Electric bicycles - who buys them?

Electric bicycles - who buys them?

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Chicken Chaser

6,169 posts

185 months

Monday 23rd November 2020
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PushedDover said:
Just been round the hill with a PH'er who posts on here....

He had a better ride than me and my so called tubeless puncture-free set up, but will wait to see if he 'gets what all the fuss is about with E-bikes'


whistle






and what colour he picks biggrin
Yup, definitely get it, huge grin flying up and down hill and ploughing through anything! The 29er thing is new to me as well so physically a completely different experience.

Sometime in the future I will get an E bike, keeping options open at the moment as to whether that will be the next MTB I buy or whether it'll be another unassisted one

PushedDover

2,848 posts

14 months

Monday 23rd November 2020
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Quitter !

hehe

When you can get back in the saddle- let’s try again ?

albundy89

480 posts

199 months

Monday 23rd November 2020
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Thanks for the input.
When I say ,wet,I mean really wet.
Assistance modes would change on their own which was sorted by cling film but biggest problem was water and fine silt getting in around the lock mechanism and finding its way down the battery tube and motor.
Cannot fault my LBS customer service though,I have been given a replacement whilst the problem is being investigated.
Just seems to me to be poorly designed seals.
Shame as I actually enjoy being out in crap weather,it is scotland in the autumn after all.

gangzoom

3,581 posts

176 months

Tuesday 24th November 2020
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albundy89 said:
When I say ,wet,I mean really wet........
Just seems to me to be poorly designed seals.
It sounds like Fazua probably didn't design/test the system for UK rain!

I've not had any issues, but I also tend to take the car if its pouring down with rain all day.

Chicken Chaser

6,169 posts

185 months

Tuesday 24th November 2020
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gangzoom said:
It sounds like Fazua probably didn't design/test the system for UK rain!

I've not had any issues, but I also tend to take the car if its pouring down with rain all day.
How reliable are motors in the wet? Having read around the subject it seems there are some criticisms regarding the weatherproofing, cable positioning etc.

TTmonkey

16,445 posts

208 months

Tuesday 24th November 2020
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Chicken Chaser said:
PushedDover said:
Just been round the hill with a PH'er who posts on here....

He had a better ride than me and my so called tubeless puncture-free set up, but will wait to see if he 'gets what all the fuss is about with E-bikes'


whistle






and what colour he picks biggrin
Yup, definitely get it, huge grin flying up and down hill and ploughing through anything! The 29er thing is new to me as well so physically a completely different experience.

Sometime in the future I will get an E bike, keeping options open at the moment as to whether that will be the next MTB I buy or whether it'll be another unassisted one
What’s ‘29er’ refer to?

gangzoom

3,581 posts

176 months

Tuesday 24th November 2020
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Chicken Chaser said:
How reliable are motors in the wet? Having read around the subject it seems there are some criticisms regarding the weatherproofing, cable positioning etc.
I've not had issues, but others who seem to ride in the wet a lot more have had issues. I've done coming up to 2k km is mine now since Feb this year. Absolutely love it as a commuter tool versus driving, you simply miss so much when driving. Stopped for 5 minutes today on the way home just to take in the sunset.

These eBikes really shouldn't be compared to normal bikes, more as replacement for cars.


Trophy Husband

3,164 posts

68 months

Tuesday 24th November 2020
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Chicken Chaser said:
How reliable are motors in the wet? Having read around the subject it seems there are some criticisms regarding the weatherproofing, cable positioning etc.
Few k miles on my Bergamont and never an issue with rain, moisture or puddles.
Bear in mind mine is a 2018 and very much a 'visible' battery. The Bosch motor has been through puddles that submerge it on a good few occasions, although I've been stressed doing it!
Perhaps the newer stuff is less well thought out?
Still chuffed with mine. Love it!


PushedDover

2,848 posts

14 months

Tuesday 24th November 2020
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TTmonkey said:
What’s ‘29er’ refer to?
Being unstoppable hehe
Esp with the tank weight of an eMTB !







(also the wheel size)

LeadFarmer

3,047 posts

92 months

Tuesday 24th November 2020
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TTmonkey said:
What’s ‘29er’ refer to?
Wheel dimension, or rather wheel with tyre. Though its a bit vague as the total diameter of the wheel and tyre together can be less than 29" depending on the tyres you fit.

LarryUSA

4,302 posts

217 months

Wednesday 25th November 2020
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After a long 7 month wait (Indiegogo), my FLX Babymaker Pro finally arrived yesterday. Carbon Gates belt drive, single speed, disc brakes, 350W hub motor. Took it out for a quick 13 mile test ride today. Level 3 assist at 15mph is about the most comfortable. Pleased with the look. (Yes, I know it’s a silly name)



PushedDover

2,848 posts

14 months

Wednesday 25th November 2020
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I remember the ad for that ^^^^ looked cool and a bargain. Keep up the reports please smile
Wednesday 25th November 2020
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LarryUSA said:
After a long 7 month wait (Indiegogo), my FLX Babymaker Pro finally arrived yesterday. Carbon Gates belt drive, single speed, disc brakes, 350W hub motor. Took it out for a quick 13 mile test ride today. Level 3 assist at 15mph is about the most comfortable. Pleased with the look. (Yes, I know it’s a silly name)


With saddle at that angle, you clearly have mahoosive balls so the name seems quite apt.

stargazer30

1,336 posts

127 months

Wednesday 25th November 2020
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shady lee said:
After abit of advice, hypertheticly* If I wanted to change my 9 speed cube acid 400 to a 11 or 12 speed what would be involved?

New "groupset"? Hanger, shifter etc?
Don’t do it. Mid drives like to eat chains and cassettes at the best of times. The 11/12 speed group sets use a thinner chain so it will be even worse.

nickfrog

13,146 posts

178 months

Wednesday 25th November 2020
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stargazer30 said:
Don’t do it. Mid drives like to eat chains and cassettes at the best of times.
That's what I thought. But that's not the reality, it's a myth from my experience based on SLX 12. After 2,000 miles on a Decoy the chain is still not on 0.70 wear and the cassette looks great. I don't understand why but wear is a non issue so far compared to acoustic.

Trophy Husband

3,164 posts

68 months

Wednesday 25th November 2020
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nickfrog said:
stargazer30 said:
Don’t do it. Mid drives like to eat chains and cassettes at the best of times.
That's what I thought. But that's not the reality, it's a myth from my experience based on SLX 12. After 2,000 miles on a Decoy the chain is still not on 0.70 wear and the cassette looks great. I don't understand why but wear is a non issue so far compared to acoustic.
I'd suggest us ebikers have better gear management available? My bike is 9 at the arse and 5 on the button. Thus 45 gears. Plus the motor brain reacts quicker than the human brain to leg reaction and then add in the finger to change gear! A bit like an auto box on a car won't let you fubar things? If that makes sense?

Barchettaman

4,033 posts

93 months

Wednesday 25th November 2020
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Chicken Chaser said:
How reliable are motors in the wet? Having read around the subject it seems there are some criticisms regarding the weatherproofing, cable positioning etc.
Combined 14,000km on ours; no issues (Bosch mid motors)

PushedDover

2,848 posts

14 months

Wednesday 25th November 2020
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Same on the 2,000 miles of bogging on my Bosch
(I think. As I am on motor number 2 biglaugh )

nickfrog

13,146 posts

178 months

Wednesday 25th November 2020
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Trophy Husband said:
I'd suggest us ebikers have better gear management available? My bike is 9 at the arse and 5 on the button. Thus 45 gears. Plus the motor brain reacts quicker than the human brain to leg reaction and then add in the finger to change gear! A bit like an auto box on a car won't let you fubar things? If that makes sense?
I didn't think of it like that but it makes sense.

CAPP0

17,338 posts

164 months

Wednesday 25th November 2020
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LeadFarmer said:
put the original Schwalbe Smart Sam nobbly tyres back on ready for winter
I seriously wouldn't recommend that unless you have no intention at all to ever encounter any mud! The Sams are utterly lethal in mud.