Due to a change in personal circumstances and forced lifestyle changes the time has finally come to invest in an electric bike. I was almost tempted at the East of England Motor home show in 2016 to part with my money and buy an electric bike – I got talking to the bloke at A2B bikes and took one of their electric bikes for a spin. I was ready to get the credit card out and melt some plastic when the voice of reason (aka the wife) stuck a spanner in the works. Looking back I’m glad she did, although I didn’t feel like that at the time.
I have known for a few months now I need to invest in an electric bike if I am to continue enjoying long cycle rides in the countryside with the wife, however I have been putting it off. My current ride when out and about in the motor home is a Brompton SL6 fold up bike, and it is a cracking machine if not a little quirky and attracts too much attention for my liking. The Brompton travels inside the rear lounge of the motor home when we are travelling and then lives between the seat and the dashboard (when not being ridden) when we are on site. The Brompton foldable bike is the perfect bike for motor home adventures, providing you don’t need an electric bike of course.
At the recent East of England motor home show (i.e. 2017) I stumbled across A2B bikes, and the same bloke I chatted to the previous year. He said he recognised me (I doubt that very much – after all he does several shows a year and talks to hundreds of people) and tried once again to get me to buy one of his electric bikes. This time I wasn’t pressured in to taking the latest model for a spin however I did get the chance to ask many questions about electric bikes before making the final decision to sell the Brompton and replace it with an electric bike.
There were other electric bike stands at the show, however I didn’t bother going over to those. I could see, from a quick glance over, the range of electric bikes on their stands were not my sort of thing. I appreciate you should go for substance over style but you do have to actually like the look of a product right?
After the show the job in looking for the “perfect” electric bike started in earnest, and I spent a lot of time (more than I care to admit to) reading, researching, checking out reviews, looking at various electric bike websites, scouring forums etc. Choosing the perfect electric bike isn’t easy and there is a lot of conflicting information out there. Not only that, there is a wide range of views and opinions and when I combined this with the information gathered my head felt like it was going to explode.
After a while I narrowed the choice down to three different electric bikes, being the Kudos Stealth, Kudos Alamo and Woosh Karoo. From what I can make out of the blurb all of these electric bikes seem to be similar (the Stealth and Alamo seem to be the same bike just in a different colour/finish) and have the same spec. The spec seems ideal for my needs, I like the styling of each and the price, whilst not cheap, isn’t too bad either.
Choosing between the three electric bikes has been more difficult than I first thought as I can’t find many reviews about either of them. Sure, there are a lot of people (who don’t own one) throwing in their opinion and two penny’s worth on the forums but finding a quality and honest user review was like finding a needle in a haystack. In fact, I found one (what I would consider) decent review on the Woosh Karoo and that was it.
After much deliberating, drawing up a pros and cons list and comparing them I have decided the Woosh Karoo is the electric bike for me, and the reasons are:-
The Woosh website is also more user friendly than the Kudos website, and I liked the fact I could download the Karoo user guide, LCD guide etc. off the website before parting with my hard earned cash. If the Kudos website was like the Woosh site I may be getting ready to buy a Stealth or an Alamo instead, or maybe not……… who knows?
As I am sure you have already guess from the title of this blog the purchase of the Woosh Karoo didn’t go ahead, even though I was very close to pulling the trigger. The events following my decision to buy the Woosh Karoo didn’t quite go to plan and whilst I was annoyed at the time I am so glad it all went terribly wrong. I mean, had it not I wouldn’t have ended up buying the Wisper 905………..
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