If you’re at all familiar with e-bikes, then you’ve probably at least heard of the Mando Footloose. Besides simply looking unique, it distinguishes itself by having neither a chain nor a belt drive. Until now, however, all the models featured relatively small 20-inch wheels – not the greatest thing for surviving potholes, or maintaining speed. That’s about to change, as Mando has unveiled its soon-to-be-released 26-inch-wheeled Footloose.
Cargo bikes can be great for hauling around large, awkward objects, but by their very nature the vehicles themselves aren't all that portable. These lengthy, cumbersome two-wheelers have mostly been beyond the help of the folding mechanisms that bend their smaller counterparts into car trunks and subway carriages. But we are beginning to see efforts to make the big boys of the bicycle family a little more commuter friendly. Among those is the Cargo Node, designed to tow up to a hefty 350 lb (159 kg) and fold down into something more compact in just 10 seconds.
Visibility is a crucial part of cyclist safety, but it's also important that their turning intentions are relayed to other road users. Hand signals were the only option in this area for a long time, but in recent years we've seen technology, such as the Zackees cycling gloves, designed to improve the visibility of turn signals at night. The Lumenus jacket on display at Interbike takes a similar approach, but goes a step further by letting cyclists be guided by the light.
If you want a fatbike that’ll get you noticed, the Rungu Juggernaut is a hard one to beat. Actually a fat trike that was originally designed to carry surfboards across loose sand, it’s presumably not always the easiest thing to pedal – particularly on loose terrain. That’s why its California-based designers have now come out with an electric version, which we spied at Interbike 2015.
In 2013, the company responsible for the 1,088 hp Rimac Concept One all-electric supercar rolled out an electric vehicle of the two-wheeled variety in the form of the Greyp G12. At Salon Privé 2015 earlier this month, Croatia-based Greyp Bikes premiered its successor, the Greyp G12S, which retains many of the innovative features of the G12, but boasts a more powerful battery pack, new suspension and revised geometry.
It wasn't long ago that we tried out the FlyKly Smart Wheel,
a motorized rear bicycle wheel that instantly turns a regular bike into
an e-bike. Given that it goes in the back, however, it's a little
tricky to put on and take off, plus it leaves you stuck with just one
gear. Belon Engineering's new Electron Wheel avoids those problems, by
replacing the bike's existing front wheel. We recently got to try out an advance demo unit, and it works just as advertised ... although it's a bit of a monster.
Before the Internet of Things arrived bike lights had just one job to do, but now it seems that multi-tasking is mandatory. The Fast bike light is looking to meet this brief by incorporating accident alerts and anti-theft functionality, along with some nifty optical effects.
Cyclists who ride in the rain typically stay dry by wearing
waterproof-yet-breathable jackets and pants. According to Vancouver,
Washington-based engineer Jay Small, however, waterproof cycling gloves
have a harder time keeping out the rain while also letting the sweat
escape. His solution? Use regular dry-weather gloves, and his DriBarz
Fat bikes and electric bikes have been two of the biggest trends in bicycles over the past few years, and they've even mated to create a new category. Electric fat bikes like the Defiant Big Easy and Pedego Trail Tracker blend the advantages of big, floaty oversized tires and electric muscle. Italian motorcycle manufacturer Fantic is getting in the game, using its knowledge of powered, fat-tired motorbikes in launching both off-road and urban fat e-bikes.
SRAM has joined the peleton of bicycle manufacturers offering up electronic shifting for high-end roadbikes. The SRAM Red eTap is a wireless shifting system that promises precise, simple shifting like that offered by electric systems from Shimano and Campagnolo.