Bike-500Sure, tens of millions of electric bikes will be sold around the world this year—more than ever before—but only one is for hard-core performance riding, the OB1 battery-powered dual-suspension mountain bike. The patented drive system integrates with the bottom bracket for a seamless boost as you shift among the nine gears to climb killer steeps or power across flats. Here’s hoping the technology filters down to
a more realistic price soon (it currently sells for $13,995).

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    September 15, 2009, 3:33 pm

    Unless a person had some sort of medical issue, who would be caught riding one of these?

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    September 17, 2009, 1:51 pm

    Snakebite, the Opti’s MBB (“motorized bottom bracket”) doesn’t pedal for you — it pedals *with* you; you’re still expected to keep up a cadence around 85 or so for it to run at peak efficiency. I’m just as sweaty after my 15 mile commute on either the Opti or my old bike — but on the Opti, I’m averaging 20mph door-to-door even when I hit all the red lights, and my commute ain’t anything close to flat.
    Also, the $14K OB1 is for folks who want to pay for all the bling; the cheaper models are still ass-kicking, beautiful bikes. (I get compliments from motorists pulled up next to me at lights, and the components used make the cycling geeks go gaga at every shop I’ve gone to — sometimes even the same folks who’ve turned up their noses at the thought of an e-bike before they saw it in person).

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    Hi Snakebite,
    To answer your question: Me! I’m a competitve mountain biker, 100 mile events, 24 hour events, etc, and I love this thing. Don’t knock it until you try it. The most perfect training device ever created and just more fun than you can imagine.

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    Does it still need physical effort if you’ll have this electric bike?
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