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maxon launches its light and invisible e-bike system

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Press release, June 29, 2021

First maxon’s drives flew on Mars in the NASA helicopter – now they’re giving a boost to cyclists here on Earth. After several years of development, the company presents the BIKEDRIVE Air: a light and invisible e-bike system consisting of a mid-mounted motor, integrated battery, and control element. It can be 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.

E-bikes are conquering cities, rural areas, and mountains. Many existing systems provide powerful assistance but are heavy and sluggish to handle. maxon wants to change this with the BIKEDRIVE Air: an invisible e-bike system that weighs only 3.5 kilograms including the 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, on racing, gravel, urban, kids’, and mountain bikes. It is possible to build electric racing bikes that weigh less than 11 kg, and full-suspension e-MTBs under 16 kg.

The BIKEDRIVE Air system represents 60 years of experience in the development and production of 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. Assistance is provided only when it is necessary, which makes it feel like riding with a tailwind.

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Integrated out of sight: this e-bike system by maxon is almost invisible

Double the range with an additional battery

This e-bike drive is almost completely hidden from the eye. Only an inconspicuously integrated control element on the top tube hints at the extra power hidden in the bike. Even the 250 Wh battery is elegantly hidden in the down tube. Riders have the option of adjusting the assistance level provided by their e-bike and accessing important data at any time. maxon developed the maxon Connect app for this purpose. With ANT+ or Bluetooth (BLE), other devices such as Garmin, Sigma, o-synce, etc., can also be connected easily. For dealers, there is also a user-friendly service app.

Starting this summer, maxon will be offering the BIKEDRIVE Air system exclusively to bike manufacturers all over the world. maxon is available for consultations about it now. Initial partners are already integrating the drive into their new bike product lines and will launch it on the market later this year. For more information and contacts, visit:

Author: maxon HQ

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