Just How Many E-Bike Companies Are There Anyway? We just Hit 152 (Not Counting The Big Guys)

It was after viewing endless advertisements from obscure e-bike companies that I began to wonder: Just how many e-bike companies are there anyway? The answer is shocking. And ever expanding. I went down the rabbit hole and haven’t hit the den yet. I skipped the obvious, big-name players. You should already know that every major bicycle company (like Specialized, Trek, Giant and Cannondale) offers e-bikes. There is also an ever-increasing number of motorcycle and automobile companies jumping into the e-bike game. I haven’t counted them either. The e-bikes being pitched…

Park & Diamond Helmets Start The New Year Headed Backwards With No Helmet On The Horizon

I really feel for the poor backers who bought the hype from Park & Diamond’s founders as well as from media outlets like TC Disrupt and Digital Trends way back in 2019. They paid for the promised helmet and all they have received is one lame excuse after another from a company that doesn’t even have a helmet yet. You can read the latest update here. The update says, “We have successfully changed our manufacturing vendor and other key vendors. We have re-ordered tooling and are currently fine-tuning the tooling process…

A List Of “Rare” E-Bike And E-Bike Battery Charging Fires – UPDATED

The e-bike industry and its trade organizations are often quoted as saying e-bike fires are “a rare occurrence” (if they comment on the issue at all). These organizations are more apt to use the sanitized phrase “a runaway thermal event” that is code for “the bike’s battery blew up into flames.” The list of e-bike factories, retailers and owners who have experienced meltdowns is indeed a small percentage of total e-bike factories, retailers and owners. That shouldn’t make you feel a lot better if you have an e-bike charging in…

Totem USA’s Zen Rider E-Bike Powered By Panasonic Earns UL 2849 Approval

Totem USA is introducing a new 2022 e-bike model dubbed the Zen Rider. The Panasonic-powered Zen Rider separates itself from its competition by applying for and passing the Underwriters Laboratory UL 2849 certification. This is a major commitment from Totem to their customers who want the assurance that the e-bikes in their home do not pose an extreme fire threat or have an inherent design issue that could make operation dangerous. Buying an e-bike is a confusing and complicated dilemma due to the sheer number of available options (my last…

Top Stories Of 2021 From Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels

Calculating the top (most-clicked-on) stories of 2021 is fraught with technical difficulties. Stories posted early in the year have a marked advantage over a story posted in December. Stories that are “Updates” include tag-along readers from the original story (so I haven’t counted them unless the original story appeared in 2021). Finally, web browsers are getting mighty stingy revealing clicks (and I’m fine with that because I don’t monetize or track my readers) so I could have a story with way more eyeballs on it than I’ll ever know. Even…

Black Friday Sale Must Really Piss Off Recent Buyers Of Serial 1 E-Bikes

You’ll notice a disproportionate number of Serial 1 stories on Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels, so sue me, but they are an interesting company. The last message I received (as a consumer, not a journalist) is news of the company’s Black Friday sale. A free helmet with your purchase? Maybe a set of panniers? Nope. You get $1000 off! You read that right, $1000 off on the model of your choice. That’s just crazy. If you purchased a Mosh/Cty model 5 days ago, you paid $3799. Today the same bike…

Reevo Hubless E-Bike Earns UL 2849 Certification

Beno, the company developing the Reevo hubless e-bike, announced in their November 4th update on Indiegogo that their e-bike will meet the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) 2849 standard for e-bikes. This is a major benefit and value added for people who have already backed the bike (the Reevo is offered on crowdfunding site, Indiegogo) or plan to buy one once production begins. I find it impressive that a start-up e-bike company sees the value of third-party testing. This investment sends their backers a clear message that the company is serious about…

Serial 1 Custom E-Bike Raises $6300 For Just Keep Living Foundation

The second Serial 1 custom e-bike auction is over and all the money raised from the winning bid of $6300 goes to the Just Keep Living Foundation. The second auction was a public relations win over the company’s first auction because this winning bid is more in the ballpark of the bike’s value and the money raised goes to a good cause. The first auction, for a Stingray-ish styled Serial 1 e-bike, raked in the astronomical price of $14,200 (and Serial 1 pocketed that windfall). The second custom e-bike auction…

Serial 1 Custom E-bike Auction Benefits Just Keep Living Foundation

I thought the first Serial 1 custom e-bike auction was lame because the winning bid made the company a windfall profit while the winning bidder got an over-priced custom e-bike. The next Serial 1 auction is a better promotion for the company because the proceeds are going to a good cause, the Just Keep Living Foundation. Just like the first bike auctioned off, the company explains that this bike is “intended to be a collectible for display purposes only and not intended for use.” I guess they are covering their…