GHP Q1 2022

GHP / Q1 2022 13 , Oct21399 Since 2007, Optibike has been the premiumdesigner andmanufacturer of electric bikes in the world. Dubbed “the Ferrari of electric bikes” by the NewYork Times, Optibikes’ innovative design and technology enables it tomanufacture, assemble and conduct research to develop the next generation of electric bicycles in Colorado, USA. Whether for weight loss, keeping fit, commuting, or for fun and adventure with friends, riding the Optibike will change your life. Best Electric Bicycles Manufacturer - USA It was in 1998 that Jim Turner began developing the Optibike. After nine years of trials and tribulations, the first Optibike was sold to a customer in South Africa in 2007, and it went on to be purchased in over 33 countries, from Russia to Indonesia to Brazil. Each Optibike is hand built using old world craftmanship combined with modern technology, with its reputation for performance and durability being unparalleled in the industry. “I love that e-bikes are good for your health and the environment,” Jim said. “With Optibike, I get a chance to directly impact the lives of others.” Jim Turner is a two-time Motocross National Champion and author of The Electric Bike Book. He began his engineering career, after graduating with an advanced degree from Stanford, as a design engineer in the Advanced Vehicle Controls Division at Ford Motor Company. Frustrated with the slow innovation in large corporate life, Jim decided to look for a solution that would provide a positive impact on people’s lives. When he discovered the electric bikes industry, he knew he had to be part of it. Following Optibike’s unveiling to the world 15 years ago, Jim and the company were the proud recipient of The Colorado Inventor Showcase’s ‘Inventor of the Year’ award, sponsored by the DaVinci Institute. And in 2008, the Optibike OB1 was featured in the ‘Future of Transportation’ display at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Originally scheduled for one year, the display was kept for over two years due to it being one of the most popular attractions. In the same year, the company pioneered the use of lithium ion batteries in e-bikes, with the release of the first 37 volt 20 amp hour lithium ion battery. Many of these original batteries are still running strong today, and this is the technology that Tesla now uses. Not long after, DeMarcus Ware of the Denver Broncos (then of the Dallas Cowboys) purchased an Optibike to use as part of his training. Speaking about his e-bike, DeMarcus said at the time, “I’ve been riding my Optibike OB1 for over a month, and I can’t stay away – I absolutely love the bike. I ride it every single day as part of my training regimen. In the suburbs or on the hills at training camp, this bike will be with me. It is the perfect cross-training tool for me because it allows me to get a great workout yet still enjoy what I’m doing. I would recommend an Optibike to anyone who has those same goals.” Optibike has continued to help people meet their goals and exceed their expectations. Notably, in 2011, Optibikes took first and seventh places in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Event, climbing over 7,500 feet in 24.5 miles from Manitou Springs to the 14,100-foot summit. John Sagebiel was first place with a time of 1:06.45. The first ‘other’ brand of e-bike took over threetimes as long as John. In the same year, Optibike found its place as a coaching and pacing tool in Boulder’s renowned velodrome, being the first e-bike robust enough to lead a pack of very powerful cyclists and replace the scooter/motorcycle derny. In other indoor cycling centres, electric and gas scooters are used, which produce exhaust and gas emissions. Tim Kyer from the velodrome said, “The Optibike has been really useful to us. Our track here (in Boulder) is small and makes for a unique, dynamic ride. Optibike is helping riders learn the smooth pedal stroke and a consistent speed in and out of turns. “We are using the 1100R model and are seeing a lot of ways that Optibike is used for a training tool. We can get through multiple workouts and groups on one battery charge.” Since then, Optibike has gone on to innovate its product further; in 2014 it released the SIMBB (Super Integrated Motorised Bottom Bracket), the world’s smallest e-bike drive system in the world – It is so small that one competitor said, “But where is the battery?” In 2016, the company released the R15, with industry-leading performance delivered by 1,500 watts of continuous power, 175 newton metres of torque and a 48 volt 22 amp hour (1,056 watts an hour) battery that only weighs 11 pounds, providing unmatched acceleration and high climbing ability. Comparing this model to the original that was released ten years prior, it is clear to see that the Optibike has evolved by leaps and bounds. Company: OptiBike LLC Email: [email protected] Website: