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E-bike makers go small, light and compact

August 6, 2015 1:31 pm Category: Bicycles, Latest News A+ / A-
A-Bile Electric. Folds away and can be put into a backpack in 10 seconds

A-Bile Electric. Folds away and can be put into a backpack in 10 seconds

Manufacturers of e-bikes are racing each other to make the smallest and most compact model on the market, with several new designs now becoming available.

Following on from news of the foldaway Volkswagen three-wheeler, designed for “last mile” travel, UK company A-Bike Electric has unveiled its contender, which can be stored in a backpack or fit under a desk after folding, a process takes only 10 seconds.

At 12 kilograms, the company claims its bike is the lightest on the market.

The tiny wheeled bike has a range of around 25 kilometres, has a top speed of 20 kilometres an hour from its brushless  motor and 24V battery and will sell for US$1089 if the company’s crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter raises enough money to make production viable.

Also weighing in at 12 kilos is the new bike from New York city based company Brooklyness, which has developed a model called a CMYK 4.0 (which builds upon previous designs).

Sensors within the CMYK 4.0 track cadence, heart rate, acceleration, and road conditions. All of this information is processed and then transmitted to a mobile device via Bluetooth.

The app digests all the riding stats to view later on, but it provides users with bike lane information, train/bus schedules, traffic warnings, and step-by-step navigation to plan out the best routes

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