Internet Direct -- not so Rad?
Be wary of good deals on crowd funded projects as we have seen many of these companies go out of business quickly and the customer is left with a bike they cannot source parts for when things go wrong.
If you're considering an internet direct purchase, please give us a chance to source a comparable bike for you. Many bikes will boast powerful or valued features, but have lower quality components on things that matter in the long run.
We have spent countless hours researching, riding, testing, and working on bikes from each brand we carry and are confident in our selection and partnered manufacturers.
What do you get from us?
"Direct Drive hubs with regenerative braking"
Customers ask us all the time: "Do you have bikes with regenerative braking?"
No. We don't feel it's efficient or practical on an electric bike. For an average 30 miles per charge on a ride, 5% recapture of that is 1.5 miles. Is it really worth the additional weight and the resistance of pedaling a Direct Drive Motor to gain just a mile and a half? We don't think so.
What a drag!
Regenerative brakes require a heavy, physically larger (not so stealthy!) direct drive motor. This is going to have an effect on your battery range. Also, direct drive motors don’t offer a freewheeling mechanism that insulates the rider from the motor. That’s okay if your battery has a charge, but if it runs out not only do you need to move yourself and the bike, but you also need to push against the resistance of the motor. Get ready for some hard pedaling!