Riding the Bosch CX Electric Mountain Bike System in Sedona, AZ [VIDEO]

Bosch Sedona electric mountain bike 2As part of their annual press camp with Magura, Bosch was in Sedona to show off their new CX electric mountain bike system on eMTBs from Haibike, KTM, Easy Motion, BULLS, and others.

Kicking the camp off on Monday morning included a nice ride up Schnebly Hill Road that climbs from the high desert of Sedona at 4,500 ft elevation to the cool Ponderosa Pine forest near Flagstaff at 7,000 ft.

Schnebly is a technical jeep road that offers a bunch of scenic views and it’s a good place to ride electric mountain bikes in Sedona. [Read more…]

eMTB Market Heats Up as Shimano Unveils MTB Version of STEPS Mid Drive System

Shimano Electric Mountain Bike System 4By Richard Peace.

Shimano STEPS E8000 is the new electric assist system designed specifically for eMTB use and joins the well-established E6000 system already used on many manufacturers city and leisure e-bike models.

According to Shimano the E8000 features a powerful drive unit rated for full-on MTB use (the E6000 system was rated for ‘light off-road use’) and a bigger 500Wh battery.

There is a new look handlebar mounted cycle computer. It can be paired with an electronic shift (Di2) MTB drive train or a [Read more…]

Accessory Roundup: Cane Creek Thudbuster, Lightrider Lights, & Blackburn Grid 13 Multitool [VIDEO]

Thudbuster & sprung saddle a great comboRichard Peace takes a look at three products that can enhance your electric bike riding:

The Cane Creek Thudbuster suspension seatpost to take the edge off of rough roads.

The innovative Lightrider light that illuminates you and the road ahead.

And the handy Blackburn Grid 13 compact multi tool. [Read more…]

Portland Electric Bike Expo & National Bike Month [VIDEOS]

San Diego Electric Bike Expo 2May is national bike month and the Electric Bike Expo will be in Portland, Oregon; a city that lives and breathes bike culture!

The Portland Electric Bike Expo is on May 20-22 at the Lloyd Center and it is the place for you to ride the latest electric bikes.

And best of all it’s completely free to attend and test ride as many eBikes as you like!

There are a lot of fun activities and events happening in Portland during the month of May and the Expo adds to the festivities by opening on national bike to work day, May 20th.

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Palo Alto Electric Bike Expo: Tech, Transportation, Adventure, & Fun! [VIDEOS]

elecric bike expo palo alto 8The Palo Alto Electric Bike Expo combined a lot of the unique aspects of the Bay Area like high tech, new forms of transportation, solar charging, adventure, dogs, and fun!

The Expo was held on April 22-24 at the Stanford Shopping Center with close proximity to Stanford University and the Stanford Research Park.

Attendees had a chance to ride over 125 different electric bikes from A2B, BESV, BULLS, Easy Motion, Felt Electric, Focus, Gazelle, Haibike, IZIP, Kalkhoff, KTM, Raleigh, Stromer, Tempo, Trek, Vintage, Xtracycle, and Yuba.

The Expo was covered by news from  [Read more…]

eMTB Racing Arrives In North America At The Sea Otter Classic [VIDEO]

electric mountain bike race 6By Paul Willerton

On Friday, April 15, 2016 the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA held first ever electric assist mountain bike (eMTB) in North America.

The race was enhanced with support from sponsors Bosch and Haibike.  Bosch even put up a special prize of $5,000 for the winner of the Industry Challenge eMTB Race to donate toward the charity of their choice.

The eMTB course was set on a section of the pro XC course and laps took about 7 minutes to complete. Over the last 25 years, the dirt hills on the inside of the world famous Laguna Seca race track have witnessed some of the best mountain bike racing in North America. [Read more…]

2,200 Mile Electric Bike Adventure from California to Colorado [VIDEO]

Sand-to-Snow E-Bike Tour kicks offIt’s time to think beyond riding around town on your e-bike; it’s time for an e-bike adventure!

Susanne Brüsch from Pedelec Adventures is riding 2,200 miles from California to Colorado on her Haibike electric mountain bike!

Her tour is called Sand to Snow and she will be riding through a lot of western highlights like Yosemite, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Monument Valley, Moab, and the Rocky Mountains.

Along the way she will be stopping at 2 Electric Bike Expo events. You can meet Susanne at the Palo Alto (April 22-24) and Denver (June 17-19) Electric Bike Expo events where she will [Read more…]

Palo Alto E-Bike Expo: Checkout & Ride the Latest E-Bikes for Free! [VIDEO]

IMG_6625The Palo Electric Bike Expo on April 22-24 at the Stanford Shopping Center is the place to ride the latest electric bikes. And best of all it’s completely free to attend and test ride as many eBikes as you like!

There will be 20 different brands and over 100 different eBikes to choose from to ride on the test track. Some of the bikes are launching at the Palo Alto Expo!

The test track has a hill structure to test the different eBike climbing capabilities and terrain features to test the suspension of some of the eBikes. [Read more…]

First Ever Electric Mountain Bike Race at Sea Otter [VIDEO]

electric mountain bike racingAre you ready to race your electric bike?!

April 15th, 2016 marks the date for the first ever electric mountain bike (eMTB) race at the Sea Otter Classic that will be held at the Laguna Seca raceway near Monterey, California.

The Sea Otter Classic is one of the largest cycling events in the U.S. with over 10,000 athletes and 65,000 fans attending. It is a mix of races (mountain, road, cyclocross, and now eMTB!), fun rides, and an expo for cycling companies to show off their products to the public.

This eMTB race, co-sponsored by Bosch and Haibike, builds [Read more…]

Where’s Bixby? Electric Cargo Bike Adventures with a Dog & Her Human [VIDEO]

Bixby, her human and their Yuba Spicy Curry electric cargo bike

Bixby, her human, and their new Yuba Spicy Curry electric cargo bike

Bixby and her human (Mike Minnick) have been traveling the US on a Yuba cargo bike to encourage pet adoption and their latest adventure is to beat the current world record for longest electric bike ride with more than 10,000 miles of riding!

They will officially kick off their electric cargo bike adventure at the Sea Otter Classic in April and then make stops at the Palo Alto Electric Bike Expo and possibly the Portland and Denver locations as well.

Here’s a quick video interview with Bixby and Mike from the Houston Electric Bike Expo where they picked up their shiny new Yuba Spicy Curry: [Read more…]