I’ve ridden this one around town a bit, and I like it a lot. It feels big and beefy even though it is a 20″ wheel folding bike. The top tube contains the battery, and is much wider and thicker than on a standard bike, making feel solid and strong. The 4″ x 20″ fat tires add to the sturdy feeling. It has a 500 watt, torquey motor, and this thing jumps forward from a dead stop, and gets to top speed (20 mph) in seconds. It is like a sports car, small and nimble, yet powerful off the line with plenty of stamina for long climbs. This not a beginner bike for sure, but it sure is fun and feels safe due its bulk.
We have assembled our first shipment of Ecotric E-Bikes, and are excited to offer them for sale at our shop. We especially enjoy the size, power and fun of the 20″ folding e-bikes, while the 26″ city and offroad bikes are great for commuting, running errands, or just tooling around Bloomington. They offer a great blend of performance and price value, making them a great first e-bike purchase.
Dolphin 20″ Fat Tire Folding E-Bike – $900.00
The Dolphin has a winning combination of features to make it a perfect bike for just about any activity. Fold it up and put it in the car, it is a step-thru making it easy to mount and control.
Power Sport Folding Fat Tire 48V – $950
This fat tire folding bike is beefier than the Dolphin, and though Ecotric has not come up with a cutsie name for it, but they are selling fast. It has a 48 Volt/500 Watt motor and may be a bit more solid in its geometry when hitting the back forty, or hitting a Bloomington pothole or curb.
Starfish 20″ Folding Step Through – $750
The Starfish has a smaller frame and wheels (1.75″ tires) than the 2 fat tire bikes above, and is perhaps a bit easier to handle as a result. Perfect for zipping around town on errands, . It has a 36 Volt/350W motor, and disk brakes front and back. The rack will hold a pair of panniers, and the bike is rated for 220 lbs. payload, and it is easily transported. It is a great way to started with e-bikes both in affordiblity and ease of use.
Peace Dove 26″ City Bike – $700.00
This step-through city bike is another great value for the new e-bike rider. It is easy to mount and control, with a 36 Volt/350 Watt motor will travel from one end of town to another and back again with no problem. With a rear rack, it can handle a rear bike bag or panniers, great for shopping and other errands.
Rocket 26″ Mountain Bike $990
The Vortex’s beefier brother, the Rocket has a 36 Volt/500 Watt drive train, matched with 4″ fat tires, and suspension fork, the Rocket can take on trail riding as well as the toughest city streets. With front fork suspension, 2″ tires, and sleek design, it is ready to hit the back country for hours of fun riding.
Vortex, Value Mountain Bike – $675
The Vortex sports a 36V, 350W motor, enought power to climb most of our hills with pedal assist. With straight handlebars, short body and knobby tires, it is meant to make easy work of the toughest terrain.
We are proud to offer SONDORS electric bikes! We are the only dealer/repair shop in our area, and currently have 3 models in stock, the SONDORS X, the Fold X and the Smart Step. All 3 are extremely sturdy, elegant and well built. With plenty of power on the SONDORS X and Fold X (48V/500W motors), they will conquer any hill in southern Indiana, while the fat tires will smooth out any bumps or pot holes with ease. The Smart Step is built to mount easily, and with 36 V/350W motor, it is sized perfectly for city use, or cruising our county roads in style. The SONDORS line is a bit more expensive that our Ecotrics, but we feel they are well worth the extra cash ($200-300).
The Sondors Fold X is a sleek little machine to look at, but feels like a beast once you are on it. Like all Sonodors models, it will handle up to 300 lbs, and has a ton of power to get you going, quick, even up hill. The 20″ fat tires grip the road, and the smaller wheels mean you have more torque than standard 26″ wheels. Try one out, they are a true values at $1300 at Zephyr Bikes.
This is the SONDORS X, a fat tire mountain bike, which is more than enough the handle the gravel roads, off-road trails, and steep hills in our area (look out McGowen Rd!). This is a heavy duty hard tail with no front suspension, which is no problem due to the fat tire’s ability to smooth out the bumps. The controller and battery are well protected from water and mud in the SONDORS proprietary case, making it great in all weather. The SONDORS X is $1300 at Zephyr E-Bikes.
The SONDORS Smart Step is the right choice for those of us who prefer the ease of mounting that a low step bike affords. It is a full sized bike (27.5″ wheels) that will hold large humans up to 300 lbs, yet with its low step design, is easy to manage for just about anyone. It has a 36V/350Watt motor good for 25-40 miles before recharging. Use it for cruising around town on errands, or with 3″ tires and front suspension, hit the gravel/dirt roads and hills in our area. $1300
I recorded this song just as the Inauguration (2021) began. As Amtrack Joe seems to be the first president with a sense of what good transportation looks and feels like, I was feeling paticularly hopeful for the future. I am hoping our e-bike initiative will help bring ever more folks to the biking lifestyle, and foster postive change in our transporation system.
First recorded (and composed?) in 2005 by Robert Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders on their “Singing in the Bathtub” album, it apparently made its way to England, where this cute video has emerged. Both versions are superior to mine, but I just had to give it a try!
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We (Mitch Rice & my son-in-law Emmanuel Wefunya) run an e-bike shop in Bloomington, Indiana. We are located on the eastside of Bloomington IN, near College Mall. We sell, assemble, service, and upgrade all models and styles of e-bikes. Sondors and Ecotric are the new e-bikes we sell, brands which we see as good values in the $800-$1600 price range. If you purchase online from another brand, we can assemble and tune it for you, or meet with you to make sure you order the best bike for your circumstance.
All of our e-bikes feature 3-5 levels of power assist, which means you can adjust just how much assistance you use at anyone time, from none, to up to 3-4 times your input energy. So an average commuter cylist might produce about 150 watts at 10 mph. (Bike athletes can produce 200-300 watts average over 4 hours, and even more during sprints) So it is like having a couple of extra rider your bike, but without the extra weight and wind resistance. Most models have a throttle as well, which is especially useful when starting up and moving throught city intersections. It overcomes your initial inertia, allowing you to cruise easily through the toughest intersections.
We are sure that e-bikes have a great potential for improving our national transportation system, as well as for personal growth, health and well-being. E-bikes make commuting comfortable and accessible for a wide range of people with the added benfit that e-bikes are fun, easy to ride, and eco-friendly. E-bikes chill the hill, no sweat, really, and distance is no problem while an averaging 15/mph in the city. No need for fancy riding clothes, and you will arrive at your destination calm, cool, and ready to go, while feeling mentally/spiritually refreshed by your ride to work.
Recreationally, e-bikes can really extend your range, and with 3-5 levels of assist, you don’t need to worry about our abundent hills; in fact you can look forward to them. All models have a power indicator, allowing you to guage the milage left, and for the really long rides (over 50-60 mi), you could carry a second battery. We recently converted Mitch’s classic Rans recumbent, which was used for over a decade to roam all over Monroe, Brown, and Lawrence counties. Here’s to the many miles ahead!
Happy, safe riding to all,
Mitch and Emmanuel
At first, I understood fat tire bikes a specialized category; they are obviously great for beach, snow, and mountain bike adventuring, but for day to day, not so much…till I tried out a fat tire e-bike. I was used to the 2″ tires of my RadPower Cargo bike, but 3-4″ tires really make the potholes disappear, and you feel like you are riding “high, wide, and handsome.” The mountain bike style was the original, first hand-made in Alaska to work in the snowy day to day weather there. They traveled to California as a beach bike (great on sand, gravel, dirt). These beasts then aquired gearing to become mountain bikes, and with electric assist motors, they could go anywhere in the Rockies. Thie addition of electric power has made them ridable by non-athletes where ever and whenever; the bulk and weight just disappear as a factor, and you are then riding the SUV of bicycles, big, bold, and powerful. Cars notice, you can keep up in traffic, and potholes and curbs are no longer a threat. And of course, they rock the back country, gravel, dirt or mud, they plow right through.
In this picture, Emmanuel is holding a mountain bike that we are modding, the battery and controller are yet to be added. This beast will climb any hill with its 1000W motor and 4″ fat tires.