PERTH ELECTRIC BICYCLES

Introducing Yunbikes

We’ve introduced a lot of new bikes for 2016 from great brands such as Avanti, BH E-motion, Gepida and XDS but the all-new Yunbikes are perhaps the most eye-catching of our new releases. These small, urban bikes represent a thoroughly re-imagined way to deliver the benefits of electric assistance with practicality and simplicity key to their design.

On the face of it, the formula is quite straightforward: a compact and minimalist frame designed around smaller 20″ wheels with a single-speed drive train and a comfort oriented finishing kit featuring wraparound bars. The use of smaller wheels has become common design trend in purpose built urban bikes, taking lead from older folding models such as Bromptons and Dahons. The benefits of smaller wheels are manifold, with faster, more direct handling, better acceleration and the shorter wheelbase making for an overall lighter bike. Also, as a general rule, 20″ wheels are typically stronger and more resilient than their larger counterparts.

In addition to this well conceived design, the Yunbikes feature a street legal rear-drive motor, 36v 5.5Ah SAMSUNG battery and an intuitive pedal assist system that seemlessly provides power assistance up to speeds of 28km/h with an inbuilt inclinometer providing a power boost in the hills. This setup should provide around 20km of street cycling between charges, making it ideal for short haul urban use.

Ladies Yunbike
We tested this bike over a 4km round trip commute on a mixture of cycleway and roads, which will probably be main type of use these bikes will see. Initial impressions were positive, with the upright riding position being comfortable and providing good all round vision- something that becomes important if you’re likely to be riding in traffic. To that end, the 20″ wheels provided good acceleration up to the top speed of around 28 km/h, making it easy to handle on busy streets.

The handling of the Yunbike took some getting used to, in much the same way as the transition between regular bikes and smaller wheeled folding bikes. The shorter wheelbase lends itself to tighter cornering in a more upright position, the trade-off being that along straight stretches it may feel a little twitchy. Moreover, smaller diameter wheels are typically more susceptible to bumps, potholes and kerbs, and the Yunbike is no different. Fortunately however, the bike’s frame layout does afford some dampening, largely ironing out small bumps and cracks, indeed, this is one of the more comfortable 20″ wheel bikes we’ve ridden. Handling wise, the direct steering feel can be adjusted to after a number of rides, and is unlikely to compromise the riding experience in the long term.

On the test ride, the electrics were given a good runthrough in all of the 3 available pedal assist levels. As with most cadence based systems, there is a bit of a lag in engaging the assistance, though it is little more than 2 revolutions and the motor quickly accelerates giving a noticeable boost in torque. At lower assistance levels, the pedal assistance provides a nice cruising speed, though for assistance on hills, the higher power levels are needed to feel any assistance. Broadly speaking, this is standard performance with most systems of this kind; expect to use the maximum level of assistance if you’re likely to be tackling hills on a regular basis.

Men's Matte Black $1450

Men’s Matte Black

 

What sets the Yun Bike’s pedal assist system apart is it’s throttle, which operates differently to most e-bikes on the market. Instead of providing instant motor assistance, this throttle engages a cruise mode once the pedal assist system is up and running. The major benefit of this is in preserving battery life- electric motors tend to draw the most power under acceleration so pedaling during this phase will noticeably reduce the load on the motor. It’s not the most intuitive throttle system but it was easy enough to adapt to it on the test ride.

Also worth mentioning is the appearance of the Yunbikes. Available in a men’s and women’s style each with three colour options, the Yunbikes are eye catching bicycles. They combine the classic appeal of slender tubed frames with the clean integration of the electrics- the days of cumbersome and ill-proportioned electric bikes are well and truly in the past!

If you’re in the market for a small, simple and stylish electric bike for short journeys and general recreational use, the all-new Yunbikes may well be a perfect fit. Drop in at Perth Electric Bicycles to arrange a 1 week free trial!

 

BH EasyMotion Runout Sale

For a limited time we’re offering great specials on the BH EasyMotion range of premium electric bicycles. We’ve taken $500 off our current BH floor stock and are offering 10% off their entire 2015 range*.

BH are a Spanish company that have been producing high quality bicycles for over 50 years. They are best known for producing elite level racing machines for most disciplines both on-road and off, however, they have recently turned their hand to producing commuter oriented bikes. Blending their design flair with everyday ruggedness and convenience, the BH EasyMotion range are among the best high end electric bikes on the market today.

Unlike comparable high end offerings from Bosch, the BH Easy Motion system uses a more traditional rear-drive hub motor powertrain with a sophisticated torque sensing system that provides assistance with extremely smooth power delivery no matter what the terrain. Combine this with integrated Lithium Ion batteries and an easy to read display system, and you have a truly world class electric bicycle!

As with all electric bicycles though, words only tell a small fraction of the story; we heartily recommend visiting our Fremantle Store and taking one of these for a spin!

Floor Stock Specials

Evo Jet2015 BH Evo Jet Was $3999 Now $3499 !

 

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2015 BH Evo Cross Was $3999 Now $3499!

 

In addition to these great deals on floor stock, we’re also offering 10% off the entire BH Easymotion range* that can be viewed here

 

If you’re in the market for a high end electric bicycle, there’s never been a better time to pick one up at these fantastic prices!

*Subject to availability

The new Lekker range

thumbWe recently got the dutch style Lekker range in. The bikes are very nice all around and have a nice handling to them. This video shows some of the features and the properties of two off the new bikes. The Lekker Sportief and the Ladies Jordaan. Since we already build in our conversion kits Matt also gives you a few details about how they go together with the bikes and the challenges we encountered!

Introducing Avanti Bikes!

In an exciting development we’re now happy to add Avanti bikes to our already impressive range of bicycles. As a well-established Oceanian brand, Avanti have made a name for themselves in designing reliable bikes that are designed to meet and exceed the demands of modern cyclists in often challenging Australian conditions.  So whether you’re cycling recreationally, commuting daily or testing your physical limits on-road or off, you can be confident that Avanti bikes won’t let you down!

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The quality and durability of Avanti bikes also makes them ideal for our Solarbike electrical conversions to greatly enhance their versatility as commuters or recreational bikes. Solid aluminium and steel construction ensures they’ll provide years of reliable service with the addition of electric assistance. Bikes such as the Metro and Discovery series can easily be converted into exceptionally comfortable recreation bikes while sportier models such as the Giro F and Inc can be transformed into fast and efficient commuting machines.

 

A timeless and comfortable stepthrough style bike ideal for recreational use

A timeless and comfortable stepthrough style bike ideal for recreational use

Both Avanti Bicycles and Solarbike electric conversion kits have been tailored to perform well in Australian conditions, making the introduction of Avanti bikes to the range our shop the obvious choice. Come down for a test ride and see why these are some of the best value ebikes on the Australian market today!

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Electric Papillionaire Stepthrough

Stepthrough bikes have had somewhat of a resurgence lately, with an increasing amount of cyclists wanting a comfortable upright riding position and safe, predictable handling. Not only this, but the low stepover height makes these bikes easy to get on and off- ideal for those with mobility difficulties as well as those simply not accustomed to cycling. More obviously though, the timeless elegance of this design is incredibly appealing!

 

Electric Papillionaire Stepthrough

Electric Papillionaire Stepthrough

 

The Papillionaire is a great example of a modern stepthrough, with a classically styled steel frame equipped with throughly modern running components. We set this one up earlier today with our 250Watt mini motor and a Panasonic 36v 11.6Ah battery.

What makes this conversion a little different is the mounting of the tube battery vertically; typically stepthrough frames require the use of a rear-rack mounted battery. The customer wanted to keep the added weight as central and as low down as possible. Happily, the battery is low-profile enough to not get in the way whilst pedalling. Furthermore, there’s minimal encroachment on the stepover height. By providing custom electric bike conversions, we’re able to better accommodate individuals’ needs. Bikes are, after all, a personal thing!

We’re back!

Things have been pretty quiet at Perth Electric Bikes over the festive season, but we’ve been ticking over with some exciting new bikes and custom e-bike options!

We’ve kicked off 2016 in style with a fresh conversion on Paul’s Fuji Absolute 1.4- a flat-bar road commuter.

A capable on-road commuter with the added speed and comfort of electric assistance.

A capable on-road commuter with the added speed and comfort of electric assistance.

 

Fuji are well known for building refined, comfortable and lightweight road bikes and the Absolute 1.4 is no exception. With it’s SL aluminium frame, carbon fibre fork and robust Vera wheelset, it offers all the convenience and predictable handling of a flatbar without compromising speed or agility.

We’ve fitted it with a rear 250 Watt mini motor and our extended range Panasonic 11.6Ah tube battery that should give a range of 40 kilometres and a cruising speed of 32 km/h thanks to low rolling resistance tyres and a lighweight frameset. Indeed, The complete package weighs in at under 20 kg- very respectable for an e-bike with this level of capability.

We’re hoping to see many more builds like this over the coming months, stay tuned!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Hi everyone and thanks for your support this year.  We will be taking a short break for Christmas from the 24th December but will be back in business and looking forward to creating lots more ebikes.  We’ll re-open on the 3rd of January.santa bike

First Ride: Gepida Asgard

 

Gepida Asgard

Gepida Asgard $4700

Whilst having been around less than 20 years, Hungarian bike company Gepida have certainly made a name for themselves as a quality bicycle manufacturer catering perfectly to the needs of those who want something a little bit different. In keeping with this, Gepida were one of the first major manufacturers to build bikes for use with Bosch’s excellent pedal assist systems carrying a range of models that have enhanced the cycling experience of thousands worldwide. Gepida have typically designed their bicycles to with commuters in mind, however, it’s their off road designs in particular that have caught our eye, most recently, the Asgard 1000.

The Bike

The Asgard is a lightweight Alloy Cross Country frame equipped with Bosch’s integrated Performanceline Pedal Assist system and long range 400 Watt hour powerpack to provide pedal assistance up to 30 km/h out to a range of nearly 90 km  when run at a low setting(According to Bosch).  It features a Shimano Deore XT 10 speed drivetrain, Deore Hydraulic disc brakes, A pair of robust 27.5″ wheels specially designed by Gepida and an excellent set of Schwalbe cross country tyres.

The Ride

The Asgard instantly feels like a high end bike. The frame is well balanced, the riding position efficient and the steering feel responsive. The contact points, namely the hand grips and the saddle have a comfortable and familiar feel to them, which is not something I’ve come across in too many mountain bikes. Furthermore, even when unassisted, it doesn’t feel ungainly in spite of the added weight from the bosch system. This is particularly important on an e-bike for two reasons: 1) it’s an inevitability that at some point, you’ll have to ride your electric bike without the motor assistance and; 2)  if the additional weight is unbalanced or poorly distributed, the higher speed handling could be less than desirable.  Indeed, the unassisted speed and handling are the real test of a high end e-bike and I’m pleased to report that the Asgard passes comfortably.

This bike really comes to life when the Bosch Performanceline system is turned on! For those who are new to Bosch’s pedal assist systems, the power delivery is unlike anything else on the market. It provides power assistance at the pedal stroke, meaning your own effort and input is amplified. this allows you to accelerate rapidly even up steep sections with great confidence. Furthermore, when cruising, the motor response is more subdued, easily holding you at around 30 km/h. The most important characteristic of this system is it’s minimal intrusion in the riding experience both in terms of handling and assistance. That is to say that it gives you confidence to ride faster or further without making you complacent- truly complementary to the cycling experience.

Drivetrain wise, the Asgard performs as you would expect a bike of this caliber to- the XT drivetrain is faultless as always giving solid power transfer and reliable shifting in all conditions. The wheelset is oriented towards reliability and durability and, consequently, it doesn’t feel super fast. That being said, it rolls smoothly and is likely to go the distance, which is of great advantage on a cross country. My only real issue with the componentry of this bike was the Deore brakes. These systems are solid and very closely based on their higher end XT and SLX counterparts but they seem to lack the same stopping power. They’re perfectly adequate, though on a $4700 mountain bike, I would have expected a higher end offering.

The Verdict

The Gepida Asgard carries with it an overwhelming sense of confidence that I’ve only experienced on a few other bikes. I feel as though Gepida have gone about this bike in the right way: designing something that works well as a cross country bike in it’s own right whilst also accommodating an excellent pedal assist system. Furthermore, Bosch’s Performanceline system functions brilliantly as a way of complementing the riding experience, whilst it’s minimal intrusion preserves the sensory experience of riding a cross country mountain bike. I would thoroughly recommend test riding this bike if you’re in the market for a high end electric mountain bike.

500W electric Zippy scooter

This is the 500W electric Zippy scooter. Given it’s lightweight frame compared to a normal bicycle this scooter accelerates quickly and you have to hold on tight to deal with its power. The Zippy is great fun to ride and a great way to get around for those wanting something a little different. To counter that power you get front and rear hydraulic disc breaks that stop you in an instant. With its 36V 9Ah Battery you get sufficient range to get you from A to B. Optimal for quick trips in the city or just to have some fun.

Electric Zipy Scooter

Electric Zipy Scooter $1550

Electric Breezer Uptown 7

The Uptown’s aluminum frame is light and will never rust, and the durable 26” wheels, nimble for city streets, can carry heavy loads. With its 200W motor and the long lasting 11Ah battery plus its 8 speeds operated with a simple twist shifter and Joe’s proven geometry, it’s no wonder the Uptown won Bicycling Magazine’s Editors’ Choice award for “Best Commuter Bike” four years in a row

BREZZER Uptown 7

BREEZER Uptown $1900