Yet Another E-bike

Another e-bike was in the news last week. It’s from VeloSolex and it was on display at the Brussels Motor Show.


Photo: Reuters Pictures via Daylife.

We’re enthusiastic about motor-assisted bikes and ride one weekly to deliver goods, errands, and just riding around, but it’s not our primary bike.

That’s because the range is limited, it’s heavy as @$%^, and is purpose built for cargo. Where we get concerned is when bikes are mopeds with batteries or presumably an attempt by a battery manufacture, like Sanyo, to increase market share for their products.

6a00d834533a7a69e20120a7b18989970b.jpgThe problem is these bikes aren’t specifically designed to perform in an urban environment – they’re comfort bikes with motors bolted on. We talked about the same thing with Trek’s Valencia +. Instread of chasing an ebike trend and doing what Iacocca did in the 90s, let’s rethink and engineer a motor-assisted urban bike.

The concept bike that interested the most at TrekWorld was this modified Phase Concept.

TrekWorld: Phase Concept

Imagine the market you could blow up with a high-performance commuter that had a motor assist.

I asked that question last year about electric innovation and it applies now with more e-bikes hitting the market.

We need more like these one.

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