From the editor
Welcome to the second edition of Electric Bike magazine!
Winter is a tough time for electric cycling. As well as the weather being a challenge for the rider, the rain, snow and slush are a test of any bike’s reliability. Today’s battery technology also performs less well at lower temperatures, reducing power and range. We put all four of this issue’s review bikes to work in all weathers through the winter, and I hope you enjoy reading all about how they coped in our reviews. Even if it’s cold outside, powering along in the fresh air on an electric bike is still a fine way to travel!
Winter is also a productive time for manufacturers and suppliers, as they ready their ranges for the upcoming cycling season. We report from the Eurobike show in Germany, bringing you a glimpse into the new technology coming soon to bikes you can buy.
This year looks to be a good one for electric cycling: the technology is maturing and ever more major companies are producing quality bikes with professional backup. Over 40,000 ‘reads’ of the free online edition of last issue’s Electric Bike also show there’s masses of interest and pent-up demand.
Here’s to enjoyable, safe, electric cycling in 2011!
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Editor/Publisher: Peter Eland Art Director: Brian Holt Web Programmer: Simon Ward Editorial Assistant: Sue Archer Photo Assistant: Debz Butterworth Printer: Stephens & George Magazines Ltd Cover photo: Peter Eland
4 News All the latest from the electric bike world.
6 Reality check Is an electric bike for you? What the ads don’t tell you…
8 Review: Wisper 906 Alpino
12 Review: Gazelle Orange Pure Innergy
18 Review: Juicy Bike Sport 2011
22 Review: Kalkhoff Pro Connect Disc
26 Electric Eurobike All of the upcoming technology from Europe’s largest trade show
30 Dealer locator Find your nearest electric bike dealer and see what they stock.
32 How to subscribe Get Electric Bike delivered to your door, and check out our sister publication Velo Vision…
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