eBike Year in the Rearview Mirror: 2016 eBike Trends & Highlights [VIDEOS]

trek-super_commuterAs 2016 disappears from view and e-bike manufacturers look to what 2017 will bring, ElectricBikeReport.com outlines what it sees as the main trends that emerged in e-bike design over the last 12 months and of course the highlights. 

E-BIKES GO MAINSTREAM….IN THE MEDIA TOO

Whilst its been known for some time that countries like the Netherlands and Germany are leading the e-bike charge in the western world (in terms of sales numbers anyway) 2016 seems to be the year when other countries long languishing in the doldrums really began to catch up – the US and the UK in particular.

E-bikes also made it big in mainstream media too, from the mainstream cycling press to ABC and [Read more…]

eBike News: Solar Wheel, GPS Tracking, Death Valley, Snow Rides, & More! [VIDEOS]

roolin-electric-ebike-730-363-1000x1000Solar Electric Bike Wheel

Forbes reports that an intriguing solar e-wheel kit is to be premiered at the forthcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Apparently it will be exhibited by French firm Rool’in, but unfortunately details are brief. 

Rool’in’s website only currently details its conventional kits which come in three wheel sizes, 20″, 26″ and 28″.  The website boasts 5 minute fitting, Samsung batteries and a range of bewteen 30km and 50km depending on the wheel size used.

The kit is compliant with EU bike laws, coming with a pedelec sensor (the sensor can be bought as a separate kit to fit to a second bike, so the wheel can be swapped over quickly and easily). Prices are from €615. Here’s a video [Read more…]

eBike News: Win an eBike, Tesla, Fantic, IZIP, AWD eBike, Bamboo, & More! [VIDEOS]

fanitic-fat-bike-7days-electric-bikeBy Richard Peace

Fantic Arrives in the US

Longstanding motorcycle company Fantic is relatively new to the e-bike game, launching a couple of e-fat bikes in fall 2015 onto the European market.

Things move quickly in the e-bike world and now in fall 2016 Fantic has an 11 model collection and has also just entered the US market, setting up office in Sausalito CA.

Their two e-fat bikes have been joined by five e-MTBs and four e-road/gravel bikes , all powered by the well-regarded Brose motors. [Read more…]

2017 Electric Bikes: Orbea, IZIP, Tempo, OHM, A2B, COBI, Juiced Bikes, eJoe, Smartmotion, EZ Pedaler [VIDEOS]

orbea-keram-electric-bike-frameIn this third part of the new 2017 electric bikes report you will see videos from: Orbea, OHM, IZIP, Tempo, A2B, COBI, Juiced Bikes, eJoe, Smartmotion, and EZ Pedaler.

Make sure you checkout the other parts of this report from Interbike with new eBikes from:

BESV, BULLS, Bosch, Blix, Wallerang, Stromer, Gocycle, ProdecoTech, Yuba, and Pedelec Adventures.

Tern, Faraday, ProdecoTech, Haibike, Magnum, Easy Motion, eProdigy, Biomega, Vintage, and Big Cat.

Riese & Muller, Benno, Raleigh, Renovo, Bikee, Oyama, Nomad

In this series of reports from Interbike you will get an in depth look at many of the new 2017 eBikes and learn more about the companies that are involved in the North American electric bike industry. Enjoy the videos! [Read more…]

E-Bike News: Specialized, BULLS, E-Bullitt, Cobi, E-Trike, & More! [VIDEOS]

Bulls-E Core Di2 FS 275 Plus electric mountain bikeBy Richard Peace

New eBikes

Specialized will expand its Vado road range for 2017. They will now use the same Brose mid-motor as their e-MTB Turbo Levo range.

The Turbo Vado will pack a 500Wh battery whilst the Vado Comp will use a 600Wh pack and is a speed pedelec version (for the purposes of European law at least).

Check out a sneak preview video here: [Read more…]

Biking Goes Hi-Tech – New Technologies For Two Wheels

stromer st2 smartphone appBy Gary Kaye.

At the Interbike tradeshow in Las Vegas, the biking industry showed off some amazing technologies to make biking easier, safer, and more fun.

Of course, if you are someone who thinks that a bike should be two wheels and no frills, you can probably skip this.

Shiftless

One of the tricky parts of today’s many speed bikes is shifting. Many bikes have gear sets with 27 or more gears. Some have as many as 81 (three in front, three in an internal rear cassette, and nine on the rear hub).

But now, three companies have various designs that streamline the process and make it far less intimidating. [Read more…]

Interbike E-Bike Report: Tempo, Faraday, Spir, Virtue, Cobi, Surface 604, & More! [VIDEOS]

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The new Tempo Santa Barbara step thru.

In this continuation of coverage of the electric bike scene from Interbike we will take a look at some of the new bikes and tech from Tempo, Faraday, Spir, Virtue, Cobi, NYX, Surface 604, M1 Sportechnik, Scott, Karmic, Ripple, e-Joe, Dahon, and eProdigy.

Make sure you checkout the first part of e-bike Interbike coverage with videos of the new indoor test track, ProdecoTech, Raleigh, IZIP, Easy Motion, Juiced Riders, Blix & Wallerang, Magnum, and Haibike.

And the second part of coverage with videos from [Read more…]