Recent content by Alex M

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    Driven Bikes - anyone heard of them?

    A US-based middleman btw Chinese bike and US consumers usually means that you'll have some support. Directly from China support is non-existing, at best you'll get an exchange or refund for DOD parts. Not that I'm a big fan of the former business model.
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    Leichten cargo ebike

    The considerations like "Why the hell not" likely came at the very beginning of the design process. Probing the market, to see if it sells. It's hard to imagine somebody doing the frame design without thinking of the battery placement.
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    Leichten cargo ebike

    I guess they are betting on the esthetic appeal of hidden battery. There could be a market segment with such a need. IMO, a misguided need in the case of a workhorse bike like this one. And it comes at the expense of functionality - can't bring battery inside for charging, can't use one of...
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    Leichten cargo ebike

    Small and not (easily) removable battery... 350 W motor.... Nah. Love the company building - typical in China, even in the capital. Top floor for execs - some mini-split A/C units here and there. Bottom three floors - for bottom-paid folks, no AC, no soup for you, open the windows if you...
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    Will you let your ebike take you 'where you don't belong' ???

    Ah, "financially adventurous" :). Debating whether this is "really living" or not, is probably beyond the scope of this thread. Besides, you were not doing crazy things, you did your research before starting this. A calculated risk. Still risk, yes.
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    Hidden battery in the DownTube replacements hard to find?

    Would've been nice for us users, yes. Big brands would've lost some market share, though.
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    Hidden battery in the DownTube replacements hard to find?

    Bosch won't accept a 3rd party battery because of electric design, regardless of whether it is internal of external. Internal battery is (often) a proprietary form-factor, not just a proprietary electric design, this makes using 3-rd party difficult even when electronics is as restrictive as in...
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    Help me cobble together my own Voltbike Bravo from China

    You're right that troubleshooting the controller or motor requires specific knowledge. But replacing them is easy. With ebike under $1,000 on Alibaba (or under $1,800 in North American market) you are taking chances if there is no support from manufacturer and you can't troubleshoot e-parts...
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    Will you let your ebike take you 'where you don't belong' ???

    It's not lack of experience to blame. Stupid won't listen beforehand and will learn slow from their own mistakes too. Ebike (ATV, car, whatever) can take you farther but it can also take you home from farther away or faster than your own pair of legs. But, like somebody said - can't fix...
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    Hidden battery in the DownTube replacements hard to find?

    I think the OP asked about "internal" battery, i.e. hidden in the downtube. I would expect some difficulties finding a 3rd party replacement for such a battery, especially with new and/or lesser brands. OTH, external batteries - i.e. frame mounted - are relatively easy to find. Except for...
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    Be aware, pedal-assisted bikes are NOT ebikes

    I think "pedal assisted" is not a part of ebike classes description. Class 1- PAS only, max 20 mph Class 2 - has a throttle, max 20 mph. There is no requirement for Class 2 to have PAS - only to have pedals - and some "real" Class 2 don't have PAS. One might may call such a throttle-only ebike...
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    Wing e-bikes - DO NOT BUY

    To put it in a context, Wing bikes start from $1,300. A bargain would be what - $800?... Comparing this to any "expensive" bike is apples to oranges. About the store looks - I don't think this tells much about the company reputation, other than the low-tier product they sell. They are...
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    Wing e-bikes - DO NOT BUY

    There are way too many Chinese imports too keep a track of them all. Step into a shop next door or click on another site and you'll see a bunch of different "brands" that only the seller heard about. But, when I looked at it, my first thought was - What an odd frame :). No offense...
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    2nd\Spare Battery Solution?

    The challenge will be connecting it on the other end, at the original battery. That is, if he intends using the new one as a spare.
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    2nd\Spare Battery Solution?

    You might have to make a custom extension cable, with a connector for a "new" battery on one end, while the other end would be connected to the frame-mounted terminal of Aventon battery. Preferably, with the means of disconnecting it on both ends.