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The NOVUS e-Bike Is Unique, Gorgeous and Painfully Expensive

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The NOVUS e-Bike Is Distinctive, Attractive and Painfully Costly

The NOVUS is the second iteration of a prototype unveiled in late 2019, that includes a sleeker, lighter body and huge enhancements on the software program aspect. It’s an e-bike that boasts mixing the lightness of a bicycle with the pace and energy of a motorbike, to ship a product that’s each distinctive and visually beautiful.

And it’s simply that: NOVUS stands out for a novel design that’s minimalist and “attractive” (as per the makers), and efficiency worthy of a lightweight bike. NOVUS can be painfully costly and, when it begins deliveries in 2022, it’s going to in all probability nonetheless be one of many priciest merchandise of the sort available on the market.

“NOVUS is not only an electrical bike. NOVUS is not only a model,” the introduction to the NOVUS bike reads. “NOVUS is the conviction that we’re in a position to create issues that [do] not but exist. NOVUS stands for choosing up the place others say it does not work. NOVUS thinks forward.”

“We don’t construct bikes. We creates needs,” says one other be aware.

You don’t should be within the enterprise to understand that an organization promoting not a lot a product because the notion, an thought of that product is about to cost you an arm (and a leg) for promoting you that concept. NOVUS retails for €46,284 VAT together with and €39,900 VAT excluding. For our non-EU readers, that’s roughly $55,047 and $47,455 respectively.

That is an e-bike that prices as a lot as greater than a automobile, to place issues into perspective.

For this sort of money, although, you get an e-bike fabricated from carbon fiber, the place the body and all elements have been constructed with the utmost consideration to element. It’s lovely and smooth, certainly, and it’s additionally fairly good on the efficiency aspect. For a bicycle.

The body on the NOVUS is carbon fiber monocoque and weighs as little as 7 kg (15.4 kilos), with a complete payload of 110 kg (242.5 kilos). The fork and swingarm are additionally fabricated from hand-laid carbon fiber, as are the edges. Rear suspension is totally hidden within the swingarm, with the designers going out of their approach to disguise all elements from view. Entrance suspension is achieved with a proprietary, adjustable mono fork.

All elements are encased within the body, for that desired clear, minimalist look. The 4.3 kWh battery is non-removable, sitting within the backside a part of the body to decrease the middle of gravity of the bike. An 80 % cost takes as little as half-hour, in accordance with the makers, and estimated vary is of 100 km (62 miles) at metropolis speeds.

Talking of which, the NOVUS is described as fairly the pace demon, however right here’s to hoping you didn’t get your hopes too excessive. High pace is 120 kph (74.5 mph), with a 0 to 50 kph (0-31 mph) time of three seconds. That is spectacular for a bicycle, however not so for an electrical bike: as an example, one other premium electrical bike launched lately, the Tarform Luna, boasts a high pace of 95 mph (153 kph) and nil to 60 (0-96 kph) in 3.8 seconds, and prices half the cash. And it’s nonetheless thought-about too costly at $24,000.

Energy comes from a rear hub motor peaking at 18 kW (24 hp), with each energetic and passive regenerative braking. Three driving modes are doable: Base, the place energy is restricted to 40 %, Tremendous, with a 70 % restrict on energy, and God, the place there is no such thing as a energy restrict.

A small Supernova headlight is built-in within the handlebar and ensures most visibility at nighttime. There’s additionally a LED management show on the handlebars, and it may be swapped in your cellphone with the NOVUS app. It gives stats, settings choices and the power to unlock the bike with out having to make use of the NFC chip.

Assuming that the insanely excessive price ticket isn’t any deterrent to you, know that the pre-order books are open. The NOVUS is available in Crystal White, Royal Blue, Magma Purple, Horizon Silver, Sunpowder Gold and may be yours in 2022 with a fully-refundable €1,000 ($1,190) deposit payable now.

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