Czech ‘ForBikes’ Show Shapes Country’s E-Bike Future
PRAGUE, Czech Republic – One of central Europe ´s largest cycling shows, held last weekend in Prague, Czech Republic showed the same trend as at other recently held bike shows and events; it’s all about e-bikes. And even to the extent that “E-bikes will override the mechanical bicycles fast.” Like in 2018 the ForBikes Show attracted more than 30,000 visitors.
The ForBikes show featured one dedicated hall for electric bikes as well as a large outdoor e-bike Test Track, sponsored by Bafang; the Chinese drivetrain manufacturer that has its European HQ based in the Netherlands. At the Test Track more than 170 e-bikes from 25 local and international brands, were available for tests by the show visitors. That Bafang sponsored the event is rooted in the fact that the company’s drive systems are popular in the country; they are powering most of the e-bikes in the Czech Republic.
E-MTBs most popular
Undoubtedly the most popular e-bike category in the Czech Republic is electric mountain bikes. They stand for over half the e-bike sales in the country. They come in low-end models with hub motors priced at about 1,200 euro but also in the high-end class represented by Giant, Haibike, Specialized and others.
ForBikes featured some premieres. Like from the established Czech e-bike brand Crussis which launched its national campaign with hockey star and Olympic gold medallist Jaromir Jagr. He personally launched their Bosch P-CX powered and gold painted e-bike named JAGR68.
As in other EU countries also the Czech e-bike market attracts many newcomers. After the successful launch of EasyBike e-bikes last year offered by car-repair chain AutoKelly; this year saw the debut of Mountfield. This is the retail chain of 73 outlets in the Czech Republic and Slovakia selling garden tools and machinery as well as swimming pools. At the ForBikes show Mountfield launched its price aggressive e-bike brand MTF. The MTF e-bikes have catchy designs and are equipped with Bafang and Bosch drive systems.
Room for growth
Like in 2018 also this year’s 10th ForBikes show in Prague drew a crowd of some 30,000 visitors. The Test Track was used for about 2,000 e-bike trials. With that the ForBikes organizers report that they see room for further growth. And not only in e-bikes. Also for regular bicycles as hard-core cyclists complained at some internet forums on the lack of “normal bikes”. However, the majority of the show visitors – recreational cyclists – is ready for the change to electric.