Help choosing first Ebike to be a delivery man

ChronosK

New Member
Hey, I would like to invest in an Ebike as a bicycle courier in Paris. I already did a ton of research and documentation but I just can't be satisfied of the results.

I have some idea of what I want, I understood that pedal assist was a lot smoother if you can handle the price of it.
I look for a really good autonomy since I plan of using it up to an entire day (you actually stop a lot when delivering food but you get the idea)
I am quite tall (1.90 meter) so I look for a bike adapted to my height ideally, that made me reconsidering some options I found, a lot of city bikes are small and all and maybe I won't be comfortable on it.

In short I am looking for :
-City only use
-Pedal assist
-Large battery
-Tall friendly
-3500/4000 euros max

Oh and I live in Paris, France, if maybe it's a needed information.
The trend being quite new (really trending in france, you even get a grant for buying one) I feel like there is a ton of marketing for it and I find it hard to get actual valuable informations.
Hope you guys can help me on this. Feel free to ask any information you need.
This is the one that caught the most my attention, but then I realize I am maybe to tall and Its really a very the "aggressive marketing" type, after a crowdfunding and all, so It's maybe a trap. But feedbacks are really good on it for the moment : https://iweech.com/iweech/public/en

Thanks for your time, appreciated.
 

JRA

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Get whatever closest bike shop that you feel good about has to offer and that fits you would be my suggestion. You will appreciate the service aspect if you are putting lots of time on the bike. It is best to delete all the bells and whistles and newest tech, especially if it is an internet only model.
 

ChronosK

New Member
Get whatever closest bike shop that you feel good about has to offer and that fits you would be my suggestion. You will appreciate the service aspect if you are putting lots of time on the bike. It is best to delete all the bells and whistles and newest tech, especially if it is an internet only model.
I am kinda scared that sellers are not always honest, since they obviously sell you the product, but I guess there is some honest bike shop in Paris, would definitly try, but any suggestions are always welcome.
 

FlatSix911

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Take a look at the EBR list of Best Electric Bikes of 2020 and choose the category that fits you best... :)

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Timpo

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There's a Taiwanse ebike company called Tern.
They seem to have good cargo capacity and good city ebike.

Are they available in France?
 

Timpo

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Dual battery (long range)
Good cargo capacity as well


 

ChronosK

New Member
Thanks for all your answers guys, would check them out. And for the " Best Electric Bikes of 2020", not sure all are available in France, I tried to find the Ohm quest for example, maybe I am not looking on the good platforms, I'v sent them an email to be sure.
 

FlatSix911

Well-Known Member
Trek cross grip 2108, trek lift 2018, Fantic gravel 2018. RM delite 25, 2018. Pedego trail traker 2017.
Just saying.

Court recommends the best bikes of 2020 based on all of his prior model year reviews... most are 2020. ;)
 

Alaskan

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Moustache bikes are made in Thaon-les-Vosges - FRance, just south of Nancy There are many dealers in Paris that carry the brand.

They are very well made bicycle with good components and made in a wide variety of styles. If I lived in Paris I would visit the shops that carry Moustache bikes and find a dealer who seems trustworthy and honest.

You pay a premium at a LBS (local bike shop) but what you should get in return is someone who cares about keeping you happy and helping you to keep your bike in top running condition.

Here is a LInk to the Moustache site:

https://moustachebikes.com/
 
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ChronosK

New Member
Moustache bikes are made in Thaon-les-Vosges - FRance, just south of Nancy There are many dealers in Paris that carry the brand.

They are very well made bicycle with good components and made in a wide variety of styles. If I lived in Paris I would visit the shops that carry Moustache bikes and find a dealer who seems trustworthy and honest.

You pay a premium at a LBS (local bike shop) but what you should get in return is someone who cares about keeping you happy and helping you to keep your bike in top running condition.

Here is a LInk to the Moustache site:

https://moustachebikes.com/
I heard of the brand too, If people outside of France heard of the brand and feel great about It, I would definitly trust them more, I get your advice seriously and will probably do as you suggest. Thanks for the reply.
 

FlatSix911

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I heard of the brand too, If people outside of France heard of the brand and feel great about It, I would definitly trust them more, I get your advice seriously and will probably do as you suggest. Thanks for the reply.

 

Timpo

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this one?
 

Nova Haibike

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When you say courier, what kind of packages are you taking about; do you need big cargo capacity? You mentioned food; so food delivery, and not parcels?

If the latter, I might suggest something like the Giant Dailytour series. One, because they use Yamaha drives, which are smooth and very reliable. Two, they use internally geared hubs, and the top model uses a Gates belt, again more reliable. Three, they are step-thru bikes for easier mounting and dismounting. Four, Giant is a big company. I do not know about their presence in France, but I would think dealer support should be good. The only thing lacking is a big battery, but the 500Wh models should get you through an entire day unless you run it at full power the entire time. Even then it should provide a healthy number of kilometers per charge, since Paris is mostly flat.
 

Alaskan

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this one?
Given the difficulties all bike makers are having with the supply chain for parts and components these days, I think a Rad bike would likely end up leaving someone in Paris, who depends on their bike for a livelihood, stranded and waiting for parts, causing an unacceptable interruption in their income.

Purchasing a Moustache bike with dealers all over the city and the actual manufacturer in the same country is the best solution for someone who relies on their bike to make a living. Even though it will cost more money, the abundance of local service locations and parts availability are priceless under these circumstances. The next best option would be a bike from adjacent countries like Germany or the Netherlands that have a good network of dealers in Paris.
 
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Timpo

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Given the difficulties all bike makers are having with the supply chain for parts and components these days, I think a Rad bike would likely end up leaving someone who depends on their bike for a livelihood, stranded and waiting for parts, causing an unacceptable interruption in their income.

Purchasing a Moustache bike with dealers all over the city and the actual manufacturer in the same country is the best solution for someone who relies on their bike to make a living. Even though it will cost more money, the abundance of local service locations and parts availability are priceless under these circumstances. The next best option would be a bike from adjacent countries like Germany or the Netherlands that have a good network of dealers in Paris.
You're not the first person who says Rad does not keep their parts in stock.

This is exactly why I was against it when they decided to go with the proprietary 22 x 3.0 tires for the RadWagon.