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May 2012

A2B Electric Bike – Speedster Dream

by Electric bike guru on May 29, 2012

The A2B electric bike is a speedster dream. Unlike the BionX Motor, which works through assisted pedaling, the A2B is throttle powered. It has an excellent responsive disc breaking system and just flat out rocked my socks. Admittedly, it is a beast weight wise, but with a little boost from the throttle however you can really start moving.

The interface on the A2B Metro is really user friendly; you have your speedometer and trip miles on a well lit display in the center, the throttle on the right and a shifter on the left. There is even a smart rear view mirror. All you have to do is put your key in, switch to A and you are rollin’.

Cruising on the A2B Metro!

The A2B is the perfect ride for catchin’ a breeze. I am a a bit of a speed demon, and I ride a lot of track bikes and light little road numbers to get my adrenaline kicking. The A2B Electric Bike really took me by surprise. I was trying my best to be “conservative,” but once I hit the throttle, I couldn’t help but kick it into gear and be a little reckless. I suggest be a little more wary while on the road of course, I may have ran a red light, but how could you not when you are riding an electric bike with the potential of doing more than of 22 mph? I am surprised I didn’t get any bugs stuck in my teeth because I was smiling so much.

Off-roading on the A2B Metro

If you are going to be a little crazy and try to take this off the pavement, the A2B Electric Bike has an excellent shock absorbed front fork, which gives it this off-road adventure look, as well as a shock absorbing actuator under the seat to the rear wheel. This is no rigid ride, it bounces gently over NYC potholes and adds to the joy of speeding down Park Ave.

Its all about double takes with the A2B Metro. The A2B has a rad, from the future, “I’m going to take to the dunes, ready for the apocalypse” kind of look to it. It definitely turned some heads, which if you are into it, could be a great way to pick up some cute environmentalists.

Take the A2b to the farmers market? Why not!

That’s where my wish for an optional extra seat comes in. There is a super sturdy back rack that you could throw some Ortlieb bags on and get your groceries from the farmers market with, maybe a child’s seat? I wouldn’t mind being able to take one of the farmers with me though.

When getting around, it is safe to say the A2B Electric Bike is an excellent vehicle for the city or suburbs. You get all the joys of being quicker than public transportation, along with no street parking issues and no tolls or gas to contend with. All you have to do make sure you have a place to plug this fella into charge for the next day’s adventures. Check out the high powered A2B Electric Bike today!

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Kettler Twin Electric Bicycle Review

by Electric bike guru on May 15, 2012

I just had the pleasure of meeting the Kettler Electric Bike. A nice piece of German engineering, it has an electric motor in the drive train that acts as a helpful hand on those tough hills and inclines. The Shimano Nexus 8 speed internal hub is also a wondrous edition. I managed to maintain an average speed of 18.4 Kilometers per hour here in Upper East Side traffic.

The Kettler Twin feels just like a regular bicycle

If you really want to go cruising down easy street. The nice thing about the Kettler electric bike is it still feels like a bicycle. Your legs keep moving to get the wheels going, power assistance or not. With out power assistance you have the full range of the Shimano internal 8 speed hub to keep you in your comfort zone, or to make you work a little harder for a good exercise.

Its an “every-person” kind of Bicycle. The Kettler is perfect bike for individuals with perhaps some mobility issues, besides the obvious power assistance while you are peddling. The Kettler is a total cruiser, with upright seating, a shock absorbing seat post and a step through design make the ride very comfortable, with very easy mount and dismount.

The Kettler Twin is easy to use!

Operation of the electric bike is quite natural. Everything is with in reach at relaxed angles. The Shimano grip shift makes changing gears a breeze. The remote is simple and user friendly with arrow shaped buttons and clear easy to read text. It informs you of how fast you are going and your battery life. The upright position of the Kettler Electric Bike makes it easy to look around and see what is happening around you. It has a rack to put some baskets on or panniers to put your groceries, art supplies or laptop case in.

The Kettler is very diverse!

The Kettler Electric Bike is not your grandparent’s bike though, you can really cruise on this bike, especially on an open flat stretch of asphalt, even up hill in 8th gear on high power, I was zipping through at near 21 kmh. Take my word for it, whether you are looking for a commute bike or a joy ride around the island, the Kettler Twin is definitely a great option!

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All roads lead to Stromer!

May 3, 2012

Today, I got a chance to try out the Stromer Electric Bike and, I have to say, it was pretty awesome. Last week, I rode another electric bike, the Kettler Twin, and we had a good time together, but today, as I sped around the bike path in Central Park, the Stromer Electric Bike just [...]

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