Getting Fit and Healthy with an Electric Bike

Wondering if it’s even possible to get fit with an electric bike?

Getting more exercise is most likely on a lot of New Years resolutions lists for 2021. Especially since the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to stay indoors more in 2020.

Cycling is a healthy and accessible way to exercise and get fit(ter) quickly and an eBike can certainly help, although many don’t think so and even call it ‘cheating’. Unfortunately, that opinion is anything but correct. With the right knowledge and technology, almost anyone at any skill level can train fantastically on an eBike. Various studies have proven it! In one of the studies the University of Colorado asked 20 persons with an inactive lifestyle to take an electric bicycle to work at least three times a week. They wore a heart rate monitor and GPS monitor. Various health and fitness parameters were measured both before and after the experiment. After four weeks, blood sugar levels and muscle power were found to be significantly improved. Fat mass and blood pressure had also evolved positively.

What are the benefits?

Biking is one of the best cardio workout options for the average person. With low-to-no impact biking uses all your major muscle groups and improves joint mobility. Like all exercise riding an electric bike will improve your cardiovascular fitness, the efficiency of your heart, lungs, and blood pressure.

One of the big advantages of using an eBike is that you can get as little or as much exercise as you like. Even if you have not exercised for many years, or have health barriers and challenges, an electric bike allows you to exercise without putting excessive strain on your joints and muscles, so that you can safely build your strength and fitness.

Riding an eBike is almost always going to be easier than riding a bike that requires 100 percent human-power. It puts longer and more challenging trails within your reach and can make you feel more confident knowing backup power is available if your muscles or lungs become exhausted halfway.

Who is choosing an eBike?

It is not only ‘out-of-shape’ people who choose an eBike, also sporty and energetic enthusiasts who want to replace the car or want to do a long hard drive on the weekend. And there is a generation of younger mountain bikers interested in the extra range and power the eBike offers.

Experienced riders often choose eBikes to explore new areas they couldn’t reach in a normal trip at 100% human power in the time given, by covering more distance in the same amount of time with an eBike. Or the eBike gave them access to otherwise unreachable terrain due to its additional power.

E-bikes also allow riders with physical limitations to access otherwise unreachable terrain, and allow riders recovering from injuries to bike earlier in their recovery. If you can’t ride like you used to, eBikes are an awesome solution. You are still getting plenty of exercise and enjoying being outside, but the assist makes it more accessible and relieves pressure on your joints and muscles.

Electric bicycles result in more exercise.

Electric bikes don’t mean a free ride. You still have to pedal. While no doubt that regular bikes burn more calories per hour than with an eBike, it also gives you more energy for a longer ride, which ultimately burns more calories than a shorter ride!

The idea is to work together with the eBike rather than letting it do all the work for you. There are even specific training programs to help you to get the best use of your electric bike.

Riding an eBike and particularly a Trefecta is an excellent way to get fit and a whole lot of fun!

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Trefecta RDR first speed pedelec with frame-integrated ABS

Last month, Stromer announced that their new model will be equipped with a frame-integrated ABS. News? Not for us and our fans as the Trefecta RDR has been available with the fully integrated Blubrake ABS system inside the frame since the beginning of this year!

Surveys show that 58% of the accidents involving e-bikes happen during braking and 24% are related to braking. 39% of fall events are caused by the front wheel lock up, 25% by a loss of balance. Blubrake ABS drastically reduces the risk of front wheel lock-up and rear wheel lift-off and guarantees a safer cycling experience. A cutting edge innovation between Blubrake and Trefecta which was co-developed specifically for our eBikes during 2018 and 2019 for the 2020 model year.

More value for money

So why is it news now that Stromer offers it and is the media reporting that it is the first speed pedelec with an integrated ABS system? Did they not pay attention when we introduced the Trefecta RDR? The explanation is simple; Stromer has a bigger marketing budget and therefore a greater reach in connecting with media and the consumer. Where we as Trefecta mainly spend our money on innovations and the quality of our bicycles, Stromer puts that part of its budget into marketing.

Does that make a Stromer an inferior bike? Not for us to say, but if we compare the Stromer ST5 ABS with the Trefecta RDR with ABS, the differences are obvious and the full option Trefecta RDR with ABS for €12’200 offers a lot better value for money than the Stromer ST5 ABS.

Why wait?

The Stromer ST5 ABS is scheduled for launch in June 2021, but why wait when you can already drive a Trefecta RDR? Contact us for more information about the Trefecta RDR and we would be more then happy to assist you in choosing the perfect Trefecta RDR for you.

Comparison Table Trefecta RDR – Stromer ST5 ABS

TREFECTA RDR STROMER ST5 ABS
RANGE 200 km – 45 km/h 180 km – 45 km/h
MOTOR POWER 920W / 120nm 500W / 100nm
BATTERY 1480 wh 983 wh
CHARGE TIME 80% – 1hr / 100% 3hr
ABS V V
OFFROAD SUSPENSION V X
FLOATING DISC BRAKES V X
GEARBOX IGH stepless X
CARBON DRIVE V X
IPOD DOCK V X
ROAD KIT V (option)
V
WARRENTY 3 YRS 2 YRS
BASIC PRICE (in Euros) 10.890 9.590
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A homage to the Ferrari Pista – Trefecta URB Special

At Trefecta we have already been able to deliver a lot of beautiful and special bikes in our history, but this is a very special one. A homage to the Ferrari Pista.
Petrol heads will know that The Ferrari 488 Pista is powered by the most powerful V8 engine in the Maranello marque’s history and is the company’s special series sports car with the highest level of technological transfer from racing. In fact the name, meaning ’track’ in Italian, was chosen specifically to testify to Ferrari’s unparalleled heritage in motor sports.
Like the Ferrari the Trefecta URB is a perfect compromise between man and machine. The URB is an engineering “Tour de Force” with single sided adaptive suspension front and rear. This is otherwise only found on the most exotic of machines! The URB front fork has a tapered down tube which was developed using FEM structural analysis. More than a simple electric bike, URB Speed Pedelec is a mix of technologies and connectivity. Built with the highest materials with high-performing components, the bike offers unique high-end functionalities.
The bike effectiveness is at its peak as the biker uses its strength to pedal at low-speed, and when the engine propels him at high speeds. The engine is a 4 kW HSP2-4 model, a true hybrid combined to a Smesh gearbox. It can reach a top speed of 75 km/h. Thanks to its Li-ion battery the ride can last for approximately 100km. The bike has an aluminium frame as well as carbon fibre wheels, all lightweight components that allow it to be more powerful wherever in city or on less practicable roads.
This Trefecta URB Pista will stand out thanks to its Modena extraordinary paint scheme with black racing stripes. The paint is the famous Ferrari Giallo Triplo Strato. A tri coat paint that contains a solid yellow undercoat and a pearl yellow basecoat.
Besides it’s beautiful paint job this Trefecta URB homage “Ferrari Pista” has been completed with the following components:
• Supernova M99 Pro
• Honis rear light saddle mounted
• Saddle dropper
• Ergon Carbon Pro saddle in black leather
• Carbon fibre rear mudguard
• Carbon fibre kickstand
• Carbon fibre front fork servo cover
• Schwalbe Crazy Bob tyres
• Trefecta folding stand
• Trefecta complete tool kit
• Spare tubes and brake pads
We wish the new owner a lot of pleasure with this extraordinary Trefecta and we are reluctantly saying goodbye to this bike on it’s way to its final destination in the USA.
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Best electric bikes 2020: e-bikes for the road, commute and mountain biking reviewed

A biking revolution is here

Best electric bikes 2020 article published in the Evening Standard, October 23rd by Rob Smith

From banana breads, to puzzles, lockdown reignited a passion for an array of weird and wonderful trends – but cycling may just have been the most ubiquitous of them all.

Bikes, and in particular electric or e-bikes, have become even more popular in the post-lockdown commuting world as the ideal solution to tube-related woes.

Rob Smith, Head of Partnerships at Smartech (the smart brand specialists behind Selfridges’ The Bike Shop) tells ES Best everything you need to know before making the investment and the best e-bikes to shop now.

What is an e-bike?

An electric bike (e-bike) is a regular bike with the addition of a motor to assist your progress. It is a hybrid form of transport meaning part of the power comes from the rider and part of it from the motor.
How do e-bikes work?

Generally speaking, e-bikes are bicycles with a battery-powered assist that comes via pedalling and, in some cases, a throttle.

When you push the pedals on a pedal-assist e-bike, a small motor engages and gives you a boost.

In addition to the pedal-assist feature, some e-bikes come with a throttle that engages the motor by pressing a button.

Why are e-bikes so expensive?

E-bikes vary in price but have more associated costs than traditional costs.

The motors used in e-bikes include highly engineered and technical parts. That being said, you get what you pay for, they are worth an investment and are certainly the post-lockdown transportation of choice.

How far do e-bikes go on one charge?

Anything from 50km to 400km, depending on the battery size.

There are other factors to consider, over and above the specified distance from the brand; everything from speed to rider weight to terrain style to wind conditions and even tire choice can impact an e-bike’s effective range on a single charge.

With distances varying hugely, it is important to select the e-bike with the travelling distance in mind.

How fast do e-bikes go?

The max speed limit for e-bikes in the UK is 15.5 miles per hour. Most e-bikes are capable of speeds faster than this but they are not suitable for road use.

Can you use e-bikes the rain?

Yes, you can in-fact use e-bikes in the rain, as most are made with water-resistant sealed components. We would always recommend care and attention is given to your e-bike after it has been out in the rain; such as a wipe down with a soft cloth and the use of wet sponge to remove dirt and debris.

What they say about Trefecta in Best electric bikes 2020

This is THE ultimate performance e-bike. The DRT Off-road is the untamed beast. The absence of any compromise ensures this e-bike transcends all that has come before it. Questions of purpose seem irrelevant after experiencing the performance off-road. Every inch is optimised to perfection. Every piece of material the best of its sort. One of the most luxurious and quickest bikes on the market. Simply put, stunning.

Read the whole article from the Evening Standard online here

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TREFECTA BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Only this week and especially for Black Friday we now offer 2 Trefecta DRT PROs from our stock with more than 30% discount and with 5 years factory warrantee on frame and powertrain for € 17’500 each. Order now and you can ride it during the holidays!

For more information, please contact us directly by email.

Trefecta RDR ALL BLACK

We also have a special Black Friday Deal for the Trefecta RDR: a completely blacked out Trefecta RDR! For this special edition we have selected a black powder coating for maximum durability and stealth.. The Trefecta RDR All Black costs € 9,990

For the Trefecta RDR we offer the possibility for an installation plan. Inquire about the possibilities.

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Large eBike Capacity Battery

We keep you riding

The making and braking of any electric vehicle is its range so you want a ebike that delivers a range long enough for your rides at the power levels you want.

Stored inside a lockable compartment in the upper front the frame your Trefecta is powered by a 60-volt lithium-ion battery-pack. Providing enough power for up to 62 miles (100 km) of range without any pedaling and up to 124 miles (200 km) with assisted pedaling (depending on the model selected). Opening up whole new areas to explore which were previously inaccessible.

The powerful motor in combination with the high-capacity battery will help you overcome even the steepest hills and you’ll enjoy the perfect off-road ride or an easy commute in the city.

Specifically designed for the demanding military and police environment the Trefecta Battery Pack allows a quick and repeated removal from the bike for external charging. The battery charges in about three hours when plugged in to 100%, and with the Trefecta DRT/URB a regenerative braking system adds some charging on the move.

The Battery Pack is equipped with 140 x 18650 high quality cells individually protected by BMS CE/UN certified for transport via airfreight. This unique feature was reaffirmed by Porsche Formula E when they required battery packs to power their brake cooling fans during pitstops. We were the only company in the world able to offer them a turnkey solution ready for airfreight!

Naturally the large number of cells and their specific output in combination with the TQ 120 mid-drive motor guarantees long range even at the highest support setting.

How do you plan to use your Trefecta eBike? We are exited to offer you our help in selecting and tailoring the right solution for your personal eBike requirements. Please check out our current model range and contact us directly. While looking forward to hearing from you we thank you for your interest in the Trefecta family of special purpose eBikes.

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US regulation change eBike

Electric (mountain)bikes permitted on cycling routes in the USA

A recent change in ruling on electric bikes in the USA by the Department of Interior increases recreational opportunities through the use of electric bikes.

This new US regulation change eBike more clearly defines electric bicycles and no longer describes them as motor vehicles. This gives local land managers the authority to to regulate e-bikes the same as traditional bikes on non-motorized trails. This new rule applies to federal public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Reclamation.

In general:

  • Electric bicycles are no longer defined as motor vehicles or off-road vehicles, but are properly defined within three classes.
  • Electric bicycle riders have similar rights, privileges and duties as traditional bicycle riders.
  • Local land managers can authorize some or all classes of electric bicycles on roads, paths and trails where bicycles are allowed.
  • Local land managers maintain significant control, in partnership with the public, to make access decisions.

The new ruling makes more roads and paths accessible and the opportunity to experience a challenging road or trail has become accessible to a larger target group.

Trefecta welcomes the US regulation change eBike of the U.S. Department of Interior making a major change to the regulations governing the use of electric bicycles by no longer classifying eBikes as motor vehicles and putting them on a par with regular bicycles. This beter defines their use on public land and allows local land managers the authority to permit their use on non-motorized trails!

This naturally supports the multi purpose nature of our Trefecta family of eBikes, allowing you to easily commute to work during the week, while having the power, range and all terrain capability and durability to tackle the rough stuff during the weekend.

How do you plan to use your Trefecta eBike? We are exited to offer you our help in selecting and tailoring the right solution for your personal eBike requirements. Please check out our current model range and contact us directly for any questions. While looking forward to hearing from you we thank you for your interest in the Trefecta family of special purpose eBikes.”

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The wait is almost over! – Trefecta RDR ready for delivery

The wait is almost over! After some delay in production due to delayed delivery of various parts due to the Covid pandemic, all parts are now in and the final assembly can begin! We expect to start shipping the first Trefecta RDRs to their new owner by the end of the month. Want to drive a Trefecta RDR before Christmas? Order yours here
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Trefecta Selfridges Bike Shop

Did you spot us at The Bike Shop Officiall at Selfridges London Corner Shop? In this bike shop of the future the most pioneering brands in cycling for both leisure and extreme adrenaline are on display!

” There couldn’t be a better time to open The Bike Shop at Selfridges. As we emerge from lockdown, we’ve seen an increased focus on health and wellness, looking after the environment, and, most importantly, safety. E-bikes speak to all these concerns, and customers can expect to find the ultimate edit of the most innovative brands of tomorrow, today.”

– Rob Smith, Head of Partnerships at Smartech

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Trefecta – Mark Blundell

A positive review of the Trefecta DRT from Mark Blundell, former F1 driver and winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Someone who experienced technology and performance at the highest level. That means a lot!

For more than three decades Mark Blundell has honed his expertise in the upper echelons of elite global sport, firstly in a professional sporting career, then TV pundit and in more recent years, as a successful businessman.

Mark enjoyed a distinguished career at the very top of the sport. 61 starts in Formula One brought multiple podium finishes whilst racing for the likes of McLaren, Brabham, Ligier and Tyrrell across a golden era for the sport. Alongside his Formula One duties, Mark enjoyed immense sportscar success most notably taking a memorable pole position at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1990 before taking the outright victory in 1992.

​Mark Blundell also became one of the very first British drivers to enjoy a great deal of success in the United States, taking on the very best that IndyCar had to offer enjoying multiple wins along the way.

Stepping away from elite racing, Mark was a part of ITV’s BAFTA-award winning Formula One coverage from 2003 to 2008 and has established himself as one of Europe’s most recognised motorsport managers through his role as CEO of market-leading sports management group, MB Partners.

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