Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: San Francisco, CA
Bikes: 06 Specialized Allez Sport, '10 Trek Fuel EX 7
I decided to keep the Prodeco. I wasn't elligible for a refund, but was given the choice to at least exchange it for another bike. Didn't really care for the others and asked to see if a Volton bike had tight dropouts as well. The wheel slid off after a few nudges, but getting it back on was a chore as well due to aligning the hub into the dropouts just right. He used a rubber mallet and it still wouldn't go back all the way in. Maybe it was just the paint but I didn't want to push the issue anymore. I still liked the Prodeco for the quality of components (near everything is name-brand) for the current model, plus like chvid said and I was told, I can patch the tube without removing the wheel. I'm just worried I happened to be unable to fix or find the leak, but then again bringing it to a bike store and paying for a fix in those (hopefully) rare occasions wouldn't be too bad I suppose.
Interesting tidbit when I asked how their sales of ebikes were doing, and he replied they sold about 1 or 2 Currie IZips, Stromers.... and over 30 Prodecos. The guy from Prodeco I talked to about the issue also said nobody has called about the tight dropouts being an issue and I was the first. So, I think it's worth a shot and at $1500 it's still a hell of a bargain compared to similar ebikes.