Flaunt Electric Vehicles just launched its first e-bike models, which feature a 40-mile range and are priced at under $1400.
Electric bicycles are coming on strong, and we're starting to see more brands and more models hitting the market almost every week, with many of them being launched via crowdfunding campaigns or other pre-order mechanisms. The latest entry is no different, except that the company plans to deliver the new bikes during the campaign, not six months to a year later, as some do.
Flaunt Electric Vehicles is in the middle of an Indiegogo campaign for its Atticus and Vicko e-bikes, and is almost a third of the way to its fundraising goal, perhaps in part because the company is promising delivery of the bikes while the campaign is still running. Of course, the new e-bike models are also being offered at a compelling price, as well as having some features that could help get more riders on the e-bike bus, so near-instant gratification isn't the only pull.
The Flaunt e-bikes are also said to have a couple of other features that help them rise above their competitors, including the geared hub, which could make for more optimal operation on hills, a 'walk mode' which is a pedal-free 5 mph assist for pushing the bike, a brake sensor that cuts off the electric motor when slowing for corners, and a sine wave controller that is said to offer a smoother motor cut-in than square wave models (which can be abrupt). The bikes also feature adjustable (and lockable) front suspension for a more comfortable ride, and a back-lit LCD display for easier viewing after dark.
The Flaunt e-bike batteries are located in the rear cargo rack, directly above the wheel, which may feel a bit odd in terms of weight distribution (although probably not very different if you're used to riding with a loaded rear rack), and with a 58 lb overall weight, the bikes aren't exactly light for toting up and down stairs. However, at an early bird price of just $1350, a choice of two frame options, two tire types, and several different color schemes, as well as an expected delivery time of August, these e-bikes may very well be a good option for someone looking to ride electric right now, for under $2000. Get more info at Flaunt Vehicles, or on the Indiegogo campaign page.