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    First e-bike suggestions

    Hello,

    I am new to this forum and to the world of e-bikes and looking to learn from all of you!

    My wife and I recently purchased a home and as a result we are now ~8 miles from work. Traffic is pretty bad where I live and it can take me as much as 40 mins to travel those 8 miles, something that I am really looking for avoid.

    I have been looking at various options for the home-work-home commute. The ones I am considering are:

    1. Purchase a ready-made e-bike: I was looking at options that give me 28 mph.
    2. Convert one of my road-bikes into an e-bike with the Bafang 750W kits.
    3. Buy a 150 or 250 cc scooter.

    I do a lot of road-biking (and intend to on days where I am not required to come in early), and that is my preferred mode of transport, which is why I am tending towards Options 1 or 2. I especially like the idea of using the bike-lanes and avoiding traffic.

    I am looking for recommendations for both the options. I like option 2 since it would mean that I can use my existing road-bike rather than adding another one to my fleet (=happy wife!), but I have no idea how reliable the Bafang kits are.

    I called the local e-bike shops and looks like I am looking at $3000+ for Option 1, which is rather steep (it's almost as pricey as a 150 cc scooter!).

    I was hoping to get some advice and opinions from the folks here before making a decision.

    Thanks a lot.

    Avi

    #2
    Just to add. I am seeing Option 1 bikes for ~$1700. One of the bikes I am looking at is the Haibike SDURO Cross 4.0

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    • max_volt
      max_volt commented
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      I am seeing the haibikes deeply discounted if you look around online. That is if you are into something like that.

    #3
    FLX bikes is headquartered in your area.

    If built carefully and cared for, I'd guess that the Bafang BBS02 is comparable to the Yamaha motor reliability-wise, more powerful, but not as refined. I would suggest not going fly-weight on an electric commuter - opt for picking a bike with stronger components such as the wheels, and damned good brakes.
    Last edited by ncmired; 06-10-2018, 11:55 AM.
    BBSHD / BBS02 IGH Builds: Nexus / Alfine 8: 1 2 3 4 5 6, Rohloff: 1

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      #4
      Thanks. I will look into FLX. The options for ready-made bikes I currently have are either the FLX or the Haibikes.

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        #5
        It sounds like you’re an established bike rider already. 8 miles is a ride in the park, figuratively. An ebike will likely make your trip enjoyable and stress free. You won’t have to necessarily arrive in a lather of sweat, needing a shower either. 8 miles. Either option 1 or 2 sound like decent options.
        I possibly won’t win any mates here by saying it, but for a first ebike, a factory fitted machine from your local bike shop would be a good option. There are one or two ideosinkracies with build yourself ebikes so a factory fit and local bike shop support provides a good introduction. Word of warning. Ebikes are bloody addictive and you’re going to need more than one.

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          #6
          Thanks a lot guys. I just test-rode a Stromer ST1 Platinum and Hard Tail: I can already see what you are saying......the kick you get from the pedal assist is awesome! I really like the Stromer and at $2500 for the ST1 Platinum, it seems like a really good deal.

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            #7
            Originally posted by Hard Tail View Post
            It sounds like you’re an established bike rider already. 8 miles is a ride in the park, figuratively. An ebike will likely make your trip enjoyable and stress free. You won’t have to necessarily arrive in a lather of sweat, needing a shower either. 8 miles. Either option 1 or 2 sound like decent options.
            I possibly won’t win any mates here by saying it, but for a first ebike, a factory fitted machine from your local bike shop would be a good option. There are one or two ideosinkracies with build yourself ebikes so a factory fit and local bike shop support provides a good introduction. Word of warning. Ebikes are bloody addictive and you’re going to need more than one.
            I was leaning towards converting my existing road-bike into an e-bike with the Bafang kit, but I agree with ncrkd: the road I intend to ride on, I think I am better off with a sturdier bike. My road-bikes are speedsters, but they are definitely not sturdy.

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              #8
              Folks,

              Bought a used Stromer ST1 touring from Craigslist locally yesterday. I got it for $1250 and I thought it's a price I could not refuse.

              Wow!! the bikes blows me away......glad I bought it. The power and acceleration and the feel of the bike is something I have never experience before. I rode it to work today and arrived fresh and actually smelling good! Looking forward to my daily rides already.

              Avi

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                #9
                Congrats Avi - best of luck, and enjoy the riding.
                BBSHD / BBS02 IGH Builds: Nexus / Alfine 8: 1 2 3 4 5 6, Rohloff: 1

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                  #10
                  Good job psychoanalyst. Sounds like you’re off to a good start. I’m four yrs down the ebike path theses days and I started out with a factory build. Word of warning. These things are addictive and you’ll be owning more than one bike in the future.

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                    #11
                    Originally posted by Hard Tail View Post
                    Good job psychoanalyst. Sounds like you’re off to a good start. I’m four yrs down the ebike path theses days and I started out with a factory build. Word of warning. These things are addictive and you’ll be owning more than one bike in the future.
                    Had to laugh when I saw this since I now have three e-bikes each with a different purpose. Downhill e-mtnb, e-fatbike and a cross country e-mtnb.

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                      #12
                      Great purchase and do enjoy the heck out of it but once you get settled in imagine if you will 2 or 3 times the wattage, what could you do with it.

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                        #13
                        I am already hooked and if this pans out long term, I can easily see myself going for the ST2 next year!

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