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Old 17.05.2016, 13:37
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Dear EF, help!

I have two potential ebikes in mind but I know nothing about ebikes.
Both are swiss built (I think) similar price, weight, max speed support, but which is better?
Use is for country side bike ways and occasional gravel paths.

Bike 1

or

Bike 2

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Old 17.05.2016, 14:10
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Re: ebike experts - opinion needed

I'm no expert, but I'd go for the first one with a Bosch motor/battery combo. . The range (reichweite) on that one is 110km, supposedly. The range on the 2nd is only 60-80km, supposedly - and there is no mention of the brand of motor. Keep in mind that they overestimate the specs and that there will really be less range - i.e. they base the specs on a very light weight guy riding downhill with a tailwind and minimal electro-assist...
Also, the battery charge is weakened over time and may only achieve an 80% charge after a few years, or less. And cold weather also adversely affects the charge.

When the battery goes dead and there is no electric support, you're left with a very heavy bike to pedal, with a lot of internal friction and drag.

My wife has this bike in last year's model, with the 45km/hr motor and 500w battery. I think it's about as powerful as ebikes come these days.:

http://cresta-swiss-bike.ch/portfolio/egiro-plus/

She rides 32 km each way to work and back daily, and it has just enough charge to get her there using full electro-assist. She needs to charge it during the day and again at night.

You also may want to look into a 45 km/hr model - i'm not sure if the 25km/hr models have a governor that limits top speed, but 25 km/hr seems like a joke. However the 45km/hr ones require a little license plate and maybe other red tape...

If you want to go on longer rides than 30 km (approx 1 hr rides), you may just want to get a normal non-electric bike, or I guess you could carry along an extra battery pack. But a 5 hour ride in the country - forget it, unless you only use the electric assist very sparingly. But then you're pedaling a super heavy bike, and you'd be better off with a normal bike and would save a load of cash.

just my opinion and 2 cents..
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Re: ebike experts - opinion needed

I'm no expert but as an ebike owner myself I would go for the first one. As mentioned before, also the battery is supposedly better.
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Old 18.05.2016, 11:11
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Re: ebike experts - opinion needed

first one it is...

bought from a local friendly bike shop, although can't believe you can't really bargain in this country, they did throw in some "freebeeze" (more comfy saddle, a basket for the OHs bike, a helmet for the sprog...)
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Re: ebike experts - opinion needed

I'd concur that the Canyon is likely the better choice for your use - more readily available parts from a well established make.


The second one is pretty and is nicely equipped too (although I'm not sure about the make of the motor) but looks to be more of a town bike, given the spoke style and look.


Report back and let us know how you're getting on!
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Re: ebike experts - opinion needed

By the way, I bought my bike last march and so far I only used it a couple of times...I'm not like some people I see using a bike with cold and rainy weather....it needs to be warm and sunny... I think my bike will become a garage queen ;-)
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Re: ebike experts - opinion needed

Yep it was miserable out there today, cycling to and from work. This being said, having decent gear makes a huge difference. I made the effort to put my work shoes in a bag and wear my waterproofs and it almost could have been dry out.

I still think that the smug person who said "there's no such thing as bad weather, just poor equipment" was a little optimistic though!
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Re: ebike experts - opinion needed

hi, any recommendations for men or women or unisex e-bike between 800 and 1200 CHF price range?
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Re: ebike experts - opinion needed

I've been looking at e-bikes recently and am coming to the conclusion that the best value approach could be to fit a motor to a bike I already own (for reasons well described in the links below).

https://electricbike-blog.com/2016/0...ot-get-punked/

https://www.electricbike.com/18-reas...d-a-diy-ebike/

I'm still researching, but will probably go for a Bafang kit sometime soon.
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hi, any recommendations for men or women or unisex e-bike between 800 and 1200 CHF price range?
There were some good deals to be had at the Pop up Bike Store
https://bikepopupstore.ch/ on Kalkbreitestrasse

They had some end of series stock in for 500CHF w/6 months guarantee amongst other things. Worth a look.
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