Unboxing XOLO Folding Bike:
The following links are NOT actual XOLO bikes, they are very similar, for reference only.
Paratrooper Jumps with a Folding Bike:
How to Fold:
Loading to a Sedan:
Review of Montague Paratrooper 1:
Review of Montague Paratrooper 2:
History of Montague Paratrooper:
Comparison: Full Size 26" vs Mini 20":
Less is More: 6 Reasons Your E-bike Motor Should be 500W or Less:
Frequently asked questions
Why would I use an e-bike over a regular bike?
What is the range I can get from a single charge?
The biggest factor contributing to your range is whether you pedal or just use a throttle without pedaling, along with what level of assist you use. XOLO E-bikes is a strong proponent of the synergy resulting from combining human pedal power with electric power, so we’ll tell you the expected range when you do both. With relaxed pedaling expect 22-50 miles on a single charge for most e-bikes. In some cases you’ll go even farther. We have bikes that are getting 80+ miles on a single charge. Range will also be impacted by the battery capacity, the hills, wind and your size. Many electric bikes pedal easily as regular bikes. So you can extend the range even further by using little or no power on level surfaces and down hill.
How long does it take to charge an e-bike battery?
A lithium ion ebike battery that is fully depleted will take 3.5 to 6 hours to recharge. Batteries that still have a partial charge when you start charging will take less. In addition, the last hour or so of a charge is used to "top-off" the cells, and you don't have to wait for that process to be completed. So some batteries can be 90% charged in 2.5 hours or less.
How many charges can I get out of a battery?
Most lithium-ion, which will provide a minimum of 500 full charge cycles at which point the battery will hold about 80% of its original capacity. Some batteries can deliver up to 1200 charge cycles. If you recharge the battery when it is only 50% depleted, that counts as only 1/2 of one charge cycle. If you usually use your e-bike in pedal-assist mode, combining both pedal power and electric power, you can expect to go 20,000-50,000 km before replacing your battery. That is a lot of miles on a bicycle.
Can I ride an e-bike as a regular bike - without the electric power?
Yes. And it is easy to switch back and forth. For example, you might want to use the power only when you are going up hills.
Do I have to pedal?
XOLO E-bikes can operate by simply turning the throttle without pedaling.
What about leaving my electric bicycle out in the rain?
The motor and battery are sufficiently sealed to be protected from the rain. However, we do suggest that if you are carrying your bike on the back of a car and rain is in the forecast, that you place the battery inside the car. Driving 70mph in a downpour with the battery exposed is like pressure-washing your battery. That's a lot different than riding your bike in the rain.
How much will I reduce my carbon footprint if I use an ebike instead of a car?
It takes the carbon footprint of over 60 e-bikes to equal the carbon footprint of one single occupancy, gasoline-powered car.
Is servicing an e-bike any different than a regular bike?
Can you ride an E-bike if the battery runs out?
Ifthe battery runs out you can still pedal and get home safely. Depending on the terrain you are riding, it could be more difficult as E-bikes are a bit heavier than your normal trekking or mountain bike.
Are E-bikes loud?
No, E-bikes are surprisingly quiet! When the rider pedals and the motor turns on to assist the rider’s power, you can only hear a low hum.
How should I clean my electric bike?
Clean your eBike like you would clean your regular bike. Use a hose, sponge and preferably a decent detergent. If you can, then clean it after every ride to keep it in tip top condition. Also remember after cleaning to re apply lubrication to the chain with a decent dry lube. Please resist from using pressure washers on your bike. Not because of the electrics, but high pressure water can push factory grease from the internal bearings leaving them dry for the next ride.
How are electric bikes controlled?
What is the mileage range?
It depends on many factors: terrain, wind, temperature, rider weight, tire pressure, and rider input. Under normal conditions and rider participation, one can expect 30-60 km per charge.