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HONBIKE PRO folds up ultra-clean, integrated shaft-drive commuter e-bike

HONBIKE PRO folds up ultra-clean, integrated shaft-drive commuter e-bike

The new HONBIKE 20″ folding commuter e-bike looks a bit like a concept bike. It has no externally visible drivetrain, motor or battery, plus sleek…

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The new HONBIKE 20″ folding commuter e-bike looks a bit like a concept bike. It has no externally visible drivetrain, motor or battery, plus sleek integrated lighting, a flush integrated computer display, and one-sided rear swingarm and matching fork. But it is in fact real, and already riding around cities in Japan. And while a crowdfunding campaign is kickstarting the project into global reality, the organizers have already far exceeded their funding goal by 1430%, and are on track to broadly deliver their e-bikes this summer. HONBIKE integrated shaft-drive folding e-bike

There’s really a lot to say about this little alloy 20″ magnesium tri-spoke folding commuter e-bike. There’s a single-sided swingarm that hides a shaft drive inside, and a single-sided fork to match. The tiny 250W motor in the front hub and central 216Wh battery are so small you might not even notice them. Plus, the single-leg fork & chainstay each get a full-coverage fender for the 20″ x 2.125″ tires with neatly integrated lighting, and there’s even a wild noseless saddle. Oh yeah, and it folds in half to take up less space at home, in the office, or on the go. Tech details

This HonBike HF01 folding e-bike is meant to be an almost maintenance-free commuter, so it gets a fully-enclosed shaft drive said to last 40,000km between servicing. And no greasy chain to worry about. In addition to 5 assist levels, plus a walk mode, on-board sensors power the front-wheel-drive HonBike with a Hill Start Assist […]

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