Eurobike 2014

M1 Spitzing

M1 Spitzing


Europe’s most important bicycle tradeshow in Friedrichshafen, Germany, just closed its doors. It confirmed the ascendancy of the electric bike.

Electric bikes were everywhere, ranging from urban bikes to mountain bikes, with a huge offering of Speed-pedelecs (over 25 km/h, or 15.5 mph). Optimistic predictions from Bosch’s CEO that “in time, 50% of bicycles will be electric” might have been wishful thinking since Bosch is the leading supplier of electric components for bikes in Europe, but it reflects the influence of electric propulsion at Eurobike.

Two e-bikes won a Gold Award at the show: the ST2 from the Swiss firm Stromer, and the Elite Hybrid from Germany’s Cube.

Stromer ST2

Stromer ST2


The ST2 is a fully connected e-bike via Bluetooth and an iPhone app, and has a GSM connection thanks to its own SIM card. It is powered by a 500W electric motor with 35Nm of torque. The 48-Volt lithium battery contains 814 Wh of energy, providing a range of 150 km (93 miles). The ST2 can reach a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph). Price: $6,990
Cube Elite Hybrid

Cube Elite Hybrid


The Elite Hybrid is an electric mountain-bike, a category that is growing rapidly in Europe. The 16.9 kg (37 lb.) carbon fiber frame has a 250W Bosch electric motor and a 400Wh Bosch lithium battery, and comes with an 11-speed derailleur. Top speed is 26 km/h (16 mph). Price:$9,055

Even car tuners are entering the e-bike market. M1-Sporttechnik, a famous BMW car tuner, introduced the Spitzing. It has an 880Wh lithium battery and comes in 3 versions, with a power of 250, 500 or 850W, and a top speed of 25, 45 or 75 km/h (15.5, 28 or 46.6 mph). Available in 2015.

Some observers fear that these Speed-pedelecs threaten the whole e-bike market. In the absence of clear regulations, the misuse of these fast vehicles might create a backlash among the public.


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3 comments for this post
  1. yuval Brandstetter MD wrote the 07/09/2014

    ). The ST2 can reach a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph). Price: $6,990

    For that price, or just a little more you can get a legal motorcycle

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    • Angelo wrote the 21/12/2014

      You need a license, registration and insurance for a motorcycle not a bike. I agree wayyy over priced though.

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  2. Albert wrote the 07/09/2014

    Yes, I think these bikes are way too expensive. Why are people buying such expensive bicycles? Compared to these bikes, electric motorcycles seem cheap!

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