More about EcoSpeed
A (r)Evolutionary new way to see bike riding in your life.
EcoSpeed was built for everyone. From 6 to 106, no matter what your riding style might be, Ecospeed was designed with you in mind. Upright, longtail, cargo, recumbent, off road, we are here for you. Commuting to work, EcoSpeed will take out the stress and help you enjoy the ride arriving refreshed and ready for the day. Looking at giving up the second car or even the first, and a cargo bike is calling your name. Our system will seal the deal. Getting around town, picking up groceries or kids in a breeze. You can rest assured that you will be able to go anywhere, do anything using your beautiful new cargo bike and lets face it, you will be the envy of all your friends and neighbors as you cruise on down the road. Needing to find a way to help you get back on a bike and start getting healthy, then our system will give you the confidence of knowing that you can. The first time you put your thumb on the throttle and start to pedal you will be filled with the joy of riding again and the world is your oyster.
We believe we are the future of bike riding in the world. We believe that bike riding is for everyone. We believe that it’s time to start thinking about how all of us are going to be getting around in the future. Why not start today and be ahead of the game.
Hundreds of riders have experienced the joy and reliability of our systems and we want to offer this opportunity to you. EcoSpeed revolutionizes the way the world thinks about transportation.
We build one of the best electric assist mid drive systems in the world, and we’ve been doing it for over 10 years. Our systems can make your daily commute a breeze, or give you the opportunity to once again feel the joy of riding your bike after years of believing those days were gone forever. One of the true beauties of our system is, we can fit your bike, allowing you to create the best ride for your needs. Want a new bike in the future? Just transfer you motor system over and away you go! This can come in handy if you want to change from a regular bike to a long-tail bike that can carry your children our your children’s children.
The passion that we feel for our company cannot be quenched. We are dedicated to appropriate technology and human friendly transportation, striving to create a bike for conscious travelers, which provides the convenience and reliability of a car, without the ecological footprint. The EcoSpeed kits epitomize human-scale transportation that is healthy; personally, socially, and environmentally. Our vision: to provide viable human scale transportation options that empower individuals and society with the highest performing electric bikes possible.
The Versatility of the Powerful EcoSpeed Kit
EcoSpeed is the perfect Electric Assist for anyone thinking “Isn’t it time to take my ride to the next level?”
Every day, all across America and the world, people are waking up and riding their EcoSpeed to work. Up hills, around town, and through city streets.
Our System fits your bike, making it your best ride ever.
The extra speed that EcoSpeed offers, allows them to have confidence in using their bike to navigate the daily commute. The stress of riding to work tired and sweaty, has become a thing of the past.
Matt Hicks on an Uptown Breezer with an early system. (Click for video)
“I have been a completely satisfied user of an EcoSpeed motor kit for 5 years. I use my EcoSpeed-equipped bike most days during the week for commuting and basic transportation and recreation. I have literally had not a single problem with any component of the EcoSpeed kit over the entire time I have used it. Having the EcoSpeed motor to help power my bike has allowed my family to get rid of our second car, along with all of the hassle and expense of a car. My own personal health and, in a small way, the health of the planet, are better off thanks to EcoSpeed making transportation by bike a very attractive alternative. I unhesitatingly give the EcoSpeed motor kit my highest recommendation.” -Matt Hicks
Per Cronholm, Sweden
“I get SO much attention on my Ecospeed, people are always going “cool bike, awesome bike, wow, look at that bike!” Riding my Ecospd is like flying. People are always hitting on me, they notice the bike first, but then they notice me! People whistle at me and smile when I ride my Ecospeed. All that speed and power between your legs is very sexy. If I’m having a crappy day, all I have to do is hit the power and jet really fast on my Ecospeed, feeling the wind in my face, and pretty soon I’m smiling at all the people admiring my bike, and I feel on top of the world.”
-Wini Williams, Longtime EcoSpeed Rider
Dr. Tommy Ratliff’s Epic Commute
“It is commonly believed that riding an electrically assisted bike reduces the exercise you get. This is not necessarily true. In fact, in my experience, (warm weather) just the opposite is true.”-Stephen Streib
“My name is Stephen Streib (retired Chemical Engineer) and I have been riding recumbent trikes on the West Coast for about 5 years and 16,000 miles. About 14,000 miles of this has been with an EcoSpeed electric assist. What I have found is that the EcoSpeed boosts my average cruising speed from 12 – 14 mi. /h to 19 – 21 mi. /h. This increase in speed (airflow) results in an increase in heat rejection from the body and allows the muscles to work harder for the same amount of apparent effort or comfort. When the muscles work harder you consume more calories, build muscle mass, and improve your cardiovascular system. I have frequently switched back and forth in the last four years between my EcoSpeed assisted trike and my unassisted trike (both ICE trikes). Each time I see the same change in heart rate when I cycle. The conclusion I must reach is that you can burn more calories and be more comfortable doing it with an EcoSpeed assist on your bike.” -Stephen Streib
Commuter Bikes that Break the Mold
Some people like three wheels for added stability and comfort.
Since the creation of the bicycle, society has been using bikes to haul not only passengers, but also cargo to and fro. As our world begins to look at ways to care for the planet cargo bikes are retuning to the streets by the thousands as one of the fastest growing markets in the bike industry. Families are using them for local commuting. Taking the kids to and from school, picking up the groceries, or getting the dog to the vet can all be done from your favorite cargo bike. The smiles that you see are not only on the families riding but also on everyone they pass.
EcoSpeed and Cargo Bikes Were Made for Each Other
EcoSpeed Gets Down to Business
Innovative businesses are using Cargo Bikes as a smart economical replacement to a cargo van for nimble delivery in and around city streets. EcoSpeed can take the basic cargo bike and turn it into a cargo truck, capable of hauling twice as much as before. It truly is the ultimate in car replacement therapy, extremely practical and freeing to the spirit. Check out just some of our customers and their cool cargo bikes and how they use EcoSpeed for their business. Imagine the possibilities in your world.
“Our EcoSpeed powered Bullit cargo bike has helped us lower our carbon footprint, serves as a great advertisement tool, and is simply a fast, efficient and very fun tool in helping us promote a local, sustainable economy and culture.”-Nazirahk Amen
“It takes a pedicab and turns it into a striaght Cadillac. It just glides. A game changer that makes you want to get out there and cruise.” –Jeremy Fairchild
Riders over 50 love the reliability of an EcoSpeed kit. Hills that were once daunting and off limits become a breeze, and those one and two mile rides turn into 10 and 20 mile rides. Riders who believed that bike riding was a thing of the past are back on the road again getting active, staying healthy living a greener lifestyle and showing everyone that life really is better from the seat of a bike.
Jerry and Connie Lauzon of Mount Angel, Oregon get out on the local trails around home with their Eco Speed assisted recumbent trikes nearly every day. They own a Dodge Caravan and pack the trikes up for monthly five or six day excursions to experience trails away from home. The septuagenarians travel at least 10 to 12 miles on their day runs. They both agree having a motor on the trike makes them feel more confident. There are no worries to discover a hill that is a little beyond their pedaling capability – a shot of energy from the Eco Speed keeps their speed up. The motor also provides a wonderful assist getting through busy intersections and the ability to move fast if situation dictates. Connie says “Without our Eco Speed motors we would not be able to do and fully enjoy our daily trips. I also do all my grocery shopping – fully loaded. Eco Speed is the Cadillac of assist motors; quiet, dependable and rapidly responsive. We can travel more often and go father and faster, yet still get all the exercise we need” Jerry agrees. Their constant companion is their mixed terrier dog, Peggy Sue who loves the ride. The ability to get out a lot on their trikes adds measurably to the quality of their lives. – Jerry Lauzon
Adaptive Cycling For Riders Who Need a Little Assist
Making dreams come true is one of our greatest missions here at EcoSpeed and something we are all proud to be a part of. Helping riders find the perfect system that can fit their bike makes our day.
Our experience over the years customizing kits for recumbent bikes, has given us the upper hand in modifying and electrifying a variety of pedal machines and turns them into viable transportation for people that otherwise would not be able to ride. Some of our adaptive riders rock the mileage and get more miles in than our most epic commuters. Exercising and being active, using your riding time as physical therapy is a great perk, but finding your individuality and freedom again is priceless. Our riders have been able to once again enter the world on their terms. Free to come and go when they choose.
“ EcoSpeed has allowed me to continue riding, even with Parkinson’s Disease. I feel it has even possibly slowed the progression of the disease through exercise. EcoSpeed has let me continue to experience riding with my wife and enjoy social contact. The superior quality of the motor makes it easy to accept the compliments and answer the numerous questions that I routinely receive. Thanks, EcoSpeed!” -Terry Klev
Terry is able to ride 12 to 18 miles a day, knowing that he has the security and added assist of his EcoSpeed motor. He says his legs have fended off Parkinsons more than any other part of his body, and the doctors are amazed at the miles he rides on his Greenspeed Tadpole Trike.
“Without my ecospeed system, It would be difficult to ride long distances, up hills & as frequently. I have had cartilage repaired in my right hip & arthroscopic surgery in my right knee . This makes it tough to use my natural strength to pedal my bike and causes more pain. Eventually I will need a full repair on both my knee & hip but my dr says not yet despite my discomfort. Riding helps you mentally & physically & keeps you active. Riding can have a meditative effect. I want to ride for many more years & I know with my current system it will help me recover when I do have major surgery & I can keep riding.” –Kathy Greenwood
Velomobiles the Newest Alternative to a Car
Off Road Riders
Not just for city streets, EcoSpeed can even be added to your favorite off road bike. Leave the other riders in the dust as you zip up and around the trails and through the woods.
Discover the back trails and fire roads of America on your bike.
Fat Bikes in Action
To awaken, not only Portlanders to the EcoSpeed systems, but the entire biking community around the world. As a small, homegrown Portland business, we don’t have a deep investor pool or qualify for traditional loans. So,our goal is to make a run of 50 complete kits.
We here at EcoSpeed have dedicated ourselves to our mission because we believe in human scale transportation that is healthy not only for the people using it personally and socially, but also healthy for the community and for the planet.
Our vendors are all in place (30+ to make a kit!), the metal is ready to cut and circuit boards are ready to print the moment we’ve reached our goal. With the shop ready and workstations and tools, primed, our team is ready to: “Get this party started.”
We estimate that finished kits will be going out the door within 10 weeks of project funding and we will be hiring two full time employees to help assemble the new kits. Don’t forget, the amazing rewards for participating will also be shipping out to one and all that jumped on board and said yes,
So our Kickstarter will bring EcoSpeed fully into the biking community, show Portland what its been missing, create new full time jobs and have 30+ vendors buzzing with new work. It also features great rewards, because you know you want to be a part of this. Not to mention, 50 complete kits ready to ship out. Which means, 50 families will be totally transformed living healthy and happier lives. EcoSpeed will take its rightful place as a provider of electric assist bicycles
We want to be able to offer our systems in bike shops around the world and we are hoping, with your help and support, that EcoSpeed will finally be able to offer our systems to riders everywhere instead of just custom orders. Hundreds of riders have experienced the joy and reliability of our systems and we want to offer this opportunity to you.
With your help, our Kickstarter will enable us to go from building one system at a time, to a true production line.We want to start with 50 systems and build up from there.Our goal: to have our systems in bike shops around the world so riders can experience the joy and reliability of EcoSpeed. We know that once you ride with our system, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. This is our story.
Great success stories always seem to start in a garage or basement, Amazon, Apple, Disney just to mention a few, and EcoSpeed is no different. Developer/Designer/Engineer, Brent Bolton, was searching for an electric conversion for his Bike E recumbent in 2003. With a dream, skill and knowledge he created the first system.
It worked so well, he decided he would continue to produce and EcoSpeed was born in his basement. Brent custom designed and developed over 25 different kits for recumbents and in the process, coined the term “mid-drive” which has become an industry standard term for electric assist that utilizes the gears of a bike. With the amazing success in our high performing kits for recumbents we were ready for the next stage; mid-drives for upright bikes and tadpole trikes.
Tapping into the drive train, using a custom freewheeling crank set they have become our most popular product in the past five years. Our premiere electric assist systems are fully developed and tested and ready for your next ride. The EcoSpeed system is like no other in high power and performance, with the ability to be adapted easily to the right bike for your needs.
What is an EcoSpeed Mid-Drive System?
It is an add-on-mid-drive kit that turns your favorite bike into an electric bike. It’s unique in that the kit interfaces with the bikes drive train and the motor power goes through whichever gear the rider is using. As you start out in a lower gear your cadence picks up as you gain speed, and then its time to change up to the next highest gear… just like a car engine. The cool thing is that as your pedaling cadence gets high, the motor is winding out too…its always right their with you. You are still pedaling and getting exercise, but you are riding faster, going further, and climbing higher for the energy your putting out… not to mention having the ability to haul loads as if they were as light as a feather.
Each of our Kits Include: 1300 watt motor system, our velociraptor motor controller, our freewheeling triple crankset built around a White Industries freewheel, custom Phil Wood bottom bracket, thumb throttle, and all the necessary framework and bracketing to integrate our system to your bike. Visit our website for accessories like a digital display showing speed and power, integrated lighting, etc.
Pick Your Accent Color – motor frame – crankset – controller bracket . Example photo shows red.
Fatback -Fat Tire Bike
Fatback is an amazing all terrain vehicle, snow, sand, mud, mountain trails, ideally suited for EcoSpeed. Fatback will change the way you ride forever. Built in Alaska
A great titanium drop bar bike for fast urban utility from legendary Portland Company, Ti-Cycles. Built up with disc breaks and choice components for the long haul. Let us know if you have any special build requests, as we will be assembling these frames into bikes right here in our shop.
A fast, performance ride capeable of touring or jetting across town. This trike blends form and function. A long wheel base Sport-Luxury Catrike. Capable of handling heavy loads for long distance touring.
Stunning looks, smooth and stable ride, this bike will replace your car.
Lightfoot – Rambler
This stable, intuitive and easy to ride long wheelbase recumbent is a joy to ride.
Velocity Velos – Revolution
This made in Oregon velomobile can get you places, efficient, warm, and dry. This velo has everything you need for running errands, the daily commute, and a weekend joyride.
EcoSpeed in the News
The revolution is on, come and ride with us into the future.
this velo has everything you need for running errands, your daily commute and a weekend joyride. – See more at: http://www.velocityvelos.com/products/revolution#sthash.dCHrOQIZ.dpuf
Risks and challenges
Our systems are not prototypes, we have made many of them and the only thing that has held us back has been the constraint of having to make them one at a time, with high cost and low volume. Today we come to you with our creations and dreams.
If our production is delayed you will know about it, but rest assured that we will not let your order go unfilled.
We will not quit until our orders are fulfilled. With over ten years experience developing and making our mid-drive assists, we have stuck with it even before there was a market for E-bikes. We’ve done this because each kit that goes out has a positive affect in the life of the person who rides it. We are in business for you, and for our shared future.