Bargain Electric Bikes?

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  1. maison

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    my wife has used an electric bike for 6 years after bilateral knee replacement.

    The bike, bought in Britain 6 years ago cost £995.

    Although it performed well until a few weeks ago it suffered a complete failure with the motor burning out. As we were at our home in France at the time a phone call to the British supplier brought the expected response that they would have to see the bike to make a judgement on likely cost of repair. They also suggested that, after six years, the battery may be nearing the end of its life and it may be sensible to replace it at a cost of approx £300.

    A quick look around in France found a brand new electric bike for 299 euros! At the rate of exchange that worked out at under £230!

    OK, the battery is lead acid rather than Lithium based but it has three levels of assistance and a range of 25 to 45 miles depending on use rather than the 40+ of some lithium models. As my wife tends to limit her riding to about 30 Kms that is not a problem. It is fitted with a good quality Shimano 6 Speed dérailleur system

    Although the the battery is heavier than the lithium one the bike itself is lighter making the total 1kilo heavier in total than the last one.

    What is the quality like, well that remains to be seen, but at present it is performing well.

    The bike model has now been replaced by a new one which is about 350 euros but still very cheap by British standards.

    The bike was bought from the car accessory supplier Norauto which can be found all over France. We are not saying it is the best thing since sliced bread but :-

    Almost £1000 over 6 years
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    £230 for how many years?

    Seems worth taking a chance.

    The bike frame is guaranteed for life and the electrics for 3 years.

    Seems like a bargain to us.(y)
     
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    Where did you find one at that price ?
     
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    Norauto.....like it says on the tin !
     
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    You are going to give Eddie (Judgemental) a heart attack.:D:D:D
     
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    This thread has just cost me£580, after reading about norauto just found one in Verdun been in and bought TWO electric bikes for less than six hundred and they are not the ones with the lead batterys, but a fold up one for Julie and a full size men's bike for me with litium batterys.
    Thanks for the heads up on this one, anyone in France who is thinking of buying a electric bike get along there now they are selling at half price.
     
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    Hold on that was euros not pounds so probably £500 for two bikes
     
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    Blimey and you lot call me cheapskate because I prefer Aires & Wilding to sites, at least I spent a few grand on a couple of decent e-bikes (probably why I can't afford sites).:D:D:D
     
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    Back to aire now,charging up, but Julie, off on hers without the battery havnt got mine off the rack yet, but looks as if it would hold an elephant.
     
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    There you go £500 worth of bikes WP_20150629_19_20_38_Pro.jpg
     
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    By the way its a lot nicer aire than looks from the photo, the canal with boats is behind me
     
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    Stenay between Verdun and sedan, its in the aires book,8 euros a night including Lecky water, emptying, showers toilets even a washing machine, you can park either side of the canal, the other side is more secluded and most vans go over there but no view of canal, this sde is more car parky but right at the side of the water, plus the bars on this side
     
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    Didn't do anything with the bikes in France but now we are home, had a go on them last night , they are absolutely brilliant, don't know how long the electric side will last but the frame looks like it would last for ever, even found out mines got suspension.
     
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    I wonder if they do mail order, I could not get google translate to work on thier web site?
     
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    Don't know if you have found this site
    http://www.norauto.fr/catalog/576_2...tml;pgid=cFdcKE3bTrtSRpXP1ff2gqJp0000au7eHllx
    These are the bikes they are selling now the model numbers all end with a five, but the ones they are selling off , half price are last years and they end in 0, but I think you have to actually go in and see what the branch have left , there was only one left in the one we were in, one similar to mine but without a crossbar.
     
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    Are the bikes "pedal assist" type or do they have the throttle? We are looking for one that will help Mrs Colpot pull away from a standing start and also on hills.
    BTW Stenay Aire was one of our favourites - we stayed the other side to you and thought it was great - wifi as well was available. 0010 Stenay aire.JPG
     
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    Mine is the 450 which is now 455 and Julie's is the 210 which is now 215 and come complete with battery
     
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    They are only pedal assist, but start as soon as you turn the pedal, no throttle but what I have seen on here you are libel for having one with a throttle abroad anyway but I'm sure she would be ok with these if you start off in a low gear it's almost instantaneous.
    Must say I have not had anything to do with electric bikes before, but don't see how you could get anything better than these, but as I said don't know how long the electrics will last, but just looking at the nor auto site I see the new battery is only 89 euros , thought they were hundreds.
     
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