Is this used cargo ebike worth the price?

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Is this used cargo ebike worth the price?

Post by bchaney » Aug 16 2019 10:25pm

2014 Xtracycle Edgerunner with a BBS02 kit, 1100 miles on it. Guy wants 1500. Worth it? How long does a li-ion battery pack last? I'm a bit concerned about the age. Thanks for any help.

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Post by Drunkskunk » Aug 16 2019 10:47pm

Well, it was a $2000 bike with a $500 kit, but it's 5 years old.
I'd say it's a fair price, if it's in good shape.
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Re: Is this used cargo ebike worth the price?

Post by dustNbone » Aug 16 2019 10:59pm

Battery life has little to do with calendar age and more about the life it's had.

If it's been stored at a proper voltage (not full, not empty), hasn't been subjected to high heat, and wasn't abused electrically, it really comes down to how many charge cycles it's had.

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Post by john61ct » Aug 16 2019 11:03pm

Assume you'll need to replace the pack within 6 months. If not then great, but for the value estimate.

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Post by wturber » Aug 17 2019 12:04am

My rule of thumb is half of the new price assuming the item is in good condition and not obsolete. So were it me, I'd look for $1250 as the price - especially with the big question mark on the batteries. That's not so say that $1250 is the right market price, it is just my general approach.
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Post by qwerkus » Aug 17 2019 2:32am

wturber wrote:
Aug 17 2019 12:04am
My rule of thumb is half of the new price assuming the item is in good condition and not obsolete. So were it me, I'd look for $1250 as the price - especially with the big question mark on the batteries. That's not so say that $1250 is the right market price, it is just my general approach.
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Half price is a good start. You never know the exact history of the bike. Doing a test run would be great. Ask the seller to fully load the battery before you arrive and take your voltmeter with you to test battery voltage.
> 54V = great.
> 53V = ok.
> 52V = acceptable.
< 51-52V = forget it.

Also pay attention to any strange noises on the bbs. But than again, even if its dead, that bike is GREAT for a strong rear hub motor (small wheel). Think brake help and Regen. I'd remove the bbs02 and put it on something lighter, like a commuter, and definitely mount a hub on that cargo.

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Re: Is this used cargo ebike worth the price?

Post by markz » Aug 17 2019 5:43pm

A used battery, assume its worthless!

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Post by dogman dan » Aug 18 2019 8:28am

Agree subtract battery price from original, then half price it if in very good condition. If well worn, then one third price. So $750 to a thou.

Me. Id be trying to get it for 250, because Im just a cheap bastard. I'd be hoping the seller had no idea what it is worth. Really good bike, even if you stripped off the motor.

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Post by bchaney » Aug 19 2019 10:31am

Thanks for the advice guys. I ended up passing on the bike but will keep looking and have a better idea of how to value another bike in the future.

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Post by E-HP » Aug 19 2019 11:01am

bchaney wrote:Thanks for the advice guys. I ended up passing on the bike but will keep looking and have a better idea of how to value another bike in the future.
Good luck. The price did seem high given the unknowns.

I see a lot more of these bikes now, mainly in the morning with parents commuting with one or two kids out back. The powered bikes are mostly the Bosch mid drive version. I saw a guy in the path on Saturday, and he was hauling a huge load of cargo, so they look really sturdy.

If I had room in my garage, I could see building a long haul cruiser out of one, but I need to test ride one first. I see the bikes going over the same ruts I’m riding over, but it looks like the long wheel base smooths out the ride a lot even without suspension, so I’d to feel that for myself.


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Re: Is this used cargo ebike worth the price?

Post by markz » Aug 19 2019 1:18pm

I havent seen many e-cargo bikes. I know one guy downtown who is a courier that has a cargo, or it might be a trailer, but I have no idea if his is store bought or made. I sold a conhismotor kit to a guy who was going to put it on his cargo. He didnt like my battery so he bought a new one.

I have been seeing way more store bought ebicycles this year then last year. As people get older, and with more and more condo's and the condo craze, I know people who are going from two cars to one and buying an ebike. I think people go out looking for a regular bicycle, seeing the ebikes, being deflated from the price but being amazed on the test run and buying anyway.

One acquaintance saw me with my ebike, had his license taken away by a doctor, and purchased a store bought fat trike for C$3600. I could have saved him a wad of money but its his money.


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