Ian Steyn - Phenomenal Purchase - DARRVIN PEAK

I'd been looking at getting an e-bike for quite some time, as I'm getting old, and pedaling up hills hurts a lot more now than it used to 30 years ago. A friend of mine recommended this one to me. The bike itself is pretty sturdy. I wasn't really expecting it to be, as it's kind of on the lower end of the price scale. I bought it mostly for getting to and from work in the spring/summer/fall, it's 12.5 km away, so I've been doing 25km a day.

The pedal assist is kind of really awesome. I don't know what it's like on higher end e-bikes, but it's perfect for me. With the pedal assist on the highest level I get to work in the same amount of time that it takes to drive, being able to speed past all of the traffic and construction, and I still feel like I've done actual exercise when I get there. The motor cuts out at 35 kmh or so, so you get a bit of help getting up to speed, and a bit of a boost if you drop back down below, which is mostly up steep hills in my case. I don't know if it's just my bike, or this entire model, but I don't really feel any difference with the pedal assist on any level lower than max. The battery lasts about 65km on max assist before needing a recharge, and charges pretty quickly, just a few hours. The shifters and brakes work perfectly, needing no adjustments out of the box. The seat is pretty uncomfortable, so you'll probably want to either replace it with a more comfortable one, or buy a padded cover for it. Read more on the Darrvin Peak here.