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Kona Bikes Goes Electric

by Bike Shop Girl

Kona Electric Ute

Recently on Kona Bikes Facebook, and their Newsletter, Kona has released snippets into their newest lineup – Electric Bikes. Following close behind Trek’s Ride+ Bikes, Kona is quick on their heels with a new spin on their well received cargo bike, the Ute.

Three Models

There are three models in this new Electric line : Ticket, Token and Electric Ute.  The Ticket and Token are respectably, standard and step through models of the same bike.  The Electric Ute has a larger battery to allow you to haul on your cargo electric bike.

The most remarkable thing, we should see these bikes within the next few months.  Kona completely kept the secret on these bikes.

EN 15194 Standard

All three of Kona’s bikes pass the EN 15194 standard for Electrically Power Assisted Cycles.  Read more about these standards for the European E-Bikes..  We here at Commute By Bike are still learning all about Electric Bikes, but from my understanding this EN 15194 standard put a wrench in many bike makers gears.  Much like the lead testing that came about in the U.S a couple years back.

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7 Responses to “Kona Bikes Goes Electric”

  1. Paul in Minneapolis says:

    Lately I’ve considered getting a electric assist for longer trips.
    I have taken up ice skating and the closest rinks are 10 to 15 miles.. An electric assist would allow me to be warmed up but not tired to skate for a few hours… But If I do, I’ll probobly do a big dummy with a stokemonkey.

    All in all, anything to get America out of the un-healthy metal boxes!

    I see the spam filter isn’t up yet! Any way I like to go barefoot better. : /

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  3. tim says:

    I presently drive a wonderful e-bike, the Giant Twist Freedom DX. It has 2 batteries and this will be my 2nd summer using it. It’s about to turn over 1,900mi, so I’m all for the e-bike craze. I’m an older gentleman, and use it to commute every day. That being said, the UTE would be a wonderful e-bike, with it’s carrying capacity. Would like to see an option for 2 batteries, to take you farther, my Giant can easily do 60 mi on my 2 batteries. On a UTE grocery shopping would be a breeze.
    My 2 cents.

  4. LoneRider says:

    I wouldn’t know how to work on it, I’m used to the old fashioned leg powered kind.

    I think an electric assist is a good idea on a cargo bike but for regular riding I just don’t see it. When I get up that hill it’s nice to be able to say I did all the work.

    But to each his own. As a technological thing, I think they are cool and interesting, even if it gets us further away from what a bike is supposed to be and closer to motor scooters…

  5. I’ve posted a review and video of the Electric Ute on my blog at http://mycargobike.net/2010/06/15/first-look-at-the-kona-electric-ute. The combination of cargo bike and electric motor is compelling, especially in my very hilly neighborhood. My bike is a Rans Hammer Truck with a BionX motor, but that combination is a bit pricey for many people. The Electric Ute is a very interesting bike at an attractive price.

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  7. Nikos Athanasiadis says:

    Hello
    I have a kona dew fs 2010 model and i want to convert it to an e-bike 1000w.
    Is it possible?
    Will i damage the bike?
    Someone told me because it is aluminium frame the 1000w motor will damage it
    Any opinion will be very helpful.
    Thank you.

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