How about the new Trek, at $6819.99
What do you get for an extra $3175.50 on top of Treks pricing?
1) Custom fitting.
2) The electric motor and electronics part. (minor, but worth mentioning) 🙂
3) A bike that is made in America.
4) Integrated headlight and LED taillight.
5) The highest capacity lithium battery offered in an electric bike.
6) Just as much exercise.
7) Much higher top speeds.
8) Pride in owning a product that is NOT imported from China.
I could continue, but you get the idea. The Optibike is the highest performing electric bike you can buy, and its worth every penny- just ask the guy you will pass who is riding this Trek.
Greetings, Craig. I enjoy this perspective a lot. If we call $6800 the general baseline for the apex of mountain bike potential, that extra $3175 seems pretty tame for what one gets. Perhaps it’s (roughly) comparable to turning a baseline Jeep into a combination of a tank and a Lamborghini, simply by increasing the cost by 50%. That’s roughly what Optibike represents in the Mountain Bike world. I like your reasoning here. 🙂
However, until my Optobike OB1, I had never spent more than $200 on a bike in my life. Somehow, I got into investigating electric bikes, and ended up with a 2008 OB1, bought sight unseen. It’s changed my life, and I live in a region where I can use it for multiple purposes for a great deal of travel and frequency. I love outrunning city buses, passing them on my RIGHT. I love offroading using trails, paths, and bridges that a motorcyle could never use.
When I first started riding it, people often asked me how much it cost, then they would say they could own a car for that price as they knocked on my bike. I’d ask them how much they paid and continue to pay for operating their car so extensively, as I’d go over and knock on the hood of their car. People don’t do this to me anymore. 🙂
Word is getting out – Optibike is like no other vehicular experience I’ve ever had, and the value is off the charts for one who is wiling to embrace alternative transportation as often as possible. I’m even pondering selling my car outright just to see how many months I can make it without one. Who knows?
’08 OB1 7/24 (The “Frog”)