Go and test ride a few different types of bikes and have a good think about your requirements before looking at individual models. Find out what type of riding you like and therefore what type of bike you need. At the moment you are looking too detailed at individual models of bikes without actually knowing what type of bicycle you even think you need and what works for you.
Yes I think you're right, however I think I've decided on a Boardman ADV 8.9E adventure.
15% off (£405) if I buy before Monday.
Decided I can cope without the folder, and I've given up trying to find a road/gravel type bike with some kind of small travel front suspension (like Future Shock).
Also like that this bike has a mid-mount e-drive rather than hub, and removable electrics.
Decent price - the Boardman at £2,700 is competitive for a Fazua motor ebike, so to get £400 off is good going, also bearing in mind it's a new model.
Got £486 off in the end! 15% voucher Cycling15, 3% Quidco, and 1% Amex. Should get it on Friday.
From experience, the Tern will feel as solid as a road bike, albeit a heavy one. They are prone to issues with the main hinge over time (mine goes every 2 years ,but I commute 6 miles on it every day and fold 4 or 5 times per day), but the hinge is easily serviced with a £30 hinge pack.
The Vektron is a small wheeled tern, so I don't know what the ride would be like on that.
In terms of adding a motor to the Eclipse I would have thought the main difficulty would be in placing the battery pack (assuming a separate battery pack not mounted on the wheel) as the tern doesn't have conventional frame geometry and the eclipse has a folding handlebar stem.
I found this one which has a reasonable budget, large wheels and folds:
Technically yes, but it is *very* hard to get the parts from Tern. Even the shops seem to have difficulty. It's not the hinge per-se that needs replacing, it's usually the metal bar that pulls the hinge closed that snaps. It is put under a *lot* of stress - not helped when the bike shop (Evans) insists on overtightening it.Hi Icowden,
I plan to buy this Eclipse P20 also. Can you buy the hinge and repair yourself or have to be fixed by repair shop? Thanks