Foldable e-bikes are successful with metropolis riders for all the apparent causes, with primary being that they provide a sensible resolution for many who don’t personal a home or a storage, and don’t have an excessive amount of space for storing. That stated, foldable bikes take plenty of put on and tear on the hinges, and to make issues even worse, electrical fashions are often on the heavy facet.
Morfuns has solved this with an all-carbon body on the brand new Éole. There are two fashions for this e-bike, priced and specced in keeping with finances, however the premium one will actually stand out from opponents when it reaches manufacturing. Assuming, in fact, it lives as much as the hype.
As of proper now, each variations of the Éole are crowdfunding on IndieGoGo, which suggests backers can get them at discounted costs. As any rider is aware of, carbon fiber isn’t low cost, however should you dare take a danger on Morfuns, you can really get it on the identical value you can purchase an aluminum alloy bike from the competitors.
The Éole C is the budget-friendly mannequin and is obtainable for costs beginning at $999 for backers. The costs can be found for pre-orders solely, and MRSP on each fashions is estimated to be double the quantity. The C has a light-weight carbon fiber body, with the identify standing for “comfy and handy.”
The C suggestions the scales at 15.8 kg (34.8 kilos) and is the heaviest of the 2, although nonetheless lighter than comparable e-bikes. There’s a 36V 7.0Ah non-removable battery with Samsung cells hidden within the seatpost and a 250W or 300W rear hub motor. The battery is nice for 45 km (28 miles) on a single cost in pedal-assist mannequin solely. A 7-speed Shimano Tourney derailleur, mechanic disc brakes, and 20-inch Kenda tires full the provide on this reasonably priced, foldable e-bike.
The C’s larger and harder brother is the S, which stands for “sports activities and super-light.” The S is the C with extra carbon fiber, together with within the handlebars and the seatpost, and with lighter, premium elements. So, you get an AKM Tremendous Gentle 36-V/250-W motor with torque sensor, hydraulic disc brakes, a Shimano Sora 9-speed derailleur, and 20-inch Schwalbe tires. These premium choices add to cost, which is half of the MRSP for pledgers, at $1,259.
Being lighter, the S has a barely larger vary, of fifty km (31 miles), and comes with the choice of attaching an additional bottle battery to double it. The S weighs simply 12.8 kg (28.2 kilos) and, in keeping with the makers, is “gentle sufficient for a girl to hold down from the trunk.” As a result of women are identified to be the feeblest, weakest, tiniest issues, however you get the thought: this e-bike is super-light.
Morfuns guarantees that the Éole has been stress-tested for sturdiness and reliability with fixed folding, and that the carbon fiber body and the hinges do what they’re purported to. The makers additionally tout this new bike as an enchancment over anything else in the marketplace proper not, each for the usage of carbon fiber and for hiding the battery within the seatpost, with wiring hidden on the backside for improved waterproof efficiency.
Each Éole fashions are one-size-fits-all, with riders between 1.5 and 1.95 meters (4.9 x 6.4 toes) in top in a position to trip it comfortably as a result of adjustable seatpost and saddle. Most wiring is hidden from view, so that you get a pleasant, modern and cute e-bike.
Accessible in blue, orange-red and basic black, the highest velocity of the Éole is proscribed in keeping with the place it’s transport: 25 kph (15.5 mph) for Europe, and 28 kph (17.4 mph) with the 250W motor and 32 kph (20 mph) with the 300W possibility for the USA.
Deliveries to backers begin in December, and full-scale manufacturing on this wonder-e-bike begins proper after that.