E-Bike Factory Tours in China: Bafang Motor & King Meter Display – Part 4

bafang motors productionDuring the ExtraEnergy and China Bicycle Association e-bike factory tours we had the opportunity to visit the Bafang Motor Company and the King Meter display company headquarters.

Bafang motors are found on many electric bikes all over the world. While we were there I had a chance to ride their new Max mid drive system!

King Meter is one of the largest [Read more…]

E-Bike Battery Factory Tours in China: Tianneng, Phylion, & Lishen – Part 3 [VIDEOS]

IMG_5461During the ExtraEnergy and China Bicycle Association e-bike factory tours we had the opportunity to visit 3 major e-bike battery companies in China.

Here’s a little intro to each company that we visited.

Tianneng Battery claims to have 40% market share for LEV & e-bike batteries. They make a lot of lead acid batteries but they are in the process of expanding their lithium battery production.

Phylion Battery claims to be the second largest lithium battery pack supplier for the electric bike market in Europe. They have a cloud based diagnostic tool that helps them troubleshoot battery issues remotely.

Lishen Battery makes lithium batteries for high tech companies like Apple, Samsung, Motorola, [Read more…]

Electric Bike Highlights from the Taipei Cycle Show – Part 4

square battery electric bikeIn this forth part of the Taipei Cycles Show highlights there are the innovative e-bikes from Stromer, Klever Mobility, Peugeot, BESV, and Dahon. 

In addition Extra Energy and LEVA presented their industry awards at the show.

You will also see some of the e-bike components and [Read more…]

Electric Bike Highlights from the Taipei Cycle Show – Part 3

diavelo carbon electric bike step thru frameIn this third part of the Taipei Cycles Show highlights there are more fat e-bikes hitting the market, the rise of Shimano STEPS, a look at the Yamaha mid drive, new eflow e-bikes with the Continental mid drive, Diavelo carbon e-bikes, and the new Eden e-bikes. [Read more…]

Electric Bike Highlights from the Taipei Cycle Show – Part 1

neox electric bike motorI recently had the opportunity to attend the Taipei Cycle Show in Taiwan to search out new e-bikes and related technology in addition to meeting with the leaders of some of these companies.

The Taipei Cycle Show is focused on providing bike manufacturers and bike brands with a trade show where they can meet to review product details and potentially work out business deals. In addition, it is a show where some bike brands will show off new products that they are working on. [Read more…]

Getting Fit for an E-Bike World Record Breaking Ride

Gary and Rachel Corbett electric bike tourBy Gary Corbett.

As the time approaches for the e-Bike Cycle Tourists to head off from London in late April in an attempt to set a new world e-bike long distance record, we are facing a challenge of a very different kind … to get fit!

Don’t think for one moment that just because we are riding electric bikes that there isn’t a very real need to be as fit as is possible for the challenges that lie ahead. [Read more…]

E-Bike News: Battery Breakthrough?, E-Cargo Trike, New Shimano STEPS & More! [VIDEOS]

Raiooo electric cargo trike.

RAIOOO electric cargo trike.

Time for an electric bike news update!

It appears that a new and improved lithium battery is on the horizon for electric bikes. It is a lithium sulfur battery chemistry and the hope is that the battery could be significantly lighter and less expensive than the current lithium batteries found on e-bikes.  A note of caution; there has been talk of batteries like this before and those batteries still have not come to market. We will have to see if these lithium sulfur batteries make it to market in the next couple of years.

Here is the RAIOOO wooden electric cargo trike. Checkout the following video of [Read more…]

Retro Moto Style Peacock Groove E-Bike [VIDEO]

peacock groove electric bikeWow, checkout this wild retro moto style electric bike from custom bike builder Peacock Groove out of Minneapolis, MN!

This custom e-bike features the Shimano STEPS mid drive system with the Gates Carbon Drive belt and Shimano Di2 Alfine electronically shifted internally geared rear hub.

It was displayed recently at the North American Handmade Bike Show (NAHBS) in Louisville, Kentucky.

Erik Noren is the founder of Peacock Groove and in the following video he shows off some of the [Read more…]

Stylish Fifield Electric Bikes from N.A. Handmade Bike Show

fifield chatham electric bike shimano stepsFifield E-Bikes makes some classy electric bikes for the rider that has an eye for style and quality.

They showed off a custom version of their Chatham model with the Shimano STEPS mid drive e-bike system and Gates Carbon Drive at this years North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ted Wojcik is a legend in the bicycle frame building world and he makes 2 of the premium Fifield e-bike models: the Chatham and Caladesi.

The following pictures and story from Ted Wojcik will give you a closer look at this stylish e-bike. [Read more…]