An interesting minimalist e-bike for for the urban market- designed to look and ride as closely to a pedal bike as possible. At only 26lb for the complete bike (depending on size), this model could accomplish that goal, as it is within the realm of pedal bike weight. This model features an interesting battery concept putting small battery packs within the frame tube members rather than in a single external consolidated pack. Check it out after the jump. READ MORE ->
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Oakland, California based Xtracycle has long demonstrated its commitment to cargo. The second electric bike in its lineup, the new EdgeRunner 10e has a 10-speed drivetrain and manages to come in lighter than the existing limited release 9e. It features the standard EdgeRunner long wheelbase and massive carrying capacity, as well as a suite of add on accessories for you to tailor your ride to your needs. Details after the hump. READ MORE ->
With a 400lb cargo capacity, Pedego’s new Stretch cargo bike is designed to haul anything and everything. Powered by a shiny 500W Pedego rear hub motor with options for both throttle and pedal assist, riders can have not only the power they need but have that power in the format they need for uphill starts as well as just riding along at speed. Featuring a highly modular integrated rear rack system, the Stretch has you covered, whether you’re hauling big flat cargo or little people. We deliver the details after jump…
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One of the real surprises to me during my e-bike frenzy at Press Camp was Kalkhoff. The German e-bike brand is extremely popular in Europe and has been at the e-bike game for years, so it probably shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Where as many bikes in the category still seem to be tacked together, the Kalkhoff bikes I saw and rode were relatively integrated, dialed in spec, and stood out visually. The Impulse 2.0 technology is extremely quiet and the batteries have relatively long ranges compared to others in the category. Both will be available to consumers later this month. See the new e-bikes invading this side of the pond after the jump… READ MORE ->
PC15 Dueling Yubas: Currie Technologies Spicy Curry and BionX elMundo Go Head to Head to eCarry your Cargo
Cleary there is a lot of debate around e-bikes, but if there was one category that should be fairly easy to agree on, it would have to be cargo bikes destined for the road. Trying to get hundreds of pounds worth of payload moving requires either the absolute lowest gearing possible with a ton of shifting, or the aid of a pedal assist motor.
Rolling with the increasing trend of eCargo bikes, two electric Yuba (Yubas?) were available for test at this Press Camp. Both were Class 1 e-bikes. Both had batteries and motors of similar capacity and power. Both designed and purposed for similar ultra-utility within their intended purposes. So I took the opportunity to test both to compare their drive systems. Meet the new Spicy Curry, powered by Currie Technologies, and the elMundo, powered by BionX and enter the Yubadrome after the jump… READ MORE ->
When it comes to user interfaces and electronic integration on BESV’s bike line, it is easy to see its parent company’s consumer electronics roots (its parent company, Darfon Electronics, manufacturers over 30% of the world’s computer keyboards, for example). Where BESV’s product really shines is on battery integration and their user interface, as well as the unique overall visual approach to product. Their current product is diverse, is visually distinct from the competition, and is a bunch of fun to ride. BESV also makes a point to completely assemble and ride test every bike they ship to ensure each e-bike functions out of the box. Oh, and they tune their torque curves on test rides up the mountain behind their facility. More on BESV after the jump. READ MORE ->
Bosch initially entered the American market with their Performance Line, a high capacity battery with high torque drive unit capable of a 20mph top assisted speed. As new product becomes proven in Europe, we will find more of their line trickling across the pond to fill in the gaps of their line-up. The Active Line, a lower torque, higher range, lower price point system designed around the urban e-bike rider will start appearing on e-bikes this Winter. The new Performance CX line, a more compact, smaller Q-Factor, high torque drive system which is already being seen on new e-mountain bikes in Europe will start appearing on domestic e-bikes as soon as this Fall. These systems have been covered on BikeRumor in the past.
Also coming for next year will be a suite of electronic shifting systems, integrated with both the e-bike drive systems and Intuvia on-board computer, Bosch calls “eShift.” SRAM, Shimano, and NuVinci have each partnered with the German e-bike dynamo (see what I did there?) to sync shifting to motors seamlessly. At Press Camp we got a sneak peek of what is to come, both on and off the bike. More to come after the jump. READ MORE ->
E-Bikes Regulated As Traditional Bicycles: Pro E-Bike Legislation Moves Forward In California, New York
One of the most massive challenges for e-bikes in the United States is the patchwork of diverse policies governing them from state to state. Depending on where you live, an e-bike with a motor under 750W could face no regulations at all. Over the state line, however, an e-bike could face aggressive regulation, including license and registration requirements or complete elimination from trails, paths, and bike lanes. Complicating the situation are the several different types of e-bikes available on the market, with different drive mechanism styles and top speeds. The lack of certainty governing the use of these bicycles has made it challenging for dealers to stock and sell these vehicles and for consumers to purchase with total confidence.
To address this issue, the Bicycle Products Suppliers Association (BPSA) has formed an e-bike committee partnering with PeopleForBikes, which has been busy lobbying local governments in the US to help equalize regulation for use of the technology, similarly to how regulations currently operate in Europe. Get the lowdown on e-bike regulation coming to you after the break… READ MORE ->
To add to the reworking of their popular Zesty line, Lapierre also put a lot of effort going in a completely other direction. As one of the very few companies seriously developing off-road e-bikes, Lapierre has gone all in with an expansion of their Overvolt range of bikes. With three distinct mountain lines – SX (Super Cross), FS (Full Suspension), and HT (Hard Tail) – there is pretty much an option for whoever thinks this is going to be a good idea. Now, let’s get it out up front that we are not so sure about the e-MTB concept, and have some real serious reservations about letting these loose in the world. But there is no denying that this is a real direction that the industry is headed, so I’ve jumped in head first myself to give our readers a deeper look of what’s going on. (And I know I’ll get flak for this write-up, but it needs to be heard.)
We spent a good bit of time on the two new 27.5” Overvolt full suspension options, with drive motors from Yamaha and Bosch, on an incredibly wide range of technical trail and otherwise unrideable terrain. After all of that, it’s safe to say that I’m not selling a single one of my bikes to try to fund an e-MTB, but I can say I have a better understanding of them, their potential application and pitfalls, and have some thoughts as where e-bikes are headed. Stay with me, and I’ll give you the full details on the “bikes” and my thoughts…