Brett Thurber and Karen Wiener from The New Wheel electric bike shop decided to add a little adventure to their trek to the Eurobike international bicycle trade show this year! They recently completed an e-bike tour from Zurich, Switzerland to Friedrichshafen, Germany where Eurobike is held. To give you an idea of this tour, here is a time lapse video capturing part of their trip that included 55 miles and 5,000 feet of climbing:
Juiced Riders did a great job of showing a “behind the scenes” look at what goes into the production and testing of their new Juiced Riders ODK V3 in this video. It’s good to see they are testing them in the real world in all sorts of weather! I had a chance to put their previous version to the test in this full review of the Juiced Riders ODK electric cargo bike version 2.
Some time has passed since my last post on how a Yuba Mundo with BionX has been woven into my daily life. About a year, in fact. While it’s still not time for a “Long Term Review”, I will say this: the bike is holding up extremely well – even, dare I say, improving. There was a dark period that began on December 31, 2013. Out for a New Year’s Eve ride with the whole family on the bike in Portland, Oregon, we had a rear wheel puncture about eight miles from the house we were staying at.
A truly worthy off road electric bike has landed here in the US and it’s name is the Haibike XDURO FS RX! The FS RX features the advanced Bosch Performance mid drive e-bike system, 120mm of front and rear suspension, a hydroformed aluminum frame, a solid mix of components (RockShox, Fox, Shimano, DT Swiss, etc.) and the 27.5″ wheel size. At $5,200 this is not an inexpensive bike but it does offer a lot of bang for the buck.
Folding electric bikes are very convenient if you travel a lot, use multiple forms of transportation, or if you want a bike that can be stored in a small place. It is amazing how small some of these folding e-bikes can be when they are completely folded up! Folders are great when combined with other forms of transportation like the bus, subway, train, ferry/boat, taxi, car, etc. They are also handy if you have limited storage areas at home or work. To give you some ideas on the different types of electric folding bikes out there, I have put together this guide.
E-Bike News: “Power Lanes”, Brouhaha E-Trailer, New Specialized Turbo’s, Carbon Haibike, & More! [VIDEOS]
Time for an e-bike news update: e-bikes powered by “power lanes” instead of batteries, the Brouhaha self power trailer, 2 new Specialized Turbo models, carbon fiber full suspension Haibike, Whole Foods using electric cargo bikes, mainstream media e-bike coverage, and more!
The folks at Optibike have been hard at work bringing 2 new mid drive models to their high end line up of e-bikes. The new Pioneer Allroad and Pioneer City are some of the more affordable Optibike’s. At $2,795 the mountain bike style Allroad features the 500 watt Optibike mid drive motor and a 37V 10.5ah lithium downtube battery. The City is a step thru commuter style e-bike with the same 500 watt mid drive motor and a 37V 10ah lithium rack mounted battery priced at $2,995.
Grant Walter reports from the road on his e-bike touring adventures in northern France and Flemish Belgium, being immersed in the e-bike scene, dealing with e-bike shipping challenges, and more!
The Haibike Xduro FS RX electric mountain bike is a solid off road machine with the new 350 watt Bosch Performance mid drive system, 120 mm of front and rear suspension (RockShox & Fox), and a health mix of Shimano SLX components. In this first part of the review there are a BUNCH of detailed pictures and specifications to get you familiar with the FS RX. The Haibike XDURO FS RX is priced at $4,900 USD at the time of this review. Part 2 of the Haibike XDURO FS RX review will give you info on ride characteristics, results from the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts on this e-bike.
TEAGUE & Sizemore Bicycle states that Denny is a bicycle “that removes the barriers to becoming an everyday rider”, or put another way “All in – Just Ride”. Denny is a concept electric bike that is part of the 2014 Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project competition. The Bike Design Project is a challenge to 5 design and bike building teams from bike centric cities to design the “ultimate urban utility bike”. This year Denny is the only e-bike in the competition and it is the from Seattle’s TEAGUE & Sizemore Bicycle team. There are 4 other conventional (non-electric) bikes from teams from Chicago, New York City, Portland, and San Francisco.
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 mounted low and in the center of the frame for balanced weight distribution. OHM Cycles is using a hydroformed aluminum frame along with the relatively new 27.5″ wheel size for improved rolling efficiency.
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.
In this installment of Grant Walter’s European electric bike adventures he reports on traveling to Venice, riding the ‘Romantic Road’, and enjoying his time on the River Main cycle path in Germany. After 3,001 km (1,864 miles) of e-bike touring, Grant gives his report on the Riese & Müller electric bike that he is riding.