where to buy your 1st e-bike

neilh

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well theres a few options. you could buy from a bike co. near your city/town, from amazon or off alibaba. if you buy direct from a chinese supplier off of alibaba you can save hundreds if you find out thru research the company that manufactures the e-bike you want to buy. its pretty simple takes a couple hours maybe in research but for the e-bike i bought priced at $1299 you can buy off of alibaba for 700 plus 150 shipping. you can save $400. enough to buy a real good battery that has Samsung cells inside. you see many of these e-bikes use a battery pack that is unidentifiable even after you remove the outside case. they have a covered pack that has blue packaging covering the internal cells that is totally separate from the case. why do they do this? because many if not most are using the cheapest cells that they can buy. some may even be recycled and they typically last one year. the warranty is only one year. if you had new Samsung cells in your battery you probably would get 3 years of use. definitely something to consider as the battery is really the only e-bike component that is expensive to purchase. the rest of the bike should be very reliable. if i was to buy again i would buy direct from a chinese supplier. i wouldnt be so concerned about their warranty for the above reasons.
 

neilh

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the other option is to build your own e-bike. if you have a bike you want to convert to electric you can go with a bafang for mid drive motor placement or go with a front or rear hub drive. the battery is critical as this is the one e-bike component that will probably need to be replaced soon after the warranty runs out.(if you buy a new e-bike). typical waranty is one year. basically korean or japanese brands of lithium cells are much better than chinese brands. so try and stay away from chinese made batteries and always ask the supplier where the battery or cells are made BEFORE you buy! or rebuild your own out of warranty battery with new quality cells and a decent BMS. you need a spot welder that adds to the cost of building your own battery but at least you know whats inside is going to last much longer (like 3 years.) im just trying to help people like myself who are fed up with high prices and poor quality. seems like everyone is trying to get rich off of the shoulders of average people. do lots of research on e-bikes and then decide which way to go. well worth the time spent. another thing most people are not aware of is that almost all e-bikes and their components are made in china. not all but many. so called american brands like rad rover and others are made in china and have the american company name put on their bikes and maybe add a few different options.
 
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