Posts in the category e-bike

EB14: Rotwild Brings Schley’s Shredder to Life, Make Race Bikes Lighter & Show AMG Team Road Bike

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Spotted in prototype form this summer at the bike park, Richie Schley’s new 200mm gravity bike is not so much for downhill as it is for him to crush trails in Whistler.

They finished up testing this summer and, thanks to a killer response from riders after seeing it in prototype form and Schley himself, made the commitment to go into production. It’s designed with a low BB, low standover and a short rear end (440mm chain stays) so he could whip it in the air. Goal was to give it the bigger roll over capabilities of 27.5″ but keep it as nimble as a 26″ bike.

More details on this, plus the revised team 29er FS and hardtail bikes, the road bikes they train on and *gasp* e-bikes, below…

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EB14: German:A Unveils Inverted Fat Bike Fork, Integrated e-Bike Display & More

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Building off their existing inverted fork designs, the new German:A Flame fork takes the internals are from their 130mm 26″ fork, then limits the travel to 100mm to allow proper tire clearance at the crown under full compression.

It’s built around a 142mm front hub and has clearance for 26×4.0 tire. Up top is their travel adjust button, found on all their forks, which uses a dual air chamber with a valve in between. Simply put your weight on the fork and push the button and it’ll drop into its travel. Stop it anywhere you want and release the button and it’ll stay there, working as normal in the reduced travel mode.

But that’s only part of the interesting tech they had on display…

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Kickstarter Roundup – Mountain Bike Clothing, Integrated BikeLocks, Camera Mounts & More!

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The cycling industry is notoriously full of very passionate entrepreneurs, which can lead to some excellent ideas that may just not have the funding to see the light of day. Crowdsourcing, or attaining funding from a large pool of small investors has been a great injector to the ingenuity of the tech and design world, with Kickstarter leading the way as a web-based resource for inventors to show their ideas and have people contribute money to their project. We’ve covered plenty of them, like when industry vet Steve Domahidy using it to successfully fund his namesake brand back in March, and here are four more ideas…

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EB14: One Ride Review – Faraday Porteur E-Bike Rolls with Ease

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Electric bicycles on mountain bike trails may be causing a stir, but the pedal assist market for commuting is booming. This may be more so the case in Europe where Eurobike was overrun by electric assisted bicycles, but the U.S. probably isn’t very far behind -  especially with new bikes like the Faraday Porteur making it to production. Originally part of a Kickstarter campaign, the Porteur is making its way into reality with a few changes. Compared to the original bike shown on Kickstarter the overall design hasn’t really changed, which is good – it’s one of best e-bikes we’ve ridden.

Find out why, next…

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IB14: Felt Shows Concept Hunting Fat Bike & Beer Hauling e-Cargo Bike

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The Felt Outfitter has been a pet project of Jim Felt for about 5 years. He’s a fly fisher and bow hunter and he and his son always carry in all their gear for days in the woods at a time. They set up a base camp and hunt and fish from those remote wilderness locations. When Felt started making fat bikes and e-bikes, a lightbulb went off.

The Outfitter can haul a trailer with 60-100 pounds of gear (this one’s a modified BOB trailer made to fit a bigger wheel and work with fat bikes). They’re working on their own trailer, though, they’re just not ready to show it. Look for that sometime later next year.

In the meantime, check out the details below…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Maxxis is taking applications for sponsorship for the 2015 season. Individuals, teams, and events are welcome to apply. Open to US and Canada, although Canadians must have a US shipping address. Application is live on their website until Oct. 31st, 2014.
  • ODI is also opening it’s 2015 sponsorship application process. US athletes only. Apply here, or send your resume via email before November 30th, 2014.
  • Orbea is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall about 715 Avant bikes and framesets, because of concerns over cracking forks.
  • A2B e-bikes has announced an app for use with their electric bicycles: eSocialBike has features such as route planning and GPS, as well as essential diagnostics and maintenance information gathered directly from a chip housed in the bike’s battery compartment.
  • The inaugural Team Jamis – Hagens Berman Gran Fondo will be held September 28, 2014, as part of the Rensselaerville Cycling Festival in New York.
  • Billed as the “Holy Week” of Cyclocross, two huge CX races are coming up within one week of each other and both in New England: the Rapha Super Cross, Gloucester, MA, September 27-28th, and the KMC Cyclo-cross Festival, Providence, RI, October 3-5th.
  • We enjoyed reading about this Lands End to John O’Groats journey so much that we’ve often thought of cycling the popular UK route. Now there’s an online website dedicated to planning and preparing for cycling it properly by Royston Wood.

EB14: Lightweight Co-develops Unique Velocité Project e-Bike Solution with Research Partners

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The carbon fiber experts of Lightweight have been busy this year working on incorporating advanced electronic systems into some already market-leading products. Besides their Smart Wheels sensors that we just showed you last week, Lightweight has also been working on a totally unique and possibly groundbreaking e-Bike called the Velocité Project. Developed as an academic and commercial cooperation under a Transform: Mobility into eXcitement grant from the German Ministry of Education and Research, the project was a response to a call to develop key technologies to address urban electro-mobility.

Lightweight coordinated the joint project through their technology development division CarboFibretec. The bike they presented at Eurobike is a proof of concept demonstration of a Pedelec using the newly developed tech. Read on to see what makes this machine unique and what applications it might have…

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E-Bike Tech Comparison: Bosch Frame Mounted Motors vs. Bion-X Hub Motors

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Have you noticed there’s been a growing mention of electrically motorized bicycles lately? That’s because they’re coming, whether our domestic infrastructure is ready or not. While Europe’s been enjoying the boost at a broader level for a few years, brands with strong stateside distribution are starting to push them into dealers in select markets, establishing themselves for when the tide turns.

Who? Specialized will have a lower cost version of the Turbo, Felt is bringing several models in, as is Lapierre, and BMC has their premium Stromer line. And that’s just the beginning.

Across the board, there are two dominant methods of integrating a motor into a bike: Building the motor into the frame or putting the motor in the rear hub. There are multiple systems, but two of the higher tech, more established ones are from Bosch and Bion-X. Both were at PressCamp this summer, both have their pros and cons, and both gave us an in-depth look at their tech. Read on and see which one makes sense for your next commuter.

We’ll start with Bosch. Bosch builds entire e-bike drivetrain systems that hit the market in 2010, and their latest generation is just now shipping. It’s built around a crank-located motor, which integrates into the drivetrain in a way that develops more torque than a hub motor with the added advantage of keeping unsprung weight lower on full suspension bikes…

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