Truth be told, I never quite understood e-bikes. I mean, why have an electric-powered bike when a traditional bike provides exercise and less manufacturing and electronic waste? Then again, used as a daily commuter, any extra power would be welcome. Plus – and this is a big bonus – an e-bike helps you avoid public transportation.
However, there are a lot of e-bikes out there less durable than a plastic toy scooter. As soon as they hit a few bumps or an unpaved road, they creak, snap, or pop loose like a pile of pasted popsicle sticks. Copenhagen-based Annobike, is set to change this with the Annobike A1.
The A1 falls into the high-end of e-bikes, built to be a flexible transportation option you can rely on in any situation. As the first production of many e-bike designs from the company, this baby is made of high-quality materials to ensure it lasts just as long as its rider does — maybe longer. Let’s have a look.
Powering the e-bike’s G06 series Bafang brushless motor are a number of 18650 Samsung cells. These cells are charged by plugging the A1 into any electrical socket and provide that added boost when pedalling forward.
When riding your bike, a Shimano Tourney derailleur lets you easily switch gears while adjustable Exa Form shocks on the front and back suspensions reduce the impact of the terrain you’re on.
Should you ever decide to stop riding your bike (you know, in case you’re nearing your destination or heading toward a cliff face), Tektro disk brakes with 160mm rotors are installed on the A1.
You also have your adjustable seat and dirt bike standard handlebars, built-in seat post-release, a color screen on the handle, and best of all – a pair of chunky, puncture-resistant, 20-inch by 4-inch Kenda tires. There’s also an option to add a tracking device which works via GPS, so you can find your nearly-$1,000 bike when/if it gets ganked.
The Annobike A1 has been a pursuit of passion spanning years. Finalizing the prototype alone took one year, and this doesn’t include the time spent sketching, modeling, rendering, and revising the bike. With a bike built around durability and versatility, they’re hoping all the hard work will pay off.
And it looks like it just may. The A1 is currently live on Kickstarter until June 16, 2020. They’ve passed the $21,000 heading toward $200,000 raised with 125 backers. Pleadges start at $850 for the base model and go up to $2300 for a set of two with more powerful motors. To see more of the bike’s specs and support the project, just hop over to their Kickstarter campaign.
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