Honbike is launching an e-bike with 20-inch wheels on the European market that is foldable and can thus be stowed or transported particularly well. The bike has been available in Japan for some time but has not been available in the U.S. or Europe until now.
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Instead of a chain or belt drive, a cardan shaft is installed. This way there are no oil stains on clothes or objects
Initially, the Honbike will be financed via Indiegogo, until it is to be launched on the market regularly, albeit at a higher price. In addition to a US version, an explicit EU version will also be offered. The propshaft is supposed to be able to be used maintenance-free for 40,000 kilometers.
The folding bike has a front hub motor with 250 watts and supports up to 25 km/h electrically. The range with one battery (216 watt-hours) is said to be 40 kilometers. If you want, you can buy a second battery, for which there is a small screw-on transport bag. The bike weighs 20.8 kg with one battery. The battery is to be charged in 3.5 hours.
The Honbike has mechanical disc brakes and is equipped with an LC display with speedometer, battery indicator, and odometer. The bike is equipped with front and rear LED lights and offers five levels of assistance. A bell and mudguards are included as standard. The pedals fold in for transport. There’s also a stand to keep the bike from tipping over when folded.
The pedal assistance is activated by several sensors. In addition to a cadence sensor, there is a torque sensor to measure how hard the rider is pedaling. In addition, there is a gyroscope that measures the incline and is supposed to provide additional pedal assistance when starting up a hill.
The wheels are unsprung and have a single-sided suspension. An app can be used to unlock the bike and the virtual key can also be loaned to others temporarily.
When folded, the wheel measures 840 x 990 x 455 mm. Unfolded, the e-bike measures 1,560 x 590 x 1,060 mm.
The EU version of the Honbike is being offered on Indiegogo for around $1326 (€1,200), including all taxes and shipping. In stores, it will later cost $2896 (€2,620). The bike will not only be delivered to the EU, but also to the UK and Switzerland. Delivery is scheduled to start in June 2022.
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