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Best (affordable) e-bikes for uphill commuting?

Hi all, I'm looking to get an e-bike to switch from public transport as this would save me an hour a day. Any ideas for good brands or shops or other starting points?

The bike needs to be able to climb 400m every day without problems.

In the slow category (max 25km/h) and under or around 2k.


Preferably the bike would offer enough assistance so that I can arrive at work without being sweaty.

I'm in the French (Lausanne) region if that matters for the answers.
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Re: Best (affordable) e-bikes for uphill commuting?

I used this model but from earlier year, it is certainly enough for climbing 400m per day, unless it is 100km of total distance or a 45 degrees glacier, creek or mud. Your weight also makes some difference: for 50kg person it has more than enough power, but for 100+ kg load it may be insufficient and will definitely make you break some sweat during the steep uphill sections.

Also, the components quality of that bike was good, but the build quality was just satisfactory. I had to check and tighten all the bolt and nuts, to tune the shifters and to realign the brakes slightly.
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Re: Best (affordable) e-bikes for uphill commuting?

For mountain roads get an ebike with mid motor (i.e. Motor not in wheel hub). Most hub motors overheat in mountain runs.
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Re: Best (affordable) e-bikes for uphill commuting?

For under 2k you need to do your own conversion to get a good bike. Amazon.de sell conversion kits coming from china if you do not want to order direct. I am just about to mount a Tongsheng mid drive onto a second hand mountain bike. Total parts cost will be SFr.1100.

Good second hand ebikes are available on Ricardo or Tutti for 1000 to 2000 but you will be lucky to get one with a good battery

Landi has (had?) a reasonable hub motor model for 1000

Coop reduce their ebike prices at this time of year - it might be worth looking there but their service is lousy - everything has to be sent away to a central workshop.

These people do great models for around 3000
https://www.aureusdrive.ch/de/

Totem are the bottom end of the range -interested to hear about positive or negative experiences
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Re: Best (affordable) e-bikes for uphill commuting?

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Hi all, I'm looking to get an e-bike to switch from public transport as this would save me an hour a day. Any ideas for good brands or shops or other starting points?

The bike needs to be able to climb 400m every day without problems.

In the slow category (max 25km/h) and under or around 2k.


Preferably the bike would offer enough assistance so that I can arrive at work without being sweaty.

I'm in the French (Lausanne) region if that matters for the answers.
Aldi have some Ebikes for 1400chf with a Blaupunkt motor... no idea what they perform like though and I didn't even know Blaupunkt made Ebike motors. https://mein.aldi-suisse.ch/de/liefe...28%22/p/445596

Aldi generally have a relaxed return policy though so may be worth a try.

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Re: Best (affordable) e-bikes for uphill commuting?

Those stromers are pretty amazing although damn expensive..

One was in front of me Thursday on a long steep hill .. The guy was going for it, out of the saddle peddling but they doing 50+ up hill!!
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Those stromers are pretty amazing although damn expensive..

One was in front of me Thursday on a long steep hill .. The guy was going for it, out of the saddle peddling but they doing 50+ up hill!!
Not OP's priority, but would an s-pedelec like that Stromer be subject to EU Directive 168/2013 or Swiss transcription thereof?

https://www.theverge.com/22385197/st...ed-pedec-l1e-b
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Re: Best (affordable) e-bikes for uphill commuting?

When you say commuting, I imagine it's about riding on an asphalt road, one way uphill, one way downhill.

It really depends, mainly on the elevation angle and your weight, but a good light road bike make do better than heavy e-bike under 2k. I recently bought a road bike, ~8 kg, and compared to a 11 kg mountain bike going uphill is like turtle to a dog. Road bikes are so energy efficient. I bet the slick 25mm tires, vs bumpy 50 mm tires, are the majority of the improvement. Going steep uphill road I often tend to do stand-up pedaling as it's so effortless yet much faster than lowering the gears by 3-5 steps. However it all depends on your physical ability, if you are currently using a light road bike my hint is useless for you but if you were riding heavy city bikes, which tends to weight 15kg, or a mountain bike, I recommend to give a nice road bike a try.

There is a nice bike shop (or used to be nice) https://www.the-bike.ch/ in Pully, where I bought my first bike in Switzerland. Though I'm not sure if they are still such customer friendly as they were a few years ago. This year I also went there to just talk to the guys to let them find out what I would be happy with but it somewhat didn't work, the new guy out there treated me perhaps like a customer who doesn't want to buy anything but just keep looking... well, I left and I did my few-evenings homework and finally ordered something online without even a test ride
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Re: Best (affordable) e-bikes for uphill commuting?

A bit over your budget but this bike is a great entry level E-bike. I have one and it’s very very good. In turbo mode you will have no problems going up your hills, you might however be charging the battery quite often if you use that mode as it only gave me around 40kms depending on hill gradient of course.

https://shop.godspeed.ch/de/cube-tou...RoCla8QAvD_BwE

PS: I got mine from Velo plus but I could t find the link. They gave me 1yrs free insurance with Zurich. Might be worth checking them out as I thought that was a nice perk.
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Not OP's priority, but would an s-pedelec like that Stromer be subject to EU Directive 168/2013 or Swiss transcription thereof?

https://www.theverge.com/22385197/st...ed-pedec-l1e-b
This should give you an overview as to what is permitted or not (depending on what the signs say):
https://www.verkehrsclub.ch/ratgeber...rkehrsschilder
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Re: Best (affordable) e-bikes for uphill commuting?

Rent an ebike first to get a feel of its power and assess what you need or don't. You may find that you'll regret not paying more.
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Rent an ebike first to get a feel of its power and assess what you need or don't. You may find that you'll regret not paying more.
Good point - especially considering the OP didn't state whether he was a regular cyclist already, or a beginner or lapsed cyclist.
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Rent an ebike first to get a feel of its power and assess what you need or don't. You may find that you'll regret not paying more.
Great idea. The business renting electric bikes at train stations: https://www.rentabike.ch

They also sell their used bikes from 3-4 years ago with nice discounts, so check for Vélos d'occassion (used bikes).
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Re: Best (affordable) e-bikes for uphill commuting?

Good idea on renting. My partner and I had never used an E-bike before so rented a standard Flyer from SBB for the day to bike along Lake Konstanz, great fun and led to buying the Cube in the link i posted above.

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Re: Best (affordable) e-bikes for uphill commuting?

Thanks for all the info friends, I was not expecting this many replies. This forum is the best!

The idea of renting one before buying is very smart and I'll definitely do that.

I was also looking into second hand before but my lack of knowledge on the market makes it really hard to make a calculated decision.
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