pre-script: holy crap this is long. apologies in advance :-/
hola ! I've been meaning to make this post for quite some time. I figured i'd wait until i know more about my local regulations before taking it to the next level, though - that is, making this post. So i'm just going to introduce myself to the forums and jump right in with my question.
anyhow, on to the post itself. First, an intro/micro-bio as i'll be asking for advice. Given my epilepsy and the reality that i'll likely never have any kind of driver's license, i'm always looking to diversify my transportation alternatives. I'd been on the fence about upgrading to an ebike. Now, though, the city i just moved to makes it much more realistic than where i moved from, for a variety of reasons. For reference, i'm 6'1", about 250lbs, but am losing weight. Given that i'll be hauling groceries, sometimes 40lbs of cat litter, let's pretend i'm 275 and not losing weight. Oh, and, unfortunately, there's no way for me to see or try out any of these ebikes in person.
I'm currently able to plunk down as much dough for something like an XB-700, but no more. Keeping it lithium may be needed, as future funds (to replace batteries) are uncertain. I'm still clueless as to what an average joe would spend on a replacement pack for something like a 502 or 610. Whatever the technology or brand, though, i'm much more concerned about ongoing costs than initial. Repairs also - i am capable of doing them myself, so long as parts are available. I'm certainly not set on the xb-700 - i'm looking at it because of it's storage capacity (epilepsy + groceries + bus/walk = PITA), it's power, and the fact that it's lithium-powered. Note that i have no preference regarding x-treme brand or otherwise, it's just what my searches have shown to be both a good fit and value. While other brand/model suggestions are very much welcome, i post it in the XB-### forum given my specific questions about these models, and to minimize the chance of getting 15 different suggestions... just to keep it simple for now.
The questions/concerns i have are:
a) The xb-700 seems to be a good fit given my needs, but i'm making at least two assumptions. One is that i NEED a more powerful model, given my size and grocery whatnot. I don't care if my speed is 7mph and my range is 15mi. If, say, a 500W sla model will do that for me and not leave me walking it home, that's fine. Secondly, i'm not seeing very many "less powerful" lithium models out there. If i don't NEED 700w, and a less powerful model is out there, i'm game.
b) Reliability. From what i've read, hub motors could be poorly suited to the stop-and-go usage of an ebike. OTOH, i'm not familiar enough with this stuff to know whether the "stall-like" conditions that would happen over and over again would be more likely to wear out the motor, the battery, or both. But, a veloteq-style drive has more moving parts.... ugh.
c) i've read that the pedals on the xb-700 (and presumably most other models ?) can scrape during cornering. This sounds dangerous. How serious of an issue is this, and would keeping them horizontal be a reasonable solution ? I'm thinking some kind of makeshift breakaway solution to keep them horizontal... Also related, how impossible is this thing to pedal, due both to weight and pedal placement ? Not that i intend to do so, just curious.
TLDR / to summarize the scenario:
slow = acceptable
15mi range = max i need (that's round trip - almost everwhere i go is within 5-7 mi, and buses exist.)
load = 275lb
storage = super important
pedals = will ALWAYS be on
Basically, if the xb-700's power isn't fully "needed" - i'd just as soon go for a similar, lower-powered, less-expensive lithium model. Similarly, If replacement battery cost isn't too much (2-300?) for an SLA model, and an xb-502/610/similar would be powerful enough for my relatively lardy yet short-range needs, i'd rather not spend the extra $800.
Also, if someone could be incredibly incredible, and post a picture of the pedals "in use" - as in, sitting on the bike with feet on them, that would be, well, incredible. It's not that i'm planning on pedaling everywhere, i'm just curious, for a couple good reasons.
OK OK i'm going to shut up now. Apologies for the lengthy post, and thanks in advance for ANY input i may get.