On the Train with the eFormula

by Jack R. on November 21, 2014

by Mike from DIYBIKE.com

Commuter trains look different when you hold a ticket in one hand and an electric assist folding bike in the other.

This is especially true if you travel to the city from Connecticut, where parking spaces at train stations are often scare, expensive or both. Being able to ride a bike to the Stamford train station instead of park saves at least $8 before I even step onto the platform.

Since folding bikes are allowed on trains anytime, getting on Metro North on peak hours was easy. Even though the fold of the Dahon eFormula isn’t as swift, small or simple as an eBrompton (more on that in another post) the bike is reasonably small – even with the battery pack attached.

I am not sure if the bike will fit in the overhead rack – it didn’t get in anyone’s way sitting in the vestibule so I didn’t feel like trying. I still conducted a test: from time to time, it is necessary to move from one vestibule to another and I did so carrying the Dahon eFormula through the narrow aisle. I imagine that doing it for more than one train car length would have been tiring (I had to hold the bike at mid-chest level in front of me with both hands) but for this simple maneuver, it was fine.

The move also meant that carrying the bike through a turnstile would be a piece of cake.

All the times I bring a folding bike on the train, I always unfold it after the Metro North passes the Harlem stop so I can roll it out at Grand Central Terminal. Doing the 15-second Dahon fold – even with a few people standing around me – was easy.

This particular train I was on arrived in the dreaded ‘lower level’ track, which meant I had to climb some stairs in order to avoid urine-scented elevators. Since the weight of the Dahon eFormula feels evenly distributed when unfolded, I was able to grip the top tube just over the crank and carry it up without banging the bike into my fellow travelers.

And, of course, the feeling I got from not having to descend from GCT’s main hall into the subway system – and instead exiting the station and into the day – is like no other.
Not only that, but the bike fits under most desks and if your feet do happen to hit it during your workday you’ll probably smile a bit knowing you can ride the bike home.

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The A2B Kuo: Our Most Affordable Electric Bike!

by Jack R. on September 18, 2014

The A2B Kuo is the perfect entry level electric bike: a nice 25 mile range, 15 mph top speed, and it FOLDS, for under $1500. Let’s take a closer look!

A2B KuoThe A2B Kuo is light for an electric bike, weighing just 39.5 lbs, over 20 pounds lighter than most full sized electric bikes on the market. It uses smaller 20 inch wheels with beefy tread on the tires for extra puncture protection and natural shock absorption. The smaller size of the wheels allows the bike to be lighter and more portable, and will have a sharper turn radius for a more responsive and nimble ride.

A2b Kuo The Kuo has a 250 watt geared motor built into the rear wheel. This motor is a little smaller than many full size electric bikes, but it is lighter in weight and still has enough power to get you up to 15.5 miles per hour on a flat!

As with most electric bikes, you can still pedal the A2B Kuo just like a regular bike and this can help the motor function more efficiently. By pedaling up hills and helping the motor out, you will be able to increase your range and ride upwards of 25 miles on a charge. The Kuo has 7 speeds and uses a quality Shimano Tourney derailleur for smooth shifting.

A2B Kuo This folding electric bike is powered by a 24 volt 9 ah lithium ion battery which fits nicely in front of the rear wheel. The battery is smaller and lighter than many electric bike batteries, but with 9 ah you’ll still have nice range. The battery is easily removable through the use of a key, and should take around 6 – 7 to charge up. Pushing a small button on the side of the battery will turn on the electric system and allow you to engage the motor!

A2b Kuo On the handlebars you will find an LED display which tells you your speed, distance, battery charge, as well as how many times the battery has been recharged. You also have a nice safety bell just to the left so you can let people know when you’re zooming past.

Like other A2B models like the A2B Alva +, the Kuo has a twist throttle which activates the motor and lets you zip along like you’re riding a motor cycle. One of the best features of the Kuo is that it also has pedal assist modes which allow you to ride the Kuo like a pedelec e bike. What is a pedlec e-bike?” you may ask? Instead of a button or throttle which automatically activates a motor, pedal assist works with your pedaling, amplifying each stroke to make you feel like you’re superman.

To activate pedal assist modes, there is a small switch just beneath the display. Switch it to the right and you’re on a “low” assist mode for longer range, switch it to the left and you activate a “high” assist mode for more of a boost. And of course at any time you can give the pedal assist a break and just use the throttle to shoot you forward pedal free.

Last but not least, even with all of these great features, the A2B Kuo is able to fold up small enough to fit in a closet or in the trunk of your car. How does it fold? Check out the video review above courtesy of Electric Bike Review, and you’ll see it in action!

With all these great features, the A2B Kuo is still one of the most affordable electric bikes that has ever come through our doors. If you’re looking for an electric bike that is portable, light, has decent range and power, and isn’t going to break the bank, the A2B Kuo is the way to go!!!!

Jack

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Xcited about the XDuro Trekking RX!

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March 20, 2014

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500 watts of red carpet

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You ride, I Zip

December 5, 2013

An electric bike is many things, a necessity, an indulgence, a solution to a problem, an answer to a question. How am I going to get to the store? How can I keep up with my triathlon girlfriend on our next ride? Is it possible to bike 30 miles without getting covered in sweat? There [...]

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Electric Surly Fatbike Revolution!

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Electric Bromptons

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