E-bike accessories strain traditional cycling norms

E-bike accessories strain traditional cycling norms

Jagwire adapts to shifting market dynamics and consumer needs.

The cycling industry is undergoing a significant transformation, driven by the rapid rise of electric bicycles (e-bikes) and the consequential shift in consumer expectations for cycling accessories and safety standards. 

Daniel Brauer, Brand Manager at Jagwire, addresses how the company is tackling these emerging challenges head-on, reflecting the broader industry's efforts to adapt to a changing landscape.

E-bikes represent a new frontier in cycling, offering increased accessibility and a different riding experience compared to traditional bicycles. This shift has led to a surge in demand for specialised accessories tailored to the unique needs of e-bike users. 

Brauer noted, "A lot of the latest technological advancements for bikes have been around e-bikes," highlighting the industry's pivot towards accommodating this growing segment. 

Jagwire, traditionally known for its range of bicycle parts and workshop services, is now focusing on developing accessories such as Eclipse cables, enhanced rotors, and disc brake pads specifically designed for e-bikes.

He said that the integration of e-bikes into the cycling ecosystem has sparked a debate regarding safety, infrastructure, and the future of traditional cycling norms. As e-bikes become more powerful and heavier, the need for stronger, more durable accessories becomes apparent. 

"Rotors and disc brake pads for the brakes are becoming stronger, more powerful to support the e-bike market," Brauer explained. This necessity underscores a key issue: the standard cycling accessories are no longer sufficient in the e-bike era, prompting companies like Jagwire to innovate rapidly.

Moreover, the rise of e-bikes has reshaped consumer preferences and expectations. New and returning cyclists are gravitating towards e-bikes for their convenience and ease of use, expanding the cycling community but also altering its traditional demographic and cultural landscape.

"Advances in e-bike really make it easier for a lot of riders, especially new riders, to enter the cycling market," Brauer said. This inclusivity, while beneficial, introduces a new set of demands on accessory design, safety features, and market strategies, challenging companies to redefine their products and services.

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