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Sustainable Transportation Conference and The Future of E-Bikes

This past Friday I presented at the First Innovations in Sustainable Transportation Conference in Broomfield Colorado, presented by the Aster Foundation. My topic was Electric Bikes 2020. This was a very interesting conference, as it dealt with innovative ways of transportation  for the future. The main premise, is that the way were are doing things will not continue to work,…
October 16, 2013
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Help Us Pass the Proposed 10% Electric Bike Credit- Receive a $1200 credit on an Optibike today as a Reward

The Senate subcommittee has passed a proposal bill that will give a 10% tax credit for the purchase of an electric bike, up to $2,500. To get this bill through congress, we all need to write our congressman and urge that they vote for the bill. The passage of this bill will support manufacturing and jobs  in the USA .…
August 23, 2012
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Great story about how the best electric bike came to be..

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…
March 9, 2010
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Ask Optibike: "Why are light wheels important on an electric bike?"

Another great question.  Many electric bikes put the weight of the motor in the wheel, which accounts for several pounds of unsprung mass.  The following writeup on unsprung mass was taken from Wikipedia: In a ground vehicle with a suspension, the unsprung weight (or, more properly, the unsprung mass) is the mass of the suspension, wheels or tracks (as applicable),…
August 12, 2009
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Ask Optibike: "Why do you use the monocoque frame design?"

Great Question.  A great electric bicycle is perfectly balanced, the Optibike has the lowest center of gravity of any electric bike. Balance and Performance based design Award winning electric bike designer and former National Motocross champion Jim Turner designed the patented Optibike monocoque frame from scratch to include 4 key elements: balance, style, performance, and safety. Balance The Optibike frame…
August 11, 2009
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One riders experience with a quiver of Electric bikes.

This wirteup was posted to a forum populated with perhaps the most dedicated group of electric bike enthusiasts on the internet.  These guys and gals have collectively tried about every combination of E-bike, kit, and everything inbetween on the market today.  You can find them at: http://groups.google.com/group/Tidalforce Al, one of the long time members of the group gives his account…
June 26, 2009
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Worlds fastest electric bicycle drives 44% sales increase.

May 18, 2009 Boulder, CO:   The American made Optibike 850Xli may look like a regular mountain bike, but stealthily mounted inside the bottom bracket is an electric motor capable of producing nearly twice the power of cycling champion Lance Armstrong. The Optibike 850Xli is the invention of award winning electric bike designer Jim Turner who claims his latest bike is…
May 18, 2009
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Ask Optibike!: Tell me more about the Optibike Riding Modes.?..

This question came in from Jim: "The specs indicate there are two "riding modes" = Fast and Economy.  When clicked into either of these, is the motor outputing a 'constant' speed or is the throttle dynamic like a motorcycle would be?  (i.e. the more you throttle, the more you go - up to the motor's max).  I'm trying to understand…
May 1, 2009

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