We have a crush here on Groovy for electric-hybrid bikes. Personally, just knowing that I’ve got some assistance on the myriad of hills surrounding my town is a pretty sweet advantage. I’d pedal the other 90% of the time — which would be a hell of a lot better than taking my car the five or so miles to work. Plus, no sweaty nastiness on those host summer days.
Anyways, if you’re looking for the absolute pinnacle in electric-bicycle customization, the OB1 from Optibike is probably your best bet. From Gizmag,
“The key component of the Optibike system – the patented Motorized Bottom Bracket (MBB) which drives through the derauiller gear system to optimize acceleration and range at all pedaling speeds – is now oil cooled and delivers 850 continuous watts of power. Add to this carbon fiber handlebars, brakes, derailleur, chainring and cable ferrules, a customized paint job, GPS satellite navigation, plus a wireless PDA interface that provides real-time feedback on remaining range, battery charge and motor temperatures, and you have yourself one high-performance urban commuter.”
Speeds are about 30+mph and we imagine range is pretty decent — especially with the the lightweight aluminum monocoque frame. Speaking of which, the frame is guaranteed for life, while the lithium-ion battery is covered fully for three years or 30,000 miles. That’s a pretty awesome warranty for a bicycle battery!
But make sure your wallet comes packing. This bike will cost your just about $13,000. Of course, only 24 will be made this year, so if exclusivity is your thing, that price might be worth it. If that’s a little too high, you can pick up their lower models for about $5K.