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10-Year Anniversary as the Oldest Maker of Electric Bicycles in America

By November 29, 2017January 18th, 2024No Comments

Optibike Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary as the Oldest Maker of

Electric Bicycles in America

Paonia, CO – Optibike inventor Jim Turner is proud to announce that the company has now officially been building custom, handcrafted high performance electric bicycles for 10 years. On a mission to manufacture the best quality E-bikes in America, Optibike sells its products all over the world, so far to people in over 33 countries.

Inventor, President and Founder Jim Turner graduated with an advanced degree from Stanford and initially began working as a Design Engineer for Ford Motor Company. But he needed more of a challenge, and when he learned about the concept of electric bikes he realized that this was an industry that could help change people’s lives for the better.

And as countless testimonials show, the Optibike has most certainly achieved that:

“The Optibike…helps me stay strong on my bike at 61 feeling like I am 20 again. What an awesome time I have on the R11.”

“I love my Optibike R8 All Around electric bike…I am able to commute from Sioux Falls South, Dakota to Cameron, South Dakota which is over 31 miles one way with lots of rolling hills.”

“Riding the Optibike makes me feel free! It actually makes me forget I am sick. I’m not able to ride a ‘normal’ bike…my legs get too fatigued and eventually go numb. With the power of the Optibike, I was able to pedal without the pins and needles…”

Optibike on 45 degree banked Velodrome Track in Boulder, COThe first Optibike was sold in 2006, and since then the company has achieved a stellar reputation for performance and durability. But the Optibike team will never allow themselves to rest on their laurels. The product is continually evolving, to the point where the current R15 model has 3.8 times the power of the 2007 model (which incidentally was dubbed “The Ferrari of Electric Bikes” by the New York Times in 2007.)

“We don’t want to be the biggest; we just want to build the best,” explains Turner. “I feel so proud of our success. And many of our customers are now ordering their 4th or 5th Optibike, which tells you a lot about how much people love them!”

Optibike’s product line has expanded a great deal over the last few years. Customers can now choose from a diverse range of bikes depending on the level of power and performance they require.

For a fascinating glimpse into the Optibike’s history and development, watch the video at


Jim Turner is the Inventor and Founder of Optibike Electric Bikes