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Old 06-28-13, 11:53 PM   #1
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Should I buy an Elf from Organic Transit now or wait???

Usually I would wait to find out if there are quirks as this is just going to start selling in Nov/Oct of this year but my bucket, jalopy car finally gave out, and I don't want to buy a car. I know about this site because of all the negative reviews of the Rhodes bike/car but perhaps readers here know more about it than what's on Organic's website and it might not have problems and be good to buy right away. It's pod like style is cooler than the Rhodes one but unfortunately only one person can ride at a time unlike the Rhodes but it's solar one is much cheaper.

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Old 06-29-13, 12:47 AM   #2
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Welcome to Bike Forums .

First, if you aren't sure where to ask a question, put into General Cycling- it will get sorted out sooner or later. Also, I removed the the two threads you put into E-bikes and LCF directing people to this thread in Hybrids- cross posting is frowned upon. You'll also find you'll get more responses when asking about a product if people don't have to go searching for it (also eliminates any confusion if there is an error while searching). Here is a link- http://www.organictransit.com/models.html.

I'm also having to flip a mental coin on where to move this, as Hybrid bicycles really ain't the place for an electrified velomobile....
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Old 06-29-13, 01:01 AM   #4
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I had never heard of this vehicle before, but it looks very interesting. I would definitely love to try it out. The only issue I could see arising would be getting it serviced if something breaks electronically. I'm not sure how difficult it would be to self repair. Seems very cool though.
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With a 20mph top speed you aren't going to be very popular trying to drive in the regular vehicle lane on city streets. With a normal bike or ebike at least you can use the bike lane (or path) and not tie up traffic.
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Do keep in mind that the solar panel on the top of the Elf is not going to produce enough power to eliminare th eneed to plug it in. About all it will do is keep the batteries form going completly flat when parked for any length of time.

Allowing them to go completly flat will kill the expensive batteries; so, this is an importantd valuable thing. However, when you conside the power needed to run a motor, the Solar panel will not provide it. Expect to need to plug it in in a very regular basis.. You also need to conside the distance you will be traveling and make sure that the ELF has the range to meet that need.

I like the Elf even though I would look elsewhere for a velo-mobile for my self. I consider velo-mobiles to be a good replacement for the automobile in may cases. However, you need to consider your situation. Are you looking for a velo-mobile or for a cheap electric car? For a velo-mobile it seems to mbe a bit too car large and bulky for my needs. for an electric car I would be concerned about speed and carrying capicity. However, it may be exactly what you are in need of.

That is the problem in making recomendations about things like this, there is no way to know exactly what you need. All that being said, if it meets your needs then I would definitly recomend it. I am actually considering getting one for my wife.
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According to their website though....

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With a 20mph top speed you aren't going to be very popular trying to drive in the regular vehicle lane on city streets. With a normal bike or ebike at least you can use the bike lane (or path) and not tie up traffic.
..it's narrow enough that you can use the bike lane, I like the feeling of safety and security this more visible bike has.
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Food for thought for the OP: If any of your anticipated riding involves MUPs... you may want to rethink this purchase. Some trike riders have had to lift their rigs over barricades put in place to keep motorists from taking a short cut.

Also, their claim that you could have this serviced at any LBS that offers recumbents and/or e-bikes... might be true, but depending on where you live, those types of shops can be scarce. There is only one dedicated 'bent LBS in OK and no shops within at least a 100 miles that will service an e-bike.

Which leads to the question of possible warranty work. As of right now, according to their FAQs, there apparently is no provision for warranty repairs. I just sent them an email to verify this.
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