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ebike: some assembly required
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Contributors to this thread:
txhunter58 19-Aug-20
Z Barebow 20-Aug-20
Grey Ghost 20-Aug-20
txhunter58 20-Aug-20
Ironbow-cell 20-Aug-20
goyt 20-Aug-20
txhunter58 20-Aug-20
txhunter58 20-Aug-20
Inshart 20-Aug-20
txhunter58 20-Aug-20
From: txhunter58
19-Aug-20
So my new Rambo Pursuit was delivered yesterday, but I didn't have time to get it out of the box until today. Read the instruction manual (not real helpful) and watched a video from rambo. Still not all that helpful.

Unpacked the box and everything was there and even though the outside of the box had some damage/holes in it, everything made it and was in good shape!

BTW, it is possible to put turn the front fork the wrong way before you install the handle bars and put the front tire on. Don't ask me how I know. :-) The part at the top of the front fork where the handle bars are attached was turned the wrong way when I unpacked it and I didn't catch it before I installed the handle bars and the front tire. LOL. But that didn't slow me down much, just glad no one knows about it. Well, almost no one. :-) That is where a better video on Rambo would have helped. The one I watched was up close and didn't give a big view of what was being done. I should have probably looked at youtube as well.

There were also a couple of issues with the "fit" of the equipment. The slot on the front fork on the side of the break wheel was NOT big enough for the front tire axle bolt to slide down in. There was no way it would slide down in the slot, and it wasn't just the paint job that made it too narrow. I had to get a file and enlarge the opening by filing metal to get it to slide down in the slot. No big deal, but slowed me down a bit.

Got the rear fender put on pretty quickly but they include 2 lengths of connector arms, one set is longer than the other. It is just up to you to figure out which one fits better for your bike. And then putting on the front fender, the bolts are too big to attach the lower end to the fork. Had to drill out the holes so the bolts would fit. Again, no big deal but not expected.

Other than that, I have it together except for the PDW "front fender". Still not sure how that will go on, and will probably have to call and ask John tomorrow to be sure. I think I will need to unbolt the battery holder to be able to get it attached to the bike frame

I am charging the battery tonight, so did not use get to see the motor in action, but I did ride it a little after assembly and was surprised how well it rode without any motor help. Feels like a normal bike, not heavy or clunky at all.

From: Z Barebow
20-Aug-20
I bought my wife an Aventon Pace 500. Any negative feedback was due to assembly issues, so I was guarded. Same experience as yourself regarding instructions. They were close to useless. But apparently the company did some extra pre assembly as it went together w/o issues. Good town bike and she loves it.

From: Grey Ghost
20-Aug-20
I didn't have to make any modifications to my Bakcou Mule, it all went together as it should. But the assembly instructions left a little to be desired. Seems like a common theme with these e-bikes. On the bright side, I didn't even have to look at the instructions when my wife's Mule arrived, and it took me a fraction of the time to put hers together.

Matt

From: txhunter58
20-Aug-20
Yep. Doubt the filing off of metal would have to be done on most bikes and if I do another one, it will be a breeze! Looking forward to trying it out this evening.

From: Ironbow-cell
20-Aug-20
I owned a bike shop for six years, have never seen any assembly instructions worth anything!

The people assembling Walmart bikes obviously have no clue either. I walk through their bike department and shake my head at all the stuff put on wrong and forks put on backwards!

Hope you really enjoy the bike!

From: goyt
20-Aug-20
I bough my Rambo bike from a dealership in Columbus, Ohio which gave me a great discount and then assembled the bike, put on racks and fenders and assembled a carrier all at no additional charge. Sounds like I was very fortunate to have a generous dealer close.

From: txhunter58
20-Aug-20
As I expected when I contacted John, he was quick to respond and they actually shipped me the wrong fender. I guess Rambo puts them in the package and they packed the wrong one. They are going to ship me the correct one. :-)

No biggy at the moment because rain is NOT in the forecast here :-(

From: txhunter58
20-Aug-20
Also, they only give you one key for the battery. I am not comfortable with that in case I lose it in the mountains. You ave to order extras straight from Rambo. $5 each. Ordered 2 :-)

From: Inshart
20-Aug-20
Guess I'll stay away from Rambo - sounds like a train wreck. For the money they should at the very least have decent instructions.

From: txhunter58
20-Aug-20
It was only a train wreck because I didn’t know what I was doing. Other than filing down the opening it was pretty straightforward. There are better videos too I found out. I am happy with the purchase overall so far.

If you can find anything with better instructions these days let me know. They almost don’t exist with anything, and any brand! Cause they are all made in China and they don’t know how to make good instructions in English.

So maybe it might have better on a bike at double the money. But don’t count on it. There is always a learning curve. What I spent an hour and a half on would now take me 30 min

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