Folding bikes are a great find for city commuters. You don’t want to be taking up half of a car on the subway, or maybe you don’t have a ton of floorspace in your apartment to store a bike. So any folding e-bike tends to be even more special.
Enter the Geo e-bike. Madrid-based brand Ossby has created two other lightweight folding bikes before: the Curve Eco and the Curve Electric. The Curve Electric is already a really low weight at 13.5 kg (just under 30 lbs), but the superlight Geo will weigh only 11 kg (24 lbs) and can still support a rider weighing up to 110 kg (242.5 lbs).
So how is the Geo so lightweight but still strong enough to handle the abuse of being ridden as well as being folded and unfolded again and again? The Geo’s frame is made from a composite of recycled fibers and plant-based resins, which is more eco-friendly and potentially stronger than other Ossby bikes’ aluminum frames. Carbon fiber forks also help keep things light.
To fold up, the bike has a hinged lower bar that easily folds the bike in on itself in about a second.
As for what kind of performance you can get, the Geo has five levels of pedal assist up to 25 km/h (15.5 mph) provided by the Keyde S110 250-W rear-hub motor. The frame-integrated lithium-ion battery can provide up to 50 km (30 miles) of riding, and it takes four hours to fully charge up from zero. Meanwhile, Ossby has an iOS/Android companion app for riders to connect their smartphone via Bluetooth and can access bike data and power settings.
The Ossby Geo is being launched via a Kickstarter campaign, where you can pledge €1,234 (a little under $1,300). Though they’re offering free shipping within the EU, apparently they’ll ship to anywhere in the world — thank goodness, because too many of these cool e-bikes and e-scooters are only for the European market.
Ossby Geo Kickstarter Image Gallery
SOURCE | IMAGES: OSSBY GEO, VIA NEW ATLAS.
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