ELECTRIC BIKES | COMMON QUESTIONS
+ What makes a great electric bike?
Electric bikes are going through a huge transition. For the last 20 years, electric bikes in the US have been a hobbyists playground. In the last 10 years, electric bikes have become mainstream in Europe and are quickly becoming so in the States. We embrance both the hobbyist mindset, and the needs of the mainstream ebike consumer.
+ Are electric bikes safe & reliable?
As mentioned above, electric bike technology is rapidly becoming commonplace. Big brands like Bosch who have deep experience with motors and batteries are gaining ground. We only work with lithium-ion battery systems which are the safest and most reliable around.
+ Do I really need electric assist?
If you've got a particularly hilly commute, or a long one, an electric family bike may be just the thing to get your riding more. If you feel like you 'should' ride but you're not, you may find that electric assist gives you that needed boost.
+ What kind of electric bike do I need?
Electric bikes come in all shades. We offer electric family bikes, electric commuter bikes (we call these Single Occupancy Vehicles or SOV's), electric folding bikes and electric cargo bikes. An electric bike, by it's utilitarian nature, will open up new uses for bikes for all riders, making cycling more useful and widening your commute distance.
+ How long do ebikes take to charge?
Expect your average ebike to go from zero to full in about 4-5 hours. This varies by ebike assist manufacturer.
+ How far can I go on an ebike?
This varies widely by bike brand. We offer lightweight ebikes that are designed to travel 15-20 miles on a charge, and we offer dual-battery cargo bikes that can cover nearly 100 miles of ground on a charge. Range is impacted by many things including terrain, headwinds, temperature, your weight and the weight of your cargo, how inflated your tires are, etc. We can best help you guage realistic range in person.
+ Does my pedaling charge the bike?
No. A few models of ebikes may capture a small percentage of your momentum when braking and recharge the battery, but an electric bike, like an electric car, is charged when connected to electricity (110v AC) and uses that stored charge to augument your pedaling power.
+ Can I buy a non-electric bike and add assist later?
Absolutely. We offer a wide variety of electric assist conversion kits to help you convert your family bike to electric when the time is right.
ELECTRIC BIKES | POPULAR MODELS
A capable modular design from the folks that started the cargo bike revolution in the US.
From the creators of the popular longtail FreeRadical and a vast catalog of multi-manufacturer compatible accessories and bikes, comes Xtracycle’s EdgeRunner.
An electric midtail bike suitable for carrying one passenger and a surprising amount of stuff.
Designed by bicycle design legend Benno Baenziger, the Boost E combines a clever one-size-fits-all frame with a powerful Bosch Performance Line motor.
A full frame aluminum longtail great for kids and cargo, powered by the high-torque Bosch CX drive.
The Spicy Curry, blends strength and rigidity, the highest torque motor system around, and a host of useful accessories.
A compact and highly adjustable electric bike from Riese & Müller.
Designed for urban commuting, prepare to rocket through traffic with the help of the high-torque Bosch CX Drive. Need to mix up your commute? This bike will fit in a car, a bus, or a train with ease.
A full-suspension front loader designed for high performance and incredible comfort.
Riese & Müller's long history of adding full suspension to all kinds of bikes culminates in the Load - a truly unique cargo or family bike designed to perform.
A modular front loader available in two lengths, with numerous configurable options.
The low step-over height Packster by German brand Riese & Müller offers front suspension, cool cargo accessories, and the ability to carry a bigger kid.
An electric version of the popular multi kid friendly midtail, the Bike Friday Haul-a-Day
One of our favorite midtails, the Haul-A-Day is the creation of well-known, Oregon-based, collapsible and folding bike maker Bike Friday. This one goes to eleven.
A nimble three-wheeled electric box bike with a revolutionary 'built-to-tilt' front steering system.
A front-loading style cargo trike powered by the Bosch Performance mid-drive motor. Loads of accessory options makes carrying kids and stuff a cinch.
Riese & Müller's most popular electric bike, the Charger is a versatile commuter, hardtail, adventure bike or speed demon.
Available with 27.5" or 29" wheels, internal or external gearing, a high torque CX Drive or 29 mph top speed Performance motor.
Riese & Müller's futuristic step-through bike is everything most step throughs are not: stiff, powerful, fast & stylish.
Built on 27.5" wheels, choose between internal or external gearing, a high torque CX Drive or 29 mph top speed Performance motor.
An affordable, comfortable and fully accessorized European electric bike featuring the Bosch Performance Line Motor.
The German-made Kalkhoff Agattu B7 is a joy to ride and is built for comfort and reliability.
Tern created an electric bike that could carry a kid and then fold and fit under your desk. Wait...what?
Transportation brand Tern defies gravity blending the very best in cargo, electric, folding in one excellent handling bike that literally does it all.
A powerful hub-motor conversion kit from BionX that works great on bikes with 26" or larger rear wheels.
Features a lightweight and heat-dissipating composite motor shell and a large diameter motor for high torque and fast acceleration.
A tried-and-true hub motor conversion kit with a realistic range of 30 or more miles per charge.
BionX works with many different bikes and wheel sizes. We most often use the PL-350 system with 20" rear wheels when retrofitting Xtracycle EdgeRunners and Bike Friday Haul-a-Days.
A front hub conversion kit that offers up to 600 watts of assistance.
Kit includes a lockable frame-mounted battery with lithium cells from Panasonic offering a 20-50 mile range.
A rear hub motor conversion kit providing up to 1 horsepower (750 watts) of assistance.
Kit includes a 650 watt-hour frame-locking battery with the latest lithium cells from Panasonic and the option of a handlebar-mounted throttle.
Tern steers into cargo bike territory with the new, compact but full featured GSD (coming Spring 2018)
The GSD can carry 2 kids, fit in your apartment, fit on a standard bus rack or easily in the back of a minivan. Why? Because it's no bigger than a standard bike, but ingeniously designed to do so much more. Features Bosch Performance Line and optional Dual Battery setup.