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Old 07-05-2021, 01:23 PM   #1
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Question E-bikes?

Hello! I'm looking into picking up an E-bike. I'm not able to walk very far, and think this is my best option to get out and see things that I used to walk to.
I've decided I (think) I want a 26"wheel, folding, 500w pedal assist and throttle type. I know they weigh in at about 50lbs, and I can manage that to get it in the RV or onto a bumper or hitch mount.
Trying to keep it under a grand, but would consider a bit higher for the right thing.
Just wondering who has e-bikes? What suggestions/advice/pros/cons y'all have? Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-05-2021, 02:04 PM   #2
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My wife and i both have Lectric XP e-bikes and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Version 2.0 just became available and are priced at just under $1,000.
https://lectricebikes.com
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Old 07-05-2021, 02:10 PM   #3
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My wife and i both have Lectric XP e-bikes and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Version 2.0 just became available and are priced at just under $1,000.
https://lectricebikes.com
We’ve had ours for a year and a half and love them. Both fit in the back of the Wrangler
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Old 07-05-2021, 02:11 PM   #4
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My wife and i both have Lectric XP e-bikes and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Version 2.0 just became available and are priced at just under $1,000.
https://lectricebikes.com
I guess you have an earlier version, wonder if the range is what they suggest.

My wife really wants an e-bike. I would be willing to stick with my old pedal bike, but actually, it is a pain to haul. A fold up unit like these would be pretty nice. Wife would definitely want the better seat, I would want at least one set of baskets.
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We have a pair of GB500 from GreenBikeUSA.com that we carry in back of our Jeep JKU. Going on 3 years with them. Plenty of range and we enjoy the extra help on long rides or hills. Little more than your budget though.
https://www.greenbikeusa.com/products/gb-500-mag
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Old 07-05-2021, 04:05 PM   #6
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Brother and Sister in law purchased "Rad" bikes. They are very pleased. I think they were $1,300.00 to $1,500.00. they used thier stimulus check to purchase them.
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Another vote for Rad Power Bikes. We have put 900 miles on ours and they work great.

https://www.radpowerbikes.com/produc...mini-step-thru

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Are the E-Bikes allowed on the hiking/waking trails in parks? Thinking of Utah parks?
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I am not going to go into whether Rad of Lectric is a better bike/value but I will say when you compare specs and pricing it's easy to see why both of these bikes are selling so well that there are 12-14 week lead times on orders

In our case, we have owned 2 of the original Lectrix XPs since 2019 and they haul my 235 lbs around just fine.

I did end up selling them to some friends when our new Lectric STs (Step-through) 2.0s came in the other day. I will say that they are $100 more than the previous version and IMO well worth it for the upgrade(s) of front suspension and a much beefier rack as well as attach points for front and rear baskets and a place to mount a bottle holder.

We really like our lectric bikes and we especially like the way we can fold them and get 2 in the back of our Jeep Grand Cherokee as well as in our previous Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon!
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I've had my folding e-bike for over 4 years now. It's pretty small (250w), & weighs only about 45 lbs, but it's got 7 speeds, 3 electric assist levels & a throttle. Sure I could have one with more wattage & longer battery life, but mine is just fine for me. I can easily handle folding/unfolding & lifting it. It fits in the back of my CRV so it stays clean & safe. I get about 25 miles on a charge.

I got it because the scooter I had was over the wattage limit (mine was 1000w), as well as it didn't have pedals - both of which are restrictions for being allowed on the rails to trails paths. All these paths have signs that say "No Motorized Vehicles" but my e-bike is allowed due to the low wattage & it having pedals.
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I got a townie go 7d by Electra about 2 years ago. It doesn't fold up but it fits in both our toads if I remove the front wheel. I pull a small trailer with it at times.
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I have a Raleigh Sprite which is a full size (28" wheel) ebike. I take the baytery out and remove the front tire before stowing it inside my Honda CRV. I removed the larger seat in the rear, allowing room for the ebike and my pedal bike too. I like having the bikes inside the vehicle. They stay dry, can't fall off the vehicle and are more secure. Lifting the ebike, even when the battery and tire are removed, is a bit of a challenge. Good luck with your purchase, they are a lot of fun and I use mine to run errands on many trips.
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No, not generally. They often do have a few accessible trails for wheelchairs and walkers, but bikes, no. You will want to check the website of each park for the rules.
Can you imagine an ebike capable of 30mph + on a crowded trail?
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Depends on the state laws. In OH (& any state I've been to so far), mine can go on any bike trail because it's such a low wattage & has pedals to be manually propelled. It's not powered by only the motor.
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