The electric bike market continues to grow. There are many electric bicycles available in the market that has too much weight and a look that screams about its electric power. For an e-bike, ‘an e-bike that looks like a normal bike’ is actually a better compliment. And “The Babymaker,” produced by the US company FLX Bike, hits this notch.
This one-of-a-kind eBike with unparalleled aesthetic and innovative design combines the best features of both traditional bicycles and electric bikes. The model, which certainly does not show that it is pedelec and satisfies many people in this respect, looks very stylish in general. The bicycle, which is suitable for use in the city, is based on an aluminum frame and, thanks to the lack of attachments such as lights, mudguards, luggage racks, and so on, only weighs 14.5 kilograms.
The powerful rear wheel hub motor is powered by a battery that is discreetly integrated into the down tube and enables a range of anywhere from 15 to 50 miles (24 to 80 km) with a capacity of 36V/7-Ah. With its torque generating engine, it supports the up to a maximum speed of 25 mph (40 km/h). However, the version for Europe and Germany is adapted on the software side and, according to the manufacturer, only supports up to 25 km/h.
The Babymaker Standard features rim brakes; however, there is a Pro version, in which disc brakes from Magura are installed. In conjunction with the low-maintenance Gates timing belt, the driver is always clean and has the lowest possible maintenance effort. It is operated using a simple bike computer. The battery should be fully charged within two hours.
The e-bike is currently being financed via a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The Babymaker Standard model is available for the pledge of around $1000 (retail price $1,999), while the Pro model will take $1270 (retail price $2,499). The first customers should receive their e-bike at the end of August 2020.