Get an all access pass to see the Intense Recluse from all angles. The Recluse has been called the best 27″ ride anything trail bike of 2016.
Get an all access pass to see the Intense Recluse from all angles. The Recluse has been called the best 27″ ride anything trail bike of 2016.
Designed, manufactured, and assembled in the USA. Aeolus D3 wheels are all created at our factory in Waterloo, WI to be the fastest, strongest, and most durable carbon road wheels available.
Electric bikes sound space-age yet they’re simple in concept. These modern marvels are akin to your favorite two-wheelers and are equipped with battery-powered electric motors that help propel you, all or part of the time. E-bikes as they’re often called, are popular because they’re quiet, non-polluting, and can make cycling a lot more fun for a lot more people.
A helping hand
For example, they’re ideal if you’d appreciate a little boost when climbing hills, fighting headwinds and riding for transportation or distance. Commuters find that the motor provides enough extra oomph to eliminate sweating.
In fact they typically generate from 100 to 700 watts, which is a lot (750 watts is about one horsepower, 350 watts is the average a pro cyclist can sustain for an hour). So, you arrive at work calm, cool and collected. Plus, the motor makes it easier to carry the extra weight of your work clothes and lunch, laptop, cellphone, etc.
Electric bikes are wonderful for other uses, too. They’ll let you keep up so you can enjoy riding with a significantly fitter person. They’ll let you travel further with a lot less effort so you can consider biking places you used to drive to. And, they make it possible to do things you might not be able to without motorized assistance, for example, pulling a trailer with the kids or groceries in it. Once you go electric you’re sure to find that it makes your everyday life easier and more convenient.
No special requirements
Because electric bikes are classified as bicycles, no license, registration and insurance are required, saving you a bundle (and there are no gas costs and only cheap, basic maintenance needs). What’s more, these zippy (top assisted speed is about 18 mph) bikes let you sneak around traffic jams, are a breeze to park and the most common battery type used, Lithium Ion, can be recharged in a few hours so the bike’s always ready to roll. These advantages have prompted many city dwellers to buy battery bikes as a viable and hip transportation alternative to the automobile.
Great for fitness and fun, too
Don’t think that you won’t get any exercise buzzing around on your assisted steed, either. You’re repaid for pedaling with longer battery life (ingeniously, some models also use the energy produced by braking to recharge the battery). Plus, it feels great to pedal when it’s so easy to, so most e-riders actually pedal a lot. Some even ride their green machines as much for fun and staying in shape as they do for basic transportation. It’s nice knowing that you can head out to parts unknown unconcerned that you might tire out and not be able to pedal home. No worries. Just let the motor assist lend a helping hand!
Understanding the different types
There are two basic categories of electric two-wheelers:
Pedal assist (also called pedelec) is an electric bicycle on which you must pedal in order to use the motor. It’s just like a conventional bicycle except that there’s a motor that senses that you’re pedaling and kicks in to aid the pedaling effort. It feels like you have the best tailwind of your life on a permanent basis.
Power on command is an e-bike equipped with a motor controlled by a throttle. On these electrics, you don’t have to pedal to benefit from the motor. When you want power, just crank the throttle and away you go. You’ll be able to accelerate in the middle of a corner thus increasing traction. Of course, the less you pedal, the sooner you run out of juice in the battery. So, it’s best to help the motor by pedaling.
Besides the motors, electric bikes usually come equipped with comfortable seats and handlebars, flat-resistant tires, wide-range gearing and quick-release seats for easy adjustment. You’ll find other nifty features on some models such as fenders, removable batteries, anti-theft alarms, sturdy kickstands and built in locks and lighting systems. It’s also possible to add other accessories you like to your e-bike should you want a bell, mirror or rack.
If you already have a bicycle you like for getting around that you’d like to upgrade to electric power, you’ll be happy to hear that there are also electric-bike kits available. We’re happy to help you choose the best kit and set it up.
Which e-bike type is best?
Both types of e-bikes work great and the best way to choose is to check some out. Keep in mind that they’re essentially still basic bicycles, so the things you would consider when shopping for a standard bike apply when looking for an e-bike, too. For example, what kind of drivetrain do you want? If you ride long distances with hills, you’ll probably want a bike with more gears than someone who sticks to flat pavement and shorter routes.
Likewise, how much braking power do you want? If you ride in wet, sloppy conditions you’ll appreciate all-weather, low-maintenance disc brakes. If you prefer not to bike in bad weather, you’ll be fine with standard rim brakes.
Other considerations to think about include whether you want suspension to smooth rides and enhance your comfort, how much carrying capacity you need, whether you want maximum flat-tire resistance and on-road/off-road capacity out of your wheels and tires or lightness and agility for easier pedaling.
And, there are other intriguing options. We already mentioned electric-motor kits to motorize almost any bike. There are also folding e-bikes that make storage and parking easier and even let you collapse the bike for tossing it in the trunk of a car should you need to catch a ride home. Another interesting product is an electric trailer that actually pushes you along, a setup that lets you simply remove the trailer anytime you want to ride your bike without power.
As you shop for your electric bike you’ll also find a wealth of technical information on motors. How much power do you need? Does it matter where the motor is located? Here’s some information to help you weigh the pros and cons.
Motor location varies widely and goes a long way toward determining how your electric bike rides. The motor and battery are relatively heavy components on a light bicycle, so their weight affects steering, cornering, acceleration and aerodynamics. The motor’s position relative to the drivetrain also affects what drivetrains can be used as well as their function. We’ve shown the placement and the pros and cons of common motor locations in the chart below.
Watts under the seat?
How much power do you need? Will a 250-watt motor be underpowered? Do you need 700 watts? It’s important to realize that comparing watts is not necessarily comparing apples to apples. One manufacturer may list peak (maximum) wattage while another may list continuous (power consumption in a normal condition) wattage. More isn’t always 100% better.
What’s more, wattage isn’t torque. Without getting too scientific, we can explain torque as the amount of twisting force that your wheel applies to accelerate — it’s the amount of force that turns into acceleration. Wattage measures the amount of energy expended when velocity is held constant. This means that a bike with a lower wattage could provide more torque and thus feel faster and zippier than a bike with a slightly higher wattage (because the 20mph speed limit on electric power will eventually handicap the higher wattage motor). And neither consideration fully takes bike weight into account.
The takeaway is that you shouldn’t value a high-wattage engine over all other factors. Come in, test ride a few bikes and talk to us about which bike is right for you.
Can I ride an e-bike in the rain? Yes. Our electric bikes come waterproofed right from the factory. As long as you don’t submerge the whole bike in a lake, you won’t have a problem.
How fast can I go on an electric bike? Most electric bikes have a top assisted speed of 18 to 22 mph. Above that speed, the electric shuts off.
How far can I go on one charge? Electric bike range varies from 15 to 60 miles by model. How far you go on a single charge will also depend on your weight, the weight of your cargo, the terrain, and wind. How much you pedal and which power setting you use (if any) also affect range.
How much does it cost to operate an electric bike? Based on the price of electric, it typically costs 6 to 14 cents a mile to charge and maintain. Compare that with a car at over 50 cents a mile.
Will a conventional bike keep me in better shape? Yes — but only if you use it as much as the electric bike. Many e-bike users find that the electric’s benefit on hills and into wind eliminates their fear of riding and gets them out on the bike when they otherwise might not ride. Some are more fit because they ride more often.
We hope these tips help you understand electric bicycles more. Please visit our store for more information about the electric bicycles we carry. We can point out differences, answer questions, arrange for a test ride and demonstrate the features and benefits that are making these green vehicles the latest personal mobility craze.
Slash is designed from the ground up to conquer the gnarliest enduros, in a 29″-optimized package that makes this bike the undisputed king of the mountain.
Slash is built to dominate the most demanding mountain and ride with big 29″ wheels on an aggressively capable yet lightweight carbon frame. Throw Slash down the most technical descent and fly back up.
Trek bikes fit kids great, right from the start. And because our Dialed components adjust along with growth spurts, you can dial in the perfect fit for years to come.
Every point where a young rider touches the bike (handlebars, saddle, grips, pedals) has been Dialed to just the right size. The frames, forks, and all the parts have been Dialed to fit kids right from the start, and to keep pace as they grow.
The same Trek quality you know and love applies to all our kids’ bikes. Proper fit and quality build mean easier starting, easier stopping, and safer riding.
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Transporting your bicycle by car is a great way to expand your cycling adventures. It makes it easy to find traffic-free roads, memorable trails, to take your bikes on vacation, or just head over to a friend’s house across town for a fun group ride.
While on most vehicles, you can simply haul your two-wheeler in the trunk or back seat, this usually requires removing wheels. And, even if you have a roomy SUV that allows toting the bike without disassembly, there’s still the risk of chain lube or grease staining that rich Corinthian Leather interior. Plus, with bikes in the back, there’s a lot less room for your riding buddies and other gear.
For these reasons, if you drive to bike regularly, you’ll appreciate how recent innovations in rack technology have made it much easier to bring your bike(s). Here we go over the major types to help you select the right one.
When looking for a rack for your car know the type of vehicle you’ll mount the rack to. Consider how many and what types of bikes you plan to carry. Also think about any other gear, such as skis, snowboard, surfboard or kayak equipment. And, determine how far and over what type of terrain you’ll drive (dirt roads, etc.). All of these things help determine the best rack for you.
Obviously, not all vehicles are compatible with all types of car racks. For example, you wouldn’t want a roof rack on a tall truck or on your convertible. However, in almost all cases, we can find a rack to fit your vehicle and satisfy your mobile cycling needs.
Trunk-Mount Car Rack
The first and most basic car-rack type is called the trunk-mount because it fits on trunks or hatchbacks. Consisting of movable locking arms and hooking straps, trunk racks can be adjusted to fit most vehicles, accept 2 to 4 bicycles, and fold for flat storage when not in use.
These racks are portable, low cost, easy to mount to the car and remove, and easy to put bikes on. Drawbacks include having something resting on your vehicle (contact points are protected by pads, however, you might prefer nothing touching your paint job). You’ll also have to remember to fine-tune the straps during installation and before every trip to ensure that the rack is securely attached and can’t budge.
Hitch-Mount Car Rack
The next is the hitch-mount. These racks come in all price points and fit into the hitches (also called “receivers”) welded onto the frame on the rear of many SUVs, trucks and some cars (if you don’t have one, one can be installed). This is a secure connection that ensures that the rack cannot shift or move when you’re cruising down the road. And, because these racks hold the bikes and rack away from the vehicle, you don’t have to worry about paint scratches.
Available in 2-, 3- or 4-bike models, many of these racks also fold away from the vehicle allowing use of the tailgate or rear door without removing the bikes. Hitch racks can be locked to the hitch for theft prevention and may be easily removed for storage when not in use. The easy-access height makes them the best option for taller vehicles where a roof rack would be challenging to use. The only drawback is that you need to be aware of the rack when backing up since it protrudes.
Roof-Mount Car Rack
The most visibly striking, versatile and expensive type of rack is the roof-mount. Add one of these to your vehicle and you proclaim to the world, “I am an outdoor enthusiast!” Consisting of two crossbars attached to the roof via specially designed towers, these racks can be outfitted to carry bikes, skis, snowboards, canoes, even cargo boxes, securely and safely (cargo boxes are clamshell-like storage trunks that mount to roof rack). There are roof-rack models that tote just about every bike however you want to carry it (with or without wheels, for example).
Roof racks are usually best for carrying tandems and long-wheelbase recumbents, too. And, they can be accessorized with locking towers and bike mounts, and wind fairings. By stowing your bikes and sporting gear on the roof, the full functionality of your vehicle is retained. And, while many users choose to leave them mounted, roof racks can also be removed and with a few small parts, used on different vehicles, too.
There are a few drawbacks to roof racks. You’ll have to be diligent to not forget that your gear is on the roof when driving into your garage and passing beneath low overhangs. Here you must exercise caution because you can seriously damage the bikes and vehicle if you forget.
Also, the aerodynamics of your car decreases with the more gear you carry. Over long road trips you may notice your car is slightly less fuel-efficient. Lastly, lifting gear onto the top of tall cars can be cumbersome for shorter folk. Before you go with a roof-rack option, make sure you can lift your bike above the roof of your car, or else you’ll want to bring along a small stepladder.
There is an exception to the reduced aerodynamics of roof racks. If you use a cargo box on your roof rack, tests have shown that it can actually reduce wind drag and increase your fuel efficiency. In fact, with a roof rack and cargo box, a small vehicle can usually carry as much (or more) gear than an SUV while saving you a bundle on fuel costs.
Options For Trucks
The ideal place to carry bikes in a pickup truck is in the bed. If it’s just one or two bikes and your bed is large enough, you may be able to simply lay them in the bed in such a way that they don’t bump into each other and stay put. For more bikes, there are rack models that fit inside the bed (and other vehicles with beds, like vans) that hold the bikes upright and in place.
Another type of truck rack fits over the rear-mounted spare tire. These are designed like trunk-mount racks with arms to support the bikes and straps for easy attachment to, and removal from your vehicle.
People with pickup trucks, and especially those shuttling bikers up and down mountains for downhill runs love padded tailgate covers. They’re a simple, quick way to load up your truck with bikes, and depending on the truck size, it’s possible to get up to six bikes in the back. The padded cover simply straps around your tailgate and you place the front wheels over the tailgate with the remainder of the bikes in the bed of the truck.
For the most part the bikes will rest securely on the tailgate. However if you’re going on a long road trip or driving on bumpy roads, you’ll want to strap them down. These covers are a quick and inexpensive way to load up big bikes. However, you’ll have to be careful that the bikes are spaced out adequately or strapped down to prevent them bumping into and scratching each other.
It all goes to show that pretty much whatever type of vehicle you drive, we can help you find a great way to carry your bikes.
Ready To Roll
Just stop by and ask us to help you find the rack that’s best for your needs and vehicle. And don’t worry, our experienced technicians are available to explain how to use your new rack, too. Just ask. See you at the trailhead!