The Italian electrical bicycle conversion equipment firm Bikee Bike has a brand new light-weight equipment referred to as the Lightest. Because the identify implies, Bikee says that is the lightest weight e-bike equipment available on the market, with the mid-drive unit weighing simply 1.65 kg (3.5 lb).
Bikee Bike’s “Lightest” equipment follows on the heels of the corporate’s first equipment referred to as the “Bikee Greatest” (they actually don’t fiddle with names, do they?).
The Greatest equipment was a powerhouse of a mid-drive, simply capable of propel e-bikes previous speeds of 48 km/h (30 mph).
The brand new Lightest equipment isn’t fairly as highly effective, however nonetheless provides as much as 90 Nm of torque, which means it might probably pull more durable than just about any industrial European mid-drive motor comparable to these from Bosch or Brose. Solely Chinese language e-bike elements producer Bafang provides stronger choices in its M600 and M620 (Bafang Ultra) motors.
Bikee’s Lightest equipment is offered in a package deal that provides as much as 1,200W of peak energy (marketed as a 1,000W steady equipment), although the corporate can be providing decrease energy models with 250, 500 and 750W nominal motors. Even the bottom energy motor continues to be fairly robust although, with the corporate claiming that the 250W nominal motor really places out round 600-700W of peak energy.
The motor bolts onto the present downtube of a motorcycle and is designed to suit most frames together with mountain bikes, highway bikes, cruisers, and extra. Numerous adapters can be found for various body geometries.
Whereas the 1,000W motor can attain speeds of as much as 50 km/h (31 mph), the 250W and 500W kits each high out at 25 km/h (15 mph). The 750W equipment reaches 40 km/h (25 mph).
As Bikee Bike founder Matteo Spaggiari defined in an announcement despatched to Electrek:
“After multiple yr of improvement, I’m actually glad to introduce to you the Lightest – essentially the most compact, mild and mid-drive ebike system. Now we have designed it with out compromising on efficiency.”
The kits additionally embrace batteries starting from 250Wh to 840Wh, with the capability growing together with the facility of the motor.
There may be additionally the choice to purchase the 1,000W equipment (1,200W peak) with no battery, permitting the rider so as to add his personal excessive energy battery.
With the variety of high capacity batteries available online these days, that would make it straightforward to construct a long-range mid-drive e-bike.
Regardless of rivaling some other kits we’ve tested in terms of low total weight, the Bikee Lightest equipment contains a variety of options that assist make it a bit extra premium. Not solely is it designed and manufactured in Italy, but it surely additionally includes a built-in torque sensor for smoother and extra correct pedal help, a sine wave controller for quieter and extra environment friendly energy supply, an LCD show and smartphone integration for elevated rider specs with smartphone app show, an optionally available coronary heart charge monitor to hyperlink the pedal-assist output to your physique in an effort to preserve a continuing coronary heart charge degree, and so on.
The 1,000W equipment even makes use of an ASI BAC800 controller, which is a totally potted and extremely regarded e-bike controller price round $300 by itself. That makes the $435 early chook value for the 1,000W equipment (sans battery) all of the extra spectacular. Including the excessive capability 840Wh battery will, in fact, bump that value up although, bringing the overall to $958.
The 250W, 500W, and 750W kits with included batteries are priced at $543, $741 and $850, respectively. These costs are all for Indiegogo pledges, which is the platform Bikee Bike is utilizing to launch the brand new Lightest equipment. Whereas we in fact at all times give our readers an ordinary Indiegogo warning, since these are thought of “pledges” versus commonplace purchases through a standard on-line retailer, Bikee Bike has beforehand employed crowdfunding and delivered on its guarantees. Plus, the corporate has been round since 2014 and has an extended listing of glad clients.
So whereas there’s at all times some danger when using a crowdfunding site to purchase an electric bike or e-bike conversion kit, sticking to firms which have a confirmed observe report like this can be a good solution to stack the deck in your favor.
Whereas the Bikee Bike Lightest is definitely dearer than another e-bike conversion kits available on the market, its novel design, premium options, and European manufacturing would possibly make it stand out from the pack.
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