Category Archives: battery in frame

the Benelli Classica – a chic city bike

One of our new models this season has been the Benelli Classica, brought to the US by local motorcycle importer Fast by Ferracci.


This finely designed e-bike got a nice write-up in our local Philadelphia Magazine.

Come ‘n try one out at 7153 Sprague St, Philadelphia PA 19119. We’ve got the Classica in all the colors: white, black and cream!


RiiDE – The Future of Urban Transportation?

Last week, we had the opportunity to meet with Amber & Jeff, the brains behind the Riide e-bike and very successful KickStarter campaign to get this bike into production.


The bike’s design was a pleasant surprise: simple & minimal.  A single speed mixte frame with low maintenance mechanical disc brakes PLUS a 350 watt direct drive motor in the rear hub, a frame-integrated battery & controller, and a twist throttle.  Elegant. And Perfect for the urban commuter.

One interesting feature was the rear drop-outs, designed for easier chain tension adjustment.


I almost wished they sold only the frame, leaving it open for people to experiment with different motors & batteries.  Much like the original IBM PC – a box with chassis open to a myriad of mix-and-match possibilities.

Easy Emotion Neo e-bikes= Quality + Reliability + Dependability + Innovation + Value

After months of waiting for it, we finally received a BH Easy Motion Jumber.  The moment it came out of the box, we were in love… with this good looking bike with nice curves and a great color contrast.  It was even a pleasure to assemble it, says Zachary.  Returning from his first test ride on the Jumper, Zachary reported that the bike was “superb without power assist, and out of this world with the assist enabled”.


I’d intended to take this baby out for a spin myself, but before I knew it, Harvey had adjusted the pressure on the Jumper’s Suntour Epicon Lord 120 rear shocks for his weight and was off – test riding it.  Upon his return, Harvey proclaimed … “in his over 30 years of working on bikes, he’d never imagined an electric bike could be so well conceived, well executed and so playful”, adding that he’d love to be able to take the Jumper for a longer ride just as a bike, and using the assist to get back when he tired himself on the trails.  I wish I had a camera to capture his smile.

I better take this for a test spin before a customer decides to take it home…

BH Easy Motion electric bikes

I’ve been following BH E-Motion’s e-bikes for several years.  In the US, BH E-Motion is well known for their fitness equipment.  In Europe they’re also known for their e-bikes, which have 4 types of technology.

  • NEO RDS (Rear Drive System) Technology
  • BOSCH IBS (Integrated Bottom Bracket System) Technology
  • PANASONIC IBS (Integrated Bottom Bracket System) Technology
  • EASY MOTION FDS (Front Drive System) Technology

This past September, while at InterBike (the national bicycle convention), I had the opportunity to test ride all of these systems.

The revolutionary Neo RDS technology uses a 350W motor (1 on the diagram). This was a nice powerful motor in the rear of the bike with the torque sensor (2) located in the rear drop out of the frame. This registers the force exerted by the rider and sends a signal to the controller (4). This action is fast.