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 2

moustache electric bike fat bikeIn this second part of the Taipei Cycles Show highlights there are 2 mid drive systems that fit traditional bike frames; the Eram and direct drive Pendix system.

In addition there are the stylish Moustache e-bikes with a “furry” fat bike… [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…]

Ford Launches 2 New Electric Bikes to Study Better Transport Solutions

Ford electric bikesFord just announced 2 new prototype e-bikes to “study how electric bicycles can work seamlessly with cars and public transport to deliver faster and easier daily commutes and help businesses operating in urban centres.”

Having a major auto company studying electric bikes is a pretty good indication that the future of e-bikes is bright! [Read more…]

Kalkhoff & Focus Electric Bikes Now Available in the US!

kalkhoff tasman electric bikeBy Paul Willerton.

Situated in Northwest Germany in a region known mostly for agriculture is a town named Cloppenburg. It is the home of Derby Cycle, a company well known for having some of the most prestigious brand names in cycling in it’s ‘stable’.

At least two the brands owned by Derby have made significant strides in the development of their e-bike lineups in recent years: Focus and Kalkhoff. [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…]