New spark City

Bcbob

New Member
Just received a new spark city from sparkbikes.ca. For those of us in Canada shipping is free to any province. They are out of Vancouver. Shipping was super prompt and arrived in perfect condition. Had to attach the front wheel, front fender, handlebars and seat. About 1/2 hour tops. Took a couple of quick rides after battery charging and loving it. It is my first e-bike so I am not really comparing it to anything but it flies up steep hills and does everything I expect effortlessly.66D717F4-8CD7-4042-87C9-489D73568756.jpeg
 

Marci jo

Well-Known Member
Just received a new spark city from sparkbikes.ca. For those of us in Canada shipping is free to any province. They are out of Vancouver. Shipping was super prompt and arrived in perfect condition. Had to attach the front wheel, front fender, handlebars and seat. About 1/2 hour tops. Took a couple of quick rides after battery charging and loving it. It is my first e-bike so I am not really comparing it to anything but it flies up steep hills and does everything I expect effortlessly.View attachment 34528
Congrats!
White bikes are pretty and white ebikes even prettier.
Many happy miles.
 

Gmakepeace

New Member
Hi BcBob. How did you decide on Spark and which model? What other brands were you looking at? Why did Spark win out? What do think of the Bafang mid drive motor?

Thanks,
Greg
 

Bcbob

New Member
Hi Greg. I bought 2 bikes for me and my wife, so I bought online for price point.I bought a voltbike bravo for myself and Sparkbike spark city for my wife as voltbike did not have one that fit her. I am very happy with both bikes. You can check out both their websites. Both of these companies are out of Vancouver Canada. I am not sure of their shipping policies to the States. Motors on both of these are 500w rear hub drive motors, not mid drive. smooth and lots of torque for hills.
Cheers, Bob
 

HyperCat77

New Member
Just received a new spark city from sparkbikes.ca. For those of us in Canada shipping is free to any province. They are out of Vancouver. Shipping was super prompt and arrived in perfect condition. Had to attach the front wheel, front fender, handlebars and seat. About 1/2 hour tops. Took a couple of quick rides after battery charging and loving it. It is my first e-bike so I am not really comparing it to anything but it flies up steep hills and does everything I expect effortlessly.View attachment 34528
Hello- Did you mean by "out of Vancouver" that the company has left Vancouver ?
 

Handlebars

Active Member
I just got my Spark City a couple of days ago. It's a combination of features that really work for my measurements. I'm impressed with this model as a fit. I too now need to get a hydraulic seat post to handle the bumps. So many people mention the seat suspension they bought. Now I know why. The heavy bikes take a beating on the rear wheel.
 

Bcbob

New Member
Congratulations on your new ride. If you bought that model for the fit, just be aware that you need an extra couple inches on your seat post for the suspension. So if you are riding with your seat post very close to the frame you won’t be able to use one. This was the case on my wife’s bike.
 

Handlebars

Active Member
Yes indeed! The seat height is perfect but the bottom of the saddle metal rods is only 4" from the tube. It's less than 3" if measured under the bend at the point where it changes from glossy paint to matte. If I had to do stoplights with only one foot able to touch the road, well, that is what I opted to avoid in getting the small frame model. I'll have to just keep the air pressure a bit low for bump reduction and buy a gel seat cover, if the hydraulic post would make the seat too high.
 

Bcbob

New Member
Sounds like you should have enough room for most suspension seat posts except maybe ones like the Thudbuster.
 

Bcbob

New Member
Yes, I would not raise the seat from where you are comfortable for safety. If you can check out a seat post physically in a shop I still think you could find one to fit. They also come ln different diameters so best go to a bike shop if you are not comfortable measuring it yourself.
 

Xbusboy

New Member
Yes indeed! The seat height is perfect but the bottom of the saddle metal rods is only 4" from the tube. It's less than 3" if measured under the bend at the point where it changes from glossy paint to matte. If I had to do stoplights with only one foot able to touch the road, well, that is what I opted to avoid in getting the small frame model. I'll have to just keep the air pressure a bit low for bump reduction and buy a gel seat cover, if the hydraulic post would make the seat too high.
Hi, I have a Spark City and I’m vertically challenged. However, seat height should be adjusted to give the most efficiency while peddling. Your leg should only have a slight bend at the knee when the pedal is at the bottom of the stroke, with the ball of your foot on the pedals. As for coming to a stop, practice dismounting just before coming to a complete stop while straddling yor bike. With this practice seat height doesn’t matter.
 

Lastname First

New Member
Hey Bcbob!

It's been a few months now since you bought your Spark City. Are you still liking it? Have any issues developed? I'm thinking of getting one very soon and any info you have would be appreciated.
 

Xbusboy

New Member
I now have 817 kms on my Spark City and look forward to every chance to ride. It was an easy decision to go with a purchase from Spark Bikes because I saved $500-$600 over a comparable bike from the other competitors that have the overhead of a store front. I believe any modern e-bike will hold up well during the warranty period, after which, you’re on your own anyway, so why pay for a retailers store front overhead?
P S I live in Surrey BC and was able to assemble my bike on the loading ramp of the distribution centre, throw the bike on my hitch mounted bike rack and drive away. They even disposed of the big box for me!
 

Lastname First

New Member
Thank you Xbusboy! 817 KMs...isn't that like, 30,000 miles? No, wait...20 miles? Just kidding (Just a little south of the border humor--I know it's .62mi/km). I appreciate the update, and yeah, I've thought of that storefront factor, too. The only thing about only having a web presence is that you really have to be successful at getting the word out or you're toast. I think this site has done an amazing job at giving electric bike makers fair, complete and unbiased exposure. Anyway, thanks again for the update, I hope you have many happy miles with your bike.