Folding e-bike company Morfuns recently upgraded the brand’s Eole S e-bike model we recently tested, adding suspension and outfitting the bike for an even more comfortable ride. The new model known as the Eole X marks the latest evolution in the brand’s e-bike development.
The new electric bike is actually available in two models. The Eole X sports rear suspension (which appears to be an elastomer style setup) while the Eole X Pro adds a suspension fork up front for a full suspension design.
Unlike the carbon fiber Eole S, the X and X Pro are both made with more traditional aluminum frames.
The bikes come with a 36V, 10Ah seatpost battery in the base model, with an optional upgrade to a 36V 15Ah battery to add 50% more range. A lockable seatpost clamp allows riders to leave the seat and battery on the bike when parked outside.
The company claims a range of 75km (41 miles) with the base battery and a whopping 115km (71 miles) with the larger 15Ah battery, though those numbers are almost certainly the optimistic numbers for the assist on the go. level 1 pedaling.
For riders who want to push their range figures even further, an optional bottle battery can be attached to the frame to add an additional 7Ah to the 36V battery, with the company claiming a maximum combined range of 170 km (106 miles). ).
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However accurate these range figures, one thing is certain: whichever battery you choose, it will power a 350W motor in the Americas or a derated 250W motor in Europe.
The models do not show a throttle, which is not legal on e-bikes in Europe, but Morfuns has already supplied the Eole S with a throttle to US customers, so it can be included on bikes intended in the USA.
The Eole X and X Pro will offer a top speed of 25 km/h (15 mph) on the 250W version of the bike and a slightly faster 30 km/h (18 mph) for the 350W version designed for North America . While this doesn’t exceed the 20 mph (32 km/h) maximum allowed speed for Class 1 and 2 e-bikes in the US, we’ve seen other models adopt this 30 km/h (18 km/h) limit. mph) recently.
Despite the rather low power, Morfuns claims the motors produce up to 64Nm of torque, saying the bikes can handle hills with an incline of between 20-30º. An 8-speed Shimano derailleur should make it easier for riders to shift into low gears and help the bike climb steep hills if those high climbing tricks aren’t going exactly.
Both models include hydraulic disc brakes and 20″ wheels. The Eole X tires are 2.0″ wide and the Eole X Pro gets slightly wider 2.2″ tires.
The Eole X has an early bird price starting at US$1,298, while the full-suspension Eole X Pro starts at US$1,499. Both of these prices are nearly 50% off the bikes’ MSRPs. Deliveries should begin in September for the Eole X and in October for the Eole X Pro.
As a reminder, Morfuns uses crowdfunding via Indiegogo to pre-sell its latest models of electric bikes. Although crowdfunding has been used by many of the largest and most established e-bike brands, it still involves risk as it is not a direct sale, but rather a “pledge” or “support” in exchange for the promise of a product.
Here has Electrek, we only cover crowdfunding campaigns where the company is either an established brand with a reputation for delivering products successfully, or where the company lets us physically test the product beforehand to ensure that it works as well as they claim. In this case, we’ve seen Morfuns run successfully for years and have tested the company’s e-bikes before.
We’ve also noticed that other publications are starting to adopt our crowdfunding coverage rule, which is great for the industry.
The sturdiness and durability of minimalist folding e-bike frames has been a growing concern ever since the crowdfunded Fiido X was recalled for a design flaw that caused the bike to snap in half.
Morfuns alluded to this bike when explaining why they chose aluminum over magnesium, explaining that they “recognized the problem of massive frame breakage in another brand, so Morfuns chose the more traditional but more reliable option of welding aluminum alloys”.
It looks like Morfuns is trying to avoid any reliability issues by sharing a GIF of accelerated load tests performed on the aluminum frame. As the company explains, “Through rigorous vibration testing, Morfuns far exceeds industry standards and the original frame design provides greater stability.”
We hope to have the opportunity to test the Eole X Pro soon and compare it to our experience on the Eole S, which was already a great option for cyclists with fairly smooth roads on their routes.
Until then, let’s hear what you think. Share your thoughts on the Eole X in the comments section below!
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