3 thoughts on “X-Treme Scooters Folding Electric Mountain E-Bike

  1. 15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Slick, sturdy, and functional as a commuter. (Handlebars and waterproofing should’ve been better designed), March 30, 2012
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    This review is from: X-Treme Scooters Folding Electric Mountain E-Bike (Sports)

    UPDATE: A few more things to think about:

    1) The brakes on this bike are of a somewhat baffling make, which means if you ever need to replace the pads you may well run into some problems. Even the manufacturer cannot supply the pads alone – you have to get them together with the calipers for $36 a pop.

    2) There is a better version of this same exact bike for the same exact price: EW-475 by Electric Wheels, that has a number of key upgrades, including a 36 volt battery, which is absolutely crucial (it will give you more range, and a lot more power/speed, making the experience a much more confident one). Another good thing about it is the sturdier battery mount, which another reviewer reported problems with (mine broke also, and I had to order a replacement from the manufacturer). A final plus about the upgraded bike are the folding pedals and possibly better seat, a bell, fenders, etc (though you will need to add your own rack for storage – worth it overall, IMHO).

    So if you’re interested in the XB-310li, I would seriously consider the EW-475 first.

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    *** You can get this bike online for about $999, so don’t pay too much.)

    *** WARNING. If you get this bike, don’t use the throttle and pedal assist at the same time! You will probably burn out the controller, like I did once. And keep in mind that the pedal assist is almost always on, unless you turn it off with the key.

    I’ve owned this bike for about a year and a half. I am quite happy with it. For the most part, it’s got quality components where it really counts (battery, gear shift, motor, etc). The speed and range are both quite suitable, especially given that the battery recharges in about 3 hours or so (6 if you deplete it fully, which isn’t recommended by the manufacturer). I have no problem riding it in either pedal assist or throttle mode to work or to a friends house, recharging it there, and riding home. If I forget the charger or something, it will get me there and back without a problem. (Max range is probably about 20 miles, maybe even a bit less if you use the throttle and have a lot of gear).

    That’s another good thing about it. Gear. Cargo. The rack is quite nice, and I’ve added two quality paniers (search for Arkel Utility Baskets online), as well as a small tool bag, and a handlebar bag. I mean, I load this thing up! And for the most part it handles it very well. Acceleration can be a little slow, especially uphill, but I usually feel I have enough power.

    Note that the bike itself is heavy, which is both good and bad. It’s good because it will protect you somewhat in case you get hit by a car, as I did not long ago. I got clipped by a car going something like 30 mph while I was going 18, and the only thing that happened was that I tipped over somewhat suddenly to one side. The weight of the bike absorbed a lot of the energy – otherwise I could’ve gone flying into the air.

    Oh yeah, I might as well reiterate that it’s slick! It doesn’t even look like an electric bike unless you scrutinize it, which I sort of appreciate. I like to fit in, especially if I have to use sidewalks. Not only will you fit in as a bicyclist and not some strange-contraption-rider, you will probably get complemented.

    The downsides:

    – You will need to replace the uncomfortable seat and the cheap headlamp. Not a big deal. (Oh yeah, the tools they supply are cheap and sort of useless too.) Best seat I’ve found is a Sunlite Cloud-9, can’t remember what kind exactly. You’ll probably want to head to the bike shop so you can actually test it out, otherwise you might end up buying and returning a bunch of saddles online.

    – The handlebars are kind of low and far away and not adjustable. I think this is typical for a mountain bike – gives you better control or something on slopes – but it’s annoying for a commuter and can cause back and neck strain. I’ve been meaning to get different handlebars/special grips which can fix this.

    *** UPDATE: Ergon GC3 grips with “bar ends” solved the whole handlebar business! I highly recommend getting them in a “Rohloff/Nexus” configuration, where the left grip is shorter than the right, so that it fits perfectly with the throttle. (I can’t confirm that Amazon actually provides the proper configuration, since I bought them from a different site. According to one review the set on Amazon are both the same length…you might want to get them elsewhere…but get em!)

    – This thing is heavy (relatively – its actually light for an electric bike which tend to be even heavier monsters). Good and bad, like I said. Bad because you will not enjoy yourself if the battery fails or runs down and you have to pedal it under your…

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  2. 24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Bike Size NOT good for everyone!, March 21, 2012
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    JSC

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    We filed an A-Z Claim through Amazon Chat three times and no response. So now it is March 20, 2012 and for the fourth time we have contacted Amazon, this time by phone and we were told they would file for us again but probably nothing would be done about getting any money back. So don’t feel comfortable ordering a large ticket item through Amazon because you think you’re protected by their A-Z Policy. It was the first time we tried to use it and we were treated like we didn’t exist. Update: Within an hour of the phone conversation with Amazon we received an email from them that basically said No. So I guess if you want Amazon to respond to you, call them.

    I got this bike for Christmas 2011. My old bike has 26″ wheels and fits me fine. This bike has 26″ wheels. This bike’s ad claimed it was good for anyone, which suggests a good degree of adjustability. The bike came mostly assembled. I am 5’5″ and the tips of my toes would not touch the carpet with the seat at its lowest position. Even my husband who is 6 foot could barely touch the carpet.

    We contacted Amazon, who told us to contact the seller, who suggested we talk to a local bike shop to see if we could have the bike wheels sized down (the bike shop said that was not even an option) Then back to the seller who said we could return it but there would be a restocking fee of 20% and we also would have to pay the return shipping (which we don’t have an issue with paying the return shipping.) This bike totaled $1105.94 we were returned $879.56. It cost me $340.84 ($226.38 restocking plus return shipping of $114.46) to have the privilege of sitting on this bike one time in my house, on carpet. We packed the bike up better than we got it. It was in pristine condition. It had never left the house.

    We complained to Amazon about the excessive re-stocking fee. The seller called us and said that Amazon said the seller had sent the wrong item and we told the seller we were not happy with how much the re-stocking was going to be. Then the seller started to back peddle saying that if the bike was in good condition the restocking fee wouldn’t be the whole amount. But when we got the refund they had kept the entire 20% restocking fee.

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  3. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great first e-bike, and price is right., July 14, 2013
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    Ben Pluim (Ann Arbor, MI United States) –

    The bike (XB310Li) arrived as promised and was easy to assemble. (like another reviewer, I ordered elsewhere, although price on Amazon is coming down) Instructions are not great, nor complete, but most things make obvious sense. I replaced stem, handlebars, saddle with better quality parts ($65 total), which made all the difference. I also tightened all bolts; especially pedal bolts need attention, as they loosen after first use. Everything works fine so far. Paddle-assist is occasionally quirky, but handlebar power works great (even together). Biking without power is not a good idea, as you get motor drag.
    Always tailwind is a great sensation. Commute got a lot easier. Wrote my experience in blog: […]

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