The New Elby Electric Bike [VIDEO]

elbybike_bluesilverElby is one of the latest new e-bike companies to make a splash in the e-bike world but they have an interesting background with BionX and the automotive industry.

This new Elby electric bike is a stylish step thru that has a well thought out design and accessory selection.

The step thru frame makes for an easy get on and go ride and the 48V 11.6ah (555 Wh) lithium battery is mounted low and centered to provide for good handling. [Read more…]

E-Bike Report From Eurobike: New Tech & New Batteries

IMG_3662It’s time for the e-bike technology update from Eurobike 2015!

Some of the new e-bike technology at Eurobike was injection molded frames for quick production, EnergyTube modular battery solutions, a hub motor with built in automatic transmission, an autonomous electric trike prototype, and more.

Battery cell energy density improvements from Samsung and LG were also a highlight of the show. These battery cell improvements being driven by the auto industry could have a big impact on e-bikes. [Read more…]

Electric Cargo Bike Guide [VIDEOS]

Spicy-Curry-riding-sideOne of the recent developments in the electric bike and traditional bicycle world has been the cargo or utility bike.

Cargo bikes are designed to carry loads that are larger and heavier than a traditional bicycle can carry like passengers, many bags of groceries, boxes, etc.

Electric cargo bikes offer an additional electric assist to the rider which allows them to carry a heavier load for a longer distance.

The electric cargo bike in many cases is a great alternative to driving a car for running errands and commuting to work.

Benefits of an Electric Cargo Bike

The average person who takes the kids to school, commutes to work, and needs to run errands around town can use this type of bike without getting too [Read more…]

Charged Up! 2014 Electric Bike Mainstream Media Event Report [VIDEOS]

Journalists swarm to ride e-bikes at the Charged up electric bike media event!

Journalists swarm to ride e-bikes at the Charged Up electric bike media event!

Yes, electric bikes are still relatively unknown to a majority of people in the US.

But hopefully that will change soon!

As a way to get the word out about e-bikes, Interbike (organizers of the largest bicycle trade show in the US) partnered with Outdoor Retailer to present e-bikes and other outdoor gear to a group of journalists from large mainstream media companies.

The Charge Up media event was held at the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, NJ and the location was selected because [Read more…]

E-Bike News: New Rides, Snow E-Biking, Drift E-Trike, E-Cargo Bikes, E-Bike Share, & More! [VIDEOS]

The Swiss Cruiser Happy Maker electric bike.

The Swiss Cruiser Happymaker electric bike.

Checkout the Swiss Cruiser Happymaker electric bike! I just got word that they will be available in the US soon.

Speaking of new e-bikes, Stromer recently released a bunch of info on their new high tech Stromer ST2 electric bike!

The Gi Bike is a futuristic looking electric bike that is a full size folding bike.

Here is a video teaser of the wild looking Gi Bike! [Read more…]

Custom Electric Bikes with BionX & Gates Belt Drive

In this installment of custom electric bikes from the North American Handmade Bicycle Show there is a retro e-cruiser with a classic gear shifter, a titanium e-mountain bike, and an electrified Santana tandem!

All of these custom e-bikes feature the BionX electric bike system with the Gates Carbon belt drive.

These bikes were part of a challenge that Gates put forth to custom bike frame fabricators.  They were to design a unique e-bike using the BionX  system with a 3 speed internally geared hub with the Gates carbon belt drive. [Read more…]

Custom Electric Bikes with Bosch Mid Drive, Gates Belt, & NuVinci Hub

Recently Gates Carbon Drive (belts) challenged 12 custom bike builders to build electric bikes using their belt drive along with 3 different e-bike systems; Bosch (with NuVinci N360 hub), SRAM, and BionX.

The result was an amazing array of e-bikes that included, titanium bikes, wood bikes, tandems, cargo bikes, a BBQ bike, and more!

These super custom e-bikes were part of the Gates E-Bike Showcase on display at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Charlotte, NC.

In this first of 3 posts you will get to see the custom e-bikes featuring the Bosch mid drive system with the Gates carbon belt, and the continuously variable NuVinci N360 rear hub. [Read more…]

Gates Carbon Drive™ Electrifies 2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show

This is a press release from Gates Carbon Drive.

Gates Carbon Drive, maker of the leading belt drive system for bicycles and eBikes, plans to electrify the 2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show with a first-ever “Custom eBike Showcase” featuring a dozen original electric bicycles.

Gates partnered with leading electric bike system companies Bosch, SRAM, and BionX, as well as hub maker NuVinci, and enlisted some of America’s finest custom builders to [Read more…]

The Electric Bike Scene at Interbike – Part 4 – E-Bike Picture Extravaganza!

In this final installment of electric bike coverage from Interbike (largest bicycle tradeshow in the US) I have a picture slideshow of some of the many e-bike sights from the show.

Some of these bikes were shown in the video coverage from the previous 3 parts but some of them are new to the coverage.

Here are the [Read more…]

The Electric Bike Scene at Interbike 2013 – Part 2: Cargo and Kits [VIDEOS]

Time for more Interbike (largest bicycle tradeshow in the US) coverage of electric bikes!

This part of the coverage has a lot of focus on the electric cargo bike scene at Interbike.  There are videos from Xtracycle (including an award from Outside Magazine), Yuba Bicycles, Juiced Riders, and NTS Works.

Also in the mix are videos on the latest from BionX (D Series motor) and Falco E-Motors electric bike kits. [Read more…]