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Old 03-30-20, 01:58 AM
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What is your e-bike?

Some of you may have an e-bike that you plan to own, maintain, and enjoy for years to come. If so, that's awesome!

For those of us who have an e-bike in mind to replace their current one: which is your e-bike, what do you have your eye on as your next e-bike, and why?
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Old 03-30-20, 07:15 AM
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I am in the process of adding e-assist to my RotoVelo velomobile. Yesterday I was getting bolts and the like to attach the controller.

I decided not to go with mid-drive because I want to be able to use regen. I think this will be heavy enough for that to be useful. I have a 48V 20AH battery I will be using. Keeping that to about 20mh, I expect to see 75-100 mi range, depending on how much I put in.
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I much prefer add-on e bike kits because you can move them from one bike to another (sometimes easily, sometimes not, depending on the brand). Not a big fan of dedicated commercial e-bikes, because "most" are not great bikes, they're just inexpensive bikes that are motored. Unless you've got 5 grand or more to spend. And most are too heavy as well. So, for me, whatever bikes I get in the future will become my e-bikes even though they don't start out that way.
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Old 03-30-20, 01:18 PM
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Family mounts...

I've got a Stromer ST-1, (until the stay at home order) daily year round commuter. I've got over 15K miles on the puppy. Stromer uses their own bespoke rear direct drive motor with regenerative braking. I've equipped it with front and rear racks, and for larger shopping trips have trailers (Burley Travoy for middle size shopping, and a Burley flatbed for big Costsco runs). Studded tires for winter use.

My wife has a Haibike (the precise model has slipped my mind). It's got a Bosch mid-drive. She doesn't ride nearly as often, so it's been pretty low mileage.

My older son has a Tern Vektron S8; it's got a Bafang M400 mid-drive. He's just getting started, we purchased the bike used. I have been pleasantly surprised at how smooth and natural the Bafang M400 is. No clue as to how reliable or long lived it's going to be, but Tern and Bafang did a better job than I expected on making a very ridable bike
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Old 04-01-20, 08:40 AM
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I purchased the 2019 Cannondale Quick NEO last year and love it. It's a bit heavier than I'd prefer, but easily manage to put on the roof of my car for a trek away from the city.
My GF test rode my bike and loved it so much, she wanted the new 2020 Quick Neo SL 1.. Both bikes are relatively light for an ebike.




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Old 04-01-20, 09:34 AM
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The one I've ridden off road the past five or so years, although I ride my MTB about half the time. BBS02 in steel frame with 52V, 10 ah battery.
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Old 04-01-20, 07:57 PM
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Specialized Turbo Vado. Best ebike I’ve ever owned. I’m selling my Cannondale Trail 7 with a BBSHD I built because of this.
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Old 04-01-20, 08:06 PM
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I was also considering test riding the Cannondale Quick Neo- Have you determined what the range is, generally?
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Old 04-01-20, 08:46 PM
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I was also considering test riding the Cannondale Quick Neo- Have you determined what the range is, generally?
Well... I really use the pedal assist on / off as needed. I leave it in Tour mode and work the various settings during the ride.. I do turn it off on flat terrain.
I found that I got about 55 miles before charging with about 25-30% left on the battery.
Love the bike.
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Old 04-01-20, 08:53 PM
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Thanks for that info- I have a Copenhagen wheel that I really really like but am interested in this one as an upgrade, also will be an overall lighter package I think. I get about 40-45 on a charge, staying in eco mode most of the time. Relatively flat here, but hella windy.
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Originally Posted by linberl View Post
I much prefer add-on e bike kits because you can move them from one bike to another (sometimes easily, sometimes not, depending on the brand). Not a big fan of dedicated commercial e-bikes, because "most" are not great bikes, they're just inexpensive bikes that are motored. Unless you've got 5 grand or more to spend. And most are too heavy as well. So, for me, whatever bikes I get in the future will become my e-bikes even though they don't start out that way.
I don't have an e-bike at present, but I too will probably get a kit and add it to an existing bike. I will probably go for a geared rear wheel hub drive. The first one will be road legal. If I get two, the other one may be for off road. Adding a kit to a bike normally works out cheaper. It also makes it easy to replace parts if you need to. Parts on manufactured e-bikes are normally more expensive. I will probably get a spare battery.
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I don't have an e-bike at present, but I too will probably get a kit and add it to an existing bike. I will probably go for a geared rear wheel hub drive. The first one will be road legal. If I get two, the other one may be for off road. Adding a kit to a bike normally works out cheaper. It also makes it easy to replace parts if you need to. Parts on manufactured e-bikes are normally more expensive. I will probably get a spare battery.
Just stick with well regarded and known brands and avoid proprietary stuff (which ends up costing a lot more down the road). You'll have fun building it and be able to deal with any issues from a standpoint of knowledge as well.
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Old 04-02-20, 03:42 AM
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My ebike is

My current ebike is a Blix Aveny. In the future, maybe a Yamaha Cross Connect(Commuter),Trek Verve 3+(Commuter), Electra Townie Go 8i (Weekend), Blix Sol(Weekend). Yesterday, I rode a Aventon 500 (Commuter), it rode well and can go 28 MPH, I'd look at the Aventon Level Commuter for a Commuter bike.


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Old 04-02-20, 06:59 AM
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My current ebike is a Blix Aveny. In the future, maybe a Yamaha Cross Connect,Trek Verve+, or a Electra Townie Go 8i.

nice parking area for the fleet!
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nice parking area for the fleet!
Two of the bikes are provided by the company for employees to use during business hours.
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Old 04-02-20, 09:56 AM
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nice parking area for the fleet!
I just ordered that exact bike. Same brand, model and color. Can't wait! What do you think about your Aveny?
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Copenhagen wheel - pure fun.
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I just ordered that exact bike. Same brand, model and color. Can't wait! What do you think about your Aveny?
I'm in love with the bike. Very practical, affordable and has a good range than my previous 2017 Raleigh Retroglide IE. I generally use Level 3 assist during my commute ~15 MPH and I get about 3 round trips (48 Miles/day). I use the throttle at stop lights to get going. The lights work well, no issue with the derailer, very comfortable ride, and nice styling. I commute about 3-4 times a week weather permitting. I was going to buy the Electra Townie Go 8i this year, but when I looked at the cost $1499 vs $2699 I couldn't justify the value that the bike creates. At one time in my life Shimano was considered crap by the bicycle community. Over the years they have improved their product quality and range. No one ever buys a Toyota and says its not a high quality car whatever model they purchase. Most of the time, the car is just damn good from a Yaris to Lexis. Same goes for Honda, Hyundai, KIA...etc. Companies don't build crappy stuff because they're liable. The marketplace will decide.

When I got my bike, the brakes rubbed, I called and wrote Blix, took a few pictures than a replacement part came in a few days. Probably shipping damage. No issues since then. Good luck with your purchase.
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alloo, I agree with you about Shimano products. They get heavier as the price diminishes, but the performance (for me) doesn't deteriorate much. I've had XTR which was great, but the Altus on my e-MTB has been functioning extremely well for five years although I changed the cassette and chain a year or two ago.
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alloo, I agree with you about Shimano products. They get heavier as the price diminishes, but the performance (for me) doesn't deteriorate much. I've had XTR which was great, but the Altus on my e-MTB has been functioning extremely well for five years although I changed the cassette and chain a year or two ago.
The other thing is on hub drives, the drive train is doing half the work with the ebike assist. What do you care about weight?
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It kind of looks like Lake Shasta, near Redding CA. But then a lot of lakes look similar. What lake?
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While vacationing in Florida for the winter months I purchased in Jan an entry level M2S Sport R500 commuter. In the mid 1970's I was an avid road racing biker, purchased an ALAN record which I still have today. After many years of idle I decided to enjoy biking again. Upon arrival I found the tires too noisy so i changed out the Kenda knobbies for Schwalbe Marathons. I purchased an extra hidden battery, added better grips, softer seat, pedals, lock. I was biking everyday when I could, quite rainy this winter and racked up 200 miles. Then in March we had our gov't orders to return to Montreal asap. Now it's 4c waiting for the weather to warm up.
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