Tag Archive: E-BIKE MOTOR

  1. All-new drive unit for SCOTT Addict eRIDE

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    The SCOTT Addict eRIDE now features the new MAHLE X20 system, released 20th April 2022- the world’s lightest e-road bike just got faster, more versatile, and even more powerful. LEVA-EU member SCOTT’s eRoad bike raises the bar yet again.

    The SCOTT Addict eRIDE has been the cornerstone of the brand’s eROAD segment for a couple of years and this benchmark lightweight E-Bike just raised the bar again. Working with drive train partner Mahle, the bike now features a new lighter, more powerful system – the Mahle X20.

    The result is a bike for the discerning rider, a truly lightweight package at 10.6kg. Full integration with an engine that can be tuned to provide custom levels of support and simply turned off when not needed.

    E-Road bikes aren’t on this earth to make things easier. They’re here to make things more interesting, to help you climb higher, longer and steeper. 

    Discover the features and technologies behind the SCOTT Addict eRIDE below.

    Visit the official SCOTT Addict eRIDE webpage here.

    View the release video for the e-bike here.

    Design and Integration
    SCOTT’s DNA is ITD – Innovation, Technology, Design – and the Addict eRIDE featuring the Mahle X20 is an excellent example of this. Everything on the bike from components to drive train and drive unit works as a single system. The minimalist design of the drive unit allows SCOTT to keep the aesthetic and design of its premium road racing bike the Addict RC, and a fantastically low weight of 10.6 kg.

    A major enabler of this is the new X20 system from Mahle. This hub-driven motor allows for a minimalist silhouette so it’s truly indistinguishable from a traditional road bike. Hidden in the downtube is a 250Wh battery with the possibility of replacing a water bottle with a Range booster to further extend your horizons.

    As the drive unit is located in the hub, the new X20 hub features an innovative plug system and a standard thru-axle making the removal of the rear wheel as easy as on a regular bike. Integration extends to the controls: a simple button on the top tube showing power and mode through color and optional shifters under the grip tape.

    Performance
    The new Mahle X20 sees power increase to 60Nm which means a smoother and more powerful acceleration for the rider with more power on tap. The Mahle unit is hub-driven which leads to a very smooth experience for the rider in terms of power delivery.

    The system has evolved across the board from weight to performance and integration.  The new rear hub weighs in at 1.399kg, shedding over 500g from the system with better integration and control. The hub also switches to a standard 142×12 thru-axle and can take a full range of freewheels from SHIMANO, SRAM and N3W.

    It’s a true smart system that can make adjustments through a range of sensors including a new torque and cadence sensor in the bottom bracket. These allow the E-Bike to accurately read each watt of power you apply, giving the user the appropriate response thanks to AI and Machine Learning. The system learns from you and adapts to your needs and the environment at every moment leading to a better riding experience.

    Smart Riding
    A key benefit of the new X20 system is the ability to customize the system to the rider’s preference. Do you want maximum support when the road gets steep or simply minimal support and to be pushed hard physically? Only have two hours for a ride but want to cover more ground? This is also possible. The Mahle ONE app allows the rider to set their own limitations, not the road.

    In short, the system can adapt to you and to your needs. A simple Sunday spin in January can be just as pleasurable as a long day up the Stelvio Pass in Europe. Your bike, your way.

    Customization is simple using the new Mahle ONE app. Riders can personally configure the level of power and response from the system at each of the three power modes. 

    As an additional benefit, the drive unit is dragless. This allows the rider to turn the system off to conserve battery on a descent or on the flat. Your battery is no longer a limit.

    Light Weight
    The lightest electric-assist road bike frame on the market just got even lighter. With a frame weight of just 1.04kg, a drive unit total system weight of 3.2kg and a complete bike weight of 10.6kg, the Addict eRIDE is a milestone in the electric road assist category. More than a number, the Addict eRIDE has been developed in close collaboration between our dedicated eRIDE and road engineers to perfectly balance the needs of a drive unit with the superior carbon layering of a World Tour-proven road bike.

    For eROAD bikes which seek to replicate the feeling of a traditional bike, the low weight of the Mahle X20 system is really a game-changer that contributes to low overall bike weight.

    SCOTT and MAHLE
    SCOTT and Mahle first worked together on the Addict eRIDE models released in 2020. With a shared philosophy of seamless integration and uncompromised riding performance, the two brands have reached the perfect synergy with the integration of the new Mahle X20 system into SCOTT’s Addict eRIDE models, rider-focused innovations that result in a better riding experience.

    The Addict eRIDE Range
    The Addict eRIDE is available in 5 different models including a dedicated Contessa version as part of SCOTT’s Contessa Signature Collection: Addict eRIDE Ultimate (9.999,00 €), Addict eRIDE 10 (7.499,00 €), Addict eRIDE 20 (6.999,00 €), Addict eRIDE 30 (5.999,00 €). Contessa Addict eRIDE (6.999,00 €). Pricing may vary according to market.

  2. Bafang gets stronger and lighter – the new power engine, the M510 mid-motor predestined for E-MTB enthusiasts who prefer steep ramps and bike parks

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    LEVA-EU member Bafang introduces its new M510 mid-motor, the successor to the proven M500, for rugged and demanding applications.

    As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of eBike drive systems, Bafang strives to offer the best motor and system solutions for a wide range of categories – and continues to do so with the new M510 in the powerful mid-motor class. The strong torque of 95 Nm is the same as the M500 but the overall torque curve of the M510 is higher than that of the previous model. This is clearly noticeable with the extreme high cadence support of 120 rpm. To further push this efficiency of the power increase, the rotor and the segmented stator were revised and a Magnesium housing was constructed, reducing the total weight of the M510 by a full 500 grams (18%) to 2.9kg (weight M500 = 3.4kg).

    Smooth starting, powerful acceleration

    In addition, the software for the starting characteristics has been optimized to provide a smoother and more controllable start. These characteristics allow for a better entry into short curves or crisp climbs. With tremendous peak power, acceleration is customarily powerful and right on point!

    Agile and sensitive

    It is precisely on steep climbs or in tight bends where it is most important for the engine to release the right amount of power with pinpoint accuracy. Too much power causes the tyres to spin, while too little power leads to unstable handling. Thanks to the high sensitivity of the torque sensor, the M510 can gague the right amount of power according to the rider’s pedaling force, and dial in the appropriate assistance. With this power spectrum, the M510 mid-motor is the ideal choice for performance-oriented use, whether in the bike park or when conquering technically challenging uphill climbs!

    In addition to the lighter construction, the mid-mounted motor has been equipped with refinements such as increased waterproofing, a 12V light module, and integrated connections. Furthermore, the M510 is compatible with a common chain guard, has the same motor mount as the M500/M410, and offers the option of a hidden speed sensor installation.

    The M510 motor is compatible with most of the products in the Bafang portfolio, such as the Intube battery, the displays DP E180/181 with a clean LED HMI, the optional upgraded color version DP C242 HMI, the hidden speed sensor with two different magnetic fixation solutions, and the upcoming new Bafang APP. By producing the above components in-house, Bafang is able to guarantee delivery times of 60 to 90 days.

    The M510 motor has already been in successful use since the beginning of the year, in the professional CST PostNL Bafang Mountainbike Racing Team with team manager and MTB icon Bart Brentjens. Powerful – The comment of Kjell van den Boogert, E-Biker of the CST PostNL Bafang Mountainbike Racing Team, who is currently in Noli, Italy at the team training camp: “I am happy with the new M510! The engine feels much more powerful and is also very quiet”. M510 – Powerful, compact, light and dynamic.

  3. STILRIDE raises £2.5m to produce sustainable e-motorcycles using ‘industrial origami’ robotics technology

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    Swedish technology and design startup STILRIDE has raised £2.5m to produce sustainable electric motorcycles and scooters using a groundbreaking process dubbed ‘industrial origami’. The trailblazing manufacturing technique involves robots that are able to fold single sheets of recyclable steel into intricate, lightweight, and durable new structures – significantly reducing the environmental impact of production. This process is being used to create the chassis and body for a fleet of next-generation e-motorcycles which will be made available to consumers in Europe later this year.

    This £2.5m seed round was joined by angels and private investors that include Gustaf Hagman, Saeid Esmaeilizadeh, Sam Bonnier, and Andreas Adler.

    STILRIDE’s pioneering industrial origami technology, called STILFOLD, is the brainchild of best friends Tue Beijer and Jonas Nyvang, whose backgrounds span the worlds of fashion, industrial design, and engineering. With STILRIDE, the duo aims to reimagine how high-performance electric-mobility products are manufactured and distributed using cutting-edge steelwork, advanced robotics, and ambitious design.

    The injection of funding will be used to bring the startup’s first product to the mass market: the futuristic Sport Utility Scooter One (SUS1). Unlike traditional scooters (which consist of a tubular frame and plastic body), the SUS1 is constructed by folding sheets of stainless steel over curves, much like origami. Not only does this result in a durable body and distinctive aesthetic, but it also requires fewer raw materials and reduces labor costs. Compared to a traditional scooter, the SUS1 requires 70% fewer components, driving a 25% reduction in labor costs and a 20% reduction in material costs.

    E-motorcycles are the first application of STILRIDE’s proprietary STILFOLD technology. Next, STILRIDE will use this technique to add Cargo Bikes and trailers to its product offering.

    To reduce the product’s carbon footprint, the company is aiming to create a production process that allows the steel sheets to be flat-packed and shipped to local factories across Europe where they’ll be folded and fitted with a hub motor and battery pack. Already, the climate impact of developing the SUS1’s chassis is 50% lower than that of traditional scooters.

    There are already 90,000 people on the waiting list for the STILRIDE SUS1 e-scooter, with the first pre-series set to be released to customers in the autumn of 2022.

    Jonas Nyvang, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of STILRIDE, comments:

    “STILRIDE sits at the intersection of technology, mobility, and design. My co-founder Tue first introduced the idea for the scooter to me at a dinner in 2019. He sketched out how it could be manufactured using origami folding and built a model out of paper. It’s surreal to have now created a high-spec electric motorcycle that’s true to that original vision. It meets our commitment to sustainability whilst also having a radical and distinctive design identity. Not only is it unisex, but it’s uni-age. It’s designed for everyone and we hope it can be an accessible entry point to the world of scooters and motorcycles for those with an eye for style and a love of nature.

    “The STILFOLD technology is best described as a dance between robots and steel. We have created a process that builds high-performance, sustainable personal mobility products that are also durable, lightweight, and desirable. The SUS1 is the first application of the technology and the ambition is to apply it to cargo bikes and trailer products.

    “Using STILFOLD, manufacturers can minimize resource consumption and waste, cut down on labor costs and ultimately reduce the environmental impact of production. We’re launching in Europe first as it’s a market that relies heavily on outsourcing and has much to gain from increasing its domestic manufacturing capabilities. Next, we will look to expand into other international markets.

    “We’re incredibly proud to be working with such esteemed investors to push ahead with production of this first product and get it in the hands of customers. It’s an exciting time to be in the green mobility space and we’re ready to make our mark.”

    Saeid Esmaeilizadeh, entrepreneur and STILRIDE investor, comments:

    “There is a very strong team behind this whole solution, which made the choice to invest easy. They have found a solution to build lighter electric vehicles which is a key challenge for the whole transportation industry. In addition, the first product’s place in the market is a total no-brainer.”

    Gustaf Hagman, serial entrepreneur, business angel, and investor, comments:

    “Their Green Steel production technique STILFOLD is groundbreaking and there are endless application areas, this is just the beginning”.

  4. Freeflow Technologies set to begin production following £1.65m funding boost

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    Source: Cycling Industry News

    Existing investors have contributed a further £1.6 million in funding to see Freeflow Technologies, who produce electric bike motor drives, launch into Q1 2022 production.

    David Hemming, managing director at Freeflow Technologies told C.I.N., “This funding round puts us in production and ready to begin selling into the market from Q1 of 2022. 70 brands currently have our unit on their radar for integration and it may well have been more had mainland Europe been without Covid complications. I am looking forward to being able to travel with our demo units to introduce the system further next year.”

    He added, “Our investors could see that, despite the headwinds of the pandemic, that Freeflow has moved positively and at a time where opportunities exist in an exciting space. Freeflow Technologies is here to challenge and while we’ll start with some of the market’s more agile brands, in time we’ll come to feature on some of the industry’s blue chip brands. For e-Bike designers, we have a system that is very plug and play and can work in harmony with a brand’s existing battery or switch suppliers.”

    Boasting an ever-growing team and talent-pool, Freeflow Technologies is set to produce 2,000 mid-motor units via its Scottish production line in 2022. Having already been utilised in the Twmpa Cycles’ wooden electric bike, all eyes are watching to see where this UK motor will appear next.

  5. FreeFlow has New Funding Round open

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    LEVA-EU member FreeFlow Technologies (FFT) has developed the world’s lightest power to weight e-bike motor, allowing riders to travel faster and further for less effort. At the core of their motor is the innovative, patent protected transmission system technology. The heart of the system is called a flex wave harmonic drive.

    Their technical team is based at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry. This state-of-the-art facility provides rapid prototyping capabilities as well as additional resourcing of some of the most technically minded engineers. This enables FFT to be very fluid and able to work with the latest developments in materials and design logic.

    Back in 2018, FFT attracted sufficient capital to develop their idea. At that time, Foresight Williams Technology (FWT) made a sizeable investment and Martin McCourt (former CEO of Dyson) became Chairman of a newly created Board. Neil Edwards (former Operations Chief at Dyson), became the CTO.

    More recently David Hemming joined as MD. David is well-connected in the cycling industry and has experience with big brands such as Marin and Cannondale. He was the Commercial Director for Rapha/Team Sky, commercialising their brand to a global fan base and has raced mountain bikes professionally.

    The FreeFlow patented e-bike motor is for the OEM customer.  “This is a very attractive proposition for the bike industry in that it only takes just north of ten minutes to install and is incredibly easy to build a frame around. It’s a very efficient system due to the Harmonic, with a 50km range per charge while using it on full power, brands can play with bigger batteries to increase the range. The system’s simplicity is so efficient that when not turned on, it rides just like a normal bike, and its compact design makes the bike look like a normal bike, a key design statement for us, brands and the end consumer. We now have almost a dozen brands under NDA/JDA agreements to move forward with the ETS system,” explains David Hemming, Managing Director

    FreeFlow has a new funding round open and they are keen to talk with potential new investors. The unique product attributes enable premium pricing and high margins. When combined with a modest cost base, low overheads and low capital requirements the result is compelling.

    This raise will take them to and beyond the September launch at Eurobike. For more information please contact:

    David Hemming
    david@freeflowtechnologies.com
    +44 (0)7880-1898869

  6. FreeFlow Technologies News

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    The ETS mid-drive motor, first introduced in October 2018 by LEVA-EU member FreeFlow Technologies has undergone a system redesign which, according to the manufacturer now brings an unrivalled power to weight ratio.

    The Glasgow based business, which will produce its first systems out of the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry, has now launched a second investment round aimed at bringing its round motor to market. In the development of the bottom bracket-based motor, the company’s design team has registered three patents in 15 countries, with a further five pending.

    FreeFlow Technologies’ Managing Director, David Hemming explains: “We’re at the final stages of proving the concept and our Coventry production team will handle the first 2,000 units, after which time we shall outsource to Malaysia to ensure we improve on an already competitive pricing for our OEM clients. Lifecycle testing is going very well as well.

    The second funding round will expand the company’s ambition to serve a large number of global bike and automotive brands. According to Hemming,  the harmonic system has already caught the eye of some of cycling’s premium tier e-bike makers.

    This is a very attractive proposition for the e-bike industry in that it only takes just north of ten minutes to install and is incredibly easy to build a frame around. It’s alos a very efficient system  with a 50km range per charge, while using it on full power. Brands can play with bigger batteries to increase the range. The system’s simplicity is so efficient that when not turned on it rides just like a normal bike, a key design statement for us.”

    FreeFlow Technologies currently has 15 brands under NDA, 4 of which have moved to LOI for commercial agreements to launch with FreeFlow at their Eurobike 2020 stand.

    Find the article @ Cyclingindustry.news

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