Posts in the category e-bike

A week in review: Smart helmets, pink bikes, and that beee-utiful Garbaruk cassette adapter

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This week we have some great round ups from the Philly Bike Show, Peaty is getting ready to say adios…. but not yet, and what is with all the things lighting up that are not lights? We took a look at new kicks from DZR and Northwave as well as a lot of really nice apparel from Rapha and the new to the U.S. eye-catching Attaquer brand.

Move on past the break to take a rather in depth glimpse of our week in review…..


Salzkammergut Trophy Announces 2016 Registration and… E-Bike Trophy?

The Salzkammergut Mountain Bike Trophy is a grueling 211 km race that is Austria’s biggest MTB marathon celebration. With additional distances of 22, 37, 53, 76, and 119km almost no one is left out – especially when you add in the Unicycle Downhill, Unicycle Marathon and 60 km All Mountain Marathon. Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising then that one of the newest disciplines for the mountain bike festival is the E-Bike Trophy.

That’s right. Just like the Sea Otter Classic, there will be a race specifically for E-Bikes. According to the Salzkammergut site, the race will take place on a separate 36 km route that will include 1,180 meters of climbing. Only three sections of the total distance will be timed with two climbs and a final section of technical singletrack making it almost like an E-Bike Enduro (E-nduro?). Race promoters envision it as a challenge of conserving battery life during the non timed sections, while demanding riding skill to go as quickly as possible during the three stages. Battery changes are not allowed and bikes will be limited to “commercial mountain bike pedalecs” (no throttle) with max 250 watts and limited assisted top speed of 25 km/h. Along with the E-Bike Trophy, there will be E-Bike demos and tours of the mountains of Bad Goisern during the festival weekend.

A Week In Review: New Bottom Bracket Standard, E’Bike racing, and Lots of Other Less Dramatic Things


Ventana Wolfram plus mountain bike rohloff (18) White Industries Engin Cycles Paragon Machine works t41 threaded press fit bottom bracket-29Chris King Press Fit 30i T47 threaded bottom bracket shand tumshie

It’s been a pretty heated week with a mostly liked new bottom bracket standard with folks like White Industries, Chris King & Paragon Machine Works behind it and a dedicated moped E’Bike race at North America’s Largest consumer event. Regardless, new stuff from Ventana, LeMond, Leatt and others will keep you smiling.

Take a deep breath, fill up your coffee, (if you want to make it through all the comments), and head past the break to see what the heck has been going on…..


Whoa! 2016 Sea Otter Classic Stirs Things up by Adding an eMTB Race to Their List of Events!


No joke. The organizers of the Sea Otter have added an eMTB race event to their traditional lineup of Downhill, Dual Slalom, Cross Country, Short Track and Enduro events to the upcoming 2016 event in April. Taking place in and around Laguna Seca’s race track, the eMTB race will be a time-based race that lasts 60 minutes and is said to be a sort of hybrid of short track and cross country racing with a few road descents, single track trails and a bit of climbing. It is listed a non-sanctioned event so no race license is required, but there is prize money to be had. There is no list of restrictions as to the equipment you can use which might make it even more interesting.

Given the controversy of whether e-mountain bikes even belong on trails or not, organizing an eMTB race is a big move by organizers at such a large event. Is the charge being led by e-bike manufactures trying to edge their way further in to acceptance? How will this go down? Will we hear cheers…. or boos from the crowd? Let us know what you think about it in the comments.


Survey Time: Tell IMBA Your Feelings on Electric Mountain Biking and ebikes

If you go off our comment section, the collective attitude towards electric mountain biking or the use of eBikes on trails is fairly easy to discern. However, IMBA wants to do an official head count or more appropriately a detailed survey. Recognizing the rapid growth of the electric segment, IMBA is asking for your opinions on the matter as they study the overall impact of eMTBs on trails.

Whatever your position, this is the time to speak up. Head over to IMBA’s site to make your position known.

Oto Cycles Releases New Café Racer Inspired RaceR E-Bike, Updates OtoR and OtoK Models

Oto cycles RaceR, pair

If you’re an E-cyclist and fan of retro motorcycles, you’re probably already drooling on your keyboard over Oto Cycle’s new RaceR E-bike. Inspired by the original café racer motorcycles of the 1950’s, Barcelona’s Oto Cycles adds the RaceR to their line of awesome-looking, hand-made electric bikes.

Last year Bikerumor checked out out some of Oto Cycles’ earlier moto-styled models including the OtoR and OtoK, which have also seen some aesthetic and functional updates. Read on for the details, and of course more photos of these rolling pieces of eye-candy…

Miranda slices the air with titanium track chainring, updates MTB ti rings & adds plenty of colors elsewhere

miranda timelapse pro titanium 1x single chainring for TT and triathlon bikes

Miranda is one of the largest private label crank arm manufacturers around, and they do it all in house in Portugal rather than moving everything to Asia. It’s a family owned and operated business that’s largely remained behind the scenes, though they do occasionally pop some interesting high end products out with their own branding.

The latest is the Timelapse Pro track crankset with 46 to 60 tooth chainrings, all made in full titanium to remain super stiff at the largest sizes. They tested it at the local velodrome to get immediate rider feedback, then raced back to the factory to perfect it…


Rotwild revs up limited edition gold GTS AMG, finishes X1 enduro bike & refines e-Bikes

Rotwild GTS AMG limited edition gold hardtail mountain bike

German brand Rotwild is no stranger to collaborations with Mercedes Benz aftermarket tuning group AMG, and the GTS AMG hardtail is the latest.

Decked out in gold yellow highlights across all components, it matches the body paint of the car that inspired it. Like any good collaboration, the color-matched bits extend beyond the bike, too, with coordinated accessories available from Thule, Topeak and Ergon, too.

Race on in for those and a look at final spec on the X1 enduro bike, refinements to the e-mountain bike controls and a collaboration with COBI to create a “smart” commuter e-bike…


A Week in Review: Turner Crosses it Up, Step Back in Time with Orbea…. and What is Jens Saying now?

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Fitbit Surge GPS fitness tracker sports watch adds Jens Voigt as brand ambassador and product tester TiGr mini lock, on front wheel and frame

As the weather shifts, the wind chills, and the leaves fall, we enter into the worst day of the year for some, as others excitedly scramble trying to remember where they…. or someone else put their light charger. In the mean time, we had everything from awesome to odd this week. Bike locks are simply not what they used to be and TiGr, Abus and Hiplock brought us their own take. Sufferfest and BKool create new ways to make emerging from the depths of your pain-cave harder than ever, and a new dropper….. err, stem from 3SFtech.

So sneak a handful of your kid’s trick-or-treat candy, (but don’t be these parents), and look to see what you missed this week….