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Old 03-04-14, 01:21 AM
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Just eyeballing it... It looks like it would have a short effective top tube and the rider would be sitting pretty upright. I'd think the rider's position would be much like a comfort bike or beach cruiser. If I had to pedal to power the thing, I'd personally want a more aero position if I was covering significant distances, so I personally wouldn't consider it for something like touring or commuting.
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Originally Posted by anga View Post
Let me state the questions again: consider only the frame. What type of bike (touring, trekking, commuting, comfort,....) is it best suited for?
The kind that gets used as a boat anchor. If you divorce this bike from its E-ness, it's just plain stupid.

The riding position couldn't be more optimised for catching the breeze, for one.
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Old 03-04-14, 02:55 AM
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Originally Posted by anga View Post
Interesting that most responses do not focus on the frame.

Let me state the questions again: consider only the frame. What type of bike (touring, trekking, commuting, comfort,....) is it best suited for?
Assuming a rider whose body proportions fall in the center of the span - comfort.

Someone with unusual body proportions, maybe even an old injury or two may be able to turn it into a successful touring bike for that particular rider.

And of course, if your commute is short enough, anything can be used as a commuter.

Trekking seems quite unlikely.
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Old 03-04-14, 03:13 AM
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The bike is a 2001 Mercedes E-bike which was a failure in the market... the geometry suggest it was designed for urban transportation / commuting and it retailed for $2500.00

Mercedes' Smart division is releasing a new electric bike that uses the Canadian Bionx electric assist and it will sell for over $3200.00.
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Old 03-04-14, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by anga View Post
Interesting that most responses do not focus on the frame.

Let me state the questions again: consider only the frame. What type of bike (touring, trekking, commuting, comfort,....) is it best suited for?
You keep repeating an unanswerable question. You can't classify a bicycle based on just a frame. If forced, I'd say that the frame alone classifies it as an electric bike, or a comfort bike.

On the other hand, you're asking strangers for help, and get frustrated and lash out when they don't give you exactly what you need. I, like a few here, don't mind helping strangers out with problems, which is why we responded. But some of us like there to be a point. You were asked why you wanted to know and never responded.

This has happened before, where you lashed out at those trying to help. so this is it for me.
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Old 03-04-14, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
comfort bike
Studies have shown that the time spent making an effort is more noticeable than the level of effort (within certain bounds, I guess).

I don't think anyone without major back issues is better off with such an upright position, at least not for any length of time or approaching speeds involving appreciable headwind.

If you don't like sitting on a bike, I say speed up and get it over with.
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Old 03-04-14, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
Electric Comfort/Hybrid bike.
Originally Posted by anga View Post
Interesting that most responses do not focus on the frame.

Let me state the questions again: consider only the frame. What type of bike (touring, trekking, commuting, comfort,....) is it best suited for?
I'll stand by what I said before: comfort/hybrid. Short top tube, head tube higher than seat tube = upright riding posture common to both categories.

Add in the quill stem (height adjustable), fluffy sprung saddle, no foot retention, wide tires with reflective striping, and butterfly bars, and again, you're in comfort/hybrid realm. ...which could very well be pressed into service for touring, commuting, and trekking.
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Edit: OK, maybe not intentionally trolling, but this seems to have quickly devolved into a cyclical argument that's not going anywhere and OP doesn't appear to be helping.

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Old 03-04-14, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
I think that's unfair. I think the OP is sincere, but doesn't know enough to see the problem with his question. He also doesn't get how forums work so get's frustrated by the failure to precisely give him the info he wants.

This isn't his first post, and similar issues cropped up on prior ones.

So, I don't think he's a troll, but won't feel like trying to help him in the future.
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Fixed so as to not seem so mean.
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Old 03-04-14, 11:17 AM
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City/Comfort bike IMO.. but that takes some imagining with how integrated electric that bike is.
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Originally Posted by anga View Post
Interesting that most responses do not focus on the frame.

Let me state the questions again: consider only the frame. What type of bike (touring, trekking, commuting, comfort,....) is it best suited for?
this question has been answered over and over in the posts above

but since you missed that
i will repeat it once more
its a comfort bike

(i am proud to have withheld all the sarcastic but silly answers)
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Old 03-04-14, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I guess I'd go with Comfort Bike.
Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
So are you asking what it would be without a motor? Maybe SS/comfort/beach cruiser. But you can pretty much classify any bike as a commuter. Around here , they'd hook up some strobe lights and a fogger and call it a burningman bike...
Originally Posted by xenologer View Post
comfort bike
also the upturned bars and lack of chainstays is bothering me
why ya need to know ?
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+1

Seems to be a fairly slack headtube angle, wide saddle. Bars set up high.
And isn't the rear wheel smaller than the front, or is the pic just playing tricks with me?
Not that that would be a common feature for comfort bikes....

And look at the size of the rear sprocket. Unless there's an IGH at the core of that motor hub, you'd need a HUGE front ring to get that thing much above walking pace through muscle power.

And call me safety junkie if you wish, but it always bothers me when I see Trekking bars set at such an angle.
Hit something big enough to cause the bike to come to an instant stop when you're riding with your hands on the rearmost part, the arms can go through the "loops", then as the body continues forward you're a good candidate for a matching set of very nasty forearm fractures.
Originally Posted by SkyDog75 View Post
Just eyeballing it... It looks like it would have a short effective top tube and the rider would be sitting pretty upright. I'd think the rider's position would be much like a comfort bike or beach cruiser. If I had to pedal to power the thing, I'd personally want a more aero position if I was covering significant distances, so I personally wouldn't consider it for something like touring or commuting.
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Originally Posted by anga View Post
Interesting that most responses do not focus on the frame.

Let me state the questions again: consider only the frame. What type of bike (touring, trekking, commuting, comfort,....) is it best suited for?
Thought the purpose was implied.
The plan is to build a new bike (non-electric) using only the frame and fork from the above bike.
Based on the frame and fork geometry, what type of bike are they best suited for?
For example, it is probably not the best frame for a road bike or a downhill bike.

I do not have a particular use in mind--just want to put the frame and fork to best possible use.
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