Newbie looking for advice re £1500-£1800 ebike

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mischip
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Newbie looking for advice re £1500-£1800 ebike

Postby mischip » 7 Jan 2019, 12:08pm

Hi all,

I’m sure this sort of advice has been asked and answered loads of times so if so, sorry for the repetition.

I’m looking to get an e-bike to commute to work part of the week and for the occasional jaunt out in the local countryside. The commute is 12 mile round trip but I live in a fairly hilly part of Yorkshire, so lots of dales and valleys to go up and down in. We are just on the edge of the Pennines. I’m reasonably fit (sore knees and lower back aside) and healthy but am looking to turn up at work in a decent state rather than looking like a raging tomato. I’d occasionally like to take it on the canal tow paths around us too and get to the top of some of the valley sides when the urge takes me.

So I’m looking for a hybrid bike with a good quality motor with decent grunt and a reasonable battery, possibly a throttle (though not set on that), that comes with hydraulic brakes, some suspension, build in lock (if possible, not essential) and includes mud guards, pannier rack and integrated lights in the £1500 to £1800 range.

So far I’ve been looking at the following:

Volt Pulse
Raleigh Motus
Raleigh Motus Tour
Cube Hybrid One 400 Easy Entry
Carrera Crossfuse

I’m usually quite good at doing some research and then picking out what I think is best but I’m struggling here as I have no biking previous history. While they all seem to be similar-ish there seem to be quite a few differences in suspension types, gears, tyres, drive types etc so not sure where the best pick is. I like the sound of the Bosch drive system but again not sure which drive system to go for and doesn’t have to be (I know the Volt isn’t Bosch powered) and not sure about mid-drive as opposed to rear hub.

Any thoughts, suggestions etc. on the above would be much appreciated and then I can decide which to go look at and possible try out. Thanks in advance!

stodd
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Re: Newbie looking for advice re £1500-£1800 ebike

Postby stodd » 7 Jan 2019, 2:47pm

Also worth looking at Woosh, for example http://wooshbikes.co.uk/?krieger. That will come in well below your budget, even with the biggest battery. One issue is you can't easily try one unless you are near Southend, or sometimes they can manage for you to try somebody else's more locally.

One thing to consider with the more sophisticated Bosch systems is that any repair is likely to be much more expensive, and replacement batteries are very expensive as well when the time comes. We've got a 2nd hand 2016 Motus easy entry (hub gears) and are very pleased with it; but slightly anxious about possible future costs. Next door got a 2018 Cube Hybrid easy entry; it is certainly nicer than ours, but I think a Motus from the same year would be pretty much equivalent.

Worth asking on Pedelecs site as well, you'll get a much wider range of answers. https://www.pedelecs.co.uk/forum/forums ... -i-buy.40/

mischip
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Re: Newbie looking for advice re £1500-£1800 ebike

Postby mischip » 8 Jan 2019, 10:18am

stodd wrote:Also worth looking at Woosh, for example http://wooshbikes.co.uk/?krieger. That will come in well below your budget, even with the biggest battery. One issue is you can't easily try one unless you are near Southend, or sometimes they can manage for you to try somebody else's more locally.

One thing to consider with the more sophisticated Bosch systems is that any repair is likely to be much more expensive, and replacement batteries are very expensive as well when the time comes. We've got a 2nd hand 2016 Motus easy entry (hub gears) and are very pleased with it; but slightly anxious about possible future costs. Next door got a 2018 Cube Hybrid easy entry; it is certainly nicer than ours, but I think a Motus from the same year would be pretty much equivalent.

Worth asking on Pedelecs site as well, you'll get a much wider range of answers. https://www.pedelecs.co.uk/forum/forums ... -i-buy.40/


Thanks for your response. Much appreciated. I'll check out Whoosh and the pedelec site.

Cours
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Re: Newbie looking for advice re £1500-£1800 ebike

Postby Cours » 12 Jan 2019, 2:58pm

My neighbour bought the Cube Hybrid one and I've had a quick spin around the town on it and i must say it's very nippy, especially up hills. I'd give it 9/10.