"Why Bikes & Ebikes Are Difficult To Find Now" - informative article

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darksky

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Very good information, although I recently bought two Pedego Boomerang e-bikes from my local Pedego dealer. They have at least a couple dozen bikes in stock with most every Pedego model available. The only supply issue they claim is for customers who want the more unique colors that Pedego offers, like Coral, Turquoise, etc.
 

voidedwarranty

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Very good information, although I recently bought two Pedego Boomerang e-bikes from my local Pedego dealer. They have at least a couple dozen bikes in stock with most every Pedego model available. The only supply issue they claim is for customers who want the more unique colors that Pedego offers, like Coral, Turquoise, etc.
Yeah things have slowly started getting better now. I ordered a bike at the end of February and had it shipped to my door 2 weeks later. When this thread started in August finding an ebike was about as easy as finding a unicorn.
 

Mike_V

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Numbah' one reason for P.R.C market constriction:
Choke the supply of goods Americans want ( bicycles & eBikes ) therefore increasing the price in US $$.
Another Yankee dollar for emperor X
Geopolitics is choking what remains of the Chinese "supply chain" of goods including high demand items like 'chips' & eBikes to the United States.
 

reed scott

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Geopolitics is choking what remains of the Chinese "supply chain" of goods including high demand items like 'chips' & eBikes to the United States.
I'm just hoping the rest of industrial Asia will rapidly take up the slack. There's not enough money in bikes to expect the West to tool up for our industry. 🙏
 

AHicks

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Geopolitics is choking what remains of the Chinese "supply chain" of goods including high demand items like 'chips' & eBikes to the United States.
To my understanding, currently it's about the ability to get boats unloaded on the West Coast! Horrific log jam with boats sitting at anchor off shore for weeks previous to even being allowed in port.

Article I saw mentioned some folks are resorting to air freight because of this issue. If that continues, imagine what that might do to the cost of something as large as a bike....
 

reed scott

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To my understanding, currently it's about the ability to get boats unloaded on the West Coast! Horrific log jam with boats sitting at anchor off shore for weeks previous to even being allowed in port.

Article I saw mentioned some folks are resorting to air freight because of this issue. If that continues, imagine what that might do to the cost of something as large as a bike....
One wonders how many union longshoremen actually have suffered from Covid and if politics might play into the situation at the ports. But we don't know and it's probably not worth talking about.
 

Asher

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One wonders how many union longshoremen actually have suffered from Covid and if politics might play into the situation at the ports. But we don't know and it's probably not worth talking about.
So drum up conspiracy thinking but back away from it to evade scrutiny?
 

rancher2x4

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In November 2020 I started looking at and educating myself on E bikes, I wanted to buy something with local support so I found, Trek, Cannondale, Giant dealers nearby so I went and looked and rode all that I could find in stock, most Cannondale dealers didn't have any bikes in stock with the exception of REI. I first rode a Trek Allant 7+ and it was a very nice bike, the Giant dealers had nothing in stock as well so I drove to the nearest REI 100mi away and they had a Tesoro Neo X1 for $4800.
I called four different Cannondale dealers and all said these bikes are backordered into late fall 2021. Only one dealer would attempt to locate me a bike, he ended up finding me a Tesoro Neo X2 2021 that was due in the US in late January 2021 in my size large. I said go ahead and get bike for me. Over a month went by and on January 21 the dealer called me and said three Tesoro Neo x2's came into the US and only one was a Large and its was just delivered to his shop.
Two days later he had bike assembled and did Bosch software update and bike was ready to pick up. It was cold here in the Northeast the day I took delivery so I couldn't really test bike thoroughly. I wasn't thrilled that the bike didn't have a lockout knob on the front shock so I called SR Suntour and talked to them. They suggested using their upgrade program to buy a better shock at 70% off so I selected a Radion Boost Air shock with lockout and they adjusted to 100mm travel with correct offset. Shock showed up a few days later and I had local Cannondale dealer install and while he had bike apart that I only had a few miles on he upgraded front Shimano rotor from 180 to a higher quality 203mm rotor., Cut stem 1" longer and installed a 2" higher riser for a more upright riding position, better pedals and a few other goodies. The new air shock was about half the weight of the spring suspension fork and is totally adjustable for rebound, preload and lockout. Last Thursday we had a really nice 72 degree day here so I loaded up the new Bike and took to local bike trail. I was totally blown away with the performance and ride of this E bike, I have ridden this same trail several times on my other non E bikes and was amazed. just how much more trail you can cover in such a short amount of time. I tested all levels of the Bosch Performance Speed drive, Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo and off.
I rode first ten miles on Eco on a flat paved trail and range calculated itself to 85 mile range, I then switched to Tour, Sport and Turbo and really opened up the bike, in Sport and Turbo you can fly ! I road 45 miles total and the last 20 mi was in Sport or Turbo and kept bike between 25 & 27 mph, I had to unlock front shock because at the higher speed you really feel the jolt from any bumps in the road and the Air shock really smoothes things out. I chose the Cannondale over the Trek Allant 7s because bike has 29"tires, better Shimano Diore components, longer suspension travel and I liked the look of the Cannondale better. (Personal Preferance)
 

Westlafadeaway

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I live in Indonesia (bali) Rodalink the Polygon Dealer is empty . Less than twenty bikes. Good luck buying parts. My local shop I cant buy 29er tubes.
My wife is Indonesian, from Bandung! We live in Los Angeles. Bali is a great place, the nicest people, too. Indonesian people are the nicest, kindest people in general, but the attitude of Balinese are a whole level above them. I can imagine the shortages you are experiencing there.