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Nice to ride, but sadly flawed.
I bought this bike for my mother to use - she wished to join myself and other family members in riding light trails and for personal fitness, and as she has not ridden a bike for many years and we live in a hilly area, I thought an e-bike was the answer. She is reasonably agile, works out at the gym, and is moderately fit for someone her age.
The bike is great to ride and simple to operate by bicycle standards and the three levels of assist give you the ability to adjust your workout to whatever level you would like. It is very quiet - it ...makes a slight hum when in operation, and cuts in and out automatically when you need it. It makes you feel like you have power-legs and is the perfect solution for someone who finds it hard to start biking because of poor fitness or difficult grades of road, or for someone who would like to ride to work but doesn't want to arrive in a complete lather. The disc brakes are responsive and easy to use. The quality of the components are acceptable for a decent entry-level bicycle, which this really is - the majority of expense lies in the electric assist. The frame is heavy and seems very solid. The battery is easy to charge - you can plug it in while it is on the bicycle, and it is easy to take on and off so you can charge it somewhere else if that is more convenient. The battery has a built-in lock so no enterprising soul can wander off with it while the bike is unattended. The distance travelable on the battery charge is considerable - around 50km on the highest setting, and 90km on the lowest - which is probably enough for most riders looking at this kind of bike. I feel there would ideally be one extra even milder level of assist, so as fitness improves, the rider can experience a level of riding that would approximate an unassisted bicycle. Even the lightest "Eco" level of assist feels like a considerable boost over my normal hybrid bike, but the e-bike is quite heavy and riding without assist at all would require effort excessive to what it would take to push a normal bike, especially since there are only nine gears. With the assist on, more gears don't feel necessary. The three assist levels combined with the nine gears give you 27 different settings, somewhat like having 27 gears. Having only nine gears does make it easier to operate. The weight of the bicycle is not typically a problem, although it does make starting more difficult, especially uphill, since the assist takes a moment to kick in and help you. It also makes it more awkward to load on to a conventional car bike rack, and unless you are fit and relatively strong, this might take two people. Some types of bike rack might not be appropriate for a bike of this weight. It was necessary to remove the battery to load it on mine, but this also did help reduce the weight a little.
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