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Stealth’s John Karabalis And Darin Brin Interview


American Outdoors posted a video interview with Sealth Electric Bikes founder John Karabalis and Stealth USA’s director, Darin Brin. This is the only in-person interview with either of these guys I have come across which made it interesting to watch. Also, some very interesting points were made…

1) Stealth Electric Bikes are neither mountain bikes or motorcycles in John and Darin’s eyes. Stealth two wheelers are “creating it’s own class of bike”.

2) When riding downhill, the added weight of the hub motor in the rear wheel gives increased traction and stability when compared to a downhill bicycle.

3) Stealth Electric Bikes are hand made and assembled in Australia under John Karabalis’s supervision. There are no plans to change this or switch to mass production methods.

We Have Egnition – 88 KTM Egnition To Be Built in 2012

2012 KTM Egnition At Eurobike - via Pink Bike

Richard Cunningham reported on Pink Bike that KTM will be selling 88 KTM Egnition eBikes in 2012 for an undisclosed price.

The Clean Mobile powered, long travel full suspension ebike first showed up last year at Eurobike. This year it lost the rear derailleur in favor of an internally geared rear hub.

KTM Egnition At 2010 Eurobike

The battery case also looks to be redesigned. It has less of an edge on the lower front. The change most likely helps the bike get over obstacles without hanging up.

Cunningham reports the bike weighs in at 60 pounds and the Clean Mobile system produces 1200 watts (up from 1000 last year) an uses a 48 Volt system.

Check out the article on Pink Bike for more pics and information.

Nicolai Ion e-Boxx Electric Mountain Bike

Nicolai showed up to Eurobike 2011 with one of the coolest implementations of the Bosch bottom bracket motor system. The Nicolai Ion e-Boxx borrows it’s name and it’s drivetrain from the revolutionary Ion g-Boxx internally geared system. However, the g-Boxx is swapped out for the Bosch “e-Boxx” and a conventional derailleur and gears are spec’d on the rear end. One step forward, one step back.

The battery pack is housed in a box that is the down tube which appears to keep the frame rigid while keeping the battery secure. The weight of the battery is low and centered close to the axis of rotation to keep the bike feeling nimble. The “box” that holds the battery is open on the bottom so the pack can be easily removed.

I could not find the exact specs but this looks to be a 6+ inch travel, full suspension ebike with coil spring rear shock, FSR rear suspension and dual crown fork. With Bosch’s new 28 mph, 1000 watt peak system it has to be a blast to ride.

Check out Internet Mountainbike Community for more pictures of the Nicolai Ion e-Boxx at Eurobike 2011.

 

Proof of Haibike eBikes In Owners Garages! Pics And Videos

Karl Acker's haibike xduro fs
The pics of the Bosch powered Haibike Xduro Eq ebikes on the assembly line were no photoshop special. Pictures and videos were posted on Haibike’s FB page over the last week by new owners.

The Air Marky, a guy who rides anything with 2 wheels electric or not, posted what might be the first owner video on youTube of the Xduro FS in action. It includes footage of his drive to the bike shop to pick it up.

Air Marky mentioned on Electric Motorcycle Forum that the bike will wheelie under electric power only. He sounds thrilled with the bike.

Karl Acker also posted the picture above of an Xduro FS on a civilian door step.

Are you a Haibike Xduro owner? Please keep the videos and photos coming. Any comments below would be much appricated! Tell us how you like it…