Karmic Bikes

Modern electric bicycles handcrafted in SF

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Dave Ambrose
Dave AmbroseHunter@daveambrose · Steadfast Venture Capital
I absolutely love all things cycling, and recently, that's included "e-bikes" or electric bikes. Compared to the smooth aesthetics of classic bike frames, today's e-bikes tend to be clunky on the down tubes (where extra large batteries are fitted) and overall, look ugly. @quan gave me a test ride of one of the early builds of the Karmic Koben a few months ago and it was hands down, one of the most delightful (and exciting) rides I've taken on a bike. A few "ahas" from the experience: 1. It was the first time I rode an e-bike. The bike is heavier than others I've ridden (whether that be a road or a commuter) but it's not terrible. 2. The thing is FAST. I rode around downtown SF and cruised to ~26 MPH without pedaling hard. It's a great way to get around town. 3. It's crazy fun.
HongMaker@quan · Mechanic, Karmic Bikes
@daveambrose Thanks Dave! The prototype you rode was quite a bit heavier than the latest version we showed to TechCrunch. You'll love the new ones!
HongMaker@quan · Mechanic, Karmic Bikes
Great question Walter! We're bike enthusiasts first and foremost, so our bikes are pedelecs, or European style pedal assist only. It's easy enough to add a throttle, but that changes the whole experience and it doesn't quite feel like a bicycle anymore. We think that pedal-assist is much more natural and fun.
Will Imholte
Will Imholte@willimholte · Designer, Prime
I only rode this for a few blocks, but I can say unequivocally: it's impossible to ride this without grinning like an idiot. I can hardly wait to get my hands on this,—and I live in the relatively flat Oakland.
HongMaker@quan · Mechanic, Karmic Bikes
@willimholte Thanks Will! People associate ebikes with hilly terrain, but as you've experienced, it's awesome for flat areas too. We like to say it shrinks your city!
☕️@colbyh · building stuff @ siren.care
Love that this is coming from a dude that loves building/riding bikes, not another company just trying to capitalize on a trend.
HongMaker@quan · Mechanic, Karmic Bikes
Hi 'Hunters, I'm certainly biased, but I love Karmic Bikes and want everyone to love bikes as well. Let me know if you have any questions. There are a few details left out of the TC article/video so I'm happy to fill in the gaps if anyone is interested in learning more about what we're making.