Looking to buy first ebike for wife and I. <$4000, mid-drive

Alaskan

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Our local Trek shop has a very diverse full inventory of ebikes for sale. They all use Bosch motors which do not have a throttle but do deliver a really seamless ebike experience and are super reliable and have great service, tech support and parts availability. The service part really depends on the culture of each shop so a few visits to see the bike, test ride a few, chat up the staff, you will get that blank filled in with enough time spent. Their real edge right now is that they have bikes for sale that you can pay for and ride out the door whenever you want, unless you are looking for something at the higher end that you will want some custom components or substitutions. Your budget is realistic. They have a nice array of bike in your price range. Their ebike cover page is starts with a photo of the exact model I bought almost a year ago. It has been a joy to ride, not without a few things that needed warranty attention, but very reliable after working out two bugs.

 

StevenC56

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Ditto what Timpo said re Bafang and throttle. The Eurobike folks accuse us of riding our bikes like motorcycles but we don't. I use my throttle only in dire circumstances and maybe a bit at the end of a long ride for a hill ( if I have battery left ) when I'm dangerously tired and need to get home. And personally I never use it to go fast. I don't like to go fast much at all. I will use it a tad if starting out up hill but just to get rolling and it is important with the throttle to be in a low gear in this circumstance. And also to be experienced with the use of the throttle and know exactly what it will do. :)
Well, I've been paying attention to people riding e-bikes here in Fresno California the last 6 months as I've been interested and researching to purchase myself. I'd say at least 3 out of 4 I've seen are not pedaling.
 

Alaskan

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Well, I've been paying attention to people riding e-bikes here in Fresno California the last 6 months as I've been interested and researching to purchase myself. I'd say at least 3 out of 4 I've seen are not pedaling.
Same situation here. People on Rad bikes and Chinese Internet bikes are seldom pedaling or if they are it is at a cadence of around 20. Some are pedaling but not very many. This is clearly what they bought the bikes to do, which is just fine. No judgement here, just observation.
 
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StevenC56

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Same situation here. People on Rad bikes are Chinese Internet bikes are seldom pedaling or if they are it is at a cadence of around 20. Some are pedaling but not very many. This is clearly what they bought the bikes to do, which is just fine. No judgement here, just observation.
To each his own like you said. But for me I need the exercise and I can be a bit lazy, so I purchased a class 1 e-bike which will help my personal needs and goals.
 

Alaskan

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To each his own like you said. But for me I need the exercise and I can be a bit lazy, so I purchased a class 1 e-bike which will help my personal needs and goals.
It really does hinge on who you are and what you want to do with the bike. For every tab a, b or c there is a slot a, b or c. It is a matter of figuring out which tab you are and which slot is the one that fits.

I started ebiking after a nearly life ending heart attack, at the age of 67, It not only launched me into a retirement I had already been angling towards and then changed my priorities in life. I bought an ebike to restore my health & vitality and also to loose weight. I started riding almost exactly three years ago, I used to smoke a pipe...no tobacco since the MI & stents, Ive lost 30 lbs. I have ridden almost 20,000 miles in the past three years and now my wife and I are doing just fine with one car. I started our with a Bosch powered bike back then and have stayed within their broad, well supported and diverse ecosystem, happily so.
 

Dallant

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No throttle but I recently bought a Trek +7 Lowstep for my wife to go along with my Allant+7 diamond frame. She loves hers and I love mine.
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Dewey

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It really does hinge on who you are and what you want to do with the bike.
Very true, I got into ebiking 5 years ago after riding the DC Metro to work for 10 years and wanting to commute out in the open air but found I couldn’t ride up hill from the Potomac river without pedal assist. I converted a pedal bike with a lower power 350w Bafang BBS01. It came with a throttle that I left off riding it as a Class 1 for 3 years before deciding to fit the throttle which I use to get going from stationary then I use the pedal assist and the bikes gearing, the throttle helps with the limitations of the basic cadence PAS sensor and my creaky knees, I’m sure I’d be happy riding a Class 1 ebike with a torque sensor.