Anybody bought an Orbea Gain ?
Posted: 18 Sep 2020, 5:08pm
I'm thinking about getting one of these, just looking for a bit more info, owners experiences that sort of thing ....
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richtea99 wrote:I have a D50 which is the most basic drop handlebar Gain.
I'm very happy with it, and I'd definitely recommend it.
It gives you the option to either tackle different routes, longer routes, or just potter if you don't feel like going for it that day.
- well-made even though it's the base model
- tidy understated battery and motor design
- light for an electric bike (only 2-3Kgs more than my steel tourer)
- I barely need to use it, but when I do it's nearly always in 'Easy' mode (level 1 of 3)
- with light use it does 70+ miles
- has mudguard and pannier mounting holes
- you definitely still get a workout - it's not a free ride. I like that
- in level 3 it gets me up hills I couldn't even climb 20 years ago. Progress.
- the wheelset isn't as good as I would hope for. I'm a heavy rider (18st) so it's likely to be my fault, not Orbeas. I had them rebuilt before I got any trouble
- you have to charge indoors if it's sub-zero (batteries don't like it)
We also have a Boardman electric bike with the Fazua system in the family, which is a close competitor. I'd say it's a slightly better design (mid-motor), but then again you have to pay more for Fazua-powered bikes.
Both the Gain and the Boardman are perfectly usable - I'd be very happy with either.
If you've got specific questions, I'll be happy to answer them.
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