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Jim Turner has been in the e-bike trenches longer than anybody in America, and along with a variety of his motor patents, he has created a unique, three-model line of Optibikes, which are the result of years of design and testing.
What the plain-look-ing Stromer ST1 lacks
in style, it more than
makes up for in performance and durability.
Stromer released an
ST2 this year, which
has already racked up a
variety of awards for the
Swiss brand. The ST1
Platinum was a lot of
bike for the $3999 price.
No history of the
American e-bike industry would be complete
without a chapter on Dan
Hanebrink. Dan has spent
his entire life designing
and building some of the
wildest motorized creations ever seen, and his
balloon-tired e-bikes have
a look all their own.
Despite the mad rush by so many big-name bike brands, one
of the main attractions of the e-bike industry remains the many
“small-guy” tinkerer types who have their own ideas about creating the perfect bike. This XtraCycle cargo bike used a hub motor
in a mid-drive design to act as a family hauler.
Unlike our ;rst “man versus machine” test (in issue one) that took place on
the pavement and ended as a draw, when we decided to try a dirt version, it
was no contest. The Joe Blow on the Easy Motion e-bike smoked our resident
pro on his Pivot cyclocross bike.