The Biomega OKO is Part e-Bike, Part Fashion Statement
Form follows function. Such is the model that has given the world great engineering masterpieces yet also left many short of being perfect, or of course, far from it. Instead, sometimes function needs to take a back seat to form (or at least, sit shotgun), otherwise beautiful shapes like this wouldn’t exist. This is the OKO, an e-bike crafted by Danish bike brand Biomega and penned by design firm KiBiSi. It’s built for urban commuting, and as can be seen, it looks nothing like most ordinary e-bikes. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to tell it's a “pedelec” at all. Late last year, Biomega revealed its shapely OKO electric bike, and now the company is taking pre-orders ahead of scheduled May 2016 deliveries. Like it? The company says the two-wheeler starts at $2,295. RELATED: This Ford e-Bike Gives Urban Commuters a Reason to Cheer
Function aside, the frame of the Biomega OKO is a rather neat design. Biomega has built the diamond frame out of lightweight carbon fiber and in the process integrated its front and rear fenders into one solid unit. Available in either white or silver, the decision creates a seamless look that’s up to snuff with modern minimalist tastes.
You won’t find any bulky electric motors affixed to the OKO’s rear hub. Instead, its electric drive has been discretely integrated into its 350 watt front hub. Its 36 volt battery pack is only slightly more visible, housed inside the OKO’s top tube. At 40 pounds, it isn’t the lightest bike in the world, but there are certainly plenty of much heavier electric bikes out there. Biomega estimates pedal-assist range of between 25 and 40 miles, and notes assistance up to a top speed of 20 mph.
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Additional noteworthy gear includes sleek Biomega aluminum handlebars, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, a Gates carbon drive belt (no chains here), and a choice of either an SRAM two-speed gear set or a Shimano Alfine eight-speed unit. It’s worth noting that choosing the eight-speed bumps the price up to $2,695.
Surely, there are faster e-bikes as well as pedelecs that offer up more range, but in terms of design, the Biomega OKO seems to be in a race of its own.
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