Mondraker takes e-MTB Prime time with new carbon hardtail

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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 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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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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

BH electrifies the trail with Yamaha powered e-Lynx and its Rebel family

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BH Bikes joins the growing list of European companies putting out e-Mountain bikes with their new Easy Motion trail offerings. The flagship bike out of the line is the new Rebel Lynx full suspension bike that builds off their standard Split Pivot bike design. With pedal assist by Yamaha motors, BH plans to grow their e-bike range, and will roll out a complete new 8 model deep Rebel family of e-MTBs for 2017…

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BH Bikes joins the growing list of European companies putting out e-Mountain bikes with their new Easy Motion trail offerings. The flagship bike out of the line is the new Rebel Lynx full suspension bike that builds off their standard Split Pivot bike design. With pedal assist by Yamaha motors, BH plans to grow their e-bike range, and will […]

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GeoOrbital turns any bike into an e-bike by simply switching the front wheel

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Most e-bike conversion kits require some form of modification to the bike, even if it’s just running wires from a battery pack to a hub motor and control switch on the handlebar. Even the Evelo front wheel motor/battery unit required running a sensor to the bottom bracket to detect pedaling cadence. The GeoOrbital simplifies it one step further by eliminating any additional sensors and using only a simple throttle switch that quickly snaps onto the handlebars.

That’s right, throttle. Unlike the Evelo’s pedal-assist design, the GeoOrbital front wheel motor can pull you along without any effort on your part. Pedal if you want, coast if you don’t…

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Most e-bike conversion kits require some form of modification to the bike, even if it’s just running wires from a battery pack to a hub motor and control switch on the handlebar. Even the Evelo front wheel motor/battery unit required running a sensor to the bottom bracket to detect pedaling cadence. The GeoOrbital simplifies it […]

Posted in Commuter, e-Bike, Gadgets & Hacks, Kickstarter26 Comments

Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Enter to win a $3200 Timbuk2 x Faraday bike commuting setup – With any resistance to e-Bikes, there is no disputing that they make sense for commuting, and every new e-commuter can be one more car off the road. So to promote being #BetteronaBike, Timbuk2 has teamed up with Faraday bikes to outfit a new commuter in style. The contest runs through the end of May (Bike to Work Month) and includes a Timbuk2 Cask backpack, a Faraday Porteur S e-bike, a Bern Watts helmet, and a Kryptonite Evolution mini u-lock. Enter at: Timbuk2.com

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Enter to win a $3200 Timbuk2 x Faraday bike commuting setup – With any resistance to e-Bikes, there is no disputing that they make sense for commuting, and every new e-commuter can be one more car off the road. So to promote being #BetteronaBike, Timbuk2 has teamed up with Faraday bikes to outfit a new commuter in […]

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SOC16: Bulls grows e-bike range w/ Brose powered Sturmvogel E Evo

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Seeing the potential for increased sales in the U.S., Bulls Bikes is ramping up their e-bike fleet with new models like the Sturmvogel E Evo. But, in contrast to their non-electric bikes, the Bulls e-bikes will be through authorized retailers. That doesn’t mean higher pricing, after all, Bull’s direct-to-consumer pricing for their standard bikes is part of what makes them compelling. Fortunately, this one’s still able to bring high end e-bike features at a competitive price. That might mean we’ll see more e-bikes rolling the streets in the near future…

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Seeing the potential for increased sales in the U.S., Bulls Bikes is ramping up their e-bike fleet with new models like the Sturmvogel E Evo. But, in contrast to their non-electric bikes, the Bulls e-bikes will be through authorized retailers. That doesn’t mean higher pricing, after all, Bull’s direct-to-consumer pricing for their standard bikes is part […]

Posted in e-Bike, Mountain Bike, Sea Otter Classic3 Comments