So, I bit the bullet and bought one...

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So, I bit the bullet and bought one...

Postby The Fixer » Fri May 04, 2018 1:27 pm

...off eBay for just under $900.00 new. A TODO 'Mountain Rider' 26" with a geared 250W rear-hub
motor. Three months and nearly 800 km later, and I'm loving it!

Everything was in the box, and everything was well padded and protected. Nothing was damaged
in transit. Nothing has failed, nothing has broken (well, one thing, but more of that later). It per-
forms as advertised in every way. I'm easily getting the advertised 40 km between charges, which
equals approx two days riding.

Tyres (Kenda) and tubes are t-shirt thin, so I've had issues with punctures due to 'cat-eye' thorns. I
used some 'tyre slime' in both tubes and that problem went away. I used 'Orange Seal' brand, highly
recommend the stuff.

Mechanical disc brakes perform well, wet or dry. Pads still holding-up well. Drive-train is Shimano
Tourney, but works well and has remained in adjustment. Frame is aluminium alloy. Weight 20.6 kg.

It easily maintains its top speed, and will climb reasonably long, steep grades, altho a bit of LPA
doesn't hurt. It isn't happy in the real rough stuff, but will cruise fire-trails and dirt roads all day
with no strain on bike or rider. Around town it's excellent.

I replaced the original nice-looking-but-rock-hard seat with something a bit kinder to the nether-
regions, and fitted a QD rear rack and a Go-Pro mount. Otherwise, nothing is modified.

Oh - the thing that broke? The speed-control clamp, because the bike was blown-over in a heavy
wind gust. Which could happen to anything. A couple of small cable-ties, though, and it's actually
more secure now than it was previously.

'Cheapie' it may be - junk it is not. I'm 100% happy with it so far.

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Re: So, I bit the bullet and bought one...

Postby The Fixer » Mon May 07, 2018 8:52 pm

Yeah, OK.

I sometimes wonder why I bother.

This is one of those times.
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Re: So, I bit the bullet and bought one...

Postby leovendramini » Mon May 07, 2018 9:39 pm

The Ebay one had an in frame battery but yours is outboard ?

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Re: So, I bit the bullet and bought one...

Postby Calvin27 » Mon May 07, 2018 10:00 pm

Looks quite tidy for an ebay bike. Nice buying.

What speed is the cassette at the back? WOndering if it can take 8/9/10 speed because I'm thinking of swapping my mid drive to a hub motor.
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Re: So, I bit the bullet and bought one...

Postby The Fixer » Tue May 08, 2018 11:22 am

Calvin27 wrote:Looks quite tidy for an ebay bike. Nice buying.

What speed is the cassette at the back? WOndering if it can take 8/9/10 speed because I'm thinking of swapping my mid drive to a hub motor.

This one is a seven.

Three at the front.

It does feel as if it could use an extra gear or two at anything over around 20km/h.

I generally leave it on the small cog at the rear, and shift between the intermediate
and large chain-rings on the front, when using the motor.
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Re: So, I bit the bullet and bought one...

Postby The Fixer » Tue May 08, 2018 11:24 am

leovendramini wrote:The Ebay one had an in frame battery but yours is outboard ?


I believe they do a somewhat more 'up-market' model ( a 29.5", if I recall correctly) which does, indeed, have the battery integral with the frame.
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Re: So, I bit the bullet and bought one...

Postby Mububban » Tue May 08, 2018 5:06 pm

The Fixer wrote:
Calvin27 wrote:Looks quite tidy for an ebay bike. Nice buying.

What speed is the cassette at the back? WOndering if it can take 8/9/10 speed because I'm thinking of swapping my mid drive to a hub motor.

This one is a seven.

Three at the front.

It does feel as if it could use an extra gear or two at anything over around 20km/h.

I generally leave it on the small cog at the rear, and shift between the intermediate
and large chain-rings on the front, when using the motor.


Nice bargain. Getting it for a steal makes anything better :)

When I was using my 200W e-bike kit on my old MTB (3 x 7 gearing) I'd almost never get out of the big ring at the front. I'd just shift around the mid range of the cassette. Only proper hills would see me gearing down on the front.

My ebike kit has been relegated to the spare room to be sold off one day (dead battery, I'm looking for quotes to replace it), but I'll always have a soft spot for them as they got me back riding again, and when I'm older they'll help to keep me riding :)
I'm about to miss not having that motor going up the hills on Rottnest towing a heavy trailer full of the kids' backpacks and beach towels etc.....daddy pack mule is in for a tougher time this year than the last few :shock:
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Re: So, I bit the bullet and bought one...

Postby Calvin27 » Thu May 10, 2018 1:26 pm

Mububban wrote:
When I was using my 200W e-bike kit on my old MTB (3 x 7 gearing) I'd almost never get out of the big ring at the front. I'd just shift around the mid range of the cassette. Only proper hills would see me gearing down on the front.


I run out of gears quite quickly on my 1x8 speed mid drive PAS. Cassette range is 11-30 but I think a 10 speed 11-36 might be perfect and not too expy.
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Re: So, I bit the bullet and bought one...

Postby The Fixer » Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:50 pm

The e-bike has hit the 1000km mark. Nothing's broken in that time (apart from one plastic clip), and nothing has worn or failed. The only thing that's needed touching is that the brakes needed adjustment at 200km (they squeaked) and at 950km to take up normal pad-wear. Front tyre is hardly worn, rear tyre is about 40% worn. It's used almost exclusively on-road (or path) with the occasional easy trail. I'm still perfectly happy with it.
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Re: So, I bit the bullet and bought one...

Postby xx68 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:43 pm

I may be on the outer on this .
But , I think e-bikes seem to be more ...long lasting .
A mate has an e-mtb it’s done almost 2500km since Feb tyres are fine , brakes fine , chain fine . We ride pretty hard ( I am a convert but have short arms ...) I’m impressed .

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Re: So, I bit the bullet and bought one...

Postby Mububban » Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:18 pm

When the battery on my conversion kit failed, rather than replace the battery (~$400) I bought a $1500 road bike instead :D
I used mine for regular commuting and charged it following the guidelines, but it lasted less than 2 years I think. Not sure if that's reasonable or not. Either way, I'm loving the road bike :)

I'll be interested to know what sort of lifespan other batteries have.
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Re: So, I bit the bullet and bought one...

Postby scooter1971 » Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:44 pm

Great to hear about the e-bike purchase, sounds like your'e enjoying it which is the main thing.
There are so many options out there and like all tech each year costs drop and quality/features increase.
I reckon i'll get one someday, will have to sell a few things first though...

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Re: So, I bit the bullet and bought one...

Postby mmgoy » Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:11 pm

I've got 42 at the front 11-36 at the back (10sp) and I never use the bottom gears and run out of gears on flats or slight declines. Not by much but enough to get me looking at upgraded chain ring

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