e-Joe Electric Bikes is all about “making practical, affordable, high-quality electric bike for nearly everyone….an ebike for the average Joe” For 2015 they are introducing the new Koda that is a sporty commuter style e-bike with the battery integrated into the downtube of the frame. Their Anggun step thru commuter with a large 36V 16ah lithium battery has been updated to offer a few new features. e-Joe is also know for their EPIK SE & Lite economical folding electric bikes with the batteries integrated into the main frame tube.
For 2015 Xtracycle has joined forces with Bosch to bring their Edgerunner to market with the Bosch Performance Line mid drive system. The new 10E will feature the Bosch 350 watt mid drive system with a 36V 11ah lithium battery and that will enable riders to do more with their bike. Xtracycle’s message is “Ride bikes. Carry Stuff” and the new 10E definitely embodies that! In addition to being utilitarian, the folks at Xtracycle also know how to have fun. At Interbike they had The Bean Machine, a coffee shop set up on a 10E and for the end of the day they had the beer bike with a keg of New Belgium beer on a traditional Edgerunner.
Felt Electric has launched some exciting new e-bikes to their line up for 2015. The new Outfitter camouflage fat e-bike with optional trailer is ready for camping/hunting trips. Then the new Bruhaul electric cargo bike is ready to be your car alternative or replacement…. The Outfitter and Bruhaul are the 2 new bikes to their existing line up of the Bosch powered e-bikes: the fat tire LEBOWSKe, the full suspension DUALe, 29er hardtail NINEe, and the commuter/touring SPORTe.
It’s time for an electric bike news round up! How about a 6,000 mile electric bike trip to break the Guinness Record for longest e-bike trip? And try doing that with your family! Tomas Cortijo and Dylan Drake and their kids are currently on an e-bike tour from Montana to Maine and then down to Florida. Here is a news story about them and more info on their Kickstarter page.
Disclaimer: The Toyota i-ROAD is not an electric bike and it does not have a pedal power option. So why am I talking about it on Electric Bike Report? Because it is a small electric vehicle that could be a good transportation solution for those who are also interested in electric bikes. The i-ROAD combines a the conveniences of a car with the advantages of a bike/trike.
No Chain?! The Mando Footloose is an electric bike without a chain or belt or any other way for the cranks to directly power the rear wheel. When you turn the pedals electricity is generated and added to the battery which then powers the rear hub motor. The Mando Footloose is a series hybrid electric bike. Mando recently introduced the new Footloose IM that is similar to the original Footloose but it doesn’t fold and there are some other feature differences.
Electric bikes are great for zipping around town but what if want weather protection? Well, Virtue Bike has the answer with their Pedalist semi-enclosed electric trike. The Pedalist is an upright (not recumbent) e-trike with an enclosure that looks somewhat car-like. Right now the Pedalist is still in the prototype stage but Virtue Bike is planning to make it a reality soon with a Kickstarter campaign.
OHM Cycles has introduced their new 2015 electric bikes that includes their new XS750 Plus with 3.25″ wide off road tires & BionX D Series system. The XS750 Plus and the XS750 both use the new BionX D series 500 watt motor that provides a lot of torque and is designed for off road riding. OHM is still focused on commuter/touring style e-bikes too with their XU700 and XU700 LS (low step). Both of the road models also feature the BionX drive system. Enjoy the following video and pictures of the these new OHM Cycles e-bikes!
A solar electric cargo bike. It sounds futuristic! But the SunCycle is a real bike from NTS Works. I had a chance to catch up with the CEO of NTS Works, Neal Saiki, at Interbike and shoot a video of the innovative SunCycle solar e-cargo bike. In addition, Neal shows us their Fat Free e-bike that is designed for ease of use for almost any size rider. Enjoy the following video with Neal showing off the SunCycle and Fat Free:
“Fat” electric bikes were a hit at this year’s Interbike and IZIP presented their E3 Sumo that features 4″+ wide tires with the TransX 350 watt mid drive system. Following in the new off road electric bike options is the new IZIP E3 Peak DS, a full suspension e-mtb with 120 mm of travel front and rear and the TransX 350 mid drive. And that is not all that is new for 2015. A lot of the existing models have improvements in the features as well as looks. Checkout the following videos with Larry Pizzi (President of Currie Technologies) presenting the new IZIP line at Interbike.
A2B has been hard at work bringing new models to their line up as well as adding some new features to their current e-bikes. For 2015, they are launching the commuter/touring style Galvani and Ferber that offer more of a classic European styling, torque sensor pedal assist, a new display, and a healthy selection of accessories. They have added the Kuo+ which features a new 36V 8ah battery as an upgrade to their existing Kuo model. The Octave is a new name but the bike is very similar to their previous Metro model that has has an easy to ride style. A2B has incorporated the eSocialBike cloud based diagnostic system and smartphone app into their bikes and this will provide a lot more functionality & support.
Grace 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 that innovative off road design.
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 enjoy a bike ride. And for those that think that electric bikes are cheating, Claus says “how can you cheat on fun?”. Well put!