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Best electric bike?
« on: March 19, 2020, 02:20:53 PM »
Looking for info from guys in the know about e bikes, from what I’ve learned the mid drive motor is best for our terrain here in the northwest. Looking at the 750 watt, and if Trump sends us money, prob spend around $2,000.  Any recommendations? Don’t need to hear the bashing about them, heard it all. 
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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2020, 02:55:00 PM »
I'm happy with my Rad Rover.

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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2020, 03:05:22 PM »
+1 on the Rad Rover

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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2020, 03:09:40 PM »
Look at "Bikes Direct" website. You pay close to wholesale and not for a brand name. Same drives though..
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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2020, 04:09:25 PM »
rad rover are great for flats or slight inclines.  Look at a middrive motor for steeper country. :twocents:

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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2020, 04:24:43 PM »
+1 on the Rad Rover

++1 on the Rad Rover.  The Rad Mini is pretty cool too. 

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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2020, 07:25:08 PM »
I have loved my Radrover so far. I have put about 200 miles on it in the last couple months riding the logging roads in western Washington. It's not a mid drive but it works great for where im riding. I could probably get 25 miles or so on one charge and that's with a fair amount of climbing.

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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2020, 07:46:57 PM »
If you want one of the best, buy a Specialized, can't go wrong. Mid drive, great warranty, lightweight and will go for ever on a charge.

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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2020, 06:22:12 PM »
Specialized but a little more than $2000 I don’t think Rads are mid drive

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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2020, 07:13:03 PM »
I like my Rad Mini a lot.
It never changes, but it is always different.

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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2020, 09:03:49 PM »
Specialized Turbo Levo!!

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Re: Best electric bike?
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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2020, 09:43:42 PM »
Specialized but a little more than $2000 I don’t think Rads are mid drive
Yep, rads are hub driven but do well for most terrain around these parts. Its hard to beat their price point. Bolton ebikes makes some pretty good upgrades for the rover to get it closer to the mid drive torque performance.

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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2020, 10:56:07 PM »
I am really looking at the Rambo Roamer 750, it’s a mid drive and around 2,400. The reviews are good.
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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2020, 11:23:31 PM »
My buddy has the Rad Roamer and has been pretty happy with it. He has a couple hundred miles on it now on the Peninsula and it is holding up well so far.

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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2020, 09:39:03 AM »
The specialized bikes are double the price but there’s a bit of difference
Weight they’re 1/2 at about 35-40 pounds instead of 70-80pounds and they have normal size mt bike tires but as the rads and rambos they do not have a no pedal option as you have to pedal no matter what but the bike is night and day different in quality and if your battery does go dead you can actually pedal or push it out easily

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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2020, 10:08:22 AM »
Our family has quite a few Ebikes, (diff makes) they are all great and fun to ride but my Specialized Turbo Levo SL Comp is hands down my favorite. The Specialized is the only one that is still fun to ride when the battery goes dead. My Juggernaut Bike Trix is not even an option going up hill :chuckle: you might as well get off and push. Seems like the bigger the tires the harder to ride when the battery goes dead. My Specialized has a 2.3 width tire where the Juggernaut has the fat tire, maybe something to consider.

Also check the warranty on the diff bikes when purchasing cause this could make a diff. Our Juggernaut's are made in Canada and I had a gear go out in it the drive system, took for ever to get repaired and these bikes weren't cheap. I broke the connector from the bike to battery on my Specialized unloading it out of the truck and the local shop fixed it and warrantied it instantly with a brand new battery and it was my fault, not a defect.

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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2020, 10:23:44 AM »
Those specialized must be the best, but no way will I spend 7,000 on an e bike. Crazy expensive!  But I do appreciate the info.
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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2020, 10:26:32 AM »
I built my own from parts bought from Luna cycle a couple of years ago and couldn’t be happier.  They sell converted bikes as well as the parts to convert them yourself.
Not as integrated as one made by specialized or other high end pedal bike manufacturers. the options for doing it yourself tend to exclude torque sensing power distribution and hidden motors/batteries and are higher in weight than one made by a pedal bike co.  This only matters if you want it to behave like a pedal bike with “help”, particularly for recreational trail riding.

I built mine for trapping and grouse hunting with a big motor, huge battery and a wide gear ratio. I have a trailer for it and regularly use it to haul 3 50# beaver and three 12”x18”x36” traps at the same time.  I have had 250# in the trailer on fairly flat roads and you know that it’s behind you but it pulls it just fine.  I don’t think many off the shelf bikes will do that, particularly the hub drives.

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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2020, 10:34:07 AM »
yeah dont buy a biktrix juggernaut fs i can speak to that.  Customer service was really lacking lots of lip service.  They have at the time i bought mine in 2019 a bunch of suspension  issues as well as axle issues.  Bike was returned!

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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2020, 11:52:58 AM »
You can buy a Specialized Turbo Levo I believe till April 16th
for about 4600.00 and get a 258.00 rebate.
My friend Peddled up Hollar pass which is 8 to 9 miles and almost
3000 ft elevation on full power and still had 50% power left when done.
Specialized is diffidently best in class. 

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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2020, 05:21:26 PM »
Jake, did you get an ebike?

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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #22 on: May 05, 2020, 09:10:10 AM »
I pulled the trigger on a Rambo roamer, supposed to arrive today and I ordered it on Friday !!   Also got fenders, rear rack and the two wheeled pull cart, can’t wait! I went though a guy at ABO outfitters and got a better deal than the Rambo site.
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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #23 on: May 19, 2020, 10:46:01 AM »
I have been playing around with a neighbor's E bike.  These things are pretty cool.  I am amazed how quiet it is.  Most of the others I see around are hub, chain to pedals, or mid drive with chain.  Those all seem to make a certain amount of noise--like a little hum or whine noise (especially with a chain).  The mid drive with the belt system is quieter than I would've guessed.  One thing I like about it is it can be run slow enough that you can keep your feet off to the sides to stay upright.  With my pedal bike, I have to pedal a certain speed or I weave about...unfortunately that is too fast for looking for deer or elk off to the sides.  The bike really moves up hill.  It has a speed limiter so can't go over 28 mph and is 1000 Watt, about 40 miles on flat ground per battery.  Pretty neat what these things can do.

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Re: Best electric bike?
« Reply #24 on: May 19, 2020, 10:51:46 AM »
I'm looking to put a mid drive pedal assist in any Trek Marlin.  Any recommendations?

 


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