No innovation has propelled the EV trade quite like the evolution of batteries. These days, the once-cumbersome power sources have become so light-weight they seamlessly integrate into automobile design. Now, one firm desire to bring that innovation to your next 11-speed.
California, e-bike producer Specialized, has unveiled the S-Works Turbo Creo SL-Founder’s Edition, a sleek new electric bike whose most essential design element is invisible: The motor and battery which are hidden away inside its carbon-fiber body, the place solely essentially the most eager-eyed observers will spot it.
However, simply because the Founder’s Version’s electrical motor doesn’t trigger an ugly bulge doesn’t imply it doesn’t pack a variety of punch. Specialized’s SL 1.1 motor—and its accompanying 380-Wh battery, which is stored within the frame’s downtube—doubles riders’ effort with 240 watts of “silent and powerful help.” Outputting energy in response to riders’ own torque curve, the bike is able to hit a top speed of 28 mph and has a variety of 80 miles, although included 160-Wh vary extenders can add 40 miles to that apiece (h/t Design Boom). Despite all this energy, the motor-battery combo is light-weight too, allowing the bike to weigh in at a svelte 26.2 kilos—lighter than similar e-bikes.
And there’s more to the Founder’s Edition’s tech than simply an impressive motor. As you may anticipate within the age of smart everything, the bike features a built-in energy meter that will transmit information to any ANT+ head unit and works with Specialized’s Mission Control smartphone app, which permits riders to choose their using style (eco, sport and turbo assist), record rides and monitor battery life
The highest tier of Specialized newest line of e-bikes, the Founder’s Edition is limited to a production run of just 250 and goes for $16,500. It can be pre-ordered now directly from the corporate. Other bikes within the line embody Turbo Creo SL ($9,000), the off-road-ready Turbo Creo SL EVO ($9,000) and the S-Works Turbo Creo SL ($13,500).