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!

by Jack R. on August 2, 2014

Today I took one of our new Haibikes, the XDuro Trekking RX, out for a 30 minute spin!

The XDuro has such a sharp look and with the centerdrive it barely looks like anything more than a high end mountain bike. So much detail has been put into the frame design and the welds are so low key, the “cut” had me drooling.

Haibike-Xduro-RX

Haibike-Xduro-RXThe RX weighs 52 lbs, 10 lbs lighter than the Stromer, and the weight is extremely well balanced on the frame due to the motor and battery being in the center. I could easily carry this bike up a 3 story walk up daily.

In my time riding bicycles around NYC one of my favorite pastimes is to race the lights on 1st avenue and I took the Trekking RX over there as the avenue is near the shop. If you can catch all the lights you can ride straight up from Houston st all the way to 125th without missing a beat! Of course this has always proven nearly impossible as it requires you to go 20 mph non-stop for 5 miles (including uphill), quite the workout. Unless you have an electric bike.

Haibike-Xduro-RXCruising at a steady 25mph on the XDuro RX made staying in time with the lights no sweat, seriously not a drop of sweat on an 80 degree July day.

I was able to outpace cars and accelerate faster than them. At one point cruising along at 25 a cab did try to dangerously cut me off by darting in front of my right of way, and I was only able to decelerate fast enough to avoid catastrophe due to the hydraulic disk brakes, this electric bike has serious stopping power.

Haibike-Xduro-RX

I also took the XDuro Trekking over to 2nd avenue to try out the full suspension and tires. Riding down 2nd avenue has been a nightmare for cyclists for the past several years due to the construction of the new subway line. Jagged streets, endless potholes, missing lane
lines, no crosswalks, construction, cranes, dump trucks, and asphalt gaps parallel to the bike’s direction pose a serious safety risk. The tires and the suspension had me feeling very secure. The fat 29ner tires were much wider than all the worst cracks in the asphalt and there was none of the typical being “rattled to pieces” by the potholes and such. On this bike you just glide effortlessly around the city, the electric motor is super quiet.

Haibike-Xduro-RX

With a 30 mile range one could easily take this bike out in the morning, run errands all over NYC end to end all day and come back in the evening with much battery to spare and without losing your breath once. It’s overkill for riding around a city, even one with roads as rough as these.

I’d love to take it out on some dirt trails and see what the XDuro Trekking RX can really do.

Josh

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Stromer Sport vs. A2B Alva+: A ride by ride comparison

May 22, 2014

Both the Stromer Sport and A2B Alva + exist to prove that electric bikes can look and ride better than regular bicycles–and they’re both doing a pretty good job of it. From the Stromer’s incognito battery and off-road performance and the A2B’s 20mph power assist, each bike was a very eligible competitor for my affection, [...]

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2012 Stromer Sport Deluxe

March 20, 2014

As a Floridian-turned-NYC bike messenger, there were three things nobody could prepare me for: hills, cold, and an unforgiving maze of stagnant traffic. So, when given the opportunity to give the 2012 Stromer a spin around the streets I was hesitant. Surely, I cannot be seen on an electric bicycle: that’s just cheating. After just [...]

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500 watts of red carpet

January 11, 2014

Choosing your favorite electric bike is a bit like choosing your favorite celebrity. Some are fashionable and always look flashy, some are efficient and can effortlessly run long distances, others are great performers and are perfect in a variety of different roles. The A2b Metro Diesel The A2B Metro is somewhere between a classy well [...]

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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!

October 26, 2013

Ever since we started performing BionX installations on Surly’s excellent line of steel-framed “fatbikes,” they have been some of the most popular bikes in the shop. Since we build each one to order, these electric Moonlanders and Pugsleys are not permanent fixtures at NYCeWheels. However, customers who happen by the shop on days when we [...]

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Electric Bromptons

September 21, 2013

One of the most uniquely NYCeWheels-y products we sell has to be the Electric Brompton, and with its versatility and practicality, it is quickly catching on as one of our most popular. Part of its appeal lies in its versatility–see a Brompton bike you like in the shop? We can electrify it. Likewise, if you [...]

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Comparison: Dedicated Electric Bikes and Electric Bike Conversion Kits

August 5, 2013

There can be no doubt that riding a bike with an integrated electric motor is thrilling. Zooming off at barely a touch of your pedal, you can fly up hills without breaking a sweat, and bomb down the far side at hitherto unimagined speeds. But in your research on the NYCeWheels site, you have come [...]

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eFlow and BionX review from David

July 15, 2013

NYCeWheels customer and alternative transportation specialist David stopped by the shop to take a spin on Currie Technologies’ fully loaded electric bike, the eFlow Nitro. He submitted this review of the sleek bike’s powerful feel, and also wrote about his own BionX-equipped bike. Read on! Thanks again for the eFlow Nitro demo ride last Thursday. [...]

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