United City Bikes to launch folding e-bike

Swiss start-up United City Bikes will launch its folding e-bike, the One, on Indiegogo today, 25th April.

It weighs 12.5 kg, can be folded in ten seconds and is made of magnesium alloy. United City Bikes has said it has already gathered a community of more than 12,000 people worldwide who have subscribed to be notified when pre-orders open.

“The bike carries a tailor-made high-speed brushless motor with high energy conversion efficiency of 95%,” said a statement. “Take it out for a ride of up to 60 km (37.28 miles) with one charge. Long rides on folding bikes don’t have to be uncomfortable anymore. The patented saddle design gives extra comfort for riders in sitting position. The bike’s EU version has a maximum speed of 25km/h with electrically assisted mode only. The US version has a maximum speed of 32km/h (21.7mph) on a pure electric mode with a thumb throttle. In order to provide the power to stop the rider faster, the disk brakes have also been incorporated for the riders’ safety.

“The minimal look is made possible with the gear drive system and the battery integrated in its body and the seat post respectively. The top-quality patented framework of the bike gives the bike a unique sleek look as well as a tough body with a maximum load of 100 kg. All the wires have been neatly tucked away inside the framework making this also water and weather resistant. The patented convenient built-in bracing foot system keeps the bike standing on its own.”

Pre-orders on Indiegogo open today, 25th April, and the campaign will be live for 35 days. United City Bikes has said early backers will receive the bike this summer.

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