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Discussion in 'Which electric bike should I buy?' started by Eurydice, Jan 25, 2018.
What is an LBS?
local bike shop
Strange comment. The 2018 Bianchi Metropole Lady e-bike you sell (£1900) uses a Phylion 400wh battery. Generally, Phylion use Samsung or Panasonic cells. How is that in any way inferior to a Bosch or Yamaha battery?
I test rode one before buying my B'Twin last year. The bike seemed pretty good for most people's urban a to b requirements but didn't fit mine (which is more cross-country work). If you're looking to just get around town it is definitely worth a look in as rear hub motored bikes are not common at that price! I had a good trundle around the Halfords car park and some local roads for about 20 mins.
Since you're in this part of the market I would also recommend looking at the B'Twin Elops 500E and 900E (which I own), both from Decathlon. Bear in mind the Pendleton tyres probably aren't very good and switching to tougher Schwalbe e bike tyres will keep your mind at better ease from flats and punctures. The B'Twin has integrated lights which is a very handy feature that I don't think the Pendleton does.
Neither Decathlon or Halfords tend to have the bikes in store so you will need to buy them online and have them shipped. But you can still say 'no' at the checkout (though make sure that's the case with their local employees first!).
Website says £750 now, must've let some go cheap & then woke up.
Rack is bolted on frame, so can be changed. Unfortunately Seat tube looks unsuitable for children's seats.
Shame it's gone back up in price (Halfords prices fluctuate wildly so it could be back down again in a months time)
At £500, you can knock off 10% with a British Cycling membership discount, and there's quidco/topcashback and gift voucher discount...easy to get it down to about £400 of it comes back on offer.
I think at that price it's hard to beat, you could just about get the battery/motor kit for that price, and then fit it to a donor bike, plus the warranty etc...it don;t get much cheaper. Ok it's heavy, a laid back rider style (could be your thing), and a bit low rent parts wise, but c'mon, it's very cheap and you could do a lot worse for your first e-bike. Selling it on you won't lose much
Thank you all so much with your input. I went ahead and bought the Pendleton (I didn't know about the British Cycling Membership) for a couple of reasons, mostly it was the on handness of the store and after support, the man that makes the bikes has an ebike himself and loves it and has been working there for many years.
He took his time to explain how to look after my bike and motor along with the warranty and that there were so few on Ebay with the number of them Halfords have sold made me feel that people like their Pendleton Ebike.
So last week, 25 years since riding a bike, I went out with my little family for our first bike ride ever. My Boys were delighted, happy and over the moon that I was joining them and to be honest my heart danced to be out with them.
Thank you all and thank you to the person that invented ebikes
Glad you got yourself sorted in the end Kat.
Hope you enjoy many hundreds of e-miles out with the family as the days lengthen and summer approaches - hopefully.
Does anyone know if the Pendleton can have a throttle retrofitted? The wife has been looking at them (and the Elops 900!!) but she's concerned that on her bad days (suffers from Fibromyalgia amongst other things) she'd need a throttle to get her going.
Can't answer that.
But being a new bike even if it had throttle option, throttle is only operational once pedalling has commenced.
Wisper bikes was selling older stock models with full throttle which at legal without pedalling, don't think they were step thru though.
Hi Neal, you are correct, they are cross bar bikes, we only have 4 left now.
All the best, David
Damn... Oh well looks like I just need her to pick a style of bike for me to look at converting this could take a while!
I have had the Pendleton e-bike for almost 18 months and to be honest it has been quite good for getting me to and from work, the only issue so far has been the rear sprocket, has just gone to free wheel, which I need to get fixed. I am going to see if the warranty covers this, I think it had a 2 year one.
Well after another "sit" on a Pendleton and then ANOTHER trip to Decathlon swmbo declared the decathlon elops a better feel but the lack of throttle is still an issue there. So at the moment keeping an eye on good old ebay for Woosh, in particular the Petite as she needs the smaller frame (phew managed to do that without a short joke!)
It's a 317Wh 4P10S battery using Samsung ICR18650 22P cells. I manufacture batteries and this is by no means a poor implementation. (I opened one up )
Thanks for info. I was looking before for same and came across info on 11ah version in link below to pdf. The 'smart bms' has a uart with tx & rx wires that are part of the middle battery connectors. I am guessing here but I think the manufacturer/supplier can interrogate the battery here to see remaining capacity, amount of charge/discharge cycles (guaranteed to 500 ) etc.
Fantastic! I'll get cracking. Many thanks.