If they had electric bicycles on The Flintstones, is this what they’d look like? Perhaps. Calfee Design is a California-based bicycle manufacturer company, very well known for its innovative carbon fiber bike designs.
The bamboo e-bike is nothing like its usual designs. Have a look at the bike, it is hard to imagine anything electric about it. The bike looks as sturdy and atavistic as any Flintstones equipment. The design, however, is sleek and compact in its own way.
Handmade Bicycle Show in the Salt Lake City is featuring a range of really cool bikes and the bamboo e-bike is one of those. This bike features a 1,500-watt motor powered by a battery package of 54 V / 250 Wh. The 12V LED lighting system on the bike is powered by a dynamo hub on the front wheel.
A highly-geared Sturmey-Archer hub transmission in the rear wheel works with the Bafang to reach a top pedaling speed of 64 km/h (40mph). The pedaling is assisted by the motor and its high top speed will surely affect the battery range.
Whether such speeds for a bicycle are legal or not remains a question to which Craig Calfee said, “Technically it’s a moped, but we’ll wait until the authorities catch up with us on that one.”
Designed to be compact in urban environments, the e-bike also has a suspension fork and seatpost, plus 20-inch BMX wheels (with bamboo spokes) and a handlebar stem that allows the bars to be turned 90 degrees when the bike is parked, means that they could sit flat against the wall of a small apartment, where space is at a premium.
Talking about space, you can even carry your bike upstairs and cram it in your apartment if carrying 50 lb (23 kg) of weight is not too much trouble for you.
The bamboo e-bike didn’t get its name yet, but we hope that it can be purchased by this end of summer. The cost price is expected to be near about US$ 5,000.
Company website: Calfee Design