Guide To Electric Recumbent Trikes [UPDATED]

Electric recumbent trikes are lightweight 3 wheeled pedal/electric vehicles that offer some car like features.

For instance, some of them have weather protection, cargo & passenger capacity, full suspension, comfortable seats, lights & mirrors, etc.

Some of these e-recumbent trikes are designed for everyday commuting around town and some of them “amplify” your pedal power up to highway speeds!

The following is a guide to complete e-recumbent trikes, ideas on adding electric assist to a recumbent trike, and a look at the future of e-trikes. [Read more…]

E-Bike News: Spark, E-Freeway, Battery Video, Trek Powerfly, & More!

Shocke Spark electric bikeIt’s time for another electric bike news round up!

I like the title of this article “Will technology help us escape urban commuting hell?“.  Yes, and e-bikes are part of that solution! It is a good article from the BBC and it includes e-bike share programs, mass transit, car share, driverless cars, sentiment mapping, social media, and…………jetpacks!

Electric cargo bikes can be a good car alternative or replacement. Grist posted this article on “6 reasons why cargo bikes are the next big thing” and it includes a lot of good info about [Read more…]

Electric Bike Mid Drive Guide

Haibike FS RX bosch motorMid drive systems provide motor power through the cranks of the bike to leverage the drivetrain (or “transmission”) to climb almost any hill and speed along on flat ground.

Mid drives have been popular in many European markets and they are starting to gain popularity in the US and Canadian markets.

This guide will outline the popular systems that are equipped on complete e-bikes as well as retrofit mid drive systems that can be added to a conventional bike. [Read more…]

Electric Bike Motor Comparison: Hub, Mid Drive, & Friction Drive

GenZe Sport electric bike motorHere is a comparison of the different electric bike motor systems to help you determine which configuration is best for your riding needs.

In this article there are the pros and cons of each system: the hub motors (front and rear), the mid drive motor, the friction drive motor, and the rocket drive!

First of all, let’s take a look at the popular [Read more…]

GenZe Sport Electric Bike Review Part 2: Ride & Range Test [VIDEO]

GenZe Sport electric bike sideThe results are in for the testing and review of the GenZe Sport electric bike!

The Sport is an economical electric bike with some of the features of the more expensive e-bikes.

At $1,499 the GenZe Sport offers an integrated frame battery with Samsung cells, cadence/torque sensor pedal assist (& throttle option), Promax disc brakes, a Shimano drivetrain, and impressive range. [Read more…]

E-Bike News: Controversy, Carbon Frame Kit, “Food Bikes”, Solar, Chop-E, & More! [VIDEOS]

Storm fat electric bikeThe Sondors (formerly Storm) fat electric bike has been creating a storm on the internet! It is a fat electric bike being offered on IndieGoGo (crowdfunding site) at an introductory price of $499 now $599 (plus up to $194 in shipping) and they have raised millions of dollars.

There are many that are warning that this deal could be too good to be true (Yahoo, Treehugger, CNET, [Read more…]

GenZe Sport (e101) Electric Bike Review Part 1: Pictures & Specs

GenZe Sport electric bike sideviewThe GenZe Sport (e101) electric bike has arrived for testing and review and in this first part of the review you will get a detailed look at this bike with a BUNCH of pictures and the specifications.

The GenZe Sport features an integrated frame battery (36V 8.7ah), with a 250 watt hub motor, cadence/torque sensor pedal assist & throttle, and a Shimano drivetrain for $1,499 USD.

GenZe is an electric bike and scooter brand that is owned by  [Read more…]

Dillenger Bafang Mid Drive Electric Bike Kit Review Part 2: Ride & Range Test [VIDEO]

Dillenger Bafang mid drive electric bike kitAfter putting on some miles and doing a full range test, the results are in on the Dillenger Bafang mid drive electric bike kit!

Overall, the Dillenger Bafang mid drive kit is one of the more refined systems that can be installed on almost any bike.

Mid drive systems can climb almost any hill because they can leverage the gears of the [Read more…]

Dillenger Bafang Mid Drive Electric Bike Kit Review Part 1: Pictures & Specs

Dillenger Bafang mid drive kit

The Bafang mid drive from Dillenger Electric Bikes has arrived for testing and review!

Bafang offers one of the few mid drive electric bike kits that can be installed on a traditional bicycle.

A lot of the mid drive systems (Bosch, etc.) only come on complete bikes with a specialty frame.

This system from Dillenger is the 750 watt version of [Read more…]

Gocycle G2 Electric Bike Review Part 2: Ride & Range Test [VIDEO]

Gocycle sideAfter spending some time and miles on the Gocycle G2 it is apparent that this is one of the most versatile and feature rich electric bikes that I have ever tested and reviewed.

It has a lot of high tech features (electronic shifting, smartphone app ride customization, one sided wheels, etc.) but the design is focused on being easy to ride with little maintenance to worry about. [Read more…]