New eBikes & eBike Systems
FLIT-16 eFolding Bike off to a Flying Start on Kickstarter
In this week’s roundup of eBike news, we have some exciting new releases and developments to share with you. Let’s dive in and explore what’s happening in the world of eBikes.
First up, we have the FLIT-16 eFolding Bike from Cambridge, UK. This unique and innovative design has recently launched on Kickstarter, and it’s already making waves in the industry. With a starting price of $1,800, this e-folder offers great value for money.
What’s even more impressive is that it has already surpassed its funding goal of £25,000 by an incredible two and a half times. This just goes to show the level of excitement and anticipation surrounding this eBike.
Now, let’s talk about the design. The FLIT-16 boasts a sleek and stylish look, weighing in at just 32 pounds (14.5kg). It features a ‘tri-fold’ mechanism, allowing both the front and rear ends to fold towards the mainframe. This unique folding design creates a compact package with dimensions of 728mm x 632mm, making it incredibly easy to transport and store.
One of the standout features of this e-folder is its 252Wh battery, which is cleverly integrated into the mainframe. This means you can easily remove it for charging, enhancing convenience and flexibility.
Overall, the FLIT-16 eFolding Bike is a game-changer in the world of eBikes. With its innovative design, impressive performance, and affordable price tag, it’s no wonder that it has taken the industry by storm. Keep an eye on this one, as it’s destined to make a big impact in the world of eBiking.
The Latest Innovations in Electric Bicycles
TerraTrikes Team Up with Bosch
TerraTrikes, a renowned recumbent brand from the US, takes pride in producing the most comfortable recumbent trikes in the world. In an exciting development, accredited dealers can now enhance their Terra Trikes with the high-performance Bosch Active Line motors, paired with a custom boom and a 400Wh battery. This electrification kit, priced at US$2499, is expected to revolutionize the recumbent trike experience.
New Touring Specific E-bikes from Flyer
Swiss Flyer, the long-established Swiss e-bike manufacturer, has recently unveiled their impressive 2020 e-bikes lineup. One of their standout offerings is the Goroc range, which combines the characteristics of mountain bikes and touring bicycles. These exceptional e-bikes come equipped with racks, lights, and mudguards, making them ideal for long-distance off-road adventures. With the integration of both Bosch and Panasonic mid-drives and the availability of hardtail and full-suspension configurations, the Goroc range promises an unparalleled riding experience. Additionally, the option of dual batteries eliminates any concerns about running out of power during your journey. Specialist dealers will commence sales of the Goroc4 and Goroc2 in November 2019, with prices starting from EUR 4799.00 and EUR 3799.00 respectively. The Goroc3 and Goroc1 models will be available in spring 2020, with prices starting from EUR 5399.00 and EUR 4399.00 respectively.
Haibike 2020 Range Unveiled
Exciting reports reveal that Haibike has unveiled their highly anticipated 2020 e-bike range at an industry event in Mainz, Germany. As a subsidiary of Accell, Haibike continues to push the boundaries of e-bike technology and design, ensuring that riders have access to the latest advancements. Stay tuned for more updates on Haibike’s remarkable new offerings.
The Exciting New Range of E-MTB Bikes
The latest range of e-mountain bikes is heavily reliant on the smaller and lighter Bosch 4th generation Performance CX mid-drive. This groundbreaking technology, combined with the innovative DualBattery system, has been incorporated into both full suspension and hardtail bikes.
With the addition of the Modular Rail System in the frame design, riders can now enhance their biking experience by adding a second 500Wh battery alongside the existing 625Wh on-board battery. This incredible setup gives these bikes a potential maximum capacity of 1125Wh, which is one of the largest in the market.
Furthermore, the powerful Skybeamer lighting system, which was initially introduced in the Flyon series, is now available across more models. This exceptional lighting system ensures riders have optimum visibility in any riding condition.
The e-mtb range maintains its user-friendly naming system. The XDURO branded models are designed for extreme use, particularly alpine mountain biking. On the other hand, the SDURO models are better suited for moderate use on forest roads and off-road tours.
A Sneak Preview of the Montague ME-1
Montague, a renowned US manufacturer specializing in folding bikes and e-bikes, has unveiled some exclusive details about their Electric M-E1. Priced at 2,999 euros, this cutting-edge bike features a low-entry frame that can be conveniently split in the middle. This makes it easier for riders to transport their bikes on trains or store them in narrow hallways. Additionally, the bike is equipped with a high-performance Shimano mid-drive for enhanced power and efficiency.
Please note that these are initial details, and more information will be provided by EBR as it becomes available.
Emountainbike Crowns the Best eMTB Motor
Emountainbike, a specialized website dedicated to e-mtb motors, recently conducted an in-depth analysis of the latest offerings. After careful evaluation, they named the Brose Drive S Mag as the best motor in its class. This prestigious recognition showcases the outstanding quality and performance of the Brose mid-drive.
For more information about Brose mid-drives, please refer to this comprehensive overview. And if you’re looking for additional insight into the S-mag, check out this informative resource.
Get Inspired by Yamaha Sponsoring Ride Santa Barbara 100
Prepare to be amazed by the upcoming cycling extravaganza known as Ride Santa Barbara 100 (RideSB100). Set against the stunning backdrop of California’s Central Coast, this world-class event is proud to introduce the all-new Class One Power Assist Electric Bicycle (e-Bike) category, presented by Yamaha Bicycles.
Scheduled for October 19, 2019, RideSB100 offers four distinct routes ranging from 34 to 100 miles. These captivating routes start and finish at the picturesque Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara, California.
We’re thrilled to introduce this brand-new class and invite e-Bike enthusiasts to join our community and experience the breathtaking cycling and picturesque scenery of Santa Barbara,” exclaimed Jamie Monroe, the director of RideSB100 and the proud owner of Easy Day Sports. “Yamaha, the global leader in e-Bikes, has partnered with us to develop this exciting new category and enhance the event for all our riders through their unmatched passion for cycling and extensive expertise in e-Bikes.”
In addition to sponsoring the new eBike category, Yamaha will provide demo bikes for participants to test out, including taking them on the event’s enjoyable 34-mile route.
Yamaha Bicycles offers a variety of road bike choices, such as the UrbanRush drop bar road e-Bike and the Wabash adventure gravel e-Bike.
The eBike category will be open to Class 1 eBikes, and riders can select from the following four route options:
100-mile: This challenging route features the Gibraltar Challenge, a daunting 7-mile ascent that spans a staggering 3,000 feet.
100-km Gibraltar: Designed for experienced riders seeking to conquer the famous Gibraltar Challenge.
100-km: A delightful intermediate cycling experience showcasing scenic coastal and mountain roads.
34-mile: A fun and picturesque course perfect for leisure riders and weekend warriors.
Registration is now open at www.RideSB100.com.
E-bike Gibraltar Revolutionizes Sightseeing with E-bike Tours
Stuart Hedley, the co-founder of E-bike Gibraltar, established the company with a vision to present alternative transportation options to the overwhelming presence of motor cars and motor scooters in this small Mediterranean headland. They now offer the first eco-friendly e-bike tours of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, showcasing all the prominent tourist attractions of this British Overseas Territory dominated by a towering 426m high limestone ridge.
Furthermore, Stuart shares more exciting plans for Riese & Muller e-bikes on Gibraltar.
Petition Urging More E-bike Access to US National Parks
If you share Celeste Burton’s strong conviction concerning this matter, you can lend your support by signing her petition to allow e-bikes for seniors and individuals with disabilities in our national parks.
Preserving Equal Access to National Parks
The Importance of E-Bikes for the Disabled and Ageing Community
The statement emphasizes the significance of allowing the disabled and ageing population to safely enjoy the beauty of our national parks. It pleads, “Please don’t take this away!”
E-bikes provide an environmentally friendly solution for individuals who are disabled or experience joint or cardiac issues to independently experience the breathtaking landscapes of our nation. However, some national parks, like Acadia National Park, have implemented restrictive measures that deny access to this beauty for those who are physically able to ride regular bikes. One may question the fairness of requiring the disabled and ageing population to undergo a lengthy process to use an e-bike, while allowing physically able individuals to freely enter the park on regular bikes.
This petition, titled “Allow E-bikes and Equal Access for the Ageing and Disabled in OUR National Parks,” aims to advocate for fair treatment and equal access for all individuals in national parks.
More Exciting Articles on EBR
A Comprehensive Review of Blix Vika – Part 1
EBR recently shared an in-depth part 1 review of the Blix Vika electric folding bike. The article contains a plethora of captivating photos and provides detailed specifications about this stylish folding e-bike.
According to the report, Blix has recently introduced several upgrades to their eBike lineup, including enhanced power and extended range capabilities, as well as numerous cargo-carrying options. The Blix Vika exemplifies these features, offering a compact and portable electric folding bike.
Supporting E-Bike Usage
The Bicycle Association of the UK Discusses Incentives for E-Bikes and E-Kickscooters
The UK’s Bicycle Association plays a crucial role in advocating for the use of e-bikes and e-kickscooters. A report from BikeBiz sheds light on their efforts to call for increased subsidies to promote e-bike adoption.
According to the Bicycle Association, the UK lags behind in promoting eco-friendly transportation by failing to encourage electric pedaling alongside electric cars. Citing research from Transport for Quality of Life, they argue that incentivizing e-bikes is a more cost-effective, equitable, and healthier approach compared to subsidizing electric car purchases. Furthermore, this strategy has the potential to drive change at a faster pace.
The research indicates that the cost of reducing one kilogram of CO2 emissions through e-bike incentive programs is less than half the expense of existing grants for electric cars. Additionally, the cost per purchase for e-bikes amounts to less than one-tenth of the grant provided for electric cars.
Despite moves towards legalization in neighboring countries like Germany and France, e-kickscooters are not yet legal in the UK. The Bicycle Association has outlined its position on the necessary framework for their potential legalization in the UK. The full details can be found in their published document. Their main points for legislation include a clear definition to exclude hoverboards or heavier scooters, regulations on maximum speed and motor power or acceleration, control system requirements, braking and lighting requirements, clarity on usage limitations, and potential age restrictions for riders. Marking requirements are also highlighted.