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Schwinn Unveils the Tailwind Electric Bicycle at Interbike

New Tailwind eBike from Schwinn utilizes Toshiba’s Super Charge ion Battery (SCiB) technology to deliver an industry-leading 30-minute recharge time (through a standard residential electrical outlet), one-eighth (1/8th) the time of competing electric bikes (or less), setting a new standard for the electric bike industry

BETHEL, Conn. – Sept. 24, 2008 – Schwinn Bicycles, America’s most recognized bicycle brand, today unveiled the Tailwind electric bike to bicycle dealers attending the annual Interbike International Bicycle Expo, the largest bicycle trade industry event in North America. Schwinn Bicycles is part of the Cannondale Sports Group Division of Dorel Industries (TSX: DII.B, DII.A).

The Tailwind will also be showcased tonight from 6 to 9:30 p.m. (EDT) at the ShowStoppers media-only reception being held at the Millennium Hotel on Times Square in New York City at 44th and Broadway.

“The Tailwind sets a new standard of excellence in the eBike industry,” said Bruno Maier, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Cannondale Sports Group. “Through our new cooperation with Toshiba Corporation, the Tailwind is powered by the world’s most innovative and fastest charging battery, a battery that can be recharged in 30 minutes through a standard electrical outlet (or as little as five minutes through a commercial charger) versus the industry standard of four hours or more. That’s one-eighth the time or better of competing eBikes.


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  • Danny Ray says:


    At AmpedBikes we are doing what ever we can to keep prices below $400, we have tested every battery available Li+, Lico2, Limn, Lifepo4 we are having an inframe injection mold manufactured for us and BOY if I could get my hands on these batteries!

    The bike is completely overpriced and in my opinion they did not do their homework with the US market.

    The benefits of riding an electric assisted bicycle as a commuter are immense!

    1. The average commuter adds 3.55 tons of Co2 to the atmosphere yearly.
    2. By riding an electric pedal assisted bike even 4 days a week will reduce the Co2 emissions by 3 tons per person yearly!
    3. Your health! You don’t even notice it but month after month by commuting you start to actually pedal. You are getting healthy and do not even realize it.
    4. Stress.. Your daily stress that only gets compounded in traffic on the way home is melted away by commuting by e-bike, increasing your mental health and daily outlook immensely.
    5. Productivity.. If you encourage your employees to commute their productivity is increased by 30% over the first month.

    There are sooo many reasons to do it and no reasons not to.

    Danny L. Ray II

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