Electric Bikes - Invisible assist
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11-14-07, 11:37 AM
It's said to give ~1.5h of assist at 100w, with 200w peaks out of a 1kg battery. I'd guesstimate that IRL it would yeild more like 1h of assist, also the drive components are 900g. This is really damn nice.
/cue the motorcyclists complaining this makes for a ****ty motorcycle
That is really damned nice.
11-14-07, 02:40 PM
Okay, *that* is cool. I'd been looking at actually downsizing and just going for an assist system instead of one made to run on its own. This looks really neat, wonder how durable it is, if it affects the integrity of the bike, and how much it costs? Also, with how small the battery is but how good the run time is comparatively, I wonder if you could really get away with using it for *long* distances with a bigger pack?
Have a listen to the video of it climbing a hill, the camera is stationary on the ground so what you hear should be close to the sound the bike makes.
I was quite interested until I listened to the video.
11-14-07, 07:34 PM
Heh, it sounds like a toy RC car.
I'm also just going out on a limb here, and thinking that while no price is mentioned yet, all of that German engineering and ultra-lightweight design, combined with that the test bikes are outfitted with X9 level stuff, and the kit itself requires you to buy Hollowtech II components (which last time I checked weren't available below the LX level) all add up to one thing:
Very expensive. This probably isn't a product thats going to be hitting the average bike consumer.
11-15-07, 12:57 PM
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