buying a used eBike?

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buying a used eBike?

Postby 1982john » 10 Dec 2019, 6:26pm

I've had some bargains on standard bikes by buying second hand over the years but is that a sensible option for an ebike?

The problem is the battery. Is there anyway of knowing for sure what shape the battery is in?

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Re: buying a used eBike?

Postby hemo » 10 Dec 2019, 7:10pm

Issue with a battery you will never know how it has been looked after during it's life so if older then 2 years old a new battery should be factored in to the used price, you can't always take the sellers word as face value.
Bosch are able to carry out diagnostic's on their batteries.

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Re: buying a used eBike?

Postby Polisman » 11 Dec 2019, 7:05am

On the plus side, if you have a working battery, even one that's maybe not great, you can use that as back up to a brand new battery. They're coming down in price, and although they don't use top quality cells, a cheap 10ah battery can be had for as little as £150. If you can get the donor bike for cheap /free, it's a good investment.

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Re: buying a used eBike?

Postby billym444 » 11 Dec 2019, 8:51am

the problem being. if you buy a poor cell battery for £150 then 3 months time youll be buying another.

so some very strong and hard learned advice here. if a new battery is really cheap then dont throw your money away.
big Bafang fan lol

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Re: buying a used eBike?

Postby loafer » 14 Dec 2019, 8:07pm

The problem is the battery. Is there anyway of knowing for sure what shape the battery is in

I would expect it to have had a full diagnostic report (bike + battery) which will tell you all you need to know ...which I had done when I put the 2 I had up for sale :D which tell all the modes used and for how long

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Re: buying a used eBike?

Postby jb » 17 Dec 2019, 7:05pm

The main thing is how old it is, you have to work hard at damaging a battery in 12 - 18 months . We have on old Raleigh Leeds which is about five years old now and been looked after. the batteries probably at 75% so you can comfortably do about 20 miles.
Which you might think is abysmal by today's standard but if your doing a daily five mile commute may be Ideal for the money.

(It's not for sale by the way)
J Bro