The carbon fiber Morfuns Éole folding electrical bicycle has simply been launched for pre-order. And the bike is available in at one of many lowest worth factors we’ve ever seen for a carbon fiber e-bike.
There are literally two variations of the bike often known as the Éole C and Éole S.
That’s fairly darn low-cost, particularly contemplating other carbon fiber e-bikes we’ve seen can value as a lot as 4 instances these costs.
Each of the fashions are folding e-bikes with 20″ wheels, and each make use of a seat submit battery like we’ve seen in other recently launched folding e-bikes. Not like these different firms, Morfuns claims to be one of many first to have developed a folding e-bike with a seat submit battery, with their first model relationship again so far as 2016.
The newest fashions, the Éole C and S, use an up to date design with a hidden plug below the battery that may be shortly disconnected.
At simply 252 Wh, it’s not a very massive battery, however then once more this isn’t a protracted distance e-bike both. It’s designed as an ultralight folding e-bike for city journey – one thing you possibly can simply stash within the trunk or carry up stairs.
The Éole S weighs simply 12.8 kg (28 lb) whereas the Éole C is a bit heftier at 15.8 kg (34.8 lb).
Morefuns claims that pedal help can push the vary as much as as excessive as 50 km (31 miles).
In addition they have an auxiliary battery choice that mounts like a water bottle to the body and doubles the bike’s capability and vary.
Each of the bike’s fashions get powered by a 250W hub motor, although the Éole S contains a extra superior and lighter weight motor, to not point out a nicer 9-speed Shimano SORA transmission in comparison with the decrease tier 7-speed Shimano Tourney transmission on the Éole C.
The S mannequin additionally will get fancier hydraulic disc brakes, which must be a pleasant improve over the fundamental mechanical disc brakes discovered on the C mannequin.
The Éole S has different small upgrades akin to Schwable tires as an alternative of Kenda tires, a nicer Selle Royal saddle as an alternative of a Velo saddle, a nicer LCD show with built-in USB charger and a carbon fiber stem and handlebar. However the single largest benefit of the S mannequin is probably going the inclusion of a torque sensor-based pedal help system as an alternative of the extra primitive cadence sensor-based system on the C mannequin.
In the case of buying, you higher put together your self. Sure you guessed it, this is a crowdfunding campaign.
As common, we not often cowl crowdfunding campaigns except we’ve been in a position to check the product ourselves first or the corporate already has a good historical past (fly-by-night startups needn’t apply). On this case, Morfuns has a 5 12 months historical past as an OEM provider, that means they know their approach round e-bike manufacturing.
They declare shipments ought to start in December for the primary batch of bikes. Whereas that’d be nice, I wouldn’t be stunned to see that timeline get pushed again a month or two, which is commonly the case in crowdfunding campaigns.
The corporate appears fairly assured although, as they defined:
“Primarily based on years of gross sales, we have now developed not solely a large distribution community, but in addition a mature abroad warehouse system situated in the USA, Germany and Netherlands in order to assist us cowl deliveries to most of our main markets.”
There are some unlucky omissions akin to security lighting or fenders. Aftermarket choices for the previous are seemingly extra plentiful than the latter, however I’m certain inventive options are aplenty. For this worth level, I can cope with including a number of equipment by myself.
I believe it’s fairly spectacular to see carbon fiber folding e-bikes getting into sub-$1k territory. In fact that’s a little bit of a dangerous $1k buy as we talked about above, for the reason that bike is being supplied as part of a crowdfunding campaign, however we strive to not write off crowdfunding by itself.
On this case, the value distinction is so small between the 2 fashions that I’d most likely go for the decrease weight and higher elements of the Éole S. But I already spent my crowdfunding budget for this riding season, so I’ll most likely be passing this one up.
I’d nonetheless love to listen to what you consider the bike although. Pontificate within the remark part beneath!
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