Need help with best option for 1st eBike

John B

New Member
I am looking to get my first electric bike. Been doing a bit of research but the permutations and options coupled with the wide range in price seem to be many. I have gone to test ride a handful of bikes but haven't gotten hooked on anything. I am not a bike rider, in fact I'm not a person who does much in the world any exercise. I am looking to potentially use this bike to commute to work 1 or 2 times a month and ride on weekends. My work commute would be 18-21 miles with a big mountain in between. For anyone familiar with Los Angeles, this is the valley to west side. The commute would be half fire roads (dirt roads) and half pavement (through city) so a mountain bike seems to be best option. So, here are the specs I'm looking for in this bike...

1. Mountain bike (not fat tire) with suspension on the front forks at least but better with full suspension.
2. Preferably a mid-drive motor (as I understand they are more efficient) with 500watts or better.
3. Enough power to get my unfit self up a lot of hills (like 8-10 miles of them) with not a lot of effort.
4. A battery option (thinking 14aH or better)that could cover my unfit self using the max setting on PAS (turbo, sport...) through most of my ride.
5. Class 2 or better class 3.
6. Here is the unicorn of the list... something $3000 or less.

Overall I need a lot of power, torque and battery life to get me over a pretty big hill without running out of power. I'm OK with just hearing thoughts on the best option with most of my dream list. I'm not opposed to getting earlier year models if they do what I need. I am also good with taking a good base and adding to it.
 

Lost

Active Member
As far as bang for the buck, have you seen what is available here?
https://lunacycle.com/

No warranty though, (you can buy one) except they guarantee that it will work when you get it. So that prolly comes close to the best bang for the buck. More money gets more polish and a warranty. That's why I went with rad power. But there are plenty other choices. Juice?
 

John B

New Member
As far as bang for the buck, have you seen what is available here?
https://lunacycle.com/

No warranty though, (you can buy one) except they guarantee that it will work when you get it. So that prolly comes close to the best bang for the buck. More money gets more polish and a warranty. That's why I went with rad power. But there are plenty other choices. Juice?
Thanks for the input. I did see Luna. EBR has nothing on them and I can find little else on other's experience. Does sound/ look good though. Juice didn't seem to have the power I need (I actually test rode this one). Open to other thoughts or more on Luna.
 

Nicolas

Member
1. Mountain bike (not fat tire) with suspension on the front forks at least but better with full suspension.
2. Preferably a mid-drive motor (as I understand they are more efficient) with 500watts or better.
3. Enough power to get my unfit self up a lot of hills (like 8-10 miles of them) with not a lot of effort.
4. A battery option (thinking 14aH or better)that could cover my unfit self using the max setting on PAS (turbo, sport...) through most of my ride.
5. Class 2 or better class 3.
6. Here is the unicorn of the list... something $3000 or less.
Hi John, have a look at (Link Removed - No Longer Exists) That might be a good bet. Let me know if you have questions. Thanks. P.S. I'm Long Beach. Wish we had more mountains closer by.
 

John B

New Member
Hi John, have a look at (Link Removed - No Longer Exists) That might be a good bet. Let me know if you have questions. Thanks. P.S. I'm Long Beach. Wish we had more mountains closer by.
Where in Long Beach are you located? Can't seem to find address on your website.

J
 

Nicolas

Member
I'm in the 2nd district near retro row. I can get you in touch with Chris at Smartmotion if you want to have more info on the e-bike.
 

Nicolas

Member
Contact Chris at chris@lectriccycles.com or give him a jingle 702 444 7474. Chris and Court are two of my favorite e-bike people :)