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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 18 2018
$10,537
pledged of $75,000pledged of $75,000 goal
17
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 18 2018

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About

ZBIKE has been designed with a single goal in mind. Provide riders of all ages with a high quality, eco-conscience alternative for reliable commuter transportation, recreational adventuring, and healthier lifestyles. Our goal with the campaign is to bring a high quality, low price, electric bicycle to the public and support Bike MS. www.zbikeusa.com

We started by evaluating the current electric bikes on the market, they all looked like traditional bicycles with a motor and battery strapped to them. We wanted something that was different, and totally unique. We are so very happy with the results and we know you will be as well. 

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We are proud to bring you ZBIKE – an innovative high-quality electric bicycle. ZBIKE leverages advanced technology from Silicon Valley and stylistic attitudes from Silicon Beach. The combination of these factors has created an electric bicycle company intent on transforming and energizing the world of personalized transportation.

For the past few years we have been operating in stealth mode working on product refinements plus hundreds of hours in road testing and rider assessment. The result has enabled us to offer the best, fully equipped and affordable electric bicycles on the market. 

Enjoy the freedom that comes from riding ZBIKE that can be propelled traditionally or by using eco-power. I invite you to become part of our ZBIKE Community by taking advantage of one of our exciting Kickstarter Rewards.

What makes ZBIKE different from all other EBIKES on the Market?

 Here are some of the highlights:

 Most EBIKES have an LED or LCD Display that is mounted onto the handlebars. ZBIKE has a crystal clear integrated HD Display is flush mounted to the handlebars. You can adjust the right amount of power to the your pedal as well as see how fast and far your traveling.

ZBIKE has a wattage output motor of 250W, which consumes much less battery power while generating as much power as most 500W motors. Smaller mechanical and magnetic resistance gives much faster acceleration for an extra boost from a standing stop and more power for those steep hills.

 ZBIKE uses the highest quality lithium-ion battery with power dense cells that provide more energy in a smaller package, resulting in a range of 36 miles on a single charge. The battery is built in to the frame for even weight distribution and can be easily and quickly removed for charging.

 ZBIKE comes equipment with a torque sensor that along with the microprocessor, deliver just the right amount of power from the motor to your pedal based on how much pressure you put on the pedal. This allows for precise energy management and provides the most efficient use of the battery, which in turn allows the battery to last longer than a traditional electric bicycle. Torque sensors are most often on bikes priced more than $1,500.

 ZBIKE has a State-of-the-Art Micro-processing chip, that along with the torque sensor, monitors how much pressure you are exerting on the pedal and then determines how much power to deliver from the motor. You can adjust the right amount of power you want delivered to the pedal and how much effort you want to exert. – It’s all up to you.

 ZBIKE is constructed of aviation grade aluminum that provides the most rigidity while maintaining the most structural strength. This allows us to create a stylish designed frame and keep the weight down to a minimum.

 The benefits of Magnesium over Aluminum are that the wheels can be cast to a tighter tolerance and will be 30% lighter. Magnesium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any alloy known to man.

 ZBIKE has a super intensive, bright headlight to let people know you are there and allow you to ride at night and see the obstacles that you would not be able to see with such a awesome beam of light. :)

 ZBIKE has functionality integrated in to its design allowing you to turn all power to the bike on or off with a single switch. There is also a speaker and power plug for charging the battery while its on the bike. These are all accessible and serviceable with the use of basic hand tools.

 ZBIKE has a single-action hydraulic dampening system that provides maximum stability making for a smooth and bump free riding experience.

 ZBIKE has a solid one-piece, wide, thick diameter axle that delivers stiff and stable tracking that helps for more predicable steering and deflection of bumps and better cornering. It also allows you to quickly remove the front wheel without the use of any tools, for easier storage in the most compact places.

 ZBIKE has a Bluetooth compatible speaker integrated into the frame that provides you with clear, crisp sound. You can stream music from most any mobile device.

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 ZBIKE utilizes a kickstand that while down, provides the bike a stable resting point and while up it stays out of the way of the rider.

I'm Mark and thank you for visiting our KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN for ZBIKE. Like most people I was introduced to the bicycle at an early age. Riding a bicycle at any age gives you a sense of freedom and independence that is hard to get any other way.

The bicycle soon transitioned into riding and eventually racing Motorcycles. I soon started buying and modifying countless cycles, which led me into the world of motocross racing. I was hooked.

ZBIKE is my new passion. Now I want to help as many people as possible discover what an electric bicycle can do for them. Whether you have limited mobility, haven't been on a bike in years, want to get out and explore, want the option of powering by motor only, commute to work or school without feeling like you need to shower after reaching your destination, or just want to have some fun, a ZBIKE is the perfect solution for everybody.

Hi - I'm Trevor, and thank you for visiting our KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN for ZBIKE. I met Mark about 2 years ago and ever since then we have been working towards designing the ultimate electric bicycle that would appeal to a wide range of riders. Coming from a musical background, I wanted it to have an edgy look and feel. Something that would be compact enough to store in a small space like our tour bus, or a dorm room. I also wanted it to be able to play music via a Bluetooth from your mobile device. Well, we did it.

Pleased to meet you! I'm McKenna, the newest member of the ZBike family. I'm the one responsible for creating and organizing the digital content you see on our social media pages. I come from a family of cyclists and have had a lot of overlap with the bike world throughout my career, so it was a seamless transition to join team ZBike. There is no better feeling in the world than to work with a team of incredibly passionate, goal driven individuals who know how to work hard and play hard. Feel free to check out ZBike's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for daily updates from the team.

Please come join us in this effort to bring our vision to the masses.

ZBIKE, LLC maintains a direct factory partnership in Asia and has a representative living near by that can oversee every step of the manufacturing process from component sourcing through shipping. Our mission is to enable as many people as possible to rely more on electric bicycles, for transportation, recreation, and a healthy lifestyle.

  • We will only sell what we can comfortably manufacture and deliver as promised.
  • We have direct partnerships with factories building our bikes to exact specifications. Our factory partner has the capability to manufacture up to 10,000 ZBIKE’s per month.  
  • Our team has 20+ years experience sourcing parts and labor from Asia.  
  • Our team has 30+ years experience building companies from the ground up.  
  • Our team is in the trenches in Asia to assure quality manufacturing, on-time delivery*
  • We are Silicon Valley born and bred. This provides us access to cutting edge new technology and the latest advances in the industry that translate into offering the best products at the best price. We are passionate about what we do: failure is not an option. * Delays and issues outside of our control can always happen but we are very confident in our product and manufacturing partners ability to delivery on-time every-time.

 We are committed to building The World’s best electric bicycles to provide alternatives to our nation’s current transportation options. Cities and roads are congested with traffic and more cars only make the problem worse. Reduce your carbon footprint by using your ZBIKE more and your car less.  

By supporting our Kickstarter campaign you can make a difference. When you support the ZBIKE Campaign, we support YOU by bringing a fun and stylish e-bike to your life at an extremely affordable price.  

Together we will build both a distinctive brand and community network, sharing ideas and experiences that inspire enjoyable and never-ending ZBIKE adventures.

Get the inside scoop on the innovations and cutting-edge e-bike technology, products and gear coming to ZBIKE. Enjoy exclusive preferential discounts and value-added pricing benefits available only to members of the ZBIKE Community. Take advantage of pre-release e-bike offers, upgrades and special programs. COME JOIN US in creating a community of like-minded individuals working together for a better quality of life for themselves and everyone around them.  

ZBIKE is creating a supportive community that rides together. Watch for a Customer Payback program that rewards members who refer their friends and families.

We are dedicating our time, bikes and support by actively negotiating partnerships with many leading nonprofit organizations that rely on bicycle events as a means of fundraising.

This is about all of us coming together to do our part, empowering ourselves and others, by choosing more cost-effective, environmentally friendly, fun alternatives for our mobility needs. Electric bicycles are a fantastic way to get from home to work, home to school, get out and enjoy the world around you. Our version of the EBIKE is called ZBIKE™ because it’s really in a category all by itself. We are confident that once you see what it can do, you will ̶w̶a̶n̶t̶ need one for yourself and for your entire family.  

Our mission is to enable as many people as possible, to rely more on “Pedal Power” than “Pollution Powered” vehicles. We are here to build a sense of community around the growing popularity of electric powered bicycles and have a lot of fun along the way.

                                                                            
                                                                         
      

1. How much does ZBIKE weigh? Approximately 34lbs without the battery.

2. How much does the battery weigh? The battery weighs approximately 2lbs.

3. What’s the maximum weight limit? Up to 240lbs – we cannot guarantee performance or durability above that weight.

4. Where can I get replacement parts for ZBIKE? Most replacement parts such as tires, tubes, brake pads, seat, grips and handle bars are readily available online or at most bike shops. You will need to contact us for information on where to buy a replacement motor, battery, controller or display component.

5. Can ZBIKE be used in all US States? Please check with your local authorities to determine regulations as they can change frequently.

6. Do I have to wear a helmet? As with any bicycle, safety should be paramount. We would recommend wearing a helmet, even if your state law does not require it. ZBIKE is not responsible for injuries. Please ride safely.

7. Can I pick up ZBIKE locally? No – at this time we are not offering a local pick-up. One of the reasons our prices are so low is because we ship direct from the factory to our customer’s home or office.

8. Where are ZBIKE manufactured? Our factory partner is based in Asia and they have been manufacturing electric bicycles for many years and we stand behind its workmanship.

9. What is the top speed of ZBIKE? By law the top speed is restricted to 20 MPH without pedaling.  

10. How do you control the motor? ZBIKE are equipped with a Throttle that is capable of powering the bike 100% by motor or you can pedal and have the motor assist your effort.

11. What is pedal assist and how does it work? Pedal assist uses a torque sensor built into the drivetrain which registers when you are pedaling and automatically turns the electric motor on to provide assistance when pedaling. The sensor turns the motor on when you start pedaling. You can adjust the level of assistance with the screen from 1-3 (lowest amount of assistance) based on the model (highest amount of assistance) to match your desired speed.

12. How far can ZBIKE go on a single charge? There are many variables that effect exactly how far you will be able to travel on a single charge – wind, hills, payload, and speed. On average, you can go 36 miles per charge in flat commute/urban environments with a 180# rider and 15-20 miles in hilly off-road trail riding conditions with no pedaling. When you pedal you extend your range. The more pedaling you do, the less power it will consume, and the longer you will be able to travel!

13. How many times can the battery be re-charged? ZBIKE has top of the line high-quality lithium-ion battery cells which provide approximately 600 full charge cycles before a replacement is needed.

14. How long does it take to charge the battery? On average, the lithium-ion battery takes 3 hours to charge with the included 2 Amp charger. That time is cut down considerably on shorter trips where you only partially discharge the battery pack.

15. Is ZBIKE street legal? ZBIKE is considered a bicycle and can be used in the same way as a pedal-only bicycle in most locations. However, there are a multitude of localities with restrictions so users must check with local law enforcement to be sure they are riding within the law.

16. Does ZBIKE come with a Warranty? The Warranty on all original components against defect from normal use for 1 year from the date you take possession.

17. Can I put a rear rack on my e-bike? YES - There are racks on the market that are compatable and can easliy be installed.

18. Does an e-bike work in the rain? The components of ZBIKE are all water resistant and work very well in wet conditions, but you should take care to keep your bike parked indoors whenever possible and in a dry location when in storage. We don’t recommend riding your ZBIKE in the rain. The display, motor, and battery pack are all designed to operate just fine in normal drizzle, but you should always take care to dry off your bike and store it properly between uses to prevent corrosion.

ZBIKE IS REVOLUTIONIZING FUN!

                                       THANK YOU FOR VISITING.

                                                   PLEASE JOIN

                                            ZBIKE COMMUNITY

                                                              Come join us, we can’t do it without YOU!
                                                                            Thanks for your support!
                                                                                    Team ZBIKE™
 
           

Risks and challenges

We have spent the past 8 months lining up all our manufacturing and distribution logistics. Our factory partner has the ability to create 8,000 units per month so we are very confident in our ability to deliver on time.

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    Motor: 250W 15A Controller, Battery: 36V 5.8Ah LG Lithium-ion, Display: Multi-function integrated, Pedal Assist: Torque sensor, Throttle: Power by motor without peddling, Max Speed: 20 MPH, Range: up to 36 Miles per charge, Frame: Aluminum alloy aviation grade, Rims: 1.25" x 20" Magnesium alloy, Tires: 1.75" x 20" Kenda sport tread, Brakes: Tektro mechanical disc., Gear: Single Speed direct-drive, Zoom hydraulic suspension, Headlight: 24 LED multi-directional, Audio: Bluetooth speaker system.

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    Sport Model - 3 Speed Drivetrain

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    Motor: 250W 15A Controller, Battery: 36V 5.8Ah LG Lithium-ion, Display: Multi-function integrated, Pedal Assist: Torque sensor, Throttle: Power by motor without peddling, Max Speed: 20 MPH, Range: up to 36 Miles per charge, Frame: Aluminum alloy aviation grade, Rims: 1.25" x 20" Magnesium alloy, Tires: 1.75" x 20" Kenda sport tread, Brakes: Tektro mechanical disc., Gear: 3-Speed for better hill climbing ability and more speed. Zoom hydraulic suspension, Headlight: 24 LED multi-directional, Audio: Bluetooth speaker system.

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