While hub motors may be quite common on commuter e-bikes, they’re not so popular on full-suspension electric mountain bikes. That’s because they add unsprung weight, which nobody wants. Various companies have responded by developing motors that are located in the middle of the bike, near the bottom bracket. These solve part of the problem, although they have to actually be built into the frame. That’s why Germany’s Bionicon has created the e-ram – it’s reportedly the world’s lightest mid-mount motor, and it could potentially be installed on existing mountain bikes.
With a wide range of sizes, styles, and specs to choose from, it's now
easier than ever to find an e-bike to suit one's needs. If commuting
is your number one priority, the Brooklyness CMYK 4.0 may be worth
looking at. It bundles smart and safe features in a folding frame.
Thanks to the highly popular TV show Breaking Bad, new German e-bike company HNF Heisenberg immediately grabs your attention with its science-gone-meth-mad name. It is sure to hold that attention with the XF1, an innovative, high-performance electric mountain bike. The new bike uses a special swing arm developed by BMW i to lay claim to being the world's first mid-motor, belt-driven full-suspension e-bike.
I'd always been hesitant to make the switch to an electric bike. Would that little nudge along eat away at my poor but hard-earned fitness base accumulated through cycling with nothing other than leg power? Would I be able to return to those grueling two-block city ascents without the luxury of an electric motor? Putting these concerns to one side for a couple of weeks, I climbed aboard the electrified Hard Tail, the flagship model from Australian company Dyson Bikes. And though it wasn't a dramatic enough leap to make a return to a conventional two-wheeler entirely unpalatable, the well-polished bike perfectly demonstrated the benefits of a little electrical assistance while whizzing around city streets.
It was just this January that we heard about Wheelys 2,
an electric-assist cargo trike that doubles as a mobile coffee shop. Although
it provides pretty much everything that its owner might need to run
their own business, its designers are now introducing the
new-and-improved Wheelys 3.
One of the big reasons people give for not commuting by bicycle is the
fear that drivers won't notice them on the road. While various devices
are available to make bikes and riders more visible, the designers of
the 125-decibel Loud Bicycle Horn have concentrated their efforts on
another goal – making sure that cyclists are heard.
Although most cyclists probably don't give much thought to their water
bottle or bottle cage, the fact is that like just about anything else,
those components can be lightened and simplified. That's just what
British cycling design company Fabric has done, with its new Cageless
Last November we first heard about MagLOCK pedals – clipless mountain bike pedals that use magnets instead of springs to keep the rider's feet attached, and that can also be used as regular platform pedals. The product fell short of its crowdfunding goal, perhaps because the pedals were kind of clunky, but MagLOCK designer Dave Williams is now back on Kickstarter with a sleeker, lighter and less expensive version.
According to its manufacturers, the human-powered A-Bike
is the world's smallest, lightest folding bicycle. It's certainly also
one of the strangest-looking. Now, a group of UK-based entrepreneurs are
hoping to extend its claims to the world of e-bikes, with the A-Bike