Driven Bikes - anyone heard of them?

Longj582

New Member
Hi Guys,

Apologize if this isn't the proper category for this (and a search of the forum pulled up nothing...)

I've got a semi-upgraded/customized Rad Mini and it's been great living in a condo in the Seattle area. As a late 30-something who is pretty active - the bike has been awesome and plenty of power to get up most steep hills (even with some effort).

We're looking at getting my wife one as well but Rad is back ordered until September (like most ebikes are).

After listening to the Bolton Podcast - I learned of a new company called Driven based on Orange County, CA.

They're backordered too but but they've got a model they sell called the "Dockside" which may show up in mid-late July.

Here's what I know - it's a:
  • 20 inch Fat Tire ebike w/Kenda's
  • Has a 500W Bafang motor
  • Aluminum Frame (not sure about this - it's lighter but perhaps less durable? Does this really matter since it's a folding ebike for my wife where we'll do light trail riding and cruising around town - vs beating the heck out of it?). Plus is it's 13 ish lbs lighter than the rad.
  • 20 amp controller
  • 58V AH batter, 14.5 Amp Battery w/Samsung cells
  • KT Display
  • Overall the bike seems to be a hotter/more powerful bike than the Rad
  • No front fork
After getting burned with my Emoto (they went out of business and I couldn't get parts anymore for my first ebike) I never thought I'd buy a bike other than a Rad, Bolton or Juiced (so I can get parts/support etc.) BUT Ben the owner of Driven seems super supportive, informed AND the parts seem very common (meaning I'll likely be able to get replacements from Bafang/Bolton etc.

Here's the link: https://www.drivenbikes.com/product-page/driven-dockside-folding-fat-tire

Does anyone have a bike by Driven (folding or another model?)

Are y'all happy with them?

Thanks!
 

MisterM

Active Member
Meh, looks like another overpriced drop-shipper fly-by-night . I wouldn't touch them. And what's the deal with Bolton? Seems another one-man shop reselling Chinese bikes - just buy direct and skip the markup.
 

Timpo

Well-Known Member
Hi Guys,

Apologize if this isn't the proper category for this (and a search of the forum pulled up nothing...)

I've got a semi-upgraded/customized Rad Mini and it's been great living in a condo in the Seattle area. As a late 30-something who is pretty active - the bike has been awesome and plenty of power to get up most steep hills (even with some effort).

We're looking at getting my wife one as well but Rad is back ordered until September (like most ebikes are).

After listening to the Bolton Podcast - I learned of a new company called Driven based on Orange County, CA.

They're backordered too but but they've got a model they sell called the "Dockside" which may show up in mid-late July.

Here's what I know - it's a:
  • 20 inch Fat Tire ebike w/Kenda's
  • Has a 500W Bafang motor
  • Aluminum Frame (not sure about this - it's lighter but perhaps less durable? Does this really matter since it's a folding ebike for my wife where we'll do light trail riding and cruising around town - vs beating the heck out of it?). Plus is it's 13 ish lbs lighter than the rad.
  • 20 amp controller
  • 58V AH batter, 14.5 Amp Battery w/Samsung cells
  • KT Display
  • Overall the bike seems to be a hotter/more powerful bike than the Rad
  • No front fork
After getting burned with my Emoto (they went out of business and I couldn't get parts anymore for my first ebike) I never thought I'd buy a bike other than a Rad, Bolton or Juiced (so I can get parts/support etc.) BUT Ben the owner of Driven seems super supportive, informed AND the parts seem very common (meaning I'll likely be able to get replacements from Bafang/Bolton etc.

Here's the link: https://www.drivenbikes.com/product-page/driven-dockside-folding-fat-tire

Does anyone have a bike by Driven (folding or another model?)

Are y'all happy with them?

Thanks!
Did you mean 48V battery?
 

Timpo

Well-Known Member
Just by looking at it, there's nothing particularly unique or outstanding about this bike. 😑 It's like, just another Chinese mini fat folding bike.
 

Timpo

Well-Known Member
Meh, looks like another overpriced drop-shipper fly-by-night . I wouldn't touch them. And what's the deal with Bolton? Seems another one-man shop reselling Chinese bikes - just buy direct and skip the markup.
Yeah I agree, many ebike companies in the US are basically middle person.
Just buy directly from China.
 

Alex M

Well-Known Member
A US-based middleman btw Chinese bike and US consumers usually means that you'll have some support. Directly from China support is non-existing, at best you'll get an exchange or refund for DOD parts.
Not that I'm a big fan of the former business model.
 

Timpo

Well-Known Member
A US-based middleman btw Chinese bike and US consumers usually means that you'll have some support. Directly from China support is non-existing, at best you'll get an exchange or refund for DOD parts.
Not that I'm a big fan of the former business model.
It's been discussed here before on other threads.

Yeah, that's what you would expect. By having a middle person, you are going to be expecting some kind of support. Whether it is a technical issue or warranty support.
As you know, EBR members who bought from middle person are stranded because if there's a warranty issue, the US based seller would have to order parts from China, then ship it to you. Which usually takes couple of months for whole process.

This begs a question, what's the point of buying one from US seller?

The US based sellers do not have a big warehouse in the US and have all the parts in stock, have English speaking and well trained customer service representative, none.
If your bike breaks down, you would expect them to answer the phone immediately, get the parts shipped next day, and arrive in 3 to 5 business days.

However in reality, that's not the case.

There are some exceptions for sure, there are legitimate middle person who actually stock piles of parts for customers, but that's seems to be a rare case.
Many US customers will simply ignore your phone calls or emails. Yet, I've seen some AliExpress sellers in China actually standing behind their product.
I think it's case by case.