Nimble and bold, you will love riding the brushed aluminum Genesis 500. Reaching speeds of up to 20 mph via the powerful 500-watt motor mounted in the rear wheel, which delivers 720 watts at peak, this is the synthesis of high-energy efficiency and top-level performance. Simply use the half-twist throttle to activate the “power-on-demand” propulsion system. The energy efficient 38-volt, 9-amp, high-capacity advanced lithium ion battery (LiFePO4) enables you to ride distances of 25 to 30 miles per charge. Thanks to the SRAM X5/X7 Twist 8-speed shifter and Avid BB5 disc brakes riders are certain to enjoy a smooth and effortless ride even while offering the option of pedaling for exercise. Continental Double Fighter 26-inch tires add to the winning look and performance for light off-roading and city riding. Storage is easy thanks to the aircraft-grade aluminum alloy folding frame. The Genesis 500 is easily adjustable for virtually any-sized rider and makes for great, green energy transportation.
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Posted by Duane Otremba on 23rd Sep 2013
The past few years, I've been reviewing the progress of electric vehicles -- cars, motorcycles, bicycles, etc. Finally decided it was time to get a electric bicycle, after researching a half dozen brands. I'm not any type of pro cyclist. No fancy clothing, gear, etc. I just wanted a bike that I could ride around town and on local trails for years to come, since I'll be retiring in three years. I could not locate a Prodeco dealer in the upper midwest (I'm in Minnesota), so I ordered online from The Electric Bicycle Store in Florida. I had considered the option of buying an e-bike kit to attach to my current Raleigh bike. However, after much reading, decided to go with a unit built from the ground up. And one built mainly in the USA! Decided that the Genesis 500 fit my needs. Even though I am not at all a hard-core cyclist, I wanted the larger motor. I'm glad I went with a 500-watt rather than 350. I weigh 160 lbs, but even at that average weight, the extra oomph of the larger motor is great for going up steeper hills. And I suppose the motor will last longer, too.
The bike looks and runs great. The battery appears to be fully charged out of the box. The bike comes assembled -- only the handlebars were detached, so that the bike can fit in a 10-inch wide shipping carton. This is the largest item of merchandise I have ever ordered without being able to try it out. I had it shipped to my place of work, and everyone was impressed with the looks of the Genesis, including the style and color. There were only two things out of order with the contents as I pulled everything out of the shipping carton: 1) a small section of one of the few pieces of plastic on the frame was stress-cracked, where a strut attaches from the hub to the battery holder. The battery holder itself is solid metal; the metal part sits atop a plastic base, and it's that part that is cracked.; 2) the documentation list of parts/contents includes a small tool kit including a phillips screwdriver, etc., but that was missing. Other tools, such as two hex-wrench multitools were included. One other thing -- when I folded the bike (this is fairly easy to do, but the bike is solid and is heavier than I expected, and you have to be careful when, for example, lifting it into a car trunk. I scratched my bumper in the process), a small bolt on the end of one of the struts touches one of the front fork "shock absorber" housings, and it scratched the paint. On the other hand, the hinge where the bike folds is very solid and substantial -- the hinge parts are not loose at all in the way they fit. Another detail I did not anticipate is the aluminum frame. It's a good solid, heavy-duty aluminum frame. However, the documentation warns you to be careful of such things as banging into curbs, etc., because the aluminum can potentially develop hairline cracks. Since I plan to stay on the roads and trails, and not use it as a mountain bike, I don't anticipate problems. I believe the frame has a lifetime guarantee. I also wish that the handle bars were higher than mid-rise. I do not want to lean over forward to touch the handlebars (neck injury), and it would be great if I could adjust the handlebars higher and farther back.
All in all, it's fun to be able to ride up a hill and get a major boost from the electric motor, either as an assist to the pedaling, or by using only the motor. Easier on the knees (age 63). I'm interested to see how many years the battery will last. The battery costs $300 now, but battery technology is improving every month, and I expect the performance to increase while the prices decrease in the years to come.