The Solexity 350 is now in the shop and it is nice. It is an upright cruiser-style bike with a beautiful leather seat, hand grips to match and a back rack that integrates with both. It has a 350-watt Bionx motor that has serious pep. Its torque sensor rewards you by delivering more power to the motor the harder you pedal. It also has regen capability. This is something almost all our customer ask about. With regen, you can pedal and return power into the battery. It also works on downhills; if you set it on regen, the motor slows you down and generates power.
Bionx is a leading maker of e-bike kit components. Many of their motors, batteries, and controllers are found on bikes produced under other names, such as Solex. They are from Ontario so are about as local a manufacturer for e-bike parts as we can hope for.
This bike is a little more expensive than the Evelos we sell with a price tag of $2,899. But the features described above, a two-year warranty, and puncture-proof tires, make this a quality investment
The whole family went for a Zoom ride today. We headed to Adamant for a swim and then cruised down North Street to get home. My daughter Liz had a hard time reaching the pedals on the Luna, but she throttled right along and I even had to struggle to keep up with her on the hills.
We've been in business here at Camp Meade about one month. And the response to our idea that electric bikes might serve a useful role in sustainability, fitness and fun has been gratifying. So many people stop by the shop and leave with grins from ear to ear. Those who end up buying bikes report they ride more than they ever did before, that they are using their e-bike for commuting and errands, and that they are finding more opportunities to leave the car at home.
We spent a morning at the home energy fair at VTC in Randolph last Saturday and almost everyone there rode our bikes and had a blast.
Pictured below is a Solexity electric bike. I was up in Montreal yesterday meeting the Solex crew and talking about distributing their bikes here. The Solexity is a high-quality bike and once we finalize our relationship with the company, we'll be announcing it here.
Well, we are finally open in our new retail location at Camp Meade behind the Red Hen Bakery and Montpelier Mud in Middlesex. Our opening weekend was really wet, but a lot of fun. So many people stopped by to wish us well, take the bikes out for a spin, and hang out and chat. Thanks for all the support!
Now that we have this location established, we are planning to take the show on the road attending events around the state where people may be interested in electric bikes. We'll announce our travel schedule as it unfolds, and if you'd like to be added to our e-mail alert list, let us know.
Greetings from ZoomBikes in 2013!
It's our first post of the year (our second year in business). We're super-charged about what's coming in 2013: a retail shop (yeah!) and a bunch of new products - complete e-bikes with super-efficient drive-integrated motor, built-in battery rack, and wires hidden inside the frame. We want to give you a variety of choices plus the opportunity to see and try the bikes at our new shop at your convenience. We'll be in the Red Hen complex (formerly Camp Meade) in Middlesex Village where there's plenty of room to take a test ride and then relax with a beautiful cappuccino and pastry at the bakery.
We look forward to seeing you at the shop or at one of the many events we'll be "boothing"at through the summer!
We had am amazing day at the Vermont Electric Vehicle Demo Day which was put together and organized by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. Hundreds of people attended and got up close to the latest hybrid and electic cars as well as the cool bikes from Zoombikes. Can you spot Lt. Governor Phil Scott and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger on our home page slideshow? They were among the scores of people who rode our bikes. I wish I had a dime for every time someone returned from a demo ride and said "Man, that is really cool!"
We made some great contacts with folks from UVM Transportation Center, VEIC, the South Burlington School District, Burlington Electric, and lots and lots of folks just curious about what an e-bike is. There was a great vibe around alternative transportation; lots of people exploring different ways of getting from A to B. We're more convinced than ever that bikes will plan an increasing role in local and state planning.
Meet us at the Drive Electric Vermont Demo Day on August 8th! In the parking lot at 128 Lakeside Ave, Burlington (just off of Pine Street). We'll be there from noon to 5 pm.
Come and take one for a spin and experience the ease of hill-riding on a ZoomBike!
Ann and I took a ride around Adamant yesterday. The bikes were great. There are some pretty steep hills out that way and we just flew up them. I was on the Trek with the front motor and had no issues other than on one steep uphill section I had to be sure my weight was over the front wheel otherwise there was a little slippage in loose gravel. A happy problem to have!
Ride entry: I managed to ride a good chunk of Middlesex's perimeter on a single battery charge yesterday. Total distance: 20 miles. I would estimate I used the battery power about 3/4 of the time. The Center Rd, from I-89 exit 9 to Molly Supple Rd is up and down the whole way. I had to work a bit to get up Molly Supple Rd. The 9-mile ride from Middlesex Village to my home (Culver Hill Rd) took about 38 minutes.
Tonight I'll test the bike's ability to carry me plus a full growler from Hunger Mt Coop's