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    New Aurora 2019 Model

    Sounds like your choice is working out well for you, glad to hear it. BTW, I found the highrise handle bar really didn’t give me much height after all, so I brought it to best bike shop in the area and added a stem extender also — worked out great. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the bike. In...
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    New Aurora 2019 Model

    I feel the same about a more upright position. So this Friday I expect delivery of a Deity Highrise 760 handlebar -- it has an 80 mm rise (a little over 3") and is 760 mm wide (approx. 4" wider than the stock bar). The middle diameter is 31.8 mm, pretty much the same as the stock bar, so the...
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    New Aurora 2019 Model

    The Trek/Bontrager brand's Ion and Flare RT daytime running lights (the little cube-shaped ones), although expensive, provide great "being seen" visibility -- coming and going.
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    New Aurora 2019 Model

    I’ll start paying more attention to vibrations, Mikelu. Thanks for the heads-up on that.
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    New Aurora 2019 Model

    I haven’t experienced the vibration you mention, but I’m open to switching in future to another tire brand, maybe one with better puncture protection, as long as I don’t need to give up those fenders. Also, the Kinekt seem able to handle a good range of bumps ( e.g. potholes and speed humps) —...
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    New Aurora 2019 Model

    Mikelu: I certainly agree that the Aurora is stiff, like all rigid ebike frames, but I've had success with bringing the 2" CST Sensamos down to 45 psi and installing both a new seat (an Ergon ST Core) and a Kinekt seat post from Cirrus Cycles (which allows you to choose springs appropriate to...
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    Aurora and Evelo shout out!!

    Thanks, Dave -- I wish John safe and smooth travel, and nothing but good news (both QC and time line) from your production partner in Taiwan.
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    Aurora and Evelo shout out!!

    Here is the link: https://order.evelo.com/products/rack-top-pannier-bag-evelo. I found out about it talking with the Evelo guys. It looks like a pretty compact, basic bag, with Velcro straps on the bottom. I'll try it out and decide whether I need something more. I look forward to hearing...
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    Aurora and Evelo shout out!!

    I joined the club myself about a week ago: pre-ordered a Fully Loaded Aurora. Accessories ordered include the security package, the stem extender, a bottle holder and the Evelo trunk bag. Separately, I've also purchased a Bontrager Circuit (MIPS) helmet and gloves, Bontrager running lights...
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    Evelo Aurora 750W

    Great news. Power, low c.o.g., automatic CVT, step-through frame, 750w mid-drive, on-demand full throttle, hydraulic disc brakes, fenders, lights and a rack. The fully loaded Aurora seems clearly the best choice for my purchase early next year. Sounds like the Toyota Highlander or Lexus RX...
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    Evelo Aurora 750W

    Thanks for the input. What do you think so far about the NuVinci Harmony transmission?
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    Evelo Aurora 750W

    I agree on both points. Looks like Taiwan is getting a good deal of transferred business (which will be great for them as long as China maintains a hands-off posture), and I'd rather have the bigger motor too. And I watched a video on adjusting the tension on a Gates belt -- looks a bit...
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    Evelo Aurora 750W

    A brief update on the Aurora. I learned earlier today from Dave Goeppner at Evelo that the next batch of Auroras, scheduled to arrive in March of 2019, will indeed have been fabricated in and shipped from Taiwan (tariff-free). This batch, however, will be built to same spec as the current new...
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    Evelo Aurora 750W

    Congratulations. I'll be joining you as a fellow owner in about 4 months. My neighborhood is very hilly, so you're confirming my expectations about the Aurora. All the best with your new bike, and thanks for sharing your perceptions. Have fun!
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    Evelo Aurora 750W

    (And -- I doubt that he'll pull his head out of anything.)
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    Evelo Aurora 750W

    Thanks for the feedback. I should add that James B. also said that Evelo is switching its product fabrication from mainland China over to Taiwan, which I believe removes tariffs from the equation. And the differential upcharge to a Gates drive is not a deal killer for me -- its substantially...
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    Evelo Aurora 750W

    I’m very interested in this bike too. I won’t be buying until early next year, by which time James Beck says Evelo may be outfitting the loaded Aurora with a Gates belt drive, making it even more attractive to me. Plus, I find that my local e-bike shop recently cut an agreement to service...
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    Finding an Ebike that checks enough of the boxes

    I understand from recent conversation with James Beck at Evelo that they are considering a Gates Carbon Drive for the loaded Auroras that will made available by around March of 2019. I have already ditched my interest in the Piaggio Comfort, and am definitely targeting a loaded Aurora for...
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    Updates from Interbike 2018

    Nice video... (and hello to Ed at Voltaire Cycle!). I’d appreciate learning anything you might pick up about Piaggio’s status regarding finding a new drive belt solution for its Activ Plus and Comfort Plus models. I’m planning to buy my first e-bike around Feb/March 2019, and I’m trying to...
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    Known Issues & Problems with Piaggio Wi-Bike Products + Help, Solutions & Fixes

    I've got to think that Piaggio is in discussions with Gates to promptly provide a successful replacement to the failed (and now unsupported) Continental drive belt product. I'm seriously thinking of buying a Nuvinci-equipped model in early 2019 (of course, only IF this situation resolves by...