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FLX Babymaker Initial Review

Old 09-24-22, 07:13 PM
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FLX Babymaker Initial Review

Like almost everyone, Iíve been thinking about getting an electric bike for a while. A few weeks ago, I bought an FLX Babymaker. Odd name, but what I liked about the bike before I bought it:

Doesnít really look electric. Battery hidden in tube. You can see the rear wheel motor if you look for it.
Reasonable weight. Rides okay without the motor assist. Easy to put in the car.
Price. $1,749 including shipping and tax.

What I didnít like so much:

One speed belt drive. Clean and simple, but a few gears would be nicer.
Hydraulic brakes. Would much rather have cables.
Unknown brand.

The likes outweighed the dislikes, so I bought it. Iíve ridden about 100 miles; here are my first impressions:

Came well packaged and minimal assembly was easy.
Looks quite nice, generally well put together.
Comfortable, once I raised the handlebars an inch or two with a riser.
Belt drive is nice. Gearing is pretty high - climbing hills is tough without electric assist.
Skinny tires and high gearing mean it is really a road or bike path machine. I did take it in the woods, but it was not satisfactory.
Pretty good computer, except it doesnít estimate remaining range. It does show battery level. Also max and avg speed.
I havenít tested the claimed 70 mile range, but a 20 mile ride showed more than half a charge left.
Fairly rough ride, which also hurt the off road usefulness. I may try wider tires and a suspension seatpost.
With 5 levels of assist, itís pretty easy to get the right one. You really feel like Superman on level 5.

So overall Iím satisfied. Itís not perfect, but it is everything it was advertised to be. Hoping it proves to be reliable because I donít know how they would handle warranty service. I think it has a one year guarantee. So far I tentatively recommend it.
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Good review; it'll be interesting to see if it's useful during the winter.
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In all honesty this bike is specifically aimed at city commuters. It's a solid ride, but I'd avoid the off road situations with it.


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