Any bikes with substantial discounts are likely at least 2 years old.
That’s the same review I read. Does that mean the bikes at Crazy Lenny’s are several years old? Seems like a newer design.
This new Ride1Up bike looks interesting... stealth and sub $1k :
Ride1Up will soon unveil a slick new belt-drive e-bike known as the Ride1Up Roadster V2. The bike will debut for an extremely tempting price of $995. [Update: Ride1Up has now launched the Roadster V2 for pre-order, with shipping starting September 10. Full details below.] Ride1Up has unveiled...electrek.co
Is the London based Volt Bikes the same company as the US VoltBIkes? Anyway, I have recently purchased an e-bike for local excursions, camping holidays and maybe even working on sites. The two Bromptons have recently been sold and replaced with two e-bikes from Volt Bikes. Mrs altvic2 is pretty hopeless on a pushbike so a battery model seemed the way forward for her cycling jaunts and I followed suit as didn’t wish to get left behind.Now I realize value is relative and many will probably recommend name brand expensive bikes but I'm trying to keep it under $1k (closer to $700) but am willing to look as high as $1500.
The one I'm interested in is the folding mountain bike like the X-Treme Baja (I also see it under other names like Samebike, etc). But I don't see many around which makes me think it's not a very good bike.
I would post links but I don't want anyone to think I'm advertising any store. Not really looking for an electric mountain bike to ride on trails, just something for a little assistance up small hills on paved trails around where I live. I was also looking at Aventon (have a local ebike store that sells them), Ride1Up and Sondor but I really like the folding feature of the X-Treme. It also comes in different prices, as low as $900 for the 300/350w and then as high as $1600 for the 500/750w.
I did a search on this forum and I couldn't find anything for X-Treme. Also found quite a few Chinese brands via AliExpress. I'm hesitant to order an ebike from an online store but those seem to be the only way to fall withing my price range. My other consideration would be the Sondors Smart Step... it also folds and the review here seems pretty good.
I don't really plan to use it for commuting anything, just something me and my kids can ride around and we can put in the back of a car.
Thanks in advance for any advice!
What happened to the sages?
I think the Espin Sport is at the top of my list but I just want to make sure I've looked at all the options. Are the ones I listed the best ones? It seems like if I keep looking, others pop up.
There is a full size fat tire folder called Wallke but I think that even folded that would be too big to fit in the van but I do have fat tire envy when I see people ride them around. The other problem with a fat tire full size bike is that it's probably harder to ride with 0 pedal assist.
Just now saw this thread. I've had my Wallke X3 Pro W-PAS bike for about a month now and put 120 miles on it (per the odometer). I've changed out a few things over time that suited me better (saddle, pedals, grips), filled up the front air suspension higher to better compensate for my riding style & weight (6'3" @ 225 lbs), adjusted the advanced settings with the power/wattage specs her e-level that best works for me, and recently changed a flat and added Mr. Tuffy liners to my tires. When I bought mine back in mid-May, I found a coupon code in their blogs on their website that knocked off 15% from the purchase price on Wallke's website. After-sales tax, I paid around $1600 shipped for the bike, and it came from Ontario so shipping was 1-2 days and I received my bike in less than a week. Folded up, it easily fits into the back of most SUVs. I had it in the back of my friend's Tesla Model Y (about the size of a mid-size SUV like a Honda CRV or Toyota Rav 4), but here's a picture of my bike in a Honda Pilot. There's lots of room in the back for a lot more stuff, which we've put in there a few times to ride at the beach. It's too heavy for my Thule bike rack.
Overall, it's a great cruiser bike with MTB qualities, but if you want to do some more serious trail riding than this bike isn't for you. Around my area with different (and some steep) elevation changes, lots of wider walking trails, and even some street riding, this bike works out great when I just want to cruise around at higher speeds. Otherwise for a bit more fun and to get a workout, I'll ride my hardtail 29er a little more often. After having ridden this around for a bit to get a good feel for it and, I've got a better feeling of what type of eMTB I want to get next, so I may consider selling this one. Nothing against the Wallke X3 Pro bike, as it's a great starter eMTB for a lot of people, but it's given me a chance to better dial-in what I'm looking for out of an e-bike.
BTW, I'm in So Cal so if you're nearby me then you can ride my bike to see how you like the Wallke X3 Pro.
Seems like my goalposts have moved a bit.
I'm leaning towards a lighter ebike because I really want to be able to pedal it without power. I want to get something I can replace my regular bike with to take on main paved paths/roads but have that extra power just in case for any hills/inclines or if I feel like cruising (so a throttle might be good). Doesn't seem to be many multi-speed ebikes... most are just 7-speed but I usually just stay in the top main gear on my 27-speed only using the lower 2 for inclines.
So I really don't need long range (other than being able to pedal on my own) or high power... but want something more reliable, lightweight and preferably stealthy.
I tried looking at LBS in my area, but most are $2500 and up and I think I can go up to $2k now... but would prefer to stay less than $1500 because I know there will probably be another $500 in other costs. I also think I am looking for a more upright profile so I guess I'm looking for a commuter-type bike (thinner wheels will also be lighter) but I prefer it to be full size.
So maybe a R1U Core-5, Biktrix Swift Lite... or even the Charge bikes look interesting. The Espin Sport is still on my radar but not sure if the riding position is upright enough (I'm 6ft tall).
I've been looking at BD... how is after-sale support with them? Or with Motobecane? I read a few posts here about them but no EBR reviews for any of their bikes.
I was actually considering one for a full suspension MTB but realized the MTB profile is not really for me.
Ok, so I have the Sport, but owning it has me thinking that my next ebike would be:
1. Rear hub drive (don't really need the mid-drive if hub is cheaper)... even 250-350w should do.
2. Multi-speed drivetrain (so I can use it without power)
3. Lightweight (less than 40lbs if possible)
4. Be able to handle a big rider (~6ft/270lbs)
5. Stand-up profile
6. $2k or less (rear hub drives are cheaper right?)
I think only the Propella 7-speed fits but their site doesn't list rider weight capacity.