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  1. Bonzo Banana

    Is there a better option than a Cube Reaction Hybrid?

    My point is many have posted comments previously about Cube being a high quality German product with perceived extra quality when in fact they are mainly an importer who buy from quite low end factories in the far east which is information very easy to find online...
  2. Bonzo Banana

    Is there a better option than a Cube Reaction Hybrid?

    I've been critical of Cube bikes but mainly because sometimes pricing is uncompetitive for the spec and there has been obviously better bikes available for less etc. Ultimately though if that is the best deal you can get then that is the best option. My point is mainly most brands are just...
  3. Bonzo Banana

    Bosch motors & batteries

    I think you have to look at the products themselves with regard engineering. There is very little to go wrong with a direct drive motor hub and they are typically very overbuilt and heavy however some are coming out of fairly basic Chinese factories but still overall a very reliable and simple...
  4. Bonzo Banana

    Bosch motors & batteries

    I think off-road is where the problems are, they can have a tough life climbing steep ascents etc and do fail quite frequently and then you face huge repair bills as Bosch is pretty much a controlled environment with no 3rd party compatible components like batteries. I think for a general...
  5. Bonzo Banana

    Rider weight and electric bike performance

    Also the heavier rider may have a lot more muscle mass and be capable of generating more watts so there is a variable there. The chap in that video is quite elderly and dare I suggest not capable of particular high wattage. Soo many variables I would find it hard to make a decent analysis but...
  6. Bonzo Banana

    Halfords Bike Service

    Those basic low end dual suspension bikes need constant attention and adjustment. Unfortunately Halfords aren't like a independent bike shop that would just say take it away not worth repairing because they sell such models themselves. I've spoken to staff in both Halfords and Cycle Republic and...
  7. Bonzo Banana

    Help! Secondhand e-bike

    Sadly the battery is a huge chunk of the price of an ebike and when the battery is end of life with very little charge capacity people will sell on their ebikes for the maximum they can get and many people don't seem to factor in the state of the battery when they buy s/hand ebikes so prices are...
  8. Bonzo Banana

    Ebikes and the Unfit Very Heavy Rider - A Cautionary Tale for Newcomers

    Basically a few months before I got covid I'd done an injury to my feett that caused Plantar Fasciitis due to walking a long distance in poor shoes. Then I got covid at the beginning of 2020 and suffered from long covid from then on. The long covid puts you in a inflammed state with congestion...
  9. Bonzo Banana

    Ebikes and the Unfit Very Heavy Rider - A Cautionary Tale for Newcomers

    Like you I am a heavy cyclist so 45 miles is the max I've done in a day but hope to achieve more. I'm recovering from long covid and have some heel pain indirectly related to long covid. So just doing that 70 mile trip will be a huge challenge for me which I'm not quite ready for. I should...
  10. Bonzo Banana

    Ebikes and the Unfit Very Heavy Rider - A Cautionary Tale for Newcomers

    7.8 miles is probably more than the majority of the world's population have ridden a bike. A huge number never ride a bike except as a child for short journeys. My mother rode a bike many years ago and I think she said only about 3 or 4 miles maximum. The most I've ridden a bike in a day is...
  11. Bonzo Banana

    Cube 2022 e-bikes

    Whatever works for you but it seems like it will now be much harder for Cube to be competitive in the UK at least until they fully adapt and just have bikes coming straight from China or Bangladesh etc to the UK. My point isn't don't buy Cube but just don't pay over the top for the brand focus...
  12. Bonzo Banana

    Cube 2022 e-bikes

    I think they have factories in China plus Cambodia and Vietnam so can cleverly avoid EU tariffs. I think companies like Halfords change factories fairly frequently, some of their bikes at the moment are coming from Insera Sena in Indonesia but some are coming from Cambodia and this could be...
  13. Bonzo Banana

    Cube 2022 e-bikes

    I would imagine being a German importer now with the Brexit arrangement they can't use the 'last significant process' rule to pretend the bikes are sourced from Germany and would have to pay additional taxes to sell into the UK. They probably have set prices for the year so it made no...
  14. Bonzo Banana

    Ebikes and the Unfit Very Heavy Rider - A Cautionary Tale for Newcomers

    I'm sure they all measure at the crank/bottom bracket axle. There are some many variables to incorporate into the power output of motors fitted to ebikes. For a start many of these so called 250W nominal/rated motors often peak at upto 700W or more and that is perfectly legal commercial ebikes...
  15. Bonzo Banana

    Hi. Any help appreciated, my Carrera crossfire e has died, commuter

    Not worth looking into getting the Crossfire repaired? How many miles do you get out of a charge, 20 miles maybe? Well 20 miles x 500 charges is 10,000 miles so the battery should still have capacity left and doesn't the bike have a common issue with a torque sensor. It feels like with a bit of...
  16. Bonzo Banana

    Ebikes and the Unfit Very Heavy Rider - A Cautionary Tale for Newcomers

    I don't know why but I found it quite amusing watching him ride that entry level ebike. He normally rides I guess you would say mid-range road bikes and so was interesting to see his perspective on a low end tourney freewheel based drivetrain. His perspective is as valid as anyone else's I...
  17. Bonzo Banana

    Carrera Crossfire E 2.0 (2021 Model) VS Woosh Gran-Camino

    Are you the person to give a fair opinion on them. You keep calling them Halfrauds and yet Halfords massively undercut the price of bikes compared to many independent bike shops. I bought a Carrera Subway 8 about 9 or 10 years ago for £240 and got £80 in spending on accessories which was an...
  18. Bonzo Banana

    Carrera Crossfire E 2.0 (2021 Model) VS Woosh Gran-Camino

    There are people on youtube filming their uber, stuart and just eat deliveries that use their suntour equipped ebikes for a huge number of miles per day who haven't reported issues. Here is one channel but there are quite a few that are using Carrera ebikes mostly either the Subway or Crossfire...
  19. Bonzo Banana

    Carrera Crossfire E 2.0 (2021 Model) VS Woosh Gran-Camino

    I wouldn't argue against that but Halfords are so massive in the UK with something like 40% of all bikes sales across a huge number of stores. There are more bikes sold at Halfords than all independent bike shops in the UK put together and Halfords sell lower cost bikes where as independent bike...
  20. Bonzo Banana

    Ebikes and the Unfit Very Heavy Rider - A Cautionary Tale for Newcomers

    There is no shame in getting off and walking sometimes for hilly sections. When a heavy rider tries to get up a steep hill that puts a lot of extra stress and fatigue on the frame in the bottom bracket area as you work hard to cycle up the hill but often its very slow and seems pointless...