Electric MB advise/?

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  1. Live to Ski

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    Recent medical issues hinder my ability to walk on uneven terrain (dirt roads, etc.).

    Previously, I have depended on walking out as last resort if trouble occurs in my offroad wandering (never had to do). 'course, that avenue is now NG, so looking for a new "life boat" concept....electric MB (mini-bikes = too heavy).

    After using search in this forum, I don't see any recent (post '10) threads.

    Anyone have any advise as to which electric MB would serve this purpose (no serious extended technical riding, just bailing in typical expo type terrain, say max 50 miles....can you say white rim trail).
     
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    Have you looked into maybe Fat E-bikes from some of the major brands like specialized? Are you looking for full electric or like a pedal assist.
     
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    Well, I think pedal assist might be good in that if battery craps out......just put a beer on a stick....:beer: And they are lighter in weight (remember x2...one for the wifey)...I think.
     
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    What kind of budget are you thinking? Most of the big name brands in mountain bikes are doing an E-mtb of some sort these days, which would be the pedal assist style, not full moto. A bike like that would be in the 40-50lb range, but also in the $3000+ ballpark.
     
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    $3000 is basically the cost of admission to any mountain bike (motorized or not), so that is what I expect to pay.

    Fat bikes: thinking those are a little on the heavy side. As it is, my regular bike is approx 20-30#, so doubling up on that will be an adjust.
     
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    i have a buddy with a volt e fat bike that he has had all kinds of problems out of. Breaking down, battery life, no where near the weight capacity claimed...
     
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    Problems: not surprising since 1) accelerated push (last 2-3 yrs) to get 'me in the mainstream 2) the multitude of unproven new players jumping into the market.

    Seems to be the Wild West in this area.
     
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    He is into it for about $10k. On his 3rd motor. Now that the major brands are in the game things will probably get better. I have another friend that got a pedal assisted to help his wife pull a 2 kid tra
     
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    Pull A 2 kid trailer, it’s a Giant the cross bike version. I think it’s called the tough road.
     
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    I obviously don't know your condition, but based on what you said, I can't imagine you riding a bike for 50 miles, electric assist or not.
    If you can't pick up a mini bike, how would you recover from falling off the mtb after 20 miles of riding. I understand it will be "easy overland road" but honestly when I'm riding that is when it can get the most dangerous. When the road turns downhill its easy to let yourself pick up speed, especially when you are tired, one decent pothole or eight inch rock and you are toast.

    I think you should invest in satellite communication and get some sort of rescue service/insurance.

    I hope your condition does not stop you from getting out there! Find a way to make it happen.
     
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