The New 2015 OHM Cycles XS750 Trail Electric Bike [VIDEO]

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The 2015 electric bikes are starting to roll out!

OHM Cycles just announced their new and improved 2015 Sport XS750 multi-purpose trail bike.

It features the new 500 watt BionX D Series rear hub motor that has 250% more power than the BionX P and S Series motors.

Their new 48V 11.6ah (555 watt hour) lithium battery is (more…)

Welcome to the World of Electric Bikes

ProdecoTech Stride 500 electric bike.

ProdecoTech Stride 500 electric bike.

If you are new to electric bikes then this article will help you get a quick understanding of what electric bikes are all about.

You will learn about;

  • the reasons to have an e-bike,
  • how fast and how far they go,
  • how much they cost,
  • the different types of e-bikes,
  • what the future of e-bike looks like,
  • and how to checkout electric bikes in your town/city.

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European Electric Bike Tour: Venice, The Romantic Road, & The River Main – Part 3

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This is a guest post from Grant Walter who is currently touring Europe on his electric bike. Make sure you checkout Part 1 and Part 2.

I’ve completed a loop, I’m back in Stuttgart, where it all began, and the bike computer is showing 3,001 km (1,864 miles).

After Slovenia I rode through northeastern Italy, from Trieste (a really interesting but little visited city) to Venice (a wonderful place, full of visitors).

Maybe it was the area, the geography means that there are few roads between major towns, but I didn’t find cycling very (more…)

50 Stolen Bikes Recovered Thanks to Stromer ST2 Electric Bike GPS & App!

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Technology to the rescue!

Discovering that your prized electric bike has been stolen sucks, but in this day and age, technology can help you recover it.

That is just what happened when Frédéric Marchand realized that his high tech Stromer ST2 had been stolen.

Not only did he get his bike back, but 50 other stolen bikes were recovered thanks to the ST2′s built in GPS and the Stromer Smartphone Geolocator app!

And here’s how the story goes.  Frédéric Marchand discovered (more…)

Felt Launches New Electric Bikes with Bosch E-Bike System in USA [VIDEOS]

The Felt LEBOWSKe "fat" electric bike with 4" wide tires!

The Felt LEBOWSKe “fat” electric bike with 4″ wide tires!

Felt Electric has just launched 4 new electric bikes with the Bosch mid drive system in the US market!

The US Felt line up is: the LEBOWSKe “fat” electric bike with 4″wide tires, the DUALe full suspension 27.5″ wheel e-mtb, the NINEe 29er hardtail e-mtb, and the SPORTe commuter style e-bike.

Felt Bicycles is a well established brand in the traditional bike world and they have had an array of e-bikes (more…)

Bosch Introduces Nyon Display, Integrated Shifting, & USA Bosch E-Bikes [VIDEOS]

Bosch eBike Systems has made a serious presence in the European electric bike scene and now they are focusing on the US e-bike market for 2014.  In addition they are introducing some new high tech features to their mid drive systems!

Here is a video that will give you an idea of what the Bosch e-bike systems are like and some background on the company, including the manufacturing of their components:

In addition to their newly revamped e-bike system (more…)

E-Bike News: New Bosch Tech, Grace, ProdecoTech, E-Bike Touring, E-Mtn Bikes, Harley Davidson?! [VIDEOS]

GRACE MX II Trail electric bikeGrace Electric Bikes will be on display at Interbike this year.  These high tech e-bikes feature the Bosch mid drive system, with Gates belt drive and the NuVinci continuously variable rear hub.

Bosch is working on a new control unit called Nyon. It has e-bike controls, navigation, fitness and smartphone functionality. They are also working on integrated shifting solutions with NuVinci, SRAM, and Shimano. 

SRAM is working with Bosch to offer a semi-automatic drivetrain.  It features an internally geared hub that automatically shifts in addition to a traditional derailleur and cogset that the rider can manually shift……..interesting!

If you are looking for a high tech electric bike then (more…)

European Electric Bike Tour: The Perks of Riding an E-Bike – Part 2

european electric bike tour bike signThis is a guest post from Grant Walter who is currently touring Europe on his electric bike. Here is Part 1.

E-bikes are very popular all over Europe and many of the myriad of bike tour operators offer an e-bike option, usually at an additional cost, but obviously there aren’t too many unsupported tourers using e-bikes as yet, but for me, this has been a positive.

My e-bike attracts a great deal of interest and this in turn often helps me out.

On (attempting) to leave Croatia some days ago I rode down a (more…)

Interview with Faraday Bicycles CEO, Adam Vollmer [VIDEO]

The classically styled Faraday Porteur electric bike.

The classically styled Faraday Porteur electric bike.

Faraday Bicycles made a splash in the electric bike world a few years ago when they introduced the Porteur.

The Porteur has a classic European style and concealed electric bike components that almost hide the fact that it is an electric bike.

In 2011 the Porteur won the Oregon Manifest People Choice Award for best utility bike.

To find out more about the Porteur and Faraday Bicycles, I had the chance to interview the CEO of Faraday, Adam Vollmer.

First of all, enjoy this video with Adam talking about his inspiration for the Porteur: (more…)

Replacement Electric Bike Batteries Guide

The NTS Works Universal Battery is rebuildable.

The NTS Works Universal Battery is rebuildable.

Eventually electric bike batteries need to be replaced as their lifecycle comes to an end.

You can tell when a battery is nearing the end of its life when it does not provide you with much range.

This guide will help you with ideas on how to get a replacement electric bike battery.

First of all, if you have a complete electric bike you should buy the replacement battery from that e-bike company.  Typically you can get a replacement from your local dealer but in some cases you may need to contact the e-bike company directly.

The same (more…)

“Down Goes the Bike Thief!” Bait Bikes with GPS Trackers & Mug Shots on Twitter [VIDEO]

Bike thieves in San Francisco better watch out! The San Francisco Police Department is placing “bait bikes” around the city with GPS trackers. If one of the “bait bikes” is stolen they will track down the thief, bust them, and post the thief’s mug shot on their Twitter news stream and website for a bit of public humiliation!

You have to watch this video from The New York times, it is brilliant. Checkout how quickly they catch a thief!

The SFPD is taking this seriously. The “bait bikes” are of high enough value to charge the thief with a felony……ouch! (more…)

European Electric Bike Tour: Not All Who Wander Are Lost – Part 1

european electric bike tour 1This is a guest post from Grant Walter who is currently touring Europe on his electric bike.

My idea of a good vacation is to take my bike somewhere different for a month or so and ride, mostly solo, mostly unsupported.

Over the years I’ve taken my bike all over the world, but it’s becoming harder and harder to take a bike on a plane and as I’m an Australian, there’s no viable alternative to flying.

Now that I’ve retired from full-time work I have more time to enjoy bike touring but also less reason to incur the stress involved in flying with a bike, so this time, I left my bike at home and bought a new bike when I arrived in Europe. (more…)

Visiobike: Pushing The High Tech Electric Bike Boundary! [VIDEO]

The high tech Visiobike e-bike!

The high tech Visiobike e-bike!

The Visiobike e-bike is high tech.

Here’s why: Google Glass integration, serious smartphone integration, rear view camera, carbon fiber frame, integrated Panasonic lithium battery in the frame, MPF mid drive motor, auto shifting NuVinci H|Sync continuously variable hub, Gates belt drive, & more!

To give you an idea of what the Visiobike is all about, here is a video from their INDIEGOGO campaign:  (more…)

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