iGO Electric Elite Review

Igo Electric Elite Electric Bike Review
Igo Electric Elite 8 Speed Shimano Altus
Igo Electric Elite 12 Magnet Encased Cadence Sensor Bottom Bracket
Igo Electric Elite 48 Volt 13 Ah Electric Bike Battery
Igo Electric Elite Blaze Lite L3000 Headlight
Igo Electric Elite Frame Mounted Front Rack
Igo Electric Elite Igo Electric 500 Watt Planetary Geared Hub Motor
Igo Electric Elite Imax H500 Lcd Ebike Display
Igo Electric Elite Rear Rack With Bungee Straps Pannier Rods
Igo Electric Elite Reention Style Ebike Battery Case
Igo Electric Elite Schwalbe 50 Km Energizer Plus Tires
Igo Electric Elite Spanninga Duxo Rear Light Plastic Fender
Igo Electric Elite Step Thru Bottle Cage Bosses
Igo Electric Elite Threaded Color Coded Connectors
Igo Electric Elite Unboxing Shipped From Canada
Igo Electric Elite Velo Rubber Semi Ergo Grips
Igo Electric Elite
Igo Electric Elite Electric Bike Review
Igo Electric Elite 8 Speed Shimano Altus
Igo Electric Elite 12 Magnet Encased Cadence Sensor Bottom Bracket
Igo Electric Elite 48 Volt 13 Ah Electric Bike Battery
Igo Electric Elite Blaze Lite L3000 Headlight
Igo Electric Elite Frame Mounted Front Rack
Igo Electric Elite Igo Electric 500 Watt Planetary Geared Hub Motor
Igo Electric Elite Imax H500 Lcd Ebike Display
Igo Electric Elite Rear Rack With Bungee Straps Pannier Rods
Igo Electric Elite Reention Style Ebike Battery Case
Igo Electric Elite Schwalbe 50 Km Energizer Plus Tires
Igo Electric Elite Spanninga Duxo Rear Light Plastic Fender
Igo Electric Elite Step Thru Bottle Cage Bosses
Igo Electric Elite Threaded Color Coded Connectors
Igo Electric Elite Unboxing Shipped From Canada
Igo Electric Elite Velo Rubber Semi Ergo Grips
Igo Electric Elite

Summary

  • A value-priced electric bike available in one size and one color, deep step-thru frame is approachable and the saddle goes way down without hitting the rack, tool-free adjustable stem brings the swept-back handlebar close
  • Lots of comfort features here including semi-ergonomic grips, plush saddle with rubber bumpers, a basic suspension fork from SR Suntour with preload adjust, and a relaxed upright frame geometry
  • Great safety features including integrated LED lights, reflective tires with puncture protection lining, and a bell that's integrated into the right brake lever making it easy to reach and minimizing clutter
  • Both lights get blocked a bit from above by the rack tubing, the headlight doesn't turn as you steer, assembly required more time and effort than average but the packaging was good, eight assist levels and throttle override give you many ways to ride

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Introduction

Make:

iGO Electric

Model:

Elite

Price:

$1,799

Body Position:

Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Cruising, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States, Canada

Model Year:

2018

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

61.5 lbs (27.89 kg)

Battery Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

16.5 in (41.91 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

16.5" Seat Tube, 22.75" Reach, 19" Stand Over Height, 27.5" Width, 73" Length

Frame Types:

Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Platinum Metallic

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour Coil Suspension, 63 mm Travel, Preload Adjust, 100 mm Hub Spacing, 9.8 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

150 mm Hub Spacing, 12 mm Threaded Axle with Nuts

Attachment Points:

Front Rack Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 Shimano Altus Derailleur, Shimano HG Megarange 11-34 Tooth Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano SL-M310 Triggers on Right (3-Step Low Trigger)

Cranks:

Forged Alloy, 170 mm Length, 42 Tooth Steel Chainring

Pedals:

VP-856 Plastic Platform with TPE Rubber Tread

Headset:

Threadless, Internal Cups, Straight 1-1/8"

Stem:

Promax Tool-Free Adjustable Angle

Handlebar:

Alloy, Mid-Rise, Swept Back, 640 mm Length, Black

Brake Details:

Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Four-Finger Levers with Rubberized Edge, Integrated Bell, Motor Inhibitors

Grips:

Velo, Semi-Ergonomic, Brown

Saddle:

Velo Comfort with Rubber Bumpers, Brown

Seat Post:

Generic, Alloy, Black

Seat Post Length:

340 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.4 mm

Rims:

6061 Alloy, Double Wall, 700c 634.5, 36 Hole, Black

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge Front, 12 Gauge Rear, Adjustable Nipples, Black

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe 50 KM Energizer Plus, 700 x 38c (28" x 1.5")

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

Performance Line GreenGuard, Reflective Sidewall Stripe, 50 to 80 PSI, 3.0 to 6.5 BAR

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Front Cargo Rack (9 kg 20 lb Max Weight), Rear Cargo Rack with Triple Bungee Strap (25 kg 55 lb Max Weight), Plastic Fenders with Rubber Mud Flaps, Plastic Chain Cover, USB Charging Port on Battery Pack, Blaze-Lite L3000 Integrated Dual-Beam LED Headlight (6V DC), Spanninga Duxo Integrated LED Backlight, Tektro Bell, Mid-Mount Adjustable Length Kickstand

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube Semi-Integrated Battery Pack, 1.6 lb 2 Amp Charger, Ergofit System Allows the Seat to Reach Lower Positions and the Stem and Handlebars to Adjust and Fit Riders from 5 ft to 6 ft 2 in Comfortably, Internal Cable Routing with Twist Locking, Error Diagnosing Display with Modular Electronics, 18 Amp Controller, 114 kg (250 lbs) Max Load

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

iGo

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Motor Peak Output:

650 watts

Motor Torque:

42 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung 18650, Reention Case

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

13 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

624 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium Manganese Cobalt (LiMnCO2)

Charge Time:

5.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Estimated Max Range:

55 miles (89 km)

Display Type:

I-MAX H500, Monochrome Backlit LCD, Fixed, Buttons: Set, Power, +, -, (Hold Set for Settings Menu)

Readouts:

Power Level (Eco, Normal, Power), Speed (MPH or KMH), Assist Level (0-8), Battery Voltage, Battery Infographic (5 Bars), Trip Distance, Timer, Odometer

Display Accessories:

LED Charge Level Indicator on Battery, USB Type A Charging Port

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle (12 Magnet Sensor)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

iGO has been leader in the Canadian electric bike market since they launched in 2006. Their earliest models utilized a unique canister style mid-motor, designed to be efficient and balanced, that left something to be desired in terms of acceleration and noise. In recent years, as Bosch, Yamaha, Brose, and others have launched sophisticated mid-drives, iGO seems to have pivoted towards more affordable drive systems, using geared hub motors and rack mounted batteries that are less complex and less dynamic. What I saw and experienced with the Elite model is a refinement of that approach. The bike is priced incredibly well, given the hardware quality and two-year warranty. It’s a bicycle that is easy to approach, mount, and stand-over, for people with sensitive knees and hips, or those with short inseams. There’s only one frame size and color option, but it isn’t too masculine or feminine, and iGO has a range of other products that utilize the same motor and battery configuration, so you could mix it up that way if you wanted. In the early days, it was difficult to find iGO in the United States. This is a company that is striving to build a dealer network (with over 30 shops in the US and Canada today) but will ship direct. I spoke with the founder about territories and he explained that they will ship to customers free of charge and credit any local dealer, minus the cost of shipping. In this way, repairs and warranty service can be handled more efficiently. Ideally, you’d be able to find this product at a local dealer and test the fit, iGO Electric claims that it will accommodate riders ranging from five foot to six foot two inches in height. The seat tube goes very low, and the rack is positioned pretty far back, so you can lower the saddle without colliding. The tall seat post and adjustable-angle stem provide many options for taller riders, and I was able to get full leg extension for myself during the test rides. I’m five foot nine inches and weigh about 135 lbs. In the years between mid-motors and this latest generation with hub motors and downtube-mounted battery packs, there were some models with rear rack batteries. I liked these, but the frames suffered from a bit of flex and some of the rack hauling capacity was given up just to hold the pack (which could weigh upwards of nine pounds. In 2017, iGO had a very similar model to the Elite called the eXplore. It also had a lower step-thru wave frame, but utilized two downtubes vs. a single tube here. The engineering on this frame is very impressive. There’s a large metal gusset connecting the main tube to the seat tube, to reduce frame flex and support loads up to 250 lbs. All of the cables and wires are internally routed, so the bike looks clean, and the motor power cable is tucked away so it won’t get bent or snagged as easily. With this ebike, you get a blend of utility, efficiency, and cruiser style comfort. There are many comfort upgrades, safety enhancements, and two drive modes that allow you to ride slow and quiet, quick and responsive, or sit back and use a trigger throttle (which can be great for sensitive knees and those with limited mobility). Yes, I was very impressed with this electric bicycle and will dig into some of the details below, along with the pros and cons at the very end of the writeup.

The motor driving this bike is a planetary geared hub motor, designed by iGO and manufactured through a strategic partnership with a Chinese firm. Almost all bicycles and ebike components are produced in China, and iGO has been around long enough to have developed a really close relationship with one firm (I’m told). This allows them to tweak their products and really dial in performance vs. going with a generic part and compromising. The motor offers 500 watts of nominal power, peaking out around 650 watts. It produces over 43 Newton meters of torque (which is pretty good for a hub motor) and runs on 48 volts and an 18 amp controller. For comparison, many other ebikes in this price range utilize less powerful and less efficient 36 volt systems with 16 or 17 amp controllers. The motor freewheels efficiently, so you can pedal without turning the bike on and not experience drag. It’s also very quiet, especially in the first three levels of assist. I really appreciate how iGO specced the motor casing to be black, along with the spokes and rim. The rim does not have machined sidewalls (because the bike does not use caliper or v-brakes) and everything just blends together beautifully. The motor is sandwiched between an entry-level 8-speed cassette on the right with a Shimano Altus derailleur, and an entry-level Tektro Aries 180 mm mechanical disc brake rotor on the left. Compared to the older eXplore model, the larger 180 mm rotor will be easier to adjust and provide greater mechanical advantage over the large 700c (28-inch) wheelset. Both disc brakes are 180 mm, and the brake levers offer comfortable rubberized edges and an integrated bell. I love this bell… it stays out of the way, allowing the trigger throttle and display panel to be mounted closer to the grip, and it sounds beautiful. The benefit of using a hub motor vs. a mid-drive is that it does not interfere with the drivetrain, you do not have to shift gears in order to get more torque or reach higher speeds. They tend to work better with throttles and don’t require as much customization on the frame. The downside is that some weight is positioned towards the back of the bike and you cannot get as much efficiency by shifting gears, because the motor drives the rear wheel directly. Overall, I was very impressed with the motor design, power cable location, and performance on this electric bike. The rear hub spacing appeared to be 150 mm vs. a more common 135 mm, but perhaps they needed to widen it in order to fit the eight sprockets and disc brake? It felt solid during my ride tests, and the thicker 12 mm axle was secured with large silver nuts. I would recommend keeping an eye on the rear tire pressure to avoid flat tires (keep it between the recommended 50 and 85 PSI). The front wheel offers quick release, but the rear wheel is going to take more work and effort to service, even with the quick disconnect on the motor cable… and rear wheels tend to get flats more easily than front because of body weight and rack weight positioning.

The battery pack design used for this e-bike is from a company called Reention and is semi-integrated. That means, part of the pack is seated into the downtube, and part is exposed above. It doesn’t look as beautiful as a fully-integrated pack, but it’s allows the frame design to be lighter weight, less complex, and definitely less expensive. I mentioned that iGO sells a range of products, and some of their other bikes have higher capacity batteries that fit into the exact same case. That means, you could get two ebikes from them and swap the batteries for more range. Given the black accents on almost all of the tubing hardware and accessories on the Elite, the black battery casing blends in pretty well. It would be easy to kick and scratch each time you mount the bike, but the alloy casing just has silver underneath the black paint and it won’t rust. It’s tough, and it locks securely to the frame. The locking cylinder is positioned near the top, on the left side of the frame. It’s spring loaded, so you don’t have to manually turn the key to lock the pack after you seat it. You don’t even need to take the pack off of the bike to charge it, if you don’t want to. There’s a little circular charging port near the bottom of the battery, also on the left side. And I want to send a big thank-you and shout out to the Reention team for making the rubber cover for this port much easier to seat than some of the older designs. Given the position of this plug, I was a bit concerned about how close the left crank arm and pedal would come to the plug, which could snag and bend it. Just be careful and slow with the bike if you’re charging it, always unplug the battery before moving the bike. Similarly, the kickstand is also mounted in the rotation-path of the left crank arm, and will block it if the bike is backed up or the pedal is kicked backwards. This could be resolved with a kickstand mount positioned further back, and it would probably support any loads added to the rear rack as well. On the top front edge of the battery pack there is a rubber button which illuminates four green LED lights. This tells you roughly how full the pack is, whether it’s mounted to the frame or not. There’s one final port to discuss, located on the upper right side of the battery, and it offers 5 volts of power for USB charging devices. This port can be used whether the battery is mounted to the bike or not, and gives you access to the full 624 watt hours to maintain a phone, use additional lights, power speakers, or maybe charge a tablet to watch a movie on a camping trip. If you decide to use this port while riding the bike, I would suggest exploring right angle USB adapters to keep the wire close to the frame… and maybe zip tie the wire to keep it from flapping about. I did a little bit of additional zip tie work after assembling this ebike, it comes with a cheap tool kit (several allen keys and two wrenches), four zip ties, and instructions in French and English. By default, the battery powers both LED lights, just press the power button once when the display has been activated. The lights are slightly nicer than average, but both are partially blocked by the racks they are mounted to, and the headlight doesn’t turn as you steer. I think iGO has done a wonderful job with their battery selection and was told that they use higher quality Samsung 18650 cells. The pack weighs ~8.8 lbs and will probably take six hours to fully charge with the included 2 amp charger, if it’s completely emptied. The best way to care for Lithium-ion batteries such as this, is to store them in a cool dry location, avoid extreme heat and cold, and try to maintain 20% or higher capacity. Lower capacities can strain the cells because they induce a chemical change, shortening the number of charge cycles offered in the lifetime of the pack. If something does ever happen to this battery, at least you know the pack style is pretty common… iGO has been around for a long time and should have replacements, but other companies offer 48 volt versions as well, so you should be good.

Operating the Elite is efficient and intuitive. It utilizes the same iGO branded I-MAX H500 display as all of the other 2018 models. You don’t have to press any buttons on the battery before the display, just charge and mount it, then press the rubberized power button near the top of the control pad (just left of the LCD). After running through a couple of diagnostic screens, the display is ready to go, showing your power level, current speed, assist level (0-8), battery readouts, and trip readouts (trip distance, timer, odometer). You can cycle through readouts by pressing the Set button, or hold Set to adjust settings like unit readout (miles vs. kilometers). The bike starts out in pedal assist level zero, so you won’t have to worry about bumping the pedals or throttle and having the motor activate by mistake. I like that iGO opted for a trigger throttle vs. a twist throttle because it doesn’t compromise the grips and is tucked in neatly, within reach of the left handle. When you’re ready to ride, press the large plus button to raise PAS from zero to 1-8 and begin pedaling or press the throttle. I absolutely love that the throttle offers full power assistance at all times when active, overriding lower levels of pedal assist. In this way, you can select a quiet, efficient level of assistance but still get help climbing or zipping up to speed (to catch up with a friend or pass a slower rider). There’s only one compromise with this approach, and that is a potential for accidentally pressing the throttle too far or bumping it, and getting a burst of unexpected power. Still, I was told that the throttle only gets 16 amps of power from the controller, vs. 18 amps with pedal assist. I found that it accelerates smoothly and gives you the control and performance necessary for some environments, and a bit of fun. Two final features of the display panel are that it’s backlit (when you press the power button again to activate the lights) and that it offers walk mode (by holding the plus button when using 1-8 assist, not 0). The downsides to this display include not being removable, so it may take more scratches and weather damage when parked at public racks outside, and not having an active USB port (at least at the time of this review, the port is there but it doesn’t work). You can adjust the angle of the display if you don’t over-tighten it… but leaving it too loose isn’t great either. The LCD itself is large and easy to read, you don’t have to look way down because of the swept-back handlebar, and the cabling that comes from the display is nicely wrapped and uses threaded locking connectors with rubber washers to be highly water resistant. It’s a really nice setup.

There’s a lot to say about this electric bicycle because it’s so feature rich and iGO has paid attention to the smallest details. It works very well but does have some vulnerabilities worth exploring. The tool-free adjustable stem is easy to adjust, but may lurch out of position if you put a lot of force on it. This did not happen to me, but I have seen this stem before and am always a bit careful to set it up correctly and tighten it occasionally. Be cognizant of this if you’re a heavier rider or going off of curbs and other extreme bumps. The rubber grips are semi-ergonomic and comfortable, but might spin because they do not have lockers. You could replace them with some nicer Ergon BioKork grips like this that would match the brown accents if you wanted. The cassette offers 11 to 34 tooth sprocket range but the chainring is a bit large at 42 teeth, so there isn’t a super low easy gear… just a semi-low gear. This isn’t such a big deal with motor support, but could be difficult if you run out of juice or climb very steep hills regularly (starting from standstill). The chainring does not have guides, so the chain might fall off easier on bumpy terrain, and it’s a steel chainring which might scratch up and rust over time, though the chain itself appeared to be rust proof. The plastic chain cover and fenders offer great protection but also rattle around a bit, and the plastic pedals aren’t as large, stiff, or grippy as something like this, but they also won’t cut your shins up. I absolutely love the rear rack and appreciate the pannier hangar rods on both sides. Not only are they made to fit most clip-on panniers, but they are spaced away from the rack so fitting clips on should be easy. Most of the time, you could probably get away with using the bottle cage bosses for one accessory and a simple trunk bag for your other gear, and the bag will still stay out of the way of your saddle. The tires on this e-bike are very nice, offering reflective sidewall stripes, long-lasting rubber compound, and puncture protection lining. There’s really a lot to love about this product, and I appreciated the plush saddle, swept back bars, and suspension… even though the suspension fork is pretty basic. It offers preload adjust, to “pre load” the spring inside for heavier riders, reducing the potential for bottoming out and dive when stopping. You have to take the caps off and turn both clickers the same number of times. There’s no lockout on this fork and it’s heavier than an air fork, but it’s worth having. With a curb weight of ~61.5 lbs, this ebike is on the heavier side, but not bad considering all of the extra features and the fancy single-tube frame design. I’d like to thank iGO for partnering with me on this review and shipping me the Elite, and I welcome your feedback and comments below or in the iGO Electric Forums where you can get direct feedback from other enthusiasts and some owners. For those who want to increase the comfort a bit, you can put the tire pressure slightly lower (but stay above 50 PSI) and consider a basic 30.4 mm seat post suspension, just keep in mind that this will raise the minimum saddle height by about three inches. Those who want the seat to go as low as it possibly can, may need to use a hack saw to cut three inches off of the stock seat post because I felt it bottoming out before the saddle clamp met the seat tube. If you mess up, you can always purchase another rigid 30.4 mm seat post inexpensively online.

Pros:

  • I received this bike via mail because iGO ships direct in some cases, and there was no damage to the frame, shipping is free but I’d prefer to buy from a shop becasue it took over one hour to assemble (requires a bike pump, crosshead screwdriver, pair of pliers, possibly nicer allen keys as mine began to strip)
  • Considering all of the nice accessories, powerful motor, and relatively high-capacity battery pack, and two year warranty, I feel that the price point here is very good (although it does only come in one size and color)
  • I have a sensitive knee and really appreciate bikes that are easy to mount, this wave step-thru frame has a very low standover height but didn’t flex much when pedaling (because of a welded gusset where the main tube meets the seat tube), it also felt stable when I rode with no hands
  • It’s nice to have pedal assist that can go slower and be quiet and efficient as well as throttle override with full power on demand and this ebike has both, I like the display and throttle operation
  • Lots of comfort upgrades here including a plush saddle with rubber bumpers, semi-ergonomic grips, the adjustable stem and swept-back mid-rise handlebar, as well as the suspension fork
  • The tires are excellent, probably one of the nicest upgrades on this ebike, they offer reflective sidewalls to keep you visible and have puncture protective lining so you won’t get flats as easily (just make sure to keep the tires inflated between 50 to 85 PSI as recommended on the sidewall)
  • The rims also seem very nice, they do not have machined sidewalls so the black paint is not interrupted along the sides and they have reinforcement eyelets to handle more weight without cracking or getting scratched up when you adjust spokes, the spokes are extra thick 13 gauge front and 12 gauge rear to handle heavier loads (the bike is rated up to 250 lbs max load)
  • This is a minor pro, but the inner tubes on this bike seem to be upgraded, they had silver Schrader valves with threaded nuts to keep them from pressing in when you clamp a pump on as well as clear plastic caps… way nicer than the simple black valves without support nuts or caps
  • Both racks look great and are made well, I love how the front rack is mounted to the head tube vs. the fork and stem because it won’t tip when you park or impact steering, the rear rack has special pannier rods for clipping bags as well as a triple-bungee strap
  • Lights help you see and be seen, and even though the racks sort of block these ones and the headlight doesn’t turn as you steer, I still feel that they are above-average in terms of quality and love how they run off of the main battery
  • The battery pack has a full sized USB Type A port built into the right side that can maintain electronic devices as you ride (such as a smartphone) or be used as backup power off the bike, just consider using an adapter plug to keep the wires from sticking out while you pedal
  • Apparently iGO manufactures their own motors (has a strategic partnership with a Chinese manufacturer) and I thought this one performed very well, it was zippy but didn’t produce a lot of noise, the 500 to 650 watt rating is very good for this price range and should help a lot with hills
  • Many electric bicycles just don’t have room for bottle cage bosses but iGO managed to squeeze them in near the base of the battery, on the seat tube, and they could be used for a folding lock, mini-pump, or water bottle cage or left unused to keep the step-thru area accessible
  • You should stay very dry and clean on this e-bike because it has full-length plastic fenders with mud flaps and a full plastic chain cover, I do wish it had a chain guide but don’t anticipate the chain dropping much if you’re on mostly smooth terrain, the chain itself appears to be rust-proof
  • The disc brakes are upgraded from earlier iGO models (which used smaller 160 mm rotors), these ones provide more mechanical advantage and should be easier to adjust because of the caliper position in the rear, I like that both brake levers have motor inhibitors for safer stopping and rubberized edges for comfort
  • Most of the shifter cables, brake wires, and electrical wires are internally routed to look good and reduce snags, there’s even a plastic cap on the bottom bracket to hide the wires vs. letting them hang down like most other cheaper ebikes, I love how the motor power cable has a quick disconnect but is also tucked near the frame (between the disc brake and left chainstay) vs. sticking out where it might be vulnerable if the bike tipped or passed near brush while riding
  • Great attention to detail with the black crank arms, seat post, stem and handlebar, racks, hub motor casing, spokes, and rims! it all matches and looks great with the black chain cover and suspension fork vs. having some silver mixed in
  • The pedals aren’t super aggressive but won’t cut your shins if you slip off, for those who have bigger feet or prefer more solid traction, consider upgrading to some cheap Wellgo alloy pedals like this
  • The rear rack was specifically designed to stay out of the way so the seat can drop further down, and the seat tube was cut lower to accommodate this, the rack is sturdy (supporting up to 55 lbs of weight) and seemed securely attached
  • I like the neoprene wrap on the cables at the front, it looks nicer than the plastic spiral wrap or mesh wrap on some other ebikes and is easier to work with if you do need to access something, I love the color-coded, threaded, water-resistant connectors on these wires too!
  • The drive system weight on this e-bike is well distributed and kept low, even with the hub motor in the back the bike tipped forward when I lifted on the nose of the saddle (to weigh it), it’s a lot better setup than a rear-rack battery in terms of handling and stability
  • The bike weighs ~61.5 lbs, which isn’t super lightweight, but makes sense when you consider the two alloy racks and spring suspension fork, the fenders don’t add much but the battery itself weighs ~8.8 lbs vs. 6 or 7 lbs on many other ebikes with lower capacities
  • The locking point that secures the battery to the frame is sprung, so you don’t need the key in order to click the battery back onto the bike, it automatically locks into place
  • I appreciate having walk mode (if the bike is on, just hold the plus button on the control pad) because it makes the bike easy to push up ramps or even stairs, through grass, or if it gets a flat
  • iGO designed their new display to be simpler (so you don’t have to select power levels, just assist levels) and to limit the maximum supported speed offered by the lowest assist levels, this way you can purposefully go slow and keep the motor quiet if you want

Cons:

  • The derailleur is a bit more basic and uses some heavier steel parts, Shimano Altus is just one step up from the base level Tourney and might require a bit more maintenance over time… it’s a value part that gets the job done
  • When the bike arrived it was packed very well, but the wires leading from the display panel and trigger throttle on the left had become loose (the throttle wasn’t working) so I had to peel back the neoprene wrap and secure them, keep an eye on this if you receive the bike directly and are noticing any unexpected behavior
  • The plastic fenders are durable and lightweight, but I had to adjust their positioning in order to keep them from rubbing on the tires and they produce a bit more rattling noise on bumpy terrain, an additional support connector under the rack would make the rear fender quieter
  • As much as I love the tool-free adjustable stem that comes with this ebike, I have heard that they can become loose and suddenly change position over time if you really bear down, keep an eye on this and tighten it occasionally if you’re a stronger rider
  • The kickstand offers adjustable length, which is nice, but is positioned directly behind the bottom bracket in the way of the left crank arm, if you don’t stow the stand before backing the bike up, the crank will collide and stop the bike
  • Most wave style step-thru frames suffer from a bit of frame flex and the iGo Elite is no different, but I did notice a reinforcement gusset where the main tube and seat tube connect and with a mid-frame battery the bike felt balanced and stiff, there was no speed wobble
  • I noticed that the rubber cap used to protect the battery charging port is now easier to seat, but the port is still located near the left crank arm and the plug and charging wire could get bent or snagged easily in this position compared to if they were higher up
  • With the headlight mounted to the front rack, it does not point where you steer the bike, the upside is that it does not bounce around as it would if mounted to the suspension fork arch
  • Both the front and rear light are mounted below sections of rack tubing in such a way that they are not highly visible from higher angles (like a car looking down towards a bike), this means they might not be as effective at keeping you seen
  • Disc brakes tend to stay cleaner and quieter than rim brakes, also allowing for the nice all-black sidewalls on the rims here, but the mechanical design doesn’t allow for adjustable-reach levers and requires more hand strength than hydraulic, for a bike that is targeting riders who cannot step as high, it would be nice to have a hydraulic disc brake option, be careful not to pull the front brake before the front wheel is mounted or the pads could get stuck together and be difficult to unstick
  • The suspension fork is a bit basic, it weighs more because it uses a coil vs. air and it does not offer lockout for heavier riders and smooth terrain, there are preload adjust clickers but they are concealed beneath plastic caps (you can pry these off and then adjust both clickers the same number of steps so it is balanced)
  • There’s a USB port on the display but I was told that it’s not functional, you do get a USB port on the right side of the battery pack but it’s not as convenient and might require a right angle adapter to keep the wires out of the way of your right leg
  • I might be a little confused here… but it seems like the demo bike that I was sent did not have all of the washers it needed for the front rack, headlight, and front fender… I came up three washers short, but perhaps the front rack didn’t need them after all (this was later confirmed by iGO, all washers are for the headlight and front fender)
  • The display panel is not removable and the integrated USB port was not active (perhaps they will enable this at a later time), if you park at a bike rack, the display could get scratched or tampered with more and will take more sun and weather damage, you could possible swivel it to reduce glare if you don’t over-tighten the clamp screw
  • On the one hand, it’s nice to have a bunch of different assist levels and power modes… but with eight levels of assist to navigate, you end up pressing the + and – buttons a lot, it might be nice if it went around, like jumped from 8 back down to 0 vs. making you click – a bunch of times

Resources:

More iGO Electric Reviews

iGo Metro E Review

  • MSRP: $1,599
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015

A well priced, well put together city style electric bike that's comfortable and versatile with fenders, rack and lights. Sturdy integrated racks can carry 25 kg each (~50 pounds) and the front rack benefits…...

iGo Metro Review

  • MSRP: $1,699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2014

Urban cruiser style electric bike available in high-step 18" and low-step 16.5" frame sizes, includes nearly every accessory you could want (fenders, chain guard, ergonomic grips, disc brakes and suspension). Average sized geared hub motor and Lithium battery pack, beautifully integrated wires and lights...

iGo Tour Review

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  • MODEL YEAR: 2014

Affordable city style ebike with basic mid-drive system offering improved efficiency and climbing. Lots of extras including front and rear fenders, LED lights and a cargo rack with…...

iGo Titan Review

  • MSRP: $1,599
  • MODEL YEAR: 2014

A cool looking, affordable full suspension electric bike thats best enjoyed on-road or light trails. Less sophisticated pedelec sensor can make the ride feel jerky at start and mash gears…...

iGo Urban Review

  • MSRP: $1,599
  • MODEL YEAR: 2014

Modest 250 watt mid-drive motor system is efficient but not the most satisfying. Offers three levels of pedal assist and twist throttle with a simple LED control console...


Sue
3 months ago

Hello, I am planning a bike trip, about 1800km through eastern Canada and the US, I am not a seasoned bike rider and was therefor looking for an electric bike to help me with this. I read these reviews and I am a bit torn between the IGo elite and the Volt bike elegant. Of course the Elite has some nice features and sounds good, but thinking about the price point too, I could get a second batterie for the Elegant and think that might be an asset?! and not be over the price for the Elite. I don’t know if I need the features the Elite gives me and since I can not test drive any of them beforehand, I am a bit torn here.

There are no dealers nearby and I have never driven an electric bike before so I would appreciate some input. One more thing to mention is that I will not leave from home but will have to jump right in and leave from Ontario to go back home with the bike… so there will not be much chance of preparation up front except my bike rides with a regular bike around here. I would appreciate advice and input a lot! Thank you

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court
3 months ago

Hi Sue! Sounds like an amazing adventure :D

I would definitely go with the iGO Elite in your case, because it has reflective tires with puncture protection and the frame is also brighter. The bottle cage bosses could make reaching your drink much easier, and I think the bike just has more features and is better built. Yes, it’s more expensive, but it also comes with a higher capacity battery pack than the VoltBike.

If you have any money leftover, I would also highly recommend the Satori Harmony seat post suspension. It’s only ~$30 on Amazon here and you can get the 30.9 mm diameter to fit this bike. It will make a big difference on your long trip. I hope this advice helps, both bikes offer a lot of value and whatever you choose I’d love to hear back in the comments or maybe see some pictures and feedback in the iGO Forums or VoltBike Forums to help guide other people about what worked and what didn’t. I do think that the iGO will have more assembly required when you get it, so make sure you have a couple of hours and a bike pump to get it done right (and maybe some of your own Allen keys as mentioned in the video).

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Sue
3 months ago

Hi Court, Thanks for the quick response! Can you give me a rough range per charge of battery for either of the bikes? I am planning on going between 60 to 80 km per day for the start and some terrain is a bit hillier. Thanks

Greg
3 months ago

Just wondering if the Satori Harmony would allow me to get the seat a bit higher as I am taller, or would it be the same length as the post that comes with the bike? Also, just to confirm that the 30.9mm would fit this bike that is listed with a post diameter of 30.4 mm? Thanks

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court
3 months ago

Hi Greg, it looks like the Satori Harmony comes in a 350 mm length which is just 10 mm longer than the stock post, and I wasn’t able to find it in the narrower 30.4 mm diameter. You probably would not want to get a fatter post than what the seat tube is designed for… but you could get a slimmer post and use shims to make it fit. If you want a suspension post, look for something 400 mm or longer with either 30.4 mm or 27.2 mm (like this, or this) and then use a 27.2 mm to 30.4 mm adapter like this. I hope this helps you! It looks like most of the longer suspension posts cost more money (because they are from higher-end companies), here’s a longer rigid post that would probably fit your bike for cheap.

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Ken Morse
2 months ago

I notice that often the price you quote in your review is way below the price I get when I click on the link for the company. For this Igo, you show a price of $1799 but I see a price of $2399 or $2099 when I go to the website. Do you know why this happens?

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court
2 months ago

Excellent question Ken! I believe the prices that iGO (and some other companies) list is in Canadian or maybe Euros etc. and I always list in USD. If you see a price on EBR that does not match the manufacturer’s website, you can always call them to ask and they will definitely tell me if the price is wrong… and I’ll change it :)

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Nova Haibike
2 months ago

The Canadian https://www.igoelectric.com/collections/2018-ebikes/products/igo-electric-bike-elite-500-watt-13-ah-samsung-lithium-battery looks like a very nice bike; the main drawback is mechanical instead of hydraulic disc brakes. iGo is supposed to announce new bike models tomorrow.

chokdii
4 months ago

Hi,
Unfortunately my wife was hit by a car on her IGo electric Metro S. She is ok, other than some bruises, but the bike didn't fare as well. After replacing the front wheel, I notice now that there is a flashing wrench on the display. The Brake handle appears to be slightly bent, so is it possible that the motor cut off switch was damaged causing this flashing wrench, or is this indicative of some other issue?

Any help is much appreciated.

Nic
5 days ago

We recently introduced Stromer #2 & #3 to our family. Our first Elite Sport with the mountain motor is still perfect at 11,000kms.

Stromer #2: 2018 Elite Sport Mountain Motor M32*, Blue battery, ridden by 220 lb person

Stromer #3: 2018 Elite Comfort S-Pedelec with Power 48 Motor, blue battery, ridden by 135lb person

*M33 and M32 motors are the same, I believe Stromer just switched factories. Same power output on both the M33 and M32.
Mountain motor: more torque for the hills
Power 48 motor: less torque on hills but much faster on the flat.

First off, we changed the codes on the mountain motor for faster top speeds:
#1007 change to 0 - makes the bike output go from default 250w to 500w.
Then #3773 to up max speed, I put in 70kmph as max. Now the bike flies like the wind and you don't get that annoying "restrained" feeling at 32kmph.
I did not change these settings on the Power 48.

However, I did change the sensor sensitivity #1004 to 90 on both of them so they're faster out of the gate.

We tested them both on some seriously steep mountain hills on power mode.

The Mountain motor causes the bike to get up to speed much faster. You definitely get that flying feeling right off the bat.
The Power 48 goes at a much more measured pace to get up to speed.

On VERY steep hills, the Power 48 with a 135lb person is almost equal to the Mountain Motor performance with a 220lb person.
Going up an extremely steep incline, I had to stand up to pedal with the Power 48 about 3 pedal strokes before my 220 lb husband with his mountain motor.

We switched bikes, I took the mountain motor sport and flew up the hill with very little effort - no standing up required at all and I was barely putting in any power to my pedaling. My husband, on the other hand, put in a LOT of effort to get up with the Power 48. He had to stand up almost the whole way, but he did make it.

On flat, the Power 48 can really go fast! The mountain motor sport with the codes adjusted can keep up pretty well, considering its rider is 90lbs heavier. My husband was also likely pedaling harder than I was.

The comfort also has an extremely upright position and so it is harder to get the power strokes in on it. I wish it had the same geometry as the sport but with a step through frame. The comfort is 2-3" higher at the handle bars than the sport.

So, if you are concerned about hill performance - the Power 48 with a lighter person performs almost as well as the mountain motor with a heavier person on steep up hills.

The Power 48 is much faster on the flat, but once you tweak the codes on the Mountain Motor, it can keep up to about 39kmph before you really have to work. We will update this thread when we do some more side by side testing on some straight flat roads to fully understand the speed differences between the two motors.

elkabong
1 week ago

I tried an Evox & A DeVinci. Didn't care for the DeVinci. Liked how the Evox performed, but just don't like the look of them. Weird frame geometry? Plus both of those were well over $3000.00. More than I want to spend....

I then tried the IGO EROS which I liked a lot actually. I 'was' thinking about a Rad Power RadCity too, but didn't want the smaller 26" wheels & tires. Plus their frame sizes are kind of 'odd'. Too many 'ifs' on the RadCity. So I just decided to go for the IGO Elite. Too bad I missed the Costco sale on them as they were down to $1799.00. But IGO gave me a pretty good price on one buying 'directly' from them. So like I said; fingers crossed!

Rakku
2 weeks ago

Im quite in a predicament.
The Allmtn 9.0 which I want to get is completly out of stock so I thought about going with the Fullseven LT 9.0, which is pretty similar.
The frames only have really minor differences, the components are nearly all the same except front and rear suspension.

Its pretty much a showdown between Roxshocks and Fox and I have no clue which suspensions are "nicer" or better.
Just guessing from the pricetag I´d have to say Fox has to be higher end, but that could be completly wrong.

Its basicly FOX 34 Float Performance Elite vs RockShox Yari RC Lockout and FOX Float DPX2 Performance Elite vs RockShox Monarch RT.

The wheelset is Mavic E-XA Elite vs DT Swiss H1900 (both tubeless ready).

Otherwise only difference is color (which I think both look very nice), tires and the handlebars.
Those differences come with a pricetag difference of 500€.

I dont know if the Fullseven LT 9.0 is avaible at all, just asking in if there is a difference which might make me wanna go Allmtn nevertheless.

Ravi Kempaiah
2 weeks ago

Here are some kits.
https://lunacycle.com/mid-drive-kits/
Their forum has lots of info on everything you can think of. https://electricbike.com/forum/

jas
2 weeks ago

Hello,
I'm new to e-bikes but learning lots. I would like to find something I could install on my current mountain bike.
It's a Motobecane Fantom Elite.

Is it possible to get a pedal assist and throttle on a do it yourself kit?

Where is the best place to buy a kit?

Here is a link to the exact specs
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom_elite.htm

elkabong
3 weeks ago

Hi Guys;
I read here somewhere that someone posted in think that the IGO Elites would be on sale at Costco soon here in Canada. Has that happened yet? Did I miss it? Or is that sale yet to come? The one of the ebgo bikes is on sale right now for $400. off. Hopefully the IGO is next???

I was just about to pull the trigger on a Rad City bike cuz it's like $700. less, but I do like a lot of the IGO's features better. ESPECIALLY the 700 tires! So 'on sale'; I could live with spending an extra few hundred as opposed to $700. + taxes...

Thanks all for any info.
Rudy

elkabong
3 weeks ago

Actually, revisiting the Costco site; I think I have narrowed it down the the IGO Elite they have there, the Rad City or the Juiced Cross Current. There's a significant pice difference between these 3 models. Rad City $1600. IGO Elite $2300. & the Juiced about $2500.

Starting to lean toward the IGO as they seem to be well built & do have the taller 700 tires & wheels which I prefer. 26" Tires just seem so small these days!?!?!?

Rakku
4 weeks ago

Hi there,

Im looking for my next bike and cant decide.

For starters, my next bike has to be a fully and Im willing to spend a bit more then usual on the bike.
The bikes I really like from the looks and components are haibikes.

The first one is the https://www.haibike.com/de/DE/bikes/596/2018-sduro-full-seven-lt-10-0.

The second one is the https://www.haibike.com/de/DE/bikes/604/2018-xduro-all-mtn-9-0.

Pricewise they are really close to each other and only have a slight difference.

The Fullseven LT 10 has a yamaha motor with a screen which has more options and features the haibike eConnect system, for GPS, anti-theft stuff and bluethooth.

The most major thing is, the highest versions of haibikes come with yamaha motors and a 2by drivetrain with 20 gears (2x10).
Many many people try to get away from 2 or 3by´s and go for a simple drivetrain.

The Allmtn 9 has a bosch motor and a integrated tube battery, and I like the looks of this one way more.
Thing is, I loose out on the econnect system, have a bit simpler screen and different drivetrain (1x10).

Another difference are the shocks, which are completly different, but I dont have any expirience in this part, so I cant really say whats nicer.
Fullseven comes with RockShox Lyrik RC and RockShox Deluxe RT and the Allmtn comes with Fox 34 Float Performance Elite and Fox Float DPX2 Performance Elite.

Another thing: from the looks the Allmtn bottom bracket/motor protrudes further down then the Fullseven, so less clearance.
But then again the fullseven casette at the cranks is totally exposed without any protection as the lowest point, so if a impact happens, damage is pretty likely.

So I have a hard time deciding between the two.
Im slightly tending towards the Allmtn because I like the color and the integrated battery design more, but I dont know if I loose out on components or something else.

Help would be appreciated.

Court
2 months ago

Following are some of the original comments that were made on that post:

DENIS CARRUTHERS
Yes, there are pros and cons of electric bikes, but to me personally I ride my ebike very regularly because I actually enjoy it! I do not particularly enjoy riding a normal bike for any distance and consequently for many years I never rode a bike at all. I feel sure I am now getting regular (albeit it moderate) aerobic exercise pedalling my ebike, which surely has to beat getting no exercise from not riding at all?

COURT
I agree with you Denis, I’ve been cycling a lot more since purchasing an electric bike :)

FREDRIK HANSSON
Hmm.. so 6 out of 10 pros is if compared to a car rather than a regular bike. If you compare a car to a helicopter the car will be much better going to work with, right? And please, do NOT say that an electric bike is environmental friendly! The increased use of Lithium-ion batteries and neodymium magnets is a ticking environmental disaster and China is controlling 95% of the market which makes it even more problematic. Electric bikes is good for people with physical problems that can not ride a regular bike but in general there are no benefits other than laziness.

COURT
Thanks for sharing your opinion, some of your statements use broad strokes and feel emotionally charged. In my opinion there’s a range of benefits from ebikes, cars and helicopters. Lithium-ion batteries are more efficiently recycled today than ever before (most Best Buy stores accept them) and the reduction in localized pollution with an ever-improving electrical grid opens up new possibilities for solar and wind generated power vs. oil which is often produced in unstable nations using environmentally destructive processes. Everything that anything does has an impact… so be conscious of yours, I take care of my stuff and use it in a way that benefits my life while considering the impact it has on my community (including animals and plants). I am not perfect and certainly an ebike (just as a bat) can be used for pleasure with friends or to harm depending on the choices made by the individual wielding it.

FREDRIK HANSSON
Yes, it makes me upset with all the biased marketing that electric bikes get without being objective and see the reality. You say nothing about the cons an electric bike have compared to a car, why? No cargo space, only takes one person, rider gets wet when it is raining etc.. there are lots of cons taking a bike to work instead of a car but you only mention the pros which is common in articles about electric bikes. Recycling is getting better but that does not mean it is good, only 60% of lithium-ion batteries are recycled. Lithium is also mostly found in South America, manufactured in China and shipped to Europe and USA. Environmental friendly?

COURT
I’m focused on ebikes because that’s what this site is about. I do compare cars and other vehicles on occasion but could easily run into scope creep and overwhelm readers who are here predominantly for ebikes. I am not a marketing agency, I do independent reviews. If we’d like to see more Lithium batteries recycled it is within our power to encourage friends and family to identify and execute drop off at places like Best Buy. I do not condemn South America, China or other nations who produce Lithium products as my insight into their culture is limited. Instead, I value our business relationships which foster peace and tend to usher in safer working environments and higher wages as local economies develop.

ANDREA
For cargo you use panniers, baskets and/or a pull behind trailer. For rain you use a raincoat, poncho, rain suit… If you are only one person you are not pulling around 3 empty seats like in a car. If there is another person – get them a bike too. Cars use SLA batteries that also require replacement and disposal… As far as being lazy, many people, like myself, are unable to ride a non-e assist bicycle. With the e-motor I am able to get exercise without hurting myself, I am able to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine as well as the beautiful scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Where exactly is the downside?

TEKNIGHT RIDER
First let me say thank you Court for all your hard and valuable work. I have learned so much in one really late night. ;-) I’ve traveled to several conventions, so nice to Austin TX again, too.
Anyway…My Questions….
1. Being from Salem, Oregon…I was wandering how an eBike would hold up if it happened to rain or get wet?
2. And would the Bosch Mid-Drive be better than say a rear hub motor from Easy Motion?
I”m big guy 6′-5″ 300lbs. and am hoping to get more exercise, too (but could really see the fun in an eBike as well…where it would be nice to ride to work without becoming a sweaty pig). ;-)
I’ve had a 1987 Schwinn Sierra w/23″ frame…and had just recently bought a new Trek Marlin 5 for my adult daughter (and it is fast with those 29″ tires…things have changed a lot). So now to keep up with her, I was thinking about a Trek DS 8.5 w/22.5 frame as my old Schwinn really does hurt my hands from my seat having to be so high compared to my handle bars. (I just changed my grips to some Bontrager Stelite Elite Grips…and that has helped a little, but by the time they get me a higher handle bar and change my cables and everything…it will be expensive on the ole girl).
So now, after discovering eBikes and reading several of your reviews on Easy Motion, Kalkhoff, and Haibike…now I’m seriously considering an Easy Motion EVO City or EVO Cross. I think I would like the bike to keep going if I stopped peddling for a lil’ while (so I think I’d like rear hub motor), and I like the way the Easy Motion’s look like a regular bike (probably more the Cross than the City). But the city has all the fenders & rack that I was going to put on a new Trek DS 8.5, too. Kinda of wish there was a frame of the Cross with all the stuff from City on it.
Well, thanks again for you do…it has been super helpful to a detailed guy like me. (PS after your tests…would would you think would be best for a big guy and being more upright?…the Cross w/22″ or a City w/21.5″)

TEKNIGHT RIDER
Thanks so much again for everything Court (and for those water & maintenance related links, too…VERY helpful).
Today I discovered the TREK XM700+ I hope you’ll have a review on that soon…I rode its lil’ brother the Trek Conduit+ down at Scott’s Cycle. And it was not bad at all (even though I know nothing about Shimano’s Systems). But the Conduit+ without any front suspension…I just thought it was a lil’ harsh riding…where the Trek XM700+ uses a BOSCH system with a lil’ Bontrager mono shock on the front…they will have one in a few days). Plus, these new eBikes from Trek come in LOTS of frame sizes…on the XM700+ as big as 23.6″…so this may be my new ride. ;-)
Late this afternoon, I went and rode an eMotion Nitro City, and a demo Cross…every lil’ thing you mention in your reviews are EXACTLY right on money!!!
So, after riding the 19.6″ frame of the Nitro City…I’ve now learned frame size doesn’t necessary mean all that much until a person actually sits on a bike and rides it. For me, it’s really more about the handle bars and their height in relation to the seat (and like your reviews said…the eMotion handle bars are shorter than others, too). Plus, I will have to say that I liked the better 30 Speed Shimano XT components that were on the Nitro City (almost seems like for the price eMotion should put the better XT components on all their bikes…just my two cents for an eMotion Factory Rep). ;-)
The handle bar on the Nitro City was straight and much higher (compared to the Cross), but the other surprise was that the Nitro City really didn’t seem all that much more powerful to me. I mean, I could tell it could go faster but not much difference in my humble opinion. I really liked its looks, BUT the big problem was that my heal and shoe side would hit it’s wider frame and that permanent kickstand that it has…so that is a no go…plus it was a lot more money anyway ($3,700 on Sale), which was a great price from $4,400…so if a person wants one from Eugene Oregon (they’ve got one). :)
The Demo Cross they had did not ride correctly at all (it was actually braking itself in the rear, so something was wrong with its motor or something). It was not at all like the two other Crosses I’d ridden (2 in Portland & anther new one in Eugene, too).
I hope to ride the Trek XM700+ soon (I think I will be forgetting about the accelerator real quick). ;-) As the more eBikes I test the more I see what you mean about Mid-Drives…I don’t see myself wanting to get out of the assist modes or using it like a Moped as much as I had initially envisioned. ;-)
Thanks again for all you do…it is greatly appreciated!!!!!!

COURT
Cool! It’s awesome to hear that the reviews matched your experience, I try to be thorough but constructive and also keep it entertaining. It’s interesting to read your comment about the bars, adjusting fit and the motor power thing on the Evo vs the Nitro… I agree that the upgraded motor just doesn’t feel like a whole lot extra power. Good luck finding the bike of your dreams, the Trek sounds promising and I’ll keep an eye out to review those in the future :D

JEROME
Thank you for the article it was informing. I am a big guy 6 feet and over 330 pounds. I need to bike because of arthritis in both knees and ankle. My question I am struggling with deciding between the bionx 500 conversion kits vs. the trek xm700+. The trek 2016 model is in and cost more than the bionx 500 with less power as well 350 vs. 500. I am looking to commute to work taking the scenic route which would add 10 miles to a 3 mile ride or longer depending on how far out I go. The extended distance does include some serious hills that I definitely can not do own my own power. I test rode both and feel both will suit my needs but due to the regeneration of the bionx 500 d I was leaning in that direction also it is several hundreds dollars cheaper. Also I am trying to wrap my head around the whole cheating thing vs. hard work and just pedal through and get better.

COURT
Hi Jerome! Great questions, I think both motor systems from BionX are great and they do both offer regeneration (all of BionX motor kits do). I was surprised to hear you say that the 500 D was cheaper, sounds like a good deal! Keep in mind if you get a kit you also need a battery and that could add to the price, installation can also be time consuming or cost more if the shop does it. Some of the Trek ebikes come with BionX preinstalled, I also really like https://electricbikereview.com/category/ohm/ and they have the D-Series installed which would give you more power for climbing. You are taller and heavier than me and I’ve heard that over 200 lbs it’s best to step up to larger 500+ watt motors so again, the D-Series sounds perfect and it’s better at dealing with heat as well. Hope this helps! In no way do I feel like ebikes are “cheating”. That’s like saying that typing with a laptop vs. a typewriter is “cheating” when really it’s just improving how fast you can type and reducing carpel tunnel. Ebikes are great for people who have knee pain (like me) or want to commute further or just reduce how hot they get while riding. You don’t have to use the motor… you can still pedal like normal but having the option for extra help means you will tend to ride more often and go further. It saves gas, reduces traffic congestion and exposes you to friendly people in the community… bicycles are great and ebikes are just fancy bicycles with more versatility :)

ADAM
Hi Court, Thanks so much for all of the great info. I live in a rural community about 1.5 hours by car from the nearest electric bike shop. I’m concerned about my ability to do on the road repairs or to get the bike fixed if broken. My wife and I live in northern New Mexico and are looking for bikes we can ride in the country on mostly paved and some gravel roads. Any models you would suggest or other advice? Thanks!!!

COURT
Hi Adam! Glad you’re enjoying the site… I’d love to help but there are so many variables here including your height, weight and budget. If I were in your position, even though it sounds like a long drive, I’d probably visit the local ebike shop to do some test rides because they might set it up for you properly and offer ongoing repairs as a part of the purchase. If you go and feel pressured or like there just isn’t the right bike for your needs then use EBR to explore more options and maybe get one online to be shipped. You might know more then and have a better time searching or asking for feedback in the forums https://electricbikereview.com/forum/forums/general/.

ELSEVER
Hello. If i ended electric can i use this regular bike? Electric bikes can use regular bike?

COURT
Hi Elsever! Yes, nearly every electric bike I have tested can be pedaled just like a traditional unpowered bicycle. This is useful if you run out of batteries or decide you just want to carry less weight (some ebikes let you remove the battery pack). When you are choosing an electric bicycle to buy I would consider how many gears it offers if you plan to pedal without the electric power, some ebikes only offer one gear and this is less comfortable with more weight. Electric bikes tend to be heavier than normal bikes because of the motor, controller, wires and displays and the battery but sometimes the frames are also heavier to be strong. I hope this helps!

BIKERJOHN
An interesting article but a faulty idea expressed can make a point which seems too limiting. Such is the situation with this statement: “I think the truth about ebikes is that most people don’t pedal them when they ride. Those pedals are really just there to save your butt if the battery runs out on the way home and create a safe, slow appearance.” I don’t want to be disputatious, but that is really a broad brushed statement. Statements like that can have an effect of justifying the ignorance of typical bike club elitists. http://www.bikejournal.com/thread.asp?ThreadID={59AB431A-1271-4123-9495-98AD1C4EE714} to a forum blog where you can read some comments from non-electric cyclists which express a somewhat close-minded perspective about e-bikes.
The reality is that there are more cost-effective alternatives (with more features built in) for electric vehicles that one can just sit on and not pedal such as the https://electricridereview.com/category/daymak/. Actually, I think the truth about ebikes is that most people will find they can commute a distance quicker and safer, using as much or as little effort as they choose to use. When compared to commuting on a bike without a motor, The ebike is superior with regard to a variability of effort while maintaining maneuverability and a greater margin of safety. Here is http://electricbikereport.com/electric-bike-cheating/ from an article on the perspective of a more traditional bike commuter.

COURT
I agree that bicycles and electric bikes tend to be safer because they can be used on trails and sidewalks vs. riding in the street with cars. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and those links :)

TODD NELSON
I second the assessment of a faulty idea expressed in the opinion “I think the truth about ebikes is that most people don’t pedal them when they ride. Those pedals are really just there to save your butt if the battery runs out on the way home and create a safe, slow appearance.”
Is that an opinion based on personal experience, observation or an assumption? I’d be really interested to know if there has been a reputable study done to support that opinion. Bikerjohn makes the point of how enabling an ebike is for commuting. Another important pro that you missed is that an electric assist can “level the field” for someone who would like to ride with others but struggles to keep up or can’t muster the endurance. It can help physically limited or rehabilitating cyclists gain strength and endurance while cycling with others, motivating them more to get in shape. Your opinion expresses an unfortunate bias of those who are looking for a way to take it easy. Please don’t associate it with the benefits of electric bikes without stating an equally, if not more significant benefit of enabling people to get in shape in a fun way.
Further, to suggest that pedals are merely to “create a safe, slow appearance” reflects a serious bias against human-powered transportation. Pedals make bicycles, including ebikes, what they are.
Also, bicyclists should not ride on sidewalks. It is not safer. Sidewalks are dangerous for bicyclists at intersections and for pedestrians who are not expecting a fast-moving bicyclist, especially when stepping out of a doorway or coming around a blind corner. In many areas, bicycling on sidewalks is a violation of local ordinance. Biking on streets is safer than sidewalks and some bike lanes. Ebikes actually make it easier to bike on streets with traffic for anyone who is a competent vehicle operator, familiar with the rules of the road.
**Check out http://cyclingsavvy.org/hows-my-driving/, especially the fifth section, “Wouldn’t you just be safer biking on the sidewalk?”**

CHERYL ALLEN-MUNLEY
Love my EBike – It is liberating to bike wherever I please. I can zoom down valleys without dreading the climb on the other side. I can take streets named Pleasant View without worrying about the climb and being actually able to enjoy the view. I can go grocery shopping without worrying about lugging the weight back home. Since I bought my Ebike, my cycling miles have more than doubled. One caution, with the additional speed and weight, a helmet is a must. Lots of attractive helmets at http://bandboxllc.com/

COURT
Hi Cheryl, you’ve made a bunch of great points about how enjoyable and empowering electric bicycles can be. Thanks for the link to BandBox, those are indeed some very cool helmets :D

LYNN MARIE
I have the Pedego Interceptor which I love but it is heavier than a regular bike. These bikes are for those of us who are shorter. I.E. 24″ wheels. I love that when there is a hill, I’m able to adjust pedal assist to help me power up the hill with ease and with the throttle, I don’t have to pedal at all. Sometimes I do just to keep the appearance of pedaling or to keep aerobic. At the end of, what I’d consider, a long ride; I am never exhausted like some people with regular bikes are. I feel fine and always am able to enjoy the environment because I don’t need to put so much effort into the biking part of the experience. All in all, I’m happy with my bike and hope to have the same one for years to come!

AL
i agree. i have the ridge rider i do get flats from road debris . do you?

LYNN MAGENHEIMER
NO, I have not gotten a flat but i have two types of tire reinforcements installed in the tires.

TERRY V
Hi, Just wondering if a Bosch CX mtb set on Eco mode would be a close speed/power to riding with my fit mtb friends? Or would I still be faster on the climbs with 50 lb pedal assist bike?

COURT
Hi Terry! My experience riding with the lower levels of assist using the Bosch Centerdrive has been that it’s much easier to slow down and wait for friends or take it easy than it is to accidentally go too fast. The drive system measures rear wheel speed, pedal cadence and torque so if you decide don’t push as hard you won’t get as much power and that means you’ll ride or climb slower. However, if you wanted to keep up with your friend on a difficult trail I think the two lowest modes of assist would work out (especially if you’re active) because it’s still going to require effort and balance to ride but the exhausting strain and cardio overload that usually comes with prolonged climbing will be much lower. I hope I understood correctly and that this answers your question? Feel free to clarify :)

JACQUES
I am 67 years old and 6’4″ and 250 lbs. NEED TO MAKE THE CHOSE BETWEEN A GIANT’S QUICK-E+ OR A TREK’s DUAL SPORT +. NEED YOUR EXPERTISE.THANKS

COURT
Hi Jacques, I like that the Giant electric bike comes with fenders, a rear rack and lights… The Trek Dual Sport doesn’t offer the same features which could come in handy at night or if it’s wet outside. The only trade-off is if you don’t need those accessories. I do like the Trek ebikes and the Dual Sport might be more comfortable with the front suspension. I hope this helps guide you… I believe that both models come in several sizes for a good fit at least :)

JUDY BURGERE
Hello,
I think the e-bikes are really fun to ride. I am 5′ 3″ 156 pounds and 68 years old. I want a pass through bike that’s ez to get on and off. I want a lighter bike but really don’t want to spend more than $2500. Can I use my regular bike seat on an e-bike? What bikes would you recommend?
Thanx for your time and consideration.
Judy

COURT
Hi Judy! I believe that Yes, you probably can use your existing seat on most electric bikes. These new ebikes share a lot of similar hardware from regular bicycles and are easy to upgrade and adjust. One product that comes to mind, is the https://electricbikereview.com/elby/city-ebike/ or OHM City, which both have the step-thru design and some very nice components. I just filmed the OHM City but have not posted it yet… keep an eye out in the coming weeks! This is just one idea, you could also post in https://electricbikereview.com/forum/forums/choosing/ and ask for advice from other riders and maybe the moderator, Ann M, will help you out too :)

Court
2 months ago

Hi guys! I'm moving some content off of the main site and into the most relevant categories of the forum. This post was originally made on September 24th 2012:

This is the second year for Electric Bike Review to be on site at Interbike in Las Vegas covering all things fun, interesting and ebike related. This year the show moved to the Mandalay Bay but the Outdoor Demo days (first two days of the week) remained at Boulder City. This is also the first year that bicycle fans were invited to participate by attending on the fifth day of the show, Friday September 20th, for an event called Interbike by Invitation!

Video from day 1 – Outdoor Demo Day, Interbike 2013

Started off with registration and badge-getting then hopped over to the bus lines near Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. Half hour bus ride, arrived at Boulder City where exhibitors were setup. Checked out the Easy Motion https://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/neo-jumper/ and a prototype bike with Bosch mid-drive system. Cruised around, found the Felt booth and they also have several models that use the Bosch drive system. WD40 is launching a line of products for cleaning bikes including a protectant that will keep your paint nice almost like car wax.

Was getting hungry so I cruised by the https://www.skratchlabs.com/ truck and got a veggie curry burrito and tried their electrolyte drink (loved it). Checked out the new Stromer bikes, ST1 Platinum and Elite, which only offer pedal assist mode but can go up to 28 miles per hour. Confirmed there are new signs at the Golden Gate bridge urging bikers to “turn off electric motors”. Cruised over to the Sea Sucker tent and ogled the suction cup bike racks they have (these are awesome! less wind resistance when taken off vs. regular racks). Made it to the Specialized area and asked about the Turbo… all bikes were checked out but I was told they made the bike weaker to be street legal in the US. Dahon has a new folding electric bike that’s powered by BionX motor, battery and controller. Met with the ProdecoTech guys and saw three of their demo bikes. Saw an Elliptigo (elliptical machine style stand-up bicycle). Finished the day at the Currie booth eyeing the Zuma which has upgraded battery positioning and is lighter overall than last year’s model.

Video from day 2 – Outdoor Demo Day, Interbike 2013

Started the day at 2am because the internet at the Excalibur hotel is so slow… decided to hit the hay. Woke up about four hours later and the video was done! 11 people had viewed it, worth it! Headed out for the show and got off the bus to find an awesome Toyota Tacoma tricked out for the Skratch Labs company (who I had seen on Day 1). Love it! even though it’s not electric… Spotted a remote controlled quadcopter, waiting for the https://ride2recovery.com/ race to finish. A bunch of people were hanging around to cheer these folks on. Many are veterans recovering from injuries and the race is meant to honor American armed forces. After 25 minutes of waiting however, I decided to get on with the show and ran into some folks from Bennett’s Bike and Fitness in Mason City Iowa wearing funky POC helmets (love their designs) we played around and I gave the cute girl a ride in the front basket of an https://electricbikereview.com/izip/e3-metro/ I borrowed from the Currie booth. PS. cute girl from the shop, call me! You’re awesome :D

A little while later I ran into Pete Prebus from http://electricbikereport.com/ and we chatted about past shows and his time working at bike shops as a kid. The wind started to pick up and dust was getting everywhere. I grabbed one of the new Felt Bosch powered ebikes and headed up the mountain where I saw a few riders catching air then I cruised down by the Power Bar tents and chilled at the BMX pump track sponsored by Bell helmets. I wanted to try it out but accidentally got on going the wrong direction and then Bell made me try one of their helmets… which was sweaty. I was still trying to avoid the wind so I cruised up to the https://actionwipes.com/ booth and spoke with the founder Martha who told me a funny story about an old boyfriend who had purchased a great white shark, crashed his car then charged people at the boardwalk $1 to look at it. It’s what inspired her to become an entrepreneur. And yes, killing sharks is bad and Action Wipes are environmentally friendly. Win!

I cruised back down to the main show area and spoke with Frederick about the POC helmets and he showed me the super-aerodynamic model and explained how they made it for the olympic games in Beijing. They wind kept blowing and stuff was starting to fall over. I suggested he put the helmet on for safety. The day was ending so I started back for the busses and met the friendliest booth attendant ever, he was using a spray bottle to mist people as they walked by. Awesome. Got back in line and boarded the bus!

Video from day 3 – Exhibition Hall, Interbike 2013

I arrived at the show, stopped by the Pedego booth and saw the new https://electricbikereview.com/ford/supercruiser/ Electric bike then cruised over to the http://www.jtreelife.com/ booth and tried on some face stick sunscreen stuff… cool. Took a lap around the showroom floor and saw the media booth (which probably has good WiFi) and decided to keep exploring. After a bit I saw a unique bottle cage designed to fit between the seat post and downtube and be super aerodynamic called the http://www.mywedgie.com/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi.

A bit later I ducked into the “Women’s Lounge” area and met with an endurance athlete brand called https://www.coeursports.com/ which just launched out of LA. They have stuff designed for long distance bicycling. A bit later I stopped by the Easy Motion booth and saw the new Neo Jet which is a stepthrough version of the https://electricbikereview.com/easy-motion/neo-cross/ presumably for women or smaller riders, it looked great. Easy Motion is also working on a few bikes that will utilize the Bosch mid-drive motor system and have 27.5″ wheels. I kept cruising and met Dwayne from [URL='http://www.bluemonkeybicycles.com/']Blue Monkey Bicycles[/URL] which is the first Pedego dealer out of Utah. We talked about putting skis on an electric bikes and ironically just after this I discovered [URL='http://www.gripstuds.com/']Grip Studs[/URL] which are tiny metal bits that screw into bicycle tires to give them more traction on snow and ice. I was told that larger tires like those on the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/pedego/trail-tracker/']Trail Tracker[/URL] also help… awesome! Then I saw the razor scooters booth and a bigwheel tricycle for adults. I also passed by the Brompton folding bicycle booth, while I did not see any electric bikes being showcased there I do know that [URL='http://www.nycewheels.com/brompton-electric-bike.html']NYCeWheels[/URL] offers some converted Brompton ebikes.

A bit later I cruised over to the ProdecoTech booth and saw the new Oasis, several Outlaw models, a full sized folding electric bike and the Scorpion which uses water-bottle sized batteries. Apparently these are being used by police forces and can come with two hub motors (front and rear). ProdecoTech also has a new Rebel bike with oversized tires that can be built with two 750 watt motors!

I discovered a new company called [URL='http://www.cycledog.com/']CycleDog[/URL] which is an earth friendly pet company that offers some neat chew toys. They use old tubes to make some of their plastic and rubber stuff. Kept exploring and found [URL='http://www.hi-powercycles.com/']Hi-Power Cycles[/URL] which has a bike called the Revolution offering a 5,000 watt motor with air cooling and regenerative braking. I saw the new IZIP E3 Peak on display with custom mid-drive motor system from Currie.

Jumped outside to check out the outdoor test track. Back inside I saw a new hub motor by BionX which was super wide and narrow. The [URL='http://www.cyclelogicalgear.com/']Cyclelogical[/URL] booth had some cool t-shirts and racks for tablets and stuff. They also have a cool spoke reflector thing which makes you much more visible at night. By this time I was getting hungry so I decided to keep walking and find the cafeteria. I met an interesting fellow who was eating a banana and asked if I had seen Pulp Fiction.

Back on the test track I made friends with the security guy named Bob and offered to let him ride the new Electra Townie Go! bike. He said he’d get in trouble so I just kept riding. For some reason they were doing jackhammer work outside which was very loud. I found the [URL='http://www.ondaride.com/']Onda Ride[/URL] booth and checked out some of their neat lockable bike boxes and trailers (they even have one that glows in the dark!) The Clif Bar booth had a neat flower setup with fun egg beater chandelier hanging above (and free samples, yum). Discovered a new company called [URL='http://rocket44.com/']Rocket 44[/URL] which has a portable bicycle pump with pressure gauge and high pressure and high volume setting for road vs. mountain bikes. They also offer a hydration pack with two reservoirs (one for sports drink and one for water). Back on the show floor I found the Basil booth and saw a few new bags and a fun bell!

I floated back outside and found a company called [URL='http://www.realxgear.com/']Real X Gear[/URL] that makes cooling hats and towels, you just get them wet and wear around your neck or on your head, neat. PowerBar has some new “real fruit” gu stuff that I tried out, actually tastes pretty good and they told me it was magic :D

Video from day 4 – Exhibition Hall, Interbike 2013

I’m dubbing this day “Cute Girls at Interbike”. Started things out with some $17.00 sunscreen then a long walk to the tram followed by a long walk to the Mandalay Bay convention center. Was enjoying a Pro Bar for breakfast and avoided the long line at Starbucks. Spent a little bit more time at the map this time figuring out who I hadn’t seen.

Had plans to meet Jason from [URL='http://www.ebikekit.com/']e-bike[/URL] kit but we missed each other.. in part because we’ve never met in real life and don’t know what each other look like. Spotted one of those huge tired bikes and found out [URL='http://www.oldmanmountain.com/']Old Man Mountain[/URL] makes heavy duty custom racks for them. The GoPro booth had a Porsche rally car setup and just a bunch of neat extreme stuff.

Cruised by the [URL='http://ortliebusa.com/']Ortlieb[/URL] booth and called out some of the neat panniers they have with quick-lift release systems. I went back to the Electra booth and tried to ask a rep where to buy them but he basically referred me to the website, meow. Found the Dahon booth and saw their folding ebike along with a new prototype that the rep didn’t know about. Saw some of the new [URL='http://www.timbuk2.com/']Timbuk2[/URL] backpacks then cruised over to the Burley area where they were showcasing the Flatbed, Nomad and a seat-post rack carrier.

[URL='http://www.striderbikes.com/']Strider[/URL] had a huge booth setup with two sizes of bikes for teaching kids how to ride (they don’t have pedals, just coasting and foot rests). I snuck into a high-up booth for a better view then bailed. Found a new company called [URL='https://www.hybikes.com/']HyBikes[/URL] with scooter-esque ebikes using Lead Acid batteries, they were inexpensive but heavy. Kept exploring and found the e-joe booth which had a few models out for show (but not testing). I met the founder who told me that [URL='http://ejoebike.com/']e-joe[/URL] is for “everybody joes” which made me smile.

I met back up with the girl at [URL='http://www.eprodigybikes.com/']EPik bikes[/URL] (out of Canada) which I had tested during Outdoor Demo Day, saw a new model with a built in basket. Just after this I ran into Turbo Bob who runs a [URL='https://turbobobbicycleblog.wordpress.com/']bicycle blog[/URL]! We chatted about the industry a bit and then parted ways. Picked up and saw a tandem called [URL='http://buddybike.com/']BuddyBike[/URL] which looked neat and is actually designed to take kids with special needs out for rides! So cool.. There was an interesting bike setup called “purely custom” for dialing in seating and stuff.

Thule has a couple of rack systems designed to fasten directly to bike frames (no braze ons required) and they felt really solid! I also checked out the EasyFold rack which is capable of carrying electric bikes. It can carry 130lbs of bikes and has a little ramp and also folds so you can open your tailgate. Yakima also has a platform bike rack called the Hold Up capable of holding 120lbs of bikes (but has no ramp) and another rack called the Rack and Roll for towing several bikes.

I was hoping to speak with the [URL='http://chamoisbuttr.com/her-chamois-buttr/']Chamois Butt’r[/URL] folks about their creams and powders for helping to avoid chafing when riding bikes but I went to the wrong booth, oops! Finally fond the right one and saw a new product “for her” designed for women with lavender scent, yum. Kept exploring and saw lots of candy, shiny colorful stuff and these cute little light up squids. I also met the dudes at [URL='http://therimskin.com/']rimskin[/URL] which can print custom stickers for deep dish rims or glow in the dark stickers which look awesome. Saw some fishes at the [URL='http://www.lifeproof.com/']LifeProof[/URL] booth where they make waterproof cases and stuff.

I met a nice lady at the Peg Perego booth which has seats for kids that attach to bikes, seemed legit and also had thermo-form padding for comfort and is weather proof. I saw a few ladies riding on rollers which was pretty cool. Later I found the [URL='http://www.pedalpushersclub.com/']Pedal Pushers Club[/URL] booth with lots of fun t-shirts. One had a bicycle and lots of little hearts. Suddenly there were people cruising around on Yike Bikes and they now have a two wheel rear so you can carry a second passenger. Out in the lobby I saw a cute girl who looked like Taylor Swift so I asked and yes, she gets that all the time..

Video from day 5 – Exhibition Hall, Interbike 2013

Final day of interbike! and the first year of a special program called Interbike by Invitation that let shops bring their most loyal and interested customers (who still had to pay $50 to get in). Not sure how successful it was as I didn’t see one person who came for this program?

Made my way through the lobby of the Excalibur, past the inactive people movers.. taunting me. I tried the buffet at the Excalibur and Luxor and the Luxor is way, way better.. but still not that great. On the walk to the show a guy named Richard showed me the [URL='http://www.cherubim.jp/']Cheribim[/URL] which is a Japanese bike company, it had a fancy pair of tubes acting a the downtube. I have no idea how that makes it better or lighter or what?

Got into the event center right when it opened so things were very quiet. Found a booth for [URL='http://www.sevenstarbicycle.com/']Sevenstar Cycles[/URL], a new ebike company I haven’t heard of, then went outside to the test track. I met with a rep from [URL='https://optibike.com/']Optibike[/URL] and learned about their new mid-drive motor and battery system. Met with the founder of High Roller tricycles for adults. He excitedly gave me a product overview and pulled a power slide on his way out.

I kept doing rounds at the outdoor track and visited the Currie tents including IZIP, eFlow and Haibike. Hopped on the “Green Bike” from Pete’s Electrics and then spoke with Dean about their rental offering and the different shops across the US including Boulder, CO. Was really impressed with the lights that run off of capacitors and work even if the main battery is out. They also stay lit for five minutes after the bike is parked.

Saw a band playing at the outdoor event, ran back into Turbo Bob who was also having slow internet at the Travelodge. Then I spent some time with the founder of Juiced, Toro, who told me about their newest model which has a 48 volt 22 amp hour battery along with lights and hydraulic disc brakes. They have new colors including black, gray and blue. He also showed me the Yepp baby seat, box and a food container that work with the rack.

Walking through the hall I saw a guy who I met on day 4 who had a neat scooter thing for his broken ankle. I swung by the Stinger booth and got some honey snack samples. Cruised back over to the indoor Currie booth and saw some new colors for the IZIP bikes. I also spoke with the president of Currie about the new eFlow Fit folding bike. It features regenerative braking and a battery built right into the seat post.

I went back to the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/bionx/']BionX[/URL] booth to look into that wide hub motor I saw on Day 3. It’s a new “D” series motor that offers 25 newton meters of nominal torque. It also has a peak of 50 newton meters. It’s more efficient and can be used with a rear cassette and disc brake. Drifted around at the Topeak booth and even spoke with a product manager there who covered the new mountain bike fenders which are AWESOME! They beak away, adapt to multiple wheel sizes and are adjustable to different seat post sizes as well.

Back outside I visited the A2B booth and learned about how Hero Eco was formed. The reps told me about the new names for their bikes (Metro is now the Octave, Velociti is now the Alva) and the key fobs that start the bikes which are pretty cool. I also checked out the Kuo folding ebike from A2B. I met back up with a friendly security guard outside who liked the pretty A2B Alva I was testing.

At the test track I saw some guys speeding around on the Stealth electric bike.. going way too fast for the safety of other riders, and I Saw Turbo Bob AGAIN testing out a custom chopper style ebike. I also discovered a [URL='http://solarelectricscootersinc.com/']solar powered electric scooter[/URL] that is made from a solar panel! To ride it you stand on the solar panel, it was pretty neat. A little while later I found the [URL='http://ecorecoscooter.com/']EcoReco scooters[/URL] which almost looked like tiny regular razor scooters. I met a guy from TheChallengeSite.com which is a site designed for companies to do marketing by creating challenges, the guy at the booth had some scratches on his hand from crashing on his longboard.

At another booth I met this very sexy girl wearing waterproof socks by [URL='http://www.sealskinz.com/US/']SealSkinz[/URL]. She explained that they can be used for biking in wet conditions and come in several sizes. Even though they are waterproof she said they are still breathable.. and she winked at me, yay!

At another booth some guys were showcasing [URL='http://www.ledbylite.com/']LED light strips[/URL] to make bicycles more visible at night. The strips can be set to pulse slowly and greatly increase visibility for riders. That was the last thing I saw before rushing off to the airport! Great times at Interbike, hope to see you there next year :D

Court
2 months ago

Hi guys! I'm moving some content off of the main site and into the most relevant categories of the forum. This post was originally made on November 1st 2012:

This is the third year I’ve been able to attend Interbike in Las Vegas, NV USA and ebikes were more plentiful and sophisticated than ever! There’s more at the show than just new or upgraded electric bikes though, this is a showcase for the latest gadgets and services that cater to the cycling world (electric or otherwise). I saw lots of cool brands, old friends and participated in some interesting events at the show and tried to capture video of stuff I found interesting. Posted below are updates from the show in video and written form with links to the people and products referenced. Feel free to add your own memories or questions and suggestions in the comment section below or the https://electricbikereview.com/forum/threads/interbike-2014-coverage.204/.

Video from day 1 :: Outdoor Demo Day, Interbike 2014

Started out a bit slow after arriving in Vegas late Sunday night, my Sister was married the day before and I caught a red-eye in from St. Paul Minnesota and shared a cab with a girl from https://qbp.com/ who I also chatted with on the flight. Registration at the Luxor hotel was smooth and the line wasn’t too large. While waiting I met a guy from https://www.boardmanbikes.com/ who was coming from the UK and had just attended Eurobike… we were all pretty tired, I finally got to bed around 3am.

The next day I caught a shuttle from the Mandalay Bay to Bootleg City (about a half hour drive) where the Outdoor Demo Day events take place. On this bus ride I met a guy who works with http://en.wellgopedal.com/ and also has his own startup called http://bmxican.net/. We talked about pedals… which was cooler than it sounds.
The first thing I noticed at Outdoor Demo Day 1 was a custom “urban camouflage” painted fat bike from http://www.feltbicycles.com/ with the Bosch Gen 2 Centerdrive system. There were lots of fat ebikes arriving this year including models from https://electricbikereview.com/category/surface-604/, https://electricbikereview.com/category/izip/and https://electricbikereview.com/category/polaris/. I’ll be posting reviews soon.

I picked up a http://theprobar.com/ then ran into Justin from http://justins.com/ and got to hear about how his company was started in Boulder Colorado. He also gave me a sample of the newest flavor “Vanilla Almond Butter” which was pretty amazing. Next I ran into [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/community/members/wojtek.236/']Wojtek[/URL] who’s a fellow video blogger and we chatted for a bit. Sounds like he’s become a brand ambassador for [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/stromer/']Stromer[/URL] which is neat. A bit later I came across a Sony booth that had [URL='http://www.sony.com/electronics/action-camera']Action Cameras[/URL] which they were loaning out. I decided to take one and film for a bit to do a comparison of audio and video quality. At this booth I got the chance to meetup with [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/community/members/chandlee-ebs.603/']Chandlee[/URL] from [URL='http://www.electricbikespecialists.com/']Certified Electric Bike Specialists[/URL] in Chattanooga, TN. He and I chatted a bit and experimented with different camera adapters for helmets and bikes.
Later on, Chandlee and I saw some new paint on a Surly Karate Monkey bike which was semi-clear (called spray tan) and showed off the weld points. Chandlee has been talking about converting his own Karate Monkey to electric and debating between the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/8fun/bbs02/']8Fun BBS02[/URL] or the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/bionx/d-500/']BionX D-Series[/URL]. Sounds like you need a special drop out adapter to convert from thru-axle to standard skewer to make it work with the BionX system. Later we ran into a random dude who was demoing the new Nine-E electric bike from Felt and Chandlee geeked out about it for a while.

We then metup with a rep from Rhinomed who were showing off the [URL='http://www.theturbine.com/']Turbine[/URL] which is a nose expansion plug thing that makes it easier to breathe when doing sports. Chandlee tried one out for the camera and was impressed. Basically, these things have a built in ratchet so you can flare your nostrils more or less depending on your comfort and air intake needs. The package comes with a medium and a large and the guy suggested that you start with the medium, we were also told that Rhinomed is working on a slow-release fragrance that will help clear your sinuses.

A little while later we ran into a rep from [URL='http://www.xtracycle.com/']Xtracycle[/URL] that was showing off the Edgerunner with an [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/8fun/bbs01/']8Fun mid-drive BBS01[/URL]motor attached as well as a NuVinci N360 continuously variable transmission CVT. The motor and CVT are items that you can add yourself to an Xtracycle (and many other ebikes) but there is also a new purpose-built edgerunner with the Bosch system built right in. The nice thing about the Bafang/8Fun motors is that they offer pedal assist and throttle mode vs. Bosch which is only pedal assist.

Later I met some reps from [URL='http://www.santanatandem.com/']Santana[/URL] which is a well established tandem bicycle company. They had a [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/bionx/']BionX electric drive system[/URL] installed on one of their tandems which offers good balance and regeneration models. One of their tandems had some extra large tires and 10 inch (254 mm) disc brakes for off road riding. Looked awesome, we thought about riding it but passed.

I scooted over to the [URL='http://polarisebikes.com/']Polaris[/URL] tent and asked their lead product manager, Carey, about the new “Shift Speed” technology that listens to which gear you’re in as well as how fast you’re pedaling. It’s a neat setup and I reviewed several of their bikes which will be up on the site [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/polaris/']here[/URL] soon. Just next door was the [URL='http://www.elliptigo.com/']ElliptiGO[/URL] tent and I asked about their updated models. I was told that with one of their bikes you actually get more cardio (33% more cardiovascular workout). It’s a blend of running, cycling and elliptical training. with these you don’t have to sit and you also don’t get the same knee impact as with running. You can get an ElliptiGO with 8 or 11 speed internally geared Shimano hub that can be shifted at standstill.

Next I visited the https://electricbikereview.com/category/surface-604/ booth and learned a bit about their name. The 604 stands for the Vancouver phone area code which has beach and snow features that their fat bikes can handle. Places like Tofino for beach riding and Whistler for skiing. Their old bike was called the “Element” and the new model (while similar) comes in several different flavors and motor sizes and is called the Boar.

A bit later I ran into Chris Nolte from [URL='http://propelbikes.com/']Long Island Electric Bikes[/URL] and we talked about [URL='http://www.ktm-bikes.at/en.html']KTM[/URL] (which had some European model ebikes with the 250 watt Bosch centerdrive) as well as his trip to Eurobike where he had already seen a lot of the new stuff… I teased him for this. Chris arrived to Vegas a little early and toured the [URL='http://www.zappos.com/']Zappos[/URL] factory for fun. Later Chandlee told us about the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/community/threads/beaverdam-blitz-electric-bike-rally-aug-22-23-in-georgia.662/']Beaverdam Blitz[/URL] which is an annual ebike ride for East Coast enthusiasts (it happens in Georgia). Last year was the first ride and I was unable to make it but I’ll be there next time :D last year it happened in August and this year it will probably happen in July and is put on by [URL='http://www.electricbikespecialists.com/']Certified Electric Bike Specialists[/URL].

Next I visited the [URL='http://www.brompton.com/']Brompton[/URL] booth and while they didn’t have an electric bike on display they did mention that NYCeWheels offers a [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/brompton/nycewheels-electric/']pretty good conversion[/URL]. Richard and Kathryn mentioned that Brompton may have an ebike in the future but is primarily known for their light weight designs that fold extremely small, have great accessories, a rear bumper suspension element and several handle bar styles. They also showed off the braze work with their “raw lacquer” premium finish that’s a powder coat you can see through. Brompton ebikes are designed, built and assembled – they ship it completely ready to go in a box. Brompton was founded in the late 1970’s.

Towards the end of the day I ran into Pete prebus from [URL='http://electricbikereport.com/']ElectricBikeReport.com[/URL] walking back to the busses and we swapped stories about the show. We both got rained on but it felt good because the day was so hot and dry. That was it for day 1!

Video from day 2 :: Outdoor Demo Day, Interbike 2014

Day 2 was much hotter than Day 1 but I got a bunch more electric bike reviews in. I was losing my voice from being up so late both nights and traveling but I soldiered on! Got some cool footage of the bus ride there as well as [URL='https://ride2recovery.com/']Ride 2 Recovery[/URL]which was on its way to the show.

My first stop was the [URL='http://gopro.com/']GoPro[/URL] booth where I spoke with a rep about future improvements and how their hardware differs from the Sony Action camera I had tried the previous day. He talked about a new “fetch mount” that Kaya was demoing around the show. They’ve also got some new dive filters and a three way mount (grip, tripod and sportsman). Sounds like they are working on processing power, lens improvement and battery life. He told me that GoPro usually offers higher resolution and frame rate than Sony’s product right now.

Just after I left the GoPro booth I saw a Scratch cooler (which makes a Gatorade style drink mix… but way better). Then I noticed that the GoPro booth was powered on Solar using a [URL='http://www.goalzero.com/']Goal Zero[/URL] setup. It was impressive to see a TV going as well as multiple GoPro chargers all being powered by the sun and a large battery pack. The setup was using four 30 watt panels (120 watt total). The company does sell smaller setups for $500 with just one 30w panel as well as a backpack designed to charge your accessories.

Next I visited the http://theprobar.com/ booth and was told that they’re introducing some new bars. I really love these bars because they are vegan, organic and non-GMO. They taste great and don’t have extra sugar or unhealthy stuff. In fact, I brought some of these with me to the show to carry around.

Later on I ran into Peter from [URL='http://www.nycewheels.com/']NYCeWheels[/URL] and we talked about the [URL='http://www.ternbicycles.com/us/']Tern[/URL] electric bikes that were being showcased at Interbike. This year they have two models that are purpose built and can fold without having to remove the battery. This was Peter’s first show and I saw him several times exploring different models. Their store is in Manhattan NY.

Next I chatted with a Magura representative who explained what their relationship with Bosch as a service partner would mean. They train dealers and help deal with returns etc. at the show they had some training clinics. A bit later I found the GoPro puppy and enjoyed petting her. Then I saw a beautiful LOOK bicycle (non electric) and helped a guy who was stranded on a [URL='http://www.highrollerusa.com/']High Roller[/URL] adult-sized big wheel tricycle by pushing him up the rest of a hill.

Just after that I swung by the BionX booth and hung out with Michael DeVisser who founded [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/ohm/']OHM bicycles[/URL]. They primarily build frames and work with drive system manufactures like [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/bionx/']BionX[/URL]. He’s been working in the space since 2005 when he first tried an ebike in Asia. OHM is a Canadian company and there are lots of hills in and around Vancouver where Michael is from.

A bit later I met [URL='https://www.facebook.com/stevenpeacefans']Steve Peace[/URL] who was riding a tricycle style road bike with aero wheels. He had just completed the ride to recovery and was relaxing in the shade. steve started riding trikes around 2009 after he suffered a stroke. He has been working with Dave Levy and [URL='http://www.bmc-switzerland.com/us-en/']BMC[/URL] to craft these custom rides and is the owner of two test bikes. It sounds like more trikes are used in England but the US is beginning to see growth in this segment. They are trying to get Dave to build some more :)

Next I visited the FreeCross booth which also makes outdoor elliptical bicyles (similar to Elliptigo but with three wheels instead of two). Their products are very high quality and work with a program in Europe to reduce insurance costs through physical activity. This is where I metup with [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/community/members/ravi-kempaiah.20/']Ravi Kempaiah[/URL] who is a member of the EBR Community forums. He was excited about the new Felt electric bikes as well as those from Haibike and others.

Video from days 3-5 :: Exhibition Hall, Interbike 2014

With so many ebikes to cover this year I decided not to do separate videos for day 1, 2 and 3 of the Exhibition Hall portion of Interbike. Instead, I’ve compiled footage from all three days here with a few references to which day specific footage was captured. It is all shown in order. The footage at the very beginning was actually shot the day I flew in but I forgot to include it there so I stuck it on this video :p

I kept bumping into Joe from [URL='http://ashlandelectricbikes.com/']Ashland Electric Bikes of Oregon[/URL] and he actually helped me shoot some footage which was very nice. We chatted for a bit on our way to the convention center area of Mandalay Bay. Joe was staying in the Motel 6 and loving it! Or… at least saving some cash money by doing so.

To start off I just filmed everything I saw while walking through. I passed the J&B Importers booth then saw an exhibit on the history of fat bikes. Randomly after that I saw Jason Kraft from [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/e-bikekit/']E-BikeKit[/URL] and we spoke a bit. I had tried one of his [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/e-bikekit/e-trike-kit/']trike kits[/URL] on this fat tire trike called the Atlas from Sun Bicycles the day before at Outdoor Demo Day 2.

Next I visited the [URL='http://www.topeak.com/']Topeak[/URL] booth which had a bunch of new fenders with lights and a bottle cage with a built in light that makes the entire bottle glow like a lamp. Later in the show I actually met the founder of Topeak and he showed me some cool bicycle pumps that act as a stand for your bike so it won’t tip as you inflate the tube. Cool stuff all around. As I left the booth I saw a bicycle trainer machine that was designed to provide biometric feedback about riding. I also saw another Skratch drink booth.

A few booths away I saw the entire lineup of [URL='http://www.hiplok.com/']Hiplok[/URL] bicycle locks designed to be wearable and easier to carry. They have a small u-lock that latches on to backpack straps across your chest as well as a long chain lock that can be worn as a belt. Then I found the [URL='http://virtuebike.com/']Virtue Bikes[/URL] booth that had several electric bicycles (a normal bike, a cargo bike and a velomobile). One of the booth attendants explained that Virtue had been around since 2010 and was planning to introduce the velomobile ebike I saw in late 2015, it is called the Pedalist and will retail for $3,500+. It reminded me of the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/organic-transit/elf/']Organic Transit ELF[/URL] velomobile ebike.

A bit later I saw some [URL='http://ortliebusa.com/']Ortlieb[/URL] panniers that looked similar to older models. Just clean, durable and highly reflective waterproof designs. Unfortunately I didn’t get to speak with a rep, just explored them on my own. Then I visited the [URL='http://www.hpvelotechnik.com/']HP Velotechnik[/URL] booth which had a bunch of customizable recumbent trikes that could be electric powered. I like that one had a vertically adjustable seat for comfort or users with mobility challenges. It reminded me of the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/outrider/horizon/']Outrider Horizon[/URL] trike.

Cruising over towards the ebike section of the showfloor I ran into Chris and Kyle from Long Island Electric Bikes again and they let me interview the lady from Yepp, egg and Gazelle! She showed me how you can add a “skin” to change the style of a “naked” helmet to make it more fun for kids. Just after this I cruised past the [URL='http://www.leisger.com/']Leisger[/URL] booth (it’s a German ebike company) which had a bunch of new ebikes that I didn’t get to try but looked pretty cool.

Next I saw the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/emazing-bike/']eMazing Ebikes[/URL] booth and chatted with the staff. I’ve reviewed these bikes before and they are very light, fairly affordable and available in several sizes for a good fit. Not the most powerful systems but not too bad given their mix of cadence sensing and torque sensing. Next door was the EG Bike booth which is also a more affordable ebike manufacturer and one of the only ones I know of with a full suspension folding ebike called the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/eg/vienna-250-ex/']Vienna[/URL]. I also visited the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/juiced-bikes/']Juiced Riders[/URL] booth and saw a bunch of new models (a short cargo bike, a mountain bike and an extra large capacity cargo).

Then a gentleman named Bob said hi to me and took me over to see an electric bike wheelchair add-on for people who are handicapped. His son is a quadriplegic and he was excited to show how this thing adapts to a standard wheelchair. The company is called [URL='http://www.davincimobility.com/']Davinci Mobility[/URL] and their systems go from $3 to $5K.

[URL='http://www.wearea2b.com/us']A2B[/URL] has several new models for 2015 that are designed to be more affordable while still maintaining the hiqh quality that they have built their reputation on. I tested these out and should have reviews up in the [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/a2b/']A2B section[/URL] of the website soon.

I had some lunch and then visited the Innovation Lab area of Interbike which features products from “up and coming” producers. On my way I saw the [URL='http://revolights.com/']Revolights[/URL] booth and got some footage of their rim-mounted LED lights that automatically sense forward and backwards (using an accelerometer) and cast a headlight and tail light for visibility and rider safety. They are really cool in their current form but I was told that future versions will have stronger mounting points and better batteries with a mobile app as well. This company began on Kickstarter.

I slowly passed the [URL='http://us.besv.com/']BESV[/URL] booth (later got to try their ebikes out, fancy designs but very expensive). Then I saw some [URL='http://kaymanbikes.com/']Kayman[/URL] electric bikes which resembled the new ebike from [URL='http://www.jetsonbike.com/']Jetson[/URL] that I tested out later in the show (review coming soon). I saw some kids helmets and then visited the [URL='http://www.prodecotech.com/']ProdecoTech[/URL] booth where they were displaying a bunch of new, more powerful ebikes. The Outlaw 1200 has a 1,200 watt motor that is for off-road use only. Aside from the motor size, it closely resembled the Outlaw SS that I’ve [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/prodecotech/outlaw-ss/']reviewed here[/URL]. THey also have a new Mariner folding ebike with a rear hub motor vs. front that I really enjoyed.

A bit later I saw the new smaller Sony Action camera and got to say hi to their reps. This was the last thing I saw for day 1. The next day I shot some footage of the Mandalay Bay halls and crowds pouring into the exhibit hall. One of the first things I saw was the [URL='http://www.genze.com/']GenZe[/URL] ebike which is a new affordable bike being built by the Mahindra group (an Indian company) debuting in Northern California. Their bikes cost ~$1,500 and are very basic, reviews coming soon. I had actually wanted to say hi to [URL='http://www.chipfoose.com/ws_display.asp?filter=Home']Chip Foose[/URL] but he left just as I was engaging with GenZe, bummer!

Right across the hall I saw [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/motiv/']Motiv[/URL] and was able to speak with Cameron about the “Stout” fat bike. After finishing with Cam I walked back to the Innovation Lab area and toured some startups. One was called [URL='http://fulgaz.com/']FULGAZ[/URL] and they’ve got an app that lets you use a bicycle trainer in tandem with video footage to practice routes or just make training more fun. They showed me some awesome footage from a Bay Area Marin Headlands ride in Northern California and we had fun chatting. For the demo I saw they were using a standard road bike in combination with a [URL='http://www.wahoofitness.com/']Wahoo KICKR[/URL] which costs ~$1,200 and the app uses a monthly subscription rate that gets as low as ~$13/mo if you subscribe for a year.

Some of the other booths I visited in this area include [URL='http://mybell.co/']MYBELL[/URL] which offers two recorded audio messages (digital horn) as well as LED lights (up to 110 lumens) and it mounts to most bike handle bars. Next I saw [URL='https://velosock.com/']Velo Sock[/URL] which has a cool “sock” for your bicycle to keep your carpet clean from dust and dirt and also make the profile of your bike more aesthetically pleasing (you can print anything you want on these so you an match your wallpaper if you want). A bit later I found ZEW and met the founder, Corbin from [URL='https://www.facebook.com/CorbinfiberElectricMotorCycles']Corbin Fiber Electric Cycles[/URL]. Next I visited the [URL='https://www.spinlister.com/']Spinlister[/URL] booth and they showed me their bicycle borrowing service… it’s basically Air B&B for bicycles so you can rent your bike or find one in the community to use vs. having to buy. In addition to bikes they also do surf and snowboard stuff :)

I kept moving through the Innovation Zone and found some adult sized training wheels from a company called [URL='http://www.ez-trainer.com/']EZ Trainer[/URL]. They looked pretty solid but I didn’t get a chance to go for a test ride. For people who might be struggling with mounting their bicycle or balancing this could be a useful product. Next I saw the [URL='http://www.flybar.com/']Flybar[/URL] which is like a giant pogo stick that you can actually do flips on! Pretty amazing product that goes form $150 to $300 depending on the size. You can also adjust the spring for your weight. Just down the aisle was [URL='http://www.boucliervisors.com/']Bouclier[/URL], a company that makes visors that can be attached to most helmets (using a sticker that has a magnet inside). These are designed to be easily removable but when left on, provide excellent protection from harmful sun rays that can lead to skin cancer. The Bouclier visor costs ~$45. Just next door to them was another face protection company that had a product more like giant sunglasses than a visor. This company was called [URL='https://raygear.com/index.php/']Raygear[/URL] and the product is Xshield which comes in full size, helmet size (it cuts off so you don’t bump your hat or helmet) and glasses size that’s just a bit larger than traditional sunglasses.

On the other side of the row I spotted the [URL='http://lock8.me/']Lock8[/URL] which is a fancy bicycle lock designed to mount directly (and semi-permanently) to the frame and then work with a cable. If the cable is tampered with, an alarm goes off and if the bike is completely stolen you can recover it through the use of integrated GPS tracking. This is another company that started on Kickstarter, future models may actually have cables that retract into the bike frame but the one I saw had a removable cable and retails for ~$250.

Back at the main showfloor I stumbled across the [URL='http://www.daymak.com/']Daymak[/URL] booth (a more traditional company that has been using Kickstarter in recent years to explore solar powered ebikes). These guys have a large scooter called the Beast and an all in one wheel which both use solar energy for charging. The all in one wheel actually uses solar panels on the controller and and uses a wireless communicator so it’s very easy to install. I was told this will launch on Kickstarter for ~$699.
Towards the end of the day I met with Don DiCostanzo from [URL='https://electricbikereview.com/category/pedego/']Pedego[/URL] and was allowed to go up onto their booth to shoot the entire showfloor. Interbike 2014 had more electric bikes that I have seen at the two prior shows I attended. Aside from the lack of sleep and last minute travel from my Sister’s wedding it was a lot of fun and I’ll be posting bike reviews here in the following weeks and months.

Award Ceremony Video :: 2014 Interbike E-Bike of the Year Award

On Thursday Interbike held an award ceremony banquet where Gary Fisher announced the Electric Bike of the Year. Above is a short video I shot with the award winner coming up on stage and then a few clips of the winning model. This was the first annual E-Bike of the Year Award to be given out at Interbike in the USA and it was exciting to see a recognized figure such as Gary Fisher voicing support for the industry.

Nova Haibike
2 months ago

The Hardnine is very close to my bike (even the color!); I have the 2016 Trekking RC. Like all the Haibikes, no throttle. It is also not a speed pedelec. For your short commute you would not miss it...it's not like you would save a huge chunk of time. But I can easily ride right at the bike's limit, and wish it would support more than 20 mph. My guess is you would miss it as well. Of course an aftermarket tuning dongle would lift the restriction for roughly $150.

I notice they have a nice Deal of the Week on the https://www.amegoev.com/stromer-st1-elite-sport-420.html.

ZoolookThe
3 weeks ago

Merci infiniment, Thank You Very Much

France Larocque
3 months ago

Vous m'avez convaincue. Je viens d'acheter ce modèle chez Costco. Merci

Younes Tenn
3 months ago

Nice e bike

blairo15
3 months ago

G'day mate. I loved your review of the super 73 and I must say I'm a little disappointed about their service. I pre ordered 2 bikes in july last year for delivery this January. Then it shifted to February and now I have heard from another source that it will be end of may ! !!!!!!! But not from them as I have sent 6 emails over a period of time with no reply! I just thought people should know!

David Keenan
3 months ago

Pretty good value, nice bike , don't know much about that company

wavewhaler
3 months ago

Thanks to you keeping me excited about electric bicycles I'm currently shopping for my 3rd one. Thanks for all you do. This one looks really good for the price. I was momentarily confused when I clicked your link to their website until I realized that price is shown in Canadian dollars. Thanks for mentioning that Amp Brothers carries it.

uknovaaddict
3 months ago

I really like your reviews and the way you add commentary of your own experience regarding individual features. Brilliant review.

Fay Champoux
3 months ago

What is the bike rack is on the Prius?

daMacroGuy
3 months ago

I still think the E-Glide ST is a better value.

Edgar Gomez
3 months ago

Great review again! that place looks really, really, really desertic! Say Court, what were you doing in Phoenix? what do you do with the bike after the review? why not have it ship to your home in Denver?

ilikewasabe
3 months ago

it has allot of features for its price. Great value for money imo.. :) my populo is great but i think i need a commuter/ light hauler.. i think im gonna get this one

The Mute
3 months ago

Great review as always. I wonder how "walk with me" works when climbing stairs.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Yeah, it might have been a poor example, I think walk mode has an auto shutoff feature on some bikes and it can be difficult to hold the button and push a bike... but I have definitely used it (and throttles) to help climb stairs on occasion. The Specialized Turbo Vado is one example where I got it on film: https://electricbikereview.com/specialized/turbo-vado-6-0/

Life Yang
3 months ago

Great video. Only 50 mins for you to assemble. Good job Court. Probably would have took me 5 hours. Lol.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Ha! Yeah, I took my time and tried to straighten the fenders and stuff, so it would perform quietly and represent the company well. It's not so bad if you have the screwdriver, a nicer Allen key, and a wrench ;)

lee53597
3 months ago

please note the pronunciation of "pannier", 3 syllables, accent on first... https://www.google.com/search?q=pannier&oq=pannier&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.5016j0j8&client=tablet-android-samsung&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8

lee53597
3 months ago

Wisconsin... and I've even heard it pronounced by a western Canadian as if it were French, 3 syllables and silent 'r' . Schwalbe is more problematic since it's a name and the person can pronounce it any way he chooses... Btw, I've watched many of your videos and appreciate your work. I'm going to move into the city in the next year or two and consider getting an e-assist bike, but I'm not sure. Madison is pretty flat and I don't know if I'll need the assist. As it is, I ride year-around, including -15 º F and lower.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Hmm, thanks for that! This is the first time I have used the Google audio example. So, it sounds like panny-ear. What part of the world are you from? I hear it pronounced differently in different places. How do you pronounce Schwalbe?

Light Up The Truth
3 months ago

Thank you for all of your videos Court. I just received my Rook about a week and a half ago and for the first time I was able to get out and ride with my husband for a 40 mile ride! I would have NEVER have been able to do that before I found your videos.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

That's wonderful, I'm so glad the two of you are enjoying some time outside together! The Surface 604 ebikes are some of my favorites, great people at the company too. I really appreciate your positive words here :)