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BrickMan

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active May 2019

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    Yes all the newer ones have walk assist. Goes 5kph and if you shift into 1st gear before going into that mode it has enough torque to climb anything. Have twice got mine out of super steep boggy moorland whilst moderately loaded.
    Even if you can't find an eBullitt to try out find a local mtb shop that has shimano steps so you can try the system out.

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    Like to know what shop does tension and true for a fiver!
    I charge £25 per wheel for build labour Inc a true up when it needs it and you could argue I loose money on every wheel compared to doing other service duties.

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    Was the french one activated by just a hall effect sensor on the crank/BB? Those are the cheapest variety and you see them a lot, they pedal exactly as you describe, it just detects the crank is turning forward and assistance comes in, pretty basic in terms of electronics but useful in some circumstance (moving a lot of weight or just cruising about). The proper mid-drives are a very different experience. ITs worth trying a Shimano STEPS vs a Bosch eco/performance line as they both feel totally different as well.

    +1 makes normal bikes feel slow, you quickly get used to the transition between them though.

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    Yes it's near 5 years newer tech. Main reasons for e6100, quieter, more subtle power delivery (was already good), goes further on same battery and forward compatible frame (e6000 uses a different mount method).
    Both auto shift and tell you pretty much sane info.
    E6000 is a bit cheaper, might be able to swing more discount but there aren't many colour choices left, main thing gong for it, proven reliability, dozens of users have gone 10 to 20k miles without issue, which is always nice to know.

    On e6xxx series I don't particularly like the push button shift, good news is you can use the e7/8xxx mechanical style shifter with them, pretty much plug and play

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    Yes, use them almost constantly, only place that I find has decent quality parts and at good pricing.
    Locally I can't get anything decent without a lot of ballache, price isn't the the problem, whats left of the trade parts suppliers only seem to stock junk, I would pay the full price if they could get it, but most can't, or don't want to.
    Worth buying all the bits you need and paying the £4 return charge upfront, so if you've got an option on a component, just buy both them return what doesn't fit.
    Have had two parts (MAF sensors, new genuine bosch) go bad, one was DOA the other lasted a few months, both times they replaced the part quickly, paid return postage and paid a contribution towards labour to swap.

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    Wheel roll more like

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    Their budget for the run up to launch and first year of the new feature store was zero. Actually zero.
    They would allow staff upto 4 hours per week to market it off our own backs, but when folk tried they wouldn't pony up.
    Their idea was the staff would be so grateful for min wage and been constantly over worked (because we needed 80 people and they would only hire about 35) that we would go out and spread the word it was there using our own social media presence, but not pay for it. Total Fail.
    When they left easterhoise in the last few weeks I remember an a4 sheet (in comic sans)saying "new store open in Renfrew" but no details or a map etc

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    That was a shit show and a half.
    They built a new store on far side of city which they own (land and building) instead of leasing an existing place.
    The easterhouse site did very well for them, the new site nose dived into the red leavng a gaping hole in what they were expecting out of Scotland. And it didn't pick up until nearly 2 years after they closed the easterhouse store.
    Only way they could improve the new store was to remove its biggest competition, the easterhouse store.
    The new store still (4 years later) performs massively below what a feature store of that size on its own pad of land should do.
    Products can be good, some good staff, but it's basically kids operating the UK arm of decathlon (most fall out of uni directly into head office) and to top it, they treat staff like utter shite.

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    Thats a huge amount of stuff! Though can see a dog and suspect you need to carry half your body weight in water out there.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I did see some areas (bridge and main road on ramps) that were like the surface of the moon after a nuclear war had taken place. Properly buggered with not an inch of 'good' tarmac left.
    But on the whole pretty epic. Main thing i like, when the tarmac is flat, its flat, in Scotland (despite fact they invented tarmac?) even brand new flat tarmac is washboarded, constant jiggling.

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