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    Maryland passes 3-Class ebike law

    I ride in MD from Laurel to BWI. I just saw the new law this week, with the new classes 1-3 and the bump in power to 750W. Access is still limited by local laws. The best thing you can do is go to your city councils and county parks n Recr, show them the new laws and ask that they be friendly...
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    The Latest and Greatest from Optibike, R15

    I like how you think and good points.
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    Optibike motor noise

    I think Optibike has a 30 day return policy if now happy with bike.
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    The Latest and Greatest from Optibike, R15

    RW- A PAS electric bike is a bike with a throttle as well...you just use your legs to apply a stimulus vs wrist.
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    The Latest and Greatest from Optibike, R15

    Only a couple years ago and 7-8K was a ridiculous price for an ebike. Now there are several high end offerings at 7k and up. 13k is up there, but on sale or buy a reconditioned and you pay 8-10k. At 29Ahrs ....you get a lot of lithium.
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    The Latest and Greatest from Optibike, R15

    Ken- Agree with the response of the throttle. The plus to PAS is no throttle on long rides, and wrist cramping. It can be managed. I also ride a system that has BOTH, so I rid ein PAS and go to the throttle for special circumstances.
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    Ebike Motor Power Curve Comparison Chart: BOSCH, Yamaha, Shimano, Brose

    The new Haibike have a 120nm TQ motor found here: https://www.tq-e-mobility.com/en/TQ-HPR-120S/Motor-technology
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    What Are Electric Bike Classes and Why Do They Matter?

    Per above, Why 1500W, 35mph? From my experience and knowledge, these limits are where the bike experience and ebike technology converge. - 1500W allows for good speed up road hills (25-30mph) and can top out at 35 mph down hills. - About 1000-1200W is needed for 25-30mph on flatter...
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    What Are Electric Bike Classes and Why Do They Matter?

    I'm piping back in after a couple years... I have been commuting 17 miles, one way since 2014. I have a Focus speed pedelec, 28mph PAS. I also have a converted DIY mountain bike using a Falco 500W system, PAS to 28mph+, on demand throttle to 28mph+. (hits 35ish tucked, down 3% grade) The...
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    Drivetrain wear

    Correct. Throttle only.
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    Drivetrain wear

    I was an Opti owner until late 2012 and wanted to try a hub. I am back to a mid-drive now, a Focus PAS for $4k. I did the Opti throttle for 5 years, have a hub with PAS and/or throttle, and now a PAS mid drive. Because of the high investment, I won't go back to Opti until they offer the PAS...
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    Drivetrain wear

    Captain, I rode an Opti for 5 years. Yes, the power did cause chain stretch and cog wear. Especially on the upper gears (Smaller) cogs. I had to replace chain and cassette every 3-4k miles, and earlier if more off road stop and go.
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    Using Falco software for updates and speed settings

    thanks Ace for the report. Cool stuff. Q: What year is your Falco system? Did you get the freewheel (old version) or hub cassette style? Do you have the Falco controller or an after market?
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    Owner of a New Focus Adventura S10, 2014

    Upgrades: Added a Body Float and Ergo grips and bar ends. Ride is more enjoyable for 2017. So far I have about 1200 miles of commuting.
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    Owner of a New Focus Adventura S10, 2014

    Accessories: Having fenders and lights that are trouble free has added much peace to the commutes. I love the dependable frontlight - extends the riding season. Now I have external , rechargeable lights too, but they are backup and additional to safety and visibility. But I don't need them...
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    Owner of a New Focus Adventura S10, 2014

    I'm in season 2 with the Focus S10 speed pedelec mid drive. At the end of last season, the chain started to skip. I had to ride at a lower level for less torque. About a month ago, I replaced the rear cassette, but the slipping came back. So I replaced the chain and all is well. The battery...
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    Throwback Thursday - 2005 Giant Lite

    It has been a while since i looked, but there are places places that will pack your glite battery with lithium cells and give you a charger..... Thanks for the reply and scoop. They were ahead of their time.
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    Optibike 10 year Anniversary

    continued.... 2012 Jim Turner resumes motocross racing again after a 25 year retirement Jim decides to race again when his son Austen takes up racing. Racing motocross again reaffirmed Jim's belief in how the excitement of riding an Optibike is an exhilarating and simple to do alternative...
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    Optibike 10 year Anniversary

    I found this to be motivating.... Optibike Celebrates Ten Years Dear Dan It is official, Optibike has now been building and selling electric bikes for 10 years! It seems like yesterday when we loaded our first Optibike 400 into the waiting truck for its trip to South Africa. Optibike is...
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    sudden power loss

    Robert, I kind of remember that symptom, back when I had an Opti. I think I had to charge the bike with the bike turned ON to reset the battery. It may also be the battery getting old and a weak cell.