Fazua teased us in 2019 with their lightweight and fully removable drive system and now for 2020 they are officially setting up shop in the US and Canada.
Fazua’s CEO Fabian Reuter: “The start of sales in the US and Canada is an important milestone. The team has done everything in its power to carry Fazua’s hallmark beyond the borders of Europe. Not at least the excellent cooperation with customers and partners makes it possible to excite more and more people in these markets with a new eBike category.”
There are more than 40 eBike companies in the European market that use the Fazua system and the North American market is Fazua’s next frontier.
The Trek Domane+ was one of the latest eBikes to launch with the Fazua system and you will also see Fazua powered eBikes from Pinarello, Look, Fantic, Bulls, Budnitz, Cairn and Cube in North America.
QBP is the service partner in North America and they will be providing dealer training and spare parts.
“Fazua is very fortunate to have QBP as a service partner for the North American market. Thanks to many years of experience and a pronounced service mentality, QBP is a perfect solution for us and our customers,” says Fazua Head of Service Oliver Piesch
BH just launched their Core line of eRoad and eGravel bikes with an internal frame battery and mid-drive motor.
The 540 Wh lithium battery is housed in the downtube of the frame for central weight distribution and a very clean look.
They state that their drive system provides 165km (103 miles) of range and that the battery can be charged to 80% in 1.5 hours.
The mid-drive motor is 250 watts with 65 Nm of torque and they claim it only weighs 5.5 pounds.
BH also states that the motor is very quiet and does not generate any friction above the max assist of 25 km/h.
The motor allows for a single or double chainring configuration and it has fairly narrow 163mm Q factor (distance between the crank arms) “which optimises the cyclist’s performance, efficiency and ergonomics.”
This is the Core Race 1.4 eRoad bike with aluminum frame, carbon fork, and mostly Shimano 105 componentry.
The Core Race 1.2 has a similar component set up but has a flat handlebar for a more upright position.
1899 US Patent 627066 for friction wheel drive electric bicycle
Co-Founder of Pedego Electric Bikes
British inventor who devloped the Sinclair C5 E-Trike and E-Bikes
Author. Build Your Own Electric Bicycle. ISBN-978-0-07-160621-9.
Electrical, computer & E-Bike engineer
President, Worksman Cycles
1898 US Patent 613752 for electric bike with belt on wheel
Author. E-Bike, LEV books
E-Trike 1881 France
Founder and CEO of Optibike
Bosch-Gates Marketing / PHD in Ebikes
2019 Nobel Chemistry Prize for lithium-ion batteries
2019 Nobel Chemistry Prize for lithium-ion batteries
University of Tennessee, / PHD in Ebikes
Author and publisher of Electric bike Reports 1994-2019
Professor at Tsinghua University, Retired
Chairman of China Bicycle Association, Retired
Co Founder Bafang Motor Company
Founder of Dolphin and creator of European EPAC paradigm
Founder of Fisher Mountain Bike and Ebike Advocate
Early China Ebike entrepreneur
Taiwan Motor Developer
Fairly Bike Manufacturing, First ebike maker in Taiwan
Shanghai Cycle Association, National Bicycle Information Center
Want to Contribute to E-bike Research – There’s an App for That!
Researchers at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Portland State University, University of Pittsburgh, and Bosch E-Bike Systems want your help to conduct e-bike research and it looks as simple as downloading and setting up an app on your smartphone.
They have received funding from the National Science Foundation to measure real-world travel behavior and assess the sustainability impacts of those choices.
They say ‘Current practices of tracking e-bike data rely on memory recall and self-reporting from the user. Our approach will instead leverage smartphones to conduct ad-hoc travel surveys to supplement passive data collection and, using machine learning algorithms, create the largest and richest dataset to support the growth of e-bike use as a transportation option.’
H+I Adventures announced 5 new eMTB tours for 2020.
“We recognized early on that e-mountain biking is different from traditional mountain biking and could not just be ‘bolted on’ to our existing adventures without compromise,” said Euan Wilson, CEO of H+I Adventures. “We wanted to take time to learn as much as we could about e-mountain bikes, E-MTB riders and travel by E-MTB, and we’ve designed these new tours to allow riders to join the next ‘e-volution’ of mountain bike travel.”
H+I Adventures’ new E-MTB tour destinations include:
E-MTB Safari of Namibia: Pedal across vast plains and sand dunes, spotting zebra, kudu and oryx, and connecting with local communities along the way. Twelve-day departures available Aug. 9 and Oct. 4, 2020, starting at $5,075/£3,500 per person based on double occupancy.
E-MTB Tour in Croatia: Journey from the lush green interior of Istria to quiet coastal singletrack and the piercing blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. Eight-day departures available May 17, June 21 and Aug. 29, 2020, starting at $3,698/£2,550 per person based on double occupancy.
E-MTB Tour in Switzerland: Put the seamless Swiss transport system to use accessing backcountry riding and flow trails in the beautiful Graubünden region. Eight-day departures available July 11, Aug. 22 and Sept. 19, 2020, starting at $3,988/£2,750 per person based on double occupancy.
E-MTB Tour in Slovenia: Become immersed in Slovenia, Austria and Italy while riding from the Julian Alps to the shimmering Adriatic Sea. Eight-day departures available July 11, Aug. 15 and Sept. 13, 2020, starting at $3,263/£2,250 per person based on double occupancy.
E-MTB Tour in Spain: Circumnavigate Andalucía’s Sierra Nevada from white-washed mountain villages to desert badlands and historic Granada, enjoying local cheeses, jamon and red wine. Eight-day departures available May 9, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24, 2020, starting $2,828/£1,950 at per person based on double occupancy.
Here is a video from the scenes from Namibia:
eMTB at the Jump Track
Specialized put together this video of Joel Anderson putting the Turbo Kenevo “to work”!
Uber Doubles Down on eBikes
Uber is investing more in its Jump eBike and eScooters for 2020, especially in Europe because of the high amount of use.
They seem to be happy with how micro mobility works with their core business of ride sharing.