New Evo Cross Arrived, First ride review.

harrypottar

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Evo Cross, First impressions.



First I have to give a big shout out to Len at Crazy Lenny Bikes, he put up with some indecisive and is this better than this type of question from me and answered all in a positive professional manor.



He shipped my Bike on Tuesday and by Friday it was sitting in my driveway just out side of Boston. Kudos on the great speedy service.



Evo arrive Friday and I set it up that evening, move my rear rack and panniers from my old bike to the Evo. Fully charged the battery while I test rode the bike with out battery. I currently ride a hybrid Specialized Crossroads Elite, a mid range plush ride but it always felt like it was dragging. Could never put my finger on it but riding with brakes on best describes the feeling. The Evo with no power felt better then my Crossroads seemed to ride much quicker no drag.



I have a local bike path that runs from Woonsocket to Provenience in Rhode island, I walk this path Monday,Wednesday and Friday and Bike, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I’m in my mid fifties heavy build.



The path has a good variance in grades and I normally ride just over 12 miles and use Map My Ride to track my progress. I’m been averaging 10 mph and 1h 10 minutes. Normally when I get back to the parking lot I’m completely drenched and out of breath. Tonight I took the Evo out for the first time and decided to ride the same route and compare data. Being new I wanted to try everything so I rode no power, echo right through to boost.



Wow, all I can say is wow, I shaved 2o minutes of my ride and my average speed was 16.1 mph, the real bonus of the last hill before the parking lot, normally I’m in the lowest gear peddling like a mad man. Tonight I tried boost and shot up that same hill at 18 mph. I passed a couple of regulars on the path that looked shocked has I rode by. My top speed was just over 24mph, some of my 1 mile splits where 21mph. When I got back to the truck I was sweaty but no where near the level normally and I felt I could do it all over again.



All I can say is the bike has exceeded all my expectations, I’m very pleased and it will meet my needs exactly. I plan to increase my round trips, Tuesday I will ride out 10 miles, I plan to do this with no power, then on my return use Eco and Sports/Boost on the tough hills. Being older and history of upper leg stress I wanted to ride further but have a back up so I know I can make it back, this gives me just that.



Very pleased. great bike, from a great dealer.
 

Tara D.

Active Member
Great review! I'm glad that the bike is performing well and your having a good time with it!
 
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Evo Cross, First impressions.



First I have to give a big shout out to Len at Crazy Lenny Bikes, he put up with some indecisive and is this better than this type of question from me and answered all in a positive professional manor.



He shipped my Bike on Tuesday and by Friday it was sitting in my driveway just out side of Boston. Kudos on the great speedy service.



Evo arrive Friday and I set it up that evening, move my rear rack and panniers from my old bike to the Evo. Fully charged the battery while I test rode the bike with out battery. I currently ride a hybrid Specialized Crossroads Elite, a mid range plush ride but it always felt like it was dragging. Could never put my finger on it but riding with brakes on best describes the feeling. The Evo with no power felt better then my Crossroads seemed to ride much quicker no drag.



I have a local bike path that runs from Woonsocket to Provenience in Rhode island, I walk this path Monday,Wednesday and Friday and Bike, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I’m in my mid fifties heavy build.



The path has a good variance in grades and I normally ride just over 12 miles and use Map My Ride to track my progress. I’m been averaging 10 mph and 1h 10 minutes. Normally when I get back to the parking lot I’m completely drenched and out of breath. Tonight I took the Evo out for the first time and decided to ride the same route and compare data. Being new I wanted to try everything so I rode no power, echo right through to boost.



Wow, all I can say is wow, I shaved 2o minutes of my ride and my average speed was 16.1 mph, the real bonus of the last hill before the parking lot, normally I’m in the lowest gear peddling like a mad man. Tonight I tried boost and shot up that same hill at 18 mph. I passed a couple of regulars on the path that looked shocked has I rode by. My top speed was just over 24mph, some of my 1 mile splits where 21mph. When I got back to the truck I was sweaty but no where near the level normally and I felt I could do it all over again.



All I can say is the bike has exceeded all my expectations, I’m very pleased and it will meet my needs exactly. I plan to increase my round trips, Tuesday I will ride out 10 miles, I plan to do this with no power, then on my return use Eco and Sports/Boost on the tough hills. Being older and history of upper leg stress I wanted to ride further but have a back up so I know I can make it back, this gives me just that.



Very pleased. great bike, from a great dealer.
And why did you not buy a bike from your local dealer?????
 

harrypottar

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There where a few reasons, I live in Massachusetts and my two nearest dealers are in New Hampshire and Connecticut. The dealer I originally was going to test ride with never received the Evo Bikes in stock so that fell through. I went to test ride the Evo Cross at the other dealer and liked it, when we started talking about price I got the spiel about how new these bikes are and this is the only one they have in stock etc. They wanted more than MSRP, plus set up fee. They tried to sell me their own in-store service warranty. Wanted to swap out the tires to these puncture resistant special tires claiming that electric bikes due to their extra weight puncture more frequently and are harder to change. Tried to up sell accessories I didn’t want. I did not get a warm fuzzy feeling about this store, they had lots and lots of brands of electric bike, very large store in an exclusive neighborhood. I’m sure if hey sold them locally they don’t have an issue with the up selling.

Len was helpful, his on the board a lot with support, his price was “extremely" competitive, his an official dealer. Both local stores where not really local, I have lots of local “bike” shops I can take the bike too is I get “bike” issues. I still have the warranty if there are any e-bikes issues.

Made perfect sense, delivery was quick and so far I’m extremely happy with my purchase.

harry
 
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There where a few reasons, I live in Massachusetts and my two nearest dealers are in New Hampshire and Connecticut. The dealer I originally was going to test ride with never received the Evo Bikes in stock so that fell through. I went to test ride the Evo Cross at the other dealer and liked it, when we started talking about price I got the spiel about how new these bikes are and this is the only one they have in stock etc. They wanted more than MSRP, plus set up fee. They tried to sell me their own in-store service warranty. Wanted to swap out the tires to these puncture resistant special tires claiming that electric bikes due to their extra weight puncture more frequently and are harder to change. Tried to up sell accessories I didn’t want. I did not get a warm fuzzy feeling about this store, they had lots and lots of brands of electric bike, very large store in an exclusive neighborhood. I’m sure if hey sold them locally they don’t have an issue with the up selling.

Len was helpful, his on the board a lot with support, his price was “extremely" competitive, his an official dealer. Both local stores where not really local, I have lots of local “bike” shops I can take the bike too is I get “bike” issues. I still have the warranty if there are any e-bikes issues.

Made perfect sense, delivery was quick and so far I’m extremely happy with my purchase.

harry
The question was rhetorical and designed to prove the point that significant price variance is a legitimate reason to not buy local. It is a warning to local bike shops to compete.

BTW, no Easy Motion dealers in Boston?????
 

harrypottar

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BTW, no Easy Motion dealers in Boston?????
Not that I'm aware off, according to dealer locator on the easy motion website there are two in New Hampshire and one in Connecticut, all three are more than a 100 miles away.

The bike shop I test rode at clammed to be the largest e-bike dealer in the North East and had tremendous buying power and no one could compete with them. When I challenged his statement has to why he could not offer discount and pass some of the buying power back to the consumer, he clammed they're not allowed too and knows of dealers that have lost their dealership for doing so. However he was still asking over MSRP and up selling services, even bike assembly which should be included.

I would also question if BH would take a dealership away from a lucrative dealer thats making them so much money, after all they're in business to make a profit.

Thats why I like supporting people like Len, who clearly supports members on this board and his competitive, more competitive than a local dealer even with shipping cost involved.

Anyone looking for an E-Bike that doesn't have a local dealer or a local dealer that is unreasonable, P.M. Len at Crazy Lenny EBikes.

harry