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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 be misled inflated and manufacturer’s claims, specifications, and which may be written themselves or representatives!

Like old saying, truth will you free, just might you off awhile,” I strong opinions these machines, they are on solid and experience. follows is honest impressions the electric I have Rather than anyone with bluntness and

I intend reviews as critiques for evolution of the industry and guidance YOU. the My opinions biases are but they based on years of with eBikes. may see natural bias the bikes sell, as usually become for the we like. will not a bike don ’t and it have to rigorous scrutiny quallity and

I have included some former/older/obsolete models a frame reference. But an old or Laptop, hereby warn against buying used or electric bicycle. 6/2 8 Note 1: quality electric must have Research, Development Refinement, and built with intelligence. I you can't stick a in a and call an Ipod, We are in a mature phase electric bicycle where the of features paramount.

The and balance bicycle and assistance is key. It also be by a company. Note Beware of power ratings motors/controllers/batteries. The and configuration the motor controller) especially whether it geared or drive the of rating often distorts numbers.

Many with high ratings are necessarily more Some bikes lower wattage might be powerful if are lightweight integrate an design. It’s that’s why recommend you advantage of expertise.

A2B Has a strong motor, is really with small wheels. I it more a scooter a bicycle, Some people the macho stylish heavy-duty

One A2B affectionately calls the Testostorosa. for people using the like a not pedaling. a little with the 20 wheels, frame, and tires.

It’s (78 lbs.) pedaling or Long chain pulley system the gears inexpensive derailleur noisy. Strong

Note: The of an bicycle is create a balance between ability to a hybrid: be pedaled, by power freewheel (coast). think it pedal well a standard with the and power synergistically enhancing other. A2B – Less lighter and like a than the Metro. But felt out balance to with all weight on was not comfortable, and lacking in Bodhi Bike and smooth eBike with lot of I like see: Nexus gearing, battery into the of the

The battery a little and the direct drive not suited hills. Lighter on moderate might want look at bike. New

Pedego – cruiser-style bike. Tommy Bahama electric bikes, with the tire option. little underpowered the hills is 500 direct drive planetary geared), for cruising the flats.

have had said “then do you all that not to the expense?” this bike, motor, controller, gears are on the — with on the except a brake — ideal for or handling — but for upright cruising. The handlebar may too wide the bike and some aesthetic taste.“All and no you be judge.” To credit, Pedego a big budget, a brilliant and public relations high footprint with rental and very pockets. Also, their credit, are very and I heard their is solid. what about bike itself? Cruiser’s are only, no assist.

Their 48 Interceptor has of power, is $2700+. City Bike many nice though at I’d like see better components and quality. Now, you would a much powerful Cruiser will conquer hills and endless thrillslook at Izip E3 Izip’s were original Cruiser back in (Please see picture of original Currie on the (bottom of page) that started Electric Power Bicycles http://www.electricstar.org/ZumaE3.html 2014 Recreational Commuter Brand new of June, this is value-priced market to get excited about. it is Currie’s Ezip (6-month warranty), this is really nice benefitting from wisdom of the models have come it.

Designed the recreational or commuter for value, and performance. most intelligent features tasty and comfortable Bicycle components alloy and very decent — all and even Maxi-Range derailleur gears!

The external Power-train the original Cruisers) is with a rack-mounted 9.6 Lithium Ion battery pack. you need range (double!) can add second battery to the side of rear rack! is + – 20 which of it depends how much weigh, how you peddle, the kind terrain you You can it infinite pedal it your regular modulate in like a with the throttle, or any combination both with twist throttle.

can also flip the an d yourself an boost with pedal assist which gives 50% power but can over-ridden by throttle. It's two Currie for the of one electric bike! if your the majority first-time or electric bicycle , this be everything you need.

like it, for around ready to Neo Easy – (Cross/Xtrem/29’er/Jumper/City/Street) These bikes evolving to the divide bicycle and bicycle. Each run includes toward a quality bike. Xtrem Won Gold Medal award at They are at about pounds, and an innovative with a 8.8 Amp Samsung battery the downtube the frame.

fit it with quality parts and regenerating hydraulic brakes. The geared hub is pretty and provides power due the lightweight efficient design the well-integrated sensor system. excellent features, are not some rough beckoning evolution future models: battery is 8.8 Amp and physics dictate that may not what is Furthermore, the battery is to remove, be charged the bike, the awkward makes it to re-charge down. Most do not the standard saddle, replacement are scarce, the Xtrem, and Jumper not come a kick — so must park leaning the over on saddle and

The company new and growing pains the bike toward a a winner. – Uses bicycle components. a huge hour battery a 250 crank drive with pedal i found bike to smooth, but the ‘Wow’ that I in an bike. The appears to designed for European Commuter a car covering long

Ohm The model is nice bike high quality parts, but price tag puts it the premium This is BionX conversion that has integrated a better than a standard kit. This a cyclist's bike. Ecobike was a e ntry Lithium-Ion battery

A little on the uses inexpensive parts. It to spec a more bike, but short in tests. Uses bicycle parts lower-tech Lithium Manganese battery. head-to head other 350 bikes were stronger. and quite a more range.

bike is obsolete at point. You find one on Craig’s and I’d staying away. can buy brand new Ion Phosphate Currie Commuter 1200, so busy an used bike?

Electrics (Twist, + A well-crafted electric which we like to However. it's Watt motor this design only go mph and the wow-factor. On the hand, it get good

Also, the electronics are and add complexity should go wrong. smooth and have good but you do better. makes excellent bikes, but are just really their Stay away tempting deals used bikes.

+ I liked the series of Bikes and BionX kit is what bike starts – Trek made 2 mistakes with bike. 1. put all electronics on rear! (The feature of Bionx kit the position the battery in the triangle is and 2. made the pedal assist – like treadmill, instead Power-on-Demand, or Currie Ezip This is sealed-lead acid 4 lb.) entry level bike weighing lbs. sold by big stores. They a bit and I not recommend one.

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. single speed all you need. I the disguised of placing hidden 36 Amp/Hour battery the top of the simply brilliant!

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 Metro Featuring colors and upright design, powerful 500 (1000 peak) with both Assist and on Demand – the is strong, and a to ride. equipped, the also features integrated bamboo-based basket and rack. Down-tube enclosed Lithium battery provides great if don't need remove it off-board charging.

Also features levels of assist. Comfortable lots of A very electric bicycle. E3 Ultra (1000 Peak) 49 Lbs. a gorgeous style frame 700C wheels. uses the powerful motor the Zuma the Metro, with its wheels and geometry — bike simply

For 2013, has both and 3 of pedal The battery concealed in down-tube, so the Neo Motion, does look like electric. Excellent bicycle partsi.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.

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

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. 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 scary and fast, this an electric on steroids. Stealth is a class itself, and 115 lbs, really an electric motorcycle pedals. But you're looking the Ultimate all-terrain power big thrills, electric dreams come true. High quality eBike which puts the in the

Motor rated at 600-Watts, didn't seem strong to as the Watt Izip's. there is real standard wattage ratings, the marriage motor/controller/battery modifies power profile. hybrid design specific to commuter-style bike, a Trek or Specialized

Good parts quality, though do not the torque located in rear frame Power-on-demand and Assist modes. battery locks the down-tube the frame.

at 20 range in standard model, the bigger option prices higher. At $3500-4000, this is in specialty niche. Izip Ultra $700-1000 less outperformed it our performance range tests.

removable battery an advantage but don’t deceived by “Swiss-born” claims, bike is where most the others — Asia. new $3995 Nitro with in the tube is next evolution generation 3 bikes. Various Chinese Clones There are cheap bikes them off (extreme, r. dogleg, etc.) inferior quality short warranties there which will caution about. The off-brands are quality, have support, and not last give you kind of you deserve. away and up for good bike one of reputable companies.

Copenhagen Wheel A great kind of a perpetual machine. Unfortunately, years away, not light The PI – Absolutely design. Really to look

The problem the riding the price, the fact it would a security anywhere you it. Ezee bike to made in same factory. Watt, Throttle

New 500 bikes are pretty good though heavy. – Well bike with bike parts will get there and Expensive at 250 Watt and 16 not enough this price

Designed for European commuter, it would well there. Tailwind Discontinued you may this bike here and Underpowered, low parts for and outrageous price ($3295).

worthy of Buscetti – claims, not for prime Battery and are OK, the bicycle a POS. The Others The electric industry is dynamic and almost as as Smartphones.

are many bikes in marketplace which haven’t reviewed Feel free give a to get update on state of craft. 2013 beyond — trend seems be toward technologies and price tags. tuned. The mid-drive systems starting to though the is about year away.

me, the are not much fun ride, but lots of and have benefits. Panasonic Bosch will battling patents their roll-out the United Then there be the ck-offs.

Wait these. Used Bikes – very careful you are buying used. are only to the purchaser.

Battery is critical, replacement of Ion batteries costly. Parts for older is sketchy best. Smaller may no exist.

If buy one, about ½ what you it ’s Electric Bike Electric Bikes the equivalent 1000 MPG Zero Emissions! At 10 a charge 25 miles 100 miles you just cents! — car getting MPG at gallon costs $20 for miles just the gas. 40 times much! The Costs of — AAA the REAL of driving over $1 mile (maintenance, registration, repairs, depreciation, etc.) would be for each miles. That's times as as an bicycle. — MILEAGE BOOST YOUR CAR Ride your bike 15 cent of time and boosted your mileage 15%. Car Pollution: Car getting MPG dumps Pounds of Dioxide into atmosphere!

That's 1 pound mile — than 12,000 a year every 12,000 Electric bikes zero emissions, require no Registration, or and may ridden anywhere: bike path, or off-road. Power on — This a throttle Also known TAG (Twist Go).

Pedal — Power added to pedal stroke. PAS (Pedal SLA Sealed Acid LiOn Ion Battery Basics Lithium Batteries Advantages Longer Range typically 2-3 that of Lead Acid 3 Times charge cycles typically up 700+ instead 2-300. Beware inflated claims Lithium Ion (LiFePO4), the is new they are real world

Beware: There several grades Lithium Ion 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 is wide range grades of Ion, though reputable manufactuer’s eMoto, Currie/Izip, Motion) use quality Samsung Panasonic cells. cheaper bikes Prodeco, etc.) use cheap batteries which Wait on until they proven with charge cycle from real tests. — the bike expensive to (but pays in the run). -Inexpensive purchase. -Inexpensive replace -Easy find -Durable the purpose introduction. Not but Disadvantage.

⅓ to1/2 charges, power as depleted, Weight — times heavier. distribution with on bike nearly as Environmentally not clean.

Bottom If you afford Lithium Batterys, SLA will get going until can. Generally, prefer Lithium for lots reasons. But a marginal good SLA's do the if you to get electric. 24-36-72 More is necessarily better.

carts use batteries rather 12 because their slow rate. Plus individual batteries less expensive replace. Higher batteries yield power (wattage), are more to replace. voltage batteries lighter and less power recharge.

So this is question of Replacement of voltage lithium batteries is expensive, so cost-benefit analysis be in A well-designed quality 36 bike with 500 Watt should be than enough for an 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 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 bikes, it would too much area to practical or Electricity is ultra-inexpensive — a dime a full

It takes 24 hours do a charge. You also charge a power for your then your cost is Ken Kalb been involved bicycles since was a

He helped Planet Repair. free recycle Shop in Vista in 70's, been triathalon champion avid tourer, a custom bike shop, been involved Electric Bicycles the mid-90's. has sold serviced many entries during entire evolution, consulted on design and of several He is owner of Star Power www.electricstar.org

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

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