Is it cheaper to buy electric bike abroad?

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  1. colyboy

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    Seen several items stating it is now the time to by a MH abroad because of E rate, would this be a good time to buy a electric bike abroad? Looking for a Bosch powered one.

    Sat here at my computer as it is Peeing down outside, lets hope its better for Malvern.

    colyboy
     
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  2. Techno

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    They all seem expensive to me but with euros at 72p surely it has to be better?
     
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    there used to be a factory making electric bikes in portugal. lots used to visit the factory , if my memory is right it was around the tavira area but i might be wrong .
    one year it was like everyone apart from us had bought one . we use dax monkey bikes . chinese versions .
     
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    The Kalkhoff/Raleigh factory in Cloppenburg used to have an end of year sale in the run up to Christmas don't know if they still do.
     
  5. Cobweb

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    I assume that it is cheaper to buy an E Bike in Germany . We considered it but in the end bought Kalkhoff e bike from 50bikes.com . Simply because I wanted it and I wanted it now ! I wanted to familiarise myself with it before setting off to Europe .
    Also if anything was to go wrong it would be much easier to deal with a dealer within a couple of hours travel . Financially propably not the smartest move but since I am very happy with the bike I can live with it .
     
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    Think that it is 50cyles.com
     
  7. Judge Mental

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    Look on German Ebay. Ebay.de


    Just like motorhomes, madness buying a German e bike or van in UK!lol
     
  8. Lenny HB

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    Took all of 2 days to get my bikes delivered from German, and saved £800, must be made money if you can't wait 2 days.:LOL:
     
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  9. Cobweb

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    Yeah .... 50cycles.com ! Too much vino last night .
     
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    50cycles gave me a chance to try before buy and at the time I was not sure if I would even like the bike
     
  11. Lenny HB

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    Road loads of different bikes in UK before ordering, would have liked to by in the UK but dealers not prepared to discount much. My mate was also looking at buying 2 bikes so for 4 bikes best we could get was 5%, German list price was already £400 cheaper than UK List and I got another 10% and shipping cost was only about €60 for all 4.
     
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    Were they LHD ones ????? and did you have to change the light????
    Why does this place get called treasure island. I cannot imagine.
     
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    One thing for sure, if you decide on a European made bike from a UK dealer you needn't feel bad about pressing for a substantial discount. Especially if they have not dropped their prices in the last year.

    Dick
     
  14. Lenny HB

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    Did you think you were making a funny?

    Yes they are, front brake is on the left, easy to swap if cable brakes if hydraulic disc a right pain, left mine as they are you soon get used to it I've had French bikes in the past.
     
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    Most continental bikes do that and I do not know why we are different, and I was also being sarcastic about the differences here and the rest of the COMMON MARKET as there seems little in common between us and the rest especially in the costs of things.
     
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    The brake is on the left so that when a car has cut them up, they can slam on their brakes and gesticulate wildly with the Galoise in their right hand :D
     
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    Hymer e bikes are on sale at Durrwang-Morlein, Hymer main dealer in Dortmund, normal price 3000 euros, sale prIce 2000 euros, roughly £1400 at today's rate.
     
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    not sure on all the specs on leci bikes but here in benidorm at the carafour leci bikes are 549e
     
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    I am on my third Kalfhoff which speaks for itself. Upgraded every couple of years putting the old one on eBay getting a good price! They are not cheap but worth every penny. The latest having a belt-drive lasting five times longer than conventional chain, no messy chain oil and very smooth. The quoted mileage on a charge low assist which is the most used is 125 MILES per charge!! On high assist about 45 MILES distances quoted are for an average weight person and the mileage is genuine possible having used the bikes (wife has one) whilst touring the Romantic Road in Germany. I did check in Koblenz bicycle shop on the overseas price compared to the UK and the savings were minimal so decided to purchase from 50 cycles in the UK. Brilliant bikes, people who say they are cheating . . . true, the whole xperience is easier but we don't have a point to prove. We use as we think fit with assistance from none to max. We rarely use the car at home (Brighton) shopping and going into town on the bikes, something we never did before as the hills around are mega! I can't praise these bikes enough, build quality etc. Whatever you do don't throw your money away on a cheap one. Remember the weight ie 21kg WITHOUT THE BATTERY. The battery is good for 1500 FULL charges before any detrioraton in assistance and it is not cheap to replace at £750 which I must confess is my only gripe but will come down as the batteries on older Kalkhoff have done . . . I hope this helps with your decision. 50 cycles UK also have a good selection of second hand bikes on their website which is worth a look.
     
  20. Lenny HB

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    I don't see that just had a quick look e.g. Agattu Impulse 8, £550 cheaper in Germany.
     
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