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E-Bike News: Simpe e-Classic Plus from Priority, Decathlon mid-engine model with integrated stepless shifting and much more!

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How simple – or how sophisticated – should our e-bikes be? That seems to be the question this week’s news raises; E-bikes don’t come much simpler and require less maintenance than the new e-Classic Plus from Priority with its proven formula of front wheel hub motor and closed hub three-speed drive. In contrast, Decathlon has launched one of the most modern and groundbreaking e-bikes in Europe, with stepless shifting integrated into the mid-drive itself. It will be interesting to see whether the public will put their hands in their pockets to pay for e-bikes with ever more connectivity and more complex and heavier gear systems.

In this week E-bike news:

  • The e-Classic Plus from Priority
  • Decathlon combines mid-drive and continuously variable transmission
  • QuietKat Pivot Pro Heavy Duty 2 Bike Vehicle Rack, 100 lbs
  • 200 Lime e-bikes for St. Paul
  • Vook – not your average looking e-trike

Priority’s e-Classic Plus – simplicity itself

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Priority has just announced the electric-assist version of its best-selling 3-speed model, which bears the name e-Classic Plus.

The e-Classic Plus is primarily described as “simplicity for the leisure driver”. Weighing just 49 pounds and boasting an almost pure “traditional bike” aesthetic thanks to the sleek battery integration in the downtube, riders can enjoy the feel of a traditional bike along with a boost of energy from the three levels of pedal assist.

The e-Classic Plus is Priority’s fourth electric bike model and is available in step-over and step-through frames. It features a 250W front hub motor and a removable 374Wh battery integrated into the down tube. Additional features include a rust- and grease-free Gates carbon drive belt, Shimano Nexus 3 drivetrain, composite fenders, integrated front and rear lights, and high-performance hydraulic disc brakes.

The e-Classic Plus is available now for a limited time for $1,399 with promo code ECO300 (increases to $1,699 on August 15).

Decathlon introduces its most advanced e-bike yet

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Decathlon is a truly global company with around 1,700 stores in 70 countries. So it’s pretty big news in the e-bike world that they’re apparently expanding their e-bike range from lower-priced models to much more sophisticated offerings.

This is illustrated by the news revealed by UrbanBikeNews that their new B’TWIN LD920 model features the Owuru mid-engine, which also has a stepless, automatic gear shift. “The rider simply sets the desired cadence and the engine and transmission controls then do the rest.” It sounds as simple as it can be.

“Thanks to two timing belts, the performance of the system should be particularly quiet, eight sensors and a powerful microcontroller should ensure direct and smooth support,” says the article. The engine’s torque is said to be 65 Nm, which should be more than enough for urban use. The gear range is 265 percent (for comparison: this value is on par with the new Urban gears from Enviolo and the Nexus 5 hub gears from Shimano). The desired cadence between 40 and 90 rpm can be defined via the display on the handlebars.

Despite the fact that the B’TWIN LD920 E has sophisticated features such as wireless smartphone tracking (in case of theft), it is neither too heavy at 26.1 kg nor too expensive at 2999 euros (given the amount of groundbreaking new technology). ). Unfortunately for UK readers, it’s currently only available in continental Europe (and even worse for US readers: Decathlon doesn’t sell any of its e-bikes in its US stores).

QuietKat launches the Pivot Pro towbar carrier – easily loading heavy e-bikes onto your vehicle

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QuietKat has launched its new one Pivot Pro tow bar carrier They say it is “designed to allow e-bikes to be safely and easily loaded onto your car or truck without the need to lift it.”

The Pivot Pro allows users to roll heavy e-bikes and standard bikes onto the rack by pivoting it to the side. This allows an arm to reach from the carrier to the ground and creates a ramp for easy rolling up of the bike. It also features quiet, toothless ratchet arms that provide a stealthy and silent charging experience. It works with both QuietKats and “most other bikes, including mountain bikes, road bikes, gravel bikes, city bikes, kids’ bikes and more.”

The Pivot Pro definitely sounds extremely solidly made; It has a load capacity of up to 100 pounds per bike, so it can easily accommodate two heavy e-bikes (for the more expensive two-bike version) and is made of sturdy steel construction. The price ranges from $599 to $949 depending on the option you choose.

200 dockless Lime Share e-bikes for St. Paul

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Pioneer Press notes: “Under a new agreement approved by the City Council on Wednesday, Lime will launch 200 electric bikes in the state capital by mid-August.”

The article adds: “St. Paul is home to two recognized e-scooter companies, Lime and Spin, but bike sharing has not come to the capital since 2018. LimeBike briefly operated dockless bikes in St. Paul that year, but neither Lime nor the now-defunct nonprofit Bike Stock seller Nice Ride Minnesota returned the following year.

Vook – an e-trike like we’ve never seen before

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The US-based company Vook wants to make a name for itself with a very different looking e-trike Crowdfund now on IndieGoGo.

To say it’s a mix of styles is an understatement; There’s a touch of cafe racer up front, paired with one of the biggest, fattest tires you’re likely to see on a Delta trike with two small wheels in the back. Oh, and there’s a bucket seat too. The drive system consists of two 3 kW rear-wheel drive brushless hub motors and the total weight of the vehicle is 88 lbs (40 kg), with a total load capacity of up to 265 lbs (120 kg).

Given the unique looks and all the performance, we’re excited to see how it drives.

Deliveries are expected to begin in December 2023. There were a handful of supporters initially and time will tell how many people will sign up to get one.

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