Electric bicycle recommendations?

Electrically assisted bikes, trikes, etc.
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Electric bicycle recommendations?

Postby errjam1 » 21 Jun 2017, 11:38am

Hi
I am looking to buy a new electric bike and I would like some help. The bike will be used mostly in the city during summer and winter.

I don't know any technical details of bicycles, but I have chosen 3 of those I felt looks good. 7k is my budget, but lesser the price the better.
Here are my choices

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I would like advice from people who own these bikes or any of similar kind. Suggestion and advice need not be limited to these. If you can suggest me another choice, another brand or anything at all, it'll be really great.

Thanks!

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Re: Electric bicycle recommendations?

Postby squeaker » 21 Jun 2017, 12:09pm

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Re: Electric bicycle recommendations?

Postby squeaker » 21 Jun 2017, 12:13pm

errjam1 wrote:Hi
I am looking to buy a new electric bike and I would like some help . . .
[ Cites models with prices in US dollars] . . . . .


Er, why the $ pricing - are you in the USA? (If yes, different rules apply eg your second choice would need insurance and a motorcycle helmet in the EU.)
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Re: Electric bicycle recommendations?

Postby errjam1 » 21 Jun 2017, 12:23pm

Thank you for the replies. I will go through it.
squeaker wrote:Scan AtoB's online guide / reviews.
HTH
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squeaker wrote:
Er, why the $ pricing - are you in the USA? (If yes, different rules apply eg your second choice would need insurance and a motorcycle helmet in the EU.)
Please ignore the pricing. Just need advice on how good the bikes are. Helmets and insurance are not a problem, but why a motor cycle helmet?

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Re: Electric bicycle recommendations?

Postby squeaker » 21 Jun 2017, 12:33pm

errjam1 wrote:Helmets and insurance are not a problem, but why a motor cycle helmet?
Because it's not restricted to 25kph so is classed as a moped... See AtoB legislation article ;)
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Re: Electric bicycle recommendations?

Postby errjam1 » 21 Jun 2017, 12:38pm

Thanks again. :)

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Re: Electric bicycle recommendations?

Postby hondated » 21 Jun 2017, 6:07pm

squeaker wrote:
errjam1 wrote:Helmets and insurance are not a problem, but why a motor cycle helmet?
Because it's not restricted to 25kph so is classed as a moped... See AtoB legislation article ;)

Why ! Nanny state again I expect.
Saw a car programme some time ago now which demonstrated an electric car that French youngsters can drive without a driving licence. Go figure !

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Re: Electric bicycle recommendations?

Postby [XAP]Bob » 22 Jun 2017, 12:22pm

Because there needs to be a division between an electrically assisted bike and a motorbike (and a moped, which was always a fudge).

So in the UK/EU you are limited to 250W whilst under 15mph.
I you get power over that speed or get more than 250W then you are no longer an e-assist bike, but are now a moped.

If you exceed the specified restrictions on a moped then you become a motorbike.

All three classes of vehicle have different regulations governing their use on the road.

I'd be really interested to see what an unrestricted 1kW motor would do at the rear of my low racer...
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Re: Electric bicycle recommendations?

Postby squeaker » 22 Jun 2017, 1:21pm

[XAP]Bob wrote:I'd be really interested to see what an unrestricted 1kW motor would do at the rear of my low racer...

Just under 50mph on the flat according to Kreuzotter :lol:

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Postby [XAP]Bob » 22 Jun 2017, 2:27pm

squeaker wrote:
[XAP]Bob wrote:I'd be really interested to see what an unrestricted 1kW motor would do at the rear of my low racer...

Just under 50mph on the flat according to Kreuzotter :lol:

1kWlr.jpg


And add in the couple of hundred I can add...
Mwahaaa...

I was guessing that I'd be nudging towards the speed limits on most of the roads around here, and it looks like I was right.

Maybe I should have said that I'd be interested to *feel* what it could do...
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Re: Electric bicycle recommendations?

Postby Paulq » 23 Jun 2017, 7:43pm

I can help you as I own two.

Once you get past the 'that's cheating' rubbish you'll be better placed to make an informed decision. I own both a Cube and a HaiBike electric bike, the only difference being that the Cube uses the Bosch motor and the HaiBike the Yamaha.

They are actually pretty similar with my personal preference being the Bosch but the Yamaha is also a pretty good unit. You'll see them referred to as sDuro (Yamaha) and xDuro (Bosch).

Both of mine are great but the Cube is the better all round bike and by some way. Apart from the motor the normal rules of choosing a bike apply - make sure it fits, make sure you ride it first and, finally, which do you like best. Buy the best quality bike you can. I don't know anything about the ones you mention I am afraid but they are reputable brands.

My sole other observation is be aware that they are heavy beats so take into account transporting them. Most roof bars have a load limit of around 17kg so, even with front wheel and battery off it's unwise to try and use those. Tow bar carriers are fine and I can get 2 in the back of my Honda CR-V.

Also be aware that you should pay attention to brake quality. With a human on top of them they take some stopping and this tends to fry brake pads very quickly unless you fir quality ones. Also try and include a kickstand in the deal - they fall over easy!

Other than that they are much of a muchness so pick one you like then enjoy riding it. They are brilliant.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Electric bicycle recommendations?

Postby loafer » 30 Nov 2017, 5:20pm

this one has caught my eye :D :D :D a thing of beauty

https://www.r-m.de/en-gb/e-bike/charger-gx/

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Re: Electric bicycle recommendations?

Postby djnotts » 30 Nov 2017, 7:58pm

loafer wrote:this one has caught my eye :D :D :D a thing of beauty

https://www.r-m.de/en-gb/e-bike/charger-gx/


I think those indeed eye-catchingly attractive, but once get into the over 3 grand realm, why oh why not have an actual motorcycle?

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Re: Electric bicycle recommendations?

Postby loafer » 30 Nov 2017, 11:26pm

djnotts wrote:
loafer wrote:this one has caught my eye :D :D :D a thing of beauty

https://www.r-m.de/en-gb/e-bike/charger-gx/


I think those indeed eye-catchingly attractive, but once get into the over 3 grand realm, why oh why not have an actual motorcycle?


its about the journey :D plus am not allowed to drive anymore since 2011 ...eye problems (Glaucoma) :(

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Re: Electric bicycle recommendations?

Postby hemo » 1 Dec 2017, 12:37am

When it comes to ebikes the Reise and Mullers are the Rolls Royce of ebikes. 7k is a lot of Wonga to spend but if you can afford to and want to, then go for it. Like a lot of bikes they are 15.5pnh/25km restricted but if you want fast you need the 45kmh version.