Along with the development of technology, manufacturers of electric bicycles are experimenting with their models in order to meet the growing expectations of customers. An example of this is the Saigon e-bike from Modmo, the Irish-founded company that aims to build a modular electric bike that could convert drivers to cyclists.
The bike, which has a modern and plain appearance, draws attention to technical details rather than aesthetics. On a single charge, you can drive up to 200 km (124 miles), if you do not climb the mountain and taking into account speed limits, with a 17.5Ah Panasonic lithium-ion battery.
Based on a 6061 aluminum alloy frame, the Modmo Saigon is suitable for urban use. It is equipped with a 36-volt 250 watt motor with up to 5 power levels, which allows the bike to reach the speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph). There is also a Gates CDX belt drive with S15 cranks and 55-22 gear ratio and an optional upgrade to Shimano Alfine 11-speed internally geared hub.
The weight of the bike, together with the battery and the front engine is only 17 kg. The electric bike also carries its own 4G connection infrastructure with GPS, lighting systems, 3-inch screen on the handlebar. For safety, the Modmo Saigon comes equipped with Tektro HD-R280 dual-piston hydraulic brake-set and fully integrated front/rear intelligent LED lighting, including turn signals.
The electric bike can communicate with smartphones via Bluetooth. Powered by an Android operating system created to enhance your riding experience, Saigon also carries a motion sensor that operates like a power switch. If desired, on the frame, you can hang the trunk, basket, child seat, bags, and other accessories.
Dual charging options are available to charge the e-bike anywhere. Easily remove the battery for charging indoors or, plug directly into Saigon’s front modular mount. Either way, you’ll be fully charged and ready to go in just 4 hours.
In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, the brainchild of Jack O’Sullivan – originally launched in March 2020 – had significantly exceeded all expectations. The company hit its 1-year target in 3 months and has accrued over €1,500,000 from pre-orders so far.
In the past months, Modmo has designed 7 tests for fatigue, impact, bending, and stress tests, which were repeated 100,000 times to ensure strength and durability. Now, the company is planning to open a new R&D center in Ho Chi Minh City in September to ensure 100% production in Vietnam. For this, they plan to recruit 25 engineers to continue developing and innovating the Saigon.
If you are interested, Modmo Saigon is already available for pre-order for €2,199 (about $2600), but its reservation will require you to pay a refundable €99 ($117) deposit. The first 100 bikes will be delivered to the customers by the end of September.