BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Electric bike maker Optibike has doubled its Boulder, Colorado-based workforce in 2008 and is now increasing its manufacturing space by taking over a former Beech Aircraft building in Boulder to accommodate a 230 percent increase in production.
Electric bikes sales have been increasing for the last few years in China and Europe and new technology is facilitating a rapid increase in U.S. sales.
“The Optibike was designed to meet the needs of the American market: It is sleek, stylish, and very powerful- These elements are very important in America where customers want be able to travel long distances and have enough power to climb steep hills with confidence," said Jim Turner, chief executive officer of Optibike.
The Optibike is powered by the patented Motorized Bottom Bracket (MBB) which allows the rider to add their pedal power to the motor power for a balance of electric power and exercise. Powered by the largest lithium battery available in an electric bike (20ah, 36v) the Optibike has a range of 50 miles with a 35 mph top speed. The Optibike retails from $4995 - $12,995.