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EICMA is the global show for motorcycle enthusiasts, where all the motorbike companies launch their latest products and show the world, what’s coming. Based in Milan, Northern Italy, every year the show attracts more than 500,000 visitors, hundreds of journalists and the best motorbike riders in the world. Because of the recent increase in interest of E-Transport and E-Bikes, we thought it would be interesting to take a look around the show and see what might be on display. This year EICMA has dedicated an entire section just for E-Bikes, plus many motorcycle companies are looking to the E-Bike sector for further growth and various models could be found around. We picked the most interesting bikes and concepts – have fun with our photo story!
Many of the E-Bikes at the show were concept bikes: One-off machines that have been designed and made to serve as a wow-factor and get people to take a closer look or grab some headlines. Most bikes didn’t have any specifications listed – they were made just to look nice.
# Alligator had this concept E-Bike on display, with fat tyres and a huge linkage fork - for sure it won't make it to market, but sometimes it's fun to let the imagination run away.
# A huge motor housed inside the frame - the suspension pivot is combined with the chainwheel. # This fork is badass - probably really stiff and heavy. But we were not allowed to test it.
# Nice frame details from the designer - 10 out of 10 for look! # It looks like a motorcycle brake - notice the cheap pedals? Someone forgot to tell the designer about pedals …
# Polini concept E-Bike with hub gears
# Arlix - seems cool for riding around town on.
# This was what a concept E-Motorbike looks like from Essence Motorcycles
This year there were a few mountain bike companies displaying their latest eMTBs, with Merida showing its full range, as well as Bergamont with a few display bikes. There were also a few unknown brands, with some exotic machines and some, which had the look of off-the-shelf catalogue bikes. There was an E-Bike with a fairly compact Bafang motor, which we had never seen in reality before. We had a quick whiz around and grabbed a few shots of what we found.
# Are Kawasaki entering the E-Bike market? - The OEM Maxxis tyres mean something is going to happen.
# Whistle had an eMTB that was used to race the E-Enduro series - with a Bosch motor and Fox suspension it was ready to race.
# Spitzing had their range of E-Bikes on show - including the M1 with 120 Nm of torque and 880 Wh of battery.
# Crossbow - well specced, we would like to try it.
# The Fantic XF1 Integra E-Enduro - 29" up front, 27.5"+ out back
# KTM Mini Me, a 24" wheeled E-Bike for kids # This is a Bafang based E-Bike
# The Bafang motor is very small - no specifications were forth coming. It looks cheap but functional, though. # This almost gravel bike by Pininfarina looked good - but the Brose motor is too obvious. Why make the effort with a slick frame to have a standard motor cover?
# The BE 80 QUASAR E-FULL SUSP.CARBON 27,5” XT 11S SHIMANO 8000 - Yes, that's the model name. But BE 80 Quasar works as well.
# KTM also had their Kapoho on display
Some bikes, although quite obviously E-Bikes, didn’t fit into the type of bike we tend to look at on eMTB-News.de, but we thought they were interesting enough to see. Some were strange in the sense they had top specification components, yet designs that might struggle in the market place, if being marketed to normal bikers. That’s the interesting thing about shows like this – you never know what you might find.
# Badi Bike - the golden rule of all bike shots with a rider is that the rider must be wearing a helmet.
# Fantic had a Fazua powered E-Road Bike on display - we already tested it with the Focus Raven². # A strange bike that seemed to be for reclining on - we had to ask the very kind lady that sat on it to move, as we preferred to take a photo of the bike without a rider on it.
# Montante Indian Style - what's strange here is the use of the SRAM EX1 drive train on this type of bike.
# A custom cover for the Brose motor? # The best E-Bike specific drive train on the marke on the easiest going bike …
# Askoll with their new motor - it has 90 Nm of torque and can be made to go 45 km/h.
# This was as close as we could get to the Askoll motor. # A few cut aways show the inside of the motor.
# This radical E-Bike from Kymco was on display on their motorbike stand.
# Vodafone E-Bike? - Well, the sticker says Vodafone …
Technology On Show
Bosch had their new ABS brake system on show and GoPro were demoing their new Fusion camera, which we spent some time playing with and admittedly found quite impressive.
# A Bosch display S-Pedelec with ABS mounted
# The Bosch ABS sytem, which we tried earlier in the year - it works well. # This double disc layout is what measures the wheel rotation for the ABS function.
# Last but not least, the GoPro Fusion camera - we tried it on the stand and have to say it is impressive. We want to try one on the bike.
It was strange to see so many E-Bikes at a motor show. But the fact that they are here is a big clue – so is the fact that companies like Bosch are present with their E-Bike staff and are ready to answer questions. No doubt E-Bikes in the future might take a slice out of motor bike sales.
What’s your favourite concept bike idea?
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Text & Edit: Alex Boyce | eMTB-News.de
Photos: Alex Boyce
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