Ok, so I narrowed it down, but still need help please.....

Ridin222

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I think you really need to pause and think about what you are looking for... and consider not complaining about the beautiful NorCal weather. 😉

Good Grief, we are blessed with beautiful sunshine and no humidity... have you lived anywhere else in the world?
Not complaining at all. I was born and raised here. Love Cali! I was saying when I do get a bike, at least it will be in the 'cooler' months where I can go out for longer rides, not burn out due to the high temps. One of the medical issues I am dealing with is my heart rate. The heat only adds to it. So cooler ride days will be better.
 
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Ridin222

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To be fair, I'm still kind of all over the place too in trying to choose an ebike. Not sure if the OP has an LBS nearby that will let them test the different types/brands/motors and they won't have the Direct to Consumer value models to actually give them an accurate comparison.
Thank you for this, for understanding. I admire people who see hundreds of something (bikes, in this case) and are able to choose one. I'm just not that person. I am very careful in selection and have to make sure the money saved for it is well spent. I am a 'coulda, shoulda, woulda' type person and no way do I wanna say or think that after dropping up to $2500 a bike. No thanks! Yes, I do have a couple LBS near me. I have already looked at their inventory. But they don't have the type of bike, or style I am seeking. I wish they did though; it would be nice to test ride and maybe even purchase from them to help them out during these crazy times if possible. Anyway, good luck in your search too.
 

J.R.

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Thank you for this, for understanding. I admire people who see hundreds of something (bikes, in this case) and are able to choose one. I'm just not that person. I am very careful in selection and have to make sure the money saved for it is well spent. I am a 'coulda, shoulda, woulda' type person and no way do I wanna say or think that after dropping up to $2500 a bike. No thanks! Yes, I do have a couple LBS near me. I have already looked at their inventory. But they don't have the type of bike, or style I am seeking. I wish they did though; it would be nice to test ride and maybe even purchase from them to help them out during these crazy times if possible. Anyway, good luck in your search too.
Pick a bike for most of your riding style, location and distance. If you use the bike as intended you'll spend very little time looking at it beyond 2 weeks of ownership. Just like a helmet, you can't see it when in use. It's far better to have a helmet or bike that's comfortable and does what you want, than to have one that just looks like you think it should. I can't tell you how often we see people get stuck in their indecision and they disappear from the forum without any resolution.

For me an ebike has to be a bicycle first, last and always. It should be as efficient as it can be as a bike, unpowered, unassisted. The assist is just that. It assists with distance, hills, headwinds. Starting with a less efficient bike will eat into that assistance. I like to ride farther and see more. That's me.

You just need to make a numbered list of the 5 most important things you want in an ebike. Only 5, and the reasons and supporting facts for those 5. I think you'd have your answer. It might be a practical answer though, not necessarily a cool one.

For me it could be #1 range. And the reason is I like to go for hours and hours to see more, to be outside more. But can I ride for hours and hours? Yes I can and have. There are things I think are cool, but I can't always explain why, therefore I don't always have supporting facts.

I don't have a bike suggestion for you. One thing I can almost guarantee is if you enjoy ebiking, this won't be your last ebike.
 

byunbee

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Thank you for this, for understanding. I admire people who see hundreds of something (bikes, in this case) and are able to choose one. I'm just not that person. I am very careful in selection and have to make sure the money saved for it is well spent. I am a 'coulda, shoulda, woulda' type person and no way do I wanna say or think that after dropping up to $2500 a bike. No thanks! Yes, I do have a couple LBS near me. I have already looked at their inventory. But they don't have the type of bike, or style I am seeking. I wish they did though; it would be nice to test ride and maybe even purchase from them to help them out during these crazy times if possible. Anyway, good luck in your search too.
Have you test ridden any ebike at your LBS regardless of the style you want.? At least ride a couple which will give you the feel for different motors and frames geometry. If you're really are the careful type, it would be foolish to make decisions only based on what you read without ever having tried one.
 

PatriciaK

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I agree it's important for you to test ride SOME bikes, even if they're not the bikes you think you want. For one thing, after you actually ride a few, it will be easier for you to narrow down what you're looking for.

Also agree about making a prioritized list. There's not one bike that I know of that's ideal for ALL surfaces/types of riding.

Be brutally honest with yourself about the kind of riding you will actually be doing MOST, and get the bike that will work for that. You may have dreams about mountain biking (for example), but, with your medical issues and the length of time it's been since you've ridden a bike, how reasonable would that be for you? Get rid of the "maybe someday I'd like to ride...", or "it might be nice to be able to ride..." thinking, and stick to what your majority riding is going to be like - that will help to narrow down the choices so at least the bikes you're considering are all in the same category, with similar features.

Finally, not sure about the wisdom of you picking a bike for your girlfriend - that sounds like a recipe for disaster 😉.
 

PatriciaK

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Continuing...

Are you going to do all of the assembly, maintenance, and repairs, including the electrics yourself?

If not, you're going to need a local bike shop.

Have you called around to your local bike shops to see if they will work on any of the bikes in your list, and what their standard charges are?

You will need to include maintenance and repair charges into your purchase calculations.

Have you considered that when you purchase from an online seller and something goes awry (and, something always does, with any bike), you're going to need to ship parts off, and wait for return parts, for days, or even weeks? Is that going to be a problem?

When I considered these issues, and others, I decided I wanted a reliable LBS. When I decided that, I limited myself to the brands and bikes they carried. Which naturally narrowed down my choices. Which it sounds like you're trying to do. So, perhaps start with some basic ownership issues, and use those to help you decide ...
 
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PatriciaK

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Do you think, Pat that my gf Brix would refuse riding her Vado 5.0 I bought specifically for her? :)
I think you're an entirely different case, Stefan - you have a great amount of knowledge and experience 😉!

Still, I would hope she was involved in the choice, not just presented with something you thought she'd like ;).
 

Stefan Mikes

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She was not. She claims she likes riding bikes. She hasn't ridden an e-bike yet. Let's see what the future holds!
 

Ridin222

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I agree it's important for you to test ride SOME bikes, even if they're not the bikes you think you want. For one thing, after you actually ride a few, it will be easier for you to narrow down what you're looking for.

Also agree about making a prioritized list. There's not one bike that I know of that's ideal for ALL surfaces/types of riding.

Be brutally honest with yourself about the kind of riding you will actually be doing MOST, and get the bike that will work for that. You may have dreams about mountain biking (for example), but, with your medical issues and the length of time it's been since you've ridden a bike, how reasonable would that be for you? Get rid of the "maybe someday I'd like to ride...", or "it might be nice to be able to ride..." thinking, and stick to what your majority riding is going to be like - that will help to narrow down the choices so at least the bikes you're considering are all in the same category, with similar features.

Finally, not sure about the wisdom of you picking a bike for your girlfriend - that sounds like a recipe for disaster 😉.
Ha! Well thankfully she is easier than I am. She will be commuting to work (maybe 20 mins), running small errands, and riding the local trails (paved) with me. She may get in to the exploring and long rides along side me, ya never know. But either way, she will definitely need a step thru style as she is 5'2"-ish with shorter legs. The new Aventon commuter step thru was announced last night and that is the sort of bike she will end up with, for sure. She has looked at a few with me and likes that style, so that's a plus. At this point I may end up buying hers before my own. Lol! Oh well.
 
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BET

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Thank you so much for showing me this as I didn't know R1U had this featutre, one I think is super cool and will be useful for me. Buying two of the R1U will save me a bit of $, too, which is always a plus. Question- I read on the reviews that the suspension on the R1U is bad. Do you have any issue with it? And between the R1U and an Aventon, would you still choose the R1U? I think Aventon is making an announcement today for something new, so we'll see what else they may have to offer soon.

Thanks again!
We have a Ride1up 500 and the suspension is fine. My son really likes that bike. We received it in July. They have a Ride1up 500 step thru also that may fit you better. Honestly the regular 500 may be a little tall for you. My son is 5'5_5'7" with a 30 " in seam and he has to ride it with the seat all the way down. Not enough room for a suspension seat post because then the seat is too high. Reach is also longer than many bikes. Aventon bike models come in different size frames. However, with Aventon you cannot program the assistance levels as you can with a Ride1up and some find the assistance too zippy even in low settings. Some people who want two cheaper bikes just get two Electric xp's which are $899 each. I do not have one but they are very adjustable, have a 500 watt motor, PAS, throttle up to 20 mph, and they fold up. Comes with rack, fenders and lights. (Class 2 but you can raise top speed to be class 3). Those 20 inch wheels help increase torque for hills they say. People seem to like them. Some people modify them by changing the chain rings, gearing, seat, etc. Maybe not the best for exercise but may be ok if you keep the assistance level low. The company seems very responsive to its customers.
 

BET

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I am quite happy with my Espin Sport, which cost $1200, by the way.
I like my Espin Sport also. I believe the frame is smaller than the Ride1up500. We have one of each. The Espin Sport assist levels are not programmable but I can go pretty slowly on a bike path in Level 1 and yes you need to peddle and shift. The Espin Flow is the Step thru model. If you want something like the Rad Step thru check out the Espin Nero for $ 999 with fenders and for another $100 or so get racks, front and rear, lights, panniers, water bottle cage.
 

Ridin222

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I've been shopping around with my GF this weekend and she really likes R1Up 700 (ST), Aventon Level (the new ST) and Biktrix Stunner HD (24"). Out of all of them, the Biktrix Stunner X are in stock, so that would be nice. I'm personally not one for the cruiser style bike, but it's still sporty like in it's own ways, so I don't hate it. Though before I buy myself a Stunner X, Roshan is going to look in to if any of the Juggernaut frames will work for me. We are hopefully gonna pull the trigger tomorrow on one of those brands. Oh, I have been in touch with our LBS, but they are not offering test rides due to Covid. We can only look at bikes and purchase, not touch. So there goes that. No choice but to continue with the online route and hope for the best.