Bike spotted at last year's Taipei cycle show now a reality

Belt drive and NuVinci spec Grace MX e-bike now in production

The Fallbrook Technologies developed Grace MX electric bike, spotted at last year’s Taipei Cycle Show, is now in production.

Seemingly boasting a bit of every innovation to hit the market in recent years, the German manufactured bike comes specced with NuVinci’s progressive gear shifting, Gates Carbon Drive belt drive, a Bosch mid-motor and input from Karl-Heinz Nicolai.

If you’re currently at the Taipei show, the bike is visible on the Fallbrook Technologies stand in the upper hall, booth M1201.

Fallbrook said of the bike’s electrics: "Using a tube divided into three parts, the Grace MX battery is inserted from below which creates the optimum combination of frame and drive. Because the battery is installed from below, it is well protected against moisture, dirt and debris. Also, the electric motor is fully integrated into the frame and rotated 45 degrees. This design creates a shorter wheelbase with more ground clearance. The lowered top tube forms a sporty-looking, all-terrain geometry and the highly rigid frame is reinforced with gussets. All cables and wiring are fully integrated inside the frame."

Gates’ Carbon Drive system has apparently been chosen based on the tensile strength qualities of the belt, said to be some 20 per cent higher than a conventional bicycle chain.

GRACE product manager Benjamin Boerries told BikeBiz: "“The N360 works perfectly together with the Gates Carbon Drive and ensures a worry-free riding experience. Carbon Drive is rugged, durable and low maintenance, and therefore,was our first choice for the MX."

Bosch’s mid-motor is capable of accelerating up to 45km/h (33mph) and operates in four modes – eco, tour, sport and speed. No word yet on whether or not that will be restricted to sit within legal guidelines on electric bike speed.

The bike, due in stock from April, will cost €3,299.

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