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Old 06-02-15, 03:18 PM
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Smart eBike?

The Smart eBike looks like an incredible bike, but it seems to good to be true.. mostly because it is likely to stand out and look stupid and/or will be stolen easily?

Does anyone on here own one or does it seem like the kind of ride that would make someone seem kind of spoilt/uppety?


The weight of it also kind of puts me off, as it could run out virtually anywhere and I'd guess it weighs what seems like a tonne?
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A link?

If this is the one you mean, it looks okay, not great; however, I am glad to see the number of entrants into the market growing. I really do think e-bikes, are a great part of the urban traffic solution.

The biggest reason it would be hard to ride without the assist (other than the geometry) is that they went with a gearless motor. While the gearless motor is simpler and provides regen capabilities, the regen benefits in a light vehicle, like a bicycle are minimal. Further, the gearless motors cannot freewheel in the same way as the geared motors.

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Old 06-02-15, 04:16 PM
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That's the exact one! Sorry, I thought it was clear enough.

I hope they can become an accepted solution for city commuting too, it's a fantastic way to keep fit (maybe less than a regular bike, but much better than a car!)

So it couldn't freewheel without the motor? :O
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This bike is a nice design concept, I luv it actually. Now if it were available in the USA I might bite,...
Here's the video review:

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A link?

If this is the one you mean, it looks okay, not great; however, I am glad to see the number of entrants into the market growing. I really do think e-bikes, are a great part of the urban traffic solution.

The biggest reason it would be hard to ride without the assist (other than the geometry) is that they went with a gearless motor. While the gearless motor is simpler and provides regen capabilities, the regen benefits in a light vehicle, like a bicycle are minimal. Further, the gearless motors cannot freewheel in the same way as the geared motors.

I beg to differ... I guess it depends on how it's designed, how it's used, and the terrain... I can easily get 15% re-gen on my set up (BionX) and have even managed a 25% re-gen in certain conditions... As for the gearless motor, it also depends on how it's designed as to how easily one can ride it without assist, I can ride mine without the slightest hint of it holding me back without assist, just like a regular bike with pedal only...
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I have just recently purchased a Smart Ebike brand new from Mercedes -Benz . So far so good and really enjoy riding it . its a little on the heavy side for weight . As for mileage on a charge i get around 60km . I weight 220 lbs plus the weight of the bike . not bad .
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I have just recently purchased a Smart Ebike brand new from Mercedes -Benz . So far so good and really enjoy riding it . its a little on the heavy side for weight . As for mileage on a charge i get around 60km . I weight 220 lbs plus the weight of the bike . not bad .
Where do you live (country, state)? I know it's definitely not available here where I live.
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Where do you live (country, state)? I know it's definitely not available here where I live.
I live in Toronto Ontario. Canada.

I just finished building a crumb128-5.0 to unlock the speed limit. Going to test it out tonight.
Current Speed limit is set at 32km/h
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The Smart e-bike looks like a nice machine to me, except these are hobbies for me, and $3299 is too much for a hobby. I like the rubber drive belt. The EBR review says it has internal gearing but is still a DD motor. A 350W direct drive motor can't have too much pedal resistance. And it does look sweet.

Could be justified for a serious bike commuter.
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Hey Doc, hobbies are great, come on, spend your savings! No justifications needed here.
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