Seattle E-Bike with Microsoft for Earth Day!

Seattle E-Bike, the sole Washington Dealer for Brammo Electric Motorcycles, has been invited to attend the E-Vehicle exhibition at the Earth Day celebration on the Microsoft campus!  We will be with Brammo, Tesla, Nissan represented by the Leaf, and General Motors by Volt.  Extensive information on our new Brammo Electric Motorcycles will be available on our website in the next several days. In the meantime, have a look at one of our newest and greatest additions to our new location:

Brammo Empulse R

Brammo Empulse R's in action

Enertia Plus, Crater Lake, OR

 

Hope this gives folks an idea of ways to become more eco-friendly in their lifestyles, with just a small assist to a thrill-fulfilling rocket-like ride. We sell them all.

 

Have a great weekend!

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Next Stop: DUNEFEST

Hello fellow bike riders,

So far, this past summer has been a fantastic year for our business, thanks partly to our beautiful Seattle summer weather. For those that have supported us, we can't thank you enough and hope you are enjoying your summer rides as much as we are!  We've listened to your feedback and we are taking big leaps in the evolution of our company. Please stay tuned for future updates! 

On to our most recent event coming up this week: DUNEFEST!  This will be our first year participating in this event, located on the Oregon coast, and we are going in with a bang.  We are proud to be one of the sponsors of the event so if you are planning on attending please don't hesitate to stop by our booth!

Here are a few reasons why:

- Fat Bikes. Fat Bikes. Fat Bikes. We will have an enormous inventory of fat bikes to choose from, including standard fats, electric fats for regulated roads and high-speed, high-torque off-roading. Don't forget to bring the kids over as well because the newly-released Fat Sand bikes for kids will be debuted at our booth as well! We will also have some of our popularly-sold electric models at the event to broaden e-bike use outside of the dirty, off-road tracks.

-The AMP by Epic Electric Vehicles.

This 4-wheeled beast is your ultimate off-road companion! With 40 kilowatts (that's 54 horse power!!) equipped with the ultra-durable Fox shocks, this all-terrain machine can take you at speeds of 45+ miles per hour and up to 50 miles on a single charge.  There really is not any kind of terrain that you can't go on with this rig.  We are more than thrilled to be debuting the AMP at a couldn't-be-more-fitting festival and we highly suggest you come by our station to see the hype with your own eyes yourself!

 

-Our OWN TRACK for free test rides! That is right. You heard it. We will be allowing inquiring folks to take a spin with our bikes.  Seriously, what more could you ask for? A little bit of dirt and effortlessly silent acceleration on a beautiful track will be all you need to justify coming out to DuneFest and stopping by to speak with some of the wisest people in the biz.

 

Need we say more? Come get dirty with us and learn more about our products first-hand and get some more adventure in your life! Tis' the season! 

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Introducing Seattle E-Bike's New Chief Mechanic and $50 Spring Tune-Up Special

Introducing Seattle E-Bike’s Chief Mechanic Sawyer Hoverter!


We are thrilled to announce that we have a new highly skilled and very experienced Chief Mechanic! Sawyer comes to us with a decade of bike mechanic experience on every kind of bike (traditional and electric) from the dirtiest of commuters to the shiniest of racing machines, from cargo bikes of all kinds to BMX bikes. He is also experienced with Shimano Nexus, Alfine and all of the internal gear systems, like those on our Fat Bikes. 

Sawyer performed over 1000 tune-ups a year for five years as an apprentice and then mechanic at Aaron’s Bicycle Repair in West Seattle. He also was a mechanic for two years at Georgetown’s Bike So Good and at Cycle University’s training facility. In addition, Sawyer served as Operations Manager at a large BMW motorcycle shop, so he brings years of organizational and administrative experience to Seattle E-Bike as well as his mechanical expertise. A lifelong Northwest native, Sawyer graduated from the University of Washington where he was on the rowing team and majored in Fine Arts.
 
Sawyer is transforming our repair shop! He is so competent and skilled; we are all breathing easier knowing he’s there to support our customers and their bikes. We encourage you to bring your bike in and have him take a look. He’s here Tuesday-Saturday. Call (206) 344-800 or email info@electricbikeseattle.com to schedule your tune-up or repair appointment today!


 Sawyer shows how surprisingly light our Fat Bikes are!

Spring $50 Tune-Up Special 

Bring your bike in between now and the end of May for our introductory Spring Tune Special which includes:

  • Safety check. We’ll perform a detailed inspection of the frame, components, and the bits holding everything together. All fasteners will be torqued to proper specification.
  • Minor wheel truing. The wheels are what make your bicycle what it is, so keeping them in good shape (round) is a top priority.
  • Drivetrain cleaning and lubrication. We will wash the chain, gears, front and rear derailleurs, then re-lubricate everything with a powerful anti-squeak fluid.
  • Shifting adjustments. From Sturmey to Campy, if the gear changes can be improved, we can do it. Shimano, SRAM, Suntour, Bendix, those too.
  • ​Brake adjustments. If your bike has brakes we will make them work as well as possible. No anti-squeak fluid here, just a good mechanical set-up.
Labor for this service would normally be $75+. For the spring special we are charging $50 for labor, and any parts or additional services are extra. Depending on the reaction to this special tune-up deal, wait time may be up to a week. We will do our best to return your bike in a day or two. 


Prodeco 2013s available!
We are getting some Prodeco 2013s in stock at the store and we can also order them for you relatively quickly. Check out this sleek White Stride! 




As always, we love to hear from you! Please send us your pictures, ideas, comments, and stories. Stop in any time! 


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Seattle E-Bike Featured in NW Cyclist Magazine!

Check it out! Seattle E-Bike is featured in the current NWCyclist Magazine cover story! Read more below about how E-Bikes are gaining popularity in the hilly Northwest. We wanted to share the great news with you, as you are part of helping us get there!

Read the article in full below or on the OutdoorsNW website:
http://outdoorsnw.com/2013/e-bikes-hill-flattening-roadsters-coming-into-their-own/

Story and Photos by Hilary Meyerson

Photo at right: Seattle E-Bike in Pioneer Square.

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Quick—what’s the best-selling electric vehicle in the world? It’s not a car—it’s a bicycle. Welcome to the future.

E-bikes look like regular bikes, but have a battery pack for an extra assist. You still have to pedal, but you can commute to work without needing to take a shower. They are not a new concept, though early models were ugly and batteries had very short lives.

In recent years, with improved battery technology and lots of research and development, these hill-flattening roadsters are coming into their own.

While the vast majority of e-bikes, or electric assist bikes, are sold in Europe and Asia, many people feel that the North American market is about to tip. At last year’s Interbike show, exhibitors showing e-bikes more than doubled.

Nowhere might this trend be more evident than in the Northwest. Portland is probably the hub of e-bike life, while Seattle isn’t far behind. In fact, it’s Seattle’s unique hilly topography that makes it perfect for an e-bike, according to Brian Nordwall, owner of Seattle E-Bike in Pioneer Square.

Owner Brian Nordwall of Seattle E-Bike in his Pioneer Square store.

Nordwall explains that you can’t build a road now more than eight degrees in slope. Madison, near Nordwall’s store, is a 12-degree slope. Virginia Street, from Pike Place Market, is 17 degrees. (At 20 degrees, city planners have to go with stairs, like a few locations in Queen Anne, Capitol Hill or West Seattle).

Electric bikes make these a breeze without breaking a sweat, which makes the bike a truly feasible transportation option for those who might not otherwise climb those hills, or don’t want to grind out that exercise in their work clothes.

“Even if you’re a 60-year-old man in mediocre shape, like me, you can do it,” says Nordwall. “It’s the hill flattener.”

Nordwall is particularly fond of the electric fat bikes, the electric version of the balloon-tired mountain bikes taking snowy and sandy destinations by storm.

“They are fantastic urban warriors. The one we’re making for the police will go up the Harbor Steps. Easily.”

Portland study

As is often the case, Portland is a pioneer in bicycle progress—this time with e-bikes. John MacArthur, Sustainable

Transportation Manager for Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC) at Portland State University is leading a study to see how e-bikes can be integrated into a sustainable transportation system. The study is partially funded by a grant from Drive Oregon.

The study will take 30 e-bikes and give them out to four different groups of users: folks who don’t participate in biking, for real or perceived barriers; women, over 55 years old; people who commute more than five miles a day, where they feel topography is too challenging; and to those might have some kind of physical impairment, like a bad knee Downtown areas that have scarce and expensive parking and transportation costs are key markets for e-bikes.

“Our main interest was getting feedback from that demographic of folks, and does it work?” asks MacArthur. “Does it expand our mobility options for folks? We’d like to encourage people to do more active transportation. Does the electric bike help these transportation goals? This is really exploratory testing.”

A local company, Conscious Commuter, will be donating the bike and using the study for market research.

Does MacArthur have predictions? Not yet, but he’s seeing more being used around town each day.

“I think there is a huge opportunity in the market,” he says.

Surprise market

While many thought that the e-bikes would be appealing to those who are already cycling, there has been a surprising advent of several niche markets. E-bikes come in so many varieties, from fat bike to folding bike, and the folding variety has proven very popular with boaters and small plane owners. It’s a great mode of transportation for those who have limited space.

Imagine this: you pull your boat up to a small marina but want to head into the bigger town nearby for supplies. Unfold your e-bike and zip away. Or if you’ve landed your small plane on a remote island airfield and you’d like to spend the day touring the quaint towns or scenery that’s farther than walking distance. An e-bike opens up possibilities for many travelers.

The wave of the future?

Only time will tell if e-bikes have finally reached the tipping point here in the Northwest. There are still purists who feel they are not real bikes if they are not being powered by 100 percent pedal action. However, still others feel that anything that gets more people pedaling, is a good thing. There are no points awarded for driving your car up one of Seattle’s steep hills; pedaling at all is a step in the right direction for your health and for the environment.

Regardless of your predisposition, e-bikes are worth another look. They aren’t going away, and you might be the next rider zipping by other riders without even breaking a sweat.

Hilary Meyerson is the editor of NW Cyclist and Outdoors NW and could use some help on the hills.


Seattle Bike Expo Loves Mikaela and our Fat E-Bike 





With our feature in the NWCyclist magazine and our presence at the Seattle Expo that occurred recently, we are definitely getting the buzz spreading out about Seattle E-Bike!
Sales Manager Mikaela Bird had a great time showing off our Electric Fat Bike at the Seattle Bike Expo last week. We were definitely the only shop to show a Fat Tire Bike in the whole show, never mind an electric version. You’ve got to come give them a twirl—the wide tires make for an unbelievably smooth ride over all kinds of surfaces from city streets to snowy mountains to sandy beaches. 

Let us Hear from You!


As always, we love to hear from you! Please send us your pictures, ideas, comments, and stories. Stop in any time!

Happy (Safe) Riding,

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Seattle E-Bike at the Fat Birkie Races AND Seattle Bicycle Expo this Weekend!

This weekend is about to be a busy one, but an exciting one nonetheless! As the sun peeks through the clouds more frequently, more of us are feeling the urge to hop on those dusty bicycles! The Bicycle Expo is a perfect way to get your mind back into gear and start riding again. The show will be going on Saturday and Sunday, however our staff will be there only for the first part of Saturday, between 12-3 pm, as we team up with the adventurously informed Outdoors NW booth located upstairs at the convention show! We will be sporting the mouth-dropping Fat E-Monster, along with information about the rest of the products we sell! Come check us out!

In the meantime, we will be sponsoring the Fat Birke Race taking place in Hayword, Wisconsin! Aaron Swanson is geared up and ready to race on behalf of us and will be riding one of our very own Fat Bikes! Pictures to follow, of course.

If you are at either of these events, feel free to stop by and visit us! This will be quite an exciting weekend!

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How Seattle E-Bike Customers Use their E-Bikes

Recently we asked our Seattle E-Bike customers to tell us why they chose to purchase an E-Bike from us and how they use their E-Bikes. Here are some of the great responses we received from all around the Pacific Northwest and beyond:

I was searching for an E-bike to improve my commute to work. Traffic was horrendous. Using the E-bike, I cut my commute time from 40 minutes to 10 minutes and that cuts the stress out.

The performance of the bike is fantastic. It truly delivers, exactly as advertised. I did not expect how much I would really enjoy the riding experience. I had not been on a bicycle for over 40 years!! I use the electric on the hills and pedal on the flat. It is fantastic to get out in the environment once again!!

--Russ

I was searching for an E-bike to make it easier to get up the hills on my commute home to Capitol Hill. I thought I would only use it 2 or 3 times a week to commute, but with proper rain gear and lights, the commute is EASY, faster than the bus. I ride past backed up traffic, so sometimes I get home faster than if I drove. I now ride 5 days a week. I keep the charger at work, charge it with the battery still on the bike, and charge about once a week. It’s been a real surprise that I ride everyday and everywhere.

On my ride, I pedal or spin constantly (except for downhills) and throttle it 10-60% to add enough juice so I never break a sweat - if I don't want to. I wear jeans to dresses and look fashionable when I get to work. I don't need to shower or change clothes at work.

I had an awesome customer service experience with Seattle E-Bike! I liked that Mikaela had me register my bike with her, or I would have easily not done it. Mikaela is knowledgeable, approachable, and gives great recommendations.

--Helen

I am actually getting more exercise with my Phantom X2 than with my regular bikes because I ride farther and longer than I would attempt with my standard bikes.  I ride the flats and downhills with no electric assist, and use full power going up hills.  This increases my average speed quite a bit so when I have a limited amount of time to ride, I go much farther since I know I can get back home on time. I have taken many 20+ mile rides while pulling my 5-year-old grandson behind me on a tow bike and easily keeping up with my riding group.

I took a 5000 mile motor home trip last summer, and the folding bike fit right into my motor home, no bike rack needed that gets the bike dirty in wet weather.  My brother bought one after riding mine.  It's fun watching people smile who push the throttle the first time, they are surprised at it's power and speed for a bike that looks like a pretty normal mountain bike.

--Tom

 

I use my Phantom X2 as my primary transportation, and I get to places faster here in Downtown Seattle. My e-bike performs beyond any of my expectations. The Seattle E-Bike staff has been very helpful during my purchase and delivery of my e-bike. One thing I've found that was unexpected was all the attention I receive when riding around Seattle; it's a lot of fun.

--Bill

 

Seattle E-Bike has great products and EXCELLENT SERVICE. I’m really enjoying my bike; I’ve ridden a thousand miles on it already this year and couldn't be happier! THANKS!

--Eric

My wife and I are active sailors as well as general aviation enthusiasts. There's nothing worse than sailing or flying to a great destination just to realize you are without wheels and still a few miles from town or a great event. We therefore have been looking for high quality, efficient, and reasonably-priced electric folding bicycles for quite some time. 

We learned that Seattle E-Bike had recently opened its doors and, after thorough research into their product line, we bought two Prodeco Mariner 7s during their grand opening weekend. We couldn't be happier! We have flown to Port Townsend, Long Beach, and most recently Friday Harbor in a Cessna four-seater. The bikes are easily tucked into the rear seats and within ten minutes of arrival, we are heading down the road! On our last trip, we completely circumnavigated San Juan Island on a single charge. 

Not only are our Mariner 7s the perfect product at a great price, the personalized service and attention we have received from Brian, Mikaela, and Max have been nothing short of phenomenal. If you're in the market for an electric bike, there's no reason to shop anywhere else. As my wife said as we pedaled and powered our way in the warm afternoon sun near Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island, "These bikes have opened a whole new world of travel for us..." Indeed they have! 

--Warren

I was in the market for an e-Bike and was debating either a purchase online or local. After talking with Brian the owner and his colleagues, the choice was fairly clear and I've not regretted my decision to purchase with Seattle E-Bike.

I'm  a very tall person so it was important that the bike I chose fit my build and riding style. Seattle E-Bike worked with me to ensure everything was in order and fit perfectly. They really are a custom bike shop and it's refreshing to have that personal attention. (BTW…I am not a paid spokesperson ;-) 

My new bike is AWESOME! (A Prodeco Phantom X2 with the Ultimate upgrade package from Seattle E-Bike).

If you're in the market for a custom bike, be it an e-Bike or other variants, give Seattle e-Bike a shot.... You'll be very happy with your decision. 

--Ray


Please contact us at 206 344-8000 or info@electricbikeseattle.com if you are thinking about joining these happy Seattle E-Bikers! 

  

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Seattle's Best New Bike Shop

What a year it has been for Seattle E-Bike. The doors of our bike shop in the heart of Seattle opened in January this last year and since then, we have sold hundreds of electric bikes not only to the Seattle community but all over the country and beyond! We couldn't be happier with how the turnout has been and how many lives we have been able to change for the better. Starting with just one line of products, we now have seven different lines of electric transportation from trailers to extreme, all-terrain fat tired bikes to high-performance motor bikes! 

As with any new business, everything simply can not go as planned, however we have been able to adapt and transform our company that best suits our customers' needs. Starting out as just a showroom, we quickly realized having a repair shop was essential for our staff, our revenue and our customers, of course. Throughout the summer, we created such a buzz throughout the community, that we almost ran entirely out of bikes! Talk about panic mode. As we approached the fall, we decided it was time to start doing rentals, since so many visiters have asked, and have expanded our products after listening to feedback within our community. We have been a part of shows including: The Seattle Boat Show, The Forecast Fashion Show, The Arlington Fly-In ShowInterbike and other biking events in the Seattle area throughout the year!  

Most recently, we have had the honor to named as "The Best New Bike Shop" in Seattle, by the Seattle Magazine! "Our huffing, puffing prayers were answered with the arrival of E-Bike this past winter, purveyors of electric-assist cycles..." 

 

 

We couldn't be more thrilled with the turnout of what our company has become this past year and we are excited as we step into our second year of business full of further growth and life-changing stories from our amazing customers. We thank those that have come our way for the answer to their commuting needs and we welcome those that are interested in learning more about our products and services. 

 

Please feel free to register to our website online for updates, email us at info@electricbikeseattle.com, or call at (206) 344-8000 for more information. 

 

Cheers to 2013 and Happy (safe) Riding everyone!

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Black Friday Savings from Seattle E-Bike



Present this flier and you will get the deal for our Black Friday event! 

Please call (206) 344-8000 for more details and inquiring questions, as well as seeing what we have in stock!

Also, check out our updated product list! We have plenty of amazing and innovation products that will benefit you or your loved ones this holiday season and BEYOND!

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2013 Price Alert: Prodeco Bike Prices Rise

Prodeco bikes will be raising many prices starting at the beginning of the 2013 model year.  Prices on the Mariner 7, the Stride 500, the entire Phantom line, the Genesis 250, the Stride 250, the Stride 300, and the Storm 300 will increase by $100.  These are primarily “catch up” price increases on bikes that were underpriced all along.  The most major difference will be a slightly modified rack, which we have arranged to make available to purchasers of our 2012 models.

What we have been telling our customers since day one was that Prodeco was essentially selling their bikes at cost so they could build market share. Now they have decided to give themselves a better deal.  The overwhelming demand for their products gives them that opportunity in 2013.

Still, Prodeco continues to offer far more value than any electric bike manufacturer by many, many hundreds of dollars. 

One other change will be to the Stride 500 line.  As it stands, the black Stride 500 with a 9 amp battery is set at a very reasonable price for $1,299 and that will continue to remain the same.  For $1,499, you will be able to buy a pearlescent white Stride 500 with a 12 amp power battery and improved shock absorbers. This addition to the Stride line speaks right to our customers, who have made the Stride our second best selling model. We have had many customers wanting more range and a brighter color, and this new Stride delivers. We can’t wait to get our hands on them!

Aside from the existing product lines, Prodeco is releasing the highly-anticipated Outlaw electric bicycle.  This machine will have a 750 watt motor, allowing the bike to reach speeds of 28 mph without pedaling, or be set to the street legal speed of 20 mph, and is accompanied with a 48 volt LiFePO4 battery.  The Outlaw includes truly enormous shock absorbers and has many high-end components which, combined with the 33% increase in power, make its price of $2,199 a bargain as well.


The 2013 price increases primarily represent price catch-ups, as well as financing of Prodeco’s new large factory, which will eliminate 2012’s supply bottlenecks for good.

Prodeco is still the best bargain out there, both price and warranty.  Each bike comes with a two-year warranty on all of the electronics accompanied by a life-time warranty on the frame. hey stand behind their products.

You can find more information about the new 2013 product manual HERE. Not only will these bikes be a great addition to a new, eco-friendly lifestyle, but it can also be that thoughtful gift to give during the Holiday season. We are fortunate to have stocked up on most of the 2012 models, at 2012 prices, because we anticipated these price increases.  So, come in while these bargains are still here!!

For more details, stop by, or call us at (206) 344-8000.

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Black Friday Seattle E-Bike Parade!


Many of you have been dreading this time of the year. When thinking about the best gift to give to your friends and family, you find that it can be quite daunting and tiresome. You end up giving your loved ones another version of last years gift; a different colored winter coat, another nice watch, a funky tie that they will never wear, a work-out machine that will stay in the garage for many years of collected dust, and so on. And then you look at your life. You find yourself hiding away in winters' hibernation at home and at your work desk in a long, drawn-out cycle for many months with no excitement or energy to do anything else. Well, how about trying something a little different, something that is the latest in today's technology, something that screams excitement and applying that to you or your loved one's daily life. The electric bike is the ultimate gift for the 2012 holiday season and here is what we would like to present to YOU...

Layer on your winter gear, grab your wallets, and come join us for a first-time ever event happening right here in downtown Seattle on the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. 

Starting in the wee hours of the morning on November 23rd, people will be swarming around in the heart of Seattle scouting the best deals from their favorite stores. To break up their day and make it more fun and exciting, we are having our very own PARADE!! We will be dazzling you with about a dozen of our favorite bikes and demonstrating our passion for e-biking,  just after Macy’s does their annual event.

In the spirit of Black Friday, we will be offering outstanding deals in celebration of the holidays, as well as the bike riders who are considering the merits of our fabulous electric bikes, our electric or human powered Fat bikes, the amazing Ridekick e-trailer  that will electrify your own bike in 5 minutes for under $700, or even the Worlds finest e-bike, the amazing Stealth Bomber, priced at $12,000 before holiday discounts, and when you see it you will know it is worth it all. We also will show you some nifty electric trikes, including one that will carry objects as big as a refrigerator.

As you experience whatever weather November 23 brings us, remember that one great thing about an electric bike is it lets you dress warm and dry, and it keeps your pedaling intensity below the perspiration level, even going up steep hills.  (Unless you have a refrigerator on board.)

Here are the details for Black Friday:

When: November 23rd

Time: 9:30 am – 12 pm (roughly)

Where:  Starting at Occidental park in Pioneer Square, right in back of our store. Then, we make our way into the Retail Core via 1st. Then, through the Market if we can make it, then up Pike to 6th, then to Pine St, Pine to 4th, 4th to University to 5th back to Pine, down to Westlake, and home on 4th!

Who: The Seattle E-Bike staff, some of our dedicated customers and you! (dogs welcome…  Elephants even better!)

We will graciously be handing out fliers in offering our Black Friday Discounts for our Black Friday civilized door busters (at 2 p.m., not 4 a.m.), as well as our holiday season specials.

Check out or Facebook for an advanced copy of our sales brochure! Only our facebook likers can take advantage of the discounts in advance!

We welcome any and all to come and participate in the festivities and encourage you to hop on an electric bike and really understand how useful they are here in our hilly, dense city.

You really, really don't want to miss out on this fabulous event. For more information or if you would like to be involved, please email us at info@electricbikeseattle.com or call us at (206) 344-8000!

 

Happy Riding!

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