Need some help narrowing down my list of first bikes TIA!

jtucker

New Member
I've been researching ebikes for the past month and I am ready to bite the bullet and buy one. I'm looking to satisfy a few requirements:
  • Pull my newborn in a kid trailer
  • Be able to cover ~20 miles a day once my commute starts back up
  • Decent for getting around Northern Virginia / Washington DC inclines, I would say moderate sized hills.
  • Can also go for longer rides when I get a chance to go out by myself.
  • The bike will be stored in my crawl space so charging could be a challenge
I've narrowed it down to the list below but I'm worried that some won't be able to be serviced in my LBS? I've got a specialized and a trek and there is a an abundance of places to get repairs and service around me.

  1. MOD Black
  2. Specialized Vado SL 4.0 EQ ( I get mixed messages on if the battery removed easily or not)
  3. Delta X
  4. Juggernaut Ultra 1000
  5. Gazelle Medeo T10+
Any help or tips would be very much appreciated in this decision.
 

Dewey

Well-Known Member
Be good to take test rides if possible. Try Electricity Bikes in Tenleytown, they carry Gazelle and Specialized among other brands.
 

jtucker

New Member
Be good to take test rides if possible. Try Electricity Bikes in Tenleytown, they carry Gazelle and Specialized among other brands.
Yup, I test rode them both up there. They were helpful in answering a bunch of my questions but also gave me more to think about, which is why my list got a bit longer.
 

Dewey

Well-Known Member
Is your crawl space insulated? The Specialized Vado SL primary battery is inside the frame, there is a removeable range extender optional second battery, but I don’t know if it will run just off that. Only a problem if you need to store it outdoors or in uninsulated storage. I live in Arlington and keep my bike in the shed but take off my battery to store it indoors in summer heat or winter cold conditions.

Re: servicing concerns. On my DIY ebike Papillon Cycles in Arlington help me with the bicycle parts, and I troubleshoot electrical issues with a multimeter & controller error codes, I rely on the California shop I bought the motor from to supply parts and they’ve been helpful, I imagine DTC companies like Evelo and Biktrix will try their best to help their customers, Bicycle parts in general are getting harder for bike shops to order but a good retailer should keep a stock to support in-warranty orders. Some area bike shops like Daily Rider don’t work on DIY or DTC ebikes. Pedego Alexandria do tour rentals so they can offer a loaner ebike while yours is in for service if you bought from them which is helpful if you’re commuting. REI is a good place to get an ebike because they have in-store servicing and the 10% member rebate, I like their Co-op cycles CTY e2.2 that has a good Shimano e6100 motor and with the member discount should cost two grand, it sold out quickly but REI say they are expecting new stock in February.
 
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