Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Falco pairs and e-bike with Zwift for outdoor riding & indoor training – OK, let’s get thee-bike love out of the way first. Many don’t love e-bikes. OK that was easy. Now look a bit closer at this. Falco realized that they could take advantage of having that motor on the bike and pair it with interactive online training sites like Zwift for indoor training. It’s a simple system, essentially a stand alone wheel. Pop it in your bike for pedal assist commuting without working up too much of a sweat, then clamp it down in your regular trainer at home and control & sync it online via its smart phone app. Details are still a bit thin as this is going to officially debut in January 2017, but the concept actually seems pretty cool. FalcoEMotors.com

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Falco pairs and e-bike with Zwift for outdoor riding & indoor training – OK, let’s get thee-bike love out of the way first. Many don’t love e-bikes. OK that was easy. Now look a bit closer at this. Falco realized that they could take advantage of having that motor on the bike and pair it with interactive […]

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Kickstarter Roundup: Electric folding bike, electric warmth & cycling games for glory

Tern promised that the Vektron would come to market as a full production bike regardless of the Kickstarter outcome, but it’s fully funded anyway. There’s still five days to go, though, so you can still nab this electric-assist folding bike for a deal. It folds down to the same compact dimensions as their non-motorized bikes, but gives you a premium Bosch e-bike system to scoot from A to B with minimal effort (or, at least, minimal sweat). The twist is that all backers will have their bikes shipped to a local Tern dealer for professional assembly and they come with a 10 year warranty. Not much of a gamble on this one. But if you want to play games, Glory Gears has got something for you…

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Tern promised that the Vektron would come to market as a full production bike regardless of the Kickstarter outcome, but it’s fully funded anyway. There’s still five days to go, though, so you can still nab this electric-assist folding bike for a deal. It folds down to the same compact dimensions as their non-motorized bikes, […]

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E-Bike Recharge! Karmic and Vintage Electric provide style for the street

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The e-bikes are coming, and with their market growth comes the usual development from the industry. Karmic has revealed two new models that will assist you in making that ride to wherever with step through (maybe) or standard frames. If moto style is more your thing, Vintage Electric continues to charge up cruisers with a battery that looks like a v-twin…

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The e-bikes are coming, and with their market growth comes the usual development from the industry. Karmic has revealed two new models that will assist you in making that ride to wherever with step through (maybe) or standard frames. If moto style is more your thing, Vintage Electric continues to charge up cruisers with a […]

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Fenix unfolds a drop bar e-Gravel Bike ready for anything

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The first couple times we saw Fenix, they showed off their full size road and mountain bikes (and one that can be either), including some with Plus-sized tires, that could fold into a standard airline-approved box. They were clever, for sure, but their new Zzyzx e-road bike is clever in a different way.

Pronounced Zee-zick, it integrates a Shimano STePS motor, lighting and high end build options onto custom Columbus and Reynolds steel frame made by Ted Wojcik in the USA. It also builds in extra water bottle and frame bag mounts, giving you extra capacity for adventure rides or long commutes. It fits 700×35 tires with full coverage fenders front and rear, gets a premium Supernova E3 tail light and an ENVE GRD carbon fork with integrated fender on all builds.

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The first couple times we saw Fenix, they showed off their full size road and mountain bikes (and one that can be either), including some with Plus-sized tires, that could fold into a standard airline-approved box. They were clever, for sure, but their new Zzyzx e-road bike is clever in a different way. Pronounced Zee-zick, […]

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E-bike Madness: A sea of batteries and motors from Friedrichshafen to Las Vegas

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With each annual edition of the tradeshow season, there seems to always be at least one discernible trend. Manufacturers and the industry seems to latch onto a concept in lock step and then all of a sudden it’s the show of 29″, 650b, fat bikes, and now plus bikes. E-bikes are a little different. For years, they’ve been there. Silently charging in the background just waiting to take over the world. Ok, that might be a bit dramatic, but we have been seeing e-bikes at trade shows for years, but this year stood out.

Eurobike has always been a haven for e-bike technology, but for 2016, Interbike had almost an entire wing of the show floor devoted to anything and everything with an electronic motor. So what does that mean for the future? From what we saw at the show, it seems that most manufacturers feel that they can no longer ignore the category. Considering brands like BMC were showing off elaborate prototypes of future e-models, there are a lot more companies building e-bikes than just a few years ago. The depth of the e-bikes at the two shows also serves to highlight just how vast the difference between separate motor technologies can be. Some bikes provide just enough boost to feel like you’re having a great day on the bike, while others shown were literally electronic street motorcycles.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. While there certainly were some WTF machines, the majority of the bikes seem to be headed in the reasonably powered, pedalec direction (meaning you have to pedal). After all, a throttle is the only thing that separates an e-moped from an e-bike (pedalec)…

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With each annual edition of the tradeshow season, there seems to always be at least one discernible trend. Manufacturers and the industry seems to latch onto a concept in lock step and then all of a sudden it’s the show of 29″, 650b, fat bikes, and now plus bikes. E-bikes are a little different. For […]

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Tempus Electric Bikes debuts their café racer styled CR-T1 e-bike

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If you like 1960’s era retro styling, Canada’s Tempus is the newest player in the ‘resto-rod’ electric bicycle market, joining others like Oto Cycles who we’ve checked out in the past. Seeking to combine the best elements of motorcycles and bikes, Tempus added today’s technology to a classic look to create their debut model, called the CR-T1.

Tempus was founded by young entrepreneurs Ikenna Ofoha and Xavier Chan, who are both just 19 years old. But while young, they’re not inexperienced- at the age of 15, Ofoha built an electric bike that could go 75kph!

The CR-T1 can reach up to 50kph, cover a range of up to 60kms and offers nine levels of pedal assist. At least this one is geared towards the streets…
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If you like 1960’s era retro styling, Canada’s Tempus is the newest player in the ‘resto-rod’ electric bicycle market, joining others like Oto Cycles who we’ve checked out in the past. Seeking to combine the best elements of motorcycles and bikes, Tempus added today’s technology to a classic look to create their debut model, called […]

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Radon Slides into eMTB with new Hybrid 140 all-mountain bike

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We’ve already seen the new proper mountain bikes that German bike maker Radon had prepped for riders in 2017. From the super light carbon Jealous XC hardtail that we spotted back racing at Worlds, to the new Slide+ & Skeen which are both ready to get loose for some good trail riding, they’ve got mountain bikers covered. But there is no doubt that eMTB is expanding a lot in Europe and Radon has something for that type of rider too. The new plus-size Slide Hybrid 140 brings together the value and performance they honed on their hardtail e-bike, but stepped it up a notch for some real all-mountain trail riding capability…

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We’ve already seen the new proper mountain bikes that German bike maker Radon had prepped for riders in 2017. From the super light carbon Jealous XC hardtail that we spotted back racing at Worlds, to the new Slide+ & Skeen which are both ready to get loose for some good trail riding, they’ve got mountain bikers covered. But […]

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EB16: Schwalbe goes big with tons of new MTB “Plus” tires, more road, gravel & cyclocross options

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Schwalbe’s tire lineup hasn’t added any new model names this tradeshow season, but it’s still managed to grow immensely by adding more sizes to popular tread patterns. None exemplifies this more than the Smart Sam, which adds everything from Plus-sized mountain bike versions to downsized iterations aimed at the cyclocross and gravel crowd. And there’s a lot more of this throughout the range, plus revamped treads on the Pro One road tubeless tires, reworked commuter/urban tires and much, much more.

Shown above from left to right are the Smart Sam tires in 29×2.1, 28×1.65 (~700×42) and 28×1.4 (~700×35) sizes. They’re also available in multiple widths for 27.5, 26 and 24 inch wheel diameters…

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Schwalbe’s tire lineup hasn’t added any new model names this tradeshow season, but it’s still managed to grow immensely by adding more sizes to popular tread patterns. None exemplifies this more than the Smart Sam, which adds everything from Plus-sized mountain bike versions to downsized iterations aimed at the cyclocross and gravel crowd. And there’s […]

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EB16: Lapierre’s 70th anniversary limited edition Xelius SL & Overvolt AM, and more…

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We saw a lot of new 2017 bikes from Lapierre this year, from a new TT bike that snuck its way out under FDJ all the way back in January, to new cross country, road, and gravel bikes over the summer, and even a high-end carbon eMTB that rethought how to get the weight balance right to take an e-bike on some proper trail riding. Now to celebrate 70 years of  building bikes, the French company is putting out a couple of limited editions at two opposite sides of their spectrum of new bikes. The Xelius SL is the lightweight road bike that the FDJ team takes into the mountains and the Overvolt AM is that new carbon eMTB with 140mm of trail riding travel, both of which get the subdued 70th anniversary treatment. We also had a chance to get another look at the most affordable of Lapierre’s new alloy gravel bikes…

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We saw a lot of new 2017 bikes from Lapierre this year, from a new TT bike that snuck its way out under FDJ all the way back in January, to new cross country, road, and gravel bikes over the summer, and even a high-end carbon eMTB that rethought how to get the weight balance […]

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