The Plan for the E-Bike Cycle Tourists Ongoing E-Bike Adventure

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After 13 months, 22,000 kilometres, 13 countries, a new world e-bike long distance record and enough amazing memories to last a lifetime, the time has come for the E-Bike Cycle Tourists to sit back and assess our ongoing e-bike adventure.

When we set out from London on April 23, 2015, our goal was to set a new world e-bike record in excess of 16,047 kms, add a buffer of 4,000 or so more kilometres to make it all that more difficult for someone else to break our new record and then pack up and go home.

Simple really.

But then something we didn’t plan happened. [Read more…]

eMTB Market Heats Up as Shimano Unveils MTB Version of STEPS Mid Drive System

Shimano Electric Mountain Bike System 4By Richard Peace.

Shimano STEPS E8000 is the new electric assist system designed specifically for eMTB use and joins the well-established E6000 system already used on many manufacturers city and leisure e-bike models.

According to Shimano the E8000 features a powerful drive unit rated for full-on MTB use (the E6000 system was rated for ‘light off-road use’) and a bigger 500Wh battery.

There is a new look handlebar mounted cycle computer. It can be paired with an electronic shift (Di2) MTB drive train or a [Read more…]

Portland Electric Bike Expo & National Bike Month [VIDEOS]

San Diego Electric Bike Expo 2May is national bike month and the Electric Bike Expo will be in Portland, Oregon; a city that lives and breathes bike culture!

The Portland Electric Bike Expo is on May 20-22 at the Lloyd Center and it is the place for you to ride the latest electric bikes.

And best of all it’s completely free to attend and test ride as many eBikes as you like!

There are a lot of fun activities and events happening in Portland during the month of May and the Expo adds to the festivities by opening on national bike to work day, May 20th.

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Electric Concepts look to Revolutionize Commuting with Lightweight TSR2+

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Electric Concepts is about to launch their take on the ultimate commuter e-bike.

It marries a Moulton spaceframe bike from the UK with the Italian ‘all-in-one’ hub motor Zehus system and Electric Concept’s own design and assembly process.

Meet Electric Concepts’ TSR2+.

The Moulton may be known to the cycle historians amongst you as a classic design from 1960s UK, identified by its relatively small 20” wheels and elastomer suspension.

It is still made today using modern materials and components and with an updated frame design such as the TSR.

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And if you’re not familiar with the Zehus, it is one of the most, if not the most advanced designs of the latest generation of e-bike systems incorporating all the electrical elements into a single hub.

Electric Bike Report asked Tal Almus of Electric Concepts how the bike came about.

‘The idea started when we began looking for a new electric bike model for commuters in highly populated cities; the Israeli electric market is currently dominated by Chinese electric bike models which we think bring their own problems related to riding experience and comfort. We felt the weight of electric bikes was a particular problem, averaging 20-23 kg – hence Electric Concept’s TSR2+ weighs only 13.8kg.

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With such heavy average weights handling is also affected, but the TSR2+’s stiff frame provides accurate wheel tracking, great road holding and cornering stability and the unique front and rear suspension maximize rider comfort and efficiency. Low rolling resistance, high pressure tyres and the lower aerodynamic drag of small wheels also allow the bicycle to go faster with less effort. On a more personal note, we at Electric Concepts consider the Moulton’s space frame to be a beautiful design.’

And what drew you to the Zehus motor?

Zehus represents the 3rd generation of electric motors. The first advantage is the motor’s ability to recharge the battery during rides using the rider’s own energy as well as regenerative braking capabilities. This provides two major advantages; firstly it reduces the rider dependency on short charging cycles (i.e. the rider won’t need to recharge on a daily basis) and secondly the manufacturer can use a smaller battery, so creating the “all in one” motor unit, where all electric components, even the battery, can be included in a single hub.

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We also liked the fact that the onboard sensors work along with the controller to provide various of riding programs; in effect the bike can ‘learn’ your riding behaviour and monitor path conditions and increase or reduce engine assistance according to real time parameters whose limits are determined by the rider.

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Zehus is also a ‘smart’ motor as its Bluetooth-connected smartphone app allows the rider access to all BIKE+ settings. Riders can choose from six different power modes, manage trip data and even lock the bike. The smartphone app also acts as a gateway to the Zehus community, allowing access to services such as online diagnosis, bike-oriented navigation, mobility stats and other social functions (e.g. finding a stolen bike).’

When will you launch and how will the bike be available?

The TSR2+ will be launched in Israel by the end of this month,  at $2,490 (USD), and will be mainly sold via retailers. Customers in countries following European Union electric bike regulations will be eligible to order the bike online too. Shipping cost and insurance will be calculated based on the delivery location and transit time.

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Thanks to Richard Peace for this report.

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Palo Alto Electric Bike Expo: Tech, Transportation, Adventure, & Fun! [VIDEOS]

elecric bike expo palo alto 8The Palo Alto Electric Bike Expo combined a lot of the unique aspects of the Bay Area like high tech, new forms of transportation, solar charging, adventure, dogs, and fun!

The Expo was held on April 22-24 at the Stanford Shopping Center with close proximity to Stanford University and the Stanford Research Park.

Attendees had a chance to ride over 125 different electric bikes from A2B, BESV, BULLS, Easy Motion, Felt Electric, Focus, Gazelle, Haibike, IZIP, Kalkhoff, KTM, Raleigh, Stromer, Tempo, Trek, Vintage, Xtracycle, and Yuba.

The Expo was covered by news from  [Read more…]

eMTB Racing Arrives In North America At The Sea Otter Classic [VIDEO]

electric mountain bike race 6By Paul Willerton

On Friday, April 15, 2016 the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA held first ever electric assist mountain bike (eMTB) in North America.

The race was enhanced with support from sponsors Bosch and Haibike.  Bosch even put up a special prize of $5,000 for the winner of the Industry Challenge eMTB Race to donate toward the charity of their choice.

The eMTB course was set on a section of the pro XC course and laps took about 7 minutes to complete. Over the last 25 years, the dirt hills on the inside of the world famous Laguna Seca race track have witnessed some of the best mountain bike racing in North America. [Read more…]

The Quick-Install Bimoz E-Bike Mid Drive Kit [VIDEO]

bimoz-on-bike-1By Richard Peace

European firm bimoz say they are nearing a rollout of the ‘lightest and easiest e-bike retrofit system’ that will fit ‘almost any conventional bicycle within twenty minutes.’

bimoz has been designed to replace the non-driveside crank arm with a crank incorporating a gearless (direct drive) motor, powered by a fame-mounted battery.

So fitting is a matter of swapping out the crank and frame-mounting a connector and battery. Here’s a video that shows the installation: [Read more…]

Palo Alto E-Bike Expo: Checkout & Ride the Latest E-Bikes for Free! [VIDEO]

IMG_6625The Palo Electric Bike Expo on April 22-24 at the Stanford Shopping Center is the place to ride the latest electric bikes. And best of all it’s completely free to attend and test ride as many eBikes as you like!

There will be 20 different brands and over 100 different eBikes to choose from to ride on the test track. Some of the bikes are launching at the Palo Alto Expo!

The test track has a hill structure to test the different eBike climbing capabilities and terrain features to test the suspension of some of the eBikes. [Read more…]

Swiftmile: Solar Powered Electric Bike Rental Stations [VIDEOS]

swiftmile electric bike charging 2By Paul Willerton

In technology, the term “last mile solution” is synonymous with “challenge”.

The last mile is where the leaps and bounds of a technology are grasped by the masses. The promise of broadband, trans-continental internet connections took years.

Signals, transmitted across oceans at the speed of light, still needed to find their way into the home at that speed.

Solar power is another technology with tremendous promise that has had a difficulty crossing the chasm to main street.

In San Mateo, California, a company named Swiftmile is aiming to bridge solar power’s last mile gap by becoming a premier infrastructure provider for what Swiftmile calls the “Personal Electric Transporter” market, or PET for short. [Read more…]

UK Electric Bike Hire Schemes Begin Roll Out [VIDEO]

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University of Brighton launches it’s bike hire scheme for staff and students

By Richard Peace

Back in September 2015 the UK’s Department for Transport announced the results of competitive bidding for a share of £700,000 that would fund electric bike hire schemes across the country.

The application process was administered by UK NGO Carplus which also now has a sister organisation Bikeplus, the new representative body for the sixteen towns and cities chosen to trial electric bike hire.

ElectricBikeReport will look at what each of the sixteen schemes is doing in turn as they begin to roll out across the country, starting with the University of Brighton’s scheme to link two of its campuses. After being chosen by organisation Carplus, the university was awarded £36,000 from the Department for Transport for the project. [Read more…]