I have made up my mind I want (scratch that – make it need) and electric bike and after much deliberation I had my heart set on a Woosh Karoo. This is all well and good, but the problem I have is I am a short ass (5ft 7.5 inches – that half an inch makes all the difference) with a 29 inch inside leg. Even though the blurb on the Karoo says the shortest height at the lowest saddle setting is 5ft 7” and I emailed the owner of Woosh Bikes to enquire if I was “big enough” to ride the Karoo I was concerned it would be too big for me.
The Karoo has a 20 inch frame and the lowest saddle height of 94cm. My current road bike (a Focus Mares) has a 19 inch frame and the saddle is set at 91cm. I did raise the seat to 94cm and I struggled somewhat so I really had doubts over the Karoo. Despite this the owner at Woosh bikes was adamant I would be okay, however I was told it would be okay to return the Karoo and exchange it for something more suitable if it was too big, provided I didn’t put the bike together.
I have to applaud the owner of Woosh Bikes for this, however returning any product, let alone something as big as a bike, is a faff and also expensive – so this is not the ideal solution. I wasn’t prepared to run the risk with the Karoo with an online purchase so I looked for an alternative and discovered the Woosh Krieger. With two Woosh bikes on the short list there was only one thing to do and that was to try them out for myself.
The nearest Woosh retailer to me is a shop in Fakenham, however this is still a hundred mile round trip or so. I called the shop to see if they had a Karoo and Krieger in stock however the shop was of no use at all. The owner did say that if I test rode a Woosh bike, either at the Cambridge shop (if they had the models I wanted of course) or the head office in Southend-On-Sea and then go back to him he would order it for me and then do the PDI (at a cost of £35). Hmmmmm……. This bloke wanted the commission for the sale and then charge me £35 to set the bike up, yet he couldn’t offer a test ride. I don’t think so. If I had to travel to Cambridge or Southend-On-Sea then I would purchase any bike from whatever store gave me a test ride. I believe in customer service and am willing to pay for it, and if this bloke thought he was going to get my money for doing nothing then he was mistaken. Basically, there was only one thing for it…….. Road Trip.
Whilst looking for some reviews on the Woosh Krieger there was another electric bike that kept being mentioned on the Pedelec forum – the Wisper 905. According to blurb on the forum the Wisper 905 is styled like the Woosh Krieger and was “worth looking at” so I did. Within a few minutes of reading about the Wisper 905 I knew I had to test ride the Wisper 905, and with a retailer a short 20 mile drive from where I live it was all good.
Electric bike video playlist that may be of interest
A relatively new eBike owner and loving the experience – I really wish I had bought an electric bike before