Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!

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Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!

Postby DaveE128 » 13 Mar 2019, 3:37pm

I'm looking into getting an e-bike for my commute.

The best route (12.5 miles each way) has some off-road sections (to avoid lengthy and hilly road detours - 16.5 miles total) that are body-batteringly rough on my current gravel-ish commuter bike and could get muddy. I need to carry up to about 6kg of stuff with me. I don't want to arrive totally plastered in mud if I can avoid it, and I'd prefer panniers to a rucksack for comfort.

The only bike I've found that seems to tick all the boxes for me is the Riese und Muller Delite:
https://www.r-m.de/en-gb/models/delite/

However I don't know whether it's available for a test ride anywhere in the UK, I'm not sure I need a second battery and it certainly isn't cheap.

Anyone got a good suggestion for mudguards and carrying luggage on a Haibike Sduro full seven 3.0?
https://www.haibike.co.uk/gb/en/ebikes/ ... 4540150940

I wondered about a seatpost-mounted rack? (eg https://www.tredz.co.uk/.RFR-Seatpost-C ... 212796.htm ) I figured with full suspension and well under 10kg load, a rack like this should be able to deal with the shocks ok and my stuff should get a smooth enough ride. I don't know how much wheel travel the Haibike has, so whether clearance would be ok. I can't figure out how to do mudguards though... Most MTB mudguards approaching full length that I can find are for 26" wheels.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Re: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!

Postby reohn2 » 14 Mar 2019, 8:26am

In your position I'd be tempted by the R&M Cruiser:- https://www.r-m.de/en-gb/models/cruiser/ with a decent mudflap on the front and a better suspension seatpost such as the CaneCreek ST it seems quite a capable machine for the job.The Delite is overkill unless the off road bits of your commute are really heavy MTBish tracks.
The Cruiser is half price of the Delite too.
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Re: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!

Postby loafer » 14 Mar 2019, 4:11pm

hi dave
how far away from York are you ..I test rode my r+M charger at https://www.electricbikesales.co.uk/yorkstore they had one of those in as a demo bike almost went for that model but was a little overkill for the cycling I will be doing ...lol they haave other branches alsp Bristol- Cambridge- Oxford- london

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Re: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!

Postby Mark R » 15 Mar 2019, 8:06am

Maybe a Moulton TSR would fit the bill?

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Re: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!

Postby velorog » 16 Mar 2019, 8:55am

Mark. That is a very neat TSR conversion that you have. I have an APB that I have considered converting. Could you give us some further details of the set-up, maybe on a different thread. Did you convert it yourself, which motor, battery etc. Thanks.

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Re: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!

Postby DaveE128 » 16 Mar 2019, 9:12am

Interesting suggestion. I have a non electric Birdy so have some experience of suspended small wheels. The handling of the birdy off road isn't great, or I'd consider converting that! I think it's the downside of the anti dive folding fork.

Not near York, might be worth a trip to one of their other locations - thanks for the tip!

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Re: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!

Postby Mick F » 16 Mar 2019, 9:34am

Mark R wrote:Maybe a Moulton TSR would fit the bill?
Nice conversion. Looks great! :D

I see that the front mudguard hasn't broken yet.
They need a second pair of stays. Do it, before it breaks. Wish I'd known about the poor design before mine broke, and I understand it's a common problem.
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Re: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!

Postby Mark R » 16 Mar 2019, 11:42am

Ha - I wish! I'ts a lovely looking bike but its not mine.

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Re: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!

Postby Mark R » 16 Mar 2019, 11:45am

I think if I was converting a Moulton i'd go for a crank drive set up. That way all the extra weight would be sprung.