ProPack Bike Shop Kit
|Do you use disc brakes?:||
From $299.00 to $1,095.00
Make year-round daily bike travel comfortable and convenient for all!
(Blue Ridge, VA)
2/19/2011 8:11 PM
Many happy customers write about how the HT makes biking easy for those who want to be active but aren't super-fit. After having mine for 3 months on my Trek Soho, commuting every day 100 miles a week, I want to point out that even fit riders benefit from making a difficult or long daily commute much easier, leaving more time and energy for other pursuits and training.
The motor is well built and dependable, with the perfect gearing to give the most torque at the hardest moments of bicycling: breaking through stiff headwinds and powering up steep hills. I barely use 1/4 of the lithium battery charge in 10 hilly miles, but get to my destination 10-15 minutes sooner, and not tired at all.
10 minutes is all it takes to remove the components from one bike and set it up on another bike. I've put it on our tandem to help out on the hills when riding with the kids.
I'm looking forward to using it during hot weather. Maintaining a good speed up hills will keep me from getting all sweaty.
I purchased the lithium pro pack and had no trouble building the wheel using the spokes from Clean Republic and a new low-profile rim. I have built only a couple of wheels before, but I zoomed in on the wheel picture on this website to use as a lacing guide.
I have had no trouble with the unit, so I can't comment on technical service. But I did call customer service after purchasing because I was concerned about the shipping delay. They were very helpful and straightforward about the delay because of backordered parts from their suppliers, giving me an accurate new ship date.
Everything else about the product has proven reliable in my experience: ease of installation; dependable parts; light weight; quiet ride (although certainly not silent--it makes a mild whine that changes pitch depending on speed); and most of all, ease of using my bike as a bike! Try riding one of those other heavy electric bikes without the motor's help!
Everyone should have a Hill Topper!