WHAT IS AN ELECTRO CYCLE?
An E-bike (Electric bike) is a traditional pedal-driven bicycle enhanced with an electric motor and battery designed to assist the rider in pedaling. The rider can set the assist level anywhere from 0-100%, depending upon how they feel like riding at any given moment. Climbing a hill? may want some more assist. Want a regular cycling workout, turn it off and pedal til your heart’s content. Many e-bikes additionally include a twist or thumb activated throttle to engage the motor without pedaling, more in the vein of a motor bike. This makes it basically a hybrid motorcycle/bicycle. Either way, it’s an exhilarating ride, and certainly one of the coolest ways to get around a somewhat localized area.
Now, If you’ve looked at the US e-bike market, you may have come to the conclusion that e-bikes in general are pretty blasé. Function over style seems to be the norm. Or in the case of one of the major brands, everyone seems to be riding the same style of retro 70’s mini-bike cruiser. There is no individuality. Very few have any flare, or the fervor to stand out from the pack. I don’t know about you, but something as personal as my bike needs to be an extension of me. I want people to check it out and get curious about the whole emerging American electric bike subculture. I want people to say, “Wow, that’s the coolest f’n bike I’ve ever seen. Where do I get one?'“
And so was born WIcked Thumb Limited Electrocycles.
Note exhibit A, the Wicked Thumb Mcqueen 750 Electrocycle. While technically the same definition as an e-bike, it is anything but your common e-bike. I’ve been told it turns heads like a naked supermodel eating a corny dog at the state fair of Texas.
The McQueen is a menage a trois starring an 1800’s pedal bike, a vintage 50’s Harley or Indian motorcycle and the technology of modern materials paired with your own personal electric power plant.
Besides the obvious je ne sais quoi, let’s look at the oomph factor:
THE 1100 WATT PEAK GEARED BRUSHLESS REAR HUB MOTOR IS YOUR OWN PERSONAL CLYDESDALE.
The 7 SPEED SHIMANO Altus Trigger Action Transmission ( Exhibit B ) enables you, at the click of your wicked thumb, to attack anything from steep inclines and more rugged offroad terrain to freshly paved blacktop, sidewalks, bike path, boardwalk and anything in between. Just ride it like a regular bike, shifting down to climb hills or through soft terrain and up to increase speed on the flats and pavement. As you go, the motor kicks in for that extra boost.
BUILT IN ELECTRONIC SPEED SENSING DETERMINES HOW FAST YOU ARE PEDALING AND ADJUSTS MOTOR ASSIST BASED UPON THE LEVEL YOU SET.
It’s a beautiful morning and you decide to leave the cage (i.e. car) at home today. You hop on your Wicked Thumb and head to work on this perfect morning, but you don’t want to get too sweaty in your work clothes. Just set the Pedal Assist level (PAS) to a nice brisk 3 ( or higher) on your commute in and enjoy the ride. At the end of the day, set it a tad lower (0-2) for a nice relaxing cruise/workout on the way home.
Thursday night comes along and you and the boys are headed out for a night on the town, set the level low (0-2) as you hop around from spot to spot, then zip it home before the Mrs. notices you’re not in bed.
EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS INSTANTLY ADJUSTABLE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS AND VISIBLE IN REAL TIME VIA THE FULL COLOR LED DISPLAY.
There is no denying the first time you ride an electric bike you’re going to love the ride. But when you walk up to a Wicked Thumb Electrocycle, fuhgeddaboutit. Between the looks, design and sheer exhilaration of the ride, there’s nothing that screams ‘Let’s Rock n’ Roll’ quite like a Wicked Thumb.
Stop waiting for tomorrow and live your most fun life today. There’s really zero point in waiting.