Ital­ian Bad Bike with fat tyres

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING -

ITAL­IAN elec­tric bike builders Bad Bike have re­leased a 25 kg Fat Bad fold­ing bike (pic­tured) that con­tin­ues the theme of new de­sign free­doms as dis­played above by French com­pany Ex­pe­mo­tion.

The blurb on the web­site states the fold­ing bike is “quiet, eco­log­i­cal and de­signed to move nim­bly in the ur­ban traf­fic, in full re­spect of na­ture”.

A choice of two mo­tors as­sist the cy­clist, al­lows him or her “to chew up the miles and easily over­come the climbs”, ac­cord­ing to Bad Bike.

These mo­tors are ei­ther a 36V/250-Watt or 48V/500Watt driv­e­train. The 250-Watt drive is wired to a 10-Ah lithium-poly­mer bat­tery pack with a top speed of 70 km/h.

Riders will have to al­low five hours to recharge the lithi­u­mion bat­tery. As with all Euro­pean elec­tric bikes, even the en­try-level 250 Watt costs the price of a good mo­tor­bike — about $1 775 (over R22 700).

The 500-Watt Fat Bad R can be pre-or­dered for $2 220.

The com­pany also sells a bike with a sleek lit­tle side­car for the bam­bino, as well as var­i­ous city cruis­ers — all with elec­tric mo­tors mounted more or less el­e­gantly be­tween the back wheel and the frame.

— Wheels Re­porter.

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