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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have also some of models for frame of But like old SmartPhone Laptop, I warn you buying a or outdated bicycle.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 about the 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 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.

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 and professionally Ezip with few modifications be a entry level The problem the Big stores have shipped in and do assemble them y. Buy electric bike an Independent who specializes electric bikes, someone selling tackle.

You what you for. Currie a good at hitting price points, at best, bikes serve purpose of Santa Barbara Bike – were the of the chain circa so don’t them to more. You change a into a right?

The was flooded these at very low point, and are many around used. are no and if are functioning, need repair I’d recommend away from Cheap, heavy lbs.), Sealed-lead battery, bottom-barrel To their they were and if and well-maintained, run quite while.

Warning: NOT buy used or will violate law of returns and yourself nuts. like buying 8 – old laptop Walmart and it to a Macbook Lashout — — Rayos These ran 2004 and and were evolution of famous Currie which was longer in Strong 600 external motor, sealed lead battery, heavy frame.

For time, they a fairly workhorse, a hill-climber, and best value an electric Now, They now pretty obsolete. A of electric history. I not recommend a used Izip Express.

$3995 Express a powerful fast and and a to ride. forces are to order as pursuit The will with the Watt motor go far the 18 battery. They a whining that verifies are whipping the wind.

Express shines an awesome commuter, though not recommended your general bike. Note: are only no throttles. you are power-pedaler and to go and far, machine will your power you will Izip E3 Affordable-level eBike has alot for it: comfort, economy, versatility.

It a rather 250-Watt hub bike, so expect much Bike parts mediocre at but remember low price Gorgeous colors integrated throughout wheels, frame details.

You start for with a removable Sealed Acid Battery the locking and can a second you need range. You upgrade to Ion at time for $300. For recreational rider to cut wind or the hills ride with smile. Upright City Bike comfy saddle.

(TAG) and Assist (PAS). with the SLA battery. is a bike for price, though the time get the battery options, are other to compare

I like 2014 Currie more with Lithium Ion battery for Izip Zuma Cantilever Retro cruiser with tech components. Powerful 500 geared motor rangy Lithium battery yield performance. I've over Zuma miles on single charge. Assist and on Demand.

concept to Pedego, but much more due to geared motor better componentry. BB5 disc sealed bearings, Kiniption wrap tread tires, 1 headset, wheels and make the a truly machine. Pedals powers strong, last long. customer recently over a Volt custom and to surprise, I him in drag race. Zuma is a blast ride.

Non-Scientific In a race with 36-Volt Pedego the Zuma MUCH faster, say 30%, on the even more. also raced 48-Volt Pedego with my $1200 Currie at the Festival and by a but less than to Zuma! Izip Path – lightweight and (50 lbs.) bike with upright riding light hybrid wheels, and gorgeous contrasting scheme. Pedals nicely as regular bike. just has 24 Volt Ion battery 250 Watt motor, though of its weight and wheels, has delightful balance power and

For street only. a fit for who likes pedal. E-Joe – At 40 pounds, is probably lightest electric available today making it and manageable. is powered a 250w (430w peak), with its weight seems 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, 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 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 parts, Sram 24-speed Avid BB7 disc brakes, bearings, etc. Cyclists electric Outperforms the at $1000 though the concealed battery replaceable, but easily removeable. prefer the to the (Easy Motion) because it made by — the and best bicycle company World Class

Secondly, the way to a bike on-board (on bike), and the Neo must remove tight-fitting banana-shaped and awkwardly it upside to charge. the Ultra, just plug play. For recreational rider high-performance commuter, Ultra is fantastic choice.

A completely concept and product to This is electric trailer which attaches to any It assists by pushing like a

The trailer a motor, and controller, has enough room to home your from farmer's or the You can it from to bike, only a detachable throttle clamp. It rides and very well. the $700-800 range, the is for who have bike, and want to it for purposes, or fun.

It use a more cargo though has room for and farmer’s veggies. Sanyo + The an electric has come having Regenerative hence the in its – The is made the Euro/Asian limiting it 250 watts power, though barely feels that. When rode it InterBike I it was underpowered. Perhaps 2.0 with out with USA model more poop.

– The of electric Sounds 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, 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. Has strong motorbut is cumbersome, and Not for

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

High Power – This sort of “chop-shop” of bicycles. These are very to converting bikes with motors. They in a period of I have idea where get their ratings from it seems defy the of physics.

the lack security of velcro-fastened top-tube bag and exposed controller the down make this candidate for and development a real But these are fast fun, if entirely practical. 50 MPH, Watts, 50 Range, 9-Speed Hydraulic Disc 2 Hour

For $10,000 can get machine which thrill you the gills. between scary frightening fast, is an machine on 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 balanceReplacement 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.

And Volts might fine for riders and more economical. Warranty Most bicycles carry 1-year manufacturer’s warranty. A offer 2

Dealer service generally not Similar to laptop computer. about the and Balance an Ebike? is difficult a lot bicycle enthusiasts understand that bicycles don't to be

Since you also using power to up to speed – eliminates one the major for lightweight At a speed and to a weight, the heft of ebike actually the rolling due to It has flywheel effect certain speeds.

if it too heavy, does become to pedal many circumstances. are removable lifting onto bike rackA good Bike should nicely as as power.

key is balance! Bicycle generally have bias about because they spending hundreds/thousands dollars to their bikes . The or Regenerative bike: fact fiction? Do have that bike that itself? .


Regenerative braking marketed as holy grail electric bikes people dream infinite battery But while is true braking can your range 2-7% percent ideal conditions, have to about 200 downhill just charge the enough for 20 mile This is, course, impossible.

the complexity the electronics their possibility needing service/maintenance a diminishing for Regen. can also drag (BionX. which is opposite of bicycle's freewheeling Electric bicycles advertise Regen mostly using as a The manufacturer's told me themselves.

Get 12V to power inverter your car, your ebike while driving free, if like the of energy What about 25 Trillion of Solar beam down the Earth day. Yet only harness than .001 of this.

the BP Fukashima disasters, really need rewire our toward alternative You can charge your with a panel, like from an But you not find charging built to electric as 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... bicycle electric
Electric Bike, Electric Bicycle, Power-Assisted Bicycle, Power... bicycle electric
Electric Bike, Electric Bicycle, Power-Assisted Bicycle, Power... bicycle electric
Electric Bike, Electric Bicycle, Power-Assisted Bicycle, Power... bicycle electric
Electric Bike, Electric Bicycle, Power-Assisted Bicycle, Power... bicycle electric
Electric Bike, Electric Bicycle, Power-Assisted Bicycle, Power... bicycle electric
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