Linked by David Adams on Wed 1st Aug 2012 16:53 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes I had the chance to attend the bike industry’s annual DealerCamp in my hometown of Park City, Utah last week. It’s an event where dealers and manufacturers can meet up, and everyone can try the latest bicycle technology on the roads and trails. While there, I took a particular interest in electric bicycles, which were represented by several vendors. Electric bicycle tech has made some major strides in the past few years, but still has a long way to go, in particular on the software side.
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RE: practical electric bike
by Priest on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 01:38 UTC in reply to "practical electric bike"
Priest
Member since:
2006-05-12

I have been wondering for ages why electric bikes aren't cheaper. You can buy full sized mountain bikes with front and back suspension now for $90 at Walmart.

Small electric motors are very cheap to make and it takes a very small amount of power to help you along.

An $80 weed trimmer (gas or electric) would produce enough power.

With all these advancements in technology I am amazed that combining these things is still so bloody expensive. It should cost $250 to combine a $90 bicycle with the engine from an $80 weed trimmer, not $3,000

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RE[2]: practical electric bike
by Splinter on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 02:40 in reply to "RE: practical electric bike"
Splinter Member since:
2005-07-13

I have been wondering for ages why electric bikes aren't cheaper. You can buy full sized mountain bikes with front and back suspension now for $90 at Walmart.

Small electric motors are very cheap to make and it takes a very small amount of power to help you along.

An $80 weed trimmer (gas or electric) would produce enough power.

With all these advancements in technology I am amazed that combining these things is still so bloody expensive. It should cost $250 to combine a $90 bicycle with the engine from an $80 weed trimmer, not $3,000

Their is two major components you left out... batteries and electronic controller. A controller should be under $100.

However batteries are still not cheap. Realistically you would be looking around $800 - $1500 for a good sized battery pack for off road rough terrain. $300 to $500 for commuting...

So Commuting...
90 + 80 + 100 + 300 = $570 for a cheap commuter...
and that is about what the go for. EG http://www.value-e-bikes.com.au/

Now the mountain bikes (serious ones) start at around $800 or more for the base bike.
800 + 80 + 100 + 800 = $1780 for the cheapest "good" off roader...
and again you can get them for that. EG http://www.hi-powercycles.com/category.sc?categoryId=10

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ferrix Member since:
2005-07-06

Do yourself a favour and stay away from those cheap made in china e-bikes, as they are complete crap and when they break, no repair shop will touch them... believe me, I speak from experience!

Either splurge 2,000+ bucks for a decent model with decent dealer support, or roughly for the same money get a scooter/second hand motorcycle - much more useful proposition. Again, speaking from experience.

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