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(e)revolution E-Bike Show
Jun 12, 2023
The (e)revolution Show is a new e-bike show at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. It is being presented alongside The Big Gear Show, which is an outdoor gear/clothing/nutrition show. There’s also an e-bike test track and the e-bike brands in attendance have most of their models available for test rides.
Opening day of the show was attended largely by retailers, suppliers and journalists. We at Electric Bike Report were stoked to get an early glimpse of the new offerings!
The first e-bike we saw upon walking in the hall was a brilliant silver Yamaha YDX Moro 07, the flagship of their eMTB line. The special edition of 300 eMTBs feature a polished aluminum finish to celebrate the brand’s 30th anniversary making e-bikes. Yes, 30 years! While the standard YDX Moro 07 goes for $6399, the commemorative edition only goes for $100 more—$6499.
Among the brands to introduce new models recently, Yuba Bikes introduced a new compact cargo e-bike called the Fastrack. It features an integrated rear rack that can fold in several different positions depending on whether the user needs running boards for kids, a big basket for a pizza or no fanciness at all. It comes with both the front and rear racks standard and when not in use it can be tipped up for storage. Amazingly, even with a Bosch Cargo Line mid-drive motor, the Fast Track only goes for $3999.
Borrowing the idea behind the racks from 1UP USA, RV Inno has introduced the INH series of racks. It comes in versions with one, two or four trays. Each tray can hold an e-bike up to 60 lbs. In weight. The rack itself runs from $449.99 for the single tray, up to $999.99 for the four tray version. A ramp is available as an accessory to ease getting the e-bike into the tray; it goes for $129.
The latest model from Bakcou, a company that specializes in e-bikes aimed at sportsmen, is the Scout. This full-suspension, all terrain e-bike features a Bafang mid-drive motor that can be toggled between an output of 750W or 1000W. The suspension fork offers a 120mm of air-sprung travel. Buyers can choose between two frame sizes (17 in. and 19 in.) as well as two different battery sizes of 840Wh or 984Wh—ideal for anyone with backcountry ambitions as well as a dose of range anxiety. It comes in four colors and goes for $6199.
Not to be outdone, Troxus showed off its newest model—too new to be on their website yet, the Trax. This full-suspension, all-terrain e-bike is built around a 750W Bafang mid-drive motor powered by a whopping 1440Wh battery. That’s not an upgrade; that’s the battery that ships standard. It includes Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, an 8-speed Shimano drivetrain and a suspension fork with 110mm travel. The Class 3 model will go for $2699.
Overfly is a name new to us but they are the fastest growing e-bike brand in Poland. They make more than a dozen different models and showed off a brand new compact cargo bike called the Wagon. It features a modular design that allows it to be set up for one kid or two and all the way from toddler to elementary school. It’s driven by a 500W mid-drive motor which is powered by a pair of batteries, one 672Wh unit and another of 504Wh. It features a wide range, 8-speed Shimano drivetrain. No word on its price just yet. Of not is that they make their own batteries using cells from Samsung, LG and Panasonic.
We see a great many e-bikes in the sub-$3000 tier that tout their off-road abilities. We classify the majority of these bikes in the all-terrain category—capable off off-road use, but not really made for technical mountain bike trails. The Giant Talon E+ 3 is a hard tail eMTB intended for offroad use. It’s built around 29-in. wheels that will roll quickly over technical terrain and like more expensive eMTBs, it comes in multiple sizes—four to be exact. It uses Yamaha’s 250W SyncDrive Core motor powered by a 400Wh motor, which is plenty for a 250W motor. The 9-speed Shimano drivetrain includes a wide range 11-36 cassette for getting uphill and downhill alike. The suspension fork offers 100mm of travel to improve control. Best of all, this goes for $2900.
Tern HSD S00
Lots of companies claim their e-bike is easy to store. And some are pretty easy to store until they are kitted out with accessories. Tern showed off their new model, the HSD S00, with a full passenger setup tipped up and ready for the corner of the office, hidden in a closet or out of the way in the garage. This e-bike puts the compact in compact cargo. It’s built around a Bosch Performance Line mid-drive motor, an Enviolo infinitely variable internally geared hub and silent Gates Belt drive. It goes for $5499 before the passenger package.
Nox Cycles Epium eMTB
Nox is a German brand (based in Berlin) making their first push into the US market, and from the look of the e-bikes they showed off, they will be worth checking out. Above is the Epium All Mountain 5.9. The Fazua motor and battery are hidden in the down tube, which is why this eMTB looks like it’s just an MTB. The Fazua Ride 60 motor produces 250W and 60Nm of torque and is paired with a 430Wh battery. Nox produces the Epium All Mountain 5.9 in three different builds, beginning with Shimano Deore components, starting at $9899.
Stromer ST2 Pinion
We occasionally see e-bikes with a mid-drive motor and an internally geared rear hub, eliminating the need for a rear derailleur and a pants-ruining chain. The Stromer ST2 Pinion takes that idea and reverses it. The rear hub provides the power—750W and 40Nm of torque—while the gears are housed in a transmission at the crank made by a company called Pinion. Spec’d here is the Pinion C1.6 which offers 295 percent gear range, which is wider than what we see with 7-speed drivetrains, but similar to what we sometimes see with 8-speed drivetrains. It comes with a 655Wh battery which is estimated to offer up to 80 mi. in range.
This is a very upscale take on what an e-bike with a hub motor can do and is priced at $6990
If you weren’t aware that one of the biggest names in bikes in the US—Huffy—was making e-bikes, you’re not alone. We got to check out the Huffy Montview, which comes in both a traditional frame and the step-thru shown here. This is a Class 2 e-bike (comes with a throttle) and features a 350W motor and a single gear. It normally retails for $1599 but is on sale for $579.
Gates Belt Drive
Gates, the maker of the increasingly popular belt that can substitute for a chain, showed off their full product range as well as some uses that we may see in the future. This Lectric XP lite features a Gates belt instead of the standard chain and gears. No word just yet on if this variation will make it to the market.
The first two days of the (e)revolution event was a B2B event for retailers and media, while the second two days the show opened up to the public. It was great fun to see so many e-bike brands on display in one place.