In an ES Newz exclusive, this reporter attended the 32nd Annual Toronto International Bicycle Show, on currently at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds next to Lake Ontario in the west end of "town".
In 2017/last year, the President of the Toronto Electric Riders Association described this show as portending "the Year of the Ebike". Whereas this writer like to tout this as the beginning of the "Century of the Ebike". [grin]
... while last year Toronto was treated to a number of ebike stores at this show (this year they say "175+ Exhibitors — manufacturers, distributors, retailers, tour companies, clubs and others")... in 2018 it's turned into a biblical FLOOD of ebike-related products and suppliers. [GRIN] <- (Bigger grin here)
They (show management) say (in no particular order):
What is new and hot in bikes, accessories and clothing for 2018
Electric Bicycle Exhibitors
... and: "MAJOR action events and activities" includes:
"2,000 Foot Test Track — For you to experience and test out every kind of bike including Pedal Assist Electric bikes"
... w/a list including:
Allo Velo Distributor of European city bikes, cargo bikes and helmets
Amego Electric Vehicles Manufacturer that designs, distributes and retails own line of electric bicycles and scooters plus other electric bike brands
Benelli Bicycles Distributor of Benelli Electric Bikes
(Show draws for a Bianchi Torino Bicycle and an Amego Infinite Electric Bicycle)
Bosch E-Bike Systems Manufacturer of electric bicycle systems
("E-Bike Test Ride Zone")
Felt Canada Ebike Manufacturer
Fermetico Inc. with IGO Electric Bikes
Gears Bike Shop/Gears Electric (Retailer selling pedal-assist electric bikes, with "Toronto" stores now including Toronto, Mississauga and Oakville)
Magnum Bikes Incorporated Electric Bikes
Revelo Electric Corporation "Canadian manufacturer and designer of clean and efficient electric transportation technology"
Sherk Cycles "Manufacturer of custom-built e-bikes"
Shimano "Distributor of bicycles, fishing and rowing equipment" [cough cough]
Solorock Manufacturer of electric and folding bicycles
Specialized Bicycles "E-bikes, performance bikes, and road and mountain bikes for recreation and children"
Summit Cycle "Retailer of folding electric bikes who also has a repair shop"
Toronto Police Service Bike Team
Trek Bicycle Canada "Trek Bicycles and electric bikes"
Vespa Toronto West "Distributor of Vespa, Piaggio W E-Bike and Ruff Cycles"
Wike c/o PI Manufacturing Manufacturer of box bicycles and cargo bicycles
... and I perhaps missed some. [grin]
Motor manufacturers seen included Bosch, Brose, Bafang - 8Fun, BrionX, Toshiba... etc. The Bosch Guy at the Bosch booth estimated that maybe HALF the electrics at the show are using Bosch stuff... and I suspect he was correct...
Last day for Toronto show is tomorrow/March 4th...
Meanwhile, almost ZERO bikes parked/locked up outside this day had a battery/motor as power-assist.
The ONLY/exciting bike was a conversion labeled as "Sherk" (see above).