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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Our service department will be limited September 18-20 during Interbike!

In order to bring you the latest and greatest, we go to Interbike every year.  This year about half of us are going.  SO, SEATTLE E-BIKE WILL BE OPEN, BUT WITH LIMITED SERVICE OPERATIONS next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, September 18, 19, and 20.  Thank you for your understanding and patronage.

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Bike of the Week and Screaming Deal of the Week!

This is normally a Tuesday feature but Yesterday was September 11, which will always be a solemn day in our history, I am not going to push bikes on the net on that date.

I want to thank our readers.  Your response to this feature has been terrific.  Good for both featured bikes, but the Screamers have been screaming out of the store. Something to think about. They are extraordinary deals.

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BIKE OF THE WEEK

Our Bike of the week is three Bikes.  All made by Blix bikes.  Blix has been a steadfast, high selling bike for us for more than 5 years, and keeps getting stronger.  They offer tremendous value in a good looking well executed package. Our bike of the week is never discounted, but it sometime a vehicle for announcing a manufacturer's sale on a product we love.  Blix is holding a $200 off sale on their diamond frame bikes:

The Blix Stockholm, with hydraulic disc brakes and a 500 watt rear hub motor, was $2099, is  now $1899!

Blix Stockholm - $1899.00

The Komfort Prima, with hydraulics brakes and a Shimano Steps Center Drive motor, was $2649, and now has been reduced to $2449!

Blix Komfort Prima Step-Over - $2449.00

The Aveny has disc brakes, but not hydraulic, and a 350 watt motor.  It was $1899, now its $1699!  It could be a screaming deal if it was not the bike of the week. 

Blix Aveny Step-Over - $1699.00

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SCREAMING DEAL OF THE WEEK

We love Easy Motion Bikes, and our customers do as well.  But their small folding bike, the Volt, usually loses out to our all time best seller, the Blix Vika+, But that was before they were practically free.

Our Screaming Deal of the week is the Volt by Easy Motion.  We only have two, they are super-light at 38 pounds.  They fold, you can stick them both in the trunk of your car, or a locker on a boat.  They were $1499, now Screaming out of the store at $950!  Even though Screaming Deals do not come with a in store warranty, the Volts come with Easy Motion's best in the industry 5 year warranty on most components.  Great company, fine, lightweight folder, but the market has spoken.  Come steal'em!

Easy Motion EasyGo Volt - $950.00

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Seattle E-Bike - IT'S BAAAAACK!!!!


Almost 7 years ago, this sign was installed at Seattle E-Bike's first location at the corner of Main and 1st Ave South in Pioneer Square. We grew, and moved to 570 1st Ave South, the sign did as well.  Unfortunately, that is when the vandalism started. One well-thrown pebble disables 25% of the sign and costs $700 to repair. We thought about encasing it in Lucite but it would have reduced the impact. I spent thousands trying to keep up but it was hopeless - until now.

Now we are at our truly grand store at 220 South Jackson Street. The Pioneer Square Preservation District Board will not let us erect the sign outside, for which I now thank them. It is mounted in the store, visible out each side, and 10 feet from my desk. I replaced the neon, feeling this beautiful sign now has a safe home visible to all but safe inside.

One of our customers blew up a photo to poster size and has it over their bed. You can't buy that kind of publicity!

We're now thinking of making our own posters. If you would like one, let me know. They will be 24" by 36" and will probably cost about $25. If we get a hundred takers. Or you can just stop by, and do a selfie!

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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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About China Pt 2: Seattle E-Bike will not be significantly affected by the Tariffs imposed on Chinese E-Bikes

Effective yesterday, the United States has imposed a 25% tariff on Chinese manufactured E-Bikes. This will likely impact our industry considerably, especially if the tariff remains in place, and is not just a negotiating tool, which it may be.  If not, the companies that largely rely on Chinese production to offer entry level E-Bikes will have to raise their prices.

A July 17 Seattle Times Article extensively quoted Mike Radenbaugh, one of the owners of Rad Power bikes, which is the mega supplier of Chinese E-bikes to the U.S.  Mike indicated that there was no US E-Bike industry to protect. That is not exactly correct.

Seattle E-Bike has been selling US made bikes for 5 years.  They are of superb quality, and now, those companies will have a chance to grow, as they are no longer competing with the government of China, and sweatshop working conditions.

We electrify Volcanic Bikes.  You may notice them around, you can't miss, them, every Seattle Bike Patrol officer rides one.  For a good reason. They advertise they make "the toughest bikes on earth" quite a claim, but this author inadvertently tested that on a rain hidden six inch deep pothole.  I flew over 25 feet and fractured my skull. The Volcanic was perfectly fine. Not even a bent rim or broken spoke. I broke, the Volcanic did not. It is the toughest bike in the world, IMHO, and now they can flourish.   A picture of the Volcanic is below. I will spare you the X-rays. I was very lucky. Miraculously, I am smarter than ever.

Vintage Electric is also a US build.  Like the Volcanic, you can see it in the welds, the quality components, and so much more.  Our customers love their retro look, their superb components, and their speed.

Rad Power's owner is also not exactly accurate when he states that no innovation is going on in this industry.  In fact, an amazing amount is going on in this industry. Now we will see more, as the innovators thrive, having less fierce competition from a nation known for stealing others' innovations.

Rad Power is correct that Europe is the center of the quality E-Bike industry.  That is why Seattle E-Bike carries them, most of our bikes are from Estonia, France, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Italy.  We used to sell a lot of Emazing bikes. They were made in Taiwan. They shifted production to China, and quality deteriorated, so we closed them out.  We have another Chinese line, but we have been closing them out as well.

It is true that having some components from China is unavoidable.  It is simply too dominant in certain areas. We source the best components we can find, and the ones we use, we are happy with.  Certain components will be subject to the 25% duty, others not. They are a small enough part of the value of our products, that we do not anticipate any significant price moves.

Join the flight to quality, stop by Seattle E-Bike and see what innovation is all about.  We are now open until 7 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

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Oh, the irony. Emazing!

My calendar was set today to announce an absolutely screaming clearance on Emazing bicycles, already our lowest priced bike.  We are closing them out because they have moved production from Taiwan to China.

Now, low and behold, the U.S. announced today it was slapping a 25% tariff on Chinese E-Bikes.

What does this mean?

  • 1.  The days of the $1500 Chinese E-Bike are likely numbered.
  • 2.  Emazing will probably move its production back to Taiwan, where their quality was                                                             higher, and if so, we may reconsider carrying them.
  • 3.  Our closeout E-Mazing's are suddenly worth more, as are all of our low end bikes,                                                        because the ultra cheap Chinese bike is likely going the way of the the Dodo bird.

We were going to clear out our remaining Emazings at $999.  Originally $1799 to $1999. Now that seems too low.  Please standby, I am thinking.... Well call me a fool (you won't be the first), or call me a saint (you will be the first), we are going to stick to our knitting.  ALL REMAINING EMAZING BIKES ARE $999!!! Obviously this offer is limited to stock on hand.

About the Emazing:  Back when there were not a lot of high powered E-Bikes, which is what we mainly sell, we sold hundreds of them.  They are nice looking, are emazingly light (pun), and handle well. But we, and others in our wake, have worked to find bikes that can blast up Seattle's hills.  The Emazing takes a little more work. Some people like that, and now they can have it for $999.

 

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At Seattle E-Bike, innovation is our middle name!

For $40 we can completely evaluate all of your bike's electric components.

Come to 220 South Jackson Street, our home, and you will see a 3000 square foot showroom.  Ah, but there is more, downstairs, 3400 square feet, most of it devoted to the practice of the arcane art of E-Bike diagnosis, repair, fabrication, and even creation of our own custom machines.

Once a month, whether they need it or not, I let the gnomes up to see sunlight.  You should see them squint.  Much more frequently, they ask me to buy them stuff.  Machines and devices that often seem exotic, always seem expensive. But I have to feed them something, so they usually prevail.  Actually, I sometime cook for them as well.

I have to admit, the machines are cool, and do useful things to help us offer good service, and create new E-Bike experiences.  Stay tuned for a blog about our "party" bikes.

For some months, we have offered a comprehensive diagnosis of the bicycle part of your E-Bike for $90, and that includes a brief diagnosis of the electrical side of things.

Now, we have a new set of magical devices assembled.  We can now, very completely, diagnose the entire electrical side of your E-Bike in a very thorough way.  We can tell if your motor output is as rated, and if not, why. That involves evaluating not just the motor itself, but the various sensors and controllers that tell it how to perform, and how to fully perform.  We can even evaluate the controls that link you to your motor, which give you input into the entire process. We can literally look into the soul of your battery, and see not only if it will charge up, but whether and why it will, or will not, hold its designed amount of charge.

Through the miracles of modern technology, and the genius of our gnomes, we can offer this complete electric diagnosis, this magic, very efficiently, for only $40.  Far less than two high quality, large, three topping pizzas. (trades considered)

Not climbing hills like it used too?  Top speed down? Cutting out at the worst possible time? (Whenever it cuts out, it is always the worst possible time)  Seems like battery range is decreasing? Leave your bike with us for 3 to five days (the battery process requires patience) and you will get a report on your system, telling you what is wrong, what it would cost to repair and replace, or possibly, telling you it is your imagination and you have wasted $40.  (Our rates for telling you why you are imagining things are $275 per hour, with absolutely no estimate on the number of hours required, it could take years).

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We were cargo, before cargo was cool!

Visionary is Seattle E-Bike's middle name, or it would be if it were not so awkward.  The first fat bike you ever saw in Seattle probably came from us about five and a half years ago.  The first electric fat bike and quite possibly the first mid-drive electric bikes.

We have also been selling cargo bikes, both electric and non-electric, for almost six years.  Johnny Loco, Worksman, Yuba, Surly, Urban Arrow. This year, in the US, will be the first real "year of the E-Bike."  But everywhere, including Europe, where E-Bikes now lead unassisted bikes in sales, cargo bikes have suddenly become it.

About time.  Usings electric assist to carry cargo, including that most precious of Cargo, children, is a tremendous way to leverage the power.  You can carry two kids, or 20 bags of groceries, or and entire house painting project. If you are a restaurateur who shops the market, you can forget the traffic, pick up 10 loaves of french bread, 6 salmon on ice, 8 heads of Lacinato kale, 12 mangoes, 20 oranges, 8 plantains, a kazoo, and of course, 25 pounds of onions, then be back in your Pioneer Square kitchen 15 minutes after you leave the market, 30 minutes quicker than it would take you in a small truck at 2 pm, an hour quicker than a 5 o'clock.   Oh, and you can brag on your menu that the locavore food was transported with zero emission technology and used less than 1/2 of one percent of the energy resources a small truck would. 

If you have kids, our Urban Arrows gently guide there movements with five point belts, and encase them in a carriage surrounded by thick aluminum tubing lines with the same amazing material found in our best helmets

Cargo bikes are versatile, practical, incredibly easy on the earth, cool looking and so much fun.  The Urban Arrow Shorty even rides like a regular bike.  Stop by and try one today!

      

*Note to our Johnny Loco fans:  we have almost sold out of the half container of Locos we had.  Procurement is difficult, so we are taking subscriptions for the next load.  Give us a call, pay one third down, and reserve your Loco in advance!

 

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