We all know the #1 advantage of a recumbent… a more comfortable ride. But the downside to all recumbents is they are harder to get started from a stop. The T50e makes getting started as simple as turning a throttle. So if you are riding through town with a stop sign every block, no sweat.
Is there a hill you have a hard time climbing? Or maybe a hill upon which you just don’t want to get sweaty. You power the front wheel as much as you want with your muscles and the brushless hub motor will power the rear wheel with 300W (peak 500W). Pretty soon, that hill will be a pleasant memory. Even hills with loose dirt/gravel are no match for the T50e because you can tackle them with both wheels under power. Take a look at this short video of Robert Holler climbing up a steep dirt and gravel slope at the Cruzbike Ride Retreat. This would be hard on a mountain bike, but the T50e handles it easily.
The T50e makes bicycling on a recumbent through town or over hills a fun and practical way to get wherever you want to go. Put a rack and panniers on it and go load up on groceries, or go downtown for dinner and don’t worry about finding a parking space for your car.
There have been electric-assist Cruzbikes for almost as long as there have been Cruzbikes. The Cruzbike rear wheel, since it is completely unencumbered by a chain or drive system, has been inviting electric conversions since at least 2006. We have planned for many years to produce a factory-made electric Cruzbike. Battery technology has progressed and become more affordable, so we feel now is the time. We designed the T50 frame to be extra-robust, which is why it is the frame for Cruzbike’s first production e-bike.
We have been using e-Cruzbikes to help people learn to ride Cruzbikes for several years. If you already know how to ride a Cruzbike, then you are ready-to-go. If you have never ridden a Cruzbike, having the throttle to help get you moving will make the learning process easier and less stressful.
The T50e is not designed to be an electric motorcycle. The top speed from the motor is 20 mph. The motor is designed to help get you going from a stop and provide assistance to you when you need it.
The price is right.
You can find electric bicycles for a lot more money. You can find low-cost e-bikes for less money. But you won’t find an e-bike as comfortable as the T50e at any price.