A new user here that just wanted to ask if anyone ever posts any good news about their electric rides or is this just a fix-it forum?
I'll post my story.
Just purchased a XB-600 a few weeks ago from none other than Amazon.com
I was a bit hesitant. I thought that the XB-600 was going to end up being way too much bike for my daily commute to work, but let me back up.
I moved to live closer to work. I live about 9 miles away, so I needed something that would cover the 18 mile daily commute. I didn't want to drive my car anymore, or should I say that I didn't was to drive a ICE to work anymore. I love my Honda Accord, but I moved to be closer, so I wouldn't have to drive my car.
At first, I thought I could use mass transit. There were no bus lines close to my office, so I knew that I needed something else. I live in Phoenix where it's generally sunny all the time, so I felt that almost all EV options were available to me. I started looking around and found a cheap Currie E-bike and bought it at Target. I didn't want to sink a bunch of money into something that I wasn't 100% sure that I would enjoy. The desire was there, but I was cautious.
Obviously the Currie E-bike has it's flaws, but when I first took that ride, and the electric motor kicked on; I was hooked. It was so simple. Plug it in before I go to bed, ride it to work in the morning. And riding it was fun, pure fun, but the fun didn't last too long... The battery seemed to last much less than the what was stated in the bike manual. So I found that I needed a step up, but I was unsure what to step up to.
I looked around the EV sites for electric bikes and found the Xtreme Scooter company, and was studying their various models, but I couldn't find many good things about the customer satisfaction of their products. Most of what was out there was, in fact, pretty bad, but most of it was way out of date. Some going back a few years. Then I decided to see if Amazon sold the electric bikes. I wanted a review of these bikes. I needed information to base a solid decision on.
I was surprised to find that Amazon sold many models including the XB-600. There was one review that was pretty straight forward and spoke about the positive and negative aspects of the bike. Cheap build quality and the fact that the bike was received with flaws that needed work to be done in order to get it ready to ride, but something about that review lit a fire. The words "I couldn't live without it now" stayed with me, and I even went back to read it a few more times.
The last time I read the review, I decided that I was going to try the XB-600, so i needed to look around to find the cheapest price. I had a few places where I could have picked the scooter up here in town, but they were offering the bike for the most amount of money possible. I looked at the online vendors and decided that the Electric Vehicle Mall would be the best place to get the bike. Then I waited a day. I didn't want to spend $900 on a rash decision. The next day I went back to Amazon for one more read-through of the review, but before I could scroll down to it something caught my eye. It was the price of the bike...
It was $600 and some odd dollars. I was shocked. That was 200 dollars less than anyone else had it.
That was it. I had my bike. Even if it was a bust, I could afford to lose at that price. I bought it. It came to me a week later. It had to be shipped to me from Pennsylvania.
When I opened the box I found that something was wrong. The front end was cracked. The pedals appeared to be missing and the frame didn't seem to line up with the under carriage of the bike that well. I was thinking of returning the bike, but something inside thought that I could fix these issues.
I took it out of the box and found that I did have all the right parts. The pedals were there, but the manual left just about everything to be desired. It was a notch above terrible, but I got the front wheel on and the lights and electronics seemed to work. My brother and I dremeled out a bit of the plastic where the whole for the pedal cranks, and they finally fit. We fixed the front end I were able to glue it together. That worked fine, We dremeled the plastic around the battery lock system and fixed that... We assembled the rear box on the bike and took it out front for a spin. The manual stated that there would be enough charge stored in the battery for a quick ride... I rode it, and the hub motor seemed to work just fine. We adjusted the hand brakes, and brought it back in to charge.
10 hours later I took it for my maiden voyage to work and never looked back. I have rode it to work almost all last week, and I have had no problems with the bike.
I keep the charger, a lock, and a tire pump with me at all times when I ride. The roads out here have great bike lanes and the terrain is almost always flat so I have plenty of juice to get me to work and home. I found that I didn't even have to charge it at work. Everyone at work was shocked to hear at first that I was riding a bike to work, but once I showed them what the XB-600 could do and gave a few test drives, everyone really warmed up to it. I get to park it indoors as well. My boss actually encouraged it. I just hope it lasts.
People look at me funny, but then I just ask them how much did they pay for gas today? I have an "EV grin" that is contagious. I just wish that the bike had decals that stated that it was electric. I know that by looking at it, people should figure it out since there is no tailpipe that it's electric, but no one does. The biggest question I get it is, "how is that thing so quiet?" I then tell them that it's electric and that electric vehicle engines are extremely quiet compared to ICEs and zero polluting too. (The bike, that is not the energy coming from our local power utility.)
I think this bike is really a conversation starter. I have taught quite a few people about EV tech and people now walk up and ask me about this technology versus that one. Have I head about this new car or that car...
That kind of thing... Pretty cool.
As far as the bike goes. I'm hoping that it will last long enough that I can at least recoup my investment.... Doubling my investment would be better, but if I make even, then I will be happy. Then it might be time to go to the next EV step. Electric Motorcycle.