How much does a Karmic Bike cost?
Our key goal from the start was to make the "Karmic Experience" available to more people. The average ebike in the US sells for $2500 and European imported models are easily double or triple that. We deliver a really high-quality bike that's also a great value.
Our Køben model is $2499 and the Køben S retails for $2999. Our consumer-direct model eliminates middle-man markups and bike shop margins, which allows us to pass on the cost-savings directly to you. You'll find our bikes are tremendous value compared to everything else on the market.
How do I purchase a Karmic?
Karmic Bikes are only available online in our web-store. We expect to have our second production of Karmic Bikes in stock at our California warehouse by the end of July. We are taking pre-orders now, but will be shipping after bikes are back in-stock. Local Bay Area customers can select the local delivery option, while most other customers will receive their Køben in 2-5 business days.
Is there a way to try the bike out before purchase?
Yes there is! We're very proud of our bikes and would love to demo a Køben for you. We believe the "Karmic Experience" is unlike anything else, even if you've tried an ebike before. Demos are held at our San Francisco office or our Palo Alto garage. You can make an appointment HERE.
What's the expected range on one battery charge?
The Karmic Battery has been rigorously tested to deliver 40 miles of real-world range. We don't like giving out ideal lab numbers, only to have disappointed customers running out of juice. Our goal has always been to make a safe, powerful and long-lasting battery that offers enough real-world range for most riders and their daily commutes to work, or to school. The new Køben S battery (500Wh) should be even better, with 45-50 miles of real-world range for even the longest commutes.
How long does it take to charge the battery?
In regular usage, it would take just a few hours to charge up the battery after riding. To fully charge the battery from 0% level takes 4-6 hours, but we don't recommend depleting the battery that low. The included Karmic Smart Charger balance charges the pack and turns itself off at full-charge, so it's easy - and safe - to plug it in at night and your bike will be ready to ride in the morning.
The best part? Our Karmic battery only uses about 5 cents of electricity for a full charge!
What type of bike rack do you recommend?
Lots of customers have been putting their Køben on a standard bike rack without issue. The weight is actually not much more than a standard full-suspension mountain bike with the battery off. We use the Kuat NV, and have been carrying two Købens on it most of the time. We recommend the full-sized racks that carry the bike by the wheels, but smaller frame-mounted bike racks also work. The standard roof racks where you take the front wheel off work fine too.
The weight of the bike on the rack is less of an issue than finding a rack that you can use comfortably. We recommend hitch-mounted bike racks if your car can accept one. When using roof racks, we recommend taking off the Karmic battery to make loading and unloading the bike easier.
I own a bike shop. Can I sell Karmic Bikes?
We are focused on delivering the best value to our customers. While we love our Local Bike Shops, our business model doesn't allow us to sell through traditional retail channels. We appreciate your interest in Karmic and hope that ebikes help the bike industry recover from the last decade of declining business. Service on our Karmic Bikes is simple and straightforward, but feel free to contact us if a customer brings a Køben into your shop.
How is the Karmic Bike different from the competition?
We believe that we've created something truly unique for today's modern bike rider. The Karmic Køben has the perfect balance of high-tech engineering and clean functional design. Our Karmic battery technology is powerful and engineered for useable real-world range. Our mid-engine powertrain gives balanced, stable handling and great ride quality. The user experience has been thoughtfully considered, so you can just have fun! We hope you do your research before buying any ebike. An educated customer is our best customer!
Are Karmic Bikes available outside of the United States?
We know there is worldwide interest for a beautifully made electric bicycle, and arguably many more wonderful cities in which to enjoy the Karmic Experience. Global distribution is something we're thinking about, but our initial focus will be on serving our home market. We think more people should ride bikes in America.
We are definitely keen to explore this soon, because we think the world needs Karmic!