Hi ! Here's a quick summary of my first summer with my eProdigy Whistler
I got my eProgidy bike at the beginning of May and I did more than 3000 km (May to November, minus September). I don't know if I will still be able to ride in the upcoming days as it's really cold now here (it was snowing today!!!) in Ottawa (Can). The first motor was faulty after 800km but eProdigy was really quick to send me a new one by express mail and the motor was really easy to install/replace (big advantage for mid-drive motor).
The good points about the bike:
- Style (I have the white edition - people didn't know if it was an electric bike or a regular bike)
- Battery (enough strong to make 35 km at 30km/h)
- Riding position (for my size, 5'11, it's just perfect)
- Energy meter on the battery (practical and more precise than the king meter)
Things to improve:
- Weight of the bike (it's really heavy but comparable to other electric bikes in the same price range)
- Quality of the cassette/chain (I had to replace it recently as the 6-7-8th gears were totally worn after 3000km and the chain was sometimes skipping, mostly under rain)
- King master meter (could have more info, like your electric consumption, predicted range and battery charge in percentage)
- More powerful motor ? 450w ?
Annoying things to replace/change
- Quality of the brake pads/pistons (I had to fix them 3 times during summer and they were hard to adjust - I might change them next year)
- Location of the speed sensor (the rear wheel is a "normal" wheel but the sensor needs to be so close to the disk that it's really difficult to adjust so I had to buy a separate speed meter as the built-in "regular" speed meter was on and off)
- Quality of the wheels (I broke 2 spoke nipples, one at the beginning of the summer after a week of use and one last week, but the bike shop was able to "save" them, wheels are heavy/steel and not really strong, spoke are painted white so you won't find them in bike shops)
I usually use my bike all week (Monday to Friday) for commuting and I ride on bike lanes (15 km trip X 2 so I recharge the battery in my office during the day - takes 3 hours to recharge). I often use it for small trips (grocery, library, bank). The aspect I like the most about this bike (and probably about electric bikes) is the fact that you can do good distances (15-25 km) without sweating (or just a little). At first, I was mostly using the throttle but then, I found it more fun to pedale. With saddles, it was perfect to go to work !
I plan to use this bike for 5 years (first year done) so we'll see how tough/good it's build !