Recently I had a chance encounter with the guys from Typhoon, who build intriguing "motor assisted" road and mountain bikes. They had on display a motorised carbon road bike that on inspection shared an extremely close resemblance to one recently discovered in the world of cyclocross.

At first glance I didn't spot that the bike was modified. It just looked like one of many very sleek carbon road bikes. In fact the weight wasn't even that bad, I'd guess around 9kg, no featherweight but less than my fully kitted winter bike. Even on close inspection the only clue was a barely visible wire running from the storage bottle into the seat tube. The guys assured me this would be totally hidden in the future and that the storage bottle would be much smaller.

Click on the pic to enlarge. You still won't be able to tell it's an e-bike!

This particular pre-production model had a three-speed motor activated by a tiny switch hidden on the bars. Once turned on it kicks in when you pedal, providing up to an extra 250 watts of power in high mode.

Yes, that's an extra TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY WATTS!

According to the guys they are currently two months away from a proper release, but with the recent publicity surrounding mechanical doping in the pro ranks they brought a couple of examples to the Bike Show to ride the wave of that publicity, so to speak!

At a cost of around 12,000 euros I don't think you'll be seeing many on the club rides any time soon, but this undoubtedly proves that the tech is out there, works perfectly and is accessible to the general public.

Now if only I could score a proper test ride...


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Comment by Middle Ringer on February 24, 2016 at 21:01
Could you just hang onto her bike up the hills? Haha!
Comment by Mike the Bike on February 14, 2016 at 16:19

We often ride together but it takes a while to get the knack of accompanying an e-bike.  For example where you and I would attack the bottom of a hill the rider with a battery has no need to do this.  They simply keep pedalling steadily and the bike will carry them smoothly up the slope.  This means the gap between us changes all the time as our relative speeds vary.

 At the top of a long climb I could easily be hundreds of yards behind but by the time we reach the bottom of the next hill I will be well out in front as I exceed her top speed of 18-ish mph.

We have learned not to talk over our shoulders because the other one is probably not there!

Comment by Middle Ringer on February 13, 2016 at 21:21

Do you ever draft behind her motor-pacing style?

Comment by Mike the Bike on February 13, 2016 at 18:18

Child's play.  My lady's battery is six-times bigger and probably weighs more than this complete bike.  And you can see her bike is electric from about five hundred yards.  No, make that a kilometre.

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