2015 Grace and Nicolai Electric Bikes [VIDEOS & PICS]

nicolai eboxx electric bike sideGrace and Nicolai are both high end electric bike brands from Germany and they are now both available in the US.

Grace has made waves in the e-bike industry with their powerful and solidly built Grace One, off road worthy MX, urban style MXII, and their sleek looking Grace Easy.

Nicolai has been making high end mountain bikes for a long time with options like the Pinion gear box and Gates Carbon Belt Drive, among others. The electric bikes that they are bringing to the US highlights (more…)

Lapierre Overvolt E-MTB’s & Riding with the Bosch Director [VIDEOS]

The Lapierre Overvolt electric mountain bike with Bosch mid drive system.

The Lapierre Overvolt FS900 full suspension electric mountain bike with Bosch mid drive system.

Lapierre is a French brand that is bringing their Bosch powered full suspension (FS900) and hardtail (HT900) electric mountain bikes to the US market for 2015.

I had a chance to ride the FS900 with Claus Fleischer, the director of the Bosch e-bike division, at the Interbike Outdoor Demo mountain bike trails.

The FS900 did an excellent job of handling the rough trails at Bootleg Canyon and it was a great way to get to know the director of Bosch; on the trails!

Claus said that he is excited about everything e-bike; from the sport style electric road and mountain bikes, to the commuter/touring bikes, to the utilitarian cargo bikes. He believes that e-bikes enable more people to (more…)

2015 Easy Motion Electric Bikes [VIDEOS & PICS]

easy motion 27.5 electric mountain bike

For 2015 Easy Motion is bringing their new EVO line up of e-bikes to the US and they recently showed them off at Interbike in Las Vegas.

The EVO line has some new features that improve on the previous NEO line from Easy Motion.

The first one is that the battery integration on the downtube of the frame is even more stealth to make their electric bikes look very much like a traditional bicycle.

Speaking of the frames, the EVO frames utilitize (more…)

New Pedego Electric Bikes: Stretch E-Cargo, Boomerang Step Thru, & Ridgerider E-Mtb [VIDEOS & PICS]

pedego stretch electric cargo bikePedego has been busy this year!

For 2015 they are introducing an electric cargo bike, a super e-step thru, and an electric mountain bike.

And that is in addition to new features that they will be adding to their existing line of e-bikes which includes beach cruisers, commuters, a fat bike, and a tandem.

Pedego showed off these new 2015 e-bikes at Interbike in Las Vegas; the largest bicycle trade show in the US.

Don DiCostanzo, the CEO of Pedego, was on hand to show off the new Pedego’s in the following videos. (more…)

The Stromer ST2 at Interbike 2014 [VIDEO & PICS]

Stromer ST2 electric bikeThe highly anticipated Stromer ST2 was on display at Interbike 2014 to tease us for it’s 2015 arrival in the US.

The ST2 is a very high tech electric bike with smartphone integration and GSM wireless connectivity using it’s OMNI system.

In addition to being on the cutting edge of tech, the ST2 features a HUGE lithium battery with 814 watt hours of capacity. Most bikes have 360 or 400 watt hours.

Stromer has also updated their direct drive motor with features like: 500 watts, 35 Nm of torque, a freehub, and (more…)

The ProdecoTech Electric Bike Line Up at Interbike 2014 [VIDEOS & PICS]

prodeco outlaw 1200

ProdecoTech had a large piece of real estate at this year’s Interbike to show off some of their new electric bikes for 2015.

Notably there was the Outlaw 1200 (1200 watts of power), their new Speed Pedelec with torque sensor pedal assist, and the folding Mariner 500 e-bike.

They showed off a chain torque sensor can be added to any of their current bikes as well as some of their older models.

Plus, there was mention of the new battery location (more…)

EcoSpeed Launches Kickstarter to Ramp Up Production

ecospeed electric bike kitBy Gary Kaye.

EcoSpeed, the Portland, Oregon based maker of mid-drive motor systems has launched a Kickstarter campaign and only ten days into the project says it had achieved 53% of its $75,000 goal.

According to EcoSpeed General Manager Brad Davis, “With just over twenty days to go, we’re feeling very good about reaching our goal.

The outpouring from existing and potential customers has been very gratifying.” Davis says that even though the company has built more than 450 systems over the past decade, it is hoping to take advantage of the huge surge in the e-bike industry by (more…)

2015 Haibike Electric Mountain Bikes & Street Bikes [VIDEOS]

haibike fat six electric bike frameHaibike is bringing a bunch of their Bosch powered electric bikes to the US market for 2015.

And that includes the new Fat Six; a fat e-bike (4″+ wide tires!) with the Bosch mid drive, aluminum frame, and Rock Shox suspension fork.

Bosch has set up shop in the US and Haibike is the brand that has the most Bosch equipped e-bikes in the US.

These new Haibikes were presented at Interbike (largest bicycle trade show in the US) 2014 in Las Vegas.

Haibike’s were such a hit at the show that the Haibike XDURO FS RX won the Interbike award for best electric bike! (more…)

New Raleigh Electric Bikes with Shimano STEPS Mid Drive System [VIDEO]

For 2015 Raleigh is jumping into the electric bike market!  This is pretty big news because Raleigh is a traditional bicycle brand that has been around for a long time. They must see the future in electric bikes.

Here is a video of the new Raleigh e-bikes (Misceo, Venture, Detour, Tekoa) for the US market, presented by Larry Pizzi at Interbike 2014.  The Misceo is the first bike in the US market to feature the new Shimano STEPS mid drive system:

Here are some detailed pictures of (more…)

Zehus Bike+ All-In-One Electric Bike System. No Charging Required?! [VIDEO]

zehus electric bike kit beltAll-in-one electric bike systems are becoming more popular these days.

They contain everything in the hub of the bike. That includes the motor, controller, battery, and everything else!

FlyKly and Copenhagen Wheel (Superpedestrian) are some of the more well-known names in the US.

Zehus is an all-in-one system from Italy and I recently had a chance to check out their Bike+ system at this years Interbike 2014.

Here’s a video with the CEO, (more…)

The Cardio Controlled Falco Fusion Sports E-Bike System [VIDEO]

Falco Fusion Wheel Drive System with Cardio ControlFalco E-Motors has just launched their new Fusion Sports electric bike kit on Kickstarter.

This is a unique kit because it is cardio controlled.

What does that mean? You can set the heart rate range that you want to be exercising in and the Falco Fusion Sports system will vary the amount of assist to make sure you stay in that range. High tech!

While we are talking about tech, the Fusion Sports system features smartphone integration, which is (more…)

Eurobike Electric Bike Picture Gallery

electric cruiser bikes eurobike

Eurobike is the big international bicycle trade show that happens every year in Friedrichshafen, Germany and it is where a lot of the new electric bikes (and conventional bikes) are revealed.

This year the amount of e-bikes at the show was even more impressive than last year.

The director of Bosch forecasts that e-bikes will eventually make up 50% of the total bicycle market and according to Bike Europe that may occur in 2015!

I personally was (more…)

VIDEO Interview with Bosch E-Bike Director, Claus Fleischer, at Eurobike

Brett Thurber and Karen Wiener from The New Wheel were on the scene at Eurobike this year and had a chance to spend some time with Claus Fleischer, the director of the e-bike division at Bosch.

First of all, checkout this video with Claus Fleischer giving an overview of the 2015 Bosch system. Claus talks about the new features like the Nyon display, automatic shifting that is integrated with Shimano, SRAM, and NuVinci, and their cargo bike concept:

Next, Karen sat down with Claus to find out more about Bosch, the US market, what the future holds for e-mobility, (more…)