Another great question. Your answer:
Jim Turner designed the Optibike to work as real transportation for people. He wanted to overcome the limitations found in other electric bikes such as limited range (often caused by small batteries), limited speed, limited hill climbing ability, poor styling, and poor handling becuase of poor design. The Optibike was designed to be different- to actually work for people who want to ride 20, 30, 50 miles through varying terrain in sometimes inclement weather. In other words, Optibikes are designed for the real world.
Each part of the Optibike is the best that is available, from reputable manucaturers that are trusted suppliers to the cycling community. Fox Suspension systems are used by more professional mountain bikers than any other brand. Optibike does not just use the best equipment to raise the price, we use the best components because our riders demand it. Optibike riders are not the type of people who compromise performance, and they demand the most from their equipment. If you want to talk to a group of truly amazing riders who are pushing the limits of their bikes almost daily, check out the Optibike Owners Group here:
So the answer to the question, in short, is: If you want a cheaper electric bike- there are plenty out there. You will not find them at Optibike, Someone had to take the lead and build a real bike for people that demand the best- and for those people there is Optibike.
Did you know that over 25% of Optibike riders have owned other electric bikes before they purchased an Optibike? If you currently own another electric bike and you are not happy with the range, power, quality, or styling- you are not alone. For you, we have a $500 trade in credit that you can use towards the purchase of any new Optibike- give us a call at 303.443.0932 x202.
Wally- To get the performance you need (40 miles a day), you need a great electric bike. An Optibike is the only electric bike that can do that kind of mileage. The Optibike battery is the only battery that will last you 3 years/30,000 miles guaranteed under these conditions. These features cost money. Cheaper bikes are cheap for a reason. We do not cut any corners, and Optibikes work in the real world. There are bikes out there for $4000, and you get what you pay for.
I would Like to see Optibike able to get the price down for your entry bike to less than $4000 after the initial purchase could you upgrade
the drive system and components to improve performance?
I need sturdy and reliable ,,, and affordability fits in there with the overall purchase.
I would ride 40 miles a day,