No, I think great tech. The idea is to increase the gear contact to increase motor torque. I think the idea is great. I read german blogs written in german. Germany is five years ahead of usa .So is that a vote for the Bultaco Mike? Any other thoughts?
thanks for the umlaut tip. I am a Mac user.I am in Australia so the roads, the culture, an marketing etc is not really affecting my decision in choosing an ebike but perhaps it's good that you pointed this out. Interesting.
BTW Nööööö On a Mac(anyway) you hold down the "option "key and press "u" , release, then you choose the letter you want.
Repairs and services can be done at a bike mechanic with the guidance of the manufacturer. Of course. It's not rocket science.
So not much said about the Bultaco? Might have to wait for a review but by then the chance to own one might have been lost.
I feel a throttle is essential. Sometimes you may not want to or physically cannot pedal. In my case, I need a "run assist" mode. My hill is an 18% grade. I run 2 miles to the store and carry 30+ pounds of groceries in a fanny pack. My only use is for food runs. I can only see making it up that hill by running with the bike, like a dog on a leach.hat about the mid drive vs the hub motor preference, the throttle or lack of on the Spitzing etc?
thanks for the umlaut tip. I am a Mac user.
I think the industry will hit an inflection point this year. The battery is key to design. Apple and Tesla have made big commitments eCars/batteries. Sondors is turning the Euro model on its head. The silly underpowered 250-350w, over-priced, German approach has been obsoleted.
The big sleeper is Ford! The 2000W Grace One.15 may bring more efficient and powerful 750 to 1kW motors to the market. So many new entrants into the market in just this year alone.
My predisposition is to wait until I find a bike that I am completely happy with. Your options will be very different 6 to 12 months from now. By a 48V system to future proof your investment.
fair enough. I take your points as valid.Sondors is underpowered, has low range, is heavy and sluggish. The only thing you're right about is that it is cheap.
Compared to what you call 'euro model' - with at least double range, lighter bikes and responsive pedaling systems.
Mike you don't yet own an ebike and you have no long term ebiking experience yet you are making these absolute statements here.
Thousands of users (even the fat guys) are riding pedelec bikes and are doing just fine with 250-350w motors. It's not much of what the number says but how efficiently you utilize the power. Dude, I'm 240 lbs and I've been riding 250w (wink wink) motor all year and it is doing fine.
I had a warranty issue that was nicely dealt with by the Specialized dealer.
The only point that I give you is that you want to go faster than 20mph but again I feel based on your fixation on numbers and not the overall engineering of the system that goes hand in hand. Most people are fine with going 20mph. Again we are talking about a bicycle so basically (unless you are a lycra performer) people with an ebike go faster and save their energy doing so.
IMHO what should improve is not the speed of the bike but the range gained from a battery so that you can go all day and not worry about recharging.
Because car-is-king. Less than 10% of the cars stop to let me cross in the prominently painted crosswalk . I almost got run over in the crosswalk last Sunday at 7am. Some fool in a damn hurry did a rolling stop. Never bothered to look uphill. Just gassed it. I always stare drivers in the eye. Lucky, or else I would not be writing this.I could appreciate your approach to some degree. It's fun to see your angle. Why do you feel the need to outrun traffic?
Brambor,I could appreciate your approach to some degree. It's fun to see your angle. Why do you feel the need to outrun traffic?
Court says they ride like a regular bike The external bottom bracket is a key diff. to compensate for the smaller frame. Think millions of ebikes below $1000.probably not. I did see your post in the morning ( a few hours ago) about the Ford initiative. From the video I could sense the ride quality of those bikes with small wheels is somewhat 'lacking'. Granted, I live in the boonies and not in a metropolis like LA or New York. I think the Ford initiative in the video is aimed at Euro market. Ford has a huge footprint in Europe and is a relatively respected brand. I don't see it being relevant to the US market at all. Maybe New York City, maybe Chicago (making it from the burbs to a park and ride and than taking the rinky dinky folder to town) but not majority of smaller cities or rural towns.
OK. Can handlebars be made wider or dampened? What type of BB do I have, external?meh. I have a folder and it does not ride like a regular bike. There is a difference in the ride quality vs a larger wheel circumference. Just watch the ford video how their handlebars twitch when they ride the bikes...