3 Great Fantic Bikes - 30% price drop

Our new line of Italian-made, off-road bikes, Fantic, is introducing a significant model upgrade. They are discounting their current line by 30% to us and so we can pass those savings on to you. We have three of the current models left.

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The first Stromer ST5 has arrived at Seattle E-Bike, and... IT'S GONE!

Sometimes things are worth the wait.  We certainly waited, longer than we expected for the Stromer ST5, and boy was it worth it.  We just built our first, and test rode it.  All previous Stromers relied on the same large powerful hub motor, but tuned to different outputs as the class of bike went up.  Even the tuning for the ST2S, was very conservative, as you might expect from the German Swiss builder. The ST5 has a larger motor, very conservatively rated at 800 watts. Ride it and you will know what we mean by conservative.  In general a powerful center-drive bike will out climb a Stromer, because of the hub set up.  No longer.  The ST5, which can easily exceed 30 mph if its computer is assured it is lawful, can climb the 16 to 20 degree slopes of South Main Street, easily in the low 20's with moderate pedaling.  How steep is that? Pretty much everyone knows Virginia Street, in the Market, between Western and 1st Ave.  That monster is 17 degrees.

My children still hate me, because the final exam on Dad's driving test, was to stop and go at the stop sign at the top of Virginia, on the 17 degree cobblestones with a car behind them, in the rain, with a stick shift.  If your kid can do that, and both of mine did, you can give them the keys.  I call it tough love, don't know what they called it.

Skip the car, buy and by this Stromer, it will flatten all of our hills, and most of the time get you to your destination well ahead of those poor devils stuck in their cars in the gridlock that our traffic has become.

Here are some pictures of the finer points of the new Stromer:

  • Hydraulic brakes cables are full of fluid, which is why they are called hydraulic.  Fluid can leak, air can intrude.  Much harder with the ST-5's new metal protected hydraulic joints.
 
  • Stromer listen to us and installed the Tektro quad piston hydraulic brakes on the ST-5.  Reliable, and they stop.  Fast.  Fast as a Stromer ST5.  Any resemblance to the Red Brembo Brakes on a Mercedes SL 550 AMG or other German and Italian rockets, is purely coincidental.
  • The superb derailleur that goes with the Tektro.

  • Flats happen.  They will happen much less often on these Pirelli tires. Wicked tough, a bike tire, built like a motorcycle tire.
  • The best horn set up yet.  People need to get our of your way.
  • The new brake handles allow you to take full advantage of the stopping power of the Tektro.
  • New integrated headlight switch, same old incredibly powerful Stromer headlight.  Do not look into this light, you will see dots on your retina for some time.
  • The new Omni central display.  It is probably smarter, they always are.  But it is definitely more beautiful, it is now in color.
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Finally, the whole, magnificent, magilla.  Ladies and Gentlemen, we proudly present (ta da da da da da da) the STROMER ST5. The first is out the door in four hours, two more coming Tuesday, two more later next week.  Get them while they’re hot!


If you miss out, Stromer will air-ship you one, not for the usual $1200, but for $300.  They must have friends at SwissAir.  That is less than one third of the governor's cut.

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Bike of the Week and Screaming Deal of the Week!

Yes, yes, we missed last week, the second week of this undertaking.  Well, stuff happens.  We are summer time busy, and Alex our assistant manager and lead sales person, broke his collarbone in not one, but two places.  Ouch!  Alex is on injured reserve, please send out a good thought for him.  I don't know why he picked a fight with Mike Tyson.  If you are an ortho surgeon, and have some slots sooner than ten days from now, please call me immediately.  Our service techs can provide the pins.  So Ryan, who makes these blogs pretty, is spending most of his time covering the sales floor.  So we blew it.  You probably do not care, but I do.  This is going to be a regular feature.  But also, the one week wait was worth it, because, at long last, the bike of the week is, drum roll please...

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BIKE OF THE WEEK

The Stromer ST5.  Development and production take a long time.  I rode an ST5 prototype at Eurobike 2017, more than a year ago.  The new top of the Stromer line is worth the wait, though.  It has a larger, 27.5 inch wheels, which I think is ideal, especially since the power has been increased.  Read more at https://www.stromerbike.com/en_INT/e-bikes/st5.html.  Every possible bell and whistle, you will note that the claimed rating is 850 watts, with the U.S rating "TBD."  Worry not, Stromer has always been, how shall we say it, extremely conservative with its ratings.  The ST5 will be wicked quick.  Stromer bikes are not light, but they handle. We have always referred to the ST2S as the Mercedes S-Class AMG of E-Bikes.  The ST-5 is the S-Class AMG 12 litre biturbo of E-Bikes. Only two less wheels, for $211,000 less, and it will blow the doors of the AMG every time in Seattle rush hour traffic.

At 4 a.m. Saturday morning, I finally received confirmation that the first two should be at Seattle E-Bike this week.  One is spoken for, the other will be a short terms demo until we can no longer fight people off. # more come about September 14.  Our order was not completely ready when the truck showed up, so they are flying 3 to us at their expense.

There is a way you can know exactly when you will get your ST5.  The ST5 is $10,000, and it is pre-selling like popcorn.  Stromer has a deal with an air freight company.  You can buy one from us, and they will put it on the plane in Zurich for $300, which is about $800 less than typical, and less than one third of what the State of Washington will charge you, just for the privilege of buying it.  

Supplies are limited for that offer, but our operators are standing by.  

Stromer ST5 - $9999.00

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SCREAMING DEAL OF THE WEEK

FYI, our last Screamer were the Emazings, we have since the markdown, sold 5.  Thank you for recognizing a Screaming Deal when you see one.  We have a few more, though.

This week are the Besv bikes.  Our Besv’s come with 20” wheels, the PS-1, and 28” wheels, the LX-1.  I think they are gorgeous, see below, and they have a cantilevered seat that soaks up the bumps.  But they are not quick, and market acceptance has been mediocre to poor. So the $3999 LX-1 is now a Screaming Deal at $1799, more than 50 percent off, and the $1999 PS-1 is now $999.  We do not have many, so come on down.

BESV LX1 - $1799.00

BESV PS1 - $999.00

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Next week, and I mean next week, we will move out Kalkhoffs, and feature the sale our most popular bike line, Blix, is having.

 

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European Bikes at Seattle E-Bike

The reason you can find wonderful European Bikes at Seattle E-Bike is because, since I started the store 6 years ago, I have flown each year to Eurobike, in Freiderichshavn Germany.  It is, by a factor of three, the largest bike and E-Bike show in the world.

In 2012, there were probably 10 E-Bike Brands at Eurobike taking up 2 percent of the show. This year, year 6 for me, there were at least 100 E-bike brands, the models taking up 15 percent or so of the space at the show, at least half of much more space as non assisted bikes.  (Over half the space is highly specialized, like rows of booths just offering pedals.)

I always follow my Eurobike visit with visits to major European cities  
This year Stockholm, and Gdansk.  Previous years Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Paris, Brussels, Brugge, Munich, Zurich, and various cities in France and Italy.  Every year, I see that the Urban Core of the Norther European cities are becoming increasingly dominated by bicycles.  In Amsterdam, more people own at least one bicycle (many own 4 or 5). More own bikes instead of owning a car.  The Dutch are the leaders, in boat building and bike usage. 

Now, now more than 40 percent of Dutch bicycle sales are electric bikes
Here in Stockholm I rented a bike (non electric) because one look at the density and size of central Stockholm told me that it was the best way to travel.  Riding around all day confirmed it.  I must have seen 100,000 bikes, and between the bike paths and their general presence everywhere, they are respected by motorists and I felt safe even with an oh so slow, 20 inch heavy, 3 speed rental.  But boy, did I wish I had an E-Bike.  There is a reason E-Bike's are taking over Eurobike.

 


Seattle is ahead of most of the U.S. in bike use, but hopelessly behind Northern Europe.   

Given the  our ethos....green is good, its great to be outdoors, a little drizzle won't hurt you, and working your body is a virtue.... there can be only one reason bikes are not more prevalent in our traffic choked city.

Our hills!  Yes, our hills! 
Kansas is mountainous compared to the Netherlands.   The highest spot a Dutch person has to reach is 18 feet above sea level. Stockholm has grades, but not grades we would find noticeable.  London, Berlin, Brugge, Brussels, are all extremely flat.


If you want to comfortably and frequently, ride up Cherry Street, or Queen Anne Ave, or Stone Way, or climb over Beacon to Rainier, or make the run out on Madison to the Lake, or 35th West in West Seattle,  which has 33 times as much vertical that the entire country of the Netherlands, you have your work cut our for you.

Two must have links with great information for commuters

Gravity being immutable, you have two choices, if you want to really enjoy riding in Seattle, you can either work out hard an hour a day until you are 40, 2 hours a day until you are 60, and then three hours a day after that.   Or.....you can flatten our hills through the miracle of lithium powered electrical assist.  Still riding as hard as you wish, but going where you want, as far as you want and at speeds 50% to 200% faster, depending on the terrain.

Let's face facts,  if we are going to get more of our aging butts back on bikes,  and take back the City,  you need an E-Bike. 

Unless you are the athlete referenced above,  you owe it to yourself and our City to find something that will get your butt back on a bike.  Everyday, everywhere.   Leave the car at home, maybe even sell it.  Better it is parked at home than crawling at 2 mph downtown. 

At Seattle E-Bike,  we believe we have the most different bikes, and the best bikes  
We can find the right one for you.   Call 206-344-8000 right now an make an appointment for a FREE test ride.  As eloquent as I like to think I am, I cannot explain the joy and liberation that you feel in the first 5 minutes of your ride.  Better than the day your parents took the training wheels off.


Stay tuned, when I get back from Europe, we will be introducing a device that will make E-Bikes even more useful than they already are!

Ride safe, but Ride. 


Brian Nordwall, Founder, Seattle E-Bike.

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Velicks 700: The French model that we love.

Why the owners favorite model is the french Velicks 700 made by SEV:

The Velicks 700 is a center drive electric road bicycle, the shop owners' favorite! This model is one of two lines made by a French manufacturer, SEV in Provence. They also make a scooter line named eTricks with a 1000 watt mid-drive motor system with speeds of up to 32 MPH.

The owner: "My personal opinion is the French bikes are the best of all worlds. The Italian bikes are the most stylish, the German bikes are the most Mercedes like. The French manage the beauty of the Italian bikes although in a French way, and with the precision of Germany.

My absolute favorite is the Velicks Speed. I just think it is the best looking E-Bike in the store. Combine that with a very sophisticated center drive, great components, perfect balance and handling, and a $4299 price tag, I find this to be the best bargain for an electric road bike."

Currently, we have one demo in the store that we are discounting heavily, with plans to bring more in soon.


If you have something to say about the product, the owner would love to hear it! Email him at brian@electricbikeseattle.com and discuss what you love about it! Any and all feedback is welcome!

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Tips For Choosing a Biking Commute Route

1. Bike Lanes: Get to know where your city's bike lanes are for a safer ride. Places like Seattle offer Bike Maps to help you navigate. The SDOT's interactive map even offers different maps for different levels of comfort (Frequent Rider, Average Rider, and Occasional Rider).

2. Traffic Levels: If you already drive to work, you probably have a good sense of where the bad traffic is. Bikes can take different routes than cars to avoid bad traffic. In some cases, you may end up with longer commutes to avoid high traffic areas, but other times choosing low traffic or bike only routes can cut down on commute time. 

3. Terrain: Seattle is well known for its hilly terrain, so if you're planning to commute in the city or in another hilly area, get to know where the toughest hills are and whether they have safe spots for you to stop if necessary. Depending on the length of your commute, you may way to avoid steep hills towards the end of your trip if you are getting tired.

4. Hazards: Well maintained, paved roads are best for bike commuters. Poor road quality will not only make commuting difficult, but can also be harder on the bike itself. Know where rail road tracks, storm drains, etc are so you can plan to avoid or safely cross them. 

5. Lighting: Try to ride on roads that are well lit, so you can see where you're going and drivers can see you. Wear bright clothing to increase visibility. If you have to ride on dimly lit or unlit roads, it's a good idea to invest in lights for your bike. Light & Motion sells great head lights and rear lights for commuters that will make you visible to cars from all sides. This is especially important when weather is bad or when it starts getting dark earlier.

6. Test Ride: To reduce the pressure to arrive on time on your first attempt, do a test ride on a day you aren't working to get a sense of the route and timing. 

7. Electrify: Consider cutting your time by 50 to 70 percent by going Electric Assist.  If you pedal with the same effort you currently do, your speed will double on the flats, and increase 2 to 5 fold on hills, depending how steep they are. Depending on your riding level, E-Bikes can make a 7 mile Seattle commute in 20 minutes, which is comparable to a car. Some go 18 miles each way in under an hour.

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Amazing New Deal on Polaris Meridian E-Bikes!

Seattle E-Bike is thrilled to offer an even better deal on our Polaris Meridian models!
Previously on sale for $1,999, they are now $1,195 (MSRP: $2,999).
Polaris has a well-established, decades long reputation for building high quality recreational vehicles. They have teamed up with Seattle E-bike to bring this closeout sale on the Meridian models we have in stock. Polaris will soon be introducing a completely new series with larger motors, larger batteries, and highly sophisticated control systems. They want their old models cleared out and they have asked us [one of their largest dealers] to help them. The Meridian and Meridian ST are two of our most popular models and a favorite among customers. Come try out this fantastic bike soon before they are gone!

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Major I-90 Closures Next Week: Bike to Work Instead!

Westbound I-90 from Bellevue to Mercer Island will have major closures next week due to construction. It will be the perfect time to take your bike to work instead! Construction will start at 9:30 pm on Friday, July 18th and will end at 5 am Friday, July 25th. There will only be one lane open for cars, which will cause major delays. However, the bike lanes will be open during the day with an expected delay of only 5 minutes. 

The chart from WSDOT below shows expected commute times if only 40% of regular traffic takes the route (60% diversion). If less than than 60% diverts, delays will be much worse. Backups could be up to 10 miles long.

The construction will cause delays all across the region, so even if you don't take I-90, it will be a good time to take your bike instead!

Don't own a bike? Come visit our shop! We have a wide range of electric bikes that are perfect for commuting. 

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Stay Safe Riding on Roads! Light & Motion Sale!

We are currently featuring great deals on our Light & Motion products! All lights are 20% off. Designed for daily commuters, these are simply the most powerful and most convenient lights you can find on the market. They are lightweight and compact, while also being capable of lighting up a dark street. Drivers will see you on the road - even late at night. Light & Motion has extensively researched accident data to create the best lights for accident prevention. They discovered that most car/bike accidents happen at intersections where cars turn into or across a cyclist's path, which is why their lights feature amber side lights for increased 180 degree visibility.  

Our Light & Motion products feature CREE LED lightbulbs and multiple modes for either flashing or constant light. These lights have longer run times and life spans, making them a great investment because you won't have to buy another one for years. Every light is certified FL1-Standard for light brightness, impact/water resistance, and run time. They are also equipped with Lithium batteries and USB charger for easy recharging. All lights are weatherproof, impact resistant, and easy to mount. Stop by our store to test one out for yourself!

 

 

 Currently in Stock:

-Urban 550

-Urban 200

-VIS 180

-VIS 180 Micro

 

[Photo credit: Light & Motion]

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Brammo Summer Days Sales Program Ending Soon!

Our Summer Days Sales Program is ending soon! We have paired up with Brammo to offer amazing deals on our Enertia and Empulse R electric motorcycles. Program ends on June 30th 2014!

Visit our Brammo section to learn more abut these motorcycles.

Eligible Models:

  • 2012 Enertia - $1,250 retail incentive
  • 2013 Enertia Plus - $1,250 retail incentive
  • 2013 Empulse - $2,500 retail incentive
  • 2013 Empulse R - $2,500 retail incentive

Program active through June 30, 2014, and only while supplies last! Contact or visit the store for more information. 

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