Media Release 6/28/2021

maxon launches light and invisible e-bike system.

Integrated out of sight: This e-bike system by maxon is almost completely hidden from the eye.

First, maxon's drives flew on Mars in the NASA helicopter; now, they're letting bike riders lift off. After several years of development, the company presents the BIKEDRIVE Air – a light and in-visible e-bike system consisting of a mid-mounted motor, integrated battery and control ele-ment. It is used to build extremely lightweight racing, gravel, urban, and mountain bikes. The first bicycles made by maxon customers will be introduced to the market this year. 


Integrated out of sight: This e-bike system by maxon is almost completely hidden from the eye.

E-bikes are conquering cities, rural areas and mountains. Many existing systems provide powerful support but are heavy and sluggish to handle. Drive specialist maxon wanted to change this. With the BIKEDRIVE Air, the company presents an invisible e-bike system that weighs only 3.5 kg, including a battery and can be integrated into elegant frames by bike manufacturers. The system is so compact that it fits into a wide variety of frame designs – such as racing, gravel, urban, kids’ and mountain bikes. It is possible to build electric racing bikes that weigh less than 11 kg and E-MTB trail full-users with less than 16 kg.

The BIKEDRIVE Air system represents 60 years of experience in developing and producing electric motors, gearheads, and electronics. Its centerpiece is a mid-mounted e-bike motor that provides riders with a natural cycling experience and agile handling. The secret behind this is the unique freewheel technology. Support is available only when it is necessary – this feels just like riding with a tailwind. 

Double the range with an additional battery

This e-bike drive is almost completely hidden and only an inconspicuously integrated control element on the top tube hints at the extra power hidden in the bike. And even the associated 250 Wh battery is elegantly hidden in the down tube. The range can be doubled with an additional battery.   

The riders can individually adjust the support levels provided by their e-bikes and easily access all important data at any time. To this end, maxon developed the maxon Connect app. With ANT+ or Bluetooth (BLE), other devices can also be connected easily, for example, Garmin, Sigma, o-synce, etc. For dealers, there is an addi-tional user-friendly Service app.

Starting this summer, maxon is offering the BIKEDRIVE Air system exclusively to bike manufacturers worldwide and is available for consultation. First partners are already integrating the drive into their new bike product lines and will launch it on the market later this year. 

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