Does anyone own an E-GLide Electric Bike?

Steve H

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I only found one review on Amazon. The best deal is to buy from the E-glide site.
Here is a link.. http://e-glide-bike.com/order/e-glide-bikes/e-glide-bikes/e-glide-ss-1-detail
Thoughts?

All...
- I have the same interest in finding reviews or info about the E-glide SS. It does look pretty good...
- I found the same single review on Amazon that JVE877 notes.
- I'd like to hear how the single speed design performs, the components, etc.
- I just left a msg for Cort and team, to see if a review is planned.
- I'll keep looking and post anything I find to this thread.

Tnx
Steve
 

Steve H

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All..
I called E-glide (Santa Monica, CA) and had a good conversation with Owner/Designer David Lohrli, was quite impressed, and ordered a bike -- I will post some initial reactions next week here. My overall cost was $1179 ($999 for SS, $65 shipping, $60 for Thick Slick tire upgrade, $55 for rear rack).

I also emailed David the link to this forum thread so perhaps some of the other E-Glide SS users can post (he's shipped about 150 since around Oct of '15).

David responded quickly to my email question and was generous with his phone time in describing the evolution of the E-Glide Single Speed Bike. Here is contact info: david@e-glide.com, 310-396-1453, M-F 9-5 PST

David provided some background and I did some research -- brief notes/links below:
- He's been designing/building selling electric skateboards and powerboards for 12+ years. In this informational video, David describes the evolution of his approach to powerboard design. The vid shows his passion, and his approach to design, trial testing and product engineering.
- Here's a link to a video of an E-Glide SS demonstration.
- As the E-Glide Bike web site says, David focused on lightness, simplicity, good components and value pricing.
- He said the Single Speed design (vice the typical 7 speed approach on many rear drive e-bikes) was chosen for simplicity -- that the power assist of e-bikes kicks in under load.
- It took about 6-7 months of iterations and trials with his manufacturing source to get the SS design finalized.

I'll post more after I get a ride or two next week....
Steve
 

Steve H

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Joe, All...

I received the E-Glide SS (Single Speed) yesterday and have a few rides in. It looks great and rides well (like a city bike, as described in some similar e-bike reviews which I link in below). I

For info about single speed bikes and their characteristics, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-speed_bicycle. Single Speed Bicycle wonks love their simplicity and the burn of a hill or sprint. I tried a few mild hills without the power on, and you have to work a bit.

(There are spots along the Potomac River Bike Trail between Mt Vernon, VA and Alexandria, VA where I would have to walk the bike up if the battery was empty. I know this because I rode my old Trek hybrid there a few weeks ago -- and my front gear shifter was broken so I could not shift down to the lowest gears).

The hub motor and the battery juice, of course, help flatten those hills. On my initial rides, the mid and high settings of the 3 level pedal assist give a noticeable boost and help maintain speed on hills (at about 15 and 18-20 mph respectively with some power input by rider). The low setting seems to target about 9-10 mph, and does not seem to provide much power on the mild to moderate hills -- the rider puts a good deal of their own power in to maintain speed.

The thumb throttle can add power and speed to pedelec modes, and can supplement the low setting. Max thumb throttle with minimal rider input tops out at 18-19 mph. On high power (or downhill with lower power), my fastest comfortable pedal rate on this single speed bike got up to 24-25 mph.

I've linked Court's review of a similar bike, the Easy Motion EasyGo Race below. It is a single speed, lower cost "City Bike" similar to the E-Glide SS. It may give you a feel for the general class of bikes.

- E-Glide SS has 350/700 watt hub motor, more power than the EasyGo race 250 watt model. I haven't yet, but will post speed performance. The SS tops out at 18-20 mph with throttle (or light pedaling) only. Court notes the EasyGo feels sluggish at/above 16 mph.
- E-Glide SS has 10 AH bottle battery mounted on down tube, vs. Easy Go race approx 3 AH pack mounted behind seat post.
- Aggressive ride posture and stiff light frames are similar, but not identical. E-Glide SS has all tubular round frame.
- Controls are somewhat different: E-Glide SS has both electric throttle and 3-level pedal assist which uses a cadence sensor on the front gear. You can use both at the same time - kicking in more power on low assist when needed for a hill, for example. The EasyGo has a torque sensor strain gauge on the rear gear, and Court notes some issues in the review.


https://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/easygo-race/
 

Steve H

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Joe Remi

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The price at that site is $1197, which is dishonestly represented as an $802 savings. Ignore those hucksters.
 

pmcraighill

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I'd love to jump in and plug e-glide. I got mine in March and have been thoroughly pleased. This is my first electric bike, so I don't have a great reference point. I use it for commuting every day, 18 mile round-trip almost entirely on a bike path. I was very price sensitive when shopping, since I wasn't sure if this would be a long term solution. The e-glide seemed to offer the best combination of price, quality and simplicity of design. I added a few upgrades (thick slick tires and 48-tooth sprocket). I can comfortably cruise at about 20 mph using the third level of peddle assist. I almost never use the throttle -- only rarely when I want to get a quick boost from a complete stop. This has been a very reliable and comfortable bike. I'd be happy to answer any questions for potential customers. Depending on your needs, I'd recommend it highly.
 

Adventure_Some

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I'd love to jump in and plug e-glide. I got mine in March and have been thoroughly pleased. This is my first electric bike, so I don't have a great reference point. I use it for commuting every day, 18 mile round-trip almost entirely on a bike path. I was very price sensitive when shopping, since I wasn't sure if this would be a long term solution. The e-glide seemed to offer the best combination of price, quality and simplicity of design. I added a few upgrades (thick slick tires and 48-tooth sprocket). I can comfortably cruise at about 20 mph using the third level of peddle assist. I almost never use the throttle -- only rarely when I want to get a quick boost from a complete stop. This has been a very reliable and comfortable bike. I'd be happy to answer any questions for potential customers. Depending on your needs, I'd recommend it highly.

Question: I live in an area with some moderate to steep hills and weigh 225. Do you foresee any power issues I could possibly have. I have already ordered it and am hoping I made the right decision. Not taking a lot of risk outside the cost to send bike back $65.00. So what do you think? Thanks for your time.
 

pmcraighill

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For moderate hills you should be fine. The 350W motor should be powerful enough to get you up without too much work. Steep hills will probably not be super easy. It is a single speed, so no ability to get into a lower gear. My commute is relatively flat. I have two short, somewhat steep hills. I'm able to power up without much problem.