I have been considering an e-bike for a long time. My old lightweight 1980's road bike is not really ideal for the old railway greenways I seem to end up on so when I found the folding Compact Plus Juicy Bike, my partner and I bought one each as a compromise between really wanting full size hybrid/mountain bikes, but also where we could transport two in each vehicle. The 20" wheel design also allows sharing with family members who have slightly shorter legs and accommodate a greater range of leg length. After comparing a few brands of folding e-bikes, most that are as light as the Compact Plus are also a bit fragile for cycle tracks, aiming at the city commuter. Although the Compact Plus is definitely not a trails bike, it is both a chunky frame that manages to be also reasonably lightweight as far as mid range e-bikes go. The tyres are also chunky enough to take me over some gravel, grass, sand without any difficulty. I was pleased to have the higher level computer as this is programmable quite easily to suit individual riders. For me, the 50% power on level one was too punchy and the 40% default at level one when set to seven levels of power is just perfect. One very important point that almost put me off an e-bike was the idea they are too heavy to pedal without power. I have now done three x ten mile journeys. 1. Sale to Chorlton via the river and back. 2. Delamere Forest. 3. Wirral Way from Neston to Thurstaston and back. I have only needed to use Level One power (40%) for about 10% of those journeys, and only up to Level 3 on some steep short climbs for barely a minute of two. The bike does not fit in a conventional bag for 20" wheel folding bikes because it is slightly bigger than some less rugged makes. I was a little disappointed the rear light does not run off the bike battery. The faux leather hand grips are so soft they are not resilient to getting caught on anything a bit sharp. The handlebars might be a bit high (sit up and beg) for people who need the seat at a lower setting. You need a webbed clasp to hold the bike together when folded as this model has no clip to hold it together when folded (very ungainly). Overall, I love the bike and have no regrets in choosing this model but time will tell how it stands up to more use.
3 years ago
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