Cost bike firm goes 100% electrical with fold-flat e-bikes
British bicycle firm Cost has been round since 2004, however they’ve lastly caught up with their identify and are actually switching fully to electrical bicycles. The bikes have been simply introduced at the moment and can be found on-line throughout the US in addition to in choose retail areas.
Cost is owned by Dorel Industries, the identical mum or dad firm shared by different huge biking names akin to Cannondale, Schwinn, and Mongoose. And similar to its sister corporations, Cost is now providing a number of electrical rides as nicely.
However not like these different corporations, Cost has made the choice to focus solely on electrical bikes.
As Cost founder Nick Larsen defined in a press release offered to Electrek:
We all know easy methods to make biking straightforward and accessible; it’s what we’ve accomplished for years. Electrical bikes make it even simpler and extra enjoyable for individuals to cycle, whether or not they’re seasoned riders or getting again on a motorbike for the primary time in a very long time. The workforce felt that the timing is lastly proper, with developments in expertise, to shift our focus to electrical and convey a top quality, fantastically designed line of electrical bikes to market at a aggressive value level.
Simply introduced this morning, Cost is coming proper out of the gate with three new electrical bicycle fashions designed for various kinds of driving. Every shares the identical folding pedals and progressive folding handlebar that make it easy to retailer the bike towards a wall with out taking over the historically vast area from standard handlebars.
All fashions additionally function puncture-resistant Goodyear tires and automated tire strain gauges that illuminate with both a pink or inexperienced mild to let you recognize in case your tire strain degree checks out or not.
As a direct-to-consumer firm, Cost ships its bikes to clients who customise and order their mannequin on-line. However Cost is shirking the frequent e-bike packing strategies that rely closely on styrofoam, and is as an alternative utilizing solely paper and cardboard packing that’s 100% recyclable by the top consumer.
Cost claims the battery is sufficient for as much as 50 miles (80 km) of vary on pedal help.
There’s additionally a throttle, however don’t count on to get the identical vary for those who’re relying closely on the throttle.
The body is comprised of 6061 aluminum alloy and is fitted with a inflexible chromoly metal fork. The 700c wheels show entrance and rear mechanical disc brakes, and the bike additionally sports activities entrance and rear LED lights.
The bike includes a Shimano Tourney 7-speed transmission and consists of an built-in rear rack for a splash of utility as nicely.
Riders searching for a extra upright geometry than the commuter-focused Cost Metropolis may recognize the Cost Consolation. It makes use of a step-through body for a extra comfy, laid again trip.
In any other case, it gives comparable electrical and bicycle parts. The most important variations in comparison with the Metropolis embrace a suspension fork on the Consolation in addition to a shift from the downtube-mounted battery to a rear rack-mounted battery.
Each bikes additionally embrace fenders, which will likely be a welcome aid to riders in wet areas.
The Cost XC differs from the earlier two fashions with its trail-oriented design.
The bike is on the market in two body sizes and options a variety of upgrades together with the Shimano E5000 mid-drive motor and downtube-integrated Shimano E8035 battery with 514 Wh of capability.
The Cost XC additionally will get an improve to Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, Shimano Altus 8-speed transmission, and Goodyear Peak 29″ x 2.25″ tires.
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