Optibike Electric Bike Reviews and Customer Stories

Review: Beyond What I Ever Imagined

The bike is truly amazing and have just about gone through the current battery charge at around 35-40 miles so the 1st charge is quickly approaching. I have grown comfortable with the Rohlhoff and changing gears while backing off on the throttle. The bikes ability and torque are beyond what I ever imagined.  To have created and designed, then moved… Read more “Review: Beyond What I Ever Imagined”

Richard
OB1

Review: Absolute Best Bike So Far

I have just ridden over 200 miles and the bike is great! It is hands down your absolute best bike so far. The speed,acceleration and handling are excellent. The SuperMoto tires are the best for street riding although I have done a little off road as well. Awesome bike!

Kevin
R15C

Review: Remarkable Machine

Truly a remarkable riding machine. I am a seasoned pilot, supersport racer, boater and ultimate thrill seeker and at times it can be a real challenge to recreate the adrenaline rush we’ve all experienced on our first barrel roll or hair pin. The R15C is the only bike on the market that can consistently satisfy the desire for thrill and… Read more “Review: Remarkable Machine”

Gorenstein
R15C

Review: Riding in Utah

I had an amazing trip to Colorado after my visit with you.  I picked up my bike and spent the night in Moab, UT. It was a struggle to decide which bike trail to ride, but I eventually decided to ride the Dead Horse Point trail. From Moab, I drove to Apple Valley near Zion National Park. I found a… Read more “Review: Riding in Utah”

Jay
R15

Review: Such an adrenaline rush!

It’s therapeutic for me! I was actually considering moving from Los Angeles because of the traffic congestion. Once I had ridden the Optibike electric bike around for the first couple of days I was convinced to sell my car and remain in LA. I have given up my car and no longer have all that dead car time and have… Read more “Review: Such an adrenaline rush!”

Phil
R8

Review: This thing has got guts

It was a chilly  September morning, 8:00 am in Moab, Utah at Bullrun Singletrack trailhead. Geared up, ready to go, standing over my brand new Optibike R11 e bike. Nervous. Excited. Hopeful. The unknowns: the trail, the weather, my capabilities, but most of all the bike. I had big expectations, hopes, dreams on the line. I’d been seriously into cycling… Read more “Review: This thing has got guts”

LB
R11

Review: Loving my Optibike

I am of course loving my Optibike. As you called it, a monster electric bicycle, it eats these hills. I took a roller coaster type 17 mile each way route to my wife’s shop in below freezing weather a week ago and made it there and almost all the way back on only the touring battery. Considering 80% battery efficiency… Read more “Review: Loving my Optibike”

John
R11

Review: I like to ride off road in the woods in the hills north of Burbank, California

I do mostly pleasure riding but I do run some errands with my Optibike R8 electric bike to Red Box or the grocery store, bank, etc. There are so many riding paths to name around here but let me mention my favorites: I like to ride off road in the woods in the hills north of Burbank, California, where you… Read more “Review: I like to ride off road in the woods in the hills north of Burbank, California”

Xavier
R8

Review: I cover more distance in less time with the Optibike

I am 61 years old and there is nothing that can touch the Optibike R11. I like the range with the extended touring battery combined with the power and speed. I have completed several 100 mile trips and plan in the Spring of 2014 take a 400 mile trip from Pittsburgh to Cumberland Maryland. When you turn off the electric mountain bike it… Read more “Review: I cover more distance in less time with the Optibike”

Dave
R11

Review: Bikes for Groceries and Adventure

Dave & I use our Optibike electric bikes for grocery shopping in town, on RV trips to extend our range on outings while the dogs stay in the RV, and definitely fun and adventure. We live 8 miles south of Coeur d’ALene Idaho, with a fairly sizable grade between us and town. So its perfect for small grocery runs. (We have panniers.) We have… Read more “Review: Bikes for Groceries and Adventure”

Emmy
Helia

Review: I love my Optibike R8

I love my Optibike R8 electric bike. With its external touring battery, 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 and not a lot of steep hill climbing. I ride for 1 ½ hours in pedal only mode and then switch to the hybrid option in… Read more “Review: I love my Optibike R8”

Jake
R8

Review: Climbs like a Himalayan mountain goat

My wife and I have ridden our R8 All Around and Womens R8 electric bikes by Optibike almost daily in all types of conditions. In our opinion Optibike is the most innovative, convenient and exhilarating form of transportation invented in the past three decades. In urban environments within a 10 mile radius, this motorized bike will transport you door-to-door faster than… Read more “Review: Climbs like a Himalayan mountain goat”

Randol
R8

Review: The Optibike ate it, no matter what I threw at the beast

I gave the suspension on my Optibike R8 Electric Bike a HAMMERING! An absolute HAMMERING! I used the full length of travel on front & rear and did my best to break it; sorry, can’t help myself, I’m a professional Test Engineer. I rode on technically tricky terrain, as well as extremely rough terrain to test the suspension. The Optibike ate it,… Read more “Review: The Optibike ate it, no matter what I threw at the beast”

Ricc
R8

Review: Rhonda adds a Pioneer Allroad to her RV

There are only a handful of things I miss about owning a “sticks-and-bricks” home. I miss a big yard so my dogs can run freely, I miss my antique player piano, and I miss the independence of having my own vehicle. Sure, we have “The Beast”, but it’s just that – a huge, loud, beast of a pick-up truck. And… Read more “Review: Rhonda adds a Pioneer Allroad to her RV”

Rhonda
Pioneer Allroad

Review: A very happy Optibike owner

Tony here from down under Australia. Firstly, let me give you my feedback on the recent purchase of my R8HD. I LOVE IT !!!!! You really did a great job designing and building these bikes. I used to be a Ducati and BMW motorcycle rider before getting into electric bikes and you have done a magnificent job with these bikes.… Read more “Review: A very happy Optibike owner”

Tony
R8HD

Review: Very happy with my Pioneer Allroad

I am very happy with my Pioneer Allroad. I am in my 60’s and I am able to climb hills that I could not do otherwise without the awesome Pioneer Allroad. The pedal assist is fantastic. I recently completed a 27 mile trip including a 2000 foot climb with ease using the pedal assist.. I love the bike!

Dave
Pioneer Allroad

Review: I have never had a more reliable machine

When it’s not raining I use the bike rather than the car and on Sundays our group of old guys ride the Marin County watershed, Mt. Tamalpais, Bolinas Ridge, 25 – 45 rugged miles. It’s worth mentioning I have never had a more reliable machine, it goes and goes. The best thing I can say about my bike is that… Read more “Review: I have never had a more reliable machine”

Rodger
R8

Review: Pick up a 50 pound bag of dog food and ride 15 miles back home

My Optibike is awesome. With the external touring battery I travel 40-60 miles a day and make it to Mt. Hood as I live in Damascus Oregon. It is a 20 mile ride into Portland for me. I climb a massive hill and breeze up there quite swiftly. I have so much fun and the Optibike is a blast. I… Read more “Review: Pick up a 50 pound bag of dog food and ride 15 miles back home”

Hal
R8

Review: A perfect balance of performance at a reasonable cost

I’m one of the first buyers of the Optibike Pioneer Allroad, and I want to thank you for an outstanding product. All components are well-matched to achieve a perfect balance of performance at a reasonable cost. The tires, the gearing, and even the seat, grips, and pedals match the “all roads” goal: the bike works great for commuting and shopping,… Read more “Review: A perfect balance of performance at a reasonable cost”

Bob
Pioneer Allroad

Review: Bob Rides R11 on Slick Rock in Moab at 63

The Optibike is a true revolution in cycling, transportation and sustainability, and has indeed transformed my life and mobility! Despite the weight of two batteries, my full suspension R11 performs gracefully and responsively on the trails and slickrock terrain in the Back of Beyond around my home in Southern Utah, riding like the wind. It has vastly enhanced the range… Read more “Review: Bob Rides R11 on Slick Rock in Moab at 63”

Bob
R11

Review: My weekend with an Optibike Pioneer Allroad Electric Bike

My weekend with an Optibike Pioneer Allroad Electric Bike I wanted to demo an electric bike and ride it to the DEVC sponsored National Electric Vehicle Week Expo on Saturday in downtown Denver. I emailed Jim Turner at Optibike and he offered me one of their Urban Series, the Pioneer Allroad. This is their value priced ebike that still incorporates… Read more “Review: My weekend with an Optibike Pioneer Allroad Electric Bike”

Gary Rossmiller
Pioneer Allroad

Review: Riding an Optibike in a hurricane

Love my Optibike. I am auto dealer in Lewes Delaware and never drive my cars. only my Optibike electric bike everywhere. I’m on the beach and get around town faster than cars. The cops watch me whiz by and just shake their heads. Since its classed as a bike I can park it on the side walk and ride it… Read more “Review: Riding an Optibike in a hurricane”

Bob
R8

Review: 32 mile commute on an Allroad

Last week I was able to commute to work on my Allroad, which  I really enjoy.  The commute is just shy of 32 miles round trip from where I live in Centennial to downtown Denver where I work and is mostly  over side streets so I avoid riding in heavy traffic. My regular non-cycling commute consists of driving to the… Read more “Review: 32 mile commute on an Allroad”

Dave
Pioneer Allroad

Review: R11 has now traveled 25,000km

We received this email from Ricc in Australia after riding his R11 electric bicycle for 3 years and 25,000 KM (15,500 miles). This is a testament to the amazing long term durability of the Optibike R11 as great long range electric bike. Below is what Ricc wrote: I have had the Optibike R11 for three years & I feel the… Read more “Review: R11 has now traveled 25,000km”

Ricc
R11

Review: 225 miles on the Oregon Outback Trail

Just finished 225 miles on the Oregon Outback Trail! 4 days of gravel road and trails. The Optibike was superb. I carried about 40 lbs of gear, I weigh 182 lbs and I got nearly 40 miles of range including 1500 to 1800 ft of climbing per battery. Also the Optibike endured an all-night rain storm and clouds of dust.  

John
R11

Review: 5,000 miles on A Bullet Proof Gold Standard Electric Bike

I am writing to let you know how very pleased I remain with my Optibike R8HD that I have owned for several years and how I have not had to service it, nor have I pampered it. Mileage on the bike is in the 5k range with the mileage being made up of both mountainous road and aggressive trail riding.  My… Read more “Review: 5,000 miles on A Bullet Proof Gold Standard Electric Bike”

Tim Richardson
R8HD

Review: I just rode the R15 100 miles

I just rode the R15 100.42 miles set on level 3, with a time of 4 hours 5 minutes and 15 seconds (avg speed overall of 24.6 mph), and a 13 mph wind. Used all the external battery and was into the final bar on the internal battery. In more favorable conditions with fewer traffic controls it should be possible… Read more “Review: I just rode the R15 100 miles”

Phil
R15

“75 miles on one charge”

I am amazed: Pedaled 27 km at an average speed of 33 km/hour mostly at power level #3 and a top speed of 57 km/hour down hill & used power level #4 going up hill for a short distance (one way to Dentist 50 min.) – Total battery use 3/5 th’s for 59 km (36 mile) round trip.  Biked with… Read more ““75 miles on one charge””

Wally
R15

“Just no comparison”

Many many thanks for your wonderful customer services, and a wonderful bike you had prepared for me.  Now, this bike becomes my physical therapy machine and a commuting transportation in the busy streets of San Francisco. Truly, the R15 upgrade is a very powerful e-bike.  I can practically say that this bike is a hybrid of motorcycle and bicycle.  The… Read more ““Just no comparison””

R15

“Over 10,000 miles”

I am still very happy with my 2+ year old R15. It still seems to ride about the same as it did when it was new. It still has the same power and distance ability as always. I think I have a little over 10,000 miles on it now This bike has really exceeded what I thought was possible on… Read more ““Over 10,000 miles””

Marvin
R15

“Refurbished R15 is awesome”

The refurbished R15 is awesome. Really appreciate the smooth high end power.

Chris
R15

“25 miles an hour on even the steepest portion of the ride”

Today I decided to ride my R15 to my business partner’s house. Overall, the ride is about 4.5 miles in length and my ride there and back was much faster on my bike than in my car. I live in the Hollywood Hills and I take Coldwater Canyon down to Ventura Blvd.  Since my ride down the hill was, well,… Read more ““25 miles an hour on even the steepest portion of the ride””

Jay
R15

“A masterpiece of engineering and functionality”

I just passed 400 miles on the R15 I picked up at the beginning of August. What a wonderful experience. Rode the hills and trails in Breckenridge, CO and the bike exceeded all expectations on both paved and trail rides. Upgrading from the R8HD I really did not expect much beyond improved battery life and perhaps more torque. Was I… Read more ““A masterpiece of engineering and functionality””

Richard
R15

“The R15 is amazing!”

So, my bike came and I am so impressed and pleased! The R15 is amazing! It has made it easy this weekend to commute around by bike instead of car! And lets me pick fire roads (with zero cars) instead of streets! (my builder explained it all to me before I tried it and so it was easy to operate).… Read more ““The R15 is amazing!””

Fabrice
R15