With over a decade of experience successfully selling various bikes in the marketplace, we've sold everything from; Commuter Bikes, Hybrids, Mountain, and even a Folding bike designed to carry on backs of Army Paratroopers while jumping out of Airplanes! These 14+ years have allowed us to gathered tons of personal experience, buyer feedback, product reviews, suggestions and bike trends.
Now, its our turn to put this wealth of knowledge and information into creating a superior bike for you.Our standards are incredibly high, after all, when you see the Safecastle name, you've come to expect superior quality. We wanted a bike that is highly practical, functional, durable and most of all it needed to be the most stunning bike around!
Finally, after a year of development, we're proud to introduce the absolute coolest bike available in today's market- Safecastle's Breeze, Fat-Tire Electric Bike!
Powered by a Bafang 500W rear Brushless Hub Motor, this bike reaches top speed at over 25 mph! 4+ inches wide "Fat-Tires" means there is no off-season for our Breeze bike! The over-sized "fat" tires were designed to conquer any terrain; snow, sand, rough trails, the urban jungle and anywhere else you dare to venture!
Equipped with the latest and most efficient 48 V 10 Ah Li-on Battery which can be fully charged in 5 hours or less.Breeze Bikes are enabled with Smart Pedal Assist – allowing seamless transition between full force pedaling to sitting back and enjoying a leisurely ride! With a battery range of 43 miles utilizing Pedal Assistant and 21 miles (Electric only mode) you can enjoy hours and hours of riding between charging.
We could go on and on about the cutting edge technology, premium components, durability, speed, smooth ride and overall awesome vibe this bike puts out but you be the judge, try it out and let us know what you think!
How far can I go? What is the distance I can go on a single charge?
There are many variables that effect exactly how far you will be able to travel on a single charge like wind, hills, payload, and level of assist, and rider size, but the range is typically between 20-40 miles. When you pedal you extend your range. The more pedaling you do, the less power the Breeze bike will consume, and the longer you will be able to travel!
How fast does it go?
The Breeze bike has a top speed of 20 MPH without pedaling. The 48 volt battery pack and high torque geared hub motor means you go from 0-20 MPH rapidly but the bike is limited to a 20 MPH top speed, which is the legal limit in most locations for use on road.
How much power does it have?
The Breeze bike has 500 watts of power on demand.
How do you control the motor?
The Breeze bike is equipped with both a throttle and a pedal sensor. You can use either system to control the speed of the electric motor. If you want to cruise without pedaling the twist throttle can be used or if you enjoy pedaling and want to feel more like you are riding a regular bike (with an awesome silent electric motor) you can use the pedal sensor by entering one of the 5 levels of pedal assist.
What is pedal assist, how does it work and why does the Breeze bike have it?
Pedal assist uses a cadence sensor built into the drive train of the ebike which reads when you are pedaling and automatically turns the electric motor on to provide assistance when you are pedaling. Start pedaling and the sensor tells the motor to turn on. You can adjust the level of assistance with the LCD screen from 1 (lowest amount of assistance) to 5 (highest amount of assistance) to match your desired speed. Since you are pedaling, using the Breeze in pedal assist mode will generally result in a longer range compared to throttle only mode.
How many charges will my battery last for?
The Breeze lithium-ion battery cells will provide approximately 800 “full” charge cycles before a replacement is recommended. A full cycle is considered one complete discharge, so if you only discharge the battery halfway before recharging normally, your battery will last for twice as many trips!
Does the battery have a memory effect?
No, the battery has no memory effect unlike other battery chemistries meaning you can charge your battery after each and every use, even if you just take a spin down the block. The battery is completely self managing and the charger stops automatically when the battery is fully charged.
How long does it take to charge the battery?
On average the battery takes 4-6 hours to charge with the included 2 amp charger, but that time is cut in half on shorter trips where you only partially discharge the battery pack.
Do I have to pedal?
No, you do not need to pedal! There is both a twist throttle and a pedal assist system. You can pedal and the electric motor will kick in and provide you with assistance, and there is also a twist throttle that will override the pedal assist and allow you to ride the Breeze more like a motorcycle, only silent! The level of pedal assistance will determine how much boost power the motor provides based on your pedaling input. Level 1 will be just a little and level 5 will get you moving like a pro cyclist. The throttle is always 0-100% power depending on how much you twist your wrist!
What colors are available?
The Breeze bike comes in Black (matte) with Orange wheels.
Does the Breeze bike have regenerative braking?
No, instead of using a direct drive hub motor which would allow the Breeze to have regenerative braking enabled, we opted for a brushless geared hub motor which increases the efficiency on hills and at lower speeds. The geared hub motor also freewheels when you are coasting or just pedaling making it feel more like pedaling a regular bike without fighting cogging/magnetic resistance.
Is it street legal?
Electric bikes are considered bicycles and can be used in the same way as a pedal only bicycle in most locations, however there are a multitude of localities with restrictions so users must check with local law enforcement to be sure they are riding within the law. One example is NYC which has had a ban on the use of electric bikes http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1084757_nyc-bans-electric-bikes-again-launches-bike-sharing-system
Users should take extra care ensuring that they operate within the law and check their local regulations on peak power (normally 750 watts in the U.S.) and top speeds (normally 20 mph in the U.S.). For reference the Breeze has a top speed of 20 MPH and a peak power of 500 watts.
We will be providing an on/off throttle button on the production bikes to disable the twist grip throttle so customers in locations where e-bikes with throttles are not allowed (some locations in Europe etc) will be able to conform to local regulations. The pedal assist system is still fully functional when the throttle is disabled.
It is our job as e-bikers to obey the rules of the road so please ride responsibly. Here is an additional link to read about laws pertaining to the operation of electric bicyles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_bicycle_laws
What is the size of the bike?
It uses 26’’ fat bike wheels and tires and the frame is a unisex design meaning it fits a wide range of individuals. The frame is closest to an 19’’ frame on a conventional frame sizing chart and from our experience it fits well for people between 5’2’’ and 6’2’’ tall. The axles are 46’’ apart and the outside of the front tire to the outside of the rear tire is 74’’.
Does it come in a women's specific version?
The Breeze bike uses a unisex design frame meaning it works well for men and women.
What is the weight limit?
The recommended weight limit for the Breeze is 275 lbs including rider and extra gear.
Can I put a rear rack on it?
Yes, the Breeze bike is equipped with a rear rack. Comes free with purchase.
How steep of a hill can the bike go up?
Hill performance depends on the weight of rider and gear and the steepness of the hill as well as some other factors. The 48 volt 22 amp motor controller surprises everyone we have had test ride the Breeze bike, the hill climbing power is what distinguishes our bikes from competitors with lower voltage battery packs and lower current controllers.
What is the lowest and highest the seat sits off the ground?
With the seat post fully extended the top of the comfort saddle sits 45’’ from the ground and at its lowest point the seat is 31’’ from the ground.
How much does the bike weigh?
The bike weighs 60 lbs out of the box.
How much does the battery pack weigh?
The battery weighs 7.2 pounds.
How many gears does the Breeze have and why does it have gears if it is electric?
The Breeze bike has a thumb shift Shimano 7-speed gearing system. Although we find that users rarely change gears because the electric motor takes away all the strain, it is still useful to have gears whenever you decide to pedal while cruising or trying to get more exercise or extend your range. The combination of gearing and the 5 levels of variable pedal assistance from the motor means you can always find the most efficient gear and pedal level to go the distance!
Is there a power usage or battery gauge on the bike?
Yes, there is a full screen LCD display. There is also an additional LED battery gauge on the side of the battery pack. 2x the info!
Is there a switch to prevent accidental starting?
Yes, there is an on/off button on the battery pack. The brake levers also come standard with a safety power stop switch built in.
How do I lock it up and what can I do to help minimize the chance of it being stolen?
The Breeze Bike has some great anti-theft features including a locking battery pack that can either be locked onto the frame or removed and brought inside for charging and safe keeping and a rear wheel which is bolted down to the dropouts to reduce the chances of a thief stealing the wheel from the bike. Most standard U-locks and cable locks work fine on the bike. We recommend using the strongest possible lock when locking your bike.
Does it work in the rain?
The components are all water resistant and work very well in wet conditions, but you should take care to keep your bike parked indoors whenever possible and in a dry location when in storage. The display, motor, battery pack, and throttle are all designed to operate just fine in heavy rain, normal drizzle, or a soggy wet morning commute in Seattle, but you should always take care to dry off your bike and store it properly between use to prevent corrosion.
What happens if something breaks on my Breeze?
Our ebikes use standard bicycle components meaning replacement parts can be found at any local bike shop (LBS). All of the electrical components are easily swappable in case you need a replacement, or want to upgrade your battery in coming years. The Breeze is so smart that it’s electrical system will actually tell you what is wrong in the case of an error.
Does the Breeze bike have a warranty?
Every bike is covered under our manufacturer's 1-year, all-inclusive warranty for the original owner against all manufacturing defects.
Is it possible to replace the batteries?
Yes! The battery can be easily removed and replaced by a turn of a key to unlock the battery allowing you to lift it right off for replacement. Our high quality Panasonic cells should provide years of dependable service but when a replacement or spare pack is needed, it is as easy as unlock and lift!
Can I replace or add parts to the Breeze?
You can customize the Breeze however your heart desires, you can even deck it out like the bike from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. When purchasing parts check with your local bike experts or reach out to Breeze Bikes if you have any questions about compatibility of new parts.
How do I replace the tires when they have worn?
The Breeze bike rims fit standard 26’’/660.5mm fat bike tires and most bike shops carry replacement fat bike tires. You can also purchase replacement tires directly from our web store.