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Looking for advice and guidance on purchasing an E-bike.

Looking for ideas on e-bikes, center drive vs rear hub, pedal assist vs throttle, fat tire or not, 250 Mw vs750? With prices of $800 to $13,000 it’s a bit mind boggling.

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Hi @Harblite! There's definitely a lot of information about e-bikes to consider.  A good starting point is to check out our Expert Advice Article on How to Choose an eBike.

If you still have questions, you can stop by one of our stores or set up an appointment to consult with one of our Virtual Outfitters.

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.

I agree prices are all over the spectrum, I am late to this conversation but my suggestion would be to take a test ride if you have a ebike shop in your area.

I made an $1,100 purchase of a 36 pound single speed belt drive eBike after reading and watching many youtube video reviews of the diverse types, and styles of eBikes. I have really enjoyed my Stealth eBike, yet I have modified the bicycle removing alloy parts and replacing them with carbon to reduce the weight as I live upstairs and my carry it up and down a narrow stairwell. 

I ride several different road bikes on pavement, and have no desire to ride a downhill/mountain bike, or venture onto mountain trails or poorly maintained logging roads.  I could not afford a 23/24 Ribble eBike but I did purchase a stealth KBO Hurricane that was 12 pounds heavier and less expensive. (I had no ebikes to test in my area at my purchase time)

I knew I wanted an ebike, and now with eBike experience if I had it to do all over again, I would make certain any electric bicycle I purchased came with a Torque Sensor, that lets you climb a hill with a small 250 watt motor.  

If you do not need to carry a eBike up and down stairs, then the weight of an eBike does not have much meaning if you can lift 50 or 60 pounds.  Battery and motor weight can be major and is the reason some bicycles are what I consider a tank weight over 50 pounds. 

But I have since discovered with a tank weight 750 watt motor DIY eBike conversion can easily let you climb a moderate hill, or ride up a long gentle grade forever without pedaling using a throttle.   

I wonder what eBike you ultimately purchased, maybe one day you can return to your thread and respond with your experience.