Next is the Schwinn line. They are still making quality bicycles. The Transit is an
example. The bike only has a 180 Watt hub motor, but reviews say it works fine.
Schwinn reminds us that the average cyclist only produces 200 Watts once in a
awhile, and only generates 75 watts most of the time. Thus, a 180 Watt assist is plenty in their view. The bike is light at from 40-45lbs.
However, the Transit like the other electric Schwinns comes with a 10 Amp Hour LiFeP04 battery pack and 24 Volt system. This setup reports a range up to 60 miles! That works out to a measly 4 Watt Hours per mile, making this one of the most efficient little rigs on any road. Cost is suggested at $1,850.
On down the list is the Pedago Ebike. This machine has the old style handlebars that used to be called "butterfly" bars. This bike does look easy to sit on. This
is built with a 500 watt hub motor, disc brakes, a 10 Amp Hour, 36 Volt pack, 6
speeds, and a 25 mile range. It looks like a solid ride for $1,595. There are not too many reviews on the bike.
The Pedago now can be fitted with a factory made fuel cell. In recent news, PedegoŽ, Electric Bikes and SiGNa Chemistry have announced a fuel cell range extended that effectively triples riding distance on a Pedago ebike. No price
At the lower end of the price range, you have the iZip Cruiser line. These bikes are
sold in retail outlets like WalMart and online at Amazon.
The iZip features a 24V / 10Ah Pack, a Currie electric motor (250 or 450 Watt), a
6 speed rear hub, and 61lb weight. The bikes receive mixed to good reviews and look to be a good deal for $1,000.
Finally for a change of styling, there are the Day 6 bicycles. These bikes appear to
be the ultimate in an upright electric comfort bike. Day 6 bikes claim 360 Watt
motors, an 18 Amp Hour, 24 V pack, 7 speed hubs, all 59 lbs for $1,800.
If you wish to save on these bikes and still have great performance, head over to our DIY electric bike page. We show you how to install a 36V 750W kit for $875.
The Electric Comfort bike is spin off of the old or retro style one speed bicycle. These are like the old Schwinn bikes we rode as kids. You could ride somebody "double" across the bar on the boys bike. They were fun but not much for hill climbing. Electric motors have solved that problem.
There are a number of comfort or cruiser bikes as they are now known. We will
look at a couple. They make good e-bikes due to the heavy, but strong frames.
Most feature multiple gears, and styling upgrades.
The first electric comfort bike up is from the people at e+ bikes. This is a high end machine that features a 750 Watt motor, a Hub battery, a 36 Volt system backed by a 10 Amp Hour Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery pack, and an LCD display. All this for $2,695. This looks like a great ride if you can make the payment. This bike more or less sets the higher standard in terms of power and storage, which
will come in handy to help push around the near 70lbs weight of the bike.