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Bafang BBSO2, 750W mid-drive electric bike motor Kit Review

Editor note August 2015. We have re-written this story to make it more current as of today.  “Spinningmagnets”  wrote the original version of this story 2 years ago  and predicted the BBSO2 would be a hot thing.  Now it is clear this is one of the best DIY Kits on the market…and the most popular.  Bafang has released a 750 watt mid drive system that has been making a big splash in the electric bike market in the USA and is now probably

Editor note August 2015. We have re-written this story to make it more current as of today.  “Spinningmagnets”  wrote the original version of this story 2 years ago  and predicted the BBSO2 would be a hot thing.  Now it is clear this is one of the best DIY Kits on the market…and the most popular.  Bafang has released a 750 watt mid drive system that has been making a big splash in the electric bike market in the USA and is now probably

 

Pedego Recalls 5000 ebike Batteries

Pedego Electric Bikes is voluntarily recalling the batteries from every e-bike it produced between January 2010 and September 2013. Pedego launched the recall, which involves approximately 5,000 batteries, around the beginning of the year after receiving two complaints from customers whose batteries overheated and melted while charging, said Terry Sherry, the company’s co-founder and CFO. “The first time it’s like, what the heck just happened?’ Sherry said. “After the second time, you start asking questions and doing the research.” He

Pedego Electric Bikes is voluntarily recalling the batteries from every e-bike it produced between January 2010 and September 2013. Pedego launched the recall, which involves approximately 5,000 batteries, around the beginning of the year after receiving two complaints from customers whose batteries overheated and melted while charging, said Terry Sherry, the company’s co-founder and CFO. “The first time it’s like, what the heck just happened?’ Sherry said. “After the second time, you start asking questions and doing the research.” He

 

MXUS 3000W V2, a Hot Rod Hubmotor

In early 2014, a few E-bike hot-rodders took a risk and bought a very large hubmotor direct from a Chinese company called MXUS, and the results were so good, this large hubmotor is now growing in popularity. For many years, the MXUS company has manufactured hubmotors for other companies to put their names on the sideplates, but…a couple of years ago, they began selling them under their own name. I mention this because the “MXUS” name may be new to

In early 2014, a few E-bike hot-rodders took a risk and bought a very large hubmotor direct from a Chinese company called MXUS, and the results were so good, this large hubmotor is now growing in popularity. For many years, the MXUS company has manufactured hubmotors for other companies to put their names on the sideplates, but…a couple of years ago, they began selling them under their own name. I mention this because the “MXUS” name may be new to

 

Sondors Electric Fat Bike Honestly Evaluated

I have been building, riding, and writing about electric fat bikes for years now…way before they became the hot thing. A few years back I reviewed the $500 Currie Trailz  and thought that this was a decent bike for $500.  This bike was powered by lead-acid batteries, it was very heavy, and was as ugly as sin…but performed decently. I said in that article and I say now that there is a place for a $500 decent performing electric bike. The Currie Trailz

I have been building, riding, and writing about electric fat bikes for years now…way before they became the hot thing. A few years back I reviewed the $500 Currie Trailz  and thought that this was a decent bike for $500.  This bike was powered by lead-acid batteries, it was very heavy, and was as ugly as sin…but performed decently. I said in that article and I say now that there is a place for a $500 decent performing electric bike. The Currie Trailz

 

Peugeot eDL-132, exotic French concept E-bike

The Peugeot eDL-132 mid-drive electric bicycle is a gorgeous example of a car company that wants to get some publicity with the growing trend of cars and motorcycles adding an electric-drive to their model line. Over the past decade, it has been rare for me to see any evidence of a Peugeot outside of France and the European Union (EU), but two years ago, the French company Peugeot decided to start making some bold moves, which would be needed if

The Peugeot eDL-132 mid-drive electric bicycle is a gorgeous example of a car company that wants to get some publicity with the growing trend of cars and motorcycles adding an electric-drive to their model line. Over the past decade, it has been rare for me to see any evidence of a Peugeot outside of France and the European Union (EU), but two years ago, the French company Peugeot decided to start making some bold moves, which would be needed if

 

2WD Fatbike, the Ultimate in Traction

If you live where it snows in the winter, or where its rainy almost all the time, or…you live where there is a lot of sand…you may want to know how to get the maximum traction in these less-than-ideal conditions. This article is how to achieve that, by using a 2WD fat bike. We have written about 2WD electric bikes before, and we have also written about E-bikes with very fat tires. We are just now starting to see a

If you live where it snows in the winter, or where its rainy almost all the time, or…you live where there is a lot of sand…you may want to know how to get the maximum traction in these less-than-ideal conditions. This article is how to achieve that, by using a 2WD fat bike. We have written about 2WD electric bikes before, and we have also written about E-bikes with very fat tires. We are just now starting to see a

 

2014, the ElectricBike.com Year in Review

“Get a bicycle. You will not regret it…if you live” -Mark Twain Well, another year has gone by, and the electric bicycle market hs continued to grow in North America. E-bikes remain hugely popular in Europe due to the $8/gallon gasoline, but…also due to the surprisingly low gasoline prices in the US ($2/gal in many places) I have a feeling that E-bike sales in North America probably took a dip the last two months of this year (more of a

“Get a bicycle. You will not regret it…if you live” -Mark Twain Well, another year has gone by, and the electric bicycle market hs continued to grow in North America. E-bikes remain hugely popular in Europe due to the $8/gallon gasoline, but…also due to the surprisingly low gasoline prices in the US ($2/gal in many places) I have a feeling that E-bike sales in North America probably took a dip the last two months of this year (more of a

 

Lightning Rods 2800W mid drive kit

This is the most powerful production mid drive kit that you can run through the bikes gears, and the big surprise is how quiet it is. (edit: as of the spring of 2015, Lightning Rods now has his even MORE powerful “big block” mid drive, which can use twice as many amps as his basic kit, which is what is shown in this article) We bought the first two production kits before they were even produced. I say that up

This is the most powerful production mid drive kit that you can run through the bikes gears, and the big surprise is how quiet it is. (edit: as of the spring of 2015, Lightning Rods now has his even MORE powerful “big block” mid drive, which can use twice as many amps as his basic kit, which is what is shown in this article) We bought the first two production kits before they were even produced. I say that up

 

Vector Electric Bikes from Ukraine

Competition is a good thing, and this new E-bike company is about to compete in a big way with several upscale ebikes that are already well-known. Vector E-bikes are manufactured in Western Ukraine. Although there has been some political unrest on the eastern border with Russia, Ukraine is a very large country, and Vectors are made near the western Polish border, in a very stable region. These models will likely be compared to the Stealth Fighter and the Qulbix Raptor,

Competition is a good thing, and this new E-bike company is about to compete in a big way with several upscale ebikes that are already well-known. Vector E-bikes are manufactured in Western Ukraine. Although there has been some political unrest on the eastern border with Russia, Ukraine is a very large country, and Vectors are made near the western Polish border, in a very stable region. These models will likely be compared to the Stealth Fighter and the Qulbix Raptor,

 

Piaggio’s new mid drive

  The name of Piaggio is not well-known in North America, but they are a well-established brand in Europe. This Iconic Italian company has been slow to commit to a significant electric bike, but their history shows that they are serious about this new product. They revealed this new model on the 4th of November at the EICMA 72nd International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan, Italy. ____________________________________________________ The History of Piaggio After the devastation of WWII, Piaggio switched from producing aircraft parts to

  The name of Piaggio is not well-known in North America, but they are a well-established brand in Europe. This Iconic Italian company has been slow to commit to a significant electric bike, but their history shows that they are serious about this new product. They revealed this new model on the 4th of November at the EICMA 72nd International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan, Italy. ____________________________________________________ The History of Piaggio After the devastation of WWII, Piaggio switched from producing aircraft parts to