Looking for a new e-bike - need suggestions

DragNLady

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Elby have good reputation.
The 500W BionX motor will give you good push on the hill but still give you exercise because of cadence sensor.
Comes with the throttle too.
I can't remember for sure, but it might comes with regen brakes so you can recharge the battery while braking.
https://www.amegoev.com/elby-elby-s1-9-speed.html

Elby website: http://www.elbybike.com/?lang=en-CA

However I'm a bit worried about the BionX components because I thought they're bankrupt?
Thanks Timpo! I have spent several hours online, reading all about Elby and watching youtube videos. This seems like a great bike!!! I have already filled out the form to have one brought to me for a test ride! I love how the motor is hidden. It's a great looking bike and $3,300., right in my price range. I really appreciate your advice! (I posted a link above that deals with the Bionx issue.). It has 4 levels of assist and 4 levels of regen.
 

Timpo

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Thanks Timpo! I have spent several hours online, reading all about Elby and watching youtube videos. This seems like a great bike!!! I have already filled out the form to have one brought to me for a test ride! I love how the motor is hidden. It's a great looking bike and $3,300., right in my price range. I really appreciate your advice! (I posted a link above that deals with the Bionx issue.). It has 4 levels of assist and 4 levels of regen.
$3,300? Where are you buying one from? Because it's $2,899 Canadian on Amego website that I posted.
 

DragNLady

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$3,300? Where are you buying one from? Because it's $2,899 Canadian on Amego website that I posted.
Timpo, I did not see that link, will go look for it. - - - - - - Ok, I just saw it, thanks so much for that link!!!! But I can't buy a bike without taking it for a ride first. If I order through the Elby site, they will bring me a bike to try. On the Amigo website, they say there is a 30 day return policy, but on UNUSED bikes! So what good is that? You need to take it for a ride before you know if you like it or not. I guess I could have Elby bring me a bike, and then if I like it, I could buy it off the Amigo site, but I would feel guilty for doing that.
 
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Timpo

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Timpo, I did not see that link, will go look for it. - - - - - - Ok, I just saw it, thanks so much for that link!!!! But I can't buy a bike without taking it for a ride first. If I order through the Elby site, they will bring me a bike to try. On the Amigo website, they say there is a 30 day return policy, but on UNUSED bikes! So what good is that? You need to take it for a ride before you know if you like it or not. I guess I could have Elby bring me a bike, and then if I like it, I could buy it off the Amigo site, but I would feel guilty for doing that.
Hmm.. yea that's a tough situation.

I'm assuming Elby hasn't responded yet? If so, maybe you could ask if Elby would consider price matching?
You're a serious buyer so they might do it, it wouldn't hurt to ask..
 

DragNLady

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Elby, comfortable, powerful, designed and sold by a Canadian company with headquarters in Ottawa. Will deliver one to your door ready to ride. Great bike. Sold many of them to very happy customers.

While Bionx is no more, Elby and other partners have ensured that the Bionx tech will survive for the foreseeable future.
That one statement is not enough for me to feel comfortable buying one. I need to read proof that they are once aigna a solid company. Why is there no information on them available???
 

DragNLady

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I think I finally found a great bike. A Specialized Como. Won't get it for a few weeks, but can't wait to try it out. The shop didn't have any for me to take for a test ride, but they had a Vado, (?) and they said they were very similar. Very quiet, seamless transition from one pas to the next. And I love the integrated battery. Can't wait to get it.
 

DragNLady

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awesome bike, no throttle
but I love that brose motor

bet you will love the como

let us know how it goes
Thank you Vincent, I will. The manger of the shop convinced me not to get a bike with a throttle, as he feels that some day soon, the bikes with throttles will require a license and will be restricted on many trails.
 

vincent

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I like the specialized brose bikes but serious doubt throttles are going to be restricted or licensed anytime soon lol

the federal 3 class set up allows throttles on class 2, my guess is most states will follow this - the problem is cities/counties and different park management can restrict ebikes period

the class 2 throttle bikes go no faster than the Como
 

AZOldTech

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I have a RAD City Step-thru, (750 watt, 48 volt, 14aH), and a Electra Townie (400watt, 11 aH) I like them both but not thrilled with either of them. Rad has too much power in level 1 so I get no exercise, and the Townie is a slog getting up steep hills. Trying to find the "perfect" bike. Well, I know there is no such thing as a perfect bike, but am still searching for something that I can say I LOVE. Am in Canada, so need something available HERE. Need to have a step-thru, and I want to have a throttle. Can anyone suggest a bike that might meet my requirements? Thanks!
Have you tested any mid-drive ebikes? Cause mid-drive ebikes are night and day compared to rear hub-drive ebikes. My wife has the Haibike Sduro Radius Tour and she loves it, compared to her rear hub Rad city step-thru which she also hated for the same reasons as you. I installed a suspension seatpost (Suntour NCX) and a tuning chip from https://www.ebay.com/itm/PearTune-MSO-Max-Speed-Off-Yamaha-Syncdrive-Pedelec-E-Bike-Tuning/112208437252 and removed the "artificial" 20mph limit and she can do up to 28mph now. The only thing it does not have from your list is the throttle... but she was ecstatic to see it gone as she hated the throttle on the Rad anyways. Throttle or no throttle I suggest that you try test driving some mid drive ebikes. You would be blown away about the difference with rear-hub motors, and how much like a real bike it feels and how much more exercise you can get on the different levels without that weird feel of rear-hub ebikes.
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I know that it looks like a lot at list price $CAN 3900 but you can get great sale deals like the one she got during black friday for 50% off.
 
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keithd

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I think I finally found a great bike. A Specialized Como. Won't get it for a few weeks, but can't wait to try it out. The shop didn't have any for me to take for a test ride, but they had a Vado, (?) and they said they were very similar. Very quiet, seamless transition from one pas to the next. And I love the integrated battery. Can't wait to get it.
I looked at and tried the Como 2.0 great bike and I was all set to buy the Como 5.0 and then changed to the Evelo Aurora Loaded. The Brose on the Como feels very much like riding a regular bicycle very natural. Good luck and have fun!
 

DragNLady

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I looked at and tried the Como 2.0 great bike and I was all set to buy the Como 5.0 and then changed to the Evelo Aurora Loaded. The Brose on the Como feels very much like riding a regular bicycle very natural. Good luck and have fun!
Thanks Keith, so glad to hear others say it is a great bike!