EcoSpeed Mountain Drive
EcoSpeed Mountain Drive Facts:
- Battery size is customizable. We think a 15 Amp hour Lithium Iron Phosphate battery supplied by EcoSpeed is a nice size as you could expect to get 20 to 40 miles in average terrain and speed.
- Simple thumb throttle controls the speed.
- Motor drives a special front freewheeling crankset. This allows the rider to pedal w/o turning the motor…or the the motor to power the bike w/o turning the pedals. In other words pedal and motor are independent of each other…either can power the rear wheel at any time without effecting the other.
- Because of the motor drives the front chainwheel, it is able to use the gear ratios of the drive train which is unlike hub motor systems like the above BionX. You simply get more hill climbing torque when in your lower gear ranges and more speed in your higher gear ranges.
- Optional Cycle Analyst E-bike Computer can supply all of the numbers you need to monitor the battery: provide an odometer, control battery output, and track the history of the battery.
- Many battery options with the EcoSpeed system. This is a fantastic feature as you will not be locked into a particular brand of battery and can simply shop around for the best option at the time of replacement years down the road.
- The charger will re-charge the battery in a few hours for a little over a nickel.
- EcoSpeed Mountain Drive installed onto a Bullitt, Winther, or Metrofiets w/o battery $3195-$3500
- Cycle Analyst $175
- Many battery options - $1000-$1800
More About EcoSpeed
Splendid Cycles has the ability to retrofit Bullitt, Winther, and Metrofiets cargo bikes with the EcoSpeed Mountain Drive system. We work directly with EcoSpeed to develop your custom system and install it on your cargo bike.
After testing the very first EcoSpeed Bullitt cargo bike for most of the 2011 winter and 600 miles of urban riding, all we can say is WOW! The Ecospeed system is a game changer for heavy duty cargo bikes.
The 1000 watt motor can provide unparalleled horsepower for long hill climbs, or heavy loads on flatter terrain, and even enough horsepower to pull a heavily loaded trailer behind your heavily loaded cargo bike. In an urban setting where distances are shorter, bike lanes and bike boulevards common and traffic and parking an issue, a heavy-duty cargo bike like a Metrofiets or Bullitt with an Ecospeed can replace a small pick-up truck or compact car for only pennies per day of energy. But, even the “light-weight” Bullitt can feel heavy when you venture onto steep hills.
So what is someone to do if they have to travel in hilly destinations like say the West Hills of Portland, Capital Hill in Seattle, or on Russian Hill in San Francisco and want to use a cargo bike instead of a car, van or truck AND are not a hardened athlete? Until the EcoSpeed came along your only option was to build legs of steel, blow your knees, or walk the bike. But not any more. The EcoSpeed will easily take a loaded cargo bike up a 1000′ vertical hill with the rider pedaling at a moderate pace. Like we said before, a Game Changer!
Here’s a sweet little video made by our friends at EcoSpeed.