Originally Posted by sprockets
I found a BikeE CT on Craigs list that is local but the guy is asking $575 CDN. ... There also appears to be some damage to the seat latch mechanism, how hard would it be to find a replacement for this part?
It appears the seat braces broke and were re-welded.
BikeE is gone now, since 2002.
Bicycle Man says they still have some parts available:
There's also some BikeE-specific websites I've seen in the past, but good luck.
I would think hard before buying any BikeE, and still wouldn't likely pay over the typical $400 (US$) going rate for one with the wrapping still on it
. The main reason is that the hybrid rear hub is expensive to replace.
The 3x7 is no longer made--not even replacement parts now--and a new 3x8 or 3x9 hub costs about $400 w/shifter.*
....Since there's no front dérailleur post, the only way to get around using an expensive hybrid rear hub (a hub with both internal & external gears) and still get full-range gearing is to use either an internal or
an external-gear rear hub with a Schlumpf mountain drive crankset, which costs ~$500 US$ itself.
So you see... if you have to replace that rear hub at all, it's going to add $400-$500 onto what the bike will cost you. For around $1000 you could buy a Sun EZ-1 or a Cycle Genius Sparrow, and avoid the problems of a hybrid rear hub (and non-existent manufacturer support) entirely.
[chatter on folding bike forums seems to indicate that you can put the 3x8's or 3x9's in as a substitute for the 3x7, but I don't know for certain]