The Cardio Controlled Falco Fusion Sports E-Bike System [VIDEO]

Falco Fusion Wheel Drive System with Cardio ControlFalco 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 [Read more…]

50 Stolen Bikes Recovered Thanks to Stromer ST2 Electric Bike GPS & App!

stromer st2 smartphone app

Technology to the rescue!

Discovering that your prized electric bike has been stolen sucks, but in this day and age, technology can help you recover it.

That is just what happened when Frédéric Marchand realized that his high tech Stromer ST2 had been stolen.

Not only did he get his bike back, but 50 other stolen bikes were recovered thanks to the ST2’s built in GPS and the Stromer Smartphone Geolocator app!

And here’s how the story goes.  Frédéric Marchand discovered [Read more…]

Bosch Introduces Nyon Display, Integrated Shifting, & USA Bosch E-Bikes [VIDEOS]

Bosch eBike Systems has made a serious presence in the European electric bike scene and now they are focusing on the US e-bike market for 2014.  In addition they are introducing some new high tech features to their mid drive systems!

Here is a video that will give you an idea of what the Bosch e-bike systems are like and some background on the company, including the manufacturing of their components:

In addition to their newly revamped e-bike system [Read more…]

New Bafang E-Bike Mid-Drive Systems Offer Energie Cycles Upgrades

Starting in January 2014, Energie Cycles will offer the new Bafang 350 watt mid-drive motor package on the 2.6t and the 500 watt mid-drive system on the 2.6tm, adding as much as five times the torque while slightly reducing the overall weight.

As strategic partner with Suzhou Bafang Electric Motor Science-Technology Co., Ltd, Rechargeable Power Energy North America and its e-bike brand Energie Cycles are bringing the latest motor technology to [Read more…]

The Future of E-Bikes: Nicolai/Gates/NuVinci Concept Electric Bike

Nicolai/Gates/NuVinci Concept Electric Bike

Breaking news from the Taipei Cycle Show going on now: Checkout this concept electric bike from Nicolai/Gates/NuVinci!  It is a bike that has been designed around the new Bosch electric bike kit that positions the motor to provide assistance at the cranks, the Gates belt drive that eliminates oily chains (and maintenance), and the NuVinci “gearless” rear hub drivetrain.  All I have to say is it’s clean, simple, and I want to ride one!

Let me break down a few features that makes this concept bike so cool (and check out all the pictures!): [Read more…]

The NuVinci Shifting Experience: NO GEARS!? [Video]

The NuVinci N360 Hub on Electric Bike

??Imagine you are riding your electric bike along and you hit a hill. Instead of shifting the gears on your bike you simple twist the grip shifter a little (like a volume dial on your stereo) to make climbing that hill a little easier and find that perfect gear ratio.  That is what the NuVinci drivetrain system is all about and more!

In this video I interviewed Chris from NuVinci about their “Continuously Variable” drivetrain to get an idea of what the advantages are over typical “geared” drivetrains and why the NuVinci is a good fit for e-bikes. Even the dogs (in the background) were excited about the NuVinci system [Read more…]

NuVinci: Something NEW for Bicycle Drivetrain Technology!

NuVinci N360 CVP Hub on Raleigh Dover 360 electric bike that I test rode

Last week I was invited to tour the NuVinci design and testing headquarters in Austin, Texas.  I was able to test ride a number of electric bikes and regular bikes with their new “Continuously Variable Planetary” (CVP) drivetrain.  Below is an introduction to their technology and I will be following this article up with more articles on their latest projects and my visit to their headquarters.

It’s Time for Something NEW!

The bicycle drivetrain or “gears” on a bicycle have been [Read more…]

Bionx Electric Bike Kit Review

I have ridden many different bikes with the Bionx electric bike conversion kit and I have to say that it is probably the most refined ebike kit that you can buy.

To compare it to cars, it is like the Mercedes Benz of electric bike kits.

This is a review based on a number of rides on the Bionx electric bike kit.  This is not an in depth review based on hundreds of miles of use, etc.

I just wanted to let you know what I think of the system based on some ride experiences.

Here is a video about the Bionx system:

What I like about the Bionx ebike kit:

  • The way the system adds assistance is so seamless it just feels like [Read more…]

NEW Shimano Electric Bike Component Group = Excitement!

This is really cool!  Shimano (one of the most reputable bike component manufacturer’s) is coming out with an electric bike component group!  It is called the Shimano STEPS (Shimano Total Electric Power System) electric bike component group.  This is good news for the electric bike market because Shimano has a reputation of providing quality components that work very well and last a long time.  They are typically engineering and manufactured with very tight tolerances.  This component group looks like it will be a success because [Read more…]