Great story about how the best electric bike came to be..

By March 9, 2010 July 7th, 2018 How do we do it?, Optibike News, Other fun stuff
Optibike was started in Jim Turner’s Boulder, Colorado garage with a simple vision: 
Make the World’s best electric bicycle, with no compromises in quality, performance or style. 


Born from the Experience

1977


Jim Turner races moto-cross for the Suzuki Factory Team and wins the Canadian National Championship. Not without a quality mechanic, Jim traveled with then mechanic Mike McAndrews, now Specialized Bicycle Components Suspension Director.

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Muddy from head to toe, Jim Turner 
in his early moto-cross racing days. 
Jim would later help shape the moto-cross industry
through racing and technological developments.
1978


Jim joins the Fox Racing Team, developing and testing the worlds first long travel moto-cross suspension complete with a season racing throughout Europe. Jim’s mechanic in Europe, Keith Bontrager, went on to found Bontrager Bicycle Components which are a staple to the Trek brand. 

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The 1978 Fox Racing Team. 
Jim Turner #95, would later develop and test
the world’s first long travel moto-cross suspension.
1980


Jim raced in the 250cc World Championship in Europe then “retires” from professional moto-cross.  

 

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