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    £1000 cycle 2 work halfords crappy voucher

    You accused me of having some vested interest in Ebco e-bikes too when I disagreed with you about the relatively unknown (in this country) TranzX M16 mid-drive motor (and hub vs mid-drive motors generally). No involvement in bikes, e-bikes, sales, manufacture or distribution. I'm just...
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    £1000 cycle 2 work halfords crappy voucher

    As I recall, the optical torque sensor becoming dirty or the odd lug breaking was never the real issue. The frequent cut-outs of the old model were attributed variously to a loose motor connector (cable tie fix), a loose battery (bungee cord fix), dirty display contacts, or an oversensitive...
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    £1000 cycle 2 work halfords crappy voucher

    So you're suggesting that because that one component appears unaltered, all the well-documented problems of the 2017 Crossfire remain with the current, substantially changed 2020 one?
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    No Suspension

    At the risk of disagreeing with the majority here, I'd agree with Woosh. As low-cost sprung forks go, the NEX is easily worth the slight cost and weight penalty. It's far, far better than the oft-found "trampoline" springing of cheaper coil forks, and much better than no fork suspension at all...
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    £1000 cycle 2 work halfords crappy voucher

    Your Crossfire experience is with the older model; it's not relevant to the revamped post-2019 one - the model you would buy today. Just looking at the current 2020 version, anyone can see it's a very different animal to the 2017 version with the changed frame, battery, and controller etc. The...
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    £1000 cycle 2 work halfords crappy voucher

    And you can tell just from the old Phylion batteries, both those videos relate to the old pre-2019 Crossfire versions. The question is how reliable are the newer ones (other than the fickle charging connector, which has now been resolved)?
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    £1000 cycle 2 work halfords crappy voucher

    Your experience isn't really relevant anymore given Halfords totally revamped the Crossfire in 2019 with new frame, new battery, new controller, revised torque sensor and (some say) a newer motor version. You say both your returned Crossfires dated from 2017 - that's not really the same e-bike...
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    Help! Advice on a readybuilt or bike to convert for a heavy person (20 stone)?

    This 55Nm mid-drive e-bike carries 20-stone easily (I have one, and did weigh more than that) although it's not a step-through: 20mph on the flat, and with the right cadence and gear choice, up 15% hills too with relative ease. 11Ah/400w battery gives 30-mile-plus range easily with a mix of...
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    Is the Raleigh Strada TSE any good?

    Yes, quite so. In fact, every e-bike manufacturer I've ever found that did use the TranzX M16 system (eg.: Ebco, iZip, Raleigh, Winora, Hecules, Victoria - all strong brands in their own respective countries) have since chickened out and changed to Bosch or Shimano. It takes a brave person to...
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    Is the Raleigh Strada TSE any good?

    I'm a big fan of the M16 (I have one too on an Ebco e-bike). Yes, it's much quieter than many of the Bosch's I've ridden, equal in power (55-62Nm), and still being made (which those of Bosch et al circa 2014 vintage aren't) That says a lot in my book.
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    Speedo problem (Oxygen S Cross MTB MkIII)

    That much I understand, and would too be seriously cheesed off about it. I have two e-bikes, neither of which have a throttle. It's not a problem I personally encounter. But each to their own... Yes, I understand that problem too, and count myself lucky to have bought a second e-bike at the...
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    Speedo problem (Oxygen S Cross MTB MkIII)

    Okay, it's been grating on me for a while now having followed the OP's posts... I can understand the popularity of the original MkI and MkII Oxygen e-bikes, given the free ability to derestrict them. But Oxygen have totally ruined the main feature of their e-bikes with this MkIII by removing...
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    Help! ebco eagle LSR:50

    AFAIK, the Ebco Eagle was simply an e-bike made entirely by JD Components (aka TranzX) and branded Ebco for the UK market... like the later Pulse models which then became the M-Series which Ebco also marketed under their own name after it (TranzX themselves call it the Mavis series, that later...
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    Is the Raleigh Strada TSE any good?

    It's nice to see confirmation about the long term reliability of this TranzX M16 drive system. The only problem with it seems to be that it doesn't have "Bosch" written on it, which likely explains why most will overlook it as a perfectly credible option. It's nice to also know that the M16...
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    Which e bike for 70 year old

    Not a good analogy. There are a ton of independent Beemer and Merc specialist mechanics who (in my experience) know the cars far better than most Main Agents, have access to both original and third party (cheaper) parts, and don't charge anything like main agent prices. As a Bosch-equipped...