Emerging start-up Saigo is gunning to mix up the e-bike market with the release of the Saigo Bike, a two-wheel crossover that the company dubs its Sports Utility Bike (SUB).
Designed to hack around the city and then venture further afield when the mood takes, this powerful, electrically assisted machine blends city bike practicality with the ruggedness of a fat bike.
At 34kg, it’s certainly no lithe racer but users can take advantage of its powerful 500W electric motor to help shift some of that help up the hills. On top of this, it has a standard Shimano 8-speed drivetrain for more traditional cycling.
Using the throttle, the in-built 48V, 10.4Ah battery gives riders a maximum range of 25 miles, but the Torque Sensor System (TSS) feature releases additional power while pedalling to increase the maximum mileage by 30 per cent.
Currently undergoing an intense Indiegogo crowd funding campaign, the company hopes to raise around £20,000 in order to put the machine into production.
Finished bikes will cost £2,100 and boast USB connectivity to charge mobile devices, an integrated locking system that makes it easy to detach the battery for rapid charging, a unique OLED screen to keep riders up to date on cycling data and provide cruise functionality.
There is also an automated lighting system, which includes both front and rear light sensors that incorporate a laser flashing light, shining on both sides of the bike to indicate a safe distance to ride.
High quality hydraulic disc brakes and a comfortable suspension saddle ensure that the Saigo can also venture off-road, should the mood take.
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