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    First e-bike and can't decide on these two

    Update: bought the first bike.

    Hello :)

    I love biking and do it on a daily basis (work-home), and last summer I did 75km per day and quite enjoyed it, although at the end of the day I was very exhausted. So I was thinking, maybe this summer I will try a longer commute over a longer period of days without getting exhausted :)

    I'm not going for those expensive bikes with a brand on them. I want both style and performance. I believe that with careful analyzing, some of those $2000 Chinese bikes would be a great alternative. Some people will probably advise me against that, but the branded bikes I like are all $5000+ and I don't have the budget for that :)

    What I can't decide between is this:

    or this:

    #2 is quite cheaper and it has BBSHD motor, but I calculated shipping and it's at $700, so the end price will be similar to #1.
    I did my research on the internet and I read that mid motors are the best for hills and especially that BBSHD. The area where I'm at is not very steep, but I plan for the future. While #2 has a hub motor, it's at 1500W which should be powerful enough for steeper hills?
    I also like the looks of #1 better. And it also has 2 batteries ending with 45Ah which is quite a bit more than #2. And having 150+km range sounds very appealing to me. I could easily bike those 150km, find a hotel, sleep and charge the batteries and continue next 150km, repeat.
    Also, #2 includes getting through Alibabas tedious process. They are geared towards companies, not individuals (even though it's not impossible for individuals to buy there).

    So, what do you guys suggest? :)
    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by Nebell; 11-09-2019, 02:11 PM.

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      I would get a kit, like the BBSHD from Lunacycle, then you could put it on the bike you already have or a nice used bike with good components. The hardware and components on those cheap China Ebikes aren’t the best. I think they downgrade components to offer the bikes at lower price. The kits are easy to install yourself or by your LBS and you will save money overall on a better bike. check out my build here:

      This is my first ebike build and since this forum has been invaluable providing ideas and assistance, I decided to share my experience too. The bike is an old Northrock cruiser I found at a bike rental place. Its aluminum and has 1 1/8” integrated head tube. I wanted to do a cafe racer / board tracker style build.


        Another vote on not considering China ebikes unless you are really certain that you are ordering from a trusted vendor.
        Trek Roscoe w/ BBS02, mt wheels, conti 700c tyres


          The link to your second choice doesn’t seem to be working but that first bike you list leaves me with some questions...
          first off, I would seriously doubt that their battery is 48vX45ah (over 2 kw hours in a rack batter?).
          Also, while fat tires are neat for off-roading, I can’t see you running them for 75 km per day...they soak up a lot of power and are not cheap to replace (which I would think would wear pretty fast on a that long daily commute.)


            So after half a year I thought I might update this thread if anyone actually wants to know.
            I bought the bike in the first link.
            I'm rather happy with it. I even reviewed it (the review with the one with the bags). I'm no expert but a bike at nearly 50kgs can take me about 65km with throttle only and I'm not trying to save the battery.

            But as all chinese things, it didn't come without headaches. But as long as you know what you're getting into and don't mind a really heavy bike then it's a lot of fun to ride around and it does make people ask "what the hell is that?". It's a conversation starter :)
            And it actually crosses into electric scooter territory.
            Last edited by Nebell; 11-09-2019, 02:13 PM.