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Electric Bikes Sussex - "On Tour".  Germany 2018

Electric Bikes Sussex - "On Tour". Germany 2018 0

Read about our Visit to Bosch eBike HQ; EuroBike and the 2019 Haibike launch

Dinner was over, so I bid farewell to the family and headed off in my Motorhome for a late Tuesday evening Eurotunnel crossing to Calais.  No traffic and cheaper fares make this my preferred time to travel. 

 

As a leading specialist Electric Bike retailer, it’s in our DNA that we want to bring our customers and potential customers an intimate knowledge of the products we offer. We also feel it’s important to invest in strong working relationships with our suppliers.  Without these, we can’t credibly use the word ‘specialist’, but would otherwise be a “me too” retailer.

The plan had been developed over the proceeding weeks.  A happy coincidence of several Bike related events and the opportunity to squeeze in one or two personal appointments as well, meant a Road Trip was in order.

Waking on Wednesday morning, in the Motorhome parking area of Cite Europe, I had a quick chat with some friends on their way back to England and then started a long drive. Destination 1 was a visit to Bosch eBike HQ in Reutlingen, Germany.

Using the Motorhome to its fullest, I decided to avoid any tolls and took the scenic route.  Lille; through Belgium to Luxembourg and on towards Strasbourg. Serious traffic; road-works and some torrential rain meant a long drive was terminated early in Metz.  A Motorhome camping facility on the banks on the river Moselle saw me finally chilling out in very picturesque surroundings.

Metz to Strasbourg was easy. From there it was onwards to Bosch. The scenic route this time took me through the finest scenery of the Black Forest and some seriously tight and twisty mountainous roads. It reminded me that I love these sorts of trips - they’re much removed from the Airport; Hotel; Conference Centre; Airport routine – and much better for it.  

 

Bosch eBike HQ

Arriving at Bosch fairly late on Thursday evening, I found a nice quiet parking spot. Before retiring, I couldn’t resist a quick walk around the perimeter of the new bespoke “eBike test track” that’s under construction.

Friday saw me being shown around the Bosch complex – a highly enjoyable trip.  From R&D, through the extensive testing that all components are subjected to and a road-map of upcoming technologies, this was information overload!  A detailed lesson on Motors; Batteries; charging; life-span and such like. Not to mention an in-depth conversation about legislation; speed-pedelecs; anti-tampering and other topics.  At Electric Bikes Sussex, we’re proud to be one of only 10 Bosch eBike Experts in the UK, but this was way beyond any ‘normal’ training.

Not only was it a real privilege to have access to this level of knowledge, but to then establish that we are the first UK Dealer ever to visit Bosch HQ was humbling.  We were also reminded of the when senior Bosch Executives visited the UK, it was Electric Bikes Sussex that was chosen to host them.  1 of 10 is great, but perhaps we’ve progressed beyond that!

From Bosch, I made a quick stop just up the road at Metzingen. This used to be an authentic Outlet shop for the adjacent Hugo Boss factory.  Now the town has been re-engineered and has an Outlet shop for every brand you’ve never imagined!

 

 

 

 

 

EuroBike 

Metzingen on to Friedrichshafen for the EuroBike show.  This is the biggest Bike show in Europe and for 2018 was made “trade only”.  It’s also the location where nearly all brands launch their new products for the 2019 season.  Bizarrely, only a very small number of UK Bike Dealers visit, which we always find astonishing!  How can they consider themselves industry “professionals” when they don’t even stay abreast of the products available?

I parked at the onsite Camping facility and was adjacent to the eMTB Magazine journalists – a great chance to discuss the industry and supposed competitor brands and get their perspective. 

At 11:00 on day one, Haibike launched their 2019 Flyon models.  Literally, this not only stole the show, but is one of the biggest announcements in the Electric Bike world since Haibike launched the first Electric Bikes back in 2009.

Flyon is discussed in more depth below, but for now we’ll leave it with one word:  Wow! 

EuroBike also saw us being briefed by other Suppliers on their 2019 Bikes; We also caught up with the latest offerings in the world of Parts & Accessories; undertook many test rides; checked out the fast expanding Electric Cargo Bike sector and also the Electric Road Bike models.  Keep watching our website for some interesting solutions coming your way soon.

One of the interesting upcoming developments is the new Bosch ABS system.  Here at Electric Bikes Sussex, we’ve tried and tested it, in person, for your benefit.  Using technology developed by Bosch in the Motorcycle sector, this offers much greater stability and reduced stopping distances.  

Many of you may be aware that I used to run the UK business for a big European Motorhome Manufacturer. One of my friends from that industry is a close relative of Erwin Hymer – probably the most famous person in the whole industry.  Visiting Kathrin; Adrian and their 3 lovely children as well as their 500+ year old traditional Bavarian house was incredible – as was a very tasty home cooked dinner after a week on the road. 

 

Frankia

Like all Road trips, it’s always onwards to the next destination.  In this instance, the Frankia Motorhome factory near the German/Czech border.  Frankia is part of the group I used to represent, but I’d never had a chance to visit this factory before.  Fabrice (French) kindly hosted me and gave me a personalised tour.  We even got a chance to watch the France -v- Belgium world cup game together and share a very tasty traditional German meal.

 

Haibike MY2019 Launch

 Leaving Frankia, I was headed across to Schweinfurt, home of the mighty Haibike.  I’ve visited Haibike on a couple of occasions and of course met the team again the week before at EuroBike.  This familiarity is very helpful, as there’s no standing on ceremony, I was able to get straight on and maximise my time there.  With Haibike Dealers from around the world and only Electric Bikes Sussex representing the UK, Haibike put on a great show and have lots of experts available to discuss the finer points of their product(s). Check out our Video blogs, including with Christian Malik, head of R&D elsewhere.

Of course, first on the agenda was a Test Ride of the incredible new Flyon range. Launched just one week before, this was the first opportunity of a test ride. I’d learnt a lot already about the new Flyon range and the TQ motor that’s a core part of the Bike. I’d also been surprised at how incredibly positive the eMTB Journalists team had been – hardened Journo’s don’t normally get that excited about a new product!!

So it was with some high expectations that I jumped on a bike for the very first Dealer test ride. What normally happens when you have such high expectations?  Yes, my expectations were shattered - but in a positive way. All the benefits of Haibike: great riding positions; geometry that works; high quality paint jobs and a completely integrated Electric Bike solution.   

In its own right, the TQ motor is incredible, with up to 120Nm of torque. This is about 50% more powerful than anything else on the market.  But equally impressive is the way Haibike worked with TQ to make this a truly integrated and bespoke solution.  From onboard controllers; to a 630wh battery; quick chargers; lights integrated into the frame; and an attention to detail that included tuning how the power is delivered, all combine to make this a giant leap forward for the Electric Bike industry.

Of course, it’s not all about Flyon.  Haibike also presented a completely updated range of bikes based on Yamaha, with its newly integrated battery technology and the latest Bosch motors.  As normal, there are bikes for each of the: Cross; Trekking; Hardtail; Full suspension, including All Mountain; NDuro and Downhill models. 2019 sees more bikes in the “Life” range – bikes developed with geometry likely to be more suitable for women.

With over 50 different models, each in a choice of frame sizes, there’s bound to be a Haibike for you in 2019.  With prices from £1,749.00 through to £7,999.00, every budget is accounted for.

We’ve always been very proud to sell Haibike and with the massive updates coming in 2019, their number one position in the market-place seems sure to get even stronger!  Of course, this means the Bikes will be in huge demand, so do make sure that you get yours reserved at the earliest opportunity.  The sooner you join the queue, the sooner you get your bike!

 

Homeward Bound 

From Schweinfurt, the next destination was back home.  A long drive back towards Brighton & Hove.  Punctuated by a Sunday night next to a football stadium in Belgium, watching the World Cup Final and a quick swim at Dunkerque before heading back on the Eurotunnel and home.  Something like 1,600 miles, 5 major destinations and a huge amount of additional knowledge to help develop our business further.

Come and join us on our journey and get your Electric Bike from one of the UK’s leading Electric Bike Dealers. We really do go to great lengths to deliver you leading products, from leading suppliers, at competitive prices.

 

  • Graham Rowe
The New Raleigh Motus Range - Explained

The New Raleigh Motus Range - Explained 0

The Raleigh Motus has been a popular bike in Raleigh's city/touring range of Electric Bikes for a number of years, however, in May 2018 Raleigh launched an all new Motus range of bikes to cover an even wider scope of requirements. There are now three bikes in the range to choose from; the Motus, Motus Tour and Motus Grand Tour. Each bike caters for slightly different needs and comes with different setup and sizing options, totalling amassing 33 possible variants to choose from. This article explains the differences between them to help you choose the right bike for you!   

Raleigh Motus

Motus Low Step Green

The Motus is the starting point in the range of bikes and at £1650 it offers fantastic value for money! The Motus is a fully equipped bike packed with extra features and quality components such as disc brakes for ultimate stopping performance, reflective ebike-specific tyres, a traditional bell, adjustable handlebar stem and 7 speed derailleur gears. It is ideal for city riding, surfaced roads or cycle paths so you can use it as a cohesive part of your everyday life. Powered by Bosch's new generation Active Line motor and a 300Wh battery, it gives you 4 different assistance modes with a maximum assistance of 250% and a range of up to 90 miles, resulting in a very capable bike!  

To view the Motus on our website please click here.

Raleigh Motus Tour

The Motus Tour has an increased range along with higher specification components and a different gearing option. The Motus Tour is perfect for a range of city trips, relaxed tours and weekend trails. The 400WH battery will allow you to ride for up to an impressive 110 miles on a single charge, again with Bosch's new generation  Active Line motor, you'll be able to tackle even the steepest hills!  The Motus Tour also benefits from the upgraded Intuvia, which gives you maximum clarity and convenience with the display centrally mounted on the stem. It also contains more riding data such as maximum speed, average speed, clock, trip time and gear shift indicator, helping you to achieve maximum benefit from the motor by suggesting a gear change, if necessary. Along with the choice of frame size and colour, the Motus Tour also comes with the option of an internal hub gearing system to improve reliability, ease of use and reduce home maintenance. 

To view the Motus Tour on our website please click here.

Raleigh Motus Grand Tour

The Motus Grand Tour sits at the top of the range of Raleigh Motus bikes, with a more powerful motor and premium components. The new generation Active Line Plus motor makes its first appearance on a Raleigh electric bike offering an almost completely noise free experience and a higher level of pedal rate detection to improve cycling efficiency so you can get the maximum enjoyment out of your journeys. What's more, with a maximum assistance output of 270% you'll find the hills a breeze compared to a regular bike. It also has the choice of internal hub gearing along with frame size and colour, making the Motus Grand Tour the most versatile and capable bike out of the three. 

To view the Motus Grand Tour on our website please click here.

Key Feature Summary Table

Here is a handy table summarising the main differences between each Motus model and some of the key features to be aware of when deciding which one to choose.

Features

Motus

Motus Tour

Motus Grand Tour

Motor

Bosch Active Line

X X

 

Bosch Active Line Plus

 

 

X

Battery

Bosch  300Wh

X

 

 

Bosch  400Wh

 

X X

Display

Bosch Purion

X

 

 

Bosch Intuvia

 

X X

Lighting

 

X X

Wheel Lock

 

X X

Suspension Seat Post

 

 

X

Mini Pump

 

X X

Hydraulic Disc Brakes

X X X

Available With

Derailleur

X X X

Hub Gear

 

X X

26” Wheels

X X X

700c Wheels

X X X

Small or Large frame

X X X

 

We have all the Motus models in store available to test ride! To book a test ride in please click here or for any further information you can contact us on 01273-625050 or email us at info@electricbikessussex.co.uk 

  • Rob Day
Shimano Launches Two New STEPS Drive Units

Shimano Launches Two New STEPS Drive Units 0

Shimano have just doubled their range of motor systems with the addition of the E6100 and E7000 to complement the already popular E6000 and E8000 units.


E6100 Commuting/Trekking

The E6100 offers improved efficiency and a noticeable weight reduction of 210g. It comes in a trekking or city style with a fully enclosed chain guard and is available with either an internal hub gear or cassette and derailleur system with the optional extra of Shimano Di2 electronic shifting.

Shimano STEPS E6100

The drive unit weighs just 2.88kg and with a 20% energy saving versus the older E6000 series it boasts a whopping range of up to 180km on one charge. Shimano have also added more display options to allow the user to customise what data they view and how they view it. The rider can choose to use either a standard Shimano display, a third party cycling computer, the E-Tube app via a smartphone or the minimalist junction only approach which shows mode and battery life through a colour LED.

E7000 Mountain Bike

The new E7000 mountain bike specific drive unit has been launched to provide an affordable option for the more recreational rider who doesn't need to splash out on the top end E8000 system. The main differences between the two mountain bike drive units are in the display, control systems and rider support. 

The new control system has been designed for simplicity and ease of use, with symmetrical right and left side shifters to change between the 3 power modes and shift gears. One unique addition for mountain bikers is the ability to use the left side shifter with a thumb operated remote seat post lever, allowing for a cleaner cockpit layout. 

The E7000 has also been given a new display named the SC-E7000. It provides all the same live information as before, such as speed battery level and motor mode, but it comes in a cleaner, simpler to read format. 

There is also the option to view STEPS information using a 3rd party device (with an additional connector) or to use the Shimano E-Tube Ride app which also allows the rider to tweak the power output of the system in its various modes. The motor in the E7000 offers similar spec to the E8000 with the same peak power and assistance up to 25kph to meet EU regulation. The motor also has the same low profile as the E8000 with a low Q-factor to keep the riding position natural and Shimano boast that the E7000 offers a more controlled and smooth ride compared to the faster accelerating E8000 model.

  • Rob Day
Haibike 2019 - What's New?

Haibike 2019 - What's New? 0

We are currently at the Eurobike show in Germany, where Haibike have launched their new product range for 2019. So, what is new?

 

Haibike FLYON

 

By far the biggest and most exciting news coming out of Haibike is their new Flyon range. “The eBike as we know it was completely rethought in order to launch the next generation of ePerformance. With FLYON we have been able to create a system according to our understanding and concepts. This system enables eBike riding
as it should feel in our opinion: self-evidently and powerful. All components seamlessly integrate into the overall design, which convinces with a high level of integration.”  - Ingo Beutner (Head of Engineering Haibike.)

 Haibike Eurobike

The Flyon bikes will use a TQ Motor which is made in Germany. This is currently the most powerful crank drive motor on the market with 120Nm of torque. Not only that but it is very compact and looks great! This will of course be protected by the Haibike SkidPlate that we have seen work so well before.

 

TQ Haibike Motor

This Motor has 5 modes of assistance which can be changed via an intuitive remote and display system, both of which will change colour based on which mode you are in.

 FLYON

They will also use a 630 Wh, 48v integrated battery. Which can be charged either on the bike or off of it. With this Haibike will be launching an optional quick charger that can charge this battery from empty to 80% in just 60 minutes.

 

 

All of the Flyon bikes have carbon frames, integrated cable routing and Haibikes Modular Rail System (MRS)! Not only this but the speed sensor is integrated into the frame dropout and the newly developed speed sensor disk sends 18 signals per rotation!  This means it is measuring the speed 18 times more accurately than the standard magnet on the spoke seen on other systems.

 

Also, all of the Flyon bikes can come with integrated lights that run off the battery. The rear lights integrate onto the rear triangle of the frame!

 

There will be a number of different Flyon models. From Nduro to Adventure/Trekking bikes.

Haibike FLYON

We will be putting all the models on the website very soon. Demand is expected to be high, so we would advise anyone seriously interested to pre order as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

 

Other Haibike Updates

 

Haibike will now offer intube batteries on some of their Yamaha models making them look even slicker and cooler than before. This will be combined with Haibikes Modular Rail System to allow various accessories to be mounted to the bike.

 

Haibike are launching eConnect 2.0. eConnect has been available to retrofit onto Haibike bikes since last year, allowing GPS tracking, Crash detection and route mapping. eConnect 2.0 will be an even easier and more informative app update.

 

Along with the above updates, Haibike will of course be launching a range of new Bosch and Yamaha based bikes with updated spec and colour, all of which will be on our website very soon.

  • Jake Rowe