Looking to buy 1st ebike - $1200 range

#1
Hi All,

I'm considering getting an ebike and looking for opinions. Here's what I am looking for:

- bike for commuting: 10mi each way outside of Boulder, CO. Commute is somewhat hilly -- maybe 3-4% grade hill for the last mile or so.
- part of the commute is on a soft surface path (crushers). Not sure if this makes a difference, but thought I'd include it
- me: late 30s, 5'9", 170lb
- Looking for pedal assist to get me to work (hopefully) without needing a shower once I get there (tho showers are available).
- not looking to go crazy fast. I doubt I'd feel comfortable going much above 20mph. Throttle would be nice, but not opposed to assist only.
- would like to stay around $1200, preferably less, could go a bit higher.
- I've been considering single-speed. I like the idea of a simpler drivetrain, but I'm concerned about hills/having to spin like crazy. Thoughts on this?
- Not too worried about suspension.

Bikes I've been thinking about:

Ride1up Roadster Ghost (love the look, love the price, love the included rack/fenders, wish the battery was detachable to charge at work).
Ride1up 500 MTB (a bit more expensive, would probably end up buying fenders and a rack, but has detachable battery and gears)
Propella V2.4 7spd (same notes as above, like the style a lot)

Open to other ideas as well.

There are a number of LBSs here that sell electric bikes, but they tend to be more expensive than I'm willing to go right now. (however, I just checked one of them and they have a 2016 iZIP e3 Dash marked down to $1500, so maybe I spoke too soon. They also have a few Raleigh iE bikes available in the $1300 range).

If i do buy online, I would probably take the bike to an LBS to be assembled, etc.

Thanks for the input!

ETA: I'm probably not going to build my own at this point. I can change a flat but otherwise I can't do much of my own tuneup work. And I'd prefer a bike with a decent warranty to needing to fix things myself.
 
#3
Wow, yeah, the Pace 350 would seem to check all the boxes. Looks like I'll be hitting refresh on Aventon.com until it shows up :)

I also was looking at the Rad City, but it's more that i'd like to spend.
 
#5
I just did a similar search at a slightly higher price point - if I had your budget I would go with the Ride1up 500 MTB due to the 500 w motor (though I don’t know the torque which is what you really should look at to compare) over the Aventon 350 (which I assume is a 350 w motor). With the rack and fenders the Ride1up is $1200.
 
#6
I purchased 2 Pace 500's a few weeks ago for my wife and I and really impressed with the quality. I know you are looking at a 350 w motor, but the quality of the components and support have been really great
 
#7
The Ride1up with Rack, fenders, and the upgraded computer is around 1250. The Aventon 350 would probably be $1100 with a rack and fenders. So for another $150 I'd be getting the 500W motor, 48V battery, and a front suspension. That doesn't sound like a bad deal, but I also don't know that I need those things.

I also am a little worried that Ride1up is a fairly new entity, whereas Aventon has been around for a couple years (the company at least, if not their ebike line).

Tyler S, did you eventually settle on a bike?
 
#8
Yeah it all becomes a slippery slope on pricing - and people will tell you that you HAVE to spend more, but that's not realistic for most of us, who approach these things with sometimes firm budgets. I did - I actually had settled on a Juiced CrossCurrent S which is on sale for $1700, when I saw someone on this forum who was selling a used 9-month old one for $1050, so I bought that.
 
#9
Just a heads up that the Ride1up 500 went up another $100 to $1200 so with rack & fenders, lcd display you are looking at $1350. The choice between the Ride1up 500 (25mph) and the Aventon 500 (28mph, hydraulic brakes, +$50 suspension fork) is getting harder than ever.
 
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harryS

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Buying a 2016 Izip ebike, even if "new", you get a battery that's been on shelf for 2 years. You want to them to warranty the battery (for whatever that's worth).

AZoldtech, don't you own a Ride1up? Wouldja buy another one?
 
#12
Buying a 2016 Izip ebike, even if "new", you get a battery that's been on shelf for 2 years. You want to them to warranty the battery (for whatever that's worth).

AZoldtech, don't you own a Ride1up? Wouldja buy another one?
If the price was still $999 like it was originally, no question about it I would buy it again. But after 2 price increases and still no LCD display as standard (which IMO is a required purchase as the only LCD display that will work is a Lishui display, not a Bafang display, due to the Lishui controller being used), you are looking at $1255. The Aventon 500 has certain advantages over the Ride1up. The Aventon 500 is a true class 3 ebike at 28mph, has hydraulic brakes (which IMO are a class above mechanical brakes for safety), comes standard with bosses for rack and fender (it will cost you $40 extra to add bosses on the Ride1Up so you can add your own rack & fenders instead of buying the $100 Ride1up set), has a Bafant LCD display, has a 10% bigger battery, has better gearing (which will cost you extra on the Ride1up to change the freewheel/chainring), has better tires, but does NOT have a headlight (but you can add a much brighter headlight/tail light USB rechargeable combo for $20 than the low lumens ride1up headlight), and does NOT have a suspension fork but you can add one for $60 WITH a lockout (which the low end suspension fork of the Ride1Up does NOT have - meaning a lockout - and forks IMO need that if you riding a lot on paved roads).
They are both very nice bikes and at $999 the Ride1up was an easy decision to make. At $1255 it is not. Given my need for ever faster speed, had the price back when I bought my Ride1up was $1255 with the LCD display, I "probably" would have chosen the Aventon 500 on class 3 speed and hydraulic brakes alone. But they are both excellent built bikes, make no mistake about it, and my Ride1Up has been a workhorse for all the miles that I've put on it. And Ride1up support is fast and awesome. So you have to value individually the items that I mention above to make your decision.
 
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Just a heads up that the Ride1up 500 went up another $100 to $1200 so with rack & fenders, lcd display you are looking at $1350. The choice between the Ride1up 500 (25mph) and the Aventon 500 (28mph, hydraulic brakes, +$50 suspension fork) is getting harder than ever.
Ugh yes I did see that this weekend. I had almost made the decision to just pull the trigger on a 1up MTB and had posted on reddit hoping Kevin would answer a couple questions, and then later that night saw the price went up. Not good timing.

I also noticed that Propella dropped the prices of the 7spd down to 1199 and the SS down to 999. The Ride1up seems to be a better value still, but it's definitely a harder choice.

I do think the Propella is a great looking bike.
 

harryS

Well-Known Member
#14
Nice report, AZoldtech. Really, if it offers hydraulic disks, it's an easy decision for a Class III, although I would prefer a Class II that has a readily removeable speed limiter. Throttles are quite handy for starting.
 
#16
Ok, I just pulled the trigger on a Ride1up 500 MTB. I actually emailed Kevin and he was gracious enough to give me a code for $80 off the new price, which almost takes it back to the original pricing.

FYI, on the Ride1up About page you can get a code for $40 off if you pledge to replace two car trips a month with biking (and no, I was not able to use both codes at the same time ;))

If my commute was flatter and/or the Ghost was able to charge off the bike I think i would have gone for that bike instead. As it is, I think the MTB was the right choice for me. I look forward to posting my thoughts once I get it!
 
#17
Ok, I just pulled the trigger on a Ride1up 500 MTB. I actually emailed Kevin and he was gracious enough to give me a code for $80 off the new price, which almost takes it back to the original pricing.

FYI, on the Ride1up About page you can get a code for $40 off if you pledge to replace two car trips a month with biking (and no, I was not able to use both codes at the same time ;))

If my commute was flatter and/or the Ghost was able to charge off the bike I think i would have gone for that bike instead. As it is, I think the MTB was the right choice for me. I look forward to posting my thoughts once I get it!
Congrats! I look forward to hearing about your experience. I like Ride1up bikes and you got yourself a great one.
 
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Ok, I just pulled the trigger on a Ride1up 500 MTB. I actually emailed Kevin and he was gracious enough to give me a code for $80 off the new price, which almost takes it back to the original pricing.

FYI, on the Ride1up About page you can get a code for $40 off if you pledge to replace two car trips a month with biking (and no, I was not able to use both codes at the same time ;))

If my commute was flatter and/or the Ghost was able to charge off the bike I think i would have gone for that bike instead. As it is, I think the MTB was the right choice for me. I look forward to posting my thoughts once I get it!
Congrats! You will not be disappointed. If you did not get fenders and rack I recommend you look into this rack https://www.amazon.com/Ibera-Bike-Rack-Frame-Mounted-Adjustable/dp/B00AA8GFSI/ and fenders https://www.amazon.com/Planet-Bike-Cascadia-bike-fenders/dp/B0041X603S/
You will need this fork clamp (Size: 34.5-37.5mm) for installing the front fender https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078Y6P65J/
and this 31.8mm seat post clamp to install the rack https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001V537I0/
Also a very bright USB rechargeable headlight and tail light, that can be seen during the day and has multiple flash/strobe modes, is this combo for $19
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FZ5H124/
I've been using all these accessories on ALL my bikes, electric and mechanical for years.
 
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#20
Thanks AZOldTech. I thought for a while about whether to do the Ride1up kit or go aftermarket and eventually decided to just get the Ride1up rack and fenders, but it was a tough call. I finally just decided I wanted to have it as complete as possible when it showed up.

Is there a trunk bag you like a lot?