Testimonials

V Rule

At age 73 early in the year, I  decided early  to add the  84 Km  Pureora  Timber  Trail  ride to my 'bucket list'.
 
What a wonderful ride!  The Pedego actually lead the way over conventional mountain bikes doing this traverse!
Uphill,  the supplimentary (electric) power made some steep climbs quicker and far less taxing on my energy reserves.
The large tyres with their effective tread held perfectly through some boggy patches.
The comfort of the ride over some bouncy terrain, was the best I've had on any bike.
 
Vern Rule
Hibiscus Coast.

Vern Rule
Posted Date : 15-04-2015

T Harrison

I'm enjoying my SmartMotion e20 fold-up electric bike so much! I bought it last June when I was recovering from a heart bypass operation. I was having trouble keeping fit as I could no longer run and I wasn't flash on my normal bike with the major hills around my place.The electric bike has been a sanity saver as well as a major factor in getting fairly full fitness back.

I tend to use it in 'pedal assist' mode (usually #2) and that means I'm putting in a good bit of pedaling, but when I hit a hill it helps me out. I've taken to often using it for my weekly run in to town (28km one way) saving car costs as well as my body and mind!

A couple of months after I bought it my partner and I visited folks near Cambridge so I folded it up and put it in the car with some panniers and overnight gear. Time to come home: I pedaled. It took 2 and a half leisurely days (I camped 2 nights) on back roads and the Hauraki rail trail. It made no problem of the fearsome Tapu road to Coroglen. But what really pleased and amazed me was that, travelling on pedal assist '2', it did it all on one charge.(Well, the battery 'died' around Coroglen, about 7km from home.) Very impressive

Since then I've done some other multi-day trips: Around the top of the Coromandel Peninsula (including the Stony bay track, which it handled just fine) and a really great trip from Opotiki up the Waioeka gorge and then onto the Rere Falls road (as in the Kennet Bros. book)> I camped at Rere Falls - from memory a day of 115km or so - with the battery still going . the next day heading into Gisborne the battery ran out of oomph, but only once I'd got onto the flat country. That night I charged the battery at the campground, caught the bus to Matawai next day ( easy with the folding bike) then pedaled into Motu and down the old Motu road back to Opotiki.

Lots of other trips beckon! I'm really pleased how well the little folding bike handles a variety of terrain, including metaled roads. Elegantly made, easy to use and really does the job. I've really given it heaps! Thanks so much.

Best wishes     Tony Harrison

T Harrison
Posted Date : 19-03-2015

Margaret

I had a try on one of your eBikes, the Smartmotion at an Eco show on Waiheke Is and loved it. It's been in the back of my mind ever since. I have  a mountain bike, but don't use it as often as I'd like because of our steep street. I have now bought a Smartmotion eCity and love it as it flattens out all the hills, and you can get as little or as much exercise as you choose by selecting one of 5 settings. I also love that the bike is a step through, making it easy to get on and off. I now bike nearly every day.

Margaret
Northshore
Posted Date : 17-03-2015

G Mostert

I bought a Smartmotion E-urban about a month ago.  What a cool piece of machinery!  This has now become my regular transport around Auckland, and my car gathers dust most of the time, so the bike is quickly paying for itself.  I live in Mt Roskill and commute to Mt Eden for work, along Dominion Road.  This takes about half an hour in a car, or three quarters of an hour on a bad day.  On my bike it takes about 10 minutes.  The same happens in the afternoon homeward grind, skimming along at 35km/h past the scowling motorists.  If nothing else, the sense of schadenfreude you get from watching those poor bastards sweating in their cars is worth the entry price.  I am finding it faster to go to city appointments by bike – no parking ticket, no searching for a park, park outside the front door.  Think valet parking.  And you’ll lose weight too.

The bike has plenty of range for daily use – I’ve cycled from Mt Eden to Manukau Central and back on one charge, level 5 assist, 35km/h maximum speed.  If you’re going further afield you have to watch the juice and the assist level, but around town, and especially if you can charge the bike while you’re doing other things, it’s a winner at max assist, max speed. 

Even a trip to Takapuna from Mt E is no problem, going across the Bayswater Ferry costs $10 return.  My fuel going by car would cost me about $4, and parking would make up the rest.  Unless I’m going somewhere on the motorway where the bike can’t compete, my car stays at home.  The big plus is that you get lots of exercise, and you’re out in the weather, so you end up getting to work wide awake and refreshed. 

You will still have to pedal – especially going up steep hills – but it will be nothing like as hard as a regular bike.  I used to commute on a mountain bike and this is much easier, quicker, and less sweaty.  Going downhill is eye-wateringly fast due to the weight and stability of the bike, and you need to plan ahead!

G Mostert, Auckland

G Mostert
Auckland
Posted Date : 13-05-2014

S GOULD

I'm really pleased with my Pedego Commuter that I bought about a month ago from you guys. It's making my ride to work a breeze and I'm really enjoying it.

S GOULD
Posted Date : 19-02-2014

J KUNNEN

I am very pleased with my recent purchase of the E-city. Since acquiring it, my car use around town has reduced dramatically.  It is fun to ride, performs and handles very well and feels safe.  Importantly for me, it allows me to quickly climb the Wellington hills with ease and "no sweat!". It's a great package - all I've added are a mirror and panniers.  I'm very pleased to recommend Smart Motion e-bikes.

J KUNNEN
Posted Date : 29-01-2014

R Lucas

Having enormous fun on our e20 and eUrban SmartMotion bikes! My partner was so curious when he first saw them sitting in the garage we immediately took them for a spin around our local Waikumete cemetry, even though it was close to midnight and I was in my pyjamas! It's very hard not to burst out laughing with delight when you whizz up your first steep hill! The next weekend we tried them out on parts of the Waikato River Trails with great success. My partner's bike ran out of power about 5kms before mine, but being a much stronger cyclist, we found we kept pace together quite nicely, and that finally we have found a sport that puts us both on more of a level playing field. Plus I am no longer shattered at the end of the day's cycling adventures! My daughters are now also keen to borrow one of my e-bikes and do more exploring of the bike trails with me. One of my daughters is not a keen cyclist, but after flying around the cemetry with me immediately yelled out "I wanna do that again! And I can't believe those words just came out of my mouth!" I can see even more family fun in the days ahead!
P.S. I absolutely love the handlebar setup with the throttle, power controls and bell, it means you can alter speed and warn fellow trail users without your hand needing to leave the lefthand bar. Well designed! Thank you!

R Lucas
Posted Date : 21-01-2014

Greg N

Every one knows Bute Bikes are the Electric Bike dudes so they have some good local rep. I always plug them to folks who ask about them and everytime I’ve been there they have heaps of people coming into collect or try the bikes.

I really want these guys to succeed as ebikes are a potential major game changer for bicycling.

Greg N
Posted Date : 14-05-2013

S Spooner

Thanks Chris and Anthony, I am very happy with my SmartMotion eUrban electric bike. I biked from Albany heights to all around Hobsonville Point via Greenhithe and return. 40km. Didn't even feel tired when I got back home  At Hobsonville, I turned peoples heads when I would select assistance 5 and gear 4, and just gently start then quickly get to top electric speed. This bike really irons out the hills and I think was a good choice for me. I am glad of your shop, your service to me is appreciated.
I cant wait to see more people riding these bikes.

Regards from Stephen.

S Spooner
Posted Date : 01-05-2013

M Wooly

I recently purchased an e-bike (from the friendly people at Bute Bikes – a SmartMotion e-City for anyone interested ). We are a suburban family who for financial reasons now only run one (aging) car. We also live at the top of a long, steep hill and down a steep drive so when I thought of adding a bicycle to our transport options, an e-bike was much more attractive than a conventional bike. It has taken a bit of getting used to, partly because it has been several decades since I did any biking (in my youth I often cycled to work, sans helmet, on a single speed bike that was “vintage” even then!) The electrics are only part of the learning curve – I have never ridden a bike with gears before now! I am slowly becoming more confident and had a very enjoyable ride around the Orewa bike path a few weeks back.

The pedal assist is easy to use (on my bike you can turn it to zero if you don’t need it) and really does make riding the bike a pleasure. The initial “surge” when you turn it on is a bit disconcerting at first but I am getting used it. For someone like me, having a little bit of “get up and go” has been helpful to give me confidence on the very limited street riding I have done so far. It is especially useful when going from a standing start and when biking into a head wind  The bike feels solid too – I never liked the look of those skinny wheeled bikes – and I prefer not having to be hunched over when I ride. 

M Wooly
Posted Date : 30-04-2013

J Whiting

I am really enjoying  my SmartMotion electric folding bike from Bute Bikes, it fits into our lives so well, folds very small to fit into our Motor Home & what's more I was able to buy a 12 volt charger so we can charge the bike battery from the cigarette lighter as we travel our beautiful country!

I often get stopped on my bike journeys by people asking me about my bike, I have met so many people.

The level of service from Bute Bikes was a ten out of ten!

Why not give one a trial and see how much you can enjoy it.

Yours in biking

Jean Whiting.

J Whiting
Posted Date : 19-03-2013

Bike Friendly NorthShore

I never quite ‘got’ the e-bike thing, why would you want a motor on a bicycle? For someone traveling long distances or hauling heavy cargo maybe, but bikes are so easy to ride anyway, even on Auckland’s hills. As an old-skool cyclist I thought using a motor was just plain cheating. It is, isn’t it?

It took one ride on the orange cruiser above for me to ‘get it’, in fact by the time I had climbed that first hill out of Browns Bay (where I picked-up the bike) I was ‘getting it’ big-time. The next couple of hours were a bit of a revelation to me, not just the appeal of electric-assistance but also the charms of a ‘sit-up-and-beg’ riding position...

Click Here for the full review, including great pics.

Bike Friendly NorthShore
Posted Date : 27-12-2012

Marty ('Crash')

I had the honour of riding the Orange Pedego on Saturday in the Browns Bay Christmas Parade, wow what a bike so much fun to ride. Even with a 3m banner tied to the seatpost (it was windy )the bike was solid and sure footed on the road, I forgot I had the Bike shop banner on the bike as I laid it over doing figure 8 turns on the main street in Browns Bay. The bike handled like a dream. Now I have riden an Electric Bike I no longer think of them as the Dark Side of cycling. There is a need for this kind of transport in NZ and its so much Fun, I think if more people commuted on electric bikes they would get to work with a big smile on their faces and thats got to be a good start to the day. Thanks to the guys at Bute Bikes for trusting me with their orange cruiser! We had 5 e bikes in the Parade, 3 cruisers and 2 tandems. I'm sure we got some interest going about electric bikes. :-)

Marty ('Crash')
Posted Date : 03-12-2012

Jerry

I use my Wisper 905 daily for work, rain or shine. Its about 10km there and back but I can arrive at work without raising a sweat and if it is raining or very cold I can crank up the power to get there quicker. On the way home I usually have it on low power so at least I have to work a little harder and it is up hill. I have a couple of panniers on the back so often stop at the supermarket on the way home. My daughter borrowed my car for a few weeks and I didn't miss it, which made me realise that we could easily manage with a single car. ( In New Zealand the average family car with a 1601-2000cc engine capacity will cost its owner $9611 a year). The bikes(my wife has one also) are solid, well built, and with a very reliable motor. The batteries are amazing and last for much further than I expected. We rode from town to Oakura, over the Helena Bay hill, without any problem, about 50km, and there was still plenty of power left in the battery. Anyone who has ridden over the Helena Bay Hill will know how steep and long it is. In conclusion the Wisper bikes are well made and should last for years, with great long term savings. I would encourage everyone to at least try one and experience "the electric bike smile".

Jerry
Whangarei
Posted Date : 12-07-2012

Roy H, Auckland

Having upgraded my Pedego Cruiser to the latest 2015 version and done in excess of 600km I am now writing my review on this very good electric bike.I have covered pretty much every condition it was designed for from road to cycleway and even light gravel trails and some very steep hills. Its 300 watt motor (max legal wattage in New Zealand) has handled everything I have thrown at it with comparative ease. This bike with a 15 amp hour battery has taken me 52kms on one charge and was still not flat although it was getting close. As I am a very heavy rider this is an excellent range and will meet most riders needs with ease. It also will go to its maximum 32kmph (20mph) with ease often going over that with minimal assistance. I have been responsible for a train leaving a few minutes late as when I boarded it the engineer jumped out of the drivers cab and came back to my carriage to enquire about my bike... he wants one now . This is a common occurrence as the Pedego cruiser is such a cool looking bike everyone loves it. I must mention the service provided Anthony and Chris at Bute Bikes it has been awesome and have been helpful on every step of the way. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough you just have to try them and see for yourselves.

Get an e-bike and not only can you easily pass Lycra clad speedsters on hills and into the wind but you’ll be smiling even at the end of a long ride.

Roy

Roy H
Roy H
Auckland
Posted Date : 10-08-2010

Bruce

The bike is fantastic, great for getting about town. It’s preferable to take the bike than the car to get about Hamilton. The path ways along the river is great for traffic-less access from one end of town to the other. Just remember to warn walkers when approaching from behind and keep left. As long as the council keeps extending the cycle ways all over town they’ll get my support.I put some off road tires on and took the bike over the 42nd Traverse (42km). My buddies were puffing on the long up-hills near the end and the bike still had power for another 10km. I carried the bike through the river crossings to keep the electrics from getting wet.This got me enthusiastic so I did the W2K track to Kinloch from Acacia Bay west of Taupo. Performed great but I had started out with the battery not fully charged so I had to push up the hill back to Acacia bay. That round trip is at least 40 km. Most bikers drive to the foot of the track at Whakaipo bay and it did this section easily both ways. I guess I’m getting about 70 km around town and between 40 & 50 on the trails and I don’t use cruise mode much, flat out is better. The off road track’s I’ve been on so far have been no problem and the bike seems more than robust enough to take this punishment. The harshest terrain seems to be the course gravel roads usually found at either end of a track. That said though, I don’t do jumps or drop offs. To old for that and it hurts when I fall off.The bike has exceeded my expectations and is highly recommended by me whenever some one asks. This is happening on a regular basis and I find myself in conversation with people I’ve never met before.I would never have considered doing off road touring on a peddler but with the electric assistance it’s opened up a whole new world of off road trails to me It’s been the best money I’ve spent this year Cheers

Bruce
Hamilton
Posted Date : 06-05-2010

Andrew and Sue

I must say " thanks Anthony " for the help over the last few weeks.   My wife and I bought 2 Wisper 806fe folding bikes.  We live up the top of a valley in Nelson so it's alright going down town but coming back up - well that's another story for some of us !   I've been a recreational cyclist most of my life touring, mtb biking, commuting and really just enjoying it, but these bikes add another outlook to it.  Still get around, wind in my face and the enjoyment of cycling with a bit more ease coming back up the hill pedaling, but like you're on the flat overtaking other cyclists struggling up the hill hehe...on these little bikes ! !  So easy to fold up and put in the back of the car and head off, then unfold and away we go.  Really easy to ride and have had a lot of looks and watching people checking them out plus questions. So it's fair to say we're really enjoing them!

Andrew and Sue
Nelson
Posted Date : 18-01-2010

Steve

The Pedal4me kit is great, and goes particularly well uphill. I have used it about ten times, and travelled twice to work and back on one charge, this is 48kms total, including two, 220m climbs. I do most of the pedalling on the flat, but it makes the hill climb at the end of the day a breeze. It cruises efficiently at 25-26kph with pedal assist and light pedalling, max about 32kph, but i think that this would drain the battery fairly quickly. I now use gear 13 instead of 2 going uphill! Cheers, Steve  

Steve
Port Hills
Posted Date : 19-08-2009

H Thin

Kia Ora. I Have been bombing around on my new bike (905 City S) almost everyday since I got it, it's wonderfull, I'm so pleased with it. It has changed cycling for me, just having that extra power of an electric motor pushing me along makes it such a breeze. I live on top of a hill here in Napier and coming home with my panier's full of heavy groceries, I used to have to dismount and push now I just pedal on up no sweat. The Wisper has more than lived up to my expectations. Cheers, Hooly..

H Thin
Posted Date : 14-05-2008