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3rd Element, German Electric Bike with MPF-5.0 mid-drive

3rd Element is a company that is located in the city of Gauting (in Bavaria, southern Germany, near the border of Austria). Back in February of 2013, I caught a glimpse of the 3rd Element eSpire, and it is very “eye catching”. I couldn’t find any information about it at the time and was only able to publish a grainy picture.

3rd Element is a company that is located in the city of Gauting (in Bavaria, southern Germany, near the border of Austria). Back in February of 2013, I caught a glimpse of the 3rd Element eSpire, and it is very “eye catching”. I couldn’t find any information about it at the time and was only able to publish a grainy picture.

 

2013, year of the non-hub with gears?

Written by Ron/Spinningmagnets There haven’t been as many articles written here recently at electricbike.com, but we haven’t been just sitting around. There are lots of exciting developments these days in the “non-hub” world. If you have an easy commute, with fairly flat terrain and modest hills, the simplicity and affordable price of a common hub-motor kit may still be the best choice for you. But…if you have significant hills (I’m lookin at you, San Francisco) or you want high performance

Written by Ron/Spinningmagnets There haven’t been as many articles written here recently at electricbike.com, but we haven’t been just sitting around. There are lots of exciting developments these days in the “non-hub” world. If you have an easy commute, with fairly flat terrain and modest hills, the simplicity and affordable price of a common hub-motor kit may still be the best choice for you. But…if you have significant hills (I’m lookin at you, San Francisco) or you want high performance

 

Electric Bike Websites Converge; Power Powwow

July 5th, 2012. The owner and webmaster of electric-bikes.com Rob Means and Electro Ride shop owner Brian Howell (based on back end of electric-bikes.com) met up with myself, the webmaster of electricbike.com for a summer ride in San Francisco. For a brief moment in time, two electric bike “power” sites were united and running in parallel. In fact lets call it an electric bike  power powwow…changing story title now…brb. Ok back. The Bay Area is the epicenter of electric bikes in

July 5th, 2012. The owner and webmaster of electric-bikes.com Rob Means and Electro Ride shop owner Brian Howell (based on back end of electric-bikes.com) met up with myself, the webmaster of electricbike.com for a summer ride in San Francisco. For a brief moment in time, two electric bike “power” sites were united and running in parallel. In fact lets call it an electric bike  power powwow…changing story title now…brb. Ok back. The Bay Area is the epicenter of electric bikes in

 

My First Electric Bike Store in Fisherman’s Wharf, SF

Extreme Green Machines first store was in Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco, one block from Jefferson street. We started as an electric bike and scooter rental shop, giving many tourists their first taste of small EV’s, and then began retailing E-bikes and scooters. We specialized in very fast machines and got a lot of attention both positive and negative. I was hanging around a lot with Brian from thunderstruck motors and together we designed the 50-MPH Jackal which is still sold

Extreme Green Machines first store was in Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco, one block from Jefferson street. We started as an electric bike and scooter rental shop, giving many tourists their first taste of small EV’s, and then began retailing E-bikes and scooters. We specialized in very fast machines and got a lot of attention both positive and negative. I was hanging around a lot with Brian from thunderstruck motors and together we designed the 50-MPH Jackal which is still sold

 

Electric Bikes everywhere; past the “100 posts” mark

Things are going good. Got several good staff writers now….spinningmagnets, kingfish, and deerfencer. And for the most part we are ticking like a clock. I have been dedicating more and more time to the site…becoming like an obsession. This week I wrote 5 stories. culminating in the 10 fastest bikes on the planet story which is the one I am most excited about. We are getting a lot of good reference material down like kingfish’s 9C hub motor story which

Things are going good. Got several good staff writers now….spinningmagnets, kingfish, and deerfencer. And for the most part we are ticking like a clock. I have been dedicating more and more time to the site…becoming like an obsession. This week I wrote 5 stories. culminating in the 10 fastest bikes on the planet story which is the one I am most excited about. We are getting a lot of good reference material down like kingfish’s 9C hub motor story which

 

Maker Faire 2012; DIY Electric Bikes

Maker Faire is an event put on  by Make magazine to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the DIY mindset”. Being involved in the local electric bike community, there is a little bit of buzz when the Maker Faire comes around, and this year heard my friend Justin Lemore from ebikes.ca was taking a train all the way from Vancouver Canada just to spend a few days at the event, and then taking the long train ride all the way back.  I had

Maker Faire is an event put on  by Make magazine to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the DIY mindset”. Being involved in the local electric bike community, there is a little bit of buzz when the Maker Faire comes around, and this year heard my friend Justin Lemore from ebikes.ca was taking a train all the way from Vancouver Canada just to spend a few days at the event, and then taking the long train ride all the way back.  I had

 

Mission Statement

The mission of electricbike.com is to make the public aware of the quickly evolving electric bike, by providing honest reviews and ride reports on commercially viable products. Because what most people want (fast, long range, and cheap) does not exist on the open market, we are writing a series of stories which will make the task easier on which compromise you should make.  Basically if you pick wisely, you can have 2 of the things on the list, (i.e. fast

The mission of electricbike.com is to make the public aware of the quickly evolving electric bike, by providing honest reviews and ride reports on commercially viable products. Because what most people want (fast, long range, and cheap) does not exist on the open market, we are writing a series of stories which will make the task easier on which compromise you should make.  Basically if you pick wisely, you can have 2 of the things on the list, (i.e. fast

 

Best Ebike Security System Ever

The guys in China are so ahead of us. Check out this guys security system: I gotta get one!  

The guys in China are so ahead of us. Check out this guys security system: I gotta get one!  

 

Back in LA…building an ebike on a budget

I am back in LA and therefore doing a lot less riding than I was a week ago when in San Francisco, but the good news is I’m doing much more E-bike writing. Last night was a great exercise sourcing together the components necessary to build a 30mph / 20-mile range $1000 E-bike. I got in a forum argument with some guys and they thought it was not plausible.  I spent the evening proving on paper that it was in

I am back in LA and therefore doing a lot less riding than I was a week ago when in San Francisco, but the good news is I’m doing much more E-bike writing. Last night was a great exercise sourcing together the components necessary to build a 30mph / 20-mile range $1000 E-bike. I got in a forum argument with some guys and they thought it was not plausible.  I spent the evening proving on paper that it was in

 

Back in San Francisco

I came back to SF in the last week and am happy to be home. I brought 2 of my electric bikes back home in the van with me. I was gone for 6 months…actually bought this domain and made this site in the time while I was visiting LA playing poker. Wanted to do something positive with my time other than sit around and play poker all night, and sleep all day. It turns out I got so obsessed

I came back to SF in the last week and am happy to be home. I brought 2 of my electric bikes back home in the van with me. I was gone for 6 months…actually bought this domain and made this site in the time while I was visiting LA playing poker. Wanted to do something positive with my time other than sit around and play poker all night, and sleep all day. It turns out I got so obsessed