Wisper DaaHub – First Look

This post is part of our EuroBike series. We ventured across to EuroBike 2011 specifically to check out the latest and greatest offerings in the electric bike world.

While over in EuroBike this year I got the chance to try out Wisper’s new electric bike retro fit system the ‘DaaHub’. The DaaHub system is designed to easily electrify your existing push bike giving you the advantage of being about to transfer the kit to other bikes and of course allowing you to pick any bike, not being limit to just the ebike market.

DaaHub EBike Retro Fit Kit

DaaHub Mountain Bike
The first DaaHub fitted bike I got to try at EuroBike was a mountain bike. The battery was fitted on the down tube of the frame, keeping the wait almost neutral. The control unit and throttle sat gracefully on the handlebar, just like your standard electric bike. The DaaHub kit rode just like a standard Wisper bike such as a 905se which I thought was brilliant, giving me the same feedback and feeling as a purpose built ebike but with the benefits of higher performance bike. This doesn’t take away the feeling of the bike as it was originally built, just amplifies your experience and of course, your pedal power!

DaaHub BMX
I couldn’t wait to jump on the DaaHub BMX, its like nothing we’ve seen before! The setup on the BMX was very different to the mountain bike setup which made it all the more interesting. The battery placement was very interesting, as its suspended off the seat post and simply hangs slightly over the rear wheel. The throttle system is also unique and unlike anything I have seen before. The throttle system is a row of three buttons (low, medium & high) sat next to the handlebar. You push and hold the button speed of your choice and away you go! Alternatively you can double push a button and it will lock itself on that speed, just like cruise control on a car. This type of throttle is very practical for something like a BMX or even a mountain bike, leaving the handlebars untouched and of course doesn’t allow you to hit the throttle by accident.

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Whats In The Box?

  • Front wheel fitted with hub motor & Kenda ebike tyre (20″, 26″ or 28″ size, available with disc or calliper mounts).
  • Dock fitted with controller, clamp & connections.
  • Sensor kit with mount and magnetic disc./li>
  • LCD Flight Deck (Handlebar control unit).
  • Charger
  • Micro throttle
  • All connections and wiring
  • Brake sensors & DaaCube

Having had an extended time spent with the DaaHub on EuroBikes indoor test track, I can confirm the DaaHub is something to get excited about. Not only does it offer value for money, the ability to fit on a mountain bike as well as a smaller wheeled bike such as a BMX and a huge 32 mile range.

When it comes to ebikes, speed and acceleration really count. The DaaHub kit has no problems in taking you from standing to its 15mph speed limit in seconds and effortlessly.The entire kit weights in at 6.9Kg so when fitted to a bike, you should have the advantage of being a few kilos lighter than a standard electric bike, which is always a bonus. The DaaHub is certainly set to become one of the big names in electric retro fit kits.

For more information on the DaaHub and its specifications, you can check it out in the E-Motion online store or at DaaHub’s dedicated website.

Smart ebike

This post is part of our EuroBike series. We ventured across to EuroBike 2011 specifically to check out the latest and greatest offerings in the electric bike world.

On arriving at the Messe Friedrichshafen exhibition centre straight away we we’re presented with the Smart (Yes the car company!) ebike on the back of a Smart car none the less.

Smart ebike at EuroBike

The Smart ebike has been designed in partnership with electric bike specialist Grace and boasts a lightweight aluminium frame, 3 speed hub gear sytems and a 250W motor powered by a 400Wh lithium-ion battery.

Smart ebike close up at EuroBike

Regeneration is a key feature on the bike, allowing you to input power back into the battery just by riding and using brake energy from the Magura MT4 disc brakes. The Smart bike also features an integrated USB port allowing riders to charger their mobile phones. This is also paves the way for a possible mobile application that could act as a bike computer/control system for the bike.

Unfortunately (and much to my disappointment) we were unable to take the Smart ebike for a test ride at EuroBike but we can assure you it looked fantastic and seemed to have a great reception from everybody who laid eyes on it! Its certainly a very impressive and refreshing electric bike, in terms of both design and specification.

Smart ebike in EuroBikes exhibition hall

We understand that the Smart ebike is due to arrive in the UK in the first half of 2012 but we don’t yet have any information on pricing.