Published on August 28th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro
No Supercar: A Mid-Motor, Carbon Fiber E-Bike
Tell me if this recipe sounds familiar; build the body out of carbon fiber, mount the motor in the middle of the chassis for better weight distribution, and outfit it with a state-of-the-art electronic suspension.
Sounds like you’re well on your way to building a typical supercar, but in this case you’d be wrong. Germany’s Haibike has debuted a pair of new electric bicycles that utilize the above features to deliver a cutting-edge riding experience in a place where e-bike ownership continues to grow.
The Haibike Xduro Full Carbon has a lightweight and totally carbon fiber construction, including the wheels, seat posts, and crank, reports Gizmag. Aiding your ride is a 250 watt (0.3 HP) electric motor mounted seamlessly in the middle of the chassis. The Xduro FullCarbon uses a RockShox fork and rear shock, a 400 Wh lithium-ion battery, a Shimano XTR Di2 11-speed drivetrain, and the new Nyon bike computer from Bosch.
The Nyon connects via Bluetooth with a smartphone and offers navigation, fitness tracking, and pertinent information related to the bike like battery levels and speed. You can even set it to display text messages, and when it launches it will come in three not-yet-priced trim levels.
Carbon fiber might not be everybody’s cup of tea though, especially when it comes to costs. So Haibike also introduced Sduro AllMtn Pro, an aluminum-chassis bike that offers a world-first; an electronically-adjustable intelligent e-bike suspension. The system uses sensors mounted on the front fork to adjust the rear suspension to better accommodate the rider in a tenth of a second.
This allows the Sduro to provider a much smoother ride through rocky or rough terrain, which is the same kind of technology one finds on high-end supercars or SUVs. Like the Xduro, the Surdo also uses a mid-mounted 250 watt motor and 400 Wh battery pack.
These two cutting edge e-bikes from Habike show just how far this blossoming industry has come in the last decade. Europe is infatuated with e-bikes, and in Asia they’re among the top-selling vehicles in many markets. When will America catch e-bike fever?