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    Question Help me decide, Pedego, Stromer or ?

    New to the forum and new to ebikes - Hello!

    I'm 50 years old, 180lbs, not in bad shape, deciding what ebike to buy. Some years ago I broke all the bones in the arch of my foot. Ideally I shouldn't put too much pressure on it, light pedalling is okay.

    I'm looking to buy a high-end ebike with the greatest range possible.

    Have it narrowed down to Stromer or Pedego and would welcome any other suggestions.

    I like Stromer because of the look and their reputation, but it's pedal assist only. That's concerning due to the problem with my foot.

    I need a bike that can give me decent range on level terrain with average to no pedalling and able to get me up a relatively steep hill with very easy pedalling. The Stromer boost mode I don't think is enough in itself, and I don't mind peddling if the resistance isn't too great on my foot

    Pedego is another good option. I like the look of the ST1 more than the Interceptor II. But the Pedego has the throttle and from what I've read it should go up a fairly steep hill on throttle only?

    While I'm pedaling on flat terrain and smooth bike trails using a little throttle constantly but at low speeds can I get an afternoon riding on a charge?

    In freewheeling mode which bike has the least resistance?

    Thanks.
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    Anyone? Over 100 views and no replies. Did I post in the wrong section or is there another forum that's more suitable for doing the research I'm doing on ebikes? Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uniquest View Post
    ... Did I post in the wrong section or is there another forum that's more suitable for doing the research I'm doing on ebikes? ...
    You are in the right place. Be patient. All questions do not get instant responses. Where are you located? This is a worldwide forum. Providing your location will help avoid some responses that might not be applicable to your situation.

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    I have owned and ridden an Ohm Urban 700 for two years. It would fit the bill for you as well. It was very well thought out and built. The motor is silent. It is comfortable.

    Throttle only works well on level ground and mild hills. Steep hills require pedaling for any of these bikes.

    I am over 60 and ride whenever possible, for commuting and for fun/fitness, adjusting the boost level for what I want to accomplish that ride.

    Ohm is coming out with a D series this summer, a lighter but more powerful bike. I might trade up...
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    I am a bit younger than you, and have no past injury issues. I chose the Pedego City Commuter simply because I liked the all in one solution. I have right around 1K miles, and while I wish I had a fleet of ebikes I am still pleased with my selection. Anyway I don't think you can go wrong with either solution. For me the commuter made sense, because I use it for commuting, and liked the fenders included and rack that made it easy to go from the crate to my first commute with very little modification.

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    Since you have the dealer right there why not just go with the Pedego - I have two of thier bikes super quality and good warranty.

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    Your best bet will be to go out of your way to test ride as many e-bikes as you can (or at the very least the two brands you're interested in). Also, locate some bike rental shops that rent e-bikes (these are usually in coastal locations which could serve as a good excuse to go to the beach). Riding any e-bike will at least give you some idea of what an e-bike can do.

    NOTE: E-bikes are not all the same, performance and quality varies based on brand and price point.

    However, as much as I'm an advocate of more people getting out of their cars and on e-bikes, it doesn't do anyone any good to go buy an e-bike only to find it doesn't really fit their needs. Regardless of which brand you buy, assuming it fits your needs, with regular riding you will likely find that you will build up strength and not need as much assist as you did when you first started riding the e-bike, but you will still need a bike powerful enough to get you started. I own the BionX D500 which is an aftermarket unit (hub motor, batter, charger, and controller) that I installed on my own bicycle, I love it, I got rid of my car. It has both a throttle and pedal assist. Some of the hills I travel on are about 1,000 feet elevation, using the assist the system works great, if I were to only use the throttle on these hills--not so much, it would drain down the battery far too quickly. In more conventional terms, a hill ride on a non-e-bike took me about an hour, on the same hill climb on my e-bike it took me 20 minutes. I haven't ridden any other e-bikes so I can't give you any comparisons. For e-bike comparisons on youtube try:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/ElectricBikeReview

    https://www.youtube.com/user/ElectricBikeReport/videos

    There are others on youtube reviewing e-bikes but the above two are a pretty good place to start, between the two of them you should find reviews of both the bikes you're interested in. Good luck.
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    SS, you were smart enough to get what is arguably the best hub system on the market. Plus, since you installed it on a bike that fit you well (I'm assuming here), best of both worlds. Out here in CA they are retro-programming those 500's for 28 mph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2old View Post
    SS, you were smart enough to get what is arguably the best hub system on the market. Plus, since you installed it on a bike that fit you well (I'm assuming here), best of both worlds. Out here in CA they are retro-programming those 500's for 28 mph.
    Thank you for the compliment 2old, however, my going with the 500D was more a mix of mild research and dumb luck. If I had done more extensive research I very well may have considered custom building an even more powerful system (I live in a hilly area), but probably would have in the end gone with the 500D anyway for reliability concerns. I've ditched my car, my e-bike is now my main source of transportation, break-downs can be a drag. I have heard about the upgrade to 28 mph, I'm hoping to be able to do it to my system, not because I want to go around at 28 mph but for emergency traffic situations--getting out of dodgy car traffic situations faster than 20 mph would be a nice option to have.

    By getting rid of the ownership expenses of my car is how I justified the cost of the 500D. I put it on a bike with a step-through frame (otherwise known as a girls' bike), when the front and rear is loaded with gear, groceries, etc. being able to simply "step-through" the frame to get on makes life a lot easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SchwinnSuburban View Post
    Your best bet will be to go out of your way to test ride as many e-bikes as you can (or at the very least the two brands you're interested in). Also, locate some bike rental shops that rent e-bikes (these are usually in coastal locations which could serve as a good excuse to go to the beach). Riding any e-bike will at least give you some idea of what an e-bike can do.

    NOTE: E-bikes are not all the same, performance and quality varies based on brand and price point.

    However, as much as I'm an advocate of more people getting out of their cars and on e-bikes, it doesn't do anyone any good to go buy an e-bike only to find it doesn't really fit their needs. Regardless of which brand you buy, assuming it fits your needs, with regular riding you will likely find that you will build up strength and not need as much assist as you did when you first started riding the e-bike, but you will still need a bike powerful enough to get you started. I own the BionX D500 which is an aftermarket unit (hub motor, batter, charger, and controller) that I installed on my own bicycle, I love it, I got rid of my car. It has both a throttle and pedal assist. Some of the hills I travel on are about 1,000 feet elevation, using the assist the system works great, if I were to only use the throttle on these hills--not so much, it would drain down the battery far too quickly. In more conventional terms, a hill ride on a non-e-bike took me about an hour, on the same hill climb on my e-bike it took me 20 minutes. I haven't ridden any other e-bikes so I can't give you any comparisons. For e-bike comparisons on youtube try:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/ElectricBikeReview


    https://www.youtube.com/user/ElectricBikeReport/videos

    There are others on youtube reviewing e-bikes but the above two are a pretty good place to start, between the two of them you should find reviews of both the bikes you're interested in. Good luck.
    BionX is definitely designed to be used as pedal-assist, not throttle... A true legal E-Assist bicycle system.
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    Here's one to consider, it's very affordable with decent specs, has PAS and twist throttle on demand. Got 7 gears for easy pedaling, dual suspension for a nice soft smooth ride and it folds in half so you can take it anywhere with it. I get anywhere from 35-40 mile range with this bike using both PAS and throttle in combination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SchwinnSuburban View Post
    Thank you for the compliment 2old, however, my going with the 500D was more a mix of mild research and dumb luck. If I had done more extensive research I very well may have considered custom building an even more powerful system (I live in a hilly area), but probably would have in the end gone with the 500D anyway for reliability concerns. I've ditched my car, my e-bike is now my main source of transportation, break-downs can be a drag. I have heard about the upgrade to 28 mph, I'm hoping to be able to do it to my system, not because I want to go around at 28 mph but for emergency traffic situations--getting out of dodgy car traffic situations faster than 20 mph would be a nice option to have.

    By getting rid of the ownership expenses of my car is how I justified the cost of the 500D. I put it on a bike with a step-through frame (otherwise known as a girls' bike), when the front and rear is loaded with gear, groceries, etc. being able to simply "step-through" the frame to get on makes life a lot easier.
    I have a mountain bike and I agree with you, the step through frame makes it easier, especially at the long Stoplights.

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    I was looking at Pedego electric bikes about a year ago and was seriously considering getting one as I have been dealing with posterior tibial tendonitis in both feet now for about 7 years but it reached a point in both feet I couldn't even walk let alone ride my bike for months. I finally got to the right podiatrist and had AFOs with orthotics built in and wore those bilaterally for 18 months. Now I have an occasional flare up but nothing like before the AFO/orthotics (still wear during flare up) and months of PT. Ok back to the ebike. I tried a few Pedego models, rented them out for a few hours and was able to go up a pretty steep hill on throttle only. There's a store local to me that sells Pedego bikes and they are really a great store re all that they do for their customers re sales, support and repairs.

    Having an injury that you know about that others don't in terms of what you can tolerate without furthering your injury is the most important factor in terms of what you will buy that suits your needs. I agree with going to the stores and test riding the bikes and even renting one out if you're able to for a few hours, half day or the day. Good luck!

    ** I'm editing to add that actually I was able to go up not so much a steep incline but a progressively inclined hill on throttle only. I have to remind myself where I live and nearby is not really loaded with steep inclines like some other places. Anyway got up the hill(s) not pedaling.
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    The problem I have with Pedego is most of their bikes have the battery in the rear rack. This creates a high center of gravity and doesn't promote a good balance ride. Try riding a bike that has the battery low to the ground and you will see the difference.

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    Pedego has been updating some of their line of ebikes to frame mounted batteries. I like them, and some new bikes from ProdecoTech as well.
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