2018 Haibike trekking 6.0... 500mi. report

DDBB

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Just clicked over 500mi. on this ebike and so far it has been flawless. I can't see any measurable chain stretch with my gauge, spokes are all good, gear shifting is quiet and quick, I do reduce pedal effort before shifting all the time which eliminates any grinding/clunking. The michelin pro-tek tires are holding up well, I only wish they were a little wider but fitting wider tires looks to be impossible unless I remove or replace the fenders with something else.. The headlight is more than adequate for my needs, I rarely ride at night but it's sufficient when I do. I did put a 2" riser on the bars for a more upright position and installed a suspension seatpost which helps a lot. I wish the forks were air instead of springs but they are adequate for my use which is mostly smooth pavement. Range is better than expected. I can go 50mi. on level terrain in "high" power mode but I don't ride fast so I'm not bucking the wind. i wish the Yamaha PW motor had more power. I get a workout riding this bike and leave it in "high" power mode all the time. The bike is silent with no rattles or creaks so it's a joy to coast. I did have a creak which was driving me mad but discovered it was the seatpost and a little dab of grease took care of it. It took me a long time to pinpoint the noise. I thought it was the motor. I paid around 2,500usd for this bike and think it was a pretty good value. I see some places have them on sale for less but I got mine from a dealer who offers free tuneups and hopefully some support if anything goes wrong with the bike.. I do like the 3 year warranty on the motor and battery. I wish there was a gear position indicator. With 20 speeds I never know what gear I'm in but I go by feel so it's no big deal, it would just be nice to know. I got the low step version and I'm happy I did. I still have to tilt the bike over to mount as I can't swing my leg over the bag I have on the rack. The high step version would be more difficult IMO. The bell should be louder but it's a nice design (doesn't look like a bell) I couldn't find a good place for a water bottle so I have a clamp on holder on the handlebar. I don't like having that weight up high and on the bars but it's the only workable solution I could find. I think the bike looks sharp and I have pride of ownership with it. I'm not sure a rock guard is needed for the motor on a trekking bike. I've never hit it on anything and probably never will but I suppose it could catch a curb sometime. I bought a bike stand so it's easy to do chain maintenance etc. I had a slight front brake pad rub and the standard method for eliminating it didn't work. I spent hours manually adjusting the pads so they don't rub but finally got it. I'm a perfectionist so any rub or noise really bugs me. I hope to keep the bike for a couple of years before I buy another ebike. This is my first ebike and although I researched quite a bit, the next bike I buy will address the shortcomings I've found with the Haibke (very few). I've lost 10 lbs. so far this summer. I wasn't overweight to start with but overall I feel like I have more energy and stamina. I credit riding this bike for the improvement in overall health. I still have an acoustic hybrid bike but it's a dust collector now. I go much further on rides with the ebike than I did with the acoustic. While I may not be working as hard on the Haibike, I'm working LONGER so probably get MORE exercise. I would recommend this bike to anyone that wants a hybrid type ebike that is more oriented for riding on hard surfaces than on dirt or gravel roads although the trekking can handle those fairly well too. I had considered buying a less expensive bike online but feared I'd be left in the cold if I had problems with it. I do read some horror stories of warranty and parts issues with Haibike but I haven't needed anything. The brakes are just outstanding. I've never had hydraulic disc brakes before and I smile every time I use them. I'm glad they are shimano and not magura as I've read of some issues with magura brakes leaking with no real fix. I had worried about this purchase being far too much money for what you get but the longer I have it, the more I see the value in top shelf components.
 
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mrcadence

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Thanks for the review. I've got the same bike. Amazed that you don't get any rattling, I get a tonne. I think it's mainly the fenders. I also love the bike and I use both chain sprockets on the front derailleur, so appreciate that. I think the motor is plenty powerful, but I'm up for a bit of exercise. I usually ride on eco.
 

mrcadence

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Thanks for the review. I've got the same bike. Amazed that you don't get any rattling, I get a tonne. I think it's mainly the fenders. I also love the bike and I use both chain sprockets on the front derailleur, so appreciate that. I think the motor is plenty powerful, but I'm up for a bit of exercise. I usually ride on eco.

Tonight's commute ride had my front headlight randomly fly off while at speed. Looks like it rattled itself of the front forks. I'll have to reattach with new screws and thread lock.
 

DDBB

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Wow, I'll check the security of my headlight before my next ride. Thanks for the heads up. I did use liquid tape on the headlight wiring connector as i feared some water ingress there with resulting corrosion
 

DDBB

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Update: Close to the end of good riding here in N. Michigan and I'm now at 1,053 mi.. The plastic bracket that holds the mode selector broke. The bike has never been dropped or mishandled. Maintenance is done on a stand so I have no idea what made it break but I used some 5 min. epoxy which is holding up just fine, otherwise the bike has been flawless. I wish the bike had a little more power but otherwise I'm very satisfied with my purchase
 
I couldn't find a good place for a water bottle so I have a clamp on holder on the handlebar. I don't like having that weight up high and on the bars but it's the only workable solution I could find.

I am currently using a camelback but when I do add a holder I will put it on the seat tube, something like
 

DDBB

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The handlebar water bottle cage is working out o.k.. It's a little unsightly but doesn't interfere with any controls and my knees clear it so it works for me.
 
At about 1800 miles the smoke has pretty much shut down riding for me so I have time for a quick update.
Battery is doing fine.
The bike overall has not had any problems. It is due for a tune soon.
I had been a little hard on it on forest roads but no single track, it is holding up okay but is a bit of a rough ride so I will stick to me 29er when exploring.
Very pleased with ongoing performance, just want an affordable spare battery. Everywhere I ride is mountainous and it is a drag to try to get it up a hill without juice.
 
Popped my first spoke at about 2000 miles. As a big rider that is pretty good. If I pop another one I will look at a wheel rebuild over the winter. Anyone have a source for replacing the spokes with OEM or heavier duty spokes?
 

DDBB

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1,500mi. on mine now, still no issues....knock on wood... The controller that I epoxied is still holding, that has been the only thing that broke
 

mrcadence

New Member
I'm at 3,150mi. Loving it, and everything's great.

One tidbit - I couldn't find the source of some rattling that was bothering me frequently. I recently discovered it was the reflector on the rear mudguard. Wedged in some door weather tape and made a big improvement.
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