by Russ Lowthian, Editor at HaveFunBiking
As consumers gain an ecological awareness of greener transportation with all the alternatives in our ever-changing world, electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more attractive. Especially with battery and solar technologies speeding forward. The human-powered bike or trike, combined with electric motor assistance can also make for an eco-friendly option when looking at EVs. Known as micro-mobility, please find a shortlist below of some of the e-bikes and trikes that you will be able to test ride at the E-bike Challenge Minneapolis.
Why an e-bike and the advantages when buying your next vehicle
Those who haven’t had the pleasure of test riding an electric bicycle or e-trike will find they are perfect for many local trips. While not everyone can replace a car entirely, most trips within a 10-mile range can be less expensive with an e-bike. And, in many cases, quicker than a four-wheeled vehicle.
Making it easier to run errands, go to a meeting, or visit the local coffee shop. Also, using an e-assist bicycle allows you to pedal peacefully, sweat-free to your destination. Then, enjoy a fun cardio workout on your return trip. Below, discover many examples of e-assist bikes around the E-Bike Challenge test track.
Plus, these e-bikes are being used as an effective rehabilitation tool for riders who may be facing physical limitations or rehabbing following surgery.
The types of e-bicycles and their movement towards micro-mobility
It’s a vast and diverse industry with something for everyone, from adaptive, cargo, folding, fat, long-tail bikes, and trikes ready for you to test ride at the E-bike Challenge. The common thread is that all these bikes and trikes use electric motors to assist in the human-powered activity for micro-mobility. It is replacing car miles – especially gas-powered car miles to create a cleaner environment.
Bikes to see at the E-bike Challenge
As we work with the E-bike Challenge team, here are some of the brands below expected to be at the April event:
Aventon Aventure (fat tire bike)
This e-bike with four-inch fat tires and front suspension ensures that you will be comfortable cruising the pavement or enjoying the challenges on the off-road trail. Especially with the 80mm of travel in the front suspension absorbing all the bumps in your path. Equipped with a powerful 1130W (peak) motor and 720Wh battery allows any adventurer to go further than before. See more on the Aventon line of e-bikes here.
Catrike eCat (recumbent trike)
With sixteen years of engineering and experience, Catrike has created the eCat. Go farther, faster with greater ease aboard this recumbent e-trike. At the heart of this trike is the latest electric assist system from Bosch motors. The result is a recumbent trike offering a perfect combination of maximum efficiency, comfort, and riding enjoyment. See more on the Catrike line of e-bikes here.
Gocycle G4i (folding bike)
A folding e-bike perfect for transit and ease of storage in tight city living spaces, on boats, or in motorhomes. With a streamlined chassis, enjoy Gocycle’s bespoke new G4drive wheels that offers extra torque. And the iconic stowable magnesium frame, with a fast-folding handlebar and carbon wheels, creates a genuinely helpful urban folding bike with a 50-mile range. See more on the Gocycle line of e-bikes here.
IZIP Tristar Plus (trike)
This versatile electric three-wheeler has the power to handle your cargo load with every pedal stroke. With its easy handling and responsive TranzX M16 center motor, it’s easy to run errands, deliver goods, or take your pup for a ride. The easy entry frame has a 3-speed drivetrain with a large rear cargo basket, offering an average range of 30-miles per charge. Many are finding this electric-assist trike a welcome member to mobility. See more on the IZIP line of e-bikes here.
Magnum Scout (fat tire bike)
An all-terrain fat tire e-bike built for comfort year-round, this large frame model is perfect for five-foot-six and taller riders. Add in the 17.5Ah battery and 750w motor the Scout will get there, within a 35 to 65-mile range, per charge. With this bike, other features of the Scout include high-tread fat tires, front fork suspension, and hydraulic disc brakes. They are making it easy to pedal away for your next remote hunting, ice fishing, or backwoods adventure. See more on the Magnum line of e-bikes here.
PEBL e-Micro-Car (trike)
Designed to be a local transportation solution for those looking for commuter options in areas where variable weather conditions exist. This compact micro-car has the exercising ability of a bicycle and comes with a 750-watt motor system and lithium battery to assist the pedal power. Whether you want to replace your car, get back into an exercise routine, or just cruise around town the PEBL is another option to check out. See more on the PEBL line of e-Trikes here.
Pedigo Stretch (long-tail bike)
This cargo bike is complete with everything you need and more. It is fully loaded with user-friendly features that make riding even more fun and practical to haul people and cargo. It comes standard with useful cargo accessories to carry loads of all shapes and sizes. With a premium drivetrain, complete with 5-levels of pedal assist for full power on demand, the Stretch is a complete package with everything you need and more. See more on the Pedego line of e-bikes here.
Riese & Muller Load 75 (long-tail bike cargo bike)
Its full suspension makes it a noteworthy cargo bike, a comfortable ride when hauling packages or children. The Load 75 may be the ultimate family bike hauling up to four toddlers. This e-bike now offers a Bosch 4th generation motor system for more get-up-and-go. Now with more torque, it’s lighter and sleeker than ever before. And like the Load 60, the 75 is also highly reliable, thanks to its high-grade components. See more on the Load 75 line of e-bikes here.
Serial 1 E-bike powered by Harley Davidson
Inspired by the creation of their first motorcycle, the “Serial Number One,” back in 1903. Today this new line of e-bikes offers fun, freedom, and instant adventure for those looking at a pedal-assist electric bicycle. Powered by the advanced bicycle technology at Harley Davidson, enjoy the freedom of a bicycle with the effortless joy of electric power to change the way the world moves again. See more on the Serial 1 line of e-bikes here.
Specialized Creo SL Electric (Road/Gravel Bike)
If you are looking for an adventure both on or off-road, the 2021 Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon EVO Electric Road Bike is here to assist you. The features of this bike come with the same motor, battery, and frame as its road-oriented cousin. Only this bike is faster! And the bike allows you to take advantage of the tire clearance with Creo’s adventure-ready components. Now you can go wherever your heart desires. See more on the Specialized line of e-bikes here.
SYKL Xplorer X1000 MD Series (fat tire bike)
This e-fat bike is designed for rugged terrain and is perfect for climbing hills, long-range hunting trips, and all-terrain exploration. Whether that means getting quickly and quietly to your duck blind; climbing mountains to see what is at the top; or powering along a sandy beach to watch a sunset, the Xplorer bikes will get you where you want to go. See more on the SKYL line of e-bikes here.
Tern GSD S10 LX (long-tail bike cargo bike)
It’s the same length as a regular bike and easy to carry two kids plus groceries or a lot of cargo. And the GSD S10 LX is ready to replace your car. The bike has a handling capacity of 440 lb (200 kg) Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight. Plus, the built-in dual-battery technology lets you ride all day. And with space-saving features of the FlatFold and Vertical Parking makes the GSD, easy to own and use. See more on the Tern line of e-bikes here.
Urban Arrow Family E-Cargo Bike
This bike is the newest member of the famous European cargo bike family line. The 2022 Urban Arrow Electric Cargo Bike can easily transport you and your children or wherever you want to haul. No more worries about your busy schedule, fetching groceries, shopping trips, or delivering a payload. Now zip through the city effortlessly, or enjoy a trip to the country using trails and roads. See more on the Urban Arrow line of e-bikes here.
Just a sample of some of the bikes you can test ride at the E-bike Challenge coming to the Minneapolis Convention Center, mark your calendar for April 2 & 3, 2022. Then, check back often as more e-vehicles signup, and we do total reviews on the models you want to know more test out.
by Russ Lowthian, the editor at HaveFunBiking