53 Electric Bicycle Exhibitors Show Their Wares at 2013 Interbike Show
LAS VEGAS, Nev. No fewer than 53 companies showed off electric bikes this week at Interbike 2013, North America’s annual bike industry tradeshow, and that’s not even taking into account exhibitors who didn’t exclusively categorize themselves as e-bike companies.
The range of e-bikes now includes full suspension 29ers, classic cruisers, folding bikes, and rare but questionable prototypes (what is the world going to do with an electric downhill bike?) Or, if a full rig isn’t a budget line item just yet, you can electrify an existing bike with one of the many available retrofit systems being shown here in Las Vegas. To keep up with the growing interest, e-bike technology has been evolving to yield ever-more sophisticated batteries and drivetrain systems.
Once a curiosity, e-bikes are rapidly becoming the solution to high gas prices, traffic congestion, and hauling heavy loads like groceries, tools, and even people. E-bikes are just getting started here in North America, what’s below are just a few examples of what’s out there.
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