We take our turn integrating the electro-mechanical system onto a stock Kona Honzo MTB and come away impressed.
This new ebike represents the gateway to enjoying the space in between where these new riders are and where they’re going. The Parkway retails for $2,799.00 and features a lightweight, quiet and award winning (2017, Red Dot Design) e-assist system from Bosch’s Active Line.
The secret behind ST3’s power is its newly engineered SYNO Drive II rear hub drive, which packs a punch of 600 W and transfers 44 Nm of torque directly to the road surface. The motor is not only highly efficient, it also captures the energy released during braking in its powerful BQ814 battery with a range up to 93 miles.
The 2017 Koda is an improved version of their 2015 model that was one of five finalists for e-bike of the year at Interbike. The Koda is listed as a “sports commuter” and satisfies the designation very well.
H.L. Mencken said that one characteristic of Americans is we’re afraid that someone somewhere is having fun. If that’s the case, we need to close our collective eyes when someone rides by on an E-LUX cruiser, because they’re definitely having a good time.
Interbike, the yearly compendium of phantasmagoric cycling delicacies, is just around the corner as this is written, and the SCB crew has the same rapt anticipation as the week before Christmas many years ago.
Many excellent bike shops in Southern California already sell e-commuters, with more retailers adding them their inventory every month. So then why would anyone want to assemble a do-it-yourself (DIY) e-bike when there are scores of superb OEM models available? The reasons, many and varied, include the cost savings, the assurance that the conversion of a bike that already fits you perfectly will continue to do so as an e-bike, a new hobby, the feeling of accomplishment and an intimate knowledge of the functional parameters of your bike.