Electric Bikes Steal the Show at Interbike 2012
The European Electric Bike Craze is Heading this Way
by Pete Prebus, publisher, Electric Bike Report
In case you don’t know, Interbike is the largest bicycle trade show in the US and it is held every year as a way for bicycle brands to present their new products and meet with dealers to determine sales plans for the coming year. The show has been held in Las Vegas Nevada for a number of years.
In previous years the electric bike scene at Interbike has been pretty mellow with the traditional brands launching new products.
But this year was different! The traditional brands were launching new styles of electric bikes and there were a lot of new brands joining the e-bike market.
Electric cargo bikes are also an emerging market in the e-bike scene. These are versatile bikes that make running errands around town much easier. They are a great car alternative Xtracycle, Yuba, and Pedego had e-cargo bikes on display.
The electric mountain bike niche has been a big hit in Europe and it seems to be expanding in the US, the country where mountain biking originated. Brands like Haibike, Emotion, Stealth, Ego Kits, Energie Cycles, etc. are offering e-mtbs.
Along similar lines are the electrified “Fat Bikes” or bikes that have 4″ wide fat tires. These are good for trails, dirt roads, sand, snow or almost any kind of terrain you can think of! The Pedego Destroyer is a good example and Bionx added their kit to a Surley Pugsley. Speaking of Fat Bikes, let’s start off the pictures with the Pedego and Surley bikes.
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