Folding E-Bike Advice

Electrically assisted bikes, trikes, etc.
BarnsleyRob
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Folding E-Bike Advice

Postby BarnsleyRob » 22 Aug 2020, 2:20pm

Hi all,

I’m looking for advice please as a potential late returner to some form of cycling.

I’m 5’6” and have had an ankle replacement which means that I can’t manage a full pedal rotation with my left foot, hence the need for some form of assistance. Space at home is at a premium but I’d also like to be able to put the bike in the boot and head out to some of the quieter open spaces along the Pennine Way etc, hence the need for a folding bike. Budget is around £1k as my wife is convinced it’ll be a flash in the pan.

My last teen/adult bike was a Puch which was made of girders and single speed, so I’m not a big fan of the dangly gear sets on the rear preferring instead a modest hub gear set or single speed.

My shortlist currently comprises:

B’Twin at Decathlon and the Enik Snap-In at Towshure. Both are similarly priced but the Enik is 36V vs 24V for the B’Twin and it also has the internal gear set which I prefer to the full Shimano rigging.

The B’Twin felt slightly lighter and had just been unpacked. It felt fairly sturdy whereas the Enik was out on display and I noticed that the seat post rotated very easily so the saddle could be pointing to all 4 corners without much pressure.

Finally the curve ball is the MiiRider One 2020. Well outside my original budget and no opportunity to see it anytime soon but it’s lighter than the others and gets good press reviews. I particularly like the boost function to help me when my ankle stalls ! However, it’s a very new company and only has one product so may not be in it for the long term.

links below.

[URL unfurl="true"]https://www.decathlon.co.uk/tilt-500-folding-electric-bike-black-id_8500547.html[/URL]

[URL unfurl="true"]https://www.towsure.com/enik-snap-in-electric-folding-e-bike[/URL]

[URL unfurl="true"]https://mirider.co.uk/[/URL]

With regard to the Mirider, I’ve found the base bike on AliExpress for under £600. It ships from Czech Republic or Poland I think and they claim it’s EU compliant although all the reviews show twist and go throttle.

Any advice gratefully received.

dezzie
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Re: Folding E-Bike Advice

Postby dezzie » 2 Sep 2020, 11:41am

Look at Rad bikes, very good bikes and prices and have a load of good reviews.

Jdsk
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Re: Folding E-Bike Advice

Postby Jdsk » 2 Sep 2020, 2:13pm

BarnsleyRob wrote:I’m 5’6” and have had an ankle replacement which means that I can’t manage a full pedal rotation with my left foot, hence the need for some form of assistance.

Apart from the eBike angle have you talked to a specialist about swing cranks and other clever gadgets?
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Jonathan

anim_al
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Re: Folding E-Bike Advice

Postby anim_al » 9 Sep 2020, 11:01pm

Hello Rob
Good to read your plans/aspirations and research. I have recently researched the possibility of adding an electric motor (front wheel) to my Brompton, using detailed tests and results conducted by 'A to B' magazine and website. Beware that a budget of 'around 1K' might be unrealistic, as research can reveal overall better options for perhaps a few additional hundred pounds. Indeed, a decent (reliable/easy to use/fold/unfold) bike is likely to be used more/last longer(?) than one that is inferior, so consider pounds (£s) per mile ridden/hour of use. The financial cost is only part of the equation. Good luck. Andrew

mumbojumbo
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Re: Folding E-Bike Advice

Postby mumbojumbo » 28 Sep 2020, 6:32am

If choosing between Tsure and Deca,the latter has a pedigree in sports the former sell plastic flowers for caravaners etc.The former have poor after sales and at bottom end sell rubbish bikes.Their market is campers who want to take a bike on holiday for a 5 mile spin,less on a bad day.I would say you will struggle on your budget but there will plenty of used ebikes coming to market as weather gets colder and wetter and nights get longer.The 2020 Covid crisis will mark a pinnacle in cycle.manie.

stodd
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Re: Folding E-Bike Advice

Postby stodd » 28 Sep 2020, 8:23am

mumbojumbo wrote:there will plenty of used ebikes coming to market as weather gets colder and wetter and nights get longer.
And, sadly many more sitting unused and uncared for, with their batteries degrading like mad.