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That's an interesting E-bike. Most are much heavier bikes including mine. My bike weighs over seventy pounds with the battery. The carbon bike has a 250W hub motor and my bike a 1000W. It takes a certain amount of power to overcome the weight of my bike. They may be more similar in assistance than seems at first glace. I don't understand the removal of the hub motor to ride without assistance vs just not using a level of assist. I would like to know more about the bike if it sees production. At first glance, it is a bit feature deprived for the price range they are targeting. More information might prove that wrong.

I still have my carbon frame bike that I rode a million miles on. It hasn't a great deal of value but was quite the bike when I purchased it decades ago.
 
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It was cold and windy today. After I mowed I repaired my tube and remounted it. Putting the back wheel on the bike it a chore that I dislike. It's awkward on any geared bike and extra difficult with disk breaks and the added weight of the rear hub motor. I took it for a three mile test ride to make certain the derailleur was operating properly and the wheel was running true.
 
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That is another cool bike. Bamboo... that's crazy but I love thinking out of the box. As for being sane.. not a chance. I am a bit crazy when it comes to riding a bike. I've been an avid rider most of my live. Just when I thought my riding was over, e-bikes entered my life. I keep taking about them because they are a rush to ride. I wish everyone had a chance to hop on an e-bike and ride around the block. That's all I did and came straight home and ordered one. It's a combination of the speed with a lack of great effort, the fun of being outside with the sun and fresh air, and the exercise that I'm in love with. I'm 71, three months post suffering a widow maker heart attack that only 6% survive, and I'm riding and loving it. If it makes for a bad read, please just ignore the thread. Just be certain to not pass up a chance to test ride an e-bike. Life changing...
 
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I enjoy your talking's about e-bike's, I'm still waiting on the right one to get.
A lot depends on what sort of riding you anticipate doing. Naturally price has a great influence over every purchase. There are features to consider and quality of the bike build. I'm pretty satisfied whatever you decide on when the time is right to invest will be loads of fun. The best part about waiting is there are more manufacturers getting into the e-bike market which is causing a more competitive market producing better bikes for less money.
 
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I can't blame you for that Bear. I have two bikes that are basically the same and made by the same company. The older bike cost me $900 more than the new bike that has a number of performance upgrades. I'm not a bit sorry for either purchase. The older bike and I had some great times that I would have missed out on if I had waited four years for the upgrade bike to be produced and the price to drop.

I managed to work in a ride this afternoon. It was my typical 21 mile loop. It was in the high sixties with a pretty stiff North wind. I did see some other riders. It was a good day to be riding.
 
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We rode the bikes both Sunday and Monday. Our rental cabin was in the woods in the hills around Hochatown Ok. It is a big resort forested area with roads winding in and around the large hills there. Some gravel and some sort of paved roads taking advantage of the woods for cabins like ours to multi million dollar digs. We rode around looking at all of the rental and get-away properties. It was some challenging topography for bike riding and quite fun on the E-bikes. Saturday after riding for about and hour we rode down to the highway and had a beer at one of the local hangouts. It was a blast! If it wasn't so dang far down there, I love to do the same trip next summer. Here is a picture of the drive to our cabin.
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I rode today with the weather simply ideal for the bike time. I rode thirty two miles today which was three loops to the next town south and back. Seventy six degrees with 12mph South wind is pretty hard to beat. I checked the odometer before riding today and I logged eighteen miles riding the hills of Hochatown. We rode much slower being in the hills and loose riding surface. We weren't in any hurry and were taking in the sites. We had deer dash across the road in front of us a number of times. It was a special time on the bike. I didn't see any deer today on my local ride but I did see quite a few riders taking advantage of the warm weather and low wind.
 
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I had a wonderful day out riding. The weather was ideal and I rode before the sidewalk traffic became congested. The icing on the cake today was I was actually passed for the first time. The guy waited on me to drive by him then he pulled out behind me, caught up with me, and passed me. It took him three miles that I rode my normal speed of 25mph to go around me. He pulled off and I followed him and we had a great visit. He was riding an e-trike that he had customized. It was a nice bike and he was pretty proud of it. He was determined to pass me and I let him. I could have easily rode faster than his bike was capable of but why? Turns out that he is a long time bike rider that eventually went to a motorized trike for the comfort of ride and design that keeps his butt comfortable and his hands from going numb.
I'd guess the guy to be my age. We both had to cite the merits of e-bikes and note their growing popularity and our surprise that we don't see more of them with the recent prices dropping.
I logged 30 miles today and wasn't ready to put the bike up when I called it a ride.
 
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