We’ve always put electric bike reviews at the centre of our website. I remember the first review we ever received, from one of our Honda Step Compo owners, back in 2003. But this one is one of the best.
Here at 50cycles, we know that the popularity of electric bikes in the UK is increasing. Every day, more and more people are coming round to the electric way of life. But what about the rest of the world? This infographic showcases the growth of electric bike sales from 2008 – 2012, and highlight some interesting statistics that you might not have guessed. Continue reading “Electric Bike Sales in the EU and Asia [Infographic]”
Mail on Sunday Live Magazine Review 2 Aug 2009 Pro Connect S ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This is a beast of a machine – the off-road mode will genuinely haul you up a mountain gradient. It’s as light as a proper racer, with pro-grade gears, and easy-to-use modes let you choose your level of assistance.
Mail on Sunday Live Magazine ★ ★ ★ ★ ★The Wisper feels very powerful and it has the handling of a mountain bike. Range is up to 66 miles if you pedal on the flat, but in day-to-day use you’ll probably get 50 miles. Switch on the off-road mode to enable its 18.5mph top speed.Wisper 905se City Electric BikeCan Do 3.0 Folding Electric Bike
Mainstream coverage of electric bicycles continues and this is a good selection with the exception of the A2B bike which is a funny old thing, but not a great electric bike – maybe a pretty good short-range electric moped, but not a true electric bicycle.
The 50cycles team is out on the track in the bright sunshine and dust of San Jose’s 408mx motocross track. Ten teams are competing right now for the bragging rights of winning the world’s first all-electric 24-hour endurance race. Pictured are Lloyd and Dan from 50cycles, the only team to join the event from outside North America.
We’re posting regular updates from the race at
And here’s the view from the 50cycles.com team’s Zero X as 2009 Zero Motorcycles 24-hour Electricross Endurance Race starts in San Jose, California 4th April 2009. Watch the initial hair-raising laps of the first race of its type in the world. Hear that? No motor noise at all – that’s just the wind and the sound of the chain.
UK TEAM FLIES OUT FOR WORLD RECORD ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE CHALLENGE50cycles 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 www.50cycles.com/zero twitter.com/50cycles Contact: Scott or Tim Snaith firstname.lastname@example.org 9 Prince William Road Loughborough Leicestershire LE11 5GU United Kingdom Tel: 0844 800 5979 / +44 203 355 8850 Mobile: +44 7779 266953 Skype: fiftycycles
Four of our excellent Agattus have just entered service as electric bikes for hire at Stretton Climate Care in Shropshire. Here’s their announcement:
After months of planning and negotiation Stretton Climate Care has announced the first electric bike hire scheme for the Strettons. Funded by a grant from South Shropshire District Council we have purchased four Kalkhoff Agattu electric bikes which are available for hire from Central Garage, adjacent to the railway station
The purpose of the initiative is to encourage greater use of bicycles as a mode of local transport and thus reduce carbon emissions.
With steep hills in the area, electric bikes seemed the ideal way to encourage both residents and tourists to leave the car behind when shopping or exploring the Long Mynd and surrounding countryside. Most residents who use their car to come shopping travel less then two miles, are often the sole occupant and on street parking can be a problem. Short journeys are more polluting too as the engine does not get warm.
By making four bikes available we hope to encourage local residents to try one out for a few days to see if they might go back to a bike. The bikes are light weight, with Lithium Manganese batteries giving an excellent range – some 30+ miles of average cycling for just a few pence recharging. They come complete with panniers, safety jacket, padlock and helmet. The technology is peddle assist so they are easy to ride, just like an ordinary bike, yet the powerful motor takes the strain.
Anyone over the age of 14 can legally ride an electric bike, there is no road tax, no parking fees and running coats are negligible. We are delighted to form this partnership with John Mackenzie at Central Garage and hope this initiative will encourage more to hop on a bike for all those local journeys. As a further incentive to encourage this low carbon form of transport, The National Trust are offering for a limited period a voucher for free refreshment for anyone arriving at the Pavilion Tea Rooms on one of the bikes.
For further information and details of advance booking pick up a leaflet at the Central Garage (01694 723939), the Library or other paces where our free Home Energy Checkup cards can be found.
Range Rover drivers have been hailed as the worst motorists on the road, according to a new survey. Drivers of the 4×4 have developed a terrible reputation for tailgating the car in front to encourage them to go faster.
In fact, 51 per cent of the 2,000 cyclists polled by www.50cycles.com say Range Rover drivers suffer from road rage and unnecessary aggression.
Range Rovers have taken over from white van drivers, who have held the title of worst motorists for years. The stereotypical ‘white van man’, who drives a Ford Transit Van and drives thoughtlessly along Britain’s streets, now takes second place in the poll.
Despite cleaning up their act a bit, a whopping 49 per cent of cyclists say they have witnessed white van drivers tailgating other drivers.
Third place goes to BMW drivers, who are considered smug and inconsiderate by cyclists. Forty five per cent of cyclists say BMW drivers weave in and out of lanes, undertaking wherever possible in a bid to beat the traffic.
And elderly people take fourth place in the poll; 21 per cent of cyclists claim they drive too slowly and 47 per cent say they don’t pay any attention to what is going on around them.
Scott Snaith, spokesman for www.50cycles.com said: “Our customers are now reporting a definite reduction of road traffic on the roads and a gradual increase of spotting electric cycles instead.
“We are really surprised by the huge increase in Sales over the last 12 months especially since the benchmark figure of £1 per litre was broken, and the recent news of congestion charging not only in London but Manchester and six counties in the Midlands”.
Interestingly, all 4×4 drivers are placed at number five for suffering from road rage as a staggering 42 per cent of cyclists have seen 4×4 motorists drive recklessly.
Red cars, white cars, black cars are all targeted for overtaking on corners, pulling out from junctions too quickly and lack of attention.
Bus drivers appeared at number nine for unnerving cyclists and driving too close to the curb, whilst lorry drivers complete the top 10 for failing to look in their mirrors.
Scott Snaith continues: ‘’We believe that electric bikes will never replace cars but will result in a reduction in use that will see families using the car for weekend outings and special occasions.
He adds: “The startling figures in this poll should gradually improve as the roads become less crowded and motorist become more aware of all cyclists.”
Eight out of 10 cyclists say they feel vulnerable and in danger when riding on the road, and 68 per cent often resort to riding on the pavements to avoid bad drivers.
Cyclists worry most about navigating roundabouts (48 per cent), whilst 46 per cent worry about blind bends and 30 per cent get nervous approaching junctions.
TOP 20 WORST DRIVERS:
1. Range Rovers – tailgating and road rage 2. White Van Drivers – aggressive tailgating 3. BMW – smug and weave in and out of traffic 4. Elderly people – too slow and don’t pay attention 5. All 4×4 drivers – road rage and driving recklessly 6. Red cars – overtaking on corners 7. White cars – pulling out from junctions too quickly 8. Black cars – drivers don’t pay attention 9. Bus drivers – drive too close to the curb 10. Lorry drivers – don’t look in their mirrors 11. Land Rovers – lane changers 12. Silver cars – driving too quickly 13. Mercedes – don’t brake for roundabouts 14. Sports cars – don’t brake for junctions 15. Motorbikes – queue jumpers 16. Jaguar – speeding 17. Porsche – don’t signal for lane changing 18. Women – don’t look in mirrors for the right reasons 19. Audi – approach traffic lights too quickly 20. Men – erratic and suffer from road rage
Notes to editors 50cycles is based in Leicestershire and was founded by brothers Scott and Tim Snaith. The cycles are designed and developed in Germany using the latest Japanese Panasonic Technology. Chairman Scott has world-class knowledge of the electric bike industry while CEO Tim has had an eleven-year career in on-line marketing and television. See www.50cycles.com for more details.
The latest issue of A to B magazine makes our Kalkhoff Pro Connect its cover start and includes a detailed review of the bike inside. We’ve published some extracts on the website – A great machine in a class of its own
“In the UK, where people make most of their journeys by car, electric bikes are paradoxically regarded as ‘cheating’, whereas, presumably, a Ford Galaxy isn’t. A strange attitude, and one we will need to overcome if we are to survive in the Peak Oil era. Kalkhoff’s new Pro Connect is, arguably, the perfect machine for this brave new world. At 21kg (2.5kg battery + 18.5kg bike), it’s one of the lightest electric bikes we’ve seen and really not much heavier than a fully-equipped conventional bike.”