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the Bafang mid-drive motors on a PHEW! bikes


We realized we’re installing the Bafang mid-drive motor on quite a few bikes, each quite unique.

bafang + montague parFor quite a while, we’ve showcased the Bafang motor on a demo Montague Paratrooper, a full size folding mountain bike. With a 750W motor and a 53V 16A battery, this one’s a hill climber and has a 65 mile range.

More recently, we decided to install the Bafang motor on a city bike. The Breezer Uptown EX. A fine bike with 8 speeds, an upright posture and fitted witbreezer uptownh fenders and rack. And now with a 750W motor and a 48V 11A battery, it’s a super comfortable bike for touring as well as around town.

When a family from Europe had their Dutch Urban Arrow uncrated at our door, and asked urban arrowabout electrifying it, they chose the same mid-drive motor.  The same hill climber motor morphed into a family SUV to bring along baby & dog on errands.  In our tests, it also held up well with a 300 lb man as cargo!

Most recently, we decided to install a toned down version (only 350w fuji declmotor and a smaller battery) on a Fuji Declaration.  A single speed bike with 5 levels of pedal assist and ample throttle to keep up with traffic, it weighs in under 38 lbs. One of the more affordable, full-size and light-weight electric bikes, I do believe!

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The Yuba Mundo – now with BionX-assist


Having drooled over the Yuba Mundo for the past year, when their rep Riley visited us last week, one ride around the block cinched it. PHEW! is now a Yuba dealer.

What is a Yuba? A very comfortable bike designed to carry cargo AND passengers.  A fresh-baked rhubarb crisp was delivered on the front basket of our recent acquisition, which can hold upto 55 lbs. 

Knowing that the bike’s cargo capacity, on top of the rider’s weight, is 440 lbs, Afshin took my brother & 10 year old son for a ride around the neighborhood.

He even pedaled to the local Acme for some  ice cream, with an adult friend in tow.  The bike is fun to watch and even more fun to ride.  

Yesterday, we added the BionX electric-assist system to the Yuba Mundo. I skittishly got onto the rear rack, and let him pedal me up to Chestnut Hill for dinner. The return ride home in the summer night was lovely, hardly breaking a sweat and quietly enjoying the scents of the evening.

Look out for the blue Yuba in Mt Airy, hauling people & picking up cool re-usables left along the curb. And next week, in service at the Occupy National Gathering at Independence Mall!