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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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What range and electric bikes really means to you (or at least us!)

Riding an electric bike is about freedom (the real kind),exhilaration, fitness, fun, and a host of other emotions/sensations.  Where does range and distance fit into this experience? Having adequate range on an electric bike is about having NO LIMITS.  Whether you are cruising the open road, getting groceries, or exploring a vast wilderness area- we believe that you should stop…
April 23, 2009
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5 Ways You Can Participate in Earth Day 2009

Normal 0 According to the Earth Day Network’s web site, it took us (collectively as a human race) about 125 years to use our first trillion barrels of oil. We’re going to use up the next trillion barrels in only 30 years. It stands to reason our increased oil usage has an impact on our environment, our health and our…
April 3, 2009
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Which headlights are brighter: Halogen or LED?

We have had this question come up several times, so we decided to revisit the subject.  A few years ago, we tested some LED bulbs and they were no where near as bright as the Halogen bulbs are using as headlights on all Optibike models.  One of our customers replaced the halogen bulbs in his Optibike 800Li with LED bulbs…
February 18, 2009