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    Smart eBike?

    The Smart eBike looks like an incredible bike, but it seems to good to be true.. mostly because it is likely to stand out and look stupid and/or will be stolen easily?

    Does anyone on here own one or does it seem like the kind of ride that would make someone seem kind of spoilt/uppety?


    The weight of it also kind of puts me off, as it could run out virtually anywhere and I'd guess it weighs what seems like a tonne?

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    A link?

    If this is the one you mean, it looks okay, not great; however, I am glad to see the number of entrants into the market growing. I really do think e-bikes, are a great part of the urban traffic solution.

    The biggest reason it would be hard to ride without the assist (other than the geometry) is that they went with a gearless motor. While the gearless motor is simpler and provides regen capabilities, the regen benefits in a light vehicle, like a bicycle are minimal. Further, the gearless motors cannot freewheel in the same way as the geared motors.
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    That's the exact one! Sorry, I thought it was clear enough.

    I hope they can become an accepted solution for city commuting too, it's a fantastic way to keep fit (maybe less than a regular bike, but much better than a car!)

    So it couldn't freewheel without the motor? :O

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    This bike is a nice design concept, I luv it actually. Now if it were available in the USA I might bite,...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert C View Post
    A link?

    If this is the one you mean, it looks okay, not great; however, I am glad to see the number of entrants into the market growing. I really do think e-bikes, are a great part of the urban traffic solution.

    The biggest reason it would be hard to ride without the assist (other than the geometry) is that they went with a gearless motor. While the gearless motor is simpler and provides regen capabilities, the regen benefits in a light vehicle, like a bicycle are minimal. Further, the gearless motors cannot freewheel in the same way as the geared motors.

    I beg to differ... I guess it depends on how it's designed, how it's used, and the terrain... I can easily get 15% re-gen on my set up (BionX) and have even managed a 25% re-gen in certain conditions... As for the gearless motor, it also depends on how it's designed as to how easily one can ride it without assist, I can ride mine without the slightest hint of it holding me back without assist, just like a regular bike with pedal only...
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