Owned and sold two prodeco bikes (both stopped running)
kaysellters wrote:Ok Im pretty annoyed because I just spent an hour typing up the response, only to have the window close and lose everything..
Im too annoyed to reptype everything. Let me summarize.
First, you can find it hard to believe or not, but I own an E+ and (two) ProDeco's (1 functioning) so guests can ride at my summer house and go on short commutes with the bikes to stores or whatever. I ride the E+ -- I wanted a real E-bike that would last -- and I unfortunately lack the skills to build one .... The Prodecos are pretty rider friendly --- good for my mom to the younger cousins, so I've had them for ease of access and price point. They are a deal..and it is hard to see how they are making a profit. But that is neither here nor there. As for my bikes, a disclaimer, I'm not getting into a war of ownership and why I havent posted before etc. I haven't posted before about Prodeco's because they have never ever ever blown my away. They are functional, like my vacuum, but not the kind of E-bike experience you get with some of the bikes people build here or the E+ for that matter. If you dont believe me, or trust my review, ignore me. I could care less.
Bike one (Storm) (250W) - complete motor failure after 6-7 months riding (approx 350 miles) (began with occasional noise that came back intermittently, then changed to noise only during accelleration then motor stopped working one day while traversing hill). As for Prodecos answer, this happened over the summer, I have the bike at my summer house and while I have contacted ProDeco, it took them a while to agree to pay for shipping (because apparently I should have called the first time I heared any noise whatsoever). (I didn't agree, considering bikes make all sorts of noises and this wasnt consistent by any means).... I have not shipped the bike yet, I may or may not do it this summer. The bike isnt veyr powerful and I'm thinking of replacing it ----
Bike two (Mariner S) (200W) - no motor problems as of yet--- build quality laughable. (Disclaimer: Prodeco also offered %10 off because I was a previous owner and bitched so much about the storm) ---- 205LB rider (friend) - dismantled the seat lock mechanism by just riding .... and the wheel rim (although it is listed as triple-wall etc) has begun to show a wobble. I am replacing some of these parts and expect it to ride well with a real rim. I have not heard any of the motor noises that killed the storm yet, but this bike doesnt even have 200 miles on it yet. So far, mediocre build quality but a nice ride for what it is, short stop errands and get around town bike.
Ultimately, I won't even compare the E+ and the Proteco. They arent in the same class, neither in price, nor quality and build. The E+ is one of my favorite ebikes I have ever ridden, although if I could afford it I would be riding a stealth bomber. However, I will say that the Prodeco is a bargain, and if you take care of your bike and replace some individual parts, you very well may have a bike that will last you. Unfortunately, with my first two bikes, I have had some negative experiences. To be fair, I still bought two of these bikes because they are great for guests and the price is great --- also, owning one crappy product doesnt mean the company can't improve. I test drove the Mariner at a local store and I liked it enough to give it another try.
I'll keep y'all posted.
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