004 Electric Assist Mountain Bike Demos and Sales
E-bikes are exploding in popularity of late, and for good reason. They are super fun to ride! They also enable folks like myself to ride climbs that aging knees no longer allow. They also make it possible for couples who have vastly different levels of conditioning to ride together with ease.
You can choose from five different levels of assist to get as much or as little of a workout as you desire. You can also add a throttle which allows you to eliminate pedaling all together if you wish. These 750 watt motors cut off at a maximum speed of 20mph, making them legitimate street legal transportation without requirement for license, registration, or insurance. Mountain bike trail access varies by region, but the laws are continuously evolving towards more access as demand grows for these machines.
Nearly every major bike brand is now offering e-bike models, but they are all limited to 350 watt motors that use a torque-sensed pedal assist only (no throttle option), meaning that you have to pedal quite vigorously to get the maximum assistance from the motor. My knees can't handle the required torque to accomplish this, so I opted to go for the Bafang motor kits from e~Rad since they use a cadence sensor for the pedal assist and have the option for the addition of a throttle. Also, you can choose the still-street-legal 750 watt motor or go for the off-road-only 1000 watt version (pictured on the custom Lenz Ohmnivore here.
If you simply want the absolute ultimate in performance then the Lenz Ohmnivore is the only option. Devin Lenz is now custom making frames around these Bafang motor kits. You can choose any wheel and tire size (including 4" fat tires seen in the second pic below), any frame size, any component combination, and any color of powder coat. My personal bike (teal bike pictured here) is a 27.5" x 3" plus bike in size XL. It has the 14 speed Rohloff Speed Hub that has a 526% gear range to allow for super low hill climbing gears as well as 30 mph top end on the street. This hub is perfect for e-bike applications but that performance comes at a premium as it is a $1300 hub. The custom frame is $2890 including rear shock, and the rest of the components add together to make the retail on this particular bike just under $9000. I sold my mint 2012 Kawasaki KLR 650 just to pay for half of this rig, but it has been worth every penny. If you are interested in a custom build, e-mail me at Matt@AlpineSkibikes.com to discuss details.
I have three other builds that are for demo/sale:
2004 Jamis Dakar XLT 1.0 with 750 watt e-Rad kit with throttle (350 miles on motor kit). 17.5 ah battery. A spare battery can be mounted on rear rack if desired, but this has an adverse affect on the handling of the bike offroad, especially on steep climbs. Comes with on and offroad tires, brand new Magura MT-4 hydraulic disc brakes, and a dropper seatpost. It is the red and black bike pictured below. $2900 as is.
2004 Specialize FSR with 750 watt e-Rad kit (50 miles on motor kit and hub). 14 ah battery (largest that will fit in frame space). I did not put the throttle on this bike because I'm running the NuVinci N-360 CVT (continuously variable) hub which is only rated for 350 watts. But the e-Rad folks tell me that they've been running the 750's on the NuVinci's without issue, so I went for it because it is the sweetest shifting, easiest riding gear system around. There are no indexed gears, it just smoothly and silently rolls between ratios. I have discovered that you only need the first 3 levels of pedal assist on all but the steepest of hills. The throttle allows you to put maximum power to the rear wheel no matter what gear you are in, and can thus put more torque on that NuVinci hub than I am comfortable with, hence no throttle. Adding the throttle is very simple and you can do so if you wish at your own risk. A spare battery can be mounted on a rear rack, but this adversely affects handling especially on steep climbs. Comes with on and off road tires. It is the blue bike pictured below. $2600 as is.
2000 ST-3 full suspension mountain bike with 750 watt e-Rad kit (50 miles on motor and hub), 14 ah rack mounted battery (no place in frame to fit battery). This bike also runs the NuVinci N-360 CVT hub so no throttle on this bike either for same reasons stated above. I have ridden this bike on a fairly gnarly MTB trail, and it will do it, but the weight of the battery above the rear wheel is not ideal. For mellow MTB trails and city commuting, this bike really shines. Comes with on and off road tires. It is the yellow bike pictured below. $2200 as is.
If you are in the Tahoe area, come do a demo ride and you'll surely get hooked. Smiles and laughter are the usual result of one's first experience on an e-bike. Riding the bikes on the streets around my shop in Gardnerville, NV for a few minutes is free, but if you want to go on an extended demo on a local off-road trail for a few hours, we can do that for $89 per bike. If you want to arrange a demo, buy a bike, or have any questions, or want to see more pics of the bikes, e-mail me at Matt@AlpineSkibikes.com. You will not believe how much fun these machines are!