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…]

New E-Bike Bling: The ICON E-Flyer and The Caterham Classic & Carbon E-Bikes

Some new, super stylized electric bikes have just been released and they are causing quiet a stir in the blog-o-sphere.

ICON E-Flyer Electric Bike

First up is the retro style ICON E-Flyer that “captures the classical elegance of the board racers that so effortlessly tackled the grand oval motordromes of the World War I era”.

The E-Flyer has 3,500 watts of power from [Read more…]

Eurobike 2012 Impressions [VIDEO]

The Grace MX electric bike. Bosch, Belt Drive, and Nuvinci transmission.

This is a guest report from Brett Thurber, owner of The New Wheel, an electric bike store in San Francisco, California.

The ebike market in Europe showed significant developments this year. Two main trends stand out in my mind that will probably dictate the way the market develops over the next few years.

The first trend is the move back towards hub motors. Recently it seemed that mid-drive was the future, but this does not seem to be the case, as new developments from Go Swiss, Panasonic, and [Read more…]

Electric Bike Review: BH Emotion Volt Folding Electric Bike

The Emotion Volt electric bike folded up.

Folding electric bikes are a new up and coming niche in the e-bike market and I recently had a chance to ride and test the Emotion Volt folding e-bike.  If you are in the market for a high quality folding e-bike you should check out this review!

Take this bike with you where ever you go: in the trunk of a car/taxi, on a bus, on a subway, on a train, on a plane (you will need to ship the battery separately because the airline won’t let you fly with a lithium ion battery), on a boat/ferry, on a camel [Read more…]

BH Emotion Volt Folding Electric Bike: Specs, Video and Pictures

Emotion Volt Folding Electric Bike

Here is a preview of the Emotion Volt folding electric bike that I recently rode and tested.  If you are in the market for a folding bike that you can transport easily or store in your apartment you should check out this folding electric bike.

This preview will give you a good idea of the specifications of the bike along with an in depth look at all the parts of the bike, including what it looks like when [Read more…]

Electric Bike Review: BH Emotion Max 700 Road Bike

The Emotion Max 700 is ready for the road!

Are you looking for a road style electric bike that can zip you around your town or let you fly on the open road?  The Emotion Max 700 electric bike may be the e-bike you have been looking for.

First of all this is a bike that is somewhere between a road bike, touring bike and urban street machine.  It has the narrow tires like a road/touring bike and the flat handlebars like an urban street bike with the addition of a suspension fork to smooth things out.

Oh and it can go fast!  This bike has been modified [Read more…]

BH Emotion Max 700 Electric Bike: Specs, Video and Pictures

The BH Emotion Max 700 electric bike.

Here is a preview of the BH Emotion Max 700 electric bike that I recently had a chance to race around!  This is a quick bike made for the zipping around city streets and long rides on country roads.

This post will give you an idea of the specifications of the bike along with a video and pictures that will highlight the features of this urban/touring electric bicycle.

Make sure you check out the full [Read more…]

NuVinci: Something NEW for Bicycle Drivetrain Technology!

NuVinci N360 CVP Hub on Raleigh Dover 360 electric bike that I test rode

Last week I was invited to tour the NuVinci design and testing headquarters in Austin, Texas.  I was able to test ride a number of electric bikes and regular bikes with their new “Continuously Variable Planetary” (CVP) drivetrain.  Below is an introduction to their technology and I will be following this article up with more articles on their latest projects and my visit to their headquarters.

It’s Time for Something NEW!

The bicycle drivetrain or “gears” on a bicycle have been [Read more…]