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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 have also some of models for frame of But like old SmartPhone Laptop, I warn you buying a or outdated bicycle. 6/2 8 Note 1: quality electric must have Research, Development Refinement, and built with intelligence.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?

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. single speed all you need.

I love disguised design placing the 36 Volt/7 battery in top tube the frame brilliant! With small size, weight, and range, this ebike can up with ebikes, and can stash in your plane, boat, or closet. you want folder, this the one, that the Crosstown is no longer Emoto Malibu Daytona – longer available.

are the low step standard frame for 2013. has boosted power with strong 350 ( 6 peak) geared motor propelling machines with of torque. 51 lbs. 3-speed Pedal system works and combined the wide 8-speed Index works kind like a transmission going the gears. expensive Disc sealed bearings, fork.

Plush looking saddle handlebar grips. a huge Volt 13 Samsung battery high capacity Test riders gotten over miles! Plus, in the gear with assist can very high speeds.

These are good though will redesigned soon. remove saddle remove battery. Crosstown – highly innovative electric with inch wheels. just love new Emoto

It’s fast, light, beautiful, and comfortable. powerful 350 motor is same powerplant in their size bikes with a amp controller at over Watts. So just 42 and small inch wheels, beauty flies. no gears worry about and 3 of pedal and a throttle, the is truly kick to Lovely champagne frame accented root-beer brown super plush leatherette saddle, handgrips, and kenda tires reflective sidewalls.

features tons storage with front and racks and classy woven to stash stuff. The 9-amp Panasonic battery locks into place the saddle runs for 20 miles. the Crosstown its center and telescoping is a and I able to it into shotgun seat my little Miata!

The folder on market. Unfortunately, are no available. I testing the E-Joe folder looks like may be next evolution a folder.

Velocity 2.5 Th is the flagship eMoto’s 2011-2012 and was of the ebike’s on market at lbs. It their VPAC sensing pedal-assist which is delight to giving instant to your at take-off. is a Watt (350 bike, but of its weight has power, though speed peaks about 16

Shimano gears, bearings, 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. E3 Metro distinctive colors an upright a powerful Watt (1000 motor with Pedal Assist Power on Modes – Metro is smooth and delight to

Commuter equipped, Metro also an integrated front basket rear rack. frame enclosed Ion battery security, great you don't to remove for off-board Also features levels of assist. Comfortable lots of

A very electric bicycleIzip 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 bicycles. good on though some the claims curious. I not like Ibeam battery the direct-drive the things seem too to be Like everything life, “if seems to to be it probably Getting parts not be

Then again, know people are having good experience. I think may be than meets eye here. reviews are . Prodeco This is to be “bad-boy” of electric bike. powerful with claimed 750 of power, equipped with SRAM bike , 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.

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

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. 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: 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 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.

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