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The Ticket, Token and Electric Ute will soon be available through an Authorized Kona Dealer near you. According to sources at Kona Bikes, availability on these bikes will be limited initially due to high demand and instant backorder.
Both the Ticket and Tokenare 700C trekking bicycle types that use a 24-volt, 250W battery assisted Pedelec motor. The riding is very smooth due to the application of a patented Dutch design TMM torque sensor that is mounted on the dropout. Through a precise digital processor, the power assist from the front wheel drive motor can be delivered in proportion with the exact power output of the rider.
The system’s battery capacity is 24V with 10Ah (Amp Hour), delivering a long lifecycle of more than 700 rides. Both bikes feature a brushless geared 250W motor that is widely used in Europe. In power mode, the system can assist riding for up to 30km. In normal mode, power assist lasts up to 57km, while in economy mode, the battery has a huge 100km range (all range tests were conducted using a 85kg rider in a mild headwind condition). Kona uses Samsung 18650 Li-Ion cells, and a very sophisticated battery management system to detect cell performance and balance, with an incredibly accurate charge indicator.
For more information on this and other recent developments, take a look at the Konaworld Newsletter.
City Bike Tampa has recently been given pricing information, which is currently only available upon request, but you can expect to pay in the mid-$1000 range for a Ticket or a Token and a little over $2,200 for an Electric Ute.
As far as availability goes, the back order is expected to initially be around 30 – 45 days with no guarantees as to whether it could be shorter or longer. All special orders through City Bike Tampa will need to be pre-paid and will be processed on a first come first served basis. Call (813-225-1777), email or stop by the shop when you are ready to get yours.
Commute by Bike’s “Bike Shop Girl” posted an informative article about Kona E-bikes (with pics) and details on the EN 15194 Standard this week as well.
Don’t forget…the City Bike Tampa Rental Hut on the Riverwalk between the Tampa Convention Center and The Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina opens today at 11 am with grand opening festivities from 4 pm to 6 pm.