The new HONBIKE 20″ folding commuter e-bike appears to be like a bit like an idea bike. It has no externally seen drivetrain, motor or battery, plus glossy integrated lighting, a flush integrated pc show, and one-sided rear swingarm and matching fork. But it’s actually actual, and already using round cities in Japan. And whereas a crowdfunding marketing campaign is kickstarting the venture into world actuality, the organizers have already far exceeded their funding aim by 1430%, and are on monitor to broadly ship their e-bikes this summer season.
HONBIKE integrated shaft-drive folding e-bike
There’s actually quite a bit to say about this little alloy 20″ magnesium tri-spoke folding commuter e-bike.
There’s a single-sided swingarm that hides a shaft drive inside, and a single-sided fork to match. The tiny 250W motor within the entrance hub and central 216Wh battery are so small you may not even discover them.
Plus, the single-leg fork & chainstay every get a full-coverage fender for the 20″ x 2.125″ tires with neatly integrated lighting, and there’s even a wild noseless saddle.
Oh yeah, and it folds in half to take up much less house at house, within the workplace, or on the go.
This HonBike HF01 folding e-bike is supposed to be an virtually maintenance-free commuter, so it will get a fully-enclosed shaft drive stated to final 40,000km between servicing. And no greasy chain to fret about.
In addition to five help ranges, plus a stroll mode, on-board sensors energy the front-wheel-drive HonBike with a Hill Start Assist mode to ship fast energy help going up steep hills. Combining gyroscope, torque & pace sensors, it additionally adjusts the true pedal-assist degree to go well with terrain and rider enter. All fashions are restricted to 25km/hr pedal-assist.
The folding e-bike is accessible in a single dimension, however stated to nonetheless match a variety of riders from 1.5-1.9m (4’11” – 6’3″) tall with 24cm of seatpost adjustment. It has a max rider+gear load restrict of 100kg (220lb).
The HonBike is sort of compact, folding right down to 99x45x85cm (39x18x34″), nevertheless it’s no light-weight at 20.8kg (45.9lb) full. Although, it does have a fairly handsome built-in deal with.
Approximate cruising vary is 40km (25mi), and the battery could be recharged on the bike or eliminated and charged individually in 3.5-4 hours.
The Indiegogo venture additionally presents the power to purchase a second discounted battery so you may experience one whereas the opposite is recharging.
HonBike e-bike pre-order pricing & anticipated availability
The HonBike HF01 e-bike is accessible for preorder in an Indiegogo crowdfunding marketing campaign now, from $1499 in North America or 1639€ in Europe. An additional battery is accessible for $199, together with a case to hold it on an extended experience. Some native e-bike micromobility subsidies could also be obtainable to assist trim that value much more.
The HONBIKE PRO (or HF01) now being supplied direct-to-consumer in Europe & North America has already handed all related testing and is at the moment in serial manufacturing. HonBike anticipates deliveries of pre-orders to ship in June 2022. And full retail gross sales are anticipated from mid-April.