Ebike for commuting / carrying mid size load

cgo

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Hi all,
I've been researching a bit (online only), looking for an ebike for a commute about 12 mile one way, 3-5 days a week.
I currently do that with a normal touring bike.
I was first looking at the Blix cargo bike, but noticed that it does 20mph max and it's somewhat on the heavier side.
I looked at the Dost Kope, and that one seems like a good alternative, albeit quite a bit more expensive.
The Aventon Level also sounds like a contender.

I would like to be able to carry Panniers and occasionally a child seat with a child in it.

Do people here have experience with the above three bikes, or similar ones, for this kind of use case? If so then your comments
would be much appreciated.

One particular question: I would like to commute quickly and not sweat too much, so I expect to see myself using a high level of motor support.
Are the number of miles per battery charge that the manufacturers post normally meant for a lower level of motor support? Any experiences with the accuracy of
those numbers?

EDIT: I should add that I am 187cm in height, or just about 6'2.

Thanks a lot,
Christian
 

HIMI-RICK

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I suggest you check out the Highway Cruiser..........
I just got one 2 weeks ago and have put 200 trouble free miles on it. I luv it!
 

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I suggest you check out the Highway Cruiser..........
I just got one 2 weeks ago and have put 200 trouble free miles on it. I luv it!
That doesn't look bad at all. Do you know if you can program this bike to be a class 3 also?
 

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I have a Ride1Up 700XR, which is very similar to the Aventon Level. These are mid-range bikes that will get you about 25-35 miles fully loaded, using the battery assist #3 on level ground and #4 on hills. Maybe 40 miles if you really budget your battery use and do some work yourself. Stay off the thumb throttle as much as possible, and allow some stinging in those quads a bit on hills.

In the end, range is totally dependent upon how much you rely on that battery. Every commute is different. Every rider is different. Sometime you might just not feel like working that hard, and your battery will show you the results.

Unless you have bikes to compare on straight level ground so you can go back and forth until it dies, there's no way anyone can nail down the range.

Those miles I quoted are mine at 235lbs, with a full pannier of raingear, jacket, a heavy cable lock, and a cooler with a working man's lunch - about 17lbs pounds over my weight. I recharge every three days. With a life of about 500-800 charges, I'll probably recharge 75 times a year (over maybe 5years) before I have to get a new battery at $600 current price, or junk the thing.
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions! After looking at all the options, I went for a kit to convert my regular trekking bike into
an ebike. I really like that bike, and it has nicer components than the ready made ebikes that I was looking at.
While I was at it, I exchanged the chain, and I also got a better chain ring than the stock one from the Bafang motor.
It seems to work really nicely and gets me the 11 miles to work and back without sweating at all; no need to shower at work.

That way I can just keep using the setup I had before (pannier bags and an office bag with bike rack clips) to take my stuff with me.

If anyone else has a bike they like and want an ebike, I can only recommend this. Installation was fairly striaghtforward; I am not a mechanic and I don't do much work on my bike safe for small repairs and cleaning it now and then, and it was no problem for me to install the kit.
 

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions! After looking at all the options, I went for a kit to convert my regular trekking bike into
an ebike. I really like that bike, and it has nicer components than the ready made ebikes that I was looking at.
While I was at it, I exchanged the chain, and I also got a better chain ring than the stock one from the Bafang motor.
It seems to work really nicely and gets me the 11 miles to work and back without sweating at all; no need to shower at work.

That way I can just keep using the setup I had before (pannier bags and an office bag with bike rack clips) to take my stuff with me.

If anyone else has a bike they like and want an ebike, I can only recommend this. Installation was fairly striaghtforward; I am not a mechanic and I don't do much work on my bike safe for small repairs and cleaning it now and then, and it was no problem for me to install the kit.
So what kit did you go with? Lets have some details and pictures for others that maybe thinking of doing the same as you.
 
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