Made in the USA e-bikes: The Electric Bike Company story

Made in the USA e-bikes: The Electric Bike Company story

I got the chance to visit Electric Bike Company in Newport Beach to see how they build their electric bicycles in the USA. Check out the full story on Electrek at https://wp.me/pa0wC0-wdO

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Lectric XP $979: http://bit.ly/LectricXP
Ride1Up 500 Series $1,099: http://bit.ly/Ride1Up500Series
Swagtron EB12 $999: http://bit.ly/SwagtronEB12
Rad Power Bikes: http://bit.ly/Rad-Power_Bikes
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Mantis Pro: http://bit.ly/FFR_Mantis
Dualtron Thunder: http://bit.ly/Dualtron_Thunder
Turbowheel Lightning: http://bit.ly/turbowheel-lightning
Emove Cruiser: http://bit.ly/Emove_Cruiser

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Readers Comments (50)

  1. Cool !

  2. SilverShadow2LWB March 6, 2021 @ 9:46 pm

    You need to learn your terminology. These are not made in the USA, but more accurately Assembled in the USA. As long as the major components are imported from any other country, one cannot state "Made in the USA". Batteries, brakes, motors, pedals, derailleurs, shifters, cranksets, tires, and gears, are best left for those who are best at it. Still, this looks like a very nice bike, but one is paying the extra money for US assembly. I would have spent that same money looking for a higher end Chinese, or Taiwanese manufacturer. No one builds as many bikes as the Chinese…that’s why they are so good at it. I am not talking about a budget level Chinese bike. It is the same as cellphones. One can spec out a budget Chinese phone or can specify a higher build quality and get an iPhone.

  3. Ahh so the paint and the mud guard are made in the usa and everything else is still overseas made.. Not made in the USA.

  4. Interesting company.

  5. Well done video and an impressive company. Thanks for uploading.

  6. Mitchell Barnow March 6, 2021 @ 9:53 pm

    Micah, what an awesome video! What a great company! Thank you so much 😊

  7. Sherman Greene March 6, 2021 @ 9:53 pm

    Thank you for the video. Electric bike company is definitely a company I will consider in the future.

  8. Science Tech Zone March 6, 2021 @ 9:54 pm

    👌👍

  9. joseph sammartino March 6, 2021 @ 9:54 pm

    Bring factory jobs back to America.

  10. We are the Soboleski’s in New York, and have also ordered two E-Bikes on march 8 // The customer service is incredible and we are looking forward to our new summer of CRUISIN /// Thanks EBC

  11. 👍

  12. Hitchonson Dis March 6, 2021 @ 9:55 pm

    Really interesting, I really wonder if they export to other countries in quantities🤔

  13. They didn’t show anything about the frame being built in the USA, did they??!!

  14. if the batteries and motor made overseas (means China ) then only Frame is made in USA

  15. Vem para o Brasil precisamos desde se for um preço acessível atodas comas sociais um abraço parabéns

  16. Ederson simples March 6, 2021 @ 9:59 pm

    No Brasil a policia toma a bicicleta eletrica

  17. Gerard Jachymiak March 6, 2021 @ 10:00 pm

    These bikes are built to last just like the good old days

  18. WOW 6:20

  19. I LOVE LOVE these bikes and this company – I strongly encourage people to test ride one – you’ll be hooked. I don’t even drive my car anymore on the weekends – and often use my bike for my work commute as well.

  20. All motor made in China not usa

  21. Hello All,
    I am writing from India.

    I would like to connect with the bicycle enthusiasts or experts to understand the rules and regulations for Ebikes in USA and Canada.

    If anyone, please contact me on

    1.Email:- homologation@nexzu.in

    2.Whats app:- +918888114108

    3.Linkdein:- Pravin Raut

    Thanks

  22. If they make step-thru bikes with 20” wheels, I’m in! I was considering Rad Power Bikes (we know that’s one of the companies you didn’t want to mention by name 😉), but I’m open. Plus, I’m already in SoCal, so it’ll be easy to pick up at the shop and ride home. 🚲

    I’m impressed by their work ethic and thoughtfulness. They take both logistics AND psychology into consideration when designing their products and processes. Brilliant. 👌

  23. I know the company there in California (Electric Bike Company) makes bicycles but compare them to the trike manufacturing company in Utah; Utah Trikes please. Is Utah Trikes just as passionate and skilled?

  24. Chef Kendra Nguyen March 6, 2021 @ 10:05 pm

    Cool, cool these guys are awesome. It’s just too bad more parts can’t come from the US. We need to get back to making stuff here, not these guys fault they’re doing all they can and their apparent eye for detail is impressive.

  25. wow great warranty. i just bought a 3,000 scooter . i wanted a bike but they dont go 40+ MPH. i would have much rather had a bike

  26. It’s a very interesting proposition. Is it better to assemble in the United States vs China if all the components are made in China? Love the inside look you provided Micah! Keep up the great work!

  27. So here is the thing: These bikes are ASSEMBLED in the US – everything (Frame, battery, controller, display and motor) are still made in China. My question is "Is it still not cheaper to get the chinese to assemble everything as their labor is CHEAPER?" I am an importer in another country and have also looked and doing local assembly but cannot beat the Chinese price.

  28. David Trobaugh March 6, 2021 @ 10:11 pm

    I really Like that you can get two
    Big batties two go really fare.
    It make it easy to go place’s and
    Not worry about not getting back.
    And the number one thing I like
    Is that is made in the U.S.A.

  29. Anthony William Rich Jr March 6, 2021 @ 10:12 pm

    Overseas Motor …. Fail.

  30. The price is competitive even though the company located in California. Do get get a lot of incentive from the state government?

  31. Michael Finley March 6, 2021 @ 10:14 pm

    I wish they made a foldable fat tire bike.

  32. I’m pleased to see your assembly is by far better than other bike Co well done.

  33. How much are your folding bikes?

  34. Yes the United States, not China

  35. Thanks for the info…I think given the proper information, people will spend a little more to get a LOT more.

  36. Is all about the customer service. Also how much do the e-bikes weigh?

  37. This was a great video. Thank you so much.

  38. MattelAquarius March 6, 2021 @ 10:25 pm

    Interesting. I’ve previously only bought Prodeco e-bikes, because I like to support US companies as much as possible. Has Electrek ever reviewed Prodeco bikes?

  39. DON’T LET THESE AMATURES BUILD YOUR BIKE, YOU WILL REGRET IT AND CAN BE SERIOUSLY HURT. I am a Shimano TEC, and have worked in bike shops selling and repairing bikes for over seven years. I also own and maintain my own two 1000cc Superbikes. These people delivered to my 60+ year old mother a "built" bike. I went over to check it and first thing I did was to bounce the front suspension and the handlebar rotated down with little effort. The clamp was not equal and the torque was a joke. Then I twist the stem against the front wheel, it rotates with two fingers of force, and no grease on the stem. Pulled the seat tube, no grease. Pulled the pedals, no grease. I could rotate the brake levers with two fingers, uneven clamp force. The rear wheel had not been removed to tension the chain (single speed), check the hub cones and properly torqued to the frame (they trust china). The front wheel didnt have the cones tuned either. The disc brakes hadn’t been bedded in for her, and they did not tell her that they needed to be for proper bite and stopping power. That’s just the mechanical failures that I found in 5 minutes in her living room. They sold her a bike that was set up 6" too tall for her, she couldn’t mount it safely or touch the ground. (She hasn’t been on a bike in along time and needs to be able to touch both sides for safety, especially since this is a heavy and fast bike.) They didn’t even set it to fit her when they dropped it off, horrible practice for a bike shop, fit is everything. If they can’t fit bikes they shouldn’t sell bikes. They just made a sale and sent her out the door to crash on a bike that is too big, and put together worse than most walmart bikes I have seen. These people are clowns and deserve to be sued for putting unknowing people that trust them at great risk. These bikes should be held at higher mechanical scrutiny than normal since they are powered like motorcycles and old people are buying them. If she insists to get another bike from them, (she is returning it on my professional recommendation) I will be building it and not let these careless know-nothings touch it. I will also be convincing her to buy elsewhere. I’m so glad she didn’t ride it before I checked it out. She would have crashed due to negligence by Electric Bike Company, I’m 100% sure. Please, please have a seasoned professional mechanic build any bike you ride, your life depends on it. Do not buy from this careless company.

  40. California?……might as well be a different country. I dont support companies in California. Liberal states dont get money from me. Besides it’s still mostly chinese parts! Also….need options for a more modern version as well.

  41. They are assembled in the US but where are the frames being are they shipped over from the UK? You’re assembling them? there’s a difference of being built in the USA or assembled in the USA ,which is kind of like false advertisement right now!

  42. are they affiliated with the santa barbara electric bicyce company? not sure if it still exists or the owners changed the name and location where they make thier ebikes,

  43. mason appalachiantrail March 6, 2021 @ 10:32 pm

    Maybe I’ll ride mine from dc to Newport Beach and check em out in the factory and say hi.

  44. I’m amazed!! wow!! looks so much higher quality than the usual Chinese made e-bikes

  45. their paint jobs and warranty are Sweet

  46. Robert Fontanosa March 6, 2021 @ 10:39 pm

    Great information with another great video! If I were in the market for an e-bike I would strongly consider the Electric Bike Company. I would probably make it a short day trip to LA from San Francisco to pick it up. I completely agree with you regarding that packaging. Amazing care and dedication from beginning to end. I wish them and you great success.

  47. pretty darn awesome

  48. Do you sell rim hub 26x 4" 3000w ??

  49. I’m sure that these bikes have excellent build quality and last a long time but…not many people can afford 1500 or more for an electric bike when you can get one from china for half or even less than that. This is why their is a big gap in trade with China. I know that people have to make a good enough living to survive and I know that China gives perks to a lot of their workers but the American workforce could learn something from China. For decades a lot of American workers have lived beyond their means. We don’t save money like we should because we want to have the latest and greatest of everything like cars, houses and electronics. We have to because we have to outdo our neighbors and friends. I’ve been guilty of this in the past also. I know that the ones made in foreign countries probably won’t last as long because they have very little quality control at their factories and for the most part, not always but most electronic products made in China use the cheapest parts they can get. They also pay their workers a lot less than in the U.S. There are exceptions to some electronic products made in China. If they are from a big brand name company like Lenovo Computers and if the majority of that company sales are in the U.S especially if they are used in American Defense, or large American owned companies then they usually use better parts and have good quality control. I sure would like one of these bikes to help lessen the effects of air pollution. You could get solar panels to charge these and other than the power initially used to make the solar panels and the bikes they would leave a low carbon footprint. Unfortunately as these prices it ain’t gonna happen.

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