eBike News: Wilier, Tern, Stromer eBikes, Smartlocks, San Diego’s Pedal Ahead & More! [VIDEOS}
In this week’s news:
- New eBikes from Wilier, Tern and Stromer
- Pedal Ahead Looking for eBike Volunteers in San Diego County
- Paris’s Cycle Temporary Cycle Lanes Go Permanent
- eScooter Updates from the US and UK
- Cycling Accessories; Smartlock plus Rear Light/Mudguard Combo
New eBikes and eBike Systems
Wilier Triestina Hybrid Move Fast
While a lot attention has been paid to the sub-11kg Hybrid Cento 10 e-road bike from Italian manufacturer Wilier, the Triestina Hybrid Move Fast seems to have largely slipped under the radar of the bike press. Like its e-road cousin, this hybrid style bike features the Ebikemotion system from Mahle. Looking at the bike from the side view, the electric-assist system is virtually invisible, being composed of a small rear hub motor, in-frame battery and a small handlebar-mounted control button.
It has the latest Ebikemotion system, the X35+ that means great wireless connectivity in the form of ANT+. EBR couldn’t find a quoted weight but it will surely be a very light bike and it has gravel compatible tyres to boot, for those who want to leave the tarmac behind for a while. While the 3000 euro price tag starts to put it in the pricey league it’s a snip compared to the 7900 euro ‘starting price’ of the Hybrid Cento 10!
Tern Upgrades Vektron Folder for 2021
Tern’s Vektron range are popular Bosch-powered folding e-bikes. They are made to give you all the benefits of a high-quality fully equipped e-bike, with the added benefit of a folder. While they aren’t the lightest electric folders out there (all models having a stated weight of around 22kg), they have the added convenience of being designed to roll when folded, so you can trolley them across train station interchanges and the like.
Tern have upgraded the motor performance across all three models in the range and updated the frame, components, and color options — all while maintaining similar price points.
The top-of-the-line Vektron S10, now has a Bosch Performance Line motor that provides support with up to 65 Nm of torque, and
improved pedal assistance of up to 300%. The Vektron Q9 and P7i have been upgraded as well, and now feature a Bosch Active Line Plus motor adding 10Nm of torque (now rated at 50Nm) with increased 270% pedal assist. The Active Line Plus does add some 300g of weight however, compared to the previously used Active Line. The stiff Vektron frame has also now been updated for easier battery port access.
New Redesigned Stromer ST2
Stromer is a Swiss brand with a reputation for producing high quality, futuristic urban e-bikes, especially speed pedelecs (class 3 e-bikes in the US) capable of electrical assistance up to 28mph / 45kmh.
Bike-EU reports Stromer have relaunched their ST2 model, now with a belt drive and a rear hub motor that integrates 5-speed gear shifting from Sturmey Archer and Stromer’s largest capacity battery with 983 Wh and ‘a range of 180 km’. This, they say, will ‘help to make the Launch Edition, the ST2 LE, into the ideal replacement for the car.’
Squire Goes High Tech with its New Smartlock
Squires’ Inigma is a bike lock unlike most. It doesn’t require a key, instead relying on bluetooth access from your smartphone to unlock it.
EBR has a sample and so far we’ve been very impressed with its ease of use. Full test report to follow…
Spanninga Integrate Rear Light and Mudguard
Dutch manufacturer Spanninga are well known for making bike lights but also make other accessories for bikes and e-bikes. Their latest, the innovative-sounding CoverMyBack2+ offers an integrated rear light and mudguard that mounts via a saddle rail bracket. The light has a USB rechargeable battery that can run for between 5 and 10 hours depending on the mode selected (boost/eco/flash). More product detail here.
Infrastructure & eMicromobility
Pedal Ahead – the New eBike Project for San Diego County
Pedal Ahead is a new e-bike project in San Diego County that aims to make 200 Electra e-bikes available to the public with the final aim of having 400 available. It sounds to operate a little differently to regular e-bike share projects as individuals must apply directly for long term use of the e-bikes, with eventual post-trial ownership the prize for lucky applicants.
The Pedal Ahead website states ‘Electric bicycles are now available for commuting to work and school, transportation and day-to-day activities, all while promoting an active healthy lifestyle! Each participant rides an average of just 5 miles per day, tracks and shares rides for our e-bike study, and secures low-cost bicycle insurance. YOU own the Pedal Ahead e-bike following the successful completion of the two-year term!’
If you are interested in participating in the project you can apply here.
Paris Cycle Lanes to be Permanent
The Local reports that ‘New cycling lanes in Paris, opened in a rush to deal with a massive commuter shift to bikes during the Covid-19 pandemic, will be made permanent…’
It is worth noting that there has been a bike share system, now incorporated into its public commuter system, in Montreal, Quebec since 2014. Recently it includes e-bikes in its line-up and the city’s 500 km bike paths have increased during Covid 19 to accommodate the increase in users, particularly e-bike users. Such a shame we have too short a biking season, although e-bikes are gaining popularity in the winter months. Here is a taste…