Recently I was at Bike Expo in Munich Germany and it was great to see the electric bike scene in a country that is leading the way in e-mobility. It was impressive to see how many bike brands now have electric bikes. The growth of electric bikes reminds me of the days when mountain bikes were just becoming popular.
Speaking of mountain bikes, there is a growing electric mountain bike niche growing and according to the companies selling them, they are very popular. KTM, Bulls, Wheeler, Panther, Stealth, Haibike, Focus and others have a significant line up of e-mountain bikes.
Another e-bike niche that is growing is the “S-class” (Swiss class) e-bike. These bikes can travel up to 45km/h and have up to 500 watts of power but they have to be licensed and have small license plates on the back. The normal European electric bikes are regulated to a top speed of 25km/h with electric assist and 250 watts of power. It seems that more bike brands are offering at least one S-class bike in their line. Stromer and Grace are leading the way in this niche.
Electric cargo bikes are also growing in popularity and I spotted a number of them around the show. There is a lot of creative designing going on in the cargo bike area and I think we will see this evolve for years to come. I am particularly excited to see what develops in this niche.
Oh yeah and there were A LOT of traditional city style electric bikes too. Some bike brands like Kettler had their bikes front and center in their stage of bikes. The traditional non electric bikes were actually off to the side.
Enough chit chat, on to the pictures! Below are some pictures from the show. This is part 1 and I will post more pictures soon. Enjoy!
That’s it for Part 1. Stay tuned for Part 2.
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