Making the $4,599 Gogoro Eeyo 1S electrical bike extra sensible
The extremely light-weight Eeyo 1S electrical bike is definitely enjoyable to experience, as I said in my review, nevertheless it’s not very sensible for many metropolis commuters. Not solely is it costly at $4,599, its distinctive diamond-frame design eschews each entrance and rear fenders — you possibly can’t even purchase them as equipment from Gogoro. Whereas the ensuing look is modern and fascinating, it additionally means arriving at your vacation spot splattered in street grime each time it rains.
That drawback was seen as a possibility by Amsterdam-based designer Oski Collado and his minimalistic Rain-Bow fenders. He’s now constructed a set for the Eeyo 1 and 1S e-bikes which might be able to ship worldwide. The light-weight Rain-Bow fenders are manufactured from aluminum stays and plastic strips sourced from recycled supplies.
The rear fender is priced at €55 (about $65) and attaches firmly to the Eeyo’s body on the preexisting mount factors (an indication that Gogoro is clearly enthusiastic about future equipment). The front and rear set is priced at €110 (about $129), though Collado isn’t positive he’ll really promote the entrance fender because it’s a little bit of a hack.
Gogoro didn’t add mounting factors on the entrance fork prefer it did within the again. Whereas it’s not apparent within the images, the entrance Rain-Bow fender is held in place by a white tie wrap. It really works, blends in fairly effectively, and doesn’t rattle in my testing, nevertheless it’s hardly a sublime resolution for this Smartwheel showpiece. Luckily, the Eeyo’s body does a fairly good job of blocking a lot of the street spray kicked up by the entrance tire. In different phrases, your pant leg and footwear received’t undergo an excessive amount of with no entrance fender.
It’s the rear wheel that’s answerable for a lot of the mess when it rains. You possibly can keep away from many rainstorms by merely ready for them to go, however streets can stay moist for hours.
Simply take a look at all of the sand and who-knows-what dried onto the again of my garments after a latest 15-minute experience on the Eeyo 1S over reasonably moist roads in Amsterdam. It was worse than it seems to be: water was actually streaming down my ass crack as I arrived at my vacation spot all as a result of the bike lacked a primary rear fender. I’ve had no such issues whereas testing the Rain-Bow.
Collado’s one-man present makes Rain-Bow fenders (in 50mm or 35mm widths) and equipment like chain guards for Cowboy e-bikes, basic Brompton foldables, and just about some other bike you carry to his Haarlem workshop. He’ll even construct you a customized bike of his own design.
The Eeyo nonetheless lacks a kickstand resolution, however not less than it could now deal with commutes in inclement climate.