Mando Introduces 2nd Gen Footloose IM E-Bike
First introduced in 2013, the Mando Footloose garnered the Design Museum Award that year. Now in 2015, as it rolls out its next generation model, it has picked up to more prestigious awards: Red Dot Award 2015 and the Good Design award.
What sets it apart from most other electric bicycles, including our own Quikbyke K15 Prototype, is its chainless design. Instead of the ubiquitous crank and chain system on 99.999% of bicycles, it uses a pedal-activated alternator to generate the current used to power the 250W rear hub motor. Additionally, the first geneation model folded, scissor-like, into a more compact, apartment or workspace friendly configuration.
The newest iteration, dubbed the IM, now sports a removable 8.6Ahr lithium-ion battery pack. Range is advertised as up to 37 miles (60 km), dependent on now much the rider pedals. The 25 km/h top speed complies with EU regulations.
The IM foregoes the folding mechanism. It also introduces more color choices, according to Bike Europe>. The MSRP in Europe is € 2,690.
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