Mid-drives took the e-bike world by storm in 2013, and this year they took center stage at two of the biggest international bike shows.Dozens of big global bike makers added mid drive models to their lineup, and…it’s only about a year After many of them first started adding power center– Add electric bikes to their catalog.
this is the big thing you know need learn.Bosch is big in Europe, 2014 is the year North American e-bike enthusiasts can at last buy one.user cannondale, trekand sea bike. There are also contracts with a dozen other bike manufacturers in Europe. Check out some of the companies that have signed contracts with Bosch in our article.
The drive is made by German Daum company. The Kalkhoff Impulse is the best known model to use this technique, but it was also contracted by Hausmarken, Raleigh, and also by Daum bike they themselves.
eProdigy actually has quite a few dealers in North America, and you can buy any of their five 450W e-bike models right now (see the story here). Bofilli has nearly identical drives and is sold in Europe.
4. light bike
These guys have been around for a while (see the story here). They’ve been promoting mid drives for a few years before Middies became the talk of the town. Since midway drives are really good on steep hills, they tried the Pikes Peak run in 2011 and 2012 for advertising value. Several of Optibike’s 48V models were the first two-wheelers to climb to the top, mass-produced e-bikes sold to the public (only race trikes and 111V personal two-wheelers beat them).
Left is their current drive, right is their drive New mid-drive system SIMBB for 2014, which is much more powerful. The SIMBB’s battery pack is housed in the same aluminum BB housing as the motor.
Continental is a big company known for its tires, so I was surprised to stumble across these tires recently.The motor is made of brush and drive system by benchmark.It is currently contracted for use in several models A2B company.they also with German off-road Rotwild (Red Deer) brandthis Motion Tech Magma, and cube bike.
In the spring of 2014, Conti was impressed with the Benchmark hard drives designed just for them, They bought the company!
6. R Martin / HiTek Bikes / Evelo / Aseako
I’m sure each of these companies will be annoyed that we’re lumping them together, but each sells several similar models that use what appear to be the same drives. I’m sure there’s one factory near Shanghai and a second near Shenzhen/Hong Kong… both Thousands of them are producing these products.
Hanebrink’s story is very interesting. Apparently, this is a system designed specifically for extreme sand and snow operations (see the story here).
This well-known electronics company is not new to e-bikes, they are early adopter Mid-drive to get the best performance out of the 1975 Japanese 250W power limit on e-bikes. They can be found as the following options: BH emotion Bicycles (see our story on these).They are available for Panasonic-Bikes, BH eMotion and Spencer Ivey.
9. MPF 5.0
One of the first e-bike companies to use the MPF-5.0 is third element. They suffered a serious setback when they originally signed the drivetrain contract with Cleanmobile (see our story), but they are now back on their feet (see our story on the new one) third element here).This driver is also used Leo, Concept Bicycle-Switzerland ONEbike, Electronic LOM, reduce-Benellithis visio bike prototype, Willier Ambere-Xpress price, fly leeds biker, concept cycle Yi Swan. Thanks to cyclurba.fr forum member Gob33 for the many links. Thanks!
“MPF” means Matching performance and functionality.
10. Electragil Akron
This is another rare find (from Switzerland) that may only be available to European customers at the moment.it is used by morning and TDS pulse (see our story).
More midrange drivers?
This started out as another “Top Ten” story (they seem to be popular), but we keep getting links to be added, so…here they are. Some are in production and some are not. It is difficult to get information for the drives listed below…
11. Conway Electric Rider
Read our article on this extreme off-road electric bike. It uses triple reduction from the motor to the BB spindle to allow the motor to achieve super high rpm and deliver more power from the smaller motor.
12. Shimano Steps
The steps mean: SSing timeOtar Secondelectrical phosphoruswall Ssystem, which hopefully will be ready for testing soon.
There isn’t much information available about the TranzX system at the moment, but we’ll keep looking for whatever we can find…so far it’s been contracted as Currie E3 peak.
Yamaha has been in the e-bike world since 1993, and they haven’t put much effort into exporting outside of Japan, but they are a global company with deep pockets. So…we’ll be keeping a close eye on their developments.So far, their newest mid-drive has been signed up for huge bike, giant is very big Players in the International Bicycle Market. there is a history here Yamaha’s e-bike system.
15. Electric gun
This mid-drive is being sold to bike builders as an option that can be added to almost any frame (like Bafang’s BBS02 kit), but…they haven’t landed any contracts yet. The picture shown is from a 2012 Interbike with the drive mounted on an A2B bike.
this German company Name it “Hidden in the middle of the drive”Chevedele“, named after the famous Italian mountain resort. It sits inside the frame’s downtube, with the P. vivax/Gruber Auxiliary kit. By using a down tube instead of a seat tube, the motor can be made larger than the Vivax setup.
Evation drives are from a German company also Hide the motor in the downtube.click this video link See more details.
18. Bionic Man
this company is also from germany (lots of innovation there!), they’ve been making trail bikes for a while, and now they’re working on their own mid-drive. It’s not clear if the drive has a proprietary interface, or if it can be mounted to other companies’ frames for which it wasn’t necessarily designed.
19. Green transport
The company is from Taiwan and they also have an office in Germany for European business. They sell electric scootersand recently added a 250W rear hub bicycle to their queue. At the recent Taipei Cycle Show, they announced the development of a mid-drive, and the interesting tidbit is that it will run at 48V, despite the fact that the stock battery is only 8.5-Ah.
This is a dutch company that produces road bikes Combined shaft drive (No chains!) and the hidden elongated motor Chainstay inside framed.
21. Coax One, Ressel Tech, Austria
This is new and there isn’t much information about it. The company release says it will be sold in power levels between 250W and 600W, and the factory spider will house two platters. Thanks to Fandez, member of the e-bike forum from www.cyclurba.fr, for the link.
This is the new mid-drive that was introduced at the April 2014 Shanghai Bicycle Show in China. Image courtesy of Endless-sphere.com member d8veh.
23. Fall down
This is also the new mid-drive at the Shanghai Exhibition in 2014, thanks again to ES member d8veh.
24. TDR Flux
Thanks to cyclurba.fr forum member Gob33 for providing this link. TDR e-bike company hails from the Netherlands and the motor is located in the downtube. Their frame uses hydraulic disc brakes and the gears are NuVinci N360 IGH. The 250W motor uses 36V.
25. Nieder Koba
This new hard drive is from a Japanese company and I can only find pictures of what it looks like.It’s probably a 250W unit, and it’s advertised as being used in e-bike models Momentum Electric from the UK.
The company is a large multinational corporation best known for its popular Galaxy line of smartphones. In the field of electric bicycles, they are one of the two major manufacturers of safe high-current 18650 batteries. I’m glad to hear they decided to develop a high-quality mid-drive, as they won’t risk damaging their hard-earned reputation by producing a low-quality design.
27. Pollini, from Italy
Polini drives should be available on some models in 2017. I suspect it’s a collaboration between Polini and Yamaha, but I don’t have hard evidence yet… For more on Polini’s article, click here.
The Fendt company is a large and successful manufacturer of agricultural tractors. They unveiled their proprietary mid-drive at Eurobike 2018 in Germany.
#29 Bafang Ultra Max
You can read our article on the Bafang Ultra Max here.
If you like the idea of a mid-drive but you’d prefer to add a Kit Average bikes…check out our article on mid-drive suite here.
By Ron/Spinningmagnets, January 2014 (continuously updated as more drive units are produced)