Production Update: ODK 3.0 Becoming Reality

We have been working flat out on the new ODK 3's. It is a very ambitious bike and nearly every part has been upgraded in some way. The typical ODK rider puts a lot of miles on the bike. Many of the readily available parts from the bicycle industry are simply not good enough and need to be beefed up or custom manufactured. We intend to achieve EV-Class Performance with our products. It has a much more demanding job than what is required with leisure-class e-bikes. We will try to keep the production status updated as the ODK 3 bikes become reality.

The aluminum frame is the core component to which everything is attached. It is one of the hardest parts to make. Here are some highlights of the new frame design.


Rear Disc Brake Compatibility 

The Version 3 platform demanded increased stopping power while retaining internally geared hub compatibility.  It is now equipped with Tektro HD-710E hydraulic front and rear disc brakes which gives the bike incredible braking performance. This is the best disc brake avaliable for e-bikes.

The rear disc brake setup required us to upgrade to a SRAM i-3 Hub as the Shimano's 3-speed does not have proper disc brake support. The rear dropout is custom designed to support the rear disc brake. V-brake compatibility is still retained.  

Manufacturing this dropout required some extra time and tooling cost. However its worth the effort to avoid a chain tensioner. The new design also puts the chain out of the way of the center kickstand. Additionally, it is one less part to source, stock and support.  

  Front Accessory Mount

One of the most requested features of version 2 was a front basket. The easy way is to attach a basket to the front fork. This is not a good solution as it negatively effects the steering. The proper way to attach a basket is to weld on some frame-mounted supports. The basket will stay in place while the front wheel is steered from side to side. 

The new "Front Accessory Mounts" are spaced 10cm apart and 6cm wide. It uses four 8mm screws to attach anything you can think of to the front of the bike. We will be manufacturing some accessories including a basket which will integrate perfectly with the bike.  

 Water Bottle Cage Mount

New on version 3 is support for a water bottle cage. We worked to place the cage out of the way, but it is still easy to insert and remove tall bottles. Also there are some interesting accessories that use this same mounting system like the Bike Spike GPS tracker. 


Improved Bridge Plates

The ODK has two kickstand bridge plates. Both side and center kickstands can be attached at the same time. The location of the kickstand bridge plates have been better optimized to work with the Ursus Jumbo double leg center stand. It is raised higher and flatter so when the kickstand is retracted, it is less likely to impact the ground during hard cornering. 

  Improved Rack Design

The rack is slightly shorter than the version 2 bikes but it has been made more functional. The 10 cm x 10 cm rack supports are beefed up significantly. We now have a super solid mounting surface for rack accessories. The rack now slopes more gracefully towards the seat tube. 

The seat tube is now lower which allows for a lower minimum seat height of 29.5" or 75cm. Also the seat tube is now using a more common 31.6 mm internal diameter which provides compatibility with mountain bike and suspension seat post such as the Thudbuster. The pannier rails have been offset and narrowed to allow for easier insertion and removal of the pannier bag's hooks.  


Improved Riding Geometry 

The overall riding position has been adjusted slightly to make the bike easier to ride. The bike feels more "bicycle-like" and familiar to new riders. The end-to-end length is slightly shorter which will give the bike a more compact look and feel. 


Pushing the "Copy" Button

The final pre-production frame sample has been signed off and the first production run has started. Bits and pieces will eventually get welded together and later heat-treated. The frames will be cleaned and painted before the various components are installed at final assembly. 


Now accepting pre-orders 


Interbike 2013 Report: E-bikes are here to stay

E-bikes made a big showing at Interbike 2013 in Las Vegas. This time, it as clear e-bikes are here to stay. It was hard to not be impressed with the e-bike industries' jump in quality, variety and performance. 

We had several pre-production ODK version 3's available at the test track. We logged 3x the number of rides compared to last year's tiny indoor track. Riders were really amazed by the improvements we made to the bikes.

The only question was, "when can we get the bikes?"  

The interest in this product has been overwhelming. We are in production now and making them as fast as we can. We will try to keep the blog updated with the production status and we will make an announcement shortly about pricing and availability.  

ODK Version 3 overview with Electric Bike Report 

ODK Version 3 overview with Electric Bike Reviews

Interbike 2013 Photo Gallery


More information posted about the highly anticipated ODK V3 Electric Bicycle

Learn about what makes the ODK special. Come by the Interbike E-bike track booth P217A for a test ride.   


Interbike 2013: Continuous Improvement


Summer Update: Back in stock

A fresh production of ODK U500's have arrived to our San Diego warehouse. The backorder shipments have all departed. 

We are now back in stock with all colors ready to be shipped. The summer is now in full action and we are working hard to keep the bikes in stock.

The flat Gray color has been unusually popular followed by Red and Green. 

Video Coverage:

Here is a recent News 8 segment introducing the Juiced Riders ODK to Indianapolis. 


New Dealers:

We want to welcome Wander Bikes , Philly Electric Wheels and Suburbanbikes to our growing list of U.S. based dealers

Wander Bikes
2350 N.Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647


Philly Electric Wheels
7153 Sprague Street
Philadelphia, PA 19119


926 Broadway St.
Redwood City, CA 94063




Cargo bike festival in Nijmegen

Lots of interesting cargo bikes and electric-assist bikes meet up in Nijmegen. The Dutch have an advanced bicycle infrastructure. 

Source: bicycledutch

ODK U500 E-Bikes now available at dealers and online

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Now Available
We are happy to announce the availability of the ODK U500 Electric Utility Bicycles (version 2). Purchase a bike at your local dealer or buy online

We have in stock and ready to ship 3-speed 500-Watt E-Bikes. The bikes are available in Red, Green and Gray. Volume discounts available for fleets sales.  



  • 7- Day return policy
  • Full 1-Year warrantee
  • Bikes arrive 98% assembled for easy setup
  • Colors available: Red, Green, Gray
  • International shipping available starting March 1st, 2013


Recent reviews online

"This is one of the first bikes I have reviewed this year that I am considering owning."
(visit page)


"This is a very powerful electric-assist bike with great hill-climbing and load carrying abilities."

-Turbo Bob
(visit page)


Key Specs

  • 48V / 15Ah Lithium Battery: Highest capacity available on the market (720Wh)
  • 500-Watt front motor: Great hill climbing and 22 mph on level ground
  • High level of puncture protection: E-Bike Tires and 4x Inner tubes
  • Throttle controlled with Cruise control function 
  • Front Disc Brakes 
  • Shamino 3-Speed Internal Hub for maintenance free shifting
  • Integrated cargo rack: 330lb total loading capacity 

(see detailed specs)


List of recently added U.S. Dealers



The Bicycle Works
1117 San Anselmo Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960 (map)

Practical Cycles
14 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814 (map)

Ivan Steward's Electric Bicycle Center
2021 India St.
San Diego, CA 9210 (map)

Electric Bicycle Center - Fullerton, CA
400 East Commonwealth Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832 (map)

Velo Verde
6791 Sebastopol Ave
Sebastopol, CA 95472 (map)


Electric Bicycle Outlet
660 Bryant St., Ste. B
San Francisco, CA  94107 (map)


The Electric Bicycle Store
2599 North Federal Hwy.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305

The Electric Bicycle Store
1620 Alton Rd.

Miami Beach, FL 33139 (map)


Accent Bicycles
11700 Oak Tree Way
Carmel, IN 46032 (map)
866-241-2619 / 317-616-1862


Tonka Cycle & Ski 
16 Shady Oak RD. S.
Hopkins, MN 55343 (map)

New York

Greenpath Electric Bike
4202 3rd Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232 (map)

Ashland Electric Bicycles
302 East Hersey St., Suite 7
Ashland, OR 97520 (map)

Bend Electric Bikes
223 NW Hill Street
Bend, OR 97701 (map)


Rocket Electrics
1608 E. Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78741 (map)


Blue Monkey Bicycles
4902 South State Street
Murray, UT 84107


Virginia Beach Electric Bike Center
301A 25th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (map)



Product Details

The ODK comes in Red, Green and Gray. Bikes are test ridden and given one full charge cycle to verify the battery's capacity. 


The bike is shipped 98% assembled. The new shipping box allows the handle bars and front wheel to remain on the bike for fast setup. 


Download the user manual online

Take some time to familiarize yourself with your new ODK Utility E-Bike. 




An overview of improvements made for the production ODK E-Bikes

Continuous Improvement

There are several improvements which made their way onto the production ODK E-Bike since the pre-production V2 builds. The small changes will help to improve the quality, reliability and the user experience. All shipping units will now include the following features: 

Smoother throttle mapping

The controller has an improved programming setup. Rapid starts are smoother and more controllable. Performance in wet or slippery conditions is improved. Throttle "play" has been reduced and the throttle engages earlier. 



4x Thick inner tubes

A 4x thick inner tube has been selected as the standard inner tube. The difference is dramatic. The outer section where punctures normally occur is thicker than the inner section, so the weight is less than 4x that of a normal tube. The image to the left compares the 4x and standard tubes. 

Electric bicycles travel much longer distances and are generally heavier than normal bicycles. Any reduction in the chance of a puncture will improve the overall reliability of the product. Liquid tire sealant can still be used with this tube if the rider chooses.

Thicker front dropouts

The steel fork's dropout thickness has been increased to 5mm. The increased width will better protect the axle from spinning inside the dropout if the front wheel is improperly serviced. The new fork is specially customized for the new ODK. 




Rear V-brakes

The rear roller brake has been replaced with V-brakes which provide better stopping power in most conditions. V-brakes are also lighter and more widely used in the North American market. 




Cruise control deactivation

Applying the throttle while in cruise mode will deactivate the cruise control and return the bike to normal operation. The cruise control can now lock on to the speed immediately and even at very low speeds. The bike now has 4 ways to deactivate the cruise: 

1. Applying the front brake 
2. Applying the rear brake
3. Turning the throttle
4. Again pushing the cruise button

Larger shipping box 

The shipping box is taller which allows the bike to be shipped fully assembled. The previous box required the stem and handle bar to be disassembled prior to shipping. There was also the chance that some part of the handlebar would be damaged during shipping. Custom foam inserts have been made to reduce the chance that the bike will be crushed. The bike can be ridden now with only the installation of the pedals and adjustment of the handle bars. 


Longer charger cable

The length of the charger's cable has been doubled which will help access hard-to-reach electric outlets. 



ODK Utility E-bike (version 2) production gets underway!

After weeks of hard work, the first production run of the 2nd generation ODK Utility E-bikes come off the assembly line and on their way to dealers. We are excited to soon get the product into the hands of waiting customers. There are a few minor improvements to the original spec. Details to follow shortly. 

For now, enjoy "E-Bike Family 2", a music-video style clip highlighting what we have been up to in the past few weeks. 

E-Bike Family 2 - First Production Run - ODK (Version 2)
See video on Youtube or See on Vimeo (non-musical edit)

The production line is set up for the longer bikes.


 The first ODK 3-speed production E-bike!


Each bike is ridden and carefully inspected to ensure quality. The bikes are shipped fully assembled.  


Interbike 2012 Report: E-bikes are officially not a fad.  

Only 2 to 3 years ago, the electric scene at Interbike was small. With the addition of the e-bike test track, anyone could find out what e-bikes were all about. 

Interbike 2012: Trevor, Sandy, Allen, Tora, PatrickThis year marks an inflection point for e-bikes. The number of manufacturers appeared to have doubled or tripled. The once sleepy test track now required booth registrations and instantly maxed out at 27 slots with other manufactures sneaking on track to get test rides. Lines formed to sign out loaner helmets which were just not enough to go around. 

E-bikes have survived the fad stage and now moved into the mainstream. Many brands with e-bikes in Europe have brought along their 250W European spec e-bikes for display alongside their other bicycle offering.  

Some big manufactures added kits to their existing bicycle frames to quickly get a foot into the e-bike market. In less than 2 years, every manufacturer and retailer will need to have a detailed strategy on how to  include e-bikes to their lineup. The segment is just growing too fast to ignore and this phenomenon is an exact repeat of what happened in Europe. E-bikes once rejected in Europe are now front and center - driving the growth for an otherwise flat industry. 

Vegas: Here to gamble. 

We were on the street level where most of the smaller, more nimble companies risk showing off their innovative products. We were also set up on the newly reconfigured e-bike test track. 

The response to the new ODK Utility E-Bike was very positive. People are starting to see the benefit of having more range and cargo space. The low-step design and 20'' wheel platform is fundamental to reducing the intimidation factor that might be associated with e-bikes. 

People are demanding more range so we lead the pack with the largest capacity on the market. Most bikes excel in the 5-minute test ride, but we insist on features that riders are not aware that they need… till later. 

The newly redesigned rear rack is more functional and can accommodate more accessories. Riders who take longer trips tend to take more stuff so nailing those features in a refined package is critical to our success.         

E-Bikes: Getting real.    

As the e-bike market expands, reliable and less expensive products are starting to hit the market, we are starting to see a diversification of e-bike form factors. 

We will soon start to move beyond the raw specs and began thinking about the job a e-bike can do and how well the product accomplishes this task. The sporty, classic, folding and utility bikes segments are forming. 

It will no longer be competitive to add a motor kit to a normal pedal bicycle and proclaim to have entered the e-bike race. The e-bike revolution will require a rethink of the bicycle and its function. This shift will require us to scrap the legacy of the pedal bike and forge a new path to include the complexities of the electric assist system, the rider, and job the e-bike will do. 

Juiced Riders Interbike 2012 Picture Gallery 


Introducing the new ODK Utility Bicycle and E-Bike

Welcome aboard the new ODK. 

Learn more about the utility bicycle platform that is redefining what you can do on two wheels. 


Interbike 2012 launch


The Bicycle does the job of the Minivan

Bicycles are used all around the world as family vehicles. It is the one personal transportation vehicle that is currently used by both developing nations and by the most advanced societies. This is happening because the bicycle is fundamentally the most efficient vehicle on the planet. It is so basic, yet extremely advanced all at the same time. In North America, the conditions are forming for the rediscovery of bikes as transportation.

Sources: , Video: Bicycle Minivan 


Cargo bikes unite in Eugene

Here is KVAL's news coverage of the first cargo bicycle gathering in Eugene, OR. A nice gallery of the event can be found on Facebook.    

Sources: , KidicalMass Ride & Cargo Bike Roll Call - Facebook Gallery


Impossibility is the best motivator - The cardboard bike

Man builds a bike out of cardboard. It is not clear if it is true or not. You never know these days on the internet, but at the warehouse, we go through loads of cardboard and can appreciate its strength. The video is at least inspirational and makes a solid case for the cardboard bike. 

Source: Zhar cardboard bike project from Giora Kariv on Vimeo



Kickstarting e-bikes with good looks

The Faraday Porteur electric bike reaches the $100,000 Kickstarter funding goal. The stylishly retro e-bike is packed with high-tech features. The key innovation is the placement of the batteries inside the frame's tubes. 
The e-bike carries a retail price of $3,800, but a pledge of $3,500 on Kickstarter will reserve your bike at a $300 discount plus extra branding goodies. The hand-built collectors edition is available for $10,000. The bikes can be picked up starting April 2013.
IDEO and Rock Lobster Cycles collabrated on the bike's design for the Oregon Manifest contest. The goal of the contest was to design and build the ultimate modern utility bicycle. Judging was based on three major categories: True Innovation, Design and Execution, and Functionality.  

Image: faradaybikes.comThe Faraday Porteur was the People's Choices Award winner as determined by voters online. What is quite notable about the contest was that the overall winner was also an e-bike created by Tony Pereira of Pereira Cycles. E-bikes may have found acceptance in the utility segment of the North American cycling world. 
The striking thing about this bike is the "lack" of battery pack. By using double top tubes, room is created to insert cylindrical battery cells within the frame. The result is a stealthy e-bike in a lightweight 40lb package.

The tradeoff is the relatively small 3Ah battery giving pedal-assist range of only 10-15miles. Range anxiety is solved by supplying the bike with two chargers so one charger can be carried at all times. 

The double top tube will make it a little more difficult to get on and off the bike or adjust the seat, but this issue is solved by making three different frame sizes to tailor fit the bike for each rider. 
Other innovative features include the LEDs which turn on automatically at night. The front cargo tray has a modular design and can be quickly detachable to prevent theft. Various attachments can be designed to integrate perfectly with the bike's mounting system. 
Overall the bike is an beautiful example of an e-bike that can get the attention of the public and help e-bikes continue gaining momentum in North America. The Kickstarter campaign rocketed to $70,000 within in the first 48 hours. The $100,000 funding target was reached in only 13 days.
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