Gadget Show Electric Bike Test
Most of the major players in the electric bike industry were invited to gather at Herne Hill Velodrome in June to put their machines forward for the Gadget Show’s Urban Challenge, to be broadcast on Channel 5 at 8pm on 24 August, 2009.
Presenters Suzi Perry and Jason Bradbury selected one electric bike each from the field of around two dozen contenders to compete in a section of the show’s Urban Challenge. Power-assisted bicycles from Kalkhoff, Wisper, Cytronex, Urban Mover, eZee, Ultramotor, Powacycle and Powabyke were among those represented.
We took along a Kalkhoff Pro Connect electric bike (pictured with Suzi Perry riding, above) and a Pro Connect S, which was deemed a little too fast to enter the main test!
After a fair bit of deliberation, the presenters settled on the A2B Metro and, curiously, an eZee Forza. This was a model bike we launched back in 2007 but have since replaced. What these two bikes had in common was their undoubted TV-friendly performance – they whizz along under their own power without pedalling and have good suspension. They’re both interesting machines in their own ways, it’ll be interesting to see which of the two fares best in the test.
At the end of the selection day, Jason Bradbury offered fulsome praise of the other models and conceded that he might have chosen a different bike.
We’re sure the Pro Connect would have raced away to victory had it been selected, but here’s a side-by-side comparison , just for fun.
One thing we’re very pleased about is that Suzi Perry will be wearing the Casco E.Motion electric cycling helmet we donated on the day of the challenge itself. “This is the best cycling helmet I have ever worn and I’ll wear it from now on. Can I keep it please?”, Suzi said after the shoot!
Check back for more information once the show has aired, 8pm Channel 5 this evening…
No two customers are the same. We all purchase different products with different needs in mind and, of course, prefer to pay in different ways.So we’ve put together special finance deals for customers who prefer not to pay by credit or debit card. Finance is the convenient way to get your hands on the electric bike and accessories you want today without paying everything up front.Spread the cost of the products you want now over a time frame that suits your budget. If you’d like to learn more or apply for credit, just contact our finance team.Electric bikes finance initial enquiry form
Kalkhoff are celebrating 90 years of manufacturing bicycles this year, the sort of longevity only comes from consistently staying ahead of the game and producing quality.Kalkhoff’s truly state-of-the-art factory in Cloppenburg, Germany produces more than 2,500 bicycles every day, the largest cycle manufacturer in Europe.Decades of cycling know-how are boosted by the latest computer-aided design, testing, manufacturing & quality assurance techniques. We have toured the facility on several occasions and we’re always impressed by the scale and quality of the operation.There are a number of factors that really set these bikes apart from any others on the market, notably the strict testing regime, use of the latest electric bike tech plus superb design and quality of finish.Testing, testing
Every bike produced in Europe has to meet certain quality and testing requirements, but there is a much higher specific requirement in Germany called DIN certification.
In addition, Kalkhoff bikes must also meet their own super-strict DCW (Derby Cycle Werk) standard.This means, for example, twice the hours spent on testing simulators than required by law. Handlebars, forks, frames, pedals, kick stands and more are all individually tested on custom-built machines.This level of quality and attention to detail is simply not available to any other bicycle manufacturer, electric or otherwise. These are the best of the best.Owning a Kalkhoff bike means buying into one of the most impressive manufacturing operations anywhere.Kalkhoff’s buying power also means they are the first to introduce many innovations. The Pro Connect S is the first and still the only electric bike to use Panasonic’s new high power unit and Kalkhoff bikes were among the first to use Busch & Muller’s latest LED light technology. Panasonic’s largest battery pack is also fitted as standard to maximise range and performance.If you’re looking for the latest and greatest in electric bicycle technology, perfectly integrated with what is a superb bicycle by anyone’s standard, electric or not, then you need a Kalkhoff bike.But please, don’t just take our word for it – please read some of the reviews we’ve received from just a few of the thousands of Kalkhoff electric bike owners in the UK.
Battery pack performance
In May 2009, A to B magazine reported:After six months of fairly intensive all-weather use, our Kalkhoff Agattu battery hasn’t deteriorated at all.
We estimate the capacity to be 272 Watt hours today, which is slightly ahead of Panasonic’s claimed capacity [260 Watt hours] and exactly the same as when we tested it last October
An electric bike needs a reliable battery to be effective. Kalkhoff electric bikes are built around the tried-and-tested Panasonic Lithium Manganese battery pack and pedelec motor combination.This is proven Lithium battery technology – safe, reliable, lightweight, easy and safe to charge and use. It’s a power source that will assist your cycling for 30-50 miles or more.50cycles began offering bikes based on Panasonic’s Lithium ion system back in 2004, the first company outside Japan to do so, and we were immediately impressed by their lightness and reliability. Some of these earliest Panasonic batteries are only now being replaced, four or more years later.The latest battery pack used in our Kalkhoff bikes is the largest available and boasts even greater battery life and more powerful performance.
Each Kalkhoff electric bicycle comes with a no-nonsense 2 year warranty, including motor and battery.In a market where many electric bike batteries come with a shaky 6-month warranty and dealers who wash their hands of any responsibility the moment the bike leaves their premises, owning a Kalkhoff means years of trouble-free electric cycling.50cycles, UK distributor for Kalkhoff, offers email, telephone and live online technical support. Problems are very rare, so you can expect a rapid and decisive response whenever you deal with us.We’ve lost count of the number of customers who’ve bought one, two, three or more different electric bikes over the years before settling down with a Kalkhoff. One Pro Connect S owner told us recently:
Probably the best e-bike I have owned or ridden. My previous and current bikes include Giant Lafree, Ezee Torq, Ezee Quando, Ezee Forza, Wisper 905se, Cytronex Trek, Kalkhoff Agattu. read more
If you thinking of trying an electric bike, a Kalkhoff should be top of your list. Buy online, visit one of our demonstrators or come and see us in person. We are certain you will be impressed.
|Kalkhoff Demonstrator Scheme Launched There are now Kalkhoff electric bikes available for demonstration in around 50 locations across the UK. All models are represented and you can find the nearest bike to you using our clever search facility.
If you’d like to find out where you can go for a test ride in your area, all we need is a postcode and we’ll present a list of the nearest demonstrators. And if you decide to order, your demonstrator will give you a code that saves £5 when you order your bike.
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This is the latest model with 8-speed Alfine gears, B&M LED lights. Price held at £1795. Tasman with Crossbar 49cm, 53cm and 57cm frame sizes
The new 2009 model Tasman is available with a crossbar for the first time. Hydraulic brakes, upgraded wheel locking system, suspension and a stylish finish. £1795 These are our among our most popular models and sizes and will fly out of the door in the coming weeks – as a subscriber you’re the first to hear about this delivery. Zero Motorcycle Test Rides We now have a Zero X electric motorcycle available for test rides here in the UK. It’s an amazing machine, as those who witnessed it take to the race track and demonstration area at Presteigne would agree. Maybe it’s our superior British electricity, but the Zero X seems faster and more thrilling now than when we first raced it over in San Jose. Going from 0 to 60mph in less than 2 seconds, it runs off the most energy-dense Lithium power pack in the world and is built around an incredibly light aviation-grade alloy frame. It’s a world class machine that you can test ride and order through 50cycles now. The Zero X will soon be joined in our showroom by the road-legal Zero S Supermoto bike (pictured left), which debuted for the media in London last week. You can book a test ride for either machine on our website or by calling 0844 800 5979. Casco Eyewear & Helmets
Casco’s E.motion helmets are brilliant and sales have been brisk. Specially-designed for Electric Bike riders, they’ve also proved popular with regular cyclists, including the Lee Peyton and Garry McKay who are just about to complete their 15 isle, 300 mile charity challenge Casco also offer a range of eyewear for cyclists. As someone who’s had a bumblebee bounce off my eyeball while tearing along on an electric bike, I know how important it is to keep my precious peepers protected against airborne debris. We’ll be posting more details soon, but here’s a sneak preview of some of the styles we’ll be offering. Prices range from £49.99 to £59.99, including UK delivery of course. If you’d like to hear when these are available to order online, please send an email and we will notify you the moment they appear.
We went into London yesterday to take a first look at the new Zero S street-legal electric motorcycle from Zero Motorcycles. Founder Neal Saiki was on hand to introduce the new bike to the BBC, Financial Times and other media representatives.
We also had an opportunity to take a close look and try the Zero S for size ourselves. Great to get our hands on one. We’ll have one available for test rides soon, to go with the Zero X that arrived recently.
| 14th April 2009
We survived the Zero Motorcycles 24 hour Electricross challenge
50cycles made a flying visit to California last week to take part in the world’s first all-electric 24-hour motorcycle race in the sunbaked heart of Silicon Valley.
Our bike lasted the distance, completing 879 laps or about 450 miles in the 24 hours, up to a mile of which was off the ground (yes, these bikes can jump!).
The Zero X turned out to be an incredible machine, all we hoped for and more – a satisfyingly chunky 3kW battery pack, a motor that can be cooled by pouring water into it, a stupendous turn of speed and a lightweight, futurisitic design.
Our riders loved it (that’s Lloyd, pictured left, taking to the air on one of the final laps) and no doubt you will too when you come and try out our demo motorbike.
We’ll publish a full account of our trip soon – our initial reports and videos are already online on the 50cycles electric motorbikes website.
New motorbikes around the corner
The Zero X is only the first machine out of the Zero Motorcycles stable. Next up is the road legal Zero S offering the same instant torque and acceleration from a standstill, with a top speed of 60mph, a range of up to 60 miles and a total weight a touch over 100kg including onboard charger, it’s a uniquely powerful all-electric Supermoto machine.
If you visit our 24-hour race page, you’ll notice that there is a twitter feed below the text and video.
Specialist electric bike helmets from Casco
We’ve had our eye on these new helmets – designed for electric bike riders and only electric bike riders – for some time.
The Casco E.Motion helmets benefit from a unique sandwich structure (yum) making them extremely lightweight and comfortable, even in warm weather. Like our famous Yakkay helmets, they can be fitted with optional ear covers and come in two sizes:
Large / X-Large = 58 – 62 cm (22½ – 24½ inches) head circumference
As Casco put it "Pedelec – the new lifestyle of cycling – fast, comfortably and sweat free from A to B"
• New shape & function especially designed for the needs of pedelec cyclists
• Extremely compact and attractive design by Casco with patent pending helmet technology
• Ideal climate regulation all year-round (minimized risk of colds in winter and increased UV-protection during summer)
• Optional earpads for cold season’s use
• Comfortable high-quality interior
• Easy fitting with ergonomic disc control
• Features anti-theft ring for attaching to a lock.
This is excellent news for Kalkhoff pedelec owners – your batteries are all that we and Panasonic claim them to be and more.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire/ — Zero Motorcycles made history today, after hosting their 24 Hours of Electricross this past weekend. The event was the first international endurance competition for off-road all-electric vehicles and included teams from around the world. Setting several world records including a Guinness World Record, over 50 competitors raced for 24 hours straight, only stopping to change out batteries and riders. In total, more than 4000 miles were completed by the field of 10 teams. The winning team was HotChalks MDV and completed more than a 1000 laps and 500 miles.
“This event proved that electric technology can endure the same level of competition as their gas-powered counterparts, however, the power resources to compete are drastically different. The total cost to power all 10 motorcycles for 24 hours was approximately $100,” said Neal Saiki, inventor and founder, Zero Motorcycles. “From New Mexico to Canada to the UK, teams traveled from across the globe to participate in this record-setting race and to be a part of history.”
“The 24 Hours of Electricross, hosted by Zero Motorcycles, was the perfect event to showcase what electric motorcycle technology can accomplish. Our team worked very hard to win this race and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome,” said Edward Fields and Bryan Stolle, co-captains, Team HotChalks MDV.
Created by company founder, entrepreneur and former NASA engineer Neal Saiki, the 24 Hours of Electricross took place in the heart of the Silicon Valley at the 408MX Motocross Track in San Jose, California. This grueling 24-hour endurance race tested the limits of both the competitor’s skills and their electric vehicles as they battled it out to set a Guinness World Record.
Collaborative efforts between Zero Motorcycles, Blue Ribbon Coalition, California State and Private Parks and numerous industry sponsors have made this seminal event possible.
Event Sponsors: Hi-Ball Energy Drink, Fox Racing Shox, Alpinestars, We All Ride Motorcycle Shop, Scotts Valley RV, Custom Culinary Concepts, Watchwear.com, Acerbis, Bell Helmets, Tiger Balm, Akeena Solar
For post event coverage, please visit http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/electricross/.
We’re also covering on our own site at http://www.50cycles.com/zero
UK TEAM FLIES OUT FOR WORLD RECORD ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE CHALLENGE 50cycles to Ride Revolutionary Zero X Electric Motorcycle British electric bike specialist 50cycles sends a team to compete in the world’s first 24-hour electric dirt bike endurance race on 2nd April. 50cycles will compete against 10 other teams, all from North America, and World records will be set at San Jose’s 408MX Motocross Track on 4th and 5th April. The 50cycles team (including founding brothers Scott and Tim Snaith plus sales manager and all-round Eco Knievel, Lloyd Clarkson), will also meet the people behind Zero Motorcycles, the Californian manufacturer who built their bike and will run the 24-hour Electricross event. One of the most popular bikes on the grid will be Zero’s own ‘X’ – a 150-pound (68 kilogram), 23 horsepower, 50 foot-pound motocrosser with an advanced lithium battery pack that can deliver up to 2 hours of thrills. The bike itself costs USD$7,450 and additional battery packs, which charge in less than two hours, are just under USD$3,000. 50cycles will be bringing their bike back to the UK for demos and test rides this Spring, see www.50cycles.com/zero for more information.
Granted, the Zero X is a bit more expensive than a regular petrol-powered 250cc but basically requires no servicing, and can be upgraded with new batteries and software as they become available. It’s also virtually silent, which addresses a huge complaint that people often have when it comes to dirt bikes, and it looks like a hell of a fun ride. Customers should use the 50cycles promotion code MSR-UK-0101 when ordering their bike to earn a $50 saving. The first Zero Xs will be shipped to UK customers later this month, with the road legal Zero S street bike due later in Summer Follow the action online at
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