My new ebike

Tim M

New Member
Hello to everyone on EBR. Just wanted to post a picture of my new bike and give a quick review of it. I've been looking at several ebikes and decided to get this one because I thought it was a good combination of attributes I was looking for. This is a Biomega OKO bike from a company based in Denmark. It has a carbon fiber frame and weighs 41 lbs, light by ebike standards. It has a Gates carbon belt drive, 8 speed internal Alfina gear hub, hydraulic disc brakes, integrated battery in frame, integrated fenders, 36V 350WH battery and a 350 W motor. It rides, shifts and stops smooth as silk! My only complaint so far is the seat - hard as a rock! I'm definitely going to have to change it out. I live in Central Texa, and the area where I'll be riding does not have many hills, so this front drive hub motor works well for me. I had wanted a stylish, low maintenance bike for casual riding on bike paths and streets and think that so far at least, this bike has hit the mark for me. Anyone else here have one of these?
 

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DouglasB

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Very nice! What's with those Dutch and front wheel motors? Don't change out your seat too fast. A seemingly hard seat can be very comfortable. I have found it's not so much the cush but the support it gives. My main ride has a seat that is similar to yours. Seat discomfort is more often about seat angle than it is the seat itself. Your's looks to be nose up a bit. Try it more level, to a smidge down. I was having a heck of a time with seat comfort until I adjusted the angle properly. For me it needed to be slightly down at the nose from level but it varied from rider to rider, bike to bike and riding style.
 

Timpo

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OK actually wait now I'm thinking if there's any disadvantages for permanently fixed fenders. Sorry not trying to be negative but it just made me wonder.
 

bob armani

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Welcome to the forum. Really nice looking bike. Looks like it would do well in the wind tunnel with those streamlined curves. Enjoy your new ride!
 

Tim M

New Member
Well Douglas, I've been jacking with the seat 6 ways to Sunday trying to make the ride less uncomfortable without much success. The seat seems to be high quality leather and is made by Biomega like the rest of the bike. It is not quite 5 1/2" wide at its widest point. I'm wondering if that's enough for me at 6'2" and 210#? Or maybe that I've just started riding a lot more and it'll take some time for my tailbone to acclimatize to the thing? Any thoughts?

And Timpo, I agree the fenders are cool. I was concerned that they might be well supported until I saw a video of somebody (at Biomega I presume) who put a frame in a vise and beat the crap out of the fender with a billy club. Didn't seem to faze it! They flexed and sprung back to their original form. So I'm not worried about them any more.
 

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DouglasB

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It's hard to tell much about a seat from a picture but off hand I'd say they didn't put a lot of money into the design, other than to make it look good. That said, everyone is different and even an inexpensive seat can be comfortable in the right situation, for the right person. I'm 205, 6'3" and ride on a seat about that size. The one on my road bike is even narrower. With bicycle seats, bigger is not necessarily better. They always said you had to break in the old Brooks style, leather seats. Modern seats should be comfortable from the start. If it's adjusted properly, I don't think it's going to get any more comfortable. Myself, I don't care for raised patterns or stitching on a seat. I have found anything other than a smooth surface can become irritating on a long ride. I went through a couple of seats before I found the correct one. I would suggest seeing if your local bike shop will let you try a loner, or borrow a friends. In general, stock seats may look attractive but are often of inferior design, as it's a good place for the manufacturer to save money. Even with a new, high end bike, I assuem I'm going to be swapping out the seat.
 

Alaskan

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I have found that regardless of the saddle, seat comfort can't be achieved without padded shorts, and then firm, well contoured leather is the ticket.
 

DouglasB

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As and office ergonomist with 20 years experience, I have found that every butt is different. I have solved very serious seating issues with cheap, low end, minimally ergonomic chairs and yet had to go to very expensive chairs on other problems that seemed much less serious. One client, absolutely couldn't sit in anything but a chair with a hard seat, while another fellow had to have one that was cushy soft. I never went into a situation assuming I knew what was right for my client. When they would ask me what chair I thought would work best, I would say, somewhat jokingly, "Only the butt knows". I would then bring in several chairs for them to try and we would go from there. More often than not it was just a matter of properly adjusting the chair they had.
 

Tim M

New Member
I have found that regardless of the saddle, seat comfort can't be achieved without padded shorts, and then firm, well contoured leather is the ticket.
Alaskan, I believe I read elsewhere that you now ride on a Selle Antomica (X?) I believe. Is it still the cats meow for you?
 

Alaskan

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Alaskan, I believe I read elsewhere that you now ride on a Selle Antomica (X?) I believe. Is it still the cats meow for you?
I ride the Selle Anatomica H series with the cutout. I have tried others since, including the new Ergon ST Core which I use when it rains and a Brooks B17 The Selle is by far the best on long rides, when combined with a good quality padded short.
 

bob armani

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I am with you Alaskan on the seat combo with good padded shorts or padded underware with good seat contours. When I receive a stock saddle with a new bike purchase, I usually slap a quality padded seat cover on it until I decide on a permanent replacement.
 

Tim M

New Member
I ride the Selle Anatomica H series with the cutout. I have tried others since, including the new Ergon ST Core which I use when it rains and a Brooks B17 The Selle is by far the best on long rides, when combined with a good quality padded short.
Well, just ordered a Selle Anatomica X series after considering what you and others had to say about it. I'll report my impressions after a few days in the saddle.
 

Alaskan

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FYI best bike seat options are determined by least uncomfortable and most tolerable for longer rides. I seriously doubt "sitting on a cloud" is achievable on a bike. The Selle Anatomica requires no break in. Your tuchas is another matter.