2019 CABDA West Bicycle Expo (Jan 16-17)

This was my first time attending CABDA West, and it’s actually the first time the show has been held outside of Chicago! The show received a lot of positive attention and higher than expected attendance with a large number of electric bike dealers present. The idea of the show is for business to business connections (B2B) where brands can share their products and dealers can shop around and get wholesale pricing for the upcoming season. 2019 was the first CABDA West show for they will have another show called CABDA Midwest on February 13-14 for the fifth time annually.

CABDA West was part indoor and part outdoor with a test area for dealers to ride electric bikes and get a feel for their quality and performance. Day one saw cloudy skies and light rain, but the test track was still open.

– Official CABDA website: https://www.cabda.com/
– CABDA stands for Chicago Area Bike Dealers Association but is now in California as well so perhaps it could also stand for California Area Dealers Association
– 40% above anticipated attendance at CABDA West, and they are expecting 2x next year
– 1,800 registrations for CABDA West was reported to me

Ebike brands I saw at CABDA 2019: Da Vinci Electric Tandem, Felt, iGo, AddMotoR, Bosch, Urban Arrow, GreenBike Electric Motion, Gazelle, Magnum, Tern, Aventon, Wildsyde, Stromer ST1 and ST3, CUBE, BULLS, Electra Café, Poseidon, KHS with MPF Drive, Haro, Yuba, IZIP, Haibike, Raleigh, Gocycle, CERO, Zeitgeist.

Interesting non-ebike highlights: Cush Core foam inserts for running mountain bike tires at low pressure (protects the rim against big impact and supports the sidewalls to reduce tire role and burping, dampen vibration), Green Guru recycled bags and bike accessories.


Ann Popejoy says:

Would like to see the comfort products such as the seat shock absorbers.

Scott Cooper says:

Love it

Jas Tunes says:

Court; as competition for Rad bikes, take a look at DJ Bikes… After months of research (lots with your help!) I bought their folding fat tire WITH front & rear racks, fenders, INTEGRATED lights front & back, 750W-48V-13Ah for $1499 out-the-door.

Gary Allen says:

Would like to see more on gear to make one experience better.

Fernando Gomez says:


Vital Adam says:

Great overview of the Expo. I’d like to know what are the main upgrade or major changes Stromer did for the ST5 in 2019? I saw the new light but is there anything else? Thanks

Gallardo6669 says:

ATTENTION INDUSTRY:As i was made aware of the fact that this expo was only for dealers….. I AM the customer and I AM spending my money… I want to see on an expo what is out there, i want see it all and plan ahead of my investments, and not being restricted of what my dealer has seen on the expo and of his limited selection he can afford to bring in his store. Thats so silly. The eurobike in munich has dealer days and customer days. That makes sense!

Dave Butler says:

Cort, at CES or here, did you see any new bike lock technology?

David Potter says:

Wow! Feel like I’m there! Thanks God bless, Aloha

glas5eye says:

pls review the jucied scrambler!

EPSTomcat11 says:

Court do you see any trends happening? I.e. More mid-drives than in past years, or more fat tires, etc..

Mark Elford says:

That was fun … Thnx

Armin says:

You know you’ve been watching EBR on yt a lot, when every time that someone waves at Court on his round you think “Hey, I know the dude that just waved at me!”

Fancy a Bev Mate? says:

I wish you had more time to do two to three minutes clips on each stand court 😉 I would have a great two hour video to watch on all the new cool stuff. Thanks anyway for the video.

Gary Fujioka Sr. says:

Did you hear a price on the Zeitgeist? Just curious.

Thomas Lee says:

I own MOAR Rapt II, I’d love to see your take on MOAR Rapt II

Robb Chastain says:

Thanks, Court, for taking on a tour of the exhibit hall–and a wild ride on the freestyle track. And that guy in the golf cart was living dangerously, asking a most studious eBike reviewer, “How do you like that bike?” Funny. And then we got to see Surfer Court at the beach.

The Gee-tah Guy says:

I think Luna has KHS converted ebikes

cresshead says:

excellent video. love the orange stealth battery bike

samuel Townsend says:

I see EBikes everywhere Court is this event open to the public I’ve had a few customers ask

Philip Dent says:

What have you got your helmet on ?

reinplat says:

This is the perfect video for people like me (who always plan to go to these shows but, when the time comes, are too lazy to make the effort)

doug Noel says:

Court please try the fish tacos at the brigantine restaurant about 100 yards from where you where at the end of the video

Juan Alfonso Noval says:

Court, can you look at ebike racks? Now that I have bought a RadCity 2018, I’d like to be able to transport it. You ran by Saris and Kuat, but some info on these would be helpful. Thx. =)

M B says:

Great video as always. Keep up the good work you’re doing.

Gallardo6669 says:

Why the heck is this under the week? I would need to drive 100miles there but not under the week….. I miss my eurobike expo…. = (

david bass says:

Great channel, and there are so many cool and excellent Ebikes of all types. It’s tough to make a choice some times. But no matter what your choice is they are all fun. Me i am looking at a E trike for small cargo moving.

VerdonTrigance says:

Hi, mate. Can you describe bike’s behavior in a cold weather (about 0 C or lower) in a next your videos?

William Rogers III says:

Was Pedego there?

Tony Bennett says:

Great tour.

Michael James says:

Did Juicedbikes attend that place to display all their bikes? I have the CrossCurrent S e-bike

Ronnie says:

Someday I would like to see a review on the Sondors XS, Enjoy all your videos thanks.

Rab H says:

Cool video Court, your hard work is always appreciated 🙂 It would be good to see some reviews on the 2019 Giant range, it seems a while since you covered them! Keep up the great work, 2019 isn’t going to be a great year for the e bike market I’m sure 🙂

MadCowTv says:

Great video.

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