The Lightweight Maxwell EP0 Electric Bike & Interview with the Founder [VIDEO]

maxwell epo electric bike 1With a claimed weight of 25 pounds, the Maxwell EP0 is one of the lightest electric bikes around!

The EP0 achieves this with a relatively small motor, small battery (hidden in the frame tubes), and a simple “fixie” style bike set up.

The EP0 looks like a good e-bike for the urban commuter that wants moderate assist and a normal looking bike. [Read more…]

E-Bike News: Spark, E-Freeway, Battery Video, Trek Powerfly, & More!

Shocke Spark electric bikeIt’s time for another electric bike news round up!

I like the title of this article “Will technology help us escape urban commuting hell?“.  Yes, and e-bikes are part of that solution! It is a good article from the BBC and it includes e-bike share programs, mass transit, car share, driverless cars, sentiment mapping, social media, and…………jetpacks!

Electric cargo bikes can be a good car alternative or replacement. Grist posted this article on “6 reasons why cargo bikes are the next big thing” and it includes a lot of good info about [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…]

E-Bike News: Superbowl, Smartphone Kit, Bosch US HQ, E-Cargo Tour, Safety E-Bike, & More! [VIDEOS]

Jim_Brown_Polaris_eBikesPolaris Electric Bikes will be donating a few of their bikes to NFL legend Jim Brown’s Amer-I-Can charity fundraiser that will take place just before the Superbowl in Phoenix, AZ.  Sounds like a great way to get e-bikes in front of a lot of people!

Yuba Bicycles is hitting the road to promote electric cargo bikes!  “The goal is to give parents, small business owners and others the chance to test an e-bike in their community so they can understand how these car-replacing bicycles can [Read more…]

iGO Mid Drive Electric Fat Bike [VIDEO & PICS]

igo electric fat bikeiGO Electric just announced their new mid drive electric FatBike (4+” wide tires) on Kickstarter!

This fat e-bike offers a solid line up of components and features for the introductory price of $2,900 USD.

Some of the highlights are: a hydroformed aluminum frame, 350 watt MPF mid drive, 36V 12ah lithium battery, [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…]

E-Bike News: 6,000 Mile E-Bike Trip, New E-Bikes, Rim Motor, New Mid Drive, & More! [VIDEOS & PICS]

6000-mile-electric-bike-tripIt’s time for an electric bike news round up!

How about a 6,000 mile electric bike tour to break the Guinness Record for the longest e-bike trip? And try doing that with your family!

Tomas Cortijo and Dylan Drake and their kids are currently on an e-bike tour from Montana to Maine and then down to Florida. Here is a news story about them and more info on their Kickstarter page.

Rhonda Martin lost 277 pounds by beginning an exercise routine with her Pedego Electric Bike. She had gone from barely being able to walk 150 steps at a time to now being a triathlete. “With my Pedego, I began a journey to a new shape and a new life.”

On November 3rd and 4th the University of Tennessee’s LEVER (Light Electric Vehicle Education + Research Center) is hosting a workshop on [Read more…]

EcoSpeed Launches Kickstarter to Ramp Up Production

ecospeed electric bike kitBy Gary Kaye.

EcoSpeed, the Portland, Oregon based maker of mid-drive motor systems has launched a Kickstarter campaign and only ten days into the project says it had achieved 53% of its $75,000 goal.

According to EcoSpeed General Manager Brad Davis, “With just over twenty days to go, we’re feeling very good about reaching our goal.

The outpouring from existing and potential customers has been very gratifying.” Davis says that even though the company has built more than 450 systems over the past decade, it is hoping to take advantage of the huge surge in the e-bike industry by [Read more…]

The Cardio Controlled Falco Fusion Sports E-Bike System [VIDEO]

Falco Fusion Wheel Drive System with Cardio ControlFalco E-Motors has just launched their new Fusion Sports electric bike kit on Kickstarter.

This is a unique kit because it is cardio controlled.

What does that mean? You can set the heart rate range that you want to be exercising in and the Falco Fusion Sports system will vary the amount of assist to make sure you stay in that range. High tech!

While we are talking about tech, the Fusion Sports system features smartphone integration, which is [Read more…]

E-Bike News: New Bosch Tech, Grace, ProdecoTech, E-Bike Touring, E-Mtn Bikes, Harley Davidson?! [VIDEOS]

GRACE MX II Trail electric bikeGrace Electric Bikes will be on display at Interbike this year.  These high tech e-bikes feature the Bosch mid drive system, with Gates belt drive and the NuVinci continuously variable rear hub.

Bosch is working on a new control unit called Nyon. It has e-bike controls, navigation, fitness and smartphone functionality. They are also working on integrated shifting solutions with NuVinci, SRAM, and Shimano. 

SRAM is working with Bosch to offer a semi-automatic drivetrain.  It features an internally geared hub that automatically shifts in addition to a traditional derailleur and cogset that the rider can manually shift……..interesting!

If you are looking for a high tech electric bike then [Read more…]