THE E- BIKE FOR EV­ERY­ONE

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - How your world works -

A bike is the fastest, and cer­tainly most fun, way to get around any city. It's also the sweati­est. En­ter the elec­tric-as­sist bike, or e-bike, which gives you a boost while you pedal. The bikes have been slow to catch on in the US be­cause they're ex­pen­sive and of­ten weigh more than 22 kg. Worse, the bat­tery packs look more like in­dus­trial goi­ters than in­te­grated com­po­nents. The Volta, from Los Angeles based Pure Cy­cles, has none of these prob­lems. The new e-bike, which on ap­pear­ance alone looks fun to ride, weighs 18,6 kg, mak­ing it light enough to haul up and down stairs. The price tag ($2 500, avail­able Septem­ber) reg­is­ters at least a grand lower than com­pa­ra­ble rides. The space-saving 22-inch wheels are quick but sturdy. In­stead of bulging from the frame, the bat­tery is tucked inside the top tube; and an em­bed­ded GPS tracker records rides and alerts your phone if the bike is moved.

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