At a time when many e-bike manufacturers are showing small incremental advancements, the X One e-bike is ready to surpass them all.
That’s because this futuristic e-bike combines sleek, futuristic design with new technology rarely seen in an e-bike. And the price is pretty groundbreaking too, in a good way.
The X One high-tech electric bike unveiled
The X One is an aluminum composite e-bike with a carbon fiber fork. The frame adopts a sleek and sleek design with a flush handlebar.
The e-bike is powered by a rear hub motor with options for 250W or 750W power ratings, depending on the model.
The entry-level 250W version can reach speeds of 32 km/h (20 mph) and is available with pedal assist or hand throttle. The 750 W model can reach higher speeds up to 45 km/h (28 mph) and includes a throttle. The different options should cover various e-bike regulations in most EU and US countries.
The X One’s battery is rated at 42V (although that’s likely the full charge capacity of a 36V battery) and mounts flush to the bike’s downtube. It can be charged on the bike or can be removed to be charged remotely. The 576 Wh battery capacity is rated for a range of 50-75 km (31-46 miles).
The X One is equipped with hydraulic disc brakes and regenerative braking. Regenerative braking can be activated either by pedaling backwards or by engaging the brake levers on the handlebars. The harder the brake levers are pulled, the more regenerative braking power is applied. Regenerative braking can also be applied automatically when descending, and the bike uses a gyro sensor to determine the steepness of the hill and therefore the amount of braking to apply. This setting, among others, can be adjusted or disabled at any time by the pilot.
Other features include built-in lights that rotate with the bike, turn signals, a photosensor to automatically turn the lights on when the sun begins to set, and a torque sensor for more precise pedaling assistance.
While the X One certainly has a striking appearance and a nice set of components, it’s the technology that really sets it apart. The X One uses facial recognition to unlock the bike when the owner rides it. Facial recognition can also be used for “kinetic control” of turn signals by flicking your head slightly to either side. The turn signals can also be activated manually, if Kinetic Control is a bit too futuristic for you.
The X One is currently taking pre-orders on Indiegogo with delivery expected in June next year. Although we often give a caveat for Indiegogo or other crowdfunding campaigns, and while that of course still applies here, the X One benefits from coming from an existing e-bike company which has a proven track record of building and delivering innovative e-bikes for years. More on that in a moment.
The three different versions of the X One are also offered at 50% off the MSRP, priced at just €1,999, €2,099 and €2,199 (or roughly US$2,220, 2,340 and 2,460). Although the MSRP is a little steep at double those prices, the current pre-order price seems like a bargain for an X One with those specs.
And if golden tan isn’t your thing, the X One also comes in three other color combinations.
A proven track record
The X One e-bike is produced by Rayvolt, a Barcelona-based company that builds some of the most stylish retro-inspired e-bikes. Founder and Chief Designer Mat Rauzier wanted to leverage the skills of the team to develop a futuristic new e-bike. And since the new bike didn’t fit the vintage motif that Rayvolt had established, he decided to launch the X One as part of a new brand alongside Rayvolt.
Rayvolt’s existing e-bikes look good, but they follow a different design philosophy
I first met Mat and his CTO Jaime Pla at the Paris Motor Show in 2018 and have since had the chance to follow the company’s latest developments at shows and events around the world. industry around the world.
Mat’s skills as a bike designer are evident in Rayvolt’s line of cruisers, city bikes, cargo trikes and even an electric motorcycle currently under development at Rayvolt. Jaime’s software and technical skills are almost at the level of a mad scientist, and he is largely responsible for the custom-designed EIVA system running in the app, speed controller and motors of these bikes. electrical.
Along with the rest of the team, Rayvolt seems well positioned to deliver on the bold claims set out for the X One e-bike. And while this is still an Indiegogo campaign and the appropriate concerns apply, we’ve been following Rayvolt long enough and have seen enough of their happy customers to feel pretty good about this one.
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