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Top positive review

I call my beautiful stealth-black Elby The Punisher! Of course, it doesn’t punish me. no, no, no! It punishes all the punks who try to keep up with this 74 year old (with heart failure, afib, and an ejection fraction of 10%. not kidding). They all fall by the wayside in exhausted heaps with puzzled looks on their faces. I am having a blast on this thing! (See the 7 pics in Customer Images)

I chose black because the other color combos seem to say There’s something geeky going on here! which is just fine for most (great colors!). but I didn’t want that. I wanted to keep them guessing. Have a little fun. And, it worked! Most people have no idea what’s really going on with this bike. Of course I further disguised (see pics) by covering the Elby logos with decals of flags, The Punisher, Molon Laabe, golden dragons, initials, favorite travel location stickers, etc, etc. Plus, I blacked out the metal plate on the battery cover using electrical tape to complete the overall monochrome look.

MUST HAVE ACCESSORIES: 1) Elby Rear Rack from the Electric Cyclery. (Expensive. 75 15 ship. but worth every penny. German made, highest quality, easy attachment.) 2) Giddy-up (Amazon) seat to replace the uncomfortable (for me) stock Elby seat. 3) Rear view (90°. you do NOT want a wide angle camera) mini spy camera (Amazon) with 7 lcd monitor up front by handlebars. ( A must-have for me because turning my head to check for traffic all the time is too difficult for me. and useful rearview mirrors just don’t exist for the bikes I’ve had.). (Simple RCA wiring skills are all that is needed.). 4) A basket on the Rear Rack for carrying stuff (Including a case with the rearview camera and 2 mini 4800mah 12volt/USB power supplies. one is a spare. (23 @. ebay). to power the camera and 7 monitor. Simple wiring.

I also added a Krytonite lock (mounted on rack, below basket) and a cheap front facing auto traffic camera to record my rides. (Plugs into USB port on the Elby headlight. Only works when the headlight is ON, but, I always ride with the headlight on anyway. for safety.). Really fun to play back some of the rides on the big screen when back at home. And, for night riding in the country I added two NightRyder lights. (The Elby lighting is perfect on city streets but not up to the task out in the boonies.) Also added 2 extra rechargeable Blitzu tail lights which are terrific (one on each side of the basket) which forms an eye-catching triangle with the Elby tail light.

I was 6’4 (shrunk up to about 6’2 now) and I weigh about 245 (ready to go) and I fit perfectly on this bike after making the basic initial adjustments to seat and handlebar height (and angle) so I don’t understand reviewers saying they are too big to get comfortable. Don’t know what that’s about. But, I do agree that this Elby has no suspension and is not designed for dirt/gravel roads or curb jumping. Don’t buy this bike if you won’t be using normal paved roads and trails.

(Note: The website for the wonderful tires on the Elby says recommended inflation is 51.5 to 62 p.s.i. Guess what: Running on the low side significantly cushions the ride. Running 35 to 40 p.s.i. really really softens the ride. Yeah, I know. increased rolling friction tire wear etc, etc. But I also know (from decades of riding) 40 p.s.i. on a semi-fat tire like the Elby’s will function perfectly well. and maybe even give you a little more grip. Try it once. Savor the smoothness of the ride compared to the rock-hard 62 p.s.i. You might be willing to give up a couple kilometers of battery range for the leap in ride comfort.)

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I’m fortunate I live in a small (8,000 pop) town with great streets and miles of beautiful paved trails connecting with other small towns. If I’m in the mood I’ll make a midnight run (cornfields and/or highways on either side) to the next town 10 miles east. And, I might just keep going another 6 or 7 miles to the Michigan lakefront. I love it!

I must say I don’t get the range that a lot of reviewers say they get (even at 62 p.s.i. That’s probably because I outweigh them by a bunch, plus there are numerous hills, and (given my reduced physical stamina) i run 90% of the time in gear 8 or 9 (smallest cog. fastest speed) with the boost set to level 4 (i.e. MAX assist). Even so, I get a solid 12.15 mile full force run and can easily stretch the trip to 20 miles. And that’s actually a substantial bike ride for most people. (And then too. I really lucked out. I found a brand new Elby battery on ebay for 450! So, I wrap the extra battery in a bath towel and bungy cord it in my basket. Now I can run all day with no fear of ever getting stranded. Takes about 15 seconds to swap batteries. Note: A normal healthy person will never need a second/spare battery. I’ve only used mine twice.)

I’ve only gone 300 miles so far, but they have been flawless, fantastic miles. Okay, the front wheel did loosen up a little early on. All I had to do was loosen the quick-release lever, give it half a clockwise turn and relock the lever. Presto! Wheel bearings snug again. Very simple. No problems at all with the rear wheel tightness/bearings, motor, chain etc.

The smoothness of the power assist on this Elby is flat out amazing. This bike has been fine-tuned to the n’th degree. (All hail Elby/BionX!!) I just never get tired of running up and down all the badnews hills in our town where other bikes fear to tread. (Love the shocked stares from pedestrians. All part of the fun.) Plus, I can silently glide, effortlessly, for miles and miles through all the nooks and crannies of our town and countryside without creating any hint of a disturbance (as you would on a mtorcycle or convertible or whatever). All of a sudden Taco Bell pops in your head. But. its 2 miles in the wrong direction! NOT a problem. You are there in 6 minutes. No sweat

Normally I don’t use the throttle. But, should I reach my limit for the day I’ll say. Elby, take me home! I’ll throttle up then (but never when anyone’s looking).

Note: 1) You don’t want a wide-angle rear-view camera because it makes cars appear further away than they really are. Dangerous! (Stick with a 90° max camera.) 2) The mount/clamp I used for the 7 monitor is actually the mount that came with the Kryptoniite lock (17 at Walmart). didn’t need it for the lock so I clamped it to the handlebar post, inserted a long 1/4 bolt up through the clamp, with 5 /16 nuts as spacers, attached standard swivel mount to monitor and bolt. You want the monitor pointing directly toward your face. Used Velcro build-up on top edge of monitor and handlebar to cushion monitor. 3) If you want to go crazy and get the brightest outdoor rated monitor (Feelworld 7, 250. Do it. (Should help avoid most image washout conditions in bright light.) But, you will also need a little RCA to HDMI converter (USB powered) and a little black project box to hide it all in. I have all that stuff, but haven’t hooked it up as yet on the bike because 90% of the time performance on the cheap monitor is just fine. Plus, it is real easy to add a second camera to this cheap monitor and switch views/cameras with a touch of a button on the monitor. We will see. 4) Ref the rearview camera case. Velcro the batteries to sides of case. Don’t over-Velcro, just enough to hold in place and still be able to remove if needed. Also use Velcro straps to secure case to basket using slots on side of case. 5) Basket is attached to rack with 1mm black annodized wire. (Easy to work with.) 6) Read Комментарии и мнения владельцев, below, for more info.

Here are some Amazon numbers for accessories I used (type into Search box): B07568FY43, B01N7KQPJI, B01M64AQVQ, B01NAGIHJB.

Top critical review

Loved the bike, smooth out of the box. Regardless of no bluetooth app. However, after just a few months of light commuting to work. It completely stopped working. Does not move. I’ve tried calling, emailing, customer service and they did respond once over email and phone, but to be straight up. it seems like they’re just ignoring me now. Can’t get a hold of them. I call every other day. Just left a message today. Smh. Too expensive of a bike for them to leave you hanging like this. Also purchased a 160.00 charger cable cus the one it came with ripped after wrapping it n storing it. Caught a short n popped. So I bought a new charger. Very expensive and felt it was overpriced. My honest advice would be to try a more reliable company. These ppl will do you dirty.

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I call my beautiful stealth-black Elby The Punisher! Of course, it doesn’t punish me. no, no, no! It punishes all the punks who try to keep up with this 74 year old (with heart failure, afib, and an ejection fraction of 10%. not kidding). They all fall by the wayside in exhausted heaps with puzzled looks on their faces. I am having a blast on this thing! (See the 7 pics in Customer Images)

I chose black because the other color combos seem to say There’s something geeky going on here! which is just fine for most (great colors!). but I didn’t want that. I wanted to keep them guessing. Have a little fun. And, it worked! Most people have no idea what’s really going on with this bike. Of course I further disguised (see pics) by covering the Elby logos with decals of flags, The Punisher, Molon Laabe, golden dragons, initials, favorite travel location stickers, etc, etc. Plus, I blacked out the metal plate on the battery cover using electrical tape to complete the overall monochrome look.

MUST HAVE ACCESSORIES: 1) Elby Rear Rack from the Electric Cyclery. (Expensive. 75 15 ship. but worth every penny. German made, highest quality, easy attachment.) 2) Giddy-up (Amazon) seat to replace the uncomfortable (for me) stock Elby seat. 3) Rear view (90°. you do NOT want a wide angle camera) mini spy camera (Amazon) with 7 lcd monitor up front by handlebars. ( A must-have for me because turning my head to check for traffic all the time is too difficult for me. and useful rearview mirrors just don’t exist for the bikes I’ve had.). (Simple RCA wiring skills are all that is needed.). 4) A basket on the Rear Rack for carrying stuff (Including a case with the rearview camera and 2 mini 4800mah 12volt/USB power supplies. one is a spare. (23 @. ebay). to power the camera and 7 monitor. Simple wiring.

I also added a Krytonite lock (mounted on rack, below basket) and a cheap front facing auto traffic camera to record my rides. (Plugs into USB port on the Elby headlight. Only works when the headlight is ON, but, I always ride with the headlight on anyway. for safety.). Really fun to play back some of the rides on the big screen when back at home. And, for night riding in the country I added two NightRyder lights. (The Elby lighting is perfect on city streets but not up to the task out in the boonies.) Also added 2 extra rechargeable Blitzu tail lights which are terrific (one on each side of the basket) which forms an eye-catching triangle with the Elby tail light.

I was 6’4 (shrunk up to about 6’2 now) and I weigh about 245 (ready to go) and I fit perfectly on this bike after making the basic initial adjustments to seat and handlebar height (and angle) so I don’t understand reviewers saying they are too big to get comfortable. Don’t know what that’s about. But, I do agree that this Elby has no suspension and is not designed for dirt/gravel roads or curb jumping. Don’t buy this bike if you won’t be using normal paved roads and trails.

(Note: The website for the wonderful tires on the Elby says recommended inflation is 51.5 to 62 p.s.i. Guess what: Running on the low side significantly cushions the ride. Running 35 to 40 p.s.i. really really softens the ride. Yeah, I know. increased rolling friction tire wear etc, etc. But I also know (from decades of riding) 40 p.s.i. on a semi-fat tire like the Elby’s will function perfectly well. and maybe even give you a little more grip. Try it once. Savor the smoothness of the ride compared to the rock-hard 62 p.s.i. You might be willing to give up a couple kilometers of battery range for the leap in ride comfort.)

I’m fortunate I live in a small (8,000 pop) town with great streets and miles of beautiful paved trails connecting with other small towns. If I’m in the mood I’ll make a midnight run (cornfields and/or highways on either side) to the next town 10 miles east. And, I might just keep going another 6 or 7 miles to the Michigan lakefront. I love it!

I must say I don’t get the range that a lot of reviewers say they get (even at 62 p.s.i. That’s probably because I outweigh them by a bunch, plus there are numerous hills, and (given my reduced physical stamina) i run 90% of the time in gear 8 or 9 (smallest cog. fastest speed) with the boost set to level 4 (i.e. MAX assist). Even so, I get a solid 12.15 mile full force run and can easily stretch the trip to 20 miles. And that’s actually a substantial bike ride for most people. (And then too. I really lucked out. I found a brand new Elby battery on ebay for 450! So, I wrap the extra battery in a bath towel and bungy cord it in my basket. Now I can run all day with no fear of ever getting stranded. Takes about 15 seconds to swap batteries. Note: A normal healthy person will never need a second/spare battery. I’ve only used mine twice.)

I’ve only gone 300 miles so far, but they have been flawless, fantastic miles. Okay, the front wheel did loosen up a little early on. All I had to do was loosen the quick-release lever, give it half a clockwise turn and relock the lever. Presto! Wheel bearings snug again. Very simple. No problems at all with the rear wheel tightness/bearings, motor, chain etc.

The smoothness of the power assist on this Elby is flat out amazing. This bike has been fine-tuned to the n’th degree. (All hail Elby/BionX!!) I just never get tired of running up and down all the badnews hills in our town where other bikes fear to tread. (Love the shocked stares from pedestrians. All part of the fun.) Plus, I can silently glide, effortlessly, for miles and miles through all the nooks and crannies of our town and countryside without creating any hint of a disturbance (as you would on a mtorcycle or convertible or whatever). All of a sudden Taco Bell pops in your head. But. its 2 miles in the wrong direction! NOT a problem. You are there in 6 minutes. No sweat

Normally I don’t use the throttle. But, should I reach my limit for the day I’ll say. Elby, take me home! I’ll throttle up then (but never when anyone’s looking).

Note: 1) You don’t want a wide-angle rear-view camera because it makes cars appear further away than they really are. Dangerous! (Stick with a 90° max camera.) 2) The mount/clamp I used for the 7 monitor is actually the mount that came with the Kryptoniite lock (17 at Walmart). didn’t need it for the lock so I clamped it to the handlebar post, inserted a long 1/4 bolt up through the clamp, with 5 /16 nuts as spacers, attached standard swivel mount to monitor and bolt. You want the monitor pointing directly toward your face. Used Velcro build-up on top edge of monitor and handlebar to cushion monitor. 3) If you want to go crazy and get the brightest outdoor rated monitor (Feelworld 7, 250. Do it. (Should help avoid most image washout conditions in bright light.) But, you will also need a little RCA to HDMI converter (USB powered) and a little black project box to hide it all in. I have all that stuff, but haven’t hooked it up as yet on the bike because 90% of the time performance on the cheap monitor is just fine. Plus, it is real easy to add a second camera to this cheap monitor and switch views/cameras with a touch of a button on the monitor. We will see. 4) Ref the rearview camera case. Velcro the batteries to sides of case. Don’t over-Velcro, just enough to hold in place and still be able to remove if needed. Also use Velcro straps to secure case to basket using slots on side of case. 5) Basket is attached to rack with 1mm black annodized wire. (Easy to work with.) 6) Read Комментарии и мнения владельцев, below, for more info.

Here are some Amazon numbers for accessories I used (type into Search box): B07568FY43, B01N7KQPJI, B01M64AQVQ, B01NAGIHJB.

5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Machine (a.k.a THE PUNISHER!) Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2019

I call my beautiful stealth-black Elby The Punisher! Of course, it doesn’t punish me. no, no, no! It punishes all the punks who try to keep up with this 74 year old (with heart failure, afib, and an ejection fraction of 10%. not kidding). They all fall by the wayside in exhausted heaps with puzzled looks on their faces. I am having a blast on this thing! (See the 7 pics in Customer Images)

I chose black because the other color combos seem to say There’s something geeky going on here! which is just fine for most (great colors!). but I didn’t want that. I wanted to keep them guessing. Have a little fun. And, it worked! Most people have no idea what’s really going on with this bike. Of course I further disguised (see pics) by covering the Elby logos with decals of flags, The Punisher, Molon Laabe, golden dragons, initials, favorite travel location stickers, etc, etc. Plus, I blacked out the metal plate on the battery cover using electrical tape to complete the overall monochrome look.

MUST HAVE ACCESSORIES: 1) Elby Rear Rack from the Electric Cyclery. (Expensive. 75 15 ship. but worth every penny. German made, highest quality, easy attachment.) 2) Giddy-up (Amazon) seat to replace the uncomfortable (for me) stock Elby seat. 3) Rear view (90°. you do NOT want a wide angle camera) mini spy camera (Amazon) with 7 lcd monitor up front by handlebars. ( A must-have for me because turning my head to check for traffic all the time is too difficult for me. and useful rearview mirrors just don’t exist for the bikes I’ve had.). (Simple RCA wiring skills are all that is needed.). 4) A basket on the Rear Rack for carrying stuff (Including a case with the rearview camera and 2 mini 4800mah 12volt/USB power supplies. one is a spare. (23 @. ebay). to power the camera and 7 monitor. Simple wiring.

I also added a Krytonite lock (mounted on rack, below basket) and a cheap front facing auto traffic camera to record my rides. (Plugs into USB port on the Elby headlight. Only works when the headlight is ON, but, I always ride with the headlight on anyway. for safety.). Really fun to play back some of the rides on the big screen when back at home. And, for night riding in the country I added two NightRyder lights. (The Elby lighting is perfect on city streets but not up to the task out in the boonies.) Also added 2 extra rechargeable Blitzu tail lights which are terrific (one on each side of the basket) which forms an eye-catching triangle with the Elby tail light.

I was 6’4 (shrunk up to about 6’2 now) and I weigh about 245 (ready to go) and I fit perfectly on this bike after making the basic initial adjustments to seat and handlebar height (and angle) so I don’t understand reviewers saying they are too big to get comfortable. Don’t know what that’s about. But, I do agree that this Elby has no suspension and is not designed for dirt/gravel roads or curb jumping. Don’t buy this bike if you won’t be using normal paved roads and trails.

(Note: The website for the wonderful tires on the Elby says recommended inflation is 51.5 to 62 p.s.i. Guess what: Running on the low side significantly cushions the ride. Running 35 to 40 p.s.i. really really softens the ride. Yeah, I know. increased rolling friction tire wear etc, etc. But I also know (from decades of riding) 40 p.s.i. on a semi-fat tire like the Elby’s will function perfectly well. and maybe even give you a little more grip. Try it once. Savor the smoothness of the ride compared to the rock-hard 62 p.s.i. You might be willing to give up a couple kilometers of battery range for the leap in ride comfort.)

I’m fortunate I live in a small (8,000 pop) town with great streets and miles of beautiful paved trails connecting with other small towns. If I’m in the mood I’ll make a midnight run (cornfields and/or highways on either side) to the next town 10 miles east. And, I might just keep going another 6 or 7 miles to the Michigan lakefront. I love it!

I must say I don’t get the range that a lot of reviewers say they get (even at 62 p.s.i. That’s probably because I outweigh them by a bunch, plus there are numerous hills, and (given my reduced physical stamina) i run 90% of the time in gear 8 or 9 (smallest cog. fastest speed) with the boost set to level 4 (i.e. MAX assist). Even so, I get a solid 12.15 mile full force run and can easily stretch the trip to 20 miles. And that’s actually a substantial bike ride for most people. (And then too. I really lucked out. I found a brand new Elby battery on ebay for 450! So, I wrap the extra battery in a bath towel and bungy cord it in my basket. Now I can run all day with no fear of ever getting stranded. Takes about 15 seconds to swap batteries. Note: A normal healthy person will never need a second/spare battery. I’ve only used mine twice.)

I’ve only gone 300 miles so far, but they have been flawless, fantastic miles. Okay, the front wheel did loosen up a little early on. All I had to do was loosen the quick-release lever, give it half a clockwise turn and relock the lever. Presto! Wheel bearings snug again. Very simple. No problems at all with the rear wheel tightness/bearings, motor, chain etc.

The smoothness of the power assist on this Elby is flat out amazing. This bike has been fine-tuned to the n’th degree. (All hail Elby/BionX!!) I just never get tired of running up and down all the badnews hills in our town where other bikes fear to tread. (Love the shocked stares from pedestrians. All part of the fun.) Plus, I can silently glide, effortlessly, for miles and miles through all the nooks and crannies of our town and countryside without creating any hint of a disturbance (as you would on a mtorcycle or convertible or whatever). All of a sudden Taco Bell pops in your head. But. its 2 miles in the wrong direction! NOT a problem. You are there in 6 minutes. No sweat

Normally I don’t use the throttle. But, should I reach my limit for the day I’ll say. Elby, take me home! I’ll throttle up then (but never when anyone’s looking).

Note: 1) You don’t want a wide-angle rear-view camera because it makes cars appear further away than they really are. Dangerous! (Stick with a 90° max camera.) 2) The mount/clamp I used for the 7 monitor is actually the mount that came with the Kryptoniite lock (17 at Walmart). didn’t need it for the lock so I clamped it to the handlebar post, inserted a long 1/4 bolt up through the clamp, with 5 /16 nuts as spacers, attached standard swivel mount to monitor and bolt. You want the monitor pointing directly toward your face. Used Velcro build-up on top edge of monitor and handlebar to cushion monitor. 3) If you want to go crazy and get the brightest outdoor rated monitor (Feelworld 7, 250. Do it. (Should help avoid most image washout conditions in bright light.) But, you will also need a little RCA to HDMI converter (USB powered) and a little black project box to hide it all in. I have all that stuff, but haven’t hooked it up as yet on the bike because 90% of the time performance on the cheap monitor is just fine. Plus, it is real easy to add a second camera to this cheap monitor and switch views/cameras with a touch of a button on the monitor. We will see. 4) Ref the rearview camera case. Velcro the batteries to sides of case. Don’t over-Velcro, just enough to hold in place and still be able to remove if needed. Also use Velcro straps to secure case to basket using slots on side of case. 5) Basket is attached to rack with 1mm black annodized wire. (Easy to work with.) 6) Read Комментарии и мнения владельцев, below, for more info.

Here are some Amazon numbers for accessories I used (type into Search box): B07568FY43, B01N7KQPJI, B01M64AQVQ, B01NAGIHJB.

Elby Is An Electric Bike, And This E-Bike Changed How I Saw Toronto.

I’ve always thought that I could be the kind of person who bikes everywhere.

I’d have a cute little basket up front to carry organic beets home from the market, and wear a Fjällräven Kånken backpack to tote my bathing suit to the gym.

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I’d have killer calves, no doubt, and would feel only mildly superior to car drivers for my reduced carbon footstep.

I’d petition passionately for more bike lanes and would of course always wear a helmet, and look adorable in it to boot.

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I could be this person, if only I didn’t live north of Davenport.

Biking as a midtown-living, downtown-loving Torontonian requires one to study maps with a keen understanding of topographical detail, as well as greater quadriceps power than I will ever have.

Going south is no problem. I’ll fly down Christie any day! But getting north is a drag, and the up-up-uphill journey up Oakwood is enough to make me long for my reliant little Elantra, which I have never had to shamefully push up a hill on foot.

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Elby is an electric bike, and Elby changed how I saw Toronto.

Before I tried Elby, I had wrongfully assumed that electric bikes were basically wimpy versions of a motorbike, a pitiful Vespa of sorts. But Elby is an actual bike. You have to actually pedal it, but with its four-power boosting settings, you have, well, more power, and no sweat.

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In one weekend, I gleefully pedalled over 60 km.

Much of that was powered solely by my breakfast burrito and my own legs, but when I needed a little help, Elby was there for me with a tap of a finger.

I no longer needed to plan out my attack for the uphill ride home, searching for the street with the gentlest incline.

In fact, you may have seen me: I was the girl giggling doing 30 kilometres-an-hour uphill toward St. Clair recently, and I may have been shouting “F% you Bathurst hill! I’m not scared of you anymore!”

Can you fall in love with a bike?

With an Elby, Michelle Denise makes short work of Toronto’s challenging hills.

I did … though, like all great loves, I eventually became acutely aware of Elby’s shortcomings.

For one, Elby is stunning. She catches peoples’ eyes, and I couldn’t go anywhere without hearing what a beauty she was. Like a jealous lover, I became suspicious of anyone admiring my girl — and was too scared to leave her unattended. Not that my lock could have fit around her anyway. And so, I had to become strategic once again, only riding where I knew I could bring her inside or keep a keen eye out for bike thieves.

Another problem was her heft: Elby is not a dainty ride. She’s heavy. Really heavy. Which wasn’t a problem while riding around, since she powers herself with grace, but schlepping her up my porch steps to the safety of my house was a pain in the ass: literally a pain in the ass, as it woke up my dormant sciatica.

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For me, Elby was a short-lived fling, on loan to me for one wild but not sweaty weekend.

I do think I would be willing to invest more in this relationship, and to be clear at around 4,000 Elby is an investment.

But can you put a price on health? Or the environment?

Or biking to work and not needing a shower?

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I will remember fondly our late night rides lit up by her powerful headlight, our trips way across the city that I never would have attempted on my fixie, and the throttle boost that let me make left turns into traffic with perhaps a little too much confidence.

I’m back on my old bike again these days, riding a little less and cursing at hills. I’m considering that maybe it’s me, not the bike?

Perhaps I’m just a midtown gal, an occasional biker only? Who could I have been, with Elby as my ride?

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Michelle Denise is an alias chosen by this Toronto healthcare professional, wife, mother and frustrated Toronto-area home owner. When not helping make her patients, or her kids feel better, Michelle and her husband drive through various urban neighbourhoods dreaming of homes (slightly bigger than their own) which they know they can’t afford. Watch Toronto Storeys for further updates from this ‘poor little rich home owner’.

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The New Elby Electric Bike [VIDEO]

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Elby is one of the latest new e-bike companies to make a splash in the e-bike world but they have an interesting background with BionX and the automotive industry.

This new Elby electric bike is a stylish step thru that has a well thought out design and accessory selection.

The step thru frame makes for an easy get on and go ride and the 48V 11.6ah (555 Wh) lithium battery is mounted low and centered to provide for good handling.

The BionX D Series 500 watt direct drive rear hub motor is spec’ed on the Elby along with the new BionX color display and RC3 remote control pad.

New BionX RC3 handlebar remote control pad for adjusting the pedal assist, throttle, lights, and monitoring the battery level.

The Elby has the option of smartphone integration (iPhone) with an app for additional functionality and control, including navigation. The smartphone takes the place of the BionX color display.

Elby states that the bike will get 80 to 90 miles of range with the 555 watt hour battery. That seems pretty ambitious but it might be possible on the lowest assist setting with a fair bit of pedaling.

Like all BionX equipped bikes the Elby has 4 regenerative modes to recharge the battery when braking or if you want a really hard work out! The regen modes turn the motor into a generator of electricity where your pedal power recharges the battery.

The Elby keeps things simple and clean with an enclosed single speed drivetrain. Magura hydraulic brakes slow the Elby down.

The Elby is priced at 3,699. Here’s a quick video of this new e-bike:

The Elby comes equipped with a lot of nice accessories to make getting around town very easy. Front and rear Super Nova lights, aluminum fenders, rear rack built into the rear fender, lock built into the seatpost, USB charge port, etc.

Here’s a look at the different colors that the Elby comes in:

Elby is a new electric bike company on the scene but it’s founders are veterans in the transportation industry.

Elby’s founders, Frank Stronach and Fred Gingl, have a long history in the auto industry. Stronach founded Magna International, an auto parts manufacturer that has also built complete cars for Aston Martin, Porsche, BMW and Mini. Magna has also been involved with BionX International.

“I’ve always thought the shortest distance between two points is boring,” says Stronach. “Fred and I have long shared a passion for stylish, efficient transportation and the inherent simplicity, versatility, and pure joy of riding a bicycle. With Elby, we wanted to marry that joy with a modern sophisticated design with fully integrated technology and category leading range that’s incredibly easy for anyone to ride,” adds Stronach.

“We looked at Elby as a way to infuse the automobile industry’s level of design and systems integration into a very modern hybrid bike,” says Gingl.

The Elby is priced at 3,699. It will be available through local dealers and available through the Elby website.

Stay tuned for more e-bike news!

P.S. Don’t forget to join the Electric Bike Report community for updates from the electric bike world, plus ebike riding and maintenance tips!

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The Elby e-bike will blow you away for 90 miles

When it comes to ground transportation, you pretty much know the options: Walk, bike or drive. Each offers a different balance of speed, exercise, cost, comfort and pollution.

You could argue, though, that there’s room for another mode, one that fills in an important empty spot on that spectrum: the electric bike.

The electric motor on an e-bike basically amplifies the power of each pedal stroke, making easy work of hills and headwinds, getting you going faster, and giving you the chance to rest occasionally.

Legally, an e-bike is a bicycle. So unlike a motorcycle, you don’t need a license, don’t have to be 16, don’t have to register it, don’t have to fuss with a bunch of laws. (Also unlike a motorcycle, you’re supposed to pedal most of the time.)

The good e-bikes seem surprisingly expensive — in the 3,500 range — until you consider how often you can commute or do errands on these things. Plenty of people can get away with an e-bike instead of a car (or instead of two 2.75 bus rides every day). And, of course, you never have to pay for gas. You sail past traffic jams, and you never have to hunt for (or pay for) parking.

OK. Now that you’ve had a crash course in the Fourth Great Mode of Land Transport, it’s time to introduce you to the Elby. It’s a 3,700 e-bike, shipping in September, that’s billed as “the world’s first one-size-fits-most pedal assist hybrid bicycle that’s attractive, intuitive, versatile and confidence inspiring.”

The world’s first what?

When pressed, Elby’s spokesperson refined that statement enough for me to assess.

First, integration. Many e-bikes are just regular bikes with motors and batteries bolted on. The Elby bike, though, was designed all at once, around a weather-sealed propulsion system (battery, motor, controls, screen) from a company called BionX (pronounced “bionics”). No other bike, according to Elby, was designed with the BionX system so smoothly integrated into the bike.

Second, the Elby’s power and range are better than other bikes in its price class, as you can see here:

And the Elby? 500 watts, and a 90-mile range.

Keep in mind that e-bike range figures are notoriously waffly. Obviously, you’ll get more range the less you use the motor. So “90 miles” is the Elby’s maximum — when you pedal “over gentle terrain with a moderate level of assist,” the company says. Hills, wind and using the motor at top power continuously give you much shorter range.

Here’s what’s cool about the BionX motor, though: It’s got regenerative braking, just like a Prius or another hybrid car. That is, you can actually recharge the battery when you’re coasting, extending it by (Elby says) 15% or so.

Riding the Elby

OK, so the Elby has more power, greater range, and more unified design than its high-end rivals. Looks great on paper. How is it to ride?

The power kicks in as soon as you begin to pedal — smoothly, firmly, easily, silently — and you start whooshing forward with an unexpected speed and grace. You feel like you’ve got thigh muscles the size of redwood trees. It is fantastic.

I would give anything to have a montage of people’s exclamations as they ride this thing for the first time. Friends, family, neighbors, our Yahoo film crew — everybody gets a turn, and everybody goes, “Oh my GOD!” or “Oh MAN!” or “Holy !” Everybody.

The sensation reminds me of your dad’s hand on your back when you first learned to ride your bike: a controlled, steady, affectionate boost forward. I wish you could try it. You may suddenly be more inclined to forgive the 3,700 price tag.

Many e-bikes deliver power either when you pedal or when you press an accelerator button. The Elby does either. That is, when you’re tired of pedaling, you can press a thumb throttle on the right handlebar to deliver juice to the motor.

Also on that handlebar: and – buttons. The button cycles through four levels of push; use more when you want to go faster (or the hill is higher). The – button cycles through four levels of regenerative braking. Use more when you’re going down a steep hill, to slow down the bike and convert its momentum back into battery charge.

Those buttons are the least satisfying part of the Elby. What’s the relationship between these different motor gears and the bike’s actual gears? When should you use what?

Also: To cycle through all the way from the top-acceleration mode to the top-regeneration mode — for example, when you crest a big hill — you have to press the – button a total of eight times, which feels pretty clumsy.

(By the way: I asked where the name Elby comes from. Whose initials are “L.B.”? Nobody’s — it’s short for ELectric BYcycle. Doh!)

A loaded e-bike

For 3,700, you’d better get a really tricked-out vehicle — and you do. It’s rain-proof and built like a tank, warrantied for three years; the motor and battery need no maintenance at all. And it comes with:

  • Nine gears. You can ride the Elby perfectly well even when the battery’s totally dead; it’s just a bike. (A single-speed version is also available, for 200 less.)
  • Front and back LED lights. Really, really bright, clear lights up front; red taillights. A switch on the handlebar turns them on and off.
  • Hydraulic brakes. Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, to be precise.
  • Heavy-duty kickstand. Also rails for installing panniers (saddle bags).
  • Color screen. The bike computer is wireless and easy to twist on and off a post at the center of the handlebars. A button on the right handlebar controls what statistics it shows: odometer, speed and so on.
  • Smartphone options. What’s cool, though, is that you can replace that little screen with your smartphone, running an Elby app. (The bike comes with an adhesive mounting disk for the back of your phone.) The app can show you a lot more details about your rides, including navigation and a history of your rides. It communicates with the bike by Bluetooth.
  • A USB charging jack. Yeah, that’s right: This bike can recharge your phone as you ride. Where do I sign!?
  • A dinger bell. The battery on this thing is worth special note. It’s an oddball shape, sculpted to fit neatly into a compartment beneath the main foot deck, which pops right off. (This 8-pound battery is down low on the frame, which keeps the center of gravity low for stability.)

You need a key to get the battery out; wouldn’t want thugs stealing your battery, now, would you?

You can recharge the battery either in the bike (for example, in your garage at night) or out of it. For example, to recharge it while you’re at work, you unlock it, grab its handle, lift it out, and bring it up to your desk to plug in. The battery takes five hours for a full charge, and is expected to last 2 to 3 years if you ride every day, or 3 to 5 years if you don’t.

Reasons for pause

There’s no question that the Elby fulfills its mission, as defined by the two Austrian car-company veterans who came out of retirement to create it. It makes biking cities and suburbs more practical, more desirable, more pleasant. As many e-bike owners can attest, an e-bike means that you can commute to work and arrive not sweaty.

Even so, the joy isn’t entirely without its asterisks.

The big one is the weight. This bike weighs 50 pounds. You really don’t want to haul it up to your third-story walkup apartment every day.

The styling, as you’ve probably noticed, isn’t exactly Tour de France. It’s available in black, white, blue, gray or orange, but they all look like the bikes people ride to the market in Europe — more Schwinn than Ferrari. (It is nice that it has a step-through frame; there’s no horizontal bar to make life difficult if you’re wearing a skirt, a dress or a tuxedo.)

The front wheel has a quick-release lever, but not the back one. And you have to use an Allen wrench to adjust the seat; there’s no quick-adjust lever, as you’d find on friendlier bikes. Since everyone within miles is going to want a turn riding the Elby, that seat-adjustment business will get old fast.

Finally, the top speed of this bike’s motor is 20 mph. (Rival bikes can go up to, for example, 28 mph.) Once you hit 20 mph, you feel a weird damping, as though a ghost is holding you back. You can pedal the bike faster, pushing through that threshold, especially when going downhill — but it feels as though the bike really doesn’t want you to go any faster. (The company says you’re just feeling the difference between the electric push and your manual pedaling.)

A little push

Even so, the Elby is a joy. You can’t wait to get back on it and feel the wind rushing by.

An e-bike sits on its own special place on the spectrum of transport: Like a bike, it makes you part of your environment, giving you a sense of really experiencing your surroundings. But like a car, it gets you where you’re going faster, and helps you out when you need it.

Later in the summer, I plan to review a wide range of e-bikes — thank you, Elby, for getting me excited about the category. But it’s already clear that in the tournaments of design integration, power (500 watts), and range (“90 miles”), the Elby is already a winner.

David Pogue is the founder of Yahoo Tech; here’s how to get his columns by email. On the Web, he’s davidpogue.com. On. he’s @pogue. On email, he’s poguester@yahoo.com. He welcomes non-toxic Комментарии и мнения владельцев in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев below.

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