2011 4th of July parade

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We had another great ride in the parade this year.  Close to twenty bikes were out on the street showing off their stuff. This is always a great way for folks to see the bikes in action as well as a chance for my friends to enjoy their ‘fifteen minutes of fame’ and bust some fancy bike moves! See a YouTube video.

Pathfinder Bikes

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I have to say that I’m very impressed with these additions to the line up in the shop this summer. For a few hundred dollars more than the Pedego Cruiser you get a well equipped bike that’s ready for serious commuting duty right ‘out of the box’. At the heart of  both the Pathfinder bikes is the 400 watt geared motor that I’ve had great success with for the past three years. It is lighter and stronger than a comparable direct drive motor and it freewheels when not engaged. These qualities make it a stronger hill climber as well as being more efficient (greater range per charge).  In short, its my motor of choice for Ashland and surrounding areas. The Pathfinder ST is a full size step thru frame bike. It has a 7-speed internal rear hub – no more derailler issues – ever! It sports front suspension and a disc brake, a larger 14 AH battery for greater range, integrated lights front and rear, fenders, rear rack, and a rear wheel lockout feature. It has manual throttle control as well as a very smooth pedal assist mode with both high and low settings for completely automatic, worry free riding. The low central positioning of the battery adds to the stability and balance of both style bikes. Its VERY easy to remove and can be recharged on or off the bike. Electric cut-off  brake levers add another level of safety. The Pathfinder Mini is a smaller, lighter version step thru frame bike. This is the bike for anyone who feels at all intimidated by the size or weight of standard ebikes. 20″ wheels front and rear give this bike an extremely low center of gravity and make it easier to transition from ‘ in the saddle’ to ‘standing’ position. It’s easier to move around and load into your car. The smaller wheels coupled with the same 400 watt geared motor as its larger sibling gives this little bike a BIG appetite for hills. It climbs like a baby goat! Its $300 lower price reflects the following changes:10AH battery, linear pull front brake, solid front fork, 3-speed rear hub, manual throttle only, no rear wheel lock out or speedometer. Either of these bikes is a sensible choice for sustained daily use in our environment. They are well conceived and well constructed. Strong efficient motors coupled with plentiful accessories move these bikes up a notch from fun cruiser to serious commuter…without losing any of the fun factor!

Pathfinder ST – $2195  available in black, white, blue, silver

Pathfinder Mini – $1895  available in black, white (shown without battery installed – oops!)

The Stealth Bikes Are Here!

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Both the Fighter and the Bomber have arrived and are here on the showroom floor, ready to change everything you think and know about electric bikes. My slogan for the business is “Ride the Future!” and these bikes are the embodiment of that statement. They deliver power and performance that leaves everyone who has taken a test ride grinning from ear-to-ear and feeling ‘the rush’ for days afterward.

Serious downhill mtn. bikers and motocross riders alike have reported that both bikes are fully capable of handling everything our Mt. Ashland trail riding scene dishes out. Or, if you simply want an incredibly strong accelerating bike that handles like a thoroughbred racing machine, these are for you. If you live at the end of a very long and steep route to your home and thought that an ebike would never be able to provide the power you need to get there, think again.  If you want a workhorse bike that can pull an insanely heavy load, here they are.

The Fighter is a surprisingly agile, easy to manuever ebike for its weight. The Schlumpf 2-speed crank arm system makes things very simple… low gear, high gear…take your pick. The 6 piston hydraulic brakes on both the Fighter and the Bomber are up to the task of slowing these bad boys down – fast. The suspension systems are well matched to the two different bikes and are fully tunable for a perfect ride. Word has it that the White Brothers Groove 200 fork upgrade is money well spent.

The Bomber. Ah yes, the Bomber. Sales of it are outpacing the Fighter by a wide margin and now I know why. As incredible as the Fighter is, the Bomber takes things up a BIG notch on every front. It delivers more power and unbelievable acceleration(you best be holding on with a firm grip when you twist the throttle on this rig). Its Suntour 9-speed sequential Vboxx transmission  gives absolute control at the pedals in all situations. It provides a greater range per charge than the Fighter making longer rides possible. The stock suspension is proportionately beefier (think motocross level) and again, the White Brothers upgrade adds even more finesse to the equation. As much as I like the nimbleness of the Fighter, the increased performance that comes with the additional 26 lbs. of the Bomber is well worth it.

For years I’ve been fielding calls from folks who live at the uppermost reaches of the Ashland area, asking if my bikes will get them home. The answer has always included a series of questions back at the caller concerning their strength, weight, willingness to pedal, etc. Now the answer is a simple, Yes! Wherever your commute, your play, or your work takes you, if you’d like to get there quickly, quietly, and cleanly with power to spare, the ‘boys from down under’ will do it.

The Fighter and the Bomber from Stealth Electric Bikes have taken their place at the top of the production ebike list. Come see what they’re all about. They’re selling as fast as we can make them so don’t dally too long if you’re serious.

New Cruiser Style Bikes!

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Finally,  a production manufactured electric cruiser bike that performs at the level we insist upon here at Ashland Electric Bikes!  I’m pleased to introduce Pedego Electric Bikes as the newest addition to the line. They offer the quality and performance that I originally set about providing with the Sun Cruiser model.

Pedego utilizes essentially the same electric drive system and battery technology as the Cruiser in a similar styled frame. Improvements include an integrated welded rear rack, a front disc brake and a rear drum brake.

With Pedego I can offer a wider array of color choices as well as frame styles – classic, step through, and even a swanky tandem for two-up fun! They come with a best-in-industry warranty program and are sure to become the most popular ebike in the shop. Come see for yourself.

Want to hear what others have to say about their Pedegos? Check out the link.

1st U.S. dealer for Stealth Electric Bikes!

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That’s right, the famed ebikes from ‘down under’ are now available stateside, and we’re the 1st dealer in the United States. If you don’t already know about the ‘Bomber’ and ‘Fighter’ from Stealth Electric Bikes, prepare to be wowed! These are arguably the state-of-the-art of the ebike industry today.

Incredibly powerful motors, highest quality bicycle components, and a trail tested, head turning frame design place these bikes in a class of their own. How does incredible acceleration, powerful hill climbing abilities and a 50 mile+ range on a battery charge sound? How about full-on downhill, trail, xc, big air capabilities? Wherever your riding takes you, these bikes will get you there and back in high style. All you Mt. Ashland gonzo downhillers, imagine riding UP the peak before turning around and blasting back down. No more shuttles. 100% fun 100% of the time.

Maybe extreme trail riding isn’t your thing and you simply want a rig that’s powerful enough to get you back  to your house, WHEREVER you live up above the Boulevard. These are the bikes for the job. If you demand the very best that technology has to offer, I’ve got the bike for you. ‘Nuff said.

I’ll have a Bomber on the showroom floor sometime in March. Check back for a viewing and a test ride. You’ll never be the same!

Here’s a recent bit of news coverage that’s worth a look:


My husband has bad knees which prevented him from bike riding with me, so we decided to get him an electric bike. Jerry was very knowledgeable, helping us pick the one that would work best for his needs.... Read More


Ashland Electric Bikes is located at 1678 Ashland St. in Ashland. Get directions.