The Carbon Fiber-Framed, Electric YikeBike is Ready For Urban Travel

After being named one of the top inventions of 2009 by Time Magazine, the New Zealand based YikeBike started shipping in June 2010.

This foldable, electric bike is meant to change the way city-dwellers commute. Imagine zipping past all of the traffic on the way to your destination. Why not ride a normal bicycle you ask? Well, unlike a bicycle, the YikeBike folds into a compact circle, making it completely portable. Weighing just 22 lbs, the YikeBike can be carried into cars, trains, planes, and can fit under your desk at work!

The YikeBike is mostly made of carbon fiber composite, making it light and strong. It is able to support a riding weight of 220 lbs and still travel at a top speed of 15.5.

The YikeBike is only available for initial purchase in New Zealand, England, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland and Sweden.

Will it be available in the United States? Maybe. As of June 2010 there are only 100 YikeBikes off the production line. Initial testing and market research is required prior to expansion.

Specifications

Weight – 22 lbs.

Cost – $3,425

Top Speed – 15.5 mph

Range – 6.2 miles

Rider Height Limit – 6’ 4”

Rider Weight Limit – 220 lb

Available to purchase – England, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden and New Zealand.

See the YikeBike in action

YikeBike Urban Freedom

See the YikeBike fold and unfold.

http://yikebike.cachefly.net/yikebike2/3dimages/main_d.html

Sources

http://www.yikebike.com/

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