Audi E-Bike Prototype Review
The German automaker, Audi debuted in the world of E-bike. This amazing lightweight prototype electric stunt bike is among the most ambitious projects. No names have been decided for this concept bike. Audi’s concept E-bike is the result of the hard labor of Europe’s most skilled auto engineers and modernist designers.
This E-bike is fitted with custom carbon fiber wheels and also a suspension carbon fiber frame. The front suspension forks are specially designed for this very bike. Audi E-bike has the “Harmonic Drive System” as in the Blacktrail, the famous German design developed by Clean Mobile.
The most important thing about the Audi drive system designed by Clean Mobile is that it keeps the complete motor weight at the very center of the complete frame. Unlike most of the hub powered bikes that have heavy weight burdened on rear wheel, its structure is more balanced. It allows the power to be passed through the gear system of the bicycle. The motor gets the chance to operate in the maximum efficiency zone. This is because electric motors spin at a high rpm.
Like most of the expensive ebikes, this uses in the gear hub transmission. Audi opted to go with a standard derailleur system, $800 Brakeforce, carbon fiber hydraulic brakes. This has carbon rims with built in spokes. Light weight, high power and agility were kept in mind at the time of building this super-bicycle. The prototype of Audi e-bike has a 2.3kW electric motor and a motor driven pedaling mode to speed up to 80km/h or 50 mph.
This bike does not carry cumbersome, heavy battery pack. It carries a quick-change pack that is small, featherweight and helps the rider to drive light to a short distance or carry extra battery in a backpack for a longer ride.
Elegant Carbon Fiber Frame
The sleek built-in tail light attached to the seat is also a brake light. The motorcycle-like seat can retract at the time of riding. So, it can immediately get transformed into a trials-type bike for stunt-riding. The built-in brake, tail light at the back of the seat adds a futuristic touch. This e-bike has LED lights built in the front handlebar. These tiny details add to its sleek, integrated design.
A built-in Android smart phone app works as an electronic control system for the bike. This monitors battery, speed and also a host of other useful functions. It helps to toggle through five cycling modes: Pure, eGrip, Power Wheelie, Pedelec and Balanced Wheelie. This bike uses torque sensor for measuring how much pedaling has already been done. There is a lock feature to lock the rear wheel. An alarm is set off at any possible threat of theft or damage.
This 2300-Watt Audi E-bike is still a concept prototype. An Audi helmet with built-in camera and microphone will record actions for uploading and sharing with friends. Carbon fiber and German manufacturing can make the e-bike a bit expensive. The industry analysts predict something close to $20,000.