New to the eBike Game...

BigBryon85

New Member
I'm brand new to ebikes. Just started doing research on them, watching youtube videos, etc.

Here's info about me. I live in Monroe, OH. The terrain is kind of hilly, but I don't know how to compare my area to areas you may or may not be familiar with. Don't know if Google could tell you about my area. Mostly road use, maybe a gravel road or 2, but not much off-roading.

I'm 6'1", and currently 370lbs. One of the reasons I'm interested in an ebike is to get out more and lose more weight. I've lost 113lbs since April 2019.

I'd like a bike to go to the grocery store, my local gym, or just to cruise around town to visit family and friends, instead of driving a car.

I think I'm all about power, fastest possible speeds, multiple levels of pedal assist, best torque, low maintenance, and nice accessories like fenders, cell phone holder, racks to store things while I ride like groceries, gym bag, laptop, etc. Also, I like the color Black.

My budget is probably around $1,700 or lower.

I was looking at RadRovers or something from the Rad line, but I saw a video from Bolton eBikes that pointed out the dishonesty of the motors from Rad Bikes...


I'm really interested in everybody's thoughts and expertise on a bike for me.
 

jaizon

Member
There have been others with this same problem and Rad has done nothing for them. So, buyer beware. With your size, getting a powerful motor is quite important, especially with the hills. Plus make sure the frame and wheels can carry the weight. I have a similar weight problem, but my budget is a bit higher, so that helps.
 

Dewey

Well-Known Member
Bishops Bicycles in Milford, OH is a Pedego dealer, ask if they sell their ex-rentals used, although I think you'd find more luck at Pedego Peninsula, OH as they have a larger rental fleet. A Pedego cruiser or interceptor model with the magnesium wheels option should work as the Mag wheels are rated up to 400lb.
 
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rich c

Well-Known Member
It's not like everyone doesn't fudge on motor ratings. Who certifies the numbers they show in marketing material, no one! There is nominal ratings, max ratings, and of course the size of the controller makes as much difference as motor sizing. As far as I can tell, Radpower is a good company. The video by Bolton isn't completely innocent since he sells and markets his own line of eBikes and Radpower upgrades. He would not be considered a neutral party and has much to gain by people thinking that Radpower is evil. Your first consideration for buying will have to be your weight. Definitely a cargo bike will be needed as most traditional eBikes are rated for under 250 pounds.
 

jaizon

Member
It's not like everyone doesn't fudge on motor ratings. Who certifies the numbers they show in marketing material, no one! There is nominal ratings, max ratings, and of course the size of the controller makes as much difference as motor sizing. As far as I can tell, Radpower is a good company. The video by Bolton isn't completely innocent since he sells and markets his own line of eBikes and Radpower upgrades. He would not be considered a neutral party and has much to gain by people thinking that Radpower is evil. Your first consideration for buying will have to be your weight. Definitely a cargo bike will be needed as most traditional eBikes are rated for under 250 pounds.
While Bolton does have skin in the game, his exposure of a serious problem is not negated by this fact and it is certainly not helped by Radpower's piss poor responses (or non-responses) to this issue. If you tell me that I'm buying x and you give me y, you had better fix it at no cost to me and in a hurry. As has been noted, more than once, in this forum, that has not been the case. Just because they are a successful company does not give them the right not to deliver what has been promised. I do not own a Radpower bike and have no intention of buying one until their selling and after sales practices undergo a much needed overhaul. You, of course, are free to do what you like.
 

BigBryon85

New Member
While Bolton does have skin in the game, his exposure of a serious problem is not negated by this fact and it is certainly not helped by Radpower's piss poor responses (or non-responses) to this issue. If you tell me that I'm buying x and you give me y, you had better fix it at no cost to me and in a hurry. As has been noted, more than once, in this forum, that has not been the case. Just because they are a successful company does not give them the right not to deliver what has been promised. I do not own a Radpower bike and have no intention of buying one until their selling and after sales practices undergo a much needed overhaul. You, of course, are free to do what you like.
I must agree here. Cutting corners, and pushing the boundaries of limitation is a red flag for me. I want the most honest, best possible ebike place to buy from.
 

BigBryon85

New Member
Bishops Bicycles in Milford, OH is a Pedego dealer, ask if they sell their ex-rentals used, although I think you'd find more luck at Pedego Peninsula, OH as they have a larger rental fleet. A Pedego cruiser or interceptor model with the magnesium wheels option should work as the Mag wheels are rated up to 400lb.
Thank you for the suggestion. I've reached out to them via email now.
 

Dewey

Well-Known Member
Thank you for the suggestion. I've reached out to them via email now.
Good luck, I know Peninsula would be a long drive from you, so hopefully the one in Milford can accommodate your needs, local bike shops support is helpful, let us know how you get on.
 

Timpo

Well-Known Member
I'm brand new to ebikes. Just started doing research on them, watching youtube videos, etc.

Here's info about me. I live in Monroe, OH. The terrain is kind of hilly, but I don't know how to compare my area to areas you may or may not be familiar with. Don't know if Google could tell you about my area. Mostly road use, maybe a gravel road or 2, but not much off-roading.

I'm 6'1", and currently 370lbs. One of the reasons I'm interested in an ebike is to get out more and lose more weight. I've lost 113lbs since April 2019.

I'd like a bike to go to the grocery store, my local gym, or just to cruise around town to visit family and friends, instead of driving a car.

I think I'm all about power, fastest possible speeds, multiple levels of pedal assist, best torque, low maintenance, and nice accessories like fenders, cell phone holder, racks to store things while I ride like groceries, gym bag, laptop, etc. Also, I like the color Black.

My budget is probably around $1,700 or lower.

I was looking at RadRovers or something from the Rad line, but I saw a video from Bolton eBikes that pointed out the dishonesty of the motors from Rad Bikes...


I'm really interested in everybody's thoughts and expertise on a bike for me.
Just so you know, this is very common practice in ebike industry.

For example, Juiced CrossCurrent X... that bike started as a 350W CrossCurrent, and over-volted to 650W, which was CrossCurrent S, and even more over-volted to 750W.

The over-volting can be done relatively safely, so many ebike companies do it.

 

Timpo

Well-Known Member
In addtion, I wish I remembered his username.. but somebody here on EBR had a VoltBike Yukon 750, which is again, an over-volted 350W motor.

Anyways, to make long story short, he got the "real 750W" motor with beefy internal.

Yes, he did end up getting a lot more advantage for hill climb, but he also noted that battery was draining much faster.
At the end of his commute, he used to get 3 bars left, but now he only gets 1 or 2 bars.
 

BTfl

Member
While Bolton does have skin in the game, his exposure of a serious problem is not negated by this fact and it is certainly not helped by Radpower's piss poor responses (or non-responses) to this issue. If you tell me that I'm buying x and you give me y, you had better fix it at no cost to me and in a hurry. As has been noted, more than once, in this forum, that has not been the case. Just because they are a successful company does not give them the right not to deliver what has been promised. I do not own a Radpower bike and have no intention of buying one until their selling and after sales practices undergo a much needed overhaul. You, of course, are free to do what you like.
 

AHicks

Well-Known Member
@AHicks also suggested this one is the same thing as Bolton or Electro Bike World, but it will require some wiring work to make it compatible with Rad Power connectors.
Yes, same or very similar components, but the fact it's NOT plug and play like Bolton's kit (because of all the connectors) makes it a pretty serious DIY project - not for the faint of heart. It WILL work, and have all the same benefits when done though....