During the last two years, Europe has seen a significant growth in the off-road and urban high performance e-bike category. At last year’s Interbike, Currie introduced to the North American market the eFlow Nitro, a performance commuter bike designed by Swiss design firm Flow AG.
At the 2012 Taipei Cycle Show, the eFlow Nitro won an iF Gold Award during the International Bicycle Design Competition, the only electric bicycle to ever receive this award.
For 2014 Currie is expanding its offerings with additional eFlow and IZIP performance oriented models, and will be the exclusive North American distributor for Germany’s Haibike Xduro line of e-bikes.
Germany-based Haibike’s Xduro line of pedal assist-only e-bikes features both hardtail and dual suspension frames spec’d with high-end components and powered by Bosch’s new “Performance Line” mid-motor drive system optimized for the U.S. standard of 20 mph (32km/h).
In Europe, Haibike offers 37 different off- and on-road e-bikes, including a drop-bar road race bike. In North America, Currie will carry five Xduro models: the RX 29” hardtail (MSRP $4,000), the 120mm full suspension cross country-focused FS RX 27.5” (MSRP $4,900), a 150mm full suspension Shimano XT/SLX spec’d all-mountain rig called the AMT RX 27.5” (MSRP $5,500), the 150mm SRAM X01 spec’d AMT Pro (MSRP $7,800), and a flatbar 700c performance road bike called the Superrace (MSRP $7,800).
“Our five Haibike offerings hit all the major North American bike categories,” said Currie Technologies President Larry Pizzi. “The key bikes in the line will be the RX 29” hardtail because of its price point, and the Superrace because of how unique it is.”
Each Xduro frame consists of hydro-formed aluminum tubes and a new-for-2014 gravity cast bottom bracket, where the Bosch torque-sensing mid-motor drive system is housed. The new casting protects the motor and results in a lighter frame.
Benefits of locating the motor in the bottom bracket include low center of gravity, power transmission through the chain to the rear wheel at higher and constant rotation speeds, which results in lower operating temperatures, and allows front and rear suspension to operate normally.
The new Bosch System for the U.S. market is more powerful than offered in Europe (350 watts vs. 250 watts) and has a faster top assisted speed then its European counterparts (20 mph vs. 15 mph) and has a sleek new down-tube mounted battery pack with 400 Wh of capacity.
Completing the Haibike performance e-bike experience is Bosch’s “Intuvia” center-mounted display and user interface in easy reach of the left grip, allowing riders to choose between five settings (Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo and Off). The display shows current, average and maximum speed; day trip & total distance; clock & timer, and remaining battery range displayed in miles, allowing the rider to easily choose the level of support to go the needed distance.
Haibike Xduro Superrace 28” $7,800
Haibike Xduro AMT Pro 27.5″ $7,800
Haibike Xduro AMT RX 27.5″ $5,500
Haibike FS RX $4,900
Haibike RX 29″ $4,000
New 2014 eFlow Electric Bikes
eFlow performance e-bikes are characterized by their high-capacity Samsung lithium-ion battery pack integrated into the seat tube so it can be removed for easy charging, regenerative braking, clean internal cable routing, and quick release wheels with simple watertight motor connector, making wheel removal super easy.
They use 500-watt hub motors, multi-speed derailleur drivetrains and are oriented toward urban commuting with four levels of pedal assist power or throttle override.
The line up includes the original 2×10-speed RST front suspended E3 Nitro at $4,000, and new-for-2014 E3 Flight for $3,500 with a slightly down spec’d 1×10 drivetrain compared to the Nitro, and the E3 Fit, a versatile 350-watt compact folding bike also available at $3,500 MSRP.
eFlow E3 Nitro diamond frame. $4,000
eFlow E3 Nitro step thru frame. $4,000
eFlow E3 Flight diamond frame. $3,500
eFlow E3 Flight step thru frame. $3,500
eFlow E3 Fit. $3,500
New 2014 IZIP Electric Bikes
IZIP adds several new high-performance models to the line, including the E3 Peak and E3 Dash.
The Peak is a 27.5” wheeled hardtail with Currie’s all new Centerdrive™, a high-torque, 48-volt BB-mounted motor with throttle and torque sensing pedal-assist modes.
The Dash is a street/urban bike with a 500-watt, 48-volt rear hub motor, which can propel the bike to 28 mph (45 km/h) in pedal assist mode and 20 mph (32 km/h) in throttle-only mode, and comes with cruise control.
The IZIP product line includes seven models with an MSRP range of $1,500 to $3,000. Projected MSRPs are $3,000 and $2,600 for the Peak and Dash, respectively.
IZIP E3 Peak. $3,000
IZIP Town:exp. $2,900
IZIP E3 Metro. $2,800
IZIP E3 Dash. $2,600
IZIP E3 Zuma diamond frame. $2,400
IZIP E3 Zuma step thru frame. $2,400
IZIP E3 Path + diamond frame. $2,200
IZIP E3 Path + step thru frame. $2,200
IZIP E3 Vibe step thru frame. $1,500
If you would like more in depth info here is a link to the new 2014 Currie Tech catalog with a bunch of specs on these new electric bikes from Haibike, eFlow and IZIP.
For more information on the new models, contact Currie Technologies at 888.377.7115 or [email protected].
ABOUT CURRIE TECHNOLOGIES
Currie Technologies®, an Accell Group company, is renowned for their large selection of stylish, premium quality and technologically advanced electric bicycles marketed under the IZIP and eFlow brand names.The company is also the exclusive distributor of Germany’s Haibike electric bikes.
Since 1997, Currie has been one of the oldest and most established U.S. developers and distributors of E-Bikes with a network of dealers nationwide, offering a selection of models to meet every riders need for cost-effective transportation alternatives, recreation, exercise and just plain fun.
Currie Technologies of Southern California holds various patents on its products including their Electro- Drive™ Propulsion Systems, unique electric drive systems that provide superior performance and durability at a reasonable price.
The Haibike brand was established in Germany 1995 by Winora Group president, Susanne Puello and her husband, Felix. However, its roots date back to 1914 when Susanne’s great, great grandfather, Engelbert Wiener, a racing cyclist, founded E. Wiener Retail Trading Company manufacturing of custom bicycles.
An Accell group company, Winora is a complete family of brands, which includes Haibike, the company’s premier sport-performance road and mountain bike brand. Haibike has worked continuously to build its name in the sports world by producing award-winning products through a high degree of innovation, advanced design and engineering.
Haibike is a leading bicycle brand in Germany and throughout Europe with its involvement with their International Pro Cycling Team and Olympic champion and double gold medal winner, Sabine Spitz.