Monday, July 22, 2013

Do it Easier on a E-Bike

Now you can experience the freedom and fresh air of cycle touring with ease on Tasmania's very first e-bike tour.

Adventure Seekers has chosen to use the Ezee Electric Bicycle brand as used by Glowworm Bicycles in their epic Cape York to Sydney tour.

In just one weeks time Maurice and Abraham from Glowworm Bicycles along with the CEO of Ezeebike, Wai Won Ching will ride their Ezeebikes from Perth to Sydney.

Adventure Seekers has chosen the Ezeebike brand to use on their tour because of  their reliability, toughness and quality components.

We wish Maurice and the team a safe journey and we look forward to their blogs.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Adventure Seekers E-Bike In Top 15

Ride On magazine recently recommends the type of e-bike that Adventure Seekers use on their e-bike tours of Tasmania.

This is what Ride On had to say about the "Ezee Forza"

Only brand to offer throttle concurrently with pedal assist mode (meaning you can ride in pedal assist mode but boost with the throttle any time)

Most powerful acceleration and maximum assisted speed of approximately 32km/h (this is not restricted with a 200w motor)
Proprietary motor, battery and controller

Top quality components obviously thoughtfully chosen: Shimano Deore derailleur set-up and Shimano mechanical disc brakes.  
Function 38/40         Quality  40/40           Price 9/10   Appearance 6/10

Most powerful and best e-bike for those who like to control their ride.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ezee Does It!

I met Maurice from Glowworm Bicycles in Tasmania this year and discovered that he distributes Ezee brand of Electric Bicycles throughout Australia.

As we talked I was immediately impressed about his road trip form Cape York to Sydney on an Ezee Electric Bike.

His epic journey got me thinking whether an electric bike would be suitable as a support vehicle on our Maria Island Guided Walk in Tasmania.

Currently we use a conventional mountain bike and Bob trailer as support to the tour in moving group gear and supplies a distance of 11km down the island.

I was pleased to know that there was a supplier of the Ezee Electric Bike in Hobart and duly went in to see Ahmet of Eco-Bikes to check the models out.

The idea of an electric bike seemed like a easier and more efficient way to move our gear but we were unsure whether it would stand up to the terrain on Maria Island. Finally we chose the Forza, rear wheel drive as the likely candidate and were eager to put it through its paces.

The attached video shows the type of terrain ranging from hard dirt to patches of soft sand which the Forza makes an easy meal of.

On average we do 2 trips to our base camp (33km) and then one return trip to our origin (11km) before we choose to recharge the 20A/h battery.

After 44km of riding, towing 30kg in the Bob trailer, 20kg on the rack plus the rider and a 15kg back pack we have 2 lights of power left on the controller. Average load = 140kg.

Modifications to the Forza are heavy duty pedals and puncture proof Schwalbe tyres.

After 500km of riding on the island the only problem that we had had with the Forza was a total power loss due to loosening connectors on the base of the battery (mainly due to the terrain). In summary we are very pleased with the Forza and the support from our supplier.