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Meet the Bicycles That Blur the Line 'tween Cars and Bikes

Wall Street Journal article profiles Stromer ST2 e-bike, as well as Trek's Lyncs and Fuji's Denny, non-electric bicycles.

Published: 23-Sep-2014

ONE DAY, bikes that don't change gears for you automatically could seem as quaint as a stick-shift car. And riding a model without built-in lights will seem as crazy as driving with your headlights out.

That future is closer than you might think. Batteries that power these upgrades have gotten smaller, lighter and longer lasting—enabling bike makers to trick out their new models with carlike features. This improves both safety and performance. The goal isn't just to wow bike enthusiasts; it's also to attract people who may be reluctant to bike on busy streets.

Here are three new models that begin to blur the line between auto and bicycle.


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Haibike AMT Pro electric mountain bike

Ian Morton spent 25 years as an interior decorator and now runs electric-assist bicycle business in Britain.

Londoner commutes to work on Spencer Ivy electric-assist bicycle.

Peter Walker considers why electric-assist bicycles are taking off in Europe, while England, just across the channel, sales lag far behind.

ZeHus Bike+ hybrid bicycle uses engineering principle similar to Toyota Prius.

The system's algorithm switches seamlessly between providing electromechanical torque to regeneration of the embedded batteries in the hub motor.


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