eBike News: Solar Wheel, GPS Tracking, Death Valley, Snow Rides, & More! [VIDEOS]

roolin-electric-ebike-730-363-1000x1000Solar Electric Bike Wheel

Forbes reports that an intriguing solar e-wheel kit is to be premiered at the forthcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Apparently it will be exhibited by French firm Rool’in, but unfortunately details are brief. 

Rool’in’s website only currently details its conventional kits which come in three wheel sizes, 20″, 26″ and 28″.  The website boasts 5 minute fitting, Samsung batteries and a range of bewteen 30km and 50km depending on the wheel size used.

The kit is compliant with EU bike laws, coming with a pedelec sensor (the sensor can be bought as a separate kit to fit to a second bike, so the wheel can be swapped over quickly and easily). Prices are from €615. Here’s a video [Read more…]

E-Bike Factory Tours in China: Bafang Motor & King Meter Display – Part 4

bafang motors productionDuring the ExtraEnergy and China Bicycle Association e-bike factory tours we had the opportunity to visit the Bafang Motor Company and the King Meter display company headquarters.

Bafang motors are found on many electric bikes all over the world. While we were there I had a chance to ride their new Max mid drive system!

King Meter is one of the largest [Read more…]

Electric Bike Mid Drive Guide

Haibike FS RX bosch motorMid drive systems provide motor power through the cranks of the bike to leverage the drivetrain (or “transmission”) to climb almost any hill and speed along on flat ground.

Mid drives have been popular in many European markets and they are starting to gain popularity in the US and Canadian markets.

This guide will outline the popular systems that are equipped on complete e-bikes as well as retrofit mid drive systems that can be added to a conventional bike. [Read more…]

E-Bike News: Controversy, Carbon Frame Kit, “Food Bikes”, Solar, Chop-E, & More! [VIDEOS]

Storm fat electric bikeThe Sondors (formerly Storm) fat electric bike has been creating a storm on the internet! It is a fat electric bike being offered on IndieGoGo (crowdfunding site) at an introductory price of $499 now $599 (plus up to $194 in shipping) and they have raised millions of dollars.

There are many that are warning that this deal could be too good to be true (Yahoo, Treehugger, CNET, [Read more…]

Dillenger Bafang Mid Drive Electric Bike Kit Review Part 2: Ride & Range Test [VIDEO]

Dillenger Bafang mid drive electric bike kitAfter putting on some miles and doing a full range test, the results are in on the Dillenger Bafang mid drive electric bike kit!

Overall, the Dillenger Bafang mid drive kit is one of the more refined systems that can be installed on almost any bike.

Mid drive systems can climb almost any hill because they can leverage the gears of the [Read more…]

Dillenger Bafang Mid Drive Electric Bike Kit Review Part 1: Pictures & Specs

Dillenger Bafang mid drive kit

The Bafang mid drive from Dillenger Electric Bikes has arrived for testing and review!

Bafang offers one of the few mid drive electric bike kits that can be installed on a traditional bicycle.

A lot of the mid drive systems (Bosch, etc.) only come on complete bikes with a specialty frame.

This system from Dillenger is the 750 watt version of [Read more…]

Energie Cycles 2.6td Electric Bike Video, Pictures, & Specs

energie cycles 26td side

The Energie Cycles 2.6td mid drive electric bike has arrived for testing and review!

This e-bike has a unique look with its angular aluminum box frame.

It features a 500 watt Bafang mid drive system with a large 36V 16ah lithium battery for long range riding.

In this first part of the review there is a video, a BUNCH of detailed pictures and [Read more…]

Biktrix Juggernaut Fat Electric Bike with Mid Drive [VIDEO & PICS]

Juggernaut fat electric bike

The Juggernaut is a new economical fat mid drive e-bike that has just launched on Kickstarter for an introductory price of $1,499!

In case you are new to fat e-bikes, they have 4” wide tires for riding on almost any kind of terrain: sand, snow, rough roads, etc.

With the wide tires you can run extremely low tire pressures (5 to 35 psi) to contour over rough terrain and use the high volume tires as suspension.

The new Juggernaut uses the Bafang mid drive system with a 48V 11.6ah lithium battery and a 500 watt mid drive motor.

The frame is aluminum and it comes spec’ed with an 8 speed Shimano Alivio drivetrain and Tektro mechanical disc brakes.

As part of their Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign Biktrix is offering the first 10 Juggernauts to [Read more…]

Solar Electric Cargo Bike & Fat Free E-Bike from NTS Works [VIDEO & PICS]

nts suncycle solar charging cargo bike

A solar electric cargo bike.

It sounds futuristic!  But the SunCycle is a real bike from NTS Works.

I had a chance to catch up with the CEO of NTS Works, Neal Saiki, at Interbike and shoot a video of the innovative SunCycle solar e-cargo bike.

In addition, Neal shows us their Fat Free e-bike that is designed for ease of use for almost any size rider.

Enjoy the following video with Neal showing off the SunCycle and Fat Free: [Read more…]

New Bafang E-Bike Mid-Drive Systems Offer Energie Cycles Upgrades

Starting in January 2014, Energie Cycles will offer the new Bafang 350 watt mid-drive motor package on the 2.6t and the 500 watt mid-drive system on the 2.6tm, adding as much as five times the torque while slightly reducing the overall weight.

As strategic partner with Suzhou Bafang Electric Motor Science-Technology Co., Ltd, Rechargeable Power Energy North America and its e-bike brand Energie Cycles are bringing the latest motor technology to [Read more…]