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Old 12-02-2018, 09:55 AM   #111
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...Consensus is I need a 21 inch frame and 29" tires, minimum, which the RadRover is not. Problem with dealers is they can provide one, (Kona, Trek) but their prices are in the $5K-PLUS area. Don't think momma will go for that.

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there is absolutely no need to settle for a bike that you don't like or that doesn't fit you correctly. Sounds like you are a perfect candidate for one of these Bafang mid drive motor and battery kits. Pick out and buy a 21" frame size or larger with 29" wheels bike and then add one of these kits and you will be set up with a perfect custom fit ebike. https://em3ev.com/shop/bafang-48v-1000w-bbshd-kit/ Mine took all of about an hour to assemble and it works great. That was several years ago and there have been no quality issues. A good seller will build a reliable custom battery with high quality cells to go with your kit.
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:29 AM   #112
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I've been doing a lot of research as well on these e-bikes so I find this thread very interesting. The RAD bikes do seem to have a lot of good press and reviews. I came across another interesting company I haven't seen mentioned here yet who claim to have some very comfortable bikes, theyre called Biktrix out of Saskatoon Sakatchewan. Worth a look?
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Old 12-02-2018, 11:46 AM   #113
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there is absolutely no need to settle for a bike that you don't like or that doesn't fit you correctly..
Couldn't agree more. The fit is first, second and third on the priority list. I used to think that I could ride just about any bike just adjusting the seat and handlebar height. But there's a heck of a lot more considerations than that and with Myron's height etc. getting the right bike frame etc. would seem to be more important than looking for an off the shelf solution.

And you're right. There's lots of options for adding the e component onto the best sized frame.

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Old 12-02-2018, 11:52 AM   #114
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I donít know if you missed this but here is a Voltbike that has a 41 inch high seat.
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Old 12-02-2018, 02:35 PM   #115
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Total length 75 inches? That'll work. The trailer is 80 inches wide. Will look them up. Size matters, of course. Big issue then would be the price. Two shops here think they can fit me but we're talking in the $5K range. Just learned of the Giant Fathom E, an ebike they claim is suitable for a 6'6" rider. Will have to check them out tomorrow. Will also check out Biktrix (sounds like a breakfast cereal.)

Dave, I looked over your suggestion at that site. There are projects, and then there are projects. Tempting, but not feeling quite up for the work, me being at a lower pay grade. Sometimes I just want to sit back in the recliner, close my eyes, and reach my hand out expecting dear one will just plop a bud into it. Or, a LaBatt.
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Old 12-02-2018, 04:07 PM   #116
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I think we all know that 2k of a 5k bike goes to the store as they have overhead. I like to buy direct just like most of us did when we purchased a new Escape. I could not imagine what an Escape would cost paying for a dealers overhead as well.
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Old 12-02-2018, 04:30 PM   #117
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You might take a look at Specialized bikes. I know they build some in XXL which would cover your height. Their XL comes close and possibly raising the handlebars and seat post could make the difference. I would recommend an integrated system rather than modification as the motor and battery add a considerable amount of weight to the bike.
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:52 AM   #118
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Thanks, I will be looking at the Specialized line of XXL. True believers and dealers in bike-world are amazingly helpful. Was advised that this site,
Custom Bicycles Made In Boulder Colorado by Zinn Cycles

is run by a 6'6" guy (Len Zinn) who's been building custom bikes for the vertically unchallenged. Just filled out his your-size-matters measurements form, and now waiting for his suggested bike size recommendations. If his bikes turn out to be out of my price range at least I'll have that to help with making choices.
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Latest update on my search for an ebike that fits...

Zinn Cycles in Boulder, CO sent me their recommendations based upon my physical measurements. Had to tell them thanks but...$9,000 ? Really? Well, at least I got great advice on a proper size.

Will be taking Zinn's advice to a bike shop, Fat Tire Cycles, I found in ABQ. They let me test ride their EcoMotion Core Pro and said they could do change-outs to the fork/stem, and seat tube to make it better for me. We shall see. Meanwhile, when there I moaned out loud about the big bucks them outrageously designed (but really beautiful) hitch mounted carriers sold in bike stores.

Erik, the owner said to look online at motorcycle carriers. Never thought of that! Perfect. Just ordered one for $79bucks.
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Wow, 9 grand, I can see how that was an instant no-go.

One thing that I've noticed in my using a lot of different bikes over the years is that raising handle bars and seats only goes so far in making the bike a good fit. The only concern that I'd have is the length of the top tube. It seems to me that raising the seat etc. doesn't really change the "arm room" if there isn't enough to begin with. Maybe that can be improved with the design of the handle bars.

Keep up the research, we're all learning something.

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