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World’s Lightest Folding E-Bike: +$100,000 collected in less than 1 hour

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Posted May 14, 2019

In less than one hour, The Swiss start-up United City Bikes has already collected more than $100,000 for The ONE : The World’s Lightest Folding E-Bike. The campaign has then become one of the fastest-funded campaign ever on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

At a weight of only 12.5 kg and foldable in only 10 seconds, The ONE is a  fast, flexible and efficient way to get around cities. As the first bike ever made of magnesium alloy, it comes with a functional smart design and a minimal look. The ONE will be available for pre-orders on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo until the end of May and will be delivered to the first backers during summer.

Image credit: United City Bikes

+$100,000 collected in less than one hour

A community of more than 12,000 people worldwide had subscribed to be notified about the launch. Less than one hour after pre-orders opened, United City Bikes had already collected more than $100,000 for The ONE : The World’s Lightest Folding E-Bike.

United City Bikes creates the ultimate experience for riders by making an e-bike that is light, compact, durable, flexible and affordable. At only 12.5 Kg, The ONE is currently the lightest folding electric bike on the market. Foldable in less than 10 seconds into a compact size of 25cm thick amongst many of its attractive features, the ONE was created to meet the demands of the ever-transforming micro mobility lifestyle trends.

Image credit: United City Bikes

The first e-bike ever made of magnesium alloy

The ONE, at 12.5 kg, is the lightest folding electric bike in the world. Made of magnesium alloy, the frame incorporates the leading technology with a folding thickness of only 25 cm – another feat in the market (dimensions: 25 x 64 x 76.5 cm). Its compact size is made possible with a patented magnetic system which makes the two wheels stick tightly and firmly together. The light weight and the compact size make it the perfect folding e-bike to carry around in any situation.

Traveling further and faster: A commuter and cyclist’s dream come true

The ONE is an e-bike for commuters and cyclists of all fitness levels. The bike carries a tailor-made high-speed brushless motor with high energy conversion efficiency of 95%. Take it out for a ride of up to 60 km (37.28 miles) with one charge. Long rides on folding bikes don’t have to be uncomfortable anymore. The patented saddle design gives extra comfort for riders in sitting position. The bike’s EU version has a maximum speed of 25km/h with electrically assisted mode only. The US version has a maximum speed of 32km/h (21.7mph) on a pure electric mode with a thumb throttle. In order to provide the power to stop the rider faster, the disk brakes have also been incorporated for the riders’ safety.

A functional smart design with a minimal look

The minimal look is made possible with the gear drive system and the battery integrated in its body and the seat post respectively. The top-quality patented framework of the bike gives the bike a unique sleek look as well as a tough body with a maximum load of 100 kg (220.46 lbs). All the wires have been neatly tucked away inside the framework making this also water and weather resistant. The patented convenient built-in bracing foot system keeps the bike standing on its own.

Designed and built by the industry’s best

The best engineers, designers, and product managers of the bike industry have joined forces to make a dream come true: Creating the perfect folding e-bike that will revolutionize the urban mobility-scape. The team can rely on decades of experience in motorcycle engineering, electronic engineering, energy saving systems, and bicycle designs. After a series of successful projects, the like-minded industry players came together to work full time on The ONE in mid 2018.

Making folding electric bikes available to everyone

All United City Bikes team members are very eco-conscious. One of their dream is to see more and more people leaving their cars to use electric bikes. While working on The ONE, they had in mind to make folding electric bikes available to everyone. After overcoming many technological challenges, they managed to offer The ONE at only $699 (55% discount) for the first backers.

The ONE will be available for pre-orders on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo until the end of May and will be delivered to the first backers this summer.

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