Hi! I'm brand new to the ebike idea and new to this forum. I'd like to get an ebike to run errands around town, get some exercise at the same time, and of course there's the fun factor! My Honda Element gets about 20 mpg, which isn't hideous but not great either and gas, as we all know, is $3/gal currently. Longmont, CO is a pretty bike friendly town with lots of bike lanes, it would be easy to get around. So, there's some background, here's the question:
The ElecTrec ($975) vs the BionX (250w LiIon) ($1300 + $55 for thumb throttle)
Talked to someone who sells the ElecTrec yesterday. He rides one and loves it. Loves the freewheeling ability. Has ridden the BionX and doesn't care for the "feel" of it.
I too would like the feel of freewheeling but it looks like you can get that on the BionX as well?
Of course like the price on the ElecTrec but I'm really looking for the best options for the best price.
ElecTrec has SLA batteries, BionX has the LiIon--I've been told that the ElecTrec has more torque and therefore is faster off the line. Since I plan on using it as an assisted bike not a race car I'm not sure if this really matters.
Also have been told that the LiIon batteries are not really stable yet, compared to the SLA. True or not?
I'll spend more money if I'm going to get a good product that doesn't need to be messed around with constantly. You guys here look like you are really into tweaking and making your own and that's cool--but for me, I just want to ride without any tweaking
I need RELIABLE!!
I have a hybrid Trek that I could (or my Electrical Engineer hubby could!)put the BionX on. It's a good stable bike and already has my panniers, bike bell, my favorite seat, etc on it.
Wish I could try both types but haven't found a rental place or even a place that sells either darn it.
Thoughts and opinions would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much,