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In pictures: Charged Up e-bike show

In pictures: Charged Up e-bike...
A few of the bikes that were featured at Charged Up
A few of the bikes that were featured at Charged Up
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The Charged Up show tent at Crystal Springs Resort
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The Charged Up show tent at Crystal Springs Resort
The Surly Pugsley fatbike is quite an attention-getter in its own right ...
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The Surly Pugsley fatbike is quite an attention-getter in its own right ...
... but this one also features a BionX hub motor and battery pack
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... but this one also features a BionX hub motor and battery pack
The M1 Sedan single-speed bike
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The M1 Sedan single-speed bike
It features a water bottle-style battery ...
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It features a water bottle-style battery ...
... a rear hub motor ...
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... a rear hub motor ...
... and all-carbon fiber construction
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... and all-carbon fiber construction
The US$2,200 iZip E3 Path +
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The US$2,200 iZip E3 Path +
It has a 500-watt rear hub motor and a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack ...
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It has a 500-watt rear hub motor and a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack ...
... a real-time range indicator, that shows you how much farther the battery will take you at the current rate of electrical assistance ...
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... a real-time range indicator, that shows you how much farther the battery will take you at the current rate of electrical assistance ...
... and cruise control (when in throttle mode)
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... and cruise control (when in throttle mode)
The $4,000 eFlow E3 Nitro
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The $4,000 eFlow E3 Nitro
Its 36-volt lithium-ion battery is housed in the seat tube, for improved weight distribution
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Its 36-volt lithium-ion battery is housed in the seat tube, for improved weight distribution
It has a 500-watt direct drive hub motor ...
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It has a 500-watt direct drive hub motor ...
... a suspension fork ...
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... a suspension fork ...
... and a removable console
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... and a removable console
Haibike rep Christina Puello, hoisting the company's $7,800 XDuro AMT Pro mountain bike
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Haibike rep Christina Puello, hoisting the company's $7,800 XDuro AMT Pro mountain bike
It features a 36-volt lithium-ion battery ...
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It features a 36-volt lithium-ion battery ...
... and a 250-watt midmount Bosch motor
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... and a 250-watt midmount Bosch motor
At 32 lb (14.5 kg), the $4,999 ProdecoTech Titanio 29er is claimed to be the world's lightest e-bike
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At 32 lb (14.5 kg), the $4,999 ProdecoTech Titanio 29er is claimed to be the world's lightest e-bike
It has a removable 33-volt Panasonic water bottle-style battery ...
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It has a removable 33-volt Panasonic water bottle-style battery ...
... and a 250-watt front hub motor that delivers power based on feedback from a crank-mounted sensor
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... and a 250-watt front hub motor that delivers power based on feedback from a crank-mounted sensor
An eBikeShare bike, from Pete's Electric Bikes
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An eBikeShare bike, from Pete's Electric Bikes
It charges via the front hub
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It charges via the front hub
The $2,199 ProdecoTech Outlaw SS has a top speed of 28 mph (45 km/h)
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The $2,199 ProdecoTech Outlaw SS has a top speed of 28 mph (45 km/h)
Its 750-watt motor runs in throttle mode only, there's no pedal-assist option
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Its 750-watt motor runs in throttle mode only, there's no pedal-assist option
The $2,400 iZip E3 Zuma
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The $2,400 iZip E3 Zuma
It has a 500-watt geared hub motor ...
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It has a 500-watt geared hub motor ...
... and a seat tube-located 36-volt lithium-ion battery
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... and a seat tube-located 36-volt lithium-ion battery
The Zuma's control console
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The Zuma's control console
The $2,899 Yuba elBoda Boda cargo bike
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The $2,899 Yuba elBoda Boda cargo bike
The spring running between the fork and down tube keeps the front wheel from flopping to the side when the bike is parked
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The spring running between the fork and down tube keeps the front wheel from flopping to the side when the bike is parked
The $7,995 M1 Erzberg mountain bike
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The $7,995 M1 Erzberg mountain bike
It comes with two water bottle-style Panasonic batteries ...
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It comes with two water bottle-style Panasonic batteries ...
... and its motorized rear wheel can be quickly swapped out for a regular wheel, turning it into a non-electric bike within seconds
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... and its motorized rear wheel can be quickly swapped out for a regular wheel, turning it into a non-electric bike within seconds
The $2,900 iZip E3 Twn:exp may look small, but it fits even relatively tall riders
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The $2,900 iZip E3 Twn:exp may look small, but it fits even relatively tall riders
The $6,595 M1 Secede breaks in half for easier transport and storage
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The $6,595 M1 Secede breaks in half for easier transport and storage
The $3,199 Yuba elMundo cargo bike is designed for carrying passengers
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The $3,199 Yuba elMundo cargo bike is designed for carrying passengers
Checking out e-bikes at the show
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Checking out e-bikes at the show
A few of the bikes that were featured at Charged Up
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A few of the bikes that were featured at Charged Up

As many readers are no doubt already aware, last Thursday we attended the Charged Up e-bike media event at the Crystal Springs Resort in northern New Jersey. The day was mainly a chance for a select group of journalists to chat with representatives from a number of electric bike companies, and to ride some of their bikes around the resort grounds. While we've already profiled a few of the stand-outs, here's a quick look at some of the other e-bikes that caught our eye.

Say what you will about the attributes of electric bikes, but one thing we really noticed is that they are heavy. While the assistance provided by the motor largely makes up for that added weight, it was nonetheless nice to see a few that weighed almost as little as regular human-powered bikes. One in particular, the titanium-framed ProdecoTech Titanio 29er, claims the title of "world's lightest e-bike" at 32 lb (14.5 kg).

Additionally, although most of us probably think of e-bikes as commuters, it was fun to try out the electric mountain bikes. There's still some question, however, as to legality of taking motorized vehicles on off-road trails in different regions. The M1 Erzberg offers a compromise – its hub-motored rear wheel can be quickly swapped out for a regular wheel, turning it into a non-electric bike within seconds.

The $2,199 ProdecoTech Outlaw SS has a top speed of 28 mph (45 km/h)
The $2,199 ProdecoTech Outlaw SS has a top speed of 28 mph (45 km/h)

... and for people who secretly really want a motorcycle, there's the Outlaw SS. One of the most popular bikes at the event, its 750-watt motor runs in throttle mode only (there's no pedal-assist option), and it has a top speed of 28 mph (45 km/h).

You can see the Titanio, Erzberg, Outlaw SS and a bunch of other electrically-enhanced two-wheeled wonders, in the photo gallery.

2 comments
Rafe Husain
My ultra light ebike weighs 40lb and goes 40mph with a range of 40 miles. 40C3 is pound for pound the most efficient transportation system in the world. If you scale to a car it would mean a 2500 lb car goes 2500 mph with a range of 2500 miles. and don't forget the 40C3 dos 40 mph while carrying a 200 lb load. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jGRhP1UEgQ
PaulYak
I personally believe everyone working in cities should be made to ride the electric/clean power systems. They won't allow anyone to smoke, but will allow a dirty truck spewing particulates all over us etc...I Know they're much cleaner now, but I lived when lead was in petrol, diesel trucks used to fill the streets with smoke too thick to see thru. I lived in Amsterdam and they certainly showed everyone else the way to go yrs ago, yet most other countries/cities still fed the oil system. For long journeys I love my car, but these days I walk/ride when I can, and am fitter to boot. IF the majority of us start to think this way, instead of being lazy, then we will be better off in short/long term. To Rafe above, I like the sound of that bike for hills, and it's light enough that on flat streets 20 Miles per Hour is sustainable with pedals alone to flow with town traffic...in my city a Capital City of UK, we still have children riding in the roads with cars, it's ridiculous, when I rode in Holland, 95% of time I was no where near any vehicles that could hurt me, own little tracks, traffic lights, cops checking bikes etc, loved it.