Readers Comments (15)

  1. Just a quick thank you again for your video’s on this bike. I watched both a couple of times and had a good long think about it. I am now happy to report I have one of the latest silver A2B Metros that I’m using to commute to and from work.
    Thanks again.

  2. Great to find the opinion of an experienced owner and not someone from a gadget blog who has had the bike for an afternoon like most other videos. Watched your other video on the A2B previously and both have been very informative. Thanks for uploading.

  3. Here are good instructions on adjusting the Avid BB5 brakes on the Metro.  This method seems to work better than Avid’s own directions. Link: ecovelo.info/2011/04/15/a-foolproof-method-for-adjusting-avid-bb5-disc-brakes/

  4. I have the 2.1, yes the bike is heavy, I would not say it was a moped all the weight is in the motor and battery, I ride motorcycles and have ridden mopeds in the past so would definitely say not a moped.
    It is a bicycle you have to work hard sometimes to get any decent speed out of it, you hit 15 or so mph and the motor drags you back unless you keep kicking it and then it will take you up to a reasonable cycling speed.
    The worst thing about them is the govt speed restriction on them.

  5. This bike could go faster but is restricted, it can be a comfortable bike but getting the seat right is no easy task as the suspension bobs you up and down a lot, you have to fix the suspension to get the seat right, longest run to date is around 25 miles without stopping except to swap to other battery.
    I prefer the key in the frame the other is open to cable attack.

  6. i mess with bike’s and tell friends size really does matter.

  7. Thank you for your comment – my conclusion is that I can only look upon this great bike as an electric scooter with speed restricted and pedals added to make it comply to clycle legislation description and therefore allow restricted requirements relating to where it can be ridden and no requiement for insurance or licence

  8. Niklas Mårtensson February 11, 2021 @ 9:01 pm

    are you using some video editing software with some anti shake effect?

  9. According to A2B facebook: Alternate tires for the A2B Metro: Shinko SR714 DOT approved tire, sized a little differently since it is for a motorcycle, at 2.25-16. Long lasting, puncture resistant tire (remember a DOT tire will be harder to mount then a tire intended for a bicycle). Another one is the Maxxis Max Daddy, a knobby BMX tire sized at 20×2.25. Either of these tires, along with most 20 inch bicycle tires over 2.25 inches wide, allow you to customize for specific riding conditions.

  10. Nice throughout review and thoughts on this bike. Great to hear your point of view on your long term ownership of it!

  11. My Gen.1 (2008) model A2B Metro had a motor failure and died. Seems most early Gen. 1 Metros had motor/controller issues. So far so good after they moved the controller position in the Generation 2 bike (2011 w/dash, dash keyswitch and lights). I am now easger to try faster 28 mph pedal assist e-bikes such as the A2B Shima or Stromer Platinum ST1. USA law is 20 mph unassisted so by pedal-assist you are technically adding human input which makes 28 mph "grey area legal-ish" by interpretation.

  12. Thank you for your comments – they were very interesting and informative. I was glad to hear you had similair views to myself regarding the A2B being more of an electric moped with (restricted speed) – I feel that it is well built and I really do enjoy using it for what it is – good urban two wheel transport which is fun

  13. Thank you for the video. I recently bought one of these, and it had been broken down for shipping. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how to adjust the brakes, and the front one was too tight. I was barely able to get the front wheel on, and the wheel wouldn’t spin freely at all.

  14. If you are concerned about the key you could always cut the plastic top off and run a pin through it and the body of the key to make it a folding flat key that way you are less likely to kick it or break it.
    The brakes are a pain because they are cable, hydraulic would be better and I’m looking to upgrade soon.
    tyres are too smooth should have more grip for the wet or snow.
    We should have the US law 500 watts 20 mph that is just right for this type of bike.

  15. I agree with your review. I’ve owned both Generation 1 (2008) and Generation 2 (2011) A2B Metros. They are quite heavy to pedal. This bike is not for everyone but suits me since I go from ground floor garage to ground floor office on my commute. This would not be a bike to take up stairs or on a train. It’s really more of a moped/motorcycle than a bicycle. A2B’s other models are designed to be more bike-like. They now have a Shima model that’s a 28 mph pedelec which I’d like to try.

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