Help choosing my first Ebike

Chipster79

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I'm looking to get back in to cycling after 10 years of driving. I want to get rid of my car as I only use it for work and shopping. I use the train and buses a lot to travel but want to start biking to keep myself fit and venture out further than I normally would. I'm looking to use it mainly on the road with a few grassy hills.
I've spent two days looking at bikes and I've narrowed it down to three.

Haibike SDURO HardSeven 1.0
Carrera Crossfuse
Raleigh Strada Elite

I don't know anything about bikes but I'm learning. I prefer the look of the Haibike and I prefer the Yamaha battery but only because I love Yamaha. I also love Bosch. I'm not sure which is better. Strada has a Shimano battery. Price isn't important but they are almost equal.
If anybody has had any experience with these bikes or can offer advice any help is appreciated. Thanks
 

Woosh

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all the bikes above use a torque sensor to work out how much assistance to give.
Have you tried a bike with a cadence sensor?
They are very different in approach. Bikes with cadence sensor let you pedal as much as you like, much easier to ride uphill.
 
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Nealh

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Chipster if you have good stamina/ leg power then go for the torque sensor bike, if you lack leg strength or tire after a while or during a longer ride then consider buying a cadence pedal sensor system.
Try both systems before you buy.

Torque sensor is a power multiplier, generally they will provide up to 3x the input you provide, cadence is different and will quite happily provide up to 100% with little effort or ghost pedalling if tired.
 
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Chipster79

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Thanks both. I will look into that. I think I have good leg power as I'm on my feet all day and used to walking miles.
 

Chipster79

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I rode a Stella Arturo Steps bike on holiday for around 8 hours a day and was not tired once. I went up some very steep hills. No idea wether that was torque or cadence. How does that compare to what I'm looking at? I can't find much information about it.
 

soundwave

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haibike but if you can afford it a fs would be better esp if you want to go off road in the future ;)

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Chipster79

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Thanks, I can afford it but can't justify spending that much on a bike for my needs. Not for my first bike anyway. I don't plan on going off road, at least not in the near future. I'll only be making short journeys but hope to venture further out if I get brave enough. I'd rather spend a bit less and put the rest on other gear like helmet, gloves, lights, etc. I am pushed towards the Haibike for it's looks but I really can't decide.
 

Nealh

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The Shimano likely will have been a Steps 6000 or 8000 mid motor, both torque sensing.

The Carrera Crossfuse can be had for better price join UK cycling for about £25 and get another 10% off at Halfruads or wait until it is on offer and get 10% off on top.
Lots of choices out there.
 
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Chipster79

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Yes I was just looking at the British cycling club. Thank you. £20 for the silver membership. Good saving.
 

Chipster79

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Well after hours of looking and arguing with myself I've ordered the Haibike HardSeven 1.0. I'm not sure on the size. I've gone for medium (45cm). I'm 5'5 with a 32inch inside leg. Is the medium too big or should I have opted for the small?