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Old 04-19-2020, 08:04 AM   #1
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E-Bikes

Who has E-Bike(s), include length of ownership, use, review, recommendations and any other comments please.
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Old 04-19-2020, 12:13 PM   #2
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Have you seen the several prior threads/posts the last few weeks discussing ebikes or are you looking for something different?
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Old 04-19-2020, 01:01 PM   #3
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I converted two of our bikes to e-bikes about 5 or 6 years ago. I used the Bafang BBS01 350 watt 36 volt crank drive kits. Now have over 200 miles on them - very pleased. One kit came from China; the second from a Las Vegas re-marketer.
I built one battery pack from RC drone batteries I bought from Amazon; the other battery pack is a Bixpower 8.4 Amp-hour e-bike pack. Believe this pack is no longer offered. The Bixpower came with a slip-on, locking mount (I bought a second mount from them so I could use the batteries on either bike interchangeably). Both batteries have worked well. I use an RC car/drone charger/balancer for the drone batteries- much less convenient than the Bixpower charging system.
The Bafang kits fit my bikes’ crank system with no issues (one Schwinn Crosstrek; one Yakusa). Throttle, display and control buttons also fit and worked with no significant problems. The Bafang brake levers, which include a motor cutoff switch, were more problematic - the Schwinn had the gear shifter and the brake integrated into one unit; I ended up leaving that and skipping the Bafang brake lever on the rear derailleur side. Overall, quite favorably impressed by the Bafang conversion kits.
The Bafang eliminates the front derailleur replacing it with a single motor-driven sprocket. The motor drives through the chain and the rear gear set. By changing rear gears, the gear ratio seen by the motor - and the pedals - is selectable. As I lost the selectable front derailleur gears, I replaced the lowest sprocket on the rear cluster with a larger one to allow a lower effective gear ratio.
Both bikes and batteries have been quite reliable and I have been quite pleased.
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Just re-read what I wrote. Actually have 450 miles on one bike; 550 on the other.
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Old 04-22-2020, 04:17 PM   #5
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5picker, I did a search for e-bikes nothing came up. Just interested in user comments to help decide on purchasing an e-bike or not.

Leaning toward the fold up type since I'm traveling with a half ton pickup and a Flagstaff 21 FBRS.
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Old 04-22-2020, 04:57 PM   #6
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5picker, I did a search for e-bikes nothing came up. Just interested in user comments to help decide on purchasing an e-bike or not.

Leaning toward the fold up type since I'm traveling with a half ton pickup and a Flagstaff 21 FBRS.
I just purchased the RadMini Stepthru for my wife and I. I’ve been assured they will fold and fit in the backseat of my truck.

I love it so far. Not a lot of rides but it makes the ride enjoyable. DW and I were riding yesterday and it was pretty windy, what a difference the eBike makes..

https://www.radpowerbikes.com/produc...mini-step-thru
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Old 04-22-2020, 06:40 PM   #7
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5picker, I did a search for e-bikes nothing came up. Just interested in user comments to help decide on purchasing an e-bike or not.

Leaning toward the fold up type since I'm traveling with a half ton pickup and a Flagstaff 21 FBRS.
I have been doing some research on these as I am interested also. Here are some of my links for them:

https://lectricebikes.com/
https://www.radpowerbikes.com/
https://sondors.com/
https://www.ecotric.com/collections/20-inch-fat-tire

Here are some video reviews:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...ature=emb_logo





Hope this helps. I am leaning to the Lectric Bike due to price.
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Here is a decent link about what to know before you buy..

https://youtu.be/HW7leoCOgxI
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Old 04-23-2020, 10:57 AM   #9
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A lot of good e-bike on the market now that are a lot more affordable than many early offerings.

I bought a Rad Rover mainly because they have a showroom here in Seattle. I got to ride one before buying and if I need service or parts it's a local affair.

The Rad Rover is one solid bike and I've put it to some serious off-road trail riding with no signs of wear/tear. Fits in the back seat of my Crew Cab if I remove the front wheel which takes seconds (same to re-install). Battery life is amazing. I pedal more than most because I want the exercise but using electric only the battery lasts a lot longer than expected. 25+ miles as a rule. Pedaling, easily twice that.
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