Haibike 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 e-bikes in the US.
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:
All-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.
Interbike is the largest bicycle tradeshow in the US and there will be a lot of new electric bikes on display this year. Stay tuned to this post for the latest e-bikes and gear from Interbike in Las Vegas, Nevada!
Falco 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 not found on many electric bike kits on the market today.
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!
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 systems with integration with Shimano, SRAM, and NuVinci, and their cargo bike concept:
Karen Wiener from The New Wheel had a chance to interview the founder of Stromer, Thomas Binggeli, about the new Stromer ST2 at Eurobike. The St2 won the prestigious Eurobike Gold Award for Best Electric Bike. Enjoy this video of the new Stromer ST2!
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.
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!