ebikes780 ยท Promoting Cool E-Bikes in Edmonton

Hello! Do you like the idea of riding nice-looking e-bikes, in the city and on trails, transporting them in your car, and not paying ridiculous prices?

Meet the 20-inch-folding-fat-tire-e-bikes we purchased in May 2019 from Changzhou RISTAR Cycle Co., LTD via Alibaba (bike type RSD-507):



Thinking about riding such an e-bike? Here is a survey that will help us gauge interest and feature preferences. If the total interest of people (within driving distance to Edmonton) reaches 42 bikes, shipping cost per bike is minimized ... for a total less than USD 1250 per bike (see below)!

If you take part in the survey and would like to get notified when above number has been reached, please send us an email to ebikes780@gmail.com

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Our bike configuration, pricing, tips

We ordered two fully upgraded bikes with a rear hub motor, long mudguards, rear rack, front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes, 48V21Ah battery, lamps etc., paying USD 857 for each bike, plus USD 310 for freight to Edmonton, and USD 476 for port handling, clearance fees, tax, and duty, which amounts to a total of USD 1250 per bike, which is hundreds of dollars cheaper than e-bikes you can buy locally that have only mechanical disc brakes, half the battery capacity, no fenders, and bland colors!

All in all, the process took 7 weeks: 3.5 for manufacturing the bikes including painting and assembling, and 3.5 weeks for shipping them from Shanghai to Edmonton. The shipping company offered brokerage service for getting the bikes through customs in Vancouver.

Freight cost depends on shipment *volume*. We could have gotten 4 bikes shipped using the minimal allotment of one cubic meter for the same freight cost. So, pooling orders can reduce the price per bike considerably.

Our order was handled by Shirley Huang. Communicating with her was very effective.

The bikes are heavy (~30kg each). This is not suprising given the battery and motor weigh ~5kg each alone, and there are fat tires, mudguards, front suspension, rear rack, and a sturdy construction. We use a foldable ramp to load the bikes into our minivan to avoid lifting them. For that we only have to fold the steering post.

Hydraulic disc brakes are ideal for handling the bikes which pick up speed quickly on long downhill stretches. Just rolling downhill (without motor assistance) I once reached 62 km/h, which was SCARY. Without motor assistance and not much pedaling effort I can reach 22 km/h easily on flat terrain.

I recommend long mudguards - they look NICE and are very useful when it rains during daily commutes. Also, the short ones that are also offered don't seem to be effective.

The range of the e-bikes obviously depends on many variables such as battery capacity, terrain, total weight, average speed, motor assist level, and pedaling effort. After a few trips in the mountains and in the city we - weighing ~72kg - can provide some data points: in regular driving in Edmonton (including the river valley) at level 1 (which is sufficient to deal with mild head winds and small elevations) and ~20km/h average a single charge of our 1kWh batteries lasts 120+ km. In the mountains, ~1/3 battery charge was used each biking up two fire roads: one was 8km long with 950m elevation gain (going up slowly), and the other was 7.5km long with 500m elevation gain (going faster).

Fully charging empty batteries takes ~8h using a 3A charger. To prolong battery life (and speed things up if necessary) we purchased a Luna Cycle's 300W advanced 48V charger which can limit the charging level to 80%, but also allows quicker 5A charging when needed.

We experimented with tire pressure a bit and ended up using 13 psi for the rear tires and 12 psi for the front tires. This is a happy medium for city and trail biking (limiting roll resistance while cushioning bumps and having good traction). Riding fat-tire e-bikes is a blast!

Please send me email (ebikes780@gmail.com) if you have further questions. Requests for test drives in Edmonton are welcome!


Here are two videos I found useful which show reviews of a similar e-bike:

Compared to the tested bike we have


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