Bosch’s sleek new concept e-bike shows what electric bikes could look like in the near future, integrating the electric motor and full suspension directly into the carbon frame and, most definitely, looks pretty damn cool.
Electric bikes have come a long way over the past decade. Back in 2010, it was more a case of just strapping an electric motor to an existing bike frame. Since then, electric-drive components have become increasingly integrated into bike design.
Now, to mark the 10th anniversary of Bosch’s involvement in the e-bike industry, the team has produced a concept e-bike that takes component integration to the next level. Called the ‘eBike Design Vision’, the concept bike is the epitome of today’s electric bike technology. However, the aim of the project is to provide the impetus for e-bike designs of the future.
“Our aim in developing the eBike Design Vision is to show what is already possible today when it comes to functional design integration and investigate where the journey might take us in the future,” says Claus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch eBike Systems. “eBikes are becoming more confident - even in terms of design.”
The Bosch eBike Design Vision is designed as an urban sports cruiser, with front and rear suspension that is fully integrated into its sleek carbon frame. The idea is to offer maximum comfort for both city adventures and commuter shortcuts via off-road trails.
As well as the suspension, Bosch has cleverly merged the electric drive system with the frame and handlebar to form one complete unit.
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