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OHM Urban Video Review – Silent, Fast, Commuter Ebike

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OHM Urban Video Review - Silent, Fast, Commuter Ebike

https://electricbikereview.com/ohm/urban-ebike/ The OHM Urban is a near-silent, feature rich, urban hardtail electric bike that’s available in four frame sizes and can be switched from Class 2 with throttle to high-speed Class 3. Proprietary torque sensor is integrated into the 12 mm rear-axle, it feels fluid and sporty to pedal with and less finicky than older TMM4 or bottom bracket sensors. OHM overbuilds their bikes so even though this is an urban model, it still has a tapered head tube, 15 mm thru-axle, adjustable air fork, and hollow spindle bottom bracket. The BionX D-Series hub motor is powerful and quick but visually it does stand out more than a compact gearless design, the trigger throttle only activates if the bike is moving.

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Raleigh Retroglide iE Electric Bike Review | Electric Bike Report

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Raleigh Retroglide iE Electric Bike Review  | Electric Bike Report

https://electricbikereport.com/raleigh-retroglide-ie-electric-bike-review-part-1-pictures-specs/ This is a look at the Raleigh Retroglide iE beach cruiser style electric bike with the Currie Electro-Drive mid drive system. Checkout the full review at: https://electricbikereport.com/raleigh-retroglide-ie-electric-bike-review-part-1-pictures-specs/

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Electric Mountain Bike Insiders Panel – Questions, Concerns, Feedback

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Electric Mountain Bike Insiders Panel - Questions, Concerns, Feedback

During a press event in Sedona, Arizona a panel of insiders and experts were brought together by Bosch, a maker of ebike systems, to discuss the development and use of electric mountain bikes. I was on hand and decided to film it to share with the wider community… everyone on the panel had decades of experience with traditional mountain bikes and had either ridden or sold ebikes so they had a unique and valid perspective. Some questions and concerns were brought up, along with solutions and thoughts on what the future might look like and how these bikes are actually being used, whether they impact the trail and present a safety hazard etc.

The official title of this panel was “The Hopes and Fears of EMTB’s” and participants included Pete Prebus of ElectricBikeReport.com, Hill Abell of Bicycle Sport Shop in Austin, TX, and Drew Rohde of The Loam Wolf.

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CERO One Video Review – Compact Electric Cargo Mamarachi Bike

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CERO One Video Review - Compact Electric Cargo Mamarachi Bike

https://electricbikereview.com/cero/one/ The CERO One is a compact electric cargo bike inspired by the Japanese Mamarachi, it’s easy to mount and steer, very well balanced, responsive, efficient, and capable. Features the new Shimano STePs 504 watt-hour battery pack which offers increased range and a refined charging interface, the display is large, feature-rich, and removable. Custom plastic fenders keep you dry, integrated Spanninga lights and reflective Schwalbe tires keep you visible, upgradeable cargo racks interface with child seat and baskets. Included frame lock uses the same key as the battery, sturdy double-leg kickstand makes loading easy and safe, highly adjustable stem fits many body types.

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Trek Neko+ Video Review – Sporty Mid-Step Electric Bike

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Trek Neko+ Video Review - Sporty Mid-Step Electric Bike

https://electricbikereview.com/trek/neko-plus/ The Trek Dual Neko+ is a sporty hybrid electric bike offering a blend of efficiency and trail capability, suspension fork with lockout, hydraulic disc brakes. Removable battery and display panel reduce weight when lifting and transporting the bike, quick release wheels, locking ergonomic grips. The Shimano STePs mid-drive motor is quiet, smooth, and efficient compared to others in the space, it’s also compact and relatively lightweight. The motor does not offer shift sensing which means the chain, sprockets, and derailleur can take a bit more wear, but the chainring has a guide to reduce drops.

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Riese & Müller Nevo NuVinci Video Review – Performance Step-Thru Electric Bike

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Riese & Müller Nevo NuVinci Video Review - Performance Step-Thru Electric Bike

https://electricbikereview.com/riese-muller/nevo-nuvinci/ The Riese & Müller Nevo NuVinci is one of the stiffer, more capable, deep step-thru electric bike that I have tested, sturdy thru-axle, strong tapered head tube, reinforced downtube, and fatter tires for stability. Focus on comfort and safety with suspension fork, suspension seat post, gel saddle, and ergonomic grips, as well as reflective tires and premium integrated lights. Backward compatible Bosch Powerpack 500 battery is fast charging and removable, along with the Intuvia display panel, I love that you can tap into the system with a Micro-USB. The NuVinci is smooth and can be shifted at standstill but adds weight, the bike is nearly 60 lbs which is heavier than average, available in two sizes and three colors, built to order takes longer.

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BULLS E-Stream EVO FS 2 27.5 Plus Video Review – Cross Country Electric Mountain Bike

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BULLS E-Stream EVO FS 2 27.5 Plus Video Review - Cross Country Electric Mountain Bike

https://electricbikereview.com/bulls/e-stream-evo-fs-2-27-5-plus/ The BULLS E-Stream EVO FS 2 27.5 Plus is one of the cleanest looking full suspension cross country electric bikes I’ve reviewed, the battery and motor are built into the frame and match the matte black paint perfectly. Extra large battery capacity for longer rides, EnergyBus magnetic charging standard works on or off the bike and won’t get bent or tip the bike over as easily if snagged. Uses the smallest plus sized tire standard 2.6″ for precision and nimble handling but you still get improved traction and comfort, solid 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes. Compact transflective display stays out of the way and has a Mini-USB charging port built in, 20-speed drivetrain offers a wider range of cadence options, no dropper post.

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Magura Bicycle Hardware Updates – Hydraulic Brakes, Wireless Seat Post Droppers, Inverted Suspension

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Magura Bicycle Hardware Updates - Hydraulic Brakes, Wireless Seat Post Droppers, Inverted Suspension

While attending a press event in Sedona, Arizona, I got to meetup with some Magura reps to discuss the latest hydraulic brakes, suspension, and seat post dropper hardware they’ve been working on. I learned that the even numbered brakes (such as the MT2, MT4, MT6, and MT8) are dual-piston while the odd numbered brakes (Such as the MT5 and MT7) are quad-piston which spread out heat but can also weigh more.

The Magura reps that I spoke with included Stephen from Germany and Jude from the US. I learned that the piston surface on the quad piston models is about 30% larger than the dual piston models. This generates more braking power and dissipates heat faster, also the higher weight translates to higher head dissipation. They use a special material called Carbotexture in their master cylinders (at the brake levers) to save weight so that they can add weight in the caliper for improved braking. There is even a Carbotexture SL which is extra light that is used in the MT7 brake lever master cylinder. The actual brake levers that you pull can be Aluminum alloy or Carbon fiber to reduce weight. Magura also has a specially designed lever blades (brake levers) with integrated switches that can be used to activate ebike brake lights or send a motor cutoff signal (which is rarely used on high-end mid-drive motors now because they are so responsive). The cable that comes out is a two-poll or “two wire” cable. The levers with the switches can be retrofitted to MT4 and MT5 models which converts them to MT4e and MT5e. Also, the brake levers are symmetrical so they can flip-flop and work on both the left and right side of a handle bar.

Magura introduced their first hydraulic brake for mountain bikes in 1987. They have a strong background in the braking space for BMW motorcycles (controls, brakes, master cylinders, handle bars, and grips). The MT8 Carbon fiber cross country brake setup from Magura is just 299 grams including the rotor, caliper, brake lever setup, and mounting hardware. I asked Jude for some general tips about dealing with bicycle disc brakes and he said it’s best not to touch the rotors because they get hot and the oil from your skin can damage the brake pads (also keep chain lubes and cleaning supplies off of the disc brake rotors). He said you can use rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) to clean the rotors. Also, if you take the wheel and disc brake rotor off of your bike, it’s good to have a spacer so the pads don’t connect and get stuck together.

Magura uses a mineral based fluid for their hydraulic disc brakes that does not absorb moisture and thus deteriorate, freeze, or boil as easily. Jude explained that you can bleed your brakes every year or two depending on use and the hardware setup. He said that mineral fluid is longer lasted than DOT fluid. Magura uses a radial configured master piston path which delivers better braking sensitivity input (it moves perpendicular to the grip vs. parallel). Most Magura brake levers have adjustable reach with a 3 mm Allen key but others are tool-free where you just twist a finger adjust. Magura also recently introduced a Trail brake, the Trail Sport gives you quad piston up front and dual piston in the rear.

Magura introduced a new remote controlled wireless seat post dropper that’s good for retrofitting and running wire-free on mountain bikes. It’s called the Vyron dropper post and it is battery powered but also has an automatic sleep mode that listens for movement (so you have to shake the bike to “wake it up”). You can get the post in 30.9 mm and 31.6 mm and they offer 150 mm travel. You can mount the control pad wherever you want on the handlebar of the bike and you can recharge the post and use the on-post button pad to use it if the wireless button pad runs out of batteries. They said you get ~400 actuations per charge, and it takes 3 hours to charge. It retails for $399 MSRP and is super easy and fast to swap between bikes because it is wireless vs. being wired through the frame. The same wireless button pad that is used for the Vyron dropper post can also be used to lockout the suspension fork and rear shock that Magura offers. It’s called the elect system. The up arrow does the suspension fork, the middle button does the seat post, and the down arrow does the rear suspension if you have it. If you just have the seat post suspension, there is a plastic cover for the button pad that makes it just one large button. The suspension fork we looked at was an upside-down model with a form fit octagon 20 mm thru axle and magnetic tool built in. These inverted forks tend to flex and twist less at the top because of increased thickness and offer the strength that powerful and heavy e-mountain bikes benefit from. I liked that it had stanchion shielding as well. Magura partnered with WP (owned by KTM) for their upside down fork. The fork shown in this video is not yet available aftermarket but you can find it on the Haibike AllMtn 8.0 and some other KTM models.

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Inside the Brose Electric Bike Motor

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Inside the Brose Electric Bike Motor

While visiting Raleigh Electric in Simi Valley, California I was invited to take a look inside the Brose mid-drive electric bike motor with President Larry Pizzi. It was neat to see the famed Kevlar notched belt drive, which cuts down on noise and vibration, and understand how the sensors and gearing works to convert power. This centerdrive motor, along with Shimano, Bosch, Yamaha, and others, is designed to measure rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque up to 1,000 times per second for smooth efficient power flow that is also safe, because it starts and stops almost instantly as it measures your pedal input.

A small gearless canister drive spins at high RPM and is stepped down through a planetary gearing system and belt transfer to provide torque. There’s a high-precision cadence sensor inside as well as a printed circuit board that converts the different rider signals into motor operation and the whole thing weighs about 6.61 lbs which is very lightweight compared to other mid-drive motors.

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Oyama CX E8D Video Review – Lightweight, Rigid, Folding Electric Bike

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Oyama CX E8D Video Review - Lightweight, Rigid, Folding Electric Bike

https://electricbikereview.com/oyama/cx-e8d/ The Oyama CX E8D is a sturdy, rigid-frame, folding electric bike with large comfortable tires, full-coverage plastic fenders, and a capable rear rack with pannier blockers and spring latch. Decent Shimano eight-speed drivetrain with intuitive grip-twist shifter, mechanical disc brakes with motor-inhibiting levers, thicker spokes and seat post for strength. The motor and battery are nearly hidden on the frame, the display panel is very basic but easy to use, a built-in USB port on the battery allows you to charge portable electronics. No integrated lights or reflective tire stripes, basic six-magnet cadence sensor is slow to start and stop, steel fork reduces weight but isn’t as comfortable as suspension.

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