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My life with the Ezee Torq Alfine.
My daily commute was from Randwick to Macquarie University. Driving a car was no fun and expensive with tolls. Public transport was packed and slow. I loved cycling but the hills in the CBD, North Sydney and Macquarie Park were a bit too much. Would an e-bike solve the problem?
I looked at the options. The two best ebikes were the Gazelle and Ezee. I road tested the two and liked the quality and strength of the top of the range Ezee Torq. It had the Shimano Alfine groupset (hydraulic disc brakes front and back, 8 speed internal hub, nice alloy levers), bright 700 lumen light, Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres, stainless steel spokes, comfy gel seat, AXA bike lock and dual leg centre stand. For maximum range I got the big 14Ah battery. For extra security I got a chain that plugs into the AXA lock. For flexibility I got two chargers (one for home, one for work). All up; a really nice set up!
The Ezee Torq zoomed through the return commute (50 km) on a single charge. Range depended on speed. I could get over 60km if I pedalled easily. If I cruised fast (35kph) on the motor with little pedalling I could get to work (25km) with charge to spare. The Ezee Torq motored up the steepest hills with no problem. The bike was very stable in the wet, the brakes outstanding and the gears silky smooth. The upright seating was terrific for traffic and for looking over the rails of the Harbour Bridge bike path on my way home. I really enjoyed longer rides on it. One top ride was the Fernleigh Track from Adamstown to Belmont. The ebike made the return trip up the hill to Adamstown so easy. It was terrific for weekend rides like the Cooks River bike track and the Gosford - Woy Woy loop. Over 2,000km it has been very reliable. Not even a single puncture. What could be improved? Weight (27kg). This is one heavy sucker to lift up the stairs on the northern end of the Harbour Bridge bike path. And you need to be a bit careful when the motor kicks in corners. And yes, the Gazelle is prettier...
So why sell? I have changed jobs and no longer do the ebike commute. It is silly for such a good bike to sit idle. It is time for the Ezee Torq to find a new home. Anyone interested?
One of our local customers expressed interest in borrowing the new eZee Expedir for the purposes of a review - partly to figure out if it would work for her young family, but also to be published on the Essential Baby website.
Always keen to promote our new electric bicycles, we set up an Expedir for the purposes of moving around two young kids, some shopping, work stuff, the usual everyday life requirements of people on the move! Some highlights of the review are below. You can read the full review of the eZee Expedir online.
Glow worm bicycles gave me the the opportunity to try an Expedir, the new pedal-assist electric longtail bike from eZee.
The Expedir, a new offering in the eZee range, meets the needs of families looking to move more than one child on a bike. It’s great for the school/childcare drop-off and other short journeys that are better suited to cycling than car usage (such as weekend activities and running quick errands). And using an electric bike makes the average commute so much more enjoyable!
At first our nearly five-year-old son sat in a yepp maxi on the back, with our one-year-old up front in a yepp mini, which is a front handlebar-mounted infant seat (see third photo).
But partway through our trial period we popped in to Glow Worm to get a different configuration for slightly older kids – one where the bigger child is behind the rider on the rear rack with "stoker bar" (handles) and a cushioned seat (so there wouldn’t be the usual structured harness seat). The younger child then sits behind this in the yepp maxi. (As shown in image below.)
This second set-up was much easier as my older son could climb on himself while I kept the bike steady (he was a bit nervous at first), and once on the go, you couldn’t wipe the smile off his face!
You need to ensure you’re on very stable ground when loading the kids on, for both configurations. You also need to be fully ready to go (bags packed, keys in, helmets strapped on, jacket zipper done up) before loading the kids on.
The electric factor
Being on an electric bike makes the commute so enjoyable. I can tackle those few hill climbs with ease, and move off from the lights with speed and confidence – then there’s the bit of extra "get up and go" to help you zoom along and not feel like you’re holding anyone up.
Having an electric bike actually encouraged our family to ride a little further than I would normally agree to on a regular pedal bike, knowing I wouldn’t get all sweaty, knowing how easy the hills are, and knowing the small amount of energy I'd need to use in the return journey after a big day out with the kids.
We thoroughly enjoyed having the chance to try this bike out. It takes a little getting used to, but once you have the hang of it, it's really fun. I really enjoy riding the commute on this bike: on a regular bike I dread the hills, but with the Expedir, I love them!
For the complete specs, options and extras, visit the Glow worm website. Glow Worm Bicycles are the Australian distributor of eZee bikes; visit their website for more information about their complete range of ebikes.
Other Expedir owners say ...
"I didn't know how much I'd love it until I started to use it as my regular commuting vehicle. I drop my son at preschool and then ride into the city. Being electric, I don't arrive tired or sweaty. I just have a suit at work to change into so I can ride in comfy gear. And I am getting an hour of exercise I wouldn't otherwise get. My son loves it too and asks 'can we take the bike today?'"
P, Dulwich Hill
"The bike is great - we just love it. My husband was a bit scoffy about getting an electric bike but he absolutely loves it too. He is the first to offer to duck out and grab something from the shop and takes off on it regularly."
T, Northern Beaches