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What’s your Type? Choosing an E-bike.

by Jack R. on January 22, 2013

These days Electric Bikes come in many different shapes and sizes and it’s important to know what would be the best choice given your specific needs as a rider.  Here are three different electric bikes, each tailored to fit the needs of a different riding style.

The Montague Crosstown with BionX

Montague Crosstown with BionXThe Montague Crosstown with a BionX motor attached would make a great E-bike for riders used to commuting on an average road-bike.  On it’s own, the Montague crosstown is a folding bike designed to ride like a full-sized road-bike.  It has 7 speeds, large 700c wheels, fast tires and a stiff frame.  And, at the end of the day, it will still fold in half, small enough to store in your closet at home.   Using the BionX motor you can turn this already versatile bike into an electric bike that is lightweight (only 43 lbs), fast, and portable with a 20 mile range. This makes the Montague Crosstown BionX bike ideal for bikers who are used to commuting to work on their road-bikes but want to add a little electric kick.

The Kettler Twin electric bike

Kettler Twin electric bikeThe Kettler Twin Electric Bike would be my recommendation for someone looking for a reliable, comfortable, electric bike perfect for joyrides, trips to the market, rode primarily just to have fun.  With a low step through frame, riders from 5 feet to over 6 feet will be comfortable riding.  It has a very comfortable seat, large wheels, and 8 speeds for hills and longer distance riding.  It is one of the more efficient electric bikes out there, able to go over 20 miles on a single charge, and it is still light enough to pedal like a regular bike if you happen to run out of juice.  I imagine myself charging overnight and then taking the Kettler Twin electric bike on a joyride around central park on my day off.

The Electric Brompton Bike

The Electric Brompton folding bike is powerful and versatile— somewhat of a super-bike with all advantages of the Brompton (renowned for it’s folding ability) added to a powerful and efficient electric motor, capable of 20 + miles on a charge, and great acceleration.  Unlike the previous two models, the E-brompton has smaller 16 inch wheels so its not going to be the right choice for someone looking for the feel of a full-sized bike.  Instead the Electric Brompton is the perfect choice for a hardcore everyday commuter who treats his bike like it’s attached to him.

With the small folding size, you’d be able to store this ebike in your home, or take it with you into coffee shops or the office.   One of our most prolific writers, TurboBob, has an entire blog devoted to his electric Brompton, “E-Brompton Banter” in which he details taking his E-brompton all across California.  The Electric Brompton folds smaller than any folding e-bike on the market, is light (45lbs), powerful, and perfect for your everyday diehard commuter who has convenience and portability as priorities.




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!