Folding Electric Bikes

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  1. Ridgeway

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    I noticed a few positive comments about AS Bikes of Coventry regarding their folding e-bikes but I wondered if anyone can recommend any alternatives with a budget of around £500-750.

    There's plenty out there but most are £1k upwards which is too much for the use it will get, so want something more modestly priced.
     
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    We have looked at them a few times in the past couple of years or so and are now seriously considering them again, if we can sort out a way to charge them as we don't do sites!

    We had a good look at the 3 dealers at Newark show and also talked to others who have different makes too. We found out that you need to check the quality of the gears etc fitted to each make as some have cheapo ones, some only have 6 gears, whereas others have 7. Suspension IMV is important, front fork suspension makes riding a bike much comfier as there's much less jarring, rear isn't quite as vital so long as it has a comfy saddle, although it may be possible to fit a suspension seat post if required. Then there's the battery type, how long it takes to charge and whether it has to remain in the bike to do so, or can be removed, and also how much a replacement battery would be if needed (ranging from £110 to well over £300!). Motor size is another consideration: 36v is really a minimum as this puts less strain on the motor although you can get 24v but these, as far as we're aware, are really only good for power assist (PA) and not ones where you don't have to pedal at all, although even on PA only they can be on their limits. Some are heavier than others and some fold smaller, so don't assume because one will fit in your locker that they all will - make sure you measure each individually.

    You also need to try them, personally we didn't like the ride of the AS ones, but found the others very nice, the Roodog ones in particular appeal.
     
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    Great summary and thanks for that.

    Interesting you say that the AS wasn't that comfortable although I guess it's a personal choice thing and a test ride is important in this case.

    Regarding comfort, this is for SWMBO so comfort is king and I suspect a test ride may take some time and we'll end up eventually buying the first one after testing around 20 different bikes:Rofl1:
     
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    Kudos battery can be charged in situ or removed and charged seperately.
    seat has good adjustment. whe had crank cog(the one with the pedals) changed to a bigger one. lights work via battery bike can be ridden as a pushbike or with pedal assist or the throttle can be turned for no pedalling at all.
    the larger wheels 20" as opposed to the 16" on others also assist the riding
    easy to assemble.
    easy to ride
    Folds quite small and came with a free wheely bag too
    well worth the money.:BigGrin:
     
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    I noticed the lights, also they come with a carry bag which may come in handy.

    Overall they look pretty good and top of the list so far:thumb:
     
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    Had AS bikes for about 5 years now.. We both have one.

    They are completely abused and mistreated yet have performed perfectly ..
    Minor issue we had was sorted out for free ( years after any reasonable warranty would have run out )
    The batteries are still spot on and still last far longer than our bums do !!
     
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    We have had two AS 24volt folders for about five years now. Bought them at Peterborough. Great service from the owner. We charge them on the move with inverter which is not true sine wave.
    We have done 35 miles on assist with still plenty of battery left. Cannot recommend them enough. We tried every one being sold at the show. Great because you can ride around as much as you wish. AS were the cheapest and felt the strongest.
    Batteries are removable for charging. Don't know the replacement cost but show no signs of flagging after five years.
    Can ride up a steep hill on assist while sitting on the saddle with minimum effort. Or use throttle only without pedalling. Wife tends to use throttle only while I like to use assist so as to get a bit of exercise.
    Book for Peterborough an give them a try.
    Steve
     
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    AS certainly get some great feedback and the product looks good. Doing some final homework this week before deciding.
     
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    I just purchased the latest version for the missus, though she only went around the block so far, she gave it a big thumbs uo:thumb:
    The latest type has higher gearing and better lights and revised battery controller, plus a double height saddle post,
    the one extra I brought for her was a quality gel saddle design for women's rear ends, we intend to get good use of it over Easter
     
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    Maintenance.

    Quality ones unplug the driven wheel for repair, cheapo ones the driven wheel is fastened to the bike, a real pain.

    It's a bike, make sure you like the handling.

    Battery, the more watt/hours the better.
     
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    If interested. I have an as bike for sale top spec, back injury forces sale ,bike is priced to sell £350' pm me if interested..........Del
     
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    just bought an AS bike from their unit for the wife. She loves it, can't get her off it and the service from AS at their unit was excellent. Free set of panniers and they have suspension seat posts if you need the extra cushioning. Recommended.
    Martyn:thumb:
     
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    At the last Shrewsbury Show, we tested and purchased two, well satisfied. However, what I was going to say, they had a couple of returns on offer at special prices. So have you asked if they have any "little used" for sale, if you have a restricted budget, just a thought.
     
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    Went for a Kudos Secret from Fosse Bikes. Got it sent to the hotel last week when in the UK and then put it in the nice rolling case it came with for the return trip. Used it quite a bit this weekend and what a pleasure to use, perfect for use with the camping car:thumb:

    Really like the light weight design and hidden battery feature, very neat. Loads of power as well, i guess as its light this helps.

    Thanks for the input guys and gals
     
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    We considered the Kudos Secret but they don't have front fork suspension which is a must for my wrists and only an 8ah battery with a stated 500-600 recharges which isn't a lot IMV.
     
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