Focus & Kalkhoff E-Bikes: Our newest bike line!

We got Chills and they’re Electrifying!!

Yes it’s true. It’s not the cold weather causing them, but rather our excitement after our first test ride on a Thron Impulse by Focus, a masterpiece of German bicycle engineering, and new addition to the Seattle E-bike family. Just shipped in last week, our mechanic Ben attested to his satisfaction of the bike after taking it for a test ride with an ear-to-ear grin. A couple more test rides later and our staff was demonstrating excitement on par with kids on Christmas morning.

Well Santa, I’m saying it now: all I want for Christmas is a Focus Thron Impulse

 

Almost since our inception, we have been the northwest go-to hot spot for E-bikes, especially European-made, from slick SEV Velicks to elegant cruisers by Johnny Loco and Lampociclo. It’s safe to say that we were thrilled and honored to be approached by Derby Cycles, the largest manufacturer of Bicycles in Germany (a country surpassed by almost none in regards to vehicle engineering) to represent their E-bike lines: Focus and Kalkhoff. Their superb bikes are configured for all tastes, including Commuter, Euro-style Cruisers, Hard Tail Mountain Bikes, and most especially (!!!) that beautiful specimen of German bike engineering: the Thron, one of our only full-suspension Mountain E-Bikes, and probably the most capable E-Bike we've ever carried…

  

And here’s why:

Made in Cloppenburg, Germany, all Focus and Kalkhoff E-bikes are finished and assembled in the factory (a unique practice in today’s bicycle industry) and are equipped with their proprietary mid-drive Impulse Motor System, designed and engineered in-house. They are also the only E-Bike manufacturers we know of who make their own motors. Very high in initial torque, and with proprietary sensors, these are the smoothest shifting mid-drive E-Bikes we've ever tried. Nominally rated at 250 and 350 watts, they out-perform other bikes rated at twice that wattage, and the larger battery versions have range ratings from 50-127 miles!

It’s not a stretch to say this motor system has a huge part to do with why we are so in love with their bikes.

And did we mention Torque?? The Thron we tried out lacks the usual delay of one full rotation (or more) of the wheel/pedal before the power assist kicks in typical of most E-Bikes. Instead, it has an almost instantaneous assist, giving us our “go” right when we ask for it, a result more in-line with a car or motorcycle; thus giving us a more controlled and effective riding experience. Nothing is better than knowing you can get out of the way of a naughty driver right when you need to or conquer a steep incline right away.

We won’t even get into the way the bike looks, or the multitude of top-of-the-line components by well-reputable brands that combine to create this mastery of bicycle engineering. You need to see it to believe it. You need to ride it to get it. Come visit us to take a test ride…It’s still not too late to tell Santa about the Thron.

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NO TAX on electric motorcycles again?!

 

Great news for our Brammo customers!!

This week, the House and Senate passed, and the President signed, the The Tax Increase Prevention Act. Check out the latest press release from CNBC Here.

Last year, the tax incentive ended on December 31st, not allowing those that purchased an electric motorcycle any tax break. Well, they have finally passed the bill to extend that tax incentive ONLY UNTIL DECEMBER 31st, 2014 to allow money back into e-moto purchasers pocket! YAHOOO!! So if you were deliberating on purchasing an electric motorcycle, now could be the most perfect time to do so before the year is out.

In regards to our fellow customers as of this last year, if you bought a Brammo or Stealth Bomber from us in 2014, you are able to get a tax credit up to 10% of what you paid, less state tax. All you simply have to do is file your 8834 form, even though the form has not been finalized, and you will get a refund equal to 10% of the purchase price or else application of it towards any tax due. You will simply have to wait until the form is ready so don't file your taxes early!

Want to buy one? You only have until the end of the 2014 to get it at the best possible price that the Brammo models will EVER be sold at, as well as getting a tax break. This is fast-acting 12 day legislation.

 

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