Would you ride one?
Could the ebike actually find a home in the mountains? Audi seems to think so, having created this amazing carbon fibre prototype. With over 5″ of travel, 3hp and weighing just 21kg (46lbs) – featherweight for an ebike – this thing is an electronic marvel. In ‘pure’ mode it acts as a traditional pedal bike; in ‘EGrip’ mode the bike provides all the power up to 31mph, while ‘pedalec’ mode combines pedal and electric power for frightening top speed of 50mph!
Audi engineers had some fun with the on-board computers and added two ‘wheely’ modes, using the engine and braking systems to electronically balance the bike for extra fun. Here’s trials rider extrodinare Julien Dupont: