I notice that most of the people commenting and advising on this thread seem to be experienced and knowledgable with regard to off-road riding, the equipment and various components that go into making these capable machines. But, much of the terminology used has flown over my head, and I have found that some of the basic stuff, which is interesting for a novice, but probably boring for the experts doesn't really get covered.
Having just ordered a AM1000 I would like to offer the thread a different perspective. The perspective of a complete novice
I'm 54 years old, in good(ish) shape, and I love technology (not a techy though). I'm British but live in Southern Spain where cycling seems to be the national sport/pastime due to the amazing climate and stunning beauty.
e-MTB's have become really popular here, and I imagine in the rest of Europe as well, but they are still very over-priced, and limited to 15mph
I have been researching e-MTB's for a few months now and I came very close to ordering the same bike as my friend - a Specialized Turbo Levo which cost 8500€ ($9k), but a) I cannot afford it, and b) the power is limited to 15mph, it has no throttle and I just couldn't see 8500€ when I rode it. Remember, I'm a novice, a blunt instrument, so the super-duper quality components would be wasted on me (for now)
Anyway, 3 days ago thanks to the videos of Robocam (grateful), I found the Frey AM1000, and yesterday I pressed the button and placed my order with Ivy. I did it so soon partly because she told me that the factory will close for 3 weeks after this week and I didn't want to wait.
So, once my bike arrives I'm going to write a review and try to offer advise to others from the perspective of someone like myself ie a complete novice to Mountain Biking.
Ivy told me that I am the first to order from Spain. So I will report on my experience about ordering an e-bike directly from China to Europe, including any other costs involved. The quality of communication (during and after) and any hurdles that I come across.
I have to admit, the feeling of vulnerability is palpable. To press a button and send nearly 4000€ to somewhere other than Amazon (or anywhere else for that matter) is really scary. I've never done it before. However, I have to say it really does help to read, and hopefully be a future contributor to this thread. For example, as a result of reading others contributions, I have decided to change the front shocks to Lyrik. I've no idea what the difference is, but enough people with seemingly heaps of experience seem to think it's a worthwhile upgrade. Who am I to argue.
Well I haven't really got anything else to say at the moment. Writing this introduction has reminded me that I've just blown 4 grand...and I need to go lie down for a bit. Actually, in reality the bike has cost 8000€ because my wife has told me that she thinks it's only fair that she can go blow 4k as well
- Any advise on that one?
If anyone wants to ask any non-technical questions about my experience and findings as things progress I will try to answer as honestly and promptly as possible.
Cheers for now