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Old 10-19-06, 01:07 AM   #1
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new Schwinn Electric bikes

http://www.schwinnbike.com/products/...ory.php?id=110

40 mile range all intergrated into the bike.

Wow
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Old 10-19-06, 10:06 AM   #2
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The U.S.A. bikes from Schwinn are far fewer than the international link shows.

http://www.schwinnbike.com/products/...ory.php?id=109
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Old 10-19-06, 10:24 AM   #3
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continental wow

that continental is something else. damn
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Old 10-19-06, 12:21 PM   #4
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oh yesss...



badasses don't need no stinkin' fenders!
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Old 10-20-06, 03:31 AM   #5
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I wonder what the advantages of front wheel drive are...

If you were packing a lot on the back and were going up a steep hill with motor assist I wonder if the torque would be strong enough to slip the front wheel? XD yikes that would suck.
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Old 10-20-06, 04:22 AM   #6
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I wonder what the advantages of front wheel drive are...
The advantage is that it is simpler to make and maintain.
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Old 10-20-06, 05:49 AM   #7
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oh yesss...



badasses don't need no stinkin' fenders!
That is one slick looking bike. Does not really look like a elec bike which is what I like. People won't know till you turn the jucie on.



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Old 10-20-06, 08:36 AM   #8
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That is one slick looking bike. Does not really look like a elec bike which is what I like. People won't know till you turn the jucie on.
And even then they might not know unless they are racing you uphill.
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A couple of baseball cards in the spokes and it'll make that cool motorcycle noise too.
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Old 10-20-06, 09:09 AM   #10
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http://www.schwinnbike.com/products/...ory.php?id=110

40 mile range all intergrated into the bike.

Wow

Not really.

Electric bikes put out so many watts for so long. If it's windy, up hill, you don't pedal, you accelerate a lot, You are heavy, go top speed, your tires are soft, or have a load you don't get maximum range. That turns out to be almost all the time. You get whatever that distance becomes with that much wattage for that time. It varies a lot more than you would guess if you have never tried one. One can go a lot farther with a nice road bike. If you don't ride much the electric bikes seem nice the more you ride the less usefull they are.
If you like long rides they become a drawback instead of a benefit. If you like short trips to the store, are out of shape, and can leave the bike long enough for a recharge, then they are nice. If you are just starting cycling you will out grow the usefulness as you get in better shape.
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Old 10-20-06, 04:04 PM   #11
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that continental is something else. damn
Thats looking like a nice electric bike. The electric assist makes the inefficiencies of the shaft drive less improtant but you still get the clean low maintence drive train. That saddle looks like a Brooks, and I like the integrated rack and fenders. I wonder what the price is? Lithium batteries are expensive.
As for the Speedster Models, where can I get those 26x3" slicks? They'd work great on my Pugsley for road riding. Actually the Speedster models look pretty cool. I'm surprised they are not bringing them to the US market given the popularity of the StingRay and other style bikes.
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Didn't see how fast they go. Anyone know?
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Old 10-20-06, 06:42 PM   #13
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What kind of fenders do you suppose those are on the Continental?
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Old 10-20-06, 07:18 PM   #14
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Didn't see how fast they go. Anyone know?
450 watts for about 40 minutes. It depends on the total load. It will be different for everyone.
I was told they could hit 20 mph under ideal circumstances. Since the output remains constant the top speed will vary all over the place. If you are a different weight than me we will have different results.

I could hit 17 mph with 350 watts with a heavy load. I could believe 20 in ideal conditions.

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Old 05-23-07, 05:41 PM   #15
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The nice thing about the Schwinn lineup is that they hide the electronics very well. They look like regular bikes. I also bet they do very well in the rain.

However, Schwinn is making some pretty tall claims about these bikes (60 mile range?). Has anyone tried one yet?
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Old 05-24-07, 11:59 AM   #16
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Lithium Polymer batteries? Damn! Those are the Holy grail of battery technology. My electric micro RC helicopter is powered by an 11V LiPo and I just can't believe how light it is. Especially considering the 15 minute run time, which is a lot of an RC helicopter BTW!
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Old 05-24-07, 09:08 PM   #17
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Whoa what kind of RC copter do you have? I have an Eco Piccolo - but that was back when like almost many years ago.
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E-Sky Honeybee CP2 RTF. Great little toy BTW!
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waiting...

I got a message today from someone at Schwinn, who said the bikes won't be out anywhere until this summer...
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It seems you can buy them in Chicago now.
http://www.suntimes.com/business/cas...sual22.article
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It has a battery lock.
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Old 08-16-07, 02:46 AM   #21
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Lithium Polymer batteries? Damn! Those are the Holy grail of battery technology. My electric micro RC helicopter is powered by an 11V LiPo and I just can't believe how light it is. Especially considering the 15 minute run time, which is a lot of an RC helicopter BTW!
My Hornet II will fly 15 minutes on a 3s TP1320 pack. A lot of fun when it's not windy.
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Old 08-19-07, 09:49 PM   #22
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There is some documentation on the Protanium website:

Schwinn catalog in Danish: http://www.protanium.com/schwinn/
Manuals: http://www.protanium.com/manuals.htm
Published material: http://www.protanium.com/published.htm
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What's weird is they announce this line back in 2006 to the fanfares of various blogs, then nothing happens. I keep looking them up online every couple of months, but see nothing in the wild. Seeing how it's 2008 soon, has anyone seen these sold anywhere at all, online or LBS.
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Old 11-06-07, 02:54 PM   #24
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I went to a Schwinn bike shop this Summer and ask the manager if he sold Schwinn electric bikes. He told me no, they were always in the shop for repair that they had alot of problems.
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They look cool and have good specifications but $1,200 would be a better price point. I'd really like to get an electric pedal assist road bike at < 45 lbs.
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