Big effect from Penny Farthing’s li’l wheel
IN some ways, it makes sense to put small wheels on electric scooters — they accelerate quickly, and allow the vehicle to remain on the small-and-portable side. On the other hand, they can also easily get stuck in potholes, causing the rider to fly over the handlebars.
A group of Montreal-based entrepreneurs have created what they see as a good compromise, in the form of the SnikkyBike.
As can be seen, although the scooter has a li’l 16-inch motorised wheel in the back, it has a full-size 700 c bicycle wheel in the front.
This arrangement is claimed to combine the fast acceleration of a small drive wheel with a larger front wheel’s ability to roll over obstacles instead getting stopped by them.
Additionally, the short wheelbase lets it stay nimble and manoeuvrable, as it needs to be in urban environments. The handlebars and footboards likewise fold up when not in use, making it easier to carry and store.
Its top speed is 32 km/h, with one charge of its removable 36volt lithium-ion battery allowing for a range of just over 30 kilometres — regenerative braking helps it reach that figure. A full recharge takes approximately two hours.
The SnikkyBike is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, where a pledge of $1 050 (R15 700) will get you one, if and when they reach production.
The planned retail price is $1 199. — Gizmag.
The SnikkyBike is a nimble new take on the Penny Farthing.