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Old 06-09-14, 03:05 PM   #1
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Old 06-10-14, 06:13 AM   #2
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Old 06-13-14, 02:44 PM   #4
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When electric bikes are outlawed, we will be able to look at "bikes" like this and know why.
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Old 06-15-14, 09:42 AM   #5
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When electric bikes are outlawed, we will be able to look at "bikes" like this and know why.
Apparently you are cosmetically prejudiced and/or you expect other people to be.

I just see some nice looking e-bikes with a sense of style. Heck at least they have a good fairly usable pedal drive unlike some other supposed e-bikes I've seen commercially sold which are nothing more then electric scooters with pretty much unusable pedals added as an after though just to make them squeak by legally so they don't have to be registered as the low powered motorcycles they are.

As to any that might be cosmetically prejudiced so long as people don't ride the bikes pictured on sidewalks but rather ride on the road they probably might be more likely to be accepted then an e-bike that looks like a normal bicycle.


As far as if the pictured bikes are overpowered so much that they really aren't bicycles anymore. Top picture in the OP looks like its only got a 250-watt size rear hub motor. It's just a little hub motor. Second,third, and fourth pictures down from the top look like 500-watt MAC internal geared rear hubs, a little more power but still not excessive by any means. Others further down look like standard 1,000-watt direct drive hubs which on the flat one might thing are overpowered but hit a good hill with one of them and it will change your mind quickly as you have to pedal hard yourself to keep those 1,000-watt direct drive hubs from stalling out on you. Unless you get into the multi-Kw power levels those direct drive hub motors bog down pretty quick on the hills. Heck, I've got one bike with an even bigger 1,400-watt direct drive rear hub and it still won't climb a steep hill without me pedaling hard without it bogging way down.


----- They aren't so overpowered that they ain't bicycles anymore.
----- They have a good working pedal drive.
----- The pedals are set-up in a geometry as to actually be used. (They make pedal only bikes with that same geometry, its a board track racer style and geometry bicycle. And old school retro style of low tuck racer bicycle somewhere half way between a beach cruiser bicycle and a road racing bicycle.)
----- They look nice and got class.
----- Looks like they got a nice big good headlight, no night ninja cyclist problems !!!

What's not to like, unless your a snooty "your bike ain't like my bike so your bike ain't a bike" bigot ?

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Old 06-15-14, 10:15 AM   #6
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No that's not it, they look great. They seam overpowered to me judging from the video, I skipped through some of it, but didn't see a crank turn once. My concern is that the law would view these (rightly) as motorcycles and not bikes and in the process outlaw them all.
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Old 06-15-14, 03:17 PM   #7
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The top four pictures are not bicycles from the same company as the lower pictures. Top four pictures are "Oto Cycles" (take out the space and add dot com to the end). The come standard with 250-watt motors and can be upgraded for extra cost to larger motors if desired but none of them come with anything more then 750-watts fully upgraded to the hilt.

The bottom pictures, yes, after looking at that companies web-site they are claiming top speeds up to 36 miles per hour. I think that would be with a good stiff tail wind if not a little down slope unless they have seriously overvolted the rear hub motors they are using if not overamped them as well. I can't get more then about 28-mph out of my one direct drive 1,400 watt rear hub motor powered bike.
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