I love their battery advertisement.. And not a bad price or rebuild price and only 5.5 lbs. I could not find what the maximum allowable continuous amp draw is on this 48v 9ah pack is.
Great points all around... I've been excited about the NTS guys for the reasons Ravi pointed out (Neal's experience in the industry producing other great products) and their work on the solar powered cargo bikes and lifetime rebuild battery recycling warranty program.
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The hype is a putoff and they've been tough to reach as well. I've emailed and called a week or so back (connected with Neal's wife) who explained that I could test the bike someday but Neal would not be able to meet with me to do an interview because he's always busy... I just wanted to build a rapport before showing up but her response sort of put me off.
The Fat Free looks like a decent bike and clearly these guys are working hard to create high quality products. In some ways it seems generic to me with so many other models available from big companies that have demos available in bike shops. The cargo bike is appealing because this category is niche and there aren't many to choose from but the Fat Free seems kind of generic to me.
Compared to a Stealth Fighter at $8k and 75lb, they have a point.Yeah, that 25 lbs lighter thing seems hyperbolic. They also mention other bikes cost eight grand. Is that the market they are really competing with? Both statements really turn me off from believing anything else they tout.
I demo'd the carbon fiber 29er version of that Felt Compulsion; maybe it was called f4... That was possibly one of the finest bikes I've ever ridden of any kind. The freakin bike weighed less than 25 lbs. Found out from lectric cycles that a mid drive might not work on a CF bike due to the overlays.. yours should have no problem.
Just ride the bike before you buy.. it should be excellent.