I've had this bike for a couple of years now and have logged about 2100 miles, so I guess you could say I've gotten to know it. It's been a great bike and essentially trouble-free. I live in a hilly urban area so this thing gets a work out. I weigh 220# and routinely bring home 30-40# of groceries in a couple of grocery-bag sized panniers.
Things I love:
Things I love:
- The ability to switch between PAS and manual throttle mode is very flexible and I do it often.
- The "granny gear" (large rear gear on the rear sprocket assembly) is indispensable for hill-climbing (we have some steep hills around here).
- The integrated rear rack is very strong and adaptable to carrying lots of different kinds of cargo.
- Great range. I've been on rides as long as 30 miles with this bike - though I was being very careful with the battery use. Now with 2100 miles of use, I'm doubtful the battery would go that far. But I will probably try it this spring!
- I have to adjust the brakes (Avid BB5) frequently to keep the stopping power up to snuff. I mean like, every 50 miles or so. I've replaced the pads twice already, so I am getting 700 miles per set. OK, it's a heavy bike and I'm a big guy and it's hilly around here, so, not too surprising. My main point is that learning to work on these brakes yourself is mandatory, because they need frequent attention. (Hint: get a cable puller, it's indispensable!)
- There's a lot of potholes around here and despite the fat tires, I'd would like a suspension fork!
- While I love the integrated rear rack, having the battery there does make for a very rear-heavy bike. The 2014 Zuma addresses this issue, and it looks really sweet!