BOB" which appear to be mobiky knock offs. One of the Chinese manufacturers who carried the "shrinker/bob" told me they no longer carry it due to stability issues, however I am unsure if they are the ones behind Golden Motors "Shrinker" or just another variant of the Genius/Youri 12.

Really need 2 working bikes ASAP,
I appreciate any leads or insight.

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Old 02-10-12, 08:45 AM   #2
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For me converting a Brompton was the only truly viable option for getting a portable ebike that ticked all the boxes. Not cheap but you could buy second hand and convert.




Here is my full DIY thread.

http://www.pedelecs.co.uk/forum/elec...html#post66383

Bike weighs 13kg and bag about 2.5kg with a small battery in it.


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Old 02-12-12, 05:10 AM   #3
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You must have a prejudice towards ETHINIC. I have to say it's your bad luck to bought the inferior things.

And I do believe that the quality not depends on country and area. The most important factor based on the techlonogy and professional ethics and quality of the sellers.
No, not at all Susan. I guess my sarcasm was not relayed well enough over text.

I was basically trying to say that just because something is made in China does not mean it has inferior quality. The bike I purchased for $995 was reviewed as possessing some sort of high quality because it "wasn't made in China". (And here is where I made the sarcastic statement). The reason I feel scammed is because I paid the $995 only to find it is sold in China for $328! Does Chinese = bad quality? No. This particular bike just happened to be made poorly and who wants to pay $995 when you can get it for $328?

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What's your budget to buy a mini-Ebike ?
My budget is about $1k USD/a piece. I need 2, so if I could get them for less that would be great!

I am looking at a bike online called The Shrinker from Golden Motors $688. And the City Light bike from Rangebike $1,049. Shrinker ships from China so it is very expensive to ship to my location, especially if i need to return it. Rangebike is on the expensive side and not sure about shipping - waiting to get a quote from the company.

What other mini folding ebikes are available?

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Old 02-12-12, 05:12 AM   #4
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For me converting a Brompton was the only truly viable option for getting a portable ebike that ticked all the boxes. Not cheap but you could buy second hand and convert.


Here is my full DIY thread.

http://www.pedelecs.co.uk/forum/elec...html#post66383

Bike weighs 13kg and bag about 2.5kg with a small battery in it.


Regards

Jerry
Oh cool, congratulations!
Thx for the lead
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