IF move folding bicycle

The old adage is true: no two folding bikes are built the same. From Bromptons to Dahons to Terns, each model has its own features and quirks that make them tailored to a certain lifestyle.

The IF Move is a bike that is majorly concerned with portability. Pacific Cycles has built it from the ground up to make sure that it rides, folds, and carries effortlessly.

IF Move folding bicycle

The IF Move’s coolest design feature is the way it folds – the pedals kick in, the handlebars fold down, and the frame rotates to create something you can intuitively ‘wheel’ around. It even has a kickstand that pops out when folded!

IF Move folding bicycle

Of course, you could carry this bike just as easily – it’s one of the lightest bikes we have, weighing in at only 25lbs. Still, that can get tiring after a while. The option to easily roll it along side you made my test ride with it much more fun.

IF Move folding bicycle

Handling the bike is a treat – the gears shift with a twist of the grip, offering a seamless experience from start to finish. I found myself climbing steep inclines with ease. 

IF Move folding bicycle

This bike is a wonder. It has a unique and clever fold coupled with a frame that puts all your power right in to the pedals. Check out our video review as well.

Like what you see? Check out the details on our website, and pick one up for yourself.

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By: Mike from DIYBIKING.COM

Stromer ST1 Electric Bike

If you live in a four story walk-up in Greenwich Village do not – I repeat – do not buy a Stromer ST1 under any circumstances.

I’m just throwing that out there.

Here’s the thing: I’ve already ridden and reviewed the electric assist Brompton and Dahon Formula, and these are electric assist folding bikes that brag about their weight and portability. The Stromer ST1 doesn’t fold and, at 62 pounds, is around twenty pounds heavier than either of those aforementioned NYCeWheels bikes.

The fact that it doesn’t fold was an issue out of the gate, because I couldn’t bring it with me on the train if I returned from Manhattan during Metro North peak hours. So I brought it home early one weekday afternoon and was not only able to bring it on the train easily, but I was able to see one of the new and seldom seen Metro North bike racks.

Stromer ST1 Electric Bike

I you eat your Wheaties, you’ll be able to bring the bike up and hook it on the rack. When I did this, I heard no creak and because it is still the relative size of a normal bike it did fit.

While sitting next to it on the train ride back, I got to look at the bike in such a way I was able to understand where all of the weight was coming from. The 500W motor in the rear hub. The 36 volt lithium ion battery stowed in the bottom tube. The rear rack and fenders – all of it gives the bike heft.

Still more weight comes from the unusual and optional seatpost A Cane Creek Thudbuster. I’ve been familiar with these for a while and would write a song about them if I could. Any bike with a hardball aluminum frame (like the Stromer ST1) needs one of these. It just makes a more comfortable ride.

So yes, this is a heavy bike. That can’t be sugarcoated. But then again, you get something for all of this heft. To find out what it is, you have to turn the bike on, select the ‘Power’ mode, and begin pedaling.

Stromer ST1 Electric Bicycle

With the fat Big Ben tires and the solid frame, the bike doesn’t feel like anything other than an electric assist battering ram when riding. Pedaling at a pace that feels like ten miles an hour while the spedometer says you’re going double that is a grin-inducer, to be sure. Not only that, but the bike has regenerative braking that puts power back into the battery when you slow down – which is not a common feature.

I’m going to have to put this bike through some paces – including, but not limited, to a hilly, 20+ mile ride. I’ll let you know how that goes shortly.

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EcoReco M5 electric scooter

When I first moved to Manhattan, I was bewildered by the amount of businessmen I saw riding scooters around Midtown. In the mean streets of New York City, why did so many people choose to scoot? Today, I grabbed an EcoReco M5 from our shop to find out.

All my fears of insufficient balance, durability, and cool-factor were left in the dust as soon as I hit the sleek, ergonomic throttle. Cruising in the bike lane, I was neck and neck with the best of them.

EcoReco M5 Throttle

The width of the deck turned out to be perfectly suited to my wide feet, and thanks to its gripping texture, I never slid around.

EcoReco M5 electric scooter

This thing lasted forever –10 miles on a single charge, to be exact – and I took it everywhere. Sewer grates, cobblestone, and debris were no match for my mighty EcoReco M5. What I didn’t attempt to avoid, I cruised right over. The suspension on these machines is no joke.

EcoReco M5 electric scooter

The handling of the EcoReco M5 is a dream. Leaning and tilting your body weight allows you to make sharp turns and catch a bit more acceleration. It’s hard not to feel like you’re in an action movie when you ride this thing. The max speed is 20MPH, but I crept past 25MPH going downhill.

EcoReco M5 Electric Scooter suspension

The breaking is tuned to perfection. The EcoReco M5 stops on a dime if you need it to, but more often than not you can stop accelerating and slowly tease the brakes to coast to a smooth stop.

EcoReco Electric Full Suspension Scooter

The EcoReco M5 turned me in to a believer. There are few things more exhilarating than weaving your way around town at 15MPH, especially when the acceleration is nearly instant.

After riding the EcoReco m5, I’m convinced that we’re on the dawn of a beautiful new era, where scooters are taken as seriously as they should be.

EcoReco M5 Electric Scooter

 

Check out our video review of this electric scooter!

Like what you see? These scooters make the perfect gift – seriously, can you imagine someone being unhappy with one of these?– and we’ve got a few left in stock at our shop. You can find out more here.  Happy riding!

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First Impression: The Stromer ST2

by Peter on October 18, 2014

Here’s a guest post sent to us by Mike from DIYBIKING.COM. We love to get contributions to our blog and offer you a different perspective than just that of an employee. Thanks very much to Mike for this awesome post! So without further ado, here’s Mike’s First Impression: The Stromer ST2…

So at NYCeWheels the other day I was dropping off the eBrompton I had borrowed to do a series of posts on. However, a customer was trying out the electric assist Dahon Formula that I was going to review next, so I had a few minutes where I had nothing to do but admire this:

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This is a Stromer ST2 – available for preorder at NYCeWheels for a February/March 2015 delivery. And I was able to take it out for a little spin.

I like bikes that look normal from far away but are really something special when you get up close. The battery fits in the thick down tube (which helps with weight distribution). The thing on the top tube that looks like an iPod Nano is the control panel. And in the rear hub you have the electric motor.

Stromer.preview.2

I wasn’t told how this bike worked – only how to turn it on. I put my helmet on, looked over my shoulder to make sure no cars were coming on York Avenue, and started pedaling.

Do you remember the scene in The Dark Knight when the Batpod first made an appearance? How about the first X-Men movie when Wolverine pushes a turbo button on Cyclops’ motorcycle?

If you don’t remember either of those motion picture events, remember what I am about to write here: only a handful of seconds after I started pedaling, I was moving at 28 miles per hour.

Stromer.preview.3

Five blocks vanished rapidly. I turned right and headed back, deliberately overshooting the shop by a couple of blocks before making another right to end back on York Avenue.

I have never ridden a bike that sells for $7,000 before. If you are ever lucky enough to ride this bike, like the good heroin sold to John Travolta’s character in Pulp Fiction: you will know where that money went.

Now from just riding it a dozen blocks or so, I can tell you that I believe Stromer figured out what speed would make riders too terrified to ride on the ST2 again and cut 1/2 a mile an hour off. 28 miles an hour isn’t fast for a car, but for an electric bike that is also astonishingly quiet – it is plenty fast.

I hope to borrow it for a much longer review sometime, but my first impression is I think NYCeWheels is going to sell a lot of these. If you buy one, please ride it safely. You’re moving faster than you think.

Curious to check out the ST2 for yourself? Take a look at NYCeWheels’ ST2 Electric Bike Page or stop by for your own test ride.

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The dutch bike craze is in full swing in the US, and there’s no better expression of the sturdy, comfortable functionality of the popular design than the flagship Kettler Twin electric bike. We have a couple of these models left in the shop, so I decided to put it to the ultimate test: a rainy Manhattan day.

 

Kettler Twin tire on a wet road

 

Bucking the ultra-lightweight trend, the Kettler Twin recognizes that comfort and relaxation trump sleekness when you’re enjoying a ride around the city. The wide-set, upright, cruiser-style handlebars keep your posture in check while affording you maximum visibility.

 

Kettler Twin Portrait

The motor doesn’t provide the same “oomph” as other, more aggressive electric bikes (like the eBrompton), but the pedal assist affords a smooth, gradual acceleration that complements both the stop-and-go and the stretches of pedaling that come with a city tour.

 

Interface

 

The coolest part of the Kettler Twin’s motor is the intuitive pedaling. The eight-speed internal hub lets you conquer hills and sail down streets with ease, but the assisted pedaling kicks in when you’re having trouble spinning the pedals. I rode up steep ramps and sped down slick piers with the Kettler Twin – there was never a moment that felt like a chore.

 

Gears

 

Practical down to the detail, the Kettler Twin comes with a built-in rear rack big enough for a picnic basket, mobile office, or your groceries. For lighter traveling, you can utilize the spring-loaded clasp to store your jacket. The subtly placed fenders are designed to protect you from puddle splashes, dirt, and rocks. The cherry on top? The headlight is powered by the front dynamo hub, so you never have to worry about battery replacements. Talk about convenience.

 

rack

 

Even in the slippery conditions, the bike had me feeling relaxed and in control. The handling was a dream – not too sensitive, but perfectly responsive. The brakes pulled me to a slow halt, but were capable enough to stop on a dime. When tackling bumps, curbs, and cracks, the suspension and shock absorber in the seat post worked in tandem to keep my ride smooth and easy.

 

Shock absorber

 

It’s no wonder that dutch bicycles have become the latest fixation of the cyclist community. These machines are the epitome of smooth riding, and their solid builds do their part to keep you grounded. Backed by formidable technical specs, the biggest asset of the Kettler Twin is that it just feels right. The acceleration is creamy, and the handling is responsive and solid.

 

 

The dutch-made Kettler Twin electric bike is among the most robust bicycles we have in our shop. From build quality to aesthetics to sheer fun, this bike is the top of the line for the casual city or suburban bicyclist. By no means a speed demon, you can count on the Kettler Twin electric bike to get you where you need to go in style — and you’ll definitely enjoy the ride.

 

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eBrompton Around Town: Part I

October 8, 2014

Since I’ve now established the electric system NYCeWheels has for the Brompton is a smooth way to get around I have moved on to conduct a series of real-life tests. The tests have only one rule: no bike locks and no bike racks. I wanted to keep the eBrompton in the same room with me […]

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Haibike: Xduro FS RX vs. AMT PRO

October 6, 2014

Motorized Mountain Bikes…Who Knew? Today I was told by my manager Peter to take “each bike out and go ride down some stairs.” He’d just returned from a day trip to Long Island, testing out the new Haibike electric motor-powered mountain bikes, fresh in stock. He had nothing but good stories to tell (and some videos to […]

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Dahon Electric Formula S18 Review

October 4, 2014

An Intro to Cycling in NYC As an inexperienced cyclist, it’s easy to take one look at a bike with a motor attached and say “yeah, no thanks.” To wave the white flag and admit defeat without trial. That was my first thought when the super lightweight Dahon S18 was wheeled out to the curb. […]

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E-Brompton: Charge up your Commute – The Ride

September 24, 2014

If a cyclist falls off an electric assist Brompton and nobody sees it, is it still humiliating? That was the question I was asking myself the Sunday morning I set off to test the NYCeWheels eBrompton properly. Up to that point I had only ridden it from 84th and York to Grand Central Terminal which […]

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The New EcoReco M5: Ride with comfort!

September 13, 2014

The new EcoReco M5s have arrived!! These new electric scooters have all the great features of the previous model, but now come with rear suspension as well as front suspension, making the ride feel extremely different!! Let’s take a closer look! As you can see the M5 has the same slick look as its predecessor […]

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