In this Week’s eBike News Roundup
- 2019 BULLS eBikes
- PEGASUS Enters US Market
- eTrikes from Japan & Australia
- Seattle Attempts World Record eBike Group Ride
- eBike Touring and eMTB Racing
- Updates on London’s Cycling Infrastructure
- eBike Funding News from the UK
- And Much More!
New E-bikes and E-bike Products
BULLS Unveils New 2019 eBikes
BULLS has just announced the launch of an exciting lineup of 14 new models across four lines. Among them is their highly anticipated ‘the most cutting-edge eMTB on the market’, the E-CORE EVO EN Di 2 27.5. With 180mm Fox front and rear suspension, a Shimano e8000 motor, and the revolutionary 750W Twincore battery technology, this machine guarantees exceptional performance.
The ALPINE HAWK EVO, a concept model, showcases BULLS’ new feature – the FAZUA drivetrain system. It marks the first time this system has been introduced in BULLS e-bikes. The integrated eBike system, developed in Munich, combines a motor, battery, and display seamlessly. It is hailed as the most compact and seamless system in the eBike market, providing commuters with flawless integration and zero resistance at max assistance speeds, making it the ultimate eRoad bike.
BULLS’ 2019 range of new technologies is indeed impressive. It includes the Brose Drive S Mag motor, which is 15% smaller and 1.1 pounds lighter than the current Drive S motor. Additionally, BULLS boasts the Supercore Battery, offering 30% more range than its 2018 counterpart. The new Twin-Core Battery technology, consisting of two semi-integrated batteries, is also part of the lineup.
Other notable technologies introduced by BULLS are the Shimano Nexus Inter-5E, Compact Sport Interface, BOSCH KIOX, Gates Belt Drive, and Monkey Link compatibility. Furthermore, Bosch Powertube will be equipped on a greater number of models than ever before, including the popular CROSS LITE EVO.
Full details of the new models are:
eMTB Full Supsension
- SIX50 EVO AM 4
- AMINGA EVA TR 2
- E-STREAM EVO AM 4 27.5
- E-STREAM EVO AM 3 27.5
- E-CORE EVO AM Di2 27.5
- E-CORE EVO EN Di2 27.5
- TWENTY9 EVO 1
- STURMVOGEL EVO STREET
- LACUBO EVO LITE
- CROSS LITE EVO
- TWENTY8 E45
- GRINDER EVO
- ICONIC EVO TR 1
BULLS was founded in Germany in 1994 but now has one of the most extensive ranges of e-bikes in the US.
Pegasus E-bikes Enter the US Market
German based Trekking/eCity brand PEGASUS have just announced their launch into the United States market with three affordable new models: PREMIO Nu, PREMIO E8, and PREMIO Sport.
Each model’s 7005 aluminium frame is available in Diamond, Step-thru and Wave frame styles.
In summary they are:
PREMIO Nu – Suggested MSRP $4,699: This model offers a smooth and clean riding experience along with extreme quietness and low maintenance. It is equipped with Bosch’s Performance Line CX motor, NuVinci internal hub system, and a Gates belt drive. Additionally, it features the inframe Bosch Powertube 500Wh battery.
PREMIO E8 – Suggested MSRP $3,899: This belt-driven eTrekking model comes with Shimano Nexus 8 hub gears combined with the Bosch Performance Active Line Plus 250W mid-drive motor.
PREMIO Sport – Suggested MSRP $3,799: Introducing an affordable bicycle ideal for everyday use, equipped with Bosch’s Performance Active Line Plus 250W motor.
Introducing PEGASUS Bikes
PEGASUS, the sister brand of BULLS, will be launching the aforementioned bikes through authorized dealers across the country in Spring 2019.
Preview of Greenspeed Trikes with Copenhagen Wheel
The esteemed Australian trike manufacturer, Greenspeed, has exciting news to share. They will be showcasing three innovative GreenSpeed trikes for test rides at this year’s highly anticipated RC-C show in Nashville, TN. The show spans from October 12th to 14th, with the initial day reserved exclusively for dealers. The subsequent Saturday and Sunday will be open to the public.
Moreover, visitors will have the opportunity to try out models of their trikes equipped with the cutting-edge ‘all in one’ electric assist hub, known as the Copenhagen Wheel, courtesy of Superpedestrian.
Discover the Innovative Japanese E-Cargo Bike
Exciting news from Elektrek! A meticulously designed e-cargo trike with tilting front steering, named the Daga Stroke, offers a unique and funky approach to Japanese engineering.
Note that at this stage it is solely a prototype and was recently showcased at the Tokyo Wonder Festival, featuring multiple prototypes demonstrating over 18 months of development.
Seattle Cyclists Set Their Sights on Conquering the World Record for Most E-bikers on a Ride
According to Seattle Magazine, this coming Saturday, September 15th, local cyclists in Seattle will endeavor to establish a new Guinness World Record for “Most E-Bikes on a Ride.”
Cascade Bicycle Club, a nonprofit organization based in Seattle, is extending an invitation to the city’s inhabitants to participate in the “E-Bike World Record Ride & Expo.” The event commences at Lot E-5 in Magnuson Park, featuring a colorful two-mile parade, during which 275 bicycles will take part in the procession starting at 2 p.m.
Rad Power Bikes, who have a location in Ballard, will be providing demonstration bicycles, while LimeBike will offer 100 e-bikes for the event on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To commemorate the occasion, the organizers will distribute complimentary commemorative t-shirts to the first 500 individuals actively participating in the ride.
The event, which is free of charge, aims to celebrate e-bikes and encourage their usage as sustainable means of transportation, with the potential to alleviate traffic congestion in Seattle. E-bike owners or cyclists with access to an e-bike are strongly encouraged to take part.
One Adventurous Man Embarks on a 500-Mile Journey with Two E-bikes
Brian Sarmiento, an employee of Bosch eBike System’s headquarters in Irvine, CA, is presently embarking on an e-biking expedition from there to Reno, NV, in order to attend Interbike. This remarkable journey spans a distance of 536 miles and will be completed in just five days.
Sarmiento plans to venture through Yosemite National Park and follow the historic Route 66. Notably, he intends to accomplish this feat using a cargo eBike and will also bring along an electric mountain bike to participate in the thrilling Boogaloo eMTB race at Northstar.
You can find Brian’s journey documented on the Bosch USA Instagram profile. Make sure to follow it for more updates on Brian’s adventure!
The Cycle Show in Birmingham, UK
For our UK readers, mark the dates 28th – 30th September in your diaries if you want to test ride the latest e-bikes on dedicated tracks at the Birmingham Cycle Show. They have tracks available for both e-mountain bikes and commuter bikes.
Keep an eye out for Gecko punctureless tires. They are regularly featured and will have their latest tires available for testing on e-bikes on Thursday 27th.
Cycle Infrastructure and Bike Share
Spotlight on London
Here’s a quick summary of the most recent news on bike infrastructure in London.
Road CC provides us with a report on the opening of a new Quietway for cyclists in London, connecting Walthamstow in the northeast with Bloomsbury in the center. The article also touches on the challenges faced by this program, including resistance from some of the areas the routes pass through.
Although not part of Quietway 2, here’s a video showcasing a beautiful example of traffic-calming on Vauxhall Street in the London Borough of Lambeth.
Lastly, it seems that progress on major new cycling superhighways may be in jeopardy, leading London cyclists to protest. Read the full report from the London Cycling Campaign here.
Taxify E-Trotinettes Arrive in Paris
In French, kick scooters are known as “trottinettes.” Recently, electric-assist versions from Lime (in partnership with Uber) have made their appearance on the streets of Paris. Electrive has reported that they will soon be joined by e-kick scooters from an Estonian firm called Taxify.
Five Concepts to Enhance Road Safety
Discover Five Strategies for Making Roads Safer
In this fascinating article by Cadence magazine, you’ll uncover five effective measures that cities can implement to ensure the safety of cyclists. While some ideas might seem obvious, such as the need for more protected bike lanes, others, like bike to vehicle technology, might surprise you.
The Debate: Should the UK Cycle to Work Scheme Cap be Raised?
According to a report by Cycling Weekly, a survey reveals that if the Cycle to Work Scheme cap of £1000 was increased, more British workers would opt for e-bikes as their commuting choice. Interestingly, one-fifth of respondents expressed a greater inclination to purchase an e-bike if the cap was raised, and 47% of those who cycle at least once a week would make the switch to battery-powered bikes. A significant deterrent for those who infrequently commute via bike is the distance of their journey. As many as 44% considered it the biggest obstacle, which could be easily overcome with the assistance of a pedal-assist e-bike.
UK Government Commits £2 Million to Accelerate Adoption of E-cargo Bikes
Fleet News reports that the UK government plans to allocate a subsidy of £2 million to promote the wider adoption of e-cargo bikes. Although further details are yet to be disclosed, we’ll be sure to keep you informed as soon as they become available.
EU Member States Clarify Policy on Mandatory E-bike Insurance
An intriguing report by Bike Europe unveils that proposed changes to the Motor Vehicle Insurance Directive will not enforce compulsory insurance for e-bikes in EU member states. This declaration contradicts earlier statements made by EU officials, which had suggested otherwise. The article cites Dutch Infrastructure state secretary, Stientje van Veldhoven, who states, “The proposal of the EU Commission does not result in a required insurance for e-bikes. As a member state, we decide on this ourselves. With this proposal, nothing will change for the electric bicycles in the Netherlands.”
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