Helm E-Bikes Were A Welcomed Addition To Our North Shore Quiver - Stab Mag

Live now: How Surfers Get Paid, Season Finale


Helm E-Bikes Were A Welcomed Addition To Our North Shore Quiver

To hell with turtle traffic.

elsewhere // Feb 8, 2022
Words by Garrett James
Reading Time: 2 minutes
Lightweight, sleek, low-profile… For all your incognito surf check needs.

This is a sponsored post.

From your local gang of shit groms to the Patagucci-laden sophisticates, electric bikes have played influence to a wide-range of surfers this past decade, changing the way many of us get to and from our local lineups.

Truth be told, I haven’t always been the biggest proponent of the electric bike (see also: Lower Trestles congestion fiasco), but I’d be lying if I told you my opinion hadn’t shifted after spending a winter on the North Shore with a couple of Helm chariots at my doorstep.

While many electric bikes tout their beefed-up complexion and speed-driven demeanor, the setups from Helm are more like, well, normal bikes — less about ripping as fast as you can down a trail and more about making your commute a bit more enjoyable.

An electric bike with the soul of a conventional bike. Photo: Monica Dzik

The Helm City does come equipped with push-the-throttle-and-go mode (aka no pedaling necessary), however these bikes lean more toward their pedal assist technology, and the seven gears that you can shift through depending on your terrain, incline, and desire to speed up or slow down.

In terms of getting around the North Shore, electric bikes are a great means of transportation, especially on a crowded weekend or contest day when Kamehameha Highway is backed up from Pipeline to Waimea. Other than your ability to zip from wave to wave with ease, these zero-emission vehicles run on clean energy, which make them almost as sustainable as walking. With minimal charging time necessary, I found myself enjoying this reliable ride every time I had the hunch to get off of Surfline and use my own eyes to scope the lineup.

Five levels of pedal assist allow you to pedal easier and faster, so you can check more waves in less time and keep your legs fresh for the session. Photo: Monica Dzik

Sacrilegious to some, beneficial to most, you can even charge your phone (and/or other electronic devices) on the bike’s battery via usb charging port, so you won’t run empty without gloating to your friends about the empty midday lineup.

Whether you’re checking the surf or commuting to work, Helm’s got some wheels for you.


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

Behold Australia’s Nine & NZ’s Two Challenger Series Qualifiers*

May the Southern Cross smile upon you at Snapper.

Mar 27, 2023

Long Read: Pete Beachy Is No Bore 

The life and times of an off-the-grid Alaskan surf pioneer who claims to cure cancer.

Mar 26, 2023


Watch: ‘Haiku’

Scenes From a Remote Reality, by Vans & Karina Rozunko

Mar 25, 2023

Sun Room: The Overnight Success Of A Young Surf Band

What's it like touring the world and living off of McDonald's?

Mar 25, 2023

How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 6

An instructional manual for the modern professional surfer

Mar 23, 2023


Caity Simmers — Extreme Competitive Surf Vlogger

Cool is chemical.

Mar 23, 2023

Globe Pulls Out Of The Apparel Game

…and, Taj Burrow and Dion Agius are now looking for new main sponsors.

Mar 22, 2023

Owen Wright Announces Retirement From Competitive And Heavy-Water Surfing

But will surf final CT event at Bells.

Mar 22, 2023


Fancy An Ale, Some Good Music, And A Bunch Of Tubes?

Ballet's minimalist full-length will satiate your needs.

Mar 22, 2023

João Chianca Spent Seven Years On The QS Without A Sponsor

And look where he is now.

Mar 22, 2023

Take Stab’s 2023 Audience Survey, Win A 3-Board Quiver

Stab towels and Premium subscriptions also up or grabs.

Mar 21, 2023

Jessi Miley Dyer On The New Challenger Series Schedule And More

Did you know that you could miss the mid-year cut and still theoretically win the…

Mar 20, 2023


Don’t Miss The Last Wave Of The First 2023 SEOTY Entry

Jacob Willcox's ‘Into Dust’ just set the bar.

Mar 20, 2023

Warren Smith on New Welcome Rivers Range and Buying Jaguars on Facebook Marketplace  

Now available in the Antipodes...

Mar 20, 2023


Wavegarden Spills How The Sausage Is Made

BTS of their global air wave rollout ft. Yago Dora, Dion Agius, Reef Heazlewood and…

Mar 18, 2023

Minds, Machines, And The Magic Of Hands

How modern shapers split their time between designing files and hand-finishing boards.

Mar 18, 2023


Are Hectic Lefts The Final Finless Frontier?

William Aliotti is on the right-foot-forward fringes.

Mar 17, 2023

Watch: Luke + Eddie

A mostly unknown, on-duty lifeguard won the most prestigious big-wave event in history. How Luke…

Mar 17, 2023