Gocycle GS Review

Gocycle Gs Electric Bike Review
Gocycle Gs
Gocycle Gs Proprietary 500 Watt Geared Motor
Gocycle Gs 291 6 Watt Hour Internal Lithium Ion Battery
Gocycle Gs Flat Handlebar Phone Elastomer Mount Grip Shifter
Gocycle Gs Shimano Nexus Grip Shifter Hydraulic Brake Lever
Gocycle Gs Optional Busch Muller Headlight Single Side Alloy Fork
Gocycle Gs Velo Sport Saddle
Gocycle Gs Led Battery Indicator Power Button Charging Port
Gocycle Gs Double Leg Forward Stow Kickstand
Gocycle Gs Cleandrive 3 Speed Shimano Nexus
Gocycle Gs Lockshock 25 Mm Travel
Gocycle Gs Optional Rear Light Busch Muller With Reflectors Pannier Hangars
Gocycle Gs Pitstop Wheel Attachment Quick Release 140 Mm Brake Rotor
Gocycle Gs Pedal
Gocycle Gs Folded
Gocycle Gs Optional Rear Rack
Gocycle Gs 2 Amp Compact Charger
Gocycle Gs Electric Bike Battery Charger
Gocycle Gs Unboxing
Gocycle Gs Electric Bike Review
Gocycle Gs
Gocycle Gs Proprietary 500 Watt Geared Motor
Gocycle Gs 291 6 Watt Hour Internal Lithium Ion Battery
Gocycle Gs Flat Handlebar Phone Elastomer Mount Grip Shifter
Gocycle Gs Shimano Nexus Grip Shifter Hydraulic Brake Lever
Gocycle Gs Optional Busch Muller Headlight Single Side Alloy Fork
Gocycle Gs Velo Sport Saddle
Gocycle Gs Led Battery Indicator Power Button Charging Port
Gocycle Gs Double Leg Forward Stow Kickstand
Gocycle Gs Cleandrive 3 Speed Shimano Nexus
Gocycle Gs Lockshock 25 Mm Travel
Gocycle Gs Optional Rear Light Busch Muller With Reflectors Pannier Hangars
Gocycle Gs Pitstop Wheel Attachment Quick Release 140 Mm Brake Rotor
Gocycle Gs Pedal
Gocycle Gs Folded
Gocycle Gs Optional Rear Rack
Gocycle Gs 2 Amp Compact Charger
Gocycle Gs Electric Bike Battery Charger
Gocycle Gs Unboxing

Summary

  • A futuristic, lightweight, folding electric bike with removable wheels, the magnesium body is lightweight and durable, the battery and motor are almost completely hidden
  • While much more affordable than the G3, the GS doesn't sacrifice quality for price and retains toque sensing assist, app integration, and a three-speed internally geared hub
  • Available in a range of color combinations, excellent warranty and parts support, expanding dealer network around the world, wide assortment of accessories including lights, fenders, racks, and bags
  • Range can be limited depending on drive mode and the smaller 291 watt hour battery, the geared canister motor produces a bit more whirring noise than similarly specced hub motors, the kickstand can be tricky to deploy, the bike and accessories are more expensive than average

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Introduction

Make:

Gocycle

Model:

GS

Price:

$2,799

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Commuting, Travel

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1), Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

3 Year Frame, 2 Year Components, 1 Year Battery

Availability:

United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Worldwide

Model Year:

20172018

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

37.4 lbs (16.96 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.5 lbs (2.49 kg)

Motor Weight:

2.2 lbs (0.99 kg)

Frame Material:

Injection Molded Magnesium

Frame Sizes:

12 in (30.48 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Unfolded: 12" Seat Tube Length, 22" Reach, 21.25" Stand Over Height, 22.5" Width, 62.5" Length, Folded with Wheels Off: 32.75" Length, 21.5" Height, 11.5" Width

Frame Types:

Compact, Folding

Frame Colors:

Frame: White or Grey, Cleandrive Chain Case: Red, Blue, Teal, Pink, Black

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid 6061 T6 Aluminum Alloy, Detachable Side-Mounted Wheel with 60 mm Pitstop Lock System

Frame Rear Details:

Gocycle Lockshock™ 25 mm (1 in) Travel, Detachable Side-Mounted Wheel with 60 mm Pitstop Lock System

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses

Gearing Details:

3 Speed 1x3 Internally Geared Shimano Nexus Hub (Gear Inches: 1st=39.1 in, 2nd=53.3 in, 3rd=72.5 in, Gear Development: 1st=3.1 m, 2nd=4.3 m, 3rd=5.8 m) with Cleandrive® Chain Case, 12 Tooth Sprocket

Shifter Details:

Microshifter Half-Grip Twist on Right

Cranks:

Alloy, Forged, 172 mm Length, 32 Tooth Alloy Chainring

Pedals:

VP Folding Plastic Platform

Headset:

Integrated Steerer, Sealed Cartridget, 1-1/8" Straight, Upside-Down (Adjustment on Bottom)

Stem:

Alloy, Reach Adjustment, Integrated Handlebar

Handlebar:

Flat, Aluminum Alloy, 560 mm Length

Brake Details:

Proprietary Hydraulic Disc with 140 mm Rotors, Dual-Piston Calipers, Two-Finger Levers with Adjustable Reach

Grips:

Flat Rubber, Black

Saddle:

Velo Sport, Black

Seat Post:

Alloy with Forged Head,

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

34.9 mm

Rims:

Injection Molded Magnesium, 5 Support Arms, Three Quick Release Pitstop Levers, Black

Tire Brand:

Gocycle Branded Vredestein, 20" x 2.0" (50-406)

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)

Tire Details:

Reflective Sidewall Stripes, 35 to 60 PSI, 2.5 to 4 Bar

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

T20 and 4 mm Combination Hex Wrench in Saddle Rail Holder for Seat Height Adjustment, Proprietary Handlebar Phone Mount, Optional Replacement Battery ($899), Optional Portable Docking Station ($349), Optional Rear Luggage Rack ($249), Optional Compact Seat Assembly ($199), Optional Front Pannier ($199), Optional Kickstand Assembly ($149), Optional Lock Holster Kit ($149), Optional Integrated Light Kit ($139), Optional 4 Amp Fast Charger ($129), Optional Front Mudguard ($59), Optional Rear Mudguard ($59), Optional Gocycle Kit Bag ($39), Optional Shocklock Cable Lock ($29)

Other:

Maximum Rider Weight 220 lbs (99.8 kgs), Universal Vgonomic™ Frame Size (Reach Adjustment), 1.5 lb 2 Amp Charger or Optional 1.5 lb 4 Amp Charger, Proprietary Battery Management System (BMS), Internally Routed Cables, 30 Amp Controller

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Proprietary

Motor Type:

Front-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts (250 in Some Geographies)

Motor Peak Output:

750 watts

Motor Torque:

15 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Panasonic 18650

Battery Voltage:

21.6 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

13.5 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

291.6 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium Nickel Cobalt Aluminium (LiNiCoAlO2)

Charge Time:

7 hours

Estimated Min Range:

18 miles (29 km)

Estimated Max Range:

50 miles (80 km)

Display Type:

GocycleConnect® Bluetooth App (Android and iOS)

Readouts:

Ride Mode (Eco, City, City Plus, Custom), Battery Level (Infographic with Percentage), Peformance Stats (Today, Week, All Time), Speed, Average Speed, Cadence, Calories Burned, Trip Distance, Odometer, Average Power in Watts, Equivalent Liters Per 100K, Max Speed, Average Cadence, Pedal Power in Watts, Pedal Power Max, HIT (Avg Power Over 20 Seconds Max)

Display Accessories:

4-LED Battery Level Indicator Near Charging Port

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle (NCTE Sensor, Wheel Speed, Cadence, Torque)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph) (15.5 MPH in Some Geographies)

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Written Review

The Gocycle GS is a simplified, more affordable “sport” product that’s based on the G3 platform. That means, you get torque-sensing pedal assist, smartphone app support, and the same lightweight magnesium frame, wheelset, and cleandrive casing that make the bike so unique, durable, and beautiful. This product does fold, but not in half like most competitors… It pivots inward and both wheels pop off. Gocycle sells a broad range of accessories that add utility or allow for easier transport, including a $299 portable docking station. The design is fantastic, there’s a spot for the bike frame, both wheels, and the seat post. Once zipped, the bag protects your bike from dust and water splashes, and makes it easy to wheel around on caster wheels. You can really tell that every aspect of the Gocycle has been custom engineered. There are active leads for attaching lights that run off the main battery, slots for connecting the optional rear rack… and plastic covers to conceal the slots when not in use, the locking pin for the rear shock can be replaced with a cable-lock holder, and there’s even a little hex wrench holder underneath the saddle! Yes, Gocycle has been refining this same core product for over a decade, and it really shows. The only thing that hasn’t been engineered to perfection is the high price point. The founder, Richard Thorpe, left his dream job at McLaren Automotive in 2002 to launch this company. I suppose he’s used to some very complex, custom engineered, and expensive transportation products. We got to speak for an hour before I filmed this review, and I spent all day with the bike to get a real sense for all of its unique features. Richard told me that felt like he had been 10-years too early with the first generation Gocycle in 2009, but really started to find a niche with the G2 in 2012 and G3 in 2017. The GS was launched on Kickstarter, a popular crowdfunding website, in late 2017 and has become one of their top selling products. The biggest compromises that I noticed were the lack of a telescoping up and down adjustment on the stem, removed daytime running light on the front of the handlebar, and removed LED dashboard. You can technically ride this ebike without using the smartphone app, but you won’t know how fast you’re going, precisely how much battery remains, or have the ability to adjust speed settings. The product is great, in my opinion, but it does compromise a bit on handling and comfort because of the smaller 20″ diameter wheels… most folding and compact ebikes do. The kickstand works well, once it is deployed, but can be tricky to deploy because the plastic ridge to kick down on is a bit small. The throttle does not offer variable speed output, it’s just an on/off button, and it won’t work until the bike is moving ~4 mph (6 km/h) which defeats the purpose of using it to start from standstill. You definitely pay a lot for this product, even though it’s the most affordable Gocycle in the family, but the $2.8k price point doesn’t feel overly expensive compared to the much heavier and more simplistic competing products.

Driving this bike is an extremely compact canister motor mounted to the front wheel hub. Richard told me that this thing offers nearly four times the energy density of a traditional hub motor, meaning it is smaller and lighter but delivers comparable power. It is indeed small, nearly disappearing into the base of the front fork and disc brake housing. Depending on the firmware that’s loaded for your Gocycle, this motor will operate at 250 or 500 continuous watts. It peaks out around 60 Newton meters, and you can definitely feel it. All of the Gocycle products I have test ridden feel very satisfying to ride in throttle mode, which is where power is the easiest to test and gauge. Of course, throttle operation is going to spend your battery the fastest too. Zipping down an empty street at ~20 mph (~32 km/h) on such a compact bike with small wheels like this feels a little thrilling. I was able to ride with no hands, a test I like to do with each electric bicycle I review, but this did feel a little squirrely. The steering setup is responsive, and that’s a mix of good and bad depending on your ride speed and personal coordination and balance. I felt most comfortable with both hands on the grips, making big swooping turns. I mention all of this because the optional smartphone app may or may not be within reach of your right thumb, which could be necessary to switch drive modes on the go. I suggest picking a mode and just leaving it once you start to ride. The only other controls to manage are the two-finger hydraulic disc brake levers and a Shimano Nexus grip shifter on the right. I mentioned earlier, how custom everything seems to be on this product. And, even the grips have been customized and branded as Gocycle. The left grip blends into the throttle button housing and the right is a half-grip that blends into the shifter mechanism. You can see the beautiful end result in the photos and how it all operates in the video review above. The only drawback to this motor design is that it produces more noise than some similarly specced, larger and heavier hub motors. The noise isn’t especially high pitched or annoying, more of a fan noise, depending on which level of assist or throttle mode you are utilizing. I do like how the front motor allows the rear internally geared hub and cleandrive casing to stay clean and separate. You won’t ever damage the drivetrain by using the motor as you shift gears, as is the case with many mid-drive motors. I was not able to weigh the motor independently but was told that it’s around 2.2 lbs, and it definitely tips the bike forward when lifting at the nose of the saddle… in large part because of the Vgonomic seat tube angle (basically, the seat goes up and back as you extend the seat post).

Powering this ebike is a compact, Lithium-ion battery that’s completely sealed within the main frame section. I haven’t actually seen or weighed one of these in person, but got feedback on the details from Richard and saw a photo on the Gocycle accessories website here. Take good care of this battery, because a replacement will set you back $900! That’s a lot of dough for a relatively low capacity pack, offering 21.6 volts, 13.5 amp hours, for a total of 291 watt hours of capacity. I’d say that 36 volt 10 amp hours is about average, many full sized ebikes are now offering 48 volt 10 amp hour packs (so that’s ~360 wh or ~500 wh respectively). Perhaps it’s the custom size of this battery that makes it expensive or the lower volume of production? I’m sure they went with a lower capacity to reduce the weight of the bike and felt that 18 to 50 miles was good for a compact platform… which I agree with. The wide range estimate comes back to use case, are you a heavier rider who has lowered the tire pressure and is climbing hills with the throttle only? Expect to go further ;) but most of the time, riders will probably use one of the three assist levels which rely on pedal torque activation. In Eco or City mode, this bike should get fairly good range. I do really appreciate that the battery powers add-on lights and that you can purchase a four amp quick charger for ~3.5 hour fills vs. 7 hours. I’ve been taught that it’s best to keep Lithium-ion packs charged above 20% to avoid stressing the cell chemistry. The default two amp charger may be slower, but sometimes slow charging can be easier on the cells… and this charger is definitely compact and lightweight at ~1.5 lbs. If you find yourself getting near 20%, one or two hours of charging will easily get you back up over 60% and you can hop back on for a ride. The only real downsides that I found, with regards to the battery implementation, is that you have to plug the bike in vs. being able to leave the bike outside and only bring the battery to a charging outlet. If the bike is wet or dirty, this means that you could be bringing a mess inside… and even though it’s lighter than most, you still have to lift ~37 lbs vs. a 6 lb battery. Also, you cannot tap into the battery capacity with a USB port to maintain your phone, it just doesn’t offer that. And your phone may be drained quickly when using the Bluetooth app to adjust power settings and display your ride speed, battery level, trip stats, and other bicycle details. If you’re concerned about this, an affordable workaround is to get a phone case with integrated battery like one of these.

Activating and using the Gocycle can be quick and easy (just turn the bike on by pressing the rubberized button near the charging port for a couple of seconds), or a bit slow and interesting (the app is impressive, but pretty deep). Gocycle has great YouTube and Vimeo channels with bite-sized video tutorials for almost every accessory, folding process, and app setting. This is why I didn’t go super deep in parts of my video review, they’ve got it covered. It’s nice, but can also be time consuming. The app setup involves a few main steps: downloading the app, activating Bluetooth on your phone, turning the bike on and standing nearby so your phone recognizes it, connecting with the bike, then launching the app and selecting the bike, then walking through a 15-step setup process… and there’s a two-minute video for most of those steps. Once the app has been setup, you’ve got an additional level of security and control, because Gocycle can remotely de-activate your bike if it’s stolen. That might not aid in direct recovery, but does serve as a deter to theft… and you could always purchase independent bicycle insurance to cover both the bike and expensive accessories that might have been added. So, back to the app, there are options to activate the button throttle to work without pedaling (only for the USA) and sections for changing the power characteristics of each assist level, you can make a manual assist profile to compliment Eco, Sport, and Sport Plus, you can change what shows up on the dashboard… it’s pretty great. The only downsides I found were the tedious onboarding process, phone power use while riding with the app on, and the potential for your phone to overheat in the hot sun, not show up very well because of glare, and bounce around a bit in the rubber band holster. The bands were very tight on my iPhone 6 Plus, but it’s a one-size-fits-all approach, so that’s understandable. Again, I was able to reach the display and change assist settings on the go, but am not sure this would really be necessary while riding. And, I love you don’t have to have a phone connected in order to ride the bike with the default assist, or have the display of your phone switched on to use the app and stay synced. I never saw the app crash and it always recognized the bike pretty quickly when re-connecting for each ride.

At the end of the day, this is definitely one of the nicest folding electric bikes on the market today. Richard and his team have done an incredible job creating a comfortable, reliable, and high-performance product. They seem to have approached the market like Tesla has with automobiles. Beginning with ultra-expensive premium builds and then whittling down to a more affordable mass-market build. That’s what the GS is, still way above average, but not quite as fancy or expensive as the G3. I didn’t get a chance to test out every accessory, but the rear rack was pretty neat… it attached securely in two places, was positioned well to stay clear of the saddle and tires, and it was sprung to keep your gear from getting banged around. I would definitely opt-in for the light kit to be safe, but the white frame and reflective tires made a big difference on their own. My father is over six feet tall and I’m 5’9″ but we both felt comfortable on this bike, and I think it would work very well for petite riders as well. It made me smile to see the aqua and pink Cleandrive casing options. It’s amazing how much this one electric bike can do, given that it only comes in one frame size. Richard said that they really haven’t had to change the main frame at all since the G2. It’s easy to feel sensitive about price if you’re on a budget, but I’m thankful that a product like this exists at all because it just works so well. If you could only get one folding or portable ebike, this would be one of the top contenders. It strikes a balance of performance and cost, probably leaning more towards performance than what you have to pay. Yes, the accessories are expensive, but they are all custom too, and they work very well. The bike is quiet, durable, and folds fairly easily. I want to thank Richard one more time for partnering with me on this review. EBR actually covered it once in late 2017 but we weren’t able to see the rack or smartphone app and it was a privilege to take a second look. As always, I welcome your feedback and questions in the comments below or the Gocycle Forum to connect with real-life owners. As a quick point of clarification, the Gocycle will stay in whatever mode it has be set up in last if you do not pair with the smartphone app.

Pros:

  • Considering the lower frame position of this bike, because of the smaller 20″ wheels, and the potential for riders to be in new unfamiliar locations,since it’s a compact folding ebike, I love that they are offering a highly visible white frame option, and that the tires have reflective stripes, it’s also great that they sell a bunch of integrated light options including one on the rack!
  • Even though the Gocycle doesn’t come stock with lights, I love that it’s pre-wired for them! This makes using lights a lot more convenient and saves waste on individual disposable cells like a lot of cheaper folding e-bikes
  • The bike is fairly comfortable because it uses fatter 2″ tires and has a 25 mm suspension bumper in the rear, the grips and saddle are a bit more active vs. padded ergonomic, but they are lightweight and make pedaling comfortable vs. chaffing your thighs
  • It would be easy to mistake the Gocycle for a non-electric bike because the motor is so compact and the battery is completely hidden inside the frame
  • The Gocycle frame and wheelset are made from magnesium, which tends to be lighter than aluminum, the bike weighs just over 37 lbs (according to my own measurements) and gets even lighter when you remove the wheels for transport
  • The bike is solid, sometimes folding electric bikes feel flexy or simply cannot handle as much weight, but this bike is responsive and also sleek, there are no bulging joints to bump your knee on or cheap rattling components
  • Gocycle offers a huge assortment of accessories including a storage bag, fast charger, fenders, lights, bags that you attach to the frame for running errands (the founder likes the front bag the best because of how simple and quick it is), as well as replacement batteries
  • The company has been around since 2002 and still supports their G1, G2, and G3 products, that creates a lot of trust and a sense that you can invest a good sum of money but have someone to turn to for parts down the line
  • The Cleandrive drivetrain keeps your pant legs or skirt clean, it also reduces the noise of the chain, chainring, rear sprocket, and chain tensioner as you pedal, it protects these sensitive parts from dust and water but also from damage if the bike tips or is folded and pushed up close to some other gear
  • I like the internally geared hub concept because (three-speed in this case) because they tend to be reliable and you can shift gears at standstill, this makes accelerating and climbing much easier if you forgot to shift before slowing down
  • The dashboard area is pretty clean on this bike… especially if you don’t use your phone as a control center, just power on the bike and go
  • The optional iOS / Android smartphone application allows you to dial in performance for the different assist modes, enable the throttle (in the USA) and create a custom dashboard with the readouts you care most about… and there are a LOT of readouts to choose from
  • There’s a little bracket mounted to the saddle rails which holds a 4 mm hex wrench that has a T20 Torx star on the other end, this allows you to adjust the saddle height and other components on the bike without bringing a multi-tool along
  • Hydraulic disc brakes tend to be easier to pull, offer some reach adjustment, and provide excellent stopping power, especially with the smaller 20″ wheel diameter
  • I feel like safety has been addressed with the white frame option and reflective tire stripes, but you could always get some black reflective stickers like this to place on the magnesium wheel arms
  • Plastic folding pedals don’t usually offer a lot of surface area or rigidity, but the VP pedals that were included with the Gocycle work fairly well and have a nice folding mechanism, you could always upgrade to alloy folding pedals for more stiffness or try to find some VP-F80 flip folding models
  • The button design they developed to boost pedal assist with additional power or activate throttle mode (only in specific geographies) is pretty comfortable and easy to reach, it’s a neat concept that balances simplicity with control
  • The body and wheels are magnesium, which is known for being rigid and lightweight, apparently it’s more environmentally friendly than carbon fiber and also more resilient
  • The various quick-release levers and pins allow the GS to be quickly folded up quickly and are positioned to stay clean, I was amazed that the rear rack was designed to fit over the optional rear light and also had a light of its own… and you simply unplug whichever light is not in use, it’s all just super thoughtful
  • The unique Pitstop wheel design allow for quick and easy installation or maintenance and flat fixes on the go, I prefer this design to standard quick release skewers which can get overtightened
  • Because the Gocycle GS uses a torque and cadence sensor combination it feels both smooth and responsive, not jerky and surprising like cadence only or finicky like some cadence-only designs
  • The wheelbase is longer than a lot of other compact and folding products so the bike feels steady and can accommodate taller riders (as the seat post angles up and back), many other folding ebikes with 20″ wheels feel more squirrely when riding, especially at higher speeds… there is still some compromise in ride feel and stability here, but it’s better than most
  • Almost all of the wires are all internally routed, making for a clean and sleek look as well as reducing the potential for snags
  • The smartphone app is tied to the bike and Gocycle can de-activate the bike if you report it as stolen, this has helped in the recovery of bikes and deters targeted theft

Cons:

  • While more affordable than the G2 and G3, the GS model (which stands for Sport) is still expensive compared to the majority of folding electric bikes, the generous warranty and growing network of dealers helps to justify the price
  • The forward-stow kickstand stays out of the way, doesn’t rattle when riding over bumpy terrain, and stabilizes the bike well… but it can be tricky to deploy, there are small protrusion on both sides of the legs that you catch and push down on with your shoe, I wish it were just a bit larger
  • The Gocycle motor is extremely compact but surprisingly zippy, it makes the bike satisfying to ride but also produces a bit more noise than larger more traditional hub motors
  • With today’s battery technology, there’s always a compromise between weight and range with electric bicycles, and the Gocycle product line aims to be lightweight and compact, range can feel limited if you rely solely on the throttle or ride in City Plus mode (the highest assist) or use a manual setup that emphasizes power
  • In order to use the Pitstop wheels, I found that the bike had to be set down on the plastic casings that surround the disc brakes (which can scratch them up), installing the wheels can be a little tricky while also trying to stabilize the bike frame and the disc brake rotors are very close… be careful not to touch them or the oils form your hands and fingers might make the brakes squeak
  • Suspension is somewhat limited, the rear Shocklock only offers 25 mm of travel and the front fork cannot be swapped for a suspension post, it was recommended to me by the founder that the rear tire be inflated to ~60 PSI and the front be inflated lower at ~35 PSI or 40 PSI to help it absorb bumps and cracks, the smaller 20″ wheels have a higher attack angle and don’t span bumpy terrain the way that larger 26″ or 28″ wheels do
  • The frame feels stiff and sturdy but steering is a bit twitchy and fast, this bike doesn’t feel as stable to ride with no hands… and can be a little thrilling to balance at 20 mph
  • My friend Brent did a range test (he weighs closer to 200 lbs) and was able to get 17 miles on a single charge in the highest mode of assist, the range is somewhat limited and really depends on your weight, the terrain, even the wind and tire pressure level
  • The push-button throttle does not offer variable power output like the twist throttle on the Gocycle G3, it’s more of an on/off setup that uses power faster and isn’t as smooth
  • There doesn’t seem to be a sleep mode with the GS, so if you forget to turn the bike off after using it you could potentially run down the battery
  • If you set the bike up for use in the United States as a Class 2 ebike (where the throttle can work without the rider having to pedal) you still need to have the bike moving ~4 mph (6 km/h) before the throttle will work… which eliminates the use case of having a throttle to help you get started
  • In order to adjust all of the ride mode settings, see your speed, and get a precise idea of battery charge level on this electric bike, you need to have a smartphone and use Bluetooth… but there aren’t any USB charging ports to keep your phone full on the go, so consider a phone case with built-in battery to extend range, at least you can ride in whatever mode you last used without using your phone or you can also turn the phone screen off and put it in your pocket or a backpack while Bluetooth is still connected as this will save some power
  • Minor gripe here, if you install the optional lights, you have to physically switch on the headlight vs. being able to do it with a button on the handlebar or with the app… thankfully, there’s just one switch that turns both lights on, but there is only one mode (constant on, no blinking options)
  • Because the battery is not designed to be removed for charging (just service or replacement) you’ll need to bring the Gocycle near a wall outlet to charge each time and possibly bring it indoors… but at least it’s compact and lightweight

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PCDoctorUSA
14 hours ago

Glad you sold it. I had an opportunity to ride a co-workers GoCycle and it was very responsive and the aesthetics were very cool.

PCDoctorUSA
2 weeks ago

Agree on going with a bike that has a removable battery. If you ever change your mind about storing your bike in the trunk of your car and decide to hoof it up the stairs, being able to take the battery off will help lighten the load between 5 to 10 lbs. It may not seem like much, but it might once you get to the top of the stairs.

As for rich c's comments about test riding the bike, I thoroughly agree. I rode a co-worker's very cool looking GoCycle but it didn't feel solid and had a "toy" feel to it. Recently, I rode the Voltbike Mariner and that was a totally different story. Riding position was very comfortable and it felt more like a regular bike to me. Definitely a solid build, which comes at the cost of 59.5 pounds.

elarson
3 weeks ago

I'm a bit leary of single sided forks 'monoblades', but probably it has more to do with ignorance than reality. I know on my husband's wheelchair, that takes a lot of hard knocks with a power add-on, I just have not trusted any that we have demo'd. I also know how I ride, carrying a lot of kit, along with a dog and sometimes being wobbly that I might not be able to handle them. Yes, I smash up against curbs and do other things that probably are not so wise :oops:.

Dewey
3 weeks ago

Kymco http://scootmobielen.kymco.nl/ look alright, I bought a used https://www.pride-mobility.co.uk/pride-scooter-range.html mobility scooter for my Dad in the UK before he passed away, I had to replace the lead acid battery and wiring harness and I bought a front basket but Pride have been around for quite a long time so replacement parts were easy to get. I recall the top speed was a sedate 4kph and the 6km range was not great but hopefully they're better now with lithium batteries.

Re: GoCycle, I've only seen one other designer use a https://www.bikefix.co.uk/standing-one-leg Mike Burrows on his 8freight cargo bike and his olympic carbon bike he co-designed with Lotus so it does look different, but I can see the appeal by making it easier to change flat tires.

elarson
3 weeks ago

I have thought about a folding bike, but find it too limiting for when I want to go distances with hauling a lot. Though I have to say, the GoCycle G3 is intriguing. Maybe I would be better to get the bike I need for most things, and then consider a scooter for when assisting with my husband using the wheelchair.

PCDoctorUSA
1 month ago

A new Yukon AND Mariner owner just enrolled in Voltbike's Ambassador program and I got to try out both of his bikes this morning. They're so new he only has 1.3 miles on them. The Yukon is a jaw-dropping beast, but I think I was more impressed with the Mariner. I rode a co-worker's GoCycle awhile back and the handlebars felt awkward and the bike as a whole didn't feel up to the challenge of being a daily commuter on the crappy roads along my route. The Mariner with its fat tires, was definitely a solid build and the handlebars were comfortable. It almost did as well as the Yukon up a 12% grade, but the Yukon had the advantage with the 750W motor. I would have no reservations with choosing the Mariner as my first ebike commuter.

PCDoctorUSA
1 month ago

This is a https://youtu.be/LRcjtnyoXWAof Court with a small group riding the Rad Rover, Rad Mini, Yukon 750 and Mariner down in Cabo San Lucas. The video shows the group on a trail heading out to the beach so it's a good representation of how the bikes ride on a hard packed trail, which is probably close to the country trail you mentioned in your first post.

The only folding bike I've ridden was a GoCycle that a co-worker had and it was pretty cool. However, I couldn't see myself riding it as part of my daily commute on paved roads. It didn't feel solid enough, but that's just my opinion. There's also something about the handlebar position of folding bikes that doesn't feel normal.

Like others have already chimed in, find a reputable LBS that takes ebikes seriously (doesn't have a few "token" bikes on the sales floor collecting dust) and discuss your intended riding plans and see what they can offer.

Over50
1 month ago

Since you say "futuristic" ... maybe a GoCycle?
https://gocycle.com/

Ann M.
1 month ago

@nyderkv, is the gocycle still for sale? It's been since November.

Court
2 months ago

Following are some of the original comments that were made on that post:

WARP
I understand that you’re only showing bikes that you reviewed, but so I would like to add a few suggestions of my own.
The reason is that I have been looking for a e-assist bike for my wife. The options are quite limited for extra short people. My wife is 5′ and her inseam is around 28 inches. She likes to have a bit of clearance when straddling the bike.
A lot of the e-bikes that come in only one size are non starters. In the regular bicycle world, many bikes come in at least 3, often more. That’s why it’s frustrating to shop for e-bikes, they usually start at a men’s medium or large. For my wife, she needs a bike made for petite women, and even then she needs XS or XXS to enable her to comfortably straddle the top bar (top tube). Although the folding models would probably work, we want to go with a full sized wheel for more stability
And it’s not just matter of standover clearance, a low step over frame doesn’t mean a great fit either….for example, we tried out the Easy Motion Evo Easy Street, and she was way stretched out on that frame, even though she can easily straddle the frame. She looked a bit lost sitting on that bike….coming from her 44cm road bike frame, the one size fits all Easy Motion looked like a tank.
The companies that are real bike companies often the best range of sizing. Examples that would probably work for her:
Raleigh Detour iE Step-Through – comes in a small size in a low step frame.
Trek Conduit+ – Small size would fit somebody who’s around 155cm (or just over 5′)
Trek Lift+ – has a men’s and also a low stepover model and comes in small size
Devinci Newton S Bionx – comes in three sizes. The WF is a women’s model and comes in a Small (which is smaller than the men’s Small)
In the end, I’m probably going to build my own bike for my wife around a Bionx kit, we can choose an XS frame and use the rack mount Bionx kit. Ideally we would have liked to buy a complete e-bike, but this way gives us the best option for getting a fit she’s comfortable with.

COURT
Hi warp, I can understand your frustration… It’s uplifting to hear how much energy and time you’ve spent trying to find a perfect fit for your wife and I think the BionX option is a good one. Kits definitely have their place but I can understand the desire to have a more turnkey solution as well. The good news is that more and more electric bikes are being produced each year and a wider variety of sizes and shapes have come to market. Companies https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/24-step-thru-comfort-cruiser/ have started selling more models with 24″ wheels and the step-thru frame. I realize reach may still be an issue but with a bit of effort adjusting the bars (or even a replacement bar) the bikes can become more accessible to petite riders.

WARP
Yes, we’re looking for a “regular looking” fitness style hybrid, and even though some of those cruiser designs would fit, we’d prefer a design that is geared toward sporty riding. e.g. she’d riding with me when I’m on my full carbon road bike, for both speed and giving her a boost on the hilly parts.

RALPH LINIADO
Warp, I just read this thread. My wife is petite at 5′ just like your wife. We stopped into Small Planet Bikes in Dallas last season, the day after Court was there doing some tests. I was excited that they had the Evo Street as I had heard it was just what a small framed women would like, but my wife hated the bike. It didn’t fit. We tried everything he had and nothing worked. The salesman than suggested the Easy Pedelar T350, and inexpensive bike that is the heart of their rental fleet. My wife rode the bike and loved it. It was under $2,000 and we bought one on the spot to be shipped to us in Florida. I had never heard of the brand, yet I bought it without any research. Turns out https://electricbikereview.com/ez-pedaler/t350/ just the day before as I came to find out when he posted his review.
This is a small step thru bike. It has lights, a rack, a bell, and it is built like a tank. My wife thinks it is beautiful. Obviously the reason why they have a rental fleet of them at Small Planet, which is a great shop and all electric bikes. They had everything you could imagine on the floor. Fantastic. My wife loves it because it fits her small frame. It’s not as elegant as some of the other big name bikes, but it fits and it works great. I had it shipped to my local LBS who charged me $25 to put the handle bars on it and away we went. Hope this helps.

COURT
Awesome advice Ralph, thanks for taking the time to help and share your experience :)

RAY T
thanks for the comment….the bike you bought seems like a decent value for under $2K. Looks pretty comfy and it seems like a great choice for a small rider with its downsized wheels and low step frame.
I went ahead with my original plan to build my own. So I took a 13″ Trek 7.4 FX Womens, and added a Bionx rear mount kit. This is pretty much the smallest adult bike that Trek makes (and smaller than many other brands offer). I would have much preferred the battery to be on the frame but the bike frame is so small it wouldn’t fit. The rear battery rack makes the bike very rear heavy but that’s the tradeoff to get a bike that fits. here is https://flic.kr/p/H9C2Lu.
It ended up costing about $3K, which is higher than I wanted to spend, but at least we got a bike that fits right with a good e-assist system from a proven manufacturer. Now we’re itching to put some miles on it

JOHN HESLIN
Hi – really enjoy your reviews! Wondering if I can ask for your opinion. Are 20″ folding bikes too cramped for the average rider? I saw your E joe video and I think I can probably “fit” but at 5′ 10″ / 220 lbs. I’m not really sure. I’m a recreational user and ride mostly for exercise so pedaling is important. The key issue for me is whether the typical 20″ folding bike be pedaled normally with full leg extention? Thanks.

COURT
Great question John, folding bicycles tend to have longer seat posts to reduce that cramped leg feeling… My knees get sore and feel sensitive if they aren’t extending fully so I can relate to your concern (I’m 5’9″ by the way). On of the folding ebikes that felt lager to me was the https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/latch/ (notice the first photograph shows the seat fully extended). The downside here is that the Latch is heavier and has a rear-mounted battery, but at least it’s removable for easier transport. The founderf of Pedego are larger guys who weigh a bit more and I feel like the motor power and overall strength of the frame are designed to accommodate them. https://electricbikereview.com/gocycle/g2/ also felt large and had suspension to soften the bumps and the https://electricbikereview.com/tern/node-d8-with-bionx/ is also a bit larger with 24″ wheels vs. the standard 20″ that lifts the frame up higher and improves ride quality a bit given the narrower tires. I hope these ideas help you find a good product that will work well for your intended use, folding bikes usually present a compromise but there is a nice variety to choose from these days :)

ALASTAIR CAMPBELL
These are good reviews but none of them focus in on my requirements. Are there any ebikes with the following attributes: Pedal assist only, top speed on hills of 10 kms (6mph), 100 km. range (60 Miles), panier. puncture proof tires, small frame, minimum bike weight up to 45 pounds, can fit on a standard bike rack. This bike will be needed on bike trips with ordinary pedal bikes so no need to go fast up hills. Price up to $3,000 US. Want financial stability of manufacturer and a ‘vast’ dealer network in North America. Reasonable quality of components not made in China.

COURT
Hi Alastair! Thanks for sharing your detailed list of “must haves”. No ebikes I know of even come close to what you’re asking here because they are mostly all produced from parts made in China… especially in the sub $5,000 range. Most weigh at least 45 lbs and the vast majority are 50+ lbs and the speed up hills is so dependent on rider weight, cargo and environment (like wind) that I cannot say for sure. My first thought for you was the https://electricbikereview.com/kalkhoff/sahel-compact-impulse-8/ but it’s heavier than you want. A light weight ebike that isn’t as powerful but fits your other requirements (besides price) is the https://electricbikereview.com/faraday/cortland-s/. Hope this helps! You can use the advanced search tool on the right rail of each page here to narrow down by price, weight etc.

MARK
GOOD JOB COURT !!!

COURT
Hey mark, glad you enjoyed this article! Thanks for the props :D

FRED
Old thread but I thought I’d share. I have the same challenge for my wife. She’s 4’11”. We went with an XS Specialized Vita paired with a Bionx system with the battery mounted on the down tube. They had to drill a hole in the batter bracket mount given the odd position of the bottle cage mounts, but it fits great and balances the weight out nicely. Call the https://hostelshoppe.com/ and ask for big Scott. They are a dealer for both specialized and bionx.
If your wife has a 28″ inseam without shoes, she might fit on a Specialized Turbo for women. Standover is about 29″ in the Small. I’m going to beg them to make an XS and also ask if they have plans to motorize the fat boys. The Helga has a 26″ standover height and should be able to fit the bionx as well if the down tube triangle is at least as big as the Vita.

COURT
Hey Fred! Sounds like you and your wife got set up at the Hostel Shoppe, thanks for sharing your tips and ESPECIALLY the measurements around the small Turbo for women. I’ve been really impressed with the Specialized lineup of ebikes in different styles and sizes so far… maybe we will see an XS and a motorized fat boy someday :)

FRED
That would be sweet! You’re welcome for the info. The guys at the hostel shoppe are top notch. People come from all over the Midwest to go there.

GIL
I want my wife to be able to ride with me – at least 20 miles with light hills. She’s 5’2 about 250 lbs and has a bad knee. We’ve been looking at ebikes and understand we’ll probably need a small frame (15 inch?). She wants to look at options and try them out in the Chicago area – or southwest Michigan. Want pedal assist for physical therapy but also full throttle to coast. What models do you recommend we check out? Can you recommend a store(s) to try them out? Also, I want to be able to transport the ebike on my car. I only have a trunk mount bike rack – no hitch. Other option to consider is a folding bike that could fit inside the trunk or back seat. What recommendations do you have for such bike carrying capability?

COURT
Hi Gil, thanks for explaining your goals so well… I think I understand and can relate given that my own girlfriend is about 5’2″ and has had some struggles with mid-step models (even women’s frames) that we’ve tried. Since you’re in the Chicago area, one brand that comes to mind is https://electricbikereview.com/brand/volton/, they’re based there and the founder Joe is really cool. I just reviewed their latest model which is a mid-drive step-thru but they sell a very similar one with a hub motor that’s less expensive and has throttle on demand. I’d recommend going to their website and calling him. To carry this model or many of the step-thru ebikes out there with your trunk mount bike rack you’ll probably need a crossbar adapter https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ELSSZE/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=elecbikerevi-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B000ELSSZE&linkId=7b2e5668a19575e25cca7cd87df72a46 and I’d recommend taking the battery off the bike before loading to reduce weight… and always mount it close to the car so it’s not hanging way out since even the frames tend to be heavier than normal bicycles. A couple other low-step models with assist and throttle that might be worth exploring are the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/e-joe/gadis/']e-Joe Gadis[/URL], and the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/evo-city-wave/']Easy Motion Evo City Wave[/URL] which looks beautiful but costs a bit more… given that they are a larger company (with a great warranty) and were sold in 2015 and 2016 you might be able to get a deal on “last year” inventory at your local ebike shop :)
As far as folding bikes go, they do tend to be smaller but not always lighter. Here’s [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/folding/']the full list[/URL] of models I’ve reviewed recently and you can also use the advanced search to look for compact models that don’t fold but are smaller and lighter. One consideration with folding is that they tend to be less comfortable due to the smaller wheels. If you can get a regular bike with 24″ or 26″ with the deep step-thru design that would probably be more enjoyable for your wife. I hope this helps! I realize there are a lot of options out there… Consider asking in the forums, there’s a section called “[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/forum/forums/choosing/']help choosing an electric bike[/URL]” I made for this exact sort of situation :D

GIL
Thanks for your thorough reply. Most helpful was the recommendation for a crossbar adapter.
I think I may have the choice down to the final 2: X-treme Malibu Beach Cruiser or Prodecotech Stride 300. The Malibu front wheel can easily be removed so I can put the bike in the back seat. The Stride comes in a fold-able model so I could put it in the trunk. The challenge remains that there’s no place close to home for my wife to try out either one prior to a purchase.
One other thing suggested by the guy at FarBike.com is that I wait til early Spring to make a purchase as riding in Chicago’s winter is unlikely. Purchasing closer to the time of use means a fresher battery.

COURT
Hey Gil, glad my tips helped you a bit. The Spring will bring all new models to bear and give you some time to think. In the mean time, feel free to poke around [URL='http://electricbikereview.com/forum/']the EBR Forums[/URL] and share your experience or ask more questions. I’ve made a few real life friends there and it’s fun to geek out about bikes and consider different options :)

ANNETTE NELSON
I am 4’9″ and 67 yrs old and trying get out of my house a little more. LOST MY HUSBAND 2 1/2 yrs ago and have suffered from depression and need sunshine. I thought an electric bike would be a good way to do it and guarantee my ability to get home should I go a little too far..I HAVE HAD 11 back surgeries and still have some back pain.
I bought a PRODECO MARINER 500. online and received it the day after Thanksgiving. Thank goodness my sons were here to help me put it together and watch me ride it. THE SALESMAN ON THE PHONE TOLD ME THAT I should have no problems riding it even hough I TOLD HIM MY HEIGHT AND THE concerns I had being able to lift my leg over the tall center bar. WELL! THERE WAS NO WAY I could lift my leg that high to get onto the bike. MY SONS HELD THE BIKE WHILE I lifted my leg using my hands and rode it down the block. Then to get off of the bike. I stopped, then my sons each grabbed the bike while I used my hands to lift my leg…when I STARTED FALLING BECAUSE I couldn’t get my leg over. One of my sons grabbed me and his fingers broke my ribs. I CONTACTED THE STORE AND THEY RECOMMENDED A STEP TROUGH BIKE? What can you recommend

COURT
Hi Annette, sounds like you’ve had a rough experience with electric bikes so far… they do tend to be heavier and many of the cheaper models only come in one frame size and style. ProdecoTech has a range of options but it sounds like you would do better with a true step-thru like the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/boomerang/']Pedego Boomerang[/URL]. This particular brand has a bunch of dealers across the US so you can actually try the bike before deciding to buy. Also, the rest of my tips and suggestions on this page still stand. You can get further suggestions by connecting with others [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/forum/forums/choosing/']in the forums[/URL] or using the advanced search tools here on the site. I Hope this helps!

TRISH
Hi, I am an older(50+) rider. I don’t feel as comfortable on my 26″ wheel bike anymore as sometimes my sense of balance just feels a bit off. I also have some problems with arthritis etc. But I still want to go on adventures for as long as I can! So I am looking for an ebike that can go on trails, (there are some very cool rail trails here in BC, but sometimes there are portions that are a bit rough.) so probably a fat bike style for comfort. I am thinking a 350W motor should be plenty? I need a rack for my camping gear. My issue is that I am only 5′ and want a bike I can comfortably put my feet down if I feel wobbly. Even the 20″ tire bikes seem to have quite a high seat. I am not rolling in cash LOL, so don’t want to spend more than 1500.00 CAN. I was thinking of cobbling together some bikes we have around and putting a hub motor on it. But it looks like hub kits plus battery is going to cost me over 1000.00 CAN anyways? Seems its the batteries that cost the most by far. Any ideas? Thanks!

COURT
Hey Trish! I was thinking the Pedego 20″ Trail Tracker would be a good fit in terms of lower stand-over height and having those fat tires… but it is priced a bit higher. I can’t think of too many kits that work with small fat tires but I’ll keep my mind on it and perhaps you can ask [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/forum/']in the forums[/URL] to see if anyone else has an idea for you :)

MAE
I’m interested in going to an ebike, but I don’t want to jump into a large investment until I know that I like them. So I’m thinking about starting off by purchasing an ebike conversion kit to put on my current bike. I am only interested in pedal assist. Does anyone know of a conversion kit that offers pedal assist? Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. Mae

COURT
Hi Mae! There are many kits out there to choose from but I’ve reviewed a few [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/kits/']here[/URL]. I realize it can seem like a big investment but purpose built ebikes tend to just work better… I know a few people who tried to get a deal the first time around and had buyer’s remorse pretty quickly then upgraded to a more well-built ebike. This is part of the reason I don’t review kits as much these days. If you have a local ebike shop, I’d highly recommend visiting and doing some test rides before pulling the trigger on anything. In any case, good luck and please share your experiences :D

MAE
Hi Court. Thanks for the advice on purpose built ebikes. Wondering if you have ever reviewed the x-treme Sedona step through ebike. It is quite affordable at $1100, but I don’t see where it has been reviewed or has any buyer comments. I’m also considering these ebikes: Izip Vibe plus, Raleigh Sprite iE, Prodecotech stride series, Genze recreational e102, Tidal Wave, and Magnum ui5. Any helpful information you can offer about any of these bikes – good or bad – would be appreciated. I love your reviews and your love of this sport.

COURT
Hi Mae! I had a pretty good experience with the GenZe and Magnum products. Raleigh Sprite iE is also a good product from a larger company (with more dealers and a good warranty). I haven’t seen as much ProdecoTech stuff lately and have never seen X-Treme products… They caught my interest of course, people ask occasionally but I just don’t see them in shops and don’t know anyone who has bought one. Here’s [URL='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u188uF4Pt9w']an interesting video[/URL] interview I did with the President of Raleigh Electric talking about the value of more expensive ebike products as I realize the trade off in cost can raise some questions.

DEWEY
Regarding converting a pedal bicycle, an interesting source of ideas for donor frames for shorter riders is [URL='https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1j3f51td6emppjuBaTNjZXgtVPK923HtOudacuyt-g0Y/']this spreadsheet[/URL] on the City Bike subReddit – a list of step through pedal bikes available in North America with links to the manufacturer websites then you can check what frame sizes are available and where your nearest dealer is located.

COURT
Cool, thanks for the tip Dewey! Did you create a conversion ebike for yourself or find one that fit straight away that was already electric?

DEWEY
My thinking before converting my pedal bicycle was to make it easier for my local bike shop to help with the conversion and maintenance. I experimented with a [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/clean-republic/hill-topper/']24V hill topper kit[/URL] but I found it didn’t help me up the hills I climb so I bought a [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/8fun/bbs01/']36V BBS01 crank motor kit[/URL]. I would like the more torquey [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/8fun/bbs02/']48V BBS02 kit[/URL] but I need to stay under the [URL='https://www.markelinsurance.com/bicycle/resources/electric-bikes']750W 20mph[/URL] limit for e-bike liability insurance purposes.

ANDREJA
I am overweight, tend to feel unstabile on bikes, often am too short for various models (164cm and 100kg). Sometimes, because of the size of my belly, I can’t fully lift my leg. Can you suggest something for me? Regards from Croatia! :)

COURT
Hi Andreja, I think the first step would be to search for any electric bike dealers in Croatia. If you aren’t able to find one where you can go in for a test ride then it makes sense to look online. Unfortunately, I don’t think many brands will ship around the world and I’m based in the USA… so? who knows. But! One shop that has told me they will ship internationally is Motostrano in California. [URL='http://www.motostrano.com/']Here is their website[/URL], they have lots of ebikes and surely sell one that might work for you but they tend to be expensive. Another option is to see if [URL='https://sondors.com/']Sondors[/URL] will ship to your location, they have a cheaper folding model that might fit you and feel stable because it has fat tires.

ANDREJA
Thank you for your promt answer. Let’s say I have an option of buying suitable product whereever, hence I would be very interested in a model you can suggest, regarding the detals I described earlier. My problem is I can’t find right model that is suitable for overweight people. If you can suggest few, I would be grateful. :)

COURT
Hmm, I think the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/24-step-thru-interceptor/']step-thru Pedego with the smaller 24″ wheels[/URL] is a great option. You can get it with pedal assist and throttle and it will be easier to mount and stronger for added weight. Beyond that, I like the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/eprodigy/banff/']eProdigy Banff[/URL] and depending on how tall you are, the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/corratec/lifebike/']Corratec Lifebike[/URL].

DAYRATE
How are the RadMini and Voltbike Mariner looked upon for rider height suitability? At 5’9″, like you, I figure either would be great for me, however, at 5’3″, I wonder about my wife fitting on one of these bikes. We are very interested in the Mariner. The frame geometry specs I have read don’t seem out of line with her height, what’s your opinion? Thanks for your well written and produced bike reviews!

COURT
Yeah, [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/voltbike/mariner/']the Mariner[/URL] is a pretty good ebike for petite riders, my girlfriend is similar in height to your wife and she had a blast riding it on the beach. She also tried [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/rad-power-bikes/radmini/']the RadMini[/URL] but I think the clamp design bumped her knee and thigh more easily. That one seems to have a higher stand over design as well. The cool thing about both products is that they use fat tires which are very stable and add some comfort when riding over bumps :)

BROCK HARVEY
Wow, what a fantastic article, and there’s even more information in the comments. You guys are all incredible!
I recently found [URL='http://www.ireviews.com/comparisons/5-best-smart-bikes-2017']this article[/URL], but I’m looking for some validity to their claims from people much more experienced than I.
Any info would be incredibly beneficial, so I’d really appreciate it! I’m looking to really change my life around in terms of my fitness. I’m 29, have a bit of expendable cash, live in a very cycle friendly city, so I think this could be a life changing purchase for me :)
Pretty excited, to say the least. Thanks heaps!

COURT
Hi Brock, thanks for sharing that article! More and more technology is coming to the ebike space and the models in their “five best smart bikes 2017” leaned more towards road and city. Drop bars are still pretty rare but I’ve seen a few from Bosch in recent years. Try exploring here by using the category drop down up top, it might guide you towards the high tech speed models if that’s what you’re into or you can ask around in the forums. My goal is to keep the space open and honest, people are pretty friendly and it’s exciting to share the latest tech but I have also seen that sometimes it never becomes publicly available… more like concept prototypes. All of the ebikes you see here have videos and are actually for sale (or were for sale at one point). If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask.

KERIN
**I am 5’1″ tall, about 140 pounds, and am in my mid 70’s and in good health. I am looking for a small ebike to ride on city streets and easy trails. I would prefer both throttle and pedal assist with a price of no more than $1,500. I live in a small town where there are no ebike dealers within several hundred miles where I can try out a bike to see if it fits. Anything out there that might meet these requirements?**

COURT
Hi Kerin, I speak with a lot of petite riders who choose folding ebikes because they tend to have smaller 20″ wheels that lower the frame and also have step-thru frame designs. I just reviewed [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/velomini/plus/']the VeloMini Plus[/URL] which could work and fits your budget. I like how lightweight it is too.

KERIN
Thank you. The Velomini Plus sounds good. Will the small wheels work successfully on trails that that have a gravel surface rather than being paved? How much assembly is required?

COURT
Hi Kerin! The 1.5″ wide tires aren’t going to be great for gravel, you might want to consider one of the fat folding ebikes for that such as the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/rad-power-bikes/radmini/']RadMini[/URL] and [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/voltbike/mariner/']Mariner[/URL]. Most mail-order electric bikes require minimal assembly, the VeloMini Plus is especially easy and straightforward, you basically just unfold it :)

LUCY
Anyone have thoughts/advice How is the tern vektron for 5′ 2″ person with a short-ish reach? Ride Brompton now with M handlebars and the reach is a teeny tiny bit too far.
Deciding between Vektron and an Ohm 2017. Love folders ’cause I can take it anywhere….and Ohm is just amazing, too.
LUCY
And now I just rode the trek super commuter. So nice. So many great bikes.

COURT
Yeah, Trek is really doing great this year, lots of ebikes to choose from and the Super Commuter is awesome :D

COURT
Hi Lucy! The Vektron is a great bike one of the highest quality around right now (in large part because it uses Bosch). I’ll be reviewing some new OHM models soon and will record all of the measurements like reach and stand over height to help you decide. If you want light and compact, I think the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/velomini/plus/']VeloMini Plus[/URL] is pretty cool.

LUCY
Looking forward to that review! I did, however, already purchase the Trek Super Commuter. I know! The most money I could spend in one place, like, ever. It was a good fit in the 45cm frame and I have great local bike shop support. I went to the Electric Bike Expo and road a Tern, Ohm didn’t bring their smallest frame, so didn’t get to try that bike. The range on the Trek/Bosch combo (long commute to work) and the excellent local support sold me on Trek. Shout out to Freewheel Bike!

BIKING WITH A LITTLE E-HELP
Hi, I’m looking for an e-bike with good e-power assistance as I am getting older and slower at normal biking especially up inclines… I am 170 cm tall and longish legs so am looking for a medium sized frame but still the space for my legs so that I can reach the ground easily when stopping yet have a good leg extension when pedalling and am not all squished up. Any suggestions of models to look for? TIA

COURT
Do you think you’d want a medium step-thru [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/bulls/cross-lite-e-step-thru/']like this[/URL] for easy mounting or prefer a higher stiffer frame? I just reviewed the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/ohm/urban-ebike/']OHM Urban[/URL] which has a powerful motor and throttle operation (most mid-drive ebikes do not). They sell it in four sizes so you could dial in fit and the stand over height is reasonable because of the top tube design.

BIKING WITH A LITTLE E-HELP
I’m afraid it really needs to be a much lower instep. She has such the above items asked for on her current e-bike, however the e part is designed for long country rides and has not so much support/power for the city riding that she wishes to have such as being able to take off at the lights with the rest of the riders and keep up speed around the city on short journeys.

Court
2 months ago

Hi guys! I'm moving some content off of the main site and into the most relevant categories of the forum. This post was originally made on January 23rd 2017:

Bicycles can be a wonderful tool for saving money, staying in shape and connecting with your community but you need one that fits properly to be safe and that can be a challenge for smaller riders. Electric bikes can make pedaling easier which reduces the need for a “perfect” ergonomic fit but they also add weight which makes transporting difficult. I’m an average sized guy but not especially strong or heavy… After testing dozens of ebikes over the years I’ve realized that finding the right bike means more than just frame size, but of course that plays a role too!

Petite cyclists confront a unique set of challenges that not every manufacturer is aware of… I’ve talked with people who want slower, less powerful electric bikes while the mainstream seems fixated on more power and speed. Other individuals simply cannot deal with the added weight of large motors and batteries. My goal with this guide is to point out some of the best products I’ve seen and tested for small people. Whether you’re physically weak or stronger with short legs I hope there’s something here to get you pointed in the right direction.

Good Electric Bikes for Short Riders
These models are specifically designed to work well for short people, the smaller wheel size keeps the center of balance low and the step-thru or mid-step frame makes mounting and standing over much easier.
https://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/evo-street/
May 12, 2015
https://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/evo-street/

[*]MSRP: $2,999
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2015

[*]https://electricbikereview.com/brand/easy-motion/
[*]https://electricbikereview.com/category/city/

A feature complete city style electric bike that's well balanced, beautifully designed and easy to mount and ride. Comes with dynamo powered lights, fenders, a rear carry rack, suspension fork and tool-free adjustable…...
https://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/evo-street/
https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/24-step-thru-interceptor/
July 7, 2015
https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/24-step-thru-interceptor/

[*]MSRP: $2,995
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2015

[*]https://electricbikereview.com/brand/pedego/
[*]https://electricbikereview.com/category/cruiser/

A smaller version of the Interceptor that's easier to mount, it offers great power thanks to its smaller wheels paired with a 500 watt geared hub motor and 48 volt battery. Offers twist throttle and five levels of assist for increased range, throttle override puts you…...
https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/24-step-thru-interceptor/
https://electricbikereview.com/besv/panther-ps1/
October 19, 2014
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/besv/panther-ps1/']BESV Panther PS1 Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $3,250
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2015

[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/besv/']BESV REVIEWS[/URL]
[*]https://electricbikereview.com/category/city/
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/full-suspension/']FULL SUSPENSION ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/light/']LIGHTWEIGHT ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]

Compact form factor is easy to mount and stand over, extremely light weight frame (carbon fiber and aluminum build). Responsive torque sensing pedal assist offers three levels of smooth power, 250 watt motor is…...
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/besv/panther-ps1/']READ REVIEW[/URL]
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/kalkhoff/sahel-compact-i8/']

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February 10, 2014
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/kalkhoff/sahel-compact-i8/']Kalkhoff Sahel Compact i8 Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $3,699
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2014

[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/kalkhoff/']KALKHOFF REVIEWS[/URL]
[*]https://electricbikereview.com/category/city/
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/folding/']FOLDING ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/mid-drive/']MID-DRIVE ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]

While not officially a folding bike, the stem does pivot and pedals do fold to create a slim profile. Rigid frame paired with oversized Schwalbe Big Ben ballon tires creates a solid but comfortable…...
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/kalkhoff/sahel-compact-i8/']READ REVIEW[/URL]

Smaller Folding Electric Bikes
I hear from many shorter riders that folding electric bikes offer the small form factor and light weight that works well for them, this can be especially true for transporting the bike on busses or trains and each model listed here has a removable to make it even lighter
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/e-joe/2015-epik-se/']

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December 6, 2014
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/e-joe/2015-epik-se/']2015 e-Joe Epik SE Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $1,599
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016

[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/e-joe/']E-JOE REVIEWS[/URL]
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/folding/']FOLDING ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]

Folding electric bike offering a great combination of utility (fenders, rack, lights, suspension fork) at a low price. Relatively powerful geared motor combined with an impressive battery capacity for good climbing and range...
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/e-joe/2015-epik-se/']READ REVIEW[/URL]
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/eg/vienna-250-ex/']

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April 27, 2014
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/eg/vienna-250-ex/']EG Vienna 250 EX Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $1,399
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2014

[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/eg/']EG REVIEWS[/URL]
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/affordable/']AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/folding/']FOLDING ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/full-suspension/']FULL SUSPENSION ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]

Full suspension folding electric bike with four levels of pedal assist and throttle mode. Rear heavy design with geared hub motor and battery pack in the back...
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/eg/vienna-250-ex/']READ REVIEW[/URL]
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/gocycle/g2/']

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September 29, 2015
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/gocycle/g2/']Gocycle G2 Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $4,999
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016

[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/gocycle/']GOCYCLE REVIEWS[/URL]
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/folding/']FOLDING ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/full-suspension/']FULL SUSPENSION ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/light/']LIGHTWEIGHT ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]

A premium folding electric bike with an internally geared three speed hub in the rear and a 500 watt geared hub motor in the front for "all wheel drive" pedaling + motor support. Extremely light weight at ~36 lbs, unique quick-release wheels, lots of upgrade options for added…...
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/gocycle/g2/']READ REVIEW[/URL]
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/green-world-bike/e-trolley/']

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August 4, 2015
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/green-world-bike/e-trolley/']Green World Bike E-Trolley Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $1,299
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2015

[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/green-world-bike/']GREEN WORLD BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/affordable/']AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/folding/']FOLDING ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]

A compact folding electric bike available in two trim styles (Standard and Pro) for increased power and range, and easier folding. Fairly comfortable to ride thanks to 2.125" diameter tires, padded comfort saddle, padded grips and…...
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/green-world-bike/e-trolley/']READ REVIEW[/URL]

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Light Weight Electric Bikes
These models might not come in the smaller sizes or have step-thru frames but they are super light weight making them much easier to handle and lift. This is the type of electric bike I prefer even though my body type is more average in terms of height
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/freway/vr-01/']

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January 25, 2016
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/freway/vr-01/']Freway VR-01 Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $1,199
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2016

[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/freway/']FREWAY REVIEWS[/URL]
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/affordable/']AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/mountain/']ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]

A light weight, super affordable electric mountain bike launched on Kickstarter in 2015, available on Amazon and Newegg now. Available in two frame sizes, a 19" diamond in black or a 17" mid-step in…...
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/freway/vr-01/']READ REVIEW[/URL]
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/faraday/porteur-s/']

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June 14, 2015
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/faraday/porteur-s/']Faraday Porteur S Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $2,499
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2015

[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/faraday/']FARADAY REVIEWS[/URL]
[*]https://electricbikereview.com/category/city/
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/cargo/']ELECTRIC CARGO BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]

A light weight "minimalist" city style ebike with two levels of pedal assist, full length steel fenders and integrated LED lights. Optional front and rear cargo racks add utility, extremely well balanced motor, battery and five…...
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/faraday/porteur-s/']READ REVIEW[/URL]
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/raleigh/2015-misceo-ie/']

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April 10, 2015
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/raleigh/2015-misceo-ie/']2015 Raleigh Misceo iE Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $3,200
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2015

[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/raleigh/']RALEIGH REVIEWS[/URL]
[*]https://electricbikereview.com/category/city/
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/mid-drive/']MID-DRIVE ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]

A light weight, super efficient, city style electric bike with electronic shifting in addition to motorized pedal assist. Available in four frame sizes (small through extra large), fairly comfortable to ride given the…...
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/raleigh/2015-misceo-ie/']READ REVIEW[/URL]
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/genze/recreational-e102/']

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November 5, 2014
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/genze/recreational-e102/']GenZe Recreational e102 Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $1,499
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2014, 2015

[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/genze/']GENZE REVIEWS[/URL]
[*][URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/affordable/']AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEWS[/URL]
[*]https://electricbikereview.com/category/city/
[*]https://electricbikereview.com/category/cruiser/

A good balance of affordable options (weaker motor, entry level parts and one color) with a thoughtful custom design (mid-mounted battery, multiple frame sizes, integrated wires). Large display panel is easy to read but not removable, independent button pad is convenient…...
[URL='https://electricbikereview.com/genze/recreational-e102/']READ REVIEW[/URL]

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This guide isn’t comprehensive and new models come out every year but I hope it serves as a starting point and guides you towards brands that make e-bikes that work well for small people. One of the best ways to relax, connect with your community and stay healthy (either by reducing stress or getting a cardiovascular workout) is cycling. You can do it almost anywhere and work it in to a busy schedule by making it part of your transportation routine… even if that’s just running to the local store or riding to a friend’s house. I spoke with my Uncle about his experience riding to work and back every day [URL='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuSKCSFuxdY']in this video interview[/URL] and it was really inspiring to hear how his health had improved and how he has saved some money since he started (and how much he enjoys it).

KidWok
2 months ago

Just passed two years and currently have ~6200 miles on an ST1 LE. It has been solid. I've replaced the chain at 3500 miles when it hit .75 on my chain checker. I'll rotate chain 1 back in at 7000 miles and chain 2 back in at 10500 before completely replacing freewheel, chainring, and chains at 14,000. My shifter stopped working on the way home last night...had to motor home in highest gear. Turned out the cable snapped inside the shifter. Replaced the cable this morning and it was back on the road.

My partner has a red ST1 Platinum we found used for a sweet deal, but there have been a lot of issues on hers. Display just stopped working mysteriously one day, which cost a couple hundred dollars to replace. Both brakes have leaked and needed to be redone. There are some issues with her motor and battery...sometimes it drops down to nothing from around 50%. Local Stromer shop says it is likely the motor.

I had a Gocycle G3 for a few hundred miles before I sold it. It was fine, but nowhere near as capable as the ST1 so it got sold. We are expecting a Tern GSD to arrive in early June...hope it is as reliable as my ST1.

Tai

phil cord
1 day ago

Good info and there is another method you might try. Use a cheap flip phone with a minuets data card and a "find my phone" app. It is hooked to google maps. (see utube, DIY tracker for cheap). The only cost is the monthly data cost. The whole package is bigger than an "in the tube" type so hiding it takes thought- how about mounting it in the battery box with a charger from battery? Check out video!

john peck
3 days ago

Already knowing that marathons have soft sidewalls I tried 10 more psi. Now acceptable,
but I'm still too big for 1.75s. I can get near pedal-strike sideways on the Krainiums
pullin' some Gs. Better than a laxative.:eek:

Parkcity
1 week ago

Greetings. I am a new member to the forum. I live in Florida, but bile in park city , Utah. I first bought a peak ds f3 last summer and upgraded to a bulls rve gs3 plus. I ride the roads and mountain paths. I’m practicing on the mountain trails. I absolutely love both bikes , although very different.
I am considered the bulls evo 45 for the extra speed. I don’t really need the speed , I need more climbing ability on the steep roads and trails. I’m not sure if you get easier stating power from a start or just top end speed. I look forward to reading and using the forums to learn and assist me more. I will be taking the bikes back to south Florida in the fall and hope to be able to ride them there as well.
Cheers

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Bruce Arnold
3 weeks ago

The quote you copied said "maximum speed of 20 mph." That's the part that's incorrect. Maximum speed when powered by the motor alone is 20 mph. Two different things.

True that the law doesn't specify Class 1,2,3. So what? I'm not a lawyer and this isn't a legal proceeding. NC law allows ebikes that are equivalent to Class 3 as California defines it.

Also, geez, I wonder if you read the post. The URL I gave is the actual law. General Statutes, not a proposed bill. GS 20-4.01 went into effect in 2016. The People for Bikes site has been out of date as far as NC is concerned for almost 2 years.

Bruce Arnold
1 month ago

My wife and I really enjoy the ability to run errands on our ebikes. Grocery shopping, visits to the chiropractor, commuting to our part-time jobs, whatever. We live 5 miles out of town, so at least 10 miles each way. The ebikes make this not only do-able but so much fun!

Over50
1 month ago

When the weather is nice I would rather stay home than run errands in my car. But I always look forward to using the bike. In the few years since we started using our bikes for a lot of small errands (mostly during the summer), we've redefined "shopping locally". Which is now a few mile radius versus the 10 or so we would do with the car. I can't wait till my Tern GSD finally arrives and I can get a whole load of groceries in one trip (not to mention Home Depot runs, restaurant runs, brewery runs ... ah, the options).

Over50
1 month ago

My LBS also mentioned issues or delays in Customs and in shipping for imported bikes or frames. Not sure what is going on. LBS mentioned hearing through their channels that there are delays in getting electric and non electric stock they had expected for spring selling season. Just what I heard ...

Asher
2 months ago

Ravi, do you have any insight into the battery supply chain/delay issues? I'm a little surprised that's the limiting factor, instead of the bikes? Batteries are smaller, and come by air not sea.

Ravi Kempaiah
2 months ago

Product delivery delays are common.
There has been a 3 month delay on Tern GSD bikes. And that's a $4000 product. A lot goes into making these bikes, especially at the price point juiced is selling at.

Court
2 months ago

Following are some of the original comments that were made on that post:

MARCIA
Could you please provide some insight on an Ebike for a larger man. I am looking to get a bike for my husband and think this is a great way to start getting into the outdoor life after his retirement. I am thinking of the following features: A step through or low bar for ease of access. Upright riding capability (Schwinn style). My husband is 6’2″ with a 31″ inseam (long torso). Powerful motor and good electronics (my husband weighs approx. 280 lb) and he will likely travel a max of 30 km ~20 mi (if that is possible). Although it is a starter bike I think I will have to go higher end to make the experience positive. I appreciate your insight.

COURT
Hi Marcia, that sounds like a wonderful activity for your husband and I appreciate you outlining his needs so well here. Several ebikes come to mind at different price points and frame sizes. The tricky part might be finding a frame that is step-thru but also large enough for his height. The top of the line options would be from https://electricbikereview.com/category/kalkhoff/ which are new to the US for 2015 but have been a leader in Europe for a long time. They are powerful, can go long distance and have multiple frame sizes available. Only a select few dealers carry these so you can https://electricbikereview.com/contact/ if you need help finding one. For a bit less money (and a more limited, smaller frame size) you could go with an https://electricbikereview.com/izip/e3-zuma/. Given his weight, I might actually lean towards the high-step version of this bike for increased strength. It’s not super tough to mount because there’s no rear battery rack in the way. For a bit less still you could get the https://electricbikereview.com/motiv/sleek/ or https://electricbikereview.com/motiv/spark/ which have the mid-battery design and are pretty relaxed/upright. They also have powerful motors and several gearing options but lack pedal assist (which the Zuma and the Kalkhoff ebikes have). One final suggestion is the https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/interceptor/ which is actually what I’d suggest for overall value, power and size (to fit his height) but they only make it in a high-step version and it does have the rear rack. I hope this helps you out, feel free to also explore the https://electricbikereview.com/forum/forums/choosing/ for advice. The people are pretty friendly and some of them might actually be his size and have some feedback about what has worked for them.

ERIC
Ok, Court. Please tell us the e bike that you ended up purchasing, and for how much, and if you were able to get a good deal on it. Let’s end all this mystery once and for all. If I was a betting man, I would guess that you got an izip e3 Dash, but, I could be wrong. Thank you in advance. Eric

COURT
Ha! Hey Eric, I’ve actually posted about the ebikes that I’ve purchased over the years on the EBR YouTube Channel and in the https://electricbikereview.com/community/ here and there when people brought it up but try to focus mostly on reviews and remain even handed. For a while at the beginning, people would ask how I was affording to buy so many electric bikes! Mostly I just visit shops and company headquarters across North America to do these reviews but I do love to ride on my own and have purchased a few ebikes over the years just to commute to work (before I left my job to do EBR full time) and now just to get around town for fun and stuff.
So… my first electric bike was purchased at full price from http://rocketelectrics.com/, it was a https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/city-commuter/ and it worked out pretty well (but was stiffer than I wanted when going over bumps). I eventually put a http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000T3BYH6/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000T3BYH6&linkCode=as2&tag=ebrcta-20&linkId=L6TLQB4ANOJ4DLLL on it but that would slip down into the frame so I got a [URL='http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016QH6MM/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0016QH6MM&linkCode=as2&tag=ebrcta-20&linkId=YQBZMMQUITPTEZ52']Salsa Lip Lock[/URL] and that helped. The second one was purchased at cost from Easy Motion because I wanted to spend more time with their drive system, battery and display and it was the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/neo-jumper/']26″ Neo Jumper[/URL] model. Last year when I was preparing to leave my job and travel full time to build the site more I realized I didn’t have room for the Jumper so I sold it on Craigslist and then spent a bunch of time with family in Colorado… I knew I needed another bike for exercise and was excited about the Bosch system and the new Haibikes coming out so I got an [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/haibike/xduro-fs-rx-27-5/']Xduro FS RX 27.5″[/URL] at cost through Currie Technologies.
So that’s it, never owned a Dash but I was [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/leed/pocket-bike-juice/']given a kit[/URL] once as a sample and I built that into a bike for my Mom. The kit never made it through Kickstarter so they just let me keep it vs. mailing it back, normally I do not accept gifts and I always try to be transparent and fair about the bikes that I do purchase. All were chosen based on my personal ride style and interests and I got cost because I work in the space very closely with each brand and I live on a very low budget (trying not to sell out!)

DAVID
Marcia, if you haven’t bought that bike yet you might want to consider the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/city-commuter/']Pedego City Commuter[/URL]. It comes in a 28″ stepthrough, and when coupled with the larger battery and motor should do the trick. I have the smaller battery and motor and weigh 245. I commute to work as many days as weather permits and have never had a problem. The bike performs fine and handles the hills well in peddle-assist mode. I have had mine since August and have put a little over 500 miles on it, and absolutely love my bike.

CRAIG KINZER
Court, is that you on the viedo reviews? my wife wants a recumbant electric bike. is there such a thing? or clsoe to it? c

COURT
Hi Craig, yeah that’s me on video and I also answer comments and do the reviews (it’s basically a one person operation here but I do have some moderation and programming help at times). There are recumbent electric bikes but they are few and far between. One possibility is the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/ridekick/power-trailer/']Ridekick power trailer[/URL] which can be connected to most bikes (including recumbents) or you could add a [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/bionx/']BionX kit[/URL] to a recumbent frame or explore [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/organic-transit/']these alternative[/URL]pre-built [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/outrider/']recumbent ebikes[/URL].

DAVID
Court, Love the website, reviews and all the information. My wife and I (w/ our 4 kids) are looking to purchase 2 cargo’s with motors. Have narrowed it down to the elMundo, Edgerunner, and I’ve actually been in touch with Urban Arrow in Holland. The frontrunner is elMundo, but you seem to have edgerunner slightly ahead in your reviews. We do a lot of urban biking (Cincinnati), mostly rolling hills, with usually a few big hills where we need assistance. We currently use tug-a-bugs and iberts to carry the kids, but I have to truck the bikes downtown (3 miles) because the hills to get out of the downtown basin are too big for human pedal power (w/ 70-90lbs extra) each. A few questions — given that this is family oriented weekend riding with a few hills, is a 350w motor enough and are there enough differences between the edgerunner & Yuba that a weekend rider would notice or care about (both currently use the same 350 Bionx– correct?) . My biggest fear, drop some good money down for a couple of bikes that I’m going to be unhappy with in a few months…. and still having to truck the bikes to our destination.

COURT
Hi David, great question… my favorite design for a cargo style ebike right now (especially for porting people around) is the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/xtracycle/edgerunner-10e/']Xtracycle Edgerunnger using the Bosch Centerdrive[/URL]. The BionX System is definitely solid (quieter, offers throttle mode and has regen) but isn’t as strong when climbing or hauling because it’s a direct drive hub vs. a mid-drive that can leverage the rear cassette. Being able to switch down to a lower “easier” gear and share that advantage with the motor is huge… I used to pull my sister around in a [URL='http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HF4V8LO/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00HF4V8LO&linkCode=as2&tag=ebrcta-20&linkId=VFQTIPCVQ5IU6VJY']Burley trailer[/URL] when I was a kid and can relate to your struggle with the hills. If you really want to go for power there’s a [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/hi-power-cycles/hpc-supermundo/']Super Mundo by HPC[/URL] that offers a custom built mid-drive and in the video we haul three fully grown men up a very large hill with it. Coming back to one brand vs. another, Xtracycle was first and one of their employees left to make his own thing with Yuba. I prefer Xtracycle myself and have had the opportunity to meet with the team and see all of the innovative accessories that they make. Yuba is solid but when I think about the brand that Bosch (this German company with really high standards) chose to partner with first it inspires confidence in me that Xtracycle is doing a great job and earned their trust.

DAVID
Court — over a year in and we are loving our El Mundo’s… BUT, (big BUT).. the 350Bionx just doesn’t do it. Two kids on the back of each bike and lots of hills just doesn’t cut it. Lo and behold, 2 months after I buy my 2 – 350 Yuba’s, they come out with the 500. So… I’ve reached out to Bionx as well as Yuba to investigate into an upgrade program. Have you ever seen these companies do these types of programs? Any input on what I should try to do…. The bionx is so quiet and smooth, but if they just expect me to shell out another $2K for new 500’s… probably going to punt on Bionx and get engaged with the folks from HPC.

HAYLEY G
Hello,
I am going to college in the fall and I am a small light weight girl. 4’11 and 90 pounds to be exact. I need some advice on what type of electric bike to get.
I need a light weight bike that I could carry on a bus if I’d need to or lift up stairs. The campus I would be on is very hilly so I would need a bike that goes up and down hills well. I have heard of bikes that fold up? I do not care as much for the speed, just the sturdiness and weight of it. I have trouble with my left knee and cannot bend it well, the electric bike would help me bike and get to places far away on campus. It is a 2,000 acre campus in the redwoods.
What type would you suggest? Thanks so much. Any info would be appreciated.

COURT
Awesome! Sounds like you’re going to the University of Santa Cruz!! I used to practice with the gymnastics team there (the gym was at the bottom of the long hill so I can relate to wanting a decent ebike… especially since my knee also hurts sometimes). Okay, so you’re relatively short and light weight. You’re a college student that might be on a budget and you also want it to be easy to move around. Hmm… My first thought was the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/e-joe/epik-se/']e-Joe EPIK SE[/URL]because it is relatively small and easy to mount and also fair light at ~42 lbs. I like that this ebike has built in suspension because that improves comfort. The battery is also removable so you could take it out to reduce the bike weight by ~4 lbs if you need to lift the frame and since it folds, you can fit it into your dorm closet or the corner more easily.
If you have a higher budget and don’t want a folding ebike… and are excited about more torque and power for those hills then check out the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/felt/sporte-step-thru/']Felt SPORTe Step-Thru[/URL] which comes in low-step and weighs ~40 lbs with a 5.5 lb battery that’s removable. It also comes in two frame sizes so you could get the smaller one. Another great alternative (that isn’t quite as powerful as the Felt SPORTe but is very comfortable and cool) is the full suspension [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/besv/panther-ps1/']BESV Panther PS1[/URL]. I hope this helps! Whatever you get, do store it in your room if possible or at least charge the battery inside to help it last :)

HAYLEY G
Thank you so much for responding to me! Yes UCSC is where I am headed. I will look into the bikes you suggested. :) thank you again.

ROBERT REIFF
Hi Court. I think you have developed a very good website for providing people with truly independent reviews on Electric Bikes. I am in London UK and electric bikes are really taking off here. Funnily enough I did some Market Research for a new Electric Bike company in London called Emu Bikes. You might want to check them out. I was lucky enough to trial their prototype Emu Electric bike for 5 weeks for commuting from my home to work and to keep a detailed daily log of my trips for them and did over 450 miles. I absolutely loved it. I spend all day last Sunday looking at all of your reviews on YouTube which were all excellent and I found them compulsive viewing. What’s your take on the Electric Bike conversion kits and the Dillinger Range made in Australia which you reviewed (although you don’t have bike kits on your website)? Is there any difference getting a front or real wheel drive system? Keep up the excellent work you are doing for all of us prospective electric bike riders out there. Regards. ROBERT

COURT
Hi Robert! Someday I’d like to visit the UK and see some new brand, I haven’t seen an EMU before but I’d love to check out your journal, could you share the link? As for Dillenger, I really liked the first kit I tried with a standard [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/dillenger/350w-geared-electric-bike-kit/']350 watt geared hub motor[/URL]. The second kit was more powerful but used a rear rack battery that just wasn’t as refined (or well balanced). I do have a [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/tag/kits/']kits section[/URL] on the site but I guess it’s a little hidden. My plan is to do a redesign soon… working on it right now in fact which is why reviews have slowed a bit in recent weeks :) Kits are alright but I prefer purpose-built electric bikes. They just look nicer most of the time with integrated wires and I feel safer knowing that they took extra weight and strain into consideration. As for front vs. rear, I almost always prefer rear or mid-drive for better traction and improved steering agility. Some of my favorite ebike designs are those from [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/haibike/']Haibike[/URL] and [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/easy-motion/']Easy Motion[/URL]. I want to try CUBE at some point, I think they sell those in the UK and they use the Bosch system (though a bit stepped down at 250 watt vs. 350 here in the US). Cheers!

NAYYAR
Hi Court. This is Nayyar from Pakistan. I want to buy an ebike. My current crush is R & M Delite GX Rohloff HS. But still I am not sure that I should go for this or not. Being no such bikes available here, I have to travel to euorope for this purpose only. I shall be grateful for your guidance. Thanks and best regards

OLD DOC
I’m a really big guy, 6’2″ and over 420 lbs. Could you tell me if a 48v 500w rear motor can handle pushing 500 lbs (bike+rider)? No large grades on my chosen route, and it’s all paved. I have a Schwinn OCC Stingray Chopper, and I have found a company that makes motors for my 20 by 4.25 inch rear wheel, and I would love to make the conversion. I have to deal with some provincial limitations on power and speed. But there’s a bit of ambiguity in the law in New Brunswick, Canada, and more attention should be paid to top speed rather than wattage. Any POSITIVE input would greatly appreciated.

COURT
Sounds like a nice setup and I agree with you about speed vs. power. In parts of Europe the top speed is limited to 15 mph with motor output of just 250 watts… I feel like they should regulate ebikes by how the rider handles it vs. focusing on technology. It’s like saying that Ferrari’s are illegal because they can drive faster than the speed limit. Maybe part of this distinction with bicycles is that under aged users can get them and no license is required. In any case, I think a 48 volt 500 watt system will suit your needs well, especially for flat paved surfaces. I bet you’ll have a blast! Please share back here or [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/community/forums/other-brands/']in the forums[/URL] once it’s all setup (you could even post pictures). I know you’re not the only one considering this type of option who needs to carry a bit more weight.

GEORGE
Explain the low speed electric bicycle laws in the US. I have a 220 lb. Tao tao electric bicycle and have had police in both Cleveland and Lakewood pull me over. Also explain how federal law superceeds state.

COURT
Hi George! The laws are a bit different from state to state and seem to be evolving. The best resource I can offer is [URL='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_bicycle_laws']Wikipedia here[/URL] but generally speaking, I think the rule is 750 watt motor or less with top speed of 20 mph or less unassisted. If you do get a ticket for riding a low speed electric bike you can probably fight it in court and explain that you were riding responsibly and following federal law, you might have luck with an argument about how your leg and knee muscles need assistance and possibly even a doctors note if you’re concerned about the outcome. In my experience, tickets are given to people who ride too fast or recklessly and not those who exercise restraint in how they use the drive system.

RUFINA
Hi Court! I really enjoy your website! My beloved Sanyo Eneloop ebike was stolen last week. Sanyo no longer manufactures ebikes so I’m on the search for a new one. I’m wondering if you have any recommendations for me. I loved the Eneloop’s integrated design – the battery wasn’t just attached onto the bike as an after thought. It also had a regenerative battery, LED front and back lights, full fenders, and a luggage rack. Ahhhh I miss it so much! Any recommendations would be much appreciated!

COURT
Hi Rufina! That’s such a bummer, sorry… I wonder if the thief even realized it was electric, maybe you could keep an eye out on Craigslist if the bike turns up? Sounds like you’re keeping your head up and looking for another great ride. Based on what you’ve told me I think the Easy Motion bikes could be a great fit (integrated battery, some have fenders and lights as well as racks). Depending on your height and budget three ebikes come to mind. The most affordable but basic is the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/evo-eco-lite/']Evo Eco Lite[/URL] which is smaller and has 26″ wheels. It resembles [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/evo-street/']the Evo Street[/URL] which upgrades to suspension, more gears and a larger battery pack. If you want a slightly larger electric bike then the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/evo-city-wave/']Evo City Wave[/URL] offers larger wheels at 700c ~28″ and that elevates the frame. There are lots of other [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/tag/city/']urban electric bikes[/URL] to explore out there and some are very advanced with mid-drive motors that offer excellent range while others are designed for comfort cruising. Hope this helps :)

RITA
Hi! I am a first time e-bike purchaser and rented a peddle assist recently which was fun, except for the lack of control over speed and take off. It looked sort of like a BMX bike which doesn’t suit me. I saw a Eizzy online for 1000.00 its medium frame looks quite new, they say its been barely used. I am 5’2, 115 lbs. The bike is for someone 5’2-5’8. I also have tennis elbow and a bit of a knee issue, so the lighter the better. This bike would be for pleasure and not a lot of hills.
Any input you could provide would be great! Thanks a lot. Rita.

COURT
Hi Rita! I’d like to help you but am not familiar with the Eizzy brand or model? Did you spell it correctly? If you have a link to the product please paste it into your reply comment. Also, feel free to share your question [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/forum/forums/choosing/']in the forums here[/URL] where many other ebike owners are often willing to chime in :)

PATRICK
I am interested in buying an e-bike for my girlfriend and I to ride to and from work. What is the best recommended model for having a passenger in the back

COURT
Hmm… if you’re looking for a tandem (like where you can both pedal) then [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/tandem-cruiser/']the Pedego Tandem[/URL] would be a solid choice. Alternatively, if you wanted to just let one person sit on the back or maybe pull a trailer then a [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/tag/cargo/']cargo style ebike[/URL] like [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/rad-power-bikes/radwagon/']the RadWagon[/URL] or [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/xtracycle/edgerunner-10e/']Electric Edgerunner from Xtracycle[/URL] could work :)

MIKE S
Hey Court, Great website. I bought my wife the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/diamondback/lindau-exc/']Diamondback Lindau ebike[/URL] thru REI, partially based on your good review. She loves it so far. My question: if I’m not mistaken, isn’t the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/izip/e3-path-plus/']IZIP E3 Path[/URL] the same bike as the Diamondback Lindau? Everything sure looks the same from the pictures and video but at a cheaper price for the Lindau. Mike

COURT
Hey Mike! Good eye… the bikes are very similar (and use the same drive system and battery from Currie Technologies) but the frames and other components are unique. Diamondback is owned by the Accell Group (a big conglomerate out of Europe) along with IZIP so they are just sharing parts. Diamondback is available through some dealers and in some regions where IZIP is not… IZIP has been doing ebikes longer but is less well known, so they shared the best parts to introduce the Lindau and it might be cheaper based on a few frame and component differences or just for marketing purposes, I can’t really say for sure. I hope you guys like it!

RAY
Hi Court! First, I appreciate what you are doing and I love all your videos. I’m considering buying an ebike from the HPC guys and wanted to hear your more in depth thoughts on their bikes, but more importantly their position in the ebike world. I don’t know much about bikes so I’m somewhat hesitant on dishing out thousands of dollars for an ebike and worried who can help me with maintenance/repairs later down the line? I’ve seen all the HPC vids they posted, and I’ve also seen your HPC vids including your visit to their shop in Chatsworth, and I’m wondering if a bike from HPC is a smart choice for a first bike. Also, are their custom Crystalite motors and prismatic pouch battery systems really all the hype? I highly value speed and torque, and plan to ride this thing more like a motorcycle than a bike (heavy throttle-only usage with minimal pedal). I’m looking at their 2000w thunderbolt with 52v 12.5ah battery system (HT-1), and wondering if there are other bikes around the same price point of $3400 that equally deliver on power, speed, torque, and range. I mean what is the real tangible difference from a 500w motor to a 2000w? Thanks again and keep up the great work!

COURT
Hi Ray! My experience with HPC has been limited and I was only able to test the bikes for a limited time and in a fairly tame environment (compared to their videos and possibly what you want to do). My feeling is that these guys are passionate about power and delivering something unique and cool. They have been responsive with me via email and they had lots of tools for testing, optimizing and repairing in their shop. I even saw one owner who was upgrading his old HPC bike to be all wheel drive and they were just helping him for fun. They behave like a smaller local shop but have reached the level of being able to negotiate with manufacturers and do some custom stuff in terms of motors and batteries (they do a whole lot of custom stuff in their shop just for fun). If you feel drawn to their offerings I’d say go for it! They have been around for several years and I feel like they have the momentum in the “power” oriented niche to endure. Again, this is just my qualitative take but I didn’t feel like they were feeding me BS during the visit, they care about truth in power and that’s why they have a dyno on site. Just give them a call and chat, say hi for me and good luck! I think you’ll be happy with something custom from them and I feel like they will support you… but it might take some extra time and money to ship stuff back and forth. Honestly, I’m not sure what high power alternatives even exist for electric motocross type of setups :)

RAY
Thanks for the quick response, Court! Everything you said makes sense, and I appreciate your insight. Haha, I’m no motocross type guy. I’m just a regular guy wanting a powerful ebike for no real intended purpose :) I’m really just looking at HPC’s entry-level stuff (these guys consider 2000w “low power” lol). I’m in SoCal, so HPC is somewhat local to me (40 miles away, which is a huge plus!) Thanks again, Court, and keep the vids coming!

COURT
Cool, happy to help Ray! Maybe give them a call and make a day trip out of visiting the HQ. They seemed cool with people stopping by and I bet you could get a lot of questions answered and maybe even get a custom setup! Definitely post about it [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/community/forums/hi-power-cycles/']in the HPC forums[/URL] if you go that route :D

STEVE
Hi Court,
I love your site. Been looking into ebikes for many years, and think I’m ready to jump on! Price isn’t really a concern, though I would prefer to spend less than 4k. Mostly street rider (daily commute) and my current bike is a Specialized crosstrail with a 61 cm frame.
I’m 6 foot 8, and weigh 280 pounds. And because my torso is the longest part (my inseam is 34 in) I need something more upright, or a more aggressive angle to the handlebars. What can you tell me about the largest frame bikes with the most torque or higher wattage for my get up n go? What do you recommend for really tall riders?
Thanks in advance!

COURT
Hi Steve! Great question… I’ve been impressed with the Specialized Turbo and [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/specialized/turbo-x/']Turbo X[/URL] (because it has a suspension fork). If you already have one of their traditional bikes and like the brand/style then this could be a good option and it comes in several sizes. The same could be said for Stromer, they offer a bunch of models that look similar to the Turbo and come in a few frame sizes (including a 22″ frame). You could check out their [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/stromer/st2/']ST2[/URL] but note that it’s a bit more expensive than the Turbo or Turbo X. If you already have a frame that you like or want to buy another one that fits well you could always convert it to electric by adding a motor kit, I like the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/e-rad/']E-Rad systems[/URL] because they are very powerful, well balanced and feature shift-sensing so they aren’t as hard on the drivetrain. If you want to look forward to 2016 I’ve been posting some [URL='https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMsufmMBrYpCkMofSBxtkJe-1u_3mknBY']videos from Interbike here[/URL] including a new one from Stromer that should be up by end of day today.

ANDREW MOSCO
Hi guys what are your stance on having an stereo system and mp3 player onboard on a ebike is it worth it?Because I dont drive but getting my licence in a few years and i want an alternative to one and because my Ecoped ebike broke.one where I can listen to music while riding to keep me company at night not up loud or anything low volume.Is a Stereo MP3 System built on an ebike worth it for music lovers like me?

COURT
Hey Andrew! That’s an awesome question… I’ve seen a couple of custom converted electric bikes with built in stereo systems but I think most people just use portable MP3 players with headphones. [URL='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVFMQMXzwWo']Here’s one custom trike[/URL] with a stereo I saw that was done by the guys at [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/hi-power-cycles/']Hi-Power Cycles[/URL], they called it the Grub Hauler because it was built on a trike platform and they would use it to go get lunch :D

PAUL
Hi Court, I’m a novice looking to abandon my car and e-bike to my bus station (6 miles from home). I’m 5’9″, 160 lbs. The road from my home to bus stops is slightly hilly and at times uneven pavements. Plus I would travel more in the wee hours like 6 am so I would require head and tail lights. I don’t have any price restraints. I need an e-bike that is lightweight enough for me to load on the bus bike rack with decent power (in case I’m getting late to catch the bus). Although not a priority, I would like to use it as a normal pedal bike at times to fit in some exercise in my daily commute. What is the best e-bike for me? What would be a good website to buy that best bike? Do e-bikes also have Thanksgiving Day deals? Best regards, Paul.

COURT
Hi Paul! If you want something light, well balanced and efficient I feel like the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/haibike/xduro-urban/']Haibike Urban[/URL] or [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/haibike/xduro-race/']Race[/URL] could be a good fit. The Race can hit 28 mph so you can commute more quickly and I believe one shop having a sale right now (to change from 2015 to 2016 models) is [URL='http://propelbikes.com/']Propel Bikes[/URL] and they do ship nationally if you are in the USA. I just saw that they have a demo model of the Urban for $3,800 right now and I like this bike for how light it is (just 41 lbs) so riding without power and lifting it onto the bus rack would work for you. If you want a model with a rack and fenders for commuting then check out the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/haibike/xduro-trekking-pro/']Haibike Trekking models[/URL] but note the extra weight… I personally like the suspension fork on this model and the larger tires help to add some comfort. There are lots of other ebikes to consider but Haibike strikes a balance for me of cool looking, affordable-ish (given the Bosch drive system) and lots of different options.

RUFINA
Hi Court! I want to say a big ‘thank you’ for your ebike recommendation! My new Easy Motion City finally arrived and I absolutely love it!! Rufina

COURT
Nice!! Thanks Rufina, I really like the City models… got the lights, fenders, everything you need. I hope it works out well for you over time, drop by here anytime and ride safe out there :D

JACK
Court, thanks again for the consistently thorough effort you put into this site and all it holds. I am bike shopping for a location and my intended rides more than a class of bike, and with one eye on my fixed pension income. I live in a valley in Montana surrounded by mountains, and in a city laced with bike and walking trails (Bozeman, MT). I don’t think I’ll be doing the truly hard-core mountain biking but definitely trail riding with elevation changes plus city commutes. I was taken by the Superpedestrian concept since I could use a (lighter) regular bike for the city commutes and trails, and swap in the hub system for longer distances and more rugged mountain trails. Sadly, I’ve concluded Superpedestrian is too iffy a product for me to plan on. Are there other products similar in approach to that concept that you can recommend? And if I opt for an e-bike alone, might you have a suggestion or two for the under-$2K buyer to best meet these needs? (I’m 6′ & 170).

COURT
Hi Jack, [URL='http://www.svsarah.com/Whoosh/WhooshSection.htm']is this your website[/URL] with all of the boating? Looks fun! The Superpedestrian Copenhagen Wheel gets me excited too but given how long some people have waited on the preorder I’m just not sure it’s worth while right now. I like [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/flykly/smart-wheel/']the FlyKly[/URL] but I think they have been slow on orders as well and that product won’t let you use a cassette so you’ll only have one gear. this past week I [URL='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuSKCSFuxdY']posted a video[/URL] with my Uncle who has had a Haibike for over a year now and gone 4,000+ miles. I was amazed by how well the bike held up (motor, battery etc.) and feel that this type of setup can be worth the extra money if you plan to do some trails and use the bike on a more regular basis. One of the more affordable options in this line is the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/haibike/xduro-rx-29/']XDURO RX 29″[/URL] and it’s possible to get last-season bikes for a bit less from dealers so that might be worth exploring. I tend to go for purpose-built complete ebikes vs. kits because I know the frame is strong, the wires are integrated and you usually get some fancier features like pedal assist. Given your budget of ~$2,000 I’d think something like [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/biktrix/stunner/']the Biketrix Stunner[/URL] could work well. They have a low-step and high-step version depending on your style. Here’s [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/tag/affordable/']a whole list[/URL] of ebikes I’ve reviewed that are more affordable, hope this helps!

JACK
Thanks, Court, for the links and recs. And for those who are looking for an excellent overview of using an ebike as a regular commuter AND trail rider (in the Rockies yet!), be sure to [URL='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuSKCSFuxdY']watch Court’s discussion with his Uncle[/URL]. Just excellent. (But 6 chains in one year…Yikes!) Yes, that’s us, Court. Catching our breath mid-Atlantic on the island of Faial in the Azores.

GI
Thank you for the fantastic web site! I’ve wanted an electric cargo bike for years and have learned so much from your reviews. I’m looking for something that will take me (5’4″, 105 lb.) and my two kids (5 years old and 45 lb.; 1.5 years old and 23 lb.),around the city we live in, which has a few moderate hills (hence the need for electric). Which bike would you recommend for someone like me? I don’t care much about speed, but since I’ll usually have at least one kid with me, I’ll need something stable and easy to handle. I’ve tried out and liked the Yuba elBodaBoda and Spicy Curry, do you have any other (hopefully less expensive) suggestions? Thanks!

COURT
Hey Gi! Thanks for the compliment, so glad the website has helped guide you to find a solid ebike. The two you mentioned are great options but yeah… both are expensive. Do you want the 5 year old to ride on the bike with you? That’s definitely possible with the longer cargo bikes from Yuba, Xtracycle and Currie but you could also just put both kids in a trailer. Alternatively, the 5 year old could go one one of those [URL='http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BD45N7W/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00BD45N7W&linkCode=as2&tag=ebrcta-20&linkId=2VUPQKYZNEYGEEF7']“follow me” bike trailers[/URL] and the 1.5 year old could be in a front mounted seat like [URL='http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004PYEB34/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B004PYEB34&linkCode=as2&tag=ebrcta-20&linkId=D3526ATT6RE73UO4']this one from Yepp[/URL]. There are so many variables for a multi-passenger ebikes and even some funky designs like [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/urban-arrow/family/']the Urban Arrow[/URL]. Maybe I can help more if you zoom in on how you’d like everyone to be seated… or like the layout you prefer. Depending on your own weight and strength, it may not be necessary to get a super powerful bike for moderate terrain and that could lower the costs a lot. If by contrast you plan to scale large hills and the combined weight is going to exceed 200 lbs (and maybe include groceries or other supplies) then something like [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/xtracycle/edgerunner-10e/']the Xtracycle EdgeRunner 10E[/URL] with Bosch mid-drive would be ideal and achieve great range.

GI
Court, thanks for responding so quickly! I’m definitely open to having my son on a tag-along and my daughter in a bike seat, but I’m not sure about a front-mounted seat, since I’m fairly small and not confident about my ability to reach around her and maintain control, especially as she gets older. I doubt the combined weight will ever exceed 200, or that I’ll ever scale big hills. I’m flexible on the layout – open to having the kids behind me (both on the bike with me, or with one on a tag-along) or in front of me in a bakfiets – but just want something stable, relatively easy to handle (especially when the combined weight of two kids is more than half my weight), and not outrageously expensive. What do you think of the Virtue Gondoliere+?

COURT
Cool, I like the designs coming out of Virtue but haven’t had an opportunity to test ride them yet. The Gondoliere+ looks a lot like the Urban Arrow and having ridden that bike I have mixed feelings on stability… Maybe it’s more the change in balance with a far-out front wheel where you have to prepare for turns in advance and lean a bit differently than traditional bikes. It’s not bad, just different. This front loaded design does create extra space for kids, groceries etc and I noticed that the Virtue bike has a battery rack where you might be able to mount a rear child seat [URL='http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQKZK2G/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00BQKZK2G&linkCode=as2&tag=ebrcta-20&linkId=XDRTIFZTRPMUE3J4']like this[/URL]. One of the challenges with the rear rack and rear seat is that it blocks the seat post attachment that a follow-me bike would use. Adding one slot for a child is doable but when you get up to two it can become more complicated. My sister and I rode around in a [URL='http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010LLGWKE/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B010LLGWKE&linkCode=as2&tag=ebrcta-20&linkId=Y57CQFDNILBTTZHN']Burley Trailer like this[/URL] when I was a kid and it worked out alright. The nice thing about these is that they mount to the rear axle vs. the seat post so you could use this for cargo and one child with a rear seat for the other. Coming back to power, I’d recommend a 500 watt motor with a 48 volt battery given the added weight of kids and potentially a trailer. You could do a 350 watt motor if it’s a mid-drive from Bosch or even a 250 watt from Impulse like those on [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/focus/']Focus[/URL] and https://electricbikereview.com/category/kalkhoff/ bikes. Kalkhoff has a bunch of well made step-thru models that would be easy to mount and have sturdy built-in racks. The motor and battery are kept low which further improves stability and they are more efficient for climbing and even have shift sensing to reduce wear over time. the downside is that you won’t have a throttle so in order to activate the motor you’ll need to pedal. Feel free to [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/contact/']call me[/URL] to discuss more if you’d like.

KATYA
Hello: Wonderful site, thank you for maintaining it so well! I’m trying to use my car a bit less here. Could you please suggest a relatively light weight folding e-bike for an urban longish commute. I’m 5 ft tall, 115 lb, 53 y.o.; live in the small city; will use it to commute to/from work & grocery shopping (need to be able to attach a basket or two). I often ride late evenings (so built-in light would be most appreciated). Are any European brands available in U.S.? I’ve been using a small e-scooter (e-zip 1000), but decided to replace it with an e-bike.Thank you for your suggestions. K.

COURT
Great question, thanks for all of the details! It helps me to make a good recommendation for you… The first ebike that came to mind was the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/e-joe/epik-lite/']e-Joe Epik Lite[/URL] which is really popular because it comes with a rack, lights, even a suspension fork for comfort and it’s very light weight and affordable. There are actually several ebikes that resemble this one including the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/daymak/new-yorker/']Daymak New Yorker[/URL] (which doesn’t have the lights) and the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/enzo-ebikes/folding-electric-bike/']Enzo Ebike[/URL] (which is a bit higher quality, rust resistant for people who take it on boats and cots more). I’ve reviewed many folding electric bikes to be honest and you can explore them at your leisure on [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/tag/folding/']this page[/URL]. Most of the products I look at are in the United States but some are imported and even modified such as [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brompton/nycewheels-electric/']the Brompton Ebike[/URL] which is only sold through NYCeWheels in New York but I believe they ship nationally. Most bikes can be shipped to you or your local shop to be assembled and tuned up in my experience :)

KATYA
Thank you kindly for helpful recommendations. How do this bikes behave in the rain in terms of water licking into battery compartment? Two other questions, please: Genze/Mahindra makes a decent enough e-bike, they assemble and service it, but unfortunately it’s not folding and fairly heavy. Have you heard any rumors of Genze making folding bikes in the near future? Also out of all the bikes (folding and not, in all price range) , if you had to choose one women bike – what would you recommend? Thank you again for your help with this.
Best regards, K.

COURT
Hi Katya! I have not heard of GenZe making a folding electric bike at this time but I could see something like that happening eventually, it’s a very popular design. [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/motiv/stash/']Here’s a new folding ebike[/URL] I tested just a few days ago that worked very well and protects the battery from the elements by storing it inside the frame. One of my favorite bikes for women is [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/besv/panther-ps1/']the BESV Panther PS1[/URL] because it’s compact, light weight, has dual suspension for comfort and looks very beautiful :)

ADAM
Hi Court, Thanks so much for your comment yesterday. I stopped by my local bike dealer yesterday and got some good news. The head repair guy is in California learning all about e-bikes! However, they are a dedicated Specialized shop in terms of purchases. We live in a small town and I really want to buy local if possible. I’m looking at the Specialized Turbo X, which retails for $4,500. Do you have a view on this bike? Thanks!!!! Adam

COURT
Nice! Sounds like you can buy local and get an awesome bike… The Turbo X is my favorite in the series because it comes with suspension and given the higher top speeds and distances that ebikes offer comfort is a big consideration. The Turbo X is also one of the more affordable models in their line and they offer a solid warranty, sounds like you’re set :D

SHARON
Very helpful website. After riding an e-bike for the 1st time in Europe last summer, I came home & thought I’d find one right away. But I became intimidated by the process of trying to find the right one for me (69 yo, 140# retired gal who likes the idea of exercise more than hard work.). I have several friends who bought e-bikes over the internet & had regrets (more like disasters!) So I really appreciate what you have put together on this site. After much reading on your site, checking my bank account, etc. I think I’m honing in on one of the Easy Motion bikes. Can you give me some pros & cons comparing the EVO Jet, the EVO Cross & EVO ECO Lite? Anything else I should consider? Mostly I will be doing riding on bike trails, 20 mile stretches, country roads, light-med hills, vacation riding in the south. I just want to be able to keep up with my husband who is not ready for an e-bike.
ps-the bike shops around in Alabama that I have checked are pretty low in knowledge about electric bikes so we’re going to see the guys at Certified Electric Bikes in Chatanooga-a dedicated electric bike shop. A long trek for us but I’m excited!

COURT
Hi Sharon! My first ebike purchase was done through the Internet like your friends and I felt disappointed with the end result. Even when I was able to visit a shop and test ride some different models, my second purchase was close but not perfect. Eventually I started working on this website to help people who might be in a similar position and now it’s my full time focus… You’ve narrowed down pretty well in my opinion, my third ebike was the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/neo-jumper/']Easy Motion Neo Jumper[/URL] and I loved the look, balance, comfort and zip that it offered. The torque sensor used on all of these Neo and Evo models is called a TMM4 sensor and can lag a bit when you stop pedaling (meaning the motor still zips for a little while) but otherwise they’re great. The Jet is going to be more active and aggressive with a forward body lean, it’s the smaller equivalent of the Cross which is a high-step for taller riders. Depending on your height and ride style the Jet or Cross could work (how tall are you?). The ECO Lite is a smaller, cheaper version of the Street and City models with the former having smaller diameter and fatter 26″ wheels vs. 700c (28″) on the City. I think the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/evo-street/']Evo Street[/URL] or [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/evo-eco-lite/']Evo Eco Lite[/URL] would be the best options for a petite rider who wanted to emphasize comfort because the geometry is more upright… I love that they come with fenders, lights and with the Street you get a suspension fork (which adds cost and weight but also more comfort). If you’re not super tall and are okay with a slightly less active geometry either of these bikes could be a fit. I just reviewed another model called the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/izip/vibe-plus/']IZIP E3 Vibe+[/URL] which is similar to the Evo Eco Lite but doesn’t have a throttle and uses a mid-drive vs. geared hub motor. I hope this helps, you could also just click through all of the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/tag/city/']city style ebikes[/URL] and see if anything else jumps out.

SHARON COOK
Court, Thanks for your most helpful response. I settled on the Evo Eco Lite after riding for a few hours on several models. With the seat dropped to the lowest level it fits my 5’3″ height nicely & allows my toes to touch the ground when seated which feels safe. The option for throttle and pedal-assist seems like it has the most options. I bought it from Certified Electric Bikes in Cbatanooga-Chandlee & Garnet were most patient and helpful. They recommended also installing Cane Creek Thudbuster to make the ride more comfortable. I’ll try this out today. Ok-warning-for most stupid question: is there something I can read on most efficient way to use the throttle vs pedal assist? What kind of road conditions, when, etc?

DHRUV JAIN
I am considering getting the 2013 izip E3 ultra model; its brand new and my local shop is giving me a good deal on the bike ($1000). I saw your review for the bike, and was wondering if the technology and performance of the bike is still comparable to the newer models? and will it be good for a heavier rider at about 200 pounds? Some background: This will be my first e bike ever and I will be using it for commuting to work which is about 8 miles each way. The trails will be relatively simple (not much of hills). Would love to get you insights. Thanks.

COURT
Hi Dhruv, sounds like a great price… which IZIP E3 model are we talking about? Is it the Dash, Zuma, Peak or something else? Since it’s older the battery will likely have some wear on it but the systems should perform well enough. Given your moderate terrain and required range I think you’d be alright as long as you take your charger to work and maybe top the bike off. Does the model you’re considering have a removable battery pack to make charging easier?

DHRUV JAIN
Hi Court, Thanks for the quick reply. The model I am looking at is [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/izip/e3-ultra/']the Ultra[/URL]. I understanding is that the battery is not easily removable. I am planning to rent the bike for a day before making my decision – besides the comfort and battery performance are there any aspects I should pay attention to in the trial period? Thanks, Dhruv

COURT
Hi Dhruv! Thanks for specifying the bike… definitely not my favorite model from IZIP, the battery is not removable and although it has suspension the narrow tires weren’t comfortable (though you could replace them) and I thought it was ugly. Keep in mind older batteries degrade and since this one is custom it’s not going to be easy to replace so you’ll be left with ever-decreasing range and probably have difficulty selling second hand. I think $1,000 is still too much for this ebike given all of the brand new super affordable models that look better and ride better. Here’s the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/tag/affordable/']full list[/URL] of affordable ebikes I’ve reviewed, one brand I really like is [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/magnum/']Magnum[/URL] but the price is definitely higher… It’s just very difficult to get a good ebike at $1,000 but once you’ve spent that much and possibly been disappointed the additional $500 or so to get a much better ebike seems like a small price to pay. My first ebike really disappointed me and that’s part of why I created EBR.

JUNA MADRONE
Terrific site. Thanks. Recommendation please: I’m 63, 5’9″, 140 pounds. I’m looking to replace my car with an electric bike, so I need to be able to transport groceries & stuff around town. Ashland OR is very bike friendly. I am not a confident bike rider — it’s easy to lose my balance, so I like to be able to put my feet on the ground, and wear a skirt — so a step through is probably good. I need reliable, stable, easy, and not too heavy. Much Thanks JBM

COURT
Hi Juna! There are so many great step-thru ebikes to choose from these days… if I were in your shoes I’d visit the local bike shop and take a test ride. Just did a Google search and found [URL='http://ashlandelectricbikes.com/']Ashland Electric Bikes[/URL] which carries two good options including the GenZe Recreational which I reviewed [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/genze/recreational-e102/']here[/URL] and the Pedego Boomerang that I covered [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/boomerang/']here[/URL]. The Pedego is larger, heavier and more expensive but also more powerful and super-low step. Note that Pedego has [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/pedego/']a bunch of other models[/URL] including some with 24″ tires. If you’re looking to buy online and want a model these guys don’t carry feel free to contact me directly using the phone number on the contact page and I can discuss some different ideas with you :)

JUAN NOVAL
Hi Court, first I would like to comment on your great site. It is simply awesome. Lots of great content, with good write ups and excellent video reviews. I have been binge watching your reviews and I am amazed at how may choices there are for electric bikes. Didn’t know there were so many choices. Now, I would like your input on my particular situation. I have been looking on getting a bike to replace my very heavy Diamondback Edgewood. I have been looking at various hybrid bikes, i.e. Trek 7.2 FX, Giant City Escape, Specialized Sirrus etc., and then I came upon your site. After watching a few videos I like the idea of getting an electric bike so I can go further and a bit faster. Currently I ride on the weekends for the most part on my current ride, but can only average about 12-14 miles. I was thinking of a lighter hybrid so I can commute to work (about 10-12 miles each way depending on route), but an electric bike would make it a cinch. Now, some specs on me that might help in your suggestion. I am 5’10” tall with an inseam of 31 inches, I have lower back issues, so a City Style bike with a more upright sitting position would be best, I weigh 195 lbs, and I am turning 50 next month. This last fact is relevant because it seems that I don’t have the recovery capability that I had at an earlier age, so an electric bike seems to overcome the age factor. Also, most of the riding I do is on surface, paved streets or trails at local parks. I live in San Antonio, TX, so we are making progress in having more bike lanes around town, but I don’t think we have any shops that cater to electric bike aficionados. Maybe I’ll have to travel to Austin to try any of your suggestions? That would not be a problem as it is only one hour away by car but would be a bit inconvenient to service the bike if any of the electric components were to fail. Lastly, I am thinking about spending $2000 or less if possible? Again, great site and thx in advance.

COURT
Hi Juan! Yeah, it sounds like a city bike or cruiser would make the most sense and [URL='http://rocketelectrics.com/']Rocket Electrics in Austin[/URL] has a wide selection to look and they will deliver anywhere in Texas from the looks of it, Also consider Small Planet EV’s in Dallas (which is further but might also offer delivery). I recommend buying in person from a shop if possible so you can test ride and usually they throw in a free tune up and will be more eager to help maintain your bike ongoing. Ebikes tend to be ridden more frequently and just have more complex systems than traditional bikes so ultimately they need more maintenance and having a shop to help you is a big deal in my opinion. Your budget is pretty solid, I feel like they’d be able to help you at either shop and maybe a Pedego Cruiser, Juiced Bikes or one of the Easy Motion City or Street models could be a fit. Pedego comes at a premium, Juiced Bikes has models with excellent range and more of a cargo feel and the Easy Motion stuff looks the most polished. I’m not completely up to speed with what models Rocket Electrics has in stock right now but they do a good job in my experience and their website has more info or you could call them, say hi for me to John and Nicole :D

JUAN NOVAL
Hi Court, Thx for the prompt reply. I will certainly take a look at the options you mention. I do think that testing the different bikes in person would be the best idea, so quick trip to Austin, or maybe even Dallas for the weekend would not be bad at all. I’ll look at the different brands you mention in your response. Appreciate your help. Thx again. JN

JAMES LEE
Hi Court – As many people have said, thanks for such a great site – so informative as I look to purchase a first electric bike. I’d like your input on a bike to primarily be used for commuting. My parameters:

[*]5’11”, 160lbs
[*]1-way commute – 8.5 miles. I live in the Bay Area, but the only hills to speak of on my commute are overpasses.
[*]I currently (try to) commute on a regular bike, although it has drawbacks: need to shower twice a day as I break a sweat during the ride. And now that I have kid dropoff in the morning, I have a shorter window of time to get to work in mornings (about 30 min.)
[*]Part of commute is on a dedicated bike path so 20mph max speed
[*]I hope to be able to use the motor in the mornings on the way in and then ride mostly non-pedal assisted on the way home, so looking for something more lightweight. This way I don’t break a sweat and can wear work clothes on the way in, but can get exercise on the way home.
[*]My current commuter is a cyclo-cross bike fit. I added lights, fenders and rear rack, but I can switch them onto the e-bike.

I’ve been thinking about the Emazing Bike Artemis, as its lightweight and seems suited for commuting. I like that it looks like a normal bike. The Artemis is at the upper range of what I want to spend. Wondering what you thought and if there are other bikes that fit the bill. Thanks in advance!

COURT
Hi James! Thanks for laying all of your details out to discuss… The Artemis is a neat bike, I like how light weight it is, but one other option I enjoyed is the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/magnum/mi5/']Magnum Mi5[/URL] which is very affordable at ~$1,700 and comes with assist as well as throttle on demand. There are no lights integrated but there are mounting points for a [URL='http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004094HY2/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B004094HY2&linkCode=as2&tag=elecbikerevi-20&linkId=LZKMFMFFTRQEJN7K']rear carry rack[/URL] since you’re commuting. I personally like the larger tires and suspension fork here and the “trail bike” style but it would make an excellent platform for commuting and the battery is quite large. I believe you can see and test ride this bike at [URL='http://www.elvmotors.com/']ELV Motors in Santa Clara[/URL]. If you prefer something more sleek, consider [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/riide/v1-1/']the new Riide[/URL] which is exactly $2k or can be financed but is sold online vs. shops.

JAMES LEE
Thanks for the reply! I will definitely check out some of these options at ELV!

TRACEY LIND
I need advice. I’m ready to buy an electric bike and I’m overwhelmed by choices. I’ve ridden a few on the west coast, but living in Cleveland, Ohio, I’m going to have to order on line as our local bike dealers don’t sell them. I want a bike to ride for work; I’m a local minister so I have to move around town throughout my day – often in a skirt, so I’d like a step-through model that can accommodate a tall woman, and I would like one with fenders and good tires as it rains a lot in Cleveland. I’d also like to ride this bike on country roads as I am a summer minister on Cape Cod. I would prefer both peddle assist and throttle with decent gear options. I also need to be able to put it on a sturdy, hitch-mounted Yakima Bike rack. I would prefer to keep my investment under or around $2,000. Any advice or suggestions?

COURT
Hi Tracey! A few models come to mind including [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/eg/athens-250/']the EG Athens[/URL] (which is a bit weaker but very affordable). You mentioned that you’re a bit taller… what’s your height and also the round trip and terrain (flat or hilly?). You can see a long list of step-thru ebikes using [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/?s=&_range_min_price=0&_range_max_price=38500&_range_min_rating=0.00&_range_max_rating=10.00&_range_min_total-weight=0&_range_max_total-weight=150&_range_min_top-speed=0&_range_max_top-speed=50&_range_min_battery-watt-hours=0&_range_max_battery-watt-hours=3000&_range_min_frame-sizes=0&_range_max_frame-sizes=24&_range_min_motor-torque=0&_range_max_motor-torque=160&_range_min_gearing-details=0&_range_max_gearing-details=30&_multi_model_year=&_multi_body_position=&_multi_suggested_use=&_multi_frame_types=Step-Thru&_multi_drive_mode=&_multi_availability=']this advanced search query[/URL] and I’ll try to dig in more if you reply with more details but there are several great shops that sell online in the US including [URL='http://propelbikes.com/']Propel Bikes in New York[/URL] (they sell higher end stuff), [URL='http://www.electriccyclery.com/']Electric Cyclery in California[/URL] (still higher end but more of a mix) and the [URL='https://electricbicyclecenter.com/']Electric Bicycle Center in California[/URL] (more entry-level affordable). I hope this helps… if you decide to up your budget and go for quality and a wider range of sizes then definitely check out [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/kalkhoff/']the Kalkhoff models[/URL]… they are very popular in Europe and some of the best ebikes around… they will last, power through all kinds of terrain and come with fenders, lights, a bell and other nice upgrades.

CIARA
Hi Court, I was wondering if I could also get your help in choosing a bike. I live half way up a mountain (literally – I live in the Rocky Mountains) so getting to work is not a problem, but I have not been able to conquer the way home so I am interested in pedal assist. I’d like a bike that’s strong enough to get me up the paved mountain and gentle enough for the 15 month old baby I’d like to attach in a handle bar baby seat. Thank you for your help – Ciara

COURT
Hi Ciara! Cool name… I grew up in Colorado at the base of the Rockies so the steep climbs (and high altitude) are not lost on me ;) sounds like a wonderful goal you have, riding with your child. One of the firs ebikes that came to mind was [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/electra/townie-go/']the Electra Townie Go![/URL] which uses a powerful, durable and efficient mid-drive motor from Bosch. The older models used hub motors that were louder and way less powerful. Once I thought of this however, an idea struck me which is that as your child grows you may want to put them on the back of the bike or even let them sit on a cargo deck and hold a handlebar. This is all possible with a cargo style ebike and two companies offer models that also use the Bosch Centerdrive. Check out [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/felt/bruhaul/']the Felt Bruhaul[/URL] and [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/xtracycle/edgerunner-10e/']the Xtracycle Edgerunner[/URL]. They aren’t cheap but they can literally replace your car with excellent range, plenty of climbing power, tons of cargo space for groceries in addition to a second passenger and solid warranties. This is an ebike you buy once to keep (just lock it up well!)

CIARA
Thank you Court! I really appreciate your responding and have found your website an amazing resource for find a new ebike! I look forward to trying these bikes out! Thanks again for your time :)

MARK
Hi Court, first of all thanks for your website! I’m completely new to ebikes and it’s been very, very helpful. I need help finding the right ebike for my situation. I’m 65 years old, 5’8″ and weigh 215. I also have back issues so am looking at either full suspension or at the very least front suspension with a thud buster or similar product. I will be riding both at home, which means fairly steep hillls, and at RV campgrounds. I visit beach campgrounds with sand roads and would also like to ride on the beach. The ebike needs to be almost indistinguishable from a non-motorized bike. I also need to be able to transport the bike on a hitch mounted bike carrier of some sort so it needs to be light enough for me to handle. I would like to ride upright as much as possible. Good suspension is very important considering the condition of my back. I would also like to spend $2500 or less if possible. The whole idea is to be able to get some exercise but have electric assist for the hills and sand and to keep up with my wife when we ride together. Any suggestions?

COURT
That’s a very tall order Mark but I think the biggest killer is that it needs to be indistinguishable from a traditional unpowered bicycle. My first thought given your budget was the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/rad-power-bikes/radrover/']RadRover[/URL] but it has a battery pack on the downtube that would stand out. The good news is that the battery is removable which is great for lifting. For a bit more you can get the beautiful [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/surface-604/boar-e350/']Surface 604 Boar[/URL] which also has a removable battery but looks a lot more “normal”. I really like the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/e-lux/tahoe/']E-Lux Tahoe[/URL] but the fenders and rack would get in the way of any rack you choose… there are heavy duty hitch racks with larger trays for fat bikes [URL='http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019RNQCHA/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B019RNQCHA&linkCode=as2&tag=ebrcta-20&linkId=XTARSFVVSDGUUFCD']like this[/URL] but they usually push down on tires and fenders tend to get in the way.

DAVE KELMAN
Court – Though repetitive, I would be remiss if I didn’t offer kudos for the great site.
My ebike saga started with a Sharper Image Electric Cruiser about 14 years ago, a beast of a bike, which I absolutely loved although it wasn’t long before I could no longer get up a hill on it. I learned to tinker with the electronics quite a bit, even “Frankensteined” a replacement battery pack onto it (Nickel Metal Hydride Cells!) so I consider myself a bit of a pioneer, And a bit of an outlaw too since ebikes were not legal in Ontario at the time. Once I actually rode up to two bicycle cops to ask them whether they had seen any ebikes on the road, what they thought of the upcoming pilot project to allow them… they had no idea what I was riding. It was cycling bliss until someone stole the rear wheel with the motor, and I had to let her go…
I ended up moving on to motor scooters but last year sold them, they have great range and speed but they aren’t fun like an ebike…. So last spring I ended up buying a “barely used” [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/izip/2013-e3-zuma/']2013 iZip E3 Zuma[/URL], the step through model. I have really been enjoying it although it’s in the shop now and I’m told that the motor had a bunch of water in it, I guess because it was not covered well enough while spending a cold snowy rainy winter outside. Very bad, I have learned my lesson. Between the cost of a new motor, replacing the burned-out controller, and the labor required to put Humpty together again, it may not be worth it. I don’t have an easy way to store it over winter though, and kept hoping the temp would rise enough to ride it…. but alas it didn’t.
OK yes, I have a question – was looking at your review of the Voltbike Urban. It seems to combine of the attributes I might want in my next bike – I can bring it inside in the winter, or bring it on the subway or throw it easily in a car… It’s within my price range (about $1200-1400 USD)… It’s shipped from Canada so I don’t pay the exchange rate or duties or customs clearance fees etc… But I can’t ride it before I buy. I’ve never ridden an electric folder and I know it’s a low-end bike. I’m about 190 lbs. Do you think I’m going to like this bike, moving from a Zuma? My ride to work is mostly up a low incline (up and down hills but mostly up) and about 9 miles, and I like riding pretty fast. It’s mostly smooth roads but there are some very bumpy patches (which aren’t great on the Zuma). Thoughts?

COURT
Hi Dave! Yeah, the reviews can get repetitive… I’m always trying to balance an introduction to ebikes with details about what differentiates each model and a bit of entertainment and variety. Glad you’ve enjoyed the site and thanks for sharing your great story about the Zuma! I actually just posted [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/guides/ebikes-in-rain-washing/']a guide about riding in wet conditions and washing ebikes[/URL], maybe you could chime in about your failed motor to help guide readers on what to avoid so their’s don’t break ;)
And so, on to your question! [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/voltbike/urban-folding/']The Voltbike Urban[/URL] performs pretty well for a more affordable electric bike but it isn’t going to feel as solid or powerful as your Zuma. I really like the Zuma models because the heavier frame, larger tires and oversize saddle add some comfort. You won’t get that with the lighter frame and small wheels of the Urban (with limited suspension and an underwhelming fold lock on the stem). The saving grace is actually that the hub motor benefits from the smaller wheel size which should help with those hills and you get throttle and assist so pedaling along feels natural and you can extend the range and avoid overworking the system by pedaling. As you’ve read, the Urban offers six speeds and comes with a medium front chainring so pedaling feels natural and errs on the too-easy side vs. too hard. Those bumpy patches you mention on your ride do worry me but with a larger saddle (perhaps your old Zuma saddle?) and a bit of care, this ebike would offer the convenience and storability which ended your last ride. I hope this helps, you could opt for a suspension folding ebike but that will cost more and likely originate in the USA. One other folding ebike that is more full sized and does originate in canada is [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/daymak/arsenal/']the Daymak Arsenal[/URL], have you checked that one out? It uses larger, more traditional 26″ wheels.

JUNE MANION
Court, congratulations on a really great website and information. When you are new to this its so confusing. I live in a mountainous part of New Zealand and ebikes are just starting to come in here. I was wanting your thoughts on one for myself. Lady – Age 67, Height 5ft 5 in, Weight 155 lbs. Wanted a step through preferably that could take panniers and would be using for mountain trail rides and trekking. Prefer an upright position. I am not a mountain bike enthusiast and going off road but just want some extra oomph to get up the hills but also bike around the village. Budget is relaxed – just want to get quality that will hopefully outlast me. I would most certainly be wanting to travel to where ever to try them out [possibly overseas] but just need to have an idea as to models to consider. How do you get the lithium batteries back home if you purchase overseas? Do you have any recommendations for European brands? Any ideas?

COURT
Hi June! I’m excited for you, glad that ebikes have caught your attention and wish I could help more than just posting these reviews… I realize it can be overwhelming with all of the seeming-choices. The truth is that you’re best off finding a shop in NZ that sells ebikes and buying locally. My understanding is that shipping or flying with Lithium-ion batteries is difficult if not impossible for consumers without help from a shop or manufacturer. There are some brands that sell online then ship overseas and in that case your options really open up. One shop that might be willing to work with you (that also carries good stuff) is [URL='http://www.motostrano.com/']Motostrano in California[/URL], try reaching out to them, I hear they have successfully sold and shipped internationally but cannot say for sure. They would also be able to help you narrow down options based on their availability vs. coming in stuck on one idea or another. Most ebikes these days are getting pretty reliable and strong in the $2,000+ range.

JUNE MANION
Court. Many thanks for your response and I will most certainly contact Motostrano. All the best

JENNIE BROWN
Wow! Thanks for the amazing & informative website. I admit that with all its vast array of information that I am finding trying to figure out the best Ebike for my needs to be a bit overwhelming so I am hoping maybe you could help me narrow things down. I plan to commute 13 miles each way to work and am very interested in an Ebike because I don’t think I am up for a daily 26 mile round trip ride on my hybrid bike. I will have a number of small hills to go up and down with one long relatively steep hill that is almost 1/2 mile long. Do you think an Ebike could make it up the big hill? I weigh 140 and am 5’8″. I can spend up to $3000ish. I am excited about the possibility of ditching my car and continuing to enjoy the thrill of being on a bike without having to do all the work, thanks so much for any input you could give me!

COURT
Hi Jennie! In my experience, electrified bicycles massively reduce the time and effort involved with riding. I’m not sure how steep your hill is but imagine more than doubling your own pedal power output and making it constant. I’m almost positive that if you pedal along with the bike you will have no problem making it up… The biggest challenge for ebikes is when you stop half way up a hill and try to use a throttle only to get it going without helping. The motor does best when you help and when you have some momentum going in. Given your height and weight, I’d say you’re pretty average and most bikes would be able to handle the distance and those hills. Maybe the next question is, do you want a mid-drive, a hub motor, a step-thru style vs. high-step, do you want a suspension fork and more active design that could go on trails or mostly just city… going the other direction, would you like a cruiser that’s really relaxed but also heavy? My first suggestion would be to seek out a local dealer where you can go and take a test ride. Buying local comes in very handy down the road for helping with tuneups and warranty service :)

JENNIE BROWN
First of all my husband and I would like to thank you for your really excellent web site! It is incredibly informative and quite extensive. This leads us to some questions and a desire for your recommendations for e-bikes that meet the following criteria;
[LIST=1]
[*]First the frame geometry. I want an “upright” or “relaxed” riding position as opposed to a “lean forward” position (but not cruiser). I also want a frame with an upper tube. It can be a drop tube (mild step through) but not a full step through frame. These would be deal breakers.
[*]After a full read of your motor position comparison it seems as though a mid motor would be best. I will use the bike to commute to and from work, a bit less than 30 miles round trip, with a long steep hill at the end of the return commute. After a day of work the thought of the motor not pulling the hill with ease, even with me helping, is not pleasant to say the least. It also sounds like having shift sensing is important for less stress on the drive train and a more enjoyable riding experience. I am not clear on wether the throttle feature is important on a mid motor or if having all three sensors (torque, pedal cadence, and rear wheel speed) is a must. The Bosh mid motor sounds good but suggestions would be appreciated. Having a mid motor is not a deal breaker if a rear motor handled the end of commute hill with ease, although the spoke, flat tire, and weight distribution cons you point out also seem to favor the mid motor.
[*]I am hoping to stay in the three thousand dollar range.

Thank you very much for your advice! It would be extremely helpful to narrow down the possibilities.

COURT
Hi Jennie! The first bike that came to mind for me was [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/electra/townie-go/']the Electra Townie Go![/URL] which now uses the Bosch mid-drive. Trek acquired Electra in recent years and has a great dealer network and support. I like the bike a lot with its fenders and cruiser aesthetic but love that they put a fancier drive system on the bike. This bike fits right in your budget and is available in high-step or low-step so you can decide what looks/feels right. Bulls has a mid-drive powered cruiser that I have not yet reviewed but theirs uses the Brose motor that is also really solid (I Have tested that motor on other bikes). It’s called [URL='http://www.bullsebikes.com/product/sturmvogel-e-evo/']the Sturmvogel[/URL] and I’m not sure exactly how much it costs?

JENNIE BROWN
P.S. to last question, any input on Bosch vs Impulse 2.0 motor would be appreciated. Again, thank you so much for being such a valuable resource to those of us looking into purchasing an EBike.

COURT
Hi Jennie! I really like the Focus and Kalkhoff ebikes but they use the Impulse motor which in my experience is slightly less powerful than Bosch. It’s quiet, small and relatively light weight… but just not as zippy feeling. I prefer Bosch in general because my ride style is more off-road. I feel like with Impulse I have to work harder even in the higher levels of assist (unless it’s the speed drive from Impulse). Hope this helps, both are very solid!

MICHAEL T
Hello,I just started attending college and my license is revoked. My commute is 8 miles there and 8 miles back so 16 miles. I am 6’4 roughly 190lbs. I have been looking into American Electrics Superfly 2016 model . I’m going to be spending my financial aid from school on this so I’m trying to be as careful as possible. I just wanted to ask for some advice on this particular one or if you had another one to recommend ,I’m trying to keep the “electric bike” as close to a scooter as possible and am interested in higher speeds even though technically the speed limit is 20 mph for these.

COURT
Hi Michael, Interesting situation… I’d like to hear more about your budget, my first thought is that a speed pedelec like [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/izip/e3-protour/']the IZIP E3 Protour[/URL] would offer the best of all worlds ie. speed, lower cost, great features like a scooter but lighter weight and easier to service. Why don’t you give me a ring to chat sometime and we can discuss more options, my Aunt just took out some student loans and I know it’s a big decision what to do with the money, maybe there’s a good deal we could find 650-930-0342

KAY S
Hi Court, Your website is wonderful and so extensive. I’m overwhelmed and am hoping you can help me make a decision on which bike(s) to consider. I’m a 67 yr old woman; 5’4″; 135 lbs and thankfully, in better than average physical condition but with a bit of back and knee issues. I’m hoping to find a pedal assist and throttle bike to ride on paved trails and streets in and around the Denver area to visit friends and do shopping and to keep moving and exercising every day, weather permitting. There are lots of hills around which I absolutely could never conquer with my vintage Raleigh bike.
Features I “think” I need/want are: Upright/comfortable seating; must be low step-through frame; features for comfortable riding on uneven pavement; fenders; lights; maximum cargo capability for groceries, etc.; removable battery, mid-mount battery to aid stability, and a bike I could lift into my Honda Fit (with rear magic seats) or onto a bike rack. As I was reading along I started writing a list of bikes you recommended to others in different scenarios and the list is LONG which accounts for my being overwhelmed.
I’m able to spend up to $2k unless you recommend a bike which is more because of the features I’m requesting. Are there features I forgot to request? Thanks for helping me though this cloud of information! I’ll happily test ride as many bikes as you recommend.

COURT
Sorry for the late reply Kay, I have been traveling recently and just got back to a space with Internet :p I have a great suggestion for you… Right now the industry is changing from 2016 to 2017 electric bikes and there are sometimes sales. You could probably get a nicer bike from last year if you visit the local shops. One such shop that has a storefront in Denver and Longmont (meaning they have more bikes and might even transfer the perfect model between stores) is called [URL='http://www.smallplanetebikes.com/']Small Planet E-Vehicles[/URL]. Rather than give you a general advice about the entire world of ebikes I’d say go there and see/test what they actually have. Buying locally from a shop ensures you have a place to return to with questions, maintenance or even warranty support :D the owner is a wonderful man named Tom Wilson and he’s a little older and might be able to relate to your needs.

LYNN
Thank you for all of this great information! My family and I love riding bikes together but this past year I have been battling Rheumatoid Arthritis and it has been impossible for me to go with them. I am looking into getting an eclectric bike so that I can keep up with our 11 year old son and not miss out on the family fun. The things I am looking for are: a bike that is easy to get on and off, a bike that gives me enough power to get up the huge hills around our neighborhood (all paved roads) and also is comfortable enough to sit on for someone with joint pain. I’d love to not have to spend a ton of money, but I also don’t want something that will break down on me. Any suggesstions? (and in case you need more info, I’m 5’9″, 145 pounds) Thanks so much!

COURT
Hi Lynn! One bike that I’ve tried which has a very easy frame to mount and still offers good power is [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/boomerang/']the Pedego Boomerang[/URL]. Unfortunately it’s not super affordable or light weight but there are other step-thru models listed on the site which might suite your ride style and budget. Try using the advanced search options at the top right section of the page to narrow down based on step-thru frames and your budget :)

JAY
Court, Thank you for all the work you do to review e-bikes. I want your thoughts about the Prodecotech fat tire bikes. (Rebel x9) I am six feet tall, weigh 160, and am very fit. I live in Minnesota and would like to ride year round. Security, weight, and price are not issues. Any reviews? Thank you.

COURT
Hi Jay! I’m hoping to visit ProdecoTech again sometime to review their latest ebikes, I feel that they’ve gotten a lot better over the years and while I haven’t tried the Rebel x9 I believe Pete Prebus has, he runs Electric Bike Report and you can [URL='http://electricbikereport.com/prodecotech-rebel-x9-review-part-1/']check it out here[/URL]. I like the battery setup and am guessing that the front mount motor works well given the larger heavier wheel with the fat tire. Sometimes front wheel drive ebikes spin out. The cranks and chainring are also nice! Reminds me of BMX hardware I used as a kid :)

CONNIE WELLES
HI Court. Multiple “dittos” and “kuddos” on all the comments thanking you for this wonderful site. Me? Single, 5 feet tall, healthy, fit, female, age 68, weight 120. I recently bought a used 22′ van /RV and want to be able to travel around campgrounds (sometimes gravel / dirt roads) and into local towns with a bike rather than breaking camp. Thought about motor scooters (which I can’t lift) and tried out some bikes at our 2 local shops (loved the 14 ” Trek) and have ultimately decided that an electric bike will fit my dual needs (RV campgrounds / surrounding areas as well as local paved road travel). I have also upped my budget (gulp) appropriately :) I really liked your review of the 2016 IZIP E3 Vibe Plus Low Step which comes in a XS frame. I’m now getting down to the nitty gritty and would like your thoughts on other bikes that work for petite ladies. If needed, can go above the list $1,600 – 1,800 for IZIP E3 Vibe Plus but would like your honest recommendations for other ebikes in this lower price range that would work for smaller women. I do have a garage for local storage and am currently studying bike hitch mounts that I can lift into the RV tow receiver ;-) Totally LOVE your reviews, Court!!! Thanks so much, Connie

COURT
Hey Connie! Glad the site has helped and I’m happy to share a couple thoughts here… First off, there are lots of great bike racks out there and the hitch style works very well (don’t have to lift the bike very high, can support heavier bikes). I got [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/accessories/kuat/nv-2-0/']the Küat NV2[/URL] but there are cheaper ones from Thule, Yakima and others. Make sure you get the correct size for your receiver, I’m guessing it’s a 2″ hitch which is the larger stronger size.
As for bikes… you could sort the City Style category by price ascending [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/city/?sort=price_asc']like this[/URL] and the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/eg/copenhagen/']EG Copenhagen[/URL] came up as a possibility because it’s small and affordable. The challenge is that smaller wheels aren’t as comfortable to ride or as grippy for loose terrain like the gravel and dirt mentioned. Thankfully, the tires on that ebike aren’t super narrow… but still. I hope this helps and welcome you to text or call me using the contact form later if you narrow it down further. I might even be able to recommend some shops that are selling last-year inventory cheaper now since it’s getting to be winter time :)

LINDSAY
These are good things and great guides to choose electric bike. I have found some great E-bikes [URL='https://www.youmo.ch/']here[/URL] and confused which one to buy lol. anyway, great post here!

COURT
Hey Lindsay, thanks for sharing the link! I have not heard of those bikes before as I do not think they are sold in the USA but I do like how they look. I hope you find a good bike for your lifestyle and budget, thanks for posting your comment and good luck! Perhaps you can ask around for tips and feedback in the EBR Forums for [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/forum/forums/choosing/']help with choosing an ebike here[/URL]?

TRAVIS
Hi Court, so I’m swimming in all these options and a little lost lol. I am looking into purchasing my first ebike and could use a little guidance I think. I’m 6ft tall about 180 lbs. I am looking for something to go back and forth to work with every day and out on the weekends riding. I live in S Florida so it’s very flat and I will be on the street almost exclusively. My daily commute is about 14 miles round trip and I am looking for a bike that I don’t have to pedal if I don’t want to at all. I believe I need a throttle bike instead of just assist. I am looking to spend less than 2,000 all in. Do you have any suggestions as far as a good reliable solid bike like that? Thank you for the amazing site, just a lot of info to sort through.

COURT
Hi Travis! Great description… I think the only other consideration would be style of bike. If you’re alright with a cruiser (which tends to be relaxed and comfortable) then the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/electric-bike-company/model-s/']Electric Bike Company Model S[/URL] could be a fit. They just dropped the price and offer some great accessories, a powerful battery pack, and high capacity battery. Try using the search filters at the top right side of the page so you can narrow down more by price and type of bike. I hope this helps! I definitely recommend visiting a shop and taking a test ride or two. I almost always buy from shops because of the setup, warranty support, and cheap accessories and tuneups for customers. I realize it may be slightly higher up front but with ebikes being more complex and being uses a lot (for commuting in you case) it can pay off long term for sure.

TRAVIS
Thanks Court! I was actually looking at a cruiser, I’m really liking the OceanCurrent, I read your review and it sounds like it checks all my boxes and it’s not too hard on the wallet. Have you had any other experience with that bike? Have you heard any horror stories lol?

BRAD
Hello! I’m looking at commuting year round in Chicago. Figure a belt drive bike with extra wide or fat tires would be ideal given the conditions. Did some poking around, but couldn’t seem to easily find any insight on belt driven bikes on the site. Scrolled through all of the fat bike reviews and looks like they all have chain drives. I did find a company named Tout Terrain that sells a bike named the Chiyoda eXpress and it looks like it’d do a decent job for what I need. Only real hesitation is regarding the rear hub motor (as opposed to mid drive). Wasn’t sure if you had any experience with this company or bike model. Thanks!

COURT
Hi Brad! I think you’re correct that there are not any belt drive fat bikes yet… that’s kind of two niches combined, and in order to have a belt drive you really need a special (more expensive) frame to be built with a cutaway or lowered dropout so the belt can run below the right chainstay. Hub motors can work really well and tend to be easier on the drivetrain… but mostly they are just less expensive. I don’t have any information on a bike that has not been reviewed but is not here and I haven’t seen or tested the Chiyoda that you mention but I’ll keep an eye out and try to review it in the future. Thanks for sharing your question and feel free to repost or poke around in the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/forum/']electric bike forums here[/URL] for more opinions or input.

BRAD
Court – Thanks for the follow up. After some research I’m thinking I can get away without a fat bike, but would still like the lower maintenance of a belt drive. Is there a way to easily filter or search for belt driven bikes on EBR? Thanks again!

DONNA
I am looking to gain my adult son with some intellectual disabilities some independence. He can ride a typical bike, but we live outside of town about 8 miles with hills. I am looking for something simple to use, something that can be used on packed and paved roads. Something that would help him get to a job when I am not around to drive him. He is 5′ 6″ about 130lbs.

COURT
Hi Donna, I really like the fat bikes for how stable they are (and fun looking) they can handle paved and packed roads and Rad Power Bikes makes a decent quality but still affordable one that ships nation wide called [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/rad-power-bikes/radrover/']the RadRover[/URL], check it out here. You can also explore the site by using the different categories or the Top Rated Ebikes page [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/best-electric-bikes/']here[/URL].

ZACH
Hi Court, I am looking to buy an electric mountain bike. I have had my eye on the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/bulls/e-stream-evo-45-fs/']Bulls E-Stream evo 45 fs[/URL] because of the 28mph speed and the overall look of the bike. However it is a bit out of my price range. Are there ways that i could get it at a discount? Maybe at a certain time of year it will go on sale? Or are there any other (cheaper) 28mph mountain bikes? Thanks.

COURT
Hi Zach! This is a unique one, there aren’t many speed pedelecs that are setup for trail or mountain riding. Getting a deal seems to depend on time of year and availability. Towards the end of summer and early Fall (like around September/October) things may lower in price and then around Black Friday before the winter holidays they also can go on sale. Another option is to purchase a less expensive full suspension Bosch powered ebike and then use a speed dongle to get the higher speeds… but it will void the warranty and changes the speed readout on your display. Once you pay for a bike, pay for a dongle and possible get help installing it, you still end up spending a lot. I’m not sure if there are ways to change the speed on Brose powered bikes so you wouldn’t have the same integrated battery look as you have here. Maybe call a dealer that sells online and ask them about a discount. Sometimes if you just express that you’re willing to wait a bit, flexible on size, or ready to pay cash if they can work with you on a deal they will have some flexibility.

BIFF
Greetings Court – here’s a new scenario for you…I’m looking for an e-bike to use as my bug-out vehicle in a SHTF (*sh*t hit the fan) event. In the mean time, it needs to also serve as a means of exercise, more than anything else. My trip would be approx. 100 miles from home to my retreat, pulling a trailer (i.e. Burley Flatbed or Nomad), starting at the coast (flat) and ending in gently rolling hills. I’ve watched and read a LOT of your reviews, and you’ve only made it more confusing. Every time I think I’ve made up my mind, I see another option.
My first thought was the Catrike / Greenspeed style trikes, but they’re pretty pricey new with the power option. I haven’t seen any on Craigslist with motors… plenty without, though. Then I started looking at diamond framed bikes, and found some possibilities, but I’m just afraid sitting upright for extended periods would give me the shoulder and neck aches. Next on the radar was the true recumbent bike, but few (none?) have motors that I’ve seen. But I really like the laid-back riding position. (Saw your suggestion for the RideKick above).
Tonight was spent reviewing delta style recumbent trikes. I didn’t find a lot to offer there, either. Oh, how my head is spinning now. Here’s my wish list… what do you suggest for someone who’s 5’8″ and 240 lbs?
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[*]Preferably a recumbent, bike or trike
[*]Folding would be nice
[*]$1500 – 2200 if possible
[*]48v/750 watt motor preferred, 30v/500 watt minimum

This is what I’ve been pondering for the last 3 weeks…

[*]Electric Trike Company Eco-Delta SX (new for $2300 with the 30v/20ah battery upgrade)
[*]AdventureCycle Model T (1.5 years old for $1700 – has a lot of options AND folds – could add the motor later)
[*]Bacchetta Corse recumbent bike – (2 years old for $1400 – could add the motor later)
[*]Prodeco Phantom X2 (4 years old for $1500 – has a lot of options AND folds)
[*]RadRover (530 miles on it for $1000 – with a few accessories)
[*]And finally…a brand spankin’ new Rad Power Bike Rad City, Rover or Mini. I like them all. (the ONLY thing stopping me from buying any one of these now is the upright position).

Am I missing something… is there another option? Thanks for you advice in advance… and keep making those reviews. I’m going to keep reviewing them, and will find the right bike soon (hopefully before the Zombies hit the streets!!)

COURT
Hi Biff! You’ve listed some great options there and clearly defined your needs. I think the Electric Trike Company makes comfortable ebikes but I don’t think the range would be what you’re asking, you might need a second battery pack. The RadRover is nice because it’s affordable, but again, the battery isn’t going to get you as far with those big inefficient tires… but they will be slightly more comfortable :)
The RadCity would be a good fit, probably the clostest here in terms of efficiency and the suspension fork offers comfort. The alternative idea I have for you is a Day 6 electric bike. They are built to work well for heavier, taller riders, and they situate your body partially like recumbent but still upright. The seat is big and soft and there’s a back rest. The handlebar is adjustable, and the mid-drive motor offers throttle or pedal assist and you can get a bunch of different battery size options. How about this. I will try to review the Day 6 Samson for you tomorrow, I filmed it on a trip recently but have yet to write it up. Stay tuned, I hope this brief feedback helps and that you find this extra option worth considering even though it’s not folding and might be above your price range.

BIFF
Thanks for the quick response. To clarify a little, I’m not looking for something that could make the entire trip on battery. I figure I can peddle most of the way, and use the battery for peddle assist from time to time. But a second battery would certainly be an option. Right now, I’m really leaning toward a RadCity bike, but I’m looking forward to your review of the Day 6 Samson. Thanks again!!!

BIFF
Hey Court – just wanted to give you an update. I ended up buying TWO bikes!! The first is an older Cycle Genius LWB recumbent that has less than 300 miles on it. I got it pretty cheap, so I’ll be looking for an e-kit to add to it…maybe a kit from [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/bionx/']BionX[/URL] or [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/electric-bike-outfitters/']EBO[/URL]? The BEST news is… I’m going to be the proud owner of a BRAND NEW [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/rad-power-bikes/radmini/']RadCity Mini[/URL]. I ordered it today, so I can’t wait for it to show up. Thank YOU for all the videos you’ve done. I may have seen them all… several times. This decision took about 3 weeks, and I’m thrilled with the outcome. Safe travels… Biff

COURT
That’s fantastic BIFF! I like your logic on the kits and think that Electric Bike Outfitters might be a win in terms of price and DIY. My understanding is that BionX requires you to get help from a certified dealer? I’d love to hear what you find, EBR does have some new and improved kits as I understand it. As for the RadMini, that’s great! I hope it arrives in great shape and performs well for you. I like that bike, it’s fun but also kind of practical with the folding and lower frame design. Stable but still easy enough to mount :D

ABE
Hey Court, thanks for your awesome website (best e-bike website online HANDS DOWN). I’m looking to buy an e-bike which is:
[LIST=1]
[*]a good quality and reliable brand
[*]not TOO heavy
[*]is comfortable to ride
[*]has super long range
[*]has shocks or something that I don’t feel every bump
[*]built-in light system, battery level indication, need password to drive, (a security alarm or gps would be nice too)
[*]awesome motor and awesome battery
[*]goes super quick
[*]the appearance looks more like a reg bycicle than an e-bike
[*]if I get stuck in the rain it won’t damage the bike
[*]the bike can handle driving while it’ raining or snowing.

I want a company that’s reliable and uses top quality parts, and that they’re easy to deal with if a problem arises. There are thousands of options and I don’t even know where to start. What e-bikes to you suggest I look at? Thank you

COURT
Hi Abe, thanks for the compliment! I work hard to make this a nice place with good information and support. Your list is quite extensive, but it’s good to know what you’d like in an ideal world. Very few electric bikes have built in alarm or GPS systems but you can now get the COBI smart display system that will work with Bosch and use your cell phone as the display (which could work as a GPS), the COBI system does offer lights and I think it might even have an alarm feature. Most electric bikes will be fine in the rain and even riding through shallow puddles so don’t worry about that (just don’t spray your bike with hard pressure or submerge it).
So, with these things in mind. I’d recommend one of the Bulls, Haibike, Giant or Trek Class 3 speed pedelec models. You can use the search engine to filter through the site and enter the brand keyword and Class 3 to see what comes up. I’m constantly reviewing new bikes and each of these companies has a new lineup for 2018 but you could go the other way and try to get a deal on a 2017 model now. Bulls has some great options that get very close to what you want including the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/bulls/e-stream-evo-45-fs/']E-Stream EVO 45 FS[/URL] and the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/bulls/dail-e-grinder/']DAIL-E Grinder[/URL] which come in multiple sizes. I hope this helps! You can also ask around in the EBR forums [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/forum/forums/choosing/']help choosing section here[/URL].

SCOTT MOORE
Hi Court, I’ve watched so many of your reviews it feels like I know you now! You are awesome with giving information and detailed answers and I want to thank you for that and being the way you are with it.
I am helping a friend purchase his first ebike. I do a lot of cycling and enjoying putting together the research for him. He is sixty-five and not new to cycling but it has been a few years since he’s ridden much. He recently rented a Sondors at the beach on vacation and loved the experience. He did really well too but doesn’t want to get a Sondors. He feels the stability of a fat tire bike and upright position is best for him though, so a Fat Tire was decided as the type to get. That decision has been made. His price range $1,600 to $2,500.
He likes the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/rad-power-bikes/radrover/']Rad Rover[/URL] and it’s at the very top of the list. It allows him to purchase the bike and with getting all the gear that goes along.
A car trailer rack is in his future too.
He is really liking the Rad Rover and will most likely get that because of your reviews, and how great a company they seem to be with support and information. They seem to be a positive company with a large following and gaining momentum. However before making the purchase we’ve identified a couple others that could knock the Rad off the top spot. The other two are very interesting but neither doesn’t seem to have that ease of contact and support that Rad Power does.
I know how you feel about the Rad but what are your thoughts on the other two below? You haven’t reviewed the M2S bike that I can find. They have a couple models that seem solid and one has a Mid Drive motor priced at $1,950. What do think about the Mid-Drive versus a Hub drive motor given the choice? The Teo is a feature rich bike too. I know there are other factors you would need and hard to put it all here, but do the best you can with your thoughts. He does want to do on-road rides and some off-road but nothing technical. More like rail trails. He envisions even pulling a small light trailer with it once he gets settled with it. So, fairly easy rides but can still handle some bumps, fields etc.
Help us make this decision. Thank you Court!!
[LIST=1]
[*]Rad Power’s – Rad Rover
[*]M2S – All Terrain MD with (Mid Drive) or possibly their All Terrain R750 (Hub)
[*]Teo S Limited

Thank you!
Scott
Louisville, KY

COURT
Hi Scott! It sounds like you’ve done some excellent research, I do my best to help narrow it down with you. Yes, Rad Power Bikes offers a good price point and friendly customer service… and their products tend to be in stock. This is a question mark with some of the Teo bikes and maybe even a bit for M2S (though I believe that they post what they have online, or you can contact them to check). Rad definitely has a more recognized brand, so reselling it could be easier and getting parts in a year or three could also be easier. M2S and Teo are newer, but they do seem to be using mostly standard parts. I think the way you ranked the bikes in your little list is how I feel too. The M2S could be fun to explore, but with a more basic Bafang mid-drive, you won’t have shift detection and the drivetrain could take more wear. Rad is simple, feature rich, and lots of fun… I rank it way above Sondors in terms of value, even though it’s more expensive. I hope this helps you out, I do plan on reviewing M2S products later this year at some point and maybe it will be in time for your decision :)

SCOTT MOORE
Incredible timing Court! I was just re-watching the Teo review you did and the ride you took through the woods. Then your email pops in. I think you are spot on with your evaluation too. I’m glad that you pointed that out about the reselling and accessible parts. I agree with you about the M2S and I didn’t think about it being more of a basic motor. Something to consider. I know my friend Mike will appreciate this and I’m going to share with him what you have said. I will keep you posted on how this journey turns out too. I hope this helps others. Thank you again for what you do. Love the details!!! Scott

SCOTT MOORE
Court, Don’t want to wear out my welcome here but you brought up a good point. You helped me go in the right direction with understanding mid drive motors better and how that Bafang entry level is probably not the best at this time for him to go with.
This caused me to investigate the different mid-drives. It helped a lot. I see and know now those motors like the Brose, Yamaha, Bosch and then there is even Shimano Steps that are better and easier on the drivetrain because of the shift sensing and overall smoothness and quality of their build. Having a quality mid drive motor is what to look for and would be the way to go for mid drive systems.
The Rad Rover is going to have a lot of the boxes checked for him though and a hub drive will still be adequate and best choice to get him started on an eBike.
I’ve watched a lot of reviews and I had no idea that the eBike wave was this strong. It’s really advanced over the last several years but I’m not seeing many here in Kentucky, although I’m sure they are out there. Something tells me in 2018 I will probably be seeing more of them. It’s coming for sure!
I personally am interested in an eBike now. It’s hard not to be. I’ll take my time as there are so many to choose from but when I do I think I want a mid-drive. Something like the Haibike that you sold your Uncle Greg but not as high end as that model. The Haibike brand and style bike is what catches my eye and their lower-end model may suit my budget more but satisfy my taste for a quality bike with the SDURO HardNine 4.0. EBR reviewed it and it comes with a decent mid drive it looks like. I’ll keep following your reviews as I know I’ll end up with something that is that type of bike.
You’re work ethic is amazing!!

COURT
Good choice Scott! I think the SDURO HardNine 4.0 offers great value because the Yamaha motor is nicer and more reliable than some of the others. It’s always nice to hear compliments and I’m glad EBR has helped you and your friend get to know the space. Send an update again if/when you go for a test ride or buy a bike, it’s always fun to hear how things turn out ;)

SCOTT
Hey Court! I’m forwarding this message from the the gentleman I’m helping to get a bike. Name is Mike and he hasn’t purchased yet but very close. Down to two. See below.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Thanks Scott & Court! WOW, what a communication string! Court is as personal & diligent with one-on-one as he is on his reviews! I ditto the compliments you gave him and send my thanks and appreciation for all the advice, knowledge and motivation he has provided. Like you Scott, I too feel like I know Court! Since you have an open channel developed, maybe you can forward my thoughts about the Boar to Court?
Thanks in advance Court for your help with evaluating! I can’t thank you enough for your consideration of offering advice! I believe I’ve narrowed my decision down to the Rad Rover or the Surface 604 Boar. I watched your video with Sam from 604 at the outside show; the one where you took it for a ride in some rugged terrain. At the end you seemed exhilarated, more than usual, about the Boar’s performance. Did I read your enthusiasm correctly?
I know it’s tough to give advice and direction to someone you don’t even know. Having said that, your counsel will be invaluable to me and it will mean a lot in helping me decide! I also understand you have an excellent relationship with Rad as well as other manufactures and apologize if I’m putting you in an uncomfortable position.
I’m 65 and have some knee issues and a seasoned back! I intend on riding on some paved paths around the city, some gravel paths as well as some mild mountain trails. In addition, I collect driftwood and intend on using the bike as a hauling vehicle, which means off-road, more rugged terrain. I also like the idea of riding in the snow when we have the opportunity. And finally around my 10 acre, hilly, wooded property. Maybe some hunting trails with hunter friends, although unlike Sam & his Dad, I am not a hunter. At this point i’m not sure how much of each I would do. Maybe 60-70% on road & 30 to 40% off road.
I was all but ready to pull the trigger on the Rad Rover. Which I still feel like cannot be a bad decision. However when comparing and contrasting with the Boar (and the fact 604 is coming out with a 14 amp battery) I am starting to lean that direction. The heavier duty racks, adjustable stem, hydraulic brakes, 10 gear cassette and the torque sensor all seem like they would serve me better than what the Rad offers. The walk beside feature is a must for me & they both have that.
Do you feel like the Boar can be a good road bike as well as an off/road bike for my situation? How much would the Boar not having an adjustable fork be a negative? Is the torque system a big upgrade in your mind for my intended riding? Do you know if the total upright position on the Boar is more or less upright than the fixed Rad position?
Thank you again Court, I look forward to hopefully hearing your seasoned thoughts! If you ever consider attending the Kentucky Derby, first Saturday in May, please make sure you contact Scott and I. We’ll go for a ride! Keep enjoying what you do, continued respect for helping so many people!
Peace, Mike

SUSANNAH
Good morning, I was wondering if you might be able to give me any advice as I’m a bit lost. First of all, I live in Spain, in case that’s relevant. I live up a large and fairly long hill. I have two young daughters (aged 2 and 4) and I ride with them in a child’s seat on the back of my bike to activities etc. (one at a time, not together.) I can’t make it up to my house anymore! So I need an ebike. The factors I am taking into account so far are:

[*]Easy to mount (bike topples over easily with a child on the back)
[*]Able to install child’s seat (Yepp brand)
[*]Enough power to get us all the way up the hill (current combined weight (me+1 child) is around 175 pounds / 80 kilos)
[*]Able to install front basket
[*]I can store the bike safely in our garage

There is a BH Easy Emotion Evo Jet Pro bike (350W) on sale near me for 950 euros, new it is worth 3000, so I am going to try that. In the meantime, please could you let me know if there is anything vital I am overlooking? I’d be so grateful. Thank you for your time! S.

SUSANNAH
Hello again, I have watched your excellent review of the BH Easy Emotion Evo Jet Pro and it looks promising. I’m not sure if the one on sale here is from 2015 or 2016 (and I understand there are slight differences.) I don’t think the throttle override issue would be a problem for me as I’ve never experienced that anyway, maybe I’m wrong but I think I’m OK just having the pedal assist mode (any improvement on me pushing the bike up for 10 minutes will be amazing.) Any other thoughts very welcome, Thanks for your amazing website. S.

COURT
Hi Susannah, I left a longer reply on your first comment, it sounds like you’re on a great path. I’m not even sure if the throttle is an option in your market, so it’s great that you only need pedal assist. Easy Motion (BH) is a Spanish brand, so hopefully you’ll have great support there. Feel free to share more once you decide on a bike or take some test rides :)

COURT
Hi Susannah! It sounds like your on the right track here. Yepp! child seats are great, and I believe that they sell a couple of options that should work with the Easy Motion rack. You may have to upgrade that rack (or buy one if it does not come stock) but with the great price you found, that should be possible. I like the Jet because it has a step-thru frame. You can easily mount and stand over the frame to stabilize yourself and your child. I am not sure about your location, but in the USA this model has pedal assist and a twist throttle. I have done an in-depth review of it [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/evo-jet/']here[/URL]. There are some sturdier bikes with Yepp! compatible racks that are welded onto the frame, but they usually cost more. One example is the new Tern GSD mini-cargo bike [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/tern/gsd/']here[/URL]. And this is a [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/?s=yepp']search result[/URL] for all of the bikes where I mention Yepp! child seats, it might help you get some other ideas. I hope this helps… thanks for sharing your comment and feedback, unfortunately my knowledge of the Spain market is limited so it is tricky to provide more insights. I would say that a step-thru or wave frame is good for balance, a sturdy rack for your child, a mid-drive motor would be the most efficient but could cause drivetrain wear when shifting gears, front baskets work with most bikes but some baskets can mount directly to the head tube like the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/rad-power-bikes/radcity-step-thru/']RadCity[/URL]. The Tern GSD would store in your garage easily because it can be tipped up, and the battery can be removed easily to charge inside :)

SUSANNAH
Dear Court,
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I really appreciate it. I tried the BH Easy Emotion Evo Jet Pro this morning at the shop where it’s being sold second-hand. You were right, it doesn’t have the throttle and is worth 2000 euros new (not 3000 as I originally said), on sale for 950. It has one year original warranty left.
I found the handlebar to be too wide and the owner said they can cut it for me, up to 3cm on each side. Would that be a good solution?
I currently ride a Specialized Globe (10 years old) with a 3-speed internal gear hub so on the BH I found all the gears quite tricky and clunky to change. I’m not sure if I would just get used to them (I live in a fairly flat city – Malaga – apart from the hill my house is on) – I hope so as I presume an ebike with internal gears is pretty expensive? (I’m limited to what I can find in my area as well, and I don’t want to spend much over 1000 euros which is why I’m looking at second-hand bikes.)
Anyway, I just wanted to ask your opinion about cutting the handlebar on this model.
All the best from Spain!
Susannah

SUSANNAH
Sorry, pointless comment but I had to say I’ve just noticed the brand is Easy Motion NOT Easy Emotion as I’ve been calling it so far in this forum! I can’t stop laughing about that small but vital difference! Maybe once you discover the right ebike your emotions flow more easily?! S.

DONNA D. DAVIS
Hi, and thank you. I am a 5’6 180 lb female willing to pay more if it is worth it since i am buying for the long haul but i want to feel like i got a good value for my money so the better bike should definitely be worth it! I am a little nervous because i would prefer not to have to spend a mint on maintenance. having said that there is a bike coop in town that will teach me. I test road the trek supercommuter and liked the fact that it could be ridden without necessarily turning on the motor thanks to the high quality derailleur system or at least that is what i think it should be attributed to. I also test rode two rad power bikes and felt like they were zippy and like the fact that they had a throttle. I am just concerned that i will regret some of the modest equipment over the long run? I would like to ride a bike that is çomfortable in terms of not too hard of a road feel. I intend to commute 9 miles each way back and forth to work as often as possible and run errands on it so that means panniers filled with groceries once a week or so. There are lots of trails around including a gravel one. If tricking something out with a suspension seat pole or other things like that is something i should consider i am open to that too. Thank you so much again.

COURT
Hi Donna, it sounds like you’re on a good track. Rad Power Bikes makes some pretty good products for the money, but Trek has dealers all over the country and uses higher quality components and drive systems in my opinion. I think fit makes a big difference, most models should pedal freely (the Trek might actually have some drag because of the Bosch Performance motor with reduction gearing). You have many models to choose from, so I’d probably look at frame style first, do you want a step-thru? There are many ebikes with racks and lights integrated (like the Super Commuter). I filmed the new Super Commuter+ 7 recently, and it’s more affordable than the 8S. I liked it a lot but would DEFINITELY get a seat post suspension for myself because my back and neck can be sensitive. Feel free to share the specific models you’ve been looking at and I’ll try to help you narrow down, you can see all of the models I’ve reviewed by scrolling through the pages [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/bikes/']here[/URL].

LUCIANA
Hello, Court! I’m from Brazil and I’m moving to San Francisco in a couple of months. Since I got to know your website and YouTube channel I’ve decided to get an ebike as my main way of transportation in the city. I love your reviews and the way you make things seem so fun! I’m really excited but since there’s a lot of money involved in choosing an ebike I’ve wanted to ask your opinion on which ebike do you think it’s appropriate to me.
San Francisco has many hills, I’m currently heavy (200 pounds) and since I have a bad knee I’ll probably need a lot of help from the motor to go up those hills. I’ll need the ebike to commute to school (I’m doing a masters) and run errands but I’ll probably explore the city and the surrounding areas with it on the weekends as well. I’d like to be able to put a basket on the ebike (so I can take my dog with me), I prefer the upright or upright relaxed position, like the idea that sometimes I can only use the throttle and don’t have to pedal and I do like speed but it’s not a priority. Thank you so much for your help, Court! Luciana

COURT
Wow! That’s so exciting, Luciana. I moved to San Francisco to work after I graduated from CU Boulder (undergrad degree) and had a wonderful time. One powerful cruiser with basket options that comes to mind is the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/rad-power-bikes/radcity-step-thru/']RadCity Step-Thru[/URL]. This is a relatively affordable ebike with throttle, pedal assist, and pretty good customer support. They ship direct, so you could order and then have a company like Velofix actually build and deliver it. Another option would be to visit [URL='https://newwheel.net/']the New Wheel[/URL] and look at the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/gazelle/']Gazelle[/URL] and [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brand/kalkhoff/']Kalkhoff[/URL] models. They are very nice, efficient, and powerful with mid-drive motors but tend to cost more. I hope these ideas help and I’m very excited for you!! You can also ask around in the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/forum/']EBR forums[/URL] for advice. Ride safe :)

Court
2 months ago

Hi guys! I'm moving some content off of the main site and into the most relevant categories of the forum. This post was originally made on February 6th 2018:

Electric bikes tend to be heavier than traditional bicycles because they have batteries, motors, additional wires, and often sturdier frame. The added weight, higher average speeds of operation, and increased use leads to more wear and exposure for tires and inner tubes. Furthermore, the process of changing flat tubes is made difficult by the heavier frame weight, wires, torque arms, and bolts used to secure the drive systems. For these reasons, tire quality plays a more important role in the use and enjoyment of electric bikes. Tires with puncture protection will require less frequent maintenance, tires with reflective sidewall graphics will keep you more visible when riding at higher speeds and in traffic. In the following video, we explore different types of tires and compare what comes stock on many ebikes to what is available aftermarket.

Tires are one consideration for ebikes, but wheel size is also a factor. Depending on the intended use, you might have 16″, 20″, or 24″ wheels for folding, cargo, kid, and small bike frames. From here, a very common size is 26″ for lower city and neighborhood models and then on up to the most classic 700c or 28″ wheel size. The larger the wheel diameter, the more efficiently it can coast but the slower it will turn. Larger wheels tend to weigh more, unless they have narrow high-pressure tubes and tires. This is what you often see on road bikes… A larger wheel diameter will lower the attack angle of the tire, allowing it to span across cracks and ease up bumps vs. falling in or jarring up. There are many factors to consider and appreciate when it comes to wheel size and tire type. Below are a few interesting examples:

[*]Folding ebikes tend to use smaller 20″ wheel sizes because they lower the frame and take up less space when the bike has been folded, in order to give you full leg extension and a comfortable upright fit they will use longer seat posts and stems. Most tires are 20″ x 1.75″ but some have opted for wider 2″ tires to improve stability and comfort… there are even fat tire folding ebikes now! The added weight and friction of fat tires is overcome by electric assist motors, you can see this on the https://electricbikereview.com/rad-power-bikes/radmini/
[*]Full sized fat tires are one thing, but there is a new standard called “Plus Sized” which means tires that are 2.6″, 2.8″, or 3.0″ wide… not as narrow as traditional tires, but not quite fat. Plus sized tires have become popular on mountain bikes and even some city bikes that seek improved comfort and stability like the https://electricbikereview.com/tern/gsd/, which uses 2.4″ width tires that aren’t quite plus sized but are definitely larger than most 20″ tires. One big consideration in using plus sized tires is how wide the fork and rear dropout area of the bike is, many bikes have to widen their hub spacing from 100 mm in the front to 110 mm to work with plus sized tires and from 135 mm to 148 mm in the rear, this increases the spoke angle and provides the necessary strength and space for the larger, heavier tires
[*]In recent years, mountain bikes have evolved from using 26″ diameter tires up to 29″ and then back down to 27.5″ as a compromise. You can still find bikes with all three sizes, and the difference is in how high the bike frame is elevated, the clearance between the tire and frame (when using suspension), how light and twitchy steering will be (moreso with the smaller diameter), and whether you can decrease deflection and increase float with greater surface area and air volume. Often times, 29″ wheels are used for cross country riding and 27.5″ is used for all mountain – sometimes accompanied by plus sized tires. You can see this on the full suspension https://electricbikereview.com/bulls/e-stream-evo-am-4/
[*]https://electricbikereview.com/category/cargo/ will sometimes opt for two different wheel sizes in order to bring the cargo bay closer to the ground, while preserving comfort and gearing ratios. Front loader bikes will usually opt for a smaller 20″ wheel in the front while rear rack bikes will use a smaller 24″ or 20″ wheel in the back… As long as both tires keep their tread and the inner tube is not flat, this is a great setup for riding, but it does add some complexity and expense when purchasing replacements because each wheel setup is unique. You cannot just buy two of the same tubes and tires.

This written guide only skims the surface of what wheel size, tire type, and inner tubes can do to enhance ride experience. You can even run some tires without inner tubes to achieve lighter weight and lower pressure. I welcome your questions and feedback below in the comments, or you can connect directly with other owners and enthusiasts https://electricbikereview.com/forum/forums/accessories/. Before you choose an electric bike, consider the cost of time and effort that flat tires can cause. Consider the difference in price between a higher quality ebike with nicer components and tires vs. one that looks similar but might not handle your ride conditions as well. You can usually find suitable upgrades and replacement tires aftermarket, and it’s something that your shop can help with. Make sure you look at the sidewall of the tires on your bike for a stamp that lists the sizing (often times there will be a standard measurement in inches and possibly a European measurement such as 700x38c).

BunnyRabit Stew
1 month ago

They are super bikes, but just too expensive... I think I would only be willing to spend £1000 on one, not £2500. Also the accessories cost so much... I guess I'm not the target market though. I make my own bikes and batteries.The light is £85, rear rack £200... ouch! It's cool but I couldn't spend that much. A Chinese company have made a (somewhat worse!) clone: http://www.onebotbike.com/ebike/Products/2017/1012/51.html

Transcend Consulting Inc.
3 months ago

Beautiful bike, I wish there was someplace to test this and ride it with my wife. My fear is we would end up buying two.

david urban
3 months ago

Do you have a favorite folding ebike?

Wanderer
3 months ago

When are you going to do the Yamaha YDX Torc? Other people are reviewing it. Been waiting ages for you to do a review please.

David Keenan
3 months ago

Great review , very cool design , unique E-bike

Edgar Escobar
3 months ago

I like the bike, but is a little pretentious

Shadow Girl
3 months ago

You spent more time on this review then normal, but its shorter then normal. o.O

Sergey Yevtukh
2 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com hey, Cort, very professional review, in light of other reviews on this slick over-engineered product . And I feel ya bro, you new it will be compared to other reviews on this bike, for others who want more details you reviewed previous models there’s plenty details there...thx.

Shadow Girl
3 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com longer is generally better for what you’re doing. We want you to be completely thorough, including your personal thoughts or experiance. I think you have a very large effect on people’s buying decisions, and their basic bike knowledge. Kinda like a user manual, the more you include the better off the community will be.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Indeed... I actually shot this review twice and mixed the best parts together because the display was so difficult to read at night. It's a more expensive and unique product so I wanted to do it justice... and I'm also getting better over time, trying to mix footage and just be direct. Did you like it? I appreciate your feedback :)

Bruce Chen
3 months ago

哈哈,,阿彌陀佛

Paul Rad
3 months ago

Hi Court. Great vid as always. Really like Gocycle bikes; great design but have reservations about how durable they are for a larger rider? 😊

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Hi Paul! My guess is that they'd be more durable than the majority of competing folders because of how the frame folds up... they advertise a max weight rating of 220 lbs (99.8 kgs) while most others are just 200 lbs. Make sure you keep the tire pressure up and you should be good

David K.
3 months ago

I like your videos.

David K.
3 months ago

I have to thank. :)

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Thanks David! I do my best... while also trying to move quickly and cover a lot of different bikes. It feels good to be recognized and appreciated, so thanks :)

Flo Mo
3 months ago

Magnesium is one of the rare resources of this earth. When I think ecologically, I can not buy an electric bicycle with magnesium components. There is one exception, however. I ride the bike for a long time, preferably for a lifetime. After all, this bike is so well built that it could take a few decades. Only the battery causes me a headache. Who can replace the battery later? Is that possible in a simple way? The bike is certainly very well designed and an eye-catcher.

Flo Mo
3 months ago

Thanks, friends, for the nice feedback.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Ho Flo! Thanks for your feedback, it's cool to see Gocycle responding directly with feedback about Magnesium and I wanted to let you know that yes, the battery pack is also replaceable. I've listed that back in the full writeup, along with some other accessories and stuff. You can visit their accessories page here for a list of other upgrades and replacement parts: http://www.gocycleusa.com/category-s/108.htm

Gocycle Sales Director
3 months ago

Hi Flo Mo,
We agree that all elements are extremely valuable and we considered this when choosing a Magnesium alloy. Magnesium is about the 7th must abundant element on the planet and it is an alloy using magnesium that we use in the frame. Equally importantly for us is the manufacturing method (thixomolding) which releases no harmful gases into the atmosphere. So this in combination with the Gocycle providing a healthy mode of transport, makes it a solid Green choice.
Best regards,
The Gocycle Team

abbaby555
3 months ago

wow such an amazing design! I love the way it breaks down and stows for travel. great video thanks for sharing

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Sure thing, it's neat how compact this bike can get while also feeling solid and sturdy when unfolded. The disc brake protectors and little pads on the base of the frame points (for when you set it down without wheels) really made me smile, lots of thought and attention to detail here

Younes Tenn
3 months ago

I love E bike

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Sure thing David, glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the constructive feedback, makes my job fun :D

David Hamilton
3 months ago

thanks so much. I love your detailed reviews and have been on the look out for your honest opinions on this one...

Phil Forde
3 months ago

I have this bike ....so much fun around town... But with the small wheels and battery, not good for a long commute or big hills. I use it "on demand" mostly which is good for my style of riding. Great video btw,

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Thanks Phil! Glad to hear that you're enjoying your Gocycle, and thanks for the feedback about range. I got that impression and my friend Brent used it in throttle mode on mostly flats and got ~17 miles (he weighs ~250). The trade-off between weight and range is a tricky one. Batteries are getting more energy-dense all the time so maybe a future version will be able to hit 25 miles in throttle mode?

Mark Fellhauer
3 months ago

I instantly recognized the neighborhood you're doing the review in. Sun City.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Indeed! Sun City is a wonderful place to ride bikes around because the streets have low speed limits and are mostly empty... and an electric bike is perfect on a hot day :P

iLloydski
3 months ago

Quick question, haven't looked around yet - is it compatible with a Bike Trailer? I have the Burley D'Lite .

Shadow Girl
3 months ago

In my experience when you pull the max from these (typical ebike) batteries, they will quickly lose ability to provide the voltage until you let them rest (even just seconds begins to restore battery voltage). In the situation where you are pulling a trailer with stuff in it, the motor will likely need all it can get when running, so this battery issue will be experienced. This also happens when using a throttle at full too long, or going up inclines with assistance for too long.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Hi iLloydski! Most axle-mounted trailers probably won't work here because of the 60 mm connector Pitstop design. You might need a seat post connecting trailer for use with this bike... and I actually think it would work well, regardless of the smaller battery size. People ride non-electric bikes all the time with trailers. Sure, you might run the battery down quickly by pulling a heavier load, but I think you'd still have fun and get decent range... 7+ miles on full power or with the throttle would be my guess... a lot more if you pedal and really help. Check out this trailer: https://amzn.to/2ImoePt and this cargo trailer: https://amzn.to/2uGOZMO

Shadow Girl
3 months ago

If your gonna use a trailer, get a bike with a larger battery (at least double what this one has which is not hard to find). Because of the added weight, more watts are needed to assist to the same speeds. This is more of a casual short ride bike.

Dennis Dowd
3 months ago

Surely some compromises but if you need it to fold up. Great review on a hot day! You deserve a medal. Thanks!

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Thanks Dennis! It is indeed getting hot out, but I'm thankful for the opportunity to explore these products and share the details with you guys. I like your nautilus avatar by the way, very cool

Victor Salas
3 months ago

These arent legal to ride in nyc though right? Because it has a throttle, but has pedal assist also?

Victor Salas
3 months ago

Oh ok got it

Gocycle Sales Director
3 months ago

Hi Victor, On setup you can choose between US class 1 (no throttle) and class 2 (throttle allowed) based on the laws in your region. Similarly for the EU and regions that adopt the EU standard, you can choose the EPAC option.
Regards,
The Gocycle Team

MRBARBARYCOAST
3 months ago

The fit and finish is really a notch above most ebikes these days. Which is not too surprising, being that the founder comes from McLaren. The way they designed the seatpost is simply brilliant and the internally geared hub is becoming the norm for any future ebike that I am looking to build or buy.

MRBARBARYCOAST
3 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com the canister style motor sounds appealing in design...I am going to try and test ride one of these in San Francisco..thank you for the replies

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Yeah, Richard is a really nice guy, I got to meet him at Interbike years ago. It was really nice of him to spend the extra time and walk me through the updates and app for this review. Regarding the motor, I feel like it's actually something different from most hub motors, more like a canister motor that spins the wheel from one side vs. being built into the hub like a lot of other folding models

MRBARBARYCOAST
3 months ago

These are really smooth looking ebikes. Happy Easter Court, and thanks for posting this review. Take care.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

I agree, it really grew on me after spending so much time learning and test riding, the motor is pretty powerful for how small it is! Happy Easter to you too, so thankful to be here sharing positive stuff :)