E-Bike News Recap

Each year e-bikes (electric bicycles) become more popular and more accessible. As interest in this new technology continues to grow e-bikes have been showing up in the news more often. Here is a quick recap of the most recent and relevant e-bike news stories.

RadMini Replaced by RadExpand 5

RadExpand 5
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750W brushless geared hub motor, 5:1 planetary gear reduction. Stated wattage is the manufacturer’s rated power capacity.
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Battery

Range

Max. Speed

Charging time

Frame

Derailleur

7-Speed MicroShift RD-M26

Tires

CST BFT 20" x 4.0"

Shifters

MicroShift TS71-7 -R under bar thumb shifter

Gearing

1 x 7-speed

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Brake rotors

180 mm front and rear

Chain

KMC Z7

Fork Material

Rad custom steel

Forks

135 mm hub width, 9 mm quick release

Extras

Fenders: Full coverage front and rear fenders with hardware included, Racks: Front: Optional, 30 lb (14kg) carrying capacity
Rear: Integrated, 55 lb (25kg) carrying capacity, Kickstand: Side-mounted, adjustable lean angle, Grips: Ergonomically designed, made of soft yet durable rubber

The RadMini was a popular e-bike model available from Rad Power Bikes but it will soon be replaced by the new RadExpand 5. The bikes share much in common such as the fat tires and the folding frame. However, other features and parts have been removed in order to make the bike less heavy and more affordable. This includes the suspension fork and the ability to go full single speed. To make up for this, the RadExpand 5 has several upgraded features such as a new handlebar adjustment mode, and fatter tires. It also has updated LED headlights and tail lights as well. Overall the RadExpand 5 looks to be a worthy successor to the RadMini.

RadMini Step-Thru 2 Electric Folding Fat Bike

The new RadMini Step-Thru 2 encompasses so much of our design philosophy: to make bikes that combine power with ease, …
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$1,399.00

RadMini 4 Folding Fat Tire eBike

Bikes that fold up for compact transport Have rode the bikes for a while now, and have found that exercising a lot of …
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$1,399.00

Tern Launches Affordable Quick Haul E-Bike

Tern Quick Haul

Another newcomer to the e-bike market is Tern’s Quick Haul. When it comes to mid-drive cargo bikes, this model is the most affordable Bosch model yet. Featuring 20-inch wheels, this bike has a smaller footprint but greatly increased cargo room. Storage areas include platforms on the front and back and two side cargo areas in the rear. Another innovative feature is the ability to stand the bike vertically on its tail. This makes it much easier to park in crowded areas and inside your home. Able to carry loads up to 330 lbs. (150 kg), the Tern Quick Haul e-bike will be available in Q2 of this year at $2,999 in the US and €2,999 in Europe.

Dance E-Bike Subscription Service and Mopeds Coming to New Cities

Based in Berlin, Dance is a startup that offers an electric bike subscription service. After successfully raising nearly $20 million a few months ago, Dance is now expanding its operations to new cities including Paris, Vienna, Munich, and Hamburg. The subscription costs €79 per month and includes both theft protection, and 24-hour repair service. It should be noted that this quick and handy repair service is actually what’s currently limiting Dance from expanding more rapidly. In the meantime, Dance has acquired the electric moped company Rollich and plans on adding mopeds to its rental service.

E-Bike Replacement Part Delayed Over a Year

Thanks to Covid and the global semiconductor shortage, there have been issues with both the supply and distribution of electronics. This has unfortunately extended to the e-bike market as well. An e-bike lover who owns a top-of-the-line model and enjoyed riding around Hokitika for nearly two and a half years. Unfortunately, the motor died one day and it was unable to be repaired by the local bike dealer. The lady needed to get a replacement part but a series of delays left her waiting over a year to finally get it. Another controversy was that the part would cost her around $2,000. Considering she paid just under $10,000 for the bike itself and took good care of it, she found this to be rather steep. Though e-bike drive units are not covered under the Consumer Guarantees Act, she did get a new one free of charge as a gesture of goodwill.

Gas Prices Cause E-Bike Sales to Skyrocket in California

Gas prices are going up in the US and California is getting hit the hardest as usual. Many drivers have become fed up with the high gas prices and are looking to e-bikes to ease the burden. With most bikes selling for around $2,000, and a full tank of gas going at around $70 for many drivers, it’s an investment that will quickly pay for itself in most cases. Bill Connard, owner of Ocean Beach E-Bikes is enjoying the increased sales and said “I love it! It’s good for business! Nobody likes to pay high gas prices. I feel like every day we do more and more business with e-bikes because of the prices of gas.”

Yamaha Brings 3 New E-Bikes to Market

B01 yamaha

Well-known motor manufacturer Yamaha is three electric bikes in the near future. One will be for mountainous terrain, one for gravel, and another for urban areas. Currently, there is a prototype for the all urban terrain model labeled B01. It is said to combine moped performance with e-bike S-Pedelec functionality. This prototype was created by Yamaha Motor Europe and will serve as the basis to expand Yamaha’s range of electric mobility products.

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