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bennelson 01-10-2008 09:13 PM

Wal-Mart E-Bike
I just saw that there is an electric bike you can buy at Walmart:

Read the reviews, they seem to be pretty mixed.

MetroMPG 01-10-2008 10:20 PM

$299 for a 450w 10ah 24v bike?

That's insanely inexpensive! I wonder if they're available up here in Canuckistan...

75 lbs though. :)

AndrewJ 01-10-2008 10:20 PM

We sold one at Target a few years ago when I used to work there, I'm pretty sure that every one we sold got returned within a year, completely dead.
For only $300, I'm a bit skeptical about it's potential longevity.

I can't even determine where the motor is in this pic. Might be a rear hub motor, but those are a bit expensive. Looks like it may be mounted friction-style in the little box on the back of the seat tube.

MetroMPG 01-10-2008 11:00 PM

I believe it's a separate chain driven setup.

I suspect the biggest issue is the batteries. The average person will KILL their batteries through neglect/under/overcharging. The comments/reviews seem to support that. A good investment would be a proper $50-$100 smart charger to go along with the new bike.

Either that or fuss around with a voltmeter to keep an eye on things.

AndrewJ 01-10-2008 11:19 PM

I don't see a chain running to the other side of the rear hub, or a timing chainring on the other side...
For $300 I'm still thinking friction, it's definitely the cheap way to go.

Coyote X 01-10-2008 11:32 PM

is it possible that box near the pedals drives a gear on the pedals? if you zoom the image in you can see what looks like something on the back side opposite the chain drive.

If you zoom the picture really far and look at the pedal assembly it looks photoshopped though so it is hard to say.

Lazarus 01-10-2008 11:33 PM

I think it has the currie motor bike set up. Like these pics.

MetroMPG 01-10-2008 11:38 PM

Quick! Someone go to Wally World and settle this! :)

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