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    Considering a Specialized, got a few questions

    The climbing isn't what worries me. It's bombing DOWN those steep/rough/rocky trails. That sounds like a medical emergency just waiting to happen. Your "terrible" English is vastly better than any non-English language I speak! I know bits of German, French, tiny bits of Swedish, a little...
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    Considering a Specialized, got a few questions

    True for the Vado, unfortunately not for the Vado SL. You have to remove the motor &etc to get at the battery. :( So it's not a good solution for winter storage & charging. We have lots of >10% trails around here, but I don't plan to ride 'em. I don't want to ride on steep hiking trails...
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    Considering a Specialized, got a few questions

    Thanks, @jtooley. If it works for you, it oughta work for me. Bummer that the 5.0 is $1000-1500 more than the 4.0, and that the step-throughs aren't on sale!
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    Considering a Specialized, got a few questions

    @mschwett yes I've been looking too. :) Specialized Denver does not seem to be a company-owned store. It's "now part of the Incycle Marketplace," which is apparently a Southern California-based chain or association of bike shops. They're expanding -- we have two of them in town as of last...
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    Considering a Specialized, got a few questions

    @Stefan Mikes oh dear I'm afraid the Creo 2 is well out of my price range!! I'm choking on the Vado SL 5.0 price ... It sounds like you're saying the Vado SL 4.0 is almost not worth it, since it takes significant $$upgrading$$. Might as well just apply the $$ to a SL 5.0? Except, ouch, it's...
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    Considering a Specialized, got a few questions

    Thanks Stefan! Great info. "Commuter bike with gravel capability" -- sounds like just what I need. Most of my rides will be 20-40 miles on flats and some hills, with occasional rides of 50 miles or more, occasional gravelly rides. I assume the Vado SL will handle gravel OK? I don't need...
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    Considering a Specialized, got a few questions

    Unfortunately the Tero X 5 and 6 are too rich for me, and the Tero X 4 seems to be unavailable -- all grayed out.
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    It's Down to 2 Bikes, unless

    I'm also 6'3" (and shrinking, used to be 6'4"), also in Colorado (Ft Collins). My hip is "only" 67 but I may have the same issue. I can't find details. Is the Vado 3 a class 1 ?? I've been considering a Vado 3 IGH.
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    Considering a Specialized, got a few questions

    I'm bike shopping. Whoo there is a bewildering array of available options. I'm starting to zero in on Specialized, though Trek is not out of the running yet. I definitely want a mid-drive with torque sensor. Concern: I read a lot of comments saying Specialized's service is crap, while Trek...
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    Colorado Rebates?

    Colorado is offering rebates of $1000 for income-qualified (< 80% of Area Mean Income) or $500 (80-100% of AMI). The website says the registration is closed, but I just received my voucher. They open it up for a week each month. I suggest you sign up and see what happens! Program...
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    XPremium Q's

    That sounds EXACTLY like me. At PAS2 7th gear I can't go much more than 11-12mph. I can push it really hard and get it a bit faster, but not for long. At sustainable work levels it drops right back down to 11-12. It feels like the bike quits assisting once it gets to that speed. Frankly the...
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    XPremium Q's

    Yeah you went from 14 to 11, that's a 27% increase. That WOULD be a big improvement (assuming higher gearing is what you want). But I already have a 12-tooth, so it would only be about 1/3 as much difference for me. Mid-drives are known to be hard on chain & sprockets, because they keep...
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    XPremium Q's

    Google for "11 freewheel" and you'll find lots of candidates. I agree with the PAS2 comment, as I mentioned above. PAS2 is a lot more work, because of the big PAS2 -> PAS3 gap -- I'll get more range out of the bike, but I might run out of range in my legs!! Yeah I'll bet the 700c's ride...
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    XPremium Q's

    I agree with your comments on susp & 4". (Though the XP2.0 & 3.0 have 3" tires, not 4".) I imagine the suspension post would make the ride a bit cushier, but it's already pretty cush with the 4" fatties, and it doesn't have the rocking you mentioned. The XPremium already has a 12-32, so a...
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    XPremium Q's

    Some questions for XPremium pilots: Does anybody use a suspension post on the XPremium seat? Or is it pointless, since the 4" fatties already soak up most of the bumps? I've heard the power bar is really inaccurate. I think I remember seeing a table that maps Voltage to actual expected...
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    Extra large storage tote for the Lectric XPremium

    Weelllll... I think it'll work, but it ain't ideal. The 70gal tub is an enormous monster, but it's actually just about the right size. The XPremium fits fairly snugly. I thought I could set the tub on end and just roll the bike into it. I saw a video of somebody else doing that. But I...
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    New Lectric XPremium

    Yeah $700 is a steal for a basically-new XPremium! I bought mine with 130mi on the clock and the seller wouldn't budge from $1300. @JoJoEd can you post a link to the youtoob video? I'm a bit tall for the bike, 6'4", and I've put an extra-long seat stem on it so I have enough leg room. But...
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    Extra large storage tote for the Lectric XPremium

    I just looked at bins at Walmart this afternoon. There's one (HART 50gal I think?) that claims to be 22" wide, but that's the OUTSIDE width. Inner width is closer to 18". I'll check the tote at HD, thanks @PBrown77! And I agree, some 1/4" plywood in the bottom is a darn good idea. Hoisting...
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    Clueless Slime question

    My XPremium comes pre-Slimed. I've never used Slime and I'm not quite sure how to work with it. I don't think "Slimed" = "never have a flat." It avoids some, but not all. So how do you repair it? Won't the Slime leak out of the puncture and goop up the tube & inside the tire? How well does...
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    Actual range of XPremium?

    That's what I assumed. I thought I woke up the rear battery too, but I did it by feel & didn't check the LED indicator. Might have missed it. I don't see any way to tell if both batteries are alive, using the screen anyway. You can get your power bar and your voltage, but that doesn't...
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