Cheapest eBikes - Complete

Discussion in 'Electric Bicycles' started by DrkAngel, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. DrkAngel

    DrkAngel Member

    eZip Trailz - Excellent "starter" eBike
    No where near the quality of the $1000 eBikes!
    About $400 for a complete eBike
    6 years of USA sales
    6 month warranty (usually)

    Keep an eye out for "sales"!
    I just got a 2013 for $308 ... with free shipping!

    Continuously updated price tracking!



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  2. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    I was considering using a Currie kit but convert it to friction drive.
  3. DrkAngel

    DrkAngel Member

    The eZip Trailz is the least expensive complete eBike on the market.
    Best of all it makes an excellent eaBike.
    It works fine as a normal bike, with a freewheel limiting motor drag ... heavy tho. Higher speed and less drag if you ... 20mph upgrade for $20.

    As an eaBike (electric assist bike) it shines. Motor, with pedal assist and quick shifting will let you jump ahead of traffic from any stoplight.

    Lazy? EBike function move you along nicely, but battery upgrade recommended, for decent range!
  4. jaguar

    jaguar Well-Known Member

    Anything less than a $900 kit will leave you sorely disappointed. I've had a cheap kit before and would never do that again.
  5. DrkAngel

    DrkAngel Member

    The 2013 Trail LS, with simple mods, pushes the performance of the $379 ebike into the realm of eBikes costing 2x to 3x to 5x the price.
    20mph 16T upgrade - $20
    450w to 675w motor "transfusion" - $45 controller (additional battery or 36V pack - extra)
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  6. BigBlue

    BigBlue Active Member

    What is the cost of the additional battery or 36V pack?

    If your going to do a cost analysis, be honest with yourself and at least post a range of prices. $379(Bike) + $20.00(sprocket) + $45(controller) = $444.00. That doesn't include the additional battery or 36V pack.

    I bet you could buy a quality 36V hub motor, a GNG or Cyclone mid drive system for a few hundred more and have a better setup. Just buy a used Diamond mountain bike on Craigslist if you don't have a bike.

    When people ask me about buying a road bike, I suggest they don't buy the cheapest, but at least buy the next level up. You only get what you pay for. Save your money for a few more months and buy a quality product.

    Your entitled to spend your money the way you choose,

    Good Luck,

    AKA: BigBlue
  7. DrkAngel

    DrkAngel Member

    3rd 12V 10Ah SLA might cost $25, or whatever you care to pay for any type 36V pack you want.

    But then, with hub motors, you lose the possibility of simple re-gearing for more speed or torque.

    Most importantly you seem to miss the sole purpose of this thread. ....
    A complete, fully functional, eBike for the cheapest price!

    Not ... double the price for an add on kit!
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2013
  8. DrkAngel

    DrkAngel Member

    Budget eTrike Build

    Just got an email about a great price on the Schwinn Meredian Adult Trike.
    $200.55, shipping included!
    Sale lasted about 8 hours, was lucky to spot it.
    Add a front hub motor?
    Or, as I intend, rig a Currie gear reduction motor to the drivetrain, add a controller and throttle , then hang a pair of 35Ah SLAs below the rear axle.

    A long range mobility, cargo, transportation device for under $500!
  9. jaguar

    jaguar Well-Known Member

    Don't kid yourself about the range. Only the most expensive e-bikes are "long range". Shoot, I had a 48v setup and I had to recharge it once I got to work which was only 3 miles away!
  10. DrkAngel

    DrkAngel Member

    eTrike w/35Ah Battery Pack

    35Ah battery pack should give 30 - 40 mile range!
    With a safe eTrike speed of 12-15mph ... possibly 50 miles?
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013
  11. jaguar

    jaguar Well-Known Member

    Get one to see for yourself. When I went to the library 5 miles away I had to keep the throttle at half position and pedal lightly, otherwise I would have zero electric power sometime before getting back home.
  12. DrkAngel

    DrkAngel Member

    Have you no understanding ... battery size determines range ... not the price of your eBike.

    I've gotten 50 miles at 16mph from my homemade recycled 25.9V 31.2Ah battery pack...
    Motor only ... no pedaling!
  13. jaguar

    jaguar Well-Known Member

    My batteries were only 10AH and I added another battery to the system for more speed which limited its range even more. The kit I had bought was a $400 one (24v 500W). So your batteries have 3 times the capacity that mine had. But still it all comes down to cost. Heavier duty batteries cost a lot more. I bought mine about 7 years ago. The same kits are like $200 more now. (example) Here's an example of battery prices: 36v 15AH lithium for around $450-->
  14. DrkAngel

    DrkAngel Member

    Sounds like you were running SLA batteries.
    The 10Ah rating was when expended in 20 hours.
    If expended in 1/2 hour, you probably got less than 5Ah usable out of them.
    So my $30 homemade battery pack has more than 6 times the capacity that your batteries, had, when new!
  15. jaguar

    jaguar Well-Known Member

    let us know how your project goes and how much range you have with it. I really like e-bikes except for the range limitation and their lack of speed. But some of the more expensive 48v kits offer more speed.
  16. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    FWIW I recognize DrkAngel from another forum. One that is dedicated to electric vehicles in particular.

    I don't know if DrkAngel has any kind of connection with Currie, but I suspect not.
    I don't think he's a shill.

    He is, I can tell, someone who is very fond of this particular bike. And not without reason. He has done extensive research and tinkering with the mechanicals and electricals of this bike and publishes all sorts of info. This is a guy who documents the steps he takes along the way. He has published good photos and step by step descriptions of upgrades he's done to the drive wheel, for instance. And he has researched battery upgrades and, once again, published photos and steps involved.

    We don't know each other and have no connection other than posting to some of the same threads. But I've been convinced for some time that his only motive is to help others take a vehicle that already delivers a pretty good bang-to-the-buck ratio and make it even better.

    His hints and opinions are very well worth considering.
  17. DrkAngel

    DrkAngel Member

    Ended! - $218.80 Schwinn Trike w/free shipping! USA only

    Last edited: Feb 13, 2013
  18. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Cheapest e-bikes, I do know this. The $400 e-bikes from wally world are not worth the $. Read too much about folks having problems with the chargers and controllers, batteries, plus distance on those sucks.
  19. BigBlue

    BigBlue Active Member

  20. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Noticed at wally those were $249, trikes.