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- Jan 21, 2021
OCEAN STATE OR EBAY. CHINESE JUNK. ENJOY!My stepdaughter's boyfriend is looking to get a moped or eBike. His mom said the budget is $600. I don't think they can push it, the family is of modest means and has four boys (young men) living at home. This will help him be independent and get a job locally, but outside of the usual walking distance.
I asked if they could raise their budget to $800, then the Lectric XP Lite is a good option, but they can't.
The Sailnovo I had previously is good quality and price is down to $370 on Amazon, (I bought one for $500 last year) but he's 5'11 and it is a crash waiting to happen in terms of steering geometry. It's also not really pedalable past 10 mph with its low single gear.
I see that Amazon has a basic Magicycle for $600; belt drive, single speed commuter. This might be just the thing, as we don't live in a hilly area. How's Magicycle quality? It's a brand name I've seen mentioned here and I haven't seen anything bad, but I have no experience with them. I really like the belt drive and single speed for simplicity and low weight. It has a 52 V, 7 Ah battery:
I had a heybike before, it was OK, but with screechy brakes.
What else is out there?
Amazon. It's the Magicycle Commuter, from the link in the first post:Where did you get a Magicycle for $400 and what model is it? I did a quick search and they were all over 1K I found this though for $550 after $50 coupon. https://www.amazon.com/Speedrid-Electric-Powerful-Removable-Professional/dp/B08D3G3R2R/ref=sr_1_5?crid=BLHLD1POTVO2&keywords=Magicycle&qid=1689611398&sprefix=magicycle,aps,184&sr=8-5
The Amazon link says Magicycle but the bike is called Speedrid.
There are some pretty inexpensive ebikes out there.
Costco carries the Sondors Smart Step. Thats where the Smart Step refurbs are coming from that @Rich Ruiz mentioned above. Some of those are nearly perfect, but some have lingering issues that were missed by the refurb process based on user reports in the Sondors FB user group.Does costco carry anything besides those jetsons? They have a great return policy
That looks VERY similar to my old Sailnovo: https://www.amazon.com/Electric-Sailnovo-Teenagers-Removable-Lithium-Ion/dp/B08W1WC29S/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=153FV606CBYCR&keywords=sailnovo+electric+bike&qid=1689861672&sprefix=sailnovo,aps,213&sr=8-1-spons&sp_csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGY&psc=1Well there's Costco who has Jetson haze. Small folding 350w 48volt 3 spd. Very nice and at my location in 4 days they Sold 32 of them. I got girlfriend one before they was out of them $499. Well I'm now not with her so I'm just going keep it now. Fits in my back seat area of my escape suv I have. It does about 15mph and range they say is 15mlies little more with pedal assest. My 15 1/2 old grandson is flying in to visit, so I'll have the 2 e bikes for us. Nice folding little e bike but still weighs 48lbs. It's like a mini version of my Engwe engine pro my bike.
Thanks, my grandson will have helmet gloves knee pads, maybe air bag system. Just getting excited seeing him and my daughter. Been few years since I got back up to Washington. Surgeries.That looks VERY similar to my old Sailnovo: https://www.amazon.com/Electric-Sailnovo-Teenagers-Removable-Lithium-Ion/dp/B08W1WC29S/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=153FV606CBYCR&keywords=sailnovo+electric+bike&qid=1689861672&sprefix=sailnovo,aps,213&sr=8-1-spons&sp_csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGY&psc=1
(except it folds in the middle, not just at the handlebars and is 48 V instead of 36.)
Before you let your grandson ride it, try it carefully with one hand steering. With those smaller wheels, my Sailnovo was quite unstable at speed if I let go of one hand grip, for example to turn and do a shoulder check. My 17 year old crashed it twice and my 12 year old niece crashed it too. Too bad, it was a fun little bike.
It's nice to have a spare eBike around for visitors. My Lectric XP Lite serves that role now.