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Is it a good choice to buy a 16" folding ebike for commuting?

Old 12-20-17, 06:43 PM
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Is it a good choice to buy a 16" folding ebike for commuting?

I am thinking of buying a 16" folding electric bike for commuting as I can take it into office not worrying about being stolen or damaged outside. I saw some beautiful 16" folding bike which I believe it was built in China. it sales at 600$ with rear hub.

BTW,I am 190 pounds.
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Old 12-20-17, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Xavierz View Post
...it sales at 600$ with rear hub.....
Triple that to acquire reliability.
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Old 12-20-17, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Xavierz View Post
I am thinking of buying a 16" folding electric bike for commuting as I can take it into office not worrying about being stolen or damaged outside. I saw some beautiful 16" folding bike which I believe it was built in China. it sales at 600$ with rear hub.

BTW,I am 190 pounds.
As long as you consider it disposable like a laptop you'll be fine. It's going to stop working eventually, and the seller isn't going to help you. Ride it 'til it blows!
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Old 12-21-17, 08:07 AM
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You could tell more about your commuting distance and areas you have to cross/pass. Maybe there are more possible solutions.
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Make sure that you've ridden something comparable in size. I'm 6'1" and rode a Brompton; couldn't get a comfortable orientation and IMO wouldn't want to have ridden it more than a couple of miles. TBF, I have little experience with folding bikes.
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Old 12-21-17, 03:09 PM
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I have an $850 folding bike without electric and it works great for commuting. That inexpensive will be very heavy and have very poor durability. I would not even consider it.
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I have two $300 folders, fitted with small motors. Good for about 16 miles of recreational riding with my wife, or two 10 mile rides with lunch in the middle. They're 35 and 40 pounds with batteries. I built them for fun, as we already had several full size ebikes, and found they work for casual riding on bike paths or empty country roads.

I see the OP has a Dahon, so he or she should know the limitations with smaller tires. Harsher ride, gearing, etc.

My biggest concern? It's not a bicycle component failing. I have spares. Not the motor either. I can buy one for $120-200 and fit it to most any ebike. It's the battery. Can it be replaced? Is it safe enough to charge at the office and at home every day?
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Old 12-24-17, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Joe Remi View Post
As long as you consider it disposable like a laptop you'll be fine. It's going to stop working eventually, and the seller isn't going to help you. Ride it 'til it blows!
Almost anything “electronic” should be considered disposable anymore.

Im in the technology business (since 1977) and more and more, manufacturers....even the majors....stop “supporting” their sold product AS SOON as is possible.

Its a disposable world we live in: add circuitry, proprietary batteries, and software/firmware and there are no “legacy” products being produced.
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Some people care about durability:
ifixit.com/smartphone-repairability
ifixit.com/tablet-repairability
ifixit.com/laptop-repairability
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Any battery of common voltage will be easily replaced, universal ones come with a mounting plate it'll lock to. A 36v e-bike will take a 36v hydrogen cell in 50yrs time with no problems...
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