...electronic e-Assist has taken the bicycle industry by storm. Not since the mountain bike have we seen so much change. (Read the exciting recent Shimano blog post. They're as excited as we are about Hawthorne/Shimano)
Determined not to miss the technological age, Hawthorne has spent the past several years investing and developing an e-Assist tandem. With all the features of top of the line single seat bikes, incorporating performance, strength, and reliability required by tandem teams.
Using Shimano's STEPS 8000 the Hawthorne has future-proof and world wide usability
With or without couplers, the drive and battery flow seamlessly
Total tandem integration eliminates known safety & reliability issues common with bolt on, and hub motors setups.
Hawthorne Design tandem specific components
are used in critical areas.
55 mile round-trip. I think we averaged over 15 mph and it is a very hilly route. We love our Hawthorne tandem assist. We love
traveling with our Hawthorne eAssist. No Fear! (Amsterdam, Brussels, Wyoming, so far!
First of all, Woody is totally AWESOME!! Our average speed on our CoMotion was in the range of 12-12.5mph on all rides- our average speed on Woody for is 14-14.5mp. Speed isn't the only thing, the ride is 'sublime'.
Smooth, balanced, and even with the pedal assist off, the pedaling and tracking is superb and almost effortless.. What a ride this is!
What a ride yesterday as I am sure Richard has emailed. But today I am left with a stiff neck... ...from looking down at my cyclometer in amazement way too often!! Such a delight to feel younger, stronger, and have fun as “us” again thanks to you and Ric. You gave that back to us with a bit(bit?!) of help from our new assist. We finished our ride and had energy to spare, and we went farther and faster than we have in over a year. As we soon celebrate our 50th anniversary and the 34th as a tandem riding couple it will be the start of a great new year.
We know half of our friends may scoff at the idea of assist, but at some point ALL of them
will need to consider this amazing technology if they choose to continue riding together.
We have owned our Electric Assist Hawthorne Tandem since June of 2018. For us (Tandem Age 146) the bike has put the thrill back in riding and now it’s fun to ride instead of work! Our moving average has increased from 11 – 12 MPH to 15-16MPH. We can now ride with friends without holding them up and after a morning of riding we are not exhausted for the remainder of the day. Our odometer reads a little over 4000 miles. Most of our riding uses the "ECO" power setting to extend the battery life however whenever a hill inclines at 10% or greater we shift up to the "NORM" or "HIGH" range. We recently completed an 8 day 350 mile ride across Switzerland from Geneva to Romanshorn on the Bodensee. The daily route averaged between 50 and 70 miles. Our battery life is about 50 miles depending on the terrain so to ensure the battery power we needed each day, we would take the battery and charger into our lunch stop restaurant and plug in while we enjoyed a leisurely lunch. The hour of charging added at least another 20 miles to the range which was sufficient for every ride. One of the greatest advantages of owning a Hawthorne is the instant roadside telephone assistance. I have called Ric on a few occasions whenever I’ve had an issue with the bike. He has never failed to give the correct solution the first time and have us up and running in a matter of minutes. We are thrilled with our bike and the expert service that comes with it. We wish all our tandem friends could experience the same! Team Reeves
(The photo is part of a University of Texas Fund Raising Campaign which featured alumni who continue to support The University.)
Can I travel with my electronic assist? Yes. The Hawthorne 8000 with couplers packs just as easily as any conventional tandem with couplers.
Can I fly overseas with my lithium ion battery? At this time, no. However, this is a problem we have already addressed. Hawthorne has batteries staged for you at the most popular travel destinations worldwide and are adding more.