Ariel Rider N-Class & W-Class Electric Bike Review [VIDEO]

AR N-Class 2By Paul Willerton

The cruiser is one of the most beloved forms of bicycle. Visit any laid back community, resort or beach town, and you’ll see more cruisers than anything else on two wheels.

The bikes welcome less experienced riders with their smooth, forgiving shapes and fat tires. Most of the bikes are probably ridden less than a handful of city blocks at a time.

Heavy bikes with low saddles and limited gear ratios don’t make very good companions for long distances or getting places fast.

I once rented a cruiser in a foreign country to ride 30 miles each way to a trade show. Having the time, I thought “I can do this.” I returned the bike that night exhausted, chafed and aching.

Adding electric assist to a cruiser changes everything, though. Now, [Read More…]

Riding an Electric Bike is NOT Cheating. Here’s the Data to Prove It [VIDEO]

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Adam Alter and his Stromer ST2

By Paul Willerton

As the warm glow of the Texas morning sun rises over the State Capital building in Austin, a cyclist suddenly flashes by.

Flash is the right term. For someone seemingly commuting to work by bike, this one was really moving.

The rider, Adam Alter, is just finishing his 19 mile daily commute from his home in Round Rock to BSX Insight, a company making and using specialized human performance monitoring equipment in Austin.

Alter makes his living helping bike riders monitor and understand how their bodies and muscles, more precisely, are performing. [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+

TSR2+_Orange_4 WEBBy Richard Peace

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.

P.S. Don’t forget to join the Electric Bike Report community for updates from the electric bike world, plus ebike riding and maintenance tips!

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…]

Dutch Nano Solar Technology Targets a ‘Chargeless’ Electric Bike

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By Richard Peace

Dutch company Solar Application Lab (SAL) is pursuing the dream of bringing to market the electric Solar-bike that never needs to be plugged in to recharge it.

The design uses small solar panel architecture incorporated into the bike’s wheels.

SAL say ‘It is a new type of mobility that is smart, healthy and sustainable. It’s easy to use, low cost and provides benefits for individuals and society. Commuters traveling small distances are often stuck in traffic jams but can easily switch to the solar bike to experience the freedom and advantages of this technology.’ [Read More…]

2,200 Mile Electric Bike Adventure from California to Colorado [VIDEO]

Sand-to-Snow E-Bike Tour kicks offIt’s time to think beyond riding around town on your e-bike; it’s time for an e-bike adventure!

Susanne Brüsch from Pedelec Adventures is riding 2,200 miles from California to Colorado on her Haibike electric mountain bike!

Her tour is called Sand to Snow and she will be riding through a lot of western highlights like Yosemite, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Monument Valley, Moab, and the Rocky Mountains.

Along the way she will be stopping at 2 Electric Bike Expo events. You can meet Susanne at the Palo Alto (April 22-24) and Denver (June 17-19) Electric Bike Expo events where she will [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…]