Step into Faraday’s stylish new Cortland e-bike with some smart features

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Faraday out of San Francisco is having some good success with their Porteur line of bikes, which were one of our favorite e-bikes to ride because it still felt like a regular bike when not using the motor. While enjoying the Porteur’s success, they determined a step-through design would be the bee’s knees, but why stop there?

Check out the new Cortland and Cortland S models and some of the new options that may have you wanting to ride more!

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Jeremy SyCip of SyCip Designs

Photo by Jeremy SyCip
Photo by Jeremy SyCip
Photo by Jeremy SyCip

We visited Jeremy SyCip, the solo artist behind SyCip Designs, last summer while rolling through sunny Santa Rosa. His current operation is tiny but efficient due to decades of process and product refinement. Despite efficiency, Jeremy’s still cranking out the hits. This year, look for an improved, off-road version of his BBQ bike as well as a Chris King collaboration. More on this after the jump… Continue reading “Road to NAHBS 2016: Jeremy SyCip of SyCip Designs”

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The Box Bike Collective looks to crowdfund an affordable cargo E-bike

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After quitting his job to be a stay at home dad, Alex Yasbek was loving life but missing his passion for cycling. He decided he needed a bike that would carry his kids and cargo so he could keep riding in his daily routine, since he no longer commuted to work.

With a diverse group of parents, engineers and bike industry experts Yasbek founded the Bike Box Collective in Santa Cruz, California, and began drafting up designs. They came up with the Box Bike, a two-wheeled hauler with electric assist for carrying kids, groceries, parcels, and of course surfboards!

The collective is a notably ethical bunch- Not only do they intend to promote a healthier and greener alternative to driving, they also plan to hand build the bikes in Santa Cruz and offer reasonable wages to employees. The Box Bike’s Kickstarter campaign is on until Feb. 20th, with the goal of gaining funds to begin production…
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Shimano updates STePS + Di2 e-bikes with auto shifting firmware

Shimano updates STePS + Di2 e-bikes with auto shifting firmware

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Shimano finally announced today the release of a new firmware update for e-bikes running their STePS system and the Di2 Nexus hubs. Shimano had introduced us to the possibility of automatic, electronic gear shifting on their drivetrains almost a year ago, but when we talked to STePS users and industry insiders who were spec’ing the systems, no one really had heard anything suggesting real world availability of the automatic transmission setup. That has changed now with public v2.11.1 firmware available from Shimano. Let your mouse automatically take you across the break to see how it works and self-learns when it should shift based on your riding style…

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Hiding from the elements: A few unique options to keep you “covered” when the weather changes its mind

Hiding from the elements: A few unique options to keep you “covered” when the weather changes its mind

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Staying dry is important whether you’re riding to work, or crossing a stream. The Cross Point socks from Showers Pass look like the perfect option for wet days, or to store in your hydration pack or pannier for stream crossings or when the ride home wasn’t what the weatherman said. They are fully windproof, waterproof and breathable and go for $35. For cooler days, a warmer wool version can be had for $39.

If more than your feet need protected, Vanmoof’s Boncho and Enclosed Bike’s “Ego Urban Transporter” are two options at two different extremes that might fit the bill if you don’t need to look like a Rapha model on your commute to work…

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Ono Bikes Debuts Two Eye-Catching Lowriders, and the Electro Version Don’t Drive Too Slow!

Ono Bikes Debuts Two Eye-Catching Lowriders, and the Electro Version Don’t Drive Too Slow!

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If you’re serious about lowrider bikes, there’s only room for one factor at the top of your priority list – style. With their ridiculous pedalling position you won’t be cranking out road or trail loops, but you’ll definitely be turning heads as you cruise the city streets. Ono Bikes has just caught our eye with two wild looking models called the Archont and Archont Electro.

Ono is a boutique company who’s taking the ‘everything is customizable’ approach. Their frames are built and custom fit to-order, and you get plenty of different options for motors, throttle or pedal assist systems, components, etc. The Archont Electro also boasts some incredibly powerful motor options, with blistering top speeds up to 50mph and considerable ranges to boot. Cruise on past the break for the lowdown…
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Lopifit: What happens when you combine e-bike, treadmill & scooter

Lopifit: What happens when you combine e-bike, treadmill & scooter

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This one is for those conspiracy theorists worried about e-bikes taking over cycling. What if it was a treadmill powered e-bike? The Lopifit claims to be the first walking bike, although we’ve actually been reporting on them since at least 2009 and taking the Bike Forest Treadmill Bike off some sweet jumps. But all kidding aside the Lopifit is real and combines an electric motor assist with a treadmill-powered bike. The idea behind it was less about creating a bike than getting a bit of walking exercise, but not being stuck inside. Take a closer look and judge for yourself after the fold…

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A week in review: New bikes from Alchemy, Reeb, & Canfield Bros, Cateye’s 6K lumen lite, & Interbike heads East?

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We had an awesome week with all kinds of rad fun stuff piling on our desks. Canfield Brothers’ Balance gets better, Reeb is now canning gears in the new TyREEBdonkadonk, and check out the sweet holiday gift ideas/wishes from Jayson, Steve, Cory & yours truly. Also, Zach, our head editor and fat bike aficionado exposes what he’s been dealing with the last several months after what was a simple everyday crash turned no so simple and the crazy road to his recovery.

Fill up your coffee or grab a stout depending on what time of day it is (if that even matters), and thumb through our extensive coverage from last week…..

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Vintage Electric storms the streets with the Tracker WWI-era e-bike racer

Vintage Electric storms the streets with the Tracker WWI-era e-bike racer

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When e-bikes first hit the market, they were rather drab, plain looking “hybrid” bikes with cheap parts (to keep the cost down), and a motor. Now that they have gained traction, many companies are putting in a bit more effort to put a little style into their bikes.If you’re into the retro motorcycles look, Vintage Electric’s Tracker looks like it just might squeeze its way onto someone’s want list.

Race past the break and check out some of the quality details and parts that went into this retro speedster……

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