Recently named as a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree in Tech For A Better World product category, the Smacircle S1 is indeed the perfect amalgamation of performance and practicality. Designed for urban riding, the S1 is ideal for moving you from point A to point B where it’s too far to walk, too near to drive or you are just too tired or plain lazy to leg it there.
In general, e-bikes can be really heavy and bulky, factoring in the battery pack and frame strength needed to hold everything together but thanks to its well thought out design the S1 comes in at a svelte 7kg. It is light enough for you to lug it around easily in your backpack.
Whip it out and the S1 unfolds easily into a cool looking e-bike in just 5-steps. Snap and lock everything together and you are good to go. Just reverse the steps again to store it away into your backpack. Easy!
Constructed from premium carbon fiber, the frame is 33% lighter and 10x stronger than aluminium frames and is strong enough to carry up to 100kg. Now that’s pretty impressive for a spindly looking e-bike like this. The S1’s black frame with stylish blue accents gives off a Tron vibe but unlike the blindingly fast fictional Lightcycles in the movie, this e-bike potters along at a reasonably zippy top speed of 20kmph (12.5mph) delivered via a 240W brushless DC motor.
The range of the S1 clocks in at around 20km on a full charge. That is well enough coverage to get you to the next wall socket and charging the built-in Samsung Lithium Ion battery up from empty will take you about 2.5 hours. Plug her in, fill her up and you can get back into the saddle again in no time!
Everything has an accompanying app nowadays and the S1 is no different. The Smacircle S1 comes with a dedicated iOS/Android mobile application that allows you to lock and unlock the e-bike, adjust the lights, control your speed and monitor the battery life. You can also plan your routes and track trip duration through the app. Just pop your mobile phone onto the holder on the handlebar to easily access all these functions.
The Smacircle S1 is definitely a useful urban commuting tool but we wished they added in some form of pedalling mechanism for those ‘oh no! I forgot to charge my e-bike’ moments. Other than that what’s not to love? The S1 is smaller, lighter and more portable than all of the e-bikes we have seen so far. The only problem might be the price as this city roller here comes in at around USD999 (RM3865+-)
If the cost is no problem to you, head on over to their Indiegogo page to order yours today!