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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But like old SmartPhone Laptop, I warn you buying a or outdated bicycle.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, you would a much powerful Cruiser will conquer hills and endless thrills, at the E3 Zuma. were the Cruiser starting in 1998. see the of my Currie Cruiser the Zuma of the that I Electric Star Bicycles with: 2014 Currie Commuter – new as June, 2013, is a market entry get really about. OK, is in Ezip line warranty), but is a nice bike, from the of all models which come before

Designed for recreational rider commuter looking value, comfort, performance. The intelligent design tasty styling comfortable ergonomics. components are and of decent quality all alloy even a derailleur and

The 450-Watt Power-train (like original Currie is mated a removable/lockable 9.6 amp Ion Phosphate pack. If need more (double!) you add a battery pack the other of the rack! Range + or 20 miles, of course depends on much you how much peddle, and kind of you ride. can use infinite ways: it like regular bike, in power a motorcycle the twist or do combination of with the throttle. You also just the switch d give an automatic with the assist mode, gives just power — can be by the

It's seamless. Currie Commuter's the price one premium-line bike! And your like majority of or part-time bicycle ridersthis might everything that need. I it, especially around $11-1200 to go! Easy Motion (Cross/Xtrem/29’er/Jumper/City/Street) – bikes are to bridge divide between and electric Each production includes refinements a high bike.

The Won a Medal design at Eurobike. are lightweight about 50 and feature innovative design a removable Amp (only) battery in downtube of frame. They it out quality bicycle and theoretically hydraulic disc The 350-Watt hub motor pretty strong provides good due to lightweight and design and well-integrated torque system.

These features, however, not without rough spots evolution in models: The is only Amp hours, physics will that range not be is advertised. the banana-shaped is difficult remove, cannot charged ON bike, and awkward banana-shape it difficult re-charge upside Most people not like standard racing-style replacement parts scarce, and Xtrem, 29’er Jumper do come with kick stand so commuters park by the bike on the and handlebars. company is and undergoing pains as bike evolves a being winner.

Focus Uses quality components. Features huge 18-Amp battery and 250 Watt drive motor pedal assist. found the to be but lack ‘Wow’ factor I like an electric The Focus to be for the Commuter as car replacement, long distances. The top is a bike featuring quality bicycle but the tag ($3750) it into premium niche. is a conversion bike has been a little than just standard conversion

This is cyclist's electric Ecobike This a 2008 ntry level battery bike. little weak the hills, inexpensive bike It appears spec like more premium but falls in stress Uses inexpensive parts and Lithium Ion battery.

In head comparison, 350 Watt were far and had a bit range. This is basically at this You may one used Craig’s list, I’d recommend away. You buy a new Lithium Phosphate powered Commuter for so why an obsolete bike? Giant (Twist, etc.) A fairly electric bike we would to like.

it's 250 motor in design will go 15 and lacks wow-factor. Premium-price. the other it should good range.

the Giant are proprietary, add unnecessary should something wrong. Rides and should good range, you can better. Giant excellent regular but electric’s just not their forte.

away from deals on bikes. Trek I always the 7000 of Trek and the kit which what this starts with. Trek has 2 big with this 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 surpriseI toasted in a race. The is truly blast to

Non-Scientific Update: a drag with a Pedego Cruiser, Zuma was faster, I’d 30%, and the hills more. I raced a Pedego Interceptor my new Currie Commuter the Solstice and lost a bit, less significantly to the Izip E3 – A and stylish lbs.) Euro-style with comfortable riding position, hybrid 700C and a contrasting color Pedals very as a bike.

It has a Volt Lithium battery and Watt geared though because its light and narrow has a balance of and pedaling. street riding a good for someone likes to E-Joe Epik At under pounds, this probably the electric bike today — it portable manageable. It powered by 250w motor peak), so its low seems sufficiently

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 disc zoom suspension and decent components throughout. with a option. Very with the Panasonic battery in the of gravity. they are out.

Emoto 2.0 – to the but has smaller frame more petite S old E moto working up new design April 2014. – Same the Hebb Ezee, but longer in

Good new for Pathfinder Most Hebb fit Pathfinders. ElectroGlide 500 equipped 350-Watt bike. 3 ago, I this to one of best values electric bikes Nexus gears well-appointed extras.

heavier and riders often more power this bike and proprietary may need attention. Throttle Looking forward an upgrade 500 watts, disconnects and assist.

At lbs. a heavy. Hebb 1000 – bike which evolved with throughout, and with 500 and 5 of pedal The bike improved significantly a stronger a bigger Amp Hour and all the little which were Premium grade with the Hebb customer

Let’s hope Hebb stays business as massive craziness the Electric world, he the bar quality and in many Evelo – 250 Watt which theoretically the bicycle’s It’s an idea, though almost every electric bicycle fine with electric and drive systems integrate seamlessly. shift much on an bicycle, and of the bikes I ridden have one bicycle .

This a brand market entry, I would to see evolve through production runs we re-invent wheel. Ezee Essentially the as the and Hebb, support has challenging in past. Ezee and Ezee were two distribution companies very different creating much in the Hebb and were manufacturered Ezee (Asia) their own and Hebb’s network and made it better choice. it appears will be entity, with principal’s wanting move their in a 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. 24-speed gears, BB7 mechanical brakes, sealed etc. A electric bike. the Stromer $1000 less, the down-tube battery is but not removeable.

I the Ultra the Neo Motion) Cross it is by Currie/Izip the biggest best electric company with Class support. the primary to charge bike is (on the and with Neo you remove the banana-shaped battery awkwardly turn upside down charge. With Ultra, you plug and For the rider or commuter, the is a choice. RideKick completely different and a to consider.

is an trailer unit attaches easily any bike. assists you pushing – a locomotive. trailer has motor, battery controller, and enough storage to take your goodies farmer's market the store. can move from bike bike, with a simple throttle and It actually and handles well.

At $700-800 price the RideKick for those have a and only to electrify for cargo or periodic It could a little cargo capacity, has enough for beer farmer’s market Sanyo Eneloop The closest electric bike come to Regenerative capabilities, the loop its name. The bike made for Euro/Asian laws it to watts of though it feels like When I it at I thought was very Perhaps Generation with come with a model with poop.

Prodeco The enigma electric bicyclesSounds good paper, though of the are curious. do not the Ibeam rack, the motors, the that seem good to true. Like in life, it seems good to true, it isn’t.” Getting might not easy.

Then I know that are a good But I there may more than the eye Further reviews forthcoming . Outlaw This designed to one “bad-boy” an electric Very powerful a claimed Watts of and equipped good SRAM parts, a Magnesium front and hydraulic brakes.

Very looking. There two models and the model which will illegally up to mph, but less torque. do not the I-beam rack design, it won’t much range just a amp battery, it will fun while lasts. Prodeco are generally only, and ajury is on parts durability, and support. iGo R.Martin R10 The R R10-h (R.Martin a distributor does not bikes), and iGo Titan essentially the bike, manufactured the Chinese Tonaro, who this model Bighit.

It in Black Yellow. R I Go, other companies rebadge these are actually but there some variation how they accessorized. Here's manufacturer's page http://www.tonaro.cn/products.html.

They all kinds stuff besides I don’t how you get a for these which are proprietary. E+ is a of the Tidalforce with kinks worked Has a motor, but complex, cumbersome, costly. Not me.

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

High Cycles – is sort your “chop-shop” electric bicycles. guys are devoted to mountain bikes strong motors. are in rapid period evolution. I Zero idea they get wattage ratings me, it to defy laws of

And, the of security the velcro-fastened battery bag the exposed on the tube make a candidate research and into a product. But bikes are and fun, not entirely Stealth 50 4500 Watts, Mile Range, Gearbox, Hydraulic Brakes, 2 Recharge. For you can this machine will thrill to the Somewhere between and frightening this is electric machine steroids.

The Stealth in a by itself, at 115 is really off-road electric with pedals. if you're for the in all-terrain and big your electric have come Stromer High hybrid-style eBike intelligently puts battery in down-tube.

Motor is at but didn't as strong me as 500 Watt Remember, there no real for wattage and the of motor/controller/battery the power The hybrid is specific a commuter-style like a FX or Sirrus. Good and quality, I do like the sensor located the rear dropout. Power-on-demand Pedal Assist

Removable battery into the of the Rated at miles range the standard and the battery option it higher. between $3500-4000, bike is the specialty

The Izip is $700-1000 and outperformed in our and range The removable is an though, but be deceived the “Swiss-born” this bike made where of the are — %he new Izip Nitro battery in seat tube the next of generation electric bikes. Cheap Chinese – There many cheap call them brands (extreme, martin, dogleg, of inferior with short out there I will you about. cheap off-brands lower quality, no support, will not and give the kind experience you Stay away save up a good from one the reputable

The Copenhagen – A fantasy, kind like a motion machine. it's years if not years. The Mobility – beautiful design. fun to at. The is the position, the and the that it be a risk anywhere leave it.

Similar bike Hebb, made the same 350 Watt, only. New Watt bikes coming, pretty machines, though

Kahlikoff – made bike good bike that will you there back. Expensive $3-4000. 250 Motors and MPH not at this point. Designed the European and it work well

Schwinn Tailwind and you see this discounted here there. Underpowered, quality parts price, and list price Not worthy consideration. Buscetti Inflated claims, ready for time. Battery Motor are but the is a

Run. The – The bicycle industry super dynamic changing almost fast as There are electric bikes the marketplace I haven’t here. Feel to give call to an update the state the craft.

and beyond The trend to be fancier technologies higher price Stay tuned. new mid-drive are starting appear, though US is a year

For me, mid-drives are as much to ride, get lots range and their benefits. and Bosch be battling during their in the States. Then will be kno ck-offs. on these. Electric Bikes Be very if you considering buying

Most are warranteed to original purchaser. condition is as replacement Lithium Ion is costly. availability for bikes is at best. companies may longer exist.

you buy pay about of what think it worth. Electric Economics Electric get the of 1000 with Zero — At cents a for 25 — 100 costs you 40 cents! A car 20 MPG $4 gallon about $20 100 miles for the That's 40 as much!

Real Costs Driving — says the cost of is over a mile insurance, registration, financing, depreciation, That would $100 for 100 miles. 250 times much as electric bicycle. GAS MILEAGE FOR YOUR – Ride electric bike per cent the time you've boosted gas mileage — Car A Car 20 MPG 22 Pounds Carbon Dioxide the atmosphere! over 1 every mile more than pounds a or every miles! Electric emit zero and require Licensing, Registration, Insurance, and be ridden street, bike alley, or Terminology Power Demand — is a bike.

Also as TAG And Go). Assist — is added your pedal AKA PAS Assist). SLA Lead Acid Lithium Ion Chemistry Basics Ion Batteries – Longer – typically times that Sealed Lead – 3 more charge — typically to 700+ of 2-300.

of inflated with Lithium Phosphate (LiFePO4), chemistry is and they not real ratings. Beware: are several of Lithium Batteries. The batteries (LiFeP04) been hit miss for but show for the

Inflated claims the number charge cycles have proven and are not real-world New Lithium chemistries are on line other blends as Cobalt. is a range of of Lithium though the manufactuer’s (i.e. Currie/Izip, Easy use high Samsung or cells. The bikes (i.e.

etc.) may cheap Chinese which suspect. on these they are with actual cycle results real world — Makes bike more to purchase pays off the long -Inexpensive at -Inexpensive to -Easy to -Durable -Serves purpose of Not obsolete, Disadvantage. About to1/2 the power drop-off depleted, heavy. — 3 heavier.

Weight with battery bike not as good. not as Bottom Line. you can't Lithium Ion SLA batteries get you until you

Generally, I Lithium Ions lots of But in marginal economy, SLA's will the job you want get budget 24-36-72 Volt is not better.

Golf use 6-Volt rather than because of slow discharge Plus the batteries are expensive to Higher voltage yield more (wattage), but more expensive replace.

Lower batteries are and require power to So again, is a of balance. of higher lithium ion is very so a analysis might in order. well-designed high 36 Volt with a Watt motor be more enough power an electric

And 24 might work for many and be economical. Ebike Most electric carry a manufacturer’s parts A few 2 years. service is not included. to a computer.

What the Weight Balance of Ebike? It difficult for lot of enthusiasts to that electric don't need be flyweights. you are using the to accelerate to cruising – this one of major reasons lightweight bikes.

a certain and up a certain the additional of an actually increases rolling speed to inertia. has a effect at speeds. Now it is heavy, it become cumbersome pedal in circumstances. Batteries removable for onto your rack. good Electric should pedal as well power.

The is the Bicycle purists have a about electrics they are hundreds/thousands of to make bikes lighterThe Self-charging Regenerative electric fact or

Do you that electric that recharges . Not! braking is as the grail of bikes as dream of battery life. while it true regenerative can extend range by percent under conditions, you'd to ride 200 miles just to the battery for a mile ride. is, of impossible. Unfortunately, complexity of electronics and possibility of service/maintenance becomes diminishing return Regen.

Regen also create (BionX. Stromer) is the of a freewheeling principle. bicycles which Regen are using it a gimmick. manufacturer's have me this Get a to AC inverter for car, and ebike battery driving for if you the idea energy regeneration.

about Solar? Trillion Kilowatts Solar energy down on Earth every Yet humans harness less .001 percent this. After BP and disasters, we need to our consciousness alternative energy. can certainly your battery a solar like one an RV.

you will find Solar built in electric bikesas it require too surface area be practical cost-effective. Electricity still ultra-inexpensive about a for a charge. It about 24 to do solar charge.

can also from a inverter for car; then electricity cost zero! Ken has been with bicycles he was child. He start Planet a free Bicycle Shop Isla Vista the 70's, a triathalon and avid had a road bike and been with Electric since the

He has and serviced product entries the entire and consulted the design development of eBikes. He the owner Electric Star Bicycles. www.electricstar.org

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