OneBot S7 is the stylish tri-fold electric bike we need right now

With the incredible rise in popularity of e-bikes, we are also seeing a more varied offer from manufacturers. Depending on your budget and exact needs, you can get the bike of your dreams, whether it’s a high-performance machine designed to last a lifetime, or a smaller investment with which you can carry objects or move from one place to another regularly. .

Strictly speaking of everyday commuters, the reality is that most people don’t want (can’t afford or need) a high-performance motor bike. In other words, most people wouldn’t pay real money for a car for a two-wheeler, especially when they’re just occasional drivers. Storing an electric bike in the city is another issue that keeps them from spending too much money on a bike because, you know what they say, a bike lock is only as strong as the thief’s resolve. to break it.

The obvious solution to this problem would be to get a lightweight and / or foldable bike. The market already offers them (the RadMini 4 from Rad Power Bikes that we had the pleasure of testing is one example), but here’s another. This one is even sleeker, lighter, and more compact, but it also has a huge downside – it’s not real either.

If you’re up for daydreaming, the OneBot S7, a concept design by designer Kinson Chan, is a possible direction for e-bikes of tomorrow. It uses a tri-fold mechanism like the aforementioned RadMini, but it’s more compact and overall sleeker, which would make it a perfect fit in any city dweller’s already crowded and busy life.

The slim frame is one-piece, made of magnesium aluminum alloy using a die-casting process. This would reduce production costs and speed up production times (up to 500%, according to the designer), but also result in a more durable frame. The fact that it folds is the icing on the cake: when folded up, the bike would be so compact that it would fit into a little nook or even under a desk in your office. In this case, the OneBot would be 60cm (23.6 inches) high, 35cm (13.7 inches) wide and 60cm (23.6 inches) long.

The frame itself has a very low profile, but the adjustable handlebars and seat post would accommodate riders of all sizes. OneBot rolls on tri-spoke wheels and wears a paint job inspired by automotive craftsmanship, both in terms of color and quality of shine. A simple display on the handlebars would provide essential statistics during the ride, as well as options for adjusting the electric assistance.

The battery is hidden in the frame, under the seat post, but is removable for recharging. The specifics of the battery or the rear hub motor are not included, and for good reason: this is a design study, an exercise on how you could get a light and comfortable city bike that would also be easy to store or transport on public transport.

As one – like a simple design study – it stands out. OneBot is very clean and stylish, but, more importantly, it promises that the day will come when storing an e-bike in a small city apartment or carrying one on public transport will no longer be something you dread.

So hopefully the day you drive to work and carefully “park” your bike under your desk, also the day such e-bikes no longer cost an arm and a leg.

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