Need help choosing best e-bike

Discussion in 'Help Choosing an Ebike' started by El_Snago, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. El_Snago

    El_Snago New Member

    So I live in the SF Bay Area, and I want to get an e-bike for when I switch from full time employee/part time student to full time student to save on car costs (not needing a parking permit alone will pay for a good chunk of the bike). College is ~7 miles away, and there's a steep climb right at the end (about 450ft in under a mile). I've been looking at all kinds of bikes, but man it's hard to sort through them all and make a decision. My wish list includes:

    - $2-3k, though I might go higher for the right bike
    - Class 3
    - Removable display (I'll be parking at a school for extended periods, all the detachable stuff will come with me)
    - Front suspension
    - Pannier mounting points
    - More upright sitting style, never liked forward leaning bikes
    - Step-over style

    Hopefully that's enough information to spark some ideas. I'm also curious how important you folks think things like shift sensing and brake inhibitors are for what will be a commuter bike that includes a hill.

    As a starter, I was just looking at this one:
    Looks like a good bike, but I'd be worried about the non-removable display, and the above questions about shift sensing and brake inhibitors apply too.

    Thanks so much!

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  3. Ravi Kempaiah

    Ravi Kempaiah Well-Known Member

    Some of the bikes I would recommend are:
    Shift sensing is nice to have but if you are little careful in shifting, this should not be a problem.
    You may want to reach out to
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2017
  4. El_Snago

    El_Snago New Member

    Wow, you nailed it with that Trek XM700+. And there's even a Trek retailer close to my house. Thank you!