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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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Ultra Low Maintenance Electric Bike Hits the Streets

November 18, 2009; Boulder, CO:  A new electric bike is available for people want to ride their bike more, and fiddle with maintenance less.  The Optibike 850R  features an exclusive 14 speed internally geared hub system, leaving messy shifting adjustments a thing of the past.     “The Optibike 850R is designed to be a car replacement.  Cars are easy to use…
November 18, 2009
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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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Ask Optibike! What about maintenance?

This question was most recently asked by Gary Ares, who writes for a blog about E-bikes at www.velochef.com: The answer: Maintaining an Optibike is much like maintaining a traditional bike, with a few exceptions.  Because the bike is heavier and you will go faster- the tires and brakes will wear out faster.  Also, because the Optibike uses the derauiller system…
June 24, 2009
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Ask Optibike! Does the Optibike charge while you pedal?

This question from J.B: "Hi my guestion about the Optibike Helia had an error on it so please answer this question for me does the Helia recharge itself when you pedal or do you need to charge it every time?" When you pedal an Optibike, you are contributing to the overall speed and hill climbing power of the bike- not…
May 19, 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