Felt NINE-e electric bike real world feedback

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted August 19, 2014

After the false-starts, double launches and goofy internal trans-atlantic politics about who would sell what and where, with Felt Germany mostly winning out over the US HQ and staff - the FELT Electric Bikes are finally here and local e-bike riders are benefiting from multiple locations where they can decide where to purchase their Felt e-bikes (though you may not know it from looking at the Felt Electric social media droppings). We did our Felt E-BIKE demo a few months back - you may have been there - and didn't have any bikes to sell. Then, we did a similar BOSCH powered e-bike demo with our HAIBIKEs and demo'd and sold a bunch of HAIBIKE bikes. 

They are here now and the first bike to hit crusty old floors and leave our two stores with a happy customer on it from Felt Electric is the NINE-e 29er. 

In contrast to the HAIBIKE line of similarly BOSCH powered e-bikes, the FELT's fit right in with the rest of the Felt line of non-e bicycles. The first thing that you notice right away is the simpler frame design on the FELT vs the HAIBIKE. This frame structure benefits the FELT over the Haibike saving 6 lbs on the weight of the NINEe vs the HAIBIKE XDURO 29er. So, the Felt is lighter and therefore a little more nimble. 

But, the Felt is a few hundred dollars more in cost over the HAIBIKE too, so there's a trade off there. 

Both of these 29ers make for great off road and great on road bikes. Sling some road-biased tires on the FELT NineE and this bike becomes a sporty urban hybrid, perfect for the kind of commuting back and forth to work that beckons a few detours on your favorite suburban back-yard canyon trails. This is how we've been selling this bike so far and for people with an active lifestyle looking for a do-all bike that's good for commuting on the road and fun in the dirt, the NINEe is probably the most practical buy in the line. 


Today we got the call for the SPORT-e model and our first bunch of bikes are headed our way now. Some local shop with no FELT buying history has had some SPORT-e demo bikes for weeks already, but we'll get some here in a bit for the less-than hip hipster crowd. 



Project VANMOOF 10- the ebike that looks like an ebike should look without looking like an ebike

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted August 19, 2014


The VANMOOF 10 electric bike project has been in the works for some time. First as a sketch. Then a pilot. Then a pre-release and now as a production e-bike. 

The VANMOOF is a gentlemen's e-bike in a similar way that the FARADAY is on the want list of people who enjoy style. In both bikes, style comes either before or at the same time as function and technology is at the forefront, at least on the Vanmoof. The Faraday's older-school styling obscures some of the hints to technology, while the Vanmoof looks like a bike from the future. 

We've ridden the FARADAY and enjoyed it too. The ride is very near identical to the Vanmoof but the moof ups the ante quite a bit with some added scoops of technology not readily obvious on the Faraday. 

The VANMOOF 10 is not the greatest hill climber in our line-up, but it will climb hills. It's great for going against the wind, riding at your leisure, eliminating the need to sweat. You cruise on this bike with light strokes on the pedals, letting the bike do most of the work.  

The VANMOOF is a full featured urban cruiser with fenders, built in front and rear lights, remote on/off switch, 2 power levels and 2 gears. 





Powered by BOSCH & YOU

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted August 12, 2014

Our 2 retail stores, one in Redwood City, the other in San Francisco are helping people pedal more, further and faster with a full range of electric bikes for all riding styles. E-bikes are changing the way urban dwellers are moving around cities and suburbs.Extend your range, tackle a nagging hill, park where you want. Sounds like freedom. Visit our store or web site now.

You'll be amazed by the performance and technology of our BOSCH powered HAIBIKE e-bikes. Come to our San Francisco store this Saturday the 16thfor an all day demo event. Enjoy a full selection of bikes and test them out on real San Francisco hills. From full suspension mountain bikes, to hard tail and hybrids. Haibike has the largest range of BOSCH powered e-bikes on the market. More here and here



Fuji Feather Mint Chip Single Speed Bike

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted August 04, 2014

Mint Chip is one of my favorite ice creams. I still recall the tune we sang ordering a "Chocolate, chocolate chip and Mint n Chip" at Thrifties as a kid. It made me fat. 

This new color from FUJI for the Feather single speed bike will do just the opposite. 

Lean, clean and very uplifting in every way. The Fuji Feather mint is their "Sea Foam". 

Adding to the great simplicity and clean classic components and finishing touches, FUJI embellished the frame with old school badging and pinstripes. 



We can't advertise this bike on our web site for you to buy or anything but we stock this bike in our Redwood City and San Francisco stores so "COME ON DOWN" and check one out. 




Custom Bikes For Your Company

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted July 30, 2014

The trend for companies who want to offer a great work environment for their employees, while also advertising a cutting-edge brand in the urban landscape is to provide corporate bicycles to employees to get around town during and after work. Our bikes do that and do it better. 

We offer the VANMOOF urban cycles from the Netherlands and we customize them here in the US with your branding. Their interesting design and wide frames are ideal for corporate branding. Their modern design also communicates a sophistication about your company that no other bike on the market can convey. 

Employees enjoy the freedom of hopping on a company bike to grab lunch, some exercise and free Vitamin C from the sun. Jumping on a bike vs. shuffling down to the local deli or cafeteria boosts employee moral and productivity in ways only cycling can. 

Suburbanbikes is based in Redwood City California and our showroom in San Francisco is at Motostrano SF on Bush St. 

Each of our Vanmoof bikes are idealyl suited to urban around town riding. They each come with front and rear lights which are generated by front dynamo hub. Theft resistant bolts and seat clamps are standard, as is the anodized frame coloring. 

Call us to get your corporate bike program rolling. It's a fun, cheap and easy way to be cool on two wheels. 


Vanmoof Bike Rental San Francisco $9.00 Per Day

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted July 17, 2014

Why rent a bike when you can rent a Vanmoof? Why pay more than $10.00 per day for a bike rental? 

Exactly. You asked. We listened. A bike rental should be less than a car rental and with Suburbanbikes and Motostrano, it is with our "Rentme.Bike" program. 

And in San Francisco, the bike you rent should be an example of the hi-tech culture that we live in.

Our Vanmoof bikes from Amsterdam are filled with high design concepts and useful technology, integrated with a vision of ease of use and friendly riding. We've made them even more friendly by letting them for rent, for just $9.00 per day in San Francisco. 

It's easy. Text or call us to reserve your bike at 415.580.1452

Quick and easy, in and out, no hassle rentals. We require a deposit to secure the bike. You get a great bike, a lock and a helmet and The City is yours. 



Dutch Bike Rental Chill Picnic Package

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted June 27, 2014

It's summer in Silicon Valley and what could be nicer than to take an easy break from work while you are here, rent a couple of bikes and go on a picnic with some one special. 


Our Dutch Bike Rental Chill Picnic Package gets you two wonderful fully loaded Gazelle dutch bikes, with lights, fenders, lock and a rack, plus a picnic basket, stocked with all the fixings of a great picnic. 

Enjoy an afternoon "daycation" on our pair of Dutch bikes for him and her and head off to one of the many local parks for a great time in the shade or sun. We'll point you in the right direction, or you can explore on your own. 

Inside the whicker picnic basket you'll have a wool blanket to chill out on, a bottle of Californian wine (chilled), water, local cheese (chilled), gourmet bread, cold cuts and San Francisco chocolate selected from one of our local delis, plus an assortment of organic fresh fruits. We'll also supply all the utensils you will need (cups, silver wear, napkins, bottle opener) Head out on your journey, under a canopy of trees, find a quiet spot and enjoy the silence as the world rushes by. 

Package Rental Price (includes 2 bikes, Helmets and all the picnic goodies) $150.00


Electric Bikes In Santa Cruz California

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted June 18, 2014

The town of Santa Cruz is a great biking town. It's a also a great town for an e-bike. 

Santa Cruz sits on the Monterey Peninsula and meanders up the Santa Cruz mountains a bit. The coast line is dotted with jetties and gorges where creeks and streams have created ups and downs galore. Prime territory for a powerful e-bike to get commuters and recreational riders up hills that otherwise would be a drag. 

Suburbanbikes services the Santa Cruz and Monterey areas with a great selection of e-bikes that work great in this coastal town and Redwood City is just a hop over the hill to pick up a new bike. 

We can also deliver and pick-up if you need this service. It's all part of our customer satisfaction focus and our intent on spreading the joy of e-bikes where ever we can. 

As a Currie iZIP dealer we have beach cruisers with 500 watt motors on them to get you up the hills in classic Santa Cruz Beach Cruiser style. For the adventure crowd, we have Bosch powered mountain bikes designed to tackle trails with ease. 


Another Shipment of Urban Arrow Bikes Headed Our Way

Wild, young, America is losing interest in the automobile...
In the six months that we've been dealing in the ultimate cargo bike, the Urban Arrow, we've learned a lot about it's nature, technology and durability. 
A new batch of Urban Arrows are headed for America now, this time built to our spec based on the needs of our local California market, based on what we've learned from our customers. 
We've learned from customer feedback and adopted the Urban Arrow to meet their needs. 
We've found that the primary buyer of the Urban Arrow are parents looking for a better way to transport 1-3 kids around urban environments. The Urban Arrow does this better, more open and more friendly than by car. 
We've learned that the Urban Arrow is a big bike, and so, we've adopted a customer service policy that includes delivery of the Urban Arrow to our customer's door step. We've learned that this keeps customers happier and us too, since we get to get out of the store!
We've learned that we remember that Holland doesn't have a lot of hills, which is why Dutch bikes don't have to have excellent brakes, so we order our Urban Arrows with upgraded disc brakes as a standard feature. 
We've learned that some customers can wait for great things to come and some can not. Keep in mind that we import the Urban Arrow bike in small batches direct from Holland. 
We've learned that one family in Santa Monica wants to use the UA for long distance kid pick-up and drop off, up to 20 miles each way. This is a two-battery trip, so extra batteries are important. 
We've learned that one family in San Francisco enjoys tackling some of The City's bigger hills with their Urban Arrow, so disc brakes are a must. 
We've learned that the Bosch electric bike motor is reliable, light weight and powerful. 
We've learned that people who want to own an Urban Arrow are forward thinking, practical minded people who want an alternative to a car. Technologists, programmers, designers by trade, individualists. 
We've learned that the best thing families enjoy about the Urban Arrow is the ability to take it and park where cars can't park. To go where cars can't go. The park, the beach, boardwalk, the marina, ward, etc. 


Commuter Benefits Launch with Suburbanbikes and Motostrano

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted June 12, 2014

Who doesn't like benefits, right? 

Suburbanbikes / Motostrano has teamed up with Commuter Benefits to allow employees and companies to redeem Commuter Benefits cash coupons for bicycle related products and services. 

If your employer participates in the Commuter Benefits program, you can now spread the word that Suburbanbikes accepts these coupons for great products like Felt bicycles, tune-ups, accessories and even Electric Bicycles!

If your employer doesn't yet participate in Commuter Benefits, now is great time to recommend the program to your HR department! 

For more information, visit their web site at Commuter Benefits.




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