Lost 10 Pounds and Sleeping Like a Baby

Overall, I am very pleased with my Optibike Pioneer Allroad.  This electric  bicycle is well built, and very sturdy.  Performance lives up to all of the marketing information.

The first two weeks I didn’t ride very far, as I was still getting familiar with the bicycle.  However, in the last 5 weeks, I have averaged more than 100 miles a week.  I typically ride 5 days a week along a paved 21 mile nature route.  Before purchasing this bike, I struggled to ride my Raleigh about 4 miles a day.  But this bike is a joy to ride!

David with his Allroad

David with his Allroad

Bottom line – I’ve lost 10+ pounds in the last 4 weeks!  Also, I sleep like a baby every night.  I used to have lower back pain (from a bulging disk), which kept me from riding more than 25 minutes a day.  The Pioneer is so comfortable that I can easily ride for about 80 minutes – no problem.  The battery range is more than adequate for my needs.

The speed is amazing.  I can easily cruise (pedaling) at 18 mph, and I have passed cyclists on racing bikes at 23 mph.  The look on their faces was priceless.  The disk brakes have good stopping power.  No rattling parts.  Just a well designed, and a well constructed bicycle.

Now, I’m looking forward to losing the next 10 pounds.  Thanks for selling a great bike.

Dave M.

New Stiffer SIMBB Frame and Bigger Battery

The new SIMBB 29R electric bike frame just passed the rigorous Gates Belt Drive test for stiffness. The new frame is 38% stiffer than required by Gates and Rohloff Speed Hub to use the Gates belt drive with Rohloff. The stiffness test is done to insure the belt does not jump cogs during acceleration.

The extra stiffness is important with the SIMBB, as the SIMBB has 2.5 times the torque of the Bosch unit. This added torque gives higher acceleration but can also flex the frame more. So it is good that the new SIMBB frame is stiffer.

Gates Belt Drive

Gates Belt Drive

There have been other improvements to the SIMBB. It now has a 37 volt 15.5 amp hr battery (Up from 13 am hr). It also features a pedalec control.

There is also a “Bike Path” mode, where the speed is limited to 15mph, so you do not have to worry about going to fast on the bike paths.

The SIMBB just keeps getting stronger. It has more energy in the battery, more torque and power in the motor and is also packaged in a sleek module for low center of gravity and great handling. In the whole electric bike market, there is nothing like a SIMBB.

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SIMBB 29R with Rohloff and Gates Belt Drive




What To Look For In An Electric Bike: Electric Bicycle Brands

Congratulations! You’re in the market for an electric bicycle and on board with the full range of health, environmental, and economic benefits that riding an eBike provide. You’ve thoroughly researched the variety of electric bikes available to suit your personal needs, and are up to speed on the latest advancements in electric motorized bike technology. Your final purchasing decision now comes down to choosing between the numerous manufacturers and brand names of today’s eBikes. Many are surprised at the variety of options available to them, with each touting a unique set of specifications and performance features. At Optibike’s design and manufacturing center in Boulder, Colorado, we want to further assist you in perhaps the most important buying decision. In this, our last blog installment based upon Optibike founder Jim Turner’s “Electric Bike Book”, we provide a brief overview of electric bike brands found in dealerships, online, and through big box stores.

Throughout the US, electric bicycle sales are at an all-time high, and the distribution chain has kept pace with start up companies leading the charge in this “green transportation” revolution. One would naturally assume that the large brands of traditional bicycle makers have evolved to become market leaders among manufacturers of eBikes, but that isn’t the case. There has actually been some resistance among these companies to enter the motorized bicycle arena. Schwinn, Trek, and Specialized are an exception however, with each offering rear hub, electric drive models. Overseas, where electric bicycles have garnered more popularity, big brands such as Derby and others sell eBikes, but they are often designed and manufactured to Asian and European specifications. In China for example, there are hundreds of companies churning out about 20 million units a year for export to European, Asian, and US markets. As the old adage goes, “you get what you pay for”, and these models make up a large portion of online and big-box retailing.EPSON MFP image

Instead, a select number of startup companies are your best bet in terms of quality, selection and customer service. Today, there are boutique manufacturers, such as Optibike, offering a wide variety of the best electric bikes to be found. The majority of electric bicyclebrands follow the same production process. They typically manufacture their own frame, then outfit it with the necessary components: electric drives, batteries, brakes, derailers, cranks, wheels, etc. The Optibike advantage relies instead on the incorporation of exclusive, patented technology. Our mid-drive motor, the Motorized Bottom Bracket, is capable of 1,000 watts of power. We design and build design our own Lithium-Ion batteries, power control systems, custom frames, and more, all in the USA.

Among electric bicycle brands, the choices are numerous. Optibike proudly manufactures the longestrange electric bike, and the fastest electric bicycle on the market. Want to learn even more about the basics of eBike technology their full potential? Download our free eBook, or Contact Optibike today. Missed any of our blog posts on What to Look For in an Electric Bike? Click here to read more about our electric bikes and how to be better prepared when you purchase your e-bike.

What To Look For In An Electric Bike: The True Cost Of Driving an eBike

Look around you. Technology today is reinventing itself at an ever-increasing pace, but a lot of this change has come at a cost to the environment. As a result, we are now experiencing what has been coined as a much needed “green revolution”. Alternative fuels and energy efficiency are now in vogue. Perhaps the biggest hot button topic is our over reliance on gasoline as a means of feeding our transportation needs. Over the last decade however, we have made progress in the right direction . Gas/electric hybrids, all electric, flex fuel, natural gas, and biodiesel are now less expensive alternatives and slowly making their mark on the automobile market. But what if there were a way to truly affect change by getting you out of your car entirely, get exercise, and save money on fuel costs? Welcome to the world of electric bicycles, and the benefits of eBike technology. Continue reading

What To Look For In An E-Bike: Other Purchasing Considerations

There is a motorized bicycle revolution taking place around the world, and today, it is found in the form of the once ubiquitous electric bike. Hi-tech, environmentally friendly, and modern, electric bicycles have truly come of age in Western Europe and America, replacing the old electric-assist conversion kits many of us grew up with. The market is now filled with a variety of motorized bicycles for sale; from torque-assisted to throttle-assisted, from on-road to off-road, from the economical to luxury models. As a result, the purchasing decisions have become more complex. To assist with this, Optibike offers another post in a series based upon “The Electric Bike Book”. After sharing some initial purchasing considerations, and referencing where to buy your ebike, we want to leave you with a few other important factors worth scrutinizing before pulling out the credit card or checkbook.

Whether your electric bicycle is purchased through an independent dealer, a box store, e bikeonline or factory direct, the following is a partial list of questions you need to be asking yourself before making any purchasing decisions:

Consider your budget, cost allowances, and if any financing is available.

  • Modern e-bikes encompass a wide range of pricing options; from economical and simple conversion kits with hub-drives, to pedalecs, on up to mid-drive, throttle-assisted luxury models. There are many electric bikes for sale to fit any budget. Check into any available financing options, you might be surprised. Many factory direct dealers, such as Optibike, even offer deeply discounted refurbished models. Optibike is also the only one of its kind to offer the widest selection of bikes by performance and price. See our full list of e bikes here.

Factor in the ease of maintenance, and the availability of qualified ebike technicians near you.

  • With a big box retailer, or an online purchase, your service options may be limited. By purchasing through an independent dealer, or factory direct, you have access to their service departments. Optibike’s in-house electric bike service department works with owners and bike shops around the world if you are in need of service, parts or repairs.

Educate yourself about what sort of warranty is available on your ebike purchase.

And finally, take a good look at the e-bike technology behind the frame, suspension, wheels, brakes and other components making up the electric bike you’re interested in. They should be produced by known and trusted manufacturers. You should also take the time to research where your ebike is designed, manufactured, and its country or origin. Again, the old adage applies here, you get what you pay for. Be on the lookout for knockoff components. We want to wish you the best of luck in making your purchase, and enjoy the freedom that only electric bikes offer the rider.

Want to learn even more about the electric bike revolution? Jim Turner, President at Optibike, has authored an informative and entertaining look at the rapidly expanding world of electric bicycles. Get your free copy of the eBook today.


90 Day Love It Or Return It E-Bike Guarantee-Real World Examples

Optibike’s 90 day love it or return it e-bike guarantee provides our customers the confidence and certainty that they are making the right choice for purchasing the perfect electric bike. We are highly confident everyone will absolutely love our Optibikes and it will change your life. Sometimes we are wrong and we do get a few people to return their Optibikes for a full refund or return it for another Optibike electric bike model.

Here are 3 real world examples of Optibike customers who have taken advantage of the 90 day love it or return it guarantee

1. Dennis F. in Palm Springs California purchased the R8 All Around Electric Bicycle and returned it for a full refund after 2 weeks because he decided he didn’t want an electric bike and a conventional mountain bike works just fine for him.

2. Andrew R. in Maryland purchased a R8 All Around Electric Bike and noticed it he needed more power for his type of riding. So, Andrew traded in his R8 for an R11 Electric Mountain Bike to better match his needs for speed and power.

3. Sam J. in Maryland purchased an R11 and it was way too fast and powerful for him. So, Sam traded in his R11 for an R8 All Around E-Bike to enjoy more leisure riding around town and still get a great workout with some fun and adventure.

Womens R8 Electric BikeWe believe it is important for you to have a full 90 days to ensure the Optibike is the perfect electric bike experience for you and changes your life for the better. We feel giving you 90 days instead of a 15 minute to 1 hour test ride is enough time to decide if it changes your life. If you don’t absolutely love your Optibike after 90 days of riding, return it for a full refund no questions asked.

The 90 day love it or return it guarantee eliminates your risk in making a bad purchasing decision, provides you more peace of mind and confidence to purchase and gives you an opportunity to change your life with an increase in fitness, happiness, joy and overall good times.

We are proud to announce that we have under 10 returns since we have been in business since 2006. Check out what some of our customers are saying about the best electric bike on the market.