Affordable Step Through Bike for City

Leah123

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I'm seeking my first electric bike and want advice please. I'm looking for:

- A step through bike that has a comfortable ride
- Good shocks (since NYC has a lot of potholes)
- Cost less than 1500
- Removable battery.
- It doesn't need to be able to go above 20 MPH.

Everytime I find a bike that looks perfect (eg. the NCM Munich bike) it turns out they are out of stock for months (especially since I'm tall so I always need a medium frame). I was also thinking about the Aventon 350 Pace step through but then saw it didn't have shocks and I would like a comfortable ride. I'd prefer not to have the cruiser handle bars. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
 

phoenixtoohot

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My wife rides the Espin Flow and I ride the ride1up 500, they are both excellent bikes, and especially for the price. The one benefit of the Espin Flow is that it has hydraulic brakes, which are like power brakes compared to the mechanical disc brakes on the 500. Lots of reviews on YouTube and on this blog, Happy Hunting.
 

Marci jo

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Leah123,
Congrats on your ebike search.
Are you seeking a bike with both front and rear shocks? Many bikes come with front shocks but no rear shocks. It would be possible to add a suspension seat post to smooth out the ride. The roads in my town/city are really crummy, tons of poor repairs, cracks, frost break ups and pot holes. The Kinect suspension seat post made a huge difference in ride comfort on both my ebikes, which have only front shocks, and kinda crummy ones at that.
Please post which ebike you find.
 

Leah123

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Leah123,
Congrats on your ebike search.
Are you seeking a bike with both front and rear shocks? Many bikes come with front shocks but no rear shocks. It would be possible to add a suspension seat post to smooth out the ride. The roads in my town/city are really crummy, tons of poor repairs, cracks, frost break ups and pot holes. The Kinect suspension seat post made a huge difference in ride comfort on both my ebikes, which have only front shocks, and kinda crummy ones at that.
Please post which ebike you find.
HI- this is really helpful- does this mean then that I can consider bikes without shocks and get a seat post? Or that if it is just front shocks I'm ok if I get the seat post? I'm down to a few bikes but the potholes in NYC are brutal and it is one of my biggest concerns. Thank you for any further advise...
 

Leah123

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HI- this is really helpful- does this mean then that I can consider bikes without shocks and get a seat post? Or that if it is just front shocks I'm ok if I get the seat post? I'm down to a few bikes but the potholes in NYC are brutal and it is one of my biggest concerns. Thank you for any further advise...
PS right now I'm leaning towards the ride1up500 but I'm going to give it a few more days to see if I get other suggestions...
 

Entropy

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These both look really great--I'm going to begin to read the reviews now--but if you know both bikes and have any suggestions on what is better about either of them please let me know....Thank you
Ride1Up traditionally will make you assemble a good part of the bike (
) . The bike comes with all the tools you need for assembly, but if you're not comfortable with assembling that much of the bike yourself, maybe look elsewhere.
 

Timpo

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I'm seeking my first electric bike and want advice please. I'm looking for:

- A step through bike that has a comfortable ride
- Good shocks (since NYC has a lot of potholes)
- Cost less than 1500
- Removable battery.
- It doesn't need to be able to go above 20 MPH.

Everytime I find a bike that looks perfect (eg. the NCM Munich bike) it turns out they are out of stock for months (especially since I'm tall so I always need a medium frame). I was also thinking about the Aventon 350 Pace step through but then saw it didn't have shocks and I would like a comfortable ride. I'd prefer not to have the cruiser handle bars. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
I thought NCM Munich was in stock?


It only comes with one motor inhibitor brake though.
 

Leah123

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Ride1Up traditionally will make you assemble a good part of the bike (
) . The bike comes with all the tools you need for assembly, but if you're not comfortable with assembling that much of the bike yourself, maybe look elsewhere.
HI our local bike shop said they can do it for me since I'm sure I'd hash it up completely. Thank you though.
 
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I'm seeking my first electric bike and want advice please. I'm looking for:

- A step through bike that has a comfortable ride
- Good shocks (since NYC has a lot of potholes)
- Cost less than 1500
- Removable battery.
- It doesn't need to be able to go above 20 MPH.

Everytime I find a bike that looks perfect (eg. the NCM Munich bike) it turns out they are out of stock for months (especially since I'm tall so I always need a medium frame). I was also thinking about the Aventon 350 Pace step through but then saw it didn't have shocks and I would like a comfortable ride. I'd prefer not to have the cruiser handle bars. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
Munich is in stock. Just ordered in 10 of them. The frame is one size fits all. Disregard the tire size you are referencing. 26" is just wheel size. Same with 28". 26" can handle folks up to 6'2" pretty easily.

Ps. There is no 27.5".

Did you check out the Espin brand ? Since they dropped their price significantly early this year, the Flow offers a lot of value for your money.
 
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It only comes with one motor inhibitor brake though.
So what ? One or none is perfectly fine. When you pause your pedals the motor stops powering. Inhibitors are over rated. Besides you should always apply both brakes simultaneously. Get a fist full of the wrong one at a high enough speed, or on a turn at lower speed, and you're possibly flying over your handlebars. I've had several customers bring their Ebikes in for repairs after such incidents, each had inhibitors on both brakes but for reasons unknown, they all grabbed just the front brake , and went over the ebike and also damaged it. One Taco'd his front rim. Be careful out there, even with inhibitors. (Unfortunately Inhibitors don't appear to inhibit dumb or carelessness.) ( Sometimes I wonder if people are texting or using their phones while riding or munching on a cheeseburger like we see happen in cars everyday. Application of make up is a big one too, here on Interstate I-88 into Chicago. You know, during RUSH hour in the am. Is there distracted ebiking ??? Gawd forbid. Otherwise Insurers are gonna want you to install an App for that too. Lol)
 
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Leah123

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Munich is in stock. Just ordered in 10 of them. The frame is one size fits all. Disregard the tire size you are referencing. 26" is just wheel size. Same with 28". 26" can handle folks up to 6'2" pretty easily.

Ps. There is no 27.5".

Did you check out the Espin brand ? Since they dropped their price significantly early this year, the Flow offers a lot of value for your money.
When I called them they said I would need the 28" for the Munich (I'm only 5'10)--so I'm ok with the Munich? Do you recommend it? It looks perfect for me on line according to all the reviews but I'd be interested in your take.
 

Leah123

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When I called them they said I would need the 28" for the Munich (I'm only 5'10)--so I'm ok with the Munich? Do you recommend it? It looks perfect for me on line according to all the reviews but I'd be interested in your take.
PS Do you know how the Munich does with bumps and potholes? I need a bike with good support thanks
 

Leah123

New Member
Munich is in stock. Just ordered in 10 of them. The frame is one size fits all. Disregard the tire size you are referencing. 26" is just wheel size. Same with 28". 26" can handle folks up to 6'2" pretty easily.

Ps. There is no 27.5".

Did you check out the Espin brand ? Since they dropped their price significantly early this year, the Flow offers a lot of value for your money.
HI I'm actually trying to decide between the Flow, the Munich, and the Ride1Up 100 - my main needs are comfort for city riding (with potholes), removable battery, step through, and affordable - I like all three of these bikes (and am glad I can consider the Munich 26 inch) - if you have any insight on how they contrast I'd most appreciate it. Thanks
 

Leah123

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HI I'm actually trying to decide between the Flow, the Munich, and the Ride1Up 100 - my main needs are comfort for city riding (with potholes), removable battery, step through, and affordable - I like all three of these bikes (and am glad I can consider the Munich 26 inch) - if you have any insight on how they contrast I'd most appreciate it. Thanks
Also the Aventon Pace 350
 

Timpo

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So what ? One or none is perfectly fine. When you pause your pedals the motor stops powering. Inhibitors are over rated. Besides you should always apply both brakes simultaneously. Get a fist full of the wrong one at a high enough speed, or on a turn at lower speed, and you're possibly flying over your handlebars. I've had several customers bring their Ebikes in for repairs after such incidents, each had inhibitors on both brakes but for reasons unknown, they all grabbed just the front brake , and went over the ebike and also damaged it. One Taco'd his front rim. Be careful out there, even with inhibitors. (Unfortunately Inhibitors don't appear to inhibit dumb or carelessness.) ( Sometimes I wonder if people are texting or using their phones while riding or munching on a cheeseburger like we see happen in cars everyday. Application of make up is a big one too, here on Interstate I-88 into Chicago. You know, during RUSH hour in the am. Is there distracted ebiking ??? Gawd forbid. Otherwise Insurers are gonna want you to install an App for that too. Lol)
well when one of my inhibitors was broken, I didn't like it.
I could totally tell the difference. I thought I'd be fine but I wasn't.