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Lightweight Freygeist e-bike looks and lifts more like a regular bike

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The Freygeist e-bike weighs 26.5 lb and looks quite similar to a non-electric urban commuter
The Freygeist e-bike weighs 26.5 lb and looks quite similar to a non-electric urban commuter
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The Freygeist Classic comes with Brooks handlebar grips
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The Freygeist Classic comes with Brooks handlebar grips
A lighter, simpler e-bike design
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A lighter, simpler e-bike design
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Freygeist uses Shimano components
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Freygeist uses Shimano components
Freygeist says that the down tube battery integration helps optimize weight distribution while also giving it a casual look
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Freygeist says that the down tube battery integration helps optimize weight distribution while also giving it a casual look
The compact rear hub motor supports speeds up to 15.5 mph
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The compact rear hub motor supports speeds up to 15.5 mph
The Freygeist e-bike weighs 26.5 lb and looks quite similar to a non-electric urban commuter
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The Freygeist e-bike weighs 26.5 lb and looks quite similar to a non-electric urban commuter
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Some are louder than others, but e-bikes are usually easy to spot. Evidence like a battery pack sticking up off the down tube, a thick, rectangular top tube or a large motor on the wheel is hard to miss. German startup Freygeist believes that the electric bike should look and feel more like the classic pedal bike. Its new Classic pedelec is virtually indistinguishable as an electric thanks to cleanly integrated hardware and a 26.5-lb (12 kg) curb weight. You won't notice the electric drive until it kicks in.

It's not uncommon for e-bikes to have their batteries integrated into the tubes, but Freygeist's design is more seamless than average. The 33V, 337-Wh Panasonic lithium-ion battery is completely contained within the down tube, and while a measuring tape might detect a difference between the Freygeist tube and the average pedal bike tube, our naked eyes don't see it in the photos - it looks like a classic diamond bike frame. The battery feeds an equally inconspicuous rear hub motor offering 250 watts of continuous power and 500 watts of max power.

Freygeist says that the down tube battery integration helps optimize weight distribution while also giving it a casual look
Freygeist says that the down tube battery integration helps optimize weight distribution while also giving it a casual look

The only obvious "e-bike" visual on the Freygeist frame is the electrical hardware and wiring routed between the lower down tube and hub motor.

Beyond looking more like the average bike, the Freygeist Classic e-bike also weighs in closer to its non-powered cousin. Freygeist lists weight of the aluminum-framed, carbon-forked 10-speed at 26.5 lb (12 kg), which puts it on par with some of the lightest e-bikes we've covered, including the A-Bike folder, which weighs 26 lb (11.8 kg), and the single-speed Maxwell EP0, which is now listed at 28 lb (12.7 kg) on Maxwell's website. Freygeist's low weight helps to optimize motor drive efficiency and make the bike easier to pedal when battery power runs out.

As impressive as Freygeist's low weight is, its listed range is even more impressive when compared to the 10 to 15 miles (16 to 24 km) of the Maxwell and A-Bike offerings. Freygeist estimates range between 44 and 62 miles (70 and 100 km), explaining that efficiency is optimized through low weight, low rolling resistance, seating position and engine coasting. The Classic also has a larger battery pack than the Maxwell or A-Bike designs. We'd want to test that range out before we took it too seriously, but it's certainly an intriguing set of numbers.

Engine-supported top speed is the standard 15.5 mph (25 km/h) needed to meet pedelec regulations in Freygeist's part of the world.

Freygeist's battery placement doesn't allow for removal during charging, so the owner has to roll the whole bike up to the outlet and connect the charger to the port on the down tube. The full charging process takes three to four hours from a 220V outlet.

The Freygeist Classic comes with Brooks handlebar grips
The Freygeist Classic comes with Brooks handlebar grips

Components have clearly been selected to further the bike's urban-e-bike-in-disguise character. Those include a Brooks brown leather saddle and handlebars, Shimano shifters and brakes, and Continental tires.

Freygeist offers the Classic for €3,990 (approx. US$4,330) and says that it takes about 21 days for delivery. The bike was voted a finalist in this year's ISPO BrandNew Awards.

Source: Freygeist

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10 comments
gizmowiz
Astounding and very cool.
tacheonabike
finally a stealth e bike that would make silly commuting racing possible... but that price! until we get a realistic one under an £1000 ,my old raleigh clunker at about 30lbs and cost of less that £200 with an avagerage of 14 miles plus will have to suffice. early adopters will take one so no worries there!
Shohreh
The price is right 1) compared to owning a car (several thousans $£€ _every year_), and 2) for people who have a long/hard commute and must wear a suit with no shower at the office.
fusen
@Shohreh Why compare it to a car though? An e-bike doesn't do what a car does, it doesn't have the range or the storage space. If you're comparing it to a similar petrol method of transport then surely a small moped would be more correct, and a moped does not cost $4000. I pay attention to most of the e-bikes posted on gizmag but they are all(available in the UK at least) far far too expensive for what they are and unless the cost comes down dramatically then the majority of the general public won't buy into the idea.
Harvey
1. Re: moped -- You can put a bike in your office. 2. It comes in one ridiculously small size: "48 cm unisex frame". So, no thanks.
Keith Reeder
What happens when the batteries finally start to fail? Can they be replaced?
Suman M Subramanian
Lovely design and brilliant engineering - a complete e-bike weighing as little as my non-electric steel mountain bike. The bane of all electric vehicles, however, are the batteries, so I have the same question as Keith Reeder: can the battery pack be replaced when it inevitably fails to accept a charge?
Harvey
@Keith and Suman The FAQ page states that a dealer can replace the battery in about 30 minutes. I wish they had a picture of how it charges and also wish they addressed whether or not the cable is in the frame or is a separate thing to carry or have at your destination.
Douglas Bennett Rogers
Practical as a bicycle. Will fit on bike racks. Ought to have generator function.
unklmurray
When I first saw this I said to myself....That must not be an American[U.S.] design.....nobody I know likes riding in that position.....I need a good tall set of "Ape Hangers" but then I saw the price......I hope they go bust.....there ain't no bike worth that much money......I didn't used to understand why some people wanted to vandalize stuff but super expensive crap like this bikes makes me want to attack it with a hacksaw and a hammer!!