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Old 07-12-18, 07:19 AM
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New bike advice

I have a pretty long commute (40km a day) that I am currently doing in my old, noisy, very low power, crappy ebike (Schwinn IZIP from 2007 updated to li-ion). This is actually my second ebike (both of them old, crappy and ugly). Anyway, I'm doing 40K a day easily in that thing although is heavy AF. After riding low power ebikes for a while I think if I go to a lighter bike I would go as fast and not need a motor (I am doing probably 70% of the effort).


Some things to consider:

1. I would like something that I can use in the city and not worry too much about it being stolen.

2. My commute is a combination of bad roads with some dirt and gravel. I don't want flat tires all the time.

3. I had surgery a few years ago in between my legs for something quite serious probably caused by another mountain bike without suspension. I wouldn't like that to happen again so I'd need suspension or a wide seat.

4. I ride as a maniac when there is no people in the road. I jump in every curb and always go as fast as I can (with the pedals, the motor is very low power). Need something strong and reliable.



I've looking for a while and have several options very different between them. I need help.

1. Update my ebike with a front derraileur so I can pedal a bit faster (right now the gears are not long enough and that's frustrating). It would be about $100 only but the bike is HEAVY.

2. Change to a full suspension aluminum bike and install a little motor and battery only to compensate the weight of the motor, suspension and battery (the smallest / lightest motor I can find).

3. Change to a road bike (no motor). I would love that and I think I would go very fast, but I'm afraid it'll break considering how I use the bike, the roads as well as my health issues.

4. Change to a decent hybrid bike (no motor) with front suspension only and a wide seat, but I'm not sure if I can do 40km a day on that. It won't be as fast as a road bike either.


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Old 07-12-18, 08:35 AM
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I would move to a regular bike if you are having that much trouble on an e-bike. A hybrid or gravel bike will fit your needs and for 20k each way.
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Old 07-12-18, 09:08 AM
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Mtb are typically slow, and it appears that you love speed.

I suggest a 650b 'gravel' bike. Essentially a road bike with big enough tires to soak up road trash so it's more comfy.

Heres a decent one. It's not super light, but if you get a set of slicks for it I'm sure it would meet your needs.

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Old 07-12-18, 10:00 AM
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I didn't know about gravel bikes, new concept. Looks like something that could work for me, maybe with a seat post suspension.
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Old 07-12-18, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Chourizo View Post
I didn't know about gravel bikes, new concept. Looks like something that could work for me, maybe with a seat post suspension.
You certainly could.

Since they use higher air volume, lower air pressure tires you can give tubeless a shot. Most tires and wheels in this category are tubeless ready. You just need the tape, valve, and sealant, as well as doing some research on how to do it with less fuss.
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