Nether say Nether – This Dutch cyclist built a solar powered electric bicycle

Maxun One solar powered E-bike

Maxun One solar e-bike, riding shot, left

It’s never surprising to see innovative cycling ideas come from The Netherlands, a country that’s globally known for using bikes as their primary mode of urban transportation. Hailing from Maastricht, inventor Albert Van Dalen has designed and built this solar-powered electric bike, called the Maxun One.

His bike was recently spotted by Bikerumor staff over on gas2.org, and we thought this eco-friendly, forward-thinking idea was worth a closer look and worth sharing with our readers. Its rudimentary look may not win any beauty contests, but this eco-friendly concept has proven fully functional, which begs the question of how far it can go as we pursue the technological goals of making things smaller, lighter, more integrated, and more efficient…
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It’s never surprising to see innovative cycling ideas come from The Netherlands, a country that’s globally known for using bikes as their primary mode of urban transportation. Hailing from Maastricht, inventor Albert Van Dalen has designed and built this solar-powered electric bike, called the Maxun One. His bike was recently spotted by Bikerumor staff over on […]

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Week’s Best Videos: Bike Power in NYC, Juliana bikes Going Places, and Sharing the ride in Africa

Follow multi-time Bike Messenger World and National Champion Austin Horse as he tools around New York City on a Bosch-powered Xtracycle Edgerunner 10E to help racers get prepped for the 2015 Red Bull Mini Drome in Brooklyn. Founder of nonprofit mobile bike service Bike Yard,  Austin threads the streets of NY towing a 90kg/200lb trailer in tow thanks to proper use of e-bike tech, lugging gear for the long haul supporting his cycling community and getting more folks on bikes.

Check out more from this past week’s best videos after the break…

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Follow multi-time Bike Messenger World and National Champion Austin Horse as he tools around New York City on a Bosch-powered Xtracycle Edgerunner 10E to help racers get prepped for the 2015 Red Bull Mini Drome in Brooklyn. Founder of nonprofit mobile bike service Bike Yard,  Austin threads the streets of NY towing a 90kg/200lb trailer in tow thanks to […]

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Flux and Pedego put the power down with e-bikes for any occasion

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We can groan and grumble all we want, but e-bikes aren’t going anywhere, (except trails they’re not supposed to be on… maybe). Though some are feeling KOM vulnerabilities, some are looking forward to conquering trails or distances that may have only been a dream. Before you smash your keyboard with hate, our own Zach gave a great insight to how “us” and e-bikes CAN coexist.

Check out some of the trail’able and urban worthy e-bikes from Flux as well as a fat e-bike from Pedego…

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We can groan and grumble all we want, but e-bikes aren’t going anywhere, (except trails they’re not supposed to be on… maybe). Though some are feeling KOM vulnerabilities, some are looking forward to conquering trails or distances that may have only been a dream. Before you smash your keyboard with hate, our own Zach gave a […]

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Taga 2.0 brings flexible family cargo bike to the masses

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A lot of cyclists would probably like to have the hauling capacity of a cargo bike, and plenty of parents can get behind the idea of lugging kids around in a Dutch box bike. But when it comes down to it, the cost of entry is so high, and the bikes are so big and unwieldy that it is usually pretty hard to justify. Enter Taga, the company that developed a convertible stroller that could do double or even triple duty as a kid-hauling bike or cargo bike.

They’ve now developed a new iteration that simplifies things a bit, but still keep all of the good bike functionality. In the process the new Taga 2.0 drops in price by around a third, putting it in reach for a lot more cyclists. Taga took their new family bike to Kickstarter to get it off the ground, and has had a pretty unbelievable response. See how you can get in on the action too, plus full details on the bike after the break…

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A lot of cyclists would probably like to have the hauling capacity of a cargo bike, and plenty of parents can get behind the idea of lugging kids around in a Dutch box bike. But when it comes down to it, the cost of entry is so high, and the bikes are so big and unwieldy […]

Posted in Commuter, e-Bike, Kickstarter, Kids' Bikes, Video15 Comments

Mondraker takes e-MTB Prime time with new carbon hardtail

2017 Mondraker e-Prime carbon electric assist mountain bike

Mondraker was, perhaps, prescient with their forward stretched geometry and super short stems, putting them on some wicked looking hardtail and full suspension mountain bikes years ago. Now, they’re putting Forward Geometry on a new performance oriented hardtail called e-Prime.

Based on their Prime “traditional” mountain bikes, the e-Prime adds a Bosch pedal-assist motor to their Stealth Carbon frame with flat, bump absorbing seatstays. And it gets 27.5+ tires. Check out the details and video below…

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Mondraker was, perhaps, prescient with their forward stretched geometry and super short stems, putting them on some wicked looking hardtail and full suspension mountain bikes years ago. Now, they’re putting Forward Geometry on a new performance oriented hardtail called e-Prime. Based on their Prime “traditional” mountain bikes, the e-Prime adds a Bosch pedal-assist motor to […]

Posted in e-Bike, Mountain Bike18 Comments

Softwheel Fluent suspends (and damps) your bike by the wheels

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First developed to smooth the ride of people confined to wheelchairs, Israeli-based SoftWheel has taken their in-wheels suspension concept and refined it for a wide of cyclists. By essentially isolating the bicycle rim from the hub with a set of three tunable shocks with hydraulic rebound damping, the Fluent bike wheel is said to deliver an unmatched level of comfort, while maintaining ride control and stability, and actually reducing energy lost when riding over obstacles and surface irregularities. Take a closer look at options for city and even e-bikes after the jump…

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First developed to smooth the ride of people confined to wheelchairs, Israeli-based SoftWheel has taken their in-wheels suspension concept and refined it for a wide of cyclists. By essentially isolating the bicycle rim from the hub with a set of three tunable shocks with hydraulic rebound damping, the Fluent bike wheel is said to deliver […]

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SRAM EX1 brings modern 1x drivetrains to e-bikes…with eight speeds

SRAM EX1 electric mountain bike drivetrain group

SRAM EX1 electric mountain bike drivetrain group

Hot on the heels of Shimano’s XT-level off road e-bike group, SRAM is introducing EX1 for motor-assisted mountain bikes. Why? Because they wanted to create a complete group that addressed the unique demands placed on equipment by an e-MTB. And because that market is growing rapidly regardless of how some folks feel about it and this gives them a complete group to offer as OEM spec.

Marcus Schneider, SRAM Germany’s general manager and e-bike product manager, says “most every e-bike out there now is using standard drivetrain and brake parts. And they’re good, but we thought we could do better.”

What’s different about an e-MTB? Well, there’s more weight, which puts more demand on the brakes, because you still need to stop in the same distance. And with drivetrains, when you shift on a traditional (i.e. human powered) bike, you typically let off the gears slightly, particularly when climbing. But with an e-bike, the motor is continuing to propel the drivetrain forward, so it needs to be able to shift under power.

And when you first hop on a traditional bike, it’s common to shift a bunch of gears at once to get it to the right starting point. And there are plenty of gear steps to help you find just the right one for your human powered bike. But with an e-bike’s immediate torque and power on tap, they didn’t need as many gear steps. In fact, all those extra gears could actually create chain management issues. So, they only needed eight cogs…

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Hot on the heels of Shimano’s XT-level off road e-bike group, SRAM is introducing EX1 for motor-assisted mountain bikes. Why? Because they wanted to create a complete group that addressed the unique demands placed on equipment by an e-MTB. And because that market is growing rapidly regardless of how some folks feel about it and this […]

Posted in e-Bike, Feature, Mountain Bike35 Comments

SOC16: Haro grows a 140mm travel mountain bike, cleans up Shift frames & more

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At last year’s Sea Otter, Haro brought full suspension bikes back into their lineup after a several year rest period. The Shift came in two 120mm versions, a single-pivot and a four-bar linkage design to suit every budget. Now, they’re growing the travel of that design for a new model and refining the frames. Oh, and there’s a e-bike coming, too.

The Haro R9LT is the new all-mountain 140mm bike. It gets a different rear shock mount and spring curve, but sticks with the four-bar linkage design. Close ups below…

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At last year’s Sea Otter, Haro brought full suspension bikes back into their lineup after a several year rest period. The Shift came in two 120mm versions, a single-pivot and a four-bar linkage design to suit every budget. Now, they’re growing the travel of that design for a new model and refining the frames. Oh, […]

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Stromer’s ST2 S E-Bike brings innovative electronic functions to America

Stromer ST2 S e-bike

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If you’re really interested in technology, you’re probably stoked that e-bikes are bringing some cool new ideas to the marketplace. Even if you’re adamantly against assisted pedalling, it’s pretty nifty to see how companies like Stromer are incorporating electronic features into modern bicycles. Without electronic components it would be tough to make a bike that allows you to ride longer distances, let alone one that tracks your ride stats, monitors service intervals, or hosts anti-theft features.

Swiss e-bike manufacturer Stromer seems quite pleased with itself to announce the availability in the US of their new top of the line ST2 S e-bike. The S model has seen a few upgrades over the base ST2, including XTR Di2 wireless electronic shifting, a 20% larger battery with a range up to 110 miles, and an integrated 1600 lumen Supernova headlight.

But all of this technical innovation certainly does not come cheap, and considering the bike’s overall heft the and lack of a carbon frame, it seems the electronics are largely what you’re paying for…
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If you’re really interested in technology, you’re probably stoked that e-bikes are bringing some cool new ideas to the marketplace. Even if you’re adamantly against assisted pedalling, it’s pretty nifty to see how companies like Stromer are incorporating electronic features into modern bicycles. Without electronic components it would be tough to make a bike that […]

Posted in Commuter, e-Bike, Gadgets & Hacks, Uncategorized27 Comments