Review submitted on previous model: I ordered the SDURO HardNine from e-bikeshop.co.uk to be delivered from UK to Iceland. The staff at e-bikeshop were very helpful in leading me through the process of ordering and the transactions necessary.
We are still operating under some mild financial restrictions here in Iceland since the crisis in 2008, but I am old enough to remember when much stricter financial restrictions were considered the norm.
I already had another cheaper no-brand e-bike with a back wheel drive that I was in fact pretty satisfied with, but wanted a second one so I and my wife could go out cycling together. Also I was very keen to try out a good mid drive e-bike. I have read and watched a good number of e-bike reviews and decided that an SDURO HardNine was the one I wanted.
My e-bike arrived last Friday to my home. It was well packaged in a cardboard package and the bicycle was fairly well protected inside the package. It was mostly assembled, except that the handlebars and the pedals were not attached. The people at e-bikeshop had told me that this would be the case. This was the first time I had assembled a shipped e-bike so it took me a while to finish the assembly, over one hour. If I were experienced in this it would probably only have taken a quarter of an hour. A couple of things confused me during the assembly, one was the plastic cap on top of the steering column. I finally figured out that this cap is for protection during shipping and that I should remove it. After that the attachment of the handlebars went smoothly.
The second confusion (and a small panic attack) came when I tried turning the back wheel and was rewarded with a loud screeching. Eventually I figured out that the wheel and the brakes must have gone out of alignment during shipping. I realigned the brakes with a simple method I saw somewhere on youtube.com and eventually everything was fine. I have never messed with hydraulic brakes before so this was a little confusing for me, but as it turns out the hydraulic brakes are simpler to deal with, once you know how.
On Saturday I went on two bike tours and the bike was perfect. On Sunday I went on an extended 45Km tour on pavement, dirt roads, up hills and down hills. I went on high assist most of the time, except for the last couple of kilometers, and the battery was pretty much drained after the tour, as expected. It had 1% left when I came back home. Since I'm a hefty guy this should be considered normal, in my view.
This is a wonderful e-bike. My average speed on this bike is probably about 5kph higher than on my other e-bike, using the same effort. I think this applies uphill, downhill and on flat sections. The bike is extremely maneuverable, the brakes respond just like you would want and the mid drive motor helps you in a very predictable and easy fashion.
This e-bike absolutely fulfills my expectations and I do not hesitate in recommending it and in recommending e-bikeshop. I'm looking forward to having great fun on this e-bike.