Cost bike firm goes 100% electrical with fold-flat e-bikes
British bicycle firm Cost has been round since 2004, however they’ve lastly caught up with their title and at the moment are switching solely to electrical bicycles. The bikes had been simply introduced immediately and can be found on-line throughout the US in addition to in choose retail places.
Cost is owned by Dorel Industries, the identical guardian firm shared by different huge biking names similar to Cannondale, Schwinn, and Mongoose. And identical to its sister corporations, Cost is now providing a number of electrical rides as nicely.
However in contrast to these different corporations, Cost has made the choice to focus solely on electrical bikes.
As Cost founder Nick Larsen defined in a press release supplied to Electrek:
We all know the way to make biking simple and accessible; it’s what we’ve accomplished for years. Electrical bikes make it even simpler and extra enjoyable for folks to cycle, whether or not they’re seasoned riders or getting again on a motorcycle for the primary time in a very long time. The staff felt that the timing is lastly proper, with developments in expertise, to shift our focus to electrical and produce a top quality, fantastically designed line of electrical bikes to market at a aggressive value level.
Simply introduced this morning, Cost is coming proper out of the gate with three new electrical bicycle fashions designed for various kinds of driving. Every shares the identical folding pedals and progressive folding handlebar that make it easy to retailer the bike in opposition to a wall with out taking over the historically large area from standard handlebars.
All fashions additionally function puncture-resistant Goodyear tires and computerized tire stress gauges that illuminate with both a crimson or inexperienced gentle to let you understand in case your tire stress degree checks out or not.
As a direct-to-consumer firm, Cost ships its bikes to prospects who customise and order their mannequin on-line. However Cost is shirking the widespread e-bike packing strategies that rely closely on styrofoam, and is as a substitute utilizing solely paper and cardboard packing that’s 100% recyclable by the tip consumer.
The Cost Metropolis is available in both a high-step or mid-step body, a trend we’re seeing more of lately. It makes use of a 250W rear Bafang hub motor with 45 Nm of torque and a 418 Wh battery.
Cost claims the battery is sufficient for as much as 50 miles (80 km) of vary on pedal help.
There’s additionally a throttle, however don’t anticipate to get the identical vary should you’re relying closely on the throttle.
The body is made out of 6061 aluminum alloy and is fitted with a inflexible chromoly metal fork. The 700c wheels show entrance and rear mechanical disc brakes, and the bike additionally sports activities entrance and rear LED lights.
The bike incorporates a Shimano Tourney 7-speed transmission and contains an built-in rear rack for a splash of utility as nicely.
Riders on the lookout for a extra upright geometry than the commuter-focused Cost Metropolis may respect the Cost Consolation. It makes use of a step-through body for a extra comfy, laid again journey.
In any other case, it provides comparable electrical and bicycle parts. The most important variations in comparison with the Metropolis embrace a suspension fork on the Consolation in addition to a shift from the downtube-mounted battery to a rear rack-mounted battery.
Each bikes additionally embrace fenders, which can be a welcome aid to riders in wet areas.
The Cost XC differs from the earlier two fashions with its trail-oriented design.
The bike is offered in two body sizes and options quite a lot of upgrades together with the Shimano E5000 mid-drive motor and downtube-integrated Shimano E8035 battery with 514 Wh of capability.
The Cost XC additionally will get an improve to Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, Shimano Altus 8-speed transmission, and Goodyear Peak 29″ x 2.25″ tires.
Whereas the Metropolis and Consolation fashions will each set riders again $1,499, the Cost XC comes with a better price ticket of $2,299.