After much deliberation I decided to buy a Thron Impulse 27R 3.0 electric mountain bike with the full Rockshox suspension after reading many articles and reviews on how good they were. I contacted 50 cycles in loughborough and although they did not have the model I wanted in stock they said they were expecting some in the following week. I eagerly awaited the delivery of my new bike and as I work away from home my time at home is precious and wanted to ride my new bike before going away to work again. I took delivery of the bike the following week, it arrived in a huge cardboard box and after removing it from the box there was only the handlebars and pedals to secure in place to make the bike rideable.
The battery requires a 100 % charge before its first use and note, even though all the blue charging lights went static 100% you must wait until they all go out too ! I had a some lights and GPS to also mount on the bike and whilst admiring the fine German engineering doing this I noticed one very important detail my bike didnt have ! Rear Suspension as ordered, only the front suspension forks ? Obviously I was quite put out and gutted my long awaited bike was not the model I had ordered. I contacted the Loughborough shop and they got me to read out both the bikes model number and the transport box number and asked for some time to investigate this and get back to me, meanwhile I was not to ride the bike only admire. Grrrr I want to ride my new bike !
The shop later informed me I had the right box but wrong bike and in fact the bike was a model they did not even stock or sell ?? Great where does that leave me apart from with a bike I didnt order. They again said they would get back to me and see what could be done, they said this has never ever happened before but they would have to go through all the bikes that had come in that week and find my bike ? Someone could possibly be smiling somewhere after paying for a hard tail E.MTB and getting a full suspension one ! Eventually they got back to me and said they had a model of the bike I ordered but in a smaller size, I ordered a 44cm one and this one was a 40cm, I,m 5'6 and the guy assured me it would perfect for me and I had ordered too big a bike for myself, I must admit the bike that had arrived did look big but I thought it was due to it being an E.Mtb.
My new reordered bike was going to be couriered overnight and be with me in the morning. It did indeed arrive the next morning along with a few freebies, magic patches, multi tool, oil and a couple of inner tubes. I had to take off the lights gps etc off the wrong bike and repack it all back in the huge box again ready for being picked up which much to my annoyance didnt happen until much later in the same day my new bike arrived by the same driver in the same van, which didnt leave a lot of room in a single garage, winge over !
Anyway back to the new bike, it is amazing to ride, although heavy at 21.5kg you dont notice this when riding only when you have to push it or try and lift it over a fence etc its bloody heavy ! I have now learnt stick to bridlepaths not footpaths as the footpaths in yorkshire have a lot of styles to climb over. I have now covered about 550 miles and living in Guisborough the gateway to the North Yorkshire moors I,m spoilt for stunning scenery and forestry trails on my doorstep and miles and miles of quiet roads and bridlepaths. I plan all my routes before hand using a Garmin GPS and do a mixture of road and offroad riding in the same ride, the suspension is great and can be locked out for road use only, which helps a lot or floating and adjustable for off road.
The one issue I have are the pedals I,ve changed the pedals to my spd only pedals which are great on the road or fast desents offroad with a few fast jumps in but no good off road as I have now fell over three times, each time when I cant get my feet detached fast enough and do a del boy and fall over complete with the bike attached very embarassing and it hurts ! My answer is I now have shimano dual pedals(Wiggle £44) fitted, flat one side and spd the other, this suits my type of rides and has resolved this little problem of which to fit.
Overall I,m chuffed to bits with bike, its quality finish, nice to ride, looks good and always gets people asking me about it where ever I go. The battery is great and as per the manufacturers reccomendation I always recharge it after every ride, they say this is the best way to maintain the battery, not discharge totally and recharge after each ride remembering each charge adding up to a total of 100% is counted as a single charge. My rides are normally around the 30 - 40 mile range and theres always over 50 % left in the battery, even if I,ve used the sport mode a fair bit.
Generally keeping it in eco mode is sufficient for me, but always nice to have that sport setting available to you when you need it and I have'nt found a hill I cant get up with it on ! Its re-invented cycling to me and makes every ride out all the more enjoyable, also its incredibly good at keeping me fit now without wearing me out ! Enjoy :)