I actually have a Decathlon 2 mins down the road from work, so I've just popped down there. Looks good in the flesh, unfortunately it was up high on the shelf so couldnt see too much but as you say the chain wheel was very small. As its a hub drive would swapping the chain ring for a larger own have any detriment as I am interested in potentially swapping out.Looks OK for the money. Gearing might be too low for riding on the road. I'd want a much bigger chain wheel than that. 48T would be more like it. AFAICS, it has a 34T or 38T chain wheel. It would n't be too expensive to change it.
Not so worried about that as I have a spare set of Shimano hydraulics at home but the lack of being able to enlarge the chain wheel could be an issue as I'd be using it for a commute, so having a limited top end could be frustratingAlso a downside / required upgrade for a happy ebiking life.... They come with mechanical disc brakes
Especially with a torque sensor, you can't air pedal. It might be worth having a close look to see how much clearance there is and what the chainline looks like. You might be able to space it outboard a bit more to give more clearance; however, all that might be a bit complicated with the torque sensor, depending on how it works and where it is. If it's in the motor, no problem, but if it's in the BB, it won't be easy.Not so worried about that as I have a spare set of Shimano hydraulics at home but the lack of being able to enlarge the chain wheel could be an issue as I'd be using it for a commute, so having a limited top end could be frustrating
No, didn't have the mid drive. The only electric bike they had was the ST500.I wonder if you can ride it round inside the shop our decathlon has all the cycles on the first floor I try not to visit on a Saturday with all the brats zooming around on a test rides
Did they have the new mid drive with the brose motor in stock
I will do, I'll let you know what I find out. But other than the chain wheel we would you say it's good value or should I go for a homebrew?Ask the guy where the torque sensor is. If he doesn't know, look to see if a wire comes out anywhere around the bottom bracket.
I think they actually do a 365 day refund guarantee so it looks like a no brainer to give it a try I guess. I'll see if I can take another look on Monday and take it from there.At £799 you will be pushed to convert /build a homebrew with all new parts ,and you can always take it back if you find a problem as they offer refunds in the 1st 30 days comes with 2year warranty too
Why would you commute on a mountain bike with knobbly tyres?Not so worried about that as I have a spare set of Shimano hydraulics at home but the lack of being able to enlarge the chain wheel could be an issue as I'd be using it for a commute, so having a limited top end could be frustrating
But it's £200 more, doesn't look as good and won't be as comfortable. As I've got older I much prefer a bigger tyre, suspension and a comfortable ride rather than speed.