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Jun 10, 2013
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Having read various threads on here I'd gone from thinking of getting folding ebikes to the idea of converting our existing full size manual bikes.

Now having read on here of a couple getting their brand new electrics stolen off their bike rack at Honfleur I'm looking at folders again.

Does anyone have e-go bikes just seen an ad in MMM?

https://e-gobike.co.uk/
 
Jul 22, 2013
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I have a couple of Decathlon folding E bikes and although a bit heavy, they were good value brand new and decathlon warranties are good with bundles of stores around UK and Europe in case of problems
 
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There's lots of folding ebikes out there but I get the impression that Decathlon, from looking at their website, need a more reliable generation of vehicle. It's just the brand 'e-go' that I'm looking at in this thread.

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Sep 20, 2014
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Interesting, I quite like the idea of the Max version but not many stockists listed (none near me) and didn’t see an address for the vendor on their website.
Any idea where they are located?
 
Oct 29, 2008
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Owning electric bikes ourselves, we test drove a few before realizing that you need good gearing, good comfort and fit and not tiny wheels. We have 20" wheels and 7 speed shine gears on ours and can get up all hills we have tried and have cycled a good distance. Remember all gaers are not the same, dont presume that one 7 speed is as good as another. We wanted the bikes to folf to go under our bed so were limited in size.
 

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I would also re-iterate that you need to try them before you buy.

We have a couple of AS folders with the 26 inch wheels which work well for us but we are not serious cyclists.

We've had our bikes for quite a few years but the technology has moved on (as have the prices) since then. I have attempted to try other e-bikes since we bought ours but have found that with the higher priced / "better" bikes the step though is too high for me.

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They're in Wadhurst, Sussex a bit SE of Tunbridge Wells. I like the look of the funky tyres, too!

Interesting, I quite like the idea of the Max version but not many stockists listed (none near me) and didn’t see an address for the vendor on their website.
Any idea where they are located?
 
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I know next to nowt about bikes so no I hadn't thought that all gears are not the same! I'd kind of discounted 16" wheels. What makes did you try and end up with?

Owning electric bikes ourselves, we test drove a few before realizing that you need good gearing, good comfort and fit and not tiny wheels. We have 20" wheels and 7 speed shine gears on ours and can get up all hills we have tried and have cycled a good distance. Remember all gaers are not the same, dont presume that one 7 speed is as good as another. We wanted the bikes to folf to go under our bed so were limited in size.
 
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I know next to nowt about bikes so no I hadn't thought that all gears are not the same! I'd kind of discounted 16" wheels. What makes did you try and end up with?
We tried all the ones at shows, and ended up with Dahon 20" folders converted to front drive electric. Prefer front drive as its like having 2wd when you pedal.

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I've just bought an E-go Max on Thursday. Apparently it was the last Max for sale in the UK as the factory in China has been closed for a month due to Coronavirus; so new supplies are delayed. I got it from Jacs Electric Bikes in Aylesbury. I'm very pleased with it . I've ridden it up 17% hills back home in West Yorkshire with no problem, and it does have good range. I was impressed by Ross at Jacs as he is an Ebike enthusiast himself, and also by Glenn the E-go importer who has been very helpful. As a happy customer I can recommend the bike and the people behind it.
 
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I know next to nowt about bikes so no I hadn't thought that all gears are not the same! I'd kind of discounted 16" wheels. What makes did you try and end up with?
The rear gear cassette is made up of a number of gears - anything up to 12 these days with only one chain gear. More usual is what is known as a 2by or 3by in that you have two or three gears on the front (chain rings) and 7 to 9 on the back (rear cassette). On a mountain bike the cassette is often a 14-32t. This means that your smallest gear has 14 teeth and the largest has 32. You can also get 11-28t cassettes often found on hybrid bikes. When in top gear, doing 15mph on the road a 14 tooth gear will need your legs going round faster than an 11 tooth. However an 11 tooth gear will need more power to go up a hill. The 32 teeth gear is good for going up steep hills and with the use of the chain ring helps mountain bikes go up rough terrain.

So gear selection comes down to where you are likely to be riding. Rough terrain or smooth roads. Hope this helps.

Let's not get into the effect of larger wheels and crank size couple with offset and head angle.......

ps. Cassettes cost less than £30 and take 2 mins to change (with the right tool) so can be swapped easily.
 
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I wouldn't discount small wheeled bikes. I have a Kalkhoff Sahel. Even towing our 24kg dog in his trailer uphill is easy.

 
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Thanks a lot its great to hear from someone who actually has the e-go!

Glenn told me that there's a stockist not too far from us, I'd like to see any model but like you my initial thought is for a max. That's quite a recommendation saying it goes up steep hilks in Yorkshire, were in Sussex and there aren't hills down here. What max range have you had from it so far? Have you tried it in conjunction with your van or car yet eg whats it like for folding and msneuvering in the vehicle boot / garage?

I've just bought an E-go Max on Thursday. Apparently it was the last Max for sale in the UK as the factory in China has been closed for a month due to Coronavirus; so new supplies are delayed. I got it from Jacs Electric Bikes in Aylesbury. I'm very pleased with it . I've ridden it up 17% hills back home in West Yorkshire with no problem, and it does have good range. I was impressed by Ross at Jacs as he is an Ebike enthusiast himself, and also by Glenn the E-go importer who has been very helpful. As a happy customer I can recommend the bike and the people behind it.

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Where was the conversion done and how much did it cost? Im still torn between converting our full size bikes myself (though I know so little about bikes when the next post I'm about to read mentions cassettes I expect the bike to play music) but on-rack security puts me off that idea and towards folders.

No bought it done
 
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