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Dec
01
Update on E-Bike Tariff's - What they are doing to the market

This is a quick update on Trump's China tariff's that have taken effect on electric assist e-bikes.

Thus far here is the impact both locally, and nationally:

  • Not all e-bike OEM's have raised their prices - yet.

  • Most of the e-bike brands we carry... Blix, Yamaha, Surface 604, Magnum, have not raised their prices.

  • Nationally, what we are seeing is that on-line brands ARE raising their prices, since they directly import from China, and are too small to absorb the increase. Examples include Rad Power, Juiced, and most on-line at Amazon.

  • More well known brands like Pedego have raised their prices.

  • Some weaker brands such as Shocke and BionX have already gone out of business. We expect this to continue so be cautious about your choice of e-bike OEM.

  • A number of brands are trying to re-locate where they buy from - such as Taiwan, but that is not an easy or quick option, especially if they are not already doing business with factories in Taiwan.

  • Some brands have held off raising prices until their local stock is depleted, so right now and probably for another quarter, you will see a lot of brands that could be hanging on before prices increase substantially.

Now is a great time to buy, especially here in the midwest, where the season is cold, dealers are lowering inventory, and e-bike tariffs have yet to take hold.

Our inventory is still good, and again, none of our e-bike models have increased prices, so stop by here to take advantage of the current market environment.

Happy E-Biking !

Mike

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Aug
10
Well... the ebike tariffs are due to begin August 24th

Dear Friends of Biking and Ebike potential consumers:

As previously mentioned as a possibility in my July 20th Blog post, the 25% tariffs are unfortunately being implemented on the industry codes that includes ebikes. (includes motors on ebikes, many components, even kits). Regular bikes could see increases of 10 to 25%. That is less well defined at the moment.

Will all e-bike brands increase their prices ? That's hard to say, but some ebike OEM's have notified dealers they are not increasing prices, in part based on where their product is sourced. Some have indicated they are increasing prices effective August 23rd. Its true that a significant majority (over 80% by some estimates) of ebikes are sourced from China. Similar wit...


Jul
20
Buy an E-Bike now... before tariff's take effect

This may seem like a sobering message, but the bicycle industry is going to face dealing with the tariff's proposed by President Trump. This includes all bicycles, bicycle parts, motors, and yes electric assist bikes.

The vast majority of bicycle and e-bike manufacturing is in China. A very few others are made in Taiwan, Singapore, Brazil, and other countries. None are made in the U.S. None are made in Canada, or Mexico.

If you have been contemplating a purchase of an e-bike, the time to act is probably now before the tariff's go into effect. Possibly the next 60 days these will kick in.

This comes from a number of sources the bike industry has. Things could change, but this has become more serious within the past few...


Mar
13
The Schwinn's are In !

Beautiful Schwinn E-Bikes are in stock now ! Come take a test ride !

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