Electric bikes make morning commutes easier, more enjoyable, and less sweaty than regular old cycles. In fact, people double the distance they bike each day when using an e-bike. Tapping into the need for zero emission transportation, Budnitz Bicycles has launched the world’s lightest electric bike, which is made from an advanced titanium alloy.
The Model E can reach a speed of 15 mph with electric assist for up to 100 miles. The bluetooth interface powers the motor and allows riders to switch between multiple modes, but there is always the option to pedal one’s way to work. A set of slope sensors provide extra assist on particularly steep hills, and an antitheft “total lockdown” feature is also available.
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The custom-made bikes are built in Vermont from a titanium alloy that is “as light as aluminum, [and] as strong as steel.” The only feature that may worry instead of wow is the price – the Model E starts at $3,950 USD with specialized frame coloring starting at an additional $500 and a multitude of other optional add-ons. For most, the bike may be a wish-list item, rather than a practical buy.
Via The Verge
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Shaving off every accessory (fender/mudguard, chain guard, rack, lights, etc) a practical commuter would benefit from probably helps that weight calculation. Wonder what it was once you put them back on. Also, $4k? Really? I know electric bikes don't come cheap (though certainly cheaper than this), but this strikes me as an eco-fashion statement, not a practical way to get folks on to bikes for commuting.