We dropped by Gold Country Cyclery yesterday to play around with an Ohm “power on demand” bicycle (also known as electric-assist or e-assist). We rode the top-of-the-line, $4000+ Sport XS750 outfitted with a BionX 350W/700 peak motor with re-gen and a Li-ion 38V 12AH battery.
If you like the feeling of pedaling a big gear uphill very fast, but your name is not Contador, Sastre, or Schleck, you’ll get a major kick out of a powerful e-bike like the Ohm. Riding it is like riding any other bike, except the motor kicks in and shoves you along like a sudden, but perfectly timed tailwind, anytime the bike senses an increase in pedal pressure. The assist is surprisingly intuitive and natural, and after a few minutes you completely forget the nearly silent motor is helping you along.
I like E-bikes. They fill a need for those who want to ride a bike but require assistance to compensate for a physical limitation, overcome long distances and difficult terrain, or arrive at work in dry clothes. And to top it off, as I found out yesterday, they’re a ton o’ fun.