E-Bike News: Richard Branson, Lightweight Kit, Carbon E-Bike, Solar Bicycle, E-Bike Share. [VIDEOS]

Richard BransonHUTTLIN E-Roadster 5 has an electric bike and says “these (electric) bicycles could be used more in urban settings, cutting commute times and hopefully encouraging more people to get out of their cars and onto their bikes.

According to a new e-bike study, “People travel twice as much on the electric bike, both in terms of kilometres, amount of trips, and as part of the total transportation”.

A study from Lund University of Copenhagen has determined that it is 6 times more expensive to travel by car than by [Read more…]

New E-Bikes: Zap, Karmic, Kalkhoff, Yamaha, Vintage, Solar Bike, & More!

Zap Urban electric bikeTime for another e-bike news round up!

There are a lot of new electric bikes that have recently hit the market.

First up are 2 new electric bikes from Zap Bikes; the Urban and the Cross.

They have a claimed weight of 38 lbs and 41 lbs, which is pretty light for an e-bike! The 36V 8.7ah lithium battery pack has a low and centered location for good weight distribution and [Read more…]

New Yuba Spicy Curry Mid Drive Electric Cargo Bike [VIDEO & PICS]

yuba spicy curry electric cargo bike 2The Yuba Spicy Curry, what a great name for an electric cargo bike.

The name is a play on words because this electric cargo bike has been developed with a partnership between Yuba Bicycles (cargo bike experts) and Currie Technologies (e-bike experts).

Yuba Bicycles is well known for their popular Mundo and Boda Boda cargo bikes that come in their traditional configuration or with electric assist.

The Spicy Curry is their new e-cargo bike that has been designed with [Read more…]

Sea Otter Classic 2015. The Year of Center Drive Motors [VIDEOS & PICS]

go fat carbon electric bikeBy Doug Schwartz.

This year’s Sea Otter Classic was the year of the center drive (mid drive) motor.

Not that there wasn’t strong representation of hub motors by Bionx, BESV, IZIP, Specialized, and others. It seems that the focus of this year’s Sea Otter Classic was companies introducing new models with [Read more…]

Ride Report: Focus Jarifa Impulse 27 3.0 Electric Mountain Bike [VIDEO]

focus jarifa electric bikeBy Paul Willerton.

If you search the web for a definition of the word “Jarifa”, you will find this bike turns up as the top result. That may have been the intention of Focus Bicycles. Perhaps they wanted the machine itself to provide the definition.

Mountain bikes without a rear suspension are popular with two groups of riders: Those that want to travel fast and far, including uphill, in the least amount of time, and [Read more…]

Raleigh Misceo iE Electric Bike Review Part 2: Ride & Range Test [VIDEO]

raleigh misceo electric bike 1The Raleigh Misceo iE is one sporty and high-tech electric bike!

This is the first e-bike in the U.S. to feature the Shimano STePS mid drive system and it also includes the Shimano Di2 electronic shifting system for the Alfine 8 internally geared rear hub.

The Misceo iE has the efficient ride of a road bike with a stable feel thanks to the [Read more…]

Virtue Pedalist: The Car Like Electric Trike [VIDEO & PICS]

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 5.01.15 PMElectric bikes are great for zipping around town but what if you want weather protection?

Well, Virtue Cycles has the answer with their Pedalist semi-enclosed electric trike.

The Pedalist is an upright (not recumbent) e-trike with an enclosure that looks somewhat car-like.

The full electric version of the Pedalist comes with a 750W mid drive motor & 48v 32A lithium battery with a stated range of 50+ miles per charge!
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E-Bike Factory Tours in China: Aima & More, Plus China North Bike Show – Part 5 [VIDEOS]

IMG_5712In this final report from the ExtraEnergy and CBA e-bike industry tour of China you will get a closer look at a few more bike & e-bike manufacturer’s along with some pictures of the e-bikes and e-scooters from the China North Bike Show.

Here’s an intro to the manufacturer’s that we visited.

Aima is one of the larger electric bike manufacturer’s in China. They made 4 million e-bikes [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…]