Electric Folding Bike £534.99 @ Idealworld  (4 payments of £133.75 available)
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Electric Folding Bike £534.99 @ Idealworld (4 payments of £133.75 available)

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Found 29th Mar 2017
Been looking for a cheap electric bike for a while, This was £699 on Idealworld but now reduced to £539.99 and with using code AFFFIVE you can get another £5 off. £534.99
and with 4 easy payments of £133.75.... seems a good deal
E-Life Voyage 6sp 36v 250w Electric Folding Bike 20inch Wheel with FREE Smart 3 LED Rear Light, Coyote 15inch Bike Pump and Cable Lock
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Perfect timing! I was going to ask a question about folding electric bikes. I'm unemployed atm and my only chance of finding work is having my own transport because the only jobs available are 10-15 miles away and starting time is 6am.

Would a folding electric bike be a good investment? I have nowhere to leave my bike outside and being able to fold it would be a huge bonus.

I was thinking of buying the Halfords Coyote Connect:
http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/electric-bikes/coyote-connect-folding-electric-bike

More or less the same price as this one?

My biggest doubt is: what happens to the battery when it's end-of-lifed? Can one replace with a generic battery? What if the model goes out of production? Will I end up with an unusable bike?
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Perfect timing! I was going to ask a question about folding electric … Perfect timing! I was going to ask a question about folding electric bikes. I'm unemployed atm and my only chance of finding work is having my own transport because the only jobs available are 10-15 miles away and starting time is 6am.Would a folding electric bike be a good investment? I have nowhere to leave my bike outside and being able to fold it would be a huge bonus.I was thinking of buying the Halfords Coyote Connect:http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/electric-bikes/coyote-connect-folding-electric-bikeMore or less the same price as this one?My biggest doubt is: what happens to the battery when it's end-of-lifed? Can one replace with a generic battery? What if the model goes out of production? Will I end up with an unusable bike?


There's two types of electric bikes

Pedal Assist and Throttle (the latter being illegal but how many coppers will pull you over for that?)
Pedal Assist - most will assist you for about 10miles or more (depending on the battery and journey - after the battery goes flat they are heavier than normal bikes but not that noticeable.
Throttle (sold on Ebay) allow you to pedal assist or just press a button to allow throttle switch to control the speed. again about 10 miles depending on battery/journey)

I got a secondhand one to get me back from illness but unfortunately because of a secondary illness the bike has been sat doing nothing for more than 6 months - I will sell soon

There's not much difference except the weight between an electric bike and a standard bike but I would (previously) never have picked a small wheel (20in) bike for such a long journey - the one posted is more for local rides (shopping or parking up then finishing the journey to work or getting off at the train station and finishing the ride to work)

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Regarding battery - depends on battery type and or manufacturer or how it's put togther (some manufacturers make it almost difficult to replace the original battery (think like Apple products) - new/spare batteries are not cheap

HTH
Edited by: "philphil61" 29th Mar 2017
The battery on this is 8.8ah so a round trip of 30 miles might be pushing it at bit (unless you can recharge the battery at work), you are better off with something larger like the Carrera crossfire-e from Halfords (11.6ah battery) which will tackle longer journeys and be easier to ride (especially in rough weather), and be more powerful, but of course not foldable. Best to look out for a foldable bike with a bigger battery (min 10ah) to get you the range

Battery replacement is down to the supplier maintaining parts, the Crossfire-e uses a Suntour HESC (Samsung cells) and is available seperately, but it's an unknow whether it'll still be in 5 years time* when needing replacement (500-1000 recharge cycles)
Good news is there are companies that can re-cell your battery (change the internal individual battery cells to new), so I wouldn't worry if you cannot buy the same or a generic

*can vary a huge amount less/more - due to lots of factors,so research
oh and I agree with phil, 30 miles on a folding 20" wheel bike every day would be a right slog, but perfectly doable on a larger e-bike with a sufficient battery
For longer journeys more than just a few miles, you'll be wanting larger wheels, not the 20" ones you generally get on folding bikes.

Batteries come in many capacities, but as rough guide, a 10Ah battery will get you around 25 miles on a single charge, 13Ah - about 45 miles, 15Ah about 60 miles. If you're going up lots of hills and putting in minimum effort yourself, the range will be less.

If your battery-style is no longer sold anywhere when the time comes to replace it, it is quite often possible to have the innards replaced. The batteries basically just consist of a cell pack with a small circuit board known as the Battery Management System (BMS). As long as someone is able to supply a pack that will fit in your old case, you shouldn't have any issues.

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Edited by: "a_user" 29th Mar 2017
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