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  1. MarcD

    Specialized Turbo Issue

    GeePee - Just a quick question - are you riding the original Turbo S or the new Turbo? I've never run into that situation in personal experience, and I am a 260b rider, I have done rides with 3,000+ ft of climb and similar headwinds to what you describe and have never run into the issue with...
  2. MarcD

    Schlumpf Speed Drive

    IIRC, motor assist will cut around 28mph or 30mph on an ST1 Platinum, so higher gears will only help you increase speed on human power alone (since a 50/11 on 26"x2" wheels will top out around 32mph @ a cadence of 90rpm. To exceed 45mph you would have to be pedaling a 60/11 gear at 110 rpm+. I...
  3. MarcD

    Need to Complain for a Minute

    86 - Agree with your premise. The fact remains, however, that certain bike dealers (Specialized and Felt) have a very limited distribution network by choice. They usually have only one dealer in most metro areas, and are likely wary to commit to someone who doesn't go all-in on their product...
  4. MarcD

    First ebike for recreation

    Dawn, in my opinion the most important factor is fit and comfort. If you aren't comfortable on the bike and it doesn't fit, you won't ride it. There are a couple of ways to figure that out. First, test rides should be more than 5 minutes, if possible. See if the shop will let you put a...
  5. MarcD

    Specialized Turbo - only Eco and Turbo modes only

    Marko - easy one first - the default circumference yields distance measurements accurate when compared to GPS over a distance of 30+ miles, so I don't think there is much improvement there. It will be off by maybe 1/10 of a mile at that distance. As for pairing the battery (on a...
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    Specialized Turbo - only Eco and Turbo modes only

    Marko: I avoid avg speed because you pair the battery from that screen and I am just in the habit of being somewhere else when I start mashing buttons so I don't unpair the battery. Brambor - looks like Spesh finally put a revised manual up. Here is what I found...
  7. MarcD

    Realistic mileage for Neo 36v 9amp models

    Always love your videos, Peter. Thanks for sharing!
  8. MarcD

    Proposal: Removing the Deals Section of EBR Community

    Without knowing any discussions you may have had on the topic with manufacturers or dealers, it is hard to know what balance to strike, but I can offer a user-opinion. I feel like a dedicated place, like 86 mentioned is is fine with me. If dealers violate their agreements with distributors...
  9. MarcD

    Specialized Turbo - only Eco and Turbo modes only

    I don't notice the lack of modes too much. ECO is configurable as a % of Turbo (default is 30%), so it gives you some customization options if you are trying to balance range. You can change it on the display in under a minute after you do it once or twice. Procedure (on a 2013, not sure...
  10. MarcD

    What is most important when selecting an eBike?

    Quality Power Weight Range Cost
  11. MarcD

    Maximum width tire on the Specialized Turbo

    700x45c is roughly 1.75" to 1.8". The manual lists compatible tires at 700x47. I have the fenders on, and there is no additional clearance with those. Check out Peter White for some studded options (I am going by some of your other posts on the purpose). They have a 700x54c studded. May...
  12. MarcD

    OK...I like all the new bikes coming out...but are the "Bells & Whistles" worth it?

    PowerMe - flyaway is right to advise you to contact a reputable dealer and go through a match process with someone that has a lot of experiences with different models. As far as being a cyclist: you pedal a bike, you are a cyclist. Period. Don't go down the rabbit hole of believing that...
  13. MarcD

    Love the New Review Format

    Court - Great job on the new review format. I love the collapsed specification sections and the new 10 point scale with a brief narrative explaining the score decision. Kudos.
  14. MarcD

    Just ordered my Volton A.500

    Congrats Kaldeem! Be sure to give us the full low down when you get the bike. It is exciting to see so many people go through the purchase decision and hear the great stories when they get their new bike!
  15. MarcD

    Neo Race on a Bike Tour

    Just got back from my bike tour mentioned in this thread: http://electricbikereview.com/community/threads/optibike-1100r-commuting-data-summer-2012.480/#post-8568 It was 8 days in the Michigan UP. It was a lot of fun and I ment a gentleman named Roger who completed the tour on a Neo Race. He...
  16. MarcD

    Optibike 1100R Commuting Data, Summer 2012

    Thx Dan. The SIMBB is definitely on my watch list. I would really love a bike I can truly dual-purpose. By that I mean electric assist, but also ride as a solely human powered bike when I want. Like using electric assist to the start of a group ride, ride with the group on pedal power alone...
  17. MarcD

    Electric Bike Carrier Racks

    I have both a platform rack (OEM from my car manufacturer) and a top tube rack. I think about any platform rack is fine for most ebikes. Only the heaviest (A2B comes to mind) would be an issue if you had 2 on there. The top tube rack I use I wouldn't trust with 2 50 lb bikes. More because...
  18. MarcD

    ST2 Availability update

    Ravi - I agree with the examples you provided and the fuzziness around torque. The examples I was comparing are all DD hub motors, though. Unless I am completely misunderstanding things, with a hub motor there is much less uncertainty around the value because there is no transmission or...
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    Thinking about winter commuting already - Surface 604 Electric

    Brambor - this month's Electric Bike Action reviewed this fat bike and really liked it, particularly given the price point. The one complaint they had was that it was geared really tall, like almost road bike tall. Which doesn't make a ton of sense. They said they found themselves climbing...
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    ST2 Availability update

    I don't see how the ST 2 could possibly be lighter with an 814wh battery. I also see the motor tops out at 35 Nm of torque, less than the Elite, a Dash, Turbo, Easy Motion (all Dapu models) and many others. It may not be a consideration for all, but as a bigger guy with significant climbs on my...