Posts in the category e-bike

The Vela Electric City Bike Looks Shockingly Normal

The Vela Electric city cruiser, side

I remember when hybrid cars first started appearing as prototypes, and while the idea was promising it seemed like every manufacturer was trying to make the cars look like ugly space shuttles on wheels. The development of electric bikes has been similar in that initially everyone focused their efforts on getting one to market, but now the next logical steps are to make them perform and look much better.

Frankly electric bikes aren’t too hideous, but it’s hard to do much with the massive battery packs most of them carry. By going with a simpler, lower powered unit California’s Vela Bikes has managed to create a bicycle that hardly looks any different from a standard cruiser, yet has electric pedal assist power, an alarm system, GPS tracking and a charge port for your mobile devices, all at an introductory price well under $1000 for Kickstarter supporters…

Rad Rover Electric Fatbike Delivers High Power Output for a Low Price

Rad Rover electric fatbike, side view

In terms of versatility, it’s pretty hard to beat an electric fatbike. As the ATV of the cycling world these bikes ride reasonably well on any terrain from smooth roads to sand and snow. With some cargo racks and a powerful electric motor to assist you, they can be great for hauling duties too.

The Rad Rover is the first complete bicycle from Seattle’s Rad Power Bikes. The Rover is a powerful do-everything electric fatbike that includes a fully unassisted throttle mode, and is quite affordable at $1499.00. The bike’s Indiegogo campaign just recently ended as a huge success, raising over eight times the funding goal of $40,000. Click below the break for more photos and full specs….

The Add-E Electric Motor Kit is Generating Watts of Interest on Indiegogo

Add-E electric motor kit, title shot

Like them or not, E-bikes are rapidly growing in popularity. Nearly every big manufacturer has at least one for sale, but at the same time other players are producing retrofit motor kits that offer the same power assist advantage, and possibly a few others. The Add-E motor was invented by Fabian Gutbrod, from Villach, Austria. Gutbrod decided to produce an electric motor kit so customers could keep riding their old favorite bike, plus save space and money versus buying another complete bicycle.

The Add-E is a bolt-on electric motor kit that drives a friction roller to assist the rear wheel. The whole kit weighs just 4.4lbs, creates zero friction when not assisting and the motor and battery can be switched between multiple bikes with extra mounts installed. Their Indiegogo campaign is in full swing, with their goal of €100,000 already well exceeded.

Check out more details after the break…

SOC15: Yuba heats up urban transport with new Spicy Curry E-Cargo Bike

Yuba Spicy Curry electric cargo bike

With a bicycle-loving Frenchman at the helm, Petaluma, California’s cargo bike specialists Yuba seek to ‘spice up American mobility’ and bring the established European concept of car-free living to the USA. Yuba’s founder and owner Benjamin Sarrazin says their new Spicy Curry electric cargo bike is ideal for families, tradesman, and entrepreneurs who want drive less, pedal more and reduce their carbon footprint.

“Shop for a week’s worth of groceries. Pedal kids to school. Lug your tools to the jobsite. Deliver Pizzas. We designed the Spicy Curry to be the most practical, safe and powerful cargo bike on the market for the widest range of people,” says Sarrazin.

Yuba partnered up with Currie Technologies to develop the Spicy Curry in 2014 (which explains the name) and they’re now ready to release their electric cargo bike. The Spicy Curry has some clever options for mounting rear cargo, child seats and flat-deck carriers…

Haul People and Cargo with Virtue Cycles’ Pedalist “Tadpole” Semi-Enclosed Tricycle

Virtue Pedalist profile

Commutes by bike are avoided by riders for a variety of reasons. They require special clothing for the elements. There is a lack of cargo carrying capacity on many bikes. You can’t carry passengers if you need to. And, of course, there are always safety concerns. Taking into account many of these and other factors that discourage people from commuting by bike, the people at Virture set out to create a vehicle that would expand the capabilities and ease of use of pedal powered vehicles through the design of a semi-enclosed, electrically assisted tricycle. Learn more about this terrific traffic tadpole after the jump… READ MORE ->

Bosch’s Improved eBike Performance Line System, Opinion on eBike Technology

Bosch eBike PerformanceLine lifestyle

Bosch, after only beginning its eBike technological journey in 2009, has released a refined and improved electric system in their eBike Performance Line. The battery lasts longer. The Drive Unit now comes in multiple flavors to better integrate with the bicycle frame as a static chassis and in motion under different types of riders. The sophisticated controls are highly integrated on a level you don’t often see in the product of this industry and are highly user focused from a conscious and unconscious interactive standpoint. There is a reason why it won the Red Dot award for design excellence.

Let’s dig into this new system after the jump…


Win a Chance to Demo a Bosch eBike for a Month with #BoschSmiles


If you’re on the fence about the purchase of an eBike, there is no replacement for a test ride. Better than a test ride though is the ability to use a bike on your home turf and for an extended period of time. We all know that quality eBikes like the Bosch equipped versions from Haibike, Felt, Lapierre, and Xtracycle aren’t cheap, which can make the purchase a bit daunting.

To help, Bosch is giving away the chance to demo one of their partners’ eBikes for a month. All you have to do is document the extended test ride through the #BoschSmiles program. Details on how to enter next…


Berliner 2015: Cargo Bikes Everywhere We Look


For another year the moment we set foot (tire?) in Berlin we started spotting cargo bikes everywhere. While it would be out of the ordinary to find cargo bikes locked up on the street in the states, or really even in Prague where we have our EU base, in several European cities they are all over the place. There is a sizable number of people who truly replace cars with cargo bikes, and many delivery companies that find them more convenient or affordable than cars. The first we ran into at the show wasn’t even from an exhibitor; it was this Danish Omnium Mini-Max (retail 16750DKK or ~2250€) that was locked up out front of the show in the sea of townie bikes of attendees. The Mini-Max is relatively short cargo bike at less than 2m long, and is often set up with a woven inner tube platform that gives both a shock absorbing rack surface and can strap down objects by just adding a few extra tubes.

We got some good feedback last year asking for more cargo coverage, so we are happy to oblige. Come past the jump for all variants of new cargo bikes, as well as the most appropriate application for e-bike drivetrains we’ve yet seen…


Berliner Fahrradschau 2015: An Eclectic Mix of Cycling and Lifestyle Products


Another year of Berlin’s consumer Bike Show kicked off this weekend highlighting a lot of the urban and lifestyle segments of the bike industry that sometimes get glossed over with new derailleur and suspension tech. That means a lot of classic city bikes, many e-bike applications, internally geared hubs, and belt drives, plus more cargo bikes than you can shake a stick at. Over the next week or two we’ll try to roundup a bunch of things that we spotted that stood out from the crowd and the free flowing Henrick’s Gin and Tonics and German beers.

Read on for a modern take on a classic, city bikes and great finishes, some custom bags, and an e-bike to sneak on some group rides…