Reading List

We believe the most informed shoppers become our best customers. Many of our Owners have discovered Karmic through Google and doing their own reading and research online. While we can't compete with the Big Brands on PR and Marketing, we do believe we can go head to head with them on quality and beat them on value.

Admittedly there's a lot more articles and opinions on ebikes these days than when we first started. Since then we've been iterating on our Koben and constantly improving on the customer experience. We encourage you to keep reading about ebikes in general, and about Karmic specifically. Feel free to email us if you have any questions.

The more you know, the better that you can decide if Karmic is the right choice for you. 


Enough with the e-bike hate already

"It’s been a while since I’ve penned a genuine rant, but dammit, I’m fired up right now. It’s because of e-bikes.

Not because I think the people who ride them are “cheating”, or because “it isn’t real bike riding”, or because e-bikes are a scourge on society. Quite the opposite. I’m sick and tired of all the baseless hate I’m seeing out there. I’m totally over it. And you should be, too."


The Modern Automobile Must Die

Germany was supposed to be a model for solving global warming. In 2007, the country’s government announced that it would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by the year 2020. This was the kind of bold, aggressive climate goal scientists said was needed in all developed countries. If Germany could do it, it would prove the target possible.


Let’s Rethink What a ‘Bike Lane’ Is

Sometimes, you just need a good chat on the bus to get a good idea. That’s what happened to two Portland transit gurus, Sarah Iannarone and Jarrett Walker, when they met on the Oregon city’s 10 bus this Tuesday.

“Jarrett’s my neighbor, but he’s not all small talk,” says Iannarone, who is the associate director of First Stop Portland, an urban sustainability training program at Portland State University. She and Walker, a well-known transit consultant (and occasional CityLab contributor), got to talking about road space—you know, as neighbors do. “If we have a couple minutes, we use that to our advantage.”