After working on the Stadtfuchs, their previous 3D printed urban bike, you would think German bike manufacturer, Urwahn Bikes, would take some time off, go for a ride, and soak in the bliss of a successful product launch. But just like the cyclists who use their bikes, there is no way these guys are slowing down.
Continuing their penchant for 3D printed, steel (yes, STEEL) frame bikes and clever names, the company has created their first 3D printed e-bike, the Platzhirsch:
Their latest bicycle is the product of a collaboration with MAHLE ebikemotion SLU – a company that specializes in e-bike components for original equipment manufacturers (OEM). The result is an bike with all electronics integrated, completely routed through the 3D printed steel frame, to add to the noticeable sleekness of the Platzhirsch.
Pressing the power button at the front of the top tube does a couple of things. It switches on the 250Wh battery, located in the downtube, to activates the bike’s electric drive, which adds an extra 40Nm of torque to your rear wheel. With it, they claim a smoother ride up high hills and through rough patches of concrete. Considering the battery has a range of up to 80km (50 miles) and a range extender to add another 60km (37 miles), you can safely get to work and back without worrying about a recharge. It also activates the LED headlamp located on the handlebars and brake lights integrated on the seatpost.
The Platzhirsch looks just as sleek, sexy and comfortable as its other Urwahn Bikes brethren. The slim frame has the same curved seat tube/seat stay “Elastic Rear Triangle” design that the company claims to reduce bumps while guaranteeing comfort and agility.
The Platzhirsch is planned for a Summer 2020 release but, until then, you can get a 500 € discount (with a 999 € deposit), arrange a test ride, and find more information on the new bike at the Urwahn Bikes website.