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!
For 2015 Easy Motion is bringing their new EVO line up of e-bikes to the US and they recently showed them off at Interbike in Las Vegas. The EVO line has some new features that improve on the previous NEO line from Easy Motion. The first one is that the battery integration on the downtube of the frame is even more stealth to make their electric bikes look very much like a traditional bicycle. Speaking of the frames, the EVO frames utilitize hyrdoformed aluminum tubes to create some cool looks and in some cases, more standover height. Another improvement is the ability to charge the battery on or off the bike in the EVO line. Easy Motion also had their Bosch powered City Wave commuter style electric bike on display.
Pedego has been busy this year! For 2015 they are introducing an electric cargo bike, a super e-step thru, and an electric mountain bike. And that is in addition to new features that they will be adding to their existing line of e-bikes which includes beach cruisers, commuters, a fat bike, and a tandem. Pedego showed off these new 2015 e-bikes at Interbike in Las Vegas; the largest bicycle trade show in the US.
The highly anticipated Stromer ST2 was on display at Interbike 2014 to tease us for it’s 2015 arrival in the US. The ST2 is a very high tech electric bike with smartphone integration and GSM wireless connectivity using it’s OMNI system. In addition to being on the cutting edge of tech, the ST2 features a HUGE lithium battery with 814 watt hours of capacity. Most bikes have 360 or 400 watt hours.
ProdecoTech had a large piece of real estate at this year’s Interbike to show off some of their new electric bikes for 2015. Notably there was the Outlaw 1200 (1200 watts of power), their new Speed Pedelec with torque sensor pedal assist, and the folding Mariner 500 e-bike. They showed off a chain torque sensor can be added to any of their current bikes as well as some of their older models. In addition to those new e-bikes and torque sensor, there was the rest of their range of off road and street style electric bikes.
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.