Hanebrink all-terrain e-bike wins the Interbike LEVA Hill Climb Challenge. The event, held for the first time in 2010, was intended to be a fun race between e-bikes and pedal powered bicycles. The course was a short one-third mile uphill run up to Bootleg Canyon.
The “stock” Hanebrink gained a significant advantage over the other e-bikes because of its 2000W Crystalyte 5-series motor and its huge gearing which allowed the rider to pedal at high speeds. The pedal cyclist finished second, trailing by 1 second.
The Copenhagen Wheel is in the final prototyping phase and will go on sale in about 12 months. The cost is targeted for about $600 which is slightly lower than a decent lithium e-bike kit.
The advantage of the Copenhagen Wheel is that there are no “messy” wires to deal with. All of the electronics are housed inside the wheel and controlled wirelessly via smartphone. A torque sensor measures the pedal effort and assists the rider when needed.
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Van Mansum’s design goes one step beyond the BULLITT bakfiets with the addition of electric assistance. This combination could “essentially replace a car” for most trips.
The Urban Arrow prototype was nominated for an Eurobike 2010 Award and is on display at the entrance to the show.
Daniel Fikuart from Aktiv Radfahren gets the latest news from the floor of BikeExpo 2010. There are many new European e-bike models hitting the market for 2011. Nearly all of the major bicycle manufactures have a line of electric-assist bicycles.
The speed of e-bike acceptance is much higher in Europe than in North America. Europeans tend to use bicycles as a means of transport, while in North America bicycles are typically used for recreation. Electric-assistance is often seen as "defeating the purpose" of riding a bicycle in car-centric United States.
TransX Folding bicycle with electric assist
Bulls Neuheiten 2011
Panther eBikes 2011
Hercules eVersa 2011
Hercules eOne 2011
Kettler Layana 2011
KTM ebikes 2011
Kalkhoff Highlights 2011
Ultra Motor A2B
Sixt, one of Europe's largest car rental companies debuts a trial e-bike rental program. The promotion, in cooperation with E-Motion Technologies has on offer three different e-bike models from € 6/hour to € 18/day (8 hours).
The 90 day "Bike with Horsepower" program is available at two locations:
Specs indicate 48V, 10Ah Lithium battery pack with a 600W brushless geared motor and 35-50A. The single-speed ElectrickBas can peak out at 30mph (48km/h) with a range of 20 to 34 miles (32-54km).
The base model will sell for about $2,000 with production planned to start in September.
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Promotional Video from Voltage Cycles
Jay Leno takes a ride on the Black Trail electric bicycle. This extreme e-bike looks as if it was designed by angry F1 engineers. Performance figures are incredible with claimed 100 km/h (62mph) top speed and 160–200km (99-124mi) cruising range using only a 48V/17Ah "leather" battery pack. The battery pack is the same weight of of the entire rest of the bicycle.
With a limited production run of 667, the Black Trail's price tag goes well beyond the even the most well-appointed Optibike model. If the €59,500.00 ($76,000) price tag puts you off, you can upgrade your wheels to the Black Trail's to carbon fiber hoops for only €11,900.00 ($15,200).
DoctorBass posted a video of his customized electric bicycle hitting 66mph (106km/h) on level ground. Stock electric bicycles max out around 20mph (32km/h). The self-reported speed was acheived using a 100V/15Ah battery pack and a 150A controller. Skip forward 30 seconds to see the bike speed by.
The increased focus on urban mobility at Bike Expo 2010 has put E-bikes in the spotlight. E-bikes or Pedelecs as they are know in Europe, have made tremendous progress as traffic congestion and concerns about the environment become pressing issues.
Emerging from the obligatory disco lights and dancing models is Volkswagon's Bik.e electric bike concept. The device can fold into the size of the spare tire for easy storage. Charging inside the car, the bike has a range of 20km (12.4 miles) and tops out at 20km/h (12.4 mph)
Volkswagen has a strong presence in China being the largest foreign car maker in the country. With a nation of over 100 million e-bicycle cyclist, many of them aspiring car-owners, the Beijing auto show is the perfect venue to show off the concept.
This feature can potentially be useful to e-bicyclist looking for safe routes, however the estimated trip duration can be very inaccurate as e-bikes can have much higher average speeds compared with human-only powered bicycles.
The short clip starts with a woman approaching the all-white bike which appears to be unlocked. She inserts an iPhone into the handle-bar mounted cradle and fires up the control app.Crunchy electronic music plays in the background as the woman zips around town. The video ends when she arrives at her destination.
The fixed gear messenger-style bike looks to be terribly uncomfortable to ride, but is no fault of the Copenhagen Wheel. The power assist unit can be attached to any normal bicycle to become a hybrid assist e-bike.