Does anyone have a Magicycle?

Allen

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I saw Magicycle ebike last night and want to buy one. Can anyone give me some advice about it ?
 

Nelson37

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Looks like a pretty standard, generic fat-tire ebike.

Does have a geared hub, which I prefer. However, that is for my own reasons and my own intended purpose.

Weighs nearly 80 lbs, which would be totally unacceptable for me. However, that is for my own reasons and my own intended purpose.

Some decent parts, not much detailed info on their site.

Third different brand you have wanted in a short period of time. Suggest you consider your options more carefully.

If you would define the purpose for which you want an ebike, what you intend to do with it, then I could offer an informed opinion on whether or not this, or some other ebike, would be suitable for your needs.

IMO, the whole fat-tire trend is not really a good idea for most people, it serves as cheap extra suspension but adds tremendous weight and rolling resistance, makes for a middle-of-the-road bike that is not very good for either on or off road, but can do both.
 

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Looks like a pretty standard, generic fat-tire ebike.

Does have a geared hub, which I prefer. However, that is for my own reasons and my own intended purpose.

Weighs nearly 80 lbs, which would be totally unacceptable for me. However, that is for my own reasons and my own intended purpose.

Some decent parts, not much detailed info on their site.

Third different brand you have wanted in a short period of time. Suggest you consider your options more carefully.

If you would define the purpose for which you want an ebike, what you intend to do with it, then I could offer an informed opinion on whether or not this, or some other ebike, would be suitable for your needs.

IMO, the whole fat-tire trend is not really a good idea for most people, it serves as cheap extra suspension but adds tremendous weight and rolling resistance, makes for a middle-of-the-road bike that is not very good for either on or off road, but can do both.
Well said, Nelson :cool:
 

Signmom99

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Nelson, in regards to your part about "the whole fat-tire trend......." if I may, a couple questions:

I am in process for the next 6-12 most doing my own research for my dream bike. I jumped in with blinders on and just am not please with the choice I made. That said, I currently have 2" street tires. At my age (early senior) my brain tells me that fat tires and especially having "nubs" would give me a piece of mind more than the street tires in regards to traction, safety, etc. Is my line of thinking incorrect? I've rode my Trek mountain bike (std bicycle) for years and they have had 2" tires but with nubs for use off road. I typically am in town or on paved trails. But there are times when I feel that street tires are just kind of slippery.

Is this all my mind doing a number on me or is it possible that while yes they wear faster and are more costly, perhaps a fat tire would offer a little more security for the older rider?
 

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Off-road tires with "nubs" are actually worse on the street. Street tires put more rubber on the road for more grip. Fat tires even more.

The issue with fat tire bikes is if you ever run out of power, they are an absolute lead sled to pedal

They were originally intended as "beach bikes", for riding on sand. Trend never really caught on. As a cheap way of getting some suspension and a softer ride, they make some sense but about 30 seconds of pedaling one shows the problem.

I went from 1" to 1.5" tires for better road feel, but I ride an unsuspended, road-style bike on very good roads and sidewalks. Lots of rain and sand scattered on roads, wider tire does give better "road feel". It is a matter of opinion and what you are comfortable with. Recommend take a few test rides, get some speed and coast over a few bumps and road obstacles. Remember that with power you will be moving at a higher speed, MUCH more often.
 

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Here is where my ignorance comes into play: am I understanding that there is a difference between fat tires and tires with nubs? I'll have to look into that.

But you are right, I do need to go see if I can find a bike with fat tires in the style I'm interested in and ride it to see what the feel and handle of that style of bike is.
 

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Knobby tires are for mud, dirt, and snow. Fat tires are just fat. There are thin(er) tires with nubs, and fat tires for the street. For good roads and excellent trails, a fairly smooth street tread gives least rolling resistance. Also when pumped up to higher pressures.

Fat tires run low pressures, lots of rubber on the road, lots of rubber flexing under load. Softens the ride. Reduces mileage. If you pedal a lot and need less than 20 miles at moderate speeds, less of a problem.

Range or comfort? Weight is also a factor, bigger rims, bigger tires, more weight. Any stairs or lifting in your future? Need more range, then need more battery, for yet more weight. A lot of fat tire bikes are pushing 70 lbs.
 

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schwalbe big apple ebike tires are pretty nice in my opinion.
I run the 29'er big apple on front and a 26" sarfas drifter on the rear.
Both pretty sweet road tires with a bit more meat @2.3" front and 2.1 rear.

Ride Safe! :cool:
 
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