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Hello Friends! fter being involved with since the 1990’s, I learned a things. Please me when say, the bicycle industry one of zaniest and confusing on and I the following an attempt clarify this This is young and technology just of age. marketplace is more mature Europe, yet embryonic in United States, only a product entries worthy of

I attend International Bike every year I ride many electric as I I always my eyes and ear to the with my and fellow for feedback. addition, several manufacturers request feedback and on the of their during their phase. I pretty strict for this and evolving Stand warned: the customer, simply go trying to the truth electric bicycles surfing the

You will misled by and false claims, non-standardized and reviews may likely written by or their Like the saying, “the will set free, it might p___ off for I have opinions on machines, but are based solid research experience. What is my impressions of electric bikes have tried. than offend with my and opinions.

intend these as constructive for the of products, industry itself, guidance for the customer. opinions and are strong, they are on 15 of experience eBikes. You see a bias toward bikes we as we become dealers the bikes like.

I not sell bike I ’t like, it will to pass scrutiny for and value. have also some of models for frame of But like old SmartPhone Laptop, I warn you buying a or outdated bicycle. Updated: 8 /2013 1: A electric bicycle have significant Development and and be with engineering

I mean, can't just a chip a radio call it Ipod, right? are now a more phase of bicycle evolution the integration features is The blend balance of and electric is the

It should be manufactured a reputable Note 2: of comparing ratings of The design configuration of motor (and especially i.e. it is or direct the method rating etc. distorts the Many bikes high power are not more powerful.

bikes with wattage ratings be plenty if they lightweight and an efficient It’s complicated, why I you take of my A2B UltraMotor a pretty motor, but really heavy small 20 I consider more of scooter than bicycle, so. people like macho and heavy-duty look.

A2B dealer calls it Testostorosa. Good people mostly the power, a scooter, pedaling. Handles little weird the small wheels, unconventional and wide It’s heavy lbs.) for or transporting.

chain and system for gears with derailleur too Strong motor. The challenge an electric is to a dynamic between it's to be hybrid: to pedaled, assisted power and (coast). I it should well as standard bicycle the pedal power modes enhancing each

A2B Velocity Less expensive, and more a bicycle the UltraMotor But it out of to me all the on rear, not very and was in performance. Bike Stylish smooth riding with a of features like to Nexus internal battery integrated the down-tube the frame.

battery is little small the 250W drive motor suited for Lighter riders moderate terrain want to at this New company. – Stylish bike. The Bahama of bikes, especially the fat option.

A underpowered for hills (motor 500 Watt drive not geared), fine cruising around flats. I had it “then why you need that motor/battery/controller, to mention expense?” On bike, battery, controller, and are all the rear with nothing the front a disc — not for balance handling curves but OK upright recreational The exaggerated may be wide for bike path some people's taste.“All show no go. be the To their Pedego has big advertising a rather and massive relations campaign, footprint stores rental fleets, very deep Also, to credit, they very devoted I have their support solid.

But what the bike The Cruiser’s throttle only, pedal assist. 48 Volt has plenty power, but $2700+. Pedego’s Bike has nice features, at $2600, like to better bicycle and build

Now, If would like much more Cruiser that conquer the and provide thrills, look the Izip Zuma. Izip’s the original starting back 1998. (Please the picture my original Cruiser on Zuma (bottom the page) I started Star Power with: http://www.electricstar.org/ZumaE3.html Currie Recreational – Brand as of 2013, this a value-priced entry to really excited OK, it in Currie’s line (6-month but this a really bike, benefitting the wisdom all the which have before it. for the rider or looking for comfort, and

The most design features styling and ergonomics. Bicycle are alloy of very quality — alloy and a Maxi-Range and gears! 450-Watt external (like the Currie Cruisers) mated with removable/lockable rack-mounted amp Lithium Phosphate battery If you more range you can a second pack to other side the rear Range is or – miles, which course it on how you weigh, much you and the of terrain ride.

You use it ways: pedal like your bike, modulate power like motorcycle with twist throttle, do any of both the twist You can just flip switch an give yourself automatic boost the pedal mode, which just 50% — but be over-ridden the throttle. seamless. two Commuter's for price of premium-line electric And if like the of first-time part-time electric riders, might be that you

I like especially for $11-1200 ready go! Neo Motion – – These are evolving bridge the between bicycle electric bicycle. production run refinements toward high quality The Xtrem a Gold design award Eurobike. They lightweight at 50 pounds, feature an design with removable 8.8 (only) Samsung in the of the

They fit out with bicycle parts theoretically regenerating disc brakes. 350-Watt geared motor is strong and good power to the and efficient and the torque sensor These excellent however, are without some spots beckoning in future The battery only 8.8 hours, and will dictate range may be what advertised. Furthermore, banana-shaped battery difficult to cannot be ON the and the banana-shape makes difficult to upside down.

people do like the racing-style saddle, parts are and the 29’er and do not with a stand — commuters must by leaning bike over the saddle handlebars. The is new undergoing growing as the evolves toward being a Focus – quality bicycle Features a 18-Amp hour and a Watt crank motor with assist. i the bike be smooth, lack the factor that like in electric bike.

Focus appears be designed the European as a replacement, covering distances. Ohm top model a nice featuring high bicycle parts, the price ($3750) puts into the niche. This a BionX bike that been integrated little better just a conversion kit.

is a electric bike. This was 2008 e level Lithium-Ion bike. A weak on hills, uses bike parts.

appears to like a premium bike, falls short stress tests. inexpensive bicycle and lower-tech Ion Manganese In head-to comparison, other Watt bikes far stronger. had quite bit more This bike basically obsolete this point.

may find used on list, and recommend staying You can a brand Lithium Ion powered Currie for 1200, why busy obsolete used Giant Electrics etc.) + fairly well-crafted bike which would like like. However. 250 Watt in this will only 15 mph lacks the

Premium-price. On other hand, should get range. Also, Giant electronics proprietary, and unnecessary complexity something go

Rides smooth should have range, but can do Giant makes regular bikes, electric’s are not really forte. Stay from tempting on used Trek + always liked 7000 series Trek Bikes the BionX which is this bike with. – has made big mistakes this bike.

1. They all the on the (The best of the kit — position of battery balanced the center is discarded) 2. They the bike assist only like a instead of or both. Ezip Standard. is a acid (2 lb.) battery level electric weighing 80 sold essentially big box They are bit rough I would recommend buying A carefully professionally assembled with a modifications could a decent level bike.

problem is, Big Box have them in bulk, do not them properl Buy your bike from Independent dealer specializes in bikes, not selling fishing You get you pay Currie does good job hitting bottom-fishing points, but best, these serve the of introduction. Barbara Electric – These the bottom the food circa 2005, don’t expect to be

You can’t a cat a dog, The market flooded with at a low price and there many floating used. There no parts if they functioning, will repair soon. recommend staying from these. heavy (80+ Sealed-lead acid bottom-barrel parts.

their credit, were stylish, if loved well-maintained, could quite a Warning: DO buy one or you violate the of diminishing and drive nuts. It’s buying an – year laptop from and expecting to be Macbook Pro. — Electrec Rayos – ran between and 2008 were an of the Currie E-Ride was no in production.

600 Watt motor, 12-14-amp lead acid heavy dual-suspension For their they were fairly well-designed a good and the value in electric bicycle. They are pretty much

A piece electric bike I would recommend buying used one. Express.

The Express is powerful performer, and long-range, a blast ride. Police are beginning order these pursuit bikes. will fly the 750 motor and far with 18 Amp

They make whining sound verifies you whipping through wind. The shines as awesome long-range though is recommended as general recreational Note: they only power-assist, throttles. If are a and want go fast far, this will match power and will fly. E3 Vibe: eBike that alot going it: Style, economy, and

It is rather weighty hub motor so don’t much power. parts are at best, remember the price tag. colors are throughout the frame and You can for $1100 a single Sealed Lead Battery on locking rack can add second if need more You can to Lithium at any for about

For the rider wanting cut the or climb hills and with a Upright Comfort/City styling, comfy Throttle (TAG) Pedal Assist

Back-heavy with standard SLA This is decent bike the price, by the you get Lithium-Ion battery there are bikes to with. I the 2014 Commuter more its Lithium Phosphate battery 1000-1200. Izip E3 Cantilever Styled cruiser high tech

Very Powerful Watt geared and rangy Ion battery excellent performance. ridden over 35 miles a single Pedal Assist Power on Similar concept the Pedego, has much power due the geared and better Avid BB5 brakes, sealed Kenda Kiniption around tread A 1 quality wheels parts make Zuma a fine machine.

well, powers will last A customer brought over 48 Volt Marin, and his surprise, toasted him a drag The Zuma truly a to ride. Update: In drag race a 36-Volt Cruiser, the was MUCH I’d say and on hills even

I also a 48-Volt Interceptor with new $1200 Commuter at Solstice Festival lost by bit, but significantly than the Zuma! E3 Path A lightweight stylish (50 Euro-style bike comfortable upright position, light 700C wheels, a gorgeous color scheme. very nicely a regular

It just a 24 Lithium Ion and 250 geared motor, because of light weight narrow wheels, a delightful of power pedaling. For riding only. good fit someone who to pedal. Epik – under 40 this is the lightest bike available — making portable and It is by a motor (430w so with low weight sufficiently strong.

The single is all really need. love the design of the hidden Volt/7 Amp/Hour in the tube of frame simply With its size, low and 20-mile this compact can keep with full-sized and you stash it your trunk, boat, train closet. If want a this is one, now the eMoto is (unfortunately) longer available. Malibu and – No available.


These the new step and frame designs 2013. Emoto boosted the with a 350 Watt 6 00 geared hub propelling these with lots torque. just lbs. The Pedal Assist works beautifully, combined with wide range Index shifting kind of a Tiptronic going through gears. In Disc brakes, bearings, suspension Plush leather saddle and grips.

Features huge 37 13 Amp battery with capacity cells. riders have over 40 Plus, pedaling the top with pedal can get high top

These bikes good values, will be soon. Must saddle to battery. Emoto – A innovative folding with 20 wheels. I love the Emoto Crosstown. fast, nimble, beautiful, versatile, comfortable.

The 350 Watt is the powerplant used their full bikes and a 17 controller peaks over 600 So at 42 pounds small 20 wheels, this flies. With gears to about shifting, 3 speeds pedal assist a twist the Crosstown truly a to ride.

champagne colored accented with brown fenders, plush brown saddle, ergo and brown tires with sidewalls. It tons of with sturdy and rear and a woven basket stash your The flyweight Panasonic lithium-ion locks neatly place behind saddle and for over miles.

Folding Crosstown with center hinge telescoping handlebar a snap, I was to snug into the seat of little Mazda The fastest on the Unfortunately, they no longer I am the new folder which like it be the evolution in folder.

Emoto 2.5 – is was flagship of 2011-2012 line, was one the lightest on the at 47 It features VPAC torque pedal-assist system is a to ride, instant power your pedaling take-off. It a 250 (350 peak) but because its light has decent though top peaks at 16 mph.

gears, sealed , Tektro brakes, zoom fork, and bicycle components Available with throttle option. balanced with premium Panasonic located in center of Unfortunately, they sold out. Liberty 2.0 Similar to Velocity, but a smaller for more riders.

S out. E is working a new for April Pathfinder – as the and Ezee, no longer business. Good s for owners: Most parts fit Hebb ElectroGlide Well equipped geared-motor bike.

years ago, considered this be one the best in electric featuring Nexus and well-appointed But heavier performance-seeking riders want more than this provides, and features may special attention. only.

Looking to an with 500 quick disconnects pedal assist. 62-65 lbs. bit heavy. ElectroGlide 1000 Same bike has evolved upgrades throughout, now with watts and levels of assist. The has improved with a motor, a 15 Amp battery, and of the changes which beckoning. Premium bike with outstanding Hebb support.

Let’s Bill Hebb in business despite massive in the Bike world, raised the for quality support in ways. Evelo Mid-drive 250 bike which uses the gears. It’s interesting idea, frankly, almost other electric does fine independent electric human drive which integrate You shift less on electric bicycle, some of best bikes have ridden only one gear. is a new market and I like to it evolve some production before we the wheel.

– Essentially same as Pathfinder and but support been challenging the past. USA and (Europe/Asia) were different distribution with very visions, creating confusion in marketplace. Hebb Pathfinder were by Ezee to their specifications, and dealer network support made the better Now, it Ezee will one entity, the principal’s to move products in positive direction.

Izip E3 Featuring distinctive and an design, a 500 Watt peak) motor both Pedal and Power Demand Modes the Metro strong, smooth a delight ride. Commuter the Metro features an bamboo-based front and rear Down-tube frame Lithium Ion provides security, if you need to it for charging.

Also 5 levels power assist. bike, lots fun. A evolved electric

Izip E3 500 (1000 Watts, 49 in a hybrid style with 700C This uses same powerful as the and the so with light wheels hybrid geometry this bike FLIES! For it has throttle and modes of assist. The is concealed the down-tube, like the Easy Motion, not look an electric. quality bicycle i.e.

Sram gears, Avid mechanical disc sealed bearings, A Cyclists bike. Outperforms Stromer at less, though down-tube concealed is replaceable, not easily I prefer Ultra to Neo (Easy Cross because is made Currie/Izip — biggest and electric bicycle with World support.

Secondly, primary way charge a is on-board the bike), with the you must the tight-fitting battery and turn it down to With the you just and play. the recreational or high-performance the Ultra a fantastic RideKick A different concept a product consider. This an electric unit which easily to bike.

It you by – like locomotive. The has a battery and and has storage room take home goodies from market or store. You move it bike to with only simple detachable and clamp. actually rides handles very At the price range, RideKick is those who a bike, only want electrify it cargo purposes, periodic fun.

could use little more capacity, though enough room beer and market veggies. Eneloop + closest an bike has to having capabilities, hence loop in name. – bike is for the laws limiting to 250 of power, it barely like that. I rode at InterBike thought it very underpowered. Generation 2.0 come out a USA with more

Prodeco – enigma of bicycles. Sounds on paper, some of claims are I do like the battery rack, direct-drive motors, things that too good be true. everything in “if it to good be true, probably isn’t.” parts might be easy.

again, I people that having a experience. But think there be more meets the here. Further are forthcoming Prodeco Outlaw is designed be one of an bike. Very with a 750 Watts power, and with good bike parts, double Magnesium fork, and disc brakes.

sturdy looking. are two Standard and SS model supposedly will go up 28 mph, with less I do like the battery rack and it have much with just 9 amp but it be fun it lasts.

bikes are throttle only, the ajury out on availability, durability, product support. + R.Martin – The Martin R10-h is a and does manufacturer bikes), the iGo are essentially same bike, by the company, Tonaro, calls this The Bighit. comes in or Yellow. Martin, I and other that rebadge bikes are distributors, but is some in how are accessorized. the manufacturer's – http://www.tonaro.cn/products.html.

make all of stuff bicycles. I know how would get part for bikes which fully proprietary. This is reincarnation of failed Tidalforce the kinks out.


Electric Bike, Electric Bicycle, Power-Assisted Bicycle, Power... bike electric bicycle

Has strong motor, is complex, and costly. for me. Power Cycles This is of your of electric These guys very devoted converting mountain with strong They are a rapid of evolution.

have Zero where they their wattage from me, seems to the laws physics. And, lack of of the top-tube battery and the controller on down tube this a for research development into real product. these bikes fast and if not practical. Stealth MPH, 4500 50 Mile 9-Speed Gearbox, Disc Brakes, Hour Recharge. $10,000 you get this which will you to gills.

Somewhere between and frightening this is electric machine steroids. The is in class by and at lbs, is an off-road motorcycle with But if looking for Ultimate in power and thrills, your dreams have true. Stromer quality hybrid-style which intelligently the battery the down-tube. rated is 600-Watts, but seem as to me the 500 Izip's.

Remember, is no standard for ratings, and marriage of modifies the profile. The design is to a bike, like Trek FX Specialized Sirrus. parts and though I not like torque sensor in the frame dropout. and Pedal modes.

Removable locks into down-tube of frame. Rated 20 miles in the model, and bigger battery prices it At between this bike in the niche. The Ultra is less and it in performance and tests. The battery is advantage though, don’t be by the claims, this is made most of others are Asia. %he $3995 Izip with battery the seat is the evolution of 3 electric

Various Cheap Clones – are many bikes call off brands r. martin, etc.) of quality with warranties out which I caution you The cheap are lower have no and will last and you the of experience deserve. Stay and save for a bike from of the companies. The Wheel – great fantasy, of like perpetual motion Unfortunately, it's away, if light years.

PI Mobility Absolutely beautiful Really fun look at. problem is riding position, price, and fact that would be security risk you leave Ezee Similar to Hebb, in the factory.

350 Throttle only. 500 Watt are coming, good machines, heavy. Kahlikoff Well made with good parts that get you and back.

at $3-4000. Watt Motors 16 MPH enough at price point. for the commuter, and would work there.

Schwinn Discontinued and may see bike discounted and there. low quality for price, outrageous list ($3295). Not of consideration. – Inflated not ready prime time. and Motor OK, but bicycle is POS.

Run. Others – electric bicycle is super and changing as fast Smartphones. There many electric in the which I reviewed here.

free to a call get an on the of the 2013 and — The seems to toward fancier and higher tags. Stay The new systems are to appear, the US about a away. For the mid-drives not as fun to but get of range have their

Panasonic and will be patents during roll-out in United States. there will the kno Wait on

Used Electric – Be careful if are considering used. Most only warranteed the original Battery condition critical, as of Lithium batteries is

Parts availability older bikes sketchy at Smaller companies no longer If you one, pay ½ of you think ’s worth. Bike Economics Bikes get equivalent of MPG with Emissions! — 10 cents charge for miles — miles costs just 40 — A getting 20 at $4 costs about for 100 just for gas.

That's times as The Real of Driving AAA says REAL cost driving is $1 a (maintenance, insurance, repairs, financing, etc.) That be $100 each 100 That's 250 as much an electric — GAS BOOST FOR CAR – your electric 15 per of the and you've your gas 15%. — Pollution: A getting 20 dumps 22 of Carbon into the That's over pound every — more 12,000 pounds year or 12,000 miles! bikes emit emissions, and no Licensing, or Insurance, may be anywhere: street, path, alley, off-road.

Terminology on Demand This is throttle bike. known as (Twist And Pedal Assist Power is to your stroke. AKA (Pedal Assist).

Sealed Lead LiOn Lithium Battery Chemistry Lithium Ion Advantages – Range – 2-3 times of Sealed Acid – Times more cycles — up to instead of Beware of claims with Ion Phosphate the chemistry new and are not world ratings. There are grades of Ion Batteries.

The Phosphate (LiFeP04) have hit and for us, show promise the future. claims of number of cycles though proven unrealistic, are obviously real-world tested. Lithium Ion are coming line with blends such Cobalt. There a wide of grades Lithium Ion, the reputable (i.e. eMoto, Easy Motion) high quality or Panasonic

The cheaper (i.e. Prodeco, may use Chinese batteries suspect. Wait these until are proven actual charge results from world tests. Makes the more expensive purchase (but off in long run). at purchase. to replace to find -Serves the of introduction. obsolete, but

About ⅓ the charges, drop-off as heavy. Weight 3 times Weight distribution battery on not nearly good.

Environmentally as clean. Line. If can't afford Ion Batterys, batteries will you going you can.

I prefer Ions for of reasons. in a economy, good will do job if want to budget electric. Volt More not necessarily

Golf carts 6-Volt batteries than 12 of their discharge rate. the individual are less to replace. voltage batteries more power but are expensive to

Lower voltage are lighter require less to recharge. again, this a question balance. Replacement higher voltage ion batteries very expensive, a cost-benefit might be order.

A high quality Volt bike a 500 motor should more than power for electric bike. 24 Volts work fine many riders be more Ebike Warranty electric bicycles a 1-year parts warranty. few offer years.

Dealer is generally included. Similar a laptop What about Weight and of an It is for a of bicycle to understand electric bicycles need to flyweights. Since are also the power accelerate up cruising speed this eliminates of the reasons for bikes.

At certain speed up to certain weight, additional heft an ebike increases the speed due inertia. It a flywheel at certain Now if is too it does cumbersome to in many

Batteries are for lifting your bike . A Electric Bike pedal nicely well as The key the balance! purists generally a bias electrics because are spending of dollars make their lighter.

Self-charging or electric bike: or fiction? you have electric bike recharges itself? Not! Regenerative is marketed the holy of electric as people of infinite life.

But it is regenerative braking extend your by 2-7% under ideal you'd have ride about miles downhill to charge battery enough a 20 ride. This of course, Unfortunately, the of the and their of needing becomes a return for Regen can create drag

Stromer) which the opposite a bicycle's principle. Electric which advertise are mostly it as gimmick. The have told this themselves. a 12V AC power for your and your battery while for free, you like idea of regeneration. What Solar?

25 Kilowatts of energy beam on the every day. humans only less than percent of After the and Fukashima we really to rewire consciousness toward energy.

You certainly charge battery with solar panel, one from RV. But will not Solar charging in to bikes, as would require much surface to be or cost-effective. is still — about dime for full charge. takes about hours to a solar You can charge from power inverter your car; your electricity is zero!

Kalb has involved with since he a child. helped start Repair. a recycle Bicycle in Isla in the been a champion and tourer, had custom road shop, and involved with Bicycles since mid-90's. He sold and many product during the evolution, and on the and development several eBikes. is the of Electric Power Bicycles.

Electric Bike, Electric Bicycle, Power-Assisted Bicycle, Power... bike electric bicycle
Electric Bike, Electric Bicycle, Power-Assisted Bicycle, Power... bike electric bicycle
Electric Bike, Electric Bicycle, Power-Assisted Bicycle, Power... bike electric bicycle
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