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    Cool-blue Rhythm Turboed out

    The specialized turbo with racks and bags and an extra light is making light work of my commuting

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    Personally I think this is where it's at:


    Stealth Electric Bikes Canada | Bomber | Electric Mountain Bike | Electric Dirt Bike | Electric Motorbike - Stealth Electric Bikes Canada

    I've actually seen someone riding one on the multi-use trails around here. Apparently it doesn't have a governor so it can do 50mph?

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    Dirt bike?
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    This guy is apparently using it for a commuter (and possibly other stuff as well...although he was on the paved path, and I was on the singletrack next to it). I guess it doesn't matter that it weighs 125lbs if it's got a big enough electric motor on it.

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    So cool - how is it to ride?

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    The specialized turbo with racks and bags and an extra light is making light work of my commuting

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    the ride over all is nice.. Iv been playing with the tire pressure to see how it can change the feel.
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    Congratulations to your new motorcycle.
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    Every fiber of my being tells me to hate this bimotorcycle. but part of me kinda wants it.

    If it was not the price of a Miata and a couple surlys. I might even be willing to buy it.

    If.

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    I have to pedal my bicycle...
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    Specialized brought a truckload of their most expensive bikes to a big event where I was helping the local mtb club show beginners around our beginner loop. I kept seeing those whiz by on the road on the way to the trail. I'm thinking about giving one a test ride tomorrow at the event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by car bone View Post
    Congratulations to your new motorcycle.
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    That thing is hideous!

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    Sweet ride!! How's the ride without the pedal assist?

    I test rode a Stromer ST1 recently, speed limited to 20 mph as per Washington state laws. One of the owners recognized me and said I was a strong rider to his friend. I've always been interested in how these perform when the battery goes flat, so I asked if I could take it for a spin.

    I said I wanted to see what it was like without the pedal assist, and took the bike for a spin, got it up to 21 mph, was having a pretty good time, much to the surprise of the owners. He didn't tell me, but he'd set it to the highest recharge mode, so it was taking power from the pedals and putting in the battery. Honestly, between my regular ride and the Stromer on recharge mode (or even without recharge mode), I didn't notice much of a difference!! Between my regular ride and the Stromer, it was 10 lbs heavier, the weight was all centered over the downtube, and it cornered like crap. He did have eBike tires on the bike though, whereas I had heavier tires.

    I've heard a lot of horror stories about riding these bikes without assist, but honestly I think modern motors are much better and you can't tell as much of a difference, other than the weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter006 View Post
    Sweet ride!! How's the ride without the pedal assist?

    I test rode a Stromer ST1 recently, speed limited to 20 mph as per Washington state laws. One of the owners recognized me and said I was a strong rider to his friend. I've always been interested in how these perform when the battery goes flat, so I asked if I could take it for a spin.

    I said I wanted to see what it was like without the pedal assist, and took the bike for a spin, got it up to 21 mph, was having a pretty good time, much to the surprise of the owners. He didn't tell me, but he'd set it to the highest recharge mode, so it was taking power from the pedals and putting in the battery. Honestly, between my regular ride and the Stromer on recharge mode (or even without recharge mode), I didn't notice much of a difference!! Between my regular ride and the Stromer, it was 10 lbs heavier, the weight was all centered over the downtube, and it cornered like crap. He did have eBike tires on the bike though, whereas I had heavier tires.

    I've heard a lot of horror stories about riding these bikes without assist, but honestly I think modern motors are much better and you can't tell as much of a difference, other than the weight.
    "eBike tires"? They have specific tires? Why? What are they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nemhed View Post
    I have to pedal my bicycle...
    You have to pedal this one to
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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLEKID5 View Post
    You have to pedal this one to
    We all have different tastes. for the money I'd not own one. But If you can spend that much without suffering and it makes you grin, It's not fair of us to judge.

    Ride what makes you happy. Unless it's from Wal-Mart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medic Zero View Post
    "eBike tires"? They have specific tires? Why? What are they?
    Example: E-Bikes | Schwalbe North America

    Typically they're rated for higher speed and better rolling resistance irrespective of weight, but occasionally they'll throw away the puncture resistant lining for a more supple, softer tire.

    Why: German law requires they have tires specifically rated for 50 km/h. Yes, I know, we typically go much faster than that... but they're the Germans, they like to regulate lots of weird things.
    What are they: They previously had a Big Apple that was super supple on there without any puncture protection, it's gone now... the tires I rode were the Energizer tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter006 View Post
    Example: E-Bikes | Schwalbe North America

    Typically they're rated for higher speed and better rolling resistance irrespective of weight, but occasionally they'll throw away the puncture resistant lining for a more supple, softer tire.

    Why: German law requires they have tires specifically rated for 50 km/h. Yes, I know, we typically go much faster than that... but they're the Germans, they like to regulate lots of weird things.
    What are they: They previously had a Big Apple that was super supple on there without any puncture protection, it's gone now... the tires I rode were the Energizer tires.
    Interesting! I had no idea!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Oh god. I have those big apples. Amazing handling tires at any pressure, but about a protective as a kleenex.

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