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What is Torque in an Electric Bike?

There has been a lot of discussion in the news lately about electric bikes and torque. For most people, the term "Torque" has little or no meaning. In this first of 3 articles on torque,   I will go over the basics of torque. In Part 2, I will discuss torque and how it relates to horsepower and then in the …
February 18, 2015
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Welcome to the first and only ebike fitness coaching website

Welcome to electricbikefitness.com The site is all about electric bike fitness using Optibike electric bikes. What? Electric bikes? Aren’t those for losers? Yes they are! People losing weight! Electric bikes are perfect for those who are out of shape but want to get fit. They’re way more fun than using a stationary bike and let you increase your effort level…
February 2, 2013
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Optibike Development History

  After first investigating hub motors in 1996, Optibike developed this first mid drive unit 12 years ago in 1997. This unit featured 24 volts with a 15 amp -hr lead acid battery and about 350 watts of power. The motor was off board on the crank axle and drove through the final drive chain (other companies still use variations…
July 30, 2012
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Winter Storage Tips for your Optibike Lithium Ion Battery

With cold weather here, caring for your lithium ion battery is critical for long cycle life and optimal performance. Do not store your bike in temperatures below -17C (0F) or above 27C (80F). Prolonged storage outside this temperature range may cause permanent damage the battery - Keep bike warm and indoors prior to riding for peak performance. Do NOT charge the battery…
February 14, 2012
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Ask Optibike! Q: Does the Optibike have regenerative braking like some hybrid cars?

A:  In short, no.  There are a few reasons why we decided not to offer "regen" on the Optibike. 1. Compromised riding experience.  Bikes we have ridden with regenerative braking have been heavy, a bit clumsy, and generally require a hub motor to capture the relatively small amount of energy that is recovered through slowing down. 2. Excessively complicated. In…
February 8, 2012
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What does a non-electric bike with Optibike similar specs cost?

How about the new Trek, at $6819.99 http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain_full_suspension/remedy/remedy99/ What do you get for an extra $3175.50 on top of Treks pricing? 1) Custom fitting. 2) The electric motor and electronics part. (minor, but worth mentioning) :) 3) A bike that is made in America. 4) Integrated headlight and LED taillight. 5) The highest capacity lithium battery offered in an electric…
April 29, 2010